Health and Happiness

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The ground work for all Happiness is Health.
Health sometimes cannot be a choice but happiness is a choice we can make.
We are beyond the power of changing the way we look but we can change the way we think and feel. Health and Happiness can be worked together, it is not easy because health and Happiness are the sides of the same coin and one cannot work without the other. When things are good we are happy and when things are not like we want we are unhappy, health can make us feel good and at times make us feel miserable when we don't have a good health .
Everyone wants to be healthy but sometimes our habits and sometimes when we refuse to let go the things that make us sad can make us very unhealthy. It gatherers and bounces back as a result of being unhappy and unhealthy.
So the secret of being happy and healthy is accepting where you are in life and making the most out of every single day. We need to choose Happiness because we need good health. If we have Health we probably will be happy and if we have Health and Happiness, we have all what we need.
Happiness is the Highest form of Health.
- Priti Kapur Prabu
  Mother of Aparna (Grade 8)
  MLZS, HSR Branch

How Antioxidants Can Keep You Healthy

What is the secret to a long and healthy life? Medical science believes that leading an active lifestyle with plenty of outdoor activities and exercise, and eating responsibly can substantially increase our life expectancy. There are other factors, of course, like genetics, that also play a role.

 

Food is essential for our survival and eating right is important to keep away diseases. Eating in moderation is one way of ensuring good health, and eating the right kind of food is another.

 

We know deep-fried items, canned food and fizzy drinks, collectively known as junk food, are ‘bad’ food if consumed frequently. Is there anything good to counteract the bad food?

 

Our body molecules are made up of one or more atoms joined by chemical bonds. When a weak bond splits, molecules known as free radicals, which have lost an electron and become unstable, are produced. These free radicals attack other body cells in their bid to become stable again by stealing an electron, but end up damaging healthy cells of the body.

 

Free radicals are also formed from use of tobacco and through exposure to radiation, and are believed to cause heart disease and cancer.

 

So how do antioxidants protect us against free radicals? By contributing their own electron to the free radicals to make them stable and thus help prevent tissue damage caused by free radicals. Remember, this theory is yet to be proved through clinical trials and other scientific tests. But consuming food with antioxidant properties is good for our immune system and if it can also protect us against free radicals which can only benefit our overall health.

 

There is a category of food items known as antioxidants which scientists believe may be termed as ‘superfoods’ for their ability to protect our cells from free radicals.

 

Let us see which food are good sources of antioxidants and food items containing them (Source: www.verywell.com/)

 

  • Vitamin A: Milk and eggs.
  • Vitamin C: Citrus fruits and tomatoes.
  • Vitamin E: Almonds, sunflower oil, hazelnuts, peanuts, spinach, and broccoli.
  • Beta-Carotene: Carrots, spinach, kale, cantaloupe, apricots, papaya, mango, and peas.
  • Lutein: Green leafy vegetables and oranges.
  • Lycopene: Red Tomatoes and watermelon.
  • Selenium:  Chicken, garlic, and brown rice.

 

These food items are not to be taken as vitamin supplements but to be made a part of your daily diet. For best results, though, physical exercise such as aerobics, brisk walk and Yoga for at least 30 minutes a day and 5-6 times a week is recommended.

 

Disclaimer: This is an overview of antioxidants and free radicals. Consult a dietician or a doctor for expert advice.

 

Protecting Your Child's Health During the Monsoons

Summers appear to be getting harsher with every passing year, and this year was no exception, with mercury touching high 40s in most parts of the country. But mercifully, the relief from the relentless heat seems to be around the corner.

 

The southern part of the country has already experienced pre-monsoon showers, bringing the temperatures down. Finally, the famed Indian Summer is giving way to the famous Indian Monsoons.

 

The Monsoons this year are expected to be normal by Met Department and one hopes it comes true. We just cannot afford one more deficient monsoons after successive years of scanty rainfall.

 

The Monsoons, while providing the much needed relief from the physical discomforts and ailments associated with the summer, bring their own set of problems. Commuting to work, attending school, and even shopping assumes additional levels of difficulty, with waterlogging, falling tree branches and chaotic vehicular traffic, adding to our woes.

 

During the monsoons, our health can be adversely affected if we are not careful. But rains can be good fun too, if you take a few precautionary measures:

 

  • Indigestion: Eat moderately and stick to fruits and vegetables. But make sure you wash them thoroughly as they are apt to be a little less cleaner during the rains. Boiled vegetables are a safe bet as they are high on nutrition and germs-free.

 

  • Dehydration: Contrary to the general belief, on can get dehydrated during the rains, causing indigestion. Encourage your children to carry a water bottle at all times to stay hydrated and to make sure they are protected against water-borne diseases.

 

  • Food contamination: This is probably the number one reason for illness during the monsoons. Advise your children to avoid eating at roadside eateries and always stick to the nutritious and hygienically prepared homemade food prepared by you.

 

  • Mosquito control: Make sure there are no breeding space for mosquitoes. Malaria, Chikungunya and Dengue are not only dangerous but also have a long recovery period. Make sure there is no stagnant water around your homes and schools.

 

  • Avoid puddles: Children and adults alike cannot resist the temptation to step and splash into a puddle. Not a good idea as the stagnant water may be home to insect and worm larvae and can enter our body through cuts and bruises on our legs.

 

Finally, get the children to wash their hands and feet thoroughly after a visit outdoors. If they get soaked in the rain, get them to change into warm and dry clothes.

 

In addition, also make sure your children are watch out for fallen live power transmission lines, overflowing stormwater drains and falling tree branches. They also need to be told to be extra careful while getting on and off school bus or other modes of transport.

 

Now that we have taken all the necessary precautions, let’s welcome and enjoy the Monsoons!