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What Happens Inside Your Body When You Eat?

What Happens Inside Your Body When You Eat – Find Out!

Hello All!!!

Munch! Munch! Munch! You just had your favourite meal! But do you know what happens inside your body when you eat? The science students out there would know but for the rest, here we go! Hop on to a gastronomical tour!

What happens before ‘Munch! Munch! Munch!’? Flashback! The hormones ghrelin and neuropeptide Y  are released and they tell your brain that you are hungry! You start eating and the amylase in your saliva breaks down the the carbs in your food and then you swallow it.

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After 20 mins are elapsed, the food gets mixed with the stomach acid to form liquid chyme. Food rushes in. It expands the stomach and pushes against the nearby organs, this makes you feel full. 20 mins are needed for the fullness signal to reach your brain. So, eating mindfully and slowly will be of help. Know more about mindful eating here- click!

What if you overeat? Your stomach acid will move upwards to your food pipe and cause an unpleasant sensation generally referred to as heart burn.

Now coming back to the process of digestion, after 25 mins are elapsed, the next stop after the stomach is the small intestine. Chyme starts trickling in and this makes the small intestine signal the brain that ‘things are almost done’!

It is here where we can talk about bloating. When food is broken down, the stomach and intestines are filled with gases as you eat. This additionally makes you feel full or bloated.

How To Control Bloating

Now after 30 minutes have elapsed, digestive juices are released by the pancreas and break down the chyme in the small intestine. This trickling down can take hours based on what you have eaten. Foods rich in carbs spend less time in the stomach. On the other hand, fat and proteins take a longer time to get digested. Now you would understand why proteins help you stay full for a longer time period.

After 1 to 2 hours ate elapsed, the food gets broken down into the simplest building blocks as possible and they are amino acids, free fatty acids and glucose. They enter the bloodstream to provide calories and nourishment to the tissues and organs.

After 2+ hours, you can either use the energy or store it!  If you have had a heavy meal, all the extra calories are stored as fat in padded spots all over the body. As they get filled up, the fat cells release a hormone called leptin that helps in reinforcing that you are full!

That is all about it!

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What Should You Know About Bone Marrow Transplant

What Should You Know About Bone Marrow Transplant?

Something as severe as an unhealthy bone marrow does not occur over night, neither does it go as easily as common flu. Dedicated months of continuous ignorance result into an unhealthy bone marrow which then requires immediate medical attention. Here’s an overview on everything you need to know about bone marrow and how to go about it.

What is bone marrow?

Bone Marrow Transplant

Bone marrow is a soft, fatty tissue in the bones that produces blood forming cells.

What is the need for a bone marrow transplant?

An unhealthy bone marrow is not functional as it cannot form blood and thus, needs to be transplanted. Bone marrow can be transplanted in multiple ways, namely-

  1. Autologous bone marrow transplant– In this case, doctors induce a patient’s own blood cells either by bone marrow harvesting or by stem cell mobilization in order to gather healthy cells in the body.
  2. Allogenic transplant- An external donor is needed to fix the problem of the transplant. The donor can be any member from the family or an outsider with matching stem cells.
  3. Umbilical chord transplant- Frozen stem cells are collected from a new born baby’s umbilical chord and used for the transplant. The greatest advantage of this method is that there is no need to find a match as the chord cells are immature.

Reasons for an unhealthy bone marrow

  1. Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy sessions in the long run do more harm than good. It kills the good cells along with the bad cancer cells, thereby weakening the internal body. Long term effects remain on the blood cells and bone marrow.
  2. Thalassemia: Thalassemia is caused by abnormal formation of haemoglobin in the human body, resulting in severe anaemia. The amount of oxygen in the body is much lesser and this makes formation of the blood, difficult.
  3. Cancer: Leukaemia, lymphoma and multiple myeloma are among other forms of cancer which affect the health of bone marrow, thereby calling for a replacement.
  4. Neutropenia: It is a condition where the patient is prone to recurring infections. The blood cells get inflated and damage the marrow.

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Is transplant risky?

In the rarest cases, the body reacts abnormally to certain transplants. Sometimes, it considers transplanted cells as foreign elements in the body and starts attacking them. This leads to the development of diseases and complications in the body.

Possibilities of danger are: stem cell failure, organ damage, infection or the formation of a new type of cancer.

However, this can be avoided when diagnosed and treated by the reputed doctors in the best cancer hospitals in Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Bangalore and Hyderabad, to name a few in India.

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Innovative Wellness And Health Trends

Innovative Wellness And Health Trends

Every year, we tend to have a shift in our wellness, health and beauty regimes; driven by populist theories from the world of science or maybe just because the side door neighbour swears by it- whatever be your reason for the shift, we are here to make you happier by telling you what 2017’s top holistic wellness and health trends around the globe are like. Take a look, do your research and get gorgeous inside out! BTW, turmeric bumps coconut oil in more ways than one this year as a preventative medicinal agent.

Stocking up on inflammation fighting foods

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Inflammation can literally throw you off your daily schedule, and something which you really cannot avoid most of the times. However, take a look at the markets, holistic experts opine TURMERIC would take over as an anti-inflammation agent in almost everything this year. This comes as no surprise, since most holistic treatments have turmeric in them as an active ingredient; wellness wise, teas and potions for daily use too have included the rise of turmeric in them.

Athleisure all the way!

Wellness And Health Trends

Leisure + Atheltes, a combination for those that have busy and very active lives, but no time to shop for comfy athletic wear for work; athleisure is a new-age term coined for the same. Lifestyle and wellness wise, if your clothes are not going to allow your skin that moment to breathe, don’t wear them. With high quality craftsmanship, innovation in fashion, beauty and chic touches too, companies around the globe are coming up with athleisure clothing that can be machine washed and are apt for business wear too.

Cleanse, lose and detox

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We are talking about managing your weight here. For many of us, losing weight has been a real time affair, and some do it for health reasons primarily; which is good. However, what if we told you, there are companies coming up with supplements and diet plans, which not only help you lose the pounds, but also help cleanse the internals and get the whole body’s detoxification too. Pretty cool isn’t it? Fats gone, toxins gone and the skin is left supple and shiny!

More fermented foods please

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2016 saw a rise in fermented food consumption, and probiotics last year was on the top of the tops for the same. However, the trend is now going full guns with more of such fermented versions coming around- KIMCHI and KOMBUCHA for example; making many across the world salivate in their taste buds. The popularity of KOMBUCHA especially is pretty high. It has very high levels of probiotic properties, and when combined with green tea, the body gets a high dose of antioxidants too. What you would see is a large amount of fermented veggies; jalapenos and ginger beets for example!

Bored of YOGA?

How could anyone be, but if you are and still want to continue with this respected discipline, try AERIAL YOGA! Aerial yoga is fun to do and a mashup of the traditional version per se, which would include now a dose of aerial acrobatics. Along with the same, you would also have calisthenics and pilates involved, which means the entire body gets an apt workout. Don’t be surprised if more and more gyms in our country begin having harnesses galore; everyone’s planning to go aerial this year it seems!

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Postural Lower Extremity Pain – Foot, Hip, Knee, Ankle Pain

Postural Lower Extremity Pain

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What is the first thing you want to do after you get up from a chair, car seat or airline seat after many hours? You want to stretch, right? The reason why you have a feeling of tightness, joint stiffness, hip, ankle, feet, ankle or knee pain after being seated for a long time is the lack of motion.

The first principle of posture is that the human body is designed to be on the move.

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Pain from hip to foot

If there exists pain in your legs from the hip to the foot, including the hips, knees and ankle, they may be the effects of not moving your joints too often or a poor posture.

Postural lower extremity pain is quite common and can be painful. It can be due to an injury, accident or long term habits. Weight bearing is not balanced when the upper body is not aligned with your lower body. This way you put an uneven pressure on your lower extremity when you move. Sitting wrong can also stress your pelvis and can cause problems.

Keep a close watch on the posture of people sitting with one foot tucked under them or cross one knee over the other leg. The stress is uneven and can be seen in the way they sit, stand or move. A bad posture can lead to arthritis, degenerative joint disease and other issues.

Ways to get relief from postural lower extremity pain

Before running to medication or invasive procedures, start a program of posture exercises to strengthen your posture. They help in balancing knee and hip joint stress.

1) Stay aware of your posture

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Keep your head tall and strong. Your shoulders should be back and your chest open. Keep the pelvis tucked and centered.

2) Keep changing your body position and posture frequently

Whenever you are going to be seated for a long time in one place, adjust it, be it a chair or a car seat. If you are carrying a purse or a child, alternate that arm. Apply a soothing pain relief balm to recover.

3) Keep moving

The human body is meant to be on the move always. You must take frequent breaks for stretching out. Try to stretch the body on the opposite way you have been using it. There are posture exercise programs that will teach you counter stretches for your work habits and lifestyle. It is the first step in reducing the pain in your back, hip, knee and ankle.

4) The right sleeping posture for low back and hip pain

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Sleep on your side with a pillow placed between the knees. A contoured cervical pillow under your neck will keep your head aligned with the spine. Do change your sleeping position if you sleep on your stomach!

5) Work towards building a strong posture

Find a professional to help you out with your posture. It may help you get relief from pain and stiffness.

Happy recovery! Hope this post on Postural Lower Extremity Pain has been helpful!

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