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Bury your BP in the kitchen
Don't let the high blood pressure that you have been diagnosed with scare you out of your wits. It is not exactly a disease, but only a warning sign that the food you have been eating and the lifestyle you have been leading have clogged your blood vessels and your heart is having to exert extra pressure to keep blood moving through it.
 
Just as the bad lifestyle caused it, the good one can cure it. Medicines are only an aid. The main job has to be done by your food and those are quite tasty to boot. So please go into your kitchen for treatment. Certain bounties of nature are excellent in opening up your arteries and those should be a regular part of your diet from now.
 
The most potent of them is beetroot juice. A glass of this shimmering liquid should be a daily part of your intake for life. Treat this as your daily medicine. You might see a drop in your readings in as little as three hours.
 
Beets are full of nitrates which cause blood vessels to expand. Besides reducing BP, these eliminate toxins. Taking nitrate in natural form is a hundred times better than taking a nitrate tablet.
 
Nitrites in killer foods like hot dogs gave you the disease; nitrates will cure it.
 
Those who happen to have kidney issues should mix it with carrot juice. Regular use may give a sharp colour to your urine. Don't be scared. That is completely harmless.
 
Please note that the results will not come in a day. It took you some 15 years to clog your arteries. Please give your system at least 15 months to undo the damage. Of course, medicines can show results in a matter of days but you have to account for side-effects also. So follow a two-pronged strategy. Let medicines do the SOS job. The long-term cure will come only through dietary wisdom.
 
Another prescribed diet is blueberries, raspberries and strawberries. Natural compounds in them called anchocyanins are your insurance against hypertension. Eat them like crazy every day of your life. Fresh will be the best but the dried ones will also do. Besides, those are full of antioxidants.
 
I know it will not make you very popular with friends but garlic too has to be added to your menu. The organosulphur compound allicin that it has reduces hypertension and is also antibacterial and anti fungal. The pungent clove is also very good for those with heart conditions.
 
Other good foods for those with BP are bananas, dark chocolate (and I mean really dark, at least 85 percent), spinach, cabbage and coconut water. Plus spice up your food with rosemary, cumin seeds, cinnamon, basil, bay leaves, saffron, turmeric, ginger and black pepper.
 
But the best antidote for blood pressure is weight management. If you are on the plump side, you are almost sending a written invitation to BP.
 
Disclaimer: Information, facts or opinions expressed in this news article are presented as sourced from IANS and do not reflect views of Moneylife and hence Moneylife is not responsible or liable for the same. As a source and news provider, IANS is responsible for accuracy, completeness, suitability and validity of any information in this article.

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Raja Laks

10 months ago

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Strange food habits among Brahmins and some sections of Gujjus. They shun Garlic and Onions just because it is grown underground and it is considered inferior.

Ramesh Poapt

10 months ago

Very good one indeed!!! Thanx

Egg freezing attracting young Indians, but social approval a far cry
New Delhi : Former Miss World Diana Hayden, 42, gave new hope to women who are in no rush to becoming mothers when she gave birth to her first child born out of her egg that she froze eight years ago.
 
But while young Indians feel that freezing of human egg is a smart move for career-oriented women, social stigma continues to be attached to the new-age fertilisation process, say medical experts.
 
Egg freezing is still not very popular in India, said Shobha Gupta, medical director and IVF Specialist at Mother's Lap IVF Centre.
 
"People in India still open their eyes wide if they hear such things, especially in joint and conservative families. On the other hand, IVF has been accepted widely in India, but egg freezing is yet to gain approval or social acceptability in India," Gupta told IANS.
 
Another expert, Anubha Singh, gynecologist and IVF Expert at Shantah IVF Centre, said that "egg freezing is not a normal procedure like IVF or surrogacy, but if you are an individual and you don't need any family member's approval, you can definitely go for this".
 
The procedure, however, has caught the people's attention here in the past two to three years.
 
Singh said it was in 2014 when technology conglomerates Apple and Facebook announced that they will pay for the egg freezing process of their women employees.
 
"They took the decision to attract more female employees and maintain their retention rates so that they may have prolonged careers," said Singh.
 
Internationally, egg freezing is a route that Hollywood celebrities like Sofia Vergara and Kim Kardashain have taken. And in India, Diana has set an example.
 
Is the method more popular among celebrities than commoners?
 
"Egg freezing is a costly affair and is mostly taken up by high-profile people," Gupta said.
 
The costs of preserving eggs is very high.
 
In India, freezing embryos costs Rs.10,000 to Rs.15,000 per month, and the frozen embryo transfer cycle costs Rs.100,000 to Rs.200,000 per cycle. Embryo transfer is the main part of the IVF process - and it usually takes 10 to 15 days to be injected in a woman's womb.
 
Thus, egg freezing is mostly popular among Page 3 celebrities or among people with higher spending powers, Gupta added.
 
"Many couples who work for IT firms, BPOs and in management backgrounds are busy with their careers and delay the baby-making process, thereby, giving them a reason to opt for freezing their sperms or eggs. Besides a prosperous career, the uncertainty of marriage and fear of infertility are two other major factors contributing to this trend (of increasing queries on egg-freezing)," she said.
 
But before taking a decision, be aware that egg freezing isn't a sureshot guarantee of pregnancy.
 
"First of all, the success rate of egg freezing is not 100 percent as chances of viable pregnancies are only 30 to 35 percent. You just can't freeze your eggs once, sit back and relax. Even if you freeze your eggs at an early age, you have to get your IVF cycle done before you turn 45-years-old.
 
"So, limitations are always there," Aanchal Aggarwal, IVF specialist at the BL Kapur Memorial Hospital, told IANS.
 
In Britain, 18,000 eggs were frozen till 2012. Of these, only 580 embryos were formed, eventually generating only 20 live births, according to an earlier report.
 
"So, you can clearly notice that the difference between the ratio of eggs which is 18,000 and live births which is only 20," said Singh, adding: "It is best if you freeze embryos (combination of eggs and sperm) rather than eggs."
 
"The cost of freezing embryos is the same as the cost of freezing eggs, but freezing embryos is more result-oriented in comparison," Singh concluded.
 
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HCL Tech acquires Volvo Group's external IT business
New Delhi : Software services provider HCL Technologies (HCL) said on Tuesday that it has acquired the external IT business of commercial vehicles manufacturers, Volvo Group.
 
"HCL has also acquired Volvo's external IT business, adding 40 new customers from the Nordics and France to its portfolio, further enhancing its market leading position in these regions," the company said in a statement here on Tuesday.
 
HCL has also signed an IT outsourcing deal with the Volvo Group.
 
The company, however, declined to comment on the size of the deal.
 
"We welcome over 40 new Volvo IT customers to the HCL client base. This addition enables HCL to achieve an even stronger presence in the Nordics and the wider European region, and accelerates our journey in these markets," said HCL president and CEO Anant Gupta.
 
Around 2,500 people working for the Volvo Group will transfer to HCL across 11 countries.
 
"Combining the strengths of HCL with those of the transferred parts of Volvo IT will result in an organisation with formidable capabilities and an intimate understanding of Volvo Group needs and opportunities," said Volvo Group's chief information officer and Volvo IT president Olle Högblom.
 
Volvo IT customers will now have the advantage of access to a broad range of differentiated global capabilities, tools and processes that integrate with technology environments at a global level, the statement added.
 
The tieup will help HCL in creating an automotive centre of excellence in Gothenburg based on the domain expertise of the Volvo team, to serve HCL's global automotive and manufacturing customers.
 
"HCL will deliver on a technology transformation roadmap that spans over 3,500 applications, 20 plus data centres, over 11,000 servers, 12 petabytes of storage, 20,000 plus MIPS of mainframe capacity and over 15,000 network devices,” the statement said.
 
"As part of this roadmap, HCL will also provide over 65,000 Volvo end users with access to productivity and user enablement solutions, such as Microsoft Office 365," it added.
 
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