~~Improve your eyesight Naturally~~

~~Improve your eyesight Naturally~~

India is home to the world’s largest number of blind people (The Times of India-Oct 11, 2007).
Of the 37 million people across the globe who are blind, over 15 million are from India. Moreover, the risk of cataract is also high in India, with about 3 million people developing this condition, annually.
If proper care of eye is not taken, it can result into various eye conditions such as age related macular degeneration and cataracts, which is a leading cause of blindness in the world. Thus, proper eye care is the need of the hour.

A. Ayurvedic Herbs to improve eyesight:
1.Amla – Extract the juice of fresh amla and drink 20 ml(half cup) twice daily.
2.Asparagus(Shatavari) – Mix 1 teaspoon of powdered asparagus in half teaspoon of honey. Take the mixture twice daily with warm cow’s milk.
3.Bhringraj – Application of Bhringraj herb or amla herb paste helps in improving eye vision.
4.Triphala – Triphala is very useful for eye health.Take 1teaspoon daily at bedtime with lukewarm water.
5.Garlic – The juice extracted from fresh garlic taken daily empty stomach is very useful for eyesight.
6.Rose petals – Freshly extracted juice of properly cleaned rose petals, which can be used both internally and externally for improving eye vision.
7.Liquorice – Take approximately half to 1 teaspoon of liquorice powder with cow’s milk twice daily. This powder can also be mixed with ghee or honey.
8.Ghee – Rub a small amount of cow ghee on soles of the feet to improve eye vision.

B. Diet:
Include these into daily diet-
Carrots, amla, Beetroot, cucumber, turnip, spinach.
Apple, grapes, pomegranate.
Soaked almonds.

C. Simple Eye Exercises-
1. Rub your palms together till they become warm and then place them on your eyes. Let your palms remain there for 10 seconds and then open your eyes.

2.Roll the eyeballs up and down, and left and right without moving your position. Repeat this exercise about 5 to 10 times. This helps relax the muscles in your eyes.

D. Points to remember:
1. Ensure that your eyes remain hydrated.
2. Don’t keep looking at the computer screen continuously.
3. Give your body a balanced diet and correct amount of sleep.
4. Make it a daily habit to perform eye exercises.
5. Always clean your eyes with cold (filtered) water, from time to time.
6. Stop Smoking.
7. Never look into the sun directly.
8. Sit at least 22-28 inches away from the screen.
9. Have regular eye exams to check for diabetes and high blood pressure, if these health problems already exist in the family.

**Take care of your existing health problems like prolonged constipation, excessive smoking, diabetes, hypertension, stress, neurological problems or allergies so that they do not have an impact on your eyes.**



*Do You Know you are Vitamin-D deficient?*

*Do You Know you are Vitamin-D deficient?*

Vitamin D deficiency is fast becoming a national and global health concern.Around 70 to 80% of the Indian population has vitamin D deficiency.However the bigger concern is that most of the people are still not aware that they are vitamin D deficient.

Are you having joint pain,back pain, anxiety,sadness? You may be vitamin D deficient!!!

1. Symptoms-:
Fatigue, low back pain, muscle weakness, joint pains, decreased energy, irritability, loss of interest in activities and persistent sad or anxious feelings, poor concentration, reduced alertness etc.

2. Vitamin D Deficiency Associated Health Risks-:
~Bone and muscle pain and Skeletal Diseases
~High Blood Pressure and other Cardiovascular Diseases
~Brain Damage
~Week Immunity
~Auto Immune Diseases

3. Causes-:
~Complete body covering long robes and reduced exposure to sun.

~Even in sunny climates there is an increased prevalence of vitamin D deficiency. We all have heard about the dangers of skin cancer and the need for sunscreen to protect us from this disease. This knowledge and the preventive actions we take, have significantly decreased our vitamin D levels. Sunscreen protects so well against UV-B rays that an SPF of 30 decreases vitamin D synthesis in the skin by more than 95%.

~Many adults work indoors and wear more clothing during the work week, which leaves only about 10%-15% of their body exposed to UV for short periods, so they cannot meet their vitamin D needs through the sun alone.

~Allergy to milk and milk products.


~Age- It has been shown that as we age our body has a decreased ability to synthesize vitamin D from exposure to the sun. There can be as much as 25% reduced production over the age of 70.


~A wide variety of medications, including antifungal medications, anticonvulsants, glucocorticoids, and medications to treat AIDS/HIV can enhance the breakdown of vitamin D and lead to low levels.

~Being overweight or obese may put you at risk for a vitamin D deficiency.Vitamin D is a fat-soluble vitamin, which means body fat acts as a “sink” by collecting it. So if you’re overweight or obese, you will need more vitamin D than a slimmer person.

~Dark Skin-Melanin is what gives skin its color. Lighter skin has less melanin than darker skin. Melanin is able to absorb UV-B radiation from the sun and reduce the skin’s capacity to produce vitamin D3 by 95%-99%. People with a naturally dark skin tone have natural sun protection and require at least three to five times longer exposures to make the same amount of vitamin D as a person with a white skin tone.

4. Test-:
25-hydroxyvitamin D blood test.

The normal range is from 20 ng/mL to 50 ng/mL.

5. Recommended Daily Dietary Allowances for Vitamin D –
600 IU(15 mcg) for those 1-70 years of age
800 IU(20mcg)for those over 71years of age .

6. Sources of Vit D-: Natural Sources
~Wild-caught fish (425 IU in 3 oz salmon, 547 IU in 3 oz mackerel)
~Egg yolks (41 IU per egg)
~Canned fish (154 IU in 3 oz tuna, 270 IU in 3.5 oz sardines)
~Shiitake mushrooms (40 IU in 1 cup)
Fortified Sources (Note: Not all brands are vitamin D fortified, so read labels carefully.)

~Milk: whole, nonfat or reduced fat (100 IU in 8 oz)
~Yogurt (80–100 IUs in 6 oz)
~Almond milk (100 IU in 8 oz)
~Pudding made with milk (49-60 IUs in ½ cup)
~Orange juice (137 IU in 1 cup)
~Breakfast cereals (50–100 IUs in 0.75–1 cup)
~Fortified tofu (80 IU in 3 oz)
~Oatmeal (150 IU in 1 packet)
~Cheese (40 IU in 1 slice)
~Margarine (25 IU in 1 teaspoon)

7. Vitamin D Deficiency Associated Health Risks-:
~Bone and muscle pain and Skeletal Diseases
~High Blood Pressure and other Cardiovascular Diseases
~Brain Damage
~Low Immunity
~Auto Immune Diseases

8. Recommendation for maintenance of normal Vitamin D level-:
~Expose your body for 30 minutes to morning sunlight(If you have dark skin, you may need as much as 10 times more sun exposure to produce the same amount of vitamin D as a person with pale skin.)
~Yoga posture Surya Namaskara for 20 minutes is also beneficial.
~Use milk and milk products fortified with vitamin D.
~Consume cod liver oil, fish, dry fruits, oranges, mushrooms, tofu, and egg yolk..
~Consume the vitamin D supplements as prescribed by your doctor.

~In a vitamin D deficient person, oral 60,000 IU per week for 8 weeks followed by maintenance dose of 60,000 IU per month is a reasonably safe method to correct the deficiency.Please consult your doctor before taking the supplements as according to the specific disease the doses are also different.

~Vitamin D toxicity is usually caused by megadoses of vitamin D supplements — not by diet or sun exposure. That’s because your body regulates the amount of vitamin D produced by sun exposure, and even fortified foods don’t contain large amounts of vitamin D.

The main consequence of vitamin D toxicity is a buildup of calcium in your blood (hypercalcemia), which can cause poor appetite, nausea and vomiting. Weakness, frequent urination and kidney problems also may occur.

***Get your Vitamin D Test done today.

~~~Be Healthy and spread awareness to others also, so that together all of us help in reducing Vitamin D deficiency in India.~~~




DrPreeti Tewari's photo.
DrPreeti Tewari's photo.

*Migraine-: Pain management by home remedies (Ayurvedic View)*

*Migraine-: Pain management by home remedies (Ayurvedic View)*

Migraine headaches are commonly defined as episodic or recurrent severe headaches, typically of a throbbing or stabbing nature, usually on one side of the head, the neck or behind the eye.
~~Migraine pain commonly lasts for about 6 to 48hrs.
~~Migraine is triggerred by some factors which results into excessive stimulation (constriction and sudden dilatation) of blood vessels in the head.
~~Migraine may or may not be preceded by an aura; aura may cause visual disturbances such as flashing lights, Zig-Zags, sparkles or blurring of visual field.
~~Migraine is associated with nausea, vomiting, dizziness and or cognitive disturbances.
~~Patient may also experience chills, sweating, fatigue and weakness etc.

A. Causes-:
Improper metabolism, Suppression of natural urges, anger , jealousy, grief, poor elimination, intake of dry, pungent and salty food, intake of polluted food, mental and physical stress, viewing of TV for long periods, reading with insufficient light, sleeplessness etc.

B. Origin of migraine headache-:
Due to the causative factors, Pitta Dosha obstructs the flow of Vata dosha in brain, causing throbbing pain.

C. Pain Management-:
1. Avoiding the cause and trigger factors.

2. Keeping a diary record of specific foods eaten, environmental exposure, sleep patterns may help to identify personal trigger factors.

3. Sneha nasya therapy at home-: Sneha nasya, instillation of medicated oils to the nostrils by Shadbindu tailam or Anu tailam yield significant benefits .

4. Apply a paste of freshly ground clay or freshly ground sandalwood to the forehead, let dry, rub off by hand and wash.

5. Mix ¼ teaspoon of clove powder with 1 teaspoon of cinnamon oil. Apply this paste on the affected area for 20-30 minutes.

6. Add chamomile powder to 1 cup of boiling water.Transfer the liquid to a cup.Drink when hot. It gives fast relief from migraine.

7. Take ½ glass of carrot juice.Add ½ glass of spinach juice.Mix well.Drink this juice twice daily.

8. Grind 10-12 grains of black pepper and 10-12 grains of rice with water to make it a paste. Apply this paste on affected area of the head for 15-20 minutes.

9. Sugar powder 16 parts, Vamshalochana 8 parts , Pippali (long pepper) 4 parts , Ela (Cardamom) 2 parts, Cinnamon – 1 part. Make fine powder and mix it , keep in tight moisture free container.Take half teaspoon thrice daily with honey.

10. Aromatherapy- Pitta calming aromas typically flower fragnances like Lily, Cloves, Lotus, Lavender, Peppermint, Rose, Sandalwood are beneficial.

11. According to ayurveda Virechan(Laxative therapy) is an effective way to reduce excess pitta. Castor oil or warm milk with ghee or triphla at bedtime is helpful.

12. Practicing meditation is highly recommended.

13. Morning and Evening walk followed by brisk exercise is recommended.

14. Avoid hard physical exertional exercises and aggresive sports competitions.

15. Avoid working for long hours continuously; take short breaks. Have a good night’s sleep(8hrs) in a dark room.

D. Diet:
~~Apple , mango , papaya, cheeku, guava.
~~Salad 1hr before lunch, 1hr before dinner.
~~Buttermilk , boiled rice sauted with cinnamon, cumin seeds and garlic or asfoetida are good in the daytime.
~~Have warm and easily digestible foods, boiled and steamed vegetables, soups, vegetable juices, porridge, brown rice and whole-wheat flour.
~~Avoid yogurt, especially at night.
~~Avoid refined ,oily, spicy, cold ,sour foods(fermented, pickled) and stale food, aerated drinks.
~~Avoid coffee, tea, alcohol, smoking.
~~Avoid cheese, chocolate and wine.

E. Yogasanas and Pranayama:
Hastapadasana, Setu Bandhasana, Marjariasana, Paschimottanasana , Bhastrika and Anulom-Vilom Pranayama.

NOTE: When suffering from a migraine attack:
~~Lie down in a dark, quiet place & get some sleep.
~~Avoid eating.
~~Drink only water .
~~Apply hot or cold compresses.
~~ Consult doctor.

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*Prevention Against Zika Virus*

*Prevention Against Zika Virus*

Zika is a virus spread to humans mainly by Aedes mosquito, (the same mosquito that spreads dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever). Zika virus can be transmitted during labor, blood transfusion, laboratory exposure also. Cases of possible person-to-person sexual transmission have been described, but the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) said more evidence is needed to confirm whether sexual contact is a means of Zika transmission.

Zika virus usually remains in the blood of an infected person for about a week but it can be found longer in few people.

1. Symptoms-
About 80% of people infected with Zika virus have no symptoms at all, according to WHO. Those who become ill tend to have mild symptoms, including a low fever, rash, headache and red/ pink eye(conjunctivitis), muscle & joint pain and fatigue

The symptoms usually last up to 7days.

If you have Zika, prevent mosquito bites especially for the first week of your illness.During the first week of infection, Zika virus can be found in the blood and passed from an infected person to a mosquito through mosquito bites.An infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.

2. Medicine during fever-
~Crocin drops or syrup to children.
~Paracetamol tablet to adults.

3. Home remedies to boost immunity-
~Fresh papaya leaf juice.
~Chew soft guduchi stems/Tablets
~Ashwagandha choorna 1tteaspoon in a glass of milk twice daily.
~Fresh amla juice twice daily.
~Juice of fresh wheatgrass daily.
~Decoction:10 harsingar leaves + 8 kalimirch + 6-8 tulsi leaves. Boil these in 1litre of water until one-fourth quantity is left.Strain it. Drink 3-4tsf of this decoction every 3-4hrs.

4. Diet during infection-
~Drink 2-3ltrs of ORS/2-3ltrs boiled water/1ltr lemon water/1ltr coconut water.
~Fruits-papaya, orange, mausmi, kiwi, pomegranate, cheeku.
~Juice of carrot + beetroot + spinach + amla.
~High protein diet.

*Avoid spicy and oily food*

5. Precautions-:
The best prevention is to avoid getting bitten by mosquitoes and control the spread of the Aedes mosquito that breeds in clean water & spreads the Zika virus.
~Use mosquito net.
~Wear full sleeves clothes.
~Don’t let water collect in the nearby surroundings.
~Don’t eat Aspirin/Brufen/Naproxen.
~Avoid drinking cold water.

Pregnant women must protect themselves from insect bites as microcephaly may be present in babies of Zika virus infected mothers. If you have a baby or child:
~Do not use insect repellent on babies younger than 2 months of age.
~Dress your child in clothing that covers arms and legs.
~Cover crib, stroller, and baby carrier with mosquito nets.
~Do not apply insect repellent onto a child’s hands, eyes, mouth, and cut or irritated skin.

6. Risks Associated with Zika-:
There have been reports of a serious birth defect of the brain called microcephaly(a condition in which a baby’s head is smaller than expected when compared to babies of the same sex and age) and other poor pregnancy outcomes in babies of mothers who were infected with Zika virus while pregnant.

Women who are pregnant (in any trimester): Consider postponing travel to any area where Zika virus transmission is ongoing.

7. Areas where Zika virus has reached-:
A news channel reports that the Zika outbreaks have been reported in at least 33 countries in the Americas. Brazil has been the most affected nation.
Other nations and territories include Barbados, Bolivia, Cape Verde, Colombia, Curaçao, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Fiji, French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Maldives, Martinique, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Puerto Rico, Saint Martin, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Suriname, Tonga, Vanuatu, U.S. Virgin Islands, Venezuela, according to the WHO.
Prior to 2015, Zika virus outbreaks have occurred in areas of Africa, Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands.

**Zika can spread to any place by travel of an infected person to new area.There is no vaccine available for Zika infection so be cautious and follow immunity boosting remedies.**

Wishing good health!

Dr. Preeti

The EcoHealth
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