A woman goes through many phases in life—childhood, puberty, child-bearing years and menopause. With each phase, the body faces new and unique challenges which affect women both physically and mentally. Menopause especially, can be a difficult transition for women, depending on many factors such as their health, lifestyle and age. The drop in Estrogen levels during this time, can cause stress and be severely disturbing.
Menopause usually begins in the late 40s or 50s and may last for years. During this period, women experience a wide range of problems including hot flashes, mood swings, irritability, tiredness and night sweats. Even after menopause ends, health problems are likely to continue as women are at higher risk of contracting osteoporosis, diabetes and heart-related problems. If women do not care for their health, menopause may even occur as early as the mid-30s.
Ayurvedic products offer the most permanent solution to menopause related problems, with little to no side effects. Vedic Vitals, founded by Prerna Arora, has launched an innovative product aimed at curing the symptoms of menopause, and ensuring a smooth transition into this new phase in a woman’s life. ‘Gyno Vitals’ is touted as the cure for all reproductive health problems in women. Its natural herbs and formulations help control the menstrual cycle and prevent pre- or post-menopausal health issues.
There are usually two phases of menopause linked with different symptoms. Perimenopause indicates the number of years it takes to complete menopause in a woman. Every woman experiences it differently as it may end in a few months or last for more than five years. This period often begins in the mid-40s with a change in the frequency of periods, as well as the consistency of the flow, which may get heavier or lighter. Hot flashes are very common during perimenopause, as is sleep deprivation and serious mood swings. Some women face urinary incontinence and some complain about vaginal dryness. Towards the completion of menopause, the vagina becomes thinner and loses its elasticity.
Once a woman has not had periods consistently for a period of 12 months, it indicates the completion of menopause, which brings on the new post-menopausal symptoms. Women continue to face hot flashes and insomnia issues, have mood swings, night sweats and persistent vaginal dryness. This is due to the depletion of Estrogen in the body, preventing the thickening of the uterine line. Once the protective hormones are depleted from the body, new health challenges arise. Menopause can affect blood pressure, blood fat triglycerides and increase chances of diseases invading your body. Women may gain a lot of weight in the five to six years following menopause. Even after following a healthy diet and exercise regime, it may prove difficult to lose the extra kilos.
AYURVEDA FOR MENOPAUSE
Gyno Vitals is an Ayurvedic product developed specifically to address all the issues related to menopause. It helps regulate periods and ease the symptoms of menopause. You can trust Ayurvedic products of Vedic Vitals to treat all your hormonal issues naturally. Made entirely of natural ingredients and produced in India, this innovative product stands out among a host of over-the-counter medications.
Vedic Vitals is a startup aimed at improving and strengthening Indian health, by relying on herbal ingredients which have no side effects. Along with their path-breaking product aimed at curing menopause, they have many natural Ayurvedic remedies on offer. These include ‘Tar-Free’, a product that clears tar accumulated in the lungs of smokers; ‘Liver Vitals’, which strengthens and protects the liver from damage caused by the excessive consumption of liquor; and ‘Immunity Vitals’, which builds immunity to fight against viruses and bacteria.
The founder of the brand, Prerna Arora’s philosophy in life has always been, ‘prevention is better than cure’. This adage has also been the inspiration behind her brand Vedic Vitals. The effective products sold under this brand are based on age-old Ayurvedic wisdom and work towards revitalising the body and its organs, in turn significantly reducing the incidence of diseases. Particularly for women who have suffered from menstrual problems all their life, and now struggle with menopausal problems, ‘Gyno Vitals’ is the ideal solution.
The writer contributes lifestyle articles to various newspapers and publications. She blogs at www.nooranandchawla.com and can be found on Instagram @nooranandchawla.
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Study: Certain occupations may be linked with heavy drinking
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Researchers at the University of Liverpool discovered that working in specific occupations might be related to a higher probability of heavy drinking in individuals in people aged 40-69 years.
The research was published in the open-access journal ‘BMC Public Health’. The findings could be used to help target public health or work-based interventions aiming to reduce heavy drinking, according to the authors.
Researchers at the University of Liverpool found that jobs classified as skilled trade occupations, such as construction and manufacturing jobs, were most likely to be associated with heavy drinking. While jobs broadly categorised as professional occupations, for example, doctors and teachers were associated with a lower likelihood of heavy drinking.
The occupations associated with the highest rates of heavy drinking in the UK were publicans and managers of licensed premises, plasterers, and industrial cleaning process occupations, including cleaners of industrial premises. The occupations associated with the lowest rates of heavy drinking were clergy, physicists, geologists and meteorologists, and medical practitioners.
Andrew Thompson, the corresponding author said, “Heavy alcohol consumption increases the risk of physical and mental harm and by understanding which occupations are associated with heavy drinking, we can better target resources and interventions. Our research provides insight for policymakers and employers regarding which sectors may have the highest rates of heavy alcohol consumption.”
To examine associations between occupation and alcohol consumption, the authors analysed data on 100,817 adults from across the UK who were 55 years old on average and recruited to the UK Biobank between 2006 and 2010.
Participants reported their weekly or monthly alcohol intake and occupation. Heavy drinkers were defined as women consuming more than 35 UK units of alcohol per week and men consuming more than 50 units per week. In the UK, one unit of alcohol is defined as 10 milliliters (8 grams) of pure alcohol, and typical servings of common alcoholic drinks, such as a 175-milliliter glass of wine or a pint of beer, contain one to three units of alcohol.
The authors found that associations between occupation and heavy drinking differed in men and women. For men, the jobs that were most likely to be associated with heavy drinking were skilled trade occupations, while jobs classified as managers and senior officials were most likely to be associated with heavy drinking for women.
The occupations associated with the lowest rates of heavy drinking for men were clergy, medical practitioners, and town planners, compared with school secretaries, biological scientists, biochemists, and physiotherapists for women.
Thompson said, “The observed differences for men and women in associations between occupations and heavy drinking could indicate how work environments, along with gender and other complex factors, can influence relationships with alcohol. Workplace-based interventions aiming to address alcohol consumption in occupations where heavy drinking is prevalent could benefit both individuals and the wider economy by improving employee wellbeing and by indirectly increasing productivity.”
The authors cautioned that due to the cross-sectional nature of the study, it was not possible to establish a causal relationship between alcohol consumption and occupation. (ANI)
Researchers review rehab programs that could assist people with COVID-19 recuperation
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): A research led by a team of scientists at the University of Exeter claimed that progressive exercise and early mobilisation are the most important elements of rehabilitation programs that may improve recovery for people who are hospitalised with severe COVID-19.
The study reviewed all the available evidence on whether rehabilitation benefitted patients who were admitted to intensive or critical care with respiratory illness, as information on people with COVID-19 was not available when the research began.
The study, published in ‘Physiotherapy’ and supported by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Applied Research Collaboration South West Peninsula, found that progressive exercise and getting people mobile early may both help people recover from severe respiratory illness, and those findings could be applied to COVID-19 care.
They also found that rehabilitation programmes with a number of different components could be beneficial.
Study lead Vicki Goodwin MBE, Associate Professor of Ageing and Rehabilitation at the University of Exeter Medical School, said, “COVID-19 can have a devastating impact on people’s lives, long after they leave the hospital. We urgently need to find the best ways to support people to regain their health, both in hospital and when they return home.
Our research found that getting people moving early on is a key component that can help shape rehabilitation programmes, to get people back on their feet as swiftly as possible”.
The rapid systematic review included 24 systematic reviews, 11 randomised control trials, and eight qualitative studies, which interviewed patients about their rehabilitation, to explore their views and experience. From these interviews, the team found that rehabilitation can give hope and confidence to patients, although approaches need to be tailored to the individual.
One rehabilitation programme after hospital discharge from intensive care was found to give people a boost and a different outlook for the future. One patient said, “I just feel full of life. I can’t wait for tomorrow, you know. Before it was just a day after day, but now it’s- I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
In another study, the recognition of setting goals to achieve small steps is an important part of recovery. A patient-reported, “Well, I was shocked at how little I could do, but now, it’s the other way, I’m actually shocked at how much I can do and I am doing. It’s really good.” (ANI)
Prince Harry shares when he knew Meghan Markle was ‘the one’ for him
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): The Duke of Sussex Prince Harry has opened up about his cozy first few dates with Meghan Markle.
According to People Magazine, on Thursday night’s episode of ‘The Late Late Show’, the 36-year-old Harry spoke candidly to host James Corden about unusual circumstances of dating as a member of the royal family and when he first knew that the 39-year-old actor Meghan was “the one.”
“The second date I was starting to think ‘Wow, this is pretty special,'” Harry told Corden.
“It was just the fact we hit it off with each other and we were just so comfortable in each other’s company,” he said.
Harry continued that Dating with him or with any member of the royal family is kind of flipped upside down. “All the dates become dinners, or watching the tv or chatting at home. Then eventually once you become a couple, then you venture out to dinners to the cinema and everything else.”
“Everything was done back to front with us so actually we got to spend an enormous amount of time just the two of us rather than going to friends’ houses or out for dinner where there were other distractions,” he explained.
Per People Magazine, Harry went on to say that he loved the way he and Meghan were able to connect during the first outings together. “There were no distractions and that was great. It was an amazing thing, we went from zero to 60 in the first two months.”
And while talking about his wife, Harry surprised Corden with a call from Meghan via Facetime. During the call, Corden spoke to the Duchess of Sussex and jokingly asked the couple to buy the real ‘Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’ home after touring it with Harry during their ride through Los Angeles on a tour bus.
As reported by People Magazine, the Duke of Sussex said that both he and Meghan, who is expecting the couple’s second child, are looking forward to getting back to their favorite causes when the COVID lockdown comes to an end – even if it is “a slightly different version but a continuation of what we were doing back in the UK anyway.”
He added, “That is what our life – my life’s always going to be about public service. And Meghan signed up to that and the two of us enjoy doing that. Trying to bring some compassion and try and make people happy and try and change the world in any small way that we can.” (ANI)
Study: Low-intensity exercise may help maintain mobility in older ladies
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): A study led by a team of scientists from Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health and Human Longevity Sciences at UC San Diego proposed that low-intensity workouts may ensure mobility in more older ladies.
While the low-intensity workout is recommended to people of all ages to maintain agility and fitness, the findings published in the online issue of ‘JAMA Network Open’ suggested that light-intensity physical activity, including shopping or a casual walk, may protect mobility in older women.
One in four women over age 65 is unable to walk two blocks or climb a flight of stairs. Known as mobility disability, it is the leading type of incapacity in the United States and a key contributor to a person’s loss of independence.
Researchers found that women who did not have a mobility disability at the start of the study, and who spent the most amount of time doing light-intensity activities, were 40 percent less likely to experience loss of mobility over a six-year period.
“Older adults who want to maintain their mobility should know that all movement, not just moderate-to-vigorous physical activity, counts,” said senior author Andrea LaCroix, PhD, MPH, Distinguished Professor and chief of the Division of Epidemiology at Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health.
LaCroix added, “We found that, among older women, light-intensity physical activity preserves mobility later in life.”
The prospective study observed 5,735 women age 63 and older, living in the United States and enrolled in the Objectively Measured Physical Activity and Cardiovascular Health Study, an ancillary study of the Women’s Health Initiative.
Participants wore a research-grade accelerometer for seven days to obtain accurate measures of their physical activity. The mean time spent in light physical activity was 4.8 hours per day.
Researchers found that women who spent the most time performing light-intensity physical activity had a 46 percent lower risk of mobility loss compared to women who participated in lower levels of physical activity.
Similar results were observed among white, Black, and Latinx women. Women with and without obesity also reduced their risk of mobility disability, but the benefit was strongest among women with a body mass index (BMI) of less than 30.
“Moderate-to-vigorous physical activity is increasingly more difficult to perform as people age. Considering the aging population in the United States, these findings could have major impacts on public health recommendations, putting more focus on the importance of the light physical activity to improve the health and well-being of older women.
Doing so may help women maintain mobility and independence as they age,” said co-author John Bellettiere, PhD, professor of epidemiology at Herbert Wertheim School of Public Health.
Adults in the United States age 65 and older struggle to meet physical activity guidelines, which recommend 150 minutes of moderate-to-vigorous physical activity per week.
There is no available guidance on how much light activity people should do, largely because very few studies have investigated it. Study authors said their data suggest that light activity is likely important for maintaining mobility, which is essential for healthy aging.
Older adults with mobility disabilities experience more hospitalisations and spend more on health care. Women bear a disproportionate burden of mobility disability.
“The highest levels of light-intensity physical activity are unnecessary. After five hours of activity, we observed no further increase in benefit,” said first author Nicole Glass, MPH, a doctoral candidate in the San Diego State University/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Public Health.
“In addition, our results showed that light-intensity physical activity was associated with preserved mobility regardless of the amount of higher-intensity physical activities, such as brisk walking, jogging or running, the women engaged in. So whether you exercise or not, higher light-intensity physical activity is healthy,” added Glass. (ANI)
When Kangana Ranaut had an instant smile on her face!
Mumbai (Maharashtra) [India], February 27 (ANI): Bollywood star Kangana Ranaut who will be seen essaying the role of an Indian Air Force officer in her upcoming flick ‘Tejas’ on Saturday shared a picture showing her character’s name ‘Tejas Gill’ printed on the uniform.
The ‘Queen’ actor hopped on to Instagram and shared that she “had an instant smile on her face” after seeing the name written on the dress.
The photo shows a camouflage-print T-shirt with a tag of ‘Tejas Gill and the blood group B positive.’
Expressing her feelings on seeing the name of her character in the film ‘Tejas’ in front of her, the actor said, “Playing a Sikh soldier in Tejas. I never knew until I read my character’s full name on my uniform today. I had an instant smile on my face. Our longings and love have a way of manifesting. The universe speaks to us in more ways than we understand (added a heart emoticon).”
Meanwhile, Kangana besides ‘Tejas’, will also be seen in ‘Thalaivi’, a biopic on actor-turned-politician Jayalalithaa.
Apart from this she also has ‘Dhaakad’ and ‘Manikarnika Returns: The Legend Of Didda’ in the pipeline.
Kangana has also signed up to play the role of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi in an upcoming political drama. (ANI)
Julia Roberts, George Clooney collaborate for Universals’ rom-com ‘Ticket to Paradise’
Washington [US], February 27 (ANI): Oscar winning American superstars Julia Roberts and George Clooney are set to play lead roles in Universals’ upcoming romantic-comedy titled ‘Ticket to Paradise’.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Clooney and Roberts will play the role of a divorced couple that will move to Bali to prevent their daughter from repeating a mistake they made 25 years earlier.
The powerhouse pair prior featured together in Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ and in the Ocean’s ‘Eleven’ film franchise.
Helmed by the ‘Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again’ filmmaker Ol Parker, the upcoming rom-com will be produced by Working Title’s Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner alongside Deborah Balder Stone and Sarah Harvey.
‘Ticket to Paradise’ will be written by Parker and Daniel Pipski. (ANI)
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