Top Tips for a Healthy Lifestyle in 2020

2020 has begun and many of us have tried to make new resolutions for the year – with fitness being a must in this new decade. Many of us tend to relate fitness with only workouts at the gym, but forget that overall health revolves around a lot of other factors related to eating, drinking, sleeping, physical activity, mental activity, and more. So, what are the things you need to do to maintain a healthy lifestyle in 2020? Let us discuss some of these healthy living tips below.

 

6 Best Ways for Maintaining a Healthy Lifestyle

1. Consistent Physical Activity

Going for swimming sessions or a game of football/cricket every Sunday morning may not be enough to keep your body active, especially when the rest of the week you are sitting for the whole day at work in front of your laptop / PC. Aim for consistency in any physical activity that you do. To avoid boredom, involve yourself in a variety of physical activities on a regular basis – which may be hitting the gym, or going for a swim, or going for a round on cycle, or even playing a game of cricket or football on the turf.

2. Eating at Regular Intervals

Before we dwell on what you should eat and what you shouldn’t, it is important to ensure that you eat something at regular intervals of time. Regardless of how busy you are, do not keep your stomach empty for a long duration.

3. Sleep Well

Ensure your body gets enough sleep on a daily basis. If for some reason you couldn’t sleep for at least 7 hours at night, make sure you have good sleep on the following night. A good night’s sleep will ensure you stay active the whole day and will even improve your efficiency and productivity at work and otherwise.

4. Own Your Mornings

Many of you will give the excuse of lack of time to do any physical activity or maybe to give attention to your own body. Aim to sleep early around 11 p.m. and wake up by 6 a.m. on most days of the week. Keep aside the time from 6 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. for yourself and engage in a few minutes of walking, yoga, cycling, or even a quick yet effective HIIT workout at the gym. This habit shall ensure that your body and your mind stays active for a longer amount of time.

5. Healthy Eating Habits

Have a wholesome breakfast in the morning comprising of idlis or egg omelettes or similar hot food items, along with cereals/oats/muesli, dry fruits, and a glass of milk or fresh fruit juice. Make sure you consume at least two fruits and some salad every day. Drink 2-3 glasses of warm water immediately after waking up in the morning, and drink a minimum of 11 to 12 glasses of water throughout the day. Ensure that your dinner is the lightest meal of the day, and make sure you have it before 8:30 p.m. every day.

6. Prepare Yourself for Tougher Physical Challenges

To keep yourself motivated throughout the year to indulge in physical activities and a healthier diet, try involving your family/ friends in your fitness journey. Try group activities like marathons, hikes, or treks to bring an element of fun and competition into fitness, so you’re always feeling engaged and challenged!

By integrating these tips into your lifestyle, you’ll find yourself loving its positive effects on your overall well-being. So try it out and start 2020 on the right foot!

Childcare During Pregnancy

The experiences of a woman during her pregnancy are both exciting as well as nervous. If you are someone who has gone through pregnancy or are currently going through one, you would understand the anxiety you have to just ensure everything about the baby (in your growing belly) is perfect! It is normal to be anxious, but it is also necessary to focus on the things in your hand – like eating healthy foodstuffs, keeping your body active and fit, and keeping your mind stress-free.

Let us touch upon these points in brief before we discuss ways to check the heartbeats of the baby after the initial few weeks of pregnancy.

Wholesome Diet

You will crave for different kinds of food items during pregnancy, and you may consume them subject to approval from your gynaecologist. Additionally, you need to ensure that you do consume enough fruits, vegetables, dry fruits, etc. to have an appropriate intake of protein, carbohydrates, calcium, minerals, and fats, that are required for you and the baby.

Body Fitness

Do not stop working just because you are pregnant. Keep yourself engaged in your office work and household work, as well as try and go for early morning walks to get fresh air into the body.

The well-being of the Baby

As you happen to read more about how to bond well with the baby as well as know everything is OK with the baby, you will come to know about the ability of certain devices to help you hear the heartbeats of your baby. How wonderful is that experience going to be? For the initial period of your pregnancy (before the baby starts kicking), these heartbeats will perhaps be the only way by which you identify the baby. This is when you will bump into words like ‘fetal doppler’, which is a hand-held, ultrasound device that is used by practitioners to enable you to hear the heartbeat of the baby during prenatal checkups/appointments.

How does the Fetal Doppler Work?

It makes use of sound waves to enable you to detect the heartbeats of the baby and make you hear the same. To start off, the device sends out high-frequency sound waves that get reflected from various tissues. Once the doppler is able to detect a heartbeat, it manages to convert the same into an auditory signal – so the doctor and you can hear the heartbeat. Isn’t this exciting for the to-be parents of the baby?

A reliable fetal doppler is offered by BPL Medical Technologies along with an LCD display so that the doctor can monitor the heart rate accurately. It makes sense to use the doppler under the guidance of the doctor so that he/she can guide you to look at the necessary things and hear the heartbeat in the best way possible.

How Can You Contribute to Make the Air Around Cleaner?

We all are alive as long as we breathe. Are you aware of the quality of air that you breathe? Is it good, average, bad, worse or worst? Considering the various ways in which human beings have started polluting the environment, most of us are breathing air that is not good!

And this impacts the health of your lungs and could be the source for many complications or diseases that can happen to you in the future. It is therefore essential that you start taking small steps towards reducing air pollution, which in turn will make the air around cleaner. Let us have a look at some of these steps in this post.

Important Measures to Keep the Air Clean

Reduce Usage of Your Car

Just because you own a car doesn’t mean you take it along with you wherever you go. Stop taking the car daily to your office and instead opt for car-pooling or use public transport occasionally. For extremely short distances, walk around or cycle your way to the destination.

Make Your Car More Efficient

Whenever you use your car, make sure it utilizes less fuel by switching off the engine at signals, as well as ensuring the tyres are properly inflated. Additionally, get your car serviced regularly so that it remains efficient and utilizes less fuel.

Reduce Consumption of Energy

Electricity and gas pollute the air significantly. So, it makes sense to use them sparingly only when required. For example, keep your air conditioner ON to cool your room for an hour or so before you go to bed instead of keeping it ON the whole night. Try to maintain the temperature of the air conditioner around 24 degrees and avoid lower temperatures.

Use that washing machine or dishwasher at home only when you have full load. Avoid burning of wood for any purpose, and make limited usage of heaters during winter by switching it ON only in the rooms where you sit (instead of turning ON the heaters in all rooms).

Plant More Trees

Develop the habit of having few plants at your home, in your building, and in your surrounding areas. Start taking initiatives of planting more trees in a group at periodic intervals. Educate your kids to do the same so that the message gets spread to many people. As plants inhale carbon dioxide and exhale oxygen, they help to make the air clean.

These are some simple tips to make the air cleaner. There is another way to ensure that you breathe cleaner air at home, office, and wherever you go – by making use of air purifiers. BPL Medical Technologies offers a wide range of compact air purifiers and you can choose the one ideal for your requirements by having a look at them here.

Ultrasounds: Not Just for Expecting Mothers!

There are different Imaging techniques like X-rays, CT Scans, etc. which help to identify sources of particular diseases or certain defects in a human body.

‘Ultrasound’ is one of the widely used applications for Expecting mothers and Gynaecology applications. The use of Ultrasound machines is considered safer as they do not involve harmful ionized radiation. Plus, this technique shows a better picture of the baby in the uterus, thereby, allowing the doctor to check most details about the baby such as heartbeat, age, growth, movement, muscle tone, and overall development.

However, Ultrasound is not restricted to use only for pregnant women. So, what does it exactly do and what are its major areas of application?

Understanding Ultrasound

It is a diagnostic imaging technique/method that forms images of internal body organs and structures using high-frequency sound waves. The structures/organs whose images are created can be kidney, liver, as well as blood vessels, joints, tendons, muscles, and so on. The ultrasound technique helps physicians/doctors to examine your body for certain complications.

How do the Ultrasound Machines Work?

To make images of soft tissue structures/organs, this machine triggers sound waves (of high frequency) that get reflected from the relevant body structures. These sound waves  The computer then creates the corresponding image/picture after receiving the waves. This medical imaging technique has to be implemented by a trained physician / professional who has past experience of handling it.

As mentioned above, the Ultrasound machines can be used to diagnose conditions related to various internal body organs, and hence its usage is not limited to performing sonography (the technique of creating an image using sound waves) in expecting mothers. Few example areas of application for Ultrasound are as listed under:

  • To study blood vessels, heart, abdominal as well as pelvic organs
  • To understand the root causes of infection, swelling or pain in various internal organs of the body
  • To measure and analyze the blood flow in arteries and eventually identify blockages, if any
  • To detect cysts or related unusual growths in pancreas, liver, etc.
  • To identify cases of fatty liver or liver cancer

Advantages of Ultrasound Diagnosis Technique

As it does not use any form of radiation, it is quite safe in comparison to X-rays and CT scans. This technique is generally painless and does not cause any discomfort. It helps to create images of soft tissues that may not be clearly visible in X-rays. It is portable and less expensive as compared to other medical imaging techniques.

Hope the above points have brought clarity in your mind with regards to the various applications (in addition to baby diagnosis in pregnant women) and benefits offered by ultrasound machines. BPL Medical Technologies has a specialized set of ultrasound products that deliver high-quality image performance and unparalleled operating efficiency. You can have a glimpse at these ultrasound machines here.

Precautions against Health Effects of Air Pollution

Urban cities are plagued by ever-increasing levels of air pollution. Emissions from vehicles and factories as well as the increasing amount of particulate matter in the air are posing a dangerous threat to health.

Breathing polluted air can cause a number of short-term, visible symptoms. The severity of the symptoms varies depending on the individual’s sensitivity to pollutants. Those exposed to polluted air can show symptoms such as:

  • Eye irritation
  • Wheezing or difficulty breathing
  • Coughing caused by irritation and inflammation of the respiratory tract
  • Shortness of breath during physical activity

Air pollution can also cause serious health complications, especially affecting the respiratory system:

  • Chronic lung diseases, such as chronic bronchitis
  • Cardiovascular diseases affecting the heart and blood vessels
  • Lung cancer

Precautions

As air pollution cannot be completely avoided, taking appropriate precautions can reduce the chances of developing health complications as a result of of pollution.

  • Verify the air quality in your area: Before leaving, check the air quality index of the area you plan on visiting. This will allow you to make an informed decision regarding your outdoor plans.
  • Maintain good indoor air quality: Fine particulate matter can still be present indoors, posing a danger to the overall health of you and your family. An indoor air purifier, such as BPL Medical Technologies’ air purifiers, filter the air of particulate matter using HEPA filters, providing a safe to breathe air indoors.
  • Stay prepared: Always carry medication if you are suffering from medical conditions such as asthma that are worsened by pollution. Nebulizers such as BPL BreathEzee nebulizers are ideal devices to ensure that the medication is delivered properly.

Swine Flu: Symptoms and Treatment

Swine flu, also known as H1N1 flu, is a type of influenza virus that usually spread among pigs but in recent years has spread to humans as well. The flu is spread in much the same way as seasonal influenza. The virus spreads when the person infected with virus coughs or sneezes, releasing the virus into the air. Coming into direct contact with the infected person or any surface they have come into contact with is the only way to get infected yourself.

Symptoms

The symptoms of swine flu are similar to seasonal influenza. These include:

  • Cough
  • Fever
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or runny nose
  • Body aches
  • Headache
  • Chills
  • Fatigue

Swine flu also has the potential to cause worse illnesses such as pneumonia and may cause complications for those suffering from diabetes or asthma. A test conducted by a doctor is the only way to accurately diagnose swine flu. However, in most cases, a test is not required as a healthy body is capable of fighting the virus on its own. Only pregnant women, children below the age of 5, and people above the age of 65 are at particular risk from being infected with swine flu and should get tested as soon as symptoms are detected.

Treatment

The treatment for swine flu is similar to the treatment for seasonal influenza. Drugs like oseltamivir (Tamiflu), peramivir, and zanamivir are effective against swine flu. Other over-the-counter drugs for body pains can also be taken to alleviate the symptoms.

Regular vaccination against all forms of flu viruses is also recommended as it introduces the antibodies required to deal with the flu-causing viruses such as that of swine flu.

Washing hands regularly and reducing contact with the eyes and mouth are essential precautions to take to prevent the spread of swine flu. At the same time, avoiding those who are sick is another good precaution to take. Using infrared thermometers such as BPL Accudigit infrared thermometers allow monitoring of fever in a contact-less manner, thus reducing contact with those who are sick with swine flu.

Breast Cancer: Risks

Breast cancer is a disease that affects one in eight women during their lifetime. Like most cancers, breast cancer develops due to damaged DNA within the cells causing mutations. These mutated cells then develop into lumps known as tumours. When malignant tumours develop in the breast, it is diagnosed as breast cancer.

Being aware of the risks of breast cancer is important to an early diagnosis and timely treatment.

Breast Cancer Risks

Genetic Risks

  • Age: Women at the age of 40 or above are at an increased risk to breast cancer.
  • Family History and Genetic Factors: If an immediate family member or close relative has been diagnosed of breast cancer, the chances of developing breast cancer in the future are high.
  • Personal Health History: If breast cancer has been diagnosed in one breast, the chances of developing cancer in the other breast becomes high.
  • Menstrual and Reproductive History: The risk of breast cancer increases, if menstruation occurs at an early age (before 12 years), if menopause occurs late (after 55 years of age), having the first child at an older age, or never giving birth etc.

Environmental and Lifestyle Risks

  • Lack of Physical Activity: A lifestyle with low amounts of physical exercise can increase the risk to breast cancer.
  • Poor Diet: A diet deficient of vital vitamins and minerals and high in saturated fat increases the risk to breast cancer.
  • Being Overweight or Obese: Obesity also increases the risk of developing breast cancer, with the risks being higher if menopause has already occurred.
  • Drinking Alcohol: High alcohol consumption can also increase the risk to breast cancer.
  • Combined Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT): A combined hormone replacement therapy taken under prescription for menopause, increases the risk to breast cancer developing while also increasing the risk of cancer being detected at a more advanced stage.

While genetic risk factors cannot be avoided or actively treated, environmental risks can be greatly reduced. Following a healthy lifestyle with plenty of physical activity and a healthy diet are important steps to take to prevent breast cancer.

Why is a CPAP necessary?

A Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (CPAP) machine is often prescribed for those suffering from obstructive sleep apnea. While it might not be needed for mild cases, but it is absolutely recommended for those suffering from severe cases of obstructive sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea has the potential to cause severe long-term health complications. Obstructive sleep apnea reduces the intake of oxygen in the body as the airway is periodically blocked, stopping regular breathing patterns. This leads to visible symptoms such as fatigue, headaches, and memory loss that can impair day-to-day functioning.

Additionally, if sleep apnea is left untreated, it can lead to cardiovascular complications such as heart arrhythmias, congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease while at the same time increasing the risk of stroke. These are significant life-threatening conditions which could lead to hospitalization or death.

The BPL Harmony CPAP device provides continuous airway pressure, preventing it from becoming obstructed. The device performs an essential function for the body and goes a long way towards preventing the health conditions mentioned above. To conclude a CPAP device helps performs a life-saving function and, should be used as prescribed by a doctor.

BPL Medical Technologies: A Heritage of Innovation

BPL Medical Technologies has a storied heritage in delivering innovation and quality. Since its inception with the erstwhile British Physical Laboratories, BPL has pioneered innovative medical technologies along with its vast portfolio of consumer electronic products. After decades of success, BPL Medical Technologies was established as a separate company in 2013.

Beginning in 1963, BPL has established itself as a pioneer in the technological fields we have entered. From televisions to home appliances, BPL products have featured in the lives of every Indian. Since 1967, the company has been a frontrunner in introducing and indigenizing latest technological solutions. Their focus in cardiology is the reason BPL Medical Technologies was the first company to introduce the single-channel ECG to India.

Over the years we have constantly developed our ECG and defibrillator technologies, introducing new relevant features to our products to stay ahead of the demands of the medical industry. Building on our expertise, we have expanded our portfolio, introducing ultrasound devices in 1997 and patient monitoring devices in 2002. BPL Medical Technologies has consistently expanded into new fields, bringing the same commitment to providing high quality medical devices that provide the best medical care possible.

Our commitment to provide the best possible medical care has been rewarded with several excellence awards throughout our 50-year history. In 1995 and 1997, the government of India awarded BPL as the leading Indian company in the Department of Electronics. BPL Medical Technologies has also been awarded The Best Healthcare Brand by the Economic Times and the No.1 ECG Brand by Top Doctors Online in 2016. These awards are a testament to our continued drive to deliver innovative products and solutions for the Indian market.

Since our inception, we have constantly strived to meet high-quality standards driven by manufacturing. Our brand is committed towards making people’s lives better, healthier, and happier. From creative solutions to delivering care, we look forward to exceeding your expectations.

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