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Some health tips from HCFI

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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  1. Be aware of the products you use in your home and on your skin. For example, cleaning products with harsh chemicals.
  2. Eat healthy and include lots of fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet. They contain fibre and substances that can help in flushing toxins out of your system.
  3. Take steps to combat stress as this lowers your immune system function. Exercise, sleep well, and meditate. You can also opt for yoga to get rid of stress.
  4. Sleep well as it reduces cortisol produced by the body during stress. It also balances leptin, which determines how much food we eat. If our leptin is off balance, most likely the body will feel that it never gets enough food, which leads to overeating.
  5. Reduce or quit smoking and drinking.

Some tips for ageing well from HCFI

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  1. Do not think you are old. Age = 100 minus years old or age 40 = age 20 plus 20 years of experience.
  2. Quit smoking This is the first and foremost critical step that you can take in order to improve your health and combat age related health complications. If you were a smoker in your younger years and still are, it is not too late to quit this fatal habit.
  3. Stay active Make it a daily routine to undertake something that keep you fit and active. Let it be something that promotes strength, balance and flexibility and most importantly, something that you enjoy.
  4. Prevent accidental falls Elderly people are especially vulnerable to accidental falls. They can be prevented by making small changes around your house like removing loose rugs and carpets, keeping walking paths free of cords and clutters and using night lights for hallways. Wearing good friction supporting shoes has been observed to significantly prevent falls.
  5. Stay updated with immunizations and screenings Get a preventive screening done before various age-related disease strike. Get regular checkups for dental, vision and hearing health: Your teeth, gums, vision and hearing have the potential to last a lifetime, if cared for properly.
  6. Eat well A well-balanced healthy diet when combined with moderate physical activity can be the key to healthy aging. Calcium and vitamin D supplements can help women.
  7. Stay mentally active Maintain a good amount of mental activity in old age to counter dementia and cognitive impairment that come with aging.
  8. Sleep well Many elderly people face problems with maintaining a healthy sleep cycle. Insomnia and daytime sleepiness in excess are common complaints, talk to your healthcare provider about such issues.

Ten ways to ease neck pain

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1. Don’t stay in one position for too long

2. Keep the computer monitor at eye level.

3. Use the hands–free function of the phone or wear a headset.

4. Prop your touch–screen tablet or the ipad on a pillow so that it sits at a 45° angle, instead of lying flat on your lap.

5. Keep your prescription up to date, if you wear glasses to prevent leaning your head back to see better.

6. Don’t use too many pillows as it can stifle your neck’s range of motion.

7. Before you move a big wardrobe across the room, consider what it might do to your neck and back, and ask for help.

8. Sleep well.

9. Call your doctor if neck pain is associated with radiating pain, weakness, or numbness of an arm or leg.

10. Also call the doctor if you have fever or weight loss associated with your neck pain, or severe pain.