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Period pain? Fret not, follow a few natural remedies

Did you know that Around 80% experience period pain at some stage? Period pain can start form early teens right up to menopause.

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Menstrual cramps, or Dysmenorrhea as it is technically called is common enough in women. Did you know that Around 80% experience period pain at some stage? Period pain can start from the early teens right up to menopause. Here’s what to do so it doesn’t disrupt your life

Believe it or not but many women who suffer period pain liken it to having a heart attack. Around 80% of women experience period pain. Most women experience discomfort during menstruation for a couple of days but around 5% to 10% of women the pain is severe enough to disrupt their life.

Professor of reproductive health at University College London, John Guillebaud, in a report said that women described the cramping pain as ‘almost as bad as having a heart attack’.

What causes menstrual disorders?

Not every woman has regular periods. Sometimes, they are irregular, sometimes there is heavy flow and sometimes there is a horrible nightmarish pain. Some women get menstrual cramps because of the hormone-like substance known as prostaglandin that leads to uterine muscles contracting during periods.

The cramping can cause throbbing or dull pain in the lower part of the abdomen. Then, the pain will radiate to the lower back and to the thighs. In most cases, the cramps generally go away after the first or second day. There are a variety of menstrual disorders. And believe it or not, some of them have signs of life-threatening conditions. Therefore, it is important to treat menstrual disorders.

Common problems that women are dealing with.

  1. Hormonal imbalance.
  2. Unhealthy lifestyle habits.
  3. Genetic factors.
  4. Certain medical conditions.

You must remember that certain factors increase the chances of suffering from menstrual cramps. These are: Reaching puberty at a very early age, heavy bleeding during periods and also genetics, consumption of excessive alcohol, sedentary lifestyle and smoking.

Herbal remedies

When we talk about herbal remedies or treatment for menstrual problems, women are advised to take supplements for regular use.

Gynecure is a composition of herbal ingredients in order to offer the best treatment for heavy flow, painful menstruation and irregular menstrual cycles. Ingredients included in these supplements can balance the secretion of hormones naturally in women, thus curing various period related problems. Various problems suffered by women after or during monthly cycles can be managed properly.

Clitoria ternatea can provide neurological benefits to get relief from period pain. It is antipyretic which can inhibit glucose from the diet. It can regulate the problem of stress eating in women.

Kachnar is a herbal ingredient popular for its anthelmintic and astringent features.

Saffron is helpful in treating menstrual cramps and premenstrual syndrome or PMS.

Tejpati contains anti-diabetic properties. Hence women suffering from Diabetes can get relief from menstrual issues caused because of increased levels of sugar in their body.

Ketasi is popular for improving sterility in women and can also prevent miscarriages.

Davada is a herbal ingredient that provides relief from menstrual pains and it can also cure white discharge problems.

How to control heavy bleeding?

This is a common problem that women face and are looking for an answer to. Usually, the causes of pain and bleeding generally vary from one person to person. The best cure is to treat the actual cause of the problem. Sometimes, prolonged use of medications like steroids, blood thinners and anticoagulants can give rise to pain. Here’s what you can do.

Tamarind

Or imli, is found to be very effective to treat menstrual pain and heavy bleeding. However, some women have had bad experiences with it and in fact, the pain intensifies. SO much so that they can’t eat anything that is sour like tomatoes, oranges and even lemon; basically, anything citrus.

But it does work for many since it reduces the cholesterol level in the body heavy blood flow. Drink a mixture of tamarind, dry plum and honey on an empty stomach. To get an effective result, try to drink it regularly for four to five days.

Orange juice

It has been found to be effective to treat heavy menstrual bleeding and pain. Mix orange juice and lemon juice four to five times a day. It assures high Vitamin C in the body.

Coriander

Drinking water added with coriander seeds act as a safe cure for treating heavy menstrual bleeding. You can make use of both coriander leaves and coriander seeds. You need to drink this herbal cure three to four times per day for the best result.

Gooseberry

Do you like to drink gooseberry juice? If yes, it can be used to treat a variety of health issues. Drink mint juice, curd and gooseberry juice together. Drink this regularly. Broccoli can be added as an effective remedy to alleviate heavy bleeding during periods.

Radish

Yes, you read that right. Radish functions as an effective remedy for heavy menstrual bleeding troubles. Make radish juice by blending radish with water and buttermilk. Apart from reducing menstrual bleeding, it also helps in promoting energy production in the body.

Types of period pain

Women suffer from different types of painful situations during monthly cycles. It can be pain in the lower or upper abdomen, lower or upper back pain, shoulder and neck pain and headache.

A number of women complain of vomiting, fatigue and dizziness due to the various changes in the endocrine flows in the body. At least, one in four girls complains of pain during the monthly cycle and the painful situation can be of varied intensity.

Women suffer from the changes in the volume of the brain part – gray matter during the flow. This part of the brain tissue contains nerve cells instead of fibre which is responsible for the transmission and pain control against emotional triggers.

The flow is connected to the endocrine release from the pituitary glands in the brain that is connected to the peripheral nerves. This should not be injured at any point, to enable the easy flow. You must be stress-free to prevent period cramps.

Cramps affect Women’s seriously

Women suffering from pain also suffer from changes in cognitive functioning. The cramps negatively affect workability. At least 40 per cent of women get PMS symptoms severe enough to disrupt their everyday work.

If you are skinny, chances are that you may miss periods because of an imbalance in the level of estrogen due to undernutrition.

Sexual desire is also affected by menstrual problems. Healthy diet can offer good results

Some women get depressed, feel anger and inability to focus and the severity of symptoms changes as the cycle progresses.

You may experience outflow in heavy clots and shortness of breath.

Obesity is yet another factor that affects the menstrual hormone ratio. Even in PCOD, increased fat increases the level of testosterone which affects the right ratio of female hormones.

Women’s complained of irregular periods due to COVID-19

This is not all. Many women who have tested positive for COVID-19 have complained of irregular periods. Some have even noticed lighter periods; heavier periods; irregular periods and even missed periods.

Doctors say that missed periods during the course of infection, irregular cycles after recovery, spotting, heavy flows, abnormally longer period duration are some of the issues women have reported related to their menstrual cycle amid pandemic.

Disclaimer: This article is only to create awareness and not to provide health advice. Always seek professional help and consult a qualified doctor before starting any medication or treatment.

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What you need to know about Transient Ischaemic Attack

Winter is here. Therefore, it is important to diagnose Transient Ischaemic Attacks. This can help to identify a patient who is at risk for subsequent stroke and prevent the same

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An episode of stroke in any family is devastating. The sad part is that it can result in premature death and lifelong disability. In India, the incidence rate of stroke is estimated to be 119-145 per lakh. This means that there are 1.44 to 1.64 million cases of strokes annually. Unfortunately, when we do not heed the warning signs of stroke, we end up becoming victims of this devastating episode.

One such sign is a Transient Ischaemic Attack (TIA) or a mini-stroke. The risk of stroke in the first three months after a TIA is 2-17%. About 33% of those with a history of TIA have a major stroke within a year if not treated. Hence, it is important to raise awareness about TIA so we can alert ourselves regarding the subsequent stroke.

TIA cause

When the blood flow to the brain cuts off for a short while (less than 5 minutes) it causes transient neurological symptoms. This is similar to observed in stroke but is rapidly reversible. This is known as TIA. TIA is also referred to as mini-stroke because it is like a miniature version of a full-blown stroke. It causes less damage but it sure needs emergency care without delay.

The difference

When an artery that is supplying blood to the brain gets blocked due to a blood clot, it causes oxygen starvation resulting in TIA. In a TIA, such a temporary clog is generally pushed along and is broken down. The normal flow of blood to the brain returns quickly.

Symptoms of a TIA usually subside within an hour (typically less than 15 minutes) but may last up to 24 hours in some cases. In an ischemic stroke, the brain goes oxygen-deprived for a longer period. This causes more damage and brings long-lasting effects that can be fatal and cause permanent disability or death.

Risk

Apart from the risks that are not under our control like age and family history, generally, women have a higher risk of stroke/TIA than men. Obesity, carotid artery disease, high BP, high cholesterol, Diabetes, and preexisting heart conditions are also found to increase the odds of stroke/TIA. Excess smoking, alcohol consumption, eating foods high in cholesterol, and using drugs such as amphetamines, cocaine and heroin can increase the risk.

Symptoms

We must attempt to remember the term FAST — Face, Arms, Speech, Time. These are seen if a person is having a TIA. These include:

The facial droop may be observed where the eyes or mouth may droop to one side. One may also experience trouble smiling.

Problems related to speech such as slurred, garbled, or difficult to understand. Also, one may find it difficult to gather the right words.

Weakness or numbness of limbs may be experienced.

There might be trouble lifting or holding up the arms.

One may also notice balance and coordination related troubles, blindness or transient blurring of vision, inability to move one side of the body, dizziness, confusion, and difficulties in understanding others.

Changes to make

After knowing about TIA, it is important to make efforts to have a better lifestyle and adopt preventive measures to reduce the risk of experiencing a TIA/stroke. These include:

  • Quitting smoking and avoiding exposure to second-hand smoke from tobacco.
  • Eating a healthy and nutritious diet that includes a lot of fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Having a check on the excessive intake of salt and fats
  • Exercising regularly
  • Keeping away from recreational drugs.
  • Maintaining ideal body weight.

Following the advice of the specialist and or timely treatment plan for heart disease, Diabetes and other health conditions can go a long way in managing TIA. A person can live a healthy life for a long time.

Management

Diagnosis is generally established through a full body physical examination. Neurological tests and various imaging techniques (MRI, Angiography), medications like blood-thinners, anti-cholesterol medications with or without the use of minimally invasive procedures (carotid angioplasty/stenting) and surgical procedures (Carotid endarterectomy) may be advised depending upon the severity of TIA.

When the symptoms of a TIA strike one should get medical help immediately. It must be remembered that there is a lot of uncertainty about whether the blood flow will restore on its own or not. It is impossible to predict if one is having a TIA or stroke because the symptoms are more or less the same. Given the present pandemic, it can lead to blood clots in the vessels supplying the brain. This can subsequently progress to TIA and stroke.

Disclaimer: The article is meant only to create awareness among the people. For any treatment one must always consult a qualified and certified health professional.

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Top 5 online learning tools for your children

Today, parents re looking for overall development of their child. Let’s look at some of the tools that can help sharpen the child’s mind

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Technology has really changed the way we learn today. From a face-to-face tutor to a tutor online to offline classes to online, technology is playing a big role in the education sector. It is providing them with various opportunities.

Not only this, the benefits of e-learning are tremendous. For this reason alone, there has been an exponential boost in the use of online learning platforms.

Learning becomes interesting if the learner enjoys the process. There are many learning tools that make this process effective. E-learning platforms enhance children’s education. It helps them to engage with edutainment videos, fun-packed kits, innovative teaching, and several practical co-curricular activities.

These online courses have an attractive design, suitable graphics, animations, clear instructions and easy language that makes learning fun. The companies provide flexibility to the kids. They can learn at their own pace. Kids are rewarded once they compete in quizzes or chapters. This motivates them to study without outside pressure.

Let’s look at a few such companies.

Class Monitor

It is an Indore-based ed-tech start-up. It caters to today’s needs and provides world-class, comfortable home-based learning. This is an interactive way for early learners in India (0-8). Early childhood development is vital for developing socio-emotional skills. The firm offers fun-packed kits that let you play, teach and bond with your children.

The start-up provides effectively-researched early childhood education programmes blended with traditional and modern learning techniques. It focuses on developing your child fundamentally. It focuses on five core areas: Linguistic skills, logical thinking, sensory and motor skills, cognitive skills, and creativity. The firm’s hybrid early childhood programmes connect real-life learning experiences and hands-on activities with an app designed to help strengthen your children’s learning.

Flintoclass

It’s considered to be a market leader in early childhood education. It transforms homes and classrooms into interesting collaborative activity spaces. The company has innovated the early education industry. It follows the e-commerce subscription model. All learning products and tools are intensively researched. The research center works with parents and early childhood teachers to create an ecosystem conducive to realising each child’s true potential.

Kutuki

It is one of the first early learning apps in India. It uses proprietary stories and song-based lessons to appeal to the youngest students. This interactive app aims to change the minds of young people by creating contextual and multilingual content.

This makes it easy for parents and children to identify with. With over 1 lakh-plus user and over 130 kindergarten subscribers, the firm is entering tier I, II, and III with its regional language content.

Kangaroo Kids

It is an online preschool that balances learning and development suitable for children 2 to 6 years old. Its programme aims to help young children develop critical skills in literacy, emotional intelligence, and social and physical development. The goal is to provide children with a safe and well-structured learning environment. This allows them to develop in a fun and exciting way.

They can explore their curiosity and learn at their own pace. Its unique curriculum helps children learn in a friendly environment while giving parents peace of mind.

Ocky Pocky

It is one of the first interactive English learning apps for preschool children. It has been created by Whizkids in India. It uses Artificial Intelligence/natural learning processes to help children meet their English learning needs. It provides feedback and allows children to build an early vocabulary base through voice, video, and vernacular. It is primarily for non-English speaking families.

Remember, a child learns the most in his first five years of age. In the first five years, experiences and relationships stimulate children’s development, creating millions of connections in their brains. A child’s brain develops connections faster in the first five years than at any other time.

It is therefore important to give the child the best that there is so that he has an all-around development. It will help him get the edge that this competitive world needs today.

Disclaimer: There are several other such platforms in the market today. The attempt here is to introduce a few of them and not to be considered as gospel truth.  Parents can choose whatever is best for their children.

 

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Looking to get recruited? Here are 5 newage technologies for recruitment

There are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

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The present pandemic has made it tough for everybody looking for a job or for a fresher to get hired. It is just as tough for recruiters looking for the right man for the right job. But there are a few companies that are using newer technological advancements that can be used to solve hiring issues.

It is not just the people who are looking for jobs that find it tough to match their skills with the job. Even recruiters are constantly looking for skilled people to match the job description. Therefore, sourcing and acquiring top talent has always been essential and involves a lot of time and cost for the companies.

However, now, newer technological advancements have made it possible for recruiters in making better hiring decisions and thereby breaking the chain of traditional methods of recruiting. These technological innovations are helping recruiters to plan their hiring processes better and provide the best-fit candidates for the required roles. Several start-ups are using Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Analytics to meet the needs of companies.

Artificial Intelligence is one of the most disruptive technologies today. Its potential to evolve and enable innovations is now being leveraged by several industries across the globe, HR is no exception. Integration of AI is aimed at making life easier. This allows HRs to play an increasingly strategic role.

Here are 5 platforms that are leveraging technology to simplify the HR processes.

GetWork

This is a SaaS-based HRTech and EdTech platform. The idea is to democratise job opportunities and empower college placement cells in Tier II and III cities in India. It is a technologically advanced two-way marketplace. It trains students and gives universities access to companies and startups. It connects corporates to over 18,000 placements cells across colleges and private institutes.

Today, there are several challenges. There is also a huge skill gap in students. The challenges faced by talent acquisition and campus recruiters make it tough to hire the right people. GetWork founders managed to recognise the potential of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning to build this company as a solution and scale it up through college placement cells.

ReferHire

It was started in 2016. In the last five-six years, it has managed to create a peer-to-peer (P2P) networking platform. It brings together organisations and those seeking new career opportunities on one platform. The Delhi-based firm aims at building transparency and efficiency.

The entire process involves hiring the right candidate. Once the user identifies the companies they are interested in, the firm starts introducing them to peers in those organisations so that they can look out for an opportunity.

iXceed Solutions

This is a talent and workforce solutions services company. It is a service provider to Fortune 500 companies. It primarily focuses on these domains globally: Technology, IT consulting and Engineering Consulting.

The company uses Artificial Intelligence-based recruitment solutions. It creates an in-class experience for both clients and candidates. Its list of clients is impressive and hence those looking for a change in their job or freshers looking to get recruited should at least come here to check out the options. Some of their clients are: Infosys, HCL, Oracle, Mindtree and NIIT.

InCruiter

This was established in 2018. It is an online recruitment platform based on SAAS in the B2B space. It provides an online recruitment marketplace for recruitment agencies and independent recruiters to speed up the hiring process 10 times.

The platform connects specialised recruiters. They have the best track records for matching jobs. Multiple agencies working on a single job with a single point of contact makes hiring fast and efficient. This enables employers to hire accurately. It also saves them cost and time.

The firm helps in finding companies with the best candidates in the shortest time without any hassle of phone calls, emails, invoices, and agreements from multiple vendors.

Instahyre

This is another Delhi-based HR-tech start-up. It is an advanced hiring platform that uses Artificial Intelligence. This means that recruiters can hire top talent effortlessly. Getting the talent and the employer on the same page has never been an easy task.

This is so true in the present scenario of innovation and competition. With revamped technology, it is easy to find a suitable job or suitable candidate. Finding jobs or source talents has become much easier with the help of this firm.

There are several other companies that are in the business of hiring and recruitment. The idea here is to just give a sneak peek into a few of them and not to be considered as a rule of thumb.

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