Posts Tagged ‘Health


Why do our noses run when we have hot spicy food?

Why do our noses run when we have hot spicy food? Here’s some explanation:

Most spicy foods contain something called “capsaicin,” a chemical found in peppers. When ingested, it’s believed to affect “the quantity and thickness of mucus and other fluids secreted in the nasal passages.” In other words, it’s a kind a nasal decongestant. So, does ingesting a lot of spicy food help in curing allergies or cold?? Well, no. While spicy food like peppers and wasabi “offers brief relief,” in reality, nasal congestion will worsen, making one even more miserable. That’s because spicy foods cause greater congestion in the long term.


How much sleep is enough?

After reading quite a lot of gyaan crap from various websites, I found this site to be nice and candid

Research has shown that there is no set amount of sleep that everyone needs. Adult sleep requirements can range from less than five hours to more than 10 hours of sleep a night. In general, however, most healthy adults need an average of seven to nine hours of sleep a night.
So, how do you determine if you are getting enough sleep?
Ask yourself a few simple questions.

Do you have trouble staying alert during boring situations or when you are performing monotonous tasks?
Do your co-workers or family members complain about your chronic irritability?
Do you feel that your concentration and memory isn’t up to par?
Do you go through the day feeling like you are in daze?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, you probably aren’t getting enough quality sleep.

Ill effects of insomnia

Have gotten into a bad body cycle these days. I sleep for barely 4.5 hours a day. Considering the fact that I always wanted to clock this so that I get more time for work… I am happy. But am sure that this state of insomnia would be having some bad side effects.

  • Distraction of mind resulting in poor performance at home and work. Poor performance can lead to distress.
  • Gaining weight due to harmonal changes
  • Lack of resistance to diseases due to lack of sleep and body rest. Muscles may be inflamed and weakened over a period of time.
  • Not quick to react to situations.

Swine Flu

Was traveling in the Mumbai Locals and I see hazaar people wearing masks, kerchiefs and what not… to protect themselves from a possible swine flu attack. And after seeing all this… I was visualizing germs entering me… and was getting conscious about every breath I took.

Have been ignoring a lot of forwards/messages I was getting off late… Guess its time to do my little own research on the same.

The source of this research are the forwards/hospital websites etc…


Swine Influenza (swine flu) is a respiratory disease of pigs caused by Type A influenza viruses that causes regular outbreaks in pigs.

Contagious? (Imp question)

Various international agencies (US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention, World Health Organization) have determined that this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is contagious and is spreading from human to human.


The symptoms of swine flu in people are similar to the symptoms of regular human flu and include fever, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue.

Some people have reported diarrhea and vomiting associated with swine flu. In the past, severe illness (pneumonia and respiratory failure) and deaths have been reported with swine flu infection in people.

Like seasonal flu, swine flu may cause a worsening of underlying chronic medical conditions

So how does it spread?

Spread of this swine influenza A (H1N1) virus is thought to be happening in the same way that seasonal flu spreads.

Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing of people with influenza.

Sometimes people may become infected by touching something with live flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

And is there a vaccine?

Because the virus is new, there will be no vaccine ready to protect against pandemic flu.

Vaccine against Swine Flu virus H1N1 needs at least 6-12 months to be produced.

Seasonal flu vaccine or past flu immunization will not provide protection.

Best Technique? Wash hands regularly, avoid hand-eye contact

Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. Wash with soap and water or clean with alcohol-based hand cleaner.

When you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used. You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores.

If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

More Symptoms?

Fast breathing or trouble breathing
Bluish skin color
Not drinking enough fluids
Not waking up or not interacting
Being so irritable that the child does not want to be held
Flu-like symptoms improve but then return with fever and worse cough
Fever with a rash

The question that strikes me now is… Do masks really help?


Electronic Cigarettes

Was talking to a friend about smoking and reducing it… Someone suggested electronic cigarettes… Had never heard about that term… so thot will put some research into it.

Wiki says electronic cigarettes

An electronic cigarette or “e-cigarette” is an alternative to smoked tobacco products, such as cigarettes, cigars, or pipes. It is a battery-powered device that provides inhaled doses of nicotine by delivering a vaporized propylene glycol/nicotine solution. In addition to nicotine delivery, this vapor also provides a flavor and physical sensation similar to that of inhaled tobacco smoke, while no tobacco, smoke, or combustion is actually involved in its operation.

On googling, I found the concept to be pretty mature. There are sites (like this and this and many more) which are dedicated to electronic cigarettes.

The Electronic Cigarette Company describes the e-smoking process

It uses a small replaceable cartridge filled with a small dose of nicotine and flavoured propylene glycol liquid, utilized and powered by a rechargeable battery. When the user inhales on the device, the air flow is detected by a pneumatic airflow sensor switch. A microprocessor then activates an atomizer which injects tiny droplets of the liquid into the flowing air and vaporises the liquid.

But Why electronic Cigarettes?

  • Tobacco free smoking
  • No tar content
  • Can smoke anywhere you want, without combustion. No carbonmonoxide

And here’s a video describing electronic cigarettes



Was having a sore throat off late. My room mate asked if I have got tonsils… and I did not know what it meant.

Are tonsils already in your system? Does “having tonsils” mean having more of tonsils or less of it?

A web-definition of Tonsil is

The tonsils are two clumps of tissue, on either side of the throat, embedded in a pocket at the side of the palate (roof of the mouth).  The lower edge of each tonsil is beside the tongue…way in the back of the throat.

Now this means that Tonsils exist in even a healthy body. So when someone says that he/she’s got tonsils, it probably means less or more of the tissue. Lemme figure this out.

The tonsils act as part of the immune system to help protect against infection. Tonsils tend to reach their largest size near puberty, and they gradually undergo atrophy thereafter. However, they are largest relative to the diameter of the throat in young children, and tonsillectomy (surgical removal of tonsils) may be indicated if they are obstructing the airway or interfering with swallowing. Also, when tonsils become overly enlarged or inflamed (tonsillitis), they may need to be surgically removed.

Probably this is what is meant by “having tonsils”, enlarging of the tonsil gland.


How does alcohol result in a belly?

People say a paunch is a direct result of consuming alcohol, hence the infamous “beer belly”. But my question here is, if I do enough exercise to compensate for the calories in the alcohol, will I be fit and fine… Lets find out.

After a lot of research, I stumbled upon this article

The article suggests that drinking would have far more effects than the ones that can be thought of

  • It reduces the number of fat calories you burn (i’ll tell you how)

According to conventional wisdom, the infamous “beer belly” is caused by excess alcohol calories being stored as fat. Yet, less than five percent of the alcohol calories you drink are turned into fat. Rather, the main effect of alcohol is to reduce the amount of fat your body burns for energy.

Rather than getting stored as fat, the main fate of alcohol is conversion into a substance called acetate. In fact, blood levels of acetate after drinking the vodka were 2.5 times higher than normal. And it appears this sharp rise in acetate puts the brakes on fat loss.

  • It increases your appetite and lower your testosterone for upto 24 hours

So all the greasy starters that you have with alcohol, they do not get burnt in metabolic activities and hence start accumalating. This is because alcohol acts as an appetizer.

So now you know who exactly is the culprit.

So what’s this blog about?

Another attempt? Well yes. Attempting to figure out another sustainable model (there are some other attempts going on parallel-ly). Well, we have a lot of questions in mind. we read up stuff, we do some research to find answers to these questions. This is an attempt to publish that little 15-20 minute research.
June 2018
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