“Hemoglobin is an iron-rich protein present in red blood cells and is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body. It is necessary to maintain normal levels of hemoglobin in your blood for your body to function properly i.e. 14 to 18 g/dl for adult men and 12 to 16 g/dl for adult women. When the level of hemoglobin drops, it can cause weakness, fatigue, headaches, shortness of breath, dizziness, poor appetite and rapid heartbeat. If the level of hemoglobin decreases significantly, the condition may be diagnosed as anemia and symptoms can become severe”, says Dr. Manoj K. Ahuja, Fortis Hospital.
According to UNICEF’s report released in the 2011, close to 56% teenage Indian girls could be anaemic. The report further states that, “issues like malnutrition and anemia affect large sections of the Indian population”.
- Hemoglobin is responsible for carrying oxygen throughout the body
- If the Hb level drops, it can cause weakness, fatigue and lead to anemia
- We’ve spoken to experts & listed natural ways to increase your hemoglobin
Who Needs More Iron?
“Everyone needs iron, but people who are particularly susceptible to low hemoglobin includes menstruating women, pregnant women, growing children and patients recovering from illnesses”, adds Dr. Ahuja. “It is a crucial stage when a female starts menstruating, because the body is losing out on a lot of blood. Your body needs more iron at that point, so if you don’t take precautions early on – it can lead to anemia in the future”, says Dr. Anshul Jaibharat, Delhi-based Nutritionist.
We’ve spoken to experts and listed natural ways to restore your hemoglobin to normal levels. The length of time you’ll need to continue using these effective remedies depends on your hemoglobin level and how often your doctor checks it for improvement.
7 Ways to Increase Hemoglobin
1. Eat Iron-Rich Foods
Iron deficiency is the most common cause of low hemoglobin levels, according to the National Anemia Action Council. “The top iron rich foods include green leafy vegetables like spinach, beetroot, tofu, asparagus, chicken liver, whole egg, oysters, apple, pomegranate, apricot, watermelon, prunes, pumpkin seeds, dates, almonds, raisins, amla and jaggery”, adds Dr. Anshul Jaibharat.
2. Increase Vitamin C Intake
“It is important to have a combination of both iron and vitamin C as the latter is a carrier rich molecule that can be used for better absorption of iron”, says Dr. Anju Sood, Bangalore-based Nutritionist. Eat foods rich in vitamin C such as oranges, lemon, strawberries, papaya, bell peppers, broccoli, grapefruit and tomatoes.
Kinin puts aromatherapy in your mouth
Kinin is a new portable aromatherapy vaporizer that, in theory, offers a refreshing break from THC and nicotine based vapes. Multi-use products let you inhale the strange fragrances of “Narrow leaf eucalyptus,” “Polynesian kava kava,” and “nootropics.”
The product is part of the new trend toward healthier vaping and is aimed at yoga lovers and other outdoorsy folks. The product contains nothing addictive and is essentially a way to gently puff on nicer stuff than tobacco.
Created by a team in San Diego, the product costs $60 for three flavors and $22 for individual flavors including Recover (“Narrow leaf eucalyptus essential oils from Australia combine with peppermint and clary sage to sooth the nose and throat, while acting as an anti-microbial and anti-bacterial agent.”) and Relax (“A rich blend of Polynesian kava kava provides a grounding effect and sense of oneness, while the valerian root and copaiba aid in relaxation and rest.”)
Interestingly many of the same herbs you drink in tea or eat on feed can be vaped. Green tea, peppermint, and even chamomile can be vaped in most dry matter vaporizers and each offer a different effect including headache and congestion relief. While this doesn’t replace a nice bowl of sweet sweet ganja, it’s nice to know there is a clear and futuristic alternative to lighting up a Celestial Season Sleepytime teabag in your bong.
FDA clears AliveCor’s Kardiaband as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch
The Food and Drug Administration has just cleared AliveCor’s Kardiaband EKG reader as the first medical device accessory for the Apple Watch.
Europe has been able to use a version of the Kardiaband for Apple Watch for some time now but, thanks to the new FDA approval, the device can now be used in the U.S., marking the first time an Apple Watch accessory will be able to be used as a medical device in the States.
Up until now, AliveCor has used the KardiaMobile device, which was stuck to the back of your smartphone and paired with an app to detect abnormal heart rhythm and atrial fibrillation (AFib). The new Apple Watch accessory, Kardiaband, clicks into a slot on the Watch band to do the same thing.
However, rather than needing to hold your smartphone with both hands for 30 seconds to get a reading, you can get an EKG reading continuously and discreetly just by touching the band’s integrated sensor.
Along with the new Kardiaband for Apple Watch announcement, AliveCor is introducing a software feature called SmartRhythm, which uses a deep neural network to give you insight into your heart rate and can potentially detect an abnormal heart beat using the Kardiaband or KardiaMobile EKG reader.
Note, there have been a couple studies conducted using just the Apple Watch’s built-in heart rate monitor to detect an abnormal heart rhythm. This spring, UCSF and Cardiogram conducted one such study, concluding the Apple Watch could detect an abnormal heart rhythm with a 97 percent accuracy when paired with an AI-based algorithm called DeepHeart.
Later, the same eHealth study concluded the Watch could also detect sleep apnea and hypertension with similar accuracy using its built-in sensor.
But, as AliveCor CEO Vic Gundotra points out, it’s one thing to be able to detect and another thing to get FDA approval to use your sensor as a medical device.
“Apple might be able to say ‘oh your heart rate is high’ …but what does that mean? Does that mean you should go to the hospital? And if you go to the hospital what are they going to do?. Any doctor will say ‘ok come in, lets get an EKG reading’,” Gundotra told TechCrunch.
EKGs are usually only available in offices and hospitals — and only after a life-threatening event. Having one on your wrist that you can use to check your heart and then send a readout straight to your doctor is vital to prevention of a heart attack or stroke.
And, as Gundotra also points out, “It’s not possible to diagnose atrial fibrillation without FDA clearance. That is a big, big play.”
It’s worth noting Apple could easily replicate what AliveCor is doing. It has all the right equipment within the Apple Watch and the manpower to do so. However, it doesn’t seem likely Apple would want to go through the hassle of FDA approval for the Watch, which is a general purpose device used for numerous other applications besides getting your heart rate.
The FDA has also told TechCrunch in the past that it would be the software, not the platform on which it operates, that would be regulated anyway.
That’s not to say someone else couldn’t come up with an FDA-approved EKG reader but so far AliveCor seems to have the market on that for both the KardiaMobile and now the Kardiaband.
That’s an important marker for the company. AFib is the most common heart arrhythmia, and a leading cause of stroke. In fact, one in four adults over the age of 40 could be at risk.
“This is a medical device. This is not a toy that says your heart might be irregular. This is an FDA-cleared device. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life,” Gundotra said.
Those interested can get their own Kardiaband starting today for $199 on AlivCor’s site. The band does require a subscription to AliveCor’s premium service for $99 a year.
Enhance Memory By 75% Make Your Brain Faster And Recover Lost Vision With These Ingredients!
Who couldn’t use a little memory boost from time to time? We all lead stressful lives these days, which can affect us in many ways. Our bodies naturally release inflammatory cytokines when we are stressed (1).
These chemicals tell your immune system to essentially kick it up a notch—the fight or flight response. They put your immune system into overdrive, flooding your body with defense cells and hormones that react to stress as though it were an infection.
This stress can also affect you by causing feelings of anxiety and even depression that can further cause “forgetfulness, confusion, difficulty concentrating and other problems that disrupt your daily activities.” (3)
These memory lapses, while frustrating, also compound your stress, and before you know it, you are caught in an endless loop of ongoing pressure and tension that can ultimately result in serious illnesses like heart disease and even cancer (4).
While you are never likely to rid yourself of all stress completely, there are things you can do to mitigate the repercussions. And a good place to start is your diet. Science shows that what you eat can either help or hinder your reaction to stress (5).
Studies also show certain foods can help target specific symptoms of stress such as forgetfulness and brain fog. So, to get you started, here are 15 of the best science-based natural herbs and foods that will help kick-start your memory and enhance your overall brain function.
Top 15 Brain Boosting Foods
This yellow-pigmented curry spice is popular in Indian cuisine. Turmeric actually belongs to the ginger family. It has a long and varied history of medicinal use in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) and Ayurveda. This pungent spice has literally thousands of studies to back its hundreds of medicinal and pharmacological actions (6).
When it comes to brain health and memory, however, this spice is a superstar.
A 2010 study by the Department of Integrative Biology and Physiology at the University of California shows how curcumin, the active ingredient in turmeric, can even help in cases of traumatic brain injury (TBI) by “up-regulation of molecules important for neural repair and plasticity.” (7) This is just one of the 21 studies listed on Green Med Info on brain inflammation alone.
When it comes to memory, curcumin is even shown to help with cases of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). One 2008 study states that “Due to various effects of curcumin, such as decreased Beta-amyloid plaques, delayed degradation of neurons, metal-chelation, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and decreased microglia formation, the overall memory in patients with AD has improved (8).
Onions are rich in sulphur-containing compounds that slow the deterioration of memory typically associated with aging. Onions also contain plenty of quercetin, a flavonoid also known to reduce memory loss associated with aging. In fact, onions have more quercetin than tea and apples, both of which are prized sources of this flavonoid (9).
Fish, especially fatty fish such as black cod, salmon, and sardines, is full of omega-3 essential fatty acids, which countless studies link to optimal brain health and function. A 2013 study published in Human Psychopharmacology shows that Omega-3 supplementation can improve “cognition and modifies brain activation in young adults.” (10)
Other studies concur, showing that eating fish regularly can go a long way to improving overall brain health, including memory.
Rosemary is a popular spice in most kitchens. But this potent herb can also improve both concentration and memory according to studies. In fact, psychologists at Northumbria University, Newcastle, show that simply sniffing rosemary essential oil can enhance your memory by as much as 75 percent (11).
One of the active ingredients in rosemary, carnosic acid, protects your brain from free radicals that are linked to neurodegeneration, AD, strokes and even normal brain aging (12). As an added bonus, studies also show rosemary’s many antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties can protect your eyesight from deteriorating (13).
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