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Why Should You Go For Cord Blood Banking at any Cost

Why Should You Go For Cord Blood Banking at any Cost

“We have family history of leukemia and Doctor says that the growing baby in my womb is at the risk of Leukemia. I was much worried about but then my midwife told me to save the cord blood for my baby as Cord blood can use to treat the Leukemia effectively,” Says Elizabeth. She adds “I don’t have any idea what the cord blood banking is and why should I go for it. But I got wondered when I go through the cord blood banking and its benefits and arrange for saving cord blood of my baby for his healthy life.” She further adds “Saving my baby cord blood through Cord blood banking is like health insurance for my baby and peace of mind for me and my family.”

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Elizabeth is a lucky mother who saves the cord blood of her baby on the time and ensures her baby’s health. Are you prepared to save the cord blood of your upcoming baby and get peace of mind? Just like Elizabeth, every expecting mother ought to go for cord blood banking especially if they have a family history of cancers, leukemia and much other disease. The cord blood has the potential to treat more than 80 health conditions which are otherwise untreatable through conventional means.

Why Should You Go For Cord Blood Banking at any Cost

Just like Elizabeth, you might too, have many questions in your mind regarding the cord blood banking and its benefits. Here is the explanation of “what it is” and “why you should”.

What is Cord Blood?

Cord blood is simply the blood that is found in the placenta and umbilical cord of newborn baby. Unlike the blood in our blood vessels, cord blood has Stem cells which make the cord blood valuable. These stem cells are natural precursors of other blood cells including Red Blood Cells, White Blood Cells and can turn into these cells if transfuse into the baby with blood disorders.

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What is Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood banking is an emerging trend in health care industry. Cord blood banking involves the collection of cord blood from the newborn baby’s placenta right after birth and storing it carefully. This meant to preserves all its properties and keeps the stem cells in cord blood alive for its potential medical use in future. However you may donate it to those in needs. From collection to storing, whole process is safe and painless.

Why Should I Look for Cord Blood Banking?

Cord blood is considered as Gold Mine to treat many Blood disorders, immune disorders cancers as well as some metabolic disorders. Currently, more than 80 health disorders can be treated with Cord blood and researches are still in progress and shows that the cord blood can be beneficial to deals with 200 health disorders. Cord blood is rich in stem cells which can transform into any of the blood cell which are affected by disease and thus results in successful treatment of diseases of Red Blood Cells i.e. Sickle Cell Anemia and diseases of White Blood Cells i.e. Leukemia. Treatment of these disorders is however not possible through conventional ways and required sometime requires transplant of health tissues or bone marrow.

Which Disease is actually treated with Cord Blood?

As stated earlier, to the date, there are more than 80 health conditions in the treatment of which, cord blood shown efficacy. However researches are in process to find out other health conditions which can be treated with cord blood cells in near future. Here is a list of disease that currently treated with Stem Cell in Cord Blood.

Blood Disorders Treated with Cord Blood

  • Leukemia (and its types)
  • Myelodysplastic Syndromes
  • Thalassemia
  • Hodgkin’s disease
  • Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma
  • Aplastic anemia
  • Sickle cell anemia

Metabolic Disorders treated with Cord Blood

  • Sanfilippo syndrome
  • Krabbe disease
  • Diabetes Mellitus Type I
  • Hurler Syndrome (MPS-IH)
  • Scheie Syndrome (MPS-IS)
  • Lysosomal Storage Diseases

Disorders of Nervous System treated with Cord Blood

  • Neuroblastoma
  • Cerebral Palsy
  • Hydrocephalus
  • Retinoblastoma
  • Autism

Conclusion

To have peace of mind and to ensure your child’s health, you have to go for cord blood banking at any cost. The proven efficacy of cord blood and the stem cells in it make the cord blood a gold mine to treat many untreatable conditions without being harming the baby. Ask your doctor about how and where to store the cord blood of your upcoming child for future.

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WHO World Health Day Tips On Food Safety

WHO World Health Day Tips On Food Safety

7th April is celebrated as World Health Day and this year the World Health Day is dedicated to “Food Safety” by World Health Organization under the slogan of “From Farm to Plate, Make Food Safe”. The theme of “Food Safety” for the annual World Health Day this year is selected based on the data of Food born disease that reveals the importance of a safe food campaign.

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WHO World Health Day Tips On Food Safety

Why Should We Worry About the Food Safety?

Based on the statistics and data collected from different countries of world including Developed, Developing and underdeveloped countries, there are more than 200 diseases that can be caused by contaminated food and water as the food and water can be easily contaminated with chemicals and pathogens. Collectively there is an estimated 582 million cases of different foodborne and waterborne enteric diseases occurs every year causing 3.5 million death worldwide with highest occurrence in underdeveloped countries of Africa followed by Asian countries. The most affected age group from Foodborne diseases are children under the age of 5 years (WHO). So there is a strong need to have a food safety awareness campaign worldwide.

How can it be prevented?

The Health experts from World Health Organization listed four key points for on food safety, following which you can make your food safe and stay away from Foodborne diseases. Here is how you can save yourself from foodborne diseases

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1. Clean

Keep cleans Your Hands First:

  • Keep clean not only your food but your hand first. Contaminated hand is a major source of transmission of Foodborne diseases.
  • Before touching food, make sure that your hands are clean.
  • Clean your hands according to rule of 20/20 that is; wash your hands for 20 sec with soap water and dry it for 20 second before cooking or eating food.
  • Wash hands frequently before and after handling food especially the raw meat and vegetables.

Clean Your Food:

  • Wash fruits and vegetables thoroughly with water until any visible soil remove.
  • Use safe and clean water as well to wash your food.

Keep Clean Everything Else:

  • Keep clean your kitchen counter, chop boards, utensils and knives before using them.
  • Wash them frequently with tap or soap water before and after using them.

2. Separate

Separate the Cooked and Raw Food:

  • Don’t mix ready to eat food or meat with raw food or meat, keep them separates while storing or preparing meal. It can be a source of cross contamination of Germs which is the major way of transmission of foodborne diseases.
  • Don’t even mix raw vegetable and fruits with the washed one.
  • Organize the Food Storage in your fridge. Keep raw meat in the lower shelves while vegetable and fruits in upper shelves.
  • Keep your food covered all the time in fridge.
  • Never put back cooked meat in cold or fridge.

3. Cook

  • Cook poultry, meat and seafood thoroughly. This will reduce the risk of food poisoning and other foodborne diseases.
  • Cook the meat until they reach the temperature of 75 0C.
  • Before cooking frozen meat or poultry product, defrost it completely.

4. Chill

Keep your food at safe temperatures:

  • Meat, fish, vegetables, poultry and dairy products are meant to be kept chilled so keep this kind of food in refrigerator at 5 0C as soon as possible after you purchased them.
  • Put cooked food in refrigerator within 2 hours after you cooked them.
  • Defrost food in the refrigerator at relatively high temperature or in cold water, never deforest food at room temperature in your kitchen. Sudden change in temperature may cause bacteria to grow and may cause food poisoning.
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Kidney Damaging Habits and Way to Overcome Them

Kidney Damaging Habits

Kidneys are among the vital body organs that not only filter and purify our blood from waste products but perform many other tasks such as to maintain homeostasis of our body, maintain fluid-elector lye balance and enhance the formation of Red Blood Cells. Therefore to stay health, we need health kidneys.

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On the occasion of World Kidney Day, Here are some kidneys damaging habits and health tips to overcome those habits to keep our kidneys healthy

01. Not drinking adequate Water

Kidney Damaging Habits

You may have notice that the color of Urine becomes darken when you don’t stay well hydrate. This indicates that our kidneys requires sufficient amount of water in blood to function properly. As all of you know, the main function of kidneys is to remove waste products from our body that are the end products of metabolism of food; especially protein, and drugs. To do this crucial job, kidneys need to have sufficient blood supply. In case if we don’t drink enough water or remain dehydrated, the volume of blood decreases (called hypovolumia) which results in insufficient supply of blood to the vital organs, kidneys are one of them. The low blood supply results in improper functioning of kidneys and lead toward kidney damage.

Health Tip: you may heard or read that 8 glass of water a day is enough but The National Kidney Foundation suggests to drink at least 12 glasses of water a day to keep your kidney healthy.

 

02. Ignoring the Urge to Void, Long term bladder full

Kidney Damaging Habits

It is best to void earlier when you feel the urge to void. Retaining urine in bladder, along with many other urinary tract problems such as infection and incontinence, can damage your kidneys too. Our bladder has the capacity to stretch and accumulate up to 600 ml of urine at a time. Although you may feel the urge to void when the urine in bladder reaches 250 or 300 ml, retaining urine for long times in your bladder can increase the pressure on your kidneys and will eventually lead to incontinence and failure.

Health Tips: Don’t keep it for long. Listen to nature calls, don’t delay it. Empty your bladders as soon as you feel need to void.

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03. Consuming too much sodium/Salt

Kidney Damaging Habits

Along with removal of waster products from our body, maintaining water-electrolytes balance is another job that our kidneys perform perfectly if don’t alter by us. We can stress our kidneys by taking too much electrolytes especially sodium which is found in table salt. By taking more slat than the recommended amount (more than 2,300 mg per day), we may disturbed the normal and proper functioning of our kidneys and will keep them busy more in excreting out the excessive sodium from our body which will lead to kidney damage.

Health Tip: Take the recommended amount of salt that is 2,300. In case if you have diabetes mellitus, high blood pressure or any chronic kidney disease, the recommended amount of salt per day for you is 1,500 mg per day.

04. Too much protein

Kidney Damaging Habits

As stated earlier, our kidneys remove waste produce of food especially of protein from our body. If your food is rich in protein or in case if you consume red meat and poultry products more, then your kidneys have to work harder and perform additional and tough task to remove excessive nitrogenous waste products from your body which may deteriorate kidneys functions and can lead to kidney damage.

Health Tip: Don’t eliminate proteins from your diet. Proteins are the crucial elements of our nutrition required for formation of new tissues and proper functioning of body cells. The daily recommended amount of protein intake is 56 grams. Don’t seek the total amount of protein form meat and poultry products, use green leafy vegetables instead.

05. Pain-killer abuse

Kidney Damaging Habits

Pain killer medication or analgesics are often OTC (over the counter) medication that one can take without doctor prescription as and when required. Many people use pain killer medication in high dose and more frequently that result in dysfunctions of many organs especially the liver and kidneys. Researchers found that taking pain killer medication for long time reduces blood supply to the kidneys which results n kidney damage.

Health Tip: Use non-pharmacological pain management strategies instead of using kidney damaging pain killer medications. Always use suitable pain killer medication that is prescribed by physician.

Kidney Damaging Habits

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Impotence awareness Program on World Impotence Day

Impotence

14 February is not just the Day of Love or Valentine’s Day but it is the National Impotence day. On the occasion of national impotence day here we have an Impotence awareness program for those who can’t enjoy their sexual life and also for those who don’t want to be the sufferer of impotence.

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What is impotence?

Impotent is a form of erectile dysfunction in which a person can’t get adequate penile erection necessary to complete sexual activity or intercourse.

It is one of the common men’s health disorders affected 1 in 10 men worldwide under the age of 40, half of the men between the ages of 40 to 70 years, and 70 in 10 or 70% of men aged 70 or above. In America there are 18 to 30 million men affected with impotence or some other form of erectile dysfunction. Although it is an estimated incidence of Impotence; the exact incidence rate of impotence in not known as many countries and cultures don’t report if they have impotence.

 

How Erection occurs. The Physiology of Erection

Before understating the pathophysiology or occurrence of impotence, we must know the anatomy and normal physiology of Erection.

Penis is composed or erectile and spongy tissues. Main structures in penis include Corpora Cavernosa; two cylindrical shape structure made up of erectile tissues run along the shaft of penis, Corpus Spongiosum; made up of spongy tissues, lies under the Corpora Cavernosa contain urethra, the Glans penis made Corpus Spongiosum and Tunica Albuginea; a stretchy membrane which is a covers the above discussed structures. These structures have rich blood supply through arteries, special venous drainage system, all under control of nerves supply from spinal cord.

Erection occurs when corpora cavernosa become engorged with blood as a result of sexual stimulation, both visual and tactile. In the presence of sexual stimulation, parasympathetic nervous release acetylcholine, which, in turn release of nitric oxide from endothelial cells. Nitric oxide acting as vasodilating agent cause dilation of the smooth muscle of the arteries. This results in filling the corpora spongiosum and cavernosa with blood. The ischiocavernosus and bulbospongiosus muscles also compress the veins of the corpora cavernosa, limiting the venous drainage of blood. Both the rich blood supply and blockage of veins drainage results in increase pressure in Penis which leads to Erection.

Next: What Causes Impotence

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7 Leading Causes of Obesity That You should Know

7 Leading Causes of Obesity That You should Know

Obesity or over weight is not just the beauty concerns but it is rather a complex disorder which involves excessive amount of fat in body. If you are obsessed, it means that there are too much fat or lipids accumulated in your body. A person can be said obese if his or her weight is 20% more than the average or reference weight for the same highest and age.

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Although not a disease itself, obesity can lead to more serious disease or disorders. The more you obese and overweight the more there are chances to get disease particularly cardiac diseases, Hypertension or High Blood Pressure and Diabetes mellitus. But don’t worry; obesity is not an incurable disorder it is rather can be treated by simple means without medicines. In this article we are just focusing on what makes you obese and then we’ll try to cover the topic on how to overcome obesity.

Why do people become obese?

There are too many reasons a person become obese. Here we have selected the most common leading causes of obesity which including but not limited to:

01. Eating too much or consuming too many calories

There is a well defined range of calories a person should take based on the age, sex and activity level. But if someone takes more calories than the required range, it will eventually lead to the obesity. Along with eating more, eating high calories diet like those contain fats and carbohydrates, is another common reason of obesity epically if someone has sedentary lifestyle.

02. Have a lazy or sedentary lifestyle or Physical inactivity

You may be at risk of developing obesity if you have sedentary life style. Watching televisions, sitting on computer, playing video games, using remote controls to on or off fan/lights after coming from office will result in less calorie consumption by body leading to obesity.

03. Not getting proper Sleep

On an average, there is 8 hours sleep required for body and mind to work properly. In case if you don’t get enough sleep (either low in quality or quantity) or have Sleeplessness you become overweight soon. The link between obesity and improper sleep, your body inner homeostasis and hormonal balance will disturb which leads to obesity.

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04. Endocrine or hormonal disorders

Proper hormones are required for proper growth and metabolism. In case if you have any hormonal imbalance due to some hormonal deficiency or excess like that in Thyroid disease or Adrenal Disease, the food particularly lipid metabolism will affected which results in over accumulation of fat in your body hence leads towards the obesity.

Diabetes mellitus; which is an endocrine disease, too in which there is no or less production of insulin from endocrine part of Pancreas gland, is another common cause of obesity. In Diabetes mellitus, the body cells do not get enough glucose and thus signals the brain which perceived as hunger and the patient’s are eating more then the usual and required

05. Use of Certain medications that make patients put on weight.

Obesity can be side effect of certain medicines, especially of those which alters the hormonal balance of body and build up fat in body. There are many medicines which build up fat in body make patient obese but some of those medicines are Steroids; not only the anabolic steroids but those which use to treat Asthma, Allergic reaction, inflammation (joint inflammation) and contraceptive or birth control pills or injection as these pills or injection contains Estrogen and Progesterone.

Both these listed types of medication can interfere with normal metabolism of food particularly the lipids and enhance the accumulation of fat in body.

06. You are more prone to be Obese if You have obesity gene

Researchers at University College of London found a gene an FTO and its connection with Obesity. The individuals who carry FTO genes are tend to overeat and more likely to eat food rich in fat and energy. This faulty gene FTO make 1 in every six people to eat more, reported in research. People who carry FTO gene are less likely to fade up and lack the feeling of fullness or satiety after eating.

However the research didn’t explain and understand well that how this particular gene FTO drives the behavior of a person to eat more and become obese.

07. Lower rates of smoking (smoking suppresses appetite)

Well sounds awkward but those who quit smoking gains weight. The research being conducted and published by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) reported that “Among people who stop smoking, the average weight gain is between 6 and 8 pounds while roughly 10 percents of people who stop smoking gain up to 30 pounds or more weight.” However not every person gains weight after they stop smoking, so quit smoking doesn’t confirm that you’ll become obese but chances are there.

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10 Brain-Healthy Foods To Boost Your Brain & Make You Smarter

Brain Healthy Diet

Your diet can make you smarter and yes you can bet it as there is a link between diet and cognition. Although it is known that eating well is vital for our physical health but it is now proved that healthy diet is crucial for mental health as well. A good diet keeps your brain cells healthy, your gray matter happy and makes you smarter. New researches on the influences of diet on brain reveal that what we eat has great effect on brain everyday skill and cognition. So be careful to choose what you eat

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In fact, our brain ages with us as we ages, but adding a smart and brain-healthy food to our menu can improve memory as well as other brain functions which tends to diminished as we ages. But remember, diet is not just the mean to stand smarter; it can prevent form many brain disorders including Alzheimer’s, Dementia and many more which usually occurs as you got ages.

Eating well doesn’t mean to eat more; quantity doesn’t matter, but the quality of what you eat and what is suitable for your health and health of brain as well.

Following is the list of 10 easily available foods that boost the brainpower, improve cognition, enhance learning and make you smarter. So add this to your menu

1. Fishes and Seafood

Wild Salmon Fish

Brain boosters: Wild Salmon Fish [source: Flicker.com]

Seafood especially oily fishes like wild salmon, tuna, and sardines are richer in omega-3 which contains EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid) and DHA (Docosahexaenoic Acid) both are essential fatty acids mean it can not produced in body. DHA is one of the main fatty acid required for healthy development of brain and eyes comprises about 40% of the fatty acid in cell membrane of neurons and for transmitting of nerve impulses between brain cells.

Researches show the link between low DHA levels and risk of developing dementia (memory loss) and Alzheimer’s disease (neurodegenerative disorder) and those who consume fish at least 3 times a week have high levels of DHA in their body which reduce the risk of having Alzheimer’s disease in later ages by 39%.

2. Leafy Green and Cruciferous Veggies

Leafy Green and Cruciferous Vegetables

Brain Boosters: Leafy Green and Cruciferous Vegetables [source: bombshellfitness.com]

Green leafy vegetables including cauliflower, broccoli, cabbage, kale, and Brussels sprouts are packed with antioxidants like vitamin A, Vitamin C and carotenoids (a plant compounds) which are powerful brain protectors prevent brain cells damage from free radicals. These vegetables are also riche in vitamin K, which is recognized to improve cognitive function and brainpower

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3. Avocado, Oils, Nuts, and Seeds

 

Avocado, Oil and Seeds

Brain boosters: Avocado, Oil and Seeds [source: Pixabay.com ]

Avocado is as good as green leafy veggies since it is; along with Vitamin A and C, a good source of Vitamin E, another powerful antioxidant and those who consume a moderate quantity of Vitamin E rich foods have 67% less likely to develop Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Another benefit of avocado is its monounsaturated fat which improves blood circulation to the parts of body and brain as well. Improved circulation leads to improve cognition and healthy brain

4. Whole grains

Whole Grains

Brain boosters: Ehole Grains [source: paulashealthyliving.com]

Comprises only 2% of body weight, the brain consumes 25% of blood glucose to get energy required for steady work of brain. To meet the brain requirement of energy, whole grains are the best source as compared to refined sugar and carbohydrates as refined sugar digest and utilize quickly, didn’t meet the energy requirement whole day. On the other hand, Whole grains including Oatmeal, brown pasta and wheat bran are rich in glucose but have low GI (Glycemic Index) releases glucose gradually into the blood give you a steady level of glucose. This keeps you and your brain to stay focused and mentally alert throughout the day

5. Dark chocolate

Dark Chocolate

Brain boosters: Dark Chocolate [source: common.wikimedia.com ]

Dark chocolate contains flavonoids, a powerful antioxidant, along with natural brain stimulants such as caffeine. These ingredients of dark chocolate enable it to protect brain from free radicals and the caffeine improves the focus and concentration and also enhances the production of endorphins (naturally occurring pain killer).

A research conducted on 16 healthy adults who consuming 150 mg chocolate for five days reveals improved circulation to brain, leads to improve brain function (cognition) [source]

But keep in mind “more can be dangerous” as the chocolate can cause many health problems including acne, increase in the occurrence of migraine headache (due to tyramine) and promote weight gain obesity

6. Berries

Berries, Bleuberries, Elderberries

Brain boosters: Berries [source: common.wikimedia.com ]

Berries are considered as powerhouse of antioxidants. Berries including elderberries are loaded with quercetin, a flavonoid type of antioxidant, vital to your brain’s health, built healthy connection between neurons (brain cells). While blueberries on the other hands, has proven effect on memory improvement and delaying the loss of short term memory and reduce the risk and effects of age related (senile) dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies on animals’ shows that consumption of Berries considerably enhanced the learning capacity and motor skills of aging rats, making them mentally equivalent to much younger rats [source]

7. Nuts and seeds

Seeds and Nuts

Brain boosters: Seeds and Nuts[source: common.wikimedia.com ]

Nuts and seeds (including walnuts, Brazil nuts, hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds, cashews sunflower seeds, flax seeds etc) along with green leafy vegetables are another good source of Vitamin E which is a proven brain booster and brain protectors as well.

Vitamin E has been associated with great protective and promotive effects on the brain thus, a good intake of these Vitamin E loaded food substance is crucial helps you to prevent cognitive decline, as you got ages.

8. Vegetable Juice

Vegetable (Tomato) Juice

Brain boosters: Vegetable (Tomato) Juice [source: common.wikimedia.com ]

Vegetables are the reservoirs of essential vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, true gold mines for health of your brain. Although you may consumes vegetables on daily basis in cooked form but too much cooking and over heating may destroy the essence of their nutritious worth.

Vegetable Juice is the way to get all essential nutrients from these precious foods substances, although you can eat vegetables itself if you like their test. I personally like tomato juice for both its better test and nutritional values (and of course for its bright red colorJ). Tomato consist powerful antioxidant lycopene along with Vitamins A and Vitamin C, which could help prevent against the development of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia by disarming the effects of free radicals.

Try to make juice at your own at home as it is easy. Commercial juice products can have artificial flavor, added sugar and may not be fresh.

9. Curry

Curry Powder

Brain Boosters: Curry Powder [source: sospici.com]

After all the meats and sweets, it is time to boost your brain with a traditional spicy curry. Curry is often used in Indian cuisines and its active ingredients includes turmeric and curcumin are potent antioxidant and, in addition, they also enhance the role of body own antioxidants. These substances also destroy Alzheimer’s-causing proteins (amyloid plaques) in the brain preventing the condition to occur.

Researches on animal shows that Curcumin enhance the process of birth of new brain cells (neurogenesis) by increasing the level of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF, a type of growth hormone) in the brain, and promote connection among existing brain cells . With these properties, curry and it ingredients could help to improve memory and fight away neurodegenerative process in brain.

10. Water

Water

Brain boosters: Fresh Water [source: pixabay.com ]

Water is vital for health as it is a universal solvent required for all kind of metabolism to take place. 75% of your brain is water thus a steady water intake is required for proper functioning of brain.

Study on the effects of water on brain conducted at Ohio University reseals that people whose were well hydrated significantly get better score on cognitive tests compared with those who weren’t drinking plenty of water.

Another research from University of east London evaluated the effects of water on brainpower and shows that drinking three cups of water at the beginning of a task can increase the brain’s reaction time by 14%.

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