Ear health is often ignored by many people. Ears are important as they help us hear various sounds. Today, renowned ENT specialists from ILS Hospitals – Kolkata and Agartala will share some useful tips that will help you maintain good ear health.
Follow these below-mentioned tips by our ENT experts for good hearing health.
Use of earphones/headphones/earbuds at a lower volume
Nowadays, everyone uses earphones or headphones while listening to music and watching videos online. Earbuds have come into existence as well. We don’t want you to stop using them, but we would highly recommend you to use such devices at lower volumes. Also, clean your earbuds and headphones regularly.
Clean your ears the right way
Cleaning your ear should not be overlooked as the accumulation of ear wax can impair hearing. Do not clean your ears with Q – tips, instead soak a cotton ball into warm water and clean the outer part of your ears gently. Remember to not push the ear wax towards the ear canal. In case of earwax blockage, you should refer to an ENT specialist.
Use earplugs when exposed to loud noises
Long exposure to loud noises can cause hearing loss. Take precautions and wear noise-baring earplugs.
Don’t insert anything inside your ear
Don’t insert anything into your ear, not even your own finger to avoid injuries or infections in the ear canal.
Visit an ENT specialist every year
If you want to ensure good ear health, visit an expert ENT specialist for your annual ear check-up. If you use a hearing aid then you should visit your ENT doctor more frequently. You can visit our hospital units in Kolkata and Agartala to get medical consultations from our ENT professionals.
Eat healthy and do not stress as stress does no good to your ears. For any health-related advice, visit ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala.
Feeling fatigued is, unfortunately, the new normal. All due to our modern lifestyle and more so because most of us are working from home due to this Pandemic situation. We are working extra to make up for the lost hours. Slow down, take deep breaths, and relax.
Fatigue is nobody’s friend. Preventing fatigue is better than combating it. Today, ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala will guide on how to prevent fatigue.
Eat a well-balanced diet
A well-balanced diet will ensure that your body is not deprived of any nutrients. Include protein, carbohydrates, fibers, vitamins, minerals, and good fats in your daily diet.
Drink water every hour
Dehydration leads to fatigue. Hence, stay properly hydrated by sipping water every hour. If you tend to forget drinking water then ensure a system where you are reminded to take water every hour.
Staying awake at night can cause lethargy. Think of your body clock and sleep on time.
Wake up early
Waking up late is one of the causes for drowsiness. So, if you wake up late you find yourself left with fewer hours to finish your daily activities, so yes, embrace waking up early.
Be physically active and shun your sedentary lifestyle. Exercise regularly as exercising keeps you energized throughout the day and beats insomnia.
Stress is the part and parcel of our today’s lifestyle. However, chronic stress hampers your immunity and mental health. When you are stressed, you feel physically exhausted. So, don’t stress.
Taking breaks between your work is not being selfish. It’s a necessity to keep you sane and refreshed. If you work constantly without taking proper breaks, then you invite fatigue. So, take breaks as and when required.
We all know why smoking is considered a bad habit and how smoking affects our health. We all know how smoking kills. Yet, many people find it difficult to quit smoking permanently. The reason – nicotine addiction.
On World Tobacco Day, ILS Hospitals, one of the most renowned multispeciality hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala will show you effective ways to quit smoking for once and for all.
Know your reason
If there’s a will, there’s a way. If you add reason to your plan, it makes more sense and you have a higher chance of success. People smoke for various reasons, but, the most common reason is to get temporary relief from stress. Then why a sudden decision to want to quit smoking? Is it because you want to live a healthier lifestyle or is it because you want to keep yourself and your family healthy and safe? Know your reason.
Determination is your best friend now. Be determined that you have to quit smoking no matter what.
Pledge to live a healthier lifestyle
Smoking is one of the unhealthy habits ever known. If you swap it with healthy habits, like eating healthy food, sleeping on time, doing regular exercise, then it would become easier for you to quit this unhealthy habit.
Avoid social gatherings with smokers
Human beings imitate others. When you’re on your way to quit smoking, you should avoid hanging out with your friends who are avid smokers so that you do not crave for cigarettes.
Stop the consumption of alcohol
People generally smoke cigarettes while consuming alcohol as it relaxes them. Well, it’s a temporary relaxation. For those who have newly quit smoking should definitely avoid the consumption of alcohol.
Find your support system
Your partner, friends, and family love you more than you know. If not for yourself, quit smoking for the sake of your loved ones. Let them know that you care for them, you’re on your journey to quit smoking and making them proud of you.
Keep yourself occupied in other activities
There are many productive things to do other than smoking. You should involve yourself in other activities, like doing household chores, spending time with your loved ones, reading books, watching informative and motivational videos, and upskilling yourself by learning a new course.
Seek professional medical therapy
If nothing else works, professional medical therapy will. Seek professional medical therapy for your nicotine dependence.
At least try to cut down the number of cigarettes you consume a day. Your journey will be difficult but worth it. ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Agartala and Kolkata wishes you best of luck.
Due to COVID-19, the entire country is in lockdown, except for essential services, like hospitals, grocery stores, medicine stores and few more. Since there is no vaccine for Coronavirus as on date, we are compelled to stay inside our homes and practice social distancing to keep the number of cases low.
Home quarantine allows us plenty of time. We can utilize this time to spend time with our family and learn skills to enhance our personality. Today, ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala will show you some ways through which you can stay productive during this home quarantine.
Learn a new hobby
Sadly, people were not spending enough time on their hobbies. Hobbies started losing its essence. Don’t let that happen, learn a new hobby or give more time to your existing hobby during this home quarantine. You can learn new hobbies, like cooking, sewing, knitting, etc. even by watching online tutorials.
Organize your home
No matter how big or small your home is, it is always beautiful. Since everyone is in the house right now, you can make the use of more muscle power to declutter and organize your home.
Read educational books
Reading is always helpful. If you have children in your home, know that children learn by imitating others. If they see you reading educational books, they will follow suit.
Participate in online classes
Online classes are beneficial for both parents and children. Teach your children through online methods. Opt for online classes to enhance your professional skills for growth in your career.
Stay hygienic and stay safe at home. Listen to the government’s advisories and be a responsible citizen. Remember, health is wealth so take good care of your mental and physical health. For any medical emergency, you can visit ILS Hospitals in Agartala and Kolkata.
Health is indeed wealth. A person who takes good care of his or her health is always happy and healthy. On World Health Day, ILS Hospitals, the best hospital in Agartala and Kolkata will give you some simple and useful health tips so that you are always in fine fettle.
Let’s take a look at some useful health tips.
- Eat healthy food: How can good health start without eating nutritious food? You are what you eat so feed your body with nothing but healthy food. Every individual’s daily requirements are different as per their lifestyle and body. So consider visiting a dietitian to get your customised diet chart and say yes to good health.
- Keep your body perfectly hydrated: Our body is made up of 60% water. The human body needs water to perform essential bodily functions so being well-hydrated is a strict health-rule that everyone must follow. Since it’s summer season, apart from plain water, you can drink fruit-infused water, refreshing coconut water, fresh fruit juices and even consume fruits with high-water content (watermelon, cucumber, sweet lime, etc).
- Stay active: In our modern lifestyle, staying active has become really difficult. Still, you should try to take some time out of your sedentary lifestyle and devote half an hour for exercise or yoga regularly. Try to do household chores on your own to stay active and fit instead of hiring a domestic helper.
- Maintain good hygiene: Practicing good hygiene ensures that we stay away from deadly and disease-causing bacteria and viruses. Brush, have a proper bowel movement and take a bath daily. Always wear clean clothes and keep your surroundings clean. Wash your hands at all times with a good soap and water. Females should take extra hygiene measures during their monthly menstrual periods.
- Get 8 hours of sleep every night: Your body needs rest to renew itself. Take 8-9 hours of sleep every night to strengthen your immune system.
- Get an annual health check-up: If we do not get ourselves tested, we would never know what’s happening inside our bodies. Get annual health check-ups from an expert medical practitioner.
We hope you follow these basic health tips. If you need any sort of medical diagnosis and treatment, visit ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospital in Kolkata and Agartala.
The thyroid is an endocrine gland located in the neck and it resembles the shape of a butterfly.
It secretes thyroid hormones responsible for stimulating metabolism, growth, development and determining the body temperature. An excess or dearth of thyroid hormones result in various thyroid disorders.
Today, ILS Hospitals would discuss some common health-conditions related to the thyroid gland in detail.
Goitre is an abnormal swelling of your thyroid gland. It happens due to iodine deficiency or due to thyroid inflammation. Some symptoms of goitre are as follows:
Swelling in the neck
Difficulty in swallowing
Sometimes, medication and surgery are recommended for large goitres.
In Hypothyroidism or Hypoactive thyroid gland, your thyroid gland does not produce adequate thyroid hormones due to that it fails to meet the requirements of the body. Women are at a higher risk than men to suffer from Hypothyroidism. Let’s look at some of the symptoms now:
Menorrhagia or heavy menstrual bleeding
Stiff and aching muscles
High blood cholesterol
Loss of hair
Sensitivity to cold
Hypothyroidism can be regulated by taking oral supplements for the thyroid hormone. Even injections can be prescribed for treating severe hypoactive thyroid gland.
Hyperthyroidism or Hyperactive thyroid gland is a result of excessive levels of the hormone, thyroxine. People with high iodine levels in the body can also suffer from hyperthyroidism. The signs and symptoms include:
Nausea and vomiting
Frequent bowel movements
Swollen thyroid (goitre)
Sudden weight loss
Changes in the menstrual cycle
The treatment for Hyperthyroidism includes anti-thyroid medications, radioactive iodine, beta-blockers and even thyroidectomy (partial or complete surgical removal of the thyroid gland).
You can avoid thyroid diseases by following these tips:
1. Avoid Smoking.
2. Do not overindulge in fasting or follow a starvation diet.
3. Stay away from harmful radiations from X-Rays, MRI etc.
4. Visit a medical professional regularly for screening your thyroid.
Finally, it’s New Year 2020. A new year represents new beginnings, new opportunities, and new resolutions. Many people make New Year resolutions every year but find it difficult to implement them. It happens because they are not adamant enough to make their New Year resolutions into a success. But we all want to live a healthy and happy life, isn’t it? In that case, following certain health resolutions is a compulsion.
This New Year 2020, let’s not make an excuse and practice these health resolutions said by ILS Hospitals, to proudly lead a healthy and prosperous life.
1. Eat nothing but healthy:
We all make this promise almost every day to ourselves but cannot keep it when we see our favourite not-so-healthy foods, like french fries, cheeseburger, chicken wings, and many more. It’s time to become resolute and eat nothing but only nutritious meals. Here are ways to execute your healthy diet plan.
Less consumption of processed and canned foods
No to fatty, oily, deep-fried, and stale foods
Eat healthy nuts, fruits, vegetables, leafy greens, legumes, sprouts, millets, etc.
Eat fresh, seasonal, and home-cooked meals
Less sugar, salt, and refined flour or maida
More plant-based diet, less meat consumption
Less tea and coffee, more fruit juices, coconut water, vegetable soups, and green tea.
You can also get a customized diet chart made by the best dietitians in our hospitals.
2. Quit unhealthy habits:
The New Year 2020 is the perfect time to get rid of our bad habits, one of which is smoking. Seek therapy for your nicotine addiction without any fail and add a few more years to your life. Other unhealthy habits that ruin our health are excessive alcohol consumption, drinking less water or healthy fluids, being unhygienic, living in uncleaned surroundings, undereating or overeating, living an inactive lifestyle, being constantly stressed and depressed, and getting angry over petty things. It’s time to strike off these unhealthy habits from your life. Change starts with you!
3. Get regular health check-ups:
Regular health check-ups allow the doctors to get an early diagnosis for any potential health condition, thus, ensuring that you live a healthy and disease-free life. You can avail health check-up packages offered by ILS Hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala.
For any health-related solutions, come to ILS Hospitals in Kolkata and Agartala.
Winter season is knocking on our doors with full swing. Time to relish on hot beverages and hot dishes. We eagerly wait for winters to arrive so that we can get a respite from unpleasant, sweaty and humid temperatures. But we tend to ignore that winter is accompanied by obnoxious colds and cough, even fever. This happens due to change of season and the fact that our immune system slows down in low temperatures.
Here, we, at ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata, presents you with some suggestions on how to stay healthy during this winter season. So, let’s take a thorough look at these suggestions.
1. Practice good hygiene:
We try to avoid water during winters and discount the importance of hygiene. Bad hygiene habits are one of the main reasons for flu and common colds. Some essential good hygiene habits that you should religiously follow even during the flu season are shown below:
– Properly wash your hands before and after eating and after using the restroom
– Bath regularly with warm water
– Wear clean clothes and woollens
– Brush and floss your teeth daily
– Keep your surroundings clean
– Wash your hair frequently.
2. Eat seasonal food:
There’s a reason why we have certain fruits and vegetables only available during winters. Even Ayurveda believes in following a “ritucharya” diet which means eating according to season. Eating seasonal food has many advantages on your body including strengthening immunity. You should consume seasonal fruits and vegetables like the following:
– Mustard greens
– Beets and Carrots
3. Make the sun your best friend:
Winter sun is the best because it does not have a burning effect on our skin, although winter sun still radiates harmful UVA and UVB rays so always apply sunscreen before your winter sunbathing sessions. Also, keep your mattresses, blankets and pillows under the sun to make them germ-free. Allow your rooms the warmth of sunlight to get rid of viruses and microbes and make them well-lighted. Also, Vitamin D is crucial for a good immune system which you can get from sunlight, so do not shy away from the winter sun.
4. Dress warm:
Wear proper winter clothes that keep you warm throughout the day. Always cover your ears with earmuffs, your feet with woollen socks, your head with a woollen cap or beanie and neck with a cosy muffler whenever you go outside.
We hope you follow these above-mentioned suggestions during winter months. Winters can be really enjoyable if you take good care of your health. If you experience any health-related problems, come to ILS Hospitals, one of the best hospitals in Kolkata to get a professional medical consultation.
It is the festive season, the month we all wait for every year. This is the time when we get to enjoy the most with our family and friends. But if during this time anyone gets sick, then all plans are bound to go down the drain. So, ILS Hospitals in Kolkata is going to give you tips on how to stay healthy and disease-free during this time.
Over the last few years, the rain has been an ever-present factor in the festival season especially before diwali, which also makes it easy for diseases like malaria and dengue to fester. So use mosquito repellent when going out and a net when going to sleep.
Viral infections like cough, cold, and fever are also very common during this season. Don’t drink cold water or cold drinks after coming from outside. Try to avoid them as much as possible, even at home. This will prevent you from getting infected with a cold infection. Especially at late night, the temperature falls and the chances of getting a cold increase. So try to avoid cold drinks, ice-creams etc. at night.
While going out during the day, make sure to carry an umbrella, sunglass and sunscreen with you at all times, or you may get sun-burned badly.
When burning crackers during Diwali, take extra precautions against any accidental burning. Be careful about smoke and loud noises specially for the children and aged individuals.
Eating out during the festive season is very common and half the enjoyment is in that only. So as we cannot completely avoid eating out but rather can eat wisely. Most roadside stalls are not much healthy, so choose wisely from where you are eating. If possible, carry water from home before going out.
It’s also a holiday time and we like to go out more as well. Going out every day during the festive season can make one tiresome, drenched out of energy and make feel thirsty. If possible carry lemonade or ORS with you. This would help to restore the electrolyte imbalance of the body.
If you are going out at night then make sure that you get enough sleep during the day as good sleep is important for the body. Also, staying awake at night is not good for small children and the aged individuals. So, make sure that they get their proper sleep.
Try to avoid the crowd if you are an asthma patient or this may aggravate your problems and may sustain attacks of asthma. Diabetes patients should continue their diabetes treatment as usual during this time and limit eating sweets as well, especially when it can be tempting once you get so many sweet boxes from your neighbors on Diwali.
Follow these tips to stay healthy and have a great Diwali and a festive season ahead.