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Plant Foods and Gut Health

Amazing Evidence Mounts on the Importance of Consuming a Diet High in Plants & Vegetables

There is now ample evidence to show how important it is for the human body to consume a diet high in Natural fibre from Plants and Vegetables.

An Animal Study conducted at the University of Michigan showed that a High fibre diet kept the microbes inherently present in the Gut from eating the lining of the Colon and protecting it against infection.

When microbes inside the Digestive tract do not get the ample Natural fibre that they rely on for food, they start munching on the natural layer of mucus that lines the gut wall, eroding it to the point where dangerous bacteria invade and can infect the colon wall.

 

The lesson we are learning from studying the effect of fibre on gut microbes is that if we don’t feed them, they can eat us…

 

Detrimental Effect of Processed food diet on the gut microbes

An earlier study showed that 10 days of an intensive Burger and fries diet could decimate not only the number but also the diversity of the healthy microbes by upto 40%.

 

Low Natural fibre diet over generations leading to irreversible depletion of gut bacteria

In a study where mice with gut bacteria from a human were given a low fibre diet the diversity of their intestinal bacteria plummeted and four generations on a low fibre diet caused irreversible losses.

Thus the importance of consuming a diet high in Plant foods can not be overemphasised and the clear message is that we need to eat real plant fibre regularly to keep our gut microbes happy.

Food for thought indeed!

 

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A Medical Marvel!

 

A 25 year old  Robotics Engineer Diwakar Vaish has collaborated with A Neuro scientist Dr Deepak Agrawal at the famous AIIMS, (All India Institute Of Medical Science) Delhi to develop the smallest and most inexpensive Pocket Ventilator !

 

The Ventilator is 450 times smaller than a conventional Ventilator, looks like a Mobile phone and can be slipped into a pocket.

 

It does not require Oxygen cylinder/s to function as it runs on atmospheric air and operates both on power and battery with an almost nil operational cost.

It is controlled by an Android app which adjusts the air supply to match the normal breathing pattern of the patient.

An earlier portable Ventilator also pushes in air but does so at a fixed frequency not necessarily matching the person’s breathing pattern leading to a non-optimum oxygen saturation.

 

An FDA approved disposable ventilator is also available but has a shelf life of only about 4 weeks !

Currently India faces a huge shortage of Ventilator beds for critically ill patients as well as interrupted power supply for the functioning of Ventilators.

This  marvellous venture will provide an affordable option for families to buy portable Ventilators to use at home, as well as the ability to be used in remote areas where power supply is greatly reduced.

 

The expected cost after the Clinical trails and approvals is set to be only 15,000 to 20,000 Indian Rupees…

A huge applause to them both for developing this highly beneficial and needed Medical Marvel !

 

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An Essential Mineral Found to Reduce Risk of Stroke.

 

Review Study Reveals Potassium Intake can Reduce the Risk of Stroke by 13%.

A Review of all the Studies till August 2016, into the relation between the intake of  Potassium and the incidence of mortality from various types of Stroke, was undertaken by Researchers from Italy, Sweden and USA . The Review revealed a 13% decrease in risk of Stroke in subjects with higher intake of Potassium, with the lowest risk occurring at the intake of 3500 mgs/day. (Vincent M, etal. Meta-analysis of Potassium intake and Risk of Stroke, 2016)

Incidentally, the new Recommended Daily Intake for Potassium has also been increased to 4700 mgs/day!

 

Potassium works by protecting blood vessels from Oxidative damage and prevents them from thickening.

Some of the Food sources of Potassium are:

Avocados, Spinach, Sweet Potatoes, Swiss Chard, Kale, Mushrooms, Fennel, Brussel Sprouts, Parsnips, Squashes, Beans, Lentils, Split Peas, Fish, Coconut water, Yoghurt or Kefir, Bananas, Lemons, Guavas, Passion Fruit, Apricots, Figs, Nectarines, Cantaloupe and Honey Dew Melons.

 

In light of this revelatory Research it is even more important to add these delicious foods to our diet for lowering the risk of Stroke and leading a healthier life.

 

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