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“Looking through a New-Normal hourglass: A Developing and Developed country scenario!!!”

The Year 2023 was an eye opener for the entire world. Human beings have seen a transformation throughout the 21st century. But as 2020 came we saw something changing around us, each year after that we documented changing trends called “New-Normal” from lockdowns to warfare, we have seen so much happening all around us. We are learning to live it, adapt it and somewhat we are adopting to live it now. 

These 2 events have remarkably affected our physical, mental & emotional wellbeing to a great extent. With this blog we will read to understand the Global Healthcare trends and how they still differ in many ways in the Developed & Developing countries even in the 21st century.
To understand the current 2021 World Health Data scenario lets have a close look at the below charts

We can distinctly see that the developed countries showcase a rising scenario in increasing expenditure as well as social health insurance in terms of the government funded healthcare system usage. We have also seen that in developed countries like the USA, Germany, Singapore, etc the Public Healthcare systems are more utilised, approachable and accessible to most of the population in comparison to the private healthcare system. The concept of registration with a particular doctor or hospital facility, having a health insurance card for each individual, paying large health insurance premiums makes it somewhat essential that the Healthcare system remains approachable and transparent.

The best thing about having all data of an individual that is linked to a Health insurance card and available just by accessing through the date of birth and nationality makes it easier when you are on the move or you are having a health condition. But we also know for sure that the Healthcare system in all the developed countries is extremely advanced but also very costly. Most people from developed countries prefer visiting new-healthcare booming countries like India, where they find the healthcare system more affordable, easy and highly advanced. Now that’s a bit confusing, because for ages we have said that Healthcare Infrastructure, accessibility, affordability, doctors and physicians, nurses and midwife ratios are extremely poor in these developing countries, also the Public hospitals and healthcare facilities are highly insufficient, but the below graph speaks something new

In the developing countries on the other hand the scenario of India looks changing with the coming years. Though the Public healthcare system is still not the most preferred by most, the National schemes, healthcare budget does look promising and proliferating. India is growing in terms of healthcare infrastructure development but it’s still unequal when it comes to distribution and reach. Still the accessibility and approachability of the Public Healthcare system is a big issue in India and needs to be addressed at the earliest.
While the issues we face in India are different from those in developed countries we still have a long way to go when it comes to the Public or Government supported hospitals.
India has experienced record-breaking economic growth that has been accompanied by significant reductions in poverty. According to the World Bank, infant mortality in India has fallen from 66 to 38 per 1,000 live births from 2000 to 2015. Life expectancy at birth has increased from 63 to 68 years, and the maternal mortality ratio has fallen from 374 to 174 per 100,000 live births over the same period. Showcasing that healthcare providers, infrastructure, National Healthcare schemes and their reach has shown significant improvement. The faith in the system is growing and needs constant boost and support from the prominent leaders.

India also has shown dynamic rise in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. India has given some world-class scientists, including a proliferating clinical trials industry, leading hospitals, vaccine development facilities attracting the foreign investors and patients and treating its better-off citizens.

Yet Indian government and public health officials agree that the country faces persistent and daunting public health challenges, particularly for the poor and the underprivileged sections. These include communicable as well as noncommunicable diseases such as obesity, diabetes, and tobacco use, leading to cancer and other diseases; and high rates of road traffic accidents that result in injuries and deaths in the country.

As the Indian government strives to provide comprehensive health coverage for all, the country’s rapidly developing healthcare system remains an area of concern. There are disparities in health and health care systems between poorer and richer states and underfunded health care systems that in many cases are inefficiently run and underregulated. New government-financed health insurance programs are increasing coverage, but health insurance coverage for all members or each and every individual is highly limited. Investing in a health insurance card or scheme is not a highly popular scenario making the procurement of treatment, surgery or hospital expenditure with high disparities. Metro cities have large private hospital facilities providing advanced medical care but have extremely high health packages which are not affordable for the middle or higher middle-class populations. Also most health insurance schemes do not support elderly parents’ health expenditure if they suffer from multiple health complications and so it becomes all in all a difficult scenario

Public and private health systems are placing huge demands on the country’s capacity to train exceptional health leaders and professionals. Rising to meet these challenges, the people of India have an opportunity to have a major influence on their own future health and on the future of public health and medical efforts globally. The year 2020 was the year that showed the world that India fought back the pandemic by not only creating and supplying the COVID vaccine but also the age-old medicine Ayurveda science and Yoga is the New way of life. From preventing to curative to wellness India has it all. The lockdown and the pandemic showed us that physical, emotional and mental wellbeing can be achieved with a balanced diet, positive attitude and movement all are the essentials of combating the health issues as big as covid 19.
India is digital and data giant in the coming years, if we couple the medical healthcare system and develop a digitally safeguarded EHS system that helps each and every citizen documented and linked with his or her Inner health data so that in case of health issue or emergency nobody gets treated late due to delay in getting treatment just because nobody filled the case paper and gave the information. A simple healthcare linked to vital citizen cards of Adhar card can give every citizen to avail health treatment in the most needed times without any hassle. If only our public hospitals become more approachable and acceptable to all the citizens equally and the Public and the Private come together to provide the best possible health treatment, it will be a golden day in the history of our country.
With a lot of disparities seen among the developed and developing countries what is most essential is that ultimately the health issues and needs of the population have to be taken care of to have a better life and burden free health care system equal and affordable to All!!!

Author: Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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My Well-being Companion: Finding something more than just Feeling Well!!!

Well-being has been strongly linked to many important life events ranging from physical and psychological health to family and social relationships to work and activity patterns. Not only has it been associated with many beneficial outcomes across these realms, but it has also been demonstrated to predict positive changes in these events helping us function well.

Situation Today

Current Pandemic situation has made the entire Human race to ponder on the real concept of wellbeing and wellness. Is it mere feeling to stay happy or “just well” or is it only to survive? What is your concept of Wellbeing then???? Give a moment to read this blog and think to act right Today!!!

Concept of Well-being

It is the experience of health, happiness, and prosperity. It includes having good mental health, high life satisfaction, a sense of meaning or purpose, and ability to manage stress.
Wellbeing is more than just full-filling the need of basic necessities (food, clothing & shelter), it comes after making appropriate choices and activities aimed at achieving physical vitality, mental alacrity, social satisfaction, a sense of accomplishment, and personal fulfilment, so in a nut-shell Wellbeing is ‘feeling good and functioning well’.

Well-being is a feeling of having high sense of self enjoyment, nothing can ever turn you down when your sense of wellness is very high and of course happiness comes in when you are well which is known as the sense of satisfaction & happiness, this is best done with a partner, a friend, a family or a companion close to You all the time. This relation and association lead to a positive sense of dependency and in turn a sense of responsibility towards yourself and others

Looking at Wellbeing as a New Dimension

We all are going through some tough times of our journey today. Surrounded by some loads of useful and not so useful information flowing into our computers, whatsapp groups, and emails daily. But we all know the phrase “ Think before you act, & But At TURYAA we care for you and your loved ones all the time. Using the Ayurveda driven ancient science of Nadi-Pariksha (Pulse Monitoring Examination) coupled with Modern Nutrition technique & AI-based outputs we bring you a holistic Wellbeing Companion. A true Wellbeing Companion to be used in the comfort of your home to helps connect you and your loved ones health staying close to you or away from you.

Let’s care for our health and wellbeing staying close to what we see, understand and adhere to!!! Choose wisely; Get one for you and your loved ones today!!!

Author:
Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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CORONA VIRUS: PREVENTION IS BETTER THAN CURE!

The Covid19 outbreak caused by the corona virus has spread like wildfire across the globe and managed to put the entire world under lockdown. The past few months have been filled with nothing but news of this unprecedented crisis. The emphasis has constantly been on safety, precaution and prevention to flatten the rising curve of infected cases and fatalities. Let’s understand how we can avoid contamination at a personal level and protect ourselves by improving our hygiene, health and immunity.

What is Corona Virus

The corona virus disease (COVID-19) is a highly infectious disease caused by a novel virus that had not been previously identified in humans.

How Does Corona virus spread?

The new corona virus is transmitted through contact with an infected person when they cough or sneeze, or through droplets of saliva or discharge from the nose.

What are the symptoms of Corona virus?

The corona virus causes flu-like symptoms such as a dry cough, shortness of breath and fever.

Who are at high risk for Corona virus?

The following people at risk have to take utmost care and the correct precautionary measures to prevent infection:

  • Pregnant women
  • Children
  • The elderly
  • People with chronic health issues such as diabetes, hypertension, cardiovascular disease
  • Cancer patients

How can we stay safe and prevent further spread?

Here at the 5 preventive measures you need to follow to stay safe and healthy at home:

Maintain Personal Hygiene

It’s important to wash your hands frequently with warm water and soap for at least 20 seconds. Sanitize your hands after coming in contact with commonly touched surfaces like a countertop or doorknob. Do not touch your face, eyes, nose or mouth as these are the first entry-points for the virus. Keep your nails clean and cut. Avoid handshakes or hugs with outsiders. A Namaskar is the most hygienic, contactless gesture to greet your loved ones.

Eat Fresh, Healthy, Home-Cooked Meals

Enjoy freshly prepared, home-cooked meals. Eat a healthy, balanced diet that includes lots of green and colourful vegetables and fruits, whole grains, nuts and seeds, and protein. Do not consume raw salads and opt for lightly steamed vegetable salads instead. Have clear soups or rich soups with beetroot, carrot, pumpkin and herbs. Stay hydrated with lots of fluids such as coconut water, kokum, lemonade or turmeric milk. Add immunity-boosting and healing spices and herbs like mint, coriander, pepper, clove, cinnamon, turmeric and black salt to your preparations.

Exercise & Practise Deep Breathing

Stay active, dance, run, take up yoga, meditate and practise breathing exercises (pranayam) to strengthen your immune system, improve your physical fitness, boost your blood circulation and de-stress your mind. Stay positive and do not panic or overthink.

Keep Your Home & Surroundings Clean

You may have heard the adage, ‘cleanliness is next to godliness’. A clean home is a reflection of great health and wealth. Keep your home, surroundings, society, community and country beautiful and clean.

Boost Your Immunity Naturally

According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, the best way to prevent any disease is by building one’s immunity! Some of the Ayurvedic medicinal preparations to boost your immune system naturally are Mahasudarshan kadha, Suvarna kalpa, Pippali kalp, Chyavanprash, Tribhuvan Kirti rasa and Laxmi Vilas rasa. Follow the dosage as per your age and the vaidya’s advice only.
It’s easy to lead a healthy and happy life, even in times of the covid19 pandemic, with a prevention-oriented, personalised wellness approach. MiBoSo is the first-of-its-kind preventive and curative wellness platform for your mind, body and soul. The app brings you the power of Ayurveda and modern technology for personalised consultation from vaidyas, nutritionists and yoga coaches in the comfort of your home. You can get a guided daily routine focusing on your diet, exercise, stress management, Ayurvedic medicines and sleep schedule to boost your immunity and keep your mind and body healthy and fit.

Author:
Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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Guilt free ways of eating right !!!!

A lot of us have this feeling since the time we start thinking about our health, our fitness goals or missions…..Am I really going to achieve this if I really don’t know what I am eating is really healthy and really right???? How will i know i am achieving what I really need???? First time mothers are the most worried??? Well let’s just accept this fact, is eating alone that complicated than cooking that up to your table???? Just shifting to locally available, fresh stuff each day is the first simplest step to start eating right….Come let’s walk the way to do this, starting from Today….

Color your plate each day with colors from the shinning rainbow:

A palate of colours brightens your eyes as does a plate full of food. A good way to give all required Vitamins & Mineral load daily is by adding veggies and fruits (seasonal) locally available in good quantities in all your meals from breakfast to dinner. Load your breakfast cereals with crunch of veggies and glass full of fruits, a bowl full of vegetable soup/stew will be a great accompaniment in lunch/dinner,Try to stick to one particular time zone in a day for each meal. Block your mind cells to No Breakfast beyond 10:00am, Less on Lunch after 2:00pm, A big No-No to snacks/tea/coffee more than once, Go light on your tummy before 8:00pm

Choose simpler version and combinations of foods from your basket/pantry:

Go for locally grown, simple to use fruits and vegetables daily. Snack on them at each meals. Combine simple cereals with vegetables to convert the same old meals into hot gruels or porridge of choice. Load your tummies with light and easy to prepare recipes. Be a chef of your kitchen and give your best from the rest.

Watch your bowls, plates, mugs, glasses before you eat, think of the quantity that suits you best:

Take smaller size bowls and plates and re-size your cereals, fats, sweets intakes. Go easy on your salad bowls, dals (no oil), whole fruits (cut). Change the size of your plate and always fill in your plate by yourself

Ditch your urge for that hot cup of masala chai or sizzling mug of coffee:

Move out of your cravings for a cup of tea/coffee step-by-step and replace them to a cup of warm water with lemon/ warm milk with turmeric/warm water with rose petals/saffron to give yourself that shot of antioxidants

Boost your palate with simple whole spices & nuts:

Go easy on whole spices (cumin seeds, coriander, rosemary, basil, peppercorns, ginger, garlic) as dry rubs to season your starches (potatos, breads, roti, rice) and meats (boneless chicken/mutton/egg whites) instead of oils and salt. Combine your salad and fruit bowls with adash of whole dried-fruits (black raisins, roasted pumpkin seeds, roasted sunflower seeds, almonds (unsalted), dry figs, dates

Go green at least once a week:

Eat guilt free with goodness of fresh greens, fruits and goodness of sprouts you like at each meal. Combine your dals, grains with gorgeous greens (spinach, coriander, cabbage, fenugreek, broccoli, asparagus, avocados)

Hydrate your body daily:

Load your DNA with at least 8-10 glasses of luke warm water infused with different fresh ingredients or just sip in a lot of plain water with each meal on the go. Walk to your water dispenser and refill at regular intervals

Sleep light each night:

Go light on your tummy each night, go for fresh vegetables combined with grains and dals and load your senses with goodness of soups, stews, gruels with the same. Sleep light each night, shine bright with next morning light!!!

Go easy on yourself:

Don’t get stressed if you don’t follow each step everyday. Try and stay calm, focused and choose what is best suitable for you. Stay guilt free, talk to your close ones, look for help whenever necessary, don’t ape others- Stay Natural!!!

Author:
Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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Keeping your salad healthy!!

When you hear the word “salad”, you may think of a boring bowl of cucumber, raw carrots and tomatoes to go with. But do you know you can pep-up your daily salad bowl into something so much more fun & colors, and its not at all time & pocket consuming! With a few simple hacks & additions, you can create that magic bowl of salad & be the star chef of the party today!!

A salad should always be a small, wholesome bowl of goodness, but should never be a meal replacement. Also it should not have too many flavors added which will kill or mask the natural flavors of greens and herbs added to it! Come let’s see some very easy combos which will not only look yummy but taste as healthy as it should be!!!

Adding punch of fruits

Slice up fresh seasonal, locally available fruit in the bowl – choose a rainbow of colours! Pairing sweet fruits like pear, apple or pomegranate with a dash of lime juice, rock salt, fresh herbs like mint, lemon zest give you a great punch at lunch times. Mixing dried fruits like black raisins, apricots, sultanas will enhance & balance the tanginess to make that super salad bowl.

Clubbing with wholesome Grains

Warm or cold cooked whole grains add bulk and satisfaction to a salad. Try boiled dalia, plain puffs (rajgira/makana/popped rice) or red rice to give that Mediterranean effect to your salad. Whole wheat boiled pasta is another inexpensive way to add bulk & texture to any basic salad. Team up with fresh mint, fresh dill, cucumber, lemon juice, spring onions & back salt to make the best companion with warm soups at evenings.

Load with best portion of Proteins

Recently there has been a wave of adding proteins to all meals. Using protein rich foods in salads is just another healthy and safe way to add good bulk & texture to your daily food. Use of cottage cheese (panner), boiled egg, tofu, tuna & salmon, boneless chicken can make the salad bowls weigh & look healthier. Toss in some chickpeas, kidney, black beans with cucumber, tomatoes, salt, lemon juice, cumin powder, black salt to make a wholesome bhel. Unsalted nuts, like peanuts, almonds and walnuts, give your salad extra crunch and a dose of healthy fat. All these protein foods will keep you feeling fuller longer.

All time pack of goodness: Veggies

Raw vegetables like cucumbers, radish, tomatoes, onion with lemon juice, pepper & rock salt are the all time favourite siders. A twist with boiled broccoli, cauliflower, peas, carrots in olive oil with pinch of pepper, salt add great crunch and color to the palate. Stir-fry veggies like beets greens, spring onion, spinach and radish greens with garlic & turmeric add terrific flavor and crunch to the plate. Boiled pumpkin, bottle gourd with curds compliments any spicy curry or gravy.

Add flavours with easy fix Dressings

With lemon juice or oil or vinegar or curds or butter and spices in your pantry, you are minutes away from a simple, healthy homemade dressing. Flavor it with tasty ingredients like chopped mint, dill, fresh coriander, a squeeze of citrus juice and diced veggies with lots of flavour, like onions & garlic. Even a mild tadka or vaghar using ghee, cumin seeds, hing, coriander leaves gives the normal raita a crisp, fresh flavor full of goodness & taste.
So just go ahead and attempt to try this quick-fix, home-made delicious salad recipes to keep your body & salad plate both healthy. Don’t let that bowl of raw, cut & unflavoured salad bowl ruin your Goal of staying & being healthy. Think out of the box & load your salads to keep them healthy!!!
Stay tuned to our PulSay programme and get personalized, diet charts & customized menu options from our team of experts. Go-ahead make your health & salad bowl both healthy.

Author:
Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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