Say No to Saliva Contaminated Food


Say No to Saliva Contaminated Food

Recently, I was watching this Hollywood movie “The 13th Warrior” with friends and in this particular scene, the warriors spat and blew their noses into a communal water basin and drank from it, my stomach wriggled. That scene also reminded me of a birthday party in a media company where people shared the cake tasted by others, a saliva contaminated one !!!

Cake

Sharing foods is not a bad idea, when it is for the needy ones and is hygienic. But occasions such as party, especially the ones involving close friends and acquaintances, are potential situations where saliva contamination can occur. Sometimes, a management’s interested in advertising their fun office culture, or people considering it as a way to develop closer bonds.

I am of the view that consuming saliva contaminated foods is risky as saliva harbors harmful bacteria and viruses. It need not be only through foods bitten by others, but also through hands or fingers that hold the foods and reach the mouth. I have always been an avid follower of topics related to science, medicine and hygiene, and unhygienic food habits make me wonder if people truly are aware of health risks or not.

Some may or may not feel the same way, but the medical facts about diseases that spread through saliva are here to stay. But I am confident, there are millions who share the same view as of mine.

Cultures & their influence

Cultures affect people’s lifestyles and you can see them in their peculiar behaviors & traditions. Recent trends in changing lifestyles show that the world is gradually drifting towards west. Here are some surprising ones.

  • Japanese bowing at each other to greet and use chopsticks to eat.

  • African tribals rub each others’ nose to greet.

  • Americans shake hands, hug or make each others’ cheeks touch to greet (but sometime go overboard like Mr. Obama kissed Aung San Suu Kyi).

  • Indians fold their palms to convey ‘namaskar.’

Hygienic habits such as washing hands, keeping surroundings clean are better ways to keep disease at bay, whereas spitting pan on walls, urinating in public places, so on are dirty and can become breeding grounds of diseases!!!

Saliva contains bacteria and viruses that can potentially carry health problems such as cold, fever (glandular), herpes infection, meningococcal disease, hepatitis B, warts and so on. Saliva contamination or unhygienic health conditions or water can also cause jaundice.

How it can happen?

Saliva exchange can happen in many ways – kissing, sharing foods, so on… Some may find them as ways to connect with people, but potential dangers wait for their turn to take control of your body resistance!

Remedy

As is obvious from the above situations that there’s no substitute for hygienic food habits and lifestyle. Practice healthy lifestyle and keep diseases at bay.

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Healthy Lifestyle


Healthy Lifestyle and Food Habits

It is natural for most of us to have concerns about our health for now we have a number of health problems. Those who are thinking of the best way of maintaining good health may feel this article ‘Healthy Lifestyle,’ a sensible thing to read. Here I will be suggesting those things which are scientifically acceptable, practical and easy to follow. One should consider the rationale behind these before coming to any conclusions. So those interested just read on…

I have always believed that humans are a part of nature and that they have survived on this earth by staying on top of the food chain. But as times changed, the lifestyle changed and humans began to live an easy sedentary life and started gorging on processed foods. As a result we have become physically weak and vulnerable than of most of the animals in the animal kingdom.  We can even say that we have become so weak that we cannot survive without processed foods. The food on which the man survived during olden days has now become coarse and hard for direct consumption. As a result most of the natural foods such as milk, vegetables, meat, etc. as raw foods can cause health problems such as diarrhoea, constipation, infection, etc. But natural foods as well as healthy lifestyle are very essential for maintaining healthy body. Due to the absence of these two we have abundance of diseases like diabetes, eye problems, skin infections, weak bones and immune system, etc.

So what would be an ideal food for all, and what would be the steps one should take to have a healthy lifestyle?

Vegetarian Foods

Vegetables: Beans, Carrots, Cabbage, Lettuce, Broccoli, Brinjal, Beetroot, Radish, Peas, Drumsticks, Lady’s Finger, Cucumber, Turnips, Spinach, Soya beans, etc.

Cereals: Wheat, Oats, Rice, Barley, Millets, Maize, etc.

Non-Vegetarian Foods

Non-Vegetarian Food sources: Milk, Eggs, Fishes, Crabs, Chicken, Prawns, Mutton, etc.

Healthy Lifestyle:

Healthy lifestyle is all one needs to be healthy, and one must look for things that make it all happen. There are some key elements which makes unknowingly essential parts of our foods. Science has abundance of information about these essential elements (vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, etc.), which we must include in our daily diet to keep up good health. We should gradually try to make them part of our lives. Here are some steps one should take for maintaining healthy food habits and healthy lifestyle.

We should:

* Include variety of fresh, tender, well-washed vegetables in our regular diet.

*Always remember to include proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in required proportions in the form of your above-mentioned natural foods.

*As far as possible avoid (canned/processed) junk foods.

*Exercise regularly to make the body absorb nutrients and be fit.

*Maintain a healthy lifestyle.

*Have good habits and friends.

*Quit smoking and excessive alcohol.

*Get at least 6-8 hours of undisturbed sleep every day.

*Last but not least, always think healthy, think God.

Regards,

Vinod Kumar

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