Dengue May Be Fatal for Heart Patients: Experts

Dengue May Be Fatal for Heart Patients: ExpertsDengue fever may prove to be deadly for patients already suffering from heart diseases, experts have warned.

Transmitted by mosquito bite, dengue has become a seasonal epidemic in India. It affects infants, young children and adults with symptoms appearing 3-14 days after the infective bite.

“In case of a heart patient suffering from dengue, there is often platelet deficiencies resulting in a critical situation. Continuing Aspirin in these patients can prove to be fatal,” said Upendra Kaul, Dean and Executive Director (Clinical Research and Academics) at Fortis Healthcare, in a statement.

“If someone has dengue fever coupled with chest discomfort, shortness of breath, unnecessary fatigue, they must immediately approach a doctor and get their electrocardiography (ECG) and echocardiogram (ECHO) done to rule out the possibility of heart involvement,” Kaul added.

According to Kaul, 50 per cent dengue fever patients with no prior heart ailments showed temporary malfunction in their heart. The malfunction consisted of atrial fibrillation (an irregular, often rapid heart rate that commonly causes poor blood flow), enhanced ectophy (a disturbance of the cardiac rhythm), and sinus bradycardia that leads to slower heart rate.

Patients also showed conduction abnormalities like skipped heartbeats or rapid or forceful heartbeats. Further, 31 per cent of patients showed diastolic dysfunction, i.e. decline in performance of one ventricle, the main chamber of the heart.

“Early detection can avert heart disease progression,” Kaul said.


Chikungunya Cases On A Rise Since 2006

Chikungunya Cases On A Rise Since 2006Chikungunya is an infection caused by the chikungunya virus. The virus is passed to humans by two species of mosquito of the genus Aedes: A. albopictus and A. aegypti.Since 2004, the disease has occurred in outbreaks in Asia, Europe and the Americas.Characteristic symptoms include sudden onset with high fever, joint pain, and rash. Other symptoms may occur, including headache, fatigue, digestive complaints, and conjunctivitis.chikungunya may cause long-term symptoms following acute infection termed chronic chikungunya virus-induced arthralgia.

The increase this year in cases of the dreaded vector-borne chikungunya disease across the country, including Delhi, is the highest since 2006, when around 1,800 were tested positive, officials said. According to the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP), the central nodal agency for the prevention and control of vector borne, India has witnessed 9,990 suspected cases of the disease till now, with Karnataka reporting the highest 7,591 cases till July, 2016.

In Delhi, though the civic bodies have reported only 20 Chikungunya cases till August 20, the sources from various hospitals in the national capital place the total positive cases over 400, with AIIMS alone recording 391 cases.

A senior doctor in AIIMS, said: “The cases of Chikungunya in Delhi this season is high, much higher than what civic bodies are quoting. AIIMS alone has witnessed 391 positive cases till August 20. Over 700 blood samples were received. The states generally affected by chikungunya are Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharasthra, Madhya Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat and Kerala. Health experts said the increase in humidity was the sole reason in the increase in the number of cases, which if quite high in the last couple of years.

According to the Safdarjung Hospital authorities, over 600 suspected chikungunya and dengue patients were received in the last two weeks. The disease shares some clinical signs with dengue, and can be misdiagnosed in areas where dengue is common. There is no cure for the disease. Treatment is focused on relieving the symptoms. The proximity of mosquito breeding sites to human habitation is a significant risk factor for chikungunya. The Delhi government has set up 355 centres for check up of dengue and chikungunya.

Chikungunya is also caused by the same mosquito which causes dengue. It’s just the lifestyle and the lack of precautions which is triggering the new chikungunya cases. People do not need to worry and just start taking precautions,” A.C. Dhariwal, Director NVBDCP.


Heavy Lifting by Young Workers Linked to Low Back Pain in Midlife

Heavy Lifting by Young Workers Linked to Low Back Pain in Midlife

Young adults with jobs that involve heavy lifting and forceful movements might be at higher risk for back pain later in life, a study from Finland suggests.

“When you’re young, you do things your own way, you muscle your way through it, but sooner or later, that behavior can cause problems,” said Michael Timko, a physical therapist and instructor at the University of Pittsburgh who was not involved with the study.

“If we’re going to put a dent on the back pain issue, we should consider training younger people about basic body mechanics like how to lift and load and how to sit properly,” he told Reuters Health by phone.

To examine whether heavy physical work in young adulthood increases the risk of low back pain in midlife, Tea Lallukka from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and colleagues surveyed 738 Finnish men and women in 1986, when they were between 18 and 24 years old, and again 20 years later.

The responses indicated whether participants had done heavy, medium or little to no “heavy” physical work as young adults and whether, in middle age, they’d had localized or radiating low back pain lasting more than seven days during the previous year.

Overall, at the second survey, up to 36 percent of men and women reported localized lower back pain, and about 20 percent reported radiating lower back pain.

Heavy physical work was not significantly linked to localized low back pain.

But the likelihood of radiating back pain in middle age more than doubled for men who reported heavy physical work as young adults, compared to men whose jobs had involved little to no physical work, the research team reported in Occupational and Environmental Medicine, August 11.

And for women, the risk of radiating low back pain 20 years later was doubled in those who reported at least medium physical work and quadrupled in those who had done heavy work, compared to those who did little to no physical work.

About 80 percent of adults experience low back pain at some point in their lifetime, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. It is the most common cause of job-related disability and a leading contributor to missed workdays.

“Younger people should be aware that physical work could have long lasting adverse consequences,” Lallukka told Reuters Health.

“But employers should also consider the potential risks involved, when they place young people in jobs that require repetitive movements, heavy workload and difficult positions,” she said.

Timko advises people with physically demanding jobs to maintain physical fitness outside the workplace. “Think of an athlete, they have a training regimen so when it’s time to perform, they’re ready to perform,” Timko said. “The same should be applied when you have a physically demanding job–people should see themselves as occupational athletes.”


Gum Disease Linked to Heart Disease

Gum Disease Linked to Heart DiseaseA report from The Netherlands adds to the evidence tying chronic gum disease to heart disease and stroke.

In a study of more than 60,000 dental patients, those with gum disease were twice as likely to have had a heart attack, stroke or severe chest pain.

Previous studies have linked periodontitis and clogged arteries, but this is the first to investigate the link in a group of people this large, the researchers say.

At the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam, the largest dental school in the Netherlands, investigators reviewed the medical records of 60,174 patients age 35 and older, looking for an association between periodontal gum disease and atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases such as angina, heart attack and stroke.

About 4 percent of patients with periodontitis had atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, compared to 2 percent without periodontitis, the researchers found. Even after taking other risk factors for cardiovascular disease into account, such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes, and smoking, those with periodontal disease were still 59 percent more likely to have a history of heart problems, according to a report in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

In periodontal disease, the advanced stage of the gum disease gingivitis, the gums pull away from the teeth and create pockets that can become infected. Periodontitis has also been tied to other conditions such as skin disease and dementia. “It’s clear that periodontitis is associated with chronic inflammation, so it makes sense biologically that if you have a heavy infection in your mouth, you also have a level of inflammation that will contribute to heart conditions,” said Panos Papapanou of Columbia University in New York, who has studied the association between gum disease and heart disease but wasn’t involved in the current study.

The research team suggests that gum disease develops first and may promote heart disease through chronic infection and bacteria in the circulatory system.

Dr. Bruno Loos, the senior author of the new report, said by email that “plausible mechanisms to explain the relationship” may include a common genetic background for the way the body handles inflammation, oral bacteria and immune responses.

Still, this kind of observational study can’t prove that gum disease causes heart problems.

“The association … does not provide proof (of causation), even when the results from our study corroborate findings from previous similar research,” study coauthor Geert van der Heijden said by email. Papapanou told Reuters Health that while the new findings are from patients with a relatively high socioeconomic status, “we’re repeatedly seeing the same conclusion.”

“It seems all over the globe we have to consider this relationship,” Loos said.

In the U.S., heart disease is the leading cause of death, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Each year, more than 600,000 people die from heart disease, which accounts for one in four deaths. Dr. Frank Scannapieco, chairman of the Department of Oral Biology at the University at Buffalo in New York, who wasn’t involved with the study, commented to Reuters Health that while the association of periodontitis and coronary disease is “robust,” the strength of the link is “moderate compared to traditional risk factors such as hypertension.”

Papapanou advises: “Take care of your oral health for oral health itself. If you know there’s a positive association between oral health and other diseases, would you ignore it? I wouldn’t.”


5 Natural Ways to Stop Snoring

5 Natural Ways to Stop SnoringThere are a couple of things that can stand in the way of a good night’s sleep – at the worse, a howling dog and a snoring husband.

The rule book says that six to eight hours of sleep is a must for a healthy lifestyle. But in our bustling cities, not always do we have the luxury of a space with nature’s soothing rhythms or absolute silence. I remember the time I had visited Kerala and was staying at a cottage right in front of the beach. Listening to the mighty waves beating against the shore was certainly one of the most peaceful things amid the silence that otherwise would have filled the room. Now, juxtaposing the same situation with one where your ears are subjected to the harsh, hoarse sound coming from the person sleeping next you or probably in the next room – bummer!

What triggers snoring in a person is his or her inability to breathe properly while sleeping. In the words of science, when the air movement is partially obstructed while breathing – as one sleeps – it causes vibrations in the throat leading to loud, hoarse sounds. For some, it may not affect them to that extent, but in many cases it can lead to some serious repercussions, triggering chronic sleep deprivation and obstructive sleep apnea (cessation in breathing that can last from a few seconds up to a minute).

Health experts have noted how loss of sleep resulting from snoring can lead to fatigue, lack of focus, lethargy, drowsiness and so on. Many studies have revealed it could increase risks of stroke and heart attack. Loud snoring is also known to cause disturbances in the carotid artery that is closely situated to the airway. According to the National Sleep Foundation, snoring is more common in obese men but affects women as well. It becomes more serious as the person ages.

Snoring Gateway to Greater Heart Risks?

What else trigger snoring?

National Sleep Foundation describes a host of different factors that can cause snoring, most importantly uvula and the soft palate. Usually, while sleeping, our throat muscles tend to get into a mode of relaxation and the tongue falls back. If a person is obese or older, they tend to have extra fatty tissues around their neck or loose throat muscles that can obstruct breathing.

“The narrower your airway becomes, the greater the vibration and the louder your snoring. Sometimes the walls of the throat collapse completely so that it is occluded, creating a condition called apnea. This is a serious condition which requires medical attention.” – National Sleep Foundation

Some of the other factors may include obstructed nasal passage, and nose and throat abnormalities including nasal polyps and enlarged tonsils. Inflammation, allergies, respiratory infections, nasal and mouth anatomy, and sinusitis can also be blamed at times. Not many of you would know this, but alcohol is a potent muscle relaxant and may lead to relaxed throat muscles causing narrowed throat passage and snoring.

What can help?

One of the most common causes of snoring is something which is in our own control – lifestyle. From maintaining healthy weight, avoiding smoking and alcohol, adopting correct sleeping posture to probably just changing your pillow; you can phase out this cacophony out of your life just by tweaking your lifestyle a bit. Often people tend to snore when they sleep on their back, in such a case, one should try sleeping on the sides instead.

1) Choosing a higher pillow will elevate your head while sleeping that can help ease out snoring.

2) Health experts believe that hygiene can also play an important role in curbing snoring. Make sure that your environment is clean and dust free. This can ward of any respiratory infections or allergies that may otherwise trigger conditions facilitating obstructive breathing.

3) It is also believed that one should avoid taking sedatives or tranquilizers before bedtime.

4) Clearing your nasal passage or using nasal saline rinses just before sleeping may also help, in a certain cases, one may also resort to nasal strips.

5) Consume enough fluids and stay hydrated. According to studies, lack of hydration causes nasal secretions to turn sticky, which may obstruct smooth breathing. Apart from these, for those who can’t feel any better, surgical options or other modes of treatment including taking help of different devices, oral appliances and sometimes a CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure device) may help with the condition, however, these are prescribed only under medical supervision.

Eating Habits

Being a little cautious with one’s eating habits can keep snoring at bay. Those who have sensitive or weak throat should avoid heavy meals, dairy products and caffeine at least a couple of hours prior to sleeping, however, one can always opt for herbal and organic beverages like green or black tea with lemon and honey. Herbal and organic teas along with holy basil, clove and pepper are known to have phlegm and congestion reducing properties and help in clearing nasal passage. Many believe that dairy products are not a great option during congestion, in such a case, switching to soy milk may help. One should also be mindful of what one has for dinner – avoid consuming foods that might cause inflammation in throat tissues. Greasy and oily foods should also be consumed in moderation. Consider cooking your meals in olive oil instead of regular oil and try swapping red meat with fish at times.

Keeping all of the above in mind might certainly help with those disturbed sleeps and noisy nights. In case these are of a little help then consider jotting down your symptoms and do not refrain from seeking medical help immediately.


Added Sugars May Up Heart Disease Risk in Kids

Added Sugars May Up Heart Disease Risk in KidsDoes your toddler have a bigger appetite for drinks with added sugar such as soda, fruit-flavoured and sports drinks, than fresh fruits and green vegetables?

Be warned, as children between the age of two-to-18 consuming more than six teaspoons of added sugars a day — equivalent to about 100 calories or 25 grams of added sugars — may be at an increased risk of obesity and elevated blood pressure that are key factors for developing heart disease, a study has found.

The findings showed that the likelihood of children developing health problems rises with an increase in the amount of added sugars consumed.

“Children who eat foods loaded with added sugars tend to eat fewer healthy foods, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products that are good for their heart health,” said lead author Miriam Vos, Professor at Emory University in Georgia, US.

Further, overweight children who continue to take in more added sugars are more likely to be insulin resistant — a precursor to developing Type 2 diabetes.

One of the most common sources of added sugars is sugar-sweetened beverages, such as soda, fruit-flavoured and sports drinks, sweetened teas and energy drinks.

“Children should not drink more than one 8-ounce sugar-sweetened drink a week,” Vos added.

Moreover, sweet processed foods, which tend to be loaded with added sugars, such as cereal bars, cookies, cakes and many other foods marketed specifically for children, like sweet cereals, should also be avoided.

Added sugars including table sugar, fructose and honey – either used in processing and preparing foods or beverages, added to foods at the table or eaten separately – should not be included at all in the diet of children under the age of two-year, the researchers warned.

The calorie needs of children in this age group are lower than older children and adults, so there is little room for food and beverages containing added sugars that don’t provide them with good nutrition.

In addition, taste preferences begin early in life, so limiting added sugars may help children develop a life-long preference for healthier foods, the study said.

“The best way to avoid added sugars in your child’s diet is to serve mostly foods that are high in nutrition, such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, low-fat dairy products, lean meat, poultry and fish, and to limit foods with little nutritional value,” Vos noted, in the paper published in the journal Circulation.


Here’s How to Resist Cravings and Make Healthy Choices

Here's How to Resist Cravings and Make Healthy Choices
Weight-loss does not completely depend how many hours you spend at the gym or how grueling your fitness regime is. The result of a workout is compromised when not paired with the correct lifestyle and a balanced diet. Not only do we need to be watchful of what we eat but must also resist temptations, for it is a vicious thing. If you’ve been wondering why those everyday runs are not yielding enough results, screen your diet. If your meticulously charted meals are filled-in with a bite of cake here or a few sips of cola there, consider your weight-loss strategy faulty.

If you can’t seem to wrap your head around how to resist those unwanted cravings, worry not. BodyPower editor, Helene Phillips shares a few doable tricks that can help you train your brain to choose healthy food and fight temptations.

Drink Water

“Mild dehydration is often masked as feelings of hunger when your body just needs fluids,” says Alissa Rumsey, RD, spokesperson for the American Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics.

“Prevent it by staying on top of your fluid intake, starting with a glass of water first thing in the morning,” advises Alissa. “If you feel hungry, and you haven’t drunk much that day, try drinking a glass of water and waiting 15 to 20 minutes to see if your hunger subsides.”

Take Time to Chew Your Food

We tend to eat too fast without even savouring our meal properly or chewing enough. The plate is emptied faster and we still feel that there a need to eat more. Eating slow and chewing for longer signals our body when the stomach is actually full. It always takes longer to go through chopped food rather than the product in it’s entirely. Chopped bananas, chopped chicken, chopped apples and chopped carrots, for example, will take you longer to eat, forcing you to slow down.

Delay Lunch for a Workout

Have you ever noticed that you end up feeling hungry an hour or so before your evening workout? To avoid overeating, delay your lunch by a few hours so that you have enough energy to spend while exercising. You probably think that you deserve a big meal to refuel yourself after a session in the gym, while working out actually decreases hunger for a short period. Make sure you are well-fed throughout the day. Keep granola bars or nuts and dry fruits handy to fight those mid-meal hunger pangs.

The Mood Effect

Believe it or not, your state of mind has a great bearing on what and when you eat. Different feelings trigger varying eating patterns in different people. Many resort to comfort eating when under a spell of depression while some may lose appetite altogether. Try to understand your feelings and find another way around food. Call a friend instead, write down your thoughts, listen to music or simply go for a walk.

Value Your Meal

As mentioned above, we eat too fast, have our meals in front of the TV and usually fall prey to distracted eating. Focus on your food to derive the most pleasure out of it. When you eat while being distracted, you tend to lose track of how much you have eaten already and how much more your body needs. Therefore, it leads to mindless eating which can be detrimental to your health. Value your meal, take in the aromas and enjoy every bite.


Severe Obesity Alone Can Increase Heart Failure Risk

Severe Obesity Alone Can Increase Heart Failure RiskMorbid obesity appears to stand alone as a risk for heart failure, but not for other major types of heart disease, new research has found.

The study involving more than 13,000 people found that morbidly obese individuals were more than two times more likely to have heart failure than comparable people with a healthy body mass index, after accounting for high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels.

The findings suggest that even if a patient has normal blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure levels, they may still be at higher risk of developing heart failure if they are severely obese. “Obesity in our study has emerged as one of the least explained and likely most challenging risk factors for heart failure because there is no magic pill to treat it,” said Chiadi Ndumele, Assistant Professor at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, Maryland, US.

Although it is not completely clear why obesity alone is linked to heart failure independent of risk factors and not to stroke or coronary heart disease, Ndumele said that there is evidence to suggest that extra body weight exerts a higher metabolic demand on the heart and that fat cells in the abdomen may even release molecules toxic to heart cells.

Obesity has long been known to increase the likelihood of high blood pressure, elevated blood cholesterol and diabetes — all established risk factors for heart and blood vessel diseases. Treating and controlling these conditions have formed the bedrock strategies for reducing the risk of cardiovascular disease, Ndumele said.

To learn if this was truly the case for all types of cardiovascular disease, Ndumele and his colleagues looked at the medical records of 13,730 people who were followed for approximately 23 years to assess links between body mass index and heart failure, coronary heart disease or stroke. After the final participant follow-up in 2012, there were 2,235 recorded cases of heart failure, 1,653 cases of coronary heart disease and 986 strokes. In their final assessment, the researchers found no increase in risk for coronary heart disease or stroke in people with obesity. However, they found an increased risk for heart failure in obese people.

For every five-unit higher body mass index, there was an almost 30 percent higher risk of developing heart failure across all participants, showed the study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association.


Eat Oranges To Ward Off Heart Disease And Diabetes

Eat Oranges To Ward Off Heart Disease And DiabetesFresh oranges can be enjoyed at anytime, anywhere. The fruit is low in calories and contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Rich in dietary fiber, delicious and juicy – oranges contain an impressive list of essential nutrients, vitamins and minerals for overall well-being. An orange has over 170 different phytochemicals and more than 60 types of antioxidants! Another amazing fact is that oranges are full of potassium, an electrolyte mineral responsible for helping the heart function normally, A new study has found that higher intake of citrus fruits like oranges and lemons can help keep you healthy as well as prevent harmful effects of obesity-related heart disease, liver disease and diabetes.

The study explains that when humans consume a high-fat diet, they accumulate fat in their bodies. Fat cells produce excessive reactive oxygen species, which can damage cells in a process called oxidative stress. These oxidative stress coupled with inflammation in obese individuals increases the risk of developing heart disease, liver disease and diabetes.

Researchers added, “Our results indicate that in the future we can use citrus flavanones to prevent or delay chronic diseases caused by obesity in humans,” said Paula S. Ferreira, a graduate student at Universidade Estadual Paulista (UNESP) in Brazil. However, “the study did not show any weight loss due to the citrus flavanones,” added lead researcher Thais B. Cesar from UNESP. Even without losing weight, citrus fruits can help become healthier with lower oxidative stress, less liver damage and reduce risks of other obesity-related diseases, the researchers noted. “The study also suggests that consuming citrus fruits probably could have beneficial effects for people who are not obese, but have diets rich in fats, putting them at risk of developing cardiovascular disease, insulin resistance and abdominal obesity,” Ferreira explained.

For the study, the team conducted an experiment with 50 mice, treating them with flavanones found in oranges, limes and lemons, or a high-fat diet. They focused on flavanones such as hesperidin, eriocitrin and eriodictyol. For a month, researchers gave groups either a standard diet, a high-fat diet, a high-fat diet plus hesperidin, a high-fat diet plus eriocitrin or a high-fat diet plus eriodictyol. The group who consumed high-fat diet without the flavanones showed increase in the levels of cell-damage markers called thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) by 80 per cent in the blood and 57 per cent in the liver compared to mice on a standard diet. But hesperidin, eriocitrin and eriodictyol were found to decrease the TBARS levels in the liver by 50 per cent, 57 per cent and 64 per cent, respectively, compared with mice fed on a high-fat diet but not given flavanones. Eriocitrin and eriodictyol also reduced TBARS levels in the blood by 48 per cent and 47 per cent, respectively, in these mice. In addition, mice treated with hesperidin and eriodictyol had reduced fat accumulation and damage in the liver.

Oranges contains good levels of vitamin A,which is required for maintaining healthy mucus membranes, skin and  healthy vision. A very good source of B-complex vitamins such as thiamin, pyridoxine, and folates, consumption of natural fruits like orange may even provide protection against lung and oral cavity cancers.


6 Surprising Spicy Food Benefits: Turn Up The Heat!

6 Surprising Spicy Food Benefits: Turn Up The Heat!Spicy food is hot right now, and for good reason. Here are 6 spicy food benefits you need to know.

We all love a little spice now and then, primarily for the way it thrills the taste buds and enhances the flavour of any dish. But did you know that spicy food is actually good for you? According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, green and red peppers are a powerhouse of essential minerals and contain high levels of Vitamin C.

Here are 6 reasons you need to set your mouth on fire (besides the fact that everything tastes better slathered in Sriracha)!

1. Promotes Weight Loss

Delhi-based Nutritionist Anshul Jaibharat says, “Spicy food helps in boosting metabolism, which results in fat burning.” According to The New York Times, eating spicy food can temporarily boost your metabolism by up to 8%. Turns out that all of that sweating you do while eating spicy food actually serves a real purpose. Eating spicy food also increases satiety, making you feel full while eating less.


2. Prevents Cancer

Capsaicin, the compound that gives hot chillies its kick, has the ability to kill some cancer cells. According to The American Cancer Society, capsaicin may help slow the growth of prostate cancer cells. Further studies on humans are needed; thus, it is not recommended for treatment at this time.


3. Heart Healthy

Capsaicin, the active ingredient found in cayenne pepper, red chilli peppers and jalapenos may lower bad cholesterol (also known as LDL), thus improving heart health. According to a study presented in the American Chemical Society, capsaicin reduces the buildup of cholesterol in the body by increasing its breakdown rate. This chemical helps to fight inflammation, which is one of the things that can lead to a heart attack.


4. Improves Mood

Spicy food boosts production of feel-good hormones such as serotonin, which help reduce stress, anger and ease depression.


5. Helps You Live Longer

The secret to living longer may very well be eating a chilli or two…or three. A study conducted by the Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences and Harvard School of Public Health in 2015 looked into the eating habits of 500,000 people in China over a five-year period, and found that people who ate spicy foods 6 or 7 times a week had a 14% lower risk of dying prematurely.


6. Relieves Pain

While eating spicy food may cause some temporary pain, applying capsaicin topically is actually known to alleviate it. Capsaicin helps reduce pain by depleting your body’s supply of substance P i.e. a chemical component of nerve cells that transmits pain signals to your brain.


Go on, grab those chillies and embrace the heat.