WOW | Q&A
Health Question Answers May Issue 2016
Q. I am 20 years old and interested in modeling. Beyond simply changing the colour of my teeth, I’m interested in changing the shape of my teeth. What options are available? Is it painful and how long does it take? – Sitashma Singh
A. Smile. And the whole world smiles with you. Teeth are your real jewels that enhance your beauty. Enhancing teeth brings radiance to the face, and to one’s life.
Sometimes such enhancement requires the shape of the teeth to be altered. The best way to enhance smile is through braces. At times, when the size and shape are asymmetrical with gaps, it can be done through the use of composites, a tooth coloured material. These two methods generally do not require any natural teeth to be taken away and are considered to be best.
There are other methods where minor polishing of surfaces and recontouring can give the wanted result. Veneer and laminates are other options that can help in achieving the desired smile. Smile designing is a process which needs a careful evaluation of each and every option and all the long term pros and cons discussed prior to the procedure. If done well, it not only enhances the smile, but the entire personality boosting ones confidence.
Q. I am a healthy and active male of 38 years. I exercise regularly, rarely get stressed, manage my diet and lifestyle, and meditate every day. My weight is on the heavier side despite regular exercise and I smoke occasionally. My blood pressure is usually high at 160/ 100 for a really long time. It sometimes comes down to 130/ 80. I am concerned about this. Does this indicate that I could have heart health issues in the future? Is it important for me to go on medication? I have not been to a doctor yet. Please advise. – Rajendra Bhandari
A. High Blood pressure is indeed possibly the commonest disease today. High blood pressure as well as smoking are the two comments preventable risk factors for heart attacks. I am glad you are taking care of your lifestyle and diet. You are exercising and meditating also. I think it’s a good idea to quit smoking completely. This may need support of your family and friends. You should declare this to everyone , choose a day in near future and stop. You should also cut down on salt rich food.
I suggest you get your lipids and fasting sugar checked. You should also get a 24 hours Ambulatory Blood Pressure monitoring done (ABP). It is a simple test of calculating your day long average BP. The American College Cardiology advices home and ABP readings to confirm if BP medicines have to be started in borderline cases. You should then see a physician and follow the advice. If needed you should accept the BP medicines. Best wishes
Q. I am a 34 year old woman and suffer from insomnia. I have tried all sorts of things but have not been able to find a good solution. I do not want to take medication but when I go through this for days on end, I feel exhausted, irritable and weak. I get this in phases. Is there any help for me in Ayurveda? – Pratima Gurung
A. Ayurveda does have solution for Insomnia through diet and lifestyle modifications. Do not eat very heavy dinner at night. Have Vata pacifying dinner which is soupy, nourishing and not too salty. Do not drink caffeine at bed time. Stop using electronic devices such as laptop or mobile phones an hour before bed. Apply warm oil on scalp and soles of your feet. You can use sesame oil for that. Meditate for 5-10 minutes. Put on relaxing music. Read a spiritual book. Have a glass of warm milk with saffron, turmeric and cardamom. Practice two minutes of Bhramari Pranayam every night before bed and while lying on bed listen to Yoga Nidra (guided meditation). You can find it on Youtube or buy a CD. Have a set time to go to bed every night but no later than 10 pm. Hope this helps.