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Biggest Cause of Death across Pakistan Revealed

Cardiovascular disease

Biggest Cause of Death Across Pakistan Revealed

With a population of more than 191 million people, Pakistan lays claim to the title of the world’s sixth most populous country. Pakistani society is multi-ethnic and multi-cultural. Half the population lives in towns with more than 5000 other people, while 36% live in megacities. However, certain things are generally common across these diverse people – and one of them is cause of death. Research into the biggest cause of death across Pakistan revealed the primary culprit to be ischemic heart disease. Lower respiratory infections and cancer follow as the other biggest cause of death across Pakistan. Together with ischemic heart disease, these contribute to Pakistan’s high mortality rate. The average life expectancy for Pakistani men is 66.5 years, while the same for women is 67.5 years.

What is Cardiovascular Disease?

The biggest cause of death across Pakistan is revealed to be ischemic heart disease, otherwise called coronary artery disease. In fact, ischemic heart disease is the world’s biggest killer. It’s also the largest killer of men in Pakistan.
Ischemic heart disease happens when the arteries in the heart are unable to effectively deliver sufficient oxygen-rich blood to the heart. It is a result of plaque building up in the coronary arteries, which goes on to block the flow of blood either partially or fully.
Different people will display different symptoms even if they suffer from the same kind of ischemic heart disease. The tragedy is that many people will often show no symptoms at all, meaning they won’t know they have the disease until the experience sudden cardiac arrest or some other complication.

Why is the Pakistani population so vulnerable to ischemic heart disease?

Multiple factors lead to the Pakistani population’s high risk of cardiovascular diseases. These include a lack of exercise, smoking and unhealthy diets. Ischemic heart disease is further fueled by factors like high cholesterol and obesity.

What’s more, Pakistan’s failure to provide enough quality health care facilities is also an issue. An increase in such facilities, coupled with enhanced public awareness, could help reduce the fatality rate of this disease. Data from the World Health Organization shows that 46 people die every hour due to cardiac ailments like heart failures and heart attacks. 

According to Khawar Kazmi, cardiologist and head at Preventive Cardiology Department, National Institute of Cardiovascular Diseases (NICVD), “Three years ago, only 12 people were dying due to heart diseases per hour but only in a matter of three years, the figure has alarmingly increased four fold and now 46 people are dying due to heart attacks in Pakistan.”

He went on to say, “WHO figures and statistics reveal that majority of Pakistanis don’t participate in physical activity which is the leading cause of heart ailments and heart attacks in the world including Pakistan.”
The data remains consistent regardless of social status: most people simply do not engage in sufficient exercise on a daily basis. World Health Organization data from 2016 reveals an annual death rate of 250,000 people due to heart diseases in Pakistan, but in 3 years, there has been an increase in these deaths to a whopping 29.1%.

“The daily death rate due to heart diseases,” according to Kazmi, “comes to a staggering 1,115 people, mostly due to heart attacks, which can, fortunately be prevented by lifestyle modifications.”

How ischemic heart disease is diagnosed

One reason regular check-ups are so important is that they can find signs of heart trouble even if you haven’t experienced any symptoms yet. Your health care provider will diagnose ischemic heart disease based on a number of factors, including your symptoms, your risk factors, your family and medical history, and the results from procedures and tests.
Keep in mind that women may experience symptoms of ischemic heart disease differently than men. Doctors may therefore not have the experience to diagnose and treat these symptoms in women as quickly than men. This makes regular check-ups even more necessary for women.

Lifestyle modifications that can prevent ischemic heart disease

Kazmi pointed to a lack of fresh vegetables and fruit in the average Pakistani’s daily diet as a key factor behind the high cardiac disease rate. Chewing tobacco like gutka and naswar also plays a part in increasing the risk of these diseases. A poor diet can lead to problems like diabetes, obesity and hypertension, all of which are significant risk factors behind ischemic heart disease. A diet rich in fresh fruits and vegetables is therefore a crucial lifestyle modification to prevent ischemic heart disease. It is also recommended that people stop the use of tobacco in all of its forms. This, combined with regular exercise, would drastically lower the risk of ischemic heart disease. Following a healthy lifestyle is a must to avoid the pit of heart disease related deaths.

Ischemic heart disease may be the biggest cause of death across Pakistan revealed through the years. But it’s important to remember that it can be prevented by altering your lifestyle for the better, and following your doctor’s instructions.


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How to Find Pure Honey in Pakistan?

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How to Find Pure Honey in Pakistan?

Finding pure in Pakistan has become a bit of a challenge in the recent times thanks to the unregulated honey extraction industry. With so many suppliers and brands to choose from, you can never be sure whether the honey you are buying is 100% pure or not. Since ancient times, honey has been used as both a food and a medicine. It’s very high in beneficial plant compounds and offers several health benefits. Honey is particularly healthy when used instead of refined sugar, which is 100% empty calories. Here are some of the techniques to help you find pure honey in Pakistan and check the purity of honey before consumption.

While the following tests are based on true principles, in practice your results may be inconclusive. Try several of these tests to see if the honey fails or passes consistently. Here, we should also point out that there is no proven method to find pure honey but to test the honey you have purchased to see if it’s pure.

Use a paper towel or blotting paper

Finding pure honey in Pakistan

It is possible to test the purity of the honey by dropping it on a paper towel or a blotting paper. Impure honey that is diluted with water will leave a wet mark on an absorbent material such as paper towel. However, if the honey has been diluted with sugar syrups rather than water, it will not be absorbed and thus this test can only work well for honey diluted with water.

Thumb Test

Here’s the procedure to do a thumb test:

  • Put a small drop of the honey you have on your thumb
  • Check to see if it spills or spreads around
  • If it does, it is not pure
  • Pure honey will stay intact on your thumb

Spotting fake honey with water test!

The steps of the water test are given below and will help you determine whether the honey you purchased can be classified as pure or not!

  • Fill a glass with water
  • Add one tablespoon of honey into the glass
  • Artificial or adulterated honey will dissolve and it will form a layer around the glass
  • Pure honey on the other hand will settle right at the bottom of your glass

The Flame Test to determine the purity of honey

Did you know that organic honey is flammable? Here’s a test to know 100% pure organic honey.

Beware of fake honey sold as pure

Beware of fake honey sold as pure

  • Take a dry matchstick
  • Dip its tip right into the honey
  • Strike the stick on the matchbox as if to light it
  • If the honey is pure, the matchstick will light with ease
  • The flame will also keep burning off the honey
  • However, if it is with impurities, it will not light because fake honey contains moisture as one of the impurities

The Vinegar Test

  • Add some water and 2-3 drops of vinegar essence into the honey
  • Mix well
  • If the solution becomes foamy, that is definitely adulterated honey

The above tests are some of the easiest and simple techniques to test for the purity of honey at home. Using these tests you can determine whether the honey you bought locally is pure or not. Again, we reiterate that there is no way of finding pure honey in Pakistan without performing these tests because almost all brands in Pakistan advertise their product to be 100% pure whilst in reality they are all contaminated and diluted to some extent.

If you want to enjoy most of the benefits derived from honey. The purity of honey is what you should consider before buying. The testing methods provided in this article are extremely simple and can be performed at home, to verify the purity of honey.

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Trend of Using Organic Personal Care Products In Pakistan Is On The Rise In 2019

Organic skin care products on the rise in Pakistan

Trend of Using Organic Skin Care Product In Pakistan Is On The Rise In 2019

Over the last decade or so, consumers of Pakistan are becoming increasingly conscious of the ingredients used in their daily beauty products including but not limiting skincare creams, conditioning gels, cleansers, beauty clear powders, emulsions and treatment essences. It will be fair to say that West and East Asia (Japan) are well ahead of South Asian markets but Pakistan is slowly catching up as far the awareness about the benefits of natural and organic skin care products go. So what are Organic skin care products and what are the reasons you might consider switching to organic/natural skin care products? In this article we will take the aim to provide an overview of the changing skin care products consumer market in Pakistan and why we believe that the future of this industry belongs to local small to medium sized enterprises.

“Organic personal care products mainly comprise plant ingredients, grown without using genetically-modified organisms, herbicides and synthetic fertilisers. They do not contain chemicals such as parabens, phthalates, aluminium salts and petrochemicals, all of which are potentially harmful to health. This market is further segmented into skincare, haircare, oral care, cosmetics and fragrances. Skincare maintains the top billing and is expected to emerge by 2024 as the most attractive segment with a 30.9% share, followed by haircare.”

Late last year, Dawn Pakistan reported that the beauty products industry is the second most influenced market by this shift in consumer lifestyles – with organic food being the top concern for most. By 2017 the value of the organic personal care products worldwide had a reached a staggering $10.9 billion with experts of the field forecasting an increasing growth of this market to reach a market share of $18.7 billion. Although the natural or organic skin care products market in Pakistan at the moment does not match those trends/numbers, influence of West and improved awareness through social media suggests that there is a strong reason to believe that many local brands will emerge to offer a range of quality, organic natural care products. In fact, whilst I write this article, I searched and found several local organic personal products brands that I never heard about before. Here is one of the emerging natural personal care brands in Pakistan which Nahsonuma Pakistan have teamed up with to promote growth of this industry and benefit the consumers.

Aurora Pakistan have interviewed the founders of many of these new ventures to figure out exactly how they were performing and what made them believe they could succeed in Pakistan’s yet to be matured market. Discussions have confirmed that these news businesses are doing exceptionally well, experiencing growth and have positive insights on scale and sustainability.

Hosuewives in Pakistan have been using chemical free food for centuries to enhance their beauty. These food include but are not limited to yogurt, turmeric, olive oil, lemon, coconut oil, fresh cream and honey. So the idea of natural personal care is not something to the female consumers of Pakistan. However, the trend of developing all-natural concoctions commercially and under a brand name is new. Emerging brands in this category include Marjajan Batonicals, Aura, Conaturals, Jo’s Organic Beauty, Kishmish Organic Skin Care, Mana Beauty Spirit, Spa in a Bottle and Yellow Berry. Founders of each of these ventures have a story to tell – more about that can be found on Aurora Dawn here.

Marajaan Botanicals Pakistan

A downside to natural/organic personal care products are the high price tag and this results from the small production scale and high costs associated to certifications and tests. Founders of many of emerging brands argue that the tests required for certification are not only expensive but also high extensive, and so the products fetch a very high production cost. An organic/natural soap in Pakistan while I write this post costs about 400 to 500 Rs whereas the conventional commercial soaps just a fraction of it. So the price will have to be improved (or should I say reduced) considerably if we want to see this industry take off considerably.

The bulk of the demand of these products come for the three metropolitan cities of Pakistan – Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad but other smaller cities now also represent a portion of the overall consumer base for this emerging industry of Pakistan. Social media sites such as Instagram and Facebook are the primary marketing platforms for most of these businesses due to the smaller market size even though some supermarket and specialist retail/health stores. The rest is taken care of by word-of-mouth.

Although it is a challenge to obtain pure, high-quality raw materials, ensure a good supply chain, get perfect formulations and find hard-working HR (according to Khan, “it took time to convince customers that a Pakistani brand can be trusted and we had a hard time convincing retail stores to support us and give us shelf space), the founders believe that with improving standards of living, increased consumer spending and online customer reach, there is huge potential for the organic personal care segment in Pakistan.

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Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes For Kids But Why?

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Stainless Steel Lunch Boxes For Kids But Why?

The toxic effects of bisphenol A (BPA), a common chemical found in plastic is not new news. We’ve become used to looking out for ‘BPA free’ plastic products and when this was big news parents rushed to replace their plastic baby bottles and kids lunchboxes with the BPA free version, feeling relieved that their kids are now safe. However, plastic is made from harmful chemicals and research is now suggesting that BPA free containers are also unsafe. Our opinion is to avoid any confusion, or possible exposure your kids might have to harmful chemicals found in plastic and opt for a stainless steel lunchbox instead.

Unfortunately many of our parents are still unaware of the harmful effects of giving lunch to their children in plastic lunch containers. In plain words, the plastic leeches into the food content especially in areas where temperatures are high in the summer. Nashonuma is doing whatever it can to spread this message that the use of plastic lunch boxes should be avoided at every cost because they pose serious threat to the health of the children.

Don’t risk the heath of your children for just a few hundred rupees!

Why avoid plastic lunch boxes?

A study published in the journal Environmental Health Perspectives in 2011 suggested that a BPA free label, does not guarantee the product will not leach the chemicals used in the plastic production. They actually found that over 90% of products tested (many of which were BPA free baby bottles and plastic food containers) leached chemicals that can act as endocrine disruptors, just like BPA.

Endocrine disruptors are compounds that interfere with the endocrine system (or hormone system) in humans and other mammals. Health problems and diseases that may be linked to excessive exposure to these chemicals include attention deficit disorder, learning disabilities, impaired brain development, deformations of the body, breast cancer, prostate cancer, infertility, to name just a few.

It doesn’t end there though, as not only is plastic unhealthy for us, it’s clogging up our landfill and oceans too. Did you know that every single piece of plastic ever made, is still on our planet in some shape or form? And the plastic produced in the last 10 years is equal to the amount made in the whole of the last century! It’s got to stop, and it’s up to us to make those changes. 

But Whats the alternative to plastic lunchboxes?

We highly recommend avoiding all plastic used for food and drink purposes. Stainless steel is considered one of the safest materials to use with food and drinks, and switching your kids (and yours!) lunchboxes to a stainless steel lunchbox is the safest option. But don’t stop there! Using stainless steel water bottles for you and your kids is also one of the best alternatives to plastic bottles, they are unbreakable just like plastic but are naturally BPA free so will not leach any nasty toxins into your drink.

The great thing about stainless steel lunchboxes, is that there are so many great lunchboxes with compartments and stainless steel divided lunchboxes making packed lunch fun, quick and easy to make.
Stainless steel lunchboxes are great for storing leftovers in the fridge, using on picnics and also for snacks and treats when you’re on the go. Kids love them, but in all honesty they look so much nicer than their plastic cousins so make the switch today!

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33 Amazing Health Benefits of Dates for Women

Benefits of dates

33 Amazing Health Benefits of Dates for Women

Dates are considered to be a prophetic food with numerous health benefits. In Gulf and South Asian countries, they are called Khajur or Chuwara. Historically dates have been used for both eating and medicinal purposes. Originally cultivated in regions of Persian Gulf, the last few decades have seen the production and cultivation of dates expand to all parts of the world including Cayman Islands, Leeward Islands, Northern Mexico, China, Pakistan, India, Mauritius, Afghanistan, Sahel region of Africa, North Africa, Spain, United States, Fiji, Italy, Cape Verde, Madeira and Australia.

Dates hold special importance for Muslims because it was one of the fruits loved and frequently consumed by Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). It is used all through the year in Iran, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Egypt, Tunisia and Morocco. In South Asian regions, dates are in hot demand during the month of Ramadan due to its religious stature. Over the last several years, various research studies have been conducted on the health benefits of dates but this article precisely details the health benefits of dates for women.

Benefits of Dates (Chuwara Or Khajur) For Women

Full of healthy nutrients, there are enormous health benefits of dates for women. This historical fruit has the ability to protect and cure your body from health disorders like sexual dysfunction, abdominal cancer, cardiovascular problems, anemia, intestinal health issues, constipation, diarrhea and so many more. Dates have been found to assist in weight loss for those who are overweight. A gift of nature, dates provide nourishment to all regardless of the age and sex. You can imagine the amount the energy this fruit contains and the relief it offers to the digestive system considering it is consumed to break the fast by Muslims all over the world. Some of the most notable health benefits of dates for women are given below;

Benefits of Dates for Hair

  • Prevents from Hair ProblemsPantothenic acid or vitamin B5 found in dates prevents from number of hair problems including hair loss, brittle hair, split ends, and etc.
  • Nourishes Hair Roots. It provides better nourishment to the hair roots and scalp and prevents from excessive hair fall, dryness and etc.
  • Makes Hair Strong –Dates makes hair stronger, silky and shiny by providing full nourishment to the hair.

Benefits of Dates for Women During Pregnancy

  • Improves Hemoglobin Count It is very effective during whole pregnancy because of its richness of iron which is required by the body to maintain normal count of hemoglobin.
  • Cures Anemia Dates helps in curing anemia among women during pregnancy by fulfilling the lack of iron as well as removes feeling of fatigue, weakness and sluggishness.
  • Keeps Body Fresh and EnergeticIt enhances the oxygen-carrying capacity of the blood by increasing the number of red blood cells thus keeps body fresh and energetic as well as provide better oxygen level to the fetus.

Benefits of Dates for Digestive System

  • Cures Chronic Constipation Because of its laxative nature it provides a lot of help in curing chronic constipation. It provides instant relief if soaked dates are eaten in the morning regularly.
  • Promotes Healthy Bowel Movements Dates contains high level of soluble fibers which promotes the healthy bowel movements and eases the passage of food all through the intestinal tract.
  • Maintains Electrolytes Balance Well ripe dates have good amount of potassium which plays very effective role in controlling the diarrhea by regulating the electrolytes balance in the body.
  • Improves Digestive System Functioning Nicotine found in it helps in curing various intestinal disorders such as inhibiting growth of pathogenic bacteria, promotes growth of intestinal friendly bacteria, solves indigestion problem by stimulating proper food digestion and so many.
  • Reduces Risk of Abdominal Cancer Eating date reduces the risk abdominal cancer as it helps in regularizing the digestive system activities.
  • Prevents from Colon Cancer Its high level of insoluble and soluble dietary fibers acts as laxative and protects colon mucous membrane from the colon cancer.
  • Treats Digestives DisordersEating dry dates on regular basis helps in treating various digestives disorders including gas formation, acidity, bloating, stomach ulcers, hemorrhoids, heart burn and colitis.

Benefits of Dates for Bones, Teeth and Joints

Dates Tree

  • Makes Bone and Teeth Healthy Dates provides bone, teeth and joints proper nourishment for the healthy growth and development.
  • Prevents from Bone Diseases It is a super food which strengthens bones and prevents from all the painful and degenerative diseases such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and etc.
  • Provides all Required Minerals to Bone Its availability of minerals like selenium, calcium, manganese, copper, phosphorus and magnesium makes it able to nourish bones if eaten on regular basis.
  • Prevents from Tooth Decay Its high level of fluorine mineral helps in slowing down the tooth decay problems and etc.
  • Strengthens Tooth EnamelFluorine found in dates also prevents from the plaque formation of the teeth by strengthening the tooth enamel.

Benefits of Dates for Nervous System

  • Boosts Nervous System Health Dates is a vitamin rich natural food boosts the health of nervous system by stimulating the proper functionality.
  • Improves Mind Concentration Level It is rich source of potassium which is mostly required by the body to promote the healthy nervous system. Dates are know to help in improving the concentration, speed and alertness of the memory.

Benefits of Dates for Heart

  • Keeps Heart Healthy Date is very healthy for the heart too if eaten some soaked chuwara on regular basis.
  • Reduces Risk of Heart Disorders It helps in strengthening the weak hearts functioning as it is rich source of potassium which involves in reducing the risk of heart disorders like hypertension, stroke, heart failure and etc.
  • Reduces Cholesterol Level It helps in reducing the level of bad cholesterol in the blood thus prevents from heart attacks, atherosclerosis and etc.
  • Food of Low-Glycemic Index As date contains high amounts of natural sugars, it is a food of low-glycemic index and does not involve in rising the blood sugar level thus little amount is safe for the diabetics.
  • Repair Damaged Cells Date is the natural source of B group vitamins especially B5 which is very beneficial for the growth of skin cells as well as repair of damaged cells due to free radicals.
  • Treats Dry Skin Its vitamin A content keeps skin healthy and soft by treating the dry skin problems and removing dead skin cells.
  • Regenerates New Skin Cells Dates helps in regenerating new skin cells to make skin fresh, healthy, youthful and glowing.
  • Delays Early Ageing Its antioxidant nature prevents skin from free radicals, UV rays and early aging and make skin firm and toned.
  • Improves Skin TextureIt helps in improving skin texture and makes skin smooth and fair skin if consumed regularly.
  • Provides Natural Glow to SkinDate face pack (paste of fresh dates, lemon juice or orange juice) can be applied to the face skin for 10 to 15 mins to get fresh and glowing look.

Benefits of Dates for Hair

  • Prevents from Hair Problems Pantothenic acid or vitamin B5 found in dates prevents from number of hair problems including hair loss, brittle hair, split ends, and etc.
  • Nourishes Hair Roots It provides better nourishment to the hair roots and scalp and prevents from excessive hair fall, dryness and etc.
  • Makes Hair StrongDates makes hair stronger, silky and shiny by providing full nourishment to the hair.