Tuesday, 15 April 2014

Innovation starts with a problem

Innovation starts with a problem

Quote:  Whatever can be done will be done. The only question is will it be done by you or to you? –
Thomas Friedman

Innovation is successful only when our customers or users are ready to change their behaviour. And why should they? We will have to give them a strong reason, why! So we have to start solving a relevant problem of the customer or user.





Let us ask ourselves the question: When was the last time I changed my own behaviour? We are all stuck in our habits:  doing things in same patterns. We as innovators, as well, do this. For years, we are go on reading the same newspaper (with almost similar news!), magazines, buying the same brand of tooth paste and soap, staying with the same bank or insurance company and so on. The only reason for us to change is, if a new, simple and attractive solution comes along that is relevant to our lives. Simply put, effective innovation is all about matching relevant problems with simple solutions.

We can approach it in two different ways. One way is to create the ideas and solutions first and later try to match these to target groups with problems relevant to our solutions. Or we can do it the other way first by identifying the relevant problems of the target groups and then creating ideas and solutions to solve those problems.

But how and where to find relevant problems?  Watching the customers and getting acquainted with them while they use our services or products is one way, like what “IDEO Designs” do? Hire anthropologists or financial analysts and let them to visit customers at their place / work and have the customers demonstrate how they work? Observe how they use in practice and identify the inconveniences they face, the extra clicks or moves they make, their waiting time, additional material they use etc.

What about forming ‘focus groups’ in your organization and invite the customers to share their experiences, difficulties, suggestions and ideas? A focus group is a form of qualitative research in which a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards a product, service, concept, advertisement, idea, or packaging. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where participants are free to talk with other group members. Focus group is an interview, conducted by a trained moderator among a small group of respondents. The interview is conducted in an unstructured and natural way where respondents are free to give views from any aspect. Focus group is also a survey method to collect the views of users on a software or website. This method can be applied to computer products to better understand the motivations of users and their perception of the product. Unlike other methods of ergonomics, focus group implies several participants: users or future users of the application.


Quote: Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think => Albert Einstein

What about forming ‘focus groups’ in your organization and invite the customers to share their experiences, difficulties, suggestions and ideas? A focus group is a form of qualitative research in which a group of people are asked about their perceptions, opinions, beliefs, and attitudes towards a product, service, concept, advertisement, idea, or packaging. Questions are asked in an interactive group setting where participants are free to talk with other group members. Focus group is an interview, conducted by a trained moderator among a small group of respondents. The interview is conducted in an unstructured and natural way where respondents are free to give views from any aspect. Focus group is also a survey method to collect the views of users on a software or website. This method can be applied to computer products to better understand the motivations of users and their perception of the product. Unlike other methods of ergonomics, focus group implies several participants: users or future users of the application.

Another effective method is Crowd sourcing, which is the practice of obtaining needed services, ideas, or content by soliciting contributions from a large group of people, and especially from an online community, rather than from traditional customers, employees or suppliers. This process is often used to subdivide tedious work or to fund-raise start-up companies and charities. It combines the efforts of numerous self-identified volunteers or part-time workers, where each contributor of their own initiative adds a small portion to the greater result. Crowdsourcing is distinguished from outsourcing in that the work comes from an undefined public rather than being commissioned from a specific, named group.

The word "crowdsourcing" was coined in 2006 and can apply to a wide range of activities. Crowdsourcing can involve division of labour for tedious tasks split to use crowd-based outsourcing, but it can also apply to specific requests, such as crowd voting, crowd funding, a broad-based competition, and a general search for answers, solutions, or even a missing person.  Simply defined, crowdsourcing represents the act of a company or institution taking a function once performed by employees and outsourcing it to an undefined (and generally large) network of people in the form of an open call. This can take the form of peer-production (when the job is performed collaboratively), but is also often undertaken by sole individuals. The crucial prerequisite is the use of the open call format and the large network of potential labourers.

Quote: A design is not finished until somebody is using it – Brenda Laurel  

 
What about copying good ideas from different industries? Sometimes we think that our company has unique circumstances and we don’t have to emulate strategies that have proven successful in other industries. This could not be further from the truth. Many times, the best ideas are already out there; all we have to do is identify the ones that would work for our situation. Henry Ford got the idea for assembly line production for manufacturing cars from visiting slaughter houses that used a similar technique. Cattle and cars don’t seem to have much in common from the surface, but the strategy for efficiently delivering a final product to consumers is a great fit for both industries.  Explore what industries could provide radical change ideas for your company?


Get out there and just do it!

Start with a problem!

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Thursday, 10 April 2014

Never Skip Breakfast


8 Health Reasons You Should Never Skip Breakfast

Break-the-fast, after going hours without food you, finally get up in the morning and need lots of energy to kick start the day. Only breakfast can provide you with this energy.
If you’re of those who’re still not having your breakfast, now is the time to change that habit. Here are some extremely important reasons why!
Why you should never avoid breakfast

1. Breakfast improves your metabolism:

Your blood sugar level drops down in the morning. You need food that can provide you energy to get through the morning. Body needs fuel to keep it running and the night is the longest gap in the refuelling process. To make sure your metabolism keeps on going you need to have something within 2 hours of waking up.

2. Keeps you on track if you’re looking to lose weight:

Researchers have found that those who eat breakfast tend to maintain and lose weight. Though people skip breakfast in the hope of losing weight they tend to eat more during lunch or even choose unhealthier options later on which results into weight gain.


3. Helps to maintain insulin response:

Skipping meals leads to a hyper insulin response when calories are consumed later on. That means the level of insulin in blood is more than the glucose level which can lead to metabolic disorder. This in turn results in to fat accumulation.

"A healthy breakfast is the most important meal of the day.” There’s a nearly ten-hour long gap between dinner and breakfast, during which the body is on fast mode. As the name suggests, breakfast is the meal you eat to break that fast. “It refuels your body with essential nutrients to kick-start your day. So don’t skip it.”

4. Helps perform better at work/school:

Hungry employees and students don’t do any good at work/school. When you are hungry you are irritable and disinterested which reflects on your work too. Breakfast helps you to wake up and makes you attentive.


5. Burns those calories early:

If you have breakfast you can burn those calories early! How is that? Well, instead of going hungry till lunch and then hogging on something loaded with calories with fewer hours left in the day to burn it consider refuelling yourself early and getting enough time to burn those calories.

6. Aids in setting a good example:

If you have kids, you always want to set a good example for them. By having breakfast on time you will show the quality of leadership by example.


7. Gets you your essential nutrients first thing in the morning:

There are food which we have only as a part of our breakfast like cereals, fruits and milk. If you bypass your breakfast you might never get those nutrients.

8. Skipping breakfast can make you grumpy:

Oh yes! If you have been skipping breakfast and are in bad mood, you probably should know why. Not having breakfast makes you grouchy. You might not even realise it and keep wondering why you’re so irritable!

Apart from all these reasons to have your breakfast there are few things you should always keep in mind:

Never have dessert for breakfast, it will cause blood sugar loss later on and you will be tempted to eat even more.

Read the labels carefully, even if it says ‘nutritious’ look into the details and understand if your body needs that kind of food to start the day.


Stay full, stay happy!

Posted by Doshti Healthcare 


Monday, 7 April 2014

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

EATING FRUIT...



It's long but very informative
We all think eating fruits means just buying fruits, cutting it and just popping it into our mouths. It's not as easy as you think. It's important to know how and when to eat.

What is the correct way of eating fruits?

IT MEANS NOT EATING FRUITS AFTER YOUR MEALS! * FRUITS SHOULD BE EATEN ON AN EMPTY STOMACH.

If you eat fruit like that, it will play a major role to detoxify your system, supplying you with a great deal of energy for weight loss and other life activities.

FRUIT IS THE MOST IMPORTANT FOOD. Let's say you eat two slices of bread and then a slice of fruit. The slice of fruit is ready to go straight through the stomach into the intestines, but it is prevented from doing so.

In the meantime the whole meal rots and ferments and turns to acid. The minute the fruit comes into contact with the food in the stomach and digestive juices, the entire mass of food begins to spoil....

So please eat your fruits on an empty stomach or before your meals! You have heard people complaining รข€” every time I eat watermelon I burp, when I eat durian my stomach bloats up, when I eat a banana I feel like running to the toilet, etc. . . . actually all this will not arise if you eat the fruit on an empty stomach. The fruit mixes with the putrefying other food and produces gas and hence you will bloat!

Greying hair, balding, nervous outburst, and dark circles under the eyes all these will NOT happen if you take fruits on an empty stomach.

There is no such thing as some fruits, like orange and lemon are acidic, because all fruits become alkaline in our body, according to Dr. Herbert Shelton who did research on this matter. If you have mastered the correct way of eating fruits, you have the Secret of beauty, longevity, health, energy, happiness and normal weight.

When you need to drink fruit juice - drink only fresh fruit juice, NOT from the cans. Don't even drink juice that has been heated up. Don't eat cooked fruits because you don't get the nutrients at all. You only get to taste. Cooking destroys all the vitamins.

But eating a whole fruit is better than drinking the juice. If you should drink the juice, drink it mouthful by mouthful slowly, because you must let it mix with your saliva before swallowing it.. You can go on a 3-day fruit fast to cleanse your body. Just eat fruits and drink fruit juice throughout the 3 days and you will be surprised when your friends tell you how radiant you look!


KIWI: Tiny but mighty. This is a good source of potassium, magnesium, vitamin E & fiber. Its vitamin C content is twice that of an orange.

APPLE: An apple a day keeps the doctor away? Although an apple has a low vitamin C content, it has antioxidants & flavonoids which enhances the activity of vitamin C thereby helping to lower the risks of colon cancer, heart attack & stroke.


STRAWBERRY: Protective Fruit. Strawberries have the highest total antioxidant power among major fruits & protect the body from cancer-causing, blood vessel-clogging free radicals.


ORANGE: Sweetest medicine. A taking 2-4 orange a day may help keep colds away, lower cholesterol, prevent & dissolve kidney stones as well as lessens the risk of colon cancer.


WATERMELON: Coolest thirst quencher.. Composed of 92% water, it is also packed with a giant dose of glutathione, which helps boost our immune system. They are also a key source of lycopene the cancer fighting oxidant. Other nutrients found in watermelon are vitamin C & Potassium.


GUAVA & PAPAYA: Top awards for vitamin C... They are the clear winners for their high vitamin C content.. Guava is also rich in fiber, which helps prevent constipation. Papaya is rich in carotene; this is good for your eyes.


Drinking Cold water after a meal = Cancer! Can u believe this?? For those who like to drink cold water, this article is applicable to you. It is nice to have a cup of cold drink after a meal. However, the cold water will solidify the oily stuff that you have just consumed. It will slow down the digestion. Once this 'sludge' reacts with the acid, it will break down and be absorbed by the intestine faster than the solid food. It will line the intestine. Very soon, this will turn into fats and lead to cancer. It is best to drink hot soup or warm water after a meal.

A serious note about heart attacks HEART ATTACK PROCEDURE': (THIS IS NOT A JOKE!) Women should know that not every heart attack symptom is going to be the left arm hurting. Be aware of intense pain in the jaw line. You may never have the first chest pain during the course of a heart attack. Nausea and intense sweating are also common symptoms. Sixty percent of people who have a heart attack while they are asleep do not wake up. Pain in the jaw can wake you from a sound sleep. Let's be careful and be aware. The more we know the better chance we could survive.

A cardiologist says if everyone who gets this mail sends it to 10 people, you can be sure that we'll save at least one life.


Read this.....It could save your life!!

Warning: The reader of this article should exercise all precautionary measures while following instructions on the home remedies from this article. Avoid using any of these products if you are allergic to it. The responsibility lies with the reader and not with the site or the writer.
This information is solely for informational purposes. IT IS NOT INTENDED TO PROVIDE MEDICAL ADVICE
 and should not be treated as a substitute for the medical advice of your own doctor.

Posted by Doshti Health Care 

Sunday, 6 April 2014

The Health Benefits of Avocados

Avocados - The World's Healthiest Foods


Avocado fruits are getting very popular anywhere in the world. Throughout the year, you can find avocado in your nearby supermarkets. Avocado is sometimes called “avocado pear” or “alligator pear”, and “Aguacate Palta” in Spanish.

The world, especially in developing countries, is trying to adapt avocado as one of substitutes to cope for the shortage of nutritious food production.

  

We believe that avocados have originated in Mexico and Central America. However, today, avocados are being planted and harvested in countries such as Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, USA, Sri Lanka, Brazil, India, China, Japan, Peru, Uruguay, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Ethiopia, Spain, Palestine, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, and Hawaii. Oh, yes, you can plant it even in your backyard garden and it is adaptable as long as the climate does not go below 5°C during winter season.

Avocado is one of the most recommended fruits as well as a food for bodybuilding and medicine for cholesterol-related heart diseases.

Also, did you know that avocado or an avocado extract is good for prevention or treatment of “breast cancer” as well as “prostate cancer”? Some information states that a toxin found in avocado can kill cancer cell. However, the toxin mentioned here is not identified completely. Scientists believe that the toxin has a great effect on the myocardium (heart muscle tissue) as well as on tissues of the lactating mammary gland.

Although many farmers believe that fresh and dried leaves, bark, skin, and seeds are toxic to cattle, goats, horses, rabbits, and birds, there is no definite scientific explanation for that.
Do not worry about the fruit meat of avocado. There are no dangerous toxic elements for human consumption as well as for animals.

Creamy rich avocado is considered the world's healthiest fruit, because of its nutrient contents such as vitamin K, dietary fiber, potassium, folic acid, vitamin B6, vitamin C, copper, and reasonable calories in it.


Avocado is a tree. The fruit, a popular food, is a good source of potassium and vitamin D.
The fruit leaves, and seeds are used to make medicine.

Avocado fruit is used to lower cholesterol levels, to increase sexual desire, and to stimulate menstrual flow. Some of the oils in avocado (chemists call these oils the “unsaponifiable fractions”) are used to treat osteoarthritis. The seeds, leaves, and bark are used for dysentery and diarrhea.

Avocado oil is applied directly to the skin to soothe and heal skin and to treat thickening (sclerosis) of the skin, gum infections (pyorrhea), and arthritis. Avocado oil is used in combination with 
vitamin B12 for a skin condition called psoriasis. The fruit pulp is used topically to promote hair growth and speed wound healing. The seeds, leaves, and bark are used to relieve toothache.




Nutrition Facts for Avocado

Calories or Nutrient
Amount Per 1 Cup Serving
Percent Daily Value
Calories
240
12%
Carbohydrate
12.8g
4%
Fiber
10.1g
40%
Sugars
1g

Fat
22g
34%
Monounsaturated Fat
14.7g

Total Omega 3 Fatty Acids
165gm

Total Omega 6 Fatty Acids
2534mg

Protein
3.0g
6%
Vitamin A
219iu
4%
Vitamin C
15mg
25%
VItamin E
3.1mg
16%
Vitamin K
31.5mcg
39%
Thiamin
.1mg
7%
Riboflavin
.2mg
11%
Niacin
2.6mg
13%
Vitamin B6
.4mg
19%
Folate
122mcg
30%
Pantothenic Acid
2.1mg
21%
Calcium
18.0mg
2%
Iron
0.8mg
5%
Magnesium
43.5mg
11%
Phosphorus
78mg
8%
Potassium
727mg
21%
Sodium
10.5mg

Zinc
1.0
6%
Copper
0.3mg
14%
Manganese
.02mg
11%
Selenium
0.1mg
1%


AVOCADO Uses & Effectiveness
Possibly Effective for:

·         Treating osteoarthritis. Taking certain (unsaponifiable fractions) avocado and soybean oils by mouth seems to significantly improve pain and reduce overall disability. These oils seem to be more effective for hip than knee osteoarthritis.
·         Reducing total cholesterol and "bad" cholesterol (LDL cholesterol).
·         Increasing "good" cholesterol (HDL cholesterol).

Insufficient Evidence for:

·         A skin condition called psoriasis. Developing research shows that after 12 weeks of treatment, a specific cream containing avocado oil and vitamin B12 (Regividerm, Regeneratio Pharma AG, Wuppertal, Germany) reduces symptoms of psoriasis as well as a conventional medication called calcipotriol ointment (Psorcutan). The avocado combination cream also causes significantly less irritation than calcipotriol.
·         Healing wounds.
·         Sclerosis.
·         Promoting hair growth.
·         Stimulating menstrual flow.
·         Diarrhea.
·         Toothache.
·         Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of avocado for these uses.

Why Avocado is called the No.1 Fruit on the earth?
·         One serving that is about 1/5th (1 oz.) of an Avocado has 50 calories but contains over 20 vitamins, minerals & plant nutrients.
·         Avocado are also Nutrient boosters. They help the body to absorb more alpha and beta carotene.
·         Avocados contains AD 1 micrograms of the plant nutrient “Lutein”, which many help in maintain healthy eyes as we grow old.
·         Avocados are cholesterol & Sodium free. They are rich in Mono & Unsaturated fats otherwise known as “MUFAs”. Making them an ideal substitution for high saturated fat spreads.
·         Avocados also contains a plant nutrient called “ Beta-Sitosterol”, which may help in maintaining healthy cholesterol level as part of a diet, which is low in saturated fats.

Live Strong, Beautiful and Healthy with Nature’s Pride: Avocado (Nutrition Information)
One of the healthiest ways to have a strong, healthy and beautiful life is to eat nutrient dense food. Nutrient density is a measure of the amount of nutrients a food contains in comparison to the number of calories. An Avocado has everything you need in one food. Avocados contain the following key nutrients:
VITAMINS: Avocados contain below mentioned Vitamins


Vitamin A: This is essential for great eye sight.
Vitamin B: This is essential for healthy skin, hair and nails.
Vitamin C: This strengthens the immunity system.
Vitamin E: This slows the ageing process, protects the body tissue from damage caused by unstable substances called free radicals. Free radicals can harm cells, tissues, and organs.
Vitamin K: It is a good antioxidant and helps to reduce the risk of cardio vascular disease. Vitamin K is a fat-soluble vitamin, which boosts the healing process that helps with clotting. It is also known as the clotting vitamin because without it blood would not clot. Some studies have also shown that this vitamin also helps in maintaining strong bones in older age.
MINERALS: Avocados contain essential minerals for human body
Calcium: Essential for bones and teeth.
Magnesium: It serves many important functions in the body like contraction and relaxation of muscles, production of protein, production and transport or energy and controls certain functions of enzymes in the body.
Potassium: It is another very important mineral for our body. It plays a very important role in metabolism and body functions. It helps in regulating blood pressure and essential for proper functioning of cells, muscles, tissues and organs.
AMINO ACID
Avocados provide 18 essential amino acids and 7 fatty acids, including Omega 3 and 6 that must be included in our diet. These amino acids build and repair muscles.
PROTEIN
It is also said that Avocados contain more protein than that of milk. High protein content makes it a great substitute for meat for vegetarians and unlike animal fat, this is not saturated.
The most important factor about Avocados is that it contains 70% - 80% of water. Therefore, apart from possessing extra ordinary benefits Avocados are highly hydrating. Everyone should include one or half avocado in their daily meal.


Avocados for Skin

Avocado skin mask is great for matured, wrinkled, flaky and dry skin. It hydrates, nourish and rejuvenate your skin.

Method:
Take ½ fresh and ripe Avocado and 2 tablespoon of honey. Mash the avocado with the help of a fork into creamy pulp and add honey to the avocado pulp. Now apply this mixture on your face and leave it on for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes wash your face with cool water and wash cloth.

Note: This mask is best for dry skin instead of oily skin.This mask also helps to remove black and white heads.



AVOCADO Side Effects & Safety
Avocado is safe for most people when the fruit is eaten in food amounts. Avocado also seems to be safe when taken by mouth as a medicine for up to six months or applied to the skin for up to three months. It generally has few side effects, although one person who used a specific avocado oil plus vitamin B12 cream for psoriasis reported mild itching.

Keep in mind that avocado has a lot of calories because of its fat content.

Special Precautions & Warnings:


Pregnancy and breast-feeding: Not enough is known about the use of avocado as medicine during pregnancy and breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and stick to food amounts.

Latex allergy: People who are sensitive to latex can have an allergic reaction to avocado.

AVOCADO Interactions 

 Moderate Interaction Be cautious with this combination

·         Warfarin (Coumadin) interacts with AVOCADO
·         Warfarin (Coumadin) is used to slow blood clotting. Avocado has been reported to decrease the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin). Decreasing the effectiveness of warfarin (Coumadin) might increase the risk of clotting. It is unclear why this interaction might occur. Be sure to have your blood checked regularly. The dose of your warfarin (Coumadin) might need to be changed.
AVOCADO Dosing
The following doses have been studied in scientific research:

BY MOUTH:
  • For lowering cholesterol: The dose of avocado used varies, depending on the amount of other fats and calories in the diet.
  • For osteoarthritis: 300 mg daily of an specific extract made from the oils that are tightly bound to fibers in avocado and soybeans. These oils are called "unsaponifiables." The extract used for osteoarthritis is made up of one-third avocado and two-thirds soy bean unsaponifiables.

Conditions of Use and Important Information: This information is meant to supplement, not replace advice from your doctor or healthcare provider and is not meant to cover all possible uses, precautions, interactions or adverse effects. This information may not fit your specific health circumstances. Never delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice from your doctor or other qualified health care provider because of something you have read on Doshti Healthcare . You should always speak with your doctor or health care professional before you start, stop, or change any prescribed part of your health care plan or treatment and to determine what course of therapy is right for you.

Note: This copyrighted material is provided by Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Consumer Version. Information from this source is evidence-based and objective, and without commercial influence. For professional medical information on natural medicines, see Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database Professional Version. © Therapeutic Research Faculty 2009.

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