Thank you for making us the best start-up

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The Savetime booth at PuneConnect 2013

Savetime thanks PuneConnect’s audience for their immense support and love. We are honoured to have become your favourite healthcare destination in Pune. Yesterday, we saw the announcement at puneconnect.com and we were simply thrilled to know that we got the maximum number of votes for the Audience Choice award for the best start-up in Pune.

The event saw more than 1,000 professionals from IT / ITES and other sectors. We were among the top 27 start-up companies which got shortlisted for a demo at PuneConnect – the city’s largest start-up shootout. Our team stood by us to set up the booth and presented us at their best. A team of 15 people represented Savetime at the event. The team wore tee-shirts that read, ‘If an apple a day doesn’t work, visit savetime.com’. As a welcoming gesture, we gave away apples to people at the event.

We would like to thank our team who make us who we are each day. We are proud of our team for its contribution at the event and for interacting with the audience. On asking how he felt about the grand win, Mitesh  Bohra, co-founder, Savetime said, “An award from the audience is a high that every entrepreneur seeks. I am a dreamer and find a surreal thrill in a start-up environment. At Savetime, it’s not only my dream to bring real patient-centric innovation into the world but also contribute to the rapidly developing start-up ecosystem in India. Audience is the best jury out there and to get such love from them is phenomenal. It’s a very humbling experience. I sincerely thank all our supporters. Time to go back to work where we continue to keep doing what we do best and march forward towards realising our collective dreams — becoming the TripAdvisor of the healthcare industry.”

Team Savetime poses for the shutterbug during a break. Note the basket of apples -- every visitor to the booth got one
Team Savetime poses for the shutterbug during a break. Note the basket of apples — every visitor to the booth got one

8 ways to boost testosterone levels

If you are down, you probably need to up your ‘T’ levels. Here’s how: Image

If you are a man and have been feeling tired and depressed for no apparent reason, and concentrating on your regular work is getting tough, even the stuff you enjoy, then you need to take care of your testosterone levels. If you are not feeling up for love, and the blues are catching up, you could probably be sure that the levels are hampering your natural joie de vivre.

Millions of men around the world suffer from this. In America alone, at least 13 million men have ‘Low-T’.

Nature ordains that testosterone levels are optimum when a man is young, and fall steadily beginning around age 30.

Besides sexual function, testosterone in the right amount is needed for strong muscles and bones. It also keeps fat evenly distributed in the body.

Low T can even up your bad or LDL cholesterol levels. Which means, it is crucial for a healthy and happy life, as it affects both our psychology and physiology.

If you have been feeling blue for no apparent reason, you could try these simple ways to boost your testosterone levels:

Get lighter, feel better
That simply means lose extra body fat, as it lowers testosterone levels. Especially if you have a paunch, it is sure sign that T levels are likely to go down faster. At least, 40 percent of obese men have low testosterone readings. But it isn’t tough to reverse it: lose weight and get the T joy back.

Cuppa of joy
Drink some coffee. Make it on the stronger side. Caffeine, which is the heart of coffee, boosts testosterone. According to a Harvard study, around five cups of coffee a day for a month increased testosterone-to-estrogen ratio in overweight men by nearly 200 per cent! While the effects are not long lasting, a cup of coffee during your breaks does not hurt as far as testosterone levels are concerned.

Vitamin D is vital
This vitamin is really a hormone. Contemporary life is such that Vit D deficiency is a major problem around the world, especially in urban settings. A three-year study of older men published in Hormone and Metabolic Research stated that men with higher levels of Vitamin D had higher levels of free testosterone. In any case, it does not do any harm to pop a Vitamin D3 pill once a month to keep your bones strong.

Take it easy
Stress is not only bad for your heart, but also causes low-T situations. When in stress, the body releases huge quantities of cortisol. Cortisol inhibits the function of testosterone and even blocks it, a University of Texas study stated. Apparently, high cortisol levels messed  with the ability to reproduce.

If you are feeling low or stressed out, this is the time to hit that yoga class or go for a walk on a hill or wherever you like. A beach in South Goa is a great idea too. Or simply, meditate in your office cubicle for 15 minutes before you start work.

Sleep well, sleep enough
Sleep is the ultimate pain balm, the ultimate relief for every ailment. It is the ultimate natural drug.  According to a team of Dutch researchers, older men between 64 and 74 can double their testosterone levels simply by getting a good night’s sleep. The longer you sleep, the more testosterone circulates in your blood.  A University of Chicago Medical Center study stated that being sleep deprived for a week decreases testosterone levels by 15 per cent.

You gotta move it
We mean, don’t just sit on your desk. Move it, get some exercise because it boost testosterone levels appreciably. A Baylor University study found that T levels remain elevated for 48 hours after lifting weights. Another research suggested that short but intense sprints significantly increased testosterone. Try sprints that are around 10-second long, take a break and do it again. Do it about 10 times, and feel the difference. Apparently, evening workouts are best for boost testosterone levels. They can push levels by 40 per cent.

Be nutty, feel great
All nuts, like almonds, Brazil nuts, peanuts, walnuts…. All of them are great for encouraging production of testosterone. A diet high in monounsaturated fats, the kind found in nuts, push testosterone levels and make it optimum.

Nuts not only drive up testosterone, but also the amino acids in them improve blood circulation. Which is why, instead of chips or some other junk snack with your beer, try a few nuts. Or just eat them when you get a hunger pang or a food craving.

 Root for your team
This might sound far-fetched but rooting for your favourite cricket team or your favourite sportsman actually increases testosterone levels by 20 per cent, a University of Utah study found. The dark side is, if your team loses your T levels go down. So, just for the sake of your health, trying supporting the winner. Funny, isn’t it? But it works.

Smile, even when you’re not on camera

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 If you read the title of this post with a smile on your face, know that your brain just  released some endorphins – the feel-good chemicals. But that’s just one thing. Studies  have shown that smiling can have a positive effect on our mental health and can boost  the immune system. To begin with, it releases stress and emotions. But all this holds  true for genuine smiles. The French physician, Guillaume Duchenne, coined a term  ‘Duchenne smile’ for real smiles, which is considered as the sole indicator of true  enjoyment.  

 As Savetime decides to spread smiles today, we are giving away free smiles through      these health benefits of smiling.

  1. Lowers Heart Rate
    Smiling reduces blood pressure levels, if only temporarily, and lets the heart work without any stress. People who are emotionally sound and smile and laugh often are less likely to develop a heart condition. A study, which consisted of 2,000 people, carried out by the European Heart Journal, revealed that people with a positive outlook towards life are less likely to develop heart conditions than their pessimistic peers.
  2. Reduces Anxiety
    Sure, it isn’t easy to smile when in a stressful situation. But if you try to calm yourself down, take a breath, share a joke and smile it away, your anxiety is sure to fade. Smiling is known to release the body’s happiness hormone endorphin. With its release, cortisol levels, the stress hormone, also come down.
  3. Strengthens the Immune System
    One study found that smiling produces white blood cells (WBC) in our body which are responsible for improving our immunity.
  4. Relieves Pain
    A study published in the Journal of Pain, revealed that people who frowned at an unpleasant medical procedure felt more pain than those who smiled through it. The release of endorphins is the science behind this awesome revelation. Endorphins, the happiness chemicals, are released when you smile and act as natural painkillers.  You could try this when you have a headache or a sore throat the next time. Watch a funny Youtube video. And when you crack up and laugh, you will see why they say that laughter is the best medicine!
  5. Uplifts Mood
    You may think that people smile only when they are happy. But that’s partly untrue.  Dr. Michael Lewis, a psychologist at Cardiff University explained, “Simply using the same muscles as smiling will put you in a happier mood. And that’s because, use of those muscles is how our brain evaluates moods.” So, find a reason to smile and your mood will follow.
  6. Makes You Attractive
    Needless to say, when you have a smile on your face you seem more attractive to people. Smiling improves facial features and sharpens them. The use of muscles keeps the face looking young and charming. A full-blown smile is a sign of confidence.
     
  7. Adds Life
    Believe it or not, smiling has a positive effect on longevity. Smiling in both, good and bad situations, is a sign of great mental health. A happy disposition can have a powerful impact on life expectancy. In 2010, the Telegraph wrote a report on a recent study by Wayne University, in which the experts studied 230 old photographs of major league baseball players in the 1952 baseball register. Each of these pictures had the player’s statistics, like his age, weight, marital status. Based on this, the experts ranked each of these players on their smile – no smile, partial smile and full-blown smile. To cut to the chase, the conclusion of this study was: among the 184 players who had died, those in the ‘no smile’ group lived an average of 72.9 years. The ‘partial smile’ group lived an average of 75 years and those with the widest grins and genuine smiles lived an average of 79.9 years.This was a ground-breaking medical revelation which concluded that smiling often can add up to 7 years to your life.If you need a better reason than this to smile, consider this: it takes only 17 muscles to smile and 43 muscles to frown. Which means smiling is not only good for health, it is also easier on you. 

Why should we write doctor recommendations?

During my conversations about Savetime with my family, relatives or friends following few questions often come up. “Why should I write a recommendation?”, “What will change by writing recommendation?”, “The visit to the doctor was just normal what is there to write about?”

However on the contrary, we tend to believe what people say and want to get feedback from them first, rather than trying something new on our own. Especially when it comes to medical issues we are even more cautious. For example while visiting a doctor, we usually go to a doctor because a friend of mine said he is good doctor or my uncle told me about his good reputation. Our mind is relatively at ease while visiting a doctor through a reference of an uncle, a relative, a friend or even a stranger. So doctor recommendations are very important for all of us.

In below points I deal with the “Why” part. We all should write doctor recommendations and here are a few reasons:

1)      Recommendations builds trust

In a city like Pune, we have many migrants for education and business. Many a times we have the need of a doctor and we want to find the ‘good doctor’ or the most trusted doctor. At such time when you are new to a City and have no one to consult too, the experiences shared by other people play a very important role in choosing the right doctor and it builds trust between the doctor and the patient even before the patient walks in the clinic.

2)    We learn more about our regular doctors

As mostly our first appointment with a doctor is a result of some known or unknown experience and maybe for a different ailment; recommendations by others provide us a good way to know about the doctor we have already been going to. We might not know about other specialties of that doctor and other procedure that the doctor undertakes. Other people can help us understand our regular doctors better.

3)    We get to know about new doctors

There is a very good saying “A bad remedy for a disease is far worse than the disease

You might be a local or a migrant in a City like Pune and need to visit a specialist that your family physician suggested you. In this technologically advanced age you do not need to get stuck with one doctor or the referred doctor. You can find other similar specialists in your area and can read through recommendation of other fellow patients. You might end up going to a new doctor after going through those recommendations and might get well sooner and have to spend less.

4)    Brings Doctor and Patient closer

Doctors generally like to maintain good contacts with their patients as they also learn from our recovery cycle. One of the way to maintain the contacts is replying to patients’ views. Sometimes they explain why a medicine was prescribed and sometimes it’s a simple expression of gratitude from them. This helps to build  a social bonding with doctor. Such bonding is always useful while getting a good advice, consultations at odd time or discounts on treatments.

5)    Helps building the patient community

Giving back to the community is an obligation that we must fulfill. There are times when you are looking for a good pediatrician in town for your kid’s vaccination, other time you were looking for an orthopedist nearby for your old parents who can’t travel long distance. At such times community helped you in choosing the right doctor. As a goodwill gesture we should also contribute to the community. Our experience with the doctors might be helpful for fellow parents who are equally scared in taking their 2 year old kid to a new doctor, it might save someone from an unprofessional doctor or might help in many other ways. This builds a patient community where patients are well informed to take the right decision and this could foster a very good relationship between patients and doctors.

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So don’t delay any further log onto www.savetime.com and share your experiences with all the doctors you have been to and read from the thousands of review already shared by the patient community. And if you still have any other questions, feel free to leave a comment.

Swapnil Potdar, savetime.com.Swapnil is self-motivated and loves challenges. He is always eager to keep track of technology trends in the world. He likes to asks tons of questions, enjoys meeting new people and learning new things. He is currently working with our Android team. He is an Engineering graduate in IT from MIT, Pune. Savetime.com is the beginning of his passionate journey to make a difference in the world. Facebook, board puzzles and sci-fi thriller books take up rest of his time.

Straighten your back (pain)

back-pain1Nowadays back pain is most difficult and frustrating problem faced by a large number of people. The problem is referred by different names such as Backache, Low back pain, Lumbar pain, Pain – back. If you are like most people, you will have at least one backache in your life.

Our back is very complex structure made of bones, nerves and joints. It is very difficult to pinpoint to cause of pain.

Back pain or discomfort can happen anywhere in your back; most common place or the most common area affected is your low back. Our Low back supports most of our body’s weight. Low back pain may be short-term (lasting less than one month) or long-term (lasting longer than three months).

Pain felt in your lower back may come from the spine, muscles, nerves, or other structures in that region. It may also radiate from other areas like your mid or upper back, a hernia in the groin, or a problem in the testicles or ovaries. There are different variety of symptoms you may feel if your back hurts. You may feel burning sensation or tingling or you also may experience weakness in your legs or feet.

Causes of back pain

With the changing lifestyle back pain is becoming a serious problem. It is becoming more common in IT/ITES employees who have to sit for hours at a stretch. Common back pain causes include:

  1. Carrying, pushing, pulling or lifting incorrectly.
  2. Riding a two wheeler for long distances/Driving for long time or sitting improperly in car for long time
  3. Sudden Twisting
  4. Bending for a long period of time.
  5. Having poor sitting posture.

Sudden back pain without any reason are usually sign of muscle tear, ligament or disc problem.

There may be other, more serious underlying causes of your back pain, but these are rare.

They include: Fracture, Osteoporosis, slipped disc, Spinal stenosis, etc.

 

Pay Attention

If you experience any of the following symptoms, then see your GP as early as possible

Swelling on your back or Redness

Pain down your legs and below your knees

Numbness or weakness in one or both legs or around your buttocks

Constant pain, particularly at night

Pain that’s worsening and spreading up your spine.

These symptoms are known as red flags. It’s important to seek medical help for these symptoms to ensure you don’t have a more serious, underlying cause for your back pain.

Overcome back pain

A change is lifestyle is a must to overcome back pain. A little physical movements every now and then during the day can go a long way in keeping the back pain away. A few other good practices that can help in avoiding the back pain are:

Stretch gently and exercise your back muscles

Sit straight in a chair (avoid wrong posture)

Avoid sitting in one place for more than 30 minutes. Take a 30 seconds walk every 30 minutes.

If you are suffering from back pain, avoid lifting heavy things

Sleep straight on your back and as far as possible sleep on a hard bed or on the floor.

Adjust your sitting place, the computer screen according to your convenience so you don’t have to bend forward to see your computer monitor or reach your mouse.

Avoid riding long distances on two-wheeler

Back pain will soon reach an epidemic proportion but a little knowledge and small changes can help you family to avoid it.

 

Sameer Patel

Sameer, a fun loving individual, works as a Software Engineer in savetime. An engineering graduate from Pune University,   Sameer likes to take up complex coding scenarios and solve them with his full dedication. He enjoys his work as much as he enjoys his free time chit chatting with friends. Sameer loves listening to fusion music and his favorite pass time is watching action packed Hollywood movies with a bag full of pop corn in his hand.