Yoga is a powerful natural state that can inspire you in many ways!
We decided to celebrate this International Yoga Day with SOS Children’s village, Aluva. Dr.Saji Kumar spoke on the importance & benefits of Yoga Day. And also he demonstrated yoga-inspired exercises to promote lifetime wellness. They were made aware of the relevance of the yoga in daily life. Yoga is above all the regular physical exercises as it paves the way for disciplinary lifestyle amidst the students. It serves both the physical and the psychological aspects of a person. Yoga could help students with their all-round growth. Emotional, physical, intellectual and social are the various dimensions of personality development. The various breathing techniques in yoga can help students control their thoughts and emotions, attain harmony and manage their social life well. Yoga is more than just breathing techniques and correct postures, it is a way of leading a healthy life. Make meditation a daily routine to overcome stress. Yoga is a continuous process. So keep practicing! The deeper you go into your yoga practice, the more profound will be its benefits.
No matter what your age, there are things you can do to look and feel younger, healthier and happier. Our body needs cleaning internally and externally. In our body, numerous functions are continuously performed. The metabolism which is going on at the level of each and every cell in the body generates waste products (toxins) which get accumulated in the various systems, tissues, and organs. These toxins need to be removed periodically because if they get accumulated they can interfere the normal functioning systems or organs, which can cause diabetes, asthma, hypertension, heart diseases etc. Ayurveda has a perfect understanding of the body hence it has advised Panchakarma, for the complete detoxification and rejuvenation of the body.
Ayurveda has two main objectives – one is to maintain health and the second is to cure diseases. Rasayana or rejuvenation is a traditional Ayurvedic therapy to restore the body’s vitality to its fullest capacity. It is defined as any herb, food, or activity which restores youthfulness and cures disease. Rejuvenation therapy helps in keeping the body young and lively, in addition to maintaining good health, curing illness, increasing memory and promoting longevity. This therapy also increases the energy levels and boosts mental and physical capabilities of the body. It improves voice modulation, skin complexion, and vitalizes the sense organs. Rasayana (visualizers) replenish the body fluids keeping it far from diseases. Apart from this, rejuvenation therapy is also considered effective in treating Rhinitis, Allergy, Bronchitis, Cardiac diseases etc. On the whole, rejuvenation therapy goes a long way in toning up skin and muscles and is considered as a treatment that helps in finding the way to eternal youth. Rejuvenation therapy reduces the oxidative stress and reduces the free radical injury and delays aging. If you are planning to improve your vitality, and wish to have a fresh and energetic body, this therapy can be of help.
Our body and mind have been challenged by multiple factors in a polluted mental and physical atmosphere for many years. Since time immemorial, the health of body and mind has been a serious matter of concern for the people living in any society. We have been searching for solutions here and there. A common man is interested in anything that comes in the name of solution to his/her physical and mental illness. That’s quite natural, as we always search for something to make our life more better, and to be aloof from complexities and illness even though it’s a distant dream for most of us.
But, as a man who believed in India’s ancient heritage, I think our forefathers had developed one of the most effective ways to lead a life without stress. I have been into the healthcare sector for several years and found Ayurveda an exceptional healing method to the problems of people of all ages. Ayurveda is all about life and knowledge. When we split the word, we can say ‘Ayur’ means life and ‘Veda’ means knowledge. I would like to define it as the knowledge of life.
The primary concern of this secondary Vedic text is about the health and well-being of body and mind. When it comes to the diagnosis and treatment of diseases, Ayurveda offers a comprehensive mechanism to deal with it.
Knowing the various aspects of Ayurveda will make you get the art of right living in the right proportions. It’s about the prevention of ailments and the openness of life.
Ayurveda is more of a lifestyle than a system of medicine and way of treatment. Nature has in its possession all the ways to rejuvenate and reinvent the mind, body and the soul. Ayurveda is the key to this. While the advocates of modern medicine reiterate the adage ‘prevention is better than cure’, the very basic principle of the Ayurvedic lifestyle lies on the fact that disease can be kept at bay through the right way of life.
How can we attain the right way of life? In this column, I am just touching some aspects to follow the right way of life. We can discuss it in detail in the coming articles.
And this right way of life is the balancing of food habits by leaning towards foods with ‘sattva guna’. Sattva is about the quality of balance, harmony, goodness, and purity.
Nuts, seeds, oils, fruits, dairy products hog the major part of Sattvic foods. Exponents of Ayurveda exhort people to avoid fried and junk food as they are of ‘thamo guna.’
Another important aspect is oil bath, a practice that we are letting to die down slowly. Earlier, oil bath once or twice in a week was a part of Malayali lifestyle. But, now it seems not in vogue and the practice, which is highly beneficial to health, has paved way for the use of chemicals-enriched lotions. But, this alternative has proven to be inadequate to give the coolness to the body and calmness to the mind which the traditionally-practiced oil bathing can give to a person, especially in a tropical region.
And, indeed, exercise is an indispensable part of the right lifestyle. It’s an important source of energy. With the changing times and lifestyle, it has become very important for everyone to find some time daily to work out. The best option is yoga as it can meet the needs of the body and the mind together and that too by making us more connected to the traditional wisdom of our great ancestors.
So, make the most of your life by choosing the right path.
What’s so special about walking? Nothing special. It’s just a simple way, say an aerobic exercise, of keeping your body and mind fit, keeping you fresh and lively for long hours. I used to see a lot of youngsters and aged ones walking on the streets and grounds, taking care of their body in a fine manner. Walking is gaining momentum among people of all age groups, earlier this was not the case. Now people are becoming more aware of this. We need to walk at least 30 minutes daily, try to walk daily in the morning. You can fix 5.30 to 6 AM or 6 to 6.30 AM. A morning walk gives us a lot of energy to move on the remaining part of the day in an active manner.
According to studies, women who walk have less body fat than those who don’t walk. Let’s have a look at 6 benefits of walking.
1. Walk for your heart: Regular walking reduces the risk of heart ailments. It can lower the levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol. Chances for a stroke will also be less. You can control high blood pressure with a 30-minute walk regularly.
2. Good for osteoporosis: Having regular walk can stop the loss of bone mass for patients with osteoporosis. For women, post-menopause, daily walk for 30 minutes reduces the risk of hip fractures to a large extent.
3. Walk to burn weight: Walk 2 miles per hour for 30 minutes, you will be able to reduce 75 calories of weight. It’s a fantastic yet simple exercise to burn your calories in an effective manner. Don’t bother about the possibilities of being an overweight, if you walk regularly.
4. Walk to strengthen muscle: Regular walking makes your leg and abdominal muscles strong.
5. Walk for a sound sleep: Those are lucky who have a sound sleep. Sleepless nights are becoming a big problem for many. Regular one-hour morning walk gives men and women sound sleep in the night. Some studies prove that women who walk are more likely to relieve insomnia than women who don’t have the habit of walking.
6. Walk for happiness: Walking matters a lot for this one reason, happiness. A fresh money walk is grand enough to change your mood. It can bring out positive energy. It’s a great anti-depression strategy. It can reduce stress and anxiety. If you want to be positive, no second thought, start walking.
Anti-Obesity Day is observed in various parts of the world on November 26. The World Anti-Obesity Day aims at raising awareness and educating the community about obesity harms and complications. Obesity is rapidly growing and becoming a killer disease. Medically, it is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that it may cause serious health problems. Obesity reduces life expectancy and increases the likelihood of heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other diseases. Obesity rates are rising most dramatically in urban settings.
A person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) — the individual’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters — is greater than or equal to 25 is Overweight. A person whose BMI is greater than or equal to 30 is considered Obese.
According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Overweight and Obesity pose the fifth leading risk for global deaths. The WHO states that at least 2.8million adults die every year on account of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of diabetes cases, 23% of ischaemic heart diseases and 7–41% of certain instances of cancer are attributable to overweight and obesity. The WHO points out that the incidence of obesityworldwide has nearly doubled since 1980 and that 65% of the world’s population now lives in countries where more deaths are attributable to overweight and obesity than being underweight.
A study published in the noted medical journal Lancet says India is just behind US and China in this global hazard list of top 10 countries with the highest number of obese people. Our state Kerala has the second-highest rate of childhood obesity in the country after Punjab, according to the fourth round of the National Health Survey. This year’s world obesity day is giving special importance to child obesity. Child and adolescent obesity have risen rapidly around the world.
A balanced diet with adequate amounts of vegetables, proteins, and fruits is the key to managing weight. Do not Diet to lose weight but Eat Right.
1. Include more fiber in the diet
2. Reduce junk food and snacks
3. Consume low-fat dairy products, lean meat and nuts
4. Do not skip meals
5. Eat small and frequent meals; follow 6 meal patterns a day.
6. King size Breakfast. This indicates not the quantity, as misunderstood by many, instead indicate the quality of your Breakfast.
7. Control or limit the intake of sugar, salt, spices and oil.
8. Eat low-fat meals
9. Exercise regularly 4–5 times a week
10. Monitor weight regularly
Uncontrolled obesity will spoil the next generation. So eat healthily and live healthy for a better tomorrow!
We’re living in the golden age of social media, and no doubt Facebook is a rare revolution in the history of communication. It connects the world in a wonderful way and offers solutions to the complex problems of people from diverse shades of life. Facebook has become a part of our daily life, like food and sleep. So much is its influence on you and me. This is the reality. With more than two billion active users, the social media platform founded by one of the most disruptive entrepreneurs, Mark Zuckerberg, is now the most influential communication platform in the world. However, as a health professional, I am always concerned about the impact of Facebook on human minds. A lot of research studies are going on on this subject across the world.
There is an intriguing point that comes to the fore in one of the recent studies, which may force you and me to take a break from FB for some time. The study conducted by the University of Copenhagen states that Facebook is making most of us unhappy and dissatisfied. The study finds,
“Millions of hours are spent on Facebook each day. We are surely better connected now than ever before, but is this new connectedness doing any good to our wellbeing? According to the present study, the answer is no. In fact, the predominant uses of Facebook — that is, as a means to communicate, gain information about others, and as habitual pastime — are affecting our wellbeing negatively on several dimensions.’’
The study provides causal evidence that quitting Facebook leads to higher levels of both cognitive and affective well-being. The participants who took a one week break from Facebook showed significantly higher levels of life satisfaction. More than satisfaction, the study states that they have an improved emotional life after the period. The study was conducted with 1,095 people in Denmark.
The study also showed that the gain of well-being varied in relation to how people use the social media platform. For heavy FB users, users who passively use Facebook, and users who tend to envy others on Facebook, the gain proved to be greatest.
“These findings indicate that it might not be necessary to quit Facebook for good to increase one’s well-being — instead an adjustment of one’s behavior on Facebook could potentially cause a change,’’ it observes.
We can put it simply like this, if one is a heavy Facebook user, one should use Facebook less to increase one’s well-being. And if one tends to feel envy when on Facebook, one should avoid browsing the sections (or specific friends) on Facebook causing this envy.
And if one uses Facebook passively, one should reduce this kind of behavior. Due to habits, practicalities, and potential ‘‘forecasting errors,’’ it may be difficult to change one’s way of using Facebook. If this is the case, one should consider quitting Facebook for good.
So, what about having a one-week break from Facebook!