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Yoga can benefit couples trying to conceive: IVF Experts

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

6808408931_fa1a219e28Planning for and having a baby is perhaps the most magical time for a couple. For some, however, reaching this milestone can be difficult. Many couples face challenges while trying to conceive, and for many, supporting and carrying a pregnancy to term becomes difficult. According to studies, in around 40% of infertility cases referred for In Vitro Fertilization or IVF, the root cause can be traced to anxiety or depression, and sometimes both.

The causes of infertility can range from physical damage to the reproductive organs to environmental factors like pollution. A couple’s emotional and psychological health is also known to influence conception. If a couple’s continuous attempts at getting pregnant are met with frustration, they become fraught with anxiety and stress. This, of course, means further attempts at conception will also most likely not succeed. The couple is then faced with the option of seeking fertility treatments at a specialized clinic. In several of these cases, where mental and emotional factors are at play, a lot of money can be saved and emotional strain avoided by simply adopting natural approaches to meet fertility challenges. Yoga is one such option.

Couples trying to conceive, and couples whose diagnosis point to stress and anxiety as a hurdle to successful pregnancy, can greatly benefit from yoga. Yoga is known to relieve stress, promote relaxation, and improve physical health. Yoga designed specifically to improve fertility tones the pelvis, reduces stress, and helps prepare the body and mind for pregnancy.

“Yoga perhaps has become the most well accepted natural remedy for couples who want to conceive naturally without going for medical procedures as it improves blood circulation, reduces muscle tension and increases body flexibility thus, relieving physical and mental stress- all of which have direct impact on fertility of couples,” says Yogesh Vaidya, CEO of STG Lifecare Ltd, whose infertility guidance portal, ivfgurus.com offers free guidance to patients.

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Fertility Yoga and Its Benefits:

“Yoga allows you to find an inner peace that is not ruffled and riled by the endless stresses and struggles of life,” said B.K.S. Iyengar the foremost yoga teacher in the world.

Yoga incorporates different sets of poses that help strengthen the body, calm the mind, and maintain hormonal and physical balance in all bodily functions. It works on the entire body, including the reproductive system.

Fertility yoga uses some key poses to strengthen the endocrine system responsible for hormonal balance and the reproductive system. It helps maintain homeostasis, which is crucial in regulating and maintaining normal bodily functions. It also helps tone, soften, and open the pelvis in women, allowing release of tension in the abdomen, and free flow of energy in the area.

Yoga can help remove blockages and improve circulation in the reproductive areas. It also supports the immune system, which in turn helps the body fight infection and disease more effectively. Regular yoga promotes peace, releases muscle tension, infuses energy, and creates conditions that can boost fertility.

Several fertility specialists vouch for the benefits of yoga, and many clinics include it as a part of the holistic treatment they offer. Dr. M.L. Goenka, Director of Guwahati-based renowned and one of the oldest fertility clinic of India, Institute of Human Reproduction, says they specifically run yoga sessions for infertile couples and they have found a strong, positive correlation between yoga and fertility.

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Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting

It was also found that just an hour's workout every week could cut the risk by 13 percent

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Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting
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If you wish to avoid turning diabetic, better start exercising for just half-an-hour a day, a Harvard University research has found while advising yoga and weight lifting.

According to the research, the chance of developing Type 2 diabetes was cut by between 30 and 40 per cent with just three-and-a-half hours of exercise a week, Daily Mail reported Wednesday.

It was also found that just an hour’s workout every week could cut the risk by 13 percent.

The study, which followed 100,000 women, also showed muscle-strengthening exercises such as yoga and weight lifting fend off the condition.

Scientists showed that those doing at least 150 minutes of aerobic activity a week – and at least an hour of muscle-strengthening – had the best results.

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Published by the journal PLOS Medicine, the study was carried out by scientists from Harvard School of Public Health and the University of Southern Denmark.

Researchers studied 99,316 middle-aged and older women, who did not have diabetes at the beginning of the study, for eight years. During the period, 3,491 women developed Type 2 diabetes.

They studied the effects of weekly time spent on resistance exercise, lower intensity muscular conditioning exercises and aerobic moderate and vigorous physical activity.

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“Our study suggests that engagement in muscle-strengthening and conditioning activities (resistance exercise, yoga, stretching, toning) is associated with a lower risk of (Type 2 diabetes),” the researchers said.

“Despite limitations to which this research can be applied to women in general, it underlines the message that leading an active healthy lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of Type 2 diabetes,” said Richard Elliott, research communications officer at Diabetes, UK. (IANS)

One response to “Avoid Diabetes With Yoga, Weight Lifting”

  1. I like Yoga, In July of 2017. it was discovered that I got type 2 diabetes, By the end of the July month. I was given a prescription for the Metformin, I stated with the some diet and followed it completely for several weeks but was unable to get my blood sugar below 140, Without results to how for my hard work. I really panicked and called my doctor. His response?? Deal with it yourself, I started to feel that something wasn’t right and do my own research, Then I found Lisa’s great blog (google ” How I freed myself from diabetes ” ) .. I read it from cover to cover and I started with the diet and by the next week. my blood sugar was 100, Since then. I get a fasting reading between the mid 70s and 80s, My doctor was very surprised at the results that. the next week. he took me off the Metformin drug, I lost 16 pounds in my first month and lost more than 3+ inches off my waist and I’m able to work out twice a day while still having lots of energy. The truth is that we can get off the drugs and help myself by trying natural methods..