Thursday November 23, 2017

10 Ways in which Ayurveda can De-Stress your Mind and Body

According to Ayurvedic theory, good health is achieved when your mind, body, and spirit are in harmony with the universe

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November 23, 2016: Ayurveda is a medicine system said to be originated in India. It is believed that God himself taught these techniques to the humans. Ayurveda, what it is today, has been formed after years of development and evolution, dating back to 5000 years. The ancient Vedic literature, Adharva Veda has well-laid instructions to a healthy life using herbal medicines, massages and diet control.

Today, Ayurveda has been integrated with modern medicine system for some general applications as well as in some other medical uses.

According to the theory of Ayurveda, the body construction or the prakriti of every human being is constructed from a combination of basic elements of the universe including Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth.

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The above elements combine to form life forces or energies, also known as Doshas. Doshas are responsible for the proper functioning of the body. Each individual has his own combination of Doshas.

  1. Vata (air and space)
  2. Pitta (water and fire)
  3. Kapha (earth and water)

Following are the ten benefits of incorporating Ayurveda in your daily life:

  1. Low stress and anxiety

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    A woman meditating. Pixabay

Stress has become an inevitable part of our life. It affects every aspect of our health.

Maharishi transcendental meditation helps in decreasing the stress with regular exercise. It reduces stress, decreases cortisol and re-balances the hormones of the body. Pranayama helps in reducing anxiety and depression. It is a series of breathing exercises that helps in sleeping restfully and proper hormonal functioning.

  1. Low Cholesterol and Blood Pressure
A burger. VOA
A burger. VOA

Ayurveda relaxation techniques and diet reduces the build-up of plaque and inflammation. It even reverses the thickening of artery walls that increases the risk of heart diseases. Thickening of artery walls is known as Atherosclerosis. It is a complex disease in which fats, carbohydrates and other harmful substances slowly build up in the inner lining of the artery.

Ayurveda naturally lowers the carbohydrates level in the body thus reducing the risk of heart diseases.

3.   Recovery from Injuries

Ayurvedic medicines target the root of most diseases, inflammation. It helps in lowering pain and swelling in the body. It also fights inflammatory conditions like fibromyalgia and arthritis.

With the help of various herbs, teas and healthy foods, Ayurveda detoxifies the body. Abhyanga, the practice of massaging the skin with oils increase blood flow and draws out the toxins.

  1. Nutrient and antioxidant-rich diet

    Fruits and vegetables. VOA
    Fruits and vegetables. VOA

Mostly a plant-based diet; Ayurveda diets include high-antioxidant foods including herbs, vegetables, spices and healthy fats and proteins. It emphasises on eating fresh and easy to digest food depending on their ancestry and traditions. Ayurveda practitioners consider all the social, climatic and geographical variables while prescribing the required medicine.

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  1. Weight loss and maintenance

    Woman standing on a weighing machine. VOA
    Woman standing on a weighing machine. VOA

NutriHealth conducted a survey in 2009 in New Delhi. They found that people who adjusted their healthy diet taking into account have lost weight effectively. Ayurveda believes that a diet should be easy to flow, practical and balanced. Ayurvedic medicine can help reduce excess weight using a naturally healthy diet.

  1. Lower Inflammation
Herbs. Pixabay
Herbs. Pixabay

Oxidative stress and inflammation is caused by poor diet, insufficient inhalation of air, not enough sleep and bad digestion. This causes an imbalance in metabolism, or in the Doshas. Ayurveda suggests a combination of herbs, antioxidants and exercises to boost metabolism. This not only reduces inflammation but also regulates the heart, circulatory system and digestive tract.

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  1. Hormonal Balance

Many women have turned to Ayurveda for having a natural and healthy pregnancy. Ayurveda helps in regulating the menstrual cycle. Researchers have proved that Ayurveda is helpful in treating infertility due to PCOS. It is an endocrine disorder, occurring at the reproductive age, resulting from hormonal imbalances.

  1. Treating Asthma

    Woman using an asthma inhaler. VOA
    Woman using an asthma inhaler. VOA

According to Ayurveda, Asthma begins in the digestive system, not in the lungs. Undigested food leads to the formation of toxins that are carried into the chest. The accumulation of toxins imbalances the airway tissues and lungs. Ayurveda suggests Transcendental meditation along with easily digestible food and herbal oil massage to tackle it.

  1. Preventing Cancer

Ayurveda believes that cancer cells are always present but when the body is in Dosha balance, the cells do not cause any harm. Everyone needs to balance the physical, mental, spiritual and emotional health. Ayurveda believes prevention is the key to the cure of cancer. One needs to change their lifestyle. Our diet should have more live foods, organic grass-fed meat and less processed food. Reducing stress and getting the proper amount of sleep can prove very beneficial as it reduces the toxic burden.

FILE - A biotechnician demonstrates the loading of a genome sequencing machine at the J. Craig Venter Institute in Rockville, Maryland. Relative to their ability to pay, cancer patients in China and India face much higher prices than wealthier U.S. patients. VOA
FILE – A biotechnician demonstrates the loading of a genome sequencing machine relative to their ability to pay, cancer patients in China and India face much higher prices than wealthier U.S. patients. VOA

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  1. Alzheimer’s Disease

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    Alzheimer’s Disease, VOA

Ayurveda preparations from rice have been proven highly beneficial in the Alzheimer treatment. It provides necessary nutrients to the patient. A Recent study suggested that Ashwagandha can be used to improve memory. Ashwagandha slowdowns the formation of beta-amyloid plaques that are toxic to brain cells. The test was conducted in test tubes.

 by Diksha Arya of NewsGram. Twitter: @diksha_arya53

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Health Benefits of eating more Whole Grains

Having a whole grain diet helps lose weight, as compared to refined grains -- rich in starch, gluten and devoid of natural fiber.

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  • Regularly consuming whole grain foods such as barley, brown rice, millet, oatmeal and rye may help lose weight
  • It also decreases the risk of heart disease and diabetes, a study has claimed.

Why should you eat more whole grains? Here is all you need to know

The findings showed that study participants who ate whole grains had less inflammation, particularly in overweight people, which increases the risk of developing Type 2 diabetes.

Further, participants were also found to eat less when whole grain products were on the menu because whole grain consumption causes satiety.

Importantly, having a whole grain diet helps lose weight, as compared to refined grains — rich in starch, gluten and devoid of natural fiber.

“Our analysis confirmed that there is a sound scientific basis for the dietary recommendation to eat whole grains. This may particularly apply to people who are at increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease or Type 2 diabetes,” said Tine Rask Licht, professor at the Technical University of Denmark.

Additionally, the researchers used DNA sequencing to analyze stool samples from the participants in order to examine whether the different diet types affected the participants’ gut bacteria composition.

Overall, the analysis did not show major effects of the dietary grain products on the composition of the lose weight.

“However, even though the analysis did not reveal significant changes in the average gut microbiota after whole grain consumption, it may well be that the individual components of our gut microbes has an impact on the individual reaction of our body to dietary whole grains,” Licht explained.

For the study, described in the journal Gut, the team included adults at risk of developing cardiovascular disease or Type 2 diabetes. The participants were divided randomly into two groups, with whole grain diet and refined varieties for eight weeks.(IANS)

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This drink may help ward off Alzheimer’s: Scientist

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New York, October 31’2017: Researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have developed a nutrient mix that has shown potential to slow down cognitive impairment in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

The drink, called Souvenaid is aimed at treating “the root cause” of Alzheimer’s, which is the loss of brain synapses.

 Souvenaid contains omega-3 fatty acids found in oily fish like salmon and mackeral along with high doses of Vitamin B13, B, C and E.

The mixture increases production of new synapses and restores connectivity between brain regions, improving memory and other cognitive functions, the researchers reported, in the MIT Technology Review.

In the new clinical trial, published in the journal Lancet Neurology, the team conducted a 24-month trial, where more than 300 patients with prodromal Alzheimer’s — the predementia stage of Alzheimer’s with mild symptoms — were randomly assigned Souvenaid or a placebo.

The patients taking Souvenaid showed about 45 per cent less cognitive decline than people taking the placebo.

Patients who drank Souvenaid showed less worsening in everyday cognitive and functional performance and improvement in verbal-memory performance.

“It feels like science-fiction, where you can take a drink of Souvenaid and you get more synapses…for improved cognitive function. But it works,” said Richard Wurtman, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston.

Importantly, Souvenaid led to a 26 per cent reduction in the loss of hippocampal volume, which is caused early in Alzheimer’s by brain tissue loss.

The results indicate that Souvenaid may be able to slow or stop full progression of very early Alzheimer’s into a full-blown disease, Wurtman noted.

The findings could encourage more researchers to view synapse restoration as a treatment for Alzheimer’s.

“Everyone who writes about Alzheimer’s knows there’s a synapse deficiency, and this impairs connections between brain regions. Even if the amyloid or another problem gets solved, one way or another, you’ll have to replace these synapses,” Wurtman said.(IANS)

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Five Ayurvedic Home Remedies for Hair Fall | Newsgram

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Amla (Indian Gooseberry). Pixabay

Oct 09, 2017: If you are in stress these days due to continuous hair fall, you will get effective treatment in Ayurveda. There are many Ayurvedic herbs that can be used to reduce problems of hair loss.

Five easy ayurvedic home remedies for hair fall

Bhringraj

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Bhringraj. Wikimedia

Bhringraj is believed to be of great importance in Ayurveda for strong and dense hair. Bhrigraj oil not only fights baldness but also premature grey hair.

Brahmi

home remedies for hair fall
Bhrami. Wikimedia

Making a pack of Brahmi and Yoghurt and applying on the hair will reduce hair loss. On regular massage from Brahmi oil, hair grows voluminous.

Amla

home remedies for hair fall
Amla. Pixabay

Vitamin C and antioxidants in Amla are rich in abundance which helps in growing hair. Make a pack by mixing Amla with Hina, Brahmi Powder, and Yoghurt and apply on the hair.

Reetha

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Reetha. Wikimedia

The use of reetha helps in keeping hair black and dense.

Neem

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Ripe fruits of Neem. Wikimedia

Neem is not only used to make hair thick but also to reduce problems like dandruff and lice. Make neem powder and massage it by adding curd or coconut oil to the root of the hair.

Also Read: 10 Ayurvedic Herbs That Are A Boon to Mankind| Newsgram 

Prepared by Naina Mishra of Newsgram. Twitter @Nainamishr94