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5 Benefits of Therapeutic Landscapes : Forest Therapy

Forest are therapeutic landscapes which are endowed with multiple health-related benefits.

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June 01, 2017: Forest therapy is a unique blend of nature and spirituality, which drives you towards the state of nirvana, and away from the hustle bustle of city life. The idea originated in Japan, where it is called ‘Shinrin-yoku’ (forest bathing). The therapy entails you to absorb yourself in the woodland and imbibe the aroma, sounds and sights in your senses.

Forest are therapeutic landscapes which are endowed with multiple health-related benefits.

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Let us now understand the benefits that will take you closer to forest therapy:
Stress reduction

Forest settings lower the levels of cortisol and blood pressure, slows down heart rates, mobilises the activity of parasympathetic nerves that promote relaxation, and reduces the activity of sympathetic nerves associated with “fight or flight” reactions to stress.

Improves concentration

A walk in the grasslands of the forest shows better results as compared to strolling in residential settings. Secluded from the chaotic scenes of city, pasture lands boosts the spirits and minds of the person.

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Controls Diabetes  

Wood Walkers have low blood glucose, improved insulin sensitivity, and decreased levels of haemoglobin A1c, an indicator of a person’s average levels of blood sugar over the past 3 months.

Alleviates Pain

Sighting a nature scene and listening to nature sounds is a safe and sound approach to reducing pain during bone marrow biopsy.

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Fights Cancer

Nature walks is an important lifestyle factor in the prevention of cancer as well as helpful adjunctive therapy for people diagnosed with cancer.

-By staff writer at Newsgram

 

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Five benefits of the wonder drink ‘Vodka’ that you must know

Early on, it was popular not as an alcoholic drink to enjoy, but for its medicinal properties

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New Delhi, September 28, 2017: As everything has its pros and cons, so does Vodka. Of course, we know that it isn’t exactly great for our livers, but what’s not much known is the fact, that when taken in moderation, it is capable of doing some really amazing things.

Vodka, a popular beverage made of ethanol and water, has historic roots with stories of its inventions dating back to the 9th century or the 8th century, according to the Russian and the Polish respectively. Early on, it was popular not as an alcoholic drink to enjoy, but for its medicinal properties. These medicinal properties have been appreciated in the modern world as well.

Vodka is believed to have a number of benefits, both as internal medication and as external lotion which can be applied on the body. Vodka, so it seems, can do wonders, but one mustn’t forget, Moderation is the key. Let’s take a look at five amazing benefits of vodka, “the wonder drink”.

Five benefits of Vodka, “the wonder drink”: 

  • Vodka Reduces Stress: This can be said for most of the alcoholic drinks, but vodka has the back of science to prove that it has properties that really does reduce stress. It has been scientifically proven and empirically accounted, that it has in it the thing that relaxes the body, calms the brain and induces sleep.
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Vodka reduces stress. Pixabay
  • Vodka Works Great for Hair and Skin: Owing to its astringent properties, which tighten the skin pores and cleanse the skin, it works really well as a skin toner. A potion of green tea and vodka, when applied on face every night, can give amazing results. It also helps eliminate toxins from your scalp to prevent dandruff and enhance hair growth. Vodka has to be a new add in your beauty care routine.
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Vodka works great for hair and skin. Pixabay
  • Vodka Lowers Fever: On its application on patient’s forehead, chest and leg as an ointment or lotion, it has been proved, that the body temperature reduces, thus lowering the fever. Rubbing a few drops on your temples is, in fact, an old Russian folklore remedy to get rid of fever and headache. So the next time you or someone you know has fever, you know what to go for.
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Vodka lowers fever. Pixabay

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  • Vodka Relieves Toothache: Swishing a small amount, probably a shot of vodka around the aching tooth can help reduce the pain or even help get rid of it entirely. It can also work as an effective mouthwash when mixed with cinnamon, curing bad breath. Just like the ready-made mouthwashes, all you need is to do some sipping, swishing and spitting to combat that bad breath.
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Vodka relieves toothache. Wikimedia
  • Vodka Has antiseptic properties: Vodka has antiseptic properties that prove themselves useful time and again. It helps prevent development of infection, in case of an animal bite; cures cold; helps bring down the fever; promotes urination, thereby easy flushing of toxins from the body. However, its application should be avoided on dry, sensitive or burned skin unless one has been specifically instructed.
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Vodka has antiseptic properties. Pixabay

-prepared by Samiksha Goel of NewsGram. Twitter @goel_samiksha

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Why Worry? These Techniques will Teach How to be Happy!

Learn how to stop worrying with these simple strategies

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New Delhi, August 14, 2017: Worry is a story that we create inside and we use it to create fear. You tend to create fear of something which has to happen in the near future and by worrying, you deplete your strength and energy so much that by the time the situation arises, you would have made yourself already a weak person. What’s expected in such situations is to keep yourself strong so that you can face the situation and respond to the situation with an open mind.

Our every thought, every word and every action are our own creation. Circumstances come to us externally, but our responses are completely our choice. One must admit that there are some things in life which cannot be changed and problems will continue to persist, however, one must learn how to stop worrying.

How to Stop Worrying?

Worry is a delusion

You worry about things that ought to occur in the future. Worries are primarily the monsters you build in your head and are just in your head. It is a sheer misuse of your imagination. A single liberated thought devoid of tensions can make your day.

Incorporate mindfulness

The most efficient technique to stop worrying is to inculcate mindfulness, which involves nonjudgmental awareness of present thoughts and emotions. Make yourself consciously aware of the fact that worries are going to persist for an indefinite period of time but that should not take away your sanity. Also, have a deeper understanding of the fact that worries can never change the outcomes/end result, so deal with the situation rather wasting time and energy on ruminating.

Acceptance

Accepting worries help the person to move on and pass out the situation with ease. Those who are naturally more welcoming of their intrusive feelings are less obsessional, have lower levels of distress, and are less worried.

Gulping Sweets

Sweets are believed to enlighten the mood of the person. Devour your favorite sweets and forget about worries. Whenever a nerve racking thought occurs,  Go ahead and grab a chocolate bar.

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Forest Therapy indulgence

Forest therapy promotes relaxation and reduces the activity of sympathetic nerves associated with “fight or flight” reactions to stress.

Pen down your worries

Penning down your own thought might be counterintuitive, but it’s almost similar to emptying the fears out of your mind. You tend to reevaluate that situation so that you’re less likely to worry about those situations.

Cooking is therapeutic

Cooking helps in combating stress and ease the stress levels. When you prepare a recipe, you only focus on one thing and by doing that you spend less time on worrying about issues that concern you.

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Soul awakening through meditation

Anxiety disorders are due to the repetitive, anxious, often baseless thoughts and worries about the future. However, practicing meditation awakens the soul and brings the mind to zero thoughts, which is imperative for the mind wanderers.

Keep the hands busy

Keeping your hands busy can help keep your mind off of worries.  Keeping your hands and mind working conflicts with storing and encoding visual images, which explains why worry beads and knitting calm us down.

Rational thinking

People tend to worry about things they have no control over. It doesn’t change the situation anyways. It is better to stay practical in such situations and so that you are able to respond to the situation open mindedly.


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Cows up for Online Sale after Government’s Ban on Trading of Cattle

A rapid search on online marketplaces, such as OLX, shows that hundreds of cows are up for sale in the virtual world

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  • Government imposes ban of the sale of cattle
  • Sale of cows is surging in virtual market
  • The law is expected to leave many low-class group jobless, critics says

June 02, 2017: As the government’s restrictions on the sale of cattle advances, farmers and livestock traders have become more equipped digitization buttressing the long term of Modi’s Digital India. A rapid search on online marketplaces, such as OLX, shows that hundreds of cows are up for sale in the virtual world.

Last week, The environment ministry announced animal markets could only trade cattle for agricultural purposes, such as ploughing and dairy production. The law is introduced against animal cruelty, but critics say they are aimed at pacifying hard-line Hindu supporters of the Modi government. The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday suspended the order for four weeks.

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The Madurai bench of the Madras High Court on Tuesday suspended the order for four weeks.

Ravi Sharma, the resident of Varanasi was suspicious when asked about his online post, selling a desi brown cow for Rs 75,000. He then stated he has no interest in selling to a certain minority group.

In Ghazipur, close to Varanasi, Bheem Singh wants to get rid of three cows at the earliest, thus selling at 50 percent less than the market price. “It’s too dangerous keeping cows anymore. Anyone can come and beat us,” he said.

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The past two years witnessed a rise in attacks on Muslims and lower caste Hindus involved in the cattle trade, leading to several deaths.

On May 26, a group of “cow protectors” thrashed two meat traders on the suspicion that they were carrying beef. Police in Rajasthan’s Bhilwara arrested five people, including an alleged member of the RSS who torched a truck last week, which they thought was carrying cows for slaughter.

Several state governments have appealed to the PM to revoke the order, which they say was issued without discussing them. While some have decided to drag the matter to the court.

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Environment Minister, Harsh Vardhan,  said cattle bought and sold directly from farms would not be affected by the government’s order. “The aim of the rules is only to regulate the animal market and sale of cattle in them and ensure (the) welfare of cattle” in the markets,” he said.

However, many critics see the move as a blow to beef and leather exports that will leave thousands of people jobless and deprive millions of Christians, Muslims and poor Hindus of a cheap source of protein.

Cows have been sold on e-commerce websites earlier also but were only available occasionally under the pets section. However, ever since the BJP swept to power in Uttar Pradesh in March with priest-turned-politician Yogi Adityanath becoming the chief minister, there has been a swift surge and the rise of the gau rakshaks, or cow vigilantes.

Critics say a sense of fear has been instilled in farmers and cattle owners who feel safer trading within the restraints of the internet rather than an open market.

– by Staff writer at Newsgram

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