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Cooking can actually be therapeutic for health related issues

Food is not only limited to benefit body but also nourish mind as well

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Cooking as a therapy to health related issues. Credits- Pixabay

Feb 16, 2017: We have all heard that ‘Food is a medicine’, and well it really is. Food is not only limited to benefit body but also nourish mind as well. While many of us may not be aware of the salubrious benefits of cooking despite spending hours in the kitchen, this article will quell all the substantiated claims about benefits of cooking. Therapists are claiming benefits to help people with different upheavals of emotions and other related mental health issues. Under mentioned are some health issues that can be dealt with cooking.

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  1. Stress 

Cooking helps in dealing with stress and ease anxiety.When you are preparing a recipe, you are only focusing on one thing and by doing that you get a relief from a chaotic life. When you’re focusing on the very moment, you’re not giving thought to the scurrilous past or worrying about future problems. It will ingrain mindfulness and completeness.

2. Slims waistline

It is a great way through which you can get a slimmer waistline. This is because when you eat at home you become wary of the portions you are adding in your meal. But this is not the case when you are eating at your nearby restaurants.

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3. Boosts Overall Health

When you cook yourself you are indulging into a healthy routine altogether. From easing stress to cooking a healthy meal, you are doing it all right. There is a growing acceptance which tells that choosing a high-quality diet helps in keeping your brain healthy as well.

4. Sense of Good Fortune

Cooking drives a sense of well being as you cook what is best for you and your body feels good about it. Self-cooked food also brings satiety and controls chronic hunger issues.It also gives you boundless joy which no other activity does.

5. Nutrition Value

One link between cooking and health is the nutrition value in the food. It becomes easier to control your diet as you prepare the food yourself, therefore you choose the right nutrition for yourself.

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6. Alleviates Confidence

Cooking alleviates confidence of a person and boosts high morale. A splash of appreciation from your beloved one can really make your day a beautiful one.

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7. Healthy Relationships

Cooking a delicious meal for your loved one can bridge the gap and helps in the resolving of issues between the two. Also, cooking with a partner can prompt the communication.

8. Healing

Cooking is a form of art and is being taken up as a therapeutic means to relax tangled nerves, soothing the senses, curb down boredom and distract the people from a tensed or overworked mind.

9. Catharsis

It can also bee seen as a medium to vent out all kinds of emotions. Catharsis means a way to ejaculate trapped emotions and hence cooking seems to be a right way of doing so without even harming oneself.

10. Experiment Creativity

Food is another form of creativity. You can experiment by adding and mixing new flavors depending on your taste and preference. Thus we can say that cooking is like an art where the bold strokes of brushes are replaced by whisking, mixing, chopping, and baking.

In psychological terms also cooking is acknowledged as therapeutic because it is related to behavioral activation. It is a positive activity with each step being a new goal easy to accomplish. With all the aforementioned benefits, we find fewer reasons to order a pizza and more reasons to uncover new recipes.

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By Naina Mishra of Newsgram, Twitter @Nainamishr94

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Tai Chi: An art of Health and Wellness

Tai Chi for health institutes the same philosophy towards the wellness of the body.

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Tai chi is a form of martial arts that circles in the philosophy of yin and yang to increase the qi or chi (which means life force of an entity) through gentle and graceful movements. Pixabay

Martial art has always been an art that kept our jaws dropped; the swift hand movements, graceful yet tricky foot works and the journey to find inner peace. Tai chi is a form of martial arts that circles in the philosophy of yin and yang to increase the qi or chi (which means life force of an entity) through gentle and graceful movements. That’s right, no breaking of bones or repeated punching of the opponents. Although it originated as a martial art, now Tai Chi for health is being exercised by over 2 billion people worldwide.

Since the global promotion of the health benefits of Tai Chi in the early 20th century, the majority interest has shown inclinations more towards personal wellness rather than defense training.

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The philosophy of Tai Chi martial art is centered on the attitude that by using hardness to resist a force, the injury is done on both sides. Pixabay

Philosophy of Tai Chi

Its principles are drawn to softness, patience, yielding, balance, tranquility and centeredness. The manifestation of all these aspects allows one to master Tai Chi.

The philosophy of Tai Chi martial art is centered on the attitude that by using hardness to resist a force, the injury is done on both sides. Instead, one should meet the opponent in its softness and follow its motion until the incoming force is exhausted. Surprisingly the lesson is to defeat strong with pliable.

Tai Chi for health institutes the same philosophy towards the wellness of the body.

Why is Tai Chi practiced for a healthy life?

This ancient Chinese art is based on three aspects: body (jing), energy (chi) and spirit (Shen). You are not practicing on body alone but on energy too, a well-combined exercise of meditation and movement. In China, people believe that Tai Chi can delay aging and prolong longevity. This exercise is adaptable to any age groups.

People are turning to Tai Chi to improve their health for its gentle and non-strenuous applications which has shown a positive effect on balance, flexibility, muscle strength and relieving stress. It has also significantly reduced pain and minimised the degree of depression in some cases.

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Tai Chi helps to calm the mind inducing a sound sleep to sleep-deprived fibromyalgia patients. Pixabay
  •    More balance: We do not always fall because we stumble on something, but our body normally stays out of balance when we are not mindful. Tai Chi can help in reducing falls by correcting our posture. This is potentially beneficial to help in reducing elderly people from falling and tripping often.
  •    Chronic heart failures: Though there are no definite conclusions that this therapy acts as a preventive measure against cardiovascular diseases it is evident that practicing Tai Chi is an advantage in keeping checks on one’s blood pressure and heart rates.
  •    Reduction of chronic pain: A significant impact has been recorded to improve chronic pain by arthritis. A twelve-week course demonstrated bettering the stiffness and pain symptoms of the knee caused by osteoarthritis.
  •    Reduced signs of fibromyalgia: Adhering to its philosophy of tranquility the practice of Tai Chi helps to calm the mind inducing a sound sleep to sleep-deprived fibromyalgia patients. This therapy also improves other symptoms like anxiety, numbness, headaches, fatigue, concentration and memory problems.
  •    Stress buster: Stress is one of the most common and deadliest silent killers regardless of age. Practicing Tai Chi has been found to make stress go away. There is no direct record of reduction of stress, but subject studies have shown that mental control helped in distracting the mind to give attention elsewhere.
  •    Seated Tai Chi: Good news for those who cannot exercise because they are confined to wheelchairs and also for those who are bound to work chairs. Without getting up, you can relieve yourself from stress, improve oxygen intake, balance blood pressure and build muscle strength. This technique involves stretching the upper body gently along with slow and graceful movement of the arms.

Patience Therapy

If your strength is perseverance, then you are already halfway through the course because this is a slow and challenging exercise. It may take years for you to get into the principles of healing through this therapy completely.

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Practicing Tai Chi has been found to make stress go away. Pixabay

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And if you are impatient, you could start looking forward to attaining one of Tai Chi’s principles which are ‘patience’ and move forward in completing the full course.

One can always have faith in this ancient practice because there is a plausible explanation as to why it still has a profound impact on human well being. The Tai Chi for Health Institute offers a good place to learn and teach Tai Chi martial arts therapy.