Monday October 14, 2019

Spending Some Time with Any Animal or Pet Can Help Reduce Stress

Why cow? Any animal can help you remain stress free

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Pets give us the love and support we need to help cope with psychological conditions.

Not just the cow but spending some time with any animal or pet at home can keep you calm and relaxed, say doctors.

Reacting to Bharatiya Janata Party’s Bhopal candidate Pragya Singh Thakur’s comment that rubbing a cow, from the back towards the neck, can cure your blood pressure, Dr B.M. Doda, senior physician at Walia Nursing and Maternity Home in Delhi, said that any pet can calm you and, may be, keep your blood pressure in check.

“There is nothing special about cows as spending quality time with any animal will keep your stress-free,” Doda told IANS.

Several studies have suggested in the past that when we live in a constant state of fight-or-flight from ongoing stress at work and the frenetic pace of modern life, physical changes take their toll on our bodies, including raising our risk of heart disease and other dangerous conditions.

Animals can serve as a source of comfort and support. Contact with pets seems to counter this stress response by lowering stress hormones and heart rate.

According to the latest research published in the Journal of Behavioral Medicine, people who have a pet have healthier hearts, are homesick less often and make fewer visits to the doctor.

“Relations with pets tend to be less complicated than those with humans, and pets are often a source of great enjoyment. Pixabay

How do animals help? One study says that pets boost our oxytocin levels.

The “bonding hormone” enhances social skills, decreases blood pressure and heart rate, boosts immune function and raises tolerance for pain. It also lowers stress, anger and depression.

Twitter users, however, slammed Thakur’s other claim that she was a cancer patient and was cured after she consumed cow’s urine along with “panchgavya” mixed with ayurvedic herbs.

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“I’m a doctor too. And no, stroking a cow won’t relieve high blood pressure. And cancer? Certainly not. Believing in one’s culture isn’t about talking senselessly,” tweeted a Twitter user that goes by the name of @shreyaamishra07.

“No amount of belief can excuse the kind of unverified, non-scientific claims that Sadhvi Pragya is propagating as a cure for cancer,” tweeted @tapasya_s.

The crux of the matter is, when it comes to living life stress-free, keep a pet at home as you do not have to specially visit a gaushala for that. (IANS)

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Replace Animal Protein in Diet with Crickets, Ants, Cockroaches, Beetles and Other Insects

The United Nations' Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has counted more than 1,900 insect species that are edible

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Gabriela Soto prepares insects for lunch, while her husband biologist Federico Paniagua (unseen) promotes the ingestion of a wide variety of insects as a low-cost and nutrient-rich food, in Grecia, Costa Rica, July 13, 2019. VOA

At his home in rural Costa Rica, biologist Federico Paniagua joined his family at the dining table to devour several types of insects that he raised on his farm and whose flavor he compares to potato chips. Animal.

The head of the University of Costa Rica’s Insects Museum decided three years ago to replace animal protein in his diet with crickets, ants, cockroaches, beetles and other insects – and wants to encourage others to do the same.

“Insects are delicious,” he said in an interview at his farm in Sarchi, about 30 miles (50 km) from the capital San Jose.

“You can sit and watch a soap opera, watch the football game, do any activity with a plate full of insects. Eat them one by one, with a glass of soda… they’ll go down well,” said Paniagua.

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Biologist Federico Paniagua eats a cricket during lunch while promoting the ingestion of a wide variety of insects as a low-cost and nutrient-rich food, in Grecia, Costa Rica, July 13, 2019. VOA

The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has counted more than 1,900 insect species that are edible.

Especially in Asia and in Africa, the tiny creatures are touted as delicacies packed with vitamins, minerals and energy.

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Their proponents also note that bugs emit fewer greenhouse gases and less ammonia than cattle or pigs and require significantly less land and water than cattle.

Paniagua’s wife, Gabriela Soto, prepared their meal by splashing oil in a frying pan, adding the farm-raised insects and topping them off with a dash of salt.

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An African cockroach is pictured in the insect farm for human consumption of the biologist Federico Paniagua, as he is promoting the ingestion of a wide variety of insects, as a low-cost and nutrient-rich food in Grecia, Costa Rica, June 22, 2019. VOA

She then brought out several dishes to her young daughter, who reached into a plate with her hands and munched fearlessly, and husband, who suggested a bit of lemon would enhance their flavor.

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“They are going to taste like potato chips… you can eat basically a whole plate of these insects,” Paniagua said. (VOA)