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Every year, December 3 is observed as International Day of Persons with Disabilities. This day is observed with a motive to promote the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in all spheres of society.
It must be noted that almost one billion people out of the total population of 7 billion live with some form of disability. And, more than 100 million disabled persons are kids.
It would be right to say that persons with disabilities have been affected “disproportionately" by the health, social, and economic consequences of the global issues.
Therefore, the day is observed to raise participation of the disabled in the sustainable development of the world.
It was decided in the year 1992 by United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) resolution 47/3, that this day must be observed annually. The primary aim of was to increase awareness of the issues faced by persons with disabilities in almost every aspect of political, social, economic, and cultural life.
Moreover, after working in the field of disability, the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) was adopted in the year 2006. The CRDP advanced the rights and well-being of persons with disabilities in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other international development frameworks. The main purpose behind this was to increase participation of disabled people in society, end discrimination towards them, and create equal opportunities for them.
Every year, a theme is selected, and so this year’s theme is, “Leadership and participation of persons with disabilities toward an inclusive, accessible and sustainable post-COVID-19 world."
This International Day of Persons with Disabilities, let us pledge to make a friendly and sustainable environment for the disabled!
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By Grand Master Akshar
Yoga should be started as early as possible but it also is never too late to begin your practice. Making it a part of your routine can help you age gracefully. Not only does yoga help with the physical aspects of your health, but it also aids in mental, emotional, and spiritual development.
Yoga for Mental Well-being
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Yoga can also help to reduce any form of stress, depression, anxiety, and other mental health-related issues. You can practice Surya Namaskar, yoga mudras, pranayama, and meditation along with physical postures. it helps you to preserve memory and even improve concentration and focus.
Follow a safe practice
Yoga for elders and senior citizens should be done by taking all the necessary precautions. If you have recently undergone surgery or if you suffer from any injury please begin your practice only after taking the necessary approval of your medical practitioner. Certain poses like the plank pose should be done with great care if you suffer from any wrist weakness or injury. Please consider using wristbands, kneecaps, or any other form of protection to help you practice safely.
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Vrikshasana or Tree Pose
Good for balance and concentration.
* Stand tall, and place one foot on the opposite inner thigh, either above or below the knee. Open the leg to the side, bring your hands to prayer, and stay for five to eight breaths.
* Builds leg and abdominal strength
* Works on hip mobility
Ado MukhaSvansana or Downward Facing Dog
Good for joint health, flexibility, and all-over body strength. Seniors with wrist issues can try the same posture on their forearms
*Start on hands and knees, tuck your toes under, and lift your hips up and back until your body forms a triangle. Use your core strength and legs to bring the weight back as much as possible.
*Stay for 5 to 8 breaths, lower down, and repeat twice.
Naukasana/ Boat Pose
Strengthens core and back to remove any back aches or related issues
Formation of the Posture
* Lie down on your back.
* Bring your upper body 45ï¿½ off the floor.
* Pivot your body weight on your hips and lift your legs 45ï¿½ off the floor.
* Your toes must be aligned with your eyes
* Try to prevent a bend in the knees.
* Keep your arms parallel to the ground and pointing forward.
* Tighten your abdominal muscles.
* Straighten your back.
Making it a part of your routine can help you age gracefully. Not only does yoga help with the physical aspects of your health, but it also aids in mental, emotional, and spiritual development.Unsplash
Santolanasana - Plank Pose
Good for building strength in shoulders, arms, wrists and core. Balances nervous system
Formation of the posture:
* Lie on your stomach
* Place your palms under your shoulders and lift your upper body, pelvis and knees up
* Use your toes to grip the floor and keep the knees straight
* Ensure that your knees, pelvis and spine are aligned
* Your wrists must be below your shoulders and your arms straight
Samakonasana - Equal Pose
Improves balance, and posture. Strengthens back and legs
Formation of the posture
* Begin by standing in Samasthithi.
* Slowly tilt your upper body forward at your pelvis.
* Lower your upper body until it is parallel to the ground.
* Try to keep your legs straight with a very slight bend at the knees.
* Ensure that your back is not hunched and your spine is straight.
* You can keep your hands on your hips or stretch them out to the side
* Focus your gaze forward.
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N. Lothungbeni Humtsoe
Ayurveda, as mentioned, is the science of life. It is not just a set of general suggestions but a way of living life. It consists of set practices and lifestyle habits that work to make one healthy, both physically and mentally. Additionally, the herbs and medicines as prescribed in Ayurveda, are wholly natural and retain the ability to cure most diseases without any side effects.
Ayush Agrawal, Founder and Director of Rasayanam shares some prominent herbs that are renowned for their use in matters of health and wellness are discussed as follows-
Ashwagandha - Ashwagandha, by reducing the cortisol levels, helps control anxiety and stress. Its use is significant in calming the body and psyche of an individual and also helps in regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Ashwagandha is also popularly consumed as a vigor and strength supplement. Further, it aids muscle mass gain and boosts energy levels in people from all age brackets.
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Triphala - This over 1000-year-old remedy constitutes three principal ingredients of Amla, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki which are some of the most famous medicinal plants native to the country. Known for its anti-inflammatory and laxative properties, Triphala is also considered particularly helpful in preventing dental diseases and cavities as well as digestive problems. The many medicinal properties of this herb are what make it so well accepted and preached throughout the country.
Brahmi - Brahmi is primarily used for its significant impact on the brain and its functioning. It is said to improve the brain's retention and memory power as well as its spatial learning abilities. Brahmi is commonly utilized to treat and control symptoms of anxiety, stress, and ADHD. Additionally, it is also consumed to reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure levels.
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Cumin - This wonder spice is best known for its anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps to regulate blood sugar and cholesterol levels and thereby aids weight loss. The rich antioxidant content of cumin acts to protect the skin against free radicals which in turn helps to prevent skin and heart-related diseases.
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Turmeric - Turmeric is a famously utilized Indian spice that is best known for its medicinal properties. A prime active ingredient found in turmeric is curcumin. As per the ancient Ayurvedic wisdom, curcumin works to balance the three doshas of Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in the human body. Further, it also brings relief to joint and muscle pain and tightness. Another typical usage of turmeric is to heal wounds and bruises. Lastly, it is used to prevent and alleviate symptoms of colds and sore throats.
Cardamom - Cardamom has been traditionally consumed as a mouth freshener and a remedy for dental problems. It fights off the mouth bacteria and leaves the person consuming it with a minty breath. This magic spice is also popular throughout India for its many antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which help in lowering blood pressure levels and preventing chronic diseases such as cancer.
Bitter melon - With its rich Vitamin C content, bitter melon is considered helpful in healing wounds, preventing diseases, and assisting bone formation. It is also believed to regulate the secretion of insulin in humans and thereby aid the balancing of blood sugar levels. Lastly, bitter melon may carry weight loss properties.
Safed Musli - It is a refreshing, regenerating health tonic that is consumed in India for its several beneficial properties. Safed muesli is believed to boost immunity levels, control symptoms of chronic diseases such as arthritis and diabetes, and aid weight loss and muscle gain in individuals. Speculations have also been made with regard to the benefits of this useful herb in sexual health.
Valerian root - The Valerian roots are believed to alleviate symptoms of anxiety and stress. This they do by increasing the GABA levels in a person's body. GABA is a pacifying chemical produced in humans, and as its level increases, a person's mind becomes calmer. The roots are also packed with antioxidants that relax the body and mind and facilitate quality sleep. The valerian roots are a proven help to people who suffer from problems such as overwhelming stress, worry, or insomnia.
Herbs and spices are not only packed with medicinal benefits but are also delicious in taste and come with virtually no side effects. This quality of these items makes them extremely valuable in today's day where a large number of people suffer from some disease or the other.
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By- BrianJoshua Ronaldo
You believe that your body is a temple, which is why you’re a fanatic in watching what you eat. You want to eat healthy every time.
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But what happens when your work mates and buddies meet as a group, and the group decides to go to Taco Bell? You have to go with them, and you need to keep yourself from berating them about their eating habits. That is, if you want to maintain a friendly relationship with these people.
So, what should you order? To keep it healthy (or less unhealthy, as some pundits might say), you can stick to the following menu items.
The taco section is perhaps among the stars of the show—after all, you’ve got “taco” in the brand name. The menu offers ground beef as the standard filling, but you can always replace that with chicken or grilled steak. Those with vegetarian leanings can even go with spicy potatoes as a replacement for the meat.
Your best bet among the tacos is the Crunchy Taco. You keep the calorie intake to just 170 calories. You just need to replace the standard beef with grilled chicken instead, so you can keep the calorie level down while you get the protein you need.
You can even pass on the cheese, and reduce the calorie intake by another 25 calories. That may not seem much, but all the small reductions add up.
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Healthy Taco Salad
You don’t really want to go with the admittedly tasty Fiesta Taco Salad, if you’re mindful of the calories, fat, and sodium. It’s a “salad” only in the most superficial sense.
But if you want a taco salad that’s a bit healthier, just put in the veggies, rice, and beans. Get the meat out, along with the crunchy red strips, sour cream, and cheese. You get a significant reduction of 270 calories. If you think that the resulting taco salad is a bit too bland for your taste, you can always add some pico de gallo or jalapeño peppers, as each addition only adds 5 calories.
When you’re under a strict diet, it can be hard to eat healthy when you find yourself at Taco Bell.
Soft Breakfast Taco
This is also only 170 calories. To put that in perspective, the Breakfast Crunchwrap comes with 650 calories.
With the Soft Breakfast Taco, you can take out 25 more calories by passing on the cheese. Add a side of pico de gallo for more flavor, and that just increases the calories by 5 calories. That’s a grand total of 150 calories—you can get 4 Soft Breakfast Tacos and still not get the same calories as the Breakfast Crunchwrap.
This is a good vegetarian choice, at least compared to the Crunchwrap Supreme. The Bean Burrito comes with 350 calories, 9g of fat, and 1,000mg of sodium. That’s better than the 530 calories, 21g fat, and 1,200mg of sodium from the Crunchwrap Supreme.
You can also ask for your Bean Burrito in the Fresco style. That means you skip the dairy, and all the remaining ingredients in the Bean Burrito are vegan. You get the calorie level to just 330 calories, and you still get 13g of protein. You also get 9g of fiber, and fiber helps you to feel full for a longer time to keep you from craving snacks too soon afterwards.
Shredded Chicken Quesadilla
Get this cheap chicken quesadilla, and you also get 310 calories, 13g of total fat, and 705mg of sodium. That’s practically benign, compared to what you get with the Quesarito. That beef and rice burrito wrapped in cheese quesadilla comes with 650 calories, 33g of total fat, and 1,390mg of sodium.
Order the Shredded Chicken Quesadilla with easy sauce (light chipotle sauce) and cut it down further by 15 calories. You can even forego the sauce entirely and reduce the calories by 30 calories. You can just use hot sauce for some flavor, and hot sauce doesn’t have calories or fat. Or you can go with salsa or pico de gallo which only come with 5 calories.
Try to avoid add-ons, but if you have to have them, then make sure you don’t get the wrong ones. Don’t add on the creamy sauces, chips, and potatoes. They’re just packed with too many calories and too much fat.
Triple Layer Nachos
The nachos at Taco Bell come with really high calorie numbers. But then again, these orders are actually meant to be shared, especially the combos and boxes.
Your best bet is actually an order of chips from the Taco bell sides section. Get some chips and salsa, and that’s only 180 calories. You can even improve that by replacing the salsa with cheese sauce, and replace the beef with beans.
The Triple Layer Nachos is also a good choice, despite the 320 calories. Remember, it’s for sharing. It’s also a vegetarian option, and you get red sauce, nacho cheese sauce, and refried beans. Add some diced onions, as that comes with zero calories. You can also go with the supreme, which put in some reduced-fat sour cream and diced tomatoes, all for 25 calories.
The order of black beans is a good side option, as it’s vegetarian and only comes with 50 calories, 1g of fat, and 135mg of sodium. You can also try the Cinnamon Twists for dessert, if you enjoy it in moderation.Basically, practicing moderation is the prime directive in Taco Bell. Don’t overeat, share the dishes with friends, and visit the place once in a while.
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