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- Alzheimer is a progressive cognitive disorder that destroys memory and other important mental function
- In the initial stage memory loss is mild but with the time it gets worse and also causes death
- There is no current cure for this but studies show certain yoga postures and natural foods can prevent from dementia and memory loss
July 28, 2017: Today, in the modern era memory loss is growing rapidly not only in the elderly man and women but in children too. Memory loss preceded to Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer is the most common form of dementia, that is used for memory loss. There are common traits at the first stage of disease memory loss is mild like, now in this lifestyle, everyone is finding their self-forgetting appointments, important works, and dates, and other things, remembering faces but not names. As a result, it further leads to forgetting conversations, and respond to their particular environment.
Alzheimer is the sixth leading cause of death in the US. And more than 10 million causes per year (India). After this disease, a patient only can survive for an average of eight years.
According to a study organized by a group of scientists, according to the age, the body changes its shape and starts working at a slow pace. Similarly, our brain also seems to change its shape and starts working in different ways, in which the person gets affected by dementia and Alzheimer’s.
Until a few years ago, this memory deficiency and illness were common among the elderly people who were over 40 but now it is happening to people of all ages.
Currently no definite treatment is possible, but scientists and doctors are researching. And also what we know today, about ninety percent of Alzheimer’s has been discovered in the only last 15 years.
But here you do not need to worry, you can give your memory a power boost at any age that also naturally. With the help of yoga and natural foods.
“While practicing yoga, you focus on your breathing and are completely aware of your postures.” said by author Neha Gothe, at the University of Illinois.
According to Kristine kaoverii Weber, founder of Subtle Yoga “yoga postures seem to affect the way of thinking and reduces anxiety, stress, and it also leads to better cognitive performance.”
A research suggests that if you have practiced yoga for a long time, then you automatically tend to use of your left forebrain. There is more “gray matter” in the left forebrain and therefore, it is a reason, why positive thinking gets affected. Yoga stimulates the left forebrain and helps one to create positive and happy thoughts which in result magnifies your memory and concentration power.
Yoga Postures Which Will Improve Your Memory & Prevent You From Alzheimer:
According to study conducted by Thomas Jefferson medical college in Philadelphia and the yoga research society, there are approximately 100 billion neurons works in brain actively and most are influenced by seretonin hormone. And yoga helps the brain release serotonin naturally.
A 50 minute yoga session performed for 7 days which includes these postures will significantly reduce the cortisol level that prevents you from Alzheimer (or prevent your brain from the pressure of anxiety and stress).
Padmasana: This Yoga posture will prevent you from alzheimer
Padmasana also known as Lotus Position: is a cross-legged sitting asana originating in meditative practices of ancient India, in which the feet are placed on the opposing thighs. It is an asana, commonly used for meditation in the Yoga.
Padahastasana: This Yoga posture will prevent you from alzheimer
Padahastasana or the Hand Under Foot pose is a ‘forward bend asana’. … Padahastasana strengthens the muscles of the limbs as well as the core and promotes good form which is why it is one of the most commonly recommended yoga postures for people who are interested in overall fitness and muscle flexibility.
Sarvangasana:This Yoga posture will prevent you from alzheimer.
Sarvangasana or shoulder stand is a yoga pose wherein the whole body is balanced on the shoulders. It is also a part of the Padma Sadhana yoga sequence.
Paschimottanasana: This Yoga posture will prevent you from alzheimer
Paschimottanasana is known as ( Seated Forward Bend Pose). Helps in Alzheimer & boost memory. Try to touch your head to your both knees as shown in above image.
Tadasana: This Yoga posture will prevent you from alzheimer
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Feed your brain & boost your memory
There are 5 foods that prevent Alzheimer and boost your memory too.
1. Omega- 3 fatty acids
Daily contain omega 3 s in your diet it can less 26% risk of having a brain disorder that causes Alzheimer.
Omega 3 s is a fatty acid that helps brain to stay in its original shape. For getting omega fatty acids you can add fish (salmon, herring, or White tuna), flax seeds, olive oil once a week in your diet.
2. Curry powder : Will prevent you from alzheimer
Curry is used extensively in Indian food and in some other countries too. Research shows, the incidence of Alzheimer’s is lower in these places than western nations.
A prime ingredient in Curry powder is turmeric. In turmeric, there is a chemical compound curcumin found that helps the brain to intake a high amount of oxygen that regulate the balance of blood circulation in the brain. Studies have shown that, people who consumed the highest amount of curried foods have better brain activity, and concentration power.
3. Green, leafy vegetables: can cure Alzheimer
According to new research, getting regular green, leafy vegetables like- spinach, broccoli, kale, Swiss chard can help keep dementia away. Those who ate green leafy vegetables at one or twice a day have less mental disorders and deterioration than those who ate no vegetables. Green leafy vegetables loaded with vitamin A and K those helps in higher verbal episodic memory performance.
4. Avocados can also cure alzheimer
This fruit is a green powerhouse and is loaded with monosaturated fats or the “good” kind, keeping blood sugar levels steady and it contains both vitamin A and folate. Avocados help prevent blood clots in the brain as well as help improve cognitive function, especially both memory and concentration.
5. Walnuts Boosts Memory.
The shape of the walnuts is exactly like the brain, then by eating nut, the inactivity of the brain ends and the brain can help with the formation of strong and new cells. Just munching on a few walnuts a day can improve your cognitive health.
Their high levels of antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals also improve mental alertness. The vitamin E in the nuts can also help ward off Alzheimer.
– prepared by Nidhi Singh of NewsGram. Twitter @NidhiSuryavansi
"In India, to be born as a man is a crime, to question a woman is an atrocious crime, and this all because of those women who keep suppressing men in the name of feminism."
Feminism, a worldwide movement that started to establish, define and defend equal rights for women in all sections- economically, politically, and socially. India, being a patriarchal society gives a gender advantage to the men in the society thus, Indian feminists sought to fight against the culture-specific issue for women in India. Feminism itself is nothing but a simple movement that pursues equal rights for women (including transwomen) and against misogyny both external and internal. It states nowhere that women should get more wages than men, that women deserve more respect than men, that's pseudo-feminism.
Pseudo feminists state that women deserve more respect and rights, any other gender deserves no respect. They feel that women should be the ones ruling the world and at higher positions. When feminism takes a turn for extremities it becomes pseudo-feminism and people who label themselves as feminists will bash anyone who speaks against even the wrongdoings of a woman. They'll bash women who're wife and sisters for not speaking up and support any women criticizing political leaders even if it's completely irrational. This is where hypocrisy and pseudo-feminism merge with each other.
They take advantage of the rights given to women to protect themselves to threaten other genders. The rights given to women are supposed to make them feel reassured that they can reach out to the judiciary if their rights are being hampered not to threaten to make the victim sound like the culprit.
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Indian Feminist Movement has made significant progress however, even in the modern world women are still unsafe and are discriminated against when it comes to getting a job, land ownership, and access to education. While filling the official papers it is still asked "Wife of /Daughter of:….."
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family. Such injustices make feminism such an important movement, gender equality is worth fighting for to create a safe environment for women. Feminists over the years have been criticized for focusing on the rights of privileged women and not giving equal representation to poorer and lower caste women, which has led to separate caste-specific feminist organizations and movements.
Some notable milestones in the Feminist Movement
- Raja Ram Mohan Roy campaigned against Sati Pratha (practice in which a widow sacrificed herself by sitting atop her deceased husband's funeral pyre) and child marriage
- Savitribai Phule started the first school for girls at Bhidewada in Pune city in 1848.
- In 1972, SEWA, the biggest trade union for women was set up by Ela Bhatt for women working in the informal sector.
- The Chipko Movement was launched and led by women in 1973.
- #MeToo movement against sexual harassment and abuse was started in 2006 and revived in the year 2015.
People in India still continue the practice of sex-selective abortion, abandoning the girl child, not letting girl child study instead they should learn household chores, they are seen as a burden to the family.Unsplash
Feminism is often misunderstood as pseudo-feminism and hence, becomes the target for public hatred and is accused of wronging other genders under the façade of feminism. It is misunderstood by Indians as female domination instead of gender equality. Indian society and Indian feminists believe that only men are perpetrators of a heinous crime like rape and they refuse to even recognize the men who say they were raped and it's the toxic masculinity in the society that believes how can a woman rape a man? Reality is different from what we believe, women can be the perpetrator too, women threaten to file a case of domestic violence, or sexual assault against innocent people just to fulfill their ego.
Thankfully feminism and pseudo feminism are two separate concepts and feminism is just about equality and not judgment. Indian society and feminists actually need to understand the difference between the two and stop tarnishing the Feminist Movement as a whole.
Keywords: Feminism, World, India, Pseudo-Feminism, Gender
Kerala is a land of many good things. It has an abundance of nature, culture, art, and food. It is also a place of legend and myth, and is known for its popular folklore, the legend of Yakshi. This is not a popular tale outside the state, but it is common knowledge for travellers, especially those who fare through forests at night.
The legend of the yakshi is believed to be India's equivalent of the Romanian Dracula, except of course, the Yakshi is a female. Many Malayalis believe that the Yakshi wears a white saree and had long hair. She has a particular fragrance, which is believed to be the fragrance of the Indian devil-tree flowers. She seduces travellers with her beauty, and kills them brutally.
Yakshi idol in Veroor, Sri Dharamashastha temple Image source: wikimedia commons
The Yakshi is believed to live in a palm tree which can appear like a palace. Victims are taken here before they are killed. Travellers on highways are often advised not to stop near heavily forested areas, or speak to anyone who closely resembles a Yakshi. Some believe she can change form, while other hold to the belief that she doesn't. after securing her victim, the only trace left behind is body parts like hair, nails, and teeth.
They say, like other ghosts, a Yakshi's feet will not touch the ground. This is something to look out for. Mysterious deaths have been reported across the rural areas in Kerala, and all these have been attributed to the legend.
Keywords: Legends, Yakshi, Urban legend, Ghost, Kerala, Myth, Vampire
The LGBTQ+ acronym stands for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and others. In India LGBTQ+ community also include a specific social group, part religious cult, and part caste: the Hijras. They are culturally defined either as "neither men nor women" or as men who become women by adopting women's dress and behavior. Section 377 of the India Penal code that criminalized all sexual acts "against the order of nature" i.e. engaging in oral sex or anal sex along with other homosexual activities were against the law, ripping homosexual people off of their basic human rights. Thus, the Indian Supreme Court ruled a portion of Section 377 unconstitutional on 6th September 2018.
But the question is, "was India always against homosexuality"? Has the concept of homosexuality being unnatural existed forever? No, in Indian history and Hinduism homosexuality has never been an offense, in fact in several instances it has been depicted how people embraced their identity, be it sexual identity or gender identity. Section 377 was brought to India by the British in 1862, while India was colonized. Even after the Independence, it was only in 2018 that the Supreme Court ruled it as irrational and illogical.
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Homosexuality in Ancient India
When Supreme Court decriminalized homosexuality in India, there was an uproar about it being a western ideology and liberalism. But in reality, homosexuality has existed since the time of the Vedas. The Gay and Lesbian Vaishnava Association (GALVA) researched and discovered that it was around 3102 B.C. (during the Vedic Age) that homosexuality or non-normative sexual identity was recognized as "Tritiya Prakriti", or the third nature. Ancient India not only made mentions of homosexuality but accepted it as well.
Hinduism is the most vastly followed religion in India. Hinduism does not explicitly mention homosexuality however it does contain a homosexual theme and characters in its text. There have been various instances in our scriptures and texts that have introduced us to LGBT+ characters such as the androgynous form of Shiva and Parvati Ardhanariswara meaning "the half-female lord". One of the most popular and ancient texts on sexuality, eroticism, and emotional fulfillment of life, "Kamasutra" has a complete chapter dedicated to homosexuality and homosexual sex. Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities.
Numerous Hindu sculptures and temples have statues depicting homosexual activities. Facebook
Our Mughals were Queer
Mughals are often seen under the light of cruelty, rigid ethics, nobility, and polygamy. Simultaneously, Mughals are also the ones credited for the emergence of Sufism, abolished jizya tax, love beyond religion, classes, and gender.
In the Baburnama written in memoirs of our very first Mughal ruler Muhammad Babur, several instances documented Babur's infatuation and affection towards a teenage boy named Baburi. We also have multiple Persian couplets as evidence of Babur's affection for Baburi. Mughals engaged in homosexuality and pederasty, and they believed that later was a form of "pure love".
But as time passed homosexuality was suppressed more and more though people practiced it in secret if revealed they were punished. According to the Fatwa-e-Alamgiri Sharia-based text of the Mughal Empire, there is a common set of punishments for homosexuality, which could include 50 lashes for a slave, 100 for a free infidel, or death by stoning for a Muslim.
British Raj and Independence of India
In 1862, Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code that criminalized homosexual sex came into force. Even after Independence in 1947, the section remained a part of the Indian Constitution. There were protests all over the country to give people of the LGBT+ community basic human rights but it was not until 2018 that The Supreme Court of India ruled the portion of Section 377 has unconstitutional and struck it off. One judge said the landmark decision would "pave the way for a better future.". With Section 377 gone are LGBT+ people allowed to fall in love freely? No, people are still afraid to love because of the stigma in our society when it comes to homosexuality; they are seen as lesser humans.
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Although the Supreme Court has decriminalized homosexual activities, same-sex marriage remains illegal in the country. Homophobia is still prevalent in India, and homosexual children would rather commit suicide than come out to society with their true identity, that's how harsh of a world we live in. Lacking support from family, society, or police, many gay rape victims do not report the crimes. In 1977, writer and Indian mathematician Shakuntla Devi published "The World of Homosexuals". It was the first study in the Indian context; the book contains interviews with homosexual men set in the years of Emergency. She wrote, "rather than pretending that homosexuals don't exist it is time we face the facts squarely in the eye and find room for homosexual people." We've had small victories in our fight against homophobia and getting LGBT+ community the rights they deserve as humans, but we still have a long and exhausting fight ahead of us.