Ayurveda is the oldest holistic medicine which originated in India. It has been benefiting many inhabitants of this planet for more than 5,000 years now. Ayurveda covers a lot of health matters, including the promotion of weight loss. There are numerous Ayurveda tips that can help you attain the figure you have been dreaming about badly. Not only will these simple and all-natural solutions can make you look physically attractive, but also help you become a healthier individual.
Literally, Ayurveda means “knowledge of life”. It considers you as a whole person and not merely the sum of your individual parts — holistic, to describe it in a single word. This is a good thing because such approach allows for the determination of the root cause of your problem. For instance, if you are having a hard time shedding off excess pounds, Ayurveda will tackle it by taking into account your entire being in order to pin down the culprit behind it.
Since various Ayurveda solutions for excess weight reduction have been around way longer than any fad diet, supplement and equipment on the market, you can be certain that they work effectively and safely. Continue reading to learn some really simple tips and tricks on weight loss based on some the very reliable Ayurvedic holistic medicine.
Drink a Glass of Water with Lemon Juice in the Morning
The water should be warm and the lemon has to be organic. The consumption of such mixture first thing in the morning jump starts your digestive system, preparing it for the rigorous tasks it needs to perform throughout the day.
Make Exercise a Part of your Morning Ritual
Ayurveda or not, exercising is a very important component to weight reduction. Doing it even for as short as 30 minutes is enough, although the ideal length is 45 to 60 minutes. It’s a good idea to opt for exercises that you find interesting and enjoyable to carry out. This way, you can incorporate them into your daily morning grind without trouble.
Meditate for at Least 10 Minutes After Exercising
In this day and age, it’s important to meditate in order to keep at bay the unfavorable effects of stress, and one of them is gaining unwanted weight. Something as simple at doing deep-breathing exercises, guided imagery and yoga allows you to become a more mindful individual, letting you make the best possible decisions throughout the rest of your day.
Eat Three Times a Day
Scrap the adage “eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper”. What you should do is have a medium-sized meal for breakfast. Opt for a large meal at noon because that’s where your metabolic rate is at its peak. It’s definitely important for you to have a small meal at dinner when your metabolism is at its slowest.
Steer Clear of Snacking in Between Your Meals
One of the most obvious weight saboteurs is snacking. You see, it causes you to supply your body with more calories than it needs and can burn. According to Ayurveda philosophy, it’s not a good idea to constantly supply your body with fuel by means of food. Otherwise, it will eventually forget how to burn excess calories and fat.
Go for Short Walks After Eating
Walking at a moderate pace for 10 to 20 minutes after every meal is a great idea. Not only will this allow you to burn a few extra calories, but also stimulate the digestive process so that you may properly absorb the nutrients in food.
Flush Out Toxins with an Easy-to-Make Detoxifying Tea
Getting rid of impurities in your body helps you drop unwanted pounds. There’s a simple Ayurvedic detoxifying tea that you can take sips of throughout the day: bring 4 to 5 cups of water to a boil and add 1/2 teaspoon of fennel, coriander and cumin seeds in it. Allow to boil for another 5 minutes. Transfer the resulting tea in a thermos and bring with you to work.
Beware of the silent killer
By Dr Sudhir Koganti
One may wonder what all this fuss about high blood pressure is. Hypertension causes many cardiovascular diseases that include stroke, heart attack, kidney failure and dementia, thus putting a huge burden on healthcare globally due to morbidity, mortality and associated costs. Last but not least, the public need to be aware of the correct treatment for high blood pressure.
Every year, the World Hypertension Day is celebrated on the 17th of May to increase awareness about this silent killer among general public. International Society of Hypertension along with World Hypertension League has designated the month of May as “May Measurement Month.”
The aim of this initiative is to screen as many people as possible that are over the age of 18 years for suspected hypertension. This strategy would greatly enhance in identifying silent or undiagnosed hypertensives so that they can be targeted with guideline directed lifestyle, dietary advice and treatment.
Awareness on the lower threshold of blood pressure reading required to label an individual as hypertensive is also required. American Heart Association guidelines released in 2017 clearly stipulate that a blood pressure reading of over 130/80 is now considered as stage 1 hypertension. However, the job of a cardiologist doesn’t stop with diagnosis but actually starts there. Once someone is labelled as hypertensive, it needs to be established if it is true or an entity called white coat hypertension.
Furthermore, investigations may have to be carried out to see if hypertension is secondary to a cause. Once diagnosed, a decision needs to be taken if lifestyle modification can be adopted or treatment needs to be initiated early.
Lifestyle modifications include six key steps and they are:
• Get expert advice from your doctor to help you understand your results;
• Lower salt/sodium to prevent excess fluid in the blood, which strains blood vessels;
• Eat more fruits and veggies – particularly potassium-rich ones – to balance out sodium in the blood;
• Exercise – it makes the heart stronger, putting less strain on blood vessels;
• Quit smoking – constituents of tobacco smoke damages blood vessel linings; and
• Monitor your blood pressure at home
As per studies and data, thousands of people are on wrong treatment for hypertension with a class of drugs called Betablockers (Atenolol, Metoprolol etc) being prescribed as first line or second line agent.
Betablockers have been phased out as first line or second line drugs to treat hypertension a while ago, unless there is concomitant coronary artery disease or heart failure. In fact, the same holds for other concomitant conditions too such as kidney disease, stroke etc.
Essentially, the key message is one prescription does not fit all and it need to be tailored to the individual in a dedicated specialist clinic. People need to actively undergo blood pressure screening of themselves.
They need to nudge their relatives and friends in the month of May and seek expert advice on how to manage and monitor this silent killer over the long run to lead an active and healthy life. (Writer is Consultant Cardiologist, Citizens Hospitals, Nallagandla, Serilingampally)
Dr Sudhir Koganti
Jawless fish may hold key to effective brain cancer treatment
A chemical found in jawless parasitic fish can be used to deliver anti-cancer drugs directly to brain tumours, as well as lead to more effective treatments for trauma and stroke, a study has found.
The research, published in the journal Science Advances, found that molecules from the immune system of the parasitic sea lamprey may also be combined with a wide array of other therapies, offering hope to treat disorders like multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease or even traumatic injuries.
“We believe it could be applied as a platform technology across multiple conditions,” said Eric Shusta, a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in the US.
When injected into the bloodstream, many drugs cannot reach targets in the brain as the blood-brain barrier prevents large molecules from leaving the blood vessels in the brain, researchers said.
In conditions such as brain cancer, stroke, trauma and multiple sclerosis, however, the barrier becomes leaky in and around the disease locations, researchers said.
The study found that leaky barrier offers a unique point of entry, allowing molecules to access the brain and deliver drugs precisely on target.
“Molecules like this normally couldn’t ferry cargo into the brain, but anywhere there’s a blood-brain barrier disruption, they can deliver drugs right to the site of pathology,” Shusta said in a statement.
Researchers said that the technology takes advantage of the fact that many diseases disrupt body’s natural defense mechanism – the blood-brain barrier, which lines the blood vessels of the central nervous system, protecting the brain from circulating toxins or pathogens.
They also linked the molecules to a chemotherapy called doxorubicin. The treatment prolonged survival in mouse models of glioblastoma, an incurable cancer.
“This could be a way to hold therapies in place that don’t otherwise accumulate well in the brain so they can be more effective,” said Ben Umlauf from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
“There are several disease processes that disrupt the blood-brain barrier and we could conceive of delivering a variety of different therapies with these molecules,” said John Kuo from the University of Texas in the US.
Life expectancy linked to a person’s walking speed
People who walk slowly have a lower life expectancy than those who walk fast, a recent study has claimed. According to the study published in the Journal of Mayo Clinic Proceedings, those with a habitually fast walking pace have a long life expectancy across all levels of weight status – from underweight to morbidly obese.
Underweight individuals with a slow walking pace had the lowest life expectancy (an average of 64.8 years for men, 72.4 years for women). The same pattern of results was found for waist circumference measurements.
Professor Tom Yates, the lead author of the study, said, “Our findings could help clarify the relative importance of physical fitness compared to body weight on the life expectancy of individuals. In other words, the findings suggest that perhaps physical fitness is a better indicator of life expectancy than body mass index (BMI) and that encouraging the population to engage in brisk walking may add years to their lives.”
Dr Francesco Zaccardi, co-author of the study, said, “Studies published so far have mainly shown the impact of body weight and physical fitness on mortality in terms of relative risk, for example, a 20 per cent relative increase of risk of death for every 5 kilograms per metres squared increase, compared to a reference value of a BMI of 25 kilograms per metres squared (the threshold BMI between normal weight and overweight).”
Last year, Professor Yates and his team showed that middle-aged people who reported that they are slow walkers were at higher risk of heart-related disease compared to the general population.
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