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Ayurveda: The Philosophy, Importance of Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and Dosha Cycles

Ayurveda: The Philosophy, Importance of Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and Dosha Cycles

Ayurveda: The Philosophy, Importance of Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) and Dosha Cycles

Ayurveda, a holistic science of health, focuses on maintaining a physically and emotionally balanced state. It is called the “science or knowledge of life”, deriving from experiences collected over the past 5000-6000 years.

Ayurveda treats every individual as a unique entity and believes that diet or lifestyle routines are unique for each individual. Focused on prevention rather than cure, Ayurveda provides holistic advice and guidance to maintain physical and emotional health. Ayerveda believes that understanding and inculcating a lifestyle routine, that embodies the curative and replenishing powers of food, meditation and mindfulness, should be the ultimate goal.

Ayurveda: Importance of Doshas.

Ayurveda is based on the principles of three doshas. Doshas are the 3 energies that govern the body; Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.

1. Vata Dosha — Energy that controls bodily functions associated with motion, including blood circulation, breathing, blinking, and your heartbeat.

2. Pitta Dosha — Energy that controls the body’s metabolic systems, including digestion, absorption, nutrition and your body’s temperature.

3. Kapha Dosha — Energy that controls growth in the body. It supplies water to all body parts, moisturizes the skin, and maintains the immune system.

Ayurveda asserts that “When we function in accordance with nature, we will function at our best”. The knowledge, of what energies are strongest at specific times of the day, will help orient ourselves with the flow of those energies, in order to achieve the perfect mind, body and soul balance.

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Yoga for Kids – 5 Simple Poses to Start With

Yoga for Kids

Yoga for Kids

Yoga is one of the most preferred, revered and safe forms of physical activity that can be done by both adults and children. Besides, practicing yoga with your kin is one of the many ways you can work out together and maintain a healthy lifestyle.  Below are five yoga poses that are appropriate for children of all ages;

Butterfly Pose  (Badhakonasana)

Butterfly Pose

Butterfly Pose

The butterfly pose is a brilliant pose which makes it possible for children to make use of their imagination. The pose enables your young one to better stretch the spine and legs.

Sunrise/Sunset Sequence

Sunrise/Sunset Sequence

Sunrise/Sunset Sequence

The poses entail a combination pose of the big toe pose and the upward salute. This is a pose that is more appealing to your younger kin as the pose (sunrise/sunset) will see them imitating the sun rising and falling through body motions.   The yoga pose is a structured two pose sequence one that needs to be performed for at-least ten times. You should begin with the sunrise pose (upward salute) and afterwards the big toe pose (sunset) which requires the child to bend forward.

Gorilla  Pose ( Padahastasana)

Gorilla  Pose ( Padahastasana)

Gorilla Pose ( Padahastasana)

The gorilla pose is a name given to help you child assume the wide-legged forward bend. Fortunately, the pose can be held in place. However, in most instances, the children will enjoy swimming back and forth on the waste as they go into full gorilla mode.
This is a perfect pose that helps your children put their minds at ease. The gorilla pose also eliminates back pain.

Tree Pose (Vriksasana)

Tree Pose

Tree Pose

This is a pose that needs optimum balancing. To have your children better perform this pose, you should ask them with authority to have their eyes trailed on one of the objects to eliminate any chances of a fall.   The tree pose is one of the greatest poses that help children learn self-control. The pose will help your children improve both their strength and balance.

Fish Pose (Matsyasana)

Fish Pose

Fish Pose

This is one of the most fun yoga pose loved by children of all ages. The pose is enjoyable and the children will not be aware that the pose helps them strengthen their neck muscles and upper back.  The yoga position provides your child with a perfect posture and your children will be fully stretched

 

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Top 15 Benefits of Carrots for Men, Women and Kids

Top 15 Benefits of Carrots for Men, Women and Kids

Top 15 Benefits of Carrots for Men, Women and Kids

1. Carrots are rich in Beta carotene which is a powerful antioxidant which helps in maintaining a healthy skin and also keep one away from many diseases. 2. Carrots are rich in alkaline elements which purify and revitalize the blood. 3. They balance the acid alkaline ratio in the body. 4. Carrots have Potassium in it which helps to balance the high levels of sodium associated with hypertension and keeps blood pressure under control. 5. The high soluble fibre content in carrot, it reduces cholesterol by binding LDL, the bad cholesterol, and also increases the HDL which helps in reducing blood clots and heart diseases. 6. Carrots are great for dental health as they kill harmful germs in the mouth and prevent tooth decay. 7. Carrots aid digestion by increasing saliva and supplying the minerals, vitamins and enzymes required for it. 8. Regular consumption of carrots helps in preventing gastric ulcers and digestive disorders. 9. Raw carrots are used as a home remedy for treating worms in children. 10. Raw or grated carrots can be used for wounds, cuts and inflammation. 11. Carrots are rich in Carotenoids which are beneficial to blood sugar regulation. 12. Carrots contain a phyto-nutrient called falcarinol which helps in promoting colon health and a reducing the risk of cancers. 13. Consuming carrots regularly are known to improve the quality of breast milk in mothers. 14. It also helps in increasing the menstrual flow. 15. Consuming Carrots regularly can improve the appearance of skin, hair, nails etc and also improve eyes health. For Answers to Further Questions Click Here Screen Shot 2013-11-22 at 1.08.42 am Follow Us on :- Facebook :-   goo.gl/VSq6tH Twitter       :- goo.gl/T17vjX Linkedin    :- goo.gl/tdefsM Google +   :-  goo.gl/6jueph


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Top 6 Foods To Aid Concentration

Top 6 Foods To Aid Concentration

Top 6 Foods To Aid Concentration

1. Any foods high in omega 3, such as oily fish (salmon, trout, mackerel, sardines), flax seeds and walnuts are great for improving concentration and motivation as they improve cognitive function, which means they help with the brains ability to think and process. They are also anti-inflammatory, so they keep cells functioning optimally which help the brain function well also.

2. Any foods high in antioxidants (vitamins A, C, E ) such as fruits (especially berries and tomatoes) and vegetables (especially cauliflower, cabbage and broccoli) are beneficial. These may help with blood flow to the brain, which will supply the brain cells with more oxygen and again these are anti-inflammatory, so they help the brain function optimally.

3. Moderate amounts of caffeine are good for concentration and motivation. Green tea and dark chocolate are the best sources, as these contain specific anti-oxidants called polyphenols that improve brain function and decrease cell death. Caffeine is good when you need an instant boost, but try not to rely on this all the time, as an excessive intake will have the opposite effect.

4. Any foods such as ripe bananas (look out for brown spots on the skin) or sunflower seeds are high in dopamine – a brain chemical involved in increasing motivation and concentration. Caffeine also helps to increase dopamine levels.

5. Foods high in vitamins B6 and B12 are good for memory and concentration, as these improve cognitive functioning of the brain and also prevent diseases like alzheimers and dementia, as they protect the brain from nerve damage from a chemical called homocysteine involved in the development of these diseases. Foods such as fish, meat, whole grains, eggs and nuts are high in B6 and eggs, fish, meat dairy and seaweed are high in B12.

6. Foods high in fibre such as vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds and beans are great for concentration and motivation. The reason for this is because they help to sustain a regular level of energy, because they keep blood sugar levels stable. This means the brain cells and all other cells in the body are receiving enough energy to function optimally.

How important the role of food is in our concentration/motivation levels- 

The role of food in helping maintain optimal concentration and motivation is paramount, as any deficiencies, or even sub-optimal levels of the essential vitamins and minerals in the diet may have an effect on the brains ability to function properly. It may also play a role in any medical conditions that could develop that have an impact on the brain or mental health in general, which would impact ones daily performance greatly.

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Health Benefits for Spinach

Health Benefits of Spinach

Health Benefits of Spinach

Spinach is cool, mild, relishing, causes the formation of urine. It activates the intestine. It is also beneficial in the diseases and eliminates the excessive bile in the body. It also eliminates the excessive formation of bile and phlegmin the body, purifies the blood. It cures stone and strengthens the bone. Vegetable prepared from spinach leaves gives strength and keeps away diseases. The juice extracted from the leaves of spinach melts the stones formed in the kidney and the fragmented stones come out through urine.

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Goodnight! 6 Easy Ways to Sleep Well

Goodnight! 6 Easy Ways to Sleep Well

Goodnight! 6 Easy Ways to Sleep Well

An average adult needs about 7-8 hours of sleep per day, children need about 9-11 hours based on the age and activity. Close to 1/3rd of our life is spent in sleep and most of growth and bodily functions take place while we are asleep. Yet, most of us take it as an after thought or something that doesnt need any attention. We couldn’t be further from the truth. Close to 50 Million people in US alone suffer from some kind of Sleep disorder or sleep apnea, which basically involves not just the quantity of sleep but the quality as well. Nearly 30% of US population has suffered from insomnia in last 2 years.  While, you should try and make changes to your lifestyle to be able to get the necessary bed time, below are 5 simple ways you can improve the overall quality of your sleep.

  1. Avoid Caffeine (Coffee, Alcohol, Tea, etc) 90 minutes before the bed time.  Caffeine is known to stimulate adrenal glands, which are responsible for making your mind and body extra active, which is absolutely not what you need to feel sleepy.
  2. Avoid Digital Screens like TV or your computers, just before going to sleep. Bright visual images from LCD and LED screens leave unwanted and unnecessary data stimulation for your brain to process and waste time on. A Good movie or a TV show can be very stimulating and enriching but dont mix it up with your sleep. Get over with it, with at least 20 minutes before you hit the bed.
  3. Avoid working from your Bed. You and everyone of us understand the importance of work, but keep it away from bed at all costs. Just like how bad it is to fall asleep on your desk at workplace, bringing your work on your bed is equally bad, if not worse. Maintain the Sanctity of your bed.
  4. Invest in a comfortable bed / mattress. Comfort doesnt necessarily mean expensive. Just a moderately firm yet soft mattress that your body can adjust to is good enough. You spend 1/3rd of your life on the bed. Why not give it the importance it deserves. Nothing can be worse than fighting with the old, uneven, tattered mattress. Believe me, you cant win ever.
  5. Exercise. Yeah for those who don’t do it regularly, this can come as not-so-easy option. But it is extremely beneficial and very effective. Yoga has shown to have tremendous impact on people suffering from insomnia. When your body is tired, it will fend of all the signals and games that mind wants to play and force it to shut down, just what doctor orders for a good sleep.
  6. Meditation. It doesnt need to be the ultimate life calling or following any spiritual visions. It could just be sitting idle and relaxed. Mindful and aware for a few minutes in a day. Gradually training your mind to be passive, which means being aware but non-participating in thoughts, you can gain tremendously in the department of controlling your anxiety and stress. Those two being the biggest contributors of sleep related problems.

Try out these and tell us what you think  and your experiences.

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Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Countless studies have shown the seemingly countless benefits of fruits for a person’s health. The U.S. Government recommends that people get some servings of fruits every day. Of all the fruits ready in the shop today, one fruit is at its height of popularity because of its legendary Greek mythology connection and its exoticism-the pomegranate fruit.

Considered as one of the earliest fruits that have been cultivated along with grapes, figs, olives, and dates somewhere between 4000 B. C. E and 3000 B. C. E., pomegranate prolonged to be an emblem of fertility, rebirth, and health.

Dubbed as a “miracle fruit” by some fans, pomegranate has earned its popularity because it is thought to perhaps help maintain the body’s natural defenses against Alzheimer’s disease, assorted cancers, coronary and heart diseases, arthritis and many ailments an aging man experiences. Because of its so -called anti-aging possibilities, pomegranate has had some food and beverage variations from juices, ice creams, dishes, and even in water that come in bottles.

Why is pomegranate good for you?

  • It is a rich source of assorted vitamins. Pomegranate is a good, natural source of vitamins A, C and E as well as folic acid.• The antioxidants are thought to help maintain the immune system.
  • It may help maintain healthy blood flow because of its iron properties. Pomegranate supports the blood by supplying it with iron, thus may help prevent anemia symptoms that include exhaustion, dizziness, weakness, and hear loss.
  • Aside from having lots of anti-oxidants, pomegranate also might have some anti-viral properties.
  • Pomegranate juice and citation is thought by some women to help in overcoming the feeling of normal malaise while menopause.
  • It may help sell out the risk of having a heart disease, heart attacks, and strokes
  • ‘Viagra effect’ from a daily glass of pomegranate juice as study shows it boosts sexual desire. It is natural & no side effects.

Benefits for Men:

Research has shown that pomegranate juice benefits men by acting as nature’s Viagra. A 2005 study on the long term effects of pomegranate juice intake on erectile dysfunction in animals showed that erectile dysfunction is closely linked to free radicals. Pomegranate juice, being so high in free radical fighting antioxidants, can help fight erectile dysfunction as well.
Not only that, but you might recall that another health benefit of pomegranate juice is it’s ability to help induce cancer cells to self-destruct. Studies have shown that a glass a day of pomegranate juice can slow the growth of prostate cancer.

Benefits for Women

Pomegranate juice can benefit pregnant women. It’s a rich source of many vitamins and minerals including folic acid, which is a vital component of any prenatal diet. The anti-inflammatory benefits of pomegranate juice also help keep a healthy blood flow to the developing baby. The potassium in pomegranate juice can also help with the leg cramps that many pregnant women experience, especially at night.
In the same way that pomegranate juice helps protect against prostate cancer, research has shown pomegranate juice to inhibit the growth of estrogen-responsive breast cancer cells.

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