Is your Heart Ok?

HEART DISEASE….whenever we think of it, we visualize chest pain, excess sweating, choking etc. Not everyone needs to have such clear and accurate symptoms. In some people, other symptoms are often normal, such as jaw pain, shoulder pain, fatigue, swelling of the legs and fast heartbeat. Many of them may be related to other diseases, and we think that they are normal. But it is not advisable to entirely neglect and ignore them as not related to the heart. 

Take care of your heart when it is whispering, before it starts screaming!

Sometimes they are more common than the obvious symptoms of chest pain, which are seen from days and months ago. These need to be examined a little deeper. If you are suffering from normal problems, but if they are associated with heart disease, you should be very careful from getting worse and fatal.

Breathlessness

Breathlessness is normal when we do certain activities vigorously. fast and hard things. This is not a big problem. But not always.. Observe what your body is saying, listen to it. Don’t overdo anything. Not only in cases of overweight, obesity, anemia, but many people may also experience breathlessness, which could be related to heart disease. Some people do their daily routine slowly when they experience these symptoms, mistaken these symptoms like tiredness. For example, climbing stairs – which cannot be ignored. Especially, if you are experiencing breathlessness in your daily work, which you were doing easily, do not neglect.

Our breathing and heart pumping capacity are interconnected. If the heart does not pump blood properly, the muscles do not get enough oxygen and lead to breathlessness. If the blood is not circulated and supplied properly to the heart, because of blockages in arteries, this will make the heart to work harder. As a result, the heart muscle becomes thick and hard. Pumping capacity also decreases. The blood in the lungs reaches the heart completely, only when the heart is strong and working properly. Otherwise, some blood remains in the lungs. This gradually accumulates fluids in the lungs and causes breathlessness. Heart valve problems can also be one of the reasons for breathlessness.

Palpitations

Naturally, the heart beats a little faster when walking a little longer or doing difficult things. If you feel a faster heartbeat without specific reasons, it should not be neglected. Do not take it easy, if one has a fast heartbeat when doing easy tasks or relaxing. Various factors contribute to this. Blood leakage in valve problems increases the burden on the heart. This makes the heart beat faster. The functioning of the heart is disturbed by the irregular electrical impulses, which leads to an irregular heartbeat. The heart beats 60-100 times when resting normally. It reaches 160-180 when we run fast, and do very hard things. People with heart diseases and valve problems, experience palpitations, even when they are in rest and relaxing.

Fatigue

This is a symptom of heart disease that is often ignored. In fact, there are many reasons. That is why it is not considered a symptom of heart disease. People think that they have worked hard than normal, that’s why they feel weak or tired. It is normal to feel weak when you work too much, but it is not good, neglecting fatigue or weakness or exhaustion coming up regularly. The heart’s pumping capacity might be decreased, thus does not get enough blood to the muscles. As a result, the supply of oxygen and nutrients decreases. Eventually, blood vessels that transmit blood to the heart do not supply enough blood to the heart muscle. This also slows the heart function. This leads to inadequate blood from other parts of the body or heart muscle.

Abnormal pains 

The main cause of heart attack is the formation of blockages in arteries. The heart muscle does not get enough blood due to these blockages, so it will have to work harder. The person will experience pain, which does not always have to come from the chest. Sometimes the lower jaw pain, neck pain, throat pain, shoulder pain, discomfort, indigestion and the pain in the upper part of the stomach, some also think that as acidity. Women have more symptoms than men. These types of pains are usually ignored, as they do not have any difficulty in the chest. They think that these are common problems. 

Nerves related to the heart, the lower jaw, neck, shoulders, arms and belly nerves, all of these start from the same point in the spinal cord. They are side by side and mixed. Heart pain sometimes expressed as jaw, shoulders, neck and hand pains. They are usually more physically connected. If such pains start when you work, exercise more, and stop in rest or in relaxing, do not neglect such pains. The pains that arise with other problems will not aggravate with physical activity and exercises.

Swelling of legs

It is natural to swell a little when we stand for a long time. But the swelling of the legs often is suspected. Particularly, swelling of legs is coming up, as a new symptom, it should not be ignored. The body’s organs use nutrients and oxygen, through the veins, the blood returns to the heart. If the heart capacity decreases, this process is affected. On one hand, the blood does not come out of the heart completely, on the other hand, blood from the organs does not reach the heart properly. Inflammation of legs begins when the blood from the leg veins to the heart is damaged. Especially in those who have weak heart functioning. Swelling of the legs can also occur in problems like liver, kidney problems, and blocks in the leg veins. This is why many of these are mistaken as symptoms of other problems.

Time to be alert

Treatment is easy if the symptoms of heart disease are detected beforehand. The problems can be anywhere is blood vessels, valves, heart muscle, heart membrane, heart electrical impulses. Treatment depends on the severity of the problem.  

Weakness, other pains, fatigue, swelling of legs, heart palpitation symptoms are found in many types of problems. When should they be suspected to be symptoms of heart disease?

  • Symptoms are worsening with exercise and physical activity, but reduced in rest.
  • When more than one symptom is seen at the same time (e.g. fatigue and swelling of the legs). 
  • Lifestyle diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, obesity, smoking, alcoholism.
  • It is advisable to get a regular heart checkup. Only Doctors can check and diagnose the symptoms and the disease. 
  • Not all the symptoms are related to Heart Disease, but be alert and be aware when you need medical attention.

Take care of your heart when it is whispering, before it starts screaming!

Be Happy, Stay Happy, Stay Safe.

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

11 Amazing Health Benefits of Pomegranate

More and more people have started acknowledging the importance and Health benefits of Pomegranates. In this post you can find its nutritional value, how pomegranates help in stomach disorder, dental care, atherosclerosis, in reducing the symptoms of anemia, fighting against cancer cells, for a healthy skin, benefits of Pomegranate peel and so many.

Pomegranate has been used since ancient times to treat a wide variety of diseases. It is in Greek, Hebrew, Buddhist, Islamic, and Christian mythology and writings. Around 1500 BC it was used in the treatment for tapeworm and other parasites.

The fruit can be eaten out of hand by deeply scoring several times vertically and then breaking it apart. The clusters of juice sacs are then lifted out and eaten. The sacs also make an attractive garnish when sprinkled on various dishes. Pomegranate fruits are most often consumed as juice and can be juiced in several ways. The sacs can be removed and put through a basket press or the juice can be extracted by reaming the halved fruits on an ordinary orange juice squeezer. Another approach starts with warming the fruit slightly and rolling it between the hands to soften the interior. A hole is then cut in the stem end which is placed on a glass to let the juice run out, squeezing the fruit from time to time to get all the juice.

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Pomegranate seed extract reduces the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease among the elderly. It helps control aging issues like wrinkles and thus, aids youthful and glowing skin. Other than this, it allows a woman to overcome her depression, especially from the menopause period.

Astringent effect on skin and hemostatic effect in the treatment of nose bleeding and hemorrhoids. 

Pomegranate is used as a gargle for sore throat. It cleanses and clarifies oral cavity, throat, esophagus stomach and chest.

Health Benefits of Pomegranate

Best fruit for a healthy Heart
Pomegranate juice is a rich source of antioxidants that protect against Cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and certain types of cancer. Scientific research found that pomegranate juice had beneficial antioxidant effects on macrophages, implying that it could reduce the development of atherosclerosis in diabetic patients. Pomegranate juice has been shown to contain more antioxidants than most fruit juices, red wine or green tea.

Antibacterial Properties
Drinking pomegranate juice has been shown to have antimicrobial properties against harmful bacteria that can exist in the stomach, such as Escherichia Coli (E.Coli) or Bacillus subtilis, which can cause painful infections.

Important vitamins and Minerals
Pomegranate juice is high in a number of vitamins and minerals, including 40 percent of the recommended daily requirement of Vitamin C. Other essential vitamins and minerals include Vitamins A and E and folic acid. It enhances health and boosts immunity.

Pomegranate seeds – Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)

Energy                             346 kJ (83 kcal)
Carbohydrates                 18.7 g
Sugars                              13.67 g
Dietary fiber                    4 g
Fat                                    1.17 g
Protein                             1.67 g

Vitamins                          Quantity      %DV†

Thiamine (B1)                  0.067 mg    6%
Riboflavin (B2)                 0.053 mg    4%
Niacin (B3)                       0.293 mg    2%
Pantothenic acid (B5)      0.377 mg    8%
Vitamin B6                       0.075 mg    6%
Folate (B9)                       38 μg          10%
Choline                            7.6 mg        2%
Vitamin C                         10.2 mg      12%
Vitamin E                         0.6 mg        4%
Vitamin K                         16.4 μg       16%
Calcium                           10 mg         1%
Iron                                  0.3 mg        2%
Magnesium                     12 mg         3%
Manganese                      0.119 mg    6%
Phosphorus                      36 mg         5%
Potassium                        236 mg       5%
Sodium                             3 mg           0%
Zinc                                  0.35 mg      4%

For Healthy Skin
It helps in preventing the formation of skin cancer by reducing the frequency of lesions. It provides relief from minor skin irritations, such as dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.

Anemia
Healthy blood flow can be maintained in the body by consuming this fruit in any form. Pomegranate seed extract supplies iron to blood and thus, help to decrease the anemic symptoms including fatigue, wooziness and weakness and hair fall.

Protects against Arthritis
Pomegranate juice contains an enzyme inhibitor that prevents enzymes from damaging cartilage in the body. It helps to prevent the onset of or even symptoms associated with osteoarthritis.

Pomegranate as a whole
As per Indian Herbal System, all parts of pomegranate including roots, leaves, flowers, rind, seeds and bark are used medicinally. Pomegranate bark and root contains several alkaloids which fight against tapeworms. Pomegranate bark, leaves, unripe fruit, and fruit rind extracts are given to treat diarrhea, dysentery and hemorrhages, whereas powdered flower buds act as a remedy for nose bleeding.

Cancer
Pomegranates consist of an advanced level of antioxidants called flavonoids. These flavonoids are thought to be effective in counteracting various cancer radicals. The individuals that face a high risk of prostate and breast cancer should start drinking the juice of this fruit, as this will help them to reduce further risk of developing cancer. Regular consumption of pomegranates can reduce the PSA levels in the body and helps to fight the existing cancer cells in the body.

Dental Care
The best benefit of pomegranate is that its juice, along with its antibacterial and antiviral properties help to reduce the effects of dental plaque.

Stomach Disorder
Pomegranates peel, bark and leaves are used to calm the stomach disorder or diarrhea triggered due to any kind of digestive problems. Drinking tea made from the leaves of this fruit helps in curing digestive problems. Pomegranate juice is also used for handling problems of dysentery and cholera.

Prevention of atherosclerosis:
Pomegranates prevent the hardening of the artery walls with excess fat, leaving your arteries fat free and pumping with antioxidants.

What are the benefits of pomegranate peel?
Do not underestimate the pomegranate peel. The peels prevent the breakdown of collagen, and when applied topically, can promote cell growth. They are also helpful in fighting acne and pimple scars. Sun-dried pomegranate peels, when boiled in water, lead to a concoction with several benefits.
Because of its healing properties, pomegranate peels can effectively fight acne, pimples and rashes. The peels are rich in antioxidants and help in keeping bacteria and other infections away. One can take two spoonful’s of sun-dried and powdered peel and add little milk to it and apply it on the affected part. Let it dry for some time and wash with lukewarm water.

What is the most nutritious part of a pomegranate?
Pomegranates are rich in vitamin C, potassium, and fiber. The majority of that fiber is found in the white seeds hiding beneath the pockets of juice. It contains 48 percent of the recommended daily vitamin C intake, important for a variety of health functions.

Recent Research
New therapies for preventing cancer may be on their way as scientists have identified components in pomegranate juice that inhibit the movement of cancer cells. The researchers found that the pomegranate juice treated tumor cells that had not died with the treatment showed increased cell adhesion and decreased cell migration. 

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Sources : https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/
https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminC-HealthProfessional/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pomegranate#Nutrition

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Self-care during Covid-19 Pandemic

Though people have been practicing self-care, the epidemic of Corona virus continues to grow every day rapidly. Not only creating panic among people but also becoming a major factor of concerning day to day survival. 

Once the social spread begins, we have nothing to do with it. We cannot say from where the virus attacks, from whom we get infection. In this case, everybody should take proper self-care as a responsibility. By following social distance, wearing masks, washing hands with soap often, not coming out of home except for emergency work or need, these four things are very important to prevent the virus spreading. So, all of us should take proper self-care as suggested Dr. B. Ranga Reddy, President of the Infection Control Academy of India.

With the onset of the monsoon season, there is always a threat of other communicable diseases. People need to be very careful. Front line warriors who have been battling corona virus worldwide are also affected by this Covid-19. Nowadays, we can maintain our health by following self-care, self-discipline, personal hygiene, and eating nutritious foods that boost immunity.

Corona virus precautions

  • Wash hands and legs often with soap or sanitizer.
  • Usage of face Mask and sanitizers is mandatory in daily life. You can check when and how to use face masks here.
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose or mouth
  • Cover your nose and mouth with your bent elbow or a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Areas where rainwater is likely to accumulate in the surrounding areas become habitats for mosquitoes and flies. 
  • The areas where the accumulated water becomes stagnant, like in empty drums, tanks, old junk dumping, coolers, two-wheeler tires and flower pots. These should be cleaned and dried from time to time.
  • There should be proper ventilation so that the air and sunlight enter the house.
  • Extra care should be taken in drainage management. 
  • As a result of the rainy season, naturally cold and humid climate is more likely to cause fungal infections. Skin diseases are also susceptible. Precautionary measures should be taken, as long-term illnesses such as pneumonia, asthma, and sinusitis are more likely to be affected by climate change. 
  • It is important to consult a doctor immediately in case of symptoms of cold, fever and cough, shortness of breath are noticed. In many cases, the virus is spreading without the exposure of any coronal symptoms. If symptoms appear early, treatment can be initiated immediately.
  • Drinking water and consuming food should be vigilant when it rains. Diseases such as diarrhea, typhoid, jaundice, and cholera can be caused by drinking contaminated and water.
  • Drinking lukewarm water can help prevent diseases. 
  • Eat hot and hygienic foods help to prevent the infection. Consuming contaminated food can cause vomiting and diarrhea. Diseases such as cholera and diarrhea can spread very easily.
  • Wash vegetables thoroughly before cooking with salt and turmeric mixed water.
  • Maintaining personal hygiene, self-care and leading a healthy lifestyle is crucial.
  • Avoid public gatherings, parties, functions, meetings in offices and other places.
  • Maintaining physical distance at grocery stores, malls.
  • Avoiding people with symptoms can help prevent viral fever and infectious diseases from spreading. 
  • In the face of increasing pressure on hospitals and medical facilities, self-care, nutrition and hygiene and self-quarantine, may limit the spread of the virus. People with lifestyle diseases should take appropriate medication, dietary precautions.
  • Meditation and Yoga help a lot to prevent covid-19.
  • If diagnosed with COVID-19, take appropriate steps and strictly following the advice of a medical professional without losing confidence.

So far no proper vaccine has been found for this dreadful disease. May a correct vaccine or medicine be discovered very soon.

May all of us be blessed with Good Health, happiness and longevity. So be it.

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International Yoga Day

On September 27, 2014, the Indian Prime minister, Shri Narendra Modi put forth his suggestion before the UN General Assembly for celebrating the ‘International Yoga Day’. This was endorsed by 177 member states. From then on, 21st June is being celebrated as International Yoga day. The theme for this year is “Yoga at Home and Yoga with Family. This is because of the prevailing Covid19 conditions.

Yoga is the most invaluable gift of India to the world. It is a panachea and a solution for many human problems.

In simplest terms, Yoga is the control of one’s own mind. ‘Yogah Chitta Vritthi Nirodhah’ says, the great master Patanjali in Yoga sutra 1.2.

Mind can be our greatest friend if it is under our control. It can be our worst enemy if it is out of our control, says Lord Krishna in Bhagavad Geeta.

Our Minds are extremely habit-bound. They are a slave to habits. You can feed your mind on Good habits and be always joyful and prosperous. Or, you can feed it on bad habits and suffer. Mind not only forms habits; but turns some of them into addictions.

Yoga enables you to master your mind and turn it into your greatest friend. The technique for this is simple. Observe your mind consciously. As you observe it, it starts obeying you and becomes your most faithful servant and friend. But, if you fail to observe your mind, it becomes wayward and drags you along into wrong paths. Whether you want to be its Master or its servant is entirely your choice.

In Viveka Choodamani, Sloka 368, Adi Sankaracharya says, “yogasya prathamam dvaaram vaak-nirodhah’, meaning, your entry into Yoga starts with control over your speech. Your words can please you and others. Or, they can hurt you and others. They are entirely your choice. Control over other sensory outputs also comes later.

Whether you are a beggar or a king, you can be happy only if your mind permits you. If Mind is wayward, you will be highly miserable, even if you are the richest and the most powerful person in the world. History has a whole lot of examples to prove this.

Your outside world can be turbulent. Your inside world  can still be calm and joyful. If you are practicing Yoga.

Start Yoga from this moment – says Patanjali. No time to lose!
So, how do we learn yoga?
Undoubtedly, learning Yoga directly from a good Guru is the best way.
But, suppose, your time, location and circumstances do not permit you to go to a good Guru and learn directly from him.

These are also Corona times. Stressful and risky. Stay home. Stay safe. So, how do you learn and practice Yoga now. Some Great Yoga Gurus of India have put up wonderful videos of their own practices with elaborate description, on YouTube. You can learn the easiest of Asanas and Pranayamas by observing these videos and start practicing them.

Do not practice tough Pranayamas and tough Asanas. Start with the easiest ones which you can. Do them, for a comfortable length of time. Do not over extend beyond your capabilities.

These are basic warnings and they apply to the learning of any skill including Yoga.
Stay within your capabilities initially. You can extend them very gradually.

Are Pranayamas and Asanas the only aspects of Yoga?
No. Actually, there are 8 parts of Yoga. These are Yama, Niyama, Asana, Pranayama, Pratyahara, Dharana, Dhyana and Samadhi.

Yama is the first step and is self purification in Nature. You need to practice (i) non violence – in thought, word and deed (ii) Truthfulness (iii) non-stealing (iv) Brahmacharyam and (v) non-greed.  I won’t explain the details beyond this. But, mind comes into your control when you start practicing these purification steps. Be practical in following these. But, make reasonable efforts.

Niyama, the second part, comprises – cleanliness, contentment, persistence, self study and contemplating on the divine. These are methods of living and prepare the mind for Yoga.

Asana is the Posture or the way of sitting for yoga practice.

Pranayama is the way of regulating your breath. Both these, you can learn from YouTube videos of Great Gurus.

You don’t need to practice elaborate ways of bending the body for Asanas. Sit comfortably with spine erect and easy in Sahajasana, or Padmasana. You can even sit on a chair and practice, if you can’t sit at all sit on the floor.

Likewise, Avoid intricate Pranayamas. Practice Anulom-Vilom, Kapal bhati, Bhramari and Bhastrika. Do them in simple ways. Enough.

Pratyahara involves turning the mind inwards and away from external world. Pratyahara follows after Asana and Pranayama are practiced for some time.

Dharana – is focusing the mind on some worthy goal and follows Pratyahara.

Dhyana – is remaining calm with the mind focused on a specific Goal, for specified time limits set by you.

Samadhi – is the deepest stage of Dhyana. There are different stages in Samadhi.

Do simple Asanas and Pranayamas now. Sit still in Dhyana, focusing on yourself or your goals  for some time. These are enough and great starters for the present

As you practice more and more, your mind starts refining and refining and acquires powers which you never thought that it was capable of.

Benefits of Yoga

Yoga gives you peace. Yoga gives you happiness. Yoga gives you clarity of thought. Yoga gives you clarity of life. Yoga gives you enormous control on yourself. Yoga gives you great physical and emotional health. Yoga gives you wonderful relationships and keeps you away from problematic relationships.

These are the initial advantages of Yoga. Not the final ones. The final ones are infinite. Don’t bother about them now.

As Patanjali says, get into Yoga right now. You will achieve lots of joy and happiness.
I wish you all progress in Yoga.

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How to raise Vitamin D levels

Today Vitamin D deficiency is becoming a major problem for many of us due to the modern lifestyle, sluggishness, lack of physical exercise, processed food. If we visit the doctor, we will definitely know that we are deficient in any of them. Doctors say many people are suffering from vitamin D deficiency. A level of 20 nanograms/milliliter to 50 ng/mL is considered adequate for healthy people. A level less than 12 ng/mL indicates vitamin D deficiency.

The Human body is a wonderful chemical factory. Some thousands of chemical reactions occur in this living body. Most importantly, we need a sufficient amount of nutrients in order to run the metabolism smoothly. Carbohydrates, proteins, fat, vitamins and minerals are all essential nutrients for our body. Lack of any one of these shows a severe effect on our body.

We need this vitamin D for a strong Immune system, bone and tooth health. This vitamin keeps Cardiovascular System and Respiratory System active. This vitamin D is essential for the brain and Central Nervous System to be active and immune. Adequate intake of this vitamin may help prevent certain types of cancer. This vitamin regulates insulin.

Vitamin D is also known as Sunshine Vitamin. It is very important than all vitamins. Natural source of Vitamin D is to exposure to sunlight. It is a great gift given to us, free of cost.  Vitamin D is added to the calcium present in our body and helps to strengthen the bone. In addition to this, we need adequate amounts of vitamin D.

Causes of deficiency

  • Lack of physical activity, obesity, and smoking – all contributed to the increase in vitamin D deficiency. 
  • Not taking Vitamin D rich foods
  • No exposure to sunlight
  • Dark skin (Melanin prevents the skin to absorb Vitamin D from sunlight)
  • Usage of certain medication
  • In some medical conditions, the digestive tract cannot absorb Vitamin D adequately.
  • Sunscreen lotions inhibit Vitamin D absorption naturally.

Signs and symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency

  • Fatigue and extreme tiredness
  • Bone Pains and severe back pain
  • Muscle weakness, pains, cramps
  • Frequent mood changes
  • Increased risk of fractures
  • Rickets
  • Arthritis
  • Hair loss
  • frequent infections
  • Unexplained pains
  • Cognitive problems in elderly people

Vitamin D rich foods

  • Fish and fish oils
  • egg yolks
  • fortified dairy products, cereals and juices
  • Cod liver oil
  • Mushrooms

Lifestyle changes that help increase Vitamin D

  1. Regular exposure to Sunlight
  2. Regular exercise
  3. Make sure your daily diet has Vitamin D

Benefits of taking Vitamin D

  • keeps the bones and teeth healthy
  • Increases Immunity
  • Keeps the Brain and Nervous system active
  • Regulates Insulin levels
  • Keeps the Cardiovascular system healthy
  • Prevents certain types of cancers

Vitamin D supplements are given in the form of injections and tablets. But Doctors say that taking a vitamin D supplement naturally has more benefits than taking a vitamin D pill or injection. 

May God bless all of us with good health and a happy life.

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The Power of Silence

SILENCE – The language of the mind. It is a Yoga, a Yagna and it is a Universal language. Rigveda says – Let noble thoughts come to us from all sides. One has to practice the art of silence to be able to understand its power. One who inherits this Yoga of Silence will always be composed and spreads positive vibes all around. One who possesses this quality, attains great power. As the saying goes that “Speech is silver but Silence is Gold”. If one cannot speak ably, amicably, then it is better to be silent.

Silence always express many wonderful feelings, than words. No other language can express the sweetness of Silence. Great messages and inner teachings were passed on in silence by Great gurus and saints like Adi Shankara, Ramakrishna Paramahansa, Ramana Maharshi, Sri Chandrasekhara Saraswati Swamy and others to their disciples to spread their teachings and messages. All the wise men listened to their teachings and prophesied in silence and kept them in their hearts. Silence is a major tool for all spiritual and truth seekers.

Power of Silence

To overcome vak-doshas (speaking rudely, lying, gossiping, jabbering), Silence is the best solution. If the mind is focused on meditation and vibrancy it leads to significant transformation. The most pleasing language of the Divine is silence. When humility and listening are connected to silence, the listener’s perception is increased. Silence contributes immensely to the progress of the disciple as evident from the puranas, like Mahabharatha and Ramayana. In Ramayana, Rama and Lakshmana silently followed the preachings and teachings of sage Viswamitra to overpower the demons in the forest.

When the frogs croak in the rainy season, the cuckoo realizes that it is better to be silent, rather than singing during this period. In the same way an erudite person prefers to be silent rather than speaking in the house of fools. In this context, it is proved beyond doubt that in the course of Observation, Research, Discourses, times of prophetic listening, the inquisitor chooses to be silent.

The prayer of silence is glorious. Silence reduces breath and increases longevity, develops internal energy, mental health and boosts confidence.

The importance given to silence in Patanjali Yogasutras is admirable. It reduces rajas, tamo gunas and promotes Satva guna. The key to salvation is silence.

It is proved many times, that in silence, the inner journey begins and many secrets are revealed.

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

Triphala – Therapeutic Uses

Triphala is an Ayurvedic Herbal preparation, a mixture of “Three fruits”. Amla (Indian Gooseberry) [Amalaki – Phyllanthus Emblica] , Haritaki (Terminalia chebula) Bibhitaki (Terminalia bellirica). As these three fruits are mixed with equal quantities, this is very powerful.

It is used in the Ayurvedic system for the prevention of various ailments. It’s very popular for its anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and antiviral properties.

It is the best natural laxative. It eliminates toxins from Liver and keeps it healthy. It cures certain neurological problems. It is useful in treating asthma. Improves digestion. It balances Tri-doshas (vaata, pittha, kapha doshas) and regulates the immune system. 

It is available as Powder (Churnam), Tablets and liquid form also. It can be taken by mixing in warm water, as a Decoction or with honey. The dosage as prescribed by a qualified doctor.

Benefits of Triphala

  • Improves digestion
  • Improves Liver function by removing toxins that cause Liver damage.
  • In cases of Diarrhoea, indigestion – Triphala Decoction is very useful
  • It is very good for eyes, skin and heart ailments.
  • It also helps in hair growth and prevents grey hair and dandruff.
  • Improves Memory power. 
  • Increases Red Blood Corpuscles
  • Strengthens the immune system.
  • Reduces acidity.
  • Increases appetite.
  • Protects from Stomach and Urinary tract infections.
  • Increases fertility.
  • Prevents respiratory problems and controls if existed already.
  • Keeps the liver very healthy.
  • Eliminates toxins in the body.
  • Keeping large intestine clean and protects against infections.
  • Cleanses the blood.
  • Prevents overweight.
  • Stopping the bacteria in the body from growing.
  • Also prevents cancer. 
  • Keeps blood pressure under control.
  • Controls the allergy.
  • Controls cholesterol levels
  • Triphala has the power to prevent infections.

Triphala has been used in the treatment of many ailments for more than 1000 years. 

Consult your Ayurvedic practitioner and get the maximum benefits of this wonderful formulation TRIPHALA.

 Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

How to Boost Immune System

Immunity is the ability to resist the pathogenic microbes in a living being. This immune system protects the living being from infection. These antibodies in the body fight against the pathogenic microorganisms like bacteria, virus, etc. They tried to kill or extinguish the microbes.

Immunization can be of different types. Some people have immunity from their birth and some acquire it at a later stage of exposure to pathogens, or by direct administration of the antibodies (acquired immunity). In the first case, the individual is vaccinated, and in the case of the latter, the antibodies are injected.

Once infected, it transmits easily from person to person. Epidemic outbreaks can occur either directly or indirectly. Infection can be transmitted by touching objects that are infected. Furthermore, the epidemic is spread by air, water and other media.

Therefore, a person who has good immunity against diseases is not only protecting himself/herself but also protecting the whole society, according to the concept of integrated immunity.

In addition to being vaccinated against diseases and dealing directly with disease-causing microorganisms, we can improve our immunity by taking care of our diet, by including ‘immune-boosting foods’ along with a nutritious diet.

Foods to Boost Immunity

  • Antioxidant-rich foods help us to fight the damage caused by free radicals. A diet rich in antioxidants keeps our brain healthy and active. 
  • Dark chocolate, Beans, Dark raisins, Leafy vegetables, spinach, Berries, Tomatoes, Red cabbage, carrots, yellow, green and red capsicum, squash
  • Walnuts, Almonds, peanuts, 
  • Cereal snacks
  • Omega-3 rich food sources
  • Greens like lettuce, Squash, lettuce
  • Sweet potato

People with immunodeficiency or malnutrition are more prone to infections and diseases.

Diet has a major impact on our immune system, as it directly affects the microflora of your gut (microbial population in the stomach). The epithelial lining of the stomach helps to kill the microbes that cause the disease. So, if this lining is affected, infections are more likely to occur. 

In healthy people, probiotics are known to increase ‘good bacteria’ that are beneficial to our immune system. Researchers have demonstrated that taking probiotics can greatly improve immunity and reduce infections and allergies, such as dermatitis and upper respiratory tract infections, such as asthma.

Few probiotics foods that are good to strengthen our immune system are Bananas, Dairy products – milk, cheese, yoghurt, traditional buttermilk, Soya milk and its products.

Vitamins and minerals for immunity

  • Vitamin C helps prevent damage to body cells and tissues caused by free radicals. They also prevent skin damage. It helps to maintain the proper functioning of these organs and tissues to guarantee immunity. Common foods rich in Vitamin C are Lemon, Orange, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Strawberries, Broccoli, papaya, pepper, tomatoes, Kiwi etc.
  • Vitamin D plays a very important role in bone health. Exposure to morning Sunlight, Cod Liver Oil, Cheese, Egg yolks.
  • Many vitamins and minerals improve the body’s immune response, especially vitamin E and Zinc. Research evidence suggests that these vitamins and minerals work by protecting the cell membranes of the body’s immune-boosting mechanisms.
  • Independent studies have been conducted to determine the mechanism by which different foods mediate the immune response. It confirms foods containing lactic acid bacteria, such as probiotics, by stimulating the innate immunity of a person who stresses the immune response. On the other hand, vitamins and minerals activate a person’s acquired immunity.

Balanced Diet for Immunity 

Many researchers have proven that a balanced diet goes a long way in boosting your immunity because it is very rich in ‘safe foods’ and prevents deficiencies. It is recommended to have a balanced diet with carbohydrates, proteins, fats and vitamins and minerals.

Herbs to Boost the Immune system

  • Turmeric
  • Ginger
  • Tulasi
  • Amla
  • Ashwagandha
  • Ginseng
  • Guduchi or Giloy
  • Chyawanprash

Lifestyle changes

  • It is recommended to sleep 7 to 8 hours a day to optimize the functioning of the immune system. Persistent sleep deprivation and disruption of the sleep cycle or circadian rhythm (the biological clocks that cause sleep) can lead to immunodeficiency. 
  • Avoid stress, tension, anxiety, causes for the dysfunction of the immune system.
  • Laughter can boost our immune system significantly. Interacting with your friends and family, laugh together. This will reduce the stress, tension and anxiety.
  • Regular moderate exercise, brisk walk for 30 minutes, jagging improve blood circulation, keep us fit and happy, healthy and strong.
  • Breathing exercises, Yoga, Meditation also help a lot and keep us healthy and fit.
  • Playing with children and pets
  • Maintaining a healthy weight.
  • Working on our passion daily at least 30 minutes
  • Expressing gratitude for all our blessings in life.
  • Interacting with people who make us happy.

Comment below and let me know your views on how to boost Immune system.
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Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

Gratitude

G R A T I T U D E a wonderful, life-changing emotion. A grateful appreciation for what we have been blessed with. 

Importance of Gratitude

If we express gratitude regularly, we start to think and see the positivities in life. When one starts expressing gratitude, their perspective and attitude towards life will change.  

People who are appreciative and thankful are happy, healthy and strong. Blessed with good relationships and are more productive and successful. This is the power of gratitude.

1. Keep a gratitude journal and add your blessings to it daily. Feel the gratefulness, write wholeheartedly.

2. Appreciate all the best gifts Universe has given to us like 

  • Air we breathe, the abundance of water, uninterrupted power supply, clothes to wear, food to eat a few to mention.
  • One must be thankful for being blessed with a compatible life partner, wonderful children, happy family and true friends, beautiful happy home, good job, bank balance, friendly boss, colleagues, clients etc. Don’t take everything for granted. Express gratitude every now and then.

Benefits of Gratitude are infinite. 

  • Increases our happiness.
    • Improves our physical health and mental strength.
    • Negative patterns of thinking at all levels will be disintegrated.
    • Opens up more channels of goodness in our lives.
    • Increases positive relationships.
    • We experience more energy and vitality.
    • Gives us the potential to face tough times with a better understanding
    • Relishes wonderful experiences 

Effects on our Brain

It is a fact, that repeatedly expressing gratitude will increase Serotonin and Dopamine levels in the brain, makes us healthier and happier all the time. According to scientific research, the Hypothalamus will be activated when we are thankful. A “thank you” eases the pain quickly and also reduces stress, anxiety and depression. It also enhances the quality and duration of good night sleep.

Begin your day by counting your blessings. Jot down all the things in a book you are grateful for (Gratitude Journal). This act of noting all blessings is so powerful which will definitely enhance our attitude of gratitude. Every day we should try to add a few more blessings, at least one more blessing to the list. If we look around, will find many many things, persons, situations to be grateful for. Don’t skip or ignore even the smallest gift of your life. The unconditional love of our pets also matters. Doesn’t it? 

Regularly practising this, transforms our lives exponentially. 

To start with, let us do this regularly for 21 days to make it habitual practice.

Magical Footsteps

A beautiful way of showing the attitude of Gratitude in our footsteps. The more we are thankful, the greater will be the opportunities flooded in our lives. To improve at all levels, to materialize our wishes rapidly and properly, we have to express our gratitude regularly. Usually, we don’t allocate time exclusively to express our gratitude. In the concept of magical footsteps, we should walk 108 steps, just like a mantra. For every step say “Thank You God”, followed by “Thank you Universe”

Thank all the persons, objects, situations, Nature, Mother Earth, Thank your parents, spouse, children, neighbours, all the people working for you, so and so forth. This list goes on to 108 steps. Do this every morning and evening. Say thank you verbally or mentally. No hurry…Take your stride step by step for 108 steps and experience the miracles. Do this with complete awareness and full faith.

Here we are thanking a higher source of energy. So, feel the energy coming into your system when you say “thank you”.

In this way, we are walking towards success, prosperity and abundance, and all the best things in life. We can also visualize the blessings while walking. If we practice this Magical Foot Steps regularly, we stop complaining about others and tough times. We see positive angles in everything. When we express gratitude, there is NO NEGATIVITY in our body, mind, soul. We become DIVINE. 

I started my Magical Footsteps journey 15days ago, experiencing a lot of miracles. to mention a few 1. started working on my dream project, which was a long pending job. 2. Got two more work orders (3-4 months full busy), 3. Relationship with family and friends improved a lot. 4. Getting help from many sources which I never expected. Enjoying a lot doing magical footsteps.

This is my journey. Do share the miracles in your life…

Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah

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