YOGA

YOGA

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Personally dont know what YOGA is, all i know is, it is some kind of posture that you do patiently to achieve inner calm. But, when i do some research from reference health books, now the YOGA is much more than i thought it would be.

The Yoga Therapy or ' yoga-chikitsa' refers to the treatment of diseases by means of yogic exercises which may be physical or mental or both. It is a specialised form of yogic culture. This mode of treatment has been practised in India from very ancient times.

The term 'Yoga' is derived from the Sanskrit root 'yug' which means "to join" . It signifies union between the individual soul (jivatma) and the universal soul (parmatma). It aims at obtaining relief from pain and suffering. Basically, human evolution takes place on three different planes, namely physical, mental and spiritual. Yoga is a means of attaining perfect health by maintaining harmony and achieving optimum functioning on all three levels through complete self-control.



Yogic kriyas, asanas and pranayama constitute the physical basis ofyoga. The practice of kriyas and asanas leads to excellent circulation. It also energises and stimulates major endocrine glands of the body. Yogic exercises promote inner health and harmony, and their regular practice helps prevent and cure many common ailments. They also help eliminate tensions, be they physical, mental or emotional.

Pranayama slows down the ageing process. In ordinary respiration, one breathes roughly 15 times a minute, taking in approximately 20 cubic inches of air. In pranayama the breathing rate is slowed down to once or twice a minute and the breath inhaled is deep and full, taking nearly 100 cubic inches of air.

All yogic exercises should be performed on a clean mat, a carpet or a blanket covered with a cotton sheet. Clothing should be light and loose-fitting to allow free movement of the limbs. The mind should be kept off all disturbances and tensions. Regularity and punctuality in practicising yogic exercises is essential. Generally, 5 a.m. to 8 a.m. is the ideal time for yoga practices.

Yoga asanas and pranayama should be practised only after mastering the techniques with the help of a competent teacher.

Asanas should always be practiced on an empty stomach. Shavasana should be practiced for a brief period before starting the rest of the exercises as this will create the right mental condition. Asanas should be performed at a leisurely slow-motion pace, maintaining poise and balance.

Herein are described certain yogic kriyas, asanas and pranayama which have specific
therapeutic values and are highly beneficial in the maintenance of health and the healing of diseases.

KRIYAS
ASANAS

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Common Disease Therapy with RAW JUICE

RAW JUICE THERAPY

Common Disease Therapy

Acidity : Grapes, orange, mosambi, carrot and spinach.

Acne : Grapes, pear, plum, tomato, cucumber, carrot, potato and spinach.

Allergies : Apricot, grapes, carrot, beet and spinach.

Arteriosclerosis : Grapefruit, pineapple, lemon, celery, carrot, lettuce, and spinach.

Anemia : Apricot, prune, strawberry, red grape, beet, celery, carrot and spinach.

Arthritis : Sour cherry, pineapple, sour apple, lemon, grapefruit, cucumber, beet, carrot, lettuce and spinach.

Asthma : Apricot, lemon, pineapple, peach, carrot, radish and celery.

Bronchitis : Apricot, lemon, pineapple, peach, tomato, carrot, onion and spinach.

Bladder Ailments : Apple, apricot, lemon, cucumber, carrot, celery, parsley and watercress.

Colds : Lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, carrot, onion, celery and spinach.

Constipation : Apple, pear, grapes, lemon, carrot, beet, spinach and watercress.

Colitis : Apple, apricot, pear, peach, pineapple, papaya, carrot, beet, cucumber and spinach.

Diabetes : Citrus fruits, carrot, celery, lettuce and spinach.



Diarrhea : Papaya, lemon, pineapple, carrot and celery.

Eczema : Red grapes,carrot, spinach, cucumber and beet.

Epilepsy : Red grapes, figs, carrot, celery and spinach.

Eye Disorders : Apricot ,tomato, carrot, celery, parsley and spinach.

Gout : Red sour cherries, pineapple, tomato, cucumber, beet, carrot, celery and spinach.

Halitosis : Apple, grapefruit, lemon, pineapple, tomato, carrot, celery and spinach.

Headache : Grapes, lemon, carrot, lettuce and spinach.

Heart Disease : Red grapes, lemon, cucumber, carrot, beet and spinach.

High blood pressure : Grapes, orange, cucumber, carrot and beet.

Influenza : Apricot, orange, lemon , grapefruit, pineapple, carrot, onion and spinach.

Insomnia : Apple, grapes, lemon, lettuce , carrot and celery.

Jaundice : Lemon, grapes, pear, carrot, celery, spinach, beet and cucumber.

Kidney Disorders : Apple, orange, lemon, cucumber, cucumber,carrot, celery, parsley and
beet.

Liver ailments : Lemon, papaya, grapes, carrot, tomato, beet and cucumber.

Menstrual Disorders :Grapes, prunes, cherry, spinach, lettuce turnips and beet.

Menopausal Symptoms : Fruits and Vegetables in season.

Neuritis : Orange, pineapple, apple, carrot and beet.

Obesity : Lemon, grapefruit, orange, cherry, pineapple, papaya, tomato, beet, cabbage, lettuce,
spinach and carrot.

Piles : Lemon, orange, papaya, pineapple, carrot, spinach, turnip and watercress.

Prostate Troubles : All fruit juices in season, carrot, asparagus, lettuce and spinach.

Psoriasis : Grapes, carrot, beet, and cucumber.

Rheumatism : Grapes, orange, lemon, grapefruit, tomato, cucumber, beet, carrot and spinach.

Stomach Ulcers : Apricot, grapes, cabbage and carrot.

Sinus Trouble : Apricot, lemon, tomato, carrot, onion and radish.

Sore Throat : Apricot, grapes, lemon, pineapple, prune, tomato, carrot and parsley.

Tonsillitis : Apricot, lemon, orange, grapefruit, pineapple, carrot, spinach and radish.

Varicose Veins : Grapes, orange, plum, tomato, beetroot carrot and watercress.

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RAW JUICE THERAPY

RAW JUICE THERAPY

Raw juice therapy is a method of treatment of disease through an exclusive diet of juices of fruits and vegetables. It is also known as JUICE FASTING. It is the most effective way to restore health and rejuvenate the body.

During raw juice therapy, the eliminative and cleansing capacity of the organs of elimination, namely lungs, liver, kidneys and the skin, is greatly increased and masses of accumulated metabolic waste and toxins are quickly eliminated. It affords a physiological rest to the digestive and assimilative organs. After the juice fasting or raw juice therapy, the digestion of food and the utilization of nutrients is vastly improved.

WHY RAW JUICE ?

Raw juices of fruits and vegetables are extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, trace
elements, enzymes and natural sugars. They exercise beneficial effect in normalizing all the body functions. They supply needed elements for the body’s own healing activity and cell regeneration, thereby speeding the recovery.

The juices extracted from raw fruits and vegetables require no digestion and almost all their vital nutrients are assimilated directly in the bloodstream. Raw juices are extremely rich in alkaline elements. This is highly beneficial in normalizing
acid-alkaline balance in the blood and tissues as there is over-acidity in most conditions of ill-health.

Generous amounts of easily assimilation organic minerals in raw juices especially calcium, potassium and silicon help in restoring biochemical and mineral balance in the tissues and cells, thereby preventing premature aging of cells and disease.

Raw juices contain certain natural medicines, vegetal hormones and antibiotics. For
instance, string beans are said to contain insulin-like substance. Certain hormones
needed by the pancreas to produce insulin are present in cucumber and onion juices.
Fresh juices of garlic , onions, radish and tomatoes contain antibiotic substances.

The PRECAUTIONS of preparing RAW JUICE.

All juices should be made fresh immediately before drinking. Canned and frozen juices should not be used. Only fresh ripe fruits and vegetables, preferably organically grown, should be used for extraction of juices.

Only as much juice as needed for immediate consumption should be extracted. Raw juices oxidize rapidly and lose their medicinal value in storage, even under refrigeration. e.g (apples turn brown)

The quality of the juices has a distinct bearing on the results obtained. In case of incomplete extraction of juices, their effective power is proportionately reduced due to the absence of the vitamins and enzymes which are left behind in fibre and the pulp.

If juices are too sweet they should be diluted in water on 50 : 50 basis or mixed with other less sweet juices. This is especially important in some specific conditions such as diabetes, hypoglycemia, arthritis and high blood pressure.

RULES OF RAW JUICES.

Juices from sweet fruits may be combined with juices of sub-acid fruits, but not with vegetable fruits or vegetables.

Juices from sub-acid fruits may be combined with juices of sweet fruits, or acid fruits, but not with other juices.

Juices from acid fruits may be combined with those of sub-acid fruits or vegetable fruits, but not with other juices.

Juices from vegetable fruits may be combined with those of acid fruits or of green leafy vegetables, but not with other juices.

Juices from green leafy vegetables may be combined with those of vegetable fruits or of the root vegetable, but not with other juices.

Juices from root vegetables may be combined with those of green leafy vegetables, but
not with other juices.


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ACNE

ACNE

Acne, wargh!!! My skin looks so ugly!!! When talking about acne, usually mens don’t really bother about it including me, but girls do. So what is acne? Lets get to know acne more closer so that we will know how to treat it.

Acne is perhaps the most common chronic skin disease. It is an inflammatory condition of the sebaceous (that is fat or grease) glands and hair follicles usually found on the face, the neck, chest and shoulders. Nearly eight out of ten young people between the ages of 12 and 24 suffer from some degree of acne. It is closely related to the disturbance in the hormones experienced at puberty.

The majority of patients recover between the ages 20 and 30 years. But it is still common in men over 30 years. In women, it rarely lasts beyond the early thirties and is normally worse before each menstrual period. The disease causes a great deal of embarrassment at an age when people tend to be sensitive about personal appearance.




CAUSES

All forms of acne have their origin in wrong feeding habits, such as irregular hours of eating, improper food, excess of starches and sugar, excess of fatty foods. Chronic constipation is another major cause of acne. If the bowels do not move properly, waste matter is not eliminated as quickly as it should be and the bloodstream becomes surcharged with toxic matter.

The extra efforts of the skin to eliminate excess waste result in acne and other forms of skin disease. Yet another important cause of acne is a devitalized condition of the skin resulting from unhygienic living habits. Other causes of the disorder are excessive use of tea, coffee, alcohol or tobacco, strenuous studies, masturbation and sedentary habits which lead to indigestion and general debility.



Treatment

The treatment of acne by the administration of salve or ointment does not serve any purpose. They only suppress the action of the sebaceous glands temporarily. In nature cure, the main emphasis is on diet and certain water applications. To begin with the patient should resort to all -fruit diet for about a week. IN this regimen, there should be three meals a day, consisting of fresh juicy fruits, such as apples, pears, grapes, grape-fruit, pineapple and peaches. Citrus fruits, bananas, dried, stewed or tinned fruits should not be taken. Unsweetened lemon or plain water, either hot or cold, should be drunk and nothing else.

During this period, warm -water enema should be taken daily to cleanse the bowels and all other measures adopted to eradicate constipation. After a week of all fruit diet, the patient can gradually adopt a well-balanced diet.

Emphasis should be on raw foods, especially fresh fruits and vegetables, sprouted seeds, raw nuts and whole grain cereals, especially millet and brown rice. Further shorter periods on the all-fruits for three days, or so may be necessary at a monthly interval till the condition of the skin improves.

Strict attention to diet is essential for recovery. Starchy, protein and fatty foods, should be restricted. Meats, sugar, strong tea or coffee, condiments, pickles, refined and processed foods should all be avoided, as also soft drinks, candies, ice cream and products made with sugar and white flour.

Two vitamins, namely, niacin and vitamin A have been used successfully to treat acne. The vitamin therapy which may comprise a niacin, 100 mg. three times daily and vitamin A in large doses up to 1,50,000 units per day should not exceed one month. Vitamin E is also vitally important to prevent scarring from acne and in removing old scars.

Another effective remedy in the realm of nutrition that seems to offer new promise of help for acne is zinc. It has shown dramatic results in some cases. Zinc should be taken in therapeutic doses of 50 mg. three times a day. After noticeable improvement it can be gradually reduced.

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ALCOHOLISM

ALCOHOLISM


Alcoholism refers to addiction to alcohol. It is a chronic disorder, in which a person is unable to refrain from frequent and excess consumption of alcohol for physical or psychological reasons. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed alcoholism as one of the three most deadly killer diseases of the 20th century.


Alcoholism is also one of the serious social problems. It often brings poverty and certain amount of crime and results in material unhappiness and broken homes. It also leads to numerous traffic accidents.

“DON’T DRINK AND DRIVE”

CAUSES


Alcoholism results from intemperate drinking. Sometimes it sneaks upon a person comparatively rapidly; other times, years may pass before a person becomes a full-fledged alcoholic. A weak-minded person consoles himself by taking to drugs or alcohol. In doing so he simply tries to escape the situation rather than face it boldly.

A person generally takes to drinking as a means to enliven social life, to overcome anxiety or to induce sleep. He becomes an alcoholic if he gets dependent on alcohol physically and psychologically. He resorts to heavy drinking because of his maladaptive way of dealing with life’s stresses.

“ Music and fresh air is better than being drunk ”.


TREATMENT


The chronic alcoholic first of all must make a firm resolve to stop drinking. He should abstain from alcohol all at once for the habit cannot be got rid of in gradual stages.



The most effective way to treat alcoholism is to build the body’s nutritional integrity soaps to prevent craving for stimulants like drinks. The patients should be put on a cleansing JUICE fast for at least ten days in the beginning.

During this period, he should have juice of an orange every two hours from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. The juice may be diluted with warm water, if desired. If orange juice does not agree, vegetable juices may be taken.

“ Its good that the treatment uses juices, but what if you have to take some injection shots? Painful isn’t it? “

It will be advisable to follow the ten commandments to prevent alcoholism, offered by a psychiatrist =

  • never drink when you ‘ need one’;
  • sip slowly ;
  • space your drinks, taking a second drink 30 minutes after
  • the first and a third an hour after the second ;
  • dilute your alcohol;
  • keep an accurate and truthful record of the amount and
  • number of drinks you take ;
  • never conceal the amount of alcohol you drink ;
  • do not drink on an empty stomach ;
  • stop drinking on ‘signal ‘ ( signals are lunch, dinner, fatigue, sex stimulation, boredom, frustration
  • and bedtime);
  • make it a rule never to take a drink to escape discomfort - either physical or mental ; and
  • never, never take a drink in the morning thinking it will cure a hangover.

But its still better for NOT TO DRINK !! SAY NO TO ALCOHOL !!!

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HOW FIT ARE YOU?


How fit are you?

1. Do you take some form of aerobic exercise?

A. Only rarely

B. Two or three times per week

C. At least four times per week

2. If asked to climb three flights of stairs, would you:

A. Look for lift or escalator instead?

B. Struggle to the top of difficulty?

C. Reach the top without stopping or undue puffing?

3. Everyday do you walk on average:

A. As little time as possible?

B. About 1.5 KM (1 mile)

C. About 3 KM – 5KM (2-3miles)

4. If you going out to work or on errands do you:

A. Travel by car or public transport?

B. Walk part of the way?

C. Sprint if necessary to catch a bus or train?

5. After work or at weekends do you mostly:

A. Slump in front of television or read?

B. Carry out active tasks in the house or garden?

C. Take part in sport exercise?

YOUR SCORE =

  • Mostly A’s = You would be wise to start an exercise program as soon as possible, but consult your doctor first.
  • Mostly B’s = The spirit may be willing, but the flesh is a little weak. You should try to make more effort.
  • A mix of B’s and C’s = You are probably in reasonable shape but keep an eye on yourself.
  • Mostly C’s = Congratulations – you are very fit. Keep it up.
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HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR HEART RATE ?


HOW TO CALCULATE YOUR HEART RATE ?


Your optimum heart rate DURING EXERCISE should ideally kept at 60-80% of your maximum heart rate, which you can establish by subtracting your age from 220.


e.g. = 220 – 20(20 is your age) = 200, 60% times 200 = 120 beat per minute.


So what is your optimum heart rate? Calculate now by using the formula above!


People who exercise regularly learn what their optimum heart rate feels like. As you become fitter, you will need to step up the intensity of exercise to maintain your optimum heart rate.

To calculate heart rate, PLACE TWO FINGERS on the pulse at the side of your NECK or on your WRIST. Count the beats for 15 seconds, then multiply by 4. That’s your heart rate.

e.g. = in 15 sec, my heart pulse is 16,

Times it by 4

My total heart rate is = 16 times by 4 = 64

this is during resting (during i am writing this article)

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IMPROVE YOUR MOOD NOW !!

Exercise and MOOD


Exercise is nature’s anti depressant. Physiological changes in the body and brain can induce elation when we exercise, and depression and anxiety when we do not. During exercise, body temperature rises by 2 or 3 degrees, giving a sense of warm relaxation; ENDORPHINES hormones are released; and the Alpha brain waves associated with relaxation become more dominant.

Sustained exercise burns the stress chemicals accumulated during inactive day, and after exercise, the body’s natural relaxation response returns body and mind to regenerative state. It might take 6-8 weeks for exercise to change the body and IMPROVE BODY IMAGE, but it can change your mood at once.

AEROBIC exercise, such as brisk walking, jogging, cycling and swimming is best for mood enhancement. Coordinating movements with your breath helps to stop you over – exercising and may even help to induce state of “RELAXED AWARENESS”.

Search more on the BOLD words to know more about it.

Boosting Brain Power

Exercising to boost brain power



Exercise does boost brain power, As we grow older, keeping fit feed the brain with oxygen and maintain mental alertness. In one study, sedentary older people showed improvement in various mental tasks after four months of moderate exercise.

To function, the brain depends on Glucose (sugar) and oxygen carried in cardiovascular system. If there are insufficient amount of these, brain cells die, giving weight to the old adage that if you dont use it, you lose it.

Some researchers belief that exercise requiring co-ordination and mental agility, such as tennis, may generate more connection between nerve cells.

There is a saying says :

STRONG BODY, TOUGH MINDS

Exercise for Energy and Well Being

Exercise for Energy and Well Being

Research have revealed that exercise can improve MOOD, lift DEPRESSION, BOOST SELF ESTEEM, LESSEN ANXIETY, and enable us to cope better with STRESS, It also encourages sound sleep, improve IMMUNE FUNCTION, and help us to LIVE LONGER.

All human activity physical or mental, is powered by energy converted by food that has been eaten and oxygen that has been breathed into lungs.

Sedentary people often feels less energetic than those who exercise regularly. Exercise actually increases the body ability to produce energy effectively.

A flexible body with a good muscle tone, and with an efficient heart and lungs well synchronized with the circulation, can help create a sense of physical wholeness. This makes us feel energized and ready to deal with life's demand.

So put up your shoes and let's all exercise everyone!!

The Benefits of Exercising

The Benefits of Exercise


Regular exercise improves the function of the heart and lungs and strengthens muscle to give more stamina. It keeps joints mobile; increases circulation so that the SKIN LOOK HEATHIER; helps prevent heart disease and prostate, colon and breast cancer; lowers high blood pressure and cholesterol levels; reduces the risk of diabetes and help weight loss. Exercise may help alleviate premenstrual tension and menstrual pain, and strengthens bones by increasing their mineral content, which reduces the risk of Osteoporosis.


Exercise TIPS.

  • Warm up for 5-10 minutes before exercising to increase heart rate and blood flow, stretch the muscles and reduce the risk of injury.
  • Cool down afterward with slower movements and stretching exercises to prevent muscle cramps and stiffness.
  • Set sensible goals, especially if you haven’t exercise for a while, (let say today I run for 1 KM only the next day 2 KM and so on…) Build up gradually, so you are less likely to become fatigue and dispirited.
  • Drink plenty of fluids to replace what is lost in sweat, during after exercise, even if you don’t feel thirsty.
  • Stop if you feel any pain. At first muscles may feel sore after exercising.
  • Wear suitable training shoes.

INSOMNIA


Insomnia


Easy meaning = Sleeplessness.

The signs of pathological insomnia are dramatic changes in the duration and quality of sleep, persistent changes in sleep patterns, lapses of memory and lack of concentration during the day. Other symptoms are emotional instability, loss of coordination, confusion and a lingering feeling of indifference. Now we know how the insomniac people always behave, but what causes them to be like that?


Causes

Most common cause of sleeplessness is mental tension brought by anxiety, worries, overwork and overexcitement. Suppressed feelings of resentment, anger and bitterness may also cause Constipation, dyspepsia, over-eating at night, excessive intake of tea or

coffee and going to bed hungry are among the other causes. Smoking is another unsuspected cause of insomnia as it irritates the nervous system, especially the nerves of the digestive system. Often, worrying about falling asleep is enough to keep one awake.


Okay now we discuss about the Cure for Insomniac people.


How about taking sleeping pills?,

My suggestion is NO, Sleeping pills are no remedy for sleeplessness. They are habit forming and become less effective when taken continuously. They lower the I.Q., dull the brain and can prove fatal if taken in excess or before or after alcohol. The side-effects of sleeping pills include indigestion, skin rashes, lowered resistance to infection, circulatory and respiratory problems, poor appetite, high blood pressure, kidney and liver problems and mental confusion.

To overcome the problem, one should adhere to a regular sleeping schedule, going to bed at a fixed time each night and getting up at a fixed time each morning. Early to bed and early to rise is a good rule. Two hours of sleep before midnight are more beneficial than four after. It is sheer folly for students, at examination times, to keep awake till long after midnight, drinking one cup of tea after another, as that is only apt to cause blackness and inability to concentrate in the examination hall.

Research has shown that people with chronic insomnia almost invariably marked deficiencies of such key nutrients as B-complex vitamins, and vitamin C and D as also calcium,magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc. The sleep mechanism is unable to function efficiently unless each of these nutrients is present in adequate amounts in the diet.

Eating pattern must be modified, coffee, tea, fatty foods, coloring and flavoring, excessive use of salt and strong condiments must be excluded. In the modified eating pattern, breakfast should consist of fresh and dried fruits, whole cereals,

seeds and yogurt. Of the two main meals, one should consist of a large mixed salad and the other should be protein-based. A cup of milk sweetened with honey at bedtime is helpful as the amino-acid tryptophan contained in milk induces sleep.

Sleep is often elusive. Any attempt to force it only drives it further away. It is better to divert the mind with soft music or light reading. While going to bed, visualise a blank black wall occupying the entire field of vision. Turn your thoughts to light and cheerful matters. Use light bed clothes and relax. Do not lie on your back, put on your side with one or both knees brought well up and the head and shoulders slightly forward. During the night, the position of the arms and legs should be changed frequently and a healthy sleeper usually shifts from one side to the other several times in the course of the night.

Controlled breathing is also a great help in inducing sleep. The method is to lie on your side in bed, and then take three deep breaths expanding the abdomen completely. Then hold your brath as long as you can. Next, take three more breaths and repeat the breath-holding. While you hold your breath, carbon dioxide accumulates in the body and induces natural sleep. Regular, active exercising during the day and mild exercise at bedtime enhances the quantity and the quality of sleep. Exercise stimulates the elimination of lactic acid from the body which correlates with stress and muscular tension.

Regular exercise also produces hormonal changes which are beneficial to the body and to the sleep pattern. Walking, jogging, skipping, swimming are all ideal exercises. Vigorous exercise should, however, be avoided at night as this can be over-stimulating.

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THE VALUE OF SLEEP


THE VALUE OF SLEEP

A good night sleep is often the best way to cope with stress, solve problems or recuperate from illness. Rapid Eye Movement (REM) [dreaming] and NON-REM (NREM) [ deep sleep] are the types of sleep that occur when you sleep.

TIPS for a RESTFUL night
  • Avoid large meals and stimulants(caffeine, alcohol, tobacco)
  • Don’t go to bed hungry
  • Take aerobic exercises during the day to reduce stress hormones, but avoid anything too strenuous within 3 hours of sleep. Regular exercises may promote deeper sleep.
  • Go to bed at regular time
  • Avoid napping late in the afternoon.
  • Stop work an hour before bedtime to calm mental activity.
  • During bedtime, keep your mind off worries or things that upset you.
  • Make sure room is ventilated and a comfortable temperature (below 24 degree celcius/75 Fahrenheit.
  • Keep Bedroom for sleeping only not for your workplace.
  • If you cant sleep or if you wake up, go into another room and read a book or watch TV until you feel sleepy.
  • Learn relaxation techniques such as progressive muscle relaxation and practice it in bed.
  • If early daylight disturbs sleep, use an eye mask or invest in heavy curtains.
  • Sleep in Complete DARKNESS if can.
  • A hot bath before sleep relaxes your body.

A picture shows brainwave when you sleep

How much sleep do we need?

That depends on individual and it decreases with age. Some researchers claim that we may need as much as 91/2 – 10 hours of sleep or we risk chronically under functioning. Other experts believe that while 6 hours of sleep is the MINIMUM to avoid feeling TIRED, 7-8 hours of sleep a night is about the right for most people.

Insomnia ? cannot go to sleep? try those steps given above, the results are great for me. If you still cant, try to take vitamin B, or contact your physician before taking any sleeping pills.

STRESS



STRESS

Most of us know what stress is right? It has been set in our mind that stress is something that gives you headache and makes us under pressure. Well there is a positive part for stress, it keeps us awake, it gives us the incentive to do our best, or the element of risk that sustains ambition. A life without any challenge, with too little to do and to much time, can be as great a source of negative stress as too much work and too many deadlines.

How to handle stress?

Research found that generally the ability to remain fit and cheerful under stress was linked to = commitment to self, job, family, and community; the acceptance of change as part of life; the feeling of control over life, and the belief that you can influence events.

  • Arrive early at work so that you can plan the daily task much better.
  • Organize your day and avoid rushing.
  • Become assertive: learning to say no so that you don’t take on so much.
  • Delegate: hand over jobs so that other people can do.
  • Prioritize tasks to make the most efficient of time.
  • Eat light lunch, away from your work place as possible.
  • Avoid SKIPPING meals and try to eat balanced diet.
  • Avoid working late and take a few quiet minutes alone after work.
  • Make time for relaxation.
  • Aim 6-8 HOURS OF SLEEP each night.

Food To Limit or Replace


FOODS to LIMIT or REPLACE

  • Limit the intake of RED MEAT and CHEESES, which are high in saturated FAT.
  • Saturated FAT intake must be reduce below 10% of total fat calories.
  • Replace butter with low fat spread or margarine and spread it thinly.
  • AVOID JUNK FOODS loaded with colorings and preservatives
  • LIMIT SUGAR intake so that blood sugar levels balance
  • LIMIT SALT intake
  • Reduce Caffeine by limiting tea, coffee or cola drinks or even chocolates.
  • Limit alcohol intake (better not to take at all) its bad for the brain and your body.

MOOD FOODS

MOOD FOODS

What are mood foods? Foods that gives you good mood?, Bad mood?, well the answer is correct for both. But if there is in between I think it still consider correct too.

The Stimulating effects caffeine are well known, Chocolates contains chemical and stimulant that can lift the spirits and passion. High protein foods, such as meat, milk and eggs can produce feelings of calm because they contain an amino acid, trytophan that produces serotonin (mood enhancing neurotransmitter). Starchy and sugary carbohydrate-rich foods also increase blood sugar and are thought to raise serotonin levels. Low level of serotonin may be link to DEPRESSION and HOSTILITY, and low blood sugar to IRRITABILITY, DEPRESSION and MOODSWINGS.

These are only some examples, you can search for more on the search box. So now you know how it works, so whenever you are feeling depressed go eat something, but be careful on your diet, cause you don’t want to bloat up.

The importance of FIBRES

The Importance of FIBRE

Dietary fibre are made up from a very large complex group of substance. Although it is largely composed of carbohydrates, it is not broken down by the body for energy. Fibre is only found in plant and because its resistance to digestive enzymes, it passes trough the gut without being absorbed, helping to soften and increase the bulk of stools. Insoluble fibres (rice, nuts, wholegrain and dried food) speeds the passage of food through the intestines and may help PREVENT the build up of CARCINOGEN that could cause CANCER to COLON.

Water soluble fibres (fruits and vegetables) lowers blood cholesterol levels and inhibits the absorption of glucose into the bloodstream, preventing a sudden rise in blood sugar, which is important for DIABETICS.

Optimum Nutritions Guide


Healthy Eating

Guidelines for OPTIMUM NUTRITIONS

  1. Make half your daily diet starchy complex carbohydrates such as bread, pasta, rice, potatoes, and wholegrain.
  2. Eat at least five portions a day of fruit and vegetables, preferably organic.
  3. Obtain poultry, fish, pulses, cereal and low fat diary products, rather than red meat.
  4. Use skimmed milk and low fat dairy products instead of full fat foods.
  5. Eat oily fish for essential fatty acids.
  6. Use olive oils or other unsaturated oils for salads and cooking.
  7. Eat plenty of foods high in fibers.
  8. Steam vegetables rather than frying or boiling.
  9. Drink fruit juices and enough water to keep urine pale.

Conventional VS Complimentary Diagnosis


Conventional Diagnosis VS Complimentary Diagnosis

Conventional Diagnosis

Conventional doctors look for recognizable symptoms and clinical signs to enable specific disease to be identified and treatment prescribe. Example= (1-5)

1. ILLNESS (Sore throat and chills)

2.CLINICAL SIGNS (Red Throat, raised temperature, swollen lymph nodes in the neck)

3.TEST (Blood count shows increased white cells)

4.DISEASE ( Streptococcal infection)

5.TREATMENT (antibiotics)

Complementary Diagnosis

- Complimentary practitioners use wide range of diagnostic techniques, assessing factors such as physical and emotional health, lifestyle, and personality. A clinical ecologist, example = (1-5)

1.ILLNESS (frequent cold and sore throat)

2.CLINICAL SIGNS (look exhausted, poor circulation in skin, swollen glands in the neck, bloated abdomen)

3.TEST (A diary of dietary intake, and an exclusion diet to establish any food intolerances)

4.CONDITION ( Poor Ability to absorb nutrients due to the food intolerance)

5.TREATMENT (Restore energy with diet and supplements, and exclude irritant foods)

I guess better to do Conventional Diagnosis after all, where it is much more accurate. So readers be aware of this because complementary diagnosis examiner may need more information on you to treat you better. So if you taken any other prescribed drugs, do any medical diagnoses or if you have any other symptoms, always tell the practitioner about it earlier alright? .


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Can the MIND cause Disease?

Can The Mind Cause Disease?

The possibility that individuals may be able to “give” themselves a disease (condition such as disease or cancer or diabetes may due to something they said, did, or didn’t do, years beforehand) has generated feelings of guilt in patients. So far there is no convincing evidence to link any ailment a patient may currently have with any changes in the immune system that resulted from a specific event in the past. Wow I don’t that’s a relieve isn’t it? Cause I don’t believe it either….

Disease such as cancer are more likely to result from a complex interaction of genetic and environmental factors, including nutrition. Emotions probably plays only a small part in determining susceptibility to serious diseases. Psychological factors affect survival, but their influence seems relatively minor, especially in later and serious stages of disease, or when the immune system is severely compromised, as in AIDS.

However this factors could have crucial impact on the quality life and the severity of many chronic diseases. Given a particular circumstances, how a patient copes mentally with stress of these conditions may be significant.

Fasting In ISLAM


Fasting on Islamic Point of View


Fasting is the fourth pillar in Islam perform by Muslims during the month of Ramadhan, in Sunni Islam and one of the Furoo-ad-Deen in Shi'a Islam, and thus one of the most important acts of Islamic worship. By fasting — whether during Ramadhan or other times — a Muslim draws closer to his Lord by abandoning the things he/she enjoys, such as food, drink and sexual intercourse. This makes the sincerity of his/her faith and his/her devotion to Allah (God) all the more evident. The believer knows that Allah will love him/her when he/she is ready to abandon worldly comforts for Allah’s sake.- WIKIPEDIA -

Fasting starts from 10 minutes prior to fajr (dawn), until maghrib (sunset in Sunni Islam; Astronomical Dusk in Shi'a Islam) is observed during the month of Ramadhan.

This is stated in the Qur’an: {O ye who believe! Fasting is prescribed to you as it was prescribed to those before you, that ye may (learn) self-restrain} (Al-Baqarah 2:183).

The Prophet Muhammad (S.A.W) also declares: "It happens that a person who fasts may gain nothing of his fasting but hunger, and it happens that a person who spends his night in prayer may gain nothing from his prayer but sleeplessness" (Narrated by Ibn Majah).

Muslims believe that fasting is more than abstaining from food and drink. It also means to abstain from any falsehood in speech and action, from any ignorant and indecent speech, and from arguing and fighting. Therefore, fasting helps to develop good behavior.

Fasting also inculcates a sense of brotherhood and solidarity, as a Muslim feels and experiences what his needy and hungry brothers and sisters feel. Moreover, Ramadhan is a month of giving charity and sharing meals to break the fast together.

A Muslim is encouraged to read the entire Qur'an during Ramadhan and to perform extra salat (Prayers) at night, which, in Sunni Islam, are known as taraweeh. In almost every masjid in the world, taraweeh prayers are held every night of Ramadhan following isha. Thus Ramadhan becomes a blessed month of physical and spiritual renewal through fasting and worship.

Breaking of Fast

Breaking of Fast

Means - after a period of time of fasting, we break the fast by drinks and foods.
(The picture shows traditional malay food which is "NASI LEMAK", Rice cooked with coconut milk, eggs, anchovies, Sambal (chillies), chickens and etc.)

The success of the fast depends largely on hos it is broken. This is the most significant phase. The main rules for breaking the fast are : do not overeat, eat slowly and chew your food thoroughly ; and take several days for the gradual change to the normal diet. If the transition to
eating solid foods is carefully planned, there will be no discomfort or damage. The patient should
also continue to take rest during the transition period. The right food after a fast is as important
and decisive for proper results as the fast itself.

Benefits of Fasting

BENEFITS OF FASTING


There are several benefit of fasting.During a long fast, the body feeds upon its reserves. Being
deprived of needed nutrients, particularly of protein and fats, it will burn and digest its own
tissues by the process of autolysis or self-digestion. But it will not do so indistriminately. The
body will first decompose and burn those cells and tissues which are diseased, damaged, aged
or dead.

The essential tissues and vital organs, the glands, the nervous system and the brain
are not damaged or digested in fasting. Here lies the secret of the effectiveness of fasting as a
curative and rejuvenative method. During fasting, the building of new and healthy cells are speeded up by the amino acids released from the diseased cells. The capacity of the eliminative organs, that is, lungs, liver, kidneys and the skin is greatly increased as they are relieved of the usual burden of digesting food and eliminating the resultant wastes. They are, therefore, able to quickly expel old accumulated wastes and toxins.

Fasting affords a physiological rest to the digestive, assimilative and protective organs. As a
result, the digestion of food and the utilisation of nutrients is greatly improved after fasting. The
fast also exerts a normalising, stablising and rejuvenating effect on all the vital physiological,
nervous and mental functions.

Fasting Durations

FASTING DURATION

The duration of the fast depends upon the age of the patient, the nature of the disease and the
amount and type of drugs previously used. The duration is important, because long periods of
fasting can be dangerous if undertaken without competent professional guidance. It is, therefore, advisable to undertake a series of short fasts of two to three days and gradually increase the duration of each succeeding fast by a day or so. The period, however, should not exceed a week of total fasting at a time. This will enable the chronically sick body to gradually and slowly eliminate toxic waste matter without seriously affecting the natural functioning of the body. A correct mode of living and a balanced diet after the fast will restore vigour and vitality to the individual.

Fasting is highly beneficial in practically all kinds of stomach and intestinal disorders and in
serious conditions of the kidneys and liver. It is a miracle cure for eczema and other skin
diseases and offers the only hope of permanent cure in many cases. The various nervous
disorders also respond favourably to this mode of treatment.

Fasting should, however, not be restored to in every illness. In cases of diabetes, advanced
stages of tuberculosis, and extreme cases of neurasthenia, long fasts will be harmful. IN most
cases, however , no harm will accrue to fasting patients, provided they take rest, and are under
proper professional care.

WHAT IS FASTING?

WHAT IS FASTING ?

Fasting according to www.dictionary.com is = To abstain from food, To eat very little or abstain from certain foods, especially as a religious discipline, The act or practice of abstaining from or eating very little food, A period of such abstention or self-denial. According to Cambridge Advanced Learner Dictionary, fasting is a period of time when you eat no food for health or religious reason. According to on-line Medical Dictionary, Fasting is abstaining from all foods. Fasting according to WIKIPEDIA, is is the act of willingly abstaining from all food and in some cases drink, for a period of time. Depending on the tradition, fasting practices may forbid sexual intercourse, (or any sexual desire), masturbation, as well as refraining from eating certain types or groups of food (e.g. meat).

Fasting refers to complete abstinence from food for a short or long period for a specific purpose.
The word is derived from the old English, ‘feastan’ which means to fast, observe, be strict.
Fasting is nature’s oldest, most effective and yet least expensive method of treating disease. It is recognised as the cornerstone of natural healing. Dr. Arnold Eheret, the originator of the
muscusless diet healing system, describes it as " nature’s only universal and omnipotent remedy of healing" and "nature’s only fundamental law of all healing and curing. "

The practice of fasting is one of the most ancient customs. It is followed in almost every religion. Islam , the Buddhists, the Hindus and many others have their periods of strict
fasting. The saints of medieval times laid great stress on this method.
Fasting indisease was advocated by the school of natural philosopher, Asclepiades, more than
two thousand years ago. Throughout medical history, it has been regarded as one of the mostdependable curative methods. Hippocrates, Galen, Paracelsus and many other great authorities on medicine prescribed it. Many noted modern physicians have successfully employed this system of healing in the treatment of numerous diseases.

The common cause of all diseases is the accumulation of waste and poisonous matter in the body which results from overeating. The majority of persons eat too much and follow sedentary occupations which do not permit sufficient and proper exercise for utilisation of this large quantity of food. This surplus overburdens the digestive and assimulative organs and clogs up the system with impurities or poisons. Digestion and elimination become slow and the functional activity of the whole system gets deranged.

The onset of disease is merely the process of ridding the system of these impurities. Every
disease can be healed by only one remedy - by doing just the opposite of what causes it, that is,
by reducing the food intake or fasting. By depriving the body of food for a time ,the organs of elimination such as the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs are given opportunity to expel, unhampered, the overload of accumulated waste from the system. Thus, fasting is merely the process of purification and an effective and quick method of cure. It assists nature in her continuous effort to expel foreign matter and disease producing waste from the body, thereby correcting the faults of improper diet and wrong living. It also leads to regeneration of the blood as well as the repair and regeneration of the various tissues of the body.

Homeostasis

HOMEOSTASIS

Holistic practitioners believe that the mind and body tend towards a state of balance, or homeostasis, and have a natural capacity for self regulation. The ability to maintain equilibrium, however, can be overwhelmed when we are under strain, physically or emotionally. Demands on one part of the whole affect other parts – constant emotional pressure or tension for an example, may cause physical fatigue. Optimum health, is therefore achieved by looking after all parts of the whole.


Homeostasis also maintained by nurturing the mind as well as the body. The body should be healthy and the mind alert and active, with a positive attitude.

Treating the WHOLE person (HOLISTIC)

Treating The Whole Person

According to many world health systems, such as neuropathy, homeopathy and traditional Chinese medicine, the body has natural tendency to strive toward equilibrium, or “homeostasis”, when equilibrium is disrupted, holistic practitioners work close with the patient, focusing on all aspects of the patient life to promote self healing. A common misconception is that holistic healing is the sole preserve of complimentary practitioners. In fact many conventional doctors have holistic approach. Considering patients in the contacts of their lifestyle, and emphasizing health education and self care. Psychiatrists and psychologist also give a distinct nod to holistic principles.

On the other hand, not all complimentary therapies are inherently “holistic” or “spiritual” nor are they necessarily anti specific or anti intellectual. Because of this, many practitioners interested in holistic principles often prefer to talk of “integrated” medicine.

An integrated approach can and often does combine the best mainstream medicine and complimentary therapy. Cognitive behavioral might be suggested to evolve strategies for coping with asthma attacks, hypnosis to relieve stress, or purchase of special bedding and vacuum cleaner to minimize housedust mites if they trigger attacks. A complementary meanwhile might describe a herbal remedy to relax bronchial muscles, a diet to eliminate food intolerances, acupuncture to restore the flow of “QI” or massage with essential oils to ease tension and to induce relaxation.

- Introduction -


Nature cure is a constructive method of treatment which aims at removing the basic cause of disease through the rational use of the elements freely available in nature. It is not only a system of healing, but also a way of life, in tune with the internal vital forces or natural elements comprising the human body. It is a complete revolution in the art and science of living.
Although the term ‘ naturopathy’ is of relatively recent origin, the philosophical basis and several of the methods of nature cure treatments are ancient. It was practised in ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome.

Nature cure believes that disease is an abnormal condition of the body resulting from the violation of the natural laws. Every such violation has repercussions on the human system in the shape of lowered vitality, irregularities of the blood and lymph and the accumulation of waste matter and toxins. Thus, through a faulty diet it is not the digestive system alone which is adversely affected. When toxins accumulate, other organs such as the bowels, kidneys, skin and lungs are overworked and cannot get rid of these harmful substances as quickly as they are produced.

Besides this, mental and emotional disturbances cause imbalances of the vital electric field within which cell metabolism takes place, producing toxins. When the soil of this electric filed is undisturbed, disease-causing germs can live in it without multiplying or producing toxins. It is only when it is disturbed or when the blood is polluted with toxic waste that the germs multiply and become harmful.

Nature Cure or Modern Cure ?

The modern medical system treats the symptoms and suppresses the disease but does little to ascertain the real cause. Toxic drugs which may suppress or relieve some ailments usually have harmful side-effects.

Drugs usually hinder the self-healing efforts of the body and make recovery more difficult. In other words, modern medical system by using chemical drugs may cure the disease but not up to the root of disease and it may have some harmfull side effects and maybe can lead to irritating allergies.

"According to the late Sir William Osler, an eminent physician and surgeon, when drugs are used, the patient has to recover twice - once from the illness, and once from the drug."

Drugs cannot cure diseases; disease continues. It is only its pattern that changes. Drugs also produce dietary deficiencies by destroying nutrients, using them up, and preventing their absorption. Moreover, the toxicity they produce occurs at a time when the body is least capable of coping with it.

The power to restore health thus lies not in drugs,but in nature. The approach of modern system is more on combative lines after the disease has set in, whereas nature cure system lays greater emphasis on preventive method and adopts measures to attain and maintain health and prevent disease. The modern medical system treats each disease as a separate entity, requiring specific drug for its cure, whereas the nature cure system treats the organism as a whole and seeks to restore harmony to the whole of the patient’s being.

How Nature Cures

The nature cure system aims at the readjustment of the human system from abnormal to normal conditions and functions, and adopts methods of cure which are in conformity with the constructive principles of nature. Such methods remove from the system the accumulation of toxic matter and poisons without in any way injuring the vital organs of the body. They also stimulate the organs of elimination and purification to better functioning.

To cure disease, the first and foremost requirement is to regulate the diet. To get rid of accumulated toxins and restore the equilibrium of the system, it is desirable to completely exclude acid-forming foods, including proteins, starches and fats, for a week or more and to confine the diet to fresh fruits which will disinfect the stomach and alimentary canal. If the body is overloaded with morbid matter, as in acute disease, a complete fast for a few days may be necessary for the elimination of toxins. Fruit juice may, however, be taken during a fast.

A simple rule is : do not eat when you are sick, stick to a light diet of fresh fruits. Wait for the return of the usual healthy appetite. Loss of appetite is Nature’s warning that no burden should be placed on the digestive organs. Alkaline foods such as raw vegetables and sprouted whole grain cereals may be added after a week of a fruits-only diet.

Another important factor in the cure of diseases by natural methods is to stimulate the vitality of the body. This can be achieved by using water in various ways and at varying temperatures in the form of packs or baths. The application of cold water, especially to the abdomen, the seat of most diseases, and to the sexual organs, through a cold sitting ( hip) bath immediately lowers body heat and stimulates the nervous system.

In the form of wet packs, hydrotherapy offers a simple natural method of abating fevers and reducing pain and inflammation without any harmful side-effects. Warm water applications, on the other hand, are relaxing.

Other natural methods useful in the cure of diseases are air and sunbaths, exercise and massage. Air and sunbaths revive dead skin and help maintain it in a normal condition.

Exercise, especially yogic asanas,promotes inner health and harmony and helps eliminate all tension : physical, mental and emotional. Massage tones up the nervous system and quickens blood circulation and the metabolic process.

Thus a well-balanced diet, sufficient physical exercise, the observation of the other laws of well-being such as fresh air, plenty of sunlight, pure drinking water,scrupulous cleanliness, adequate rest and right mental attitude can ensure proper health and prevent disease.
 
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