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Intermittent fasting and its benefits.

Introduction:

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It does not say anything about which foods to eat, but rather when you should eat them. There are several different intermittent fasting methods, all of which split the day or week into eating periods and fasting periods.

What is the premise of intermittent fasting?

The premise is that a minimum of an 8 hour span is necessary in order for your body to assimilate and metabolize the foods you eat. It is believed that all modern illness is due to overeating and that in 6 weeks these illnesses can be surmounted by fasting intermittently.   

Benefits of intermittent fasting:

Fat burning

It improves fat burning in the body. It is seen that many participants lose about 10% of their waist circumference.  This is due to reductions in insulin and increases in growth hormone.  Intermittent fasting can also decrease insulin levels and lower “bad” LDL cholesterol levels.

Slows the ageing process

It slows the aging process. It is said to keep the mitochondria in a youthful state, and literally rejuvenates our bodies by triggering detoxification.

Reduces inflammation

Intermittent fasting reduces inflammation, hence chronic disease are reversed.   And health is restored.  Intermittent fasting reduces the release of free radicals.  Intermittent fasting along with increased water consumption will help eliminate inflammation in many individuals.

Improves brain function

Intermittent fasting improves brain function. People who try intermittent fasting report feeling sharper minded and focused.

Reduces the risk of Heart disease and Diabetes

Intermittent fasting reduces the risk of heart disease and diabetes. 

Reduces oxidative stress in the body

Intermittent fasting reduces oxidative stress as a result of which chronic diseases are ameliorated.

Conclusion:

Intermittent fasting is an eating pattern where you cycle between periods of eating and fasting. It has become quite popular in recent times and there is a lot of research to suggest that it is beneficial to the body.

Health Benefits of Meditation.

Introduction:

Meditation is a simple way of liberating your mind, forgetting about daily anxieties and focusing on mental relaxation. Going into a meditative state involves learning to become a passive observer of one’s thoughts. It does not mean suppressing them or attempting to force them to disappear.

Five tips for beginners to learn how to meditate:

1)  Find a quiet, peaceful place.

2)  Sit comfortably, with eyes closed and focus on the region of the heart.

3)  Imagine that the source of light is within the heart and focus within.

4)  Meditate for 10 minutes by watching your thoughts and watching the watcher of your thoughts until you feel ready to come out of the meditation.

5)  Repeat it every day, in the morning and the evening. Incorporating this time for quiet contemplation and reflection can bring you enormous mental and physical benefits.

Benefits of Meditation:

Reduces stress and bring peace:

Most people understand that meditation reduces stress and promotes peace of mind. As you allow your mind to settle on one continuous thought, instead of being pulled in all directions, your stress level reduces. Other health problems like high blood pressure, irregular or high heartbeat, high pulse rate, abnormal breathing patterns, and anxiety also are regulated.

Helps in concentration:

Meditation is a great aid in regulating the mind.  When you pay attention to every unnecessary thought, you are drawn away from what is truly important. Practicing meditation helps you to gently ignore what is unnecessary and focus more on what is important. This gives you greater clarity and makes you faster and more capable of anything that you do.

May Reduce Memory Loss

Meditation may help keep your mind young for as long as possible.

Helps you sleep better:

If you practice meditation on a regular basis, you will gradually begin to cherish the present moment. Worries of the day and the future will not trouble you, allowing you to sleep soundly. When you wake up the next morning, you’ll feel lighter and fresher. Maintaining a balanced sleep cycle can help to eliminate many health problems.

Makes you emotionally stronger:

During the meditation process, where we are constantly focusing our attention on one thing, we learn to let go of unnecessary thoughts. Meditation is a process of self-discovery. By understanding ourselves, we are able to build our emotional resilience and tap into our inner intuition.

Keeps you active throughout the day:

One who is committed to balancing their mental energies is also a lot more energized. The positivity that you develop in your mind will give you the zest and enthusiasm to maximize your productivity throughout the day.

Meditation boosts the immune system:

As we reduce our stress, the immune system is boosted and so is our general wellbeing.

Meditation causes muscle relaxation:

Muscle tension is generally caused by stress and when left unchecked can cause all kinds of problems such as vertebrae displacement, spinal issues and lack of mobility in the body.

 Meditation slows the ageing process:

 Meditation significantly increases melatonin and DHEA and decreases cortisol, which has a significant impact on slowing the ageing process down.

Meditation increases your sense of purpose and meaning:

The more you meditate the more you become aware of what you like and don’t like. Regular meditation gives rise to clarity about what is important in life and a sense of confidence to make the right choices. 

Meditation improves sociability:

Taking time out for you is really important but for us to live a full rich life, we need meaningful connections with others.  Meditation increases our ability to get out there and connect with others as a result of feeling more connected to ourselves and clearer and more confident about what is happening inside us.

Conclusion:

Regular Meditation reduces Stress. It controls anxiety. It promotes emotional health, enhances Self-Awareness, lengthens attention Span, It reduces age-related memory Loss. It also promotes love and helps fight additions.

Herbs for stress and anxiety.

Introduction:

The constant urge among the masses to stay ahead in life is mostly followed by stress and anxiety. In the hectic schedule of day to day life, we often feel stressed

Some of us try various over-the-counter drugs and meditation techniques to calm their mind. What is less known is that there are also some natural herbs that you can try to fight stress and anxiety in day-to-day life. These herbs are safe, natural and rarely have any side-effects.

Some useful Herbs:

Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is a powerful rejuvenating herb that is used for preparing Ayurvedic medicine for the past 2000 years. Ashwagandha can help to reduce the cortisol level in the body, which is the main stress hormone. Regular intake of Ashwagandha can help to cope up with the problems of stress, anxiety, depression and poor sleep.

Brahmi

Brahmi has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for a long time to improve memory, reduce anxiety and tackle other health issues. Brahmi boosts brain function, and may also play a role in alleviating anxiety and stress. Apart from this, it is a powerful antioxidant that can be beneficial in treating chronic conditions such as diabetes and cancer.

Tulsi (Basil)

Tulsi is a common herb found in almost every Indian household. This herb is known for its powerful antioxidant properties and can help in regulating the blood sugar level. Tulsi promotes a sense of calmness and is quite effective in treating anxiety and stress.  Tulsi will help to boost immunity and will keep cold and flu at bay.

Lemon balm

Lemon balm is an herb from the mint family has a lemon aroma. It is a powerful relaxing and mood-boosting herb. It also has a soothing and anti-anxiety effect. This herb is also beneficial in treating insomnia, indigestion, dementia and Alzheimer disease.

Bhringaraj

Drinking Bhringaraj tea can calm your mind and relax your body. The compounds found in this herb can energize your brain by increasing your blood circulation, which ultimately helps to relax your mind and your body. It also encourages sound sleep at night.

Conclusion:

These herbs are generally healthy and safe. Caution must be exercised by pregnant or breastfeeding women. People suffering from autoimmune diseases may be advised to avoid them.

How to beat the Flu naturally.

Introduction:

The flu (or influenza) is caused by a virus. Several kinds of viruses can give you the flu. While there’s no treatment for the flu, there are natural remedies that might help soothe flu symptoms.

Drink water and fluids

Drinking water and other fluids is even more important when you have the flu. This is true whether you have a respiratory flu or a stomach flu.

Water helps to keep your nose, mouth, and throat moist. This helps your body get rid of built-up mucous and phlegm.

Get plenty of rest

It’s important to rest and get more sleep when you have the flu. Sleeping can help boost your immune system. This helps your body fight off the flu virus.

Drink warm broth

Bone broth is also naturally high in protein and minerals like sodium and potassium. Drinking broth is a good way to replenish these nutrients while you have the flu. You can buy ready-made varieties, but be sure to look for those that are low in

Increase your zinc intake

The mineral zinc is important for your immune system. This nutrient helps your body make germ-fighting white blood cells.  Zinc helps your body fight the flu virus and may slow down how fast it multiplies.

You can take a zinc supplement or a multivitamin with zinc during flu season. You can normally get plenty of zinc from a balanced daily diet.  Some foods rich in zinc are fish, lentils. chickpeas, beans, nuts, seeds, dairy and eggs.

Rinse with salt water

A warm water and salt rinse (sometimes called a salt water gargle) can soothe a sore throat. It can also help to clear mucous.

Drink herbal tea

Several herbs have natural antiviral and antibacterial properties. Star anise is a star-shaped spice.  Its antiviral properties are effective against some kinds of flu viruses. Other herbs and green leafy teas also have germ-fighting and antioxidant benefits.

An herbal tea may help your body fight off the flu virus. A hot herbal drink is also soothing to your throat and sinuses.

You can make a flu-fighting herbal tea with star anise and other herbs like: green or black tea, turmeric, fresh or dried ginger paste, fresh garlic and cloves.

Essential oils

Some essential oils protect against viruses and bacteria and prevent virus multiplication. Some essential oils are; cinnamon oil, peppermint oil, eucalyptus oil, geranium oil, lemon oil, thyme oil and oregano oil.

Use a humidifier.

The flu virus survives longer in dry indoor air. This may make the virus spread more easily. Using a humidifier to add humidity in your home and workplace might help reduce flu viruses in the air.

Bland diet

If you have the stomach flu, eat small amounts of food at a time. Try hand-sized portions.

The stomach flu can give you nausea, cramps, and diarrhoea. Bland foods are easier to digest and may help ease your stomach symptoms.

Foods to avoid while you have the stomach flu

They are milk, cheese, caffeine, meats, spicy foods, fried foods and alcohol.

Conclusion:

The Flu is seasonal and is self limiting and by following this natural remedies, its virulent course can be mitigated in most cases.