All posts by Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan

About Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan

Hi, I am Dr. Rajesh Vishwanathan. I am a Family Physician with a deep interest in Diabetes and Alternative Medicine. I live and practice in Mumbai, India. My aim is to make the world a better place by introducing Alternative medicine with the main stream, so as to have an Integrative System of Medicine, that is both gentle and holistic.

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.

How to boost your energy.

Introduction:

When you think about being tired and needing more energy, does coffee or energy drinks pop up in your mind? Well it is not surprising, since this is where most people’s thoughts go. But believe it or not, there are many ways to boost your energy levels more naturally without even consuming caffeine.

Some of the methods to boost your energy:

Try to Get More Sleep:

The better you sleep you get, the more energy in the morning.  If you have a habit of getting poor sleep that is constantly interrupted, then you will have low energy during the day. Start a night time routine that gets you restful for sleep, go to bed at a decent hour, and try to remove distractions like turning off your phone and keeping the TV off.

Take Your Vitamins:

You also want to be sure you are eating a well balanced diet that allows you to get all the important nutrients you need for proper energy. If you don’t have enough vitamin D in your diet and don’t get regular access to sunlight, your vitamin D could be low, leading to deficiencies. You also need other nutrients, including protein and carbohydrtates for energy.

Chia Seeds help:

Chia seeds are an excellent source of energy-producing nutrients, including healthy fats, fibre, and protein. They are really easy to use in drinks, meals, and snacks.  You can also use chia seeds in a number of ways such as chia seed pudding, or milk shakes. You can also add any flavours you may fancy.

Get Regular Exercise:

Exercise is going to help your energy levels in a number of different ways. First, it helps to boost your mood and give you an instant burst of energy once your workout is over. Exercising in the morning can be really beneficial. Exercising more often also makes it to where you are more rested at night, helping you to get more sleep.

Reduce Stress:

It’s not uncommon for people with busy lives to feel stressed, anxious or overwhelmed.  Feelings of stress can mean that you struggle to concentrate, experience racing thoughts and have difficulty switching off.  This can take a toll on your physical and mental health. Feeling stressed has been closely linked to tiredness in many cases; it may not be possible to completely remove sources of stress from your life. However, if you minimize lifestyle related stress, it could increase your energy levels.

You could improve your energy levels include taking some time for yourself to relax, reading or going for a walk. You could also try mindfulness or yoga and pranayama techniques, which may reduce anxiety

Avoid Smoking:

Smoking is one of the worst things you can do for your health.

The smoke from cigarettes is extremely harmful and increases your risk of numerous health conditions such as lung cancer, heart disease and stroke.

The toxins and tar in the smoke also reduce the efficiency of your lungs.  This can reduce the amount of oxygen transported around your body, making you feel tired.

If you’re a smoker, quitting smoking is the best thing you can do for your energy levels and your health.

Limit Alcohol intake:

Alcohol consumption is another lifestyle habit which may make you feel tired. This is because alcohol can act as a sedative and make you feel drowsy. Regularly drinking alcohol before bed can interfere with the quality of your sleep. This could make you feel more tired. Alcohol can also act as a diuretic, meaning that if you drink it before bed it can make you get up at night to pee, disturbing your sleep.

Avoid added Sugar:

When you feel tired, it can be easy to reach for a sweet, sugar-filled snack. Sugar can give you a short-term energy boost, and it will wear off quickly.

Eating large amounts of added sugar may also increase your risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease. Limiting added sugar in your diet is not only good for your energy levels but also for your health.

Stay Hydrated:

Depending on age, your body is made of 55–75% water. During the day, you lose water via urine and sweat. So in order to stay hydrated, you need to drink enough water to compensate for this loss.  Dehydration can affect your brain function, mood and energy levels

Be sociable:

Social connections are incredibly important for maintaining good health. Some countries in the world with unusually low rates of disease and a high number of centenarians, one of the common factors are a strong social support network.   Social isolation can cause low mood and tiredness, especially as you get older.

The Bottom line:

Many people feel tired and lack the energy to function at their best throughout the day.  However, drinking enough water, eating healthily, getting enough sleep and exercise and being sociable can benefit your energy levels and your health.  If you feel tired, it’s worth taking a look at your lifestyle to see which healthy changes you can make to boost your energy levels and make you feel great.

Common reasons for developing Sciatica.

Introduction:

Sciatica is a term that describes symptoms of pain, numbness, and/or weakness that radiate along the sciatic nerve from the lower back to the buttocks and leg. Usually sciatica symptoms are typically felt on only one side of the body.

Some of the reasons for developing Sciatica:

Aging

As we get older, our bodies lose suppleness and it takes longer to heal from injuries. One common form of pain associated with aging is back pain, which is closely related to sciatica.

Smoking

Smoking is bad for the lungs; it can also increase the risk of suffering from back pain and sciatica. Smoking increases inflammation, reduces circulation, and weakens the immune system. Furthermore, it makes it more difficult for your body to function and heal from injuries.

History of Low Back Pain

Studies show that patients who have low back pain are likely to develop sciatica. Because low back pain can result in inflammation in the lumbar region and spine.

Overall Poor Health

Eating healthily and exercising regularly isn’t necessary just for feeling and/or looking good, it can reduce the likelihood of developing sciatic pain and help to reduce inflammation.  Being active reduces the chances of developing back pain.

Obesity

Being overweight is one of the strongest predictors of back pain and other musculoskeletal problems – including sciatica. Being obese increases the inflammatory markers in the body and sciatic pain is caused by inflammation of the sciatic nerve. Therefore, if your body is in an inflammatory state, you are more likely to experience the sciatica problem.

Work-Related Injuries

On-the-job injuries caused from being too sedentary or making repetitive movements can increase the risk of developing sciatic pain. In particular, standing or walking for long periods of time, driving for long periods of time, kneeling for more than 15 minutes at a time. To prevent work-related injury, it is important to take breaks frequently, rest, and stretch your muscles.

Sleep Problems

If one has sleep problems the risk of developing back pain and sciatica is increased. Poor sleep is associated with several conditions, including poor general health, obesity, and chronic back pain. Getting enough sleep reduces inflammation, and thus reduces the incidence of sciatica.

Psychological Distress

Low back pain and Sciatica are linked to feelings of being overwhelmed or being under pressure.

Direct Injury

Sciatica can be caused by an injury to the hip or buttocks. Sitting on a bulk wallet, for instance, would put pressure on the nerve directly.

A Holistic Approach to Recovery

Many factors play a role in the development of sciatica. By taking steps to improve your overall health and mental well-being, you can reduce the inflammation in your body and, as a result, safeguard sciatica. Lifestyle changes, diet, yoga and stress reduction helps a lot to reduce the pain in Sciatica.

Medical benefits of Hydrogen Peroxide.

Introduction:

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound with the formula H ₂O ₂. In its pure form, it is a very pale blue, clear liquid, slightly more viscous than water. Hydrogen peroxide is used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and antiseptic and is one of the most common household disinfectants in the world.

Common uses of Hydrogen Peroxide:

Disinfects Small Wounds

Hydrogen peroxide is a natural anti-septic, therefore one of its most common uses is to clean wounds to prevent infection. It can be used to clear acne and small boils.

Bleach Your Hair:

It is gentle household bleach. Hydrogen peroxide is also great for lightening the hair

Whitening Teeth:

Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a homemade tooth  whitener. It removes stains from the teeth when used daily  

Antiseptic Mouth Rinse:

It is useful in eliminating Halitosis (bad breath) when used as a mouth rinse.

Whiten Your Nails

Soak fingertips and toes in hydrogen peroxide to naturally whiten your nails.

Soften Corns & Calluses

Soaking a corn or calluses can naturally soften them..

Remove Ear Wax:

Ear wax can be removed by putting a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide into ears and waiting  a minute or two, then follow up with a couple of drops of olive oil. Wait another minute, then drain fluid from ears to remove ear wax.

Prevents fungus of the ear:

Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a small dropper bottle. Put several drops in each ear after swimming to prevent fungus infection.

It Kills Sub-dermal Parasites:

When applied on the skin hydrogen peroxide kills mites or other parasites naturally.

Treats Foot Fungus:

Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water in a dark-coloured spray bottle and apply to skin affected by foot fungus and this stops the fungal growth.

Conclusion:

Hydrogen Peroxide has multifarious uses as an anti-infective agent and also is useful in cleaning kitchen and bathrooms.

Raw Potato Juice and its benefits.

Introduction:

Potato juice is among the most alkaline foods and helps neutralize stomach acid and can soothe stomach pain.  When consumed in their raw state, they preserve a type of resistant starch that is beneficial in gastrointestinal disturbances. It has benefits on the skin, detoxifying the body and it useful in kidney, cardiovascular, cancer and digestive diseases.  Potato juice is filled with key vitamins, phyto-chemicals, and nutrients.

Vitamin C:

Potatoes contain just over 100 percent of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. Vitamin C helps the body to absorb iron and form collagen in blood vessels, muscle, cartilage, and bone. Its antioxidant properties can also improve overall skin health by helping relieve puffiness, reduce irritation, and create a youthful glow.

Vitamin B complex:

A one-cup serving of potatoes contains around 40 percent of your daily thiamine) and niacin.  It also has small amounts of riboflavin, and vitamin B-6.

B vitamins are vital for helping the body convert carbohydrates into glucose, generating energy. B complex vitamins also support the brain and nervous system function, promote healthy hair and skin, and help maintain liver health.

Potato juice is rich in Iron:

Iron helps fighting fatigue. It also keeps red blood cells healthy and helps move oxygen throughout your body. A serving of potatoes can supply around 14 percent of your daily recommended intake.

Rich in Zinc:

Zinc keeps the immune system healthy and helps speed wound healing.  A one-cup serving of potatoes contains around 1 milligram of zinc. This is about 10% of the recommended daily serving for human beings.

It has Vitamin K

Vitamin, K is a fat soluble vitamin and is vital for blood clotting and for preventing bone loss. It also supports the transport of calcium throughout the body. Raw potatoes contain about 5 percent of your recommended daily intake.

Potato juice has antioxidants:

Potato juice has antioxidants and phyto-chemicals that are key to preventing disease, controlling inflammation, and reducing early aging. Raw potatoes contain a variety of antioxidants in their colored flesh and skin, namely those from the carotenoid family. This includes lutein, zeaxanthin, and violaxanthin.

Conclusion:

Potato juice can also be one of many ingredients in a power-packed green concoction of spinach, kale, beet, basil and cucumber. Potato juice can ward off inflammation, produce good health that result in a glow of the skin. It is said to boost the immune system and reduce the pain in arthritis. It heals peptic ulcer disease and detoxifies the liver. It is said to reduce lipids and prevent cardiovascular disease.

Perk your immunity and heal faster.

Introduction:

The human body is fully capable of healing itself in optimum conditions. This because of an intelligent system in the body called as the Immune defence, which has the uncanny ability to fight a cold and also end-stage cancer. To be healthy, one has to build up one’s immune defence.

How to build up the immune system:

Focus on vitamin D
This mineral has always been related to strengthening bones but its benefits are many. It’s vital to understand that an appropriate level of vitamin D can heal diabetes, cardiovascular ailments, even cancer. A good vitamin D level is a forerunner to a strong immunity. One of the best sources for vitamin D is the morning sun.  Best edibles sources of natural vitamin D are: mushroom, egg yolk, fatty fish; just to name a few.

Garlic reinforces the immune system

Garlic is an age-old super-food that boosts the immune system and is an effective solution for the treatment of various ailments.

Green tea and Chamomile tea
these are the best options to strengthen the body’s immunity level. Green tea and Chamomile tea are full of antioxidants; these herbal infusions enhance the level of immunity and help in the speedy recovery from illness.


Significance of antioxidants
The health benefits of antioxidants are immeasurable. They greatly support the immune system. Some naturally occurring antioxidants in nature are sunflower seeds, goji berries and pumpkin seeds. These pack in a wealth of essential nutrients and provide life saving antioxidants.

Light exercises
When you aren’t keeping well, refrain from any rigorous workout regimen. During such times, it’s great to perform exercises that don’t exert too much pressure on your body. These can include getting out and deeply breathing fresh air, walking, and yoga exercises.

Avoid greasy, processed foods
If you want to stay healthy please keep away from fatty and unhealthy treats.

Get plenty of rest
The most significant step towards achieving great health and immunity, is to get plenty of sleep. Sleeping at a cellular level ensures cellular repair and a great level of immunity.

Other foods to strengthen your immunity levels


Kombucha is a fermented tea that produces good bacteria in your gut.  It is made by adding bacteria and yeast to sugar and black or green tea and allowing the brew to ferment.  Another good source of probiotics is kefir, offers great benefits to your digestive system and increases your immunity level. It is 99% per cent free from lactose. Fermented edibles like yogurt and kimchi boast of probiotic supplements.  Apple cider vinegar acts as a great prebiotic, which is a soluble dietary fibre used to stimulate the growth of probiotics in our digestive tract.

Conclusion:

It is obvious that simple home remedies and lifestyle changes can go a long way to keep the immunity high and enjoy positive health.

How useful is Oregano oil?

Introduction:

Oregano is one of the best herbs for holistic medicine. The oil of oregano is rich in natural medicine.

Some medicinal uses of Oregano:

Natural Antibiotic. Research has also shown that oregano oil may be effective against types of bacteria that can become resistant to antibiotics. This includes ESBL pathogens Pseudomonas aeruginosa and E. coli, both of which are common causes of urinary tract and respiratory tract infections.

Improve Gut Health – Oregano may help improve the health of your gut. Oregano oil help against a leaky gut“(when the gut is so damaged that bacteria and toxins leak into the bloodstream) but it could also help alleviate gut symptoms such as diarrheal, pain and bloating.

Anti-Inflammatory – inflammation is a major cause of many medical problems, and it can be partially attributed to the average diet, which is highly inflammatory!  But oregano oil may be able to help with the inflammation.  One study in particular, found that oregano oil, along with thyme oil, reduced inflammatory markers in the blood.

Pain Relief – Oregano oil has significantly reduced pain in mice.

Help Treat Yeast Infections – Yeast is a type of fungus. And while it can be mostly harmless, an overgrowth can result in gut problems and uncomfortable infections, such as thrush. Oregano oil has been found to be effective against five different types of Candida, such as those that cause infections in the mouth and vagina.

Conclusion:

Oregano oil has been found useful as a food supplement and also useful when gargled and has the capacity to pull out toxins for the both. It is a very promising oil of the 21st century.