Archive for July, 2010

PostHeaderIcon Yoga flow techniques for health improvement

The ancient body healing art of Yoga may have originated in India but is now practiced all across the world for various reasons ranging from weight management to stress relief and other physical and mental improvements. Learning the correct yoga flow technique can ensure holistic health improvement and vitality and can be easily incorporated in any strength training program.

You can learn the Vinyasa “Flow” yoga in which various yoga poses are connected to form a seamless workout session. In this yoga flow technique the primary emphasis is on maintaining the link between different postures and controlled breathing so that both mind and body can benefit from the exercise. The best part about this yoga is that it is quite flexible and can include a variety of asanas or poses depending on the style of the teacher. This not only helps in building physical stamina but offers mental revitalization as well.

PostHeaderIcon Cardio exercises

Cardio exercises or cardiovascular exercises are so called as they increase the heart rate and keep it elevated during the course of the work out and thus help in burning calories, improving metabolism and enhancing the capacity of lungs. These are often an integral part of weight loss and weight maintenance regimens and help a person achieve a toned look in a matter of few weeks. Some of the most popular cardio exercises that you can include in your daily work out regimen are running, bicycling, cross-country skiing, swimming, step aerobics, rowing, elliptical training, walking, rock climbing and playing handball.

You can choose any of the above mentioned activity that you enjoy and burn off those stubborn fat cells while having fun. However, it is important to do a 10 to 15 minutes warm up before doing cardio exercises so that the heart rate increases gradually. Similarly, you should wrap up your cardio exercise session with light cardio and stretch exercises.

PostHeaderIcon Effects of dietary fats on Heart Disease

With so many classifications of dietary fats, it often becomes difficult to determine which fats are harmful and have an adverse affect on the heart, and which is healthy fat that aids in proper functioning of the heart. To make things simpler for you, you should always opt for unsaturated fat over saturated or trans fat.

As most food items contain several different kinds of fats such as saturated, polyunsaturated, monounsaturated and trans fats, there is no need to eliminate them altogether from your diet. All you need to do is make a more healthy choice and enjoy the same in moderate amounts.

Using liquid plant oils for cooking and baking is a good way to reduce the intake of saturated or trans fats that increase the risk of heart disease by increasing your total and LDL (“bad”) cholesterol. Opting for white or lean mean over red meat is also an ideal way to reduce your risk of heart diseases.

PostHeaderIcon Digestive Enzymes are very important

One of the most frequently asked questions that you are likely to come across in almost every medical journal is how important are digestive enzymes. The digestive enzymes are actually energized protein molecules that aid in the digestion of food and absorption of nutrients. Some of the benefits of these enzymes are stimulating the immune system, assimilating fats, breaking down crystalline deposits, increasing energy, breaking up cholesterol deposits, reducing bacteria and increasing the white blood cell size and activity.

That apart, digestion enzymes also aid in assimilating and eliminating toxins from the body, increasing the surface area of the red blood cells to enable them to carry more oxygen to all parts of the body, eliminating yeast, breaking up and dissolving uric acid crystals and raising T-Cell activity and production. By maintaining adequate intake of digestion enzymes you can also slow down the ageing process and improve your overall health.

PostHeaderIcon Depression and Fatigue

Depression and fatigue are interconnected in more ways that we can think of. In fact, it will not be wrong to say that depression and fatigue reinforce each other thus forming a vicious cycle of negativity that is difficult to break through. The more depressed a person is, the more likely he or she is to feel fatigued. Though medical researchers have long been aware of the symbiotic relation between chronic fatigue syndrome and severe mental depression, ascertaining which symptom comes first is still a mystery.

However, the circular nature of depression and fatigue has led medical experts all over the world to believe that the symptom of depression and the symptom of fatigue can appear simultaneously. One of the easiest ways to treat both these conditions is by exercising regularly. The physical workout increases the body stamina and once you feel more energetic, you are likely to feel less depressed.

PostHeaderIcon Can Vitamins Prevent Disease

The internet is flooded with research papers that claim that regular intake of vitamins can prevent almost all kinds of diseases. Most of these are sponsored articles that aim to increase the sales of vitamin supplements, and there is only a small iota of truth in these claims.One cannot deny the role of vitamins in maintaining overall health and preventing diseases, however, this is not true for all the ailments.

An adequate intake of certain vitamins can prevent only those diseases that have been caused due to deficiency of vitamins in the body. In case of ailments caused by other reasons, intake of vitamins can only help to provide limited relief or to alleviate the symptoms to some extent. Thus, it will be wrong to think that regular intake of vitamins is an effective way to prevent or cure various kinds of diseases. Such statements are misleading and should not be promoted.

PostHeaderIcon Our Approach to Autoimmune Diseases

Before we discuss about the approach to autoimmune diseases, let us first understand what they are exactly. These diseases are caused due to overactive immune response of the body against substances and tissues that are normally present in the body. To put it simply, the body goes in an attack mode targeting its own cells. This happens when the immune system mistakes some part of the body as a pathogen and attacks it.

This attack may either be restricted to a specific organ or may involve attacking a particular tissue that is found in different places in the body. This aberrant reaction of the body’s immune system is usually treated with immunosuppression in which a medication is used to decrease the immune response. According to some medical researches, the main culprit behind this condition is a bad diet and following a correct diet can prove extremely helpful in treating this condition.

PostHeaderIcon Avoid Overeating

Very few people actually realize that they are overeating when they go to a party or a restaurant or have prepared their favorite dish at home. The definition of overeating is a tricky one. People often describe overeating as eating more than the regular portion of food they indulge in, especially if it is a greasy food. However, even if you take a bite of apple after you are full, it qualifies as overeating.

Some easy tips to avoid overeating are drinking a glass of water just prior to having your meal, eating multiple, small meals in a day instead of three large meals and resisting the temptation to indulge in comfort foods every time you feel low. It is also important that you do not try to finish off an entire portion of a dish served at a restaurant. Instead, ask the waiter to pack half of it to go.

PostHeaderIcon Asthmatics helped with Magnesium

According to the recently conducted studies about the relation between magnesium levels in the body and the instances of asthmatic attacks, it has been proven that taking magnesium supplements can help in the treatment of asthma. As most asthmatic attacks are triggered by allergies, increased magnesium levels in the body help fight this and maintain the overall lung health and prevent the constriction of bronchial valves.

Since a majority of the food items that we consume today are heavily refined, we do not get sufficient amount of magnesium in our diet. That apart, even if we resort to eating raw foods daily that are rich in magnesium, most of the mineral is lost by drinking coffee, alcohol, soda or soft drinks. That apart a lot of magnesium is also lost during the cooking process and by the use of salt. Some doctors prescribe a good magnesium citrate supplement to their asthmatic patients.