Archive for April 5th, 2013

Coconut water lowers blood pressure levels

Friday, April 5th, 2013

World Health Day is observed on April 7th

According to the American Heart Association, one out of every three adults (33%) suffers with elevated blood pressure, is at constant risk of heart trouble. 69% of people who have a first heart attack, 77% of people who have a first stroke, and 74% of people with chronic heart failure have high blood pressure. High blood pressure is also a major risk factor for kidney disease. High blood pressure is no longer just an affliction of the elderly, as more than one-third of young people between the ages of 16 and 34 are now said to suffer from some form of hypertension.

Even if you are middle aged and enjoy normal BP, you still have a 90% lifetime risk of developing hypertension. People with a systolic BP of 120 to 139 mm HG or a diastolic BP of 80 to 89 mm HG are considered borderline hypertensive and require immediate changes in diet and lifestyle.

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Natural wonder – Pomegranate

Friday, April 5th, 2013

They are delicious and tangy and have a mellow fragrance you can’t miss. The delicious pomegranate is a natural wonder if there ever was one.

Pomegranate and its nutrients:

Native to Persia and the western Himalayan range, this wonder fruit is credited with being one of the healthiest fruits. A cluster of red, plump flesh covering seeds, they are rich in antioxidants and  vitamins, and make for an excellent source of fibre, too.

These health-giving seeds or arils as they are also called, are perfectly suited for juicing or eating whole on salads, yoghurt, or as a topping on any other food you love.

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Psychosomatic disorders are caused by stress: Dr. Liza misra

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Dr.Liza Mishra is a member of Indian medical association, Bombay psychiatric society, Santacruz medical association and Behavioural science network.

She has been trained in hypnotherapy, neuro linguistic programming, jungian dream analysis and narrative therapy. Her areas of work interest include integrated forms of psychotherapy, cognitive behaviour therapy for depression and anxiety for all age groups and specialized in children and adolescent issues for behavioural issues.

Dr.Liza Mishra answered Sify readers’ queries related to the above in an exclusive chat. Read the transcript below.

How does hypnotherapy help in depression

Hypnotherapy is not very effective for depression. Cognitive therapy is very effective for depression. I use Hypnotherapy for psychosomatic disorders and anxiety.

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Beauty splash – Turmeric

Friday, April 5th, 2013

It added color to your food, gave it that extra zing, and has been a lifesaver when you accidently cut your finger. Now, it’s time to switch to turmeric from your fairness creams and moisturizers.

Turmeric – curcuma longa has spiced up your curries and sometimes made way into your glass of milk when you caught a cold. This wonderful antiseptic spice is a favorite among grandmas when it comes to whipping up homemade beauty treatments. Read on to find out why.

Battling pigmentation

Turmeric has an old reputation of giving the skin a natural glow. And that’s exactly why traditional Indian weddings follow the custom of the ‘haldi’ ceremony before the wedding day, so that the bride and the groom really glow on the D day. A teaspoon of turmeric powder in your face pack, or with a couple of tablespoons of gram flour and lemon juice helps lighten your pigmentation wonderfully.

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Shape up with kickboxing

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Ever felt the urge to kick and punch someone? Why not do it as a workout?

The origins of kickboxing

Kickboxing was originally a stand up combat sport, influenced highly by the martial arts. The true roots of the sport date back a couple of thousand years; although today the training routine and workout has been adopted by fitness lovers everywhere. As the name suggests, this routine emphasises on kicking and punching and leads to enhanced discipline.

Kickboxing has been growing in popularity since the 1970s and has evolved into an offshoot of aerobic or cardio exercise. It usually begins with a generic warm up of stretches, push-ups and the like. This is followed by movements like knee strikes, kicks and punches. Some instructors use punching bags and skipping ropes as well. A cool down ends the session.

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Skincare tips to beat the summer

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Are heat boils, tanned and dull-looking skin giving you trouble this summer? Then this is what you need to do to keep them off.

Five skincare tips to beat the summer

Exfoliate

Exfoliate, and do it more often in the summers. More than the rest of the year, during summers there is an acceleration of dead skin cell accumulation. If you don’t get rid of them, your skin will look dull and dry. No matter how much lotion or anything else you use, you won’t have glowing skin if you do not exfoliate. Choose a light scrub for your face and body. Or make one at home using some oatmeal and milk or gram flour and yoghurt.

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Fitness Q&A: Tips for flat belly

Friday, April 5th, 2013

Dr. Sonali is a certified fitness specialist from the American College of Sports Medicine.She runs a fitness consultancy, Santulan, providing lifestyle management programs for individuals and groups.Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page every Friday.

This week’s answers:

Dear Mam,
Suggest me a diet and exercise so as i can reduce my weight. My details are as given below.

Name :- Santosh Ugale
Age :- 35
Height :- 5’4″
Weight :- 73
Habbits :- Crazy for food. No Smoking & Drinking. (never done till date)
Exercise :- Not much but whenever gets time, go for a walk for atleast 30 mins.
Travelling :- Constantly on bike / car. Less amount of walking.
Work Professional :- Mostly desk work.
Sleep :- Irregular

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