Archive for May, 2013

Yoga could lower blood pressure for people with hypertension

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A new study has found that yoga can benefit people who are looking to lower their high blood pressure.

A study presented at the annual meeting of the American Society of Hypertension shows that practicing yoga could help decrease blood pressure in people with mild to moderate hypertension, the Huffington Post reported.

“So far it looks very promising that yoga might be a useful therapy for patients with mild-to-moderate hypertension who want to avoid using medication,” study researcher Dr. Debbie Cohen, M.D., of the University of Pennsylvania, told MedPage Today.

“This could also be used as an adjunct to other lifestyle modifications,” she said.

The study included 120 people with an average age of 50, 58 of whom completed the study.


Nordic diet lowers cholesterol level

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A healthy Nordic diet lowers cholesterol levels, which thereby cuts the risk of cardiovascular disease, a new study has found.

There was also decreased inflammation associated with pre-diabetes.

“The subjects who ate a Nordic diet had lower levels of harmful LDL cholesterol and higher levels of ‘good’ HDL cholesterol. The amount of harmful fat particles in the blood also declined,” Lieselotte Cloetens, a biomedical nutrition researcher at Lund University, said.

The “healthy Nordic diet” used in the study contains local produce such as berries, root vegetables, legumes, and cabbage.

Nuts, game, poultry and fish are also included, as well as whole grains, rapeseed oil and low-fat dairy products.

Source: ANI

Smoking can lead to problems with fertility

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

World No Tobacco Day (WNTD) is observed around the world every year on May 31.

Amongst the most deadly agents of diseases in the world today, chewing tobacco/smoking has proved to be a cause for concern, simply because it is the only death agent which is heavily promoted. If number of deaths due to tobacco consumption is anything to go by, the promotional campaigns are definitely succeeding in selling this agent of death. More than one-third adults (35%) or 274.9 million use tobacco in India. 163.7 million use only smokeless tobacco; 68.9 million are only smokers and 42.3 million users of both smoking and smokeless tobacco.

Nearly two in five adults (38%) in rural areas and one in four adults (25%) in urban areas use tobacco in some form. India is also the second largest consumer and second largest producer of tobacco in the world, second only to China. Globally 6 million people die each year due tobacco consumption-related diseases. The death toll is estimated to rise to eight million by 2030 (source: .


Panic attacks – Causes and symptoms

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

A common condition, usually confused with heart attacks, which can be controlled by yoga and meditation.

Your heart starts pounding heavily and suddenly you feel short of breath. Feeling of dizziness and “something” in your stomach overpowers you. Anxiety and restlessness surges to its peak. You wonder if you are going “crazy” or even worse, dying. You may be having a panic attack

What is a panic attack?

Panic or anxiety disorder is a condition where intense anxiety or fear grips the person suddenly, often without warning and no good reason. It can strike just out of the blue, come uninvited anywhere, anytime even during sleep.


How stress affects men

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Stress affects everyone, but the way we handle it can differ depending on our gender. Read about stress and how it affects men and women differently.

What is stress?

Stress is defined as the body’s response to anything we perceive as dangerous, demanding or demoralising. Generally, stress is caused by an abnormal demand on our ability to adapt. Stressful situations cause mental, physical and behavioural symptoms that are detrimental in the short and long term.


Put the brakes on motion sickness

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Do you dread sitting in cars and buses for long journeys? Do you feel like you might puke every time you get into a vehicle? Suffering from motion sickness can be tough and frustrating. Try out these natural fast-fixes for controlling nausea.

If you are someone who dreads getting into a bus or a car for long journeys, you are among the 33% of people who suffer from motion sickness. The term ‘motion sickness’ can be segregated into various sub-groups depending on the situation in which the symptoms of nausea, dizziness and vomiting occur.


High fiber rich diet can prevent cancer: Dr. Sanjay

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Dr. Sanjay Sharma, one of the leading oncologists of the country with an experience of more than 35 years, specializes in radiation and medical oncology in Mumbai.

He is specialised in Oncology/Onco surgery from Tata Memorial hospital Mumbai, had Fellowship from The Salon Kettering Cancer Centre, New York and National cancer centre, Japan. He has done indepth studies and had multiple publications on the cancer of the oesophagus, lung, breast, stomach and GI malignancies along with ovarian cancer.

He was with Tata memorial hospital for 30 years and now is with Lilavati hospital, Bombay Hospital, Raheja Hospital & Asian Institue of Oncology.

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


Yoga: Excess of pranayamas not healthy

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Vipul Ijari, Director of Supreme Yoga, specializes in yoga education, philosophy and psychology.

Having mastered the therapeutic values of yoga at The Yoga Institute, he helps people manage weight loss issues, cardiovascular problems, respiratory, orthopaedic, gastrointestinal and diabetic disorders with yoga. He is also adept at handling stress with yoga.

Get your doubts cleared and see them featured on our FAQ page .

Dear Sir,

I am the regular practitioner of below Pranayam for last 2.5 years:

Bhastrika — 3 to 5 minutes
Kapalbhati – 10 minutes
bhahya pranayam – 3 times
agnisaar – 3 times
Ujjayi – 3 times
Anulom – Vilom – 10 minutes
Bhramari – 3 to 4 times
Also doing some “Sukasham Vyayam” along with.


Herbal wisdom: Amazing herbs for your health

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Why pop a pill, when you can kill the pain naturally? Read on to find out more about a handful of gems in the treasure of herbs.

The best herbs for your health

St John’s Wort: One of the best herbs, used extensively for the treatment of different mental disorders, St John’s Wort has earned the reputation of acting as a good replacement for Prozac. Now that’s definitely something!

Echinacea: Used as an immune boosting herb by well-known herbal medicine practitioners, Echinacea is thought to work by stimulating the body’s production of interferons (type of proteins produced in the body), which increase the body’s natural resistance against diseases and infections. People suffering from auto immune diseases should consider making Echinacea as a part of their food intake.


10 most common reasons for fainting

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

There are many reasons why a person can  faint. We have listed the most common ones.

Fainting or the medical term syncope is the temporary loss of consciousness for a short period of time, after which the person recovers fully. When a person faints, they usually fall down and this may cause an injury. It is also a safety hazard if the person is driving at the time the fainting episode happened. Lack of oxygen or sugar (both provided by the blood vessels) to a part of the brain called the reticular activating system (RAS) located in the brainstem at the back of the skull is the main cause of syncope or fainting.


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