Archive for June 7th, 2013

Therapeutic yoga practice for your back

Friday, June 7th, 2013

When was the last time you placed your hand on your aching back? A strong back not only increases your height visually but supports the whole body while resting or even when at work. Find out how you can bring the back, back in action. Therapeutic yoga has earned its place in the world of yoga and works wonder. We bring you simple therapeutic yoga practice for chronic back pain.

Yoga need not be strenuous to have the desired effect in fact the simplest of postures can be the most profound. Here is a sequence almost anyone can practice effectively. This practice is a wonderful stress reliever. The best part of these yoga poses is that all you need to do them is to lie down on the floor. It does not take long to do, your body is supported so you can pay more attention to the breath, and the sequence takes care of the most fundamental workings of the body. The sanskrit chant introduces meditation to the practice.


Top tips to beat acidity

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Most people suffer from acidity these days but the good news is that it is a completely reversible condition. Here are a few tips to beat it!

Are your eating habits irregular? Do you eat out a lot? Do you love spicy food? And have you been experiencing burning sensations in the throat, gas formation, sour taste in your mouth and fatigue? Chances are that you are suffering from acidity.

What causes acidity?

Acidity is caused when the digestive juices produced in our stomach are not utilised completely. In fact the acid helps digest food we eat. However, when there isn’t enough food for digestion or if there is an over production of this acid, you will experience acidity pangs.


Effective strategies to manage stress

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Adding stress to our lives seems easy enough. It’s getting rid of it and managing it that’s the tough part. We have a magic word for you that’s bound to reduce some of that stress. Read on for more.

The big S word: STRESS

Stress has become a malady spanning individuals of all ages and from all walks of life. We live in an ‘instant ‘ time where everyone wants something instantly. Too many expectations from us and the tension of living up to them takes a toll on our mental and physical well-being. Do you remember the last time you went for a relaxing walk or just stood in your balcony watching the world go by? Do you keep reminding yourself about that one day you will pick up the paintbrush to paint or start swimming? Our guess is… NO. That world ceases to exist.


Five crazy diet trends you should avoid

Friday, June 7th, 2013

There are lots of diets which make claims about weight loss.  Make sure you know which ones to avoid!

Everyone’s always looking for the quickest way to lose weight, and while it’s important to be mindful of an expanding waistline, fad diets (like the ones listed below) can often lead to serious health problems or even weight gain, if done improperly. The worst culprits at promoting these diets are often celebrities like Jennifer Aniston and Miley Cyrus and allegedly even General Motors has created their own weight loss plan for their employees. Check out some of these crazy diet trends below!


Homeopathy treats the man not the disease: Dr.Rahul Joshi

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Dr. Rahul Joshi is an MD in Homeopathic Medicine and Hon.Homeopath to Governor of Maharashtra.He is currently practising at Malabar Hill and Charni Road.

He also anchors programs such as “Yuva Chetana” and “Wassup Mumbai Youth” on DD Sahyadri channel.

He is known to be a successful healer of illnesses like migraine, back pain,skin disorders and kidney stones. He has also started a music clinic to promote good health through music. This has influenced more than 5 lakh people in last 5 years.

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

HI, my throat infection continued since last three month. Pls suggest best medicine for complete cure.


20-minute yoga session can stimulate brain function immediately

Friday, June 7th, 2013

A study led by an Indian researcher has found that a single, 20-minute session of Hatha yoga significantly improves speed and accuracy on tests of working memory and inhibitory control, two measures of brain function associated with the ability to maintain focus and take in, retain and use new information.

Participants performed significantly better immediately after the yoga practice than after moderate to vigorous aerobic exercise for the same amount of time.

The 30 study subjects were young, female, undergraduate students.

“Yoga is an ancient Indian science and way of life that includes not only physical movements and postures but also regulated breathing and meditation,” Neha Gothe, who led the study while a graduate student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, said.


Obese women may pass health risks on to grandkids

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Researchers have found that the offspring of obese mothers may be spared health problems linked to obesity, while their own children then inherit them.

A new study suggests that health problems linked to obesity – like heart disease and diabetes – could skip an entire generation.

Currently, concern about the obesity epidemic is mainly focused on the health of obese women and their children, rather than the wider family.

The University of Edinburgh study has shown that moderately obese mothers can make an impact on the birth weight and diabetes risk of grandchildren, in the apparent absence of effects in their own children.

Experts said that rates of obesity are at an all-time high. Among the associated health problems are breast and colon cancer and stroke.


Cheese can help prevent cavities

Friday, June 7th, 2013

A new study led by an Indian researcher has found that consuming cheese and other dairy products may help protect teeth against cavities.

The study sampled 68 subjects ranging in age from 12 to 15, and the authors looked at the dental plaque pH in the subjects’ mouths before and after they consumed cheese, milk, or sugar-free yogurt.

A pH level lower than 5.5 puts a person at risk for tooth erosion, which is a process that wears away the enamel (or protective outside layer) of teeth.

“The higher the pH level is above 5.5, the lower the chance of developing cavities,” Vipul Yadav, MDS, lead author of the study, said.

The subjects were assigned into groups randomly.

Researchers instructed the first group to eat cheddar cheese, the second group to drink milk, and the third group to eat sugar-free yogurt.


Fitness Q&A: Diet plan for gaining weight

Friday, June 7th, 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:

Dr Sonali

Name : Anand Barkade
Height: 5 Feet 4.5 Inch.
Weight: 90 Kilo
Age : 25.7
Profession: IT (S/W Engg)

Diet Habits : No Smoking or Drinking. Veg & Non veg.
Breakfast : Half glass of skimmed milk/tea with
Lunch : Three chapatti (without ghee), dal & seasonal sabji ,some rice
Dinner : Two parathas, sabji, some rice

Exercise : Play 30 mins TT daily.
Swims: for 40 min. twice a week.


Five components which measures your fitness

Friday, June 7th, 2013

Fit for Life

What is Fitness?

“Oh he is extremely fit!” “I wish I were fitter than I am now!”

So what does it mean, to be fit?Is it just a word used to denote health?Is it a word used to signify ‘aesthetically pleasing’,?Or is there something more to it.

Truly fit or fitness for different individuals means so many different thing, for someone it might mean having a ‘six pack’ abdomen,another being able to run a 10K race and for yet another the desire to be away from or to combat any chronic disease.

That would mean that ‘fitness’ is a very individualistic concept and no single definition is possible.Agreed, however fitness can be quantified and ‘measured’,simply by looking at the ‘Components of Fitness’.


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