Archive for June 28th, 2013

Yoga helps in achieving healthy lifestyle

Friday, June 28th, 2013

“Yoga is more than just a workout – It is about working on yourself.”

Yoga – an art of living well – is composed of 75% practice and 25% theory.

The benefits of yoga can only be experienced or seen when we live and practice it regularly. Yoga teaches you to live with nature, with total harmony between the head, heart and hand i.e. the intellectual, emotional and physical aspects of the personality.

Lord Krishna says in the Gita – ‘Sharir madhyam khalu dharm sadhanam’. (The body is the medium to fulfill all dharma). If the body is not able to give us adequate support, we become helpless.

Unfortunately, we have been abusing our body. That is why, even at a young age – e.g. 25-30 years, we hear of people suffering from heart ailments and many other psycho – physiological ailments which were unheard of a short while ago. We tend to take to yoga only after we experience certain setbacks to our own health and well-being. Health is, however, more than simply the absence of disease. It refers to a more holistic view where the mind, body and heart are in total harmony. Yoga, then serves a much greater purpose and helps you achieve a healthy lifestyle, with a noticeable change in personality.


High BP is risk factor for heart attacks: Dr. Pavan Kumar

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Dr. Pavan Kumar is leading cardiac surgeon and head of department of cardiovascular surgery at Nanavati Hospital and honorary consultant cardiac surgeon at Lilavati Hospital and other prestigious hospitals of Mumbai. He has extensive experience of over 26 years in field of adult cardiac surgery and specialises in coronary bypass surgery, heart valve repair/replacement surgery and other complex heart operations .

He has performed over 10000 such operations till date and credited to be safest heart surgeon in Mumbai with success rate of above 99.5%. His other area of interest is Telemedicine. He is founder of Telemedicine centre at Nanavati hospital, which is largest telemedicine service provider in western India. The centre has won many prestigious national awards under his leadership.


Best marathon training tips

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Running a marathon is not just about stamina and a lot of training; mental buildup is also equally important

Sustained stamina

Yes, the mantra to successful marathon training is sustained stamina, motivation, training and maintaining a balanced diet. To begin with, start practicing about two months in advance, with mileage of eight miles per week (12.8 kms). By doing this, you will be able to train for the marathon in just 12 weeks.

Carbs for fuel

Make it a point to run at least three times a week while training for the marathon and do not forget to fuel yourself with carbs during your longer runs. This way you will never run out of energy.


Sleep deprivation leads to excessive worrying

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Researchers at UC Berkeley have found that lack of sleep may play a key role in ramping up the brain regions that contribute to excessive worrying.

Neuroscientists have found that sleep deprivation amplifies anticipatory anxiety by firing up the brain’s amygdala and insular cortex, regions associated with emotional processing.

The resulting pattern mimics the abnormal neural activity seen in anxiety disorders.

Furthermore, their research suggests that innate worriers – those who are naturally more anxious and therefore more likely to develop a full-blown anxiety disorder – are acutely vulnerable to the impact of insufficient sleep.

“These findings help us realize that those people who are anxious by nature are the same people who will suffer the greatest harm from sleep deprivation,” Matthew Walker, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at UC Berkeley and senior author of the paper, said.


Stammering – All about the speech disorder

Friday, June 28th, 2013

Stammering is a speech disorder in which the flow of speech is broken by involuntary repetitions.

Also known as dysphemia or stuttering, stammering is distinctly identified by the repetition of words, syllables or phrases, thus blocking the flow of speech. It also encompasses the hesitation or pause before speech, and often interferes with proper communication.

People suffering from speech disorder are often called ‘blocks’ and have trouble speaking in public, especially with new people.

Types of stammering

Though the causes of stammering are yet to be known, some findings do suggest that speech disorders have a genetic predisposition. Studies have put down three primary forms of stuttering.

Developmental stammering: Occurring in young children, developmental stuttering manifests itself when the child is learning to speak, but is unable to put to use the necessary words to express himself. It may be due to hyperactivity, over-excitement, anxiety or stress.


Fitness Q&A: Guidelines for weight loss

Friday, June 28th, 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:

Hi am 37 yr old with wt 72kg ht working in govt hosp. kindly suggest diet chart to suit my life style


Hi Meenu, thank you for writing to me. From the information you have provided, i understand that for most of the day you are on your feet, so first of all i would like you to do ‘heel raises’, ie, while standing, take support, and raise your heels and lower them 10 times, you can do this any time you get a break in between patients.


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