Posts Tagged ‘mental health’

Metabolic Syndrome: A growing epidemic in a corporate setting

Friday, April 11th, 2014

pic_02_240x240Indeed, today poor fitness, metabolic crisis and stress have reduced proficiency and well being in all levels of corporate professionals.

Statistics indicate that 90% of the employees show a distorted blood profile and metabolic syndrome in corporate settings. Health education is poor and awareness negligible, travelling and eating at restaurants is imperative in some settings. A sedentary lifestyle, stress and absence of well-being often come free with attractive corporate packages.

In such a scenario, it becomes imperative that corporate introduce integrated Lifestyle medicine and holistic interventions with components of nutrition therapy, exercise science, cognitive behaviour strategies and other alternative approaches for their employees. Health Promotion as well as holistic programs fixing the widely prevalent metabolic syndrome, as well as providing thorough skills to eat right on tours, work on portion size, perform simple exercises, especially breathing exercise regimens and muscle stimulation routines, while travelling need to be accessible by employees of all cadre.

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Consumption of energy drinks linked to depression in teens

Monday, March 10th, 2014

Soft-Drinks_240x240_mar10A new study has found that consumption of energy drinks among teenagers may be linked with poor mental health and substance use.

Researchers are calling for limits on teen’s access to the drinks and reduction in the amount of the caffeine in each can.

The paper by researchers at the University of Waterloo and Dalhousie University, found that high school students prone to depression as well as those who smoke marijuana or drink alcohol are more likely to consume energy drinks than their peers.

“While it remains unclear why these associations exist, the trend is a concern because of the high rate of consumption among teenagers,” Sunday Azagba, a researcher at the Propel Centre for Population Health Impact at the University of Waterloo and lead author on the paper, said.

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Omega-3 rich diet gives better sleep: Study

Friday, March 7th, 2014

Heart-healthy-foods_240x240A new study has revealed that higher levels of omega-3 DHA in diet would give better sleep.

The randomized placebo-controlled study by the University of Oxford found that children on a course of daily supplements of omega-3 had nearly one hour more sleep and seven fewer waking episodes per night, as compared with the children taking the corn or soybean placebo.

According to the study, it found that there is possible links between sleep and fatty acid status in healthy children, and that higher blood levels of the long-chain omega-3 DHA are significantly associated with better sleep, including less bedtime resistance, parasomnias and total sleep disturbance.

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How yoga benefits breast cancer survivors

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

saf_240x240_mar4A new study has found that yoga can benefit women who are undergoing treatment for breast cancer, as it regulates stress and fights fatigue.

The research has found that patients, who participated in yoga exercises that incorporated controlled breathing, meditation and relaxation techniques into their treatment plan, experienced improved ability to engage in their daily activities, better general health and better regulation of stress hormone cortisol.

The study, conducted by researchers at the University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center, revealed that Women in the yoga group were also better equipped to find meaning in the illness experience and it can benefit cancer patients by comparing their experience with patients in an active control group who integrated simple, generic stretching exercises into their lives.

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Why people choose healthy foods when happy

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

image_1_240x240feb27Emotional eating is something we’re all familiar with. Happy or sad, up or down, there’s a plethora of media in the world that tells us our moods often dictate the foods we choose to eat.

A study by University of Delaware associate professor Meryl Gardner finds that there’s more to stress eating than simply emotion and in fact, thinking about the future may help people make better food choices.

Gardner tried to find out why when someone is in a bad mood will they choose to eat junk food and why when someone is in a good mood will they make healthier food choices?

“In an evolutionary sense, it makes sense that when we feel uncomfortable or are in a bad mood, we know something is wrong and focus on what is close to us physically and what is close in time, in the here and now,” said Gardner.

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Gardening encourages healthy lifestyle among kids

Friday, February 7th, 2014

saf_03_240x240A new study has revealed that gardening, often considered to be an activity reserved for adults, is beneficial for children too and they can also reap the benefits of digging, raking, and weeding.

Researchers Sin-Ae Park, Ho-Sang Lee, Kwan-Suk Lee, Ki-Cheol Son, and Candice Shoemaker in South Korea said that the data can inform future development of garden-based programs that help engage children in physical activity and promote healthy lifestyles.

The research team studied 17 children as they engaged in 10 gardening tasks: digging, raking, weeding, mulching, hoeing, sowing seeds, harvesting, watering, mixing growing medium, and planting transplants.

The study was conducted in South Korea in two garden environments- a high tunnel, and an outdoor area. The children visited the gardens twice, and each child performed five different tasks during each visit.

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Smoking associated with wide range of diseases

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

food03_240x240_jan20A new report by the US surgeon general has increased the list of diseases associated with cigarettes.

The 980-page, research-based report says smoking could cause liver and colorectal cancer, diabetes, rheumatoid arthritis, impaired immune function, ectopic pregnancy and erectile dysfunction, Politico reported.

In the report, acting Surgeon General Boris Lushniak described a “robust body of evidence”, which has accumulated over the past 50 years, and shown the consequences of smoking and smoke exposure across a range of diseases and organ systems.

According to the report, the risk for developing diabetes is particularly significant: as much as 40 per cent higher among smokers compared to non-smokers.

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Smoking rate declines among Indian men

Monday, January 13th, 2014

saff_01_240x240A new research from the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation (IHME) at the University of Washington has revealed that India has made progress in reducing the prevalence of daily smoking among men.

Smoking is the third top risk for health loss in India, leading to nearly one million deaths each year in the country.

Between 1980 and 2012, smoking prevalence among Indian men decreased from 33.8 percent to 23 percent.

According to the research India has more female smokers – over 12.1 million – than any country except the United States.

In 2012, female smoking prevalence was 3.2 percent, which is virtually unchanged since 1980.

“Smoking rates remain dangerously high for men and there is more work to be done to drive these rates lower,” Dr. Srinath Reddy, President of the Public Health Foundation of India, said in response to the findings.

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10 steps to beat alcohol blues

Friday, January 10th, 2014

saff_03_240x240Scientists have suggested a simple ten step approach to help you keep an eye on your alcohol intake so that you can maintain a healthy lifestyle despite your love for drinking.

Jurgen Rehm from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Canada, and David Nutt, Neuropsychopharmacologist from Imperial College London, have created an integrated set of evidence-based strategies focusing on what individuals and governments can do to reduce the personal and public costs of alcohol.

The first four points focus on personal health behaviour. Nutt and Rehm suggest that the first step is monitoring alcohol intake by knowing your numbers in much the same way you would know your BP or calorie intake.

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Ayurveda Q&A: Detoxification therapies for diabetes

Tuesday, January 7th, 2014

DrGowthaman240111Dr Gowthaman, Founder and Medical Director, rVita Ayurveda and Yoga Centers and www.rvita.com, answers readers’ questions on Ayurveda.

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

My mother is suffering from sleeplessness stress and anxiety. She is being treated for this with ayurvedic medicines. She has been prescribed following medicines
A.B rasa
Dadimastaka choorna
Panchamrita PRT
Pravala bhasma DDP
Sarpaganda churna
Shankapushpi churna
Gokshura churna
But the problem is she is facing dysentery, shivering and weakness. Please recommend the remedy for this.

Hi, All these above medicines are good for dysentery and diarrhoea related problems. She is suffering for mal absorption syndrome; please stop all the medications except the Dadimashtaka choornam. This powder please give 3 gm mixed with warm water or Diluted buttermilk, thrice daily 30 minutes after food.

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