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Identify the chances of heart diseases and cancer and how to keep them away from our door. How many of these healthy steps are we following?
Walking is one of the easiest forms of physical activity. Regular walking helps in maintaining our overall health. Even those who cannot indulge in a lot of physical activity can manage to walk. Make it a habit to walk daily – try walking as a family or group activity : it is fun and gives a lot of together time which helps relieve stress.
2. Maintaining Body Mass Index
Referred to as BMI in short – Body Mass Index is the measure of body fat based on height and weight of a person. BMI is a measure of a person’s thickness or thinness. It is used by health specialists to check if a person is sedentary or physically active. Having optimal weight is related to a person’s overall well-being. Excessive physical weight leads to obesity and has its own list of health issues. It is best to start any kind of physical activity and slowly progress towards achieving the optimal BMI.
3. Eating balanced nutritious food
A balanced diet is one that gives our body the nutrients it needs to function correctly. Each food has its own level of calories. An average person needs to take around 2000 calories daily to maintain their weight depending on their physical activity. In general men tend to need more calories than women. Some foods have almost no calories and taking them do not help our body. Cheese, pizzas, cakes, energy drinks, ice cream, sodas etc. do not give nutrition and amount to empty calories. A balanced diet is essential to allow our body part to work optimally without fatigue, malnutrition and diseases. Fruits and vegetables are a great source of nutrients. Although fruits have sugar, it is natural and is easily processed by the body. Vegetables provide us vitamins and minerals. Green leafy vegetables are more nutritious than others. Whole grains are preferable to refined white flour. Protein that come with less fat are good for the body. Lentils, beans, peas, almonds sunflower seeds and walnuts come with plenty of fiber and are a great source of protein. Dairy products give us calcium and vitamin D. Choose low fat milk and plant based milk such as almond and soy milk. As much as possible oil usage should be minimal. Olive oil can replace other fatty oils and it is better to avoid deep fried food. Overall it is best to avoid alcohol, refined grains, solid fats, saturated and trans fats, too much of salt and sugar.
4. Keeping cholesterol under control
Cholesterol is a fat like substance that is in the body. Our body needs cholesterol to produce hormones, vitamin D and digestion of food. Our body produces the cholesterol that it needs. It is also found in foods based on animal sources such as meat, cheese and egg yolk. Presence of too much cholesterol in our blood combines with other substances to form plague, which sticks to the arteries. Over time, these may accummulate and clog the coronary arteries, hindering the blood flow. This state is known as Coronary Artery Disease.
Cholesterol is classified as HDL, LDL and VLDL. HDL is High Density Lipoprotein, LDL is Low Density Lipoprotein and VLDL is Very Low Density Lipoprotein. The HDL is also known as ‘good cholesterol’ since it carries the cholerterol from other parts of the body to the liver, where the cholesterol is separated. LDL and VLDL are known as ‘bad cholesterol’ since they tend to accummulate build up of plague in the arteries.
Unhealthy lifestyles is the main cause of high cholesterol. It may be due to bad eating habits wherein lots of bad fats are consumed. Excessive eating of meats, deepfried / processed foods, chocolates, etc. tends to increase the cholesterol levels. Lack of physical activity leads to a lowered HDL and increased LDL. Smoking also lowers the good cholesterol especially in women. It increases the bad cholesterol. Fortunately, it is easy to keep tabs in the cholesterol levels by following the first three steps above.
5. Keeping blood pressure under control
When the heart beats, it pumps blood around the body to distribute the energy and oxygen. The pressure exerted by the blood on the walls of the blood vessels is known as Blood Pressure. A measured healthy blood pressure is written as 120/80 mm Hg. The first number is known as systolic blood pressure and the second number is known as diastolic blood pressure. Blood pressure that is Elevated from this range may be known as high blood pressure or hypertension and often needs proper treatment. A lower blood pressure though does not call for great alarm, is also to be considered for medical treatment of hypotension, depending on the numbers.
6. Keeping blood sugar levels under control
Blood sugar or glucose is the main sugar present in the blood. The body gets glucose from the food that we eat. It is an important source of energy and provides nutrients to the various organs and parts of the body. The normal blood sugar range is 100mg/dL on fasting and 140mg/dL two hours after eating. Sometimes, random checks can also be done to verify the numbers of the blood sugar level. A high blood sugar may lead to a condition known as Diabetes. Our body parts cannot handle too much sugar. Some of the effects of high blood sugar are : Kidney diseases, strokes, heart attacks, vision loss, loss of immunity, erectile dysfunction, nerve damage, poor blood circulation in the feet, wounds get healed slowly etc.
7. No Smoking
Cigarette smoking is harmful to almost every part of the body. Smoking is the cause of majority of preventable deaths in the world. 90% of lung related diseases are caused by smoking. Smoking increases the rate of coronary heart disease around 2 to 4 times. Smoking damages the blood vessels and causes thickening and growing narrow, leading to slower transport of blood. This causes the heart to beat faster in order to pump the blood – increasing blood pressure. Smoking increases the chance of stroke and decreased flow of blood to the feet.
The good news about quitting smoking: It cuts the cardiovascular risks – 1 year after quitting reduces the chances of heart attack significantly. Risk of cancer in the mouth, throat etc. reduce to that of non-smokers within 5 years. Ten years after quitting smoke reduces the chance of lung cancer by 50%.
Follow the above 7 steps for a healthy heart and a healthy life.
After all health is wealth !
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During my childhood, I have often come across people whose faces gleam with happiness and peace, their hair neatly oiled and combed. Their inner tranquility comes from their daily routine of bathing. In my village, there are community ponds where people swim, bathe and wash. The boon of village life is that we don’t have to do everything hurriedly. We take our oil bath as a daily ritual – enjoying completely dipping in the cold pond water. Till recently, I had not seen it from a health perspective.
Now a days, we don’t see anyone with oil in their hair. They shy away from oil bath complaining about headaches or catching a cold. Today’s new generation avoid oil bath saying their faces look oily and its difficult to wash long hair.
Oil bath keeps our body and mind healthy
Sidha – a branch of natural medicine in India, emphasizes daily oil bath as a ‘daily discipline’. There are innumerable benefits of oil bath. Our skin is one of the largest parts of our body. Based on the changes in climate, our skin is the first affected by increase or decrease in the surrounding temperature. Skin can absorb oil applied on it.
Effects of pollution
Due to pollution in our environment, dust accumulates on the skin. All such dust is not soluble in water. Washing with soap cleans the dust which is on the outside – but cant remove the dirt seeping into the skin pores. Such accumulated dirt, while spoiling beauty also causes skin diseases. These types of dirt are not plainly visible to our eyes. Our ancestors used to keep their skin clean and healthy by taking a mandatory oil bath once a week. As a general rule, Saturday was reserved for weekly oil bath. During those days, we never saw people suffering from skin diseases. But now a days, the need for oil bath is overlooked due to fast paced life. People just shampoo their hair over and over. This is not good for the skin and causes a variety of problems. It is best to take an oil bath even daily to keep our body cool and maintain clean skin.
Oil bath for general well-being
Without oil bath, many body parts are affected. Skin, liver, bone joints, muscles and skin tissue are affected. Some people suffer from sleeplessness also known as Insomnia Muscular Pain. Early ageing – generally appearing older and problems related to blood are common. Other conditions include hypertension, depression, fatigue and constipation. Irregular bath routine causes increase in the body heat and bile irritating the stomach. In general the body heat makes our body vulnerable to infection. Jaundice, viral infection, ulcer, stomach and eye diseases are related to increase in body heat.
Benefits of oil bath
Oil content in the skin allows our body to assimilate vitamin D from sunlight. This increases blood circulation. When we massage our body with oil, the lymphatic nodes work efficiently. It heals our mind and alleviates depression. Removes urinary infection and dissipates body heat and keeps our internal organs cool. Skin allergies, prickly heat, itches, impetigo etc. can be avoided by regular oil bath. Taking oil bath twice a week keeps the skin beautiful and glowing; gives peace to the mind and helps to cool eyes and body. Oil bath helps hair growth, avoid frontal baldness, wards off dandruff and lice. Our body feels energetic.
How to take oil bath
Sesame oil is one of the best suited oils for oil bath. A mixture of equal amounts of Castor oil, coconut oil and sesame oil is also generally used. Oil is to be applied and massaged all over the body – particularly focus on ears, eyes and navel. The oil can then be massaged onto the hair and scalp, followed by shoulders, chest, back, arms and legs. Pay attention to the joints – knees and elbows. Do not forget the face ! Relax for some time and let the oil nourish your body.
- Use luke-warm water to take bath.
- Shikakai (Acacia concinna) powder is best for washing the hair and scalp. It cleanses and calms the scalp, helps in preventing greying and also gives a natural shine to the hair.
- For the body – use a mixture of chickpeas powder, green gram and turmeric powder in curd.
After taking Oil Bath
- Avoid going out in hot sun to allow the cooling effect of oil rejuvenate the body
- Do not take cool drink or icecream to avoid catching cold
Keeping the body heat in control prevents most diseases.
Beat the heat this summer and stay healthy !
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This is a blog covering aspects of Lifestyle, needs and means to achieve them.
Life is a journey. For everyone, the one thing that is moving constantly is TIME !
What we all do with that time is what makes us what we are.
We all need some basic things to make the journey of life worthwhile.
- Comes with Care and Giving
- Food and Shelter
- Good Health
- To achieve a lot of things in life
- To cover the present and the future
- Taste of success
- Satisfaction – feeling Content
Hierarchy of needs
The great American psychologist, Maslow presented in his paper – “A Theory of Human Motivation”
This blog deals with ways of addressing the basic things in the journey of life.