Wednesday, April 29, 2009

25 Health Benefits of Lemons

1. Lemon being a citrus fruit, fights against infection. It helps in  
production of White Blood Cells and antibodies in blood which attacks the invading microorganism and prevents infection.  

2. Lemon is an antioxidant which deactivates the free radicals preventing  

many dangerous diseases like stroke, cardiovascular diseases and cancers.  

3. Lemon lowers blood pressure and increases the levels of HDL (good  

4. Lemon is found to be anti-carcinogenic which lowers the rates of colon,  
prostate and breast cancer. They prevent faulty metabolism in the cell,  
which can predispose a cell to becoming carcinogenic. Also blocks the  
formation of nitrosamines in the gut.  

5. Lemon juice is said to give a glow to the skin.  

6. A few drops of lemon juice in hot water are believed to clear the  
digestive system and purify liver as well.  

7. The skin of lemon dried under the sun and then ground to make powder  
can be applied to the hair for a few minutes before bath which relieves  
head ache and cools the body.  

8. Applying lemon juice to acne dries the existing ones and prevents from  
getting more.  

9. Lemon juice acts as a natural hair lightner and skin bleach which  
reduces the pigment melanin and prevents the risk of chemical allergic  
reactions which is common with hair dyes and bleaches.  

10. Lemon juice is given to relieve gingivitis, stomatitis, and  
inflammation of the tongue.  

11. Lemon juice is used to prevent common cold.  

12. Lemon juice is given to prevent/treat urinary tract infection and  

13. Lemon juice is applied to the sites of bites and stings of certain  
insects to relieve its poison and pain.  

14. Lemon juice relieves colic pain and gastric problems.  

15. Lemon juice soothes the dry skin when applied with little glycerin.  

16. Lemon juice used for marinating seafood or meat kills bacteria and  
other organisms present in them, thereby prevents many gastro-intestinal  
tract infections.  

17. Lemon juice with a pinch of salt (warm) every morning lowers  
cholesterol levels and brings down your weight.  

18. Lemon juice is the best drink to prevent dehydration and shock in case  
of diarrhea.  

19. Lemon juice can also be used as a mouthwash. It removes plaque, whitens  
the teeth and strengthens the enamel.  

20. A table spoon on thick lemon syrup everyday relieves asthma.  

21. Lemon juice relieves chilblains and itchy skin.  

22. Gargling lemon juice relieves throat infection and also used as a  
treatment for diphtheria.  

23. Lemon juice is an excellent treatment for dandruff and greasy hair.  

24. Lemon juice, applied over the face, removes wrinkles and keeps you young.  

25. Lemon juice helps to prevent and cure osteoarthritis.  

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Sunday, April 26, 2009

Walnuts in diet may help elderly improve memory

WASHINGTON: Adding some walnuts to an otherwise healthy diet may help older people improve memory and behavioural skills, according to an animal

model study.Walnuts contain polyphenols and other anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids. Polyphenols are the most abundant group of plant phenolic compounds, known to provide much of the flavour, colour and taste to fruits, vegetables and seeds.

The study was conducted by researchers with the Human Nutrition Research Centre on Ageing (HNRCA) at Tufts University in Boston.

The ageing brain undergoes many changes resulting in altered or impaired neuronal functioning. In aged rodents, these impairments are seen as poor performance on age-sensitive tests of balance, coordination, and "spatial" working memory.

For the study, weight-matched, aged rats were randomly assigned to one of four diet groups. For eight weeks, the rats were fed special chow mixes that contained either two, six or nine percent walnuts - or no walnuts - before undergoing motor and memory tests.

For comparison, the six percent walnut study diet is equivalent to a human eating about seven to to nine walnuts daily. That counts as both a two-ounce equivalent from the "meat and beans group" and two teaspoons toward a daily allowance of dietary oil, said a HNRCA release.

The study found that in aged rats, the diets containing two or six percent walnuts were able to improve age-related motor and cognitive shortfalls, while the nine percent walnut diet also improved memory.

Diet tips that save the planet

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Looking to shed a few pounds before the summer? Losing weight is not only great for your health -- it's also good for the environment.

The following suggestions will help reduce your waistline and your impact on the planet.

  • Eat fresh fruits, vegetables, and other real foods. High amounts of salt, sugar, and other unhealthy ingredients can hide in packaged foods. In fact, some flavored yogurts can contain more sugar than ice cream, according to Dara O'Rourke at GoodGuide, a database that can help you find healthy and environment-friendly foods. Manufacturing, packaging, and transporting processed foods to the store typically requires a large amount of energy and resources.

  • Stay away from high-fructose corn syrup. It can make you fat and is linked to diabetes. Massive amounts of fertilizers are used to grow corn, and these chemicals are eroding America's soil and polluting the Gulf of Mexico.

  • Choose lean protein such as chicken, eggs, sustainable seafood, and legumes. It's not high in saturated fat and fills you up so you're not looking for your next meal too quickly. Red meat, in particular, takes a huge toll on the environment. Raising livestock is one of the most significant contributors to a long list of environmental problems from climate change to deforestation to water pollution.

  • Replace high-calorie soft drinks with filtered tap water. Obviously, anything you can do to cut calories is a win for your body. How does it benefit the earth? Fewer resources are needed to make bottles and cans and ship them to stores. It also puts less pressure on landfills.

  • Cook your own meals instead of eating out at restaurants. It's harder to control portions when you go out to eat, and you have no control over whether healthy ingredients are used to prepare your meal. Besides, restaurants end up wasting a lot of perfectly good food.

  • Walk and bike more. Exercise is a major component of any healthy weight loss program. You'll burn more calories and less gas by leaving your car at home.

  • Don't deprive yourself. Satisfy your sweet tooth with a little bit of fair-trade dark chocolate. Studies show that the antioxidants present in dark chocolate can help lower blood pressure. Fair-trade cocoa farmers are paid fair wages, which allows them to take good care of their land.  

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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Simply Connect, Don’t Compare And Contrast


I am ready for my quiet sitting time in the morning. This is the time when ideas, impressions, new possibilities, even pieces of dreams from unknown sources come visiting. Today though, they seem to fit together, creating a cohesive story that unrolls itself before me.
    We are about a hundred or so in number, sitting together and ready for the satsang of this cleanshaven white-clad teacher.
    He began: Try to say 'complimentary religion' rather than comparative religion. Compare is often followed by the word
contrast; there is nothing to compare or contrast. Do not study other traditions to find holes in their belief systems. Honour the strengths of your own tradition. And if you notice similarities with others, be gracious enough to acknowledge and appreciate the gifts of other traditions. Cure yourself of thinking that you've got it right and others are on a 'wrong' path.
    Familiarise yourself with the mystics of all spiritual paths; Kabir, Rumi, Tukaram, Julian of Nowrich, Hassids, Sufis. Be conversant with the Bible and see how Jesus tries to spread love, and cut across discriminative barriers; reflect on the Bhagavad Gita and the call to a life of sattva and selfless action; explore the intricate web of the Quran and recognise invitations to mercy and justice; appreciate the stress on self-work and enlightenment in the Dhammapada.
    Consider all these as intimations of a larger implicit order; parts of an unseen wholeness. At all times look for 'invitations' — what are the divine messengers inviting us humans to think, to be, to do? No traditions, if you've studied them with sensitivity and understanding, incite their followers to violence. Abstain from defiling any tradition by placing its name before such words as terrorism or bomb.
    We were a deeply silent crowd
— a mix of young and old, ordinarily dressed, as well as saffronclad, robed, bearded, turbaned; of priests, nuns, intellectuals of various shades. Yet the teacher addressed us as if individually, with integrity, intensity, and uncommon humility.
    Enigmatically, he lifted a pair of scissors and a paper punch in each hand: Strive not to cut asunder nor punch holes. Placing them down, he picked a paper clip and stapler and added: Try rather to be a connector, a uniter. Steer clear of a worldview of distancing, division and dominance. Do not subscribe to any ideology of hate. If you set
up TV channels, do so not to malign others with voices that sound fierce and uncompromising — or worse — reas o n abl e - s o u n d i n g yet slyly malicious. Use the power of the media to spread the message of peace and real community.
    All spiritual traditions care as much for the soul as for the soil and the social, because both agriculture and culture have their common root in the Latin cultus meaning worship. If your benefactors or flock are ready to raise funds, use the money, time or attention not simply for proselytising but for building schools, hospitals, homes for the aged, and hospices.
    In your prayers, while wishing happiness, health and prosperity for your family, friends and colleagues, raise the bar higher to include the rest of the six billion of the earth who breathe the same air, and whose blood runs the same colour as yours.
    He ended: Think at all times how to remain centred, sane and intelligent. One's efforts should be directed towards acquiring enlightenment, refining desire and will by purging them of selfishness, by learning to endure pain, getting rid of hate, cultivating love. Turn to the side where the light is.
    The writer is a Mumbai-based consultant and yoga therapist. E-mail: 

Saturday, April 18, 2009

A song a day keeps the doctor away

Singing has always uplifted people’s spirits. But could it also be good for their physical health? Norbert Rego explores

  ALL over the world, people are re-discovering the innate benefits of singing. From reducing stress levels, curing depression to strengthening community bonding — there’s nothing better than humming a song. Songs have carried, and still carry, culture: wisdom, knowledge, history and the joys, struggles and sorrows of the people. Singing promotes health: breathing, circulation and digestion. Research has identified several benefits of regular singing, including examples of people who claim that it helped them recover from strokes and heart attacks.
    There’s nothing like singing for generating a feel good factor, which can have a tangible impact on your sense of well-being. Avinash Kumar 28, a BPO manager in Delhi, was on the verge of losing his job and went into severe depression. Apart from dieting and exercise, doctors advised him to listen to music for half-an-hour in the morning and another half-an-hour in the evening, basically to make him feel better. “I was asked to listen to the sitar and Indian ragas something from which I have benefited greatly. Today, my outlook towards life is positive,” says Kumar.
    Dr Jitendra Nagpal, senior consultant, psychiatry, Moolchand Medcity, New Delhi opines, “The health benefits of singing are both physical and psychological. Singing has physical benefits. Being an aerobic activity, it increases oxygenation in the blood stream. It also exercises major muscle groups in the upper body. It bears psychological benefits too by reducing stress through the action of the endocrine system, which is linked to our sense of emotional well-being. Psychological benefits are also evident when people sing together by strengthening community bonding.”
    Singing activates the relationship bond between loved ones too. “Sound waves have a positive effect on our nervous system and a therapeutic effect on negative emotions like anger, anxiety, psychosomatic problems and depression. Therefore, music therapy is advised in the case of these problems to achieve triple H — health, happiness and harmony in life,” adds Dr Nagpal.
Music is also rooted in diverse religions. Dr H K Chopra, a Delhi-based cardiologist affirms, “Human beings originated from sound. All the five sensations — touch, hear, smell, vision and taste have their primary component in the sound. We acquire optimum health when there’s a balance between the rhythm of the sound inside and outside us. Singing is the food for our soul.” Sound also benefits children. Children subjected to natural sounds always have better health as opposed to those subjected to harsh traffic sounds. The latter usually suffer from high blood pressure and hearing nerve deafness. “When pregnant women are subjected to music therapy, child growth is normal and intelligence is high. Reflexes of comatose patients too respond positively to music therapy in ICUs. By singing, you enliven your prana (life force), tejas (glow), and ojas (intelligence), thereby living up to your full potential,” concludes Dr Chopra.

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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Devendra Upadhyay teaches you some DIY massage techniques

No more aches and pains post work-out. Devendra Upadhyay teaches you some DIY massage techniques that will release the stiffness almost instantly

Is everything from your calf muscles to knee to hamstring muscles screaming in pain? Sit on the floor with your legs outstretched. Lean against the wall if you

want support. Pull right leg over the left knee. Using your thumbs, massage the sole of your foot in circular motions. Gradually increase pressure but release at the first signs of discomfort. Massage from the balls of the feet to the arch to the sole. Now slowly move on to the calf muscles. Move up to the knee and to the thighs, where you could apply more pressure. Place your palms flat on your thigh and move them upwards, as if you're ironing out the skin. Repeat with the other leg. Massaging this way helps build muscle mass.
Lifted weights and pulled a muscle? Lie on your back with a pillow or towel rolled under your head and knees. With your left palm over the right palm, draw circles over the abdominal area. Gradually increase the pressure. Next, gently pinch your abdomen and waist. Massage the area just below the rib-cage starting from the right side then across the chest to the left side. Repeat for a maximum of five minutes. To relieve stiffness in the chest area, lie in the same position described above and simply massage the breast bone with the finger tips of both your palms in a circular motion.

Whether it's a hard day at work or a strenuous exercise session, this area is usually the first to feel the strain.

• Sit on the floor in padmasan. Using the fingers of both hands, massage in rapid circular friction causing movements, applying firm pressure from the scalp downwards to the collarbone. Continue for a maximum of five minutes.

• While in padmasan and bring your right hand across your chest and feel the stretch. Then knead the arm squeezing and releasing alternatively. Move gently from the arm to the wrist and back up again. Repeat with the other arm. Continue for a maximum of five minutes on each side.

From physical to mental stress, feel the tension melt away. Cup the base of you neck with your palms. Using all your fingers, gently massage in circular, friction causing motions. Go all the way up to the behind of your ears, towards your temples. You might feel some knots; release them by adding pressure but release if it gets too painful.
(Devendra Upadhyay is a massage therapist who operates out of Andheri)

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Mindful mouthfuls

Can a bowl of oatmeal help prevent a heart attack or does a cup of yoghurt aid in digestion? Foods consumed sensibly can prevent or even cure certain diseases, says Norbert Rego

 RAVI PRAKASH, 33, had a stressful job profile, erratic timings and an irregular eating schedule. At 110 kgs, he was besieged with high cholesterol levels with borderline diabetes and also suffered from bouts of hyper acidity, insomnia, and high blood pressure. Of late, he's started losing weight, and feeling a whole lot better about himself. His secret? Eating!
He explains, "Wheat rotis changing to jowar rotis helped me in digestion and to lose eight kgs in four weeks. One glass of sweet lime juice without sugar got my BP under control. Pineapple helped me get rid of acidity. Two walnuts and flaxseed three teaspoons daily helped me control my cholesterol. A meal pattern and methi seeds, roasted and ground, brought my blood sugar levels with in normal range."
Healthy food is all that is required to maintain the health of a human being. You can beat quite a number of medical conditions by eating right and exercising regularly. Many foods are medicinal, and are the fuel on which we run our bodies. This is a process of 'eating with
awareness" which is called 'meditative eating' or 'mindful eating'.
    "Meditative eating helps you enjoy all the dimensions of food and drink. The colours, the fragrances, the textures and of course the taste of food is better appreciated when you eat with awareness. Meditative eating drives away stress, as you are completely consumed by the moment, with no time for worry or tension,"

says Dr Dilip Nadkarni, orthopedic surgeon and sports medicine consultant.
    Vishal Sinh, 45, had high cholesterol. After consuming methi seeds everyday, his cholesterol levels have reduced significantly. "As prescribed by the nutritionist, I incorporated methi seeds in my diet. However, the key word for foods to do wonders is patience. Results come slow and steady, but provide life-time benefits," he says.
    Agrees Dr Richa Anand, executive dietician, Dr L H Hiranandani Hospital, Mumbai. "Foods consumed sensibly can prevent certain diseases. Even if they do not heal cent per cent; at least there are no concerns about any side-effects."

A combination of rehabilitation exercises (for post-surgical conditions) or contemporary exercises parallel to healthy food choices can result in magical changes in existing disorders or prevent future medical eruptions. HIGH BLOOD CHOLESTEROL l Fenugreek seeds, walnuts, wheat germ, oats, soy, garlic, olive oil and foods high in soluble fibre, such as apples, berries and brussel sprouts. A basic cardio workout in combination with weight training helps increase the good cholesterol. DIABETES l A combination of nuts such as peanuts, walnuts, almonds; cinnamon, garlic, flaxseeds and foods high in soluble fibre such as oatmeal, barley, lentils and apples. A daily
workout routine helps in uptake of glucose from the blood, thus reducing the blood glucose levels and increasing the sensitivity of insulin to the glucose. BLOOD PRESSURE l Foods rich in potassium such as fruits with a combination of pulses, ragi and whole grains can reduce blood pressure. And a moderate cardio workout in one's daily routine increases the pumping capacity of the heart, thus strengthening the heart muscles. CONSTIPATION l Yoghurt not only reduces constipation but improves immunity. Yoga and a fibrous meal helps improve the bowel movements, resulting in smooth passage of stools.
    (Inputs from Kinita S Kadakia, diet consultant)

l Ashwagandha helps reduce cortisol which is a stress hormone. High cortisol levels lead to insomnia, fatigue, digestive problems, low immunity and high mucus formation. l Walnuts and olive oil help increase HDL levels (good cholesterol) and prevent heart attacks. Coriander seeds also increase HDL levels. l ½ tsp each of ginger juice with honey taken in the morning works as an anti-inflammatory and anti-ulcer food and also helps in constipation and gastric mobility. l 1 tsp of methi and jeera each soaked in a cup of water taken on empty stomach in the morning helps get rid of water retention. l Intake of thyme leaf, oregano and rosemary leaf will improve resistance against bacterial infection and help cure inflammation in the stomach.
l Stewed apple and pomegranate juice controls diarrhoea. 1 tbsp of curd beaten in a glass of water with salt and roasted jeera powder with 2 tbsp of Isabgol is the best remedy for acute diarrhoea. l Pineapple juice contains bromelein, which is a digestive enzyme. It cures chronic acidity and flatulence, if taken one glass daily. l Raw amba haldi grated and garnished with green coriander leaves helps detoxify the liver. l Sprouted barley and methi seeds improve immune system and rheumatoid arthritis. l Sweetlime juice contains potassium which helps as diuretic and controls blood pressure. (Inputs from Sveta Bhassin, nutritionist and wellness consultant)

working to fitness

 Fit ya hit ... or both. Not a fad anymore, fitness is the latest mantra being followed worldwide by millions, not just for a great body but for a holistic approach to life! Competition, long working hours and job-related stress often take a toll on executives. So, while at work, it makes sense to stay fit and win the world.
    "In today's fast lifestyle, professionals do not need to do something overwhelmingly different. But what needs to be done is be disciplined amidst an 'indisciplined' lifestyle," says Dr Debashis Basu, preventive cardio-metabolic physician and in-charge, Apollo Gleneagles Heart Centre, Kolkata. To follow a regime at work, one needs to do simple things in simple ways. Everyday. Here's what you can do!

That's the secret behind that bout of energy needed to tackle work pressure.
    Brisk walk around the office campus for a couple of minutes. Alternatively, you could walk up and down the corridor or room to increase blood circulation

    One can take short breaks to stretch at the desk and release stiffness of the muscles. Do it while on an outstation call or while you wait for the vendor at the lobby!

    Enjoy the skyline from your 15th floor office. But take the stairs till the 10th floor. It might be taxing initially but once you get used, feel the difference yourself !
    Walk up to the window. Take a breath of fresh air and stretch as much as you can holding the window sill or the bars. With this, follow to the last T, the 'Rule of 20'.

Let's binge on low-calorie snacks. Ideally, puffed rice or green moong boiled and mixed with veggies make for good eating

    It is advisable to have a whole grain or fibre-rich diet that's nutritious. Enjoy it for lunch or dinner if you've to work late
    Do not walk up to the vending machine often. Too much coffee is bad. Go for sugar-free tea instead
The EQ factor ...

    Concentrate on emotional well-being
    It makes sense to cultivate a hobby. It takes the strain off one's mind
    Unwinding techniques, termed medically as 'neighbourhood vitalisation' is very important. One should adapt oneself with the neighbourhood (read office!)
    Don't keep stress bottled up
Try and cultivate a rich spiritual outlook
Supplement your life...
Eight to 10 glasses of water per day cleanses the body, bars dehydration and takes care of the skin A daily dose of Vitamin D at the beginning of the day is also a must

Flex the Neck
Move your neck in a circle. Touch the neck on the right shoulder once and then the left shoulder. Once done, move your neck down to touch the chest. Last, lean the neck back so that the head touches the back. Repeat twice.
Quadripes in Question
Stand up, bend the left knee and stretch back as much as possible. It is ideal if you get to touch the toe. Repeat with the right knee.
Healthy Hamstrings
Sit straight. Put your hands up at 90o . Bend down from the waist. Touch your toes. Repeat twice.
(Inputs by Ravi Kant Yadav, Fitness expert, Talwalkars, New Delhi)

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Heart can regenerate: Indian doc

Mumbai: A broken heart can mend itself, literally. In a discovery that opens up the possibility of helping people with serious cardiac ailments, an international team of researchers that includes a Canadian-born Indian neurosurgeon has found that the heart can regenerate itself.
    Scientists have so far believed that the heart never regenerates. "We have shown for the first time that the heart is capable of regeneration,'' said Dr Ratan Bhardwaj, who gave primary inputs for the research under the lab supervision of Jonas Frisen at Stockholm's Nobel Medical Institute. Bhardwajspoke to TOI soon after the research paper was published in the prestigious journal, Science. Bhardwaj, now at the University of Toronto, said the cells that regenerate, called cardiomyocytes, comprise 20% of the total heart tissue. They are also responsible for the crucial pumping action.
    Calling the finding a "myth-breaker and a paradigm shifter in science'', Bhardwaj said it opens the doors to future stem cell therapeutics and regenerative strategies. "It would be great if researchers could understand this mechanism better and possibly devise a pill to boost the regeneration of the
organ especially after a heart attack or chronic heart failure,'' he said.
    The 35-year-old doctor said, "You are actually having your own body heal itself. It's akin to the skin healing after a cut or the bones joining after a fracture. So, wouldn't it be great to find a way to heal your heart when it literally breaks, or fails? That's the beauty of this experiment.''
Carbon tech helped to trace heart's growth
Mumbai: An international team of researchers has found out that a broken heart can heal itself thereby exploding the myth that the heart never regenerates.
    The research used carbon dating to track DNA molecules within heart cells and show that new cells were being produced. "For the first time, we were able to see and show that the heart actually is continuously making and replenishing new heart cells,'' Canadian-born Indian doctor Dr Ratan Bhardwaj.
    Radio carbon dating is a technique used to determine the age of anything from the bust of the Mohenjodaro Priest to that of Queen Nefertiti. "But the body uses the same isotope, Carbon-14, in a very different way,'' Bhardwaj explained.
    During the Cold War, the rash of nuke-testing released huge amounts of radioactive C-14 in the atmosphere. This got mixed up with the carbon dioxide in the atmosphere that plants use up in photosynthesis. "Humans and animals ate the plants, so the C-14 went into our system. Now could this somehow be
tracked, we wondered. With that leap of logic, we zeroed in on the DNA molecule which ought to be fixed from the time when the cell was made, barring very negligible amounts of turnover. So, if one could carbon date the DNA from a specific set of cells, one could find out how old that cell was,'' Bhardwaj said.
    "In terms of actually doing it, however, it was a long shot and very expensive. Not a lot of groups are able to do this—start with a whole human heart, separate the heart cells, that is the crucial 20%, from the rest, purify the DNA and send this to the lab to measure the C-14 content. One speck of dust in the sample can totally wreck the data. So we were not too worried about competing with many other labs,'' he said.
    The beating heart that's responsible for pumping blood is made up of cardiomyocytes which comprise about 20% of the cells. The rest are largely support cells of the matrix. Said Bhardwaj, "Now, as we grow in age and size, this amazing cell has long been known to 'hypertrophy', that is, get bigger with function. We were able to show that it grows in number as well.''

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