Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Seven Organisms that Live Inside the Human Body

Today on this blog I present Mary Ward who would be writing on a very different and interesting topic. Human Body is a very amazing  full of unknown frontier even today. Mysterious  fold and unfold every second everyday. Today in this post Mary is going to explain us different Organisms that live Inside the Human Body.  Helpful are some , while harmful are others. I hope you would enjoy this post.


It can be unsettling to contemplate the idea that there are various creatures living inside of you body, but is true.  A whole category of living things called microorganism regularly in habit the human body.  Many of these creatures actually feed off the body in various ways or eliminate other materials.  There are helpful organisms and those that actually do harm. 

Those that work in a symbiotic relationship with our bodies may even protect us from destructive microorganisms.  Still, parasites and viruses do manage to get into the body.  This category can be dangerous even fatal depending on the type.

If you want to know more, then take a look at 7 organisms that live inside the human body.

Protozoa These little beasties are classified as parasites, although they do perform some positives services by cutting down the bacterial and micro-fungal populations in various parts of the body.  That said, certain protozoa are very aggressive and can make you sick or cause serious internal damage. 

Worms – In this microscopic context, worms such as the roundworm and the tapeworm are a form of parasitic organism that may end up in certain part of the body due to environmental interactions or the ingestion of contaminated food or water.  These worms may live undetected for many years in side the human host body; although, they may also cause internal injuries or be the root cause of other illnesses.

Bacteria – The human body is home to thousands of bacteria.  Many of these bacteria are helpful agents that aid the body in breaking down waste materials or eliminating foreign elements that would otherwise cause harm.  At the same time, they are the causes of all sorts of illnesses that plague us such as typhoid, cholera, meningococcal meningitis, tuberculosis, and tetanus, to less dangerous urinary tract infections, boils, and acne. 

Fungi Micro-fungi may inhabit the body as molds or yeasts.  Certain areas are more prone to the presence of different fungus types than others are.  While some fungi are essentially harmless, other strains can cause serious illnesses in even healthy individuals.

Archaea – While they were once considered a type of bacteria, the archaea are not defined as distinct micro-organic species.  One example is the amoeba.  They may find their ways into the body through contaminated foods or water.

Viruses – These microorganisms are far smaller than bacteria, and they to make their home inside of people.  They live by destroying the host cells add multiplying throughout the body's cells.  Diseases like AIDS, polio, and influences are caused by viruses.  They are destructive organisms that eventually destroy the host unless some treatment is used to stop or slow their development.

Prions – It might be stretching it a bit to call the prion a microorganism, though there are those who treat it as one.  This microorganism is an infectious agent that is basically a protein that lacks DNA and RNA (this is why it is a stretch to call it a living creature).  Prions can cause problems when they come in contact with the body's normal proteins.

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Monday, December 28, 2009

Adho Mukha Svasana

Downward Dog Pose
Up till now we have seen many poses that are vigorous and difficult for some. In today’s post we would see a pose which is very easy and liked my most of students who do this pose. Here is a pose which even a person who suffers from high blood pressure would enjoy, called as “Adho Mukha Svanasana”.

The name is derived from combination of two Sanskrit words “Adho” meaning downward, "Mukha" means facing and the word “Svana” means Dog. Literally in simple English this pose is also known by many as Downward Facing Dog Pose. The pose takes the time of the dog as in this pose one copies the way a dog would stretch his back every day.

How to do this pose:

  1. Lie down on the abdomen on the mat, while the back facing up. Keep the legs straight, arms on the side. The face should rest on the chin bone.
  2. Keep both the palms on the side of the shoulder. Make sure your keep a distance of one foot between both the feet.
  3. Inhale in and exhaling out slowly lifting your body on both feet and the palms. As you raise make sure your buttocks protrude out a little bit and your head goes down inside.
  4. Both the legs and the hands should be stiff and firm in this pose. It is very important to try to touch both the base of heals of the feet on the ground.
  5. Stay in the pose for few breathes. Keep on breathing in and out .Then slowly one can come out and may be doing again.
Cautions:
  1. It is very important to make sure that the heels touch the floor. For a beginner this would be very hard to do. But as you do it regularly one can easily do it.
  2. Make sure one keep the arms and the legs straight in the pose. No bends in this pose.
  3. Try to push your head more and more inward as you do this pose without moving both the legs and the hands .
Benefits:

  1. Nourishes the brain and neck area as this pose increases circulation to that area.
  2. Good to help relax the brain.
  3. Athletes, runners after some good work out on the field this pose helps then to relax easily.
  4. Good pose for those people who suffer with hypertension.
  5. Stiffness around the shoulder blades and the spine is reduced after doing this pose.
  6. Helpful pose for insomnia.
Chakra effect:

 Its known work is one the Manipur chakra or the solar plexus.


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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Pitta Prakruti

Last week we saw the Vatta Prakruti and all of characteristic of an individual’s whose constituent is Vatta. Today we would have a look on nature of the person who is govern by one of the tri dosha name as Fire or Pitta. The characteristic of the dosha does have a big impact on the nature of such individual for sure.

Pitta Prakruti and Physical feature

To understand a Pitta person is very easy in a group of people. A person who is attractive, one may say beautiful and also well known with his peers would be more likely is a Pitta person. These individuals are normally medium built, hairs which may be small, dark or be a little brown too, brown eyes or sometimes different colour.  Such individuals also tend to lose hairs quickly thus can be bald during early age of their life span. They do love the cold and hate the sun due to the heat in their own body.

Pitta Prakruti and the features of Mind
 
When it comes to know a person who is governed by Pitta dosha one should know that such person are known to be the kings in their world and no less. They are most loyal to their friends and most troublesome for their foes. Typical pitta individuals are also known for their short temper as they are known for their anger.  Such individuals although hated by few still are also very romantic when it comes to heart so they are a bit possessive.
Courageous adventurous, intelligent , daring are some of the adjectives that suits an pitta individual for sure.

Pitta Prakruti and Food Habits

As a king Pitta people are known for their indulgence in food and everything. Known to be ever hungry, pitta individuals do have a large appetite. Not just appetite they also have a very good digestive power as if to digest stone some say.
Such individual normally love to eat spicy food as compare to salty or sweet food in general. Rich exotic foods do definitely appeal such people for sure.

Health Issues of Pitta Prakruti

 It is the nature of the Pitta Prakruti to indulge as a king of what we know as pretty much over indulge rather than indulge. If they like spicy, they tend to over indulge, if they like alcohol they would drink more. Such habits tend to create health issues normally affecting the digestive tract of such persons.
Pitta prakurti individuals normally suffer with acidity at a very early age. If they over indulge in extravaganza they normally would face liver cirrhosis and issues with their kidneys.
Baldness is also one of the common health issues that such individuals may suffer at a very early age.
Stress also remains another major set of issue faced by such individuals. It is normally seen that such individuals do take lot of work at a time. Thus fulfillment of the said work remains a major issue creating stress.

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Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Christams : Some Thoughts

Just two days away from the day of Christmas. Ohh I am sure each one us have  planned the whole day. Gifts, nice meal, get together with all friends and family. The same festive environment would be in each and every house hold. I had a terrible feeling not to post anything for today as many of you would be busy and enjoying. But as I was thinking about India and festivals , I decided to write a little bit of from the regular topics.
Here are some questions that I would like to ask by you to yourself and then decide how to enjoy this Christmas.
Art of Giving
I am sure you have bough many gifts for all your friends and family member this Christmas. Giving is something that is not that easy I am sure. During my early Child hood in India when it comes to festival the only thing that many families used to share with each other would be fun and happiness. I had friends who could not afford to exchange crazy gifts ... but still it was just the warm fun being with them that made our days. Sometimes it was just a cup of tea that would be shared with friends or some morsel of sweets. But it was worth the gift. It was the love that was really exchanged and nothing else.
 Can you enjoy a Christmas with giving love, happiness and fun rather than any gifts?{I love gifts myself let me be frank with you. Its not gifts that I am against .It is the thought and love that should be in those rather than just being a mechanical event that is my thought}
   The Art of Letting Go
Christmas, Thanksgiving Dinner are more remembered for different quarrels that one have with family members. Even during the whole year one may have grudges, differences with members of the family or even friends.
But can we forget all those and let it go this year?

 As a Health and life style expert I always have a question about how are festivals really can be connected to Health or healthy lifestyle.  They are all about different sweets and desserts and all the rich cuisines that one could think about. Gaining weight sometimes remains the main issue some times during such festivals.

 My thoughts ended with an answer that may be festivals are more to do with the mental health rather than physical health of Humans. Out of 365 days some days one ought to need to enjoy life, one needs to have fun and eat and forget all about diet and restrictions. May be festival are something to do with the Mind of the society. Giving and sharing joy, happiness and love with others all around us. Is this not what an healthy mind really requires.

So this Christmas enjoy with all different food and do not think about what idiots like me says on blogs about health. Give and share Joy if possible, forgive some one that you hold a grudge on and send a nice card. Let all those things that bother you disappear for a moment or two and enjoy life to the fullest.

Merry Christmas!!





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Monday, December 21, 2009

Paripurna Navasana



 Boat Pose

Last week pose definitely confused few of my reader’s. I completely understand that. Many Yogic pose are a bit similar some times and often can be confused with the names especially the English translation of the Sanskrit names. Thus it is very important to keep the Sanskrit names and keep them in use, even after knowing its English translation some times. Hope it would be easy for one to use.

Today we would work on a pose which I think so I missed when we completed some of the sitting poses. "Paripurna Navasana"or the "Boat pose", the word "paripurna" means complete while "nava" means boat in Sanskrit .It is the formation of the body that one takes in this pose ;that looks like a boat which defines the name of the pose.

How to do it?

  1. Sit in a position where both the legs are straight in front and the spine kept straight. Arms kept on the side. This is a common beginner’s pose for many sitting poses like Paschimottanasana
  2. Inhale in and as one exhales slowly start leaning backward, and at the same time raise your legs above the surface as much as possible. Understand that the whole body weight would now be on your buttocks.
  3. Keep the whole position as stiff as possible to maintain the balance. Another thing to do is to keep your eyes fixed on the toes and maintain the pose.
  4. When you are set with the pose, slowly lift the hands from ground and bring it as parallel to the thighs as possible. This thus would represent the image of a boat with two oars which gives this pose the name Paripurna Navasana.
  5. Try to hold this pose for some time as possible . Start with couple of breathes to hold the pose and then as one practices daily increase the time span.

Caution:

  1. This pose those seems simple ,it is still advised that if one suffers with any issues with health do it with the help and guidance of an yoga expert.
  2. Spine realted health issues such as cervical spondylisis and others.. if one suffers with it should avoid doing this pose.
  3. The stiffness is very important to hold the balance in this pose . So make sure one is stiff enough...
  4. Lastly do not hold your breath when doing this pose.

Benefits :

  1.  Works excellent on abdomen.. especially on abdominal fats.
  2.  If suffering with bloating this would be the position to try to relive you from the trouble.
  3. Stimulates the kidney, intestines and all organs in the abdominal cavity.

Chakra effect :
 

This asana has its effects on "Svadhistana Chakra”. 


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Saturday, December 19, 2009

Review of Food Connect.com


 Want to read new recipes for the coming festive season. Want to share your old grandma’s Turkey recipe, love to read on different restaurant reviews and love to write about different new restaurants  then you  need to click this site. Food Connect.com should be your choice of destination on World Wide Web.

As a health blogger I often get this question; How healthy is this recipe? Do you know any good place to refer for heating healthy food in restaurants? Very recently I found the answer for that question. A site that offers all what is said above. And on top of that one can be also being connecting to different food lovers all over the world in a forum. Here is what is different of this site called as Food Connect.com


1] Recipes with a Twist:
 On Food Connect if you are looking for recipes well look for it, but do not forget to look more beyond them. Not only one gets recipes but one would also end up getting many other information like different components and the calorie value of the recipe and other nutrients.
Historical facts, dictionary of new words all are highlighted when your cursor moves over that word. That makes it easy for a person to understand new words too.

2] Restaurants and Reviews:
 Only those who join can write reviews. Well it’s a free forum for anyone to take part. But even without joining one can read all the reviews on the site. Reviews of different restaurants done by forum members like you and me are honest to the core .Some food critiques and travel writers often share their experience with great places.
Only thing that I felt odd is that one may find many Canadian restaurants being reviewed than US.



3] Food Lover's Forum:
The part which makes this website unique is the forum part. One can easily join it for free. As a member you can not only enjoy all the recipes, but also can review restaurants, add events, make friends and connect with your old friends. Lastly the one can even add local events that can attract many other tourists as also one can take benefit of other events too.

So what are you waiting for? Check out the site and do join Food Connect.com

This post is written for promotion, but still I do enjoy this website for sure.


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Friday, December 18, 2009

Vatta Prakruti

Under the influence of each particular dosha during conception, one is said to see three major types of Prakruti.  If season, food and also the qualities of both sperm and ova favours for the Vatta dosha the person, would more likely be a Vatta Prakruti .

Physical features

Vatta or Vayu is one of the Mahabhoots that moves on its own of all five Mahabhoots.  Hence the property of movement would be first to be noticed when one looks for Vatta Prakruti.
Movements of physical body are the most prominent seen with this personality. Many time kids are often labelled because of such movements as Attention Deficit Disorder {ADD} kids.
Vata Prakruti individuals physical are more likely to be skinny. They tend to have long feet, long legs, long hands and also long hairs. They also tend to have rough, long hairs.
Because of the property of dryness or Ruksta of Vayu dosha, these individuals also tend to have dry and rough skin.

Mental Nature of a Vatta Individual:

Remember the word “Air headed individual”, we used to tease some of our friends in school. The reason we teased is because of the nature of that individual, especially of their brain. Movement governs them, thus vatta prakruti individuals even in the mental world are in constant motion. One moment they can be angry at some body, but soon they can be emotional. Very volatile in nature some times.
Less attention span, poor memory, but a very good grasp of new subjects is what attracts about them.
They are said to be manipulative, cunning and very shrewd some times for sure.

Food Habits:

 A Vatta individual loves to eat. They have very large appetite, but can be very changeable too. Some days they can eat like a pig, but some days they would not feel hungry at all. Thus they also face episodes of constipation some days too.
A Vatta individual loves to eat sweet, sour and salty food. They love to munch even after having a heavy meal. Individuals who are Vatta tend also to eat more than required some times.

Sleep:

 Because of constant thought process such individuals really have trouble falling asleep. Even if the eyes are closed such individuals tend to think constantly and it is very hard to shut their brains for a long time. Majority of people who are suffering with insomnia are Vatta individual.

Health Issues:

 As said due to diet, lifestyle such individuals tend to suffer from a very early age issues like constipation.
Another health issue that bothers such individuals is related to Bones. Many of these individuals do suffer with osteoarthritis; osteoporosis and other bone diseases sometimes even at an early age too.
Insomnia is very common too for such prakruti.


Next week would take a look on what is Pitta Prakruti .


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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Snacks : Some Thoughts


Couple of days ago one of my RSS feed reader asked a question regarding eating snacks and what does Ayurveda think on that line. This post is dedicated to his questions for sure. Thanks a lot.

Normally one eats three meals a day, breakfast, lunch and dinner. But there are times when one do eat or indulge in eating just pleasure or maybe because of hunger. Is this snacking healthy , is snacking good food healthy or just eating unhealthy food bad for one ?Are some the typical questions that jumbles a health savvy individual for sure. In my article on “Breakfast: Some Thoughts” I tried to answer some of the basic thoughts in regards to eating food and what Ayurveda has to say.

In this article we would try to understand possible criteria’s that would decide if eating snacks is healthy.


1] Eat only when you are really hungry:

According to Ayurveda one of the most important think that one should understand is that if you are hungry you are entitle to eat. It does happen sometimes that one even after eating lunch or dinner; we may feel hungry after some time. Try to hold that hunger for some and see, if not one can look for some healthy snack option.

2] Season and Hunger

Seasons do dominate our appetite what do you think? Have you notice that in winter one may eat a little more than usual while in summer’s our appetite decreases just because of water intake rather than food. According to Ayurveda winter being cold the body do consume a lot of energy thus one may need extra amount of food than normal .Thus snacking during the cold months is something what is OK.

3] Concept of Prakruti

Last week I just talked about this in one post, one of the best ways to understand prakruti is by the example of appetite. Have you noticed everyone on the breakfast table eating same? No it does not happen in that way. Some in the family would eat more, while some would eat or even skip. Prakruti or Nature has lot to do with how one is going to eat and digest food according to Ayurveda. Pitta prakruti individuals would be feeling hunger all the time, thus the chance of such individuals munching would be common. Try to restrict their munching and one could see some health issues arising too like headaches.

Looking through one can easily say that yes if one follow all these three gudielines eating snacks and lastly healthy snacks could be good for health. It is us to decide and understand our body, if one knows his or her body and follows we are on right tract.
Happy Snacking For this Christmas

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Monday, December 14, 2009

Setu Bandhasana

The Bridge Pose

In today’s post on Yoga we are going to take a look on this particular asana which kind of a more for those who are doing it daily yoga or for a long time. Some poses though seem hard for an observer; still if one is doing yoga for a time seems not a big issue.


In Sanskrit the word “Setu” means a bridge, the word “Bandha” means lock. The whole pose resembles as if we create a bridge of our body connecting the head to the toes and then locks it there.

How to do the pose:

  1. Lie flat on the mat. Keep your legs straight, hands on the side of the ground, spine straight. Face looking upward.
  2. To start this pose, bend your knee and keep heals close to the buttocks as close as possible.
  3. Slowly inhale in and exhaling out slowly try to lift your tailbone while at the same time push your inner feet and arms down on the floor.
  4. Lift your buttock making sure our thighs are parallel to the floor. Make sure your pubis is closer to the navel.
  5. Firm the shoulder blades against your back. Firm the outer arms if possible in this pose. One may support the back with both arms as shown in the picture to lift the whole body a little more upward.
  6. Stay in this pose breathing in and out slowly as much as possible. Holding the pose for minimum of 4 breathes or more would be good to start with.

Caution:

  1. Typically all such bends one need to be extra careful if suffering with any spinal issues. Neck injuries for sure need to be extra careful. Doing such pose under expert guidance would be suggested.
  2. Students who do suffer with injuries or fractured wrist joint should not try this pose for sure.

Benefits:

  1. Good pose to stretch the whole body from base of the feet to the head. Especially for the spine.
  2. Rejuvenate our tired legs for sure.
  3. Increase appetite and also stimulates most of the abdominal organs and Lungs too.
  4. Good pose for those suffering with Osteoporosis, High blood pressure, sinusitis and lastly lungs.
  5. Also help to calm the brain and help those who face mild depression.

Chakra: Manipura Chakra

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Friday, December 11, 2009

Prakruti : An Ayurvedic Concept

When it comes to Ayurveda in the recent world, one word that one may notice used all the times in news, in talks, in articles or even in books is the word called as Prakruti. The same word is seen as the bases of dealing with clients, the same word is used when dealing with healthy individuals. What is Prakruti any ways?

Prakruti [प्रकृ्ति]

Prakruti
means Constitution in its literal meaning. According to “Bhagavad Geeta” Prakruti means the basic nature of intelligence by which Universe exists and function. It is also the basic of all creation. Each and every thing in the universe does have a nature of itself. Say the nature of a tiger is to be ferocious, while that of a rabbit to be a little timid. In the same way each of us does have a nature of our own. And that nature is called as our Prakruti. Both the physical and the mental nature together are taken into consideration to understand them.

In Ayurveda Prakruti of an individual is divided in three major types namely the same three types of what Doshas are classified. Vatta ,Pitta, Kapha . Thus one may say Vatta Dosha and Vatta Prakruti, but still means a lot same and lot different at the same time.

How does a Prakruti of a Human defined?

Normally a prakruti of a person is defined during conception. The different cause that defines it is as follows:
  1. The quality of Sperms {Male}
  2. The quality of Ova {Female}
  3. Mother’s diet at the time of conception
  4. Season at the time of conception
  5. Mental state of both partners
All of the above things in combine do define the nature of the child born. And that is defined as the Prakruti of the child born.

Why to Understand Prakruti?

I keep that answer for some post later, till then just understand that knowing Prakruti one can be healthy and also treat the different health issues.

Can Prakruti be changed?

This remains one of most common question asked in regards to Prakruti to Vaidyas. Can that be changed? The answer is pretty clear no.....
Can a tiger change the nature to be ferocious, yes the tiger can be domesticated to some level, but still it will show sometimes the nature at some extent.

For the next few weeks we would understand the different types of Prakruti and each of their characteristic.

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Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Natural Ways to Detox

Water

Today’s world as we all know is full of pollutants and chemicals, air pollutants, noise pollutants, water pollutants . Our food that we eat too if not polluted is subjected to various chemicals which may or may not have any long term hazards on our body. The human body do have a way to throw out such unwanted crap . Our execratory system with the help of organs like liver, lungs and kidneys work nonstop to keep our body healthy. Still one is well aware that it takes a toll on our body. Health conditions like fatigue, migraines, nausea and many more do occur on and off with no reasons what so ever.

More and more health savvy individuals are looking for ways to eliminate such wastes from our body easily thus looking for different types of detoxification programs. Hydro colon therapies, Apple fast, Master cleanse are some of the well known out of all. One is aware that such types of diet or fasting do require lot of patience and also lot of money in some conditions too. One always wonder any way to keep healthy and also detox sometimes just with the help of simple things in daily life.

Water Detox
According to Naturopathic Medicine one of the best ways to cleanse one’s body is my drinking water. Drinking water for days or also called as water fast is a common way of cleaning one’s body. I was lucky in my career to see both success of this type of fasting and also some of the known hazards of such fasting. Thus when referring to water as a way of detoxification, I tried to see what Ayurveda has to say on it .

According to the Science of Living called as Ayurveda, Water does have many properties and one of them is to cleanse and also nourish. But the magic of water is not in using it just plain. To nourish cold water really quenches one’s thirst, but for detoxification one needs a different set of rules for water.
Hot Water /Warm Water
I know I kept you wondering why hot water as compared to regular water what is the difference. Let me explain you more clearly with this example. After finishing a nice meal when it comes to wash oily dishes what would one normally do. It is simple just start some warm water and then apply detergent and its clean. Now before cleansing it warm water try to use cold water. One could see the difference easily. Understand that warm water in Ayurveda is said to be the real detoxifier. It has the magic property to go in our system and as we clean our dishes after meal, this water goes and cleans our gut properly.
One does not need to take this more than one glass as even just one or two glass here and there can make a huge difference in everyday cleansing. No need for fasting, no headaches, no nausea and no extra money too for such detox method. One’s health is assure if each day such simple ways of detoxification. What do you say? Try this water think and do let me know how you feel.

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Tuesday, December 8, 2009

100 and Still Going

Looking Back

Welcome to my 101 post on this blog. Yes yesterday’s post on Chaturanga Dandasana was my 100th post to be submitted since April 2009. It has been a great pleasure to work on this page. This day I would like to take the opportunity to thanks all my readers especially my RSS subscribers, my friends who tweets my post, my friends who read and browse my posts and lastly my unknown friends from stumble upon who stumble my page all the time. Thanks all of you for all your help and guidance.
When I look back for the last 100 post, I have some of my best posts that I am listing today for some of my new readers to browse. Also in this post I have 3 new links to post that are not posted here, but posted on a different channel. I am sure everyone would be glad to read them too.

My 5 best posts on this blog




My 3 best posts on a different channel



Lastly each and every thing on this blog is for the benefit of you my readers. Thus I would also love to hear more from you. Your suggestion would always be cherished and worked on. If you want me to write on certain topic let me know. If you want certain changes in my blog, do let me know. I am soon in a process of giving a new design to this blog. If anyone has any thoughts, they are welcome.
Friends stumble, tweets, digg, reddit, add on your Orkut or any other social bookmark any of this page if you like any of the topic. That help would be really appreciable. Thanks once again for your contribution of this websites success. Looking forward to hear from you all

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Chaturanga Dandasana

The Four Limbed Staff Pose

Last week we learned about Dhanurasana or the Bow pose. I understand that it might not be that easy to do that pose. But well Practice makes man Perfect. Don’t you think? So do those pose every time, slowly and slowly one would be the masters of those poses. Today we would learn about a simple pose called as Chaturanga Danadasana also called as The Four Limbed Staff pose.

The word “Chatur” means four, while “anga” means limbs of the body, “Danada” means a staff. The whole pose represent one on all the four limbs of the body and keeping it as stiff as a staff or “Danada” ,thus the name in Sanskrit “Chaturanga Danadasana” .

How to Do the pose:
  1. Lie flat on the floor [mat] face downwards, spine straight, both the limbs straight, arms apart from the body, but on the side of the body.
  2. Now before doing the pose, bend the elbows and place the palms on the side, by the side of the chest. Both the feet should be around foot apart from each other.
  3. Slowly inhale in and then exhaling out slowly lift the whole body on the palms and the toes of the body. Make sure that the whole body should be as stiff as a stick or danda. The body now is parallel to the floor only touching to the ground on your palms and the toes.
  4. Slowly extend the whole body a little forward so that the tips of the toes bear all the body weight.
  5. Stay in that pose for a while .One may repeat this again for some more times.

Caution:
  1. This pose is challenging, thus perform this pose only after you have attained certain stage of yoga class.
  2. If you have issue with your wrist like old fracture, please do this exercise only under expert guidance.
  3. Carpel Tunnel syndrome and pregnancy are two condtions when one should not do this pose.
Benefits:
  • Strengthen the arms and the wrists.
  • Develop mobility and power to the arms.
  • Tones the abdominal organs.

Chakra: Manipura Chakra


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Friday, December 4, 2009

Kapha Imbalance : Causes

In last week’s we did peek of all the causes of Vatta dosha & Pitta dosha imbalance. Understating them properly, we now move on to the next and the most important one. It is said that most of the different health issues arising in the 21 centenary are seen due to Kapha Imbalance. Hence it is very important for us to have a proper idea of their causes.

Causes of Kapha Imbalance:

Diet :

Diet according to Ayurveda is such a thing that it can either create a balance in our dosha, or it can create an imbalance. We have seen in other two dosha, how different food items have influenced the dosha.

  • Excess Milk Products: Most of the developed countries love their intake of milk, butter, cheese and many things that revolve around milk products. It is when these products that one tends to intake more than required one might see an imbalance of Kapha dosha. Cheese being the number one culprit in that list is also the most favored here.
  • Excess Fats: Fats just do not mean fats from butter and cheese or oil, but I also means animals fats. Increasing amount of bacon, pork, chicken and lamb products which do contain excess fats in general are seriously bothering one's kapha dosha.
  • Fruits: One might question how come fruits creates imbalance. Well fresh fruits are health again in moderation and if eaten with seasonally. Unluckily in most developed countries one can get all types of fruits 24/7. One more thing that we humans tend to do is freezing certain food and then eat then frozen which is bound to create an imbalance of kapha dosha.

Life style:
  • Eating style: Many people do have a habit to munch or eat little here and there rather than eating properly at given times. Munching as a habit is good, but unluckily the snacks that one chooses for munching if are chosen wrongly like chips, cheeses crackers or even pastries. One is bound to see imbalance of kapha dosha.
  • Lack of Exercise: This is one of another reason for an imbalance of kapha dosha, lack of exercise. Either laziness or just boredom makes one person forget about exercising daily thus showing the imbalance.
  • Late night snacking : One may find this very common in developed countries as compared to the third world .But it is true, late night snacking especially if one eats junk like cakes and pastries or even chips or popcorn with cheese and stuff is bound to have an imbalance of kapha dosha .
  • Video games /X-Box, Computers : Recent years another trend that one can see with imbalance of kapha dosha due to different modern equipments likes computers, video games and X-Box. Many kids tend to devote a huge amount of time to such games thus being very sedentary during the whole day. Also one tends to eat a lot of junk while actually participating in such activities creating more trouble.
Season:
  • Spring Season: Winter season is what one may thing that can bring imbalance of Kapha dosha, but it is not. It is spring that would bring the maximum imbalance of the kapha dosha. One may see many issues like cold and sinus issues troubling more and more people during that time.
  • Morning: During the 24 hrs day’s cycle it is the mornings or the Brahma muhurta that are said to be governed by this imbalance of kapha dosha. Thus one needs to be active during the morning; laziness during these hours can create the desired imbalance of kapha.
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Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Salt : Too little or Too Much


French fries one of the favorite snacks all around the world thanks to the fast food companies that have made them so popular. This same fries are what shocked me recently. The amount of extra salt that some people add to this fries was what bothered me. Salt to me is to be taken just a sprinkle here and there. Unluckily we humans have now been indulging in lot of salt these days. Here is a quick example of our salt in our meal table:

A cup of all bran cereal : 620 milligrams of salt
Bagels: 400-500milligrams of salt
Toast : 140-200 milligrams of salt
Cheese [one inch cube]: 400 milligrams
Butter 2 tsp: 25 milligrams


Just for breakfast a normal person without adding any added salt can eat around 1 to 2gms of salt easily. While recently in WHO clearly stated in its website that the average salt intake has to be less that 5 gms of salt per day for every human being. Yes one is right to say that some of us are eating excessive salt in diet. Here is little trouble that one might look at due to eating excessive salt.

According to Ayurveda excessive salt do result in certain health issues in every person. The chief result that one can see is impotency or issues relating to fertility. Baldness, fatigue and different types of skin diseases can also be seen with those who eat more salt.

Different scientific studies do have found co-relation with excess salt intake with different health hazards too.

  • Hypertension and Salt: Studies in different parts of the world have shown the same result with the links of excess salt intake and increasing cause of high blood pressure in individuals. Studies also confirm that as one reduces salt intake, sees notable changes in blood pressure. A recent study shows that an extra tea spoon of salt also heightens the risk of stroke by 23 percent.
  • Salt and Osteoporosis: BBC in one of the articles covered this topic showing studies by team of scientist who related excess salt intake and increasing chances of Osteoporosis.
  • Many other diseases are linked and have seen being connected with increasing salt intake diet such as gout, gastric ulcers and cancer, duodenal cancer and ulcer.
If here are some the issues caused by excess salt, I had few chances to see different patients who have trouble because reduce salt too. Muscle cramps one of the best example to show is result of decrease sodium in our muscles some time.

What I do not understand is why humans tend to always to do extremes. Either no salt or added salt ... why not just moderate. Gina my friend in her article Fats: Pros and Cons properly quote “that one need to eat as natural as possible to eliminate the doubt of excess fats”. Which remain so true in the case of salt intake too? The more process, preserved one eats the more salt they eat. Eat fresh and less would be your salt intake.

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Monday, November 30, 2009

Dhanurasana

Bow Pose

Last week we saw how to perform Locust pose. Though not that easy, but still we are sure that it should have worked well on the spine. In today’s post we would try to have a look on how to perform Dhanurasana or Bow pose.
When one completes this pose, the whole body represents the imaginary picture of a bow which in Sanskrit it called as “Dhanu” .Thus the name of this pose as Bow pose or “Dhanurasana”.

How to do this pose:

1] Start this asana with the whole body being on the mat, lying down full length, face down, hands apart from the body, legs together.

2] Inhale in and exhaling slowly raise both the leg up from the knee joint. Extend both the arms behind, so that both hands try to hold each ankle. Try holding the left ankle by left hand and the right ankle by the right hand.

3] Breath in and out and then exhaling out slowly with the help both the hands slowly raise rest of the legs up and also the chest off the ground . The arms and then hands acts as a bowstring attach to the bent of the bow.

4] The whole body weight is now on the abdomen as the head is also up .Make sure you lift the head as further as possible.

5] As one takes the position, now hold this position for some time .At least till you is comfortable.

Caution:

  1. OK one needs to be a little pro to do this pose for sure .But even if you are not make sure you practice Bhujanagasana and Salbahasana before you do this pose.
  2. If suffering with any spinal injuries, one needs to be careful thus it is advisable to do this pose under proper guidance .
  3. While raising the legs do not join them at the knee joints.
  4. In this pose breathing would be faster than normal, yes do not worry it is normal.
  5. Head and the eyes should be looking straight ahead of you all the time.

Benefits:

  1. Brings elasticity to the spine and tones the abdominal muscles.
  2. Expand the chest and open the solar plexuses.
  3. Stretches the whole body from the finger tip to the toe.
  4. According to Yogi Iyengar guided practice of this pose can benefit those who suffer with slip disc issue, if done daily for some time.

Chakra:

Its known work is one the Manipur chakra or the solar plexus.

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Friday, November 27, 2009

Pitta Imbalance : Causes


Last week we had a chance to look at different causes of Vatta Imbalance. Seasons, lifestyle, food habits and different food combination where covered in that post. Today we would see different causes of Pitta dosha imbalance. What are the reasons that this dosha increase or decrease in our body.
Causes of Imbalance of Pitta Dosha

Food /Diet:
  • Beans: Yellow lentils or also known as turdal is known for its beneficial values. But if these lentils are eaten in excess or eaten daily, one may see some signs of Pitta dosha increase in the body.
  • Spices: Most of the spices like cloves, black pepper, jalapenos, and chillies are known for their strong action. They are hot as a lay man would say and enjoys. But still the dark side of these hot spices are that they create high acidic level in the body causing what Ayurveda believes as Pitta Imbalance.
  • Mustard: Though used in small amount in Asia, the use of mustard is extensive in the North American belt. Mustard sauce on chicken, burgers and hot dogs are loved and cherished by all generations. According to Ayurveda mustard is known for its property to increase the heat in the body which means it creates an imbalance of the Pitta dosha.
  • Fruits: Normally all fruits are said to have a very positive effect on Pitta dosha. All fruits normally calm the pitta dosha expect very few. Too sour fruits like sour oranges, kiwi can disturb the balance of Pitta dosha .Ohh and one fruits has to be mentioned separately that can really trouble and increase pitta dosha . It is called as Papaya. This fruit by nature is said to increase the heat in the body, thus said by herbologist to not eat this fruit when pregnant. Heat means imbalance of Pitta can be seen because of Papaya for sure.
Lifestyle /Food Habits:

We do have certain habits that are known to disturb the balance of different doshas .Here are some habits that can imbalance Pitta .
  • Excessive drinking of tea or coffee : Indulge in excessive tea ,coffee or alcohol one is bound to suffer with either heart burns or acid reflux or pain in the chest. All are the signs of imbalanced Pitta dosha .
  • Late night: It has recently been seen many people who works in a night shift tend to see an increase trend of facing heartburn and gastric regurgitation. All signs are known of pitta imbalance. It is true that less sleep or constantly shifting of timing might create imbalance of vatta and pitta dosha .
  • Eating left over or frozen: Normally when one freeze a food or eat left over’s, one may notice different health issues. Such foods are normally devoid of prana or they are over cooked thus losing important minerals. They also when eaten could create health issues like burps and gastric reflux sometimes.Thus it is clear that they might cause imbalance in pitta .
Season:
  • Fall Season: According to Ayurveda one may see imbalance of Pitta during the fall season.
  • Afternoon: When the sun is on the top of one's head is when one’s pitta changes its balance and can get imbalanced
Next week Kapha Dosha Imbalance

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Wednesday, November 25, 2009

5 Spices for Upcoming Holidays !!

Holidays + Spice = Fun + Health

Holiday season like Thanksgiving and Christmas are normally loaded with lots of dishes full of sweets. Pastries, cakes, cookies, doughnut, cakes and different pies the list goes on and on. One might be a little concerned about the Health part of you and your family. Well let me tell you how to enjoy this season of holidays eating sweets with tinge of health to it.

Here are five herbs that can be used in your cooking this season:

1] Ginger:

Ginger is known spice when it comes to Holiday cooking. We make ginger snaps or even ginger cookies or bread from time long. Is it just the flavor that one needs to enjoy this season? Read this article on Ginger here.
Ginger is known as one of the best nature’s anti inflammatory herb. Holidays not just bring lots of cooking, but also lots of shopping which can make one person having back pains and stomach issues .Ginger would be the best herb to use then.

Tip: Add Ginger to your tea the next time you make it and enjoy the warmth of Ginger.


2] Cinnamon:

The use of Cinnamon though being very new, but this herb is known all over the world for its aroma. Cinnamon not only gives a nice aroma to your desserts or coffee, it also gives a ton of benefits when consumed. Recent study recorded amazing benefits of this spice on type 2 Diabetes. According to researcher in West Virginia cinnamon is experienced through the nose [smell] and through mouth [taste] can have positive effect on cognitive performance including memory. Well wish for a holiday time that can boost memory too try Cinnamon.

Tip: Add this spice as a garnish on some sweet bread or even cakes.

3] Cloves:

Cloves have been known both as a spice and an herb for generations. During the early ages cloves where used to make pomander to tie around the Christmas tree. Pomander is combination of aromatic herbs mixed so as the spread nice aroma in the house. Another reason for cloves in this may be because of its warm nature. In aroma therapy it is said that cloves could give stimulation or warming especially for digestive problems. Recent researcher have found that cloves can also help in reducing blood sugar and cholesterol especially the bad one .Worth a try .

Tip: Add this spice to your stuffing or Rice this holiday season.

4] Nutmeg:

Nutmeg is not new to coffee lovers especially in Starbucks. It’s very common now days to have a cappuccino or a latte with some nutmeg in it. Here is a herb that is known for its work on nervous system. Anxiety, stress bother even our holidays well for most of us. Not just moods , but even some times extensive feasting might bother your stomach with dysentery .Try this herb and all would be in control.

Tip: Make Hot chocolate with a pinch of nutmeg .


5] Cardamom:

Known as spice not just in Indian cooking, but this herb is famous also in the kitchen of many Nordic nations like Finland. Cardamom is known for its medical use especially for the lungs and upper respiratory issues. Throat irritation, congestion of lungs and even some herbologist use this herb for tuberculosis and emphysema.

Tip: Making bread or dessert or pudding .Add this spice and see the magic.
Happy Thanks Giving for all Americans
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Monday, November 23, 2009

Salabhasana


Locust Position

Bhujangasana or Cobra position was just the beginning of different asanas one can do lying flat on one’s stomach. In today’s post we would see yet another post in the same style as of last week. “Salabhasana”.

“Salabha” means Locust in Sanskrit. The name of this asana is derived from the way a locust a insect do sit. It is very common to name different positions according to names from nature to note a particular behavior.

How to do this position:

1] Lie flat on abdomen, arms on the side rested, legs straight behind and chin resting on the floor. Hands should not touch the body, they must be on the side.

2] Now slowly inhale in and exhaling out, lift you head and both the hands and legs simultaneously as high as possible. You are currently resting just on your lower ribs, abdomen and the upper thigh area .

3] Keep your arms raised above the floor level. Keep the legs extended and raised as much as possible.

4] Keep your eye sight in front gazed, so to feel conformable holding this position.

5] Hold the position for some time; keep on breathing in and out slowly. Do not forget that.

Caution:

1] Make sure both hands and feet’s are above ground when one does this position.
2] For beginners one should just lift the legs and concentrate on it and then start working on lifting both hands and the feet.
3] Make sure one is not bearing the weight of body on hands or shoulder. It has to be distributed on the abdomen.
4] People suffering with headache, spinal injuries, and neck injuries should either avoid doing this position or try it with some proper instruction with your teacher.

Benefits:

1] Aids digestion, relives constipation and gaseous.
2] Strengthen abdominal muscles, if one does this position for a long time.
3] Persons suffering with slip disc if done for a long time with ease can see notable change with their suffering.
4] Beneficial for even those who have issues with prostrate and bladder conditions.
5] Help relives stress.

Chakra:

Its known work is one the Manipur chakra or the solar plexus.


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Friday, November 20, 2009

Vatta Imbalance : Causes


Last week I had a chance to speak about imbalance of Tri dosha. How it does happen and how does it affects. From today I said that we would be discussing and looking in dept why and what makes a particular dosha to increase or decrease. As said last week normally the causative factors depends on three main factors food intake, lifestyle, and atmosphere or season. I would try my level best to make one understand why does those factor creates imbalance in the next few posts.

Causes of Vatta Imbalances

Food /Diet:
  • Leafy vegetables, Cabbage: Full of minerals though good for humans they create some sort of erosion increasing the dryness in human body which in due course create vatta imbalance.
  • Corn, Beans like chickpeas, kidney beans: An excellent source of protein beans store small amount of gaseous in them thus creating bloating or flatulence after digestion. This excess air remains the major cause of imbalance of vatta.
  • Bread: To understand this keep bread in a petri-dish and add water. One would see how fast bread absorbs the water, becoming very moist and sticky. The same example if taken in context to our body, makes one think why one get thirsty a lot after eating bread. The dryness or rukstha that is effect of eating bread which is why imbalance of Vatta could be seen.
Food Habits:

It is not just what food that one eat cause imbalance of Vatta dosha. Even they way one eats food can effect on the doshas too .Here are some of the known causes.
  • Fast: Though fasting is good for one person, still one may find that it creates a lot of emptiness in one’s body. Thus if one fast too much one might notice imbalance of vata in the body.
  • Eat fast: Have you notice that some people eat too slow or fast than others. If you are one of those who eat too fast, you are bound to engulf a lot of air thus creating imbalance of Vatta in the body.
Seasonal:

Certain seasons do affect the overall imbalance of different Doshas. It is not restricted just too seasons but even certain timing of the day can matter for changes in the doshas.
  • Rainy Season: Normally in rainy season one could see imbalance of vatta in one’s body.
  • Evening/Night: It is the night time of the day that one could see imbalance of vatta troubling the body.
Next week Pitta Imbalance

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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

How to Control Diabetes

5 Known and Proven Home based Remedies

November is known in the medical world as Diabetes Awareness month. On 14 November WHO celebrates this day as World Diabetes day. An estimate of 220 million people all around the world suffer from this diseases. And we all know that this number is constantly increasing a fact that has been confirmed by World Health Organisation.
Understanding this fact, I know personally how hard it is to live with diabetes. In this article we try to discuss some of the steps that can help such individuals to live life happily. Certain lifestyle changes, herbs, dietary modification and that all it take to make one live peace fully with Diabetes.

First Tip: Eat Healthy and proper Interval.

Well if you are suffering from this disease one is quite aware of the fact that one should eat properly and at regular interval. What is important here is what one eats at proper interval.
Many people I know off are ok eating just frozen meals and snacks or even junk in between. Here is where I beg to differ.
Healthy does not means frozen meals or pre-cooked frozen entree. Would they give sufficient nourishment is a doubt? What about all the preservatives in those packets. Lack of life or prana or chi is what bothers any Natropath or Vaidya from recommending this diet. Instead try eat fresh vegetables , fresh fruits {yes they are OK }, meat { not meat products } and milk and other products.
Check the difference one feels after eating this food as compared to the others .

Second Tip: Exercise /Walk Daily

The importance of exercise has been known from time long for a diabetic person. Even in the ancient texts of Ayurveda it has said that one need to exercise a lot to control Diabetes. In recent scientific world numerous research articles have supported that sheer fact. Exercise not just help in burning the calories, but also helps our body to throw away lot of toxins.
One may wanted to at least spend one to two hours in exercise like swimming, treadmill, jogging or even walking. Leisure walk could also make a lot of difference for any diabetic person in keeping one Healthy.

Third Tip : Go for Yoga

Is it the new fad or what I do not care, Yoga for all diseases? But true to its ancient roots yoga do have answers for keeping one's diabetes at bay. Yogis and research team in India are positive with the results of yoga nidra {deep relaxation meditation} effects of controlling the blood sugar level. Read this paper here.

Many yogic teachers have advised different asana that can help one to keep diabetes. Here are some of the recommended asanas for diabetes:

1] Ardha matsyendrasana 2] Halasana 3] Pavan Muktasana
4] Dhanurasana 5] Surya Namsakar or Sunsalutation.

It is said that these asanas have positive effect on pancreas and insulin functioning. Yes but do not miss the facts that one need to hold every posture for a longer time to get actual benefits.

Fourth Tip: Keep away from Bad Carbohydrate

Carbohydrate is one of the big changes that I ask my clients to do when suffering from diabetes. Let me tell you one thing yes they can vouch on that how big difference one can notice by just cutting down on white bread.
White bread ,cookies , croissants are all nice bakery items that one cannot resists , but they also are those items which can increase one’s blood sugar value like anything .Be careful of those , if possible avoid them as much as possible . I am not against all Carbs , millet's, quinoa, Kamuet and some whole wheat pitta can be good for diabetes patients . Try them in your diet and see the difference for yourself.

Fifth Tip: Spice your life a little bit

In Ayurveda many herbs and vegetables have been recommended to keep diabetes in control. Most of them have been known for its properties to reduce blood sugar or enhance the functioning of the pancreas. Some of the herbs that one can take in to consideration are
1] Bitter Melon or Bitter Gourd
2] Fenugreek
3] Bay Leaf.
4] Turmeric
5] Amala or Indian Goose Berry.

Try these herbs in your day to day life either in cooking as a herbal tea or just as a substitute. All the herbs have known value in helping a diabetic person. Most of them work on keeping the blood sugar under control; while some of them also help the pancreas to function properly.

Right Diet, Right Lifestyle, Mental balance are the three support that one can look out and trust when one suffers from any diseases . I am sure you all would agree on this.

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Monday, November 16, 2009

Bhujangasana


Cobra pose
For the last few days we have been dealing with asanas which were in either standing or sitting position. From today we would try and explain some of the positions that one can do lying down position. Normally the benefit of such positions works either on the spine or the abdomen of our body. Though our arms ,thighs could see some effects.

"Bhujangasana" or Cobra pose is called because of the position one takes. “Bhujang” in Sanskrit means snake. This is a typically position snakes especially like cobra take. The tilt of the head in this position is similar to the raised hood of the snake when it attacks its prey. Thus the name as Cobra pose.

How To Do Cobra Pose:

1] Lie down in position where one's face is facing the floor, probably one’s chin is touching the floor. Keep the legs extended, but make sure both the feet are together. Toes should be pointing, while the knees should be tight. Make sure one's elbow is hugged in your body and not coming out.

2] Keep the palms of the hand on the side of both the shoulders. Palms and the shoulder should be in the same line or parallel to each other.

3] Inhale in and slowly press the palms firmly, lifting the body slowly first the neck and then the trunk until the pubis stays in contact with the floor .

3] Stay in that position, with contracted anus and buttocks, but do not tighten it too much .Keep in breathing.

4] Maintain the pose for some time.

5] Exhale and bend the elbow and rest the body on the ground slowly with chin touching the ground again to rest .Repeat this pose for some times when you try.

Caution:

1] Be very careful lifting the whole body on the palms. It has to be slow motion rather than a quick one.

2] This exercise is good for those who have spinal issue, but still a word of advice .For those suffering from spinal issue make sure you have someone to guide you through this exercise always.

3] Do not forget to inhale and exhale when you are in the position.

4] Pregnant women, headache, carpel tunnel syndrome are some of the issues where the client should not try this exercise.

5] Lastly for new doers do not over do the back bend, be careful.

Benefits:

1] This is the best asana for any back pain problem especially caused by excessive driving, sitting in a uncomfortable position or regular sitting.
2] Doing this exercise helps a lot with sciatica pain .
3] Stretches the spine.
4] Stimulates the abdomens thus increasing appetite and also helps to releives constipation.
5] Awakens kundalini .

Chakra Effect:

This asana is known to work on all chakra especially as it stimulates kundalini. Its known work is one the Manipur chakra or the solar plexus.


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