Wednesday, June 30, 2010

Introduction To Probiotics


In today’s post I present to you Evan ex-research physicist on alternative energy who loves her Probiotics. Her love on the subject is reflected on her website. In this article she introduce us about Probiotics, it’s uses and their side effects.


Probiotics are microorganisms, usually bacteria, which are healthy for the host organism and are similar to the microorganisms found in the human gut. When administered in sufficient amounts, they provide a health benefit to the host. Lactic acid bacteria and bifidobacteria are the most common microbes that are used as probiotics. However, there are numerous other strains that can prove beneficial to treating, managing, and preventing certain diseases.

How Probiotics Work ?

Probiotics work primarily in the gastrointestinal tract. Human beings have a large amount of bacterial microbes inside the body, mainly the mouth, gastrointestinal tract, and the vaginal tract. One of the main goals of probiotic bacteria is to make a barrier that prevents the multiplication of viruses and bacteria within the body. Probiotics also have other functions as well:

1)    Breaking down food for digestion
2)    Produce the lactase enzyme which helps break down milk and sugar
3)    Producing vitamins essential in the in the intestinal tract
4)    Altering the acidic environment within the intestine to make the condition less desirable to potentially harmful organisms.

What Probiotics Treat?

While the scientific understanding of probiotics and how well they treat and prevent health conditions is still in its early stages, the studies done have provided us with some information on what conditions they treat. According to the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), the evidence for probiotic treatment is beneficial in the following ways:

•    The treatment of diarrhea
•    The prevention and treatment in the female genital tract and the male urinary tract
•    The reduction of the reoccurrence of bladder cancer
•    The prevention and management of eczema in children
•     The treatment of irritable bowel syndrome
•    Shortening the duration of an intestinal infection caused by a bacterium called Clostridium difficile.
•     The treatment and prevention of pouchitis

Other Areas of Treatment:

There are other health conditions that probiotics are known to treat. These include the following:
•    The management of lactose intolerance
•    Lowering cholesterol
•    Lowering blood pressure
•    The prevention of colon cancer
•    The improvement of mineral absorption
•    The improvement of the immune system

Where Can You Buy Probiotics ?

Probiotics are over the counter and can be purchased in just about any health food store location.

Side Effects of Probiotics :

As with any sort of treatment, there are probiotic side effects They are known to occur and the safety has not been thoroughly studied scientifically. Typical side effects of probiotic use tend to be mild and digestive such as gas and/or bloating. However very rarely there have been more serious effects of probiotic use such as infections that need to be treated by antibiotics.

Conclusions

In conclusion, probiotics have a number of substantial benefits. They have been scientifically proven to treat and prevent numerous diseases, and more studies further proving their efficacy are likely forthcoming. The side effects of using this treatment are very mild, especially when compared to the side effects of many prescription medications.


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Monday, June 28, 2010

Bharadvajasana



Today we would have a chance to learn a pose which is very simple with a great stretch known as Bharadvajasana. Suffering with back pain this would be one of the best pose to help you.   The pose is named after a great sage during the Vedic Period Bharadvaj. Bharadvaj was not just a sage but also was the father of the great warrior teacher Drona of the great epic Mahabharata.

How to do the Bharadvajasana ?

1] To start this pose one need to sit on the mat with both legs stretched in the front.
2] Now slowly bend the knee joints and bring both legs in the back besides your hip on the right side. Your buttock is now resting on the floor.
3] Turn your trunk now slowly 45 degree towards the left side.
4] Straighten the right arm and place the right hand underneath the left knee, the palm touching the floor.
5] As you exhale turn the left arm behind the back so that the left hand clasp the right upper arm.
6] The neck should be adjusted in such a way that the one should gaze over the right shoulder.
7] Hold the pose as one deep breath in and out for a while.
8] Slowly loosen the grip and repeat it on the opposite side.

Caution:
1] Those who suffer with hypertension, headaches should avoid doing this pose.
2] It would be also recommended for women who are menstruating to avoid this pose.

Benefits:
1] This pose works magic for those who suffer with upper and lower back pain.
2] A pose that massages the abdomen and thus increase digestion.
3] People who suffer with arthritis are recommended to try this pose to get relief.
4] Reduce postural stress especially for those who work either in one pose for a long time.

Chakra Benefit :
This pose stimulates the Anahata Chakra or the Heart  Chakra.

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Friday, June 25, 2010

Rainy Season

Simple Lifestyle Changes for the Rainy Season

Staying in Canada one hardly do enjoy the rainy season as it  rains any time of the year. Many countries in Asia Africa especially in the tropics do face one of the crazy season especially during the months of July August called as Rainy Season or the Monsoon. The rain just pours which does disturb the overall environment and also the overall health of an individual. How to keep one healthy during such days? Here are some valuable tips....


1] Eat only when hungry:
As it can be said for the summer season so is true for the rainy season that one’s appetite would be still be low for this season too. It is thus very important to eat only as one get hungry rather than eating your every meal. This is a season also where one can eat a slight amount of oily food like different local preparations like bhajis being common.

2] Spice up:
Low on appetite it remains quiet hard for our body to digest all that we have eaten. Thus it is very important to spice up the food you intake. Black pepper, Ginger, Garlic is some of the spice that only increases your appetite but also help digestion. Added benefit of all those kitchen spices would be that they protect one from different seasonal illness like cough and viral flu commonly seen during rainy season.

3] Reduce your Water intake:
As rainy season starts in ancient India one do celebrate a day called as “Nirjala ekadashi” which means that one hardly drink a sip of water for the whole day. Water by itself during these days is very muddy in some cases due to excess rain. But the real reason for drinking less water remains in actual physiology of the body which hardly craves any water during this days. Boiled water would be preferred for sure.

4] Have some Honey every day:
Ayurveda speaks of having a spoonful of honey for health benefit during rainy days. The main reason for having honey is basically to keep its role in Ayurveda to balance the vatta which is known to aggravate during rainy season. Not just that but because of less appetite one is known to produce lot of undigested food or ama which is said to be digested by the intake of honey.

5] Stay dry:
After the warm summer it is very hard to remain dry in such nice rainy season. But after the initial fun it is very important to stay dry as much as possible. After walking through the rain dry clothes are must as the moistness in the clothes does increase a tendency for many fungal skin diseases. The season is also known for viral infections like cold, cough and staying dry is just one of the things to do.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Sunburn Remedies

Simple Home Remedies to Treat Sunburn

The days of sunny skies are boon for those who stay in the cold states of Canada. But even that heat does have its own issues. And one such issue that any one of us could face is sun burn. Yes I know we all us different types of sun screen lotions but still one is bound to face this issue of sun burn once in a life time.

Sun Burn is basically a burn to live tissue such as skin which is produces by overexposure to ultra violet {UV} radiation commonly from the sun’s rays. Normally when sun rays do burn one’s skin it would produce reddish dis-colouration on the skin. Burning sensation and some skin could be even seen peeled. Here are some remedies to treat a sun burn with simple home remedies.
          

Tea:
In ancient Chinese medicine cooled black tea has been known to soothe sun burn. According to modern research tannic acid and theobromine in tea help remove the extra heat from the sun burn. Green tea is known to have high amount of polyphenols which when consumed help protect the skin against damage from UV radiation that causes sunburn.

Aloe:
Since ancient time Aloe vera has been known to help many skin issues. Ayurveda speaks very highly of this plant for different skin conditions. Normally for sunburn just peel a leaf of aloe and just scoop the gel inside it and apply it to the burned skin.
The same gel is known to heal different radiation induced skin burns too.

Cucumber:
A simple vegetable that is available normally in the summer season which also has its use to protect our skin from such sun burns. Cucumber known in skin care since the Egyptian Pharaoh’s this simple vegetable fruit has great powers to sooth one’s skin after sun burn.

Calendula:
Researchers are very positive with the use of Calendula flowers for sun burn. They say that the flowers when applied to such sun burns work very quickly to heal the wound, reduce inflammation and stimulate the growth of new cell.
Many skin lotions this days do contain some amount of calendula may be because of this same reason.

Ghee:
Ghee or clarified butter is something that has been used since many years in Ayurveda to treat different types of burns. This amazing liquid has the powers to sooth the burning skin which is very typical after sun burn. Not just that it works very well in stimulating the new growth of new cells on the affected area.
After affecting with sunburn just apply with light hand a small amount of ghee and see the results yourself.

Yes sun do have multiple benefits but even after enough protection one may still face such sun burns. Help is just simple ... just give it a try.


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Monday, June 21, 2010

Supta Padangustasana


Reclining Big Toe Pose

In today’s post we would have a look at a very wonderful stretch that would be very beneficial for our health. This is a post that many athlete do in their daily work out, many who follow Pilate's do this post too. The name of the pose is Supta Padangustasana.

The word “Supta” means lying down, while “Pad “means foot and the word “angusta” means big toe. Thus the name of the pose in English is “Reclining Big Toe Pose”.

How to do this pose?

1] Lie flat on the mat on the back. Keep both the legs straight and stretch on the ground,with both knees straight too.
2] Slowly as you inhale raise the left leg from the floor so that it becomes perpendicular to the floor. Keep the right leg stretched.
3] Now raise the left arm so that one could catch the left big toe. As one hold the toe keep the pose for 2-3 breaths.
4] Now slowly exhale and raise the head and the trunk as one bends the left arm at the elbow bringing the left leg closer towards the head. Now pull the leg down and raise the head so that the chin could rest on the left knee joint. Stay in this pose for some time.
5] Slowly move the head back to the floor and the left leg back. Now start the same on the other side.

Caution:

1] Understand that both the legs and the arms should be stretched and be straight during the whole pose until asking for.
2] Those who suffer with hypertension should be careful with this pose.
3] Those who suffer with diarrhoea and headaches should avoid doing this pose.

Benefits:

1] A great pose for those who suffer with sciatica and paralysis of the legs.
2] The pose would help to increase the blood flow to the leg and the hips thus rejuvenating them.
3] Great pose for those who bike or walk or hike a lot to relax the legs.
4] This pose also prevents hernia if done on a regular basis.
5] Stimulates the prostate gland.

Chakra Effect:

This pose is great for Throat Chakra.

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Friday, June 18, 2010

3 Reasons Why Pilates Will Improve Your Yoga Practice

 
“Today again I bring forward for you another guest blogger who not just love to write but also follow all what he writes. Kian a personal pilates trainer writes today about how one can help their yoga practise with help of Pilates. Hope you enjoy this article”.


Often times Yoga and Pilates are spoken in the same breath. I’ve found that whenever I incorporate Yoga into my Pilates plans I see massive benefits, and have seen my clients who are primarily Yogi’s see improvement when they start adding in Pilates. Here are the top 3 reasons why any Yogi should start adding in Pilates.

1. Increased core strength and postural alignment:

The main calling card of Pilates is “Core Strength” and while many poses in Yoga involve using the abdominal and other muscles central to core strength and stability the emphasis the Pilates places on the actions of the abdominal can give you the extra edge to make the transition to a pose that has been difficult in the past. Pilates movements have also contributed to a decrease in back pain due to improved abdominal strength.

It doesn’t matter what you’re doing, sitting, standing, or lying down, core strength and posture play key rolls. As a competitive athlete I had some massive postural and joint issues, and once I started doing Pilates I noticed that I improved my posture, decreased pain, and improved performance. Every well-designed Pilates program will have posture at its center, because the goal of Pilates is to improve your function in every day activities.

2. Joint stabilization and varied resistance:

Like I mentioned above I hurt myself a lot during competition. Shoulders, wrist, knees, I’ve hurt them all, and the restorative movements in Pilates that specifically target injury and stability for the joints helped bring me back to a place where I could compete. Even if you’re injury free, the same movements can help prevent future injuries.

There’s also a level of progressive resistance with Pilates that’s sometimes unavailable in Yoga. Pilates incorporates springs, bands, and other larger pieces of equipment in some classes that can provide you with resistance other than your body weight. This can make the movements easier so that you can make progress, or much harder to challenge yourself. Either way the movements will both challenge, and help to rejuvenate your joint structures.

3. Improved endurance and muscle tone:

In a lot of Pilates classes there will be a relentless flow of core exercises. It’s not that Pilate’s instructors are cruel people, but that Pilates wants to mimic the daily postural onslaught that we face every day. The back-to-back core exercises are meant to increase your body’s ability to deal with the pull of gravity and postural demands of daily life. If you enjoy any other activates, from yoga, running, rock climbing, walking, or weight lifting, you’ll notice that after a few weeks of Pilates you’ll be able to go longer and harder.

           This increase in endurance also translates over to an aesthetic appeal. With improved endurance your muscles are going to develop a more toned appearance. I know that most of us practice fitness for our health, but looking better is always a nice side effect. Even if your primary goal is just to look good, mixing up your workouts is one of the fastest ways to get there.

Here’s a simple exercise that you can start incorporating into your daily routine, http://amelitraining.com/2009/03/pilates-a-lot-of-pilates/.


Kian is an A.C.E. certified Personal Trainer, and STOTT Trained Pilates instructor. He made his transition from “fat kid” to fitness professional, and it’s his passion to help as many people as possible reach their fitness goals. He is currently the owner of Ameli Training in Concord CA, and runs a health and fitness blog at www.amelitraining.com.


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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

The Amazing Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee

“Today let me introduce you to Bethany North who would love to introduce you in the article some of the amazing benefits of Coffee. Well Have fun reading this article Ohh do not forget the coffee!!!”





Health Benefits of Drinking Coffee
 
What you may be surprised to know as a coffee drinker is that you are actually enjoying serious health benefits with every sip of your daily cup of Joe! Research has proved more and more health benefits relating to coffee, encompassing a long list of wellness and disease preventative payoffs from enjoying coffee regularly.

  1. Diabetes: First of all, coffee has been proven to reduce the risk of diabetes by up to 60%. The reason for this is that coffee is full of antioxidants, which improve how the body responds to insulin. Speaking of antioxidants, coffee also uses these antioxidants to neutralize free radical damage within your body, which can prevent premature wrinkling, disease, and severe damage over time.

  1. Dementia: Regular coffee drinking has also been proven to reduce the risk of dementia by 65% due to the fact that coffee blocks the damage of cholesterol within the body. Similarly, coffee will also reduce the risk for Alzheimer's disease by 65%, and a study done in Finland showed that 5 cups of coffee consumed on a daily basis reduce the risk of this disease by over half.

  1. Cirrhosis of the Liver: As far as the liver goes, coffee has also been proven to reduce the risk of cirrhosis of the liver by 80%. A study was done on 125,000 coffee drinkers where they consumed 1 cup of coffee on a daily basis, which reduced the risk of cirrhosis of the liver caused by alcohol by 20%. When they increased this amount to 4 cups each day, their risk was reduced by an astounding 80%!

  1. Gallstones: Studies have also shown that men that regularly drink coffee have a reduced risk of gallstones by 50%. Men who consumed 2 cups of coffee on a daily basis reduced this risk by 40%, with women at 25%. Those within the study that drank more than 4 cups of coffee each day had a reduced risk of 45%.
As you can see, the health benefits that coffee provides grow exponentially the more that is consumed. This does need be qualified with the fact that health professionals recommend drinking 2 to 3 cups of coffee on a daily basis, and any more may cause an overdose of caffeine with side effects that include anxiety, jitteriness, and insomnia. Otherwise, enjoy coffee liberally to drink to your health!


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Monday, June 14, 2010

Parsvaika Pada Sarvangasana


We move now to yet another variation of Salmaba Sarvanagasana. Well I am sure this is that easy but I would say doable if you give it a try. In today’s post we would have a look on how to do “Parsvaika Pada Sarvangasana”


The word “Parsva” as we have seen in yoga many times means lateral or sideways. As one leg in this pose is twisted to the side this pose is thus named as “Parsvaika Pada Sarvanagasana” or One Leg Lateral Shoulder Stand.


How to Do this pose?
 1] To perform this pose we would come to the point where we are in Shoulder Stand. Our pose currently is in shoulder stand where our both legs are vertically upwards; our hands support our lower trunk.
2] Now we slowly bring down our right leg sideways to the floor. Do not worry if does not touches the floor on the first instance. Bring it down as far as you can.
3] Make sure the left leg is straight during the whole time.
4] Remain in that pose for a while and bring it back and repeat it with the left leg on the side.


Caution:
 All the cautions are similar for those that mentioned in Salamba Sarvangasana and Eka Pada Sarvangasana.


Benefits:
 1] This pose is said to relieve constipation due to the contraction given to abdomen.
2] This pose also tones the kidneys.

Chakra Effect:
This pose is great for Throat Chakra.


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