Friday, April 14, 2017

Yoga – The Natural Immunity Booster


As the seasons change, the chances of falling sick rise sharply. It’s difficult for our body to keep the pathogens at bay when the immunity levels are down and people around us are sneezing and coughing. Though we cannot shun from being in contact with those who are ill, we can certainly work our way to strengthen our defense mechanism.
Antibiotics and other medicines do help the body recover from the disease but they don’t help improve the body’s immunity. Yoga, perhaps, is one of the most effective and time-tested natural immunity boosters that we can adopt for a healthier life. It is an ancient art that strengthens the body and also relaxes the mind. Let’s have a look at a few simple yoga poses that can help you put up a strong resistance the next time flu season comes around:
Shishuasana is an excellent pose to decongest the chest and build a better immunity defense system.

Best Exercises to Build Bone Density


Bone health is one of those hidden mysteries for many people. Until there is a revealing event, such as a fracture or results of a bone density test, most people tend to assume everything is fine with their skeletal system. At that point, it becomes a matter of maintaining what you have or trying to recover what you’ve lost. Fortunately, there are many exercise options for increasing bone density, both weight bearing and muscle strengthening.

1) Exercising your way to better bone health can be as simple as taking a walk. Using your own body weight as you move against the forces of gravity can increase bone density, particularly in the spine and hips. Brisk walking is better than adopting a slower pace, but every effort will be beneficial.
2) For those who want to pursue something more exotic in their exercise program, yoga is a great way to increase bone mineral density. The hips, spine, and wrist will show the greatest benefit from yoga. This is important because these are the skeletal areas most at risk of fracture.
3) As a step up from walking, hiking is a recommended exercise to increase bone density. Uphill and downhill hiking provides more bone impact than level walking trails. Make your next vacation destination a place to explore nature with a walking stick in hand and an eye for finding out what’s over that next hilltop.

4) One of the best exercises for your bones may not seem like exercise at all. Dancing is a good way to enjoy spending time with your partner while putting bone-strengthening pressure on your body. Learn to salsa, rhumba, or tango your way to better bone health.

Treating Arthritis with Yoga

Recent research on arthritis confirmed that two-thirds of people affected with this debilitating disease are under the age of 65. While over 300,000 children in the US are already affected, over 180 million people in India have been diagnosed with this disease whose prevalence is higher than well-known ailments such as AIDS, cancer or diabetes.
So, is there any remedy for a disease that gradually weakens our joints and other body parts? – Yes! Apart from the suggested modern medicines, the ancient Indian practice of yoga has shown great results on the body’s ability to ward off arthritis. How? Let’s find out!

Understanding Arthritis

Derived from the root word ‘arth’ meaning joint, and ‘itis’ meaning inflammation; arthritis is a name given to a group of over 100 auto immune diseases that affect the joints and tissues surrounding it. Typically characterized by pain and stiffness, the disease can also affect internal organs leading to serious deformities.
For those suffering from this painful disease, lack of activity or exercise can further harm their joints, which is why yoga and other forms of exercise are always recommended to alleviate and manage all symptoms of the disease.

Is it Time to Meet the Doctor?

The symptoms of the disease are varied, and often misunderstood as normal stiffness or pain in the body. If you are facing any of the following signs mentioned below, it would be advisable to meet the doctor immediately.
  • Severe joint pain that degenerates with movement and temporarily improves with rest.
  • Joints feel warm.
  • Rigidity and stiffness especially if the body is not into any activity.
  • Winter and monsoon months bring along more stiffness.

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