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FESTIVALS AND YOGA HEALTH TIPS

By Gaurang Chandarana | October 27th, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

Festival Time

India is in the midst of the festival season. Starting with Ganesh Chaturthi, Navratri, Vijayadashmi, Diwali and ending with Christmas. At this time the weather undergoes a change across the country from wet and hot to October heat to autumn. Winters are getting deferred and cold weather is now a bit in arriving. This time is challenging for most people with poor immune systems, diseases or those prone to illnesses. Making this worse is the proliferation of viruses and problems like dengue, malaria and viral fevers. Asthma and other respiratory diseases also shoot up at this time.

Factors For Increased Illness

There are many reasons why illnesses increase or worsen at this time. Some of the most significant reasons are:

a) Erratic weather – The weather at this time is erratic. It is hot at times and suddenly becomes cool. There are showers and it ranges from very sunny to cloudy. Temperature fluctuations are high. This leads to triggering immunity related problems, especially breathing problems.

b) Still air and allergens – During this season, the air is very still and there is less breeze. Allergens, smoke and other pollutants remain low in the air. We inhale these, causing various problems. In addition, this is the right time for air bound sicknesses to spread as well.

c) Atmospheric pollution – Most of the towns and cities in India are very heavily polluted. Pollution combined with colder weather results in smog which hangs low. Added to this are pollutants like smoke from fire crackers and indoor smoke from dhoops and agarbattis. This pollution and irritants tend to make us sick.

d) Noise pollution – Festive seasons in India are very loud and consistently noisy. It is a proven fact that high levels of noise cause stress and weaken the immune system leading to diseases or becoming susceptible to viruses.

e) Food – Indians are not really known to eat healthy food. However, this becomes worse during festivals. We tend to go overboard under the garb of festivals and gorge on lots of sweets, rich foods and fried foods. We also celebrate together as families and have family dinners, food parties and late dinners. We tend to drink a lot, over eat and have lots of heavy food. It is no wonder that we fall ill.

However, there are quite a few things we can do which can keep us healthy during festivals. Some of the following tips derived from the body of Yoga will go a long way in enjoying festivals.

  • Every morning on waking up and before going to bed, sip a glass of warm water (250 to 300 ml). This will not only help keep your respiratory tract in order but also keep your digestion, healthy.
  • Through the day, eat all the fancy food you want but have very small quantities. Example; have small pieces of mithai or four to five pieces of nuts. If you want to have something fried, have very small portions. If you like rich food, restrict the quantities.
  • Eat less food each time but eat for four to six times a day. Avoid having large meals after 8 p.m. As this will put a strain on all your systems. If you feel hungry later, you may have a small cup of milk or a fruit.
  • Try and sip a glass of fresh turmeric milk (haldi) with breakfast or anytime during the day. Hot turmeric milk will help you maintain your immunity.
  • If you want to exercise or go outdoors for walks, make sure you do it after sunrise or before 8 p.m. During very early mornings and late evenings, smog descends lower in the atmosphere causing pollutants to enter your system.
  • Avoid places where there is a lot of smoke. If you want to go out, then keep your face covered with a handkerchief. Definitely avoid firecrackers and noisy places.
  • Totally avoid alcohol and smoking. These are not too great anyway.
  • Practice Yoga. One of the best free online yoga programs is to be found on http://www.wellzee.com/yoga-program-details/fitness-yoga-program-1

However, the most important tip is to be very joyous and happy this festive season. If the mind is happy and occupied, you will forget diseases or infections. So have a great time this Diwali and enjoy lights, colors, food and festivities with wellzee balanced diet plans and yoga programs.

YOGA AND IMMUNITY

By Gaurang Chandarana | October 22nd, 2015 | LEAVE A COMMENT

 

Yoga consists of many practices which include asanas, pranayamas, kriyas, meditation, diet and lifestyle. All of these in combination have a hugely beneficial impact on the physiology of the body.

Asanas

These are physical practices and work on the body at various levels. They help restore neuro muscular balance, improve the spine and impact all the internal organs. Asanas are the only form of discipline which are isotonic, isometric, weight bearing and cardiovascular in nature. These help maintain muscular tone and keep us healthy and fortified against viruses and harmful bacteria. Asanas work at a cellular level and take your body to its best natural level when practiced over a period of time.

Pranayamas

Pranayamas are various breathing techniques which help the body physiologically and psychologically. The immune strengthens greatly and the functioning of the internal organs is improved. It has been found that there is a benefical effect in a lot of chronic diseases and conditions. Additionally, the mind gets calmer and there is an improvement in the functioning of the brain. Various neurons get activated and it also helps regenerate dormant parts of the brain. This helps the central and peripheral system to improve. The net result is minimal diseases and very good brain power.

Kriyas

Kriyas are the cleansing processes which help remove impurities from the body. There are known to be around fifty of these, divided in six categories. Some of the more popular ones include, jalaneti, sutraneti, kunjal kriya, dhauti, kapalabhati and trataka. These help the body to get rid of impurities and strengthen the immune system. In addition, they help increase energy, improve the quality of blood and some of them benefit the brain.

Meditation

The benefits of meditation are now well known. It helps in stress management, control and manage internal body processes and greatly help the body in healing even chronic diseases like cancer and HIV. This is in addition to make you calmer and improve brain power.

Yogic Diet

Diet as prescribed in Yoga is a way of eating. The main parts of a yogic diet are what to eat, when to eat, how much to eat and how to eat. Our online and balanced diet plans are based on these fundamentals. The net result is a calm mind, better health and less chances of infections.

The Immune System

The immune system is not an organ or a single unit in the body. It is a variety of cells to be found in various parts of the body including the blood, endocrine glands and other regions. They assess the threat of a virus or bacteria and fight them as required. We are bombarded with hundreds and thousands of different foreign elements everyday. It is the immune system which takes care of these. There are ‘marker’ cells which identify a target, helper cells which assist in the fight and ‘fighter’ cells which attack the viruses and kill them. A consistently inflamed immune system or one with the incorrect combination of cells weakens the body and becomes susceptible to various diseases.

All the Yoga aspects mentioned above directly impact the immune system in three ways:

  • Reduces inflammation of the immune system
  • Improves quality and its functioning by as much as fifty percent or more
  • Reduces stress. Reduction of stress is now linked to reduction in diseases and even in managing chronic diseases.

These benefits of Yoga and all its elements is the key to a healthy immune system and a disease free life. Even if you have a disease, you can lead a very healthy life with Yoga. Do check out one of our online yoga programs to have a great immune system.