Kapalbhati Trataka

               Sensory organs of our body play an important role in our life. Sensory organs help us in understanding about us and our surroundings. Sensory organs help us in perception and reasoning with the removal of doubts and questions. Because of such an important role, preservation and protection of sensory organs become important.             Yoga as a medicinal system has certain activities which are directly related to the protection and preservation of various sensory organs. These activities are usually considered to be outside of the eight limbs of Yoga, but definitely being important for good health.Kapalbhati:               Kapalbhati is a respiratory exercise for purification of the respiratory system. As an exercise system,… Read More

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Jala

Jalaneti:                   Jalaneti is an important method for treatment of the nose and throat diseases which are usually caused by the accumulation of impurities in the nasal passage. Jalaneti is the process of cleansing the air passage of the nostrils and the throat by washing them with tepid saline water.How to do Jalaneti:Take a clean pot with capacity of 1-2 litre of liquid and a nozzle type arrangement for pouring water in nostrils,Heat the water to a temperature such that half a teaspoonful of salt can be easily dissolved in it and it should be passed through nostrils without any heating sensation,Mix the salt with the lukewarm drinking water,Stand up and… Read More

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Minerals

                     Like vitamins and other dietary items, minerals are equally vital for health. They perform many exclusive and mutual functions inside. They help us in regulating and building cells, the basis of life. Thus it is important to know about minerals, different types of minerals required, uses, benefits and likely health issues, in case of deficiency.                   Minerals are the inorganic nutrients for our body. Word Mineral means “any inorganic element that is essential to nutrition”. They perform many vital functions, necessary, for good health. Minerals are required for: Efficient functioning and proper nourishment, body cells need an adequate supply of essential… Read More

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Vital Dietary Fibre

What is it?                     Dietary fibre/roughage means any substance, generally of plant origin which remains undigested on passage through the human alimentary tract. In plants, it forms the vital skeletal system. It is the backbone of the plant, without which no plant can stand upright. Dietary fibre is mainly made up of complex carbohydrates. Why no digestion?                     We, as human lacks the necessary enzymes required for the digestion of dietary fibre, i.e. whatever fibre we eat, it remains undigested in our system. But despite any digestion, dietary fibre has an important role to play, in the maintenance of our digestion system, thus helping in the maintenance of good health and prevention of… Read More

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Amazing Amino Acids

Chemically amino acids are the simple organic compound containing both a carboxyl (—COOH) and an amino (—NH2) group. In dietary terms, amino acids are the organic compounds which combine to form protein, which is the building block of life. There are over 500 amino acids found in nature- however, only 23 are identified with humans. Out of 23, the human genetic code can directly encode 20 only, which are further classified into essential and non-essential amino acids. But before knowing more about amino acids we need to first know something about proteins. Identification of proteins and function              In 1838, Gerardus Johannes Mulder discovered proteins… Read More

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Vitamins for health

Word Vitamin mean any of a specific group of organic compounds essential, usually found in small quantities in foods, for healthy human growth, metabolism, development, and body function. The first attempt towards the naming of these vital organic compounds was proposed by Dr. Cacimir Funk in 1911 when he called them as ‘Vitamine’ meaning a vital amine. The name vitamine was used to designate the substance in our food which cured beriberi (caused by Vitamin B1 or thiamine deficiency). Soon many new vitamins were identified. Finally, word vitamin was selected to designate these essential organic compounds. Vitamins are found in minute amounts in plant and animal foods or sometimes produced… Read More

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Vegetarianism

Vegetarian food habits and its benefits Word “Vegetarian“, coined by Vegetarian Society of UK in 1847, denotes the practice of following a vegetarian diet. The word vegetarian is derived from the Latin word ‘VEGETARI’ which means ‘to enliven’. All moving living beings of the world are broadly classified into 3 major groups as: Omnivorous, Carnivorous and Herbivorous. Out of these 3 groups, Herbivorous group represent the vegetarian group of animals. All big animals like elephants, rhinoceros, giraffe etc are vegetarian. Even though fictional movies like Jurassic Park and other based on dinosaurs show them as human hunting and killing beasts, but in reality most of them were vegetarians and were… Read More

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Quality of Vegetarian Proteins

Amino acids for human body and the quality sources: Human genes can encode only 23 Proteinogenic amino acids out of more than 500 available in the nature; out of these 23, 20 are classified as standard amino acids as they are encoded by human genes directly. Other 3 are classified as non-standard amino acids and need special mechanism for encoding. Standard amino acids are further classified as essential and non-essential amino acids. Essential amino acids are the ones which cannot be made by body, thus needed to be gained through ingestion (through food, supplements and drinks). Total 9 amino acids are identified as essential amino acids. Non-essential amino acids are… Read More

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Food ash identification and acidosis treatment

Treatment of acidosis:                       If you are suffering from the problem of acidosis then the maintenance of regular proper acid-alkaline balance in diet is not enough. You should increase the content of alkaline forming foods in the diet. It will help in quick recovery and removes the chances of developing any other major diseases caused by acidosis.                        Alkalis neutralize acids. Thus to offset the ills of acid and to bring the body back to the normal balance we should increase the alkaline ash producing foods consumption. It also helps… Read More

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Causes of acidosis and prevention

Causes of Acidosis: Acidosis or hypo-alkalinity of the blood is mainly caused by: Acidic diet: A diet in which too many acid forming foods are included is known as acidic diet. In the process of metabolism i.e. during conversion of food into energy various acids are formed in the system. An acidic diet leads to increased introduction of acids in us from food. If their is substantial increase in the formation of acids in the system without proper elimination through the excretory organs- lungs, kidneys and bowel, the alkalinity level of the blood reduces leading to acidosis. Reduced alkali reserves: Acidosis can also be caused by depletion of our alkali… Read More

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