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An amazing new study being done can Predict the Likelihood of Death!

The study suggests that a blood test tracking 14 different biomarkers can predict a person’s risk of dying within the next 10 years and is better than any conventional models.

 

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Plant Foods and Gut Health

Amazing Evidence Mounts on the Importance of Consuming a Diet High in Plants & Vegetables

There is now ample evidence to show how important it is for the human body to consume a diet high in Natural fibre from Plants and Vegetables.

An Animal Study conducted at the University of Michigan showed that a High fibre diet kept the microbes inherently present in the Gut from eating the lining of the Colon and protecting it against infection.

When microbes inside the Digestive tract do not get the ample Natural fibre that they rely on for food, they start munching on the natural layer of mucus that lines the gut wall, eroding it to the point where dangerous bacteria invade and can infect the colon wall.

 

The lesson we are learning from studying the effect of fibre on gut microbes is that if we don’t feed them, they can eat us…

 

Detrimental Effect of Processed food diet on the gut microbes

An earlier study showed that 10 days of an intensive Burger and fries diet could decimate not only the number but also the diversity of the healthy microbes by upto 40%.

 

Low Natural fibre diet over generations leading to irreversible depletion of gut bacteria

In a study where mice with gut bacteria from a human were given a low fibre diet the diversity of their intestinal bacteria plummeted and four generations on a low fibre diet caused irreversible losses.

Thus the importance of consuming a diet high in Plant foods can not be overemphasised and the clear message is that we need to eat real plant fibre regularly to keep our gut microbes happy.

Food for thought indeed!

 

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Harness your Gifts for Wellness.

3 Steps to Harness your Gifts for Wellness.

 

Often we humans get strongly attached to the outcomes we desire in life and if these do not meet our expectations we tend to get deeply disappointed. Focusing constantly on these feelings of disappointment we begin to sow seeds of Unwellness!

If you have felt that way, consider taking these 3 steps that will shift your view point and harness the power of your gifts to make roads for your Wellness.

 

1. Finding your Gifts

Expand your vision, look at yourself and what surrounds you. You will soon find you have been blessed with countless gifts that you were not even aware of or have taken for granted… and that life itself is a gift!

You have the miraculous gift of a self regulatory body. A heart that constantly beats itself… A digestive process that works to provide nourishment from the food that nature provides … Breath that provides you with life and countless other automated processes that give you the gift of livingness and human experience on Earth.

You will find you are surrounded with an abundance of gifts from Nature! The Sun that gives our days Light, warmth, nutrients, cheer… The Earth that houses us, grounds us, shelters innumerable other creatures and forms of life, grows infinite variety of trees, plants, herbs, vegetables, fruits that provide us with healthy and tasty feasts, nourishment, healing colours, herbs and sounds. The Atmosphere, seas and forests that provide us with healthy frequencies and rich ions. The life giving air we breathe, the water we drink, the darkness of night so we can recuperate…

 

2. Appreciate your Gifts

Once you awaken to the presence of these rich gifts, you will never take them for granted or abandon them. Let us not come to this realisation once we are unwell, for Wellness itself is a gift ! Take time to appreciate the gifts life gives and what they bring to you…  We are sentient Beings and have the unique gift to feel and experience.. Linger in the morning rays of the sun, watch the amazing colours of the sunset, the calm moonlight, the twinkling of stars in the vast sky, the aroma and colour of flowers, the amazing shapes and tastes of varied plants and fruits, feel grateful for them and remain in a state of awe for this bounty!

 

3. Focus on the feelings of Gratitude

Learn to repeatedly focus on your gifts, the feelings of gratitude and the state of awe they bring. Focusing on the feelings of Gratitude brings joy to the heart, triggers the release of  healing chemicals by the body laying strong grounds for your Wellness!

Inspired by the writings in the Sikh holy Scriptures of Guru Granth Sahib

 

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The Ultimate Brain 'Supplement'.

 

The Ultimate brain supplement that actively prevents Neuro-Degeneration and unhealthy states of  the brain, is not derived from food or Nutritional Supplements, it is Physical Exercise!

Unhealthy and Degenerative Brain states like Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Depression, Cognitive decline affect the quality of our lives and are all on the rise. Studies show Exercise is the Ultimate Brain supplement that can actively prevent these maladies by stimulating and increasing levels of BDNF in the brain.

BDNF……What?

BDNF, short for ‘Brain Derived Neurotrophic factor’ is a substance produced in the hippocampus of the brain that is essential for the Survival, Maintenance and Growth of the nerve cells or neurons.

Increase in BDNF levels encourages the  growth and regeneration of neurons and thus is a valuable tool in preventing Alzheimer’s, Dementia and other Neuro-degenerative diseases.

While there are other factors that also contribute to increase in BDNF production, the greatest increase occurs with Physical Exercise !   

What kind of physical exercise increases this BDNF?

BDNF stimulation and increase occurs with most exercise, however the greatest increase has been found to occur with exercise that makes you huff and puff !

That could be various forms of Aerobic exercises, Acrobatics, Resistance exercises and even includes Dancing!

Here are some ways you could begin to incorporate this valuable tool in your daily life for preventing unhealthy states like Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s, Depression and Cognitive decline.

Find a form of Exercise you enjoy

Research has found that enjoyable voluntary exercise increases BDNF levels more than enforced forms of exercise. It also means that you will stick with doing it and thus reap its health promoting rewards.

Do Something Regularly and preferably Daily

Research shows that shorter periods (twenty to sixty minutes) of daily or frequent exercise is more effective than longer periods of infrequent exercise.

Add Variety to your Exercise Regime

Incorporate exercises that provide Novelty and Variety to your exercise regime which improve agility, balance, coordination and also prevent boredom.

Get Outdoors

Exercising outdoors especially in quiet green spaces improves blood flow to the brain, an important factor in brain function . Additionally sunshine and Vitamin D has also been found to increase BDNF levels.

So make optimal use of this invaluable, inexpensive, innate supplement, wear your sneakers or dancing shoes, create an exercise program for yourself that has novelty, that you can do frequently, preferably outdoors and which makes your heart sing and benefits your Brain, body and entire Wellness !

 

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Prescriptions for Your Wellness.

 

Valuable Prescriptions to Share

As the New Year dawned I recalled some valuable ‘Prescriptions from Heaven’  which I am sharing with you and hope their application will enrich your Wellness Lifestyle!

 

  • Reflect on your previous year with gratitude, before raising the sail and setting the course for your new year.

 

  • Rather than thinking about your activities, think about the space in between those activities.
    To sustain a steady rhythm in your life, focus on the space between the beats.

 

  • When you aren’t sure what action to take, it might be better to take no action and to observe. The best way to understand your world, is to be still And observe.

 

  • The more you focus on what you love, the more love you experience.

 

  • Notice what happens when you fall in love with who you are, and what makes you uniquely special. 

 

  • Give your doubts a rest, so more positive voices can inspire you.

 

  • Focus on your strengths and let them carry you beyond your weaknesses.

 

  • When you hear yourself begin to complain, do this,Turn your complaint into a lesson… and then manifest something beautiful out of the lesson.

Wishing you a wonderful Year filled with Love, Light and Joyful Wellness !

 

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The Bony Benefits of Prunes.

 

6 Prunes a Day!

 

The substantial benefits of eating 6 Prunes per day for Bone Building has been concluded by a recent Clinical Study led by Researcher Dr Shirin Hooshmand !

 

The Study ran a six month trial with 48 women in their late 60’s/early 70’s with diagnosed Osteopenia.

16 participants ate 50 grams, (approx 6 prunes) per day, 16 others ate 100 grams (approx 9-10 prunes) daily and the remaining 16 formed the Control group that ate dried apples.

The Bone mineral density in the Hip, Lumbar spine and Forearm were measured of all the participants.

Other factors like Vit D status, Calcium intake, Exercise, Diet which affect Bone Health were also taken into consideration.

In the Apple eating Control group the BMD remain unchanged or decreased.

In the other 2 groups the Spine density increased while the Forearm and Hip BMD remained the same.

The difference in BMD increase was not significant in these 2 groups.

However in both groups (not Control), a specific marker of Bone resorption called TRAP-5b was found to be significantly lower at 3 months and 6 months of the Study, indicating that eating either amount had long lasting positive impact on bone turnover.

It was thus concluded that 50 grams (6 prunes) was adequate for most women to get such Bone benefits.

 

So to get this magical number of 6 in your daily diet, aim to eat 2 prunes after each meal!

 

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A Medical Marvel!

 

A 25 year old  Robotics Engineer Diwakar Vaish has collaborated with A Neuro scientist Dr Deepak Agrawal at the famous AIIMS, (All India Institute Of Medical Science) Delhi to develop the smallest and most inexpensive Pocket Ventilator !

 

The Ventilator is 450 times smaller than a conventional Ventilator, looks like a Mobile phone and can be slipped into a pocket.

 

It does not require Oxygen cylinder/s to function as it runs on atmospheric air and operates both on power and battery with an almost nil operational cost.

It is controlled by an Android app which adjusts the air supply to match the normal breathing pattern of the patient.

An earlier portable Ventilator also pushes in air but does so at a fixed frequency not necessarily matching the person’s breathing pattern leading to a non-optimum oxygen saturation.

 

An FDA approved disposable ventilator is also available but has a shelf life of only about 4 weeks !

Currently India faces a huge shortage of Ventilator beds for critically ill patients as well as interrupted power supply for the functioning of Ventilators.

This  marvellous venture will provide an affordable option for families to buy portable Ventilators to use at home, as well as the ability to be used in remote areas where power supply is greatly reduced.

 

The expected cost after the Clinical trails and approvals is set to be only 15,000 to 20,000 Indian Rupees…

A huge applause to them both for developing this highly beneficial and needed Medical Marvel !

 

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6 Key Factors that Enhance the Functioning of Our Body.

 

Key factors that enhance the Functioning of our body:

The well-being of our body is directly related to allowing its natural rhythms to function harmoniously and the key factors that enhance this is what I have coined as :

“The 6 R’s”

  1. Regularity of Schedule, eating, sleeping at regular times and avoiding drastic changes in diet and activity
  2. Resting quietly for short periods once or twice a day so it can reset itself
  3. Removing or reducing swiftly any stressful or high risk situations
  4. Restoring order in all aspects of your life without getting distracted
  5. Retaining your calm and addressing any underlying emotions that reduce joy
  6. Remembering that Life is a game and being emotionally resilient!

 

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21 Day Wellness Lifestyle Initiative.

 

Is Focusing on Wellness One of Your Goals this Year?

If so, I am going to challenge you with the first Wellness Lifestyle Initiative, to enhance your Wellness.

Studies show that’s all it takes to form a new life enhancing habit, 21 DAYS!

 

Make a commitment to adopt each of the following practices for 21 days. In doing so, you will see and feel a real difference as you replace unhealthy habits with new healthy ones. Then as it becomes a part of your lifestyle it will dramatically impact on how you look and feel:

  1. DRINK WATER, eight(8oz) glasses of good quality water a day, at room temperature or warm. Our body is 75% water, the miracle liquid! NO CARBONATED BEVERAGES.
  2. ACTIVELY SEEK OUT AND EAT ORGANIC PRODUCE, as far as possible. BOYCOTT PESTICIDE LADEN PRODUCE. Witness the rising Cancers and Degenerative disease?
  3. CUT OUT PROCESSED SUGARS INCLUDING HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP. Use Natural sugars instead. SMALL AMOUNTS OF RAW HONEY, MAPLE SYRUP grade 2, BLACKSTRAP MOLLASSES, LACUMA FRUIT POWDER,COCONUT PALM SUGAR, MONK FRUIT, STEVIA AND SMALL AMOUNT OF FRUIT  like berries, apple, banana, guava..
  4. More VEGETABLES WITH EACH MEAL . Enjoy a rainbow of vegetables with each meal ie of varied colors and organic as far as possible. ABUNDANT IN NATURAL ANTIOXIDANTS!
  5.  CONSUME WHOLE GRAIN PRODUCTS. (Some people only have Gluten free grains which is great or no grains!)  NO PROCESSED REFINED GRAIN FLOUR PRODUCTS.
  6. EAT HEALTHY PROTEINS. e.g, Organic eggs from hens reared in farms with ecological farming Practices, Wild caught Salmon, Grass fed meats and poultry, Game, soaked Lentils, etc…
  7.  STEAM, BOIL, LIGHTLY STIR FRY, LIGHTLY GRILL, BROIL your food other than having it RAW. Enjoy its healthy nutrients!  KEEP AWAY FROM FRIED FOODS.
  8.  ENJOY HEALTHY FATS.  Such as Butter and Ghee from Grass fed animals, Virgin Coconut oil, Coconut Butter, Cold Pressed Virgin Olive oil, Avocados, Olives, Nuts and Seeds etc…….. CHUCK OUT THE PROCESSED REFINED OILS.  EAT GOOD FATS TO GET RID OF UNWANTED BODY FAT!
  9. MAKE USE OF SEA SALT OR ROCK SALT.  Full of Natural Minerals and plenty of varieties available! BIN THE PROCESSED TABLE SALT.
  10. USE HERBS AND SPICES.  Powerful Nature’s remedies, Flavorsome and varieties galore. Use them abundantly!! Coriander, Parsley, Basil, Oregano, Thyme, Rosemary, Sage, Mint, Bay, Turmeric, Cinnamon, Cloves, Cumin, Fennel, Aniseed, Nutmeg, Star Anise, Mace, Fenugreek, Asafoetida, Ginger, Garlic, Galangal, Lemon grass, etc etc ..  DITCH THE PROCESSED SAUCES AND PROCESSED MASALAS.
  11.  REGULAR EXERCISE. Adopt an exercise regime that is PLEASURABLE AND VARIED, 20 minutes a day. SITTING IS THE NEW SMOKING!
  12. JOYFUL PURSUITS . Spend more time engaging in activities that bring you JOY. Also actively look around for small or big things you can be grateful AND ADD TO YOUR JOYFULNESS !

 

Before using Nutritional supplements, herbal, homeopathic remedies and other treatments, put such foundations in place.

 These are a dozen healthy lifestyle changes !!

 If you feel these are too many to make at the same time, then start with one and incorporate the others as you go along, committing to doing 21 days for each change to make it a lifestyle habit!

(N.B. If the food items suggested as examples are unsuitable to you or your dietary plan, please use alternatives that suit you)

Enjoy the Initiative…

READY STEADY GO!

 

 

 

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Festive Winter Warmers.

 

Healthy Winter Warmers to enjoy during the Festive season.

 

Winter is that time of the year when Nature and its creatures take a break, humans included.

It is the season both for hibernation and festivities (which includes food and drink). These are few of my favorite ‘cocktails’ which are delicious, warming, have numerous health benefits and especially useful in keeping the sniffles away at this time of the year.

I use Organic whole spices and ingredients with proportions to suit the palette.

Enjoy!

 

1. Spice it up!

Ingredients:

Green Cardamom, Cinnamon, Cloves, Black pepper, Ginger grated/cut, Licorice root (optional), Green Tea leaves (optional).

Method:

  1. To a pan of boiling water add the above ingredients in a proportion you desire, going easy on the cloves  2. Cover with lid and simmer for 5-10 minutes 3. Strain into your favorite tea cup and enjoy!

 

2. Golden Milk

Ingredients to make the Golden paste: 1 to 1.5 cups Water,  1/2 cup Turmeric powder, 5 Tbsp Virgin Coconut oil, Ginger (optional), 1.5 tsp Black pepper and 1/4 tsp Cinnamon.

Method:

  1. In a pan, mix the Turmeric powder into a cup of water, slowly heat and stir for 5-8 minutes till you get a thick paste. 2.  Add ginger, pepper, cinnamon and Coconut oil. 3. Continue stirring till everything is mixed. 4. Allow the paste to cool. 5.  Heat a cup of ‘milk’ of your choice and blend in one tsp of this Golden paste to make this healthy Golden Milk to be enjoyed at any time of the day !

The rest of the paste can be refrigerated in a glass bottle for a couple of weeks.  As I am not an advocate of dairy or soy milk , I suggest using Additive free Almond/Rice/Oat/Coconut milk. I personally use Organic Almond milk by Rude Health which is easily available in most supermarkets in U.K. This Almond milk contains some Rice milk in it which makes it naturally sweet thus avoiding the need to use any sweeteners.

 

3. Cinnamon Fruit Smoothie

Ingredients:

1 cup water, 1 banana, 1 pear, 3 Figs (fresh or dried), small piece of ginger, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, Seeds of your choice.

Method:

Blend the above in a high speed blender for 1/2 to 1 minute for a winter warming smoothie. It tastes good even without figs.

 

Wishing you a Very Happy & Healthy Festive Season. Cheers!

 

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