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Make Your Workout Count With This Diet

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Are you working out, but are not seeing any visible returns? Is burning calories, making your entire day into just one snoozefest? Good nutrition is a very essential part of leading a healthy lifestyle. Combined with physical activity, you can even attain the body of your favorite superhero.

Working out regularly causes our body to make chemicals that can help a person to feel good. Exercising daily can also help you form better sleep patterns. We often forget this about exercising that it can give people a real sense of accomplishment and pride after having achieved a certain goal – beating your own sprint record or bench pressing your dream weight.

Importance of Diet after Workout:

But as they say, exercising is just a job half done, what completes your total workout is your diet, especially the one that you have after your workout. As physical activity uses a lot of energy, it is often difficult to recover from the depleted body energy level quickly after a workout.

So, it is important for you to consume the right nutrients after you exercise. Choosing easily digested foods will definitely promote faster nutrient absorption. We give you 6 food options that you must have after a workout session:

  1. Avocados: Nowadays, avocados have become a common name among health-conscious individuals. Rich in Vitamin B, they help in metabolizing all healthy carbohydrates and proteins. Importantly, they are very high in potassium, which supports your healthy blood pressure levels, making them a must-have post-workout food.
  2. Potatoes: They contain important nutrients, even when cooked, that can benefit your health in various ways. Potatoes are a rich source of iron, phosphorous, calcium, magnesium, and zinc, all of which help the body to build and maintain bone structure and strength. They are a great source of vitamin B6. It plays a vital role in energy metabolism. Breaking down carbohydrates and proteins into glucose and amino acids help our bodies to utilize the energy within the body.
  3. Chocolate Milk: All those TV commercials of chocolate milk preparing a young athlete to become a champion, well for the record, actually does help you in recovering well after a workout. The protein source of chocolate milk helps your body with muscle repair, while the chocolate in the milk boosts the carbohydrate supply to your muscles and liver. It also an important source of hydrating yourself after sweating.
  4. Oatmeal: Oats are amongst the healthiest grains on this planet. They’re a gluten-free whole grain with a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fibre, and antioxidants. These compounds may help reduce blood pressure, promoting healthy gut bacteria and increases feelings of fullness.
  5. Nuts and Dried Fruits: As you work out, your body starts to deplete the glucose levels in your blood. In order to turn it to glycogen, the carbohydrates stored in your liver and muscle tissue are used to fuel your movement. Almonds contain a lot of healthy fats, fibre, protein, magnesium, and vitamin E. The health benefits of it include lowering your blood sugar levels, reduced blood pressure and lower cholesterol levels. It is important to regain your strength after a workout, to make the most of your hard work and sweat.
  6. Orange Juice: Fruit juices are a great source of vitamin D and potassium which supplies energy and helps in restoring fluid levels of the body post workout. Rather than gulping energy drinks and sports drinks, you should opt for the natural fruit juices. Regular consumption of it has been associated with several health benefits, including improved heart health, decreased inflammation, and a reduced risk of kidney stones.

With increased awareness about a healthy diet and rigorous workout plans – It’s time for you to work out smartly. Gift yourself and your loved ones a healthier you with the help of a planned diet which would reflect well with your workout regime. And, always remember,  “It’s not just about lifting weights but it’s also about the things on your plate.”

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

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Kombucha: The Wonder Drink, with Caution

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Would you ever drink from a bottle labeled bacteria juice? High chances are heck no! But, what if I tell you that there’s a drink which can heal your inner body in no time and is loaded with nutrients at the same time, would you consider it? I’m sensing an affirmation from you now!

For those who are not aware of this two thousand year- long serving drink of the east-Asians “The Immortal Health Elixir” – Kombucha is a beverage with many health benefits – extending to your heart, brain and your digestive system.

It is a fermented beverage consisting of black tea and sugar (sugarcane, fruit or honey) which is used as a functional and probiotic drink. The healthy bacteria found in kombucha and your digestive tract absorbs nutrients and fights illness.

As shown by several research studies conducted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information, 80% of our immune system is located in our gut. The digestive system stands to be the second largest part of our neurological system, and it’s not surprising that the stomach is considered to be our ‘second brain.’

Drinking kombucha on a regular basis is a valuable addition which can help us maintain peak immune health, and lead to many impressive benefits for our overall health. Consuming too much of anything is bad for you, of course. The excessive consumption of it may lead to adverse effects on our body.

Health Benefits of Kombucha:

  • Weight Loss: When our healthy microbes are depleted, it leads to obesity and diabetes. The natural acids and antioxidant properties of it may help you in losing fat.
  • Energy Enhancement: Kombucha contains energizing substances such as Vitamin B and Iron. The iron helps in increasing blood hemoglobin levels which as a result enhances the oxygen flow throughout our body.
  • Detoxification: According to several studies, gluconic acid, which is mainly found in fruits and vegetables is also seen in Kombucha; it binds the toxins to remove them from the system. Filled with enzymes and bacterial acids, Kombucha is known to aid in the process of natural detoxification.
  • Improved Digestion: Kombucha is known to be a good asset to control our digestive system. There are mounting pieces of evidence that the combination of organic acids, enzymes, and probiotics in Kombucha promotes healthy digestion and soothes an upset stomach. It can relieve you from problems such as diarrhea and constipation.
  • Improves Immune System: The healthy stomach bacteria gained by drinking Kombucha helps to stimulate the immune system. It is closely connected to the living organisms in your digestive system. Probiotics, which are specifically found in fermented foods and extracted from the fermentation process, can strengthen our natural defenses against harmful microbes.

The Warning Sign:

In order to make the product more appealing to the customers, the Kombucha drinks are sweetened with fruit juice or sugarcane. Which leads to some brands of Kombucha drinks with high levels of sugar. When consumed in excess, the added sugars – from sugar-sweetened beverages – can negatively impact your health in many ways.

People who have a low level of immunity due to deadly viruses such as HIV/AIDS need to be more cautious about consuming Kombucha. Since there is always a possibility that the yeast can grow harmful bacteria which can cause more illness, this is often seen in case of homemade kombucha.

Our Outlook:

While Kombucha has been linked to a wide range of benefits, some people tend to consume it in excess which may lead to excessive sugar and calorie intake that can have its own downside like digestive distress. It is also unpasteurized, containing small amounts of caffeine and alcohol. Which makes it off limits for some.

This fermented drink serves a number of positive purposes but the excessive consumption of the same leads to its own undoing.

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

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Night Affair: Say ‘NO’ To These 6 Foods to Embrace That Sleep

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We all love to sleep, don’t we? Your beauty sleep could be a cure for a lot of ailments. Have a headache? Sleep. Have a fever? Sleep. SLEEP, SLEEP, AND SLEEP. Why is sleep so important? It is so because sleep is that period of the day when a lot of important updates in your body takes place. It is a period of rest for your body when a lot of important processing, restoration as well as working takes place.

It is scary and amusing that we spend about a third of our lives asleep. It is essential for our bodies as eating, drinking and breathing, and is vital for maintaining good mental and physical health. But to maximize the benefits and to get a night of sound sleep, one needs to regulate their diet – especially the one they have before going to bed.

FOOD AND SLEEP?

Remember when you were a kid, your mother gave you warm milk just before you went to bed? Thank her, NOW. Some foods determine the quality of your sleep. (Yes, that’s true). Which ideally means that some foods that you have will make or break your sleep pattern. Don’t go scratching your heads to know what not to have in order to sleep well. We get you 6 food items that you SHOULD absolutely AVOID just before you go to bed!

  • Pizza: Your late-night cravings can be satisfied in less than thirty minutes, but you just might want to reconsider that. Your favourite layer of tomato sauce includes high levels of acidity, which is just another catalyst for acid reflux, resulting in indigestion. Generally, the fatty and greasy toppings – especially cheese – does a good enough job of causing a painful burning feeling in your chest or throat, if not immediately then in the long run.  
  • Ice Cream: A bowl of ice cream might be the most comforting companion after a bad breakup, but there’s a limit to its flavorful properties. To begin with, they are loaded with fat, so you’re not going to give your body a chance to burn calories before going to bed. All of the sugar is going to pump your body full of energy right before you hit the sack, so you’ll be sending your body two distinctive messages. That’s not it, the sugar just gets stored which later turns into fat. After reading this, I suggest you reconsider that delicious scoop for the day!
  • Cereals: It is a breakfast meal for a reason! They often contain high amounts of refined sugar and are a little too much of carbohydrates. That might lead to fluctuating blood sugar levels, which is not the best of the ways to put your body at rest at night. Instead of opting for sugary cereals, you can consider the healthier options. Those which are whole-grain and have low sugar will satisfy the craving but won’t keep you up at night.
  • Pasta: This Italian dish can fulfill your hunger and save your energy. They are straight-up carbohydrates, and if you’re going to bed right after eating, that is going to turn into fat. Not to forget, the things added to pasta – oils, cheeses and heavy cream or tomato sauces, will only add a new pair of jeans to the cart, matching the new waistline.

Most pasta has a high-glycemic index which implies that it fluctuates the blood-sugar levels. All of this can delay your sleep and make you that annoying owl at night!

  • Orange Juice: Citrus fruits are known to be very acidic, which is troublesome for a person with a sensitive bladder. Resorting to eating a whole piece of fruit, such as an apple instead can be deemed beneficial. The carbohydrates of whole fruit can actually help your sleep, while the fiber will help you absorb the sugar more slowly, and not causing the uncalled changes in your blood sugar levels.
  • Dark Chocolate: The chocolate can take a seat at a dinner table but only in a commercial. Dark chocolate is a sneaky source of caffeine, which is known to keep you up. Almost all chocolates contain some amount of caffeine. While the dark chocolate is also loaded with stimulants like theobromine, it is known to increase your heart rate a little bit.

We tend to lose sleep over so many things, the last thing we want is for our late-night dining experience working against us.

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

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Netflix and Cleanse! Stream These 6 Uplifting Health Documentaries Now

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One of the many great things about Netflix (other than Sacred Games) is that just with a little digging around, you can find extraordinary documentaries that you would never know about without us. Following is the list of health documentaries from all over the world that may change the way you think about food, medicine, and disease from the last decade. The ranking is in NO order of preference:  

Period. End of Sentence (2018): The Academy Award winner for Best Documentary Short in February, 2019 – this documentary is about how women in a small town in India were stigmatized for the normal, healthy act of getting their period, while how a group of American high school students raised money to send them a sanitary-pad-making machine that changed their lives. Film Companion describes it as the same story as Akshay Kumar’s Padman, but from the lens of those, it should have been told: the women.

The Magic Pill (2017): This 89 min documentary directed by Robert Tate talks about the doctors, farmers, chefs and others who weigh in on the controversial ketogenic diet and its huge potential to eradicate common illness. It shows the importance of fat and how it should be embraced as a source of fuel. It raises a question for the people who followed the dietary guidelines as they were told – what to reduce and what to increase in their diet, but it did not change the statistics of heart diseases, diabetes, and obesity.

The C Word (2016): With the narration from the legendary Morgan Freeman comes a documentary about cancer. It has two narratives: one from Dr. David Servan-Schreiber who is a celebrated French neuroscientist and cancer revolutionary, and the other from film’s director, Meghan L. O’Hara. After successfully recovering from cancer their journey from diagnosis to wellness. Meghan and David join forces to expose systemic failings in our society, which reinforce the bad habits that predispose us to disease and also to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Forks Over Knives (2011): According to the research of two food scientists, the popularity of processed foods has led to epidemic rates of obesity, diabetes and other diseases. There is no doubt that the documentary has a bias towards a vegan diet, and they do seem to leave out facts for that very same reason. But, it follows experts as well as regular people who have transformed their health by eliminating animal products and byproducts.

Heal (2017): It has stories from spiritual leaders, physicians and those with chronic illness. They reveal the powerful connection between the human psyche and physical health. It has big names such as Dr Deepak Chopra and Marianne Williamson. This documentary would remind you of how amazing impact our inner thoughts, beliefs, and emotions truly have over our health.

Embrace (2016): It is a social impact documentary, which explores the issue of body image. It follows body image activist Taryn Brumfitt’s journey as she explores the global issue of body shaming, inspiring us to change the way we feel about ourselves and think about our bodies. The inspiration for ‘Embrace’ came about after the actor and director herself had posted an unconventional before-and-after image on the internet in 2013 which sparked the media frenzy. The image, which embraces body diversity, was seen by over 100 million people worldwide and led to hundreds of interviews and articles including this passion project.

 

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Planning My Platter: 5 Things To Eat If You Are You Gluten Intolerant!

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Gluten has been an arguable topic these days. Most studies claim that it is safe for everyone except those who have celiac disease. While on the contrary, health experts believe that gluten is harmful to most people.

What is Gluten?

It is a general name for the proteins found in grains like wheat, rye, and barley. It can be found in many types of foods but may also be in medicines. Wheat is, by far the most commonly consumed grain of the gluten-family. It helps foods maintain their shape, acting as the glue that holds food together which is why the name ‘gluten’!

3 Signs that you are Gluten Intolerant:

If you are having any of the following symptoms, you should have it checked from your physician. Here are the following signs:

 

  • Digestive Issues: Gas, bloating, diarrhea and constipation are some of the common issues. While constipation, in particular, is common amongst children after consuming gluten.

 

  • Headaches: Several studies have been conducted to show that gluten-intolerant individuals may be more prone to migraines than others.
  • Fatigue: Gluten-intolerant individuals are very much likely to feel fatigued and tiredness, especially after eating foods that contain gluten. It can also cause iron-deficiency anemia, which in turn will cause more tiredness and lack of energy.

 

 

While there are several other symptoms to it, you should consider a diet plan if you feel you that you are suffering from any of above-given symptoms.

What should be my diet plan?

One needs to understand that avoiding gluten can be very challenging with the kinds of food we are offered. Because it is found in many common ingredients that are added to foods. Advocating healthy food and enjoying delicious meals don’t commonly go hand-in-hand. Though we have a list of foods which are naturally gluten-free:

 

  • Dairy: The regular plain dairy products, such as plain milk, plain yogurt, and cheese can be considered as a good source of energy while replacing gluten from your diet. Though one should keep this in mind that, the flavored dairy products may have added ingredients which contains gluten.

 

 

  • Grains: Gluten replacing graining contains a list with quinoa, rice, corn, tapioca, sorghum, corn, millet, amaranth, arrowroot, teff, and oats. Oats with being gluten-free whole grains are also a great source of important vitamins, minerals, fiber, and antioxidants.

 

 

  • Starches and Flours: Starchy foods are a good source of energy and they are the essential source for a range of nutrients in our diet. They are usually found in potatoes, potato flour, corn, corn flour, chickpea flour, soy flour, almond meal/flour, coconut flour, and tapioca flour.

 

 

  • Fruits and Vegetables: People who eat more vegetables and fruits as part of an overall healthy diet are more likely to have a reduced risk of many chronic diseases. As most vegetables are naturally low in fat and calories; so when your mother told you to eat your veggies, she was right! Vegetables are also a source of dietary fiber which helps reduce blood cholesterol levels and may lower the risks of heart disease.

 

 

  • Nuts and Seeds: They’re tasty, convenient, and can be enjoyed with all kinds of diets – from keto to vegan or even gluten-free. They are high in fat, low in carbs, and a great source of several nutrients, including vitamin E, and magnesium. They are also fiber-rich, which can prove to reduce any disease risk, keeping you full and decreasing the calorie absorption.

 

A gluten-free diet might feel restricting, though there are plenty of healthy and delicious options for you to choose from! 

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Depressed? Try having these foods

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One of the most underrated aspects of mental health is nutrition. As food plays a significant role in our physical health, it also does with our mental and emotional health. When you are struggling through depression, it can be overwhelming to make choices about eating the right foods.

While there’s no proven diet to relieve depression, these small tweaks to your diet may help you to decrease the symptoms of the same and have a positive effect on your daily life. Several studies have shown that carefully chosen fruits, vegetables, and dietary supplements can help improve your mental health.

Food and Depression:

It can be argued that – being depressed makes us more likely to eat unhealthy foods. But, there is overwhelming evidence supporting the benefits of a healthy diet and lifestyle: preventing cardiovascular disease, cancer, dementia, and mental health disorders, including depression. While science also agrees that foods can be an essential tool for people dealing with depression and anxiety.

  • Beans: Beans are a great source of protein and fiber, both of which help to maintain stable and consistent blood sugar levels. In addition to helping in maintaining the blood sugar spikes and dips which can affect our mood, they are also great sources of folate. Folate is a vitamin B that helps the body use vitamin B-12 and amino acids, helping the body to detox cells and create new cells.
  • Walnuts: Walnuts are known to support overall brain health in general. It is one of the highest plant-based sources of Omega-3 and a great source of protein to help keep blood sugar levels at a healthy balance. It also helps to improve your bone health and is beneficial in reducing the risk of diabetes.
  • Dark Chocolate: Cocoa beans contain flavonoids, which is a plant-based nutrient which is a powerful antioxidant that can improve mood. It was seen in an elaborate study of U.S. women that higher flavonoid consumption was linked with a lower risk of depression, especially amongst older women. Tea, apples, citrus, blueberries, and onions are the other rich sources of the same.
  • Bananas: There has been an established link between depressed mood and low levels of tyrosine, which is an amino acid that produces the so-called ‘happy hormone’ dopamine. It controls your brain’s reward and pleasure centers, while it is yet to be established if eating tyrosine-rich foods will reduce your depression, some of the healthy sources of it include bananas, avocados, and almonds.
  • Leafy vegetables: Many of the processed foods or things you might find at your local grocery shop are filled with preservatives and offer little to no nutritional benefit. Brussels sprouts, spinach, and kale should be some of the important ingredients of your diet. They are a good source of alpha-linolenic acid, which is one of the three types of Omega 3 fatty acids. Folate, fiber, and other nutrients make vegetables, especially the darker leafy greens, an excellent choice when looking for foods to help improve and stabilize mood.

Our bodies are the result of the foods we eat and the choices we make each day. It can impact our body’s ability to function to its maximum capacity. Although there is no specific diet which has been proven to reduce depression, it is evident that there are plenty of nutrient-rich foods that can help to keep our brains healthy and make you better.

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

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Yoga, Meditation and Ayurveda For Wellness: A Holistic Approach

28 May, 2019
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Do you get tired after working 48 hours a week? Are you so tired that you just wish the weekend would never end? If this seems like you, then you are probably lacking the stamina to survive in this fast-paced city life people dream to be a part of.

One needs to endure the stress of traveling to work and then experience the hardships at work, while also trying to adjust one’s personal life. It does seem like a lot of work for an individual to go through – just to be a part of this metropolitan city. One way to simplify this problem is to accustom yourself to the wellness routines as a part of your daily life.

How practicing Yoga for 15 minutes can change your life

I must admit, daily yoga practice seemed like a daunting task at first, but with practice, it has become a habit to me, just like brushing or bathing. Never missing a day on the mat gives you the strength and flexibility you seek in your daily life.

 

  • Improve flexibility, strength, and posture: Practicing yoga daily will help you stretch and tone your body muscles. It is worth practicing it regularly and consistently in order to build muscle memory.
  • Weight loss: An everyday gentle yoga practice will fuel the metabolic system and will help burn fat at a quicker rate. It also helps you restore the hormonal balance in your body, which can normalize your body weight.
  • Breathe Better: Breathing techniques stated in yoga will make you feel more relaxed and balanced. They will also help you face the day with a sense of calmness and confidence. It also has some great side benefits such as increased lung capacity.

 

Daily Meditation can increase your Emotional Quotient

Meditation is a persistent process of training your mind to concentrate and redirect your thoughts. A common approach towards meditation is that it is done to reduce stress and develop concentration. Though people also use it to develop other beneficial habits and feelings, such as a positive mood and outlook, self-discipline, healthy sleep patterns, it can even help in managing increased pain tolerance.

 

  • Controls Stress and Anxiety: Mental and physical stress can disrupt sleep, promote depression and anxiety, increase blood pressure and contribute to fatigue and cloudy thinking. Several kinds of research have shown that meditation improves the symptoms related to stress-related conditions.
  • Promotes Emotional Health: A research conducted followed 18 volunteers as they practiced meditation over three years. The participants of the study experienced long-term decreases in depression. Some specific types of meditation done regularly can improve depression and create a more positive outlook on life.
  • Spreading Kindness: The goal of loving-kindness meditation is to cultivate friendliness in a fashion until it’s a mental state that arises effortlessly. At that point, you’ll find it increasingly natural to greet all living beings with kindness and friendliness once you start meditating.

Solutions in Ayurveda

A 5,000-year-old medicinal system originating from India meaning “life-knowledge” – Ayurveda is one of the world’s oldest forms of medicine. Ayurvedic medicine helps you to improve your health and wellness by harmonizing the mind, body, and soul. One can achieve total wellness through guided methods including herbal medicine and body-specific changes in the diet.

 

  • Healthy and Glowing Skin: Consuming cucumber and lettuce which are easier to digest because of their purifying properties and high-water content have proven tricks to help keep your skin soft and radiant without spending money. Nuts and seeds contain healthy fats, which have active components responsible for maintaining healthy skin.
  • Cleanses The Body: The Ayurvedic process of ‘Panchakarma’ is getting rid of food and toxins that interfere with efficient body function. While some of the prescribed massage therapies will help get the body working properly by moving toxins from the tissues to the intestines to remove them from the body.
  • Hormonal Balance: A study done in 2010 by the Institute of Indigenous Medicine at the University of Colombo in Sri Lanka,  found that using essential oils can help with balancing hormones, which results in a healthy menstrual cycle or pregnancy.

 

Takeaway

If one revolves their day around these activities on a regular basis with devotion are bound to develop greater sensitivity. As they can attest to the existence of their inner spirit and a better understanding of human nature. Look around you, everyone is getting benefited by these, so why shouldn’t you get started?

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

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Be the best version of yourself in these 6 steps

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Do you feel that you are out of balance? Or do you wish you had more time to eat healthily, work out, and take care of yourself better? If that is the case, you need to look after yourself; It shouldn’t just be about your next big shopping extravaganza or your out-station vacation.

While it’s no secret that having a healthy routine helps you feel good and perform your best, healthy habits, after all, gives you the required energy to care for yourself, keep up with the world, and achieve your goals. In the absence of your good health, everything you thought was invaluable, loses its meaning.

What are the constituents for being the best version of yourself – It is your mental and your physical health; follow these wellness habits to become the best version of yourself!

  1. Watch Sunrise Daily: Getting up early in the morning is a form of a discipline that all successful people have in common. There is no wonder why the people who actually make the most of their days by getting up early. Studies have shown that early rising and success might be linked. People who tend to wake up early are more in sync with the traditional work-life schedule and tend to have more proactive personalities, which might lead to better scores in school or high paying jobs.

  2. Meditate Mindfully: The work-life chronic stress can take a toll on your appearance. Premature aging, and wrinkles, grey and thinning hair, dry skin and acne are all adverse effects that stress can have on your looks. Meditation is the best stress reduction technique one can find. Inculcating the habit of meditating at least once a day for 15 minutes can drastically reduce your overall stress levels. Appearance aside, it also reduces anxiety, develops emotional health, and lengthens your attention span.

  3. Improve your Posture: Standing up straight is good for your spine – while it does manage to make you look thinner; there are other health benefits to improving your posture. When you’re not standing up-right, your lungs don’t consume as much oxygen as they do when you’re sitting up straight; this results in making you feel fatigued. A good posture also helps the rest of your internal organs to function better. You can purchase support braces and gadgets to help you stand up straight, but these stretches can help you improve your posture without any special equipment. Exercising daily can help you with that.

  4. Eat Right without Distractions: When we are binge-watching on Netflix, mindlessly scooping ice cream into our mouth seems like a perfect weekend plan.  However, it’s easier to look down and realize the whole carton is empty. Conversely, if we are at a table without distraction of newspaper or smartphone but chatting with someone face to face, we are way more likely to realize how much we’ve eaten. Respecting and loving your body does not mean giving it more food than it requires. Overeating is definitely an emotionally rooted issue – which can be curbed with a little discipline.

  5. Say no to Soda! (even diet): Various studies have shown the downside of drinking soda on your waistline and your teeth. Consuming the carbonated soda, however, has far more serious health risks; but if you’re thinking to swap it with the diet version, you’re not doing yourself any favors – it’s been shown to alter our gut microbes, contribute to weight gain, and trigger headaches. While in an 11-year-long Harvard Medical School study, including 3,318 women, it was found that diet cola is linked with a two-fold increased risk for kidney failure.

  6. Be Selfish: There is nothing wrong with catering your needs first, over others. The only concern here which should be- you are not walking over someone; immorally for your own good. There’s a very fine line – between being good selfish and being selfish. This idea is similar to that of greed, “Greed is good.” – having a desire to want everything is not wrong, it’s the way you want it, matters.

We all want to be like the superstars we adore. We all have our role models and if we follow these steps you might end up being someone else’s role model too.

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

 

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Healing Through History – Facing Fears with Past Life Regression! 

25 May, 2019
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“Fear, you must understand is more than a mere obstacle. Fear is a TEACHER. the first one you ever had.”

Do you ever feel that you are irrationally afraid of something? A feeling so uncontrollable without a logical cause that it makes you lose your senses? It could be because of something that had happened to you in a past life that causes this fear or phobia. Your memory of past life experiences could help you to understand and make sense of these things and overcome those fears. For the believers of the idea that – the soul survives after death, Past Life Regression therapy is the process of unearthing old memories stored in your soul from a previous lifetime.

What is Past Life Regression?

A technique that uses Hypnosis to recover the memories of past lives or incarnation is known as Past Life Regression (PLR). It is one of the most recognized techniques to energize the soul of the individual by making them – travel into their past lives. It’s known to be a healing process as it works deeper on a physical, emotional, mental and spiritual level.

An insight is given by a world-renowned meditation master, spiritual coach, and author of Quantum Jumping; Burt Goldman, “I have found past-life regression to be a genuine cure for what is the major source of many psychosomatic problems as well as virtually all other problems. There have been many troubles unwinded through past-life regressions that seemed to be irresolvable by any other means….the simple act of regression, when coupled with a strong intent will often trigger an instant elimination of a problem.”

History of Past Life Regression

Dr Sigmund Freud can be considered as the grandfather of present-day regression work. He developed the idea that by making the unconscious conscious, one could restore choice and bring about healing. It’s been written throughout the history of the Past Life Regression. Various examples of these practices can be found in the ancient history of Greece, with Greek Dream Incubation Centers, Prati-Prasav (Vedic Literature), Jati Smaran (Jain Scriptures), Egyptian Mystery schools, etc.

Importance of Healing

As the old saying goes, “the only way to overcome your fear is to face it.” As it’s your past life that’s causing your fear, it’s difficult to understand that fear and face it. While fear and anxiety can last for a short time and then pass, though they can also last much longer and you can get stuck to them. Though several cases show that, they can take over your life, affecting your ability to eat, sleep, concentrate, travel, enjoy life, or even leave the house or go to work or school. These phobias can hold you back from doing things you want or need to do while affecting your health.

Helping Yourself
These initial steps help you to curb – this would require you to talk about what you fear. The stepping stone would be to focus on the details of where, when and who you want to go to from your past. Following are a few of the examples:

  • When are you most afraid?
  • What physical behavior do you notice when you’re afraid?
  • Can you logically trace back to your fears?

Past life regression may help you free yourself from your fears. One can do the same by:

  • Learning from which past life experience is causing fear.
  • Understanding how fears have manifested in the first place.
  • Resolving fears and letting them go.

One’s past life can teach us a lot about their ultimate soul journey and what we need to accomplish on our current paths. The more you learn about your past lives, the clearer the road ahead becomes.

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

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Why Loving-Kindness Meditation is of utmost relevance today?

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If we ever hope to find peace and happiness and learn how to manage ourselves better during difficult situations, we need a daily practice which nourishes our brain and brings us back to the “center”.

For millions of people around the world, this is the practice of meditation. Several kinds of research has shown that city-living has been linked to depression and anxiety, while no one wants to admit it, but we all need some time off to cool our system from this fast-paced life. We are in a constant battle with internet trolls and people expressing their opinions in a fascist manner. Loving-kindness meditation also is known as LKM, is a form of meditation that emphasizes cultivating love and compassion for all beings, including yourself.

What is it exactly?

Loving-kindness meditation is a practice taught by the Buddha to develop the habit of selfless or altruistic love. This brings about positive attitudinal changes as it systematically develops the quality of ‘loving-acceptance’. Dhammapada – a Buddhist scripture, you can find the saying: “Hatred cannot coexist with loving-kindness, and dissipates if supplanted with thoughts based on loving-kindness.”

How does it work?

This meditation uses – words, images, and feelings to stimulate a loving-kindness and friendliness toward oneself and others. One has to recite a list of phrases expressing an intention, planting the seeds of loving wishes, over and over in our heart. As it turns out, science now backs what Buddhists have long known about this powerful ancient practice.

While one can get started with a single short session of this Loving Kindness Meditation of about 10 minutes; this can kick-start a positive ripple effect, leading to increased positive feelings of social connection and positivity towards strangers.

How to practice?

  • To begin, take as comfortable a position as possible – sitting or lying down.
  • Take a few soft deep breaths for your body to settle.
  • Bring your attention to your breath, and begin to say your chosen Loving Kindness phrases in rhythm with you breathe.
  • Understand the meaning of what you are saying, feel it without trying to force anything.

Why to do it? (As proved by Science)

 

  • Positive Thinking: A study by ‘National Center for Biotechnology Information’ in 2001 showed that practicing seven weeks of Loving Kindness Meditation increased multiple positive emotions including love, joy, contentment, gratitude, pride, hope, interest, amusement, and awe. These positive emotions, then had a ripple effect on the participants, decreasing their depressive symptoms.

  • Improve Self Criticism: Research shows this critical voice can be tamed through practicing Loving Kindness Meditation. While it reduced self-criticism and depressive symptoms, Loving Kindness practitioners also experienced improvements in self-compassion and positive emotions which were maintained three months post-intervention.
  • Being Compassionate: Being more compassionate has a host of benefits, including improved health, well-being, and relationships. The revered Dalai Lama believes – “Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries; without them, humanity cannot survive.” Loving Kindness Meditation may be one of the most effective practices for increasing compassion.
  • Reduces Chronic Headaches: While meditation isn’t usually thought to be a remedy for debilitating migraines, research shows it can help. A short session of Loving Kindness Meditation intervention was shown to immediately help reduce pain and alleviate emotional tension associated with chronic migraines.

 

Our Take

The goal of loving-kindness meditation is to cultivate friendliness in a fashion until it’s a mental state that arises effortlessly. At that point, you’ll find it increasingly natural to greet all living beings with kindness and friendliness once you start meditating. Start with a small, but daily, commitment to it. If you commit to it just five minutes each day, you are much more likely to make it a habit, and you’ll start to see benefits soon enough. And as they say, “Every day it gets a little easier… But you gotta do it every day — that’s the hard part. But it does get easier.”

 

Omkar Kulkarni is a self-proclaimed art appreciator, a certified film reviewer and someone’s favorite human being.

 

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