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Hypertension – The Silent Killer!

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Sometimes what you don’t know can hurt you the most!
The first step toward change is awareness. The second step is acceptance.
-Nathaniel Branden
There are atleast 970 million people worldwide who have been living with High blood pressure (hypertension) as on date.

The World Health Organization-WHO rates hypertension as one of the most important causes of premature death worldwide as the problem is invariably increasing each day. Based on the current scenario & projections, the estimated adults living with high blood pressure by 2025 will be 1.56 billion. The disorder now is just not limited to old aged people of 50 years & above but even the younger generation has been found suffering through the same.

Factors influencing Hypertension:
The ideal blood pressure for people wishing to have good health is below 120 over 80 (120/80). Several factors which can be directly or inversely proportional hypertension are:
 Include age (blood pressure usually increases with age)
 Diet,
 Excessive alcohol consumption,
 Lack of exercise, obesity,
 Sleep apnea, stress and family history of hypertension.

What is Hypertension?

In Scientific terms, when the blood flows from the heart through the arteries, it creates pressure against the arteries walls. In case of hypertension, this pressure exceeds the normal range. The elevated blood pressure has very serious consequences as it damages the arteries, kidneys, and heart. Hypertension coupled with diabetes exponentially increases the damage if left un-controlled. Due to lack of appropriate knowledge 30% of those who suffer from this disorder don’t realize they have it which is all the more dangerous because it has no warning signs or symptoms and hence it is important for each one of us to not to ignore health related issues and take pro-active measures as it’s rightly said “Precaution is better than cure”

There usually are no symptoms of hypertension, which is why it’s been dubbed the silent killer. But if blood pressure climbs to extreme highs, one might experience a severe headache, chest pain, vision changes or a nosebleed or blood in urine. Hypertension can be best prevented by adjusting your lifestyle i.e. with proper diet and exercise. Though difficult but it is important to maintain a healthy weight, reduce salt intake, keep a tab on the alcohol consumption & adopt and practice stress free life.
Fortunately Nature has always helped us with the best of the “Mantra” for all our problems; below are some proven remedies for Hypertension

1) Home Remedies:

 Eating 8 – 10 raw almonds every day can be beneficial as it has monounsaturated fats, which help to reduce the inflammation in the arteries thus reduce the blood pressure level.

 Coconut water is rich in potassium and other important nutrients. Coconut water is shown to significantly lower blood pressure levels in most of the people who drink it.

 Turmeric has excellent anti-inflammatory properties that help to decrease the inflammation through out the body. This results in maintaining a healthy blood flow and in reducing the blood pressure.

 Garlic contains antibacterial, antioxidant and anti hypertension substance called Allicin. It is another powerful food that naturally reduces the blood pressure. Chew one clove of garlic in the morning for best results.

 Healthy food is a solution to every health issues. What you eat really does matter! To control the blood pressure, one must consume organic cereals like Dalia(Corn, Barley, Bajra, Jowar, Wheat), Oats, Wheat Flakes. Balance diet do helps to maintain blood circulation in your body which eventually leads to allow required pumping of blood to your arteries.

2) Ayurveda Remedies:

Ayurveda sees high blood pressure as an imbalance in the Doshas and aims at correcting it. Ayurvedic herbs for controlling hypertension include Gokshura, Arjuna, Sarpagandha and Shankhapushpi. These herbs have anti-oxidant properties and reduce high blood pressure by relieving stress, reduce angina, and sooth the body.

3) Natural Remedies:

3.1 To reduce Stress: Natural Essential Oil are extracted from plants, flowers, herbs through distillation. Research shows that healing property within essential oils is remarkable and can be used to treat a number of health concerns such as Stress, Joint Pains, digestive issues – just to name a few!

3.2 Yoga: Yoga is a mind-body practice that brings together physical and mental disciplines to achieve peacefulness of body and mind, helping one to relax, mange stress and anxiety. The mind-body practice is frequently touted for its ability to reduce stress and boost well-being.

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5 Natural and Herbal remedies for Joint pain.

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In the first part of this blog, we discussed about the different types of joint pains, reasons and their symptoms. In case you missed it Click here

In the concluding part today, we bring to you the details of 5 natural and herbal remedies for managing the pain.

1) Home remedies

Turmeric– Is a spice with anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidants properties, which is why it acts as a natural painkiller for aches and pains.

Ginger – Ginger has been used medicinally for thousands of years in Ayurvedic medicine as a natural anti-inflammatory food. Ginger relieves chronic inflammatory pain and stiffness.

** Turmeric powder when taken with grated ginger works as natural pain-killer. One can also add black pepper for better absorption. Don’t like the natural taste/ flavour of ginger & turmeric? Here’s tip have a fruit juice mixed with combination of these two spices

Cinnamon – This miraculous spice contains anti-inflammatory compounds, which effectively reduces pain and inflammation associated with arthritis. Pain relief is just one of many benefits of Cinnamon.

Alfalfa–Is rich of minerals and vitamin, it relieves pain and stiffness associated with arthritis/bursitis.

2) Yoga

It’s now been into existence for 1500 years and works as a great catalyst in effective treatment of chronic pain, arthritis, back pain, etc. When practised in a correct manner one can visibly notice how even the basic yogasan helps the joints to move smoothly over one another, thus increasing mobility and strength.

Below are 3 common exercises for relieving knee pain, back pain and more:

Supta Padangushtasana for knee pain:

Lie down on your back and inhale. Raise your right hand and right leg up in the air. The raised leg must be at right angle to the body. Try reaching the right hand to the right foot, to hold the big toe. Hold for as long as you can, breathing normally. Initially, if you have stiff joints, or unable to stretch much; bend your leg slightly at the knee. If still difficult, just place your hand wherever you can on the raised leg. Repeat five times.Relax. Repeat on the other side.

 

Dwipada Supta Pawanmuktasana for joint fitness:

Lie down on your back. Inhale. Fold both legs at the knee. Exhale. Hug the knees as tightly as you can to the abdomen. Ensure hips do not rise off the floor. Hold this pose for as long as you can, breathing normally. Release legs back to starting position. Repeat five times.

Ardha Salabbhasana for spinal problems:

Lie on your stomach. Interlock hands; place them under your chin. Inhale. Lift right leg up in the air. Hold for a few seconds, exhaling return to starting position. Repeat three to five times. Rest. Repeat for the other side.

3) Ayurvedic treatment

As per the ancient medicine science (Ayurveda), joint pain or arthritis is caused because of suppression of ‘Agni’. Some of the herbs, which have been traditionally used to relieve joint pains are:

  • Guggulu– an anti-inflammatory with strong purifying and rejuvenating properties. It is a very powerful herb for curing arthritis.
  • Ashwagandha – is a herb with anti-inflammatory properties.
  • Gokshura – is an anti-inflammatory herbs, treats all type of joint pains.
  • Amalaki – is a herb with strong detoxifying and toning properties.

4) Massage therapy

Sesame oil is regarded in Ayurveda as one of the most sattvic of oils as it balances the mind and warms & enlivens the tissues of the body. It is rich in essential minerals and vitamins including Vitamin E, Vitamin B6, magnesium, calcium, copper, iron and zinc. Sesame oil has one of the highest concentrations of Omega – 6 fatty acids. It also contains the two natural preservatives i.e. sesamol and sesamin which increase its shelf life

Its heating and moisturizing effects help to sooth and lubricate dry and rough joints affected by rheumatism and arthritis.

Body massage with sesame oil helps to reduce the vata and thus effectively decrease pain. Joints affected by pain could be massaged for longer time.

5) Compressers

This 100% natural compress revives the ancient Vedic tradition of moist warm/cold healing. It is ergonomically designed to flexibly drape over the shoulder or neck or joints. Compressers are evenly weighted to relax and soothe tired muscles or joins. The wrap retains both heat and cold to deliver natural & effective pain management. It is recommended for muscular aches and pains, also headache and relaxation.

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5 kinds of joint pains & what to do about them

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Almost all of us experience pain such as joint pain, headache, muscle pain, etc.at various points throughout our lifespan.The most common of these is Joint Pain,also referred to as Arthritis. With about hundred different forms, Arthritis’ symptoms include joint and musculoskeletal pain. Most of us tend to ignore these pains and aches hoping that it is temporary. However, there are some common joint pains you should never ignore:

1. Arthritis:Refers to ‘joint inflammation’. Arthritis affects people of all ages and genders, all over the world. It is really common in adults aged 65 and above. Some of the common symptoms of Arthritis include –pain and stiffness in the joints, pain coupled with fever, pain in the joints after sitting for a long time or after sleeping.

2. Spondylitis:Spondylitis is a condition that mostly occurs between 15-35 years of age. It is a form of chronic arthritis which involves the inflammation of spinal joints that can gradually lead to complete bone rigidity.Some of the common symptoms of Spondylitis include severe pain in the neck and shoulder, severe headache, inflammation of eyes, and fatigue.

3. Lower Back pain:This is most common of the pain complaints. If left unattended, it may become very severe and chronic. At times, back pain indicates kidney problem. Never ignore the lower back pain.

4. Shoulder pain:Shoulder pain is caused by the inflamation and swelling of shoulder blade. Due to excessive use, some time the fluid filled sacs (known as Bursae) present in the shoulder joint, starts to swell. The swelled bursae inhibits the rotator cuff movement leading to the tissues in the shoulder getting inflamed and painful.

5. Knee pain: Most common reasons for knee pain are swollen or torn ligaments, meniscus (cartilage) tears, and runner’s knee. Sometimes, a knee injury can break off fragments from the bone or cartilage. These pieces can get stuck in the joint, causing it to freeze up.

Fortunately, there are many natural remedies for pain relief. From yoga techniques that capitalize on human’s natural healing tendency to herbs that cure the inflated muscles, there are many natural remedies for one-time or regular use to eradicate pain.

Natural Mantra brings to you 5 natural and herbal remedies for managing the pain.

  1. Home Remedies – Discover Natural Mantra’s 4 Do-It-Yourself solutions based on the herbs always available at home
  2. Yoga – Reduce your pain with 3 basic Yoga exercies with minimum effort
  3. Ayurvedic Treatment – 4 wonder herbs which formed part of traditional Indian remedies to cure joint pains
  4. Massage Therapy – Find out which is the best massage oil and why!
  5. Compressers – Learn the use of natural compressers based on the ancient Vedic tradition of moist warm/cold healing.

Learn more on each of the above mentioned remedies in our upcoming blog on 22-Nov.

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Secret Sexual problems – 6 wonder herbs to help you

ImageDo you feel that your sex life is not as exciting as you thought it would be, or that it is not as good as it used to be till about a few years ago, or that getting into bed with your partner is a stress?

You are one among many having similar problems but feel odd to consult or discuss the issues with someone else due to the taboo surrounding it. Sexual problems such as premature ejaculation, erectile dysfunction, pain during sex, etc. could lead to increased stress, reduced confidence, sleepless nights that further intensifies the problem.

Sexual well-being for men and women is one of the subjects of much debate in medical circuits and otherwise, since the dawn of time. Although, recent advancements in medical science have been successful to a certain extent, a general sense of adopting natural remedies for a long term well being is the need of the hour.

A good or active sex life has many benefits – It reduces the stress, makes you look younger, strengthens your heart, improves your confidence and helps your sleep better.

In this post today, we bring to you 6 herbs, which provide you with the required ingredients that address your secret problems and turn around the whole vibe of love-making into an indulging and satisfying experience. These herbs are also known as aphrodisiac, a substance that improves sexual desire.

  1. Ashwagandha  traces its roots back to the ancient Kama Sutra for heightening sexual experience. Ashwagandha is easily the most potent aphrodisiac in the entire botanical kingdom.  It has the ability to restore sexual drive, increase endurance and improve overall vitality while promoting a calm state of mind.  ashwaghanda3Ashwagandha nourishes nerves and improves nerve function to help your body adapt to stress, one of the common cause of sexual problems.  Hormones (such as adrenaline) produced during high stress cause arteries to constrict, keeping blood from the extremities and negatively impacting sexual performance.  Ashwagandha brings the body back to equilibrium by relaxing it when stressed and energizing it when fatigued.  It also strengthens the reproductive and respiratory systems and enhances all aspects of mind power. It has been used for thousands of years to treat impotence, premature ejaculation, infertility, and erection disorders.
  2. Jaiphal(Nutmeg) is the dried kernel of the fruit of a tall and evergreen tree found in southern parts of India.  nutmegIt acts as an aphrodisiac by stimulating the central nervous system and warming the loins.  While increasing and maintaining sexual vigor, Jaiphal has a tranquilizing effect that helps to avert premature ejaculation. 
  3. Shatavari is a rejuvenating herb that soothes the body to relieve stress, nurtures the reproductive system, and strengthens and nourishes tissues.  It supports the liver function and metabolic processes to remove toxins from the blood. shatavari This herb is also known to increase positivity and healing power.  When combined with Ashwagandha, Shatavari takes lovemaking capacity to new levels. Shatavari also helps reduce the pain and cramps during menstrual cycle in women.
  4. Gokshura is a sex and mood enhancer that stimulates the production of the Luteinizing Hormone (LH).  When LH levels are elevated, the natural production of testosterone also increases.  LH is a hormone that also increases sex drive and virility.  Laboratory studies have found that Gokshura increases sperm count after being taken for 30 days and can result in better than 50% increase in testosterone levels.  gokshura2This herb also has a stimulating effect on the liver by helping to convert cholesterol and fats into hormones and energy.  Gokshura has a tremendous positive impact on strength and stamina.
  5. Kapikachu Seeds have been traditionally known to be as one of the best herbal tonic and aphrodisiacs to the reproductive system of both the sexes. When used in combination with Ashwagandha, Shatavari, Gokshura to make various pills and herbal jellies, they tend to show wondrous effects on the consumers. One teaspoon of Kapikachu seeds boiled in one cup of water stimulates sexual energy and prevents premature ejaculation, something that most men would have often faced at least once during their many encounters.
  6. ShvetaMushali primarily acts on the shukradhatu as an aphrodisiac, which promotes semen production.  The origin of this herb, famous in Ayurveda as SafedMusli can be traced back to the oldest mountain ranges in the continent, the Aravalis, from where it spread to the other sub-continents of India. This goes well with the Ayurvedic application of Mushali as a rejuvenator of sexual desire

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Don’t let Diabetes get the best of you

Diabetes remediesNow that Diwali is almost winding to a close and presumably there have been sufficient indulgence in all things sweet, delicious and heavenly, it is time to introduce a little awareness about health, don’t you think?

Diabetes Mellitus or as it is commonly referred to as, Diabetes, is a medical condition where the sugar (glucose) level in the blood becomes higher than normal. As many would already be aware, there are two main types of Diabetes – Type 1 and Type 2.

Type 1 diabetes usually has an early onset, considered juvenile and insulin-dependent. In this case, the beta cells in the pancreas stop making insulin which causes a dip in the level of insulin in the bloodstream; the symptoms of illness are visible within weeks.

In type 2 diabetes, insulin is still produced unlike in type 1 diabetes and the symptoms take time to show up. There are however three reasons to develop diabetes-

  1. There’s not enough insulin for body’s needs.
  2. The cells in the body are not able to use the insulin to its potential (insulin resistance). Hence, it necessitates an additional boost of insulin to bring up the level of insulin to normal.
  3. Combination of 1 & 2.

Although type 2 diabetes is a more common occurrence in those aged above 40, it is increasingly becoming more common in children and young adults. Primarily a lifestyle related ailment, the symptoms for type 2 diabetes may take a while to appear in fully. In most cases, a patient suffering from type 2 diabetes would ideally not be aware of the onset till diagnosis happens much later. Some common symptoms that one should keep an eye out for, are as under:

–          Increased thirst

–          Fatigue and weight loss

–          Blurry vision

–          Increased appetite

–          Excess urination

Excess urination and increased thirst is attributed to glucose that leaks into urine, which pulls out extra water through the kidneys.

An important point to bear in mind is with patients who don’t have a high level of blood sugar (glucose), tend to seldom show the above mentioned symptoms.

It is important to have an understanding of the short and long term complications of diabetes, chiefly because without the same, it’d be hard to administer a proper treatment.

According to www.patient.co.uk , ‘If your blood glucose level is higher than normal over a long period of time, it can gradually damage your blood vessels. This can occur even if the glucose level is not very high above the normal level.’ This may lead to some of the following complications:

  • Furring or hardening of the arteries (atheroma). This can cause problems such as angina, heart attacks, stroke and poor circulation
  • Kidney damage which sometimes develops into kidney failure.
  • Eye problems which can affect vision (due to damage to the small arteries of the retina at the back of the eye).
  • Nerve damage
  • Foot problems (due to poor circulation and nerve damage)
  • Impotence (again due to poor circulation and nerve damage)

Although a permanent cure for diabetes is not yet definitively found, there are these certain natural remedies that can assist in keeping damage at bay. One of the biggest cues is adopting a healthier eating pattern and changes in the existing lifestyle habits.

Mentioned below are some of the natural remedies to battle diabetes:

  1. Fig Leaves: Besides being used in the treatment of bronchitis, genital warts, skin problems and ulcers, fig leaves extract have excellent anti-diabetic properties. Taking the extract with breakfast first thing in the morning reduces the need for insulin supplement. An additional remedy is to boil the leaves of the fig in some freshly filtered water and drink this as a tea.
  2. Jamun and Neem:  Daily intake of jamun fruit/jamun extracts offers a natural and safe way to prevent the onset of diabetes. Also, oral administration of jamun extract boosts insulin levels in people affected by diabetes. http://bit.ly/176R7pH
  3. Stevia: Stevia is the healthiest natural sugar substitute, and the most trusted natural sweet plants on Earth. It has been used as a healthy alternative to sugar for people seeking over all improved health by controlling blood sugar http://bit.ly/176QQmO
  4. Cinnamon: has long been regarded as a decent source for treatment of diabetes. In a survey conducted in 2003 by Khan and associates, the results indicated that the glucose level in blood dropped 18 percent; LDL cholesterol and triglycerides also showed reduced levels. According to Cancer Tutor.com, ‘Cinnamon mimics insulin, thus it may lower the need for insulin immediately.’
  5. Grape Seed Extracts: Although not directly related, grape seed extracts have been proven to be successful in preserving liver cells and setting up defense mechanisms against reactive oxygen species produced by hyperglycemic (high blood sugar level) conditions.
  6. Olive Oil: Olive oil rich diets may go a long way in preventing diabetes. Regular intake of the same can reduce blood levels including LDL and triglycerides. The property of olive oil being monosaturated instead of saturated fat, keeps diseases such as cardiovascular, atherosclerosis, and diabetes under check.
  7. Bitter Melon: For containing properties that imitate insulin, regular intake of bitter melon comes highly recommended as it helps lower blood and urine levels. The bitter melon should be juiced and then taken on an empty stomach before eating first thing in the morning. The seeds may be ground to a powder and eaten also.

Yes, it is possible to fight Diabetes if detected at an early stage, or even to live with it under control. Should you have come across any other ways to combat diabetes, do share your learning with us in the comment section below.