While we speak about cellular detox, cleansing, autophagy etc, we need to understand which toxins are we referring to. Our body is exposed to various toxins on a daily basis either internal or external.
Externally, they enter our body through air, food, water, products that we apply over the skin etc. Most of the foods we eat contain pesticides, animal hormones, other toxins, and antibiotics which decrease the ability of our liver and colons to naturally detoxify and digest these foods. When the liver and colon are not working properly and expel such toxins, the whole body turns toxic! This toxicity produces a variety of symptoms such as inability to lose weight, fatigue, skin pigmentations and allergies etc.
Besides bodily toxins, toxins can also exist in the form of negative or unresolved emotions in our minds. These also lead to the manifestation of illnesses. Stress is a big toxin and reduces the ability of the body to absorb nutrients from the food, rest and repairs itself.
Symptoms of Toxicity
Toxicity generally affects us at a cellular level, whereas diseases and their manifestations often appear on an organ level. Consider the disease hepatitis which affects the liver cells, its symptoms are strongly associated almost entirely with the liver functions that are impaired. A toxin however can be circulated throughout the whole body depending on its nature, and therefore can affect many cells types and organ systems at the same time. In addition, we may have many toxins affecting us and each of these has its own particular effect on the body. Such complex toxicity is often hard to understand or predict. In general, many non-specific symptoms might be from a toxic overload.
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Why should you Detox?
Detox is like cleansing your inner body. When done correctly under an expert, a detox helps us get rid of countless toxic substances accumulating in our body from the cellular levels. This sets the stage for a healthier lifestyle. Some of the many benefits of regular detoxing include: preventing chronic disease, slows premature ageing, increases energy, improves mental clarity, restores balances to our body systems etc. it is suggested that we do a short detox every quarter or do a complete detox twice a year.
How to do cellular cleansing and expel the toxins from the body
One of the most accepted and quick forms of body cleansing is by tapering the diet and by promoting the intake of alkaline foods in the form of liquids. Liquid fasting is an act of self abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a specific period. During fasting, the body burns up and excretes huge amounts of accumulated wastes. One can accelerate this cleansing process by drinking alkaline juices. Sugars in juices will strengthen the body and provide energy, juice fasting is, therefore, the safest form of fasting.
While in the process of eliminating accumulated poisons and toxic waste materials, a lot of energy is spent during the fast. It is, therefore, of utmost importance to take a good physical rest and mental relaxation as possible during the fast.
Recommendations for a fruitful cleansing
* Consume 8 to 12 glasses of water at room temperature to speed up the cellular cleansing.
* During the cleansing process, we go through healing crises such as mild headaches, false hunger pangs, nausea or exhaustion. One must manage this with the help of wellness or nutritional expert.
* Take adequate physical rest and do not indulge in too intense activities for a longer period. Mild to moderate activities are recommended such as yoga, meditation, walking, TRX, dancing, swimming and stretching.
* Avoid any other junk food as this will adversely affect the cleansing process of the body and mind.
* No solid food is to be consumed during the liquid cleanse and then the cleanse need to be gradually ended.
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Indic traditions emphasise that good mental and physical health is directly connected to three prime activities-- what we eat, how we breathe and the way we think. These help us to understand the deep connection between our bodies, minds, emotions and thoughts.
One needs to respect the balance between the physical or the food that we eat, mental or the thoughts that we manifest by what we think, emotional or the reactions or responses to situations that we give and the spiritual aspects that we experience in understanding the connection between us and the cosmos. Only when all this is in balance will we have the fortune to experience a healthy, peaceful and successful life. Let us briefly divide these three important aspects that help detox our bodies and help us live a wholesome life.
A Balanced Diet
Based on the principles of the Indic sciences, our life is primarily composed of elements that are sattva or pure, ahimsa or nonviolence and upyogita or symbiotic living. It is in this context that a yogic diet is recommended to live a wholesome life. An ancient practice that has been tried and tested for over thousands of years, a yogic diet promotes mindful eating, consumption in moderation, eating according to the season and indulging in organic and natural food for consumption.
A wholesome diet promotes the concept of "mit-aahar" or moderate eating encourages one to eat food that is in accordance with one's doshas. Our civilization understood the interspersed connection between the ecology and us and this probably is the one reason that we must find the lost connection on why we need to discipline our food eating habits in accordance to nature. Indulging in wholesome grains, fresh vegetables and fruits, nuts, seeds etc that are both fresh and seasonal are the correct tools to live a healthy lifestyle.
Asanas for Great Health
Physical exercise like Yoga is known to help tune into the body's mechanism. We now need to connect individual intelligence with that of the universal consciousness. Our seers devised yoga as a way to overcome all suffering, internal or external, to enable us to live a healthy and peaceful life. Yoga helps centre the mind in chaotic times, strengthening immunity and building a strong but calm mind that can help us to withstand everything that comes our way.
Practicing Yoga Asanas for just 30 minutes everyday combined with simple breathing techniques and meditation, will help stretch the body and mind making us stronger and more flexible, less lethargic and more active. Not to mention we will be able to lead a disease and infection free life once we start our yogic journey.
Correct Breathing and Why it is The Key to Great Health
Our traditions emphasise that good mental and physical health is directly connected to the way we breathe. Correct breathing is known to help sharpen the brain and body, increase immunity, reduce stress and increase efficiency. Morden research confirms that most of us use only 20 percent of our breathing capacity during our entire lifetime, essentially hyperventilating on two overworked and exhausted lungs throughout our lives.
And without realising this, we live a stressful and disease filled life. Specific breathing routines have thus been established by our ancients that are as relevant today as they were thousands of years ago. Simple breathing techniques to manage breath must be practiced everyday to consciously navigate the body towards great health.
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Have you ever wondered what components are essential for your health and protection? Most of us have never heard of the word 'Glutathione'. Yet, this molecule is the second-most ubiquitous molecule in the body after water. Glutathione is present in every cell and is vital for your overall health and well-being. And that's because, when it comes to ridding your body of toxins, this microscopic molecule is a heavyweight champ.
How it Works?
Nihaal Mariwala, Founder and CEO, Setu India, explains: "To understand how glutathione pulls off this crucial task, let's take a look at what it's made of and how it works in the body. Glutathione is a type of small protein called 'tripeptide' and it is made up of three amino acids -- glycine, cysteine, and glutamate."
The active, or working form of the molecule is referred to as GSH. It means that the molecule is in the position to donate electrons, and therefore, be in a "working state" within your cells. Glutathione is an endogenous antioxidant, or an antioxidant that's made within your body. It exists in both its active or form (GSH) and its oxidised form (GSSG).
It's its active form, GSH, or active glutathione, works diligently to eliminate toxins from the body. It does this by neutralising free radicals or unstable molecules by donating them with electrons. Free radicals are unhealthy for your body because they react with other important molecules, leading to tissue damage. The high presence of free radicals has been linked to many chronic health issues like cardiovascular diseases, inflammatory diseases, diabetes and even cancer.
Maintaining Glutathione Levels in Your Body
The amount of glutathione in your body can reduce with time, as your body might stop producing as much of it as you age. An unbalanced, unhealthy diet, stress, and excessive exposure to environmental pollutants can also lead to reduced levels of glutathione in the body.
To maintain glutathione levels in your body, you could consume foodstuffs that stimulate its production.
Foods like broccoli, kale, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, garlic and onion help boost glutathione levels. Other supplements that could boost your body's production of the tripeptide include curcumin (the yellow chemical compound found in turmeric), N-acetylcysteine, vitamins C and E. Studies have also shown that regular physical activity for at least 30 minutes can boost glutathione levels in the body
Glutathione Benefits for Your Health and Body
Just like we have superfoods, glutathione is often referred to as a "super antioxidant". That is because it detoxifies your body by eliminating toxins from your intestines, kidneys, lungs and liver. It even helps flush out environmental pollutants, like herbicides, fungicides or heavy metals. Glutathione makes toxins water-soluble so that they can be expelled from the body through urine and sweat. Because of its powerful detoxification properties, glutathione also plays a role in improving skin health and delays early signs of ageing. In addition, it is known to be an energy and immunity booster. That is why you will find many energy supplements for men and skin creams for women claiming to contain this molecule.
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Your live is the second largest organ in the human body with a complex structure and function. It plays a vital role in your digestive system. It processes all the food and liquid intake in the body, including medication. Therefore, it is impossible to survive without the functioning of the liver.
Being a multi-functionary organ, the liver is prone to viruses, toxic substances and contaminants present in food and water. Even when the liver is under siege, it is slow to complain as it is a tough, hardy part of our body. Dr. Namita Nadar, Head Nutritionist, Fortis Hospital Noida shares a diet which is beneficial for liver cleansing.
Liver problems generally remain unknown to patients, as they will experience few or no symptoms. According to a report by WHO, liver diseases are the 10th most common cause of deaths in India. The most common causes of liver diseases are obesity, excessive alcohol consumption and hepatitis viruses. While there have been major advances in medical research, there is still no complete cure for liver diseases. Only way to cure a liver is through a liver transplant. Therefore, it is necessary to make healthy lifestyle choices to prevent liver damage.
Detox Diet for Liver Cleansing
ï¿½ Eat food like garlic, grapefruit, carrot, green leafy vegetables, apple and walnuts
ï¿½ Walnuts are a source of glutathione, omega-3 fatty acids, and the amino acid arginine, supporting normal liver cleansing actions, especially when detoxifying ammonia.
ï¿½ Consume olive oil, lime juice, green tea and turmeric.
ï¿½ Turmeric, which has been used as a medicine in Ayurveda for centuries, is rich in Curcumin. The component helps the enzymes to flush out toxins, repairing liver cells. It also boosts bile production.
ï¿½ Increase intake of alternative grains (Quinoa, Millet and Buckwheat) and cruciferous vegetables (Cabbage, Broccoli, Kale and Cauliflower). Such foods contain glutathione, which triggers the toxin cleansing enzymes of the liver.
ï¿½ Have a balanced diet with foods from all the food groups: grains, protein, dairy products, fruits, vegetables and fats
ï¿½ Eat foods that are rich in fibres such as fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grain breads, rice and cereals. Beets, a natural cleanser for digestive system, contain a healthy dose of fibre. It can break down toxic wastes to facilitate excretion. It also stimulates bile flow and boost enzymatic activity.
ï¿½ Tea is beneficial for a healthy liver. This may be down to a compound named catechin. The antioxidant helps improve liver enzyme level, reduces oxidative stress and fat deposits in the liver. Green tea is packed full of this plant antioxidant.
ï¿½ Citrus fruits synthesize toxic materials into substances that can be absorbed by water. Grapefruit is particularly beneficial as it contains two primary antioxidants: naringin and naringenin.
अंगूर में है कैंसर से लड़ने की क्षमता - Grapes Fight Cancer in Hindi
कैंसर (cancer) की समस्या भारत में तेजी से फ़ैल रही है. एनआईसीपीआर (national institute of cancer prevention and research - nicpr) की रिपोर्ट (2018) के मुताबिक़ भारत में तकरीबन 25 लाख कैंसर के रोगी हैं. विडम्बना है कि इसकी रोकथाम के लिए कोई ऐसी कारगर दवा नहीं है. सर्जरी, कीमोथेरेपी और रेडियोथेरेपी (surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy) जैसी एलोपैथिक (allopathy) पद्धति बहुत अधिक खर्चीली होने के साथ-साथ बेहद कष्टप्रद भी है और सबके लिए उपचार करा पाना संभव भी नहीं हो पाता. यही वजह है कि भारत में 7,84,821 लोग प्रतिवर्ष कैंसर के कारण काल के गाल में समा जाते हैं. लेकिन निराश होने की जरुरत नहीं, प्रकृति ने हमें ऐसे कई फल दिए हैं जो कैंसर सेल्स को न केवल बढ़ने से रोकते हैं, बल्कि उसका खात्मा भी करते हैं. ऐसा ही एक स्वादिष्ट फल है अंगूर.
(यह भी पढ़े ► अमरुद खायेंगे तो बीमारियों की होगी नो एंट्री)
अंगूर में प्राकृतिक रसायन (natural chemicals) होते हैं जो कैंसर कोशिकाओं (cancer cells) के प्रसार (growth) को रोकने की क्षमता रखते हैं. हाल में हुए शोध (research) से ये बात सामने आयी कि अंगूर और अंगूर के बीज ( grape seed) के सेवन से कैंसर की रोकथाम संभव है. अमेरिकन एसोसिएशन के जर्नल में प्रकाशित एक कैसर रिसर्च के मुताबिक़ कैंसर के इलाज के तौर पर अंगूर का बीज कारगर घरेलू उपाय है. रिसर्च के मुताबिक़ अंगूर के बीज में पाया जाने वाला जेएनके प्रोटीन, कैंसर कोशिकाओं को नियंत्रित करने का काम करता है.
एंटीऑक्सिडेंट से भरपूर अंगूर में ग्लूकोज, मैग्नीशियम और साइट्रिक एसिड (glucose, magnesium and citric acid) जैसे कई पोषक तत्व पाए जाते हैं. इसके अलावा अंगूर में पर्याप्त मात्रा में कैलोरी, फाइबर और विटामिन सी, ई पाया जाता है. लाल अंगूर में सबसे ज्यादा एंटीऑक्सिडेंट (antioxidant) होता है जिसे रेसवेराट्रॉल (resveratrol) कहा जाता है. अंगूर के रस और रेड वाइन में भी यह एंटीऑक्सीडेंट होता है. राष्ट्रीय कैंसर संस्थान (national cancer institute) के अनुसार, रेसवेराट्रॉल कैंसर को शुरुआत या फैलने से बचाने में बेहद कारगर है. रिसर्च में पाया गया कि यह कई प्रकार के कैंसर कोशिकाओं (cancer cells) के विकास को सीमित करता है.
कैंसर की रोकथाम या उसे पनपने से रोकने के लिए अंगूर या अंगूर के बीजों का नियमित सेवन जरुरी है. अंगूर के सेवन से शरीर को ज्यादा एंटीऑक्सिडेंट मिलता है जिससे कोशिकाओं के क्षतिग्रस्त होने का खतरा कम हो जाता है और हमारा इम्यून सिस्टम मजबूत होता है.
(लेख का उद्देश्य आपतक सूचना पहुँचाना है. किसी भी औषधि, जड़ी-बूटी या फल का चिकित्सकीय उपयोग कृपया योग्य चिकित्सक के दिशा निर्देश में ही करें)
new year is round the corner and you must be planning to spend the holidays with your family, organize a get together of sorts. how about a vacation trip? celebrating the last week of the year with your friends and family at a beautiful place has become a trend in itself. so, if a trip is on the cards it is the time to make the bookings in advance, and before you go for that you might want to consider some natural health packages for a thoroughly rejuvenating experience. health and vacation? read it as ayurveda health tourism which is the best way to enjoy your holidays.
here’s some food for your thought though.
while traveling is always a refreshing exercise in itself, including health in its ambit of benefits is a win-win for your entire family. a busy modern lifestyle gets you quite a little time to take care of yourself. you can end the year on a good note by putting health first in a lot of things that you do.
a travel vacation can offer you more than you have hoped for, if wellness becomes an integral part of it. so, let’s walk you through some scenic holiday destinations in india where enjoying the vacation comes with the added perk of wellness choices.
down south in the scented forests of palakkad in kerala
ayurveda has remained integrated in the traditions of kerala for centuries. it is the land of ashta vaidyas who long served the society through the healing wisdom of ayurveda. palakkad is a heritage city which is often hailed as the gateway of kerala. the place abounds in placid lakes, splendid gardens, historic sites, spectacular hills, rich wildlife, several acres of national parks, and spellbinding rainforests. nestled among the milky pines of palakkad are the some renowned ayurveda centers that offer a handful of rejuvenation therapies and retreat packages. oil and herbs massages, spa, detoxification, and other natural treatments are part of these therapies.
in the serene foothills of the himalayas in uttarakhand
the foothills of uttarakhand have a lot to offer if you are looking for wellness, tranquility, and adventure. rishikesh is the most favorite destination in this state for health tourists. scenic views, fresh air, the enchanting flow of ganges river through the valley, and spa resorts like ananda make the region a perfect destination for those seeking harmony, health, and happiness. you can indulge in an optimal revival of your health with a harmonious routine of organic meals, ayurveda, meditation, and yoga around here. it would help you destress your body and mind, overcome anxiety problems, and experience the bliss of healthy lifestyle.
basking in health amidst the laid back aura of pondicherry
pondicherry has its old world charm with its quiet, laid back atmosphere that gives you a lot of time to unwind yourself. most of the health tourists who visit here, head to auroville which is a small town within pondicherry. auroville has beautiful beaches with the sunlight perfectly hitting the shoreline, offering a warm experience. the place has well-equipped ayurveda centers for relaxation and detox. a week long stay in auroville will make you feel revitalized and healthier. this destination is ideal for those who want to relax and avail the ayurvedic therapies without any hurry.
reviving in the natural splendor of dharamshala in himachal pradesh
dharamshala is a picturesque hill destination that has a rich cover of hills and forests. the greenery around and the fresh air in these hills act as some kind of remedy for the senses. health benefits multiply when you consider the rejuvenation centers that are based around here. ayurveda, reiki, naturopathy, yoga, and other health programs offered at these centers give you a lot of choices. you can go for complete panchakarma therapy which includes vamana (emesis), virechana (purgation), niroohavasti (decoction enema), nasyam (instilling herbal medicine through nostrils), and anuvasana basti (oil enema).
these are some of the health destinations that would go well with your holiday travel plans. the retreat health packages vary from one day to a week, so you have choices there too. a typical three-day rejuvenation package comes with complete hospitality, from hygienic accommodation to healthy meals to ayurvedic treatments to lectures and sessions to fitness coaching and demonstrations on how to live a balanced life by following the principles of ayurveda. make a visit to these ayurveda retreats for a unique experience that would earn you better health and overall wellness in its true sense.