Covid-19 has altered the way we view health and wellness. Today, focusing on the right food, nutrition and boosting immunity no longer remains an afterthought. The pandemic has forced us to pause, rethink and have a holistic approach when it comes to our overall well-being.
While we pay attention to our health by eating healthy, it's also important to be mindful of what we eat from and ensure our cooking, consumption and storage utensils are safe, sustainable and eco-friendly.
While consumer behaviour is changing to support sustainable brands and eco-friendly practices, plastic still finds dominance in most homes. In fact, our kitchens are replete with plastic jars, containers, utensils, garbage bags etc. and their usage is increasing at an alarming rate. A recent survey states that India generates 6,000 tonnes of plastic every day, nearly 10,000 tonnes of which goes uncollected. Adding to environmental pollution, plastic also has a detrimental effect on our health.
Priyanka Kheruka, Brand Head, Borosil Ltd, said, "When food is heated in plastic, it releases phthalates from the plasticisers and as much as 95 per cent of the chemicals are migrated into our food. Fatty foods like meats and cheese are more prone to leaching and when these are microwaved in a plastic container, the phthalates released can directly affect the lungs, kidneys and liver. BPA on the other hand is linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes."
"Unlike plastic, glass is free of toxic chemicals and also retains the natural flavour on heating. It's also environmentally friendly and can be easily decomposed without emitting toxic chemicals. Using airtight glass containers for storage cuts down on the usage of cling wrap to ensure cut fruits and vegetables and leftover food does not rot or absorb the chemicals from harmful materials used for wrapping. Having steel utensils to cook food can also have a positive impact on health.
Steel does not erode or leach harmful chemicals during cooking. It's durable, sustainable, helps in retaining the original flavour and is easy to clean, like glass. Replace plastic bottles with stainless steel ones. There are myriad styles and options available in the market today which come in beautiful designs. There are many brands that offer bottles that are 100 percent food grade and rust-proof and which help in maintaining the temperature of your drink," she added.
"Copper utensils are ideal conductors of heat and are hygienic and corrosion-resistant. The advantages of storing water in copper vessels and bottles are many, having a direct impact on the skin while also having a therapeutic effect. There are plenty of materials and metals to choose from when it comes to incorporating healthy cooking habits."
Being mindful and conscientious of how we utilize our daily utensils in the kitchen can go a long way in boosting good health for the family, community and society at large while also leaving a positive footprint on the environment.
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London- Researchers have identified an anti-viral gene that impacts the risk of both Alzheimer's disease and severe Covid-19.
A team from the University College London (UCL) estimated that one genetic variant of the OAS1 gene increases the risk of Alzheimer's disease by about 3-6 per cent in the population as a whole, while related variants on the same gene increase the likelihood of severe Covid-19 outcomes.
"While Alzheimer's is primarily characterised by harmful build-up of amyloid protein and tangles in the brain, there is also extensive inflammation in the brain that highlights the importance of the immune system in Alzheimer's. We have found that some of the same immune system changes can occur in both Alzheimer's disease and Covid-19," said lead author Dr Dervis Salih, from UCL's Queen Square Institute of Neurology and UK Dementia Research Institute.
"In patients with severe Covid-19 infection, there can also be inflammatory changes in the brain. Here we have identified a gene that can contribute to an exaggerated immune response to increase risks of both Alzheimer's and Covid-19," Salih added, in the paper published in the journal Brain.
To understand the gene's link to Alzheimer's, the team sequenced genetic data from 2,547 people, half of whom had the brain disorder.
They found that people with a particular variation, called rs1131454, of the OAS1 gene were more likely to have Alzheimer's disease, increasing carriers' baseline risk of Alzheimer's by an estimated 11-22 per cent.
The new variant identified is common, and it has a bigger impact on Alzheimer's risk than several known risk genes, the researchers said.
Further, the researchers investigated four variants on the OAS1 gene, all of which dampen its expression (activity).
They found that the variants increasing the risk of Alzheimer's are linked (inherited together) with OAS1 variants recently found to increase the baseline risk of needing intensive care for Covid-19 by as much as 20 per cent.
That is, the microglia cells where OAS1 gene was expressed more weakly had an exaggerated response to tissue damage, unleashing what they call a 'cytokine storm,' which leads to an autoimmune state where the body attacks itself, the team said.
OAS1 activity changes with age, so further research into the genetic network could help to understand why older people are more vulnerable to Alzheimer's, Covid-19, and other related diseases, they added.
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जब हम स्वस्थ और संतुलित होते हैं, तो हम अपने सपनों को पूरा करने और समाज के एक हिस्से के रूप में अपनी ज़िम्मेदारी निभाने में सक्षम होते हैं।आयुष प्रणाली में स्वास्थ्य को बेहतर बनाने के लिए संतुलित और पौष्टिक आहार के विभिन्न नियम हैं।यह बातें केंद्रीय आयुष मंत्री सर्बानंद सोनोवाल ने शनिवार को विद्यालय और विश्वविद्यालय के विद्यार्थियों के लिए आयोजित वेबिनार ‘हमारा आयुष हमारा स्वास्थ्य’ को संबोधित करते हुए कहीं।आयोजित वेबिनार आयुष मंत्रालय द्वारा 'आज़ादी का अमृत महोत्सव' के तहत जारी श्रृंखला में छठा कार्यक्रम था।
विद्यार्थियों को अस्वास्थ्यकर आहार से दूर रहने की सलाह देते हुए आयुष मंत्री सर्बानंद सोनोवाल ने कहा कि हम सभी स्वास्थ्य पर फास्ट फूड के दुष्प्रभावों से परिचित हैं।उन्होंने कहा कि आयुष प्रणालियां संतुलित आहार लेने का समर्थन करती हैं, जो शरीर के लिए फायदेमंद है और व्यक्ति को स्वस्थ बनाए रखता है।वेबिनार में 7,500 से अधिक स्कूलों और विश्वविद्यालयों के विद्यार्थियों ने हिस्सा लिया।विद्यार्थियों के बीच आयुष प्रणाली को लेकर जागरूकता फैलाने के उद्देश्य से शुरू इस अभियान के तहत आयुष मंत्रालय का लक्ष्य अगले एक वर्ष में व्याख्यान की एक श्रृंखला के माध्यम से 75,000 शिक्षण संस्थानों से जुड़ना और विद्यार्थियों को आईईसी सामग्री का वितरण करना है।
अपने संबोधन में केन्द्रीय आयुष राज्यमंत्री डॉ. मुंजपरा महेंद्र भाई ने कहा कि वर्तमान समय की भागा-दौड़ी वाली जीवनचर्या के कारण युवाओं और प्रकृति के बीच दूरी पैदा हुई है।आयुष प्रणालियों में ऐसी कई सरल प्रथाएं शामिल हैं, जिनके माध्यम से आप प्राकृतिक रूप से शारीरिक और आत्मिक स्वास्थ्य को प्राप्त कर सकते हैं।उन्होंने कहा कि शिक्षा बुद्धि को विकसित करने में महत्वपूर्ण भूमिका निभाती है।हमारी पारंपरिक चिकित्सा प्रणाली को दुनियाभर में व्यापक रूप से स्वीकार किया जा रहा है और हमारी पारंपरिक स्वास्थ्य प्रणाली पूरी तरह से क्रियाशील और कारगर है।
वेबिनार की शुरुआत में एक वीडियो दिखाया गया, जिसमें कोविड-19 महामारी के दौरान आयुष मंत्रालय द्वारा चलाई गई गतिविधियों की जानकारी थी।इस वीडियों में दिखाया गया कि कैसे आयुष मंत्रालय ने कोविडकाल में आयुष-64 का देशभर में वितरण किया और कैसे आयुष संजीवनी ऐप के हेल्पलाइन नंबरों के ज़रिए रोगियों को विशेषज्ञों से परामर्श मिला।
प्रेजेंटेशन के माध्यम से आयुष पद्धतियों से विद्यार्थियों को अवगत कराया गया और आयुष प्रणालियों के इतिहास की भी जानकारी दी गई।साथ ही प्रसिद्ध हस्तियों और खिलाड़ियों के वीडियो भी दिखाए गए जिन्होंने कोविडकाल में आयुष पद्धतियों को अपनाकर लाभ पाया था।इसके साथ ही वर्तमान समय की समस्याएं जैसे पीठदर्द और स्क्रीनटाइम को काम करने में कैसें आयुष औषधियां फायदेमंद हैं, यह जानकारी भी विद्यार्थियों को दी गई।
प्रेजेंटेशन में यह भी बताया गया कि आयुष चिकित्सा शिक्षा के क्षेत्र में आने वाले समय में और अधिक संभावना एंव अवसर बनने वाले हैं।जिसे चुनकर छात्र-छात्राएं अपने करियर को नई दिशा दे सकते हैं।साथ ही कोविडकाल में आयुष पद्धतियों की प्रभावशीलता के बारे में भी बतायाग या।
वेबिनार में हिस्सा लेने वाले छात्रों को संबोधित करते हुए, नेशनल काउंसिल ऑफ इंडियन सिस्टम ऑफ मेडिसिन के चेयरमैन वैद्य जयंतदेव पुजारी ने कहा कि वर्तमान समय को देखते हुए युवाओं के स्वास्थ्य का ध्यान रखना राष्ट्र निर्माण की दृष्टि से बहुत आवश्यकहै।आयुष प्रणालियां स्वस्थ रहने
के लिए काफी कारगर हैं।इसलिए उनको अपने दैनिक जीवन में शामिल करना ज़रूरी है।हालांकि उन्होंने चेतावनी देते हुए यह भी कहा कि आयुर्वेद को शास्त्रों और रिसर्च पेपर से समझना चाहिए न कि वॉट्सएप के माध्यम से आने वाले समाचारों से जानना चाहिए।
अखिल भारतीय आयुर्वेद संस्थान की निदेशक डॉ. तनुजा नेसारी ने छात्रों को बताया कि आयुर्वेदिक जीवनशैली को अपनाकर जीवन में बहुत बड़े सुधार लाये जा सकते हैं।उन्होंने कहा कि पीएम नरेन्द्र मोदी ने 'मन की बात' में भी आयुष प्रणालियों की प्रशंसा की है।इसलिए स्वस्थ भारत के सपने को साकार करने के लिए आयुष को अपने जीवन का हिस्सा बनाना अतिआवश्यक है।
यह भी पढ़े► डॉ. मुंजापारा महेंद्रभाई ने आयुष मंत्रालय में “आयुष आपके द्वार”अभियान की शुरूआत की
Union Ayush Minister Shri Sarbananda Sononwal called upon the youth to adopt a healthy lifestyle and eat a balanced and healthy diet today. He said that it was important that the young minds are oriented towards Ayushsystem to help them grow healthier and stronger.
Shri Sonowal was addressing a webinar ‘HamaaraAyushHamaaraSwasthya’ for school and college students. The webinar was sixth in the series of events organized by the Ministry of Ayush as part of the yearlong programmes under the ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav’ organized by the Government of India to commemorate 75th anniversary of Indian Independence in August 2022.
“When we are healthy and balanced, we are able to fulfill our dreams and share our responsibility as a part of the society. The Ayush system speaks enormously on the rule of diet in maintaining health,” the Union Ayush Minister said.
Asking students to desist from an unhealthy diet, Shri Sonowal added that each one of us was familiar with the impact of fast food on health. “Ayush system advocates consuming a balanced diet which is beneficial and keeps the individual healthy,” said the Ayush minister.
Students of over 7,500 schools and universities connected to Saturday’s webinar. In the next one year, the Ministry of Ayush aims at connecting with students of 75,000 educational institutions through a series of lectures and distributing the IEC material.
In his address, Minister of State for Ayush Dr MunjparaMahendrabhai said the current fast-paced social norms keep the youth disconnected from nature, “Ayush systems have advocated a number of simple practices that can help us reconnect with our authentic selves,” he said.
Dr Munjparaadded that education plays a vital role in saving minds. “Our traditional systems of healing are being widely accepted throughout the world and our traditional healthcare system is fully functional”.
A presentation was also shown to the students which introduced the Ayush streams and their history. Quotes from celebrities and sportspersons vouching for the Ayush systems were also shown to the participating students after which the presentation went into the details of what Ayush systems can offer to the youth in terms of battling the problems of modern day life such as backache and increasing screen time.
The presentation also talked about how a career in Ayush is very viable and fulfilling, and the opportunities are plentiful. Ayush systems and their effectiveness during COVID were also shown.
Addressing the participating students, Vaidya Jayant Deopujari, Chairman, National Council of Indian System of Medicine, said that taking care of the health of the youth was important in today’s circumstances as they play a huge role in nation building. “The methods of Ayush are very effective for keeping healthy,” he said. He, however, warned that Ayurveda, which is an important stream of Ayush, should be understood through scriptures and research papers and not through WhatsApp (forwards).
All India Institute of Ayurveda Director Dr. Tanuja Nesari told students that huge improvements can be brought in life by adopting the Ayurvedic lifestyle. “PM Narendra Modi has also praised Ayush systems in his monthly address of 'Mann Ki Baat'. "Make Ayush practices a part of your life to realize the dream of a healthy India” she said.
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Many factors can contribute to your high stress levels, lack of sleep, and getting sick. But did you know that all three of these actually go hand-in-hand? Here's how stress, sleep, and immunity are linked when considering one's general well-being.
"Stress, sleep and immunity are closely linked. When you miss out on sleep, you miss out on time for your body to recharge and prepare for the next day. In fact, sleep is quite vital for our cardiovascular and immune systems to function properly, as well as our ability to think clearly, learn and retain new information, and manage our emotions.
If an individual continuously deprives themselves of getting enough sleep each night, they create more stress on their bodies physically and mentally, which in turn affects the immune system, and essentially creates a negative downward spiral," says Nora Tobin, performance enhancement and executive coach, nutrition specialist, and CEO of Nora's Naturals Coffee.
How can optimising stress, sleep and immunity improve your professional performance? Here's what she has to say:
"Other than a strong work ethic and a high level of drive, your professional performance too, is connected to your overall health and well-being. Practicing healthy habits such as getting consistent sleep and managing your stress, can help you stay healthy and maintain a strong immune system. When you get into a healthy routine you will feel more productive and ready to produce high-quality results that you wish to see in your professional life."
Here are Tobin's top 3 tips for optimising stress, sleep, and immunity:
Result of Stress: When the body is under chronic mental or physical stress, the production of cortisol becomes unbalanced. This leads to excessive fatigue, brain fog, and the storage of fat in the abdominal region. In order to produce enough cortisol to keep going throughout the day, the body pulls from the thyroid (lowered metabolism).
The Solution to Stress: Guided breathing, vitamin D and adaptogenic herbs balance cortisol (stress hormone) as well as regulates the amygdala part of your brain that controls anxiety. Try to incorporate one or all of the below daily.
1-minute Meditation: take an inhale for 3 counts, hold your breath at the top for 3 and exhale for 3. Repeat for 1-minute.
Vitamin D: The precursor to serotonin (a feel-good hormone) and strong immune defence for the body. Get outside for 10 minutes without sunglasses or try this quality source of Vitamin D daily.
Herbs: Adaptogenic Herbs have been utilised in India for thousands of years and help support the body's energy and naturally protect against cellular stress. The top two herbs to utilise to lower stress and anxiety are Reishi and Ashwagandha. Mix into tea or water before bed.
Result of Sleep: During sleep, cerebral spinal fluid runs through the brain to clear toxins and create new neural connections crucial for retaining information and slowing down aging. This process is called glymphatic drainage. The lymphatic system primarily works during sleep so to successfully create new cerebral pathways and clear waste products, it is essential to get at least six hours of sleep.
A solution to Sleep: Legs up the wall, temperature changes and minerals help the body shift into a parasympathetic nervous system (rest and digest) and out of flight or fight mode.
Legs up the Wall: Lying for 5-10 minutes with legs up the wall will reset circadian rhythm and improve the body's ability to drop into deep REM sleep. Simply lie with legs resting on the wall with feet above hips taking deep breaths.
Change Temperatures: Alternating between hot water and cold in the shower (20 seconds hot, 10 cold) for two minutes before bed will greatly improve the body's natural ability to regulate its own production of melatonin.
Result of Low Energy: The body has two forms of energy-burning -- glucose and ketones. When the body is primarily burning glucose, it goes through rapid spikes in blood sugar, leading to cravings, energy crashes and weight gain. When the body is burning ketones, it's receiving steady-state energy while burning its own fat stores.
Solution to Sustained Energy: Interval workouts, whole foods and eating healthy fat allow the body to burn more ketones for energy without feeling deprived. This leads to rapid cellular turnover, efficient weight loss/management, and high energy levels all day long.
High Intensity Interval Training: Raises post workout oxygen consumption, elevating metabolism for 24 hours post-workout. The form of training is suitable for all levels, takes less than 20 minutes, and requires no equipment. This allows the body to burn fat much more efficiently and supply adequate energy to the brain. Alternate with days of low-intensity training like yoga or walking.
Increase Anti Inflammatory Foods: Lowering inflammation in the body will optimise and help sustain energy throughout the day, help fight off pathogens and generate rapid cellular turnover. Pick any foods from the attached list to incorporate daily as well as spices and herbs (the more the better).
Incorporate the 8-Hour Eating Window: Shortening the time window of our meals increases autophagy and allows the body to burn ketones (fat stores) for fuel instead of glucose. Eating in this window a few days per week will rapidly increase cellular turnover, boost irisin and enhance cognitive function.
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We know that exercising is the best way to keep the body and mind fit and healthy. But exercise does more than that! It also acts as an immunity booster. The good news is that you do not have to do heavy exercises for long hours to strengthen your immune system.
Here are five simple exercises recommended by InterMiles that can get the job done. Check out these impactful immunity-boosting exercises to do at home:
If you find it difficult to fit an hour-long workout in your schedule, but want to keep active, add this simple exercise to your daily routine. Walking has several health benefits the heart stays fit, muscle endurance is improved, bones get stronger, body fat is reduced, high cholesterol can be managed and the body's defense mechanism gets better. People of any age can participate in this without any difficulty. Opt for power walking to reduce fat, a casual stroll for a more relaxed feel or marathon walking for high-impact results. With so many health benefits, walking undoubtedly ranks high on the immunity boosting workout checklist.
Jumping jacks are an amazing workout to boost immune system. It is one of the easiest workouts to do from the comfort of your home. All you need to do is add a bit of variation to this immunity power exercise to boost up your fitness regime. Doing so will not only promote stability but also strengthen your immune system. Here are some variations for you to include in your fitness plan: step jack, basic jumping jack, press jack, squat jack, plyo jack, crossover jack, skier jack and seal jack. Adding 20 minutes of this session to your routine will be enough.
Squats are one of the most popular exercises among fitness enthusiasts. When done regularly, this exercise can tone your legs and strengthen your glutes and muscles. There is no better exercise to work your lower body than squats. In addition, this activity also boosts blood circulation in the body. All you have to do is get the posture correct. Once you excel in the form, you will never skip a leg again. Switch it up with some variations to have a lasting impact. Overhead squat, landmine squat, front squat, split squat and jump squat are some of the more popular ones that you can try. Add some weights to your squats and you will burn calories quicker than ever.
Any list of exercises for the immune system is incomplete without Pilates. They are great for building flexibility, strength and immunity. Pilates promotes muscle development, flexibility, core strength, energy, weight loss and increases joint motions. That is not all! It also improves body posture. A pilates workout can generally take anywhere between 45 minutes to an hour to perform. But you can also perform the shorter ones when you are short on time. Although optional, you can get hold of a yoga mat for better comfort.
Not many workouts engage so many muscles at the same time as a plank does! It is also the best exercise to tone your abs. Beginners or experts, this simple exercise is for all of us to strengthen our arms, shoulders and backs. This activity can be completed within a minute or two. Just balance your body and hold it in position for a minute. If you are someone who can do it longer, go for it! Or you can take breaks and start afresh. Although a bit challenging, with practice you can do it in one go. Include its variations for a fun routine. Side star plank, reverse plank, extended plank and low plank arm reach can be the best ones to begin with.
Now that you have a list, try taking out some time for these exercises from your daily schedule and do them at home. For an even more comfortable and fun time, you can shop online and invest in some workout equipment.
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