Jaipur, Aug 4 (IANS) Addressing a webinar on ‘Fighting nutrition crisis in India during Covid-19, especially for women and children in India', several experts on Wednesday raised concern over the adverse effects of the pandemic which are affecting millions of children and women due to lack of intake of quality food and micronutrients.Speaking on the occasion, Sudhir Bhandari, Principal, SMS Medical College, Jaipur, said, "India initially faced physical challenges during Covid-19. However, over time, we realised how nutrition affected the lives of many. Around 9.3 million children would be affected by 2022 out of which 20-25 per cent might suffer due to stunted growth. "Children experiencing under-nutrition are more likely to suffer from pandemic complications as it may cause more sickness and mortality due to Covid-19 and other infectious and inflammatory diseases, including pneumonia.""In countries with the 1st and 2nd waves of Covid-19, obesity and non-communicable diseases have been associated with the more severe outcome of the virus. Covid-19 has had a severe effect on maternal and young children's nutritional status. We must strengthen the food security and functioning of the food supply chain to the population."Bhandari added that last year, almost 58 million children between the age group of 6 months and 23 months did not develop the right eating habits.D.K. Mangal, advisor, SD Gupta School of Public Health at IIHMR University, said, "India bears a disproportionate burden of malnutrition. Response to the pandemic has disrupted routine nutrition programmes such as the ICDS and the Mid-Day Meal programme. This has adversely affected the nutrition status of millions of children and women." The webinar was organised by the NGO Saksham Sanchar. --IANSarc/arm
In our day-to-day beauty regime, psychological peace and spiritual balance play a relevant role. We never think but most of our skin problems are due to various imbalances in our body fluids, blood circulation, no exercise, and stress too.
Apart from its innumerable health benefits, Yoga also helps to beautify skin. Practicing yoga daily is beneficial and helps eliminate toxins from your body through sweating, breath-workout, and poses that detoxify the body and increase blood circulation, points out cosmetic surgeon Dr. Geeta Grewal.
Here are a few yoga asanas that can help to provide you a firm face and glowing skin:
Increase blood flows to your face
Standing forward bend and let your head free or uttanasana and viprita karani. These poses help the blood to rush to your head, reverses the aging effect, and giving your cells a rejuvenating boost of oxygen.
Yoga also makes your skin tighter and smoother, as you work with muscles of the forehead and around your eyes that helps to erase the effects when you performed. When you practice facial yoga like the lion, the V, and smiling faces, it helps to reduce your forehead wrinkles by increasing circulation, relaxing muscles, and reducing stress.
The downward-facing Mudras like Marichyasana, Dhanurasana, and halasana, reduce dullness and clear the acne, disseminating that amazing young-looking glow and improve your complexion drastically.
Reduce facial fat
At one point in time, you will stop liking the chubbiness of your cheeks and facial fat. Yoga pose for cheeks, lips, and jaw can help you to tighten your skin and reduce your facial fat. The cheeks workouts are the easiest workout that you can do anywhere anytime to tone and firm your facial muscles, cheeks, and lips. Some of them are the V, smiling, etc.
Exterminate double chin
Yoga poses like chin lift, rolling the neck, lip pull, jaw release, platsyma tone help to get a chiseled jawline and high cheekbone which are in the trend that defines the face.
Get rid of pimples
Yoga increases blood flow, removes toxins, and captures free radicals that help you to get rid of pimples. Pimples mainly caused due to stress and hormonal changes. Thus, yoga helps to balance hormones, relax your body, and relieves stress. Various yoga poses like uttanasana, trikonasana, kapalbhati, viparita karani, pavan muktasana can help you fight pimples.
Free from acne and scars
Acne and scars are very common these days; seven out of 10 people are facing the problem of scars and acne. This causes mainly due to poor digestion, imbalance hormones, toxication in the liver and kidney, and improper blood circulation. Pranayam breathing, rabbit pose, child pose, spinal twists, adequate sleep help you to get rid of scars and acne.
Remove dark circles
The natural way to zap those dark circles away is yoga like hastpadotasan, sambhavi mudras, and Surya namaskar.
Faster Hair Growth
Yoga is also highly capable of treating all types of hair and scalp problems. If you have been suffering from the problem of hair loss, you can try various yoga poses for actual results. Some of the best poses of yoga for hair growth that also help to prevent hair loss are Vajrasana, Adho Mukha Svanasana, Sarvangasan, and Balyam Yoga. (Agency
An unhealthy diet and a shortage of physical activities are leading global risks to health. When it focuses on healthy eating, discovering the correct nutritional foods and products has become a task.
With apart people demanding discontiguous things and various shifts in scientific researches, it has become all the more arduous to choose what’s best for us.
However, what might come as an higher shock to a lot of people in the matter of fact that most of what you’ve been learned about nutrition up until now is - to a great limit - false and wrong.
Therefore, to help you deal with the truth behind such lies and hoaxes, there are five misconceptions about nutritional foods that can ruin your health.
Carbs Are Bad For You
For many years, carbs have been delated for health problems and weight gain issues. However, the truth of it all is that carbs are the essential root of energy for our bodies.
Without them, your body will start breaking down proteins in the muscles to obtain glycogen. Somewhat carbs also mean less amount of fiber in the body which can indicate digestive issues and costiveness.
Eating Fats Can Make You Fat
According to a majority of people, a low-fat diet or fat-free diet is the requisite route to weight loss. However, it is a fiction that has been twisted and has its own defects.
Having lesser fat products is useful, but to lead a healthy lifestyle, one must have fat in their diet. For example, healthy monosaturated fats are crucial as they help in attracting vital nutrients such as carotenoids.
Vegetable Oils Are Healthy
Many have trust that vegetable oils are healthier than ghee and butter. Well, some vegetable oils - like rapeseed oil or olive oil - are best for you, however, others like the canola, corn, and soybean oil found in the majority of procedure foods, are high in Omega-6 fatty acids that reason of swelling.
While scientific research has proved that polyunsaturated fats less your risk of heart disorder, it is crucial to understand the many types of polyunsaturated fats - mainly omega-3s and omega-6s.
Gluten-Free Products Will Help You Lose Weight
Well, if you’re one of those who trust that gluten-free products will help you lose weight, then think one more time. If you have a celiac disorder or a sensibility to gluten then eating gluten-free products is important.
However, if you’re eating it just because you think it will strengthen your weight loss procedure, then it’s totally wrong, as there is normally no proof of such health benefits.
Eggs Increase Your Cholesterol
Eggs surely loaded with cholesterol, however, there have been no links so far to join eggs with high blood cholesterol or cardiovascular disorder in healthy people.
Therefore, eating foods that sublimate in cholesterol doesn’t enhance cholesterol for most people. Instead, eggs factually help in supplying other nutrients to the body and also helps detract weight.
Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum) is one of the oldest aromatic herbs of the family Lamiaceae. It is popularly known as "holy basil or sacred basil" and is present in almost every household in the Indian sub-continent due to its medicinal, nutritional, and spiritual properties.
Tulsi, It is also known as "the incomparable one, mother of natural medicine and the queen of herbs" to increase the body's resistance, has risen in the global pandemic corona period.
Ayurvedacharya Narendra Ayath of AYUSH Hospital and Research Center informed us that Tulsi is the slope of many illnesses. It plays an important task in keeping our immune system strong.
The leaves and flowers contain good nutritional sources of vitamin C, calcium, zinc, and iron as well as citric tartaric and malic acid which maintain our body healthy. Hindus use the seeds or wood of tulsi to make a rosary, which are used beads on strings to help in focusing of mind, meditation, chanting a devotional practice that connects the spirit, body, and mind.
This review focuses on the beneficial effects such as the nutritional, spiritual, and medicinal competence of tulsi. Ayurvedic companies use it to make medicines.
Ayurvedacharya Narendra Ayath told that tulsi is contemplated an illness-dissipating herb in the age group. It would be no wonder if we can say it ‘one medicine’ for a hundred diseases.
This leaves and black pepper elixation proved to be a panacea for espousing a cold sore throat and cold. At the same time, preparing and using the elixation of people during the stopover of coronavirus has been very useful in magnify immunity.
He told that in old age, it has been called the queen of perishable herbs. 'Tulsi Panchag (juice) is 90% alkaline (scientific) from the scientific point of view. It forms white blood cells (WBCs) for immunity, which we call immunity or resistivity. He told that in old age, it has been called the queen of perishable herbs.
'Tulsi Panchag (juice) is 90% alkaline (scientific) from the scientific point of view. It forms white blood cells (WBCs) for immunity, which we call immunity or resistivity. He told that when the body becomes saltier, then the creation of the WBC is reduced, which known as the mother of all diseases.
He said that it implants volatile oil, essential oil. Which has antifungal, antiseptic, antibacterial, and antiviral properties. Which reshuffles the toxicity of all metals in the body and enhances the metabolism of the body.
If Tulsi tea is consumed, it reduces the chances of getting cancer, because tulsi control the fractious cells that give rise to cancer to grow and divide and protects the body from cancer.
Tulsi is used in Ayurveda. All properties including its stem, leaves, roots are helpful. Tulsi is rich in minerals and vitamins. It is beneficial in all diseases. Along with boosting immunity, it helps in repelling, colic, vata dosha, digestive power, phlegm, fever, and bacterial infection. It helps ease the problem of breathing.
Ayurvedacharya says that people whose immunity system is weak are more at risk of the corona. In such a situation, it is important to have a strong immunity system. There are many ways to have a strong immunity system, but it can be extended in a natural way.
The decoction is the best option to increase immunity in a natural way. A decoction of black pepper and tulsi will strengthen immunity and the body will be capable to fight corona.
Shri Narendra Nath said that it cures fever, cold, breathing disease. It helps the kidneys healthy. The bright volatile oil is found in its leaves, which is very powerful against bacteria and insects. Tulsi is also called Sanjeevani Booti. Its important role is to keep the immune system strong.
He said that it also helps with depression and stress. The use of traditional tulsi relieves the problem of conjunctivitis. Its use is beneficial during any type of immunity disease. Choose to use tulsi from now and involve it in your daily routine! It has a superfluity of health benefits and makes your immune more strong and healthy.
New York - Daily exercise, along with nutrient-enriched beverages, can do wonder with improving both physical and cognitive health, researchers have discovered.
While exercise alone improved strength and endurance, mobility and stability, those who also consumed the nutritional supplement as part of the study saw all of these improvements and more.
"For example, they were better able to retain new information in their working memory and had quicker responses on tests of fluid intelligence than those taking the placebo," said Aron Barbey, professor of psychology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
To reach this conclusion, the researchers studied the effects of a 12-week exercise regimen on 148 active-duty Air Force airmen, half of whom also received a twice-daily nutrient beverage that included protein, the omega-3 fatty acid, DHA, lutein, phospholipids, vitamin D, B vitamins and other micronutrients, along with a muscle-promoting compound known as HMB.
Both groups improved in physical and cognitive function, with added gains among those who regularly consumed the nutritional beverage, the team reported in a paper appeared in the journal Scientific Reports.
Physical power increased in both groups as a result of the physical training, Zwilling said.
"Power is a measure of physical fitness that is based on several factors, such as how fast a participant can pull a heavy sled over a set distance, how far they can toss a weighted ball, and how many pushups, pull-ups or sit-ups they can perform in a set time period," explained post-doctoral researcher Christopher Zwilling.
The physical training reduced participants' body fat percentage and increased their oxygen-uptake efficiency, or VO2 max.
The participants also performed better than they had initially on several measures of cognitive function.
The most notable of these was an increase in the accuracy of their responses to problems designed to measure fluid intelligence.
Participants who consumed the nutritional beverage also saw greater improvements in their ability to retain and process information.
Their reaction time on tests of fluid intelligence improved more than their peers who took the placebo, the researchers found. (IANS)
New York - Smartphones not only reveal your screen time, chat history or gaming preferences but are a useful tool to find a link between individuals' daily spiritual experiences and overall well-being, say researchers.
While other studies have found such a connection between spirituality and positive emotions, the new study is significant because frequent texting over smartphones made it easier to capture respondents' moment-to-moment spiritual experiences over 14 days rather than only one or two points in time.
Using smartphone check-ins twice a day for two weeks, researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University examined whether spirituality's link with satisfaction is stable or momentary,
"This study is unique because it examines daily spiritual experiences -- such as feeling God's presence, finding strength in religion or spirituality, and feeling inner peace and harmony -- as both stable traits and as states that fluctuate," said study co-author Matt Bradshaw, research professor of sociology at Baylor University.
The findings suggest that stable, consistent spiritual experiences as well as short-term periodic ones both serve as resources to promote human flourishing and help individuals cope with stressful conditions.
Additionally, "the prevalence of smartphones makes this sort of 'experience sampling' study doable on a much larger scale than in the past, when pagers or palm pilots were used to trigger data collection," said lead author Blake Victor Kent, Research Fellow of Harvard Medical School/Massachusetts General Hospital.
The study, published in The International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, used data from SoulPulse, a project funded by the John Templeton Foundation, to study religion, spirituality and mental and physical well-being.
Participants were 2,795 individuals who signed up for the study.
"The findings indicate, as you would expect, that the wear and tear of daily stressors are associated with increased depressive symptoms and lower levels of flourishing," Kent said.
Essentially, if you take two people who have equal levels of stress, "the one with more spiritual experiences will be less likely to report depressive symptoms and more likely to indicate feelings of flourishing. That's a comparison between two people".
The unique thing about this study was that the sociologists were able to show that when someone's spiritual experiences vary day to day, the 'above average' days of spiritual experience are associated with better mental well-being than the 'below average' days. (Agency)