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Health benefits of solar radiation are few. Skin exposure to ultraviolet B is necessary for the conversion of 7-dehydrocholesterol into previtamin D3 that then isomerizes to vitamin D3.Periodic exposure to visible spectrum of solar radiation is believed to enhance psychological well being. This is advised for people who suffer from winter depression or SAD. The ultraviolet spectrum of solar radiation is used for the treatment of skin disorders such as psoriasis, eczema and cutaneous T-cell lymphoma.

Effects of solar radiation on fruits and vegetables

The fruits and vegetables have plenty bio energy stored in them due to repeated exposure to sun light. This bio energy get lost when they are stored in dark. Hence it is advisable to expose these to sunlight for a short period time before consuming. This restores the last bio energy.

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ayurvedic tips to reduce cholesterol
Cholesterol is a fatty substance found in our body. It is a steroid and an alcohol found in the body tissues and blood plasma of vertebrates. Cholesterol is produced by liver and also derived from diet. But cholesterol produced from liver is important as it strengthens cell membrane, helps in production of hormone and vitamin D. The cholesterol in blood stream, which blocks arteries, comes from diet.

High cholesterol in the blood is considered to be unhealthy .Increased cholesterol gets accumulated on walls of arteries as hard plaques. This narrows the lumen of arteries (Diameter of the arteries reduces. ) and interferes with the flow of blood. Due to reduced diameter the blood flow through arteries also gets reduced.

Recent researches have revealed that increased protein complexes of cholesterol, called lipoproteins are responsible for the cholesterol build-up in the blood vessels. Elevated levels of bad cholesterol or low density lipoprotein or LDL, are responsible for heart disease. Increased cholesterol can also cause erectile dysfunction.

Ayurveda acharyas have said that increased kapha and medho dhatu (fat) cause almost all diseases that are caused by increased cholesterol. Increased kapha and medho dhatu obstruct the body channels called srotas. Hence they advise the diet to reduce kapha and medas to avoid these diseases.

Ayurvedic tips to Reduce cholesterol

1.Sweets, refined flours, red meat, animal fat and vegetable fats increase kapha and medhas. Hence these foods have to be consumed in less quantity.

2.Bitter foods like bitter gourd, methi (fenu greek seeds and leaves) etc should be included in diet.

3.Ayurveda acharyas recommend fasting in regular intervals of time. This helps to cleanse the body and also clear the channels.

4.Vyayama or exercises have to be included in daily routine. Exercises like brisk walking, jogging and swimming are best forms of excises.

5.Texts of ayurveda eulogize the importance of dietary fibers in reducing kapha. They recommend to add bulk in diet through dietary fibers which becomes heavy to digest and stay for a long time in stomach thus avoiding hunger pangs.

6.Try to prepare recipes with less fat and do not forget to add garlic and spices as much as possible. Garlic and spices help in fat metabolism.

7.Spices like cumin seeds (jeera), turmeric (haldi), fenugreek seeds (methi), ginger, pepper help to increase fat metabolism

General Tips to reduce cholesterol

Here is the list of foods which help to reduce cholesterol. Judicious use of these foods definitely help to reduce cholesterol

•Include LEAN MEATS in diet. Lean meat of chicken, turkey and fish are low in cholesterol. These are rich in protein, vitamins, minerals, and micronutrients that are excellent for a person’s metabolism as well as in fighting off bad cholesterol.

•Consider including good quantity of VEGETABLES in your diet. They are low in calories and high in dietary fibers. Dietary fibers help to reduce cholesterol. Vegetables are excellent sources of minerals and vitamins such as vitamins C, E and K, vitamin B-complex, and other micronutrients that reduce vitamin deficiency. They help to reduce heart diseases, high blood pressure and cancer.

•Let WHOLE GRAINS be part of your diet. Grains supply good amount of energy and also supply dietary fibers. Whole grains are also known as effective in controlling weight. Aside from whole grains, breads, beans, potatoes, pasta, and cereals can also help lower cholesterol levels.

•Make it compulsory to have 3-4 servings of FRUITS. Just like vegetables, fruits are also among the top food groups that lower cholesterol because they are very low in calorie content. These also contain large amounts of significant vitamins and nutrients that help prevent of vitamin deficiency as well as other illnesses

•LEGUMES AND PULSES should be an inseparable part of your diet. These supply fiber, proteins and plenty of vitamins.

•Exercise regularly. A 30 minutes work out in gym or 45 minutes of brisk walk are considered as ideal exercises to reduce weight and also cholesterol level.

•Avoid fast foods which are rich in oil and sugar.

Keep cholesterol rich foods at bay to keep your body and heart healthy.

This article is copy righted. Author Dr.Savitha Suri Ayurveda Help

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Water is the major constituent of our body. It is considered as macronutrient by nutritionists.  It is very essential to keep our body well hydrated to maintain the normal body functions. Apart from this, water can be wisely used to keep our body healthy and to prevent many health conditions.  Texts of ayurveda eulogize medicinal properties of water while explaining the solutions for various diseases. Ayurveda acharyas explain the health benefits of warm water, boiled water and plain water. Here are few health benefits of water.

Skin:

  • Drinking 2 liters of water per day helps to detoxify skin and reduces eruption of acne and pimples.
  • A good supply of water to body slows down aging process of skin and prevents formation of wrinkles.
  • Drinking warm water helps in softening of dry scaly skin. Consumption of warm water also reduces flaring of psoriasis.
  • Well hydrated skin never tends to dry. This is a good home remedy for people who suffer from dry skin conditions.

Headache

  • Drinking sufficient water helps to keep headaches at bay.
  • Consuming warm water regularly can prevent repeated migraine attacks.

Joint pains and fever

  • Dehydration of joint spaces can lead to pain in joints. Drinking water in plenty help to reduce joint pain
  • Warm water therapy is advised by ayurveda acharyas in conditions like arthritis.
  • A good supply of water to body reduces back pain.
  • Consumption of warm water during fever accelerates our body defense mechanism to fight the disease causing pathogens.

Other health benefits

  • Drinking the water stored in copper vessel (copper water) can help in male infertility.
  • Drinking boiled water protect us from many contagious diseases.
  • Drinking sufficient water helps in weight loss.
  • Drinking a glass of warm water before going to bed and after getting up early in the morning relieves constipation .

These are few health benefits of water which are picked up from the long list. Let drinking water become an inseparable part of your daily routine. Harness the innumerable health benefits by just drinking 2 liters of water spread over a day.

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Stress and depression leads to low body energy level, disturbed sleep and feeling of exhaustion. Sleepless nights and exhaustion can cause dark circles, wrinkles, acne and pimples which make you look unhealthy and unattractive. Stress can also affect liver hindering its process of toxin expulsion.  Thus accumulation of toxins is also a contributing factor for dark circle.

The stress also affects male reproductive system. It causes erectile dysfunction, premature ejaculation, low sperm count and infertility. Smoking and alcohol consumption exaggerate the effects of stress.

Try to conquer stress through natural ways. Avoid consumption of anti stress medications as much as possible.

  • Learn relaxing techniques like Yoga and Meditation.
  • Attend aerobic classes or take a walk in morning.
  • Make friendship with persons who have positive attitude
  • Keep away from people who create negative energy. Negative energy increases stress.
  • Drink a glass of vegetable juice in early morning. Do not add sugar or salt to it. Do not forget to add a spoon of fresh ginger juice to it. This healthy drink helps to cleanse body and expel toxins.
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Include fresh fruits and vegetables in your diet.
  • Avoid deep fried foods and fast foods.
  • Take a good sleep for 7 – 8 hrs in night.
  • Take long deep breath in between your work.
  • Involve yourself in hobbies which you like. Gardening, painting, listening to music or reading books  help to relax your mind
  • A good body massage with herbal oil help to relax body and mind.

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There are four types of cholesterol which are measured in milligrams per deciliter of blood (mg/dl). The body cholesterol level can be found through “Lipid Profile”

Total blood cholesterol - This measurement includes lipids in blood stream. ( LDL + HDL+ triglycerides and other fat particles). The normal value of total cholesterol must be less than 200 mg/dL

HDL (High Density Lipo protein) – This is a good cholesterol and helps to prevent atherosclerosis and prevents deposition of fat inside arteries. The normal value of HDL must be greater than 60 mg/dL

LDL (low-density lipoprotein)- This cholesterol is also known as bad cholesterol and this is an important risk factor for heart disease .The LDL level should be lower than 160 mg/dL

Triglycerides: These are used by our body for energy. But a high level of triglycerides leads to heart disease. The normal value of triglycerides must be less than 150 mg/dL

Health risks of increased cholesterol
Coronary heart disease
High blood pressure
Angina
Heart arrhythmias — an irregular heart rhythm
Transient ischemic attack (TIA, or mini-stroke)
Heart attack
Stroke
Peripheral artery disease.
Erectile Dysfunction

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According to ayurveda a person who has very low body fat or less medho dhatu experiences the following problems

1. His body immunity reduces. He is susceptible to infections.
2. He experiences erectile dysfunction.
3. The quality and quantity of semen reduces.
4. His libido decreases
5. The quantity of semen reduces
6. He feels difficult to breath.
7. He suffers from piles, pleeha vriddhi (enlargement of spleen) and grahani roga (IBS)

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Diabetes patients usually experience dry skin. Other skin problems like eczema, psoriasis, fungal infections etc exaggerate when diabetes sets in. Dry skin is common in diabetic people due to following reasons

  1. Poor blood circulation to skin
  2. High glucose level in blood.
  3. Renewal of body tissues get stunted or delayed due to high glucose level.
  4. Activity of sweat glands becomes slow due to poor blood circulation.

The dry skin is more prominent on legs, feet and elbows. This results in cracking, fungal or bacterial infections. These conditions are very difficult to treat. Hence diabetes patients have to take utmost care of their skin.

Precautions to be taken to prevent dry skin in diabetes

  1. Keep blood glucose level under control.
  2. Avoid repeated bathing as it washes of natural oils of skin.
  3. Consume foods which are rich in Vitamin A and B.
  4. Avoid repeated usage of medicines like antihistamines, antispasmodics, diuretics.
  5. Regularly apply a good moisturizing lotion which does not contain alcohol.
  6. Bathe in luke warm water.
  7. Use mild soaps which contain hydrating agents.
  8. Use humidifier at home.

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Insomnia is a condition in which a person will be having trouble in getting good sleep. The term “Anidrata” is used in texts of ayurveda to describe this condition.

Causes of Insomnia:
1.    Psychological causes like Depression, anxiety, stress etc
2.    Medications like steroids, diuretics, blood pressure medications etc.
3.    Diseases like asthma, cancer, persistent body pain etc.
4.    Sleep disorders like sleep apnea

According to ayurveda Insomnia is caused due to fear, anxiety, anger, over exertion (physical and psychological) , fasting, uncomfortable bed, diseases like colic pain etc. Panchakarma which has not been performed methodically may also lead to insomnia. Vitiated vata causes sleeplessness.

Effects of Insomnia:

Inadequate sleep causes
1.    Fatigue
2.    Lowered energy levels
3.    Delayed reflexes.
4.    Ability to learn, remember and concentrate are affected
5.    Mood swings
6.    Depression
7.    Erectile dysfunction
8.    Increased blood pressure
9.    Cardiac risks etc.
10.    Dark circles under eyes
11.    Dry  skin
12.    Appearance of wrinkles on skin.
13.    Hair loss

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Texts of ayurveda strictly say no for suppressing the urge for defecation. If the urge for normal bowel is suppressed the following symptoms are experienced.

“Pakwashayashirhashulam vaatavarchapravartanam |

pindakodweshtanaadmaanam purishe syaadvidhaarite||

swedaabhyangaavagaahashcha vartayo basthi karmaha cha

hitam pratihate varchasyannapaananam pramathi cha ||”

It causes pain in abdomen, headache, constipation, bloating, pain in calf muscles and distension of abdomen.  These symptoms can be relieved  by massaging abdomen with warm oil and placing towels dipped in hot water, sitting in warm water tubs, using suppositories and consuming food and drinks which have laxative herbs.
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When the cholesterol level increases in blood, doctors advice cholesterol lowering medications. But these medications have several side effects. Researches have shown that these medications affect liver, nervous system, kidney and muscles. They may also cause erectile dysfunction, insomnia, constipation, diarrhea, mental confusion etc. Persons who are on these medications may experience muscle weakness, cramps, inability to walk and tingling sensation in legs. This is a heavy price which has to be paid for leading an unhealthy lifestyle. Anti cholesterol medications can be avoided by following a healthy diet and exercise routine.

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