Personal, Well being

The Natural Beauty Around Us

Today I wanted to write something other than professional blogs. About something, I have noticed over the past few months. 

We all sit at our work desks or lie in our beds dreaming about camping trips or imagining digging our feet in the wet beach sand. Enjoying the joy of nature. But in thinking of faraway places we overlook the natural beauty around us. 

Just for example – The plants lining the road, a small vein around the window, or even the sunlight have the same magnificence and power of lightning up the human spirit. So, just take a moment to connect and step outside the house, noticing the birds, the sunlight, and all the small things we take for granted in our life. 

  • Benefits of connecting with nature

So, why should we appreciate the environment in the first place? A recently published study shows that spending only 2 hours in a week outdoors benefits health and well-being. A few examples being:-

  1. Lifts Mood and decreases the tendency of depression and anxiety.
  1. Calms the mind and relieves stress by reducing the amount of cortisol. 
  1. Humbles oneself by making us realize there is something a lot bigger and powerful than us.
  1. Taking a small break and looking at the sky, trees, or birds while performing strenuous mental activity, helps revamp, refocus, and relax the mind. 
  1. Reduces high Bp and risk of heart diseases. 
  1. Being in nature 20 minutes per day decreases the chance of falling sick.

Now we know the benefits of nature. So, let us read a few simple tricks which will help you to connect with the flora and fauna in your hustling and bustling city. 

  • Tips to appreciate with the Environment 
  1. Go for a walk
  1. Wake up early
  1. Put some plants
  1. Feed and help stray animals
  1. Adopt a pet
  1. Spend some time in a park 
  1. Volunteer!
  1. Meditate ( Mindfulness plays an important role in appreciating and experiencing our surroundings)

Conclusion

Isn’t taking out time to embrace nature just wonderful? We might not experience the same joy as we would standing on a beach or camping in a forest. But make the best of what is available, right? What do you think?  Please drop your thoughts, suggestions, and what you believe I should write next in the comment section below. 

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White Lie: The Odious Secret of Dairy Industry

Happy cows only exist in the images on milk cartons

Milk. Milk has been so articulately bred in the workings of daily life, that existence without it is impossible to imagine but is it? Humans, like every other mammal SHOULDN’T, drink milk after it stops breastfeeding. So why is milk consumed anyway? The only answer that comes to mind is: to satisfy the human want of taste. Yes, dairy products have no significant health benefits which cannot be taken from more sustainable, ethical, and healthier alternatives.  Thus, leaving us with one option – taste, but is it worth it? Does the satisfaction of pleasure compensate for the heinous lies this industry hides? 

The Procedure

Before the commercialization of milk, A normal lactation procedure would be as follows. 

The newborn calf will be kept near his mother or other calves. He/she will be allowed to graze and eat fresh grass. As the no. of animals would be less, they will receive affection and love from their human caretakers. The female cattle will reach puberty at the age of anywhere between 16-40 months. After around 4 months she would start reproducing. After 9 months of the pregnancy, she will give birth and produce milk. Half of it will be kept for the calf and the rest humans will take.

An increase in population and demand for milk and our refusal to adapt and adjust has resulted in the following. 

Industrialization of not milk – but cattle.

Industrialization means the extensive reorganization of something for the purpose of manufacturing. And this is exactly what has happened; Cows are not living beings anymore but just milk-manufacturing money-making machines.  Read on to find out how.

If the newborn calf is a male, they will abandon him on the road only a day after he is born. Where he will either starve to death or be slaughtered for meat. 

If it is a female, she will be locked in a small cage. So, the humans can keep the milk for themselves. When she grows up she will suffer the same fate as her poor mother…

The mother who has been separated from her child which she carried inside her body for 10 tiring months,  is immediately made to lactate. Now, the lactating process if done frequently(which it is, as the cows are made artificially pregnant again and again) causes pain, mastitis, and premature death. With help of antibiotics and hormones, the milk production in a bovine’s body has doubled than what it would normally be. Which leads to serious serious damage to their body. Not only this but the cows are kept in uninhabitable conditions. Covered in their own filth they are not treated unless it is affecting the quantity of milk. Kept in small cemented compartments, never made to see the light, they are fed in most cases only dry grass. Even if she makes it alive to menopause, like her calf she will be abandoned to either starve or be slaughtered. 

Is there a need to say anything else? Now that you know the truth, it is your decision to make: to buy dairy or… boycott dairy.  

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Why Yoga is so Much More Than Just a Workout

Yoga’s benefits are not only limited to the body but extend to the mind and the soul as well

Yoga has its origin in the Indian subcontinent; it is one of the oldest forms of healing and exercise. Now, famous worldwide for its efficiency, it gained increased popularity in the coronavirus pandemic. Read on to find out why it is much more than just a workout.

  1. Mindfulness

The essence of Yoga is that one must be completely focused and present to do it correctly. When we do something with 100% concentration, it grounds us and raises a state of awareness and mindfulness. Mindfulness, as described by Buddhists, means our brain to be aware and active. Being mindful increases the quality of our lives and those around us by giving us clarity and a sense of right and wrong. 

2. Boosts Self Image

Yoga boosts self-acceptance and self-esteem. As one concentrates on what his/her body can do and is capable of. When doing yoga one can feel him/herself getting stronger and better than the day before. To concentrate on who we are and our bodies are instead of focusing on what we wish them to be. Yoga allows us to get in touch with our inner self. While one lies in savasana after a tiring workout he/she can feel the energy flowing through them while finding a sense of gratitude for it. This is why Yoga is used to treat anorexia and other eating disorders.

3. Improves Mental Health

It is now scientifically proven that Yoga incorporated with meditation can do wonders for mental health. Not only is it good for calming down the brain but makes it sharper too! Yes, Yoga improves memory, thickens the hippocampus (associated with language and learning) and the cerebral cortex (associated with information processing). An extensive study proved that people practicing yoga showed a slower decline in the grey matter as opposed to non-practitioners. It also helps in curing depression, anxiety, and loneliness in the old and young alike. Deep breathing exercises help in increasing the flow of oxygen to the brain. 

4. Prevention and cure of diseases

Not only does yoga tone the body but also improves its inner functioning. Practicing yoga improves the circulatory, digestive, nervous, respiratory, muscular, and skeletal systems of the body. Thus, protecting from various diseases like obesity, inflammation, constipation, heart attack, and many more.

Not only this but Yoga is also proven to cure many diseases like asthma, arthritis, diabetes, etc. Pranayama cures constipation, hypertension, and depression. Some asanas to cure various diseases are-

Back pain – Ustrasana, Paschimottanasana

Stress – Adho mukha svanasana, Bālāsana

High Bp – Vajrasana, Ardha matsyendrasana

5. Yoga for sleep

It is best to do Yoga early in the morning, but a small pre-bedtime routine can help you sleep better.  Deep stretches and mindful breathing will relax your body and concentrate the mind. Some bedtime asanas to stretch and destress your body after a long day’s work are Halasana, Supta Baddha Konasana, Supta Matsyendrasana, etc. 

In Summary,

We have now established that yoga is much more than just a workout. It is a union of the mind, body, and soul. 

Are you a Yogi too? If not then did this article motivate you to become one? Share this article with those you know get them started too on the cosmic path of Yoga. 

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Intermittent Fasting – A Way of Life

How the medical industry is prescribing everyone a dose full of lies

It is assumed that the rise of obesity in the 21st century is due to a stagnant lifestyle, lack of exercise, and advancement in automation technology. But just like weight loss is 80% nutrition and 20% exercise, the above is 80% false and 20% true. The Nobel Prize in Medicine 2016 was awarded to Yoshinori Ohsumi for proving just this. His research explains to us how the medical industry has been feeding us lies by recommending the “eat little and often” system. It is, by the way, one of the main causes of obesity. He reminds us of the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda, by making us realize the importance of intermittent fasting. As explained in Ayurveda and now proven scientifically, it improves mental and physical health, reduces weight, and prevents diseases. But what is this intermittent fasting, how does it work, and what are its benefits, let us find out:-

So, what is intermittent fasting?

The basic rule of Intermittent fasting is to eat in restricted time zones, instead of focusing on what to eat it focuses on when to eat. There are mainly 3 types – 

Window eating  – In this, the person is only allowed to eat for a certain duration, this window is usually 3-6 hours. They can choose any time according to their convenience, preferably 3 pm – 6 pm, one can eat how much ever he wants in this stretch. Out of the window, you can only drink fluids and eat nuts and fruits. 

Eat stop eat – In this, a person can have only 1-2 meals a day, the meals can be taken anytime. But nothing can be eaten between the meals. Only water and light food items may be consumed in these intervals.

Full-day fast – In this, one is allowed to eat only 1 meal a day. He may have fluids and raw fruits and vegetables in between. 

How does it work?

Intermittent fasting allows autophagy to take place. Autophagy, discovered in the mid-1950s, is a system of the cell where it recycles its harmful and dysfunctional components. This is a crucial process since it prevents diseases and slows aging. In the early 1990’s Mr.Yoshinori Ohsumi discovered this process only occurs when the body cells are starved.  On the other hand, the ‘eat little often’ system, recommended by (surprisingly) doctors, does not give the body enough time to carry out this function. The modern eating routine is one of the major causes of cancer and obesity, no wonder their rates are skyrocketing these days. Excluding autophagy, Intermittent fasting has many other benefits. Let us take a look at some of them:-

What are its benefits?

Intermittent fasting has many physiological as well as psychological advantages. It is not only beneficial but also essential. These are some of the many advantages of Intermittent fasting. 

  1. Feel more active

Eating repetitively many times makes one feel heavy, lazy, and sleepy. Not eating keeps our mind alert and active, plus our body feels light. Fasting till midday enhances cognition.

  1. Exercise self-control

Our self-control is put to a test when we have to go hungry for hours. Saying no to cravings and snacks also increases our willpower. 

  1. Reduce weight

Fasting helps in weight reduction and boosts metabolism. When the body does not find immediate food, it will turn fat globules into energy. Intermittent fasting also controls food, calorie, and sugar intake.

  1. Strengthen the immune system

Yoshinori Ohsumi also found out how fasting changes our body’s response to infections. Autophagy, which occurs by fasting, degrades invading intracellular bacteria and viruses. It reduces the chance of common cold and cough by over 81%. 

  1. Cleanse the skin

Fasting cleanses the skin by recycling the waste components of the cell.  It is a hassle and toxin-free way of keeping your skin glowing, fresh, and beautiful all time around.

  1. Increase longevity

Many leading scientists have conducted experiments and studies demonstrating fasting’s effect on lifespan. They found out Intermittent fasting has many anti-aging benefits among them prevention of age-related diseases, detoxification, and autophagy. Study shows that IF increases life by a minimum of 5 years.


Conclusion

So, what do you think of intermittent fasting? Are you intrigued to find out more? Are you assured that the ‘eat little often’ system is a huge medical conspiracy?

If convinced, then please give it a try. If you get positive results, then suggest it to not only family and friends but as far and wide as possible. 

All the people who gave intermittent fasting a try said it was life-changing. Are you ready to change yours too?