Hard Water – The culprit behind hair loss, really?

Are you tired of changing shampoos and buying expensive hair products to solve your hair loss problems? Are you tired of trying new hair treatments to get those beautiful luscious locks? Then maybe it’s time to check the water you use. Hair loss has become one of the most common problems for people all over the world. And yes, there may be several other reasons for premature hair loss. But, have you ever considered the quality of water you use to wash your hair each time? Hard water is one of the biggest reasons for hair fall today, especially in the urban areas.

What exactly is Hard Water?

Hard water is basically water with a high mineral content. These minerals mostly include Calcium and Magnesium in high amounts. They may also include Manganese or other multivalent cations which contribute to achieve a measure of hardness. Hard water generally occurs naturally when water percolates through calcium carbonates or magnesium carbonate, such as chalk or limestone. Although hard water is not a health risk when used for drinking, it causes a great deal of damage when used for hair.

Why is Hard Water harmful for your hair?

Hard water is rich in minerals and oxidizers which weaken your hair follicles. The minerals present in hard water are neither good for your hair, nor your scalp. They tend to weaken your hair making them dry and frizzy. Exposing your hair regularly to hard water can lead to thin and brittle hair, premature greying, dandruff problems, split ends and various hair loss issues.

Signs to identify if You have Hard Water

  1. Hard Water can leave spots on dishes, windows and other surfaces.
  2. It can cause certain skin irritations like eczema
  3. Hair can turn dry and appear dull when exposed to hard water.
  4. It can leave stains on porcelain.
  5. Soap doesn’t lather properly in hard water.
  6. The color of your clothing fades away in time when washed with hard water.
  7. Clothes look dirty or gringy after being washed in hard water.
  8. It’s deposits clog pipes and other appliances over time like dishwasher and clothes washer.

Effective Solutions for hair loss problems caused by Hard Water

1.Water Softener

A water softener is basically a mechanical appliance which is installed in your home’s water supply system. This appliance uses a process called ion exchange where it exchanges minerals for something else, in most cases, sodium. This removes the hardness from the water, making it soft water. Not only can soft water help you with your hair loss, but, it can also treat skin conditions like dryness and eczema.

2.Alum

You can add some alum to your bucket of water to make it soft. Alum contains unique properties which will allow the minerals to settle down for some time. This in turn prevents oxidization thus decreasing hair fall.

3.Clarifying Shampoo

Using a good clarifying shampoo can help you in dealing with hard water. Clarifying shampoo remove all the dirt and built up from the scalp making it squeaky clean. It also adds shine and volume to your tresses.

4.Olive Oil

Oiling has been one of the oldest and best solutions to all of our hair problems. Olive oil is known for being a natural conditioner for hair. It is rich in fatty acids and antioxidants which are really beneficial to the hair. Olive oil can be mixed with other organic oils like coconut oil or almond oil and massaged onto the scalp. This will provide the hair and scalp with the required proteins and nutrients, thus preventing hair loss. For best results, use Satthwa Premium Hair Oil regularly.

5.Shower Filter

Shower filters are the cheaper and rather temporary alternatives to water softeners. They come in a variety of different shapes and sizes which fit directly onto your showerhead. These filters effectively remove the hardness of water and relieve you from your hair fall and dry skin problems.

6.Vinegar

Giving your hair a vinegar rinse can make your hair strong and shiny. For this purpose you’ll need one cup of apple cider vinegar and three cups of water. Rinse your hair with this solution regularly to add strength and luster to your hair.

7.Lemon

Rinsing your hair with lemon water regularly can help in removing any kind of residue built up from your scalp. Lemon helps in restoring the natural oil in the scalp which makes the hair strong and healthy. Atlernatively, you can also add lemon juice to your shampoo and wash your hair with it.

8.Eggs

Eggs are a great conditioner for dry and damaged hair. They contain a lot of proteins and vitamins which can make hair healthy and promote hair growth. To make an egg mask for your hair add 2 beaten eggs, a cup of curd and some almond oil to a bowl. Apply this mixture to your hair twice a week to get radiant, strong and thick hair.

Watch our video in Hindi explaining hard water and hair fall

Swoon back to Serenity Part Two: How mysticism can save your life!

Meditation for Stress

We are not human beings having a spiritual experience. We are spiritual beings having a human experience.” Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (French Philosopher)

The art of meditation through mind control

We all have some point heard that the art of meditation does help put one’s mind at ease, but do you really know that with the right form that suits you best, it can energise you, rejuvenate and open your mind to perceive life and reality quite differently than you have been accustomed to.

When I ask an average person, what is meditation? I get the most inconclusive of replies one of the most common one being, “it’s about sitting quietly and focusing on an object or closing your eyes and chanting Om to make you feel relaxed”. However obvious and logically that might sound, let me tell it’s a million light years away from the truth and the power behind meditation., when done correctly while first understanding the real intention behind it, it can change your life forever.s

What is the right way to meditate? With so many forms out there, which one is the right one for me? And finally, what will I achieve through it? These vital and frequently asked questions is what I am about to address and to which for once I hope you all would see and experience the passion and commitment I have for making this daily practice a part of my life. Once you grasp the true essence and significance to why you are doing it, it becomes extremely easy to break free from the cocoon of stress that constantly envelopes you.

The History of Meditation

In 1500 BCE, Vedantism which is the sixth orthodox school of Hindu philosophy meaning end of Vedas, reflect ideas from speculations and philosophies contained in the Upanishads (ancient Sanskrit texts that contain philosophical concepts and ideas of Hinduism that are also found in Buddhism, Jainism and Sikhism). Meditative practices date back to the Vedas of ancient India and from 6th to 5th BCE newer forms of meditation developed in Taoist China and Buddhist India. The earliest records of meditation in Buddhism in India dates back to the sutra of Pali Canon (a collection of scriptures in the Theravadan Buddhist tradition) in 1st century BCE. Vimalakirti Sutra (the Mahayana sutra) dating back to 100CE mentions forms on Zen in many passages on meditation and enlightened Wisdom. Zen emphasises rigorous self-control, meditation practice and insight into Buddha Nature (meaning the luminous mind of the Buddhas are naturally present in every sentient being)

The practice of meditation reached out the far west, in 20 BCE by Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria in Egypt he wrote forms of “Spiritual Exercise that involved concentration. Plotinus, famous Greek philosopher in 3rd century had developed meditative techniques which didn’t attract a positive response among Christian meditators. Saint Augustine a north African Christian theologian and philosopher experimented with Plotinus’s techniques and was unsuccessful in achieving inner peace or ecstasy.

When Buddhism entered Han China via the silk road between 1st and 2nd century CE, it was known as the Silk Road Transmission of Buddhism, wherein meditation was introduced to prominent oriental countries. During the 5th or 6th century Buddhist Monk Bodhidharma, was considered as the first transmitter of the concept of Zen to China. According to a Chinese legend it is believes that he also began the physical training of monks of the Shaolin Monastery that led to the Birth of Shaolin Kung-fu.

Not being only apparent in Buddhist and Hindu traditions, evidence reveals that meditation practices were also adapted in Judaism from prior traditional view. The Torah the book of the Jewish faith, the patriarch Issac is mentions attention “lasuach” term used to describe a meditative practice. The Hebrew Bible Tanakh clearly indicated that Judaism always professed about a meditative tradition within their faith and practices.
Meditation since time itself has proved as being a very powerful and significant form of spiritual practice in many faiths and beliefs.

The 19th century brought rise to this practice and it spread from Asia towards westerns world, where more and more are embracing this routine into their daily lives. The benefits of Meditation are endless, one acquires a sense of self awareness that enables them to become more mindful about their thoughts and actions. It relieves stress, calms the nerves, allows you to detach from illusionary uncertain worries, increases happiness, makes you think clearer de-cluttering your mind from all negativity, slows ageing, and is recommended for a healthy cardiovascular and immune health.

Perplexity of Meditation forms, Finding your comfort zone

One could easily get confused as to which form of meditation would suit them best. Just knowing the basics about them doesn’t necessarily help nor do recommendations based on everyone’s own personal experience. Meditation is not just about relaxing your mind for a few minutes to gain a sense of calmness, it’s much more than that, so it’s imperative that you need to find a technique that suits you best and master it.

We are living in a world with two realities, one conventional, what we see, feel and experience in this physical dimension that we call life. The second is the Ultimate reality, where we break through the illusions of what the world perceives as, happiness, love and success and start sensing life through our souls. The world we seek to find within our minds always existed for we are one with the universe, we are interconnected through a spiritual bond of energies that transcends to a higher consciousness. We have gotten used to switching off from it all, as our current dimensions reality vacuums us away from reaching out to the positive light that’s omnipresent, call it God or by any name that you relate to as a divine entity, but we do turn to the light when things go haywire in our life, we do something quite similar to meditation, we pray. We acknowledge a higher power, a strong positive energy force that is guiding us, strengthening us and showing us the path that leads us out of our troubles.

For me, meditation is a way of finding that positive light that’s within us, that is powerful enough to keep us focused, happy, stress free and at peace. So how did I decide which form of meditation suited me, when everyone claimed that their way was the best? I never for once let myself blindly follow something, I questioned every method, I tried and tested each of them and the meditation form that truly brought my soul to ease is that one I chose to follow.

I am going to break it down into simple layman’s terms sans the gimmicks and the branding they all come with, to make you understand one very important aspect. Meditation is a natural phenomenon that the mind, body and soul needs to stay balanced and though they might be many versions to it from many religious beliefs, it doesn’t have to be a complicated task to research and follow the doctrines of whoever is teaching their version to it. Finding peace and reaching to a state of Zen (vigilance and self-discovery) is absolutely possible when you reflect on your inner self and see the strength from within, the power of focus comes naturally without any guide whatsoever.

We all know that to properly meditate, one follows simple steps, sit in a proper upright position, and do what helps us to focus, some say focusing on an object makes us more alert and dedicated towards meditating, others say listening to music or chanting enables us to detach from our surrounding in our aim to achieve mental clarity and emotional calmness. These are the first baby steps I would ask you all to follow, initially we would need a gentle nudge to allow our mind to detach from our environment, but always remember one thing, you are not supposed to get it right the first time, the more you routinely take your time to practice, the deeper and stronger your mind adjusts and adapts to detaching itself from the illusions it’s imprisoned by.

Effectual and Positive Meditative practices and Techniques

Zen or Zazen

Practiced in monasteries and Zen temples, primarily relies on the sharpening the mind through a deep meditative form of focus. The purpose of Zen meditation is achieving vigilance and self-discovery, it is a form of spiritual awakening and when practiced dedicatedly it becomes the source of calmness in all actions of daily life such as sleeping, eating, walking working, talking and thinking becomes more beneficial as your mind is in a state of awareness in dealing with all actions mindfully. It is through the practice of Zazen is when Gautama Buddha achieved Enlightenment.

Technique

The best way to prepare yourself for Zen Meditation if you’re at home and not accessible to a Zen temple or a Monasteries that have a meditation schedule, is to find a place at home or at your work place where they are the least of distractions. Best practiced while sitting on a zafu cushion (round cushion or any comfortable cushion you can find) in lotus, back upright and head and shoulder relaxed. You can place your hands on your thighs on fold them placing the right palms over the left palm making a lotus gesture. If you have trouble sitting cross-legged, this can also be practiced while sitting on a chair, ensure your legs are slightly apart and your hands are placed on the thighs or in the lotus posture.

One can keep your eyes closed or keep them open and focus on a spot of space two of three feet front of you. The sense of nothingness should gently come into play. You begin with first focusing on your breath and your entire attention should be on the movement of your breath. Inhale slowly counting one till ten then slowly exhale counting backwards. Don’t worry if your mind gets distracted with sounds of your environment or thoughts that might arise during this. It is absolutely normal to have thoughts arise, detach from the distractive elements and focus back on your breathing, with practice you will learn to get the hang of it. The alternative way to perform Zen meditation is Shikantaza (just sitting) where you sit and observe your mind and the thoughts that arise, you will notice them pass you by and fade away. Be at the present moment in full awareness not allowing any of these thoughts and worries be of any significance. Detaching from the illusions of this dimension, letting go of ego and allowing your subconscious mind to merge with the universe is what you must achieve, this is Zen.

Practising this enables you to control every negative emotional feeling or problems that cloud our lives. Observing them from a higher more controlled consciousness allows you to deal with them more practically and logically without any stress that has been previously been bearing you down. The primary reason this is practiced is to experience complete detachment from illusionary emotions and fears of this world. Connecting with energies of the universe brings tremendous peace and raises your consciousness to an extent, where at one point in your life stress would actually be very relative and completely loses its intensity around you. That’s the true state of Zen.

Metta or Loving Kindness

This meditation practice is one my favourites, as it embraces Buddhas teaching of Unconditional Love. Buddha’s analogy for Metta is evoked by an image of a mother’s love for her new born baby. The love remains truly unconditional, regardless of the baby’s mood, the mother’s care and concern for her child would be as bountiful from the first moment of birth. Metta or Unconditional love seeks no acceptance, expectations or rewards, one loves because they have the ability to love not for emotional or spiritual gain. It will and must remain unconditional.

Technique

The sole purpose of Metta meditation is directing love towards people known and unknown to you and especially to those who have a harsh and negative impact on your life. The only way to find balance within extremely negative people is to fight it back with pure positivity. Darkness weakens through light, and unconditional love that has no ulterior motive but to impart goodness and pure positive thoughts works remarkably well against negative emotions and creates balance.

You begin with, finding a meditative posture that suits you best, deep breaths for two to three minutes. Eyes must remain closed, and then in your mind’s eye imagine energies of healing, love, forgiveness and kindness emitting from your heart chakra towards first yourself, do this for a few minutes then move on to the next most important person in your life like your mother, father, sibling, partner or a best friend. Send out these energies to them one at time imagining the waves of positive white, pink or purple light leave your heart chakra and enter into their heart chakra. Gradually move towards a neutral person, who could be your landlord, employer, neighbour or a colleague. Your main focus should remain while sending out energies that you seek no change or rewards out of this practice, you are strong emotionally and have the power to send it to those who need it the most. Then slowly move towards a difficult person in your life that causes you much distress, feel compassion, forgiveness and kindness for them and finally practice Global Metta, where you send out energies to your entire neighbourhood, city, country, the entire world and the Universe.

The results of this meditation are instantaneous and very exhilarating, it makes you feel released, relaxed as you have emotionally spiritually detoxed yourself from all negative emotions that you might have been harbouring for a while. Making this practice a routine in your daily will make you be more emotionally stronger, happier and gives you a strong sense on inner peace.

Mindfulness Meditation

Anapanasati is a Buddhist term meaning Mindfulness of breathing, said to be adapted from traditional Buddhist practice of Vipassana meaning insight into the true reality referring to the existence of impermanence, suffering and realisation of the non-self. Vipassana is a combination with Samatha, a meditation which is the practice of calming the mind done by a single pointed meditation through mindfulness of breathing. Similar in ways to Zazen meditation, Mindfulness meditation works on the principals on staying focused on the present moment, accepting and just observing to the sensations, thoughts, sounds and emotions that arise and distract. When practiced properly, one can stay in a state of mindfulness for longer periods of time during performing any daily tasks. It increases productivity, keeps your mind more alert and less distracted with irrelevant issues that normally tend to perturb our concentration and create a sense of calmness which is constant within us and no matter how long and hard our schedule might be, we won’t feel our energy drain out at the end of the day, leaving you refreshed, content and at peaceful.

Technique

This can be practiced while sitting on a cushion or on a chair, but ensure your back is upright and unsupported, hands in lotus or on your lap and don’t not tilt the head downwards. Eyes closed and pay close attention to your breath. When you inhale and exhale be aware of your every breath. When thoughts arise, sounds that would distract and bodily sensations such as itching or a mild irritation occurs, be alert and focus back onto your breathing, break through these minor distractions and soon enough after five minutes or so you would be calmer and in your comfort zone. Strengthening your mind over the external distraction gives focus to the self. You are aware of your surroundings and are in control of them as well. The present moment is the importance of this meditation, it sharpens your senses, strengthens your patience levels and controls stress. Practising this often makes your body and mind feel very differently to your environment that once seemed chaotic and complexed. You soon naturally become mindful in your daily life and any task you are out to perform, you are more attentive, perceptive, sensitive and assertive to it all, allowing you to always stay on guard and controlled through any situation that may arise, resulting is a much happier and peaceful you.

Self-Healing and Cleansing Meditation

As humans we take on a lot of negative emotions into our hearts and let it gradually disrupt our sanctity. Sometimes we can’t control our emotions by being overly sensitive and perhaps we just absorb unknowing the sadness around us that isn’t at all serving us. This is a basic a beautiful self-healing and cleansing meditation I personally do and recommend all who need a little help from the universe to keep us emotionally stronger. We take on a lot in our daily lives and times when most of us need a hug just to get through it all, is when some of us realise that we are alone. This is a wonderful way to know how strong the loving the power of the Divine light is and how strong the energies of the universe really are. Practising this form of meditation, helps tremendously during times of depression, unforeseen sadness or on days when you just need a little love.

Technique

Find a comfortable and quiet place wherever you are. Find a posture that you are most comfortable with and you can use a back support if you need one.

Close your eyes, slowly inhale counting one to ten then exhale counting backwards. After repeating this 3-4 times, continue with your breathing and in your mind, imagine beautiful white light entering your nostrils when you inhale saying the words “I ask the Divine Light to heal me” and when you slowly exhale imagine black smoke leaving your body and say “I let go of all that no longer serves me”. Repeat this for a few minutes then go back to focus on your breathing. The beautiful art of meditation is that it’s meant specifically for you to deal with your innermost issues that are hard to express sometimes to find help with. You can look to the Divine for whatever help you might seek but always remember, we are in the world to break out of samsara, asking for things of materialistic value is not the purpose or true meaning of peace but asking for balance within the stress of our unsettled lives will lead to a comfortable peaceful life. Always understand the depth of your desires and once you do, true happiness and inner peace is closer than you think.

Protecting yourself from Negative Energies

Always, always protect your Chakras after meditation. Meditation does activate your charkas opening them up which makes you susceptible to negative energies around you and especially from negative people. I would never ever recommend you to go for any kind of meditation for chakra activation this can be quite damaging to the self if the person performing it isn’t to be trusted. I would always suggest the basic Vedic forms of meditation that Buddhist have mastered the technique for, they are easy, powerful and very mentally, emotionally and physically strengthening. Protecting yourself from negative energies should be a routine we all should do, for ourselves, our children and towards our friends and families. It is extremely powerful and imperative especially after meditation, while encountering negative people, while facing negative energies from unknown entities and it also helps with children and yourself if being susceptible to nightmares.

Technique

Sit in any posture comfortably, close your eyes, deep breaths counting one to ten inhaling and exhaling. After a few moments, imagine strong and powerful Divine light, in colours of Blue, Silver or Gold emitting from the top of your head where your crown chakras is, slowly form a blanket over your entire body encapsulating you as if you were inside a golden egg. Inhale and exhale as you form more and more layers to this protective egg you’re inside. Create seven to nine layers for complete protection, using spiritual symbols, such as Om signs, Crucifixes etc, over the layers make a stronger seal. Say to yourself “I am protected with Divine Light no harm can come to me”, then slowly exit while going back into deep breaths, this should only take four to five minutes to perform. While protecting another, just imagine the person in front of you and the shield of light cover them as you would yourself. This is extremely powerful when facing any form of negativity.

Beware of bogus Baba’s!

When I first decided spirituality was my true calling, I first researched on what really spoke to my soul. Being from a Brahmin background, I grew up with Christianity and somehow, I knew for a fact I connected with all, not through my religious views but with the true nature of our significance, our souls. Compassion, kindness and unconditional Love were the qualities that make a Soul pure, true and powerful, for with these qualities one can never go wrong in life. So, with that I researched to all forms of spirituality trying to decipher the truth. Never did I blindly decided on a form of spiritual practice because it seemed to be a popular trend or because friends glorified it so. I questioned everything I came across, tried to find logic and most importantly I listened to that inner voice in me that told me if it was the truth. A very kind Buddhist Monk once told me, “all the answers you need , you will find them from within”, and that’s my advice to you, Whenever you chose to follow your heart and soul on a path of spirituality no matter what guide that you might come across that helps you on your way, always remember, the truth will find you if you stay alert, detached from illusions and gimmicks and believe that there is a greater positive force guiding and protecting us all and it would never let you falter.

The Power of the Universe is within you

They say that the Universe is made of up the same elements that are found in our bodies, we are interconnected and are truly one with it. Nature in its beauty truly remains unconditional with its benevolence no matter how badly we treat it. You cut down hundred trees the next hundred would never stop bearing fruit or give us oxygen, the energies of love are truly quantifiable. We, humans tend to disrupt our own peace without realising the consequences it has on our bodies and mind. We hold onto fears, memories and emotional pain that doesn’t serve us any longer. We don’t realise the power of the universe in within us and it would always bring us balance in our chaotic lives, if only we learn and know how to reach out and connect with it.

Believe in yourself when all feels lost, learn to never bludgeon yourself with the mistakes you make, this is life, this is how we learn. Let go of all that destroys your peace of mind and listen to that inner voice deep in your Soul that tells you it’s ok, everything will work out just fine and always remember darkness can never prevail when you believe in the light!

Happy Healing Ya’ll!!!

Part One: Swoon back to Serenity! Defying the genesis of Stress

Swoon back to Serenity! Part One: Defying the genesis of Stress

Stress

The one question I often face as a spiritualist is, how does one find inner peace in a world full of chaos that is impossible to escape? Our minds are never at ease nor does our fears that constantly tug at our hearts, that lead us down the winding path of worry. It’s no surprise that as we hope we are strong enough to face the world and it’s many turmoil’s that are perpetually testing our patience, resistance and temperament, is never at moments rest. We find time to unwind, sleep and even divert ourselves from all that destroys our inner peace, but do we really know the art of putting our minds at ease?

Are you really stressing yourselves out of serenity to a point of no control? What is it that makes us so attached to our fears of the unknown and worries that don’t necessarily exist in our current timeline? This is Samsara, no one said it was going to be easy to pass through it, but the secret of how to take control of every adversity and how to find balance within it all, does exist. That’s what we are here to learn, in this lifetime, at this very moment, when your soul seeks a moment of solace, your inner voice will guide you through it and all you need to do is, close your eyes, turn away from the dimensional illusions and listen.

The noxious sting of Stress

Stress has it’s many tentacles lurking around us, whether it’s physical or mental, the imbalance it creates disrupts our ability to wade through everyday hurdles leaving us forlorn and in most cases many of us succumb to the sinister clutches of depression. We are constantly overworking our minds over matters we can’t control, can’t foresee or wish we could achieve. Our behavioural disorders that are triggered by stress does affect our health, vitality, relationships and compromises our bodies to heart diseases and high blood pressure. What is stress exactly? What kinds of stress are there? Is it possible to control stress through holistic healing? How does it manifest within us when you really don’t wish it to be there in the first place?

They are three types of stress, Acute Stress, Chronic Stress and Episodic acute stress. Within these types they affect us individually in the form of Physical Stress, Mental and Emotional Stress and Post Traumatic Stress.

Acute Stress / Stress Response

Stress affects us all, it is how your body responds to any emotional threat or physical and mental exertion. At any moment where your minds senses danger, emotional pain or mental confusions the immediate reaction of our bodies defences system, self-manifests, stress. Which means, when we are prepared for the unexpected or are face with an immediate adversity whether emotional of physical, mentally we do not wish to accept the obvious and start to self-manifest an emotion called stress that lingers for as long as you allow it to. The truth of the matter is we never let ourselves to let go of that worry long after the situation that has caused it, no longer exist.

Stress response however, is an action where fear immediately makes you protect yourself, this immediate reflex action, is the way you stay more alert and focused in an emergency situation. Imagine yourself driving and due to an unforeseen incident, cars brakes in front of you, the fear you face works in micro seconds and relates a message to your mind to alert yourself from disaster and you slam your brakes. This happens because your nervous system responds by releasing stress hormones including adrenaline and cortisol, which alerts the body of an emergency situation, your heart beats faster, muscles tightens, breath hastens and blood pressure rises provoking your senses to sharpen.

Due to these physical reactions your strength, stamina and reaction time increases, which enables you to fight or protect yourself from danger. This being the most important form of training for warriors and soldiers around the world, where dealing with adversities gives them immense power to fight back and save themselves. Acute Stress or Stress Response, works in your favour and is your bodies way of always protecting you and also makes you stronger to face challenges that suddenly arise in your life.

Chronic Stress

When Acute stress isn’t properly treated or it continues for longer periods of time it does develop into Chronic stress. Chronic Stress is mostly triggered through a continuum of anxiety that is perpetual due to the way we sometimes cannot control the way we live. A troublesome marriage, dysfunctional family, unstable financial situation or an unsatisfactory job causes one to suffer from Chronic Stress.

When you heart and mind battle the reality of your pain, consequences it has on your health and well being becomes very alarming, if not controlled in time it can lead to heart and lung diseases, cancer, cirrhosis of the liver, accidents and even suicide. Known to also be the trigger for more serious mental illnesses like Bipolar Disorder or being a manic depressive the sudden mood change harms our energy level and ability to be clear in our thoughts and actions. This being the most sinister of stress types, as it slowly poisons your well being into an obscure state of mind that works against your inner sanctum gradually destroying you.

Episodic Acute Stress

People who are ill tempered, irritable and anxious and also labelled as pessimistic are known to suffer from Episodic Acute Stress. Finding it impossible to revamp their lifestyles to a more positive state of mind puts them in a quandary for those who suffer with this type of stress that directly effects their health. Learning to stay mental and emotionally balanced is imperative to tackle this.
Emotional and Mental Stress, Physical Stress and Port Traumatic Stress Disorder, all you need to know.

Emotional Stress: Manifests itself in us when we lose the ability to cope with an adversity that distresses us emotionally, whether it may be a quarrel with a loved one, betrayal, uncertainty of one’s emotions or death. Anger, sadness, depression and anxiety are the main triggers for this kind of stress, which reflects upon on our eating habits, sleeping patterns and the urge to find a moment of peace with placebos such as alcohol and drugs. We constantly ponder over issues that we no longer have a control over and our mind loose the ability to find logic from within.

Mental Stress or Psychological Stress: Is when one feels mental pressure and strain, be at the workplace or home. Getting de-motivated, demoralised, and mentally pressured affects the performance to one best ability causing human errors to occur in their lives. Being threatened, blackmailed or even demeaned about one’s ability to cope with a situation leads to a complete imbalance of the mind and heart making it practically impossible to perform any task properly. The reaction to being mentally stressed out makes our body vulnerable to illnesses such as heart attacks, ulcers, strokes, and depression.

Physical Stress: As we know stress affects all aspects of our lives, our emotions, our ability to think logically and also physically straining us. The body like the mind and the heart does react to stress in its own way, by showing symptoms such as, chest pain, high blood pressures, headaches, hair loss, insomnia, low energy levels, loss of sexual desire and cold sweats is just to name a few. Any kind of stress you are dealing with will directly affect your health physically, mentally or emotionally when one finds it hard to deal with it. Substance abuse, eating disorders, anxiety attacks, sex addiction, uncontrollable anger, depression and numerous health issues are synonymous with stress. Making this the most toxic disease that we all face.

Post-traumatic stress disorder (PSTD): Occurs when a person is exposed to a sudden traumatic event, such as sexual assault, accidents, death, warfare or any life-threatening situations. What emerges out of this is a constant reminder of the unforeseen event through dreams, feelings and thoughts. The stigma it creates within the mind, makes the person avoid the trauma related alternations. The symptoms last around a month after the event has occurred however this can put the person of risk for self-harm and suicide.

Stress management, doing what comforts you

The hierarchy from the onset of any stress type, propels into a very unpleasant stream of mental, physical and emotional abuse our bodies have and will face. The times we live in constantly puts us on the spotlight wherein if we are not our competitive best, we lose. Sadly, no one stops to think or feel, we supress, hide, switch off and submerge further into our many ordeals, and not dealing with them as we all know poisons our body and mind. The placebo effect comes into action as we see it to be the best option in tackling our inner most apprehensions and anxieties.

The reality is most of us don’t seek help as it makes us believe it’s a sign of weakness, our ego’s do get the best of us when we refuse to reach out for help when we need it the most. The reason we do this is, definitely not because of arrogance, but a deeper reason of becoming dependent on that particular source we seek help from and if one day that we don’t find that comfort, we crumble. The heart and mind are at a perpetual battle to find a sense of logic and truth amongst it all. We need to comprehend our own fears and strengths before discarding any efforts we might make towards seeking help.

The fact remains, stress affects us all very differently and we learn to deal with it just as differently, keeping in my mind that we know, what helps us go into our secret comfort zone whenever we choose. Obviously when people around us see us struggle they reach out hoping their ways of tackling their own anguish would be the perfect way to help us.

The most important aspect of Stress Management is to first know and relate to what suits you best, though some of us need that little nudge from someone special, some seek solace in their solitude, while the rest just go back and forth in confusion and uncertainty trying to make sense of their next step in just accepting their predicaments.

Identifying the right stress management system that benefits you is imperative and to do that one must and always accept the one integral rule and that is, seeking help doesn’t show weakness, but strength and strong character. Speaking to a close friend, a therapist or just switching off from the illusions around you does and will help. Pay attention to your emotional and mental reflex action during stressful times, be in control on your body and mind. Eat healthy, get enough sleep, exercise, say no to placebos, be social by being around positive people helps us deal better with our issues and always remember give yourself a break you’re only human and it’s ok to turn away from it all for a moments peace. Not everyone can go on vacations when life gets out of control, but you can find your happy place and go there, do what relaxes your body and mind and allows you to think more logically and clearly and revives you to get back on your feet and face any adversity smiling right back at it with full confidence and inner peace.

Anti- Depressants, facts your Doctor won’t tell you

Are Anti-depressants a good option to deal with stress? This has been quite a debatable question. What are anti-depressants? Who really benefits from them the most? Do you really need them when you can’t grip over your emotions? Or If I am taking them, does that mean I am mentally ill?

Before I elaborate on these frequently asked questions let me remind you one simple but factual thing, if you are reading this article and have asked yourself these questions in the past or present let me assure you that you are Not Bonkers! Many a times while at the doctors, we are given medication that we don’t really look into as we are being assured it would make us feel better and when we start feeling more in control, we brazenly take advantage of the fact, that we accept that there was no other way to deal with the turmoil’s our way your heart and mind were battling against. But in reality, this is only a way to avoid the obvious and evade yourself from the truth of what you need to do and that is to rebuild yourself up strong and powerful in your actions, thoughts and emotions. That’s why we humans face afflictions anyway, they are meant to strengthen our spirit not weaken it, ignoring this only make you succumb more and more into obscurity.

Anti-depressants are psychiatric medications used to treat patients with depressive disorders as it alleviates symptoms, they work like mood suppressants, they help in returning the stressful mood back into a normal state artificially.

They promote the action of monoamine oxidise, a brain enzyme that helps break down neurotransmitters like serotonin. Serotonin, found in the gastrointestinal tract, blood platelets and the CNS (central nervous systems) of humans and animals is the known to the main contributors to the feeling of well being and happiness. Anti-depressants are primarily anti-anxiety medication used to treat many conditions including depression and anxiety in the long run they aren’t the solution if you are not suffering from any major clinical mental illness where no alternative medicine would help.

I personally would not recommend them as they don’t allow you to be affirmative in dealing with your issues that you aren’t strong enough to handle at that moment of time.

So, though it is believed that people should learn to deal with their anxieties and depression naturally , doctors debate the point by suggesting that we need help to regulate emotional problems though medication, the fact remains is if you don’t suffer from a major mental illness like, schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, Obsessive- Compulsive disorder (OCD), Anorexia Nervosa and Bulimia Nervosa to name a few, then your doctor urging you to take them just to help you relax and be more assertive is just as ridiculous as thinking it’s actually a good idea.

Now, here is the part where it starts to all make sense of why I am totally against Anti-depressants when you really not mentally ill but just going through life’s major ups and downs. It has been proven that any medication that involves serotonin regulation is potentially set to cause Serotonin toxicity, which mean excess of serotonin can induce mania, restlessness, agitation, insomnia and emotional lability. Monoamine oxidise inhibitors or Anti-depressants have serious side effects such as, seizures, edema, weight loss and gain, sexual dysfunction, diarrhoea, nausea, insomnia, drowsiness, fainting spells, postural hypotension and hypertension just to name a few. The doctor would at times mention these symptoms as a general information one might receive at the time of when the dosage is prescribed, but what he would fail to tell you is the seriousness of using Serotonin regulators.

My advice to you is, next time you feel you are being lured into taking anti-depressants by your doctor because medically for them it’s the appropriate thing to do, stop and question yourself, do you really need them when alternate therapies and healing techniques can help you better.

Sadly, I have noticed that people have lost the ability through the years, to deal with their emotions as our ancestors did. Were they stronger than us especially when we hear heroic stories of their life’s struggle and we come nowhere near to dealing with adversities they faced in our time. The struggle for being financially stable, have a happy home and loving family and friends remains on all of our list of having a balanced life.

But did our ancestors really know the art of staying balanced through the madness of life unlike us? Or has progressing socially and hedonistically enslave us to the illusion of a competitive life to such extremes that we have decided to forget to find inner peace as long we make it through the day unscathed and undefeated? Has Hedonism really manipulated us into to turning away from all that’s natural and pure? Is there a truly a better way to find your inner peace without stimulants and placebos? Is it really possible to swoon back to serenity?

It might surprise you to know that although we might think that we are way to rigid or powerless in our ability to focus through troubled times, its actually when you are at your emotional and vulnerable peak is when you find inner strength to move towards finding your moment of solace. Breaking through the barriers within your mind that restricts you to try something new apart from the obvious remedies is the key. Allowing yourself to let go of your inhibitions about doubting your own inner strength is what mediation will do for you.

It takes you on a journey to a very unknown realm your soul has been long craving to be in. Imagine yourself in the most crowded chaotic place you can find, then imagine everything around you loud and incoherent, then try to find one second of silence within it all. Seems impossible doesn’t it, well actually the secret is you cannot escape the chaos by acknowledging it, when you learn to realise that it’s all impermanent, illusionary and self-manifested it becomes much easier to switch off from it. There was a time when I myself couldn’t drive without smoking, I’d sit in the car first light up and then start the engine, the more traffic I faced the more I smoked to calm down my nerves.

Placebos were never a solution their addictive qualities succumb our consciousness to rise and weaken us to a point where we don’t see any logic in a little bit of perseverance to finding an alternative path that is truly reviving and healing for us. Not everyone can go on a spiritual path and switch from the third dimension like I did, but yes everyone can find their Eden and reach it while engulfed in a turbulent lifestyle. All you need to know and be aware are the fact that two realities exist. One the conventional, all that is immediate, logical and seen, the other is the Ultimate reality, that allows you to detach from all that’s unreal, impermanent, illusionary and self-created. Once you master the art of grasping the power and ability to reach beyond and perceive reality with your soul, that’s when you start to realise that all that had overpowered you to fail and doubt never really existed at all.

Part Two: Swoon back to Serenity! How mysticism can save your life!

Revive your life! vitamins & minerals that rejuvenate

History of Herbalism

As we evolved through time, our bodies somewhere in the process of regenerating itself to what we are today, got weakened. As human progressed, mentally, economically, emotionally and socially, we did forget to understand the gravity of not having balance within ourselves. Throughout evolution our bodies somehow lost the ability to make vitamins as they were already present in generous amounts in the food we ate through the years, yet still we lead ourselves down a path that slowly subtly started to weaken our physical being without realising the initial tell-tale signs of it all.

If one wonders about when exactly did our bodies start to lose resistance, well surprisingly enough it’s been a concern for many since anyone can remember. From the start of sustainable agriculture, the benefits of what food had on our health, was first recorded in the ancient’s scribes of Sumeria (present day Iraq) at the cities of Mesopotamia and ancient Babylon. The health benefits of the agriculture produce were studied in greater detail however the records that were on clay tablets have been destroyed and the rest lost through time.

Ancient Egyptians recommended certain foods for improving night vision, it was the Greeks, Romans and the Arabs much later in time that made advances in medicine, though they couldn’t prevent health problems from occurring however they knew how to deal with a certain illness once the symptoms began to show. Sadly, early herbalist had preventive potions that worked wonders, but were aggressively dismissed as being works of wizardry and witchcraft, years later in Europe, the Church diminished all medical theories of science as they considered it blasphemous, which made the rise of any basic knowledge of herbs and its benefits were impossible to be given any acknowledgement.

In 1750, Scottish Naval doctor James Lind, recognised an unknown property found in the citrus fruit (Vitamin C) which was undefined, then worked miracles in curing scurvy. In 1753 he did publish his findings and surprisingly his breakthrough was ignored and dismissed.

It was only in the 18th century that change began of this somewhat barbaric theory behind herbalism after 100,000 British Sailors died due to scurvy its only then when the Lords of Admiralty accepted this new-found phenomenon in Vitamin C, which was found in citrus fruits and then by surprise the healing abilities of it took the British Empire by storm. All British ships soon found themselves, hoarding Lemons as precautions for scurvy. Hence they were branded with the nickname ‘Limeys’ due to the fact of the limes they kept in enough supply for the crew when they embarked to sail on many adventures.

What are Vitamins and Minerals, and why do we need them?

Vitamins: Are Organic Compounds that are essential nutrients that an organism needs in limited amounts. The organic chemical compound is called Vitamin, especially when the body cannot synthesize(manufacture) the said compound in sufficient quantities. Then it is imperative one must obtain them through a nourishing diet. Everybody needs nutrients to functions and ward off and fight diseases. Vitamins are essential for normal growth and as they are a basic compound needed by our body and are made through our cells from other nutrients. As we evolved without the ability to get the required dosage of vitamins the body needs, hence it is necessary to supplement them. Although we need a certain dose of our daily Vitamins to help us grow and develop our body, however it is possible to become deficient of them even if they are present amply in the food we eat. Additional supplements become necessary to prevent damage to your health and wellbeing.

Minerals: Are inorganic substances found in the soil and rocks. They are very essential nutrients that the body needs to survive and carry out our daily functions of life. We get them from plants that absorbs these minerals from the earth, and from animals that graze on these plants. Minerals are important for various body functions and are a key element in building strong bones, teeth, blood, skin, hair, nerve function muscle and for the metabolic process that turns food into energy.

So how does one understand when it is the right time to start with supplements? What dosage is appropriate and more importantly, what one must take and why? The obvious answer to these would remain is that, Children, Pregnant and breastfeeding mothers, diabetics and men and woman past and age of having the ability to maintain these balances are the first choice to introduce supplements to.

But what if I tell you, that age, hormones and illness are not the only reasons to start considering taking supplements. Sadly, the world we live in today being extremely polluted and toxic has alarmingly and gradually begun to destroy the balance within our bodies, no matter how healthy your daily regime might be, we all are at risk of loosing precious vitamins and minerals that our body needs to survive and to strengthen our defence system against other lurking diseases. Before you decide to fortify yourself, always first know and understand how your individual body is reacting to your environment. And by that I simply mean, regular monetary health check-ups and blood tests which would reveal very important levels and imbalances your body that reveal diseases it might be fighting against.

Dealing with Deficiencies

The fact remains is we never realise in any moment of time how our lifestyle is actually quite inadequate in maintain a proper balance for our body. Its only when we start noticing tell tale signs that we pay attention to ourselves and seek help. So how does one decipher these signs our bodies are trying to communicate to us? How do we determine that these are really something one should start worrying about? Understanding how deficiencies make themselves known to us is by first learning the lack of which Vitamin and Minerals are causing them. To make you comprehend these signs better, I have listed down a few of the most common deficiencies signs of Vitamin D, that would help you spot them better when you go through it and what can help control this most common deficiency that affects 75% of India’s population.

The Cause and the Cure

Deficiency: Vitamin D, The Sunshine Vitamin

Symptoms: Bone pain, muscle weakness, Liver, kidney and Heredity disorders, osteoporosis (a condition where bones becomes brittle and brittle due to loss of tissue, hormonal changes and deficiency of calcium and Vitamin D ), poor hair growth, cancer risk and rickets ( imperfect calcification or hardening of the bones, softening and distortion of the bones resulting in bow legs) in children.

Cure: Vitamin D helps absorb Calcium into your body, which is vital in for strengthening Bones. It also plays a very important role in your nervous system, muscle and immune systems. This being one of the most common deficiencies that affect many globally and it is important to understand how to acquire your daily dose most effectively. Vitamin D is attained in three ways, though the skin after exposure to sunlight, from your diet and from supplements. As we also know too much exposure to the sun does cause adverse effects such as skin aging and skin cancer, leaving us to find alternatives. Sadly, as most Indians including me, are Vitamin D deficient, it’s crucial we all know and understand the importance of why we need to start our daily supplements and it is vital to educate ourselves to be certain on the right dosage, is equally critical.

There minimum requirement of Vitamin D per day depends upon your age. Listed below are in units (IU) in accordance to your age group:

• Birth to 12 months: 400 IU
• Children 1-13 years: 600 IU
• Teens 14-18 years: 600 IU
• Adults 19-70 years: 600 IU
• Adults 71 years and older: 800 IU
• Pregnant and breastfeeding women: 600 IU

So, lets get down to the nitty gritty! How do we get our daily supply of Vitamin D when you really aren’t the one to sunbathe or take the prescribed supplements from your nutritionist? Well, incorporate the right foods in your daily diet is the secret and whether you are a vegetarians or a non-vegetarian. Researching on foods that are rich with vitamins should be on everyone’s to-do list! educate yourself on what you eat and why exactly are you eating it. Get down to basics, stop reading labels on the obvious food brands that suggest they are high in vitamins, the best way to find them is to get out there and embrace mother nature and her beautiful produce and get them from the uncorrupted source, what could be more natural and pure.

Your Vitamin D diet in harmony with your food preference.

Vegetarians: Well load yourself up on dairy products, Soy Milk, tofu and Mushrooms which are astoundingly highly packed with Vitamin D. And if you aren’t the squeamish kind and call yourself an “Eggatarian” well congratulations! Cause you can add egg yolks to your diet without any qualms since the yolk is where all the Vitamin D is stored in the egg. So, eat away!

Non-vegetarians: By not sounding pompous I do say however that we non-vegetarians have got it made! Apart from being at liberty to eat from the suggested vegetarian diet, we can choose from a wide variety of fresh produce including protein to add in our list for a quick jump-start for our Vitamin D intake. However always understanding the cardinal rule that one must maintain a balance with what you are eating. Choosing the right protein is extremely important so ensure other organs don’t get effected by them. Red meat is definitely a no-no when eaten excessively since it being high in saturated fat which is known to raise the blood cholesterol in turn making the LDL cholesterol increase the risks of heart diseases.

The much wiser approach is to switch to Fish, being rich in protein and Vitamin D is also the best source for Omega D3 fatty acids which is vital for your body and brain. Fatty Fish like Salmon, Trout, Tuna, Sardines and mackerel are richer in fatty acids, which reduce the risk of heart diseases. Ensure to add fish to your diet to minimum twice a week for your recommended dose.

The Significance of Supplements

Ever wondered why you need supplements? We in our daily lives are bombarded with a gazillion confusingly uncertain propaganda that glorify natural supplements most of them many of us haven’t even heard of. Each professing their magical capabilities in healing and bringing balance to the body and mind. All sounds very mythic and yet somewhat believable for as we remain clueless, everyone of us strive for a healthier self and lifestyle amongst the corrupted environment that surrounds us, which alarmingly and gradually is destroying our immune system. Before you subscribe to any of them blindly, self -reflect upon the way we are living. Everything around us that was once pure is slowly fading away, improper farming techniques deplete the soil of its essential nutrients, so when plants are grown on the same soil repeatedly it loses vitamins, minerals and microbes before it has even time to regenerate.

Plants are robbed of nutrients when they are treated with pesticides and chemicals that are used to make them grow faster, which are more harmful to us than anyone can imagine. Even the water we drink is stripped off important minerals such a magnesium during filtration and further contaminated with chlorine and potentially harmful chemicals like fluoride. Being well aware of these atrocities we further cause damage to our bodies by following a ridiculous diet regime that actually doesn’t benefit us at all.

Most of the time what we think is healthy eating in realty is quite absurd. Low calorie diets are low in nutrients, which means if you are watching your weight you need to find an appropriate diet plan that combines all the important vitamins and minerals one needs as per their daily dosage. Choosing to avoid this, would only make matters goes worse for your body in the long run. Balance is extremely vital in maintain the proper function of your body. Whether you are on a diet or not , regardless of your body mass index, every human being on earth needs it’s vitamins on daily bases , eating a healthy meal three times a day is essential and most strictly following a dedicated and disciplined routine of fortifying your system with the essential supplements you need to strengthen your immune system and safeguard yourself from the toxic chaos that surrounds our world today.

Your body needs more nutrients to fight toxins, sad enough the body tends to absorb less nutrient as we grow older, while dealing with an illness or when living with lifelong ailments such as diabetes as I do. I however, programmed myself to understand that my body needs that extra help to cope with all that slowly deteriorates it. One naturally adapts to being wiser in learning how to compensate for all the vitamins their body lacks and steer it onto the path of complete rejuvenation.

So how do you know what supplements that one can buy off the counter are good for you? By first understanding the purity, the nutrition facts and the cure behind them. I list the top three most popular trends in rejuvenation vitamins that the world had grown fond of and have trusted through time.

Biotin Tabs

The word Biotin is derived from the Greek word “biotos” meaning life or sustenance. Also, known as Vitamin H, Biotin is one of the B complex vitamins that enables the body to convert food into energy and keeps your, hair, skin, eyes, livers and nervous system healthy while also being an imperative nutrient during pregnancy as it aides in proper embryonic growth. Studies have proven that people with type2 diabetes benefit from Biotin as it helps regulate blood glucose levels. One can get their dose of Biotin from egg yolks, soybeans, whole grains, cauliflower, nuts such as almonds, pecans and walnuts, mushrooms and organ meats such as liver and kidney. A person needs about 30 to 200 micrograms of Biotin per day, so when you can’t manage to systematically have a regularly balanced meals that are enriched which Biotin, here come the supplements to the rescue!

Stinging Nettle Roots

Stinging Nettle LeavesStinging Nettle or Common Nettle is native to Europe, Asia, North Africa and western north America. This ingenious little plant made its significance known thousands of years ago starting with the ancient Egyptians. Nettle infusion was used to treat arthritis and lumbago pains. Urtification, is a method of lashing oneself with nettle plant and being stung by the thorn laden leaves, it was a standard practice done by many cultures for thousands of years. It was used to treat chronic rheumatism, lethargy, coma, paralysis and even cholera. Roman soldiers are believed to have introduced nettle to the British Isles, by the method of Urtification, to relieve themselves painful legs after long marches.

In 46-377 B.C, Greek physician Hippocrates created 61 remedies using the humble Nettle plant. The variety of cures this unassuming plant had truly made its debut in the book De Simplicbus in second century A.D written by Greek physician Galen. The uses were remarkable and endless, from treating, dog bites, mouth sores, sinuses, excessive menstruation, swellings, gangrenous wound, asthma, pneumonia, spleen related illness and even used as a diuretic and laxative just to name a few.

Nettle, the priceless panacea for men

Nettle is known for it’s nutritional value is rich in vitamins and minerals and because of it’s anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties, it’s been immensely used to relieving urinary tract and prostrate problems. Prostatitis though commonly affects men between the age group of 30 to 50, they are however cases reported for men below that range as well. Being a bacterial infection, it lingers on for months and is known to get aggravated after men suffer from an urinary tract infection (UTI) or acute bacterial prostatitis. Benign Prostrate Hyperplasia (BHP) is a noncancerous increase of size of the prostrate, complication due to it lead to UTI’s, bladder stones and chronic kidney problems.

BPH affects men as they age, and studies show 50% of men between 50-70 and 90% of men above the age of 80. The unpleasant side effects like the frequent urge to urinate mostly at night makes it very problematic for anyone suffering with it. Research has proven the Stinging Nettle is effective in reducing the prostate size as well as the symptoms and is also worked wonders against it fight with BPH and it’s one of a kind healing ability has been appreciated worldwide. The reason for this success rate is due to the fact that Stinging Nettle contains compounds that inhibit enzyme 5-alpha, which converts testosterone into dihydrotestosterone (DHT) which is the potent androgen hormone that’s associates with prostrate enlargement, low testosterone levels and also hair loss.

Men and woman reach puberty due to the production and release of testosterone, regardless of the belief that this hormone is mostly associated with men, women also produce it. Testosterone helps stabilise sexual libido in women and regulate and sustain bone mass. Nettle assists in maintaining healthy testosterone levels and is used also increase the sex drive due to its ability to keep the hormone active. Nettle is also used worldwide as a libido stimulant and is preferred for it does not encourage BPH.

Pumpkin Seeds

Pumpkin SeedsPumpkins originated in central America, the seeds related to this plant were found in Mexico that date back to around 5500B.C. The word pumpkin is derived from the Greek word Pepon meaning large melon and were very popular in ancient Greece. Renamed by the English as Pumpion in 1547, Pepitas as known in Mexico is used in their cuisine for the dietary and medicinal properties. North American tribes were the first to discover their remarkable qualities, the seed improves over time and the nutritive values increases as they decompose.

According to tests done at the Massachusetts Experimental Station, results showed that squash and pumpkin seeds when stored for more that five months show an increase in protein content. These light green oval seeds are rich in nutrients and contain high content of protein , dietary fibre and numerous micronutrients. In a serving of 100gms of dried and shelled seed the calorie count is 574 kcal and is an excellent source of niacin, iron, zinc, manganese, magnesium and phosphorus. To those who don’t understand that benefits of these, let me break it down for you to get a better understanding of the importance of these vitamins and minerals.

Properties of Pumpkin seeds, dried and shelled

Copper: Helps the body form collagen (is a protein in the body that gives structure to hair, skin, nails, bones, ligaments and tendons) and assist in absorbing Iron while it plays a major role in energy production, together it enables the body to form red blood cells. Apart from maintaining healthy bones, blood vessels, nerves and immune function, copper in your diet.

Niacin: Is one the eight B Vitamins, also known as Vitamin B3, it is proved to improve cholesterol levels and lower cardiovascular risks, ease arthritis and energise brain function.

Iron: Two thirds of your body’s Iron is represented by Haemoglobin which is a protein molecule in red blood cells responsible for oxygen carrying blood cells, from the lung to the body’s and returns carbon dioxide from the tissues back to the lungs. Lack of Iron tampers with Haemoglobin’s routine leading to anaemia. During inadequacy of healthy red blood cells that body doesn’t get enough oxygen. Iron creates energy from nutrients and assists in the transmission of nerve impulses(signals that coordinates actions to various parts of your body) and is imperative in maintaining healthy cells, skin nails and hair.

Zinc: This metal is knowns as the “essential trace element” for the reason being we need very small amounts of it. Used for treating common cold, ear infections, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, preventing lower respiratory infections, Malaria, skin conditions and acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS)

Manganese: Like Zinc is a trace mineral needed in small amounts. It plays a vital role in fat and carbohydrate metabolism, calcium, absorption and blood sugar regulation. It is important for normal brain and nerve function, low levels of this mineral can cause infertility, bone malformation, weakness and seizures.
Magnesium: One of the fourth most abundant mineral in the body, it plays several roles in the well being of your body and brain. Found in the earth , sea, plants and animals, 60% of the magnesium is also found in your bones. Needed in every cell in your body to function knowns as the “helper molecule” in biochemical reactions as it perpetually performed by enzymes, for creations of energy, protein formation, gene maintenance, muscles movements and nervous system regulation.

Phosphorus: Is a mineral found in foods like beer, cheese, beans and fish and it plays a vital role in maintaining the balance in your kidneys, bones, muscles and blood vessels. Phosphorus and calcium work together in building strong bones and is essential in it’s structural role on nucleic acids (molecules that make organisms transfer genetic information from one generation to the next) and cell membranes (they protect the cells from its surroundings).

Fortifying yourself for a better future!

One must always know the fine balance of Vitamins and Minerals your body needs, an imbalance of these will cause harm in the long run. Eating a well-planned diet is the key to acquiring a health body and mind. We tend to overlook the seriousness of how lack of proper Vitamins and Minerals can play havoc every part of our body and mind. It’s a known fact our body by itself cannot produce the required amount of them both on daily bases and we need a little help from mother nature to keep us healthy by supplementing ourselves with all that naturally evades our well-being. A simplified way to be in control on your daily supplements is to understand what the warning signs your body and mind gives out. When Its reacting to deficiencies, listen, understand and act upon them by consulting a physician and by also doing your own homework on finding natural supplements to compensate them. Remember spend that little extra time on yourself from your busy schedule and take heed to pamper cravings your body seeks at that moment in time. All your body needs is a little understanding, love and care to make you go that extra mile in life feeling alive, strong and healthy!

Happy Healing Ya’ll!!!

Beta blocker helps protect from skin cancer

Skin Cancer Beta Blockers

Skin cancer is one of the top diagnosed cancers in the world. Skin cancer is also often misdiagnosed. As there are various types of skin cancer symptoms, so it can be difficult to know if you have it. Fortunately in India, skin cancer is not amongst the top cancers affecting the population.

Beta Blockers

As reported by FinancialExpress, Beta blocker usually used to treat high blood pressure can now protect against the sun-induced cell damage that leads to skin cancer. The researchers aim to incorporate carvedilol or similar beta blockers into a skin cream or spray that could hopefully be used to prevent skin cancer, arising from UV light exposure. The treatment would act on the skin without affecting blood pressure and heart rate, which are commonly altered by beta blockers.

Essential Oils

Apart from Beta blockers and other traditional treatments of cancer which have severe side effects. There are essential oils which also help, but have never been put it in spotlight because of Big Pharma. One such oil is Frankincense Essential oil. Frankincense, has been used for thousands of years and is one of the most rare natural healing agents on the planet. Several clinical studies have been recently published proving its ability to help combat various cancers, including breast, bladder and skin tumours.

We believe that nature has the cure to all issues troubling modern man/women. We just need to do a little bit of research.