HEALTH IS WEALTH
WHAT IS HEALTH?
WHO: Health is a State of Complete Physical, Mental and Social Well-Being and not merely the absence of Disease or Infirmity.
IMA: Health is a Condition of being sound in Body, Mind and/or Spirit.
MAS (Russia): Free of wound or injury, Unhurt; Free of Defect or Impairment, Intact; Physically Sound and Healthy; Free of Disease or Deformity; mentally or Emotionally Sound.
We can see that these two words: "Health" and "Whole" are quite similar in their meaning. To be healthy also means to be whole. Human being is a psychosomatic organism. It is one unit - interrelated and intertwined. What affects the mind also affects the body and vice versa. Health cannot be said to be exclusively of the mind or of the body.
Health is becoming a problem for most of us because of our daily lifestyle and the physical environment around us. PPP (Pollution, Population and Poverty) are on the rise. Stress has become a common thing among both the young and the old. There are prevalent not only many physical illnesses and diseases but also psychological. In the big cities, the exposure to television and other artificial media, pollution and a mechanical way of life are one of the major causes of ill health. Human beings are a part of this planet and whatever happens in the world, economically, sociologically, and environmentally does affect every human being. Human beings whether they live in America or India are basically, constitutionally same - both physically and psychologically. If one observes a little closely one would find that psychologically, basically consciousness is shared by all human beings. There are all kinds of influences, both visible and invisible around us - not spiritually, but environmentally, biologically and psychologically which have an effect on the overall organism.
Human beings, as other life forms function on energy. To work you need energy, to think you need energy, to eat and digest you need energy and so on. This energy is mostly wasted due various forms of Psychological Conflicts, Stress, Daily Problems, Habits and Overindulgence. When there is a lack of energy, there is a lack of health. When energy is wasted or blocked or suppressed, there manifest various forms of illnesses and diseases.
TO BE HEALTHY MEANS TO BE WHOLE - Psychologically and Physically - a Total Human Being. However, we are fragmented individuals. We divide life and living into compartments - personal and professional life, religious and everyday life - and we also divide ourselves through giving ourselves and psychologically sticking to various labels - Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Indian, American, Tajik, Afghans and so on.
Again, we have lost that relationship, that touch and contact with nature. In our daily pursuits and problems we have isolated ourselves as different, separate individuals each seeking his own security. We may go for a walk on a beach or go to a hill station on a holiday and say “how nice’, “how beautiful” but that is just a verbalization, a superficial response. We do not feel related to nature, even though one may profess to be a “nature lover”, as though one is outside of and separate from nature. To have that relationship with nature, to be related and to be sensitive towards it brings about a healthy state in itself.
HEALTH ALSO IMPLIES SIMPLICITY AND BALANCE. Simplicity, is not merely outward simplicity but more so an inward simplicity of being. We have made our minds complicated; we have cultivated knowledge and the intellect, thereby bringing about an imbalance. Intellect is only a part of our being and has its own place. Whereas the human structure also includes Observation, Perception and the Senses. When Senses operate as a whole then the Intellect has its right place. To be simple means to be free from accumulation in terms of knowledge, experiences and various repetitive pleasures and habits. The body has its own intelligence. If left to itself, it has a tremendous capacity to heal itself. But the mind imposes its own pursuits and desires on it thereby making it insensitive and lacking of energy. When the mind is not imposing itself on the body, then the body, left to itself, given rest and not abused, can function most healthily and efficiently.
The most important thing in all this is AWARENESS. One needs to aware of oneself - one’s reactions, responses and sensations. One has to be aware of one’s own body, its demands, and pursuits and the sensations, the feelings. To know about your mind or body by reading about it or by accumulating information is different from being aware of it. Information is merely words and is not the direct experiencing of one’s own total mechanism. When you are aware, sensitive, then you take care of yourself, then you do not overindulge or eat the wrong foods - not because you have read that it should or should not be done - but because you are aware. Then you have the feeling of responsibility. Then you eat the right foods, take the right amount of exercise and sleep and so on. Without awareness of how one’s body and mind operate, being healthy or whole is not possible. When one is sensitive, aware of oneself - then out of that awareness and sensitivity, the body and mind, as a whole unit can function most simply and intelligently.
With increasing work pressures and busy lifestyles, we often fail to pay attention to our body's health and fitness needs. This is when illnesses take over and lead to poor health and fatigue.
A healthy and fit person is often happy and positive about life. Each one of us should make it a point to take care of our health and physical fitness.
Here are a few simple tips for keeping healthy and happy -1. Exercise Regularly
SURVIVING 2010’S FITNESS RESOLUTIONS:
So how can we set fitness goals for the year and actually stick to them? And ACCOMPLISH them?
HERE’S 5 THINGS SUCCESSFUL GOAL-SETTERS DO THAT QUITTERS DON’T DO:
1. Keep your Goals Private
2. Figure out Why you want to Accomplish your Goal
3. Use this Reason to Keep you Going when things get Rough
4. Get around Likeminded People
5. If you stumble a bit, shrug it off
Arm Yourself with these 5 Success Mantras and you will get through 2010, look back, and realize the fact that you have not just transformed your Physical Body for the Better but have successfully injected a fresh blood to the very System harmonizing all 3 bodies – Physical, Mental and Spiritual (AURA through Positive Energy).
HOW TO DIET EFFECTIVELY?
“To diet or not to diet?” is a dilemma faced by many health freaks. Dieting is often misinterpreted as cutting down on your food. But in reality it isn’t so!
DIETING IS NOT JUST ABOUT CUTTING YOUR FOOD – IT IS ALL ABOUT EATING THE RIGHT PROPORTION OF FOOD COMBINED WITH REGULAR EXERCISE.
So What Exactly Is Dieting?
Dieting is healthy intake of food as per your weight combined with a regular exercise. The basic aim is to reduce your weight and maintain it as per your BMI (Body-Mass-Index).
How Does One Diet Effectively?
Following are some basic Dos and Don’ts on dieting:
1) Never skip your breakfast even though you have had a heavy meal the previous night.
2) Never eat more than your capacity.
3) Avoid fattening food like mayonnaise, cheese, deep fried stuff and red meat if possible.
4) Avoid over-eating or under-eating.
1) Exercise regularly – at least thrice a week. If that is not possible then go for jogs or brisk walks.
2) Have fresh fruit juices everyday.
3) Maintain a balanced diet.
The exact ratio for toning down your body is 30% Exercise and 70% Dieting, i.e. Proper and Balanced Diet.
I Wish to Start Dieting From Today – What Should I Do?
Just contact your nearest DELHI DARBAR Outlet and get the ball rolling. Please note that you need a lot of patience and perseverance to reduce weight – these two qualities are extremely essential and will pay off in the long run.
WANT TO LOOSE WEIGHT? TRY EATING
WORRIED ABOUT WEIGHT GAIN? EATING MIGHT HELP
Crisply fried hot outer layer with soft rich and spicy masala inside served with tamarind chutney is strong enough to tempt every single person. A mere mention of the name SAMOSA and the carving becomes impossible to overcome, only to learn that besides the taste it also carries 140 calories. Same with Metropolitan Populace when it comes to FRENCH FRIES. Prevalence of the guilt factor is often high after eating JUNK FOOD.
Such GUILT is usually followed by CRASH DIETING. With the prevalence of Fast Food, High Fat Snacks and Changing Lifestyle, keeping a HEALTHY DIET today is harder than ever. Especially after attending all those Christmas and New Year parties that extra inch almost puts each one of us into depression.
I have come across many who loves to eat but hates to exercise. Many depend on fat free snacks and colas, when I advice them that they may gain weight after eating these, they found it hard to believe. You may gain unnecessary weight by consuming Diet Coke. There are many who are not aware of the myths associated with Low Calorie Foods. Calories are a measure of the energy contained in the food we consume.
Our body requires a minimum level of calories for its normal functioning. Crash Dieting and Starvation may lead to Anorexia, Lean Muscles and Loss of Body Water. I believe that in order to lose weight maintaining a balanced diet is very essential, besides exercising. There is a serious need to clear misconceptions, that eating may lead to weight gain, you need to eat healthy to shed off the extra calories you gain.
CALORIE REQUIREMENTS DIFFER IN EVERY INDIVIDUAL. If on a weight loss program average calorie consumption can be anywhere between:
Type of work Calorie requirement:
Sedentary (Desk job) : 1800 – 2000
Moderate (Housewives) : 1300 – 1500
Heavy (Heavy work) : 2200 - 2500
COMPOSITION OF A BALANCED DIET:
A balanced diet should have a minimum of - 55-60% of carbohydrates, 15-20% of fat and the remaining proteins.There are many who find it difficult to have breakfast on a regular routine. "Never skip your breakfast, if you are too busy, at least grab a fruit". Breakfast is considered as the most important meal of the day and should consist of complex carbohydrates and fiber. It is very essential to begin the day by eating healthy food. A healthy breakfast can comprise of - half a cup of oats (unsweetened), 150ml of skimmed milk and fresh fruits. One can also choose between poha, upma and idli to start the day. Eating a healthy breakfast will increase your fat burning ability and boost the metabolism for the day.
It is very important to concentrate on weight maintenance. Balance is very essential and prevents sudden unwanted weight gain. Health drinks and powders are ineffective. How can you compromise your food with a mere spoon of powder? Eating involves satisfaction, no powder can give satisfaction. A well balanced lunch should comprise of chapati, dal, vegetables and curd. Note: Coconut is strictly to be avoided.
Rice should not be avoided completely. Rice is a staple diet for most of us however it should be consumed in moderate amounts. For all those who are not very fond of chapati go for brown bread as an alternative. Be it dieticians, doctors or fitness experts all have to say the same thing- a strict no to fried foods and sweets in all forms. 30- 45 minutes of brisk walking is essential. Drinking a minimum of two liters of water regularly is extremely good and helps in a glowing skin. We all know that maintaining a strict diet is important for that perfect figure, but how much can temptations be controlled. All it demands is a strong will power; saying no to a chocolate, ice-creams, cake, sweets like jalebi and rasmalai is difficult. The question still remains the same what is to be done to resist the craving. We at DELHI DARBAR have come up with a solution. A chart that lists items that one can have while eating:
|Whole fruits||Fruit juice|
|Tandoori roti||Nan,Roomali roti|
|Idli sambhar||Wada sambhar|
|Mixed veg raita||Boondi raita|
|Clear soup||Sweet corn soup|
Losing weight is not a difficult task all it requires is patience and control. Good food always lifts up the mood. Eating healthy is key factor. Instead of randomly cutting down on diet, a proper gradual routine has to be followed that involves exercise and food. One must first know his calorie requirements and follow a balanced diet. As widely said prevention is a better cure. Concentration on maintaining weight is beneficial. Start eating everything in a proper amount one month before New Year and Christmas, this prevents you from gaining weight later. However the fact is that most of us realise the intensity only after putting on weight. Low calorie diets definitely help after all nothing in this world feels better than your friend saying you look great after losing weight.
DELHI DARBAR’s TIP OFF FOR BODY ‘N’ SOUL:
FOOD FOR SELF: Ghee (Indian Clarified Butter) & Water energized with Mantra.
FOOD FOR MIND: Fruits (sweet), Green Vegetables, Coconut milk, Yogurt, Honey, Walnuts, Almonds, Rice, white meat, eggs and seafood.
FOOD FOR BODY: Fruits (citric), Vegetables which grow under the earth, Milk, Proteins, Wheat, Corn, Barley etc., Lentils, Spices and Red Meat.
BACK PAIN? - CONSIDER INVERSION THERAPY:
Let me start out by saying that I have had Back Pain and I have had Sciatica. So I know the feeling. I know how frustrating it can be, and I know how it can suck the joy right out of your life.
WHAT CONDITION ARE YOU SUFFERING FROM?
Today, Inversion Therapy can no longer be called an alternative treatment because it has been the subject of a great deal of clinical study. Inversion Therapy has been proven to help relieve many forms of back and neck pain including the following:
- Bulging Disc
- Herniated Disc
- Chronic Back Pain
- Lower Back Pain
- Neck Pain
- Pulled Back Muscles
- SI Joint Dysfunction
- Facet Joint Dysfunction
While relieving your back pain is your primary reason for considering Inversion Therapy, there are a number of additional benefits many people experience with a regular program of Inversion.
Here are 7 good reasons to use inversion therapy:
1. Maintains Your Height. Regularly inverting will help you avoid the "Shrinkage" that naturally occurs as a result of gravity over a lifetime.
2. Improves Circulation. When you're inverted, your blood circulation is aided by gravity rather than having to work against it. In addition, with inversion, gravity helps the lymphatic system clear faster, easing the aches and pains of stiff muscles.
3. Relieves Stress. Everyone knows that a full-body stretch is rejuvenating! An inversion table provides the same feeling of relaxation as a Yoga Class—with a lot less effort. Many people find that they sleep better with regular inversion therapy.
4. Heightens Mental Alertness. Any upside-down activity increases the supply of oxygen to the brain, which many experts believe helps maintain mental sharpness.
5. Increases Flexibility and Range of Motion. With inversion, your joints stay healthy and supple, meaning you can remain as active as you were in your younger years.
6. Improves Posture. The stretching that comes with reversing the force of gravity on your body helps you sit, stand, and move with more ease and grace.
7. Realigns the Spine after Workouts. Running and other aerobic activities inevitably compress your spine—often unevenly. One-sided activities such as golf or tennis often pull the spine out of alignment. During inversion, minor misalignments often correct themselves naturally.
Some Ultra-Challenging Activities you can do on an Inversion Table:
Five Exercises You can do at every Session:
1. INVERTED SQUATS: In the full inverted position, you can use your gluts and hamstrings to pull yourself up in order to bend your legs at your knees. Most of sufferers first need to strengthen their gluts and hamstrings as inverted squat isolates these two.
2. INVERTED CRUNCH: In the full inverted position, place your hands on your chest and use your abs to lift your upper body about one-third of way up.
3. INVERTED SIT-UP: In the full inverted position, extend your arms as if you were reaching for your feet and try to touch your feet; some experts say that one inverted sit-up is equivalent to 10 regular sit-ups.
4. INCREASE THE DECOMPRESSION: In the full inverted position, grab the table legs and pull down; this way you can increase and control the amount of decompression if you want or need more.
5. INVERTED ROTATION: In the full inverted position, reach with the opposite hand to the table legs and pull yourself into rotation; you can then switch hands and do the same for the opposite side.
HOW TO GET STARTED?
Let's take a look at what a back pain sufferer will go through in a typical session. First, you do not need to go into full inversion to get the benefits. (Note: It will take time before you will be able to tolerate full inversion.) Here is a simple guide for beginners:
First 2 Weeks: Adjust the table to go to 20-30 degrees for 1 to 2 minutes, once or twice a day. Slowly increase your time until you become comfortable with the process and the position. The best way to tell if you're getting used to the inversion table is whether or not you can relax while you're using it.
Partial Inversion after 2 weeks: This is considered anything up to 60 degrees, which is parallel with the rear legs of the table. See if you can work your way up to 15 minutes, once or twice a day. There are two basic ways to invert:
- STATIC INVERSION: This is when you hold yourself at the desired angle and do not move from that position.
- INTERMITTENT INVERSION: This involves using a rocking motion, alternating 20 to 30 seconds in the inverted position and 20 to 30 seconds in the upright position. Some people believe that it is the pumping action that delivers the best results. You will have to experiment to see which way is most comfortable and works best for you.
Full Inversion after 2 weeks: This is when your body is completely upside down and hanging freely. Full inversion is the position you need to be in to do the 5 ULTRA exercises listed above. The amount of time you spend is up to you, but 5 to 15 minutes twice a day is recommended. The amount of time it takes for you to tolerate full inversion will depend on your ability to accommodate to the position; everyone is different so go slow.
ONE LAST SAFETY TIP: While inversion has been proven to be beneficial, it is best to start slow—that is, at a low angle for short amounts of time. Going straight into full inversion will make you sore. So please resist the temptation to go into full inversion day one.
ONE LAST SUCCESS TIP: Be patient and consistent with its use, the inversion table is a device that can be used for a lifetime to support optimal health. So make a habit of using it on a consistent basis, the research supports the use and your body will reap the benefits.
POOP YOUR WAY FREE OF BACK PAIN
Whether you have Flat Abs or Beer Belly, you may experience pain due to abdominal gas and excess fecal matter in your intestines. It has been said that if you have only one bowel movement a day, you have upto 8 meals left in your intestines. Gas can develop in a matter of hours after eating and stay around for a long time.
How does this relate to Back Pain? Abdominal Gas can be devastating to the Back-Pain Sufferer, especially for one who is trying to take a Natural approach and is using Stretching and Exercises to get relief, simply because, the position of your Pelvis and the curvature of your spine are the 2 biggest factors that affect any condition that causes Bach-Pain. Although the treatment you are using is a good one, your results will be hindered by a distended Belly.
BIG BELLY GAS PAINS:
Let me give you an example: Suppose the last thing you eat at night is fruit. Your body will begin to digest it, and because fruit ferments very quickly, gas will be an automatic byproduct of that breakdown. Without any other food matter to push the gas along, it will get trapped. All night long your body will be fighting the effects of that gas, and you will wake up in the morning with killer back pain. THAT'S WHY I NEVER RECOMMEND FRUIT AS A MIDNIGHT SNACK. Right now you may be thinking: What's so bad about a little gas? Answer: If your belly gets distended-much like a pregnant women-your abdominals are going to get stretched out, which means they are not going to be able to stabilize your pelvis as they should.
There is no amount of abdominal strengthening you could do to overcome the outward push of that abdominal gas. If your belly is distended, you will never achieve the neutral position for the pelvis that you need to get relief.
FLAT ABS GAS PAINS:
I know what some of you are going to say: "But what if I have Flat Abs and Back Pain?" Even if you have rock-hard abs, the gas-instead of pushing your belly outward-could be pushing your intestines back into your spine and the muscle of your spine. That irritation of your intestines could be just as bad as, if not worse than, the outward forces. In either case, you will be amazed at how fast you'll get relief if you work on getting that gas out of your system.
If having too much gas was not bad enough, there are at least 5 other irritating conditions that can affect your back pain due to improper bowel movement:
1.MOST PEOPLE ARE CHRONICALLY DEHYDRATED, which usually leads to constipation. Other reasons you might be constipated include the medications you are taking and the foods you eat. With constipation, you go through your day with excess pressure on your bowels. And whenever your colon is full of waste matter, it will be stiff and rigid. Because your colon is so close to your spine and the muscle of your spine, mobility becomes an issue, not to mention more pain.
2. CONSTIPATION CREATES STRAIN. If your fecal matter is dry, hard, and difficult to eliminate, you will have to work harder to get rid of it. This can be murder on your body-your blood pressure spikes, your rectum is traumatized, and the pressure on your spine is tremendous.
3. FOOD ALLERGIES CAUSE INFLAMMATION. Whether we know it or not, many of us have food allergies (nuts, wheat, milk, beans, etc.). With any allergies, you will have an inflammatory reaction, and the inflammation that emanates from your intestinal track is so close to your spine that the inflammation is going to affect the muscle of your spine.
4. POOR NUTRIENT ABSORPTION CAN ADD POUNDS. A digestive track that is not absorbing nutrients properly will not allow your body to get the nutrients it needs to repair itself. This can bring on a chronic cycle of eating to try to satisfy your nutritional needs, which likely will lead to weight gain.
5. STRESS ON INTERNAL ORGANS WEAKENS TISSUE. The weight of the excess stool will put stress on your internal organs-your stomach, small intestines, and large intestines, all of which are held in place by very delicate fibrous connective tissue. As that connective tissue is weighed down over time, it will start to fail than sag and than your trouble are going to be compounded.
POOP AWAY PAIN:
Most people would do almost anything to get rid of their Back Pain. If you are undergoing any type of treatment (including the principles of Muscle Balance Therapy) and want to improve your odds of getting relief sooner, try these tips:
(a) DRINK MORE WATER. A good rule of thumb is to drink one ounce of water for every two pounds of your body weight. For instance, if you weigh 100 pounds, drink at least 50 ounces of water each day.
(b) GIVE YOURSELF A VISCERAL MASSAGE (CALLED SUN-MOON). To begin, lie on your back and with both hands starting just above your right hip, apply inward pressure on your abdomen, going straight up to the bottom of your rib cage. Then follow along the bottom of the rib cage to the left and then down to the top of the left hip. Go slow and repeat to tolerance.
(c) TRY HYDRO COLON THERAPY. Also know as Colonic Irrigation, it is a highly effective, although somewhat uncomfortable, method of flushing out the colon, or large intestine. Similar to an enema but more extensive, this procedure can be pricey (it has to be done by a trained professional).
(d) A LESS-INVASIVE OPTION IS TO FIND A GOOD ALL-NATURAL COLON-CLEANSING PRODUCT. Many of the new formulations taste okay, work gently, and cause no cramping or bloating. Most of these products begin to work overnight. The better products come with an anti-parasitic and an herbal tea.
To get the best results from whatever Back Pain Treatment you are trying right now, do yourself a favor and Drink More Water and Cleanse Your Colon. You will be amazed at the results and your waist line will love you too.
BACK PAIN AT THE OFFICE?
It's your Aching Back that's sucking the joy out of your nine-to-six existence and making you feel 10 years older to boot.
Sure, you've learned to tolerate the bad coffee, pointless meetings, and lame jokes in the course of your day. But you just can't tough it out when it comes to back pain, which can range from dull, nagging aches to those unexpected twinges that feel like you've been hit with a taser gun. If it's any consolation, you're not alone. The bad news about back pain is that it not only lives with you all day at the office but it also comes home with you at night. It may even dog your weekends.
HOW DO YOU DEVELOP PAIN?
If you are experiencing Back-Pain at the office, you may think that it is coming from all the sitting, standing and lifting that you have to do. And indirectly, it does. But it is actually more about how the body has to adapt to all the sitting, standing and lifting than the activity itself. Let’s take Sitting as an example. Because of the amount of time you spend sitting, your body must gradually adapt itself to that position. This happens in a number of ways. The first thing it must adapt to is how the weight goes through your hips and pelvis. Then there is the way you Sit-Upright, Slouching or something in between. Most importantly, it’s what happens to the muscles while you are sitting. For example, your hip flexors will get tight from being in a shortened position and your butt will get weak and flabby from being in a relaxed state.
That simple combination of tight hip flexors and weak gluts is called a Muscle Imbalance. The result of these muscle imbalances will be postural dysfunctions of your Pelvis and Spine. These imbalances send both your spine and pelvis into abnormal positions, the combination of which can be devastating to a person with a healthy back and catastrophic for a person suffering from any form of back pain.
WHAT CAN YOU DO ABOUT IT?
What you must also understand is that your imbalances are the result of what you do in your everyday life-your workouts, sitting, the activities of your job, and your own personal habits. I'm not going to tell you to stop going to work. But what if you changed the way you present yourself at your desk?
Action steps to take Because you have to work and because the quality of your life depends on your career, you need to be able to make the most of your situation. Let me give you just a few tips to help you through the day:
SITTING: When I sit, I sit with my legs in all different positions-sometimes bent, sometimes behind me, other times stretched out in front or even to the side of me, keep the legs moving. Every 10 minutes or so, I will work my body in some way-and, yes, that includes walking away from my desk. But more than that, I make it a habit to stand up when the phone rings. I also stand when I have to read something or when I'm rearranging the stack of stuff on my desk for greater productivity.
STANDING: If your job requires you to stand all day long, be sure you have quality footwear and a neutral shoe insert. Our body mechanics start when our feet hit the ground. It is best if your feet are in the most neutral position possible. One negative body pattern that many people fall into is to continually shift their weight from one foot to the other. The problem with this is that most people find eventually decide that one leg will be more comfortable than the other, and then that leg will get most of the weight most of the time. This will wreak havoc on the pelvis and spine. Better to put equal on each foot as much as you can, and learn to correct when you catch yourself shifting your weight or leaning on one leg too much.
LIFTING: A third obstacle on the job can be situations where you have to lift anything over 10 pounds repeatedly. Again, it's not the activity itself that puts you in jeopardy; it's your body's inability to tolerate the stress of the weight. In other words, you should be able to lift anything you want to and not have any difficulty doing it. The problem occurs when your body is suffering from the muscle imbalances and postural dysfunctions that we talked about earlier-and you don't even know it. So, when you lift that object and you get injured, think of it as the straw that broke the camels' back. Your body was already in a compromised state, and it just needed that last bit of stress to send you in to a painful condition.
Potassium is a very important mineral that helps us feel and be healthy every day. Potassium is found inside the human body cells (also found outside the body cells in very small quantity of about 2-3% of total Potassium contents of the body). Potassium plays an important role in smooth muscular and cellular functioning, cardiovascular functioning, muscle contractions, nerve transmission, in conversion of glucose into glycogen and muscle building etc. Potassium in body is necessary to monitor and regulate Aldosterone (Hormone found in human body).
It also plays an important role of a catalyst for many types of enzymes inside the human body, in other terms, it helps in spawning many important chemical reactions inside human body. It is believed by many doctors that Potassium helps in improving ATP Hydrolysis.
CAUSES OF POTASSIUM DEFICIENCY:
Most common causes of Potassium Deficiency include Diarrhea and Vomiting. So the treatment in such cases is to ensure that there are sufficient Potassium and Mineral supplements in the Diet. If Vomiting is self-induced, as in Bulimia, Psychiatric treatment is advised.
Hyperthyroidism, an illness of Thyroid, the main Hormone producing gland, is also known to cause Potassium Deficiency. If prolonged may result in other fatal loss of minerals like Magnesium, Sodium and Calcium.
There are numerous treatments available for Hyperthyroidism, all requiring some level of medical supervision.
Medications known to increase the likelihood of potassium deficiency include Diuretics, Cortisones and Drugs for Controlling High Blood Pressure. If changing medications is not feasible, it may be necessary to supplement with potassium or mineral tablets.
It has been suggested that potassium deficiency may be a side effect of malfunctioning kidneys that contributes to Rheumatoid Arthritis. However, Hyperkalemia, or excessive potassium in the blood, has been linked to kidney problems.
SENIOR CITIZEN? – DELHI DARBAR CARES YOU THE MOST:
Although after 50 the physical changes in men might not be as pronounced as those in the women, but these changes call for immediate corrections in Eating Habits and Lifestyle, because you start experiencing a drop in metabolic rate, digestion capacity and testosterone levels.
MUSCLE POWER: vitamin B6 helps metabolize amino acids, which are building blocks of Protein. It also helps make Serotonin, the hormone that keeps us in a good mood.
BONE POWER: Calcium deficiency that leads to bone-loss and risk of fractures and osteoporosis is especially common in women as they grow older.
MENTAL POWER: Our Nerve function, mood and energy is controlled by vitamin B12. Its deficiency causes fatigue, makes us feel down, lethargic and dull.
TEETH POWER: Another age related change that affects nutrition intake is the loss of Teeth. Here special attention is required for the intake of nutrients that are harder to absorb, like Calcium, Phosphorous and Vitamin D.
Apart from Teeth, failure to absorb nutrients is usually because of decreased Gastric Acid Secretion. If calcium supplement is required it must contain K2, because it helps the calcium assimilate in the bones and prevents the rise of free calcium in the blood. The known sources of calcium are milk products, green leafy vegetables (Saag) and fish like Sardines, Salmon, Carp and Tuna.
DELHI DARBAR TIPS YOU OFF:
BALANCE DIET FOR OUR SENIOR CITIZENS:
|Milk, Paneer or Yoghurt||2 Servings||At Lunch & Diner|
|Protein-rich Foods –Chicken, Fish, Egg Whites||2 Servings||At Lunch & Diner|
|Fruits and Vegetables||4 Servings||At Lunch & Diner|
|Citrus Fruits – Orange, Lemon etc||1 Serving||Before Sunset|
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