Eliminate Arthritis from Inside Out

Arthritis is a very painful condition that usually becomes worse in winter. According to the western concept, there are three kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis – also called old age or degenerative arthritis; rheumatoid arthritis – an inflammatory form of arthritis; and gout – which involves the big toe of the foot, and is due to uric acid imbalance.

According to Ayurved, joint pains are the result of accumulation of toxins in the joints. These toxins are made when we eat foods that are incompatible with each other, and a rich diet that includes lots of dairy, fried and refined foods, non-veg, and alcohol.

When these foods are eaten on a regular basis, they overwhelm the digestive system. As a result, the toxins rot in the colon, spread all over the body through the blood, and ultimately accumulate in the joints.

In this philosophy, there are three kinds of arthritis, Vata arthritis (dry cracking joints with limited mobility); Pitt arthritis (swollen and painful joints with a burning sensation); and Kaph arthritis (due to overeating and combinations of incompatible foods).

Treatment
To treat arthritis, the first step is to detoxify the colon. In this phase, avoid heavy cereals and stick to a diet of fruits and vegetable juices, tulsi tea/ herbal tea.

Take triphala daily to detoxify the system (triphala is not just a laxative, it is also a colon tonic). Haritaki is recommended for those who suffer from vat arthritis; amlaki for pitt arthritis, and bibitaki for kaph arthritis.

Vata Arthritis
Avoid irregular meals, cold foods like white rice, curd, cucumber, radish, ice creams, and sherbets. Instead, eat cooked oats, whole-wheat porridge, soups and spices with hot. Avoid pulses there not easily digestible.

Pitt Arthritis
Avoid all fermented foods, curd, alcohol and wine, aged cheese and animal proteins. Cut down on the quantities of food you eat, and avoid fried and refined foods. Colonic detoxification helps this group the fastest. This group is also prone to food and other allergies. Bitter herbs like bitter gourd benefit this group immensely.

Kaph Arthritis
This occurs due to obesity, which stresses the joints, this group should not only lose weight, but also reduce the quantities of food they eat, as well as cut down on rich foods.

Research has shown that herbs such as ginger, turmeric greatly reduce the pain associated with arthritis.

How Fat Makes You Thin

The most obvious choice for all to eat and at the same time remains thin and healthy. Initial research carried out on Omega-3 fatty acids, which is a good fat found in unsaturated oils, indicates that a diet rich in Omega-3 fatty acids helps with weight loss.

About Omega-3
Omega-3 seems to help regulate the body’s blood sugar levels, which helps keep hunger at bay. In the long term, it is believed that a diet rich in Omega-3 might lower the risk of diabetes and obesity.

Udo Erasmus, the world expert on oils in nutrition, says that omega-3 fatty acids help to increase our metabolic rate, thus burning more calories. He points out that while all fats are calorie-dense (9 calories per gram), calorie counting is not the decisive factor. How easily the calories are burned is more crucial.

Although more research needs to be done before we can be sure about the effect of Omega-3 on weight loss, a diet, which includes a regular supply of Omega-3, seems to have several health benefits and no known disadvantages.

Sources of Omega-3
Dark green vegetables like seaweed, broccoli, spinach and kale are a reasonable source of Omega-3 essential fatty acids if eaten regularly. Other green vegetables like spring greens, dark salad leaves, cabbage, Brussels sprouts, and parsley also have reasonable amount of omega-3 fatty acids.

What’s Hot for the Cool Season?

Winter is here in full swing and we have started tucking into rich food. This is the time when you can eat a lot of rich food comfortably! But winter is also the time when people face health problems such as wheezing and asthma, joint pains and increase in cholesterol levels.

According to Ayurveda, the seasons are divided into vat (windy), pitt (hot like summer) and kaph (cold like winter). Winter is the time of increased kaph – which is heaviness, cold, thickening of the mucus, weight gain, blocked sinuses, exacerbation or swelling in the joints, difficult in breathing or wheezing and slower blood circulation.

Similarly, people are divided into body types: vat (slim and restless), pitt (stocky and aggressive) and kaph (overweight and philosophical). This also matches the genetic classification of ectomorphs, endomorphs and mesomorphs.

Food And Body Type
The unique aspect of Ayurveda is that foods are also divided into vat (gas causing foods), pitt (acid and hear producing foods) and kaph (oily and cold or phlegm producing foods). This classification helps to understand the complex correlation between the weather, human bodies and foods. This in fact can answer the question why some people get affected by eating rich foods and many other happily gorge on such foods and never get wheezing.

Depending upon the constitution, if one consumes foods, which are compatible, and then it would greatly improve the health in the cold winter.

Kaph people who already have a tendency towards increasing weight, feeling cold, increasing cholesterol, wheezing, and sinuses getting blocked, should eat pitt (heat) and vat (air) dominates foods. These foods are ginger (heat), which can be consumed in tea, soups, vegetable juice; garlic, which can be consumed as such or in food and soups.

All chilies – green and red – are good for people prone to phlegm. Carrot and beetroot are also heat-generating foods.

Kaph people should cut down or avoid too much of cream, cheese, butter, white rice, cold drinks, ice creams, milk and curd.

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For Meat Lovers
All non-vegetarian food comes under heat generating foods but it also has elements of mucus-increasing quality and therefore should not be combined with rich substances like butter, rice or wheat.

People of pitt constitution already have a warm constitution; therefore they feel most comfortable in winters and do not have to control too much. However, they must avoid an excess of fried foods and too much of red meat, as these increase the cholesterol, which according to Ayurveda, is a kaph-pitt disease. Pitt people should eat sprouts in winters.

Vat people face problems like joint pains, high uric acid, dry skin, dry hair and constipation. In winter, vat people should eat foods, which increase heat in the body and avoid food, which produces a lot of wind.

The recommended foods for them include; mustard oil, flaxseed oil and flaxseeds, brown rice, oat porridge, all vegetable soups, all cereals, warm temperature foods, tea/coffees. They should eat frequent small meals.

What Should Webmaster Exercise

This Post has been Guest Blogged by Jan Modric

Sitting for long hours beside computer day after day may cause these problems:
1. Back and wrist pain
2. Headache and dark circles under eyes
3. Hemorrhoids
4. Dehydration
5. Weight gain

1. Back and Wrist Pain
Back pain, either upper back pain or lower back (lumbar) pain may be due to inappropriate sitting position or prolonged sitting without pause. Wrist pain is due to wrist position during typing.

What to do?
Adjust chair height, so your thighs will be in the horizontal position (parallel with the floor), and your feet will touch the floor with the whole surface. Adjust desk height so your forearm will rest horizontally on the desk. Monitor should be on the level of your eyes. Put the keyboard in the horizontal position (don’t use keyboard stands to raise the front part of keyboard). Consider using wrist-resting keyboard pad. Wear slippers or at least comfortable soft shoes.

Stand up at least every two hours and have some brisk walk. After 4 hours have a prolonged walk.

2. Headache and Dark Circles Under Eyes
Headache is due to constant strain of external eye and scalp muscles. Dark circles under eyes are supposedly due to thin skin due to lack of sleeping and due to engorged under-eye veins from constant eyestrain. Smoking and salty food also contribute to dark circles.

What to do?
Set appropriate brightness on the monitor (both low and high brightness can be irritating). DO NOT turn off lights in the room.

Again, make a pause at least every two hours. If you can’t go off of the computer, put hands over the eyes for some minutes in peace. This will give your eyes some rest.

Dark circles: have some rest, have enough sleep, take a free weekend, don’t smoke and don’t eat salty food. Easy 🙂

3. Hemorrhoids
Hemorrhoids are enlarged rectal veins. Obesity, prolonged sitting, strain during bowel movement are common causes.

What to do?
Do not sit for hours without standing up. Eat food, which contain some fibers (bread, vegetables…). Here you can read what causes constipation.

4. Dehydration
Webmaster can easily forget to drink and get dehydrated. The main symptom of mild dehydration is tiredness; thirst may not be always present or one is not aware of it.

What to do?
Have a glass of water on the reach of the hand (fruit juices, sodas, energy drinks or beer can make you fat easily). No need to force yourself – try plain unsweetened water or mineral water, and if you drink it with ease, it means you’ve needed it. Excreting at least 200 ml of urine every morning is a sign of a good hydration. If you’re using bathroom 5 times a day or more, it means you drink a lot.

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5. Weight Gain
Webmaster may gain weight because he/she eats a lot or is not physically active.

What to do?
Eat less. Don’t have food beside the computer.

Make a choice like: I won’t try any dairy product any more. Milk, ice creams, cheese, butter are full of fat. Like egg yolks, pork, most sauces and simple oil are. Sugar from snacks is quickly absorbed and it turns into body fat quickly. Beer, alcohol in general, sodas and fruit juices bring a lot of calories. Potatoes (especially chips and french-fries) and pasta are also weight gainers. So avoid heavy sugary/fatty foods and starchy foods, and eat bread (whole meal, not white), rice, polenta, cereals, and salads. Just cut off one whole group of foods: dairy or sweets or fast food or beer or soda.

Walk. If you don’t want to exercise, walk. When shopping – do it by foot. Walk while visiting your friends. Make walking a daily habit, not for exercising but just for – moving.

Be active. Care about something/someone, not only about your own business. This will bring some dynamic in your life.

Bio Hormones Do Us Good

All life on the planet has very tiny molecules called hormones that are produced by the organism. These bio hormones are capable of stimulating regeneration, initiating growth, repairing or healing, controlling or modifying reproduction, growth etc. in short, these hormones are the signals/messengers to individual parts of the organism, giving instructions on how to perform.

Hormones are produced in humans, animals and plants. Plants have many hormones, which help the plant to fight diseases and insects. Plant hormones called phytohormones have a very useful effect on the human body, and the best part is that even if plant hormones are used without modifying in the lab, they still work very well as the human body does not reject or violently react to plant hormones, the way it does to un-modified animal hormones.

Root for Soya
They’re several effects of plant hormones, such as balancing the human hormones. These are found typically in isoflavones like soya products. The best preparation of soya is actually tofu.

Tofu is fermented soya so it has minimal amount of gas or digestional problems. Tofu is available as soya paneer. Soya melt is another good option. it retains most of the benefits of soya. Soya flour however has less benefit compared to tofu/soya milk.

Due to the problems associated with hormonal replacement therapy in postmenopausal women, a safer alternative is a natural product like soya. Men can also safely consume soya; they will not suffer any hormonal problem because natural hormones present in plants do not influence male hormones (unlike synthetic hormonal preparations). They are also beneficial for patients of diabetes and heart ailments. But low thyroid patient must be careful and have them judiciously.

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Another very interesting aspect of hormones is the use of flower hormones and essences called aromatherapy (treatment from flower essential oils). Many people associated only fragrances with essential oils but that is not entirely true. Plant essential oils are very good as treatment materials. Dr. Bach and goes by his name studied this treatment process as Bach flower therapy.