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Categories Advice, Anxiety, Info., Motivation, Preventing Illness, Tips, Wellness

Agoraphobia Panic Attack

What is Agoraphobia?

Agoraphobia, one among the very few unknown phobias of the world, is a fear of traveling. Traveling or being in crowded places leads to suffocation or panic attacks. This fear can range from not being able to travel a few hours away from the home, all the way down to not being able to leave your home all together.  An agoraphobia panic attack is basically an attack that occurs when an agoraphobic attempts to go beyond their “safe” boundaries.

Dealing with Agoraphobia:

The best thing an agoraphobic can do to control their agoraphobia panic attacks, is to begin taking the initial steps. Setting goals to overcome their attacks is the only way an agoraphobic can overcome their fears.

The cause:

The reasons or causes for Agoraphobia are quite unknown, as it seems impossible to be inheritant. It is suspected that many agoraphobics already have fear for being afraid of travel, with many of them being the type who experienced motion sickness even before they ever experience panic attacks.

The truth behind it:

An Agoraphobia panic attack is particularly frustrating to the sufferer themselves.  Mainly because the attack is even less rational then a standard panic attack.

Why they experience a fear of traveling beyond a certain distance, or going to a certain place is unknown. But anyone of the numerous anxiety / panic disorders can take root and cause agoraphobia.

Social anxiety leads to a fear of public places, especially grocery stores, concerts and other places that have a large gathering of people.

On the other hand general panic disorder can cause the panic sufferer to become embarrassed of their own disorder. which leads to a fear of traveling outside and having a panic attack.

There are a very few people aware of this phobia. That makes it all the more difficult and embarrassing for the sufferer. Little or no knowledge of how to deal with Agoraphobics is one among the major reasons for their isolation.

Categories Advice, Anxiety, Diet, meal palnning, Preventing Illness, Tips

A Healthy Diet to Beat Anxiety

Everyone experiences anxiety. In fact, being unable to do so can be a sign of a serious psychological problem. In our hazardous world, anxiety is a strategy the body uses to help the mind recognize danger and keep well out of its way.

As with most mental illnesses, it’s not the presence of anxiety alone that creates problems. It is more about how severe it is and how much it gets in one’s way of life or quality of living. Most people feel anxious at some time in their lives.

However, only about five per cent of people experience severe anxiety and rarely seek

professional help. Anxiety is a mixture of physical and mental symptoms. They are part of what psychologists call the “fight or flight” response.

When the body is under threat it automatically prepares either to defend itself or run.

Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, or remain focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope with the tasks and demands of everyday life. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder.

Fortunately, effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and research is yielding new and improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives.

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However, studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms of anxiety. Although food can’t cure an anxiety disorder, consider some diet changes and that would benefit a severely anxious person:

•Avoid or limit caffeine intake as much as possible.

Caffeine is present in many soft drinks, not just in tea and coffee and it can set up its own vicious cycle. It can speed up heart rate and disrupt sleep — which later on become prevailing signs of anxiety. Trying to overcome tiredness by drinking more caffeine only makes the long-term problem worse.

•Avoid too much alcohol.

Similarly, alcohol can worsen the symptoms of anxiety, and disrupt sleep. Many people reach for a drink to calm their nerves, but the consequences of overindulgence can outweigh the benefits of initial relaxation. For some, a hangover, insomnia, and dehydration make one feel worse than before one had a drink. In excessive amounts, alcohol can actually act as a depressant, making the drinker feel sluggish or more anxious.

Alcohol, like a simple sugar, is rapidly absorbed by the body. Like other sugars, alcohol increases hypoglycemia symptoms. It also causes mood swings.

•Eat complex carbohydrates,

also known as carbs. During anxious times, turn to comforting carbs. These foods act as a mild tranquilizer by increasing the amount of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. Complex carbs such as potatoes, wholewheat bread, and pasta take longer to

digest than sugary simple carbs like white bread.

That way, one can stay fuller longer and blood sugar is likely to stay steady, eliminating stress and anxiety.

•Be sure to drink eight or more glasses of water a day.

Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and stress. One should be well-hydrated and drinking lots of water a day can decrease symptoms of anxiety.

•Take multivitamins and mineral supplements.

B vitamins, whose role is to unlock the energy in food, are crucial. Vitamin B-6 helps manufacture serotonin in the brain. Choose a daily supplement that supplies 100 per cent of the daily recommendation of all vitamins and minerals.

Although tension and daily stresses are unavoidable, one can relieve tension and manage stress and anxiety better by watching out for what one eats and what one does not eat. Remember that a healthy body and a healthy mind are often one and the same thing.

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Categories Beverages, food, nutrition, Preventing Illness, skin, Stress Management, Wellness

Rejoicing International Tea Day With Cup of Life

INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY was first observed in Delhi, India back in December 15th 2005 and migrated to countries like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, etc. International Tea Day aim to draw global attention of governments to the impact the global tea trade on workers and growers, and has been linked to requests for price supports and fair trade.

Tea drinking began in China for medical purposes. The simple mixing of tea herbs with boiling water has helped relieve many ailments. Tea helps to rejuvenates the weak body after a long day of work.

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The health benefits of tea are numerous like, Tea help to reduce blood sugar level, it helps improve gut health, helps reduce blood pressure, and it reduces the risk of strokes and cancer too.

“In India, TEA is not just a beverage, it’s an EMOTIONS.”

-Akhilasoukhya

There are quite a few Emotions (varieties) of Tea:

Black Tea:

Black Tea is the favourite among tea drinkers, it accounts for more than 90% of the tea sold in the West. Black tea is generally stronger than any other tea and contains more caffeine too.

“You can’t buy Happiness, but you can buy tea and that’s kind of same thing.”

-Akhilasoukhya
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Oolong Tea:

Oolong tea is the product made from the leaves, buds, and stems of the Camellia Sinensis plant which is the same plant that is also used to make black tea and green tea, while some people take Oolong Tea by mouth to sharpen thinking skills and improve alertness.

“Tea is the solution to all problems.”

_Akhilasoukhya

Green Tea:

Green tea, native to China and India, has been consumed and hailed for its health benefits for centuries across the world. Green tea has extensively been used for medical purposes.

   “We are par-tea people!”

-Akhilasoukhya

White Tea:

The least strong tea which is known for its rich aroma and flavor is a mild beverage with high amount of anti-oxidants and is appreciated by tea connoisseurs for its unmatched subtlety, complexity and natural sweetness.

 “Tea is liquid wisdom”

-Akhilasoukhya
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Apart from the above mentioned, tea can also be classified regionally so hence,

Butter tea or “gur-gur”, as it is known in the Ladakhi language, is a beverage popular in the Himalayan regions. It is traditionally made from tea leaves, butter, water, and salt. Himalayan nomads are known to drink almost 40 cups a day.

Another is Masala Chai which is common in the urban parts of our country, it is the usual tea with a twist of classic Indian masala and ginger to give it its unique taste.

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Assam tea, as its name suggests, is a black tea native to Assam. The tea is known for its body, briskness and strong malty flavour. Darjeeling tea is famous all over the world. It has many varieties, including black, green, oolong, and white. Typically, Darjeeling tea is thin bodied and has a distinct aromatic smell. A tea that soothes the senses, you could say.

Nilgiri tea, also known as blue mountain tea, is grown in the southern part of the Western Ghats. It is a dark, flavourful and extremely aromatic tea

On the occasion of INTERNATIONAL TEA DAY we have given you a tour of all the tea. Comment down below, let us know which is your favourite?

Categories Diabetes, Diet, food, nutrition, Preventing Illness

Control & Live Better with Diabetes

Life with diabetes is a series of choices. What are the healthiest foods? How much, what and when questions fill your days, but they need not dictate your life!

Even if you are genetically prone to getting diabetes, you can postpone the problem or not precipitate it at all if you choose to eat sensibly and exercise regularly. The secret to managing diabetes or diabetes treatment does not lie in a pill. If you want to control your sugar levels without depending on conventional medicines, follow a good Indian diet plan for diabetes, eat timely meals and incorporate mild exercise into your daily routine.

The right Indian diet chart for the diabetic patient must fit into his schedule while helping him improve blood glucose, blood pressure, cholesterol numbers and also help keep weight on track. However, it can take some planning to fit your favorite foods into Indian diet plan for diabetes.

Myth about Diabetes

Sugar doesn’t cause diabetes. But there is one way that sugar can influence whether a person gets type 2 diabetes. Consuming too much sugar (or sugary foods and drinks) can make people put on weight. Gaining too much weight leads to type 2 diabetes in some people. Weight gain from eating too much of any food can make a person’s chance
of getting diabetes greater.

• Insulin isn’t a cure for diabetes; it just helps to manage the disease. Insulin helps get glucose out of the blood and into the cells, where it’s used for energy. When you do that, it keeps blood sugar levels under control.

• The onset of type 1 diabetes occurs most frequently in people under 30 years, however new research suggests almost half of all people who develop the condition are diagnosed over the age of 30.

• There is a major myth about gaining weight due to insulin therapy. And here is the explanation. When blood sugar is elevated, glucose is excreted in the urine, eliminating some of the calories consumed. Once insulin treatment is begun, those calories stay in the body, and if the patient consumes more calories than he or she burns, he or she will gain weight.

• There is some truth here — depression is more than twice as common among people with diabetes as among the general population, and blood sugar swings can affect mood in the short run.

• But depression is a treatable illness, and good diabetes control contains mood swings

• No one can accurately guess what his or her blood sugar is by feel. While lows have a distinct set of symptoms, these warning signs provide no reliable indication of how low you actually are, and while some people feel vaguely ill if their sugar goes high quickly, these same symptoms rarely are present when sugar creeps higher over a long period of time.

Categories Beverages, food, Health, nutrition, Preventing Illness

Carrot spinach juice

Carrot spinach juice

This healthy spinach carrot juice recipe will not only give you a TON of natural energy, but has a hefty dose of fiber!  The pineapple is a nice sweetener and flavor, make sure to keep the nutritious core in it, as your Blendtec or Vitamix high powered blender will easily pulverize it and make it digestible for you.  You can substitute apple for the pineapple if necessary, but make sure to core it first, since apple seeds aren’t nutritious like the core of the pineapple! You can use regular water or we like coconut water for added hydration, electrolytes, and potassium. Because carrots juice is so fibrous compared to other juices we make and to make it more of a thin juice consistency, you will notice in the recipe instructions for Blendtec we use the SOUP button, which runs a full 40 seconds longer than the WHOLE JUICE button, and for Vitamix, we run it a full 1.5 minutes on High before manually stopping. However be sure to add lots of ice so it doesn’t get hot and kill the live enzymes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrot peeled and chopped.
  • 1 Bunch of spinach (1 cup).

Method:

Clean the spinach carrot cut into pieces add carrot, spinach and ½ cup water into the mixer grinder or blender blend it discard the  pulp and serve. Drink it immediately to get maximum nutritional benefit.

Benefits:

  • Creation of RBC.
  • Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Prevent bleeding gums.
  • Rich in Antioxidants.
  • Prevents formation of cancerous cells.
  • Treats vision problems.

 

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Categories Advice, nutrition, Preventing Illness, Wellness

Fight Against Lead Exposure with Nutrition

Fight Against Lead Exposure with Nutrition

Although exposure to lead has decreased within the last two decades, it is still a concern and caution is advised, especially for children who have access to toys with lead-based paint or individuals who live in older homes. In some instances, lead can leach from the main water pipes and into the household water supply. If exposed to lead, eating a healthy diet can help reduce its absorption by the body.

What Are the Dangers of Lead?

When lead is consumed, research shows it can cause learning and behavior problems; as it accumulates, it can cause lasting problems with growth and development. Infants and children are at a higher risk because they absorb lead more quickly than adults, in addition to being more likely to put non-food items that might contain lead in their mouth.

How to Avoid Lead

Lead is most likely to be consumed as lead-based paint in and outside the home — peels, chips or cracks — and ends up being consumed because it is on toys or other surfaces that kids put in their mouth. When lead is present in the water system, it can become more difficult to avoid (visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for more on lead in the water supply). To minimize exposure to lead:

  • Always wash your hands and ensure children wash their hands with uncontaminated water before eating.
  • Do not use imported pottery or leaded crystal to store or serve food.
  • Use an NSF-certified filter on your faucet for drinking water, food preparation and cooking, and be sure to change the filter cartridge by the date printed on the package. If a filter or bottled water are unavailable, visit the CDC’s source on lead to reduce or eliminate lead in tap water by using only cold tap water that has been thoroughly flushed from the pipes. Boiling water will not reduce the presence of lead.
  • Regularly clean toys, pacifiers, floors, windowsills and other surfaces using liquid cleaners that control dust.
  • Wipe or remove shoes before entering your home.
  • Get your home tested for lead if it was built before 1978.

Eat a Healthy Diet to Help Decrease Lead Absorption

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include a variety of vegetables, fruits, whole grains, protein foods and dairy products. When there is nutritious food in the body, it is more difficult for lead to be absorbed. Make sure your diet is rich in important nutrients such as calcium, iron and vitamin C.

Calcium keeps your bones strong and the lead out. Calcium-rich foods include:

  • Milk and milk products, such as yogurt and cheese
  • Green leafy vegetables, including kale and turnip, mustard and collard greens
  • Calcium-fortified foods, such as orange juice, soy milk and tofu
  • Canned salmon and sardines

Iron also blocks lead from being absorbed. Try these iron-rich foods:

  • Lean red meats
  • Iron-fortified cereal, bread and pasta
  • Dried fruit, such as raisins and prunes
  • Beans and lentils

Vitamin C helps the body absorb iron better, but also may help with getting rid of lead. Foods rich in vitamin C include:

  • Citrus fruits, such as oranges and grapefruit
  • Other fruits such as kiwi, strawberries and melon
  • Tomatoes
  • Potatoes
  • Peppers

Here is a sample menu to help incorporate these nutrient recommendations into your daily diet.

  • Breakfast: Iron-fortified cereal with low-fat or fat-free milk, topped with raisins
  • Snack: Orange slices
  • Lunch: Lean hamburger on an iron-fortified bun with red bell pepper strips
  • Snack: Low-fat or fat-free yogurt topped with fruit
  • Dinner: Chicken with brown rice, a spinach salad and a glass of low-fat or fat-free milk
  • Snack: Peanut butter on whole-grain crackers
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