Crossing your legs can cause Health Problems ?

Sitting with crossed legs is not a good habit. There are various reasons to say so. Once your read the details below, you will never sit will your legs crossed.
Note: Here we are talking about crossed legs (not crossing ankles). There is no side effect of crossing ankles.

If you just cross your ankles then its fine, but if you put one of your thighs above the another thigh then you are putting yourself to risk of back pain and some other health issues. However there are some studies that don't agree with the fact that crossing legs causes any health problems.

Some of the common health issues connected to crossing legs are given below.

  • Increased blood pressure: Crossing your legs can temporarily increase yous blood pressure. Due to this reason physicians often suggest you to uncross your legs while measuring your blood pressure. However in most of the cases it happens with those who are already suffering from high blood pressure compared to those who are in perfectly healthy condition.
  • Varicose veins: However some people take it as a myth that vericose veins are caused by crossing legs, but i want you to remain on safer side. Vericose veins is a condition in which veins in lour legs are enlarged and visible through skin easily. It appears like a web of veins on your legs. However some doctors suggest that its a side effect high blood pressure and standing for long durations.  
  • Neck and Back Pain: Our pelvic bones are the main bones that support our spinal cord. When we cross our legs and put one thigh over other, the support for our spinal cord is removed in a way. It puts extra pressure on our neck and middle portion of spinal cord. It leads to pain in neck and back.
  • Temporary Numbness in feet: When we put one leg over other on the knee, it presses the peroneal nerve. Continuous pressing of this nerve cause numbness or temporary paralysis in your feet. If it happens more often to you then its not good for your feet.

Out of the above facts you might have noticed some on your own. So you can get relief from those side effects of crossing legs by completely giving up this sitting posture. If you are unable to give it up completely then its better to keep rotating your sitting posture in every 3 to 5 minutes.

Dessert / Sweet Dish after Meal - Why?

People often go for sweet dessert after having meal. There are various reasons why people do so. Every civilization and every country follow this tradition in one or other way. Different types of sweet dishes are used in different countries as per taste and availability of food items. The question is why do we have dessert after meal ? There are various social and scientific reasons behind this tradition.

Here are a few social reasons. Some of them might make you feel surprised.

  • Sweet Dish in the end is a reason for kids to finish their meal first, else they will not get it. It makes kids to eat the meal which is necessary to keep them healthy.
  • If any body in the family don't like the main course and he/she didn't eat enough then sweet dish will be a thing to fill their appetite. 
  • There are 5 types of flavors sweet, salty, bitter, sour, and umame. All of them are necessary for healthy body and complete nutrition. Mostly sweet is not a part of main course and hence its necessary in the end as a sweet dish.

Now lets come to scientific people, here are a few reasons for you.

  • One of the most famous scientific explanation is that our body spends a lot of energy to digest the food that we eat. Thats why we feel sleepy after a heavy meal. Its due to low energy level just after having meal as most of our energy is consumed in digestion. In such a situation a sweet dish can add fresh energy as sweet get converted into glucose instantly. 
  • Some scientific studies found that sugar enhances the absorption of some amino acids(especially tryptophan) in our food. It indirectly increases the level of a feel-good compound in our body known as serotin. So in simple language you can say that sweet dish in the end will create a feel good feeling in your body.
  • According to a study done by National Institute of Health, sometimes heavy metals in our meal can result in a condition called postprandial, a state of low blood sugar. Sweet Food in the end is one of the best ways to get relief from low blood sugar.

I hope that these explanations will answer your query that why most of us need something sweet just after having lunch or dinner. Our body only asks of those things which are really necessary for it. We just need to listen to its demands. However it might not be true in every case. For example a diabetic person should control his desire for sweet.

Ayurveda on using Honey for Weight Loss

The usage of Honey (मधु) is mentioned in books of Ayurveda. According to Bhaishajya ratnavali 39/3 (भैषज्य रत्नावलि – 39/ 3) honey can be used as a medicine to get relief from obesity.

प्रातर्मधुयुतं वारि सेवितं स्थौल्यनाशनं ।

Meaning: Honey(मधु) should be taken early morning(प्रातः) along with water(वारि) to remove (नाशनं) Obesity(स्थौल्य)

How to use Honey for Weight Loss

Preparation: Mix 1 spoon honey with half glass lukewarm water.
Time to Use: Early Morning before eating anything else.
Precaution: Do not eat anything for 15 minutes after having it.
Usage duration: Can be used for 3 to 6 months
Note: You should not take it if you are either Diabetic or Pregnant

Should Kids use it for Weight Loss ?

Anybody regardless of age and sex can use honey as a medicine to get relief from obesity. Only correct method which is mentioned above should be used.

Can i use boiled water to mix with honey ?

Strictly NO ! As per reference from two Ayurveda books (Ashtanga Hridayam Sutrasthana 5/ 53 and Charaka Samhita Sutrasthana 26/84), hot water is not compatible with honey. Hot or boiled water can change medicinal property of honey.
You can use following types of water with honey:

  • Lukewarm Water
  • Cooled down boiled water

Can i use lemon and honey with lukewarm water?

Yes, Langhana therapy or Shodhana in which lemon and honey are used with warm water to remove toxin from body. These therapies are used for cleaning, detoxing and reducing weight.

Can pregnant women use this method?

Weight loss is not a good thing during pregnancy. So its not prescribed for pregnant women. Insted pregnant women should use Brihmana therapy, which is to gain weight.

Honey and Weight Loss

Honey is found to be very effective in weight loss. This fact is mentioned in Ayurveda and also verified by various health researches. But every thing have its pros and cons. Here we will try to put some light on all these facts related to Honey and Weight Loss.

Honey and Weight Loss

A number of people use honey to loose some weight by using various methods. Some drink it with warm water and some make it a part of their diet. Most of the time it works but sometimes it can be harmful as well depending on your medical condition. For example if you are diabetic and you are using honey for weight loss then it can easily produce some negative side effects. So before you use honey as a weight loss medicine its better to know how it works.

Honey and Weight Loss - How it Works ?

Most of the people think that honey is a type of sugar and it would help in gaining weight. How can it help in Weight Loss ? Well ! here is the answer.

  • Honey is not just plain sugar that we usually eat. It contain vitamins and minerals that normal sugar don't have. To digest the normal sugar our body wastes its own resource of vitamins and minerals while its not so in case of honey. Honey add necessary vitamins and minerals like iron, sodium, potassium, phosphorus, zinc and calcium to our body. These extra nutrients are necessary to dissolve fat and cholesterol.
  • When we intake honey, our liver starts to produce glucose, it increases the brain sugar level and our brain releases the fat burning hormones.
  • Honey contains fructose while sugar contain glucose. Some people believe that fructose, which is fruit sugar is beneficial for human body rather than plain sugar. A number of athletes use fructose diet to increase their stamina and burn fat.

Honey and Weight Loss Diet

  • Some people use just a single teaspoon of honey mixed in one glass warm water. (Suggested)
  • Some take honey as a complete replacement of sugar in any food any that they eat. We don't suggest this thing as it can cause insulin resistance in body.

Honey and Weight Loss Side Effect

  • Some scholars don't agree with the fact that fructose have any positive effect compared to glucose. Both are sugar and if taken in excess amount then it will result in excess fat deposition in body. Apart from that fructose can also cause insulin resistance in body.
  • Both Fructose and Glucose have same chemical formula. But in hurry of loosing weight people often start to take more honey(fructose) than necessary and it results in increased weight.

Honey and Weight Loss in Ayurveda

According to ayurveda you should drink the following mixture every morning before eating anything. Its better to have it just after waking up.

Mix the following ingredients:
  • 1 glass lukewarm water
  • Half lemon / 3 tb. spoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
Don't eat or drink anything for 15 min after taking it.

Apart from above mention ayurvedic recipe for weight loss its necessary to avoid overeating and do some physical exercises. Cabbage is also considered very effective in weight loss. Ayurvedic experts suggest to eat one bowl of cabbage everyday if you are trying to loose some weight.

Read more: Ayurveda on using Honey for Weight Loss

Conclusion: No diet can help you in reducing weight unless you do some physical workout. Fat can be burned only when your daily calorie intake is less than your daily calorie consumption. So apart from using a spoonful of honey with warm water everyday, you should also indulge in some physical activity. The physical activity depends on your age and medical condition.

Note: Don't indulge in any activity to loose weight in very short span of time. Such crash courses put immense pressure on your body and may cause very worse side effects.

Chemicals in your House affecting your Body

In the modern world our everyday life is surrounded by Chemicals and we don't even bother about it. We take these chemicals as an ornament to make our surroundings beautiful and comfortable for us. According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there are 298 different chemicals in environment that are found in bodies of human beings and these chemicals are also used in consumer products. These chemicals are gradually deposited in our bodies and making us sick. Even if we try to get rid of these chemicals, we can't protect ourselves completely from them as every house in our locality is affected by these chemicals. But we can try to make our house a safer place to live and reduce the health risk.

Here we are listing some common things that we use in our house. Just avoiding these items and using some alternative for them can help us a lot in making us safe.

  • Plastic Containers: Most of the households use plastic containers to store food items. Its an unhealthy practice as plastic containers are made using chemicals called phthalates. These phthalates are EDCs (Endocrine Disrupting Chemicals). It means that plastic containers can indirectly affect the function of your endocrine gland. Its better to switch to steel or glass containers.
  • Using Plastic containers in Microwave: Its one more very unhealthy practice. Heating plastic can act as a catalyst to leaching chemicals from plastic to your food. Its better to use microwave safe glass containers for heating or cooking in your microwave oven.
  • Nonstic Pans: Nonstic coating is made using perfluorooctanoic acid (PFOA). PFOA has caused cancer in animals in some laboratory tests. Sometimes the nonstic lining of nonstic utensils can chip-off into our food and the results can be extremely harmful. However EPA has not classified PFOA as a carcinogen but its better to remain on safe side. Use may use stainless still utensils to cook your food and use olive oil for the nonstic effect.
  • Air Fresheners and Perfumes: These are another chemicals which causes certain fragrances in our rooms and even spray them on our bodies. More than 300 different chemicals are used to create these artificial fragrances. Many of these synthetic scents contain phthalates, which are also linked to reproductive problems. If you want to avoid air fresheners then you can use baking soda and white vinegar, which acts as good odor absorbers. To make your room full of fragrances you can use fresh flowers. In place of perfumes you can use products with natural oils, which are also rich in various natural fragrances.
  • Cosmetics: Most of the cosmetics are just chemicals. Try to go for mineral based pigments and natural oils. Avoid synthetic fragrances and chemical compounds. One such chemical "triclosan" is found to disturb hormone regulation of our body.
  • Fabric and Upholstery Protection Sprays: We often use shining paints or sprays on our furniture to make it stain proof. These sprays add a layer of plastic to these items. However it makes them stain proof but it costs your health. The plastic coating will be eventually released into environment of your house. So don't fear from stains and clean them using a cloth and traditional cleaning methods. Its better to keep your furniture surface free from toxins like plastic.
  • Cleaning Products: In the last point we were discussing about removing stains. When you purchase a cleaning product just check its ingredients listed on it. Most of them use chemical ingredients. If you see phthalates and chemical surfactants in the ingredient list then its harmful. You can use products like baking soda, Borax, soap powder, vinegar, lemon and hot water for cleaning purpose. These products are not toxic like other chemical cleaning products.

This list can be a lot more lengthy if we research each and every product. The motive of this article is to make you aware of what you are using. Just read the ingredients of anything that you purchase for your home. Try to find about the chemical used in these products and whether these chemicals are harmful for your body.

The reality is that you can't throughout all the chemical products used in your house, but at least we can minimize their use.

Natural vs Organic Products

"Natural" term is used by many brands of cosmetic industry just to attract customers but it means nothing to them. Natural term is not monitored by FDA. Instead go for "Organic" which is federally monitored.

Share this article with your loved ones and your neighbors and help yourselves in making your environment chemical free.

White Bread Side Effects on your Health

A number of people eat white bread without even knowing its negative impact on their body. Here we have gathered some must-know information for diet conscious people. In whatever form you eat white bread, its negative features (side effects) will affect your body badly. So read more below and you will say goodbye to White Bread.

White Bread and it side effects on your Health

  • Less Nutrition: Main motive of eating should be good nutrition. If you eat white bread occasionally then its fine, but if you are regular then you are harming yourself. White bread is made up of refined flour, which means no fiber and around 25% less protein. Some brands add Vitamin B and Iron to it to add a label of "Enriched Flour" but the amount of fiber and protein is not increased. Due to this reason a number of people have moved to Whole-Grain Bread or Brown Bread.  
  •  Increases Blood Sugar Level: Fiber and Protein slows the digestion and get food digested perfectly. But absence of Fiber and Protein in White Bread makes it digested much quicker, thus increasing blood sugar level at a high speed. So if you are diabetic then you have take extra care in choosing the right bread for yourself. If you eat white bread on regular basis then your cells become insulin resistant which makes it harder to control blood sugar.
  • Makes you Fat: As a matter of fact the surplus blood sugar is stored by our body in the form of fat. White bread increases blood sugar much faster and if you don't utilize it, it will get stored on your belly. Apart from that, due to lack of fiber and protein white bread is digested very fast which makes you hungry again, and you will instantly go for some other snack, again increasing your calorie intake.
  • Depression: A research published in June 2015 American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that over intake of Refined Carbohydrates (just like white bread) can cause depression. It harms more women in post-menopause. Those hormones which are responsible for lowering blood sugar are also responsible for mood swings and some symptoms of depression.

You might not be in mood to totally avoid White Bread (as its there in Pizza Base), but you should try to reduce the intake.

You might want to know more about :

White Bread vs Brown Bread
Is Brown Bread Really Healthy ? 

Latest Gadgets for High Tech Dieting

If you are health conscious and control your diet in a precise manner and also use latest technology to help you in it. Then here are some latest gadgets for you.

DietSensor: This Gadget scans the food and tell its nutritional value. It able to predict the details by using a infrared light wave which is projected into food item and the molecules of food item start to vibrate. Every food item have a different optical signature and thus the DietSensor predicts the nutritional value. This gadget can be connected with a app on your smartphone to help you in your dieting goals.

Diet Sensor is available for $249 by a company named ConsumerPhysics.

There only one drawback of this device. It can only scan single layer food items. It means it can't scan a burger, but it can scan a piece of bread and slices of potato.

I am not sure how many people people will by it but a number of dietitians will definitely buy it. It can also help the patients of Diabetes and High Blood Pressure.

HidrateSpark: If you use to forget drinking water there then here is a smart bottle for you which will remind you after certain time limit to drink the water. This bottle works in coordination with an app on your smartphone and take care of your age, weight and health condition in deciding the correct water drinking goal. This app also access data from fitness tracker or pedometer (if you wear any) and tells you to drink water accordingly. There is a tube inside this water bottle and it starts glowing which its time to drink water.

HydrateSpark comes at a price of $60. This is an economical solution for those who frequently suffer from UTI. If you are hydrated then chances of such infection decreases.

Smart Diet Scale: Its another gadget for dieting freaks. This is a weighing scale and it can measure weight of 4 different food items at once and helps you in measuring the nutritional value of your diet. It contains nutrition information of 400,000 different food items. It can also scan the food using the bar code present on its packing. This Smart Diet Scale is available in $150.
Apart from the above information its also a good looking gadget for your dining table.

Modern Engineering is helping in maintaining our health and keeping track of our medical condition. Dieting is never given so much importance until now. Now engineers and healthcare industry has taken dieting to one step further. Today's dieting is not abstaining from eating but having a balanced diet and these gadgets can definitely help you in achieving you dieting goal.

Occasionally Hearing a Buzzing sound in your Ear / Head

A number of people often hear ringing, buzzing or whistling sound in their ears. Some often worry if its something wrong or its just a normal fact. For your knowledge its a common phenomena. Mostly it occurs in one ear only and lasts for a minute or two. But if that buzzing sound don't fade up in two minutes and continues to appear or if it occurs more often then you are suffering from Tinnitus and you should consult a doctor.

Why do we occasionally hear Buzzing Sound in Ear

There are some hair cells inside our ear (on the walls of inner ear) which help us in hearing. These hair cells catches the vibrations in outer world and send its electrical signals to our brain through some nerves. This process is to help us in hearing. But when sometimes something goes wrong with any one of these hair cells and it sends the signal of continuous beep sound to our brain. That is when we hear the whistle sound. But our brain detects this defect in a few seconds. To stop this sound our brain disconnects the nerves from that particular hair cell to stop that whistle sound. Thus within a minute or two everything is normalized and beep sound disappears gradually. (Human body is more genius than we think.)

The phenomena of Ringing in Ears is known as Tinnitus in medical terminology. Tinnitus becomes a problem when the whistle sound don't disappear. In that case your general physician may refer you to a specialist called Audiologist.

What causes Tinnitus

There are various reason which can cause tinnitus but the most common is exposure to noise. Other reasons for Tinnitus are

  • Stress
  • Some underlying disease
  • Head injuries
  • Lack of Sleep
  • Lack of Sodium in body

Smoking can make tinnitus more critical as the amount of oxygen that reaches brain is reduced.

Tinnitus Side Effects

  • Hearing Loss
  • Fear
  • Insomnia
  • Depression

Some Facts about tinnitus

  • Sometimes people think that its the sound in their imagination as nobody else hears it. But reality is that its a real sound in your head.
  • Tinnitus is the condition when that sound disturbs you for hours or just don't go off ever.
  • Pulsatile Tinnitus is the condition when that whistle/buzzing sound appears with the rhythm of your heartbeat.
  • Almost everybody experiences temporary Tinnitus various times during a lifetime.
  • The sound heard in tinnitus is different for different people.
  • 10% of the UK population suffers from tinnitus according to an estimate by British Tinnitus Association. 10 to 18% population around the world suffers from tinnitus.
  • There is no exact cure of tinnitus. Most of the treatments just lower the disturbing sound or just teaches you to live with it. However some therapies are still under research and hope is still there.