Joint pain is considered to be one of the first few signs of aging. According to the science of Ayurveda, joint pain is triggered mainly by an accumulation of toxins in the body. These toxins can create an imbalance in the doshas which in turn can cause pain and inflammation in the joints. Along with joint pain, a person is likely to experience loss of flexibility, weakness, tenderness and enlargement of the joints.
Unlike some popular forms of medication that focus on relieving the pain, Ayurveda addresses the root cause of the issue. Panchkarma aims at cleansing the body of toxins and clearing blockages in the body’s digestive and circulatory system. This helps the vatta dosha flow easily through the body and reduces pain associated with arthritis, etc. Panchkarma can be defined as a collection of five ayurvedic techniques. These are:
All these Ayurvedic Panchakarma techniques are helpful in relieving joint pain. It also helps in reducing the pain and gradually recovering from the cause of pain.
Though it’s common for most people to consult allopathic physicians when they fall ill, you must have heard of alternative therapies like Reiki, Pranic healing and energy healing. These healing therapies share one thing in common - they all work by cleaning our aura.
What is Aura?
The aura is a layer of energy that surrounds our physical body. Not just that, auras are found covering the physical bodies of all living beings on earth, like animals and plants. Auras are like cosy blankets that save us from harm, both physical and mental. That is the reason why they get torn and dirtied.
Why is Aura important?
The ‘Prana’ or life force flows through the energy body or the aura. Any disturbance in this flow causes diseases, thus, a healthy, clean and energized aura is crucial for maintaining our well-being.
If there is a problem in your physical body, it will show up as a disturbance in your energy body too. For example, if your liver is sluggish, it is reflected as dirty, sticky energy in that part of your aura which corresponds to the liver.
If you are mentally, physically and emotionally healthy you will have a bright aura, and the energy centres on the aura called “Chakras” will be strong and active. On the contrary, if you are in any way not up to par, you will have a depleted aura with holes and tears. You will also be constantly losing energy which will further deplete your aura, making you sicker.
Can you cleanse your Aura?
The answer is “yes”. You have a number of available options to choose from. What will work for you depends upon how damaged is your aura and your own capacity to cleanse and strengthen your aura.
Cleanse your Aura and intake positive energy. Stay fit and healthy.
Being at the peak of optimal health should be the goal of every individual. As the saying goes, 'Health is Wealth'. Certain food items will help you to reach the pinnacle of health if they are consumed regularly. These foods will not only keep you healthy and fit, but will also help the body to function properly with the nutrients it receives from them.
Given below is a list of foods that you should be eating for optimal health:
Garlic contains a compound called "Allicin" which is the major component to make garlic a healthy food item. Garlic is very effective to cure common colds and flu. Garlic also helps reduce high blood pressure. It reduces bad cholesterol and improves good cholesterol levels in the blood. Garlic also helps to detoxify your body. Treating osteoarthritis is another great benefit of garlic.
Yogurt contains probiotics which control bacterial growth which is harmful to your body. It also provides your body with calcium.
Broccoli contains sulphur which makes this green vegetable a cancer fighter. It contains sulforaphane which gives it this property.
Oats help to control blood pressure and cholesterol level in the blood. They are also a great source of fibre for the body. Oats help keep your heart healthy.
Beets are a rich source of multi-vitamins. They help to lower blood pressure and also lower the risk of any cardiovascular disease. Beets also help detoxify the body.
Cabbage helps reduce the risk of having cancer. It also prevents heart diseases, gastrointestinal problems and Alzheimer's disease. Cabbage is loaded with Vitamin A, Vitamin C and Vitamin K, which help it prevent osteoarthritis.
Eggs are rich sources of proteins. They aid in the body-building process and the repair and maintenance of the body.
Spinach is a rich source of anti-oxidants, Calcium, Vitamin A, Vitamin K and Omega-3 fatty acids. It helps fight cancer and also detoxifies the body.
The vitamins and phytonutrients in tomatoes make them such a healthy food option which keeps cancer and heart diseases at bay.
In 2007, it was first declared that World Oral Health Day would be celebrated on 12th September, the birthday of FDI founder Dr. Charles Godon. In 2013, after full activation of the campaign, 20th March came to be known as the World Oral Health Day.
Why 20th March?
The date was chosen quite strategically by the Federation Dentaire Internationale (FDI) and here are the things that it represents –
Children should have 20 baby teeth
Seniors should have 20 natural teeth towards the end of their lives to be considered healthy
Healthy adults should have 32 teeth and 0 dental cavities
Hence the date 20/3.
World Oral Health Day 2020 theme
Every year, World Oral Health Day is celebrated following a particular theme. The theme for this year is ‘Unite for Mouth Health’.
What does ‘Oral Health’ consist of?
Oral Health consists of the following –
Being able to speak, smile, taste, chew, swallow, smile without pain
Being able to speak, smile, taste, chew, swallow, smile with confidence
Being free of any disease of the craniofacial complex (relating to the cranium and the face)
What are some oral diseases and conditions?
According to a 2016 study by the Global Burden of Disease, oral diseases affect around 3.58 billion people all over the world. As per the World Health Organization, there are seven types of oral diseases and conditions, which plague most humans –
A microbial biofilm, also known as plaque, forms on the tooth surface and results in gradual decay. It converts free sugars from food into acid that dissolves the tooth enamel and the dentine. This can lead to infection and tooth loss if not taken care of.
Periodontal (gum) disease
This disease affects the tissue that surrounds and supports the tooth. It results in gingivitis (swollen or bleeding gums), bad breath, pain, and periodontitis (loosening of teeth). Severe tooth loss and edentulism (zero natural teeth remaining) was one of the top reasons for YLD (Years Lived with Disability) in quite a few high-income countries.
This includes cancer of the oral cavity, oropharynx and is mostly brought about by the usage of betel quid (areca nut), alcohol, and tobacco. Over five people in India die every hour due to oral cancer.
Oral manifestation of HIV infection
About 30 to 80% of people with HIV suffer from various oral problems like oral candidiasis (infections), oral HIV lesions, etc.
It is an impact injury to the teeth and/or surrounding soft and hard tissues.
It is a necrotizing disease, which affects children suffering from malnutrition. It is fatal in 90% of cases.
This mostly happens due to genetic predisposition. However, tobacco consumption and poor maternal nutrition are also contributing factors.
What are some of the pledges that people are making for the 2020 World Oral Health Day?
Motivated by various oral health campaigns, more and more people are now pledging to the following –
Brush their teeth even when they are too tired
Cut down on sugary treats
Keep their mouth and body healthy
Always keep their mouth clean
Keep the mouth healthy all their life
Inspire others to look after their mouth
Make time to go to the dentist
Encourage people to keep smiling all their lives
This 20th March, join the cause, make a pledge of your own and empower a hundred others to strive towards oral health.
Types of Weight Loss Surgeries-
1. Gastric Band
A band is put around the stomach tightly which divides the stomach into two sections, namely smaller upper and larger lower which is connected through a small tube by which emptying of the upper part becomes slow. Since less food is required to fill this pouch; there is no need to eat much. The band is connected to a device under the skin. It can be tightened after 4-6 weeks after surgery.
Merits: Simpler method. Recovery is faster leaving a small scar.
In this procedure, a larger portion of the stomach is cut off, and the remaining smaller part is attached to the intestine. Smaller the stomach, lesser is the production of the appetite-regulating hormone ghrelin. As a result, less food is taken in.
Merits: It is a simple method. As it does not involve intestines, the process of absorption takes place smoothly, and the patient does not fall short of nutrients.
Demerits: It is an irreversible process. It can cause infection and leaking of the sleeve might take place.
3. Duodenal Switch with Biliopancreatic Diversion
In this procedure, a larger part (70%) of the stomach is cut off leaving the duodenum. The surgeon cuts the middle part of intestine attaches it to the duodenum. It is called duodenal switch. The leftover part of the intestine is again attached to the last part of intestine allowing pancreatic juices and bile to flow into that part. This is biliopancreatic division. Food passes directly into the small intestine limiting the absorption of nutrients and calories, ultimately resulting in weight loss.
Merits: It is a fast method to lose weight, and the patient can eat large amounts of food.
Demerits: Nutritional deficiencies are seen.
4. Gastric Ballooning
A small balloon filled with salt and water is placed in the stomach through a thin tube via the throat.
Merits: The patient feels full and will not be able to eat much.
Demerits: It is a temporary method, which can last only for 6 months.
5. Gastric Bypass
In this procedure, the surgeon divides the stomach into two parts, namely upper and lower. Here, the upper part of the stomach is directly connected to the last part of the intestine.
Merits: More than 50% weight loss take place, as much weight gets reduced, and conditions, such as diabetes and blood pressure come under control.
Demerits: As less of nutrients are absorbed, the patient might land up into anemia and nutritional deficiency. The patient might need to take supplements after surgery to maintain balance.