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How to retain health during Diwali festivities?

How to retain health during Diwali festivitiesDiwali is just around the corner. The weather has changed from humid to cold and breezy. The lights are about to come out to brighten up your mood. It’s the time to show off the perfect dress code earned after working hard for the entire year.

Diwali is a unique festival across the world. A festival that spreads the message of unity and brotherhood amidst a lot of celebration. Celebrations include bursting crackers, visiting family and friends, and gorging lot of sweets. From the long list of visiting friends to the limitless munching of snacks and sweets, Diwali is definitely the time when you lose track of your eating and fitness habits.

So, we have prepared a list of definite ways to retain health this Diwali…

  • Eat healthy food

Replace fatty foods, ghee-laden sweets and fried stuff with fruits and low-calorie sweets. Avoid eating sweets coated with silver foil. The foil is often adulterated with aluminum. It is dangerous for your body.

  • Stay hydrated always

Keep yourself hydrated. It is considered as the best and effective way to prevent during and after festival health problems. Staying hydrated refines your body, helps satisfy hunger pangs, and removes waste.

  • Avoid synthetic sweets

Avoid eating artificial sweeteners. They contain aspartame.  Aspartame is reported to cause brain tumor or cancer. Preservatives increase the risk of damage to kidney or liver. This Diwali, opt for sweets made from sugar or jaggery.

  • Say no to alcohol

No matter what the celebration time calls for, but you should say a big NO to alcohol. Alcohol causes dehydration which can cause other health issues. Sip on fresh fruit juices and soups.

  • No crackers

Although doing this will be difficult for most of you but it is better to enjoy the festivities without the noise and air pollution caused by crackers.

  • First Aid kit

Always keep a First-Aid kit handy because there are chances of health issues while lighting crackers or some other health issues. We recommended keeping a First-Aid kit that includes inhalers, eye drops, antacids, cough drops, skin cream etc.

Finally, you must try and stick to your normal routine as far as possible. Your health and fitness is a very important part of your life and you should never compromise on it for anything. The above tips are simple and doable and we are sure they will help you maintain your health.

Must Know Tips for Exercising in Hot Weather

When it comes down to the months of blazing heat, exercising also gets tougher. Whether you are hitting the gym, running, biking or even walking, during summers you feel the heat, as the moisture increases in the air. You can follow some of these tricks to avoid those sticky summer workouts.

Must Know Tips for Exercising in Hot Weather

Be flexible

Become a bit conscious about checking the weather, and find out when are the temperatures lowest throughout the day. Sometimes it’s early in the morning, late in the evening, so you’ll need to rearrange your schedule to exercise during the coolest time of the day. The best time still is to workout in the morning, as during rest of the day can focus on your work.

Drink water all day, not just before and after the workout

As the heat wave is soaring across the country, it is important to stay hydrated. Drink at least four to five liters of water as it will prevent you from feeling dizzy, stomach cramps, headaches, and sunstroke.

Change the type of workout

During these super boiling and blistering days, choose cooler cardio activities liking cycling in the wind or swimming. Just remember to stay hydrated so that you don’t feel thirsty while working out.

Exercise in cool places

Hit the jogging parks or gardens. It becomes more pleasant than going down the sunny streets until and unless the gym is your second home.

Shorten your workouts

Summer isn’t the best time to exert yourself, so if you can handle till 20 minutes of a workout, then also it’s fine. You can exercise twice a day in such conditions.

Slow down your pace

If you’re setting a target of an hour workout then move with less intensity or do intervals to avoid overheating. Remember, it’s completely fine to take breaks.

Be Indoors

Now is the best time to get a membership at an air-conditioned gym. These days the subscription is at an affordable rate, where you get the latest equipment and most importantly you burn calories in peace.

5 Tips To Prevent Joint Pain During Winter

With the temperature dipping and winters at its peak, the chances people suffering from various ailments is very high. Although viral infection, cold, and cough are some of the common health complications, this time of the year cold worsens pre-existing joint pain.

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Joint pain can be easily prevented by following these simple steps:

Eat a healthy diet

A nutritious and healthy diet is the key to prevent any health complications. The simplest thing that you need to do is include vegetables, cereals, dairy products, seasonal fruits in your daily meals.

Induce in vitamin-rich foods

People who are suffering from generalized pain during winters are advised to consume foods that are rich in vitamins ( D, C, and K) and minerals, especially calcium. Rich foods like spinach, cabbage, tomatoes and oranges contain both vitamins and minerals. This is because these vitamins play an important role in the production of cartilage and tissue.

Exercise regularly

Stretching and exercise done with light weights are good for people who are suffering from joint pain. By doing so, you are easing the weight and relaxing the knees as well. Apart from this, cycling, walking, aerobics and swimming stretches the knee muscles and improve flexibility as well.

Avoid bathing in cold water

With cold weather and low temperature, the chances that one will experience a joint pain is high. Henceforth, it is advised that use warm water instead of cold water for baths instead. In addition to minimizing the joint pain, warm bath reduces the stiffness and soothes knee pain commonly seen in patients suffering from arthritis.

Bask in the sun

Start your day by making the most from the sun. Soaking in the sun in the morning or evening just does not stimulate the production of vitamin D but also improves blood circulation in the body.

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Yoga 4 you

Mindful movements for body and soul

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There is a “connection” between our body, mind and the universe. This is a very holistic perspective of living life. And in that sense therefore Ayurveda and Yoga are like siblings –with a very holistic view of living life.

Hence in this section – we are going to talk about some yoga techniques and practice some yoga poses together!

 

Shake those early morning woes with these simple yoga poses !

  1. Marjariasana (Cat Pose)Come onto your fours. Form a table such that your back forms the table top and your hands and feet form the legs of the table.
  2. Keep your arms perpendicular to the floor, with the hands directly under the shoulders and flat on the ground; your knees are hip-width apart.
  3. Look straight ahead. As you inhale, raise your chin and tilt your head back, push your navel downwards and raise your tailbone. Hold the Cat pose and take long, deep breaths.
  4. Follow this by a countermovement: As you exhale, drop your chin to your chest and arch your back up as much as you can; relax the buttocks. Hold this pose for a few seconds before you return to the initial table-like stage.
  5. Continue five or six rounds before you come out of this yoga posture.

Benefits Of Cat Stretch (Marjariasana)

  • Brings flexibility to the spine
  • Strengthens wrists and shoulders
  • Massages the digestive organs and improves digestion
  • Tones the abdomen
  • Improves digestion
  • Relaxes the mind
  • Improves blood circulation

We hope you enjoyed reading these simple yet effective means of enriching our lives. If you have any experiences  or simple home remedies to share, any useful and/or favourite yoga poses please share those with us @ herbsatwork@gmail.com