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17 June 2018

This is How to Improve Your 5 Senses!

Fine tuning your sense of smell, sight, taste, hearing, and touch will enhance every life experience. For the majority of us, our sense begin to decrease with age, but, as you’re about to see, there are many ways you can sharpen them. Read on to see how you can heighten your five senses so that you can get the most out of everyday life.
1. Smell
Inhale Strong Smells Every Day
Practicing what is known as “scent therapy” can engage new receptors in your nose, increasing your sense of smell over time.
Choose several strong smells that you find pleasant and spend a few minutes each day sniffing each one. After a couple of weeks, your nose should be able to pick up these smells more easily. When you start noticing this difference, choose some more smells.
• Essential oils are great when it comes to scent therapy. Choose 3 or 4 oils with smells such as cedar, vanilla, lemongrass, and geranium rose. 
• You can also use raw materials to conduct scent therapy. Collect a few jars and fill each one with a different strong-smelling substance, such as ground coffee, a few drops of floral shampoo, or dried basil leaves. 
• When you’re carrying out scent therapy, you should sniff quickly rather than deeply inhaling each scent.
Describe Smells Out Loud
When you identify and describe a smell out loud, your ability to perceive it is increased. Make a practice of talking about smells as you experience them. Describe them out loud using specific language, much like the way a wine connoisseur would talk about the characteristic of certain wines.
Work up a Sweat
Getting some exercise can enhance your sense of smell. Take a walk, then pay attention to the smells around you. It’s possible that the extra moisture in your nose that accumulates during exercise helps to increase your ability to smell.
Eat More Zinc
Having a zinc deficiency can lead to a decreased sense of smell as well as taste. Take supplements or consume foods that are high in zinc, beef, pumpkin seeds, scallops, sesame seeds, and oats.
Check Your Medication
Certain medications have the side effect of decreasing the sense of smell. For example, medication prescribed for Parkinson’s, antibiotics, and blood pressure can affect your sense of smell. If you’re on a medication that is known to have this side effect, talk to your doctor to make sure you’re receiving the right dosage.
Stop Smoking
Smoking is a huge culprit when it comes to dulling the senses, especially your sense of smell. If you can cut back or quit smoking altogether, your sense of smell will greatly improve.

2. Tasting
Cut back on Salt and Sugar
Foods laden with these ingredients can mess with your sense of taste. They mask subtler flavors and make it more difficult for you to taste your food. When you first cut back on salt and sugar, you might feel that your food has no flavor, but after a couple of weeks, you’ll begin to notice the complex flavors you were missing before.
• Try to reduce salt and sugar by 1/3 or ½ in all your recipes, including your baking recipes. You could also substitute sugar with a less intense sweetener such as honey. 
• There’s no need to cut out salt entirely. A little salt can actually enhance the flavor of your food. 
Avoid Casseroles and Stews
Dishes in which all the flavors are mixed together aren’t the best for stimulating your taste buds. It’s hard to distinguish the flavors from one another, and dishes such as these often end up tasting bland. Keep the components of your meal separate from one another to help maximize taste bud stimulation.
Add Variety to Your Diet
Stimulate your taste buds by mixing things up in your diet. If you eat bland meals, your ability to taste may deteriorate. Use herbs and spices that you don’t normally use. Steam your veggies instead of boiling them, and choose foods with different textures and colors, so that every meal is a banquet of new tastes for your tongue.
Smell Your Food before Tasting It
Your senses of taste and smell are linked; when one is sharpened, so is the other. You’ll enjoy the taste of your food a lot more if you inhale it before you begin tucking in.
3. Seeing
Eat Foods That Make Your Eyes Healthier
Foods that are rich in vitamins A, C, and E are important for good vision. You should also strive to eat foods that are rich in beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin, since these antioxidants protect the eyes from sun damage.
• Eat dark leafy greens, sweet potatoes, peppers, carrots, and pumpkin. 
• Blueberries, garlic, grapes, and onions also contain antioxidants that protect your eyes. 
• Foods with DHA, a fatty acid, are also essential for healthy eyes. Eat Salmon, cod, sardines, and mackerel. 
Don’t Stare at a Computer All Day Long
It’s very important to take a break, so that your eyes don’t get strained from staring at the lights on your computer screen. Every hour or so, stand up and look out of the window. Gaze at an object several miles away, if possible. Keep looking until your eyes adjust to the view.
Make Sure Your Eyes Are Moisturized
Having dry eyes can cause your vision to go blurry. Therefore, you should drink at least 8 glasses of water every day. If you wear contacts, be sure to clean them properly and change them frequently. Use saline drops to lubricate your eyes if you have trouble producing your own tears.
Do Eye Exercises
You can sharpen your vision by performing a few simple exercises on a daily basis. Do these exercises when your eyes are a little tired and you feel like you need a break from whatever task is at hand.
• Roll your eyes around. Look up, then to the side, then down, then to the other side. Repeat ten times. 
• Focus on an object. Hold the object close to your face, then move it slowly backward, keeping your eyes focused on the item. Move it close to your face again, maintaining focus. 

4. Hearing
Eat an Ear-Friendly Diet
Foods containing certain nutrients can enhance your ear health, increasing your ability to hear outside. Add the following foods to your diet:
• Foods rich in omega-3, such as fish, improve blood flow to the ear canal and improve hearing. 
• Foods rich in zinc, such as lamb and sesame seeds, can decrease inflammation in your inner ear. 
• Apples contain quercetin, which is an antioxidant that repairs free radical damage. 
Stay Away from Loud Noises
Attending loud events really does decrease your ability to hear. The same goes for experiencing other sustained loud sounds, like the sound of traffic or heavy machinery at a construction site. When you can’t help but be around loud noise, protect yourself by wearing earplugs.
Try Drinking Red Wine  
Red wine contains resveratrol, an antioxidant that has been shown to improve hearing in mice. Therefore, drinking a glass of red wine every evening may enhance your ability to hear over time.
5. Touching
Look at What You’re Touching
Research has shown that tactile sensation and vision are related, so looking at the object you’re touching will enhance your ability to feel it. When you’re touching something that is interesting, pay attention to what it looks like too.
Exfoliate Your Skin
Soft skin is a lot more sensitive than rough skin. If you have callouses on your hands and feet, you’re limiting the sensations that you can feel. Use a pumice stone to remove rough edges, then moisturize with oil or lotion to keep your skin soft and sensitive.
Pay More Attention to How Things Feel
Our sense of touch might be the one that we take for granted the most. Deliberately paying attention to how things feel can awaken your brain so that your sense of touch gets stimulated. Therefore, start being more aware of what your skin is touching.
• When you’re out clothes shopping, run your hands over the different fabrics. Identify the difference between cotton and polyester, silk and satin. 
• Make it a point to touch different textures throughout the day. Let your fingers graze a tree as you walk by, and stop to touch beautiful flowers. Run your hands through your hair and feel the cold tiles under your feet.

Relieve Common Aches and Pains!

If you suffer from certain aches and pains, you may be able to get rid of them using reflexology and acupressure on yourself. By doing so, you’ll do away with waiting for doctor’s appointments or suffering in silence.
If you’re thinking of acupuncture, then you’re right – the two do sound very similar and they actually work on the same principles too. The only difference is that with acupressure, there aren’t any needles to deal with – you apply pressure with your fingers to certain points of your body instead.
On the other hand, reflexology is the use of therapeutic pressure massage on certain areas of our hands and feet. 
massage points
These massages are designed to improve energy flow, relieve pain and optimize our health. Certain areas of our hands and feet correspond to specific areas of our bodies and even specific organs. The theory is that the root cause of pain in specific areas is usually due to a blockage of energy, which is preventing us from being healthy and vibrant.
Here is a list of aches and pains that can be treated using acupressure and reflexology, at home or on the go:

For Headaches and Migraines
massage points
Our fingertips (excluding our thumbs), with particular reference to the area at the base of the fingernails, can be massaged to relieve head pain. Do so by focusing on your index fingers, as well as the webbing between the thumbs and your index fingers. The latter is often referred to as the Valley of Harmony.
For Sinus Pressure and Pain
massage points
Turn your palms towards you and apply pressure to the pad of your finger (the part of your finger you use to type) using the thumb and index finger on your opposite hand. Hold the tip of each finger in turn for 1-3 minutes, lightly massaging when done. This will relieve sinus pain, headaches, dizziness, pressure, stuffy noses and congestion.
For Neck Pain and Tension
massage points
Massage the middle part of each of your fingers in turn, and look at your fingers. While you’re doing so, think of your fingertips as your head – working your way down your fingers, therefore, is working your way down your neck and shoulders. 
For an Upset Stomach
massage points
Massage the entire length of your thumb, warming it up in the process. Once you’ve done so, apply direct pressure to the center of your palm using your warmed up thumb, holding it in place for a couple of minutes.
For a Cold or Sore Throat
massage points
Massage the entire length of your thumb, warming it up in the process. Use the index finger and thumb of your opposite hand to apply pressure to either side of your thumbnail.
For Fatigue
massage points
Start off by massaging your whole hand, then apply direct pressure to the point on your middle finger, as shown in the photo.
For Menstrual Cramps or Abdominal Pain
massage points
Lightly massage your whole hand first. Apply direct pressure to the side of your nail on your index finger, doing so on the side that’s closest to your thumb. Once you’ve done that, move to the second location on your pinky finger, as shown in the picture.

Additional tips
1. Rub your hands together for one minute prior to starting any of these exercises to increase hand energy and sensitivity. Use the index finger and thumb on your opposite hand to gently massage and warm up the area to be worked on.
2. The ever-present tip - “make sure you drink lots of water and stay hydrated” in beauty and health articles - is here too. Proper hydration allows for optimal tissue health and helps your body get rid of toxins. After all, our bodies are almost entirely made up of water.
3. Avoid deep pressure to the web of the hand if you are pregnant.

26 March 2018

All You Need to Know About Hypertension!
Astrologer Vighnesh Astro Remedies

Hypertension is another name for high blood pressure. It might seem confusing at first, but this condition is relatively easy to treat and is highly manageable. This article will explain what the condition is, look at some of the associated lifestyle factors, and then describe the treatments available.
What is Blood Pressure?
As blood flows through your body, it applies pressure to your artery walls. When the pressure is too high, the heart has to work harder and your arteries can become damaged. This condition usually becomes more common as you age.

Many people don’t even know they have high blood pressure because there are no outward symptoms. If untreated, this condition can quietly damage the heart, lungs, blood vessels, brain, and kidneys, earning this condition the name “silent killer”.  When you have high blood pressure, the risk for heart disease, kidney disease, and stroke, increase.

How to tell if you have high blood pressure
The best way to know if you are at risk is by having your blood pressure read. The normal rate is 120/80. The top rate is called the systolic pressure and measures the pressure when your heart beats. The lower number is called the diastolic pressure, and this measures the pressure between heartbeats when your heart refills with blood.
Hypertension has no known cause. People with hypertension have a reading that averages 140/90 or higher. If your reading is between 120-139 and 80-89, for systolic and diastolic pressure respectively, you might have a condition called prehypertension. This range increases your risk of developing heart disease. To lower your reading doctors will recommend lifestyle changes.
People with a reading of 180/110 or higher may have hypertensive crisis and might experience anxiety, nosebleeds, shortness of breath and a severe headache. This condition can lead to a stroke, heart attack, kidney damage, or loss of consciousness. Seek medical attention.
Hypertension affects more men and women equally as they age. Men are more likely to develop hypertension before the age of 45, and more women will develop hypertension by the time they are 65. Your risk for hypertension is higher if you have a family member who has high blood pressure, or if you have diabetes.

Risk Factors
Found in salt, sodium causes the body to retain fluid, and can put a strain on the heart, leading to increased blood pressure. Processed foods such as canned soups and cold cuts contain a lot of sodium. The American Heart Association advises eating less than 1,500 milligrams of sodium per day.

While stress can make your blood pressure rise, there’s no evidence that it relates to blood pressure as a chronic condition. Stress, however, may indirectly cause hypertension because it increases the risk for heart disease. Stress is also likely to lead to other unhealthy habits like poor diet, smoking, or drinking alcohol.

When you are overweight or carry a few extra pounds, you strain your heart more, and this in turn, increases your risk for hypertension. Customized diets for lowering blood pressure often involve limiting calorie intake, reducing fatty foods and added sugars, while increasing lean protein, fiber, fruits, and vegetables.

Drinking alcoholic beverages can also increase blood pressure. The American Heart Association recommends that men limit their drinks to 2 drinks* per day, while women reduce it to one.
*Definition of a drink: a 12 oz. beer (355 ml), a 4 oz. glass of wine (118ml), a 1.5 oz. of 80-proof spirits (44ml of 40% alcohol), and 1 oz. of 100-proof spirits (30ml of 50% alcohol).

This has a temporary effect on blood pressure and studies have not found a link between hypertension and caffeine. Nonetheless, the American Heart Association recommends not more than one or two cups a day

Several medications can cause blood pressure to rise, such as decongestants, steroids, birth control, NSAID painkillers, and certain anti-depressants.

There are several ways to lower blood pressure. A change in diet is one such way. The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension or DASH diet was designed to do so. It focuses on increasing the amount of fruits, vegetables, whole-grain foods, low-fat dairy, fish, poultry, and nuts consumed and avoiding red meats, saturated fats, and sugars.

Another way to combat high blood pressure is through exercise. Doctors advise at least 150 minutes of moderate-intensity exercise per week and at least two muscle-strengthening activities per week. Activities such as brisk walking, gardening, cycling and aerobic classes are recommended.
An alternative way to lower blood pressure is through diuretics, also called water pills. These help the body get rid of excess water and sodium. The side effect of these is that you will be urinating more than usual

A way to help slow down your heart beat, beta-blockers can help with hypertension by easing your heart’s heavy workload. This is often a treatment for arrhythmia, which is an abnormal heart rate. This treatment for hypertension is often prescribed along with other medications.
Side effects: insomnia, dizziness, fatigue, cold hands and feet, and erectile dysfunction.
ACE Inhibitors and Angiotension Receptor Blockers
Taking ACE inhibitors (angiotensin - converting - enzyme) can give your heart an easier time because they reduce the body’s supply of angiotensin II. This is a chemical that causes your blood vessels to contract and narrow. With less angiotensin II, you will have more relaxed and open arteries, thus reducing your blood pressure rate. Similarly, you can take pills to block the receptors for angiotensin II. These pills can take several weeks to be effective.
Side effects of ACE inhibitors: dry cough, skin rash, or dizziness, and high levels of potassium.
Side effects of Angiotensin II block receptors: dizziness, muscle cramps, insomnia, and high levels of potassium.
Calcium Channel Blockers
Another part of the body you could block to fight hypertension is your calcium channel. Calcium causes your heart to contract strongly. Blockers slow the movement of calcium in your blood vessels and heart cells, resulting in your heart being contracted more gently and a more relaxed blood flow. These pills need to be taken with milk or food, and you should avoid alcohol and grapefruit juice because they have possible interactions.
Calcium channel blocker side effects: dizziness, heart palpitations, swelling of the ankles, and constipation

Medications and Complementary Therapies
Your doctor might suggest other blood pressure medications such as vasodilators, alpha blockers, and central agonists. Along with lifestyle changes, doctors also might recommend complementary therapies such as meditation, yoga, tai chi and deep breathing. These relaxation techniques can allow your body to enter a state of deep rest, and lower blood pressure. Herbal therapies are not recommended because they often interfere with blood pressure medication.