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30 January 2020

Effective Ayurvedic Treatment For Chronic Kidney Disease?
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The scariest thing about Kidney Disease is that most people suffering from it aren’t aware of it!

Kidney diseases are explained in Ayurveda under mutra vaha sroto dushti, mutraghata, mutrakrcchra, ashmari and prameha. There are various kidney diseases and one among them is CKD- Chronic kidney disease.

What is chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease is also called chronic kidney failure. It is a condition in which the kidneys fail to adequately filter waste products from the blood. Your kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from your blood which are then excreted in your urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an advanced stage, dangerous levels of fluid, electrolytes and wastes can build up in your body. Chronic kidney failure may be progressive and irreversible.

What are the causes for chronic kidney disease?

Uncontrolled diabetes and high blood pressure
Autoimmune diseases like HIV
Genetic diseases like polycystic kidney disease
Injuries to kidney
Prolonged intake of some medicines
Interstitial nephritis, an inflammation of the kidney’s tubules and surrounding structures

Prolonged obstruction of the urinary tract, from conditions such as enlarged prostate, kidney stones and some cancers
Vesicoureteral reflux, a condition that causes urine to back up into your kidneys
Recurrent kidney infection, also called pyelonephritis

What are the factors that increase your risk of chronic kidney disease?

High blood pressure
Heart disease
High cholesterol
Family history of kidney disease

What are the symptoms of chronic kidney disease?

Chronic kidney disease develops slowly. Initially there may be no symptoms. Below symptoms develop gradually once the accumulation of the waste products begin in the body.
Loss of appetite , bad taste in the mouth
Vomiting and diarrohea
Weight loss and weakness
Variation in the frequency of urination
Blood in the urine, foamy or bubbly urine
Swelling of the legs, ankles, feet, face and hands
Difficulty in sleeping, lethargy and confusion
Darkening of the skin, itching
Shortness of breath due to extra fluid in the lungs
Abnormal heart rhythms

How can chronic kidney disease be diagnosed?

The diagnosis of kidney failure usually is made by blood tests measuring Blood Urea Nitrogen (BUN), creatinine and glomerular filtration rate (GFR).
How can chronic kidney disease be treated?

The goal of treatment is to prevent or further slow down the damage to your kidneys. Treatment of the underlying cause of kidney failure may return kidney function to normal.

If the kidneys fail completely, the only treatment options available may be dialysis or kidney transplantation.

What is Kidney Dialysis?

Kidney dialysis is a life-support treatment that uses a special machine to filter harmful wastes, salt and excess fluid from your blood.

There are two types of dialysis -haemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis.
Patients often need dialysis treatments several times a week. Frequency of the dialysis depends on your level of kidney functioning, your body weight, amount of waste and fluid gathered in your blood since your last dialysis session.

Dialysis costs a lot of money. If your kidneys have failed, you will need to have dialysis treatment for your whole life unless you are able to get a kidney transplant.

How can kidney failure be prevented?

Lifelong efforts to control blood pressure and diabetes may be the best way to prevent chronic kidney disease and its progression to kidney failure.
Tips to follow-
Eat meals that are low in fat and cholesterol.
Get regular exercise
Keep your blood sugar and blood pressure under control.
Avoid eating too much salt or potassium
Give up smoking and alcohol intake
Limit fluid intake
Eat less protein

Is Ayurveda safe for Chronic Kidney Disease patients?
Definitely yes!

It is a commonly feared fact that Ayurvedic medicines contain heavy metals and are not suitable for certain medical conditions!
There are various Ayurvedic medicines which help to prevent the further deterioration of your kidneys.

They may also help decrease the frequency of dialysis.
Ayurvedic treatments significantly correct albuminuria and serum creatinine value and improve the renal function.

Ayurvedic medicines are usually safe and well-tolerated when prescribed by a qualified and knowledgeable Ayurvedic practitioner. However, some Ayurvedic preparations may risk toxicity when they are not manufactured according to the standards. Most of the time, people go by advertisements while buying medicines, instead of consulting qualified Ayurvedic doctors.

Few Ayurvedic medicines contain heavy metals called Rasaoushadis. These medicines are prepared after performing vigorous purifying techniques described in the Ayurvedic texts. There is a lot of research done at different levels to prove that a medicine is safe. Ayurvedic medicines have dosage and one must adhere to it. It is always safe to consult an eminent ayurvedic practitioner before taking any medicines.

Below are the Ayurvedic formulations which are beneficial in Chronic Kidney Disease-
Kashayams – Dashamoola kashayam, Punarnavadi kashayam, Mustadi kashayam and Brithyadi kashayam.
Tablets – Punarnavadi guggulu, Gokshuradi guggulu and Chandra prabha vati.
If CKD is caused due to uncontrolled blood sugar the following medicines are effective-
Nisa katakadi kashayam or Kataka kadhiradi kashayam.
Triphala and Musta churna- Mix Triphala churna and musta churna in equal proportion. Boil 1 tsp of churna in 1 glass of water and reduce to half glass. Drink twice a day before meals.
Nisha amalaki churna paniya- Soak 1 tsp of nisha amalaki churna in 1 glass of water overnight and drink next day morning in empty stomach.

Herbal teas that strengthen your kidneys

Grind and mix equal amount of musta, fennel seeds, cumin and coriander seeds. Boil 1 tsp of this powder in 1 glass of water and reduce to half glass. Drink twice a day.

Prepare a mixture of Punarnava- 1 part, gokshura- 1 part, fennel seed – 1 part. Take 1 tsp of this mixture 2 or 3 times a day after meals with warm water.

Here is a warning for those habitual pill-poppers!

Over-use of any drug may cause kidney damage. A drug that causes damage to the kidneys is called as a ‘nephrotoxic drug.’ Any sort of damage to the kidneys can make them inefficient to filter out the toxins it is exposed to everyday. These toxins then start accumulating in various tissues of the body and can even cause death. Most people are habitual pill -poppers, assuming nothing untoward will ever happen to them. A study highlighted that use of over-the-counter and prescription medications accounts for about 20 percent of cases of acute renal failure.

Improper and prolonged use of Allopathic drugs may damage your kidneys. Be aware!

Pain killers or analgesics and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) may lead to end stage kidney disease.

Certain drugs used in high blood pressure, anticonvulsants, malaria-treating drugs, and certain antibiotics have shown to favour renal failure.

Chemotherapy drugs

People who are diabetic or have cardiovascular diseases often take multiple medications which increase their chances of kidney damage
Intake of few dietary supplements may also be a cause.

Prevention of kidney damage-
Since you may not be able to avoid taking medicines under certain conditions, here are a few ways in which you can reduce damage to your kidneys-
Avoid self medication
While taking over-the-counter drugs, check labels for warnings

Avoid habituating yourself to particular medicines such as sleeping pills or painkillers. Instead follow a healthy lifestyle, meditation and natural therapies like shiro dhara, abhyanga, etc.

Long-term consumption of drugs should be only under supervision.
Make sure you are taking appropriate dosage.
Drink adequate fluids to flush out the toxins.
Consume natural foods to avoid artificial nutrition supplements.
According to Ayurveda, there are thirteen types of natural urges in the body which should not be suppressed. These are the natural calls from body, which a person must attend to, as and when they appear in order to maintain the balance in the body and to prevent the manifestation of diseases. Urge to pass urine is one among them.

In our modern lifestyle, we find ourselves forcefully suppress the urge for urination while travelling due to unavailability of toilets, watching a favourite show in TV, etc. Prolonged suppression causes-
Pain in bladder and genital region
Pain and difficulty in micturition
Stone formation
Distension of lower abdomen

Avoid the suppression of urge to urinate and prevent the diseases.

Superficially the function of kidney seems to make urine, but it is no exaggeration to say kidneys are the master chemists to maintain our internal environment. A healthy outside starts from the inside. Follow a healthy life style to protect your kidneys for yourself and also others.

Almost 600,000 patients per year in the United States and an estimated 2 million patients worldwide are affected by end stage kidney disease. More than 90,000 patients in the United States are on the kidney transplant list, but each year there are less than 20,000 available donor kidneys. The need for donor kidneys is rising at 8% per year.

The Health Benefits of the Aromatic Cardamom!

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Most people are familiar with cardamom through chai, as it’s an essential ingredient of the flavorful Indian specialty. Apart from being a popular spice all across India, the Middle East and all the way to China, cardamom is a key ingredient in traditional medicines all across these lands. In fact, cardamom has been used to detox, treat digestion issues and a sore throat for thousands of years, but modern science further expanded its healing potential to things like antimicrobial and cancer-preventing properties, and more. In this article, we list 7 proven health benefits of cardamom and explain how you can use this herb at home.

What Is Cardamom?
Cardamom, the spice, comes from several plant species from the genera Elettaria and Amomum, and these plants are closely related to ginger. Both the pods and the seeds of the spice have a pleasant, sweet and spicy aroma, and the pods are typically harvested whole and dried.
Dried cardamom pods are sold whole, ground up into a powder, or as an herbal supplement in capsule form. Fresh cardamom can also be turned into an essential oil, which is often used in fragrances, topically or as aromatherapy. The plant originated from India, but it’s widely used and easily available all across the globe today.
Both in India and in the Middle East, the spice is used to add flavor to warm beverages, such as tea and coffee, but it’s also commonly used as a spice in both sweet and savory foods in a number of eastern countries. The first recorded mentions of the spice are from Ancient Sumer around 2,000 BC and Ayurveda, and already then, cardamom was used for medicinal purposes.
Today, we know a lot more about the positive effects of cardamom on our health and are aware that the spice is a good source of zinc, potassium, and magnesium (for full nutrition info, see the table above). All this makes cardamom an excellent dietary addition. More on the specific health benefits of cardamom below:

1. Diabetes Prevention
Type 2 diabetes and heart disease are both often preceded by metabolic syndrome, a complex systemic condition that affects 60% of the population past the age of 50. The primary cause of the condition remains unknown, but researchers believe that a combination of a sedentary lifestyle, obesity, aging, and even stress construct metabolic syndrome.
Animal studies in those suffering from type 2 diabetes showed that supplementing with cardamon improved blood sugar levels and metabolic symptoms. Another study showed that the waist circumference in overweight women with metabolic syndrome decreased after 2 months.
All this evidence suggests that cardamon may lower the level of inflammation in the body and protect you from metabolic syndrome, diabetes and even heart disease (we'll discuss more on the latter later).

2. Cancer Prevention

Cardamom contains specific phytochemicals that were suggested to help the immune system to fight off cancer cells. More specifically, cardamom may boost cancer-fighting enzymes and certain immune cells that eradicate cancer cells.
Though scientists aren’t sure which compounds in cardamom are responsible for the cancer-fighting effects, they believe it may be some of the antioxidants the spice contains. Cardamom has been found to reduce the risk and severity of cancerous tumors in animal models and test-tube studies.
3. Oral and Dental Health
For centuries, if not millennia, people have been using cardamom to soothe a sore throat, get rid of bad breath and prevent cavities. The anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of the spice combined make it excellent for killing harmful bacteria that impair oral health.
In vitro research showed that cardamom extract lowers the number of bacteria in saliva by 54%. One study also found that chewing on a cardamom seed for 5 minutes helped balance the pH in the mouth, with the latter being a marked cause of infections and cavities.

4. Antimicrobial Properties

Studies suggest that cardamom essential oil may possess powerful antifungal and antibacterial compounds that act by damaging the microbes’ cell membranes. Reportedly, the oil is effective against a wide range of microbes, such as the Candida fungus, E. coli, Staphylococcus and Campylobacter, which are known to cause a wide range of dangerous diseases throughout the body..
Do note, however, that ingesting the oil is toxic and even when used topically, the essential oil should be diluted by a carrier oil.

5. Digestive Issues
One of the most ancient Ayurvedic uses of cardamom is for detoxification and digestion issues. Science, too, seems to support the claims that cardamom can improve the body’s detoxing abilities by boosting liver health in patients with non-alcoholic fatty liver disease. Cardamon can also help prevent liver damage, and this way, it may help maintain the body’s blood-cleaning capabilities.
Apart from that, cardamom can also help prevent nausea and vomiting, as well as the development of peptic ulcers in some individuals. To prevent ulcers, cardamom is added into beverages, and to deal with nausea, people typically smell cardamom essential oil.

6. Lung Health

amdavadis4ever@yahoogroups.comOne of the most unique capabilities of cardamom is its ability to relax the airways and increase your breathing capacity. Inhaling cardamom essential oil may be especially beneficial for those of you suffering from asthma or even stress-related breathlessness, as the invigorating smell of the oil when used in aromatherapy will help your lungs relax and help them breathe in more deeply.

6. Heart Health

As we mentioned previously, cardamom can reduce one’s risk of heart disease by preventing and contributing to the treatment of metabolic syndrome. However, the rich antioxidant content of cardamom, as well as its possible diuretic and cholesterol-lowering capabilities may help people with high blood pressure lower it slightly.
Studies have found this to be the case, but medical professionals don’t recommend relying on cardamom completely to treat your blood pressure, but you may still benefit from adding the spice into your drinks and meals.

24 January 2020

Effective Ways To Lower Your Cholesterol Levels
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The lifestyle of today is such that people always have too many balls in the air and are competing with time. However, that is no excuse to eat junk food on the go all the time. It leads to obesity and high cholesterol levels which are harmful for health. Even though awareness regarding this has been generated, the number of people suffering from high cholesterol has continues to increase steadily over the years. High cholesterol can easily be managed by following a few basic rules. Read on, before it’s too late. 

Effective Ways To Lower Your Cholesterol Levels1) Diet: The types of food you eat and they way they’re prepared can have an immense effect on the cholesterol levels in your body. Certain food themselves contain cholesterol which are known as dietary cholesterol. Some examples of such foods are kidneys, eggs and prawns. However, the as compared to saturated fats, cholesterol found in such food has much less effect on the level of cholesterol in your blood. It is essential to cut down on saturated fats in order to reduce your cholesterol levels.

i). Fats and Cholesterol : Saturated and unsaturated are the two main types of fat. Consuming foods that are high in saturated fat can raise cholesterol levels in the blood. Foods high in saturated fat include ghee, cheese, cream, cakes, biscuits, fatty cuts of meat and foods containing coconut or palm oil. Unsaturated fat can actually help in reducing cholesterol levels. Foods high in unsaturated fats include oily fish, nuts, seeds and vegetable oils and spreads. As nuts are high in calories, only a handful is enough per serving. Include nuts such as almonds, hazelnuts, walnuts etcetera. Fish contains omega-3 fatty acids which are very good for the heart. Finally, reduce the total amount of fat in your diet by avoiding fried and roasted foods. Steam, boil or grill your food. If you must use oil, use olive oil.

ii). Fiber and cholesterol: The two different types of fiber are soluble fiber and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber can be digested by your body whereas insoluble fiber cannot. Foods containing soluble fiber include oats, beans, peas, lentils, chickpeas and of course, fruits and vegetables. Bananas are an excellent source of fiber. Soluble fiber can reduce the absorption of cholesterol into your bloodstream.
iii). Another important point to be considered is the size of the portion being consumed. Try to eat 5 balanced meals, containing small portions, a day. Reducing your intake of caffeine can also help in lowering your cholesterol levels.

2) Exercise: Studies have shown that exercising even 3 times a week can reduce your cholesterol levels. The best form of exercise is to go for long walks. It doesn’t require anything and can be done anytime, even in between your work. If you are looking more vigorous activities then you can try cycling, running, dancing and go to the gym. The most important thing is to enjoy what you do.

3) Drink Water: Try to drink at least 8 glasses of water per day as drinking more water keeps the body fitter as it reduces fats. Our kidneys also do not function properly if adequate amount of water is not supplied. Moreover, it also eliminates water retention properly. It makes the endocrine gland function properly which helps in balancing our body’s electrolytes, minerals such as sodium, chloride and potassium, which regulate body temperature and control blood pressure. Finally, it helps in the transportation of water-soluble vitamins and nutrients such as protein, minerals and vitamins across the body.

4) Quit Smoking: Smoking not only increases the LDL (low density lipoproteins, the bad cholesterol, while decreasing HDL (high density lipoproteins), the good cholesterol levels. This damages the arteries. The nicotine in cigarettes can also lead to heart palpitations. Smoking also makes the blood stickier by raising fibrinogen levels and platelet counts. Carbon monoxide from cigarette smoke also raises blood cholesterol levels. Research has found that giving up smoking leads to the rising of the HDL levels and depleting of the LDL levels. Within 24 hours of quitting, risk of a heart attack subsides. Due to all the above, it is proven that it makes sense to quit smoking.
9 Signs of Vitamin D Deficiency (and How to Get More)!
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Are you getting enough vitamin D? If you shun the sun, you may be at risk for vitamin D deficiency. Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is produced by the body in response to skin being exposed to sunlight. You can also get this vitamin from supplements and foods, such as some fish, fish liver oils, egg yolks and in fortified dairy, cereals and grain products. Many people however are vitamin D deficient and they are not even aware of it. So if you notice any of these signs, visit a doctor soon and get your levels checked.

1. Muscle and Bone Weakness:
Our body stops building bone mass around age 30, and a lack of vitamin D can speed up or worsen osteoporosis symptoms.

2. Feeling Blue Or Sad:
Depression, mood swings are often linked to a shortage of vitamin D. Vitamin D may work the same brain areas that affect mood.

3. Chronic Gum Disease:
Getting enough vitamin D is important for oral health. Periodontal disease is a chronic gum condition. Bacteria cause the gums to swell and bleed. Some studies indicate a direct role of sunlight in reducing the risk of periodontal disease.

4. High Blood Pressure:
Hypertension is also known as high blood pressure. Research shows that there is a link between vitamin D and hypertension. People with higher vitamin D levels tend to have lower blood pressure and are less likely to develop hypertension.

5. Fatigue and Sleepiness:
Research links a deficiency of vitamin D to chronic fatigue syndrome. Low vitamin D results in fatigue and sleepiness.

6. Mood Swings:
Vitamin D receptors have been found in many parts of the brain. Having low vitamin D levels has been linked to depression.

7. Overweight:

Researxh shows vitamin D deficiency is associated with both developing obesity and the risk of obesity related complications. Vitamin D supplementation helps weight loss in obese and overweight patients with vitamin D deficiency.

8. Gut Issues:
Vitamin D deficiency can also leave many people with digestive problems.

9. Allergies:
Research shows that vitamin D deficiency also has a role to play in the development of allergy.

11 January 2020

Naturally improve digestive system!
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Many health issues can be traced back to the digestive system, and can be caused by abuse of antibiotics, stress, over consumption of alcohol, infections, etc. most people aren’t even aware that their digestive system isn’t functioning well. If you’re suffering from heartburn, constipation, diarrhea, bloating, belching, unexplained lethargy or even odd cravings, you may also have digestive problems. There are many other symptoms, but what you need to know is that your digestive system is not functioning well. This can lead to the inability to absorb nutrients that the body needs for its everyday functions.

Better Bowels
1. Avoid foods that irritate your stomach
Some people are allergic or intolerant to certain types of food, such as dairy, gluten, corn, soy, nuts, eggs, etc. Paying attention to your overall feeling after you eat these kinds of foods will help you in the future. If you feel bloated, unable to concentrate, skin issues or any other symptom that appears after eating, consider avoiding that type of food. Test your body and avoid one type of food each week to see which ones are the not agreeing with you.
2. Eat more fat, but not too much
The general consensus is to eat less fat, especially when constipated and get more fiber in your diet. A digestive system that is not working well will have difficulties in processing these fibers, leading to further issues due to the undigested fibers in your body. Fat actually helps in releasing these undigested fibers, so if you’re suffering from constipation, you need fat. Remember – get your fat from a healthy source, such as coconut oil, fish oil, olive oil, or flaxseed oil, and avoid unhealthy fat from soy, sunflower seeds or margarine.
3. Consume more fermented and probiotic foods
Beneficial bacteria perform much of the digestive processes in your bowels. If the delicate balance of their ecosystem is disturbed, they may decline in numbers, leading to digestion difficulties. To strengthen your digestive bacteria, add probiotic foods to your diet, such as yogurt, peas, dark chocolate, pickled cucumbers, and pickled cabbage.
4. Chew more
Many of us forget the importance of chewing as part of the digestion process. Even when we chew, enzymes in our saliva start to break down the food, so the more you chew – the easier it is to digest the food. Try chewing everything 20 times before swallowing. The process may be annoying at first, but it’ll help your digestion, and also can help in weight-loss.
5. Start each meal with something bitter
Even if you’re hungry, your stomach may not be ready to digest food just yet. Bitter food helps signaling your body that it’s time to produce stomach acids, which will help in digestion of the rest of the food. Greens such as rocket, as well as apple cider vinegar, are a great bitter starter.
6. Eat bone soup
Homemade bone soup is an excellent source of nutrients that your body craves, and it’s also cheap to make. The soup contains many minerals, amino acids, gelatin, and glycine, all of which are beneficial for your digestive system. Have it as a meal or as a side, but either way – your body will thank you.
7. Clear your bowels occasionally
We clean our body by showering, but often forget that the insides need a cleansing too sometimes. An enema is an ideal solution for internal cleansing of the bowels. It softens and breaks down any leftover refuse in our guts, then flushes it out. The results are better functioning digestive system and liver, so clearing out these toxins will improve your general feeling as well.
8. Drink ginger or chamomile tea
On top of its calming properties, chamomile tea also aids the digestion process and can help with nausea, stomachaches, and digestive cramps. Drink a cup a day, and you’ll feel the change. If you’re not partial to chamomile, make a ginger infusion instead – but be sure to use fresh ginger root.
9. Massage your stomach after you eat
Many alternative healers suggest massaging your stomach for 2-5 minutes after every meal to aid in digestion. To do that, place your palm on the top of your stomach and move it in a clockwise direction. If you don’t feel like doing it after every meal, doing it once in the evening is also helpful.
10. Support your liver functions
One of the liver’s main functions is producing bile, which helps break down fats in a process that helps the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, K. Insufficient amounts of bile can lead to harder-working digestive system that in turn, causes lethargy, particularly after eating fatty foods. To support your liver, eat beets, artichoke, proteins, and liver.
11. Eat a healthy breakfast
It’s not called “the most important meal of the day” for nothing. A good breakfast kickstarts your metabolism and keeps it working well throughout the day. Even if you’re not hungry, remember that you’re doing yourself a service when you eat, and if you add some yoghurt, you benefit twice.
12. Sit correctly on the toilet
Did you know that your posture when you’re on the toilet actually affects your digestive system? New research found that the best way to move our bowels is by squatting, not sitting. When we sit, we apply pressure to the rectum, similarly to bending a garden hose, obstructing the healthy flow. When you squat, however, your rectum is loose and straight, making it easier to have a movement. So use a small stool when you make your own, to have an easier and healthier time when on the bowl.
13. Drink water, but not during a meal
It’s important to drink at least 8 cups of water a day to keep the digestion running smoothly, but nutritionists recommend not drinking during the meal. Some foods make us thirsty, and in these cases, you should take small sips rather than large gulps. Another recommendation is to drink room-temperature water, since cold water slows the digestion process down.
14. Avoid eating when stressed or active
Eating when you’re stressed or in a rush is a sure way to get indigestion.. When you eat calmly, your body activates the parasympathetic system, which digestion is part of. In stressful times or during physical activities, the body uses the sympathetic system, taking away energy from the digestive processes. This is why people feel nauseated during stressful times or after running.