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14 December 2017

Try these 10 yoga poses to keep diabetes under control!

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With the rising number of people being diagnosed with diabetes, it is no wonder scientists are looking for newer methods to treat the disease. One of the cornerstones of controlling one’s blood sugar is regular and holistic exercise. And yoga is one such ancient measure to effectively control your blood sugar levels. But before we discuss in detail about various yoga poses to keep diabetes under control, here’s what you should know about the significance of exercise for diabetics.
Exercise — the key to stay healthy
Diabetes is caused when your blood cells do not respond to insulin produced in the body. When you follow a regular exercise regimen, your body starts responding to insulin, helping to reduce your blood glucose. Exercise also helps improve blood circulation in your body, particularly in the arms and legs, where diabetic patients most commonly encounter problems. It is an excellent way to fight stress, both at the body and mind level, which in turn helps keep one’s glucose levels down. Here are top 8 reasons why you should start exercising today.
How yoga helps to fight diabetes
Regular yoga practice can help reduce the level of sugar in the blood, along with lowering blood pressure, keeping your weight in check, reducing the severity of the symptoms  and slowing the rate of progression of the disease. It also lessens the possibility of further complications.
Stress is one of the major reasons for diabetes. It increases the secretion of glucagon (a hormone responsible for increasing blood glucose levels) in the body. The consistent practice of yoga aasanas, pranayam and a few minutes of meditation can help reduce stress in the mind and protect the body from its adverse effects. This, in turn, reducing the amount of glucagon and improve the action of insulin.
The practice of yoga is also a proven to lose weight and slow the process of fat accumulation. Surya namaskar and kapal bhati pranayama are some of the most effective yoga poses that aid weight loss. Since obesity is a major contributing factor for diabetes, doing yoga to keep your weight in check is the key. Here’s how to practise Surya Namaskar the right way.
Yoga poses for digestion
#1 Pranayam
Breathing in deeply and breathing out helps oxygenate your blood, and improves circulation. It also calms the mind and gives your rattled nerves some much needed rest. Here are few more health benefits of pranayama you should be aware of.
Steps to do this pose: 
·         Sit on a yoga mat on the floor. Fold your legs in either padmasana or sit cross legged.
·         Now straighten your back, keep your chin parallel to the floor, place your hands on your knees with your palms facing upwards and close your eyes.
·         Breath in deep and hold your breath for five counts. Exhale slowly. Repeat this process at least ten times.
·         Once you are done, rub your palms together till they are warm, and place them on your eyes. Now slowly open them and smile.
#2 Setubandhasana
This pose not only helps keep one’s blood pressure in control it also helps to relax the mind, improves digestion, relieves the symptoms of menopause in women and stretches the neck and spine.
Steps to do this pose:
·         Lie flat on your yoga mat, with your feet flat on the floor.Setubandhasana
·         Now exhale and push up, and off the floor with your feet.
·         Raise your body up such that your neck and head are flat on the mat and the rest of your body is in the air.
·         You can use your hands to push down for added support.
·         If you are flexible you can even clasp your fingers just below your raised back for that added stretch.
·         The key here is to not overexert or hurt yourself while doing this pose.
Tip: Avoid doing this pose if you have a neck or back injury.
#3 Balasana
Known quite aptly as the child’s pose this is a great stress buster. It gently stretches the hips, thighs and ankles, calms the mind and helps relieve stress and fatigue. It is also a great remedy for that lower back pain you might have from long hours of sitting.
Steps to do the pose:Child's pose
·          Sit on the floor with your weight on your knees. Now flatten your feet onto the floor and sit on your heels.
·         Spread your thighs apart a little. Exhale and bend forward from your waist.
·         Let your stomach rest on your thighs and extend your back. Now stretch out your arms in front of you to elongate the back.
·         You can also rest your forehead on the floor. This may require flexibility, so don’t push your body beyond its limit. You will get better with time.
·         This is a resting pose so you should ideally breath at a normal pace. You can stay in this pose for as long as three minutes or as little as five counts
Tip: If you are pregnant, have a knee injury or have diarrhoea do not do this pose.

#4 Vajrasana
This is a simple pose that is great to relax the mind, improve digestion and massages thekanda. According to Ayurvedic principles, kanda is a spot about 12 inches above the anus that is the point of convergence for over 72,000 nerves.
Steps to do this pose:
·         All you need to do is place a yoga mat on the floor.
·         Kneel on the mat, and let the top surface of your feet touch the mat, such that your heels are pointing upwards.
·         Now gently place your buttocks on your heels. It is important to note that your heels are on either side of your anus.
·         Now place both your palms on your knees, facing downwards. Close your eye and breath in deeply at a steady rate.

#5 Sarvangasana
This pose is essentially known for its ability to regulate the working of the thyroid glands. These glands are responsible for the proper functioning of the entire body including the digestive, nervous, reproductive system, regulating metabolism and respiratory system. Apart from that, it nourishes the spine with a good supply of blood and oxygen, helping you beat nervous system disorders, and improving your all round health. Read more about how sarvangasana works
Steps to do this pose:
·         Lie on a yoga mat with your legs extending outwards.
·         Now slowly raise your legs either by first folding them at the knees or by lifting them straight.
·         Place your palms along your back and hips to support it, and raise your body while pointing your toes to the ceiling.
·         All your weight should be on your shoulders. Make sure you breathe slowly and lock your chin into your chest.
·         Your elbows should be touching the floor and your back should be supported. Hold this pose for as long as you are comfortable.
·         To return to the lying position, slowly lower your body. Do not fall back to the lying position.
Tips: Do not do this pose if you suffer from any neck or spinal injuries. If you do have high blood pressure perform this exercise only under supervision.

#6 Halasana
This pose is great for those who sit for long hours and tend to have bad posture. It stimulates the thyroid glands, parathyroid glands, lungs and abdominal organs, therefore helping the blood rush to your head and face, improves digestion and keeps the hormonal levels in check. Read more about how halasana can beat bad posture and backache.
Step to do this pose:
·         Lie flat on the floor with your feet flat stretched out. Place your arms by your side and bend your knees so that your feet are flat on the floor.
·         Now, slowly raise your legs from the hips. Place your hands on your hips as you raise them and use your hands as support.
·         Now slowly bend your legs at the hips and try to touch the floor behind your head with your toes and straighten your hands so they are flat on the floor.
·         Breath out while going up. To return to the lying position gently roll your back  onto the floor, breath in while you come down. Do not drop down suddenly.
Tip to keep in mind: If you suffer from liver or spleen disorders, hypertension, have diarrhoea are menstruating or have suffered a neck injury, avoid doing this pose.

#7 Dhanurasana
This pose is great to strengthen your back and spine, stimulate the reproductive organs, beats stress and fatigue, relieves menstrual pain and constipation.
Steps to do this pose:
·         Lie on your stomach with your feet hip-width apart and your arms by the side of your body.
·         Fold your knees and hold your ankles. Breathing in, lift your chest off the ground and pull your legs up and back.
·         Look straight ahead with a smile on your face. Keep the pose stable while paying attention to your breath.
·         Continue to take long deep breaths as you relax in this pose. But don’t get carried away!
·         Do not overdo the stretch. After 15 -20 seconds, as you exhale, gently bring your legs and chest to the ground. Release the ankles and relax.
Tip: Do not practice this pose if you have high or low blood pressure, hernia, neck injury, pain in the lower back, headache, migraine or a recent abdominal surgery or if you are pregnant.

#8 Chakrasana
This pose is great to stretch the spine and relax the muscles of the back. Moreover it helps relax the mind and make it stress free.
Steps to do this pose:
·         To do this pose start by lying on your back with your arms horizontally stretched out in line you’re your shoulders.
·         Bend your knees and bring your feet close to your hips. The soles of your feet should be fully on the ground.
·         Swing your knees to the left until the left knee touches the ground (the right knee and thigh should rest on the left knee and thigh).
·         Simultaneously, turn your head to the right and look at your right palm. Make sure your shoulder blades touch the ground.
·         While the body is twisted, there is a tendency for one of your shoulder blades to lift off the ground. You must work against this tendency for the stretch to be effective.
·         Feel the stretch in the thighs, groin, arms, neck, stomach and back as you hold the pose. With each exhalation, relax deeper into the pose.
·         After a few minutes, you may slowly turn your head back to the centre, and straighten the torso and legs. Mirror the pose on the other side.
Tip: Avoid this posture if you have any spinal injuries.

#9 Paschimotasana
This is a forward bending pose that helps the blood to flow to the face. Apart from that, it helps the stomach function better, strengthens the thigh muscles and relaxes the back and arms.
Steps to do this pose:
·         Sit with your legs stretched out on the floor. Next hold the big toe of your feet with your index finger and thumb.
·         Now, exhale and slowly bend forward and try to touch your forehead to your knees.
·         The key is that your elbows should touch the floor.Do not breath in.
·         Stay in this position for five counts and inhale as you rise back to the sitting position.
Tips to keep in mind: If you have any type of back pain or complaints with your spine, do not do this pose. Moreover, be easy on yourself, you might not be able to touch your knees with your forehead. Know that if you keep at it you will regain your flexibility and be able to do the pose properly.

Ardha matsyendrasana
#10 Ardha Matsyendrasana: This asana is specifically designed to increase the capacity of your lungs so it can inhale and hold more oxygen. It also loosens up the spine and relieves backaches and discomfort in the back.
Steps to do this pose:
·         Sit up with your legs stretched out straight in front of you, keeping your feet together and your spine erect.
·         Bend your left leg and place the heal of your left foot beside your right hip (optionally, you can keep your left leg straight).
·         Now, Take the right leg over your left knee and place your left hand on your right knee and your right hand behind you.
·         Twist at the waist, shoulders and neck in this sequence to the right and look over the right shoulder. Hold and continue with gentle long breaths in and out.
·         To come back to the starting position, continue breathing out, release the right hand first (the hand behind you), release the waist, then chest,lastly the neck and sit up relaxed yet straight.
·         Repeat to the other side. Breathing out, come back to the front and relax.
Tip: If you have a back injury, do this pose only in the presence of a certified trainer.
Apart from this, a few minutes of regular meditation practice also acts as an excellent stress-buster for the mind and body. Interestingly, while stress is the major cause of diabetes, the condition in turn results in patients getting highly stressed about it, which further aggravates the problem. It has also been observed that most diabetics lose self-confidence and end up brooding over their condition. This is where meditation can help – restoring their confidence levels so that they gain the strength to fight the condition and live well. Craving for sweets is a common occurrence in diabetes. Regular practice of meditation can help drop such cravings to a large extent. If you’re a beginner, refer to this 10 step meditation guide.

What Are the Symptoms of This Life-Threatening Condition?

When we have an infection, our bodies work constantly to protect us from it. Antibiotic or anti-viral drugs are sometimes needed, but unfortunately, the fight against bacteria and viruses is not always simple.

When the infection is not properly treated and is out of control, immune system activity can go awry for reasons that doctors can’t explain, leading to sepsis - a life-threatening condition in which the body harms itself to protect its organs. It is highly recommended that you familiarize yourself with the dangers of the condition and its symptoms so that you can seek medical help right away as soon as you notice it... it may just save your life.

Why is sepsis so dangerous?

"If you don’t treat sepsis, it can cause septic shock, which is an advanced state of infection in the body that causes very low and dangerous blood pressure," says Dr. Carmen Polito, Assistant Professor of Medicine at Emory University Medical School.  When your body is in a state of septic shock, it's very difficult to improve blood pressure through IV, which means that it is very difficult to regain proper blood flow to the organs needed to keep them functioning.
Since there is no test for sepsis, it’s very difficult to diagnose until the body reaches a state of septic shock, but what doctors do know is that sepsis is caused by four types of infections: pneumonia, appendicitis, urinary tract infections, and cellulitis. Symptoms of sepsis are very similar to those of septic shock and both go hand in hand, so if you experience a combination of the following symptoms, it is highly recommended that you consult your family doctor to see if you need lifesaving treatment.

5 of the most common sepsis symptoms

1. Cold, clammy skin

"When the body experiences sepsis, it focuses on sending blood to the most vital organs, such as the heart, kidneys, and brain, then to less important areas the skin," states Christopher Seymour, Assistant Professor of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine at the University Of Pittsburgh School Of Medicine. However, remember that skin that feels cold and clammy to the touch is a symptom of many diseases, some of which are less dangerous - this is a sign of concern only if you also experience other symptoms of sepsis or you have a significant infection.


2. Decreased or dark colored urine

The kidneys are the most severely affected organs during sepsis because they are sensitive to any change in blood flow and pressure. Therefore, the effects of this condition can often be seen in the urine. When the body senses that its blood pressure is low, it tries to store as much fluid as possible, which leads to decreased urination or dark colored urine, Dr. Seymour says.
In extreme cases, someone who is suffering from sepsis might stop urinating completely. Therefore, if you notice such changes in your urine and feel sick, it may be more than just dehydration.

3. Changes in mental state

Confusion, low alertness, and dizziness can all be the result of too little blood in the brain, dehydration, and toxins that enter the body and contaminate it. If you experience septic shock, all of these symptoms will appear, and Dr. Seymour adds, “These will be the most extreme sensations you will ever feel in terms of these symptoms." Dr. Seymour stresses that these symptoms must occur with infection for them to be treated as symptoms of sepsis, as these are also common symptoms of a stroke, for example.


4. Increased heart rate

In the case of sepsis, you will not only experience an accelerated heart rate, such as after a morning run, but you will feel that your heart is pounding even while relaxed. The average pulse at rest is 60-90 beats per minute, so if you measure your heart rate at rest and find it to be over 90, it may be a sign of sepsis, says Dr. Coopersmith. When afflicted with sepsis the body increases heart rate to improve circulation and prevent tissue damage.

5. Difficulty breathing

If you do not have a medical condition that causes breathing difficulties, except for pneumonia leading to sepsis, you may have sepsis. As in the case of the previous symptom, this symptom is also caused by the body's need to pump more blood into its organs, in which case it is important to enrich the blood with oxygen.
Because of this, the body tries to breathe faster, which causes unpleasant feelings such as difficulty breathing. Some patients develop shortness of breath that makes it hard to keep a healthy breathing rate. Therefore, if you experience this symptom along with a few others on this list, don’t ignore them and just hope they’ll pass.
As we’ve said before, if you experience a combination of these symptoms along with an infection, all experts recommend that you get medical help. You shouldn't delay as sepsis causes damage to the body that can develop and worsen over a few hours, and the faster you treat it, the more your body will prevent injuries that will worsen your health later in life.
While the treatment varies from person to person, it is usually an aggressive process because quick action is needed; First, the doctors will treat the infection, provide the body with antibiotics and try to increase blood pressure by fluid infusion. They will then try to figure out exactly what the source of the infection is and act accordingly - in some cases, surgery or drainage is needed to control it.
When it comes to sepsis and septic shock, remember that early detection is the most important thing in order to get the best treatment for you. If you are concerned that you are suffering from this condition, contact your doctor immediately.

6 Great Exercises for Smoothing and Tightening Your Face!

When we hear the term "facelift," most of us think of a painful medical procedure that involves surgery and some recovery time. Many women and men get a facelift to give them that youthful glow back, but you really don't need to go under the knife to get these results. By carrying out the following 6 stretching exercises, called "Facial Yoga," you can make yourself look youthful again without any painful procedures.

face exercise

1. The brow lift

Forehead wrinkles bother many people because they get deeper over the years and can make you seem angry. You can minimize these wrinkles and prevent the formation of new ones with the following simple exercise that stretches the muscles behind the skin and, in doing so, helps smooth it.
How to:

• Place the lower part of your right palm on your right eyebrow and the lower part of your left palm on your left eyebrow.
• Lift the muscles of your eyebrows up with your palms, as if you’re surprised, and lower them back as if you’re angry.
• Stretch your eyebrows up and down 10 times. When you come to the last time, hold your eyebrows up for 30 seconds. Lower your eyebrows, and hold them in this position for 30 seconds and relax.
• Then repeat the exercise - 10 repetitions of raising and lowering and 30 seconds of release.

2. The filler

Laughter lines are certainly charming, but not when they are deep, creating deep grooves on the sides of the lips. The next smiley exercise will help you fight fire with fire, and get rid of these laughter lines once and for all.
How to:
• Place your fingers on your cheeks and press lightly.
• Smile widely and use your fingers to hold the smile in place by gently pressing on the cheeks.
• Close your lips half-way and press your cheeks to create resistance.
• Keep each position (full smile and half smile) for 10 seconds and release the stretch. Repeat the exercise 10 times.

3. The neck lift

Eventually, gravity catches up with all of us, and our neck skin starts sagging and wrinkling in a way no one wants to experience. This next stretch below will help prevent this from happening and also improve the appearance of the "double chin" that is common in older people.
How to:
• Lightly close your mouth.
• Separate your upper and lower teeth as far as you can without opening your mouth.
• Move your jawbone forward while stretching the lower lip, holding it in this position for 5 seconds.
• Slowly bring your jaw, lips, and teeth back to the original position.
• Repeat the exercise 10 times.
4. “Oh” face
With the help of some exaggerated facial movements and sounds, you can stretch the area around your lips. Just pretend that you’re in a voice development class and that way you can benefit from this simple exercise two-fold.
How to:
• Open your mouth and then press your lips together so that they’re closed but your upper and lower teeth aren’t touching.
• Now say "Oh" with excessive stretching of the lips to create the sound.
• Then say “eee" while stretching the lips back to half a smile.
• Repeat these two sounds 10 times, relax your lips, and perform 3 total sets.

5. The neck stretch

This stretch will not only smooth out your neck skin but will also help relieve pain that many people experience in this area. You can do this stretch wherever you are, even sitting at home or at the office, and within a few moments you can get pain relief and rejuvenate your appearance.

face exercise
How to:
• Hold your chin against your chest until you feel a stretch in your neck.
• Start lifting your head upwards in a circular motion.
• As you move, bend your head back and look up at the ceiling. Hold your head in this position for a few seconds, and lower it back down in a slow circular motion. Repeat the exercise 10 times.

6. The all-inclusive face life

This last exercise is certainly entertaining, and although it seems funny, its results are serious. With this general facelift, you can stretch muscles in several areas of the face, strengthening them, improving the appearance of wrinkles and preventing the formation of new ones.
face exercise
How to:

• Place your palms above the cheekbones and place your fingers on your head.
• Close your eyes and move your hands - palms and fingers - back and to the side. While doing so, stick out your tongue and stretch it forward and down as far as you can.
• Stay in this position for 60 seconds and then release.
• Repeat the exercise 3 times.