Post50’s Yoga Benefits

Definitely yoga requires agility and flexibility to perform and is not everyone’s cup of tea. More than that indulging in any kind of physical activity involves interest, determination and the will power to accomplish something pushing yourself to your utmost capacity. If we talk about senior people at your home how often you have seen them ailing in pain or complaining about small health issues like headaches, back pain and the like. Multiple chronic conditions often develop when these everyday symptoms are not taken care of are you can say are a natural part of aging. Sleep deprivation, high blood pressure, arthritis, Alzheimer and various other diseases creep into old age before us realizing. So why not get your elderly parents and grandparents into healthy habits along with yourself that will improve your overall quality of life. Taking out a minute chunk of your day to concentrate on your breathing or practicing other exercises can be a great opening to a healthier life for the elderly.

Embracing the Yoga perspective

With the natural aging process, physical health inevitably leads to physical deterioration and eventually affects the social and spiritual aspects of an aging body. Yoga is believed to be a general and effective remedy for restricted mobility which can be loosened through light yoga exercises with the help of personal care and assistance services. Stiffness of the joints and general weakness in the muscles which makes an elderly person become bound to his bed or chair can be a great nuisance so why not start relieving it from home. Reduce your susceptibility to bone fractures by making yoga a must practice in your life. Other inner bodily functions like blood circulation problems, digestive issues and diabetes can also be improved and prevented from worsening with adopting yoga.

On a mental level

When old age dawns on you, which is when you need the most clarity of thoughts and an unbiased sense of judgment that will help you steer through your final years with grace and comfort. Your memory may fail you at the most crucial of times leaving you feel abandoned in a sea of emotions, that is when you seem to understand the benefits of yoga as it pulls you out of the helpless abyss of impending emotions and helps you gain mental stability and calmness and peace of mind. Your concentration span may also improve and you will be able to exercise logic and reason as and when needed.

Emotional and social aspect

Loneliness may haunt you in old age reducing your general level of self-esteem and confidence. Being left on you own accord can be a nightmare in old age and may breed feelings of insecurity and develop trust issues which are not easy to overcome overnight. Dependency on your spouse or children, financial constraints or inability to look after you makes one uneasy and fear incapacity and death. On a deeper level you tend to lose perspective on life and the lack of a goal in life may morally destroy us.

Although all these things might sound highly intimidating they may have a short and easy solution and that is paying very little attention to the minute things in life and consciously feeling them to develop a more comprehensive bond with your inner self which yoga and meditation in seniors can definitely bring about.

Detox– You’ll Feel Lighter and Better

An age old technique practiced even by the Chinese and Ayurveda’s, detox basically involves cleaning the body inside out by eliminating toxins from the body through various means. Detoxifying means; cleaning the body through the blood, liver, kidneys, intestines, lungs, lymph and skin.

When do you need to detox?

If you are feeling lethargic, having skin problems, digestive issues- sluggish metabolism, bloating, aches and pains, low grade infections, menstrual problems, difficulty losing weight and mental confusion, it is time for a detox.

How can you detox?

Detoxing can be achieved by helping the body’s natural cleansing process by resting the organs through fasting, stimulating the liver, improving blood circulation and promote flushing out waste through the skin, kidneys and intestines.

Cutting down on your toxin load namely coffee, processed foods, cigarettes, alcohol, saturated fats and sugars is the first step. Using natural products for household cleaning and personal health care and avoiding chemical air pollutants that can possibly poison the blood can help too.

Follow a high fiber diet, consume organic fruits and vegetables that are rich in antioxidants and vitamins, and keep hydrated. Drink lots of tea, and eat less, clean and healthy to keep fit.

Reduce stress – the root cause of all ailments. Stress causes ‘adrenaline rush’ that slow down the detoxification enzymes in the liver. Exercising regularly, practicing yoga or other meditation techniques can help relieve stress, drive away negative emotions and develops a sense of peace.

Regular oil massaging and skin brushing, detox foot baths can exfoliate the skin to remove toxins and improve circulation. Sweating in the sauna can help the body get rid of toxins through sweat.

With the increasing use of CFC’s and environmental pollutants, use of chemical fertilizers, pesticides and insecticides; the risk of diseases like Alzheimer’s, Cancer, Cardiovascular diseases and mental retardation is on the rise.

A colon detox is a must to purify your body and prevent toxins from re-entering your bloodstream, and also a heavy metal cleanses- the cause of headaches, allergies and muscle cramps.

There are various diets that can help you detox including Fruit and Veggie detox, Juice or Smoothie Cleanse, Sugar cleanse or Hypoallergenic detox. A fruit detox is a great way to fast without starving yourself, a liquid diet for a week or a fruit and vegetable diet can help to cleanse the body in a short time.

However, before following any diet, be sure to consult your G.P and a nutritionist as they can best advise you especially if you have a medical condition.

What are the benefits of detox?

Detoxification has many health benefits including

  • Speeds up weight loss
  • Boosts the Immune system
  • Improves Skin and Hair
  • Increase in stamina and general well being
  • Prevents chronic diseases and liver damage especially if you are constantly smoking or consume alcohol.
  • Improves mental health
  • Anti-ageing effect

 

Toothpaste: more to it than just fluoride

Like every other TV commercial will tell you: you need X and Y toothpaste to keep your gums and teeth healthy. They get the latter part right, oral hygiene is no minor matter and keeping a healthy set of teeth in today’s junk food heavy world is an even tougher task. What many people don’t realize is that the problem is not exactly helped by the modern fluoride heavy toothpastes. Even medically there has been enough research on the subject and fresh debate ensues upon the nature and extent of the damage that fluoride can cause to the mouth.  The concern is on alternatives though: not enough research has gone into investigating the organic compounds that can serve us better.

Obviously items like baking soda top the list for naturally occurring toothpaste but as of now that remains less marketed and more obscure of a fact. Flouride’s basic damage steps in the form it containing potential carcinogens and that basically is enough cause for worry. The research is not conclusive on this end: that is the other worry.

Now if dental schools reduce the financial strain upon their students then maybe we will see more headway in this research. Obviously that is one debate, over which we may never hear conclusive enough a verdict but that does not reduce the importance of keeping your teeth healthy. So we switch and look: toothpastes that are more organic and better suited to helping us fight the cavities and dental bacteria. Luckily enough there are a few answers too.

Herbal Tooth Powders


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The best thing about these is the quantity of the organic herbs used within them. They are a fine alternative too because many of those herbs have gum strengthening properties as well as teeth whitening. They are especially used as medicines in case of infection or toothaches but their regular usage can be a fine addition if you want to avoid most dental problems for the rest of your life.

The worst part about them is also the herbs though. If you are purchasing the powder, make sure you’re buying something which has its quantities approved by your dentist. Mixtures that are sold without verification can be as harmful as excess fluoride within a toothpaste. Obviously they do not give you the minty mouth feel of the toothpaste but then a healthy set of teeth seem to be a fair trade off.

Sea Salt

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A lot of people use baking soda as a clear alternative to toothpastes, which is a very good choice. An even better choice though is right there within our beaches though. Many are skeptic about it but the salt’s acidic properties just go well with cleaning the teeth as well as strengthening the gums. The best approach at hand here is to just dissolve some salt in the water and then dip your finger in it and start brushing. Many people substitute this with the salt they use in their food which is not a bad alternative either but the results are significantly better with seal salt. Not so good to taste but it sure does give you the strong bite you want.

Oil cleaning

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This must sound surprising but oil actually does work. And it works rather brilliantly if you have had the care to use it. Since it does not mix too well with many things containing water, it acts as an excellent repellent for bacteria and fungi. Applying it can be done in a variety of ways but the best way is to follow it through with some scrubbing via brush soaked in pure water.

Oils from fruits like coconuts are especially a good pick for this because of their properties.

Losing Weight When You’re Always Hangry

So this is something we all have struggled with, we are desperate to lose weight, even the thought of a diet plan that promises weight loss can brighten up our eyes and make us optimistic about our obese self. Yes, this has happened to everyone of us but for me things were a tad bit different for I wanted to lose weight but was always hungry and angry. I don’t know, what resulted to what; whether my hunger was triggered by my anger or I was angry because I was hungry? All I knew was that the two got on like a house on fire. Every time, I would initiate a doable diet  plan, I would end up breaking the promise, in  just minutes. So I searched the internet for my condition and found help that actually worked. I would like to share some of the tips that worked for my hunger and anger.

Your’s Truly, Fiber.

Yes, fiber is something that plays a key role in weight loss and for good reasons. For people like me this was a life saver; foods rich in fiber tend to make you feel full and take time to be fully chewed and swallowed. Before you’ve even finished your fiber rich food your brain will be tricked to believing that your stomach is full.Although, fiber itself doesn’t burn any fats but this very property to make people feel full before they start stuffing their face with all the calories.  Fruits and vegetables which can be categorized as plant foods, berries and whole grains are all rich in fiber but the power is mainly stored in seeds or skin. Every time I would feel this irresistible urge to eat something, I’d grab an apple and munch on it and I lost 4 pounds in just a week.

Don’t Feed Your Anger:

Yes, I was angry and the only thing that would appease me was sugar and calorie stuffed food; looking into the fridge in hopes of finding cake and ice cream was more like a everyday ritual to me. Then I realized that I was just feeding my anger and it is doing me no good. I found alternatives to these sweet tooth cravings(yes, it wasn’t just a PMS thing) in plain yogurt and fresh fruit, a small portion of dark chocolate, a pretzel once a week, or smoothie if the urge was too strong.

Also, to get my anger under control, my dietitian asked me to stay away from processed foods, while shifting to fermented foods and drinks along with increased percentage of water and leafy greens in my diet. Albeit these changes my mood would still swiftly swing from normal to berserk so I was suggested to meditate and work out. The dietary and lifestyle changes also improved my sleeping cycle. Result? I wasn’t always overthinking or getting angry about one thing or the other.

Quick Tip: If you feel helpless when surrounded with tasty treats then just ask yourself is it really worth it or treat yourself with a bite or two for leaving a box full of cupcakes.

I’d Rather Eat:

I was given alternatives to satisfy the insatiable lust to eat. So every time my huger pangs would get out of control I would choose smoothies, whole wheat pasta with veggies to add flavor, casseroles, salad bowls, popcorn, sunflower seeds, soup, or the best of all–smoothies! This was hard for me, initially, but eventually I was much calmer and yes, not always hungry.

However, if you’re often on the verge of screaming and then eating a big bowl of ice cream then it’s best you consult medical help and find out if there is nothing wrong with your physical or mental state that triggers an emotional outburst and you only find comfort in eating. You should work towards identifying the reason of your problem before experimenting with multiple diet plans. I lost an incredible amount of weight as soon as I took control of things in the right manner and before it was too late.

Author Bio:

Sheerin Jafri is a passionate blogger who loves to write on disciplines such as health care and lifestyle. She is a featured author at various blogs and a staff writer at Centracare.org, a Tampa urgent care provider.