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Embark on a Wellness Journey at Chenot Palace Gabala

Ramiz Bayramov, executive chef at Chenot Palace Gabala, follows the Chenot method, which advocates for a plant-based diet…reports Asian Lite News

This Summer, consider experiencing a wholesome wellness journey at Chenot Palace Gabala, a global award-winning wellness retreat in an idyllic setting of Azerbaijan’s great Caucasian Forest overlooking the peaceful Nohur Lake.

This picturesque getaway is perfectly designed for discerning wellness seekers, offering incredible natural beauty, and a unique combination of serenity and energy. A range of 72 well-designed rooms and suites, plus 3 spacious villas with private spas, provide a perfect sanctuary in harmony with nature at Chenot Palace Gabala.

The Chenot Diet

The Chenot Diet Plan is a fundamental aspect of the Chenot Method, carefully crafted to complement other medical treatments and aid in the detoxification, stimulation, and reset of the body. Chenot integrates extensive scientific research into this diet, covering everything from ingredient selection and processing to cooking techniques. Unique detox recipes are formulated to combine the finest ingredients without compromising taste, flavour, or presentation. Factors like low-density calories, acidity, low temperatures, and moisture are meticulously considered.

Ramiz Bayramov, executive chef at Chenot Palace Gabala, follows the Chenot method, which advocates for a plant-based diet.

He says, “We meticulously select products for dishes, considering nuances such as calorie content, fats, proteins, and carbs. The aim is to create dishes that are perfectly balanced and delicious, with each new recipe coordinated with nutritionists. Some vegetables used are grown onsite in their own environmentally friendly garden, without additives.

The menu changes daily, ensuring strict control over quality and quantity. For breakfast, guests can enjoy various types of fruits. Lunch includes a starter, salad, and a choice of two main courses, while dinner offers an appetizer, soup, and a choice between two main courses. This approach ensures a diverse and nutritious dining experience for guests.”

Tea For All

At Chenot Palace Gabala, guests can unwind at the Tea Bar, a cozy tearoom that provides a perfect space for guests to relax, read, or enjoy a cup of gourmet Chenot tea. The Tea Bar offers an exquisite selection of natural and herbal teas by Chenot.

Guests can choose from an array of teas that help with feeling fresh, detoxifying, supporting the liver, calming down, boosting metabolism, aiding digestion, and more, each tea has its own special taste and health benefits.

They can also try the richness of Yunnan Pu-erh, which has a high Vitamin C content or indulge in the sweet and romantic notes of Love Story tea. Whether sipping on Sencha for its antioxidant properties or enjoying the gentle flavours of the Romeo and Juliet blend, each cup promises a delightful journey for the senses.

The World-Class Medical Facilities

Chenot Palace Gabala is distinguished by its outstanding medical facilities, ensuring meticulous consultations and employing cutting-edge diagnostics. The implementation of innovative assessments such as Oxidative Stress and Vascular Age Evaluation highlights the retreat’s commitment to a sophisticated approach to optimising arterial health.

Spanning an impressive 6,000 square meters, the medical centre is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, featuring the latest advancements in diagnostic techniques for both medical and spa procedures. This comprehensive facility is staffed by expert medical professionals who diligently curate personalised programmes for each guest, tailoring experiences that enhance individual wellness.

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Previous Falls Raise Fracture Risk, Especially in Men

The association between previous falls and fracture risk was observed to vary by sex, with men exhibiting higher predictive values compared to women…reports Asian Lite News

A recent study titled “A meta-analysis of previous falls and subsequent fracture risk in cohort studies” found links between self-reported falls and increased fracture risk, as well as a slightly greater risk of fracture in men than in women.

Published in Osteoporosis International, this international meta-analysis of data pooled from 46 prospective cohorts comprising over 900,000 individuals also recommended that previous falls are a factor that should be included in patients’ histories used by fracture risk assessment tools like the FRAX (Fracture Risk Assessment) Tool to calculate a person’s likelihood of getting a fracture over the next decade. FRAX is the most commonly used assessment to predict fracture risk.

“FRAX was developed using longitudinal data from studies around the world. Although previous falls have long been recognized as a significant risk factor for fractures, until now, they have not been factored into the FRAX algorithm,” said Douglas P. Kiel, M.D., MPH, director of the Musculoskeletal Research Center and senior scientist at the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research at Hebrew SeniorLife, a nonprofit, Harvard Medical School affiliated institution. “In this newly updated FRAX dataset, previous falls were included as a risk factor and were found to increase the risk for fracture. These findings underscore that falls are an important contributor to fracture in both men and women, but interestingly, slightly more in men.”
Key findings of the meta-analysis include

Increased Fracture Risk: Individuals with a history of falls within the past year were found to have a significantly higher risk of any clinical fracture, osteoporotic fracture, major osteoporotic fracture, and hip fracture. One or more previous falls were significantly associated with an increased risk of death among women and men.

Sex Disparities: The association between previous falls and fracture risk was observed to vary by sex, with men exhibiting higher predictive values compared to women.

Independent Risk Factor: The increased fracture risk linked to previous falls was largely independent of bone mineral density, emphasizing the standalone significance of falls as a risk factor. A previous fall in the past year confers a significantly increased risk of any clinical fracture, osteoporotic fracture, and hip fracture with the increase in risk varying between 36 per cent and 59 per cent depending on the fracture outcome and sex.
These findings underscore the importance of incorporating previous falls into the FRAX algorithm,” Dr. Kiel added. Integrating this information into tools like FRAX can enhance their predictive accuracy and ultimately help healthcare providers to more accurately predict fracture risk and tailor preventive strategies accordingly to improve patient outcomes. (ANI)

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Childhood Lung Health

The researchers called for understanding the determinants that predict lung function growth during childhood and adolescence to prevent diseases later in adulthood…reports Asian Lite News

Increased physical activity and a higher body mass index (BMI) can help fight lung function deficits in early childhood, according to a study on Monday.

The growth of lung function declines in childhood due to allergic conditions and is a clear risk factor for chronic respiratory disease later.

The study, published in the journal Thorax, showed that higher levels of physical activity in early childhood (between the ages of 4 and 7) and higher body mass index at age 4 can help increase lung function growth.

“The key finding of our study is that low lung function in early childhood does not automatically translate into poor lung function in early adulthood, but that accelerated growth can recover early-life lung function deficits and result in normal values in adolescence,” said Sarah Koch, a researcher at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health (ISGlobal).

The study analysed data on 1,151 children and adolescents aged 4-18 years. The researchers measured lung function with spirometry, a technique that assesses lung function through the amount of exhaled air.

The researchers called for understanding the determinants that predict lung function growth during childhood and adolescence to prevent diseases later in adulthood.

“Both clinical management and public health policies should support and promote a healthy diet and high levels of physical activity in children with low baseline lung function, suboptimal environmental conditions, or early-life allergies. This can help overcome growth limitations in lung function and improve respiratory health in childhood and adulthood,” Koch said.

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Salman Khan’s Being Strong, Danube Dubai to take fitness to next level

Diamondz, a luxurious project by Danube Properties Dubai, becomes the first destination in the Middle East to launch a gym with Salman Khan’s Being Strong Fitness Equipment…reports Asian Lite News

Danube Properties, the fastest-growing private real estate developer in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), becomes the first to launch a gym designed using Salman Khan’s ‘Being Strong Fitness Equipment’ range. Situated within its latest iconic 65-storeyed skyscraper named Diamondz at Jumeirah Lake Tower in Dubai, UAE; this cutting-edge facility is set to revolutionise the fitness experience for customers keen to enjoy a healthy lifestyle by following a quality fitness regime. Diamondz by Danube is slated to be launched in Dubai on April 18.

Danube Properties becomes the first developer to partner with Salman Khan’s Being Strong; realising the importance of accessible state-of-the-art gymnasiums to work out and lead a healthy lifestyle in the fast-paced environment like Dubai. This isn’t just another gym that many developers provide, Being Strong will offer top-of-the-class equipment which is also used by Salman Khan and will be available exclusively only for the residents of Diamondz by Danube.

Moreover, this association with Salman Khan marks a significant step. There’s nothing short of perfection than partnering with Being Strong, a reputed gym equipment leader, marking a significant milestone in the evolution of fitness amenities within luxury real estate developments in Dubai.

Apartments in Diamondz come fully furnished with more than 40+ facilities and amenities that offer a great lifestyle in addition to health and lifestyle amenities including a health club, swimming pools, jogging track, sports arena, working space, business centre, meeting place, tennis court, barbecue area, jogging track, doctors on call including a gym with Being Strong fitness equipment by Salman Khan exclusively for residents which is otherwise a paid for facility.

Earlier this year, Danube Properties launched Bayz101, the tallest tower under the portfolio in the thriving district of Business Bay with spectacular views of the Dubai Skyline. And are back with Diamondz within just three months. The launch of Diamondz comes a few weeks after the sell-out of Bayz101 within two months of its launch. This reflects the vibrancy of Dubai’s real estate market where demand continues to outpace supply, encouraging us to launch projects in quick succession.

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How to Be There for Someone in Need

People tend to think that they need to handle those affected by burnout with kid gloves, Beschoner says. But this can be counterproductive, according to the expert…reports Asian Lite News

When a relative or friend is suffering from burnout, they need your help. Burnout is the result of a long period of stress which negatively affects your wellbeing.

While seeking professional help and being diagnosed is a first, important step, relatives and friends can also do their part to make things easier for the person affected.

The most important thing when someone close to you suffers from burnout is to be understanding, says Professor Petra Beschoner, a specialist in psychiatry, psychotherapy and psychosomatic medicine.

“Ideally, relatives should educate themselves about the illness and organise professional help – also for themselves,” Beschoner, who heads a clinic in southern Germany, recommends.

“People who suffer from burnout often react cynically and irritably, which can be very stressful for their social environment. Those affected also withdraw. However, this should not be seen as a personal offence, but as a symptom of burnout.”

People tend to think that they need to handle those affected by burnout with kid gloves, Beschoner says. But this can be counterproductive, according to the expert.

“Relatives often tend to keep everything away from the person affected. But burnout patients in particular often define themselves by their responsibilities, so restricting their autonomy is not very effective,” she explains.

Some symptoms of burnout, like signs of exhaustion, overlap with those of depression. According to the doctor, it is therefore important that the diagnosis is always made by specialists or psychotherapists who have the necessary differential diagnostic experience.

According to Britain’s National Health Service, other symptoms of burnout include muscle pains, headaches, sleeping problems, weight gain or loss and memory problems.

Employee Experience Insights

In 2023, burnout risk remained a concern, affecting 27 per cent of employees in large Indian companies, which is three per cent higher compared to their mid-sized counterparts, a new report said on Thursday.

According to Great Place To Work’s report on IT & IT-BPM, female senior managers in particular experienced a five per cent higher burnout rate than male counterparts.

However, large organisations demonstrated a one per cent improvement in employee experience, while mid-size entities maintained a commendable 85 per cent score, surpassing their larger counterparts, the report noted.

“This year we see that the industry has experienced subtle shifts in employee perceptions as compared to the last year. While the overall employee experience saw a dip, dimensions like Pride and Fairness emerged as the highest and lowest in employee sentiment, respectively,” said Yeshasvini Ramaswamy, CEO, Great Place To Work India.

“The reduction in Camaraderie (-1 per cent) and a diminished sense of Pride (-1 per cent) among employees has shaped the overall employee experience,” she added.

The report highlighted that IT companies have been investing an average of 1.97 crore annually in training and development, underscoring the significance placed on nurturing employee growth.

In addressing the current challenges, Workplace Ikigai emerges as a holistic solution that empowers individuals to align their personal passions, cultivate meaningful relationships, embody exceptional leadership, and create an enduring impact.

About 83 per cent of Best Workplaces invest mindfully in their employees’ growth. Leadership excellence, despite being the lowest-scoring lever in Workplace Ikigai, showed an upward trend, emphasising the need for more accountability and authenticity at leadership levels, the report said.

Workplace Ikigai not only fosters employee well-being but also boosts productivity, retention rates, and innovation. Notably, in 2023, a sizable 77 per cent of IT companies monitor employee well-being, with 55 per cent employing multiple methods.

The report further mentioned that the convergence of IT workplaces and personal fulfilment is key to achieving a remarkable 1.7X higher retention rate.

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Understanding Male Menopause

A few symptoms that could follow from this decline are fatigue, a low libido, and trouble focusing. In addition to this, there are also the following indications and symptoms…reports Asian Lite News

Have you ever gained weight, had hot flushes, or been less sexually aroused? Has your partner also noticed any of these things? These are but a few symptoms of male menopause, a medical condition that is largely ignored. Women have a fixed ovarian reserve, which gradually decreases with time and leads to menopause, as is widely known.

Although men do not go through menopause, the sudden drop in testosterone causes them to go through similar problems. Andropause, or simply male menopause, is the name used to describe it. As men age, they undergo a range of changes, including loss of muscle mass and greying hair. A prominent alteration observed in men is a reduction in their testosterone levels.

“The topic is rarely investigated because there isn’t much research on it, hormone withdrawal isn’t as bad as it is in women, and you don’t die from a decline in gonadal hormones. When males experience this, it’s usually due to a combination of factors like stress at the job, the stress in a marriage, the stress in life management, and lifestyle choices, in addition to the hormone decline,” said Dr. Shobha Gupta, Medical Director and IVF Expert from Mother’s Lap IVF Centre in New Delhi and Vrindavan.

What precisely is andropause?

Male menopause refers to the decline in testosterone levels in males. Dr. Shobha Gupta explains, “The male hormone testosterone naturally declines with age, however, diabetes can also cause this decline in production.  A persistent decrease in testosterone levels is referred to as age-related low testosterone or late-onset hypogonadism. It is a more progressive menopause as opposed to the rapid onset of female menopause, which is characterized by the end of ovulation and a decrease in hormone production.”

What are some of the symptoms and signs?

A few symptoms that could follow from this decline are fatigue, a low libido, and trouble focusing. In addition to this, there are also the following indications and symptoms.

Reduced mental clarity (bad attention, downbeat mood).

Loss of energy and strength.

Losing muscle, acquiring fat, and gaining weight.

Moods that are depressed or lack fire and energy. Irritability.

Aches and pains in the muscles (stiffness felt).

Sweats or hot flushes

Hands and feet that are cold

Itching

Sexual dysfunction

Loss of height

Why does andropause occur?

Testosterone controls several important functions in men. For example, it regulates libido, muscle mass, and sperm production. Testosterone is essential for both bone health and blood production. It is produced in the adrenal glands and testes. As men age, their ability to produce sperm and their levels of testosterone tend to decrease. This leads to a condition called andropause.

When does a man go through andropause?

The onset of andropause can happen around the age of 40, but it can also happen sooner and last until 70.  “The andropause debate has gained greater momentum recently, although not all doctors and psychologists agree that men experience menopause because not all men experience it, and those who do usually don’t talk about it. Similar to how women express their feelings, so do they,” said Dr. Shobha Gupta.

Diagnosis and Therapy

In the absence of the aforementioned symptom, your doctor may ask for a blood test to measure your testosterone levels. If they are low, hormone replacement therapy (HRT) may be suggested. You can get guidance on changing your lifestyle, like increasing your physical activity and eating a better diet.

Dr. Shobha Gupta recommends some handful tips for andropause to be made easier for your body and mind:

Eat healthfully: a diet that is balanced in terms of the amount of fruits, vegetables, meat, fish, and dairy items consumed.

Get moving and normal health checkups: Exercise regularly, focusing on muscular, flexibility, and aerobic activities. Get frequent health screenings, especially those for prostate, testicular, and cardiovascular cancer.

Hormones: When you get older, check your hormone levels. Several significant hormones in a man’s body start to diminish typically between the ages of 40 and 55.

Reduce stress: Talking to your partner, friends, and family about your difficulties might help you relax and reduce tension.

Intimacy: As you go through male menopause, you will come to see sex as a component of a meaningful relationship that also includes sharing, intimacy, friendship and getting enough sleep.

Men’s experiences of menopause vary greatly depending on their personalities. Unlike women’s menopause, more research is needed to fully understand andropause, or male menopause, and determine what can be done to assist men throughout this time in their lives.

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Facing the Health Crisis

The health gender gap transcends mere numbers; it urgently highlights the necessity for targeted health interventions tailored for women. This underscores a compelling need to actively work towards closing this unjust gap…reports Asian Lite News

In an explosive revelation from GOQii’s “India Fit Report 2024  titled “Thriving at Any Age: The Blueprint for Healthy Longevity,” a shocking 45 percent of  India’s population hovers dangerously close to being classified as Unhealthy. This alarming statistic underscores a nation on the cusp of a health emergency, juxtaposed with a glimmer of hope for a monumental shift towards collective wellness. The data,  derived from over 6 million users, serves as a dramatic wake-up call, signalling an urgent need for transformative action in India’s health and wellness trajectory.

The data indicates a stark health divide, In 2023, a staggering 59 percent of women were categorised as unhealthy, contrasting with the 40 percent of men, unveiling a significant health outcome disparity with a particularly distressing spotlight on the wide health gap between genders. The report also showed that 16 percent of women fell into the obese category.

The health gender gap transcends mere numbers; it urgently highlights the necessity for targeted health interventions tailored for women. This underscores a compelling need to actively work towards closing this unjust gap.

“GOQii’s 2023-24 India Fit Report unveils a critical juncture for our nation’s health,  with nearly half of our population teetering on the edge of a health catastrophe.  This report serves as a dire warning, especially for the women of India, who are facing an escalating health crisis, evidenced by a 35 percent spike in stress levels. The pervasiveness of work-related anxiety and lifestyle diseases, with high blood pressure affecting 23 percent of our citizens, calls for an immediate, unified response. It’s time we prioritize and implement comprehensive health interventions to safeguard our nation’s future.” says Vishal Gondal, Founder & CEO, of GOQii.

“The ageing Indian population faces the most significant impact from lifestyle diseases, with seniors grappling predominantly with cognitive issues, high blood pressure, diabetes, and cholesterol. The report is a clarion call to action for sweeping changes in India’s approach to health and longevity”.

Indians continued to be plagued by stress

Adding to the grave health situation is the fact that Indians continued to be plagued by stress, affecting the physical and mental well-being of individuals across all walks of life. The study exposes a grim reality where 26 percent of Indians report being trapped in the throes of work-related stress, while financial instability plagues 17 percent of the population. An even more concerning trend is the sharp rise in stress levels among women, skyrocketing from 25 percent in 2021 to an alarming 35 percent in 2023.

The alarming rise in mental health concerns is closely connected to intense performance demands and high expectations common in numerous professional sectors. The ramifications of enduring such high stress are profound, adversely affecting not only individual mental and physical well-being but also diminishing workplace productivity and impairing personal relationships.

Lifestyle diseases wreaking havoc: 23 percent of Indians suffer from high blood  pressure

In addition to stress, lifestyle diseases significantly impact Indians. According to the latest  GOQii India Fit Report 23-24, such conditions remain a critical health concern, with high blood pressure affecting 23 percent of the population. The report indicates that there has been no respite from lifestyle illnesses. Over the last 3 years, they have been consistently there with Diabetes, High Cholesterol, High Blood Pressure and Thyroid being the four most common lifestyle problems among people in India. 

The World Health Organisation estimates that these lifestyle diseases are responsible for  80 percent of all deaths worldwide. They are the leading cause of death in the developed world,  and the numbers are increasing. Poor lifestyle choices are the main reason for these lifestyle illnesses, which in turn result in the majority of these deaths. 

Lifestyle diseases impact people of all ages and from all walks of life. These conditions affect children, adults, and the elderly, however, they are most commonly linked with those in their later years. The senior age group suffers the most from lifestyle-related ailments. Blood pressure is the most common condition in this age group with almost  48 percentof the population having high blood pressure, followed by diabetes at 38 percent and cholesterol at 30 percent.

This report is a clarion call for a sweeping transformation in India’s approach to health and longevity. It’s not just an analysis; it’s a battle plan aimed at guiding the nation towards an era where optimum health and wellness are accessible to all citizens,  transforming lofty ideals into tangible realities.

Kicking off with the first chapter can only be described as a wake-up call, The “Secret to  Longevity,” the report shatters the illusion of complacency by confronting us with a stark reality: the secret to extending our lifespan and enhancing our quality of life lies in the seemingly mundane choices we make every day. This simple yet powerful truth has the potential to radically increase life expectancy across India. However, it brings to light the urgent challenges posed by our rapidly ageing society and the consequent strain on socioeconomic structures. 

The first chapter is not just an exploration but a rallying cry for immediate, strategic action to ensure our ageing population can enjoy their later years with dignity and independence. It’s a poignant reminder that the health decisions we make today are directly linked to a more fulfilling, healthier life for everyone, tomorrow.

Amidst this concerning scenario, the report makes a powerful plea for the adoption of preventive healthcare measures, underlining lifestyle changes and increased awareness of health as critical levers for improving the quality of life and ensuring longer, healthier lives for all citizens. Yet, the data reveals a nation teetering on the edge, with a majority narrowly avoiding severe health risks yet still caught in a web of wellness challenges.

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50 kids to get new life through Golden Heart Initiative

The Initiative focused on children from conflict zones and underprivileged backgrounds, spanning cultural and geographical boundaries…reports Asian Lite News

Through the Golden Heart Initiative, 50 children with complex congenital heart diseases will be given the opportunity for a new life. The ‘Golden Heart Initiative’ is a global philanthropic mission launched on January 1, 2024, by Dr. Shamsheer Vayalil, a healthcare visionary and the Founder and Chairman of Burjeel Holdings

The Initiative focused on children from conflict zones and underprivileged backgrounds, spanning cultural and geographical boundaries.

Spearheaded by experts, the surgeries were performed at public and private hospitals in Tunisia, Egypt, and India. Children from conflict zones such as Senegal, Libya, and Tunisia, and underprivileged families from Egypt and India were the beneficiaries of the Initiative that concluded within three months. Navigating stringent travel restrictions posed challenges in bringing the children from conflict zones to hospitals for their much-needed surgeries. Special travel permissions had to be obtained through various agencies to support these families. In India, the Initiative collaborated with government departments to offer high-cost life-saving surgeries that are not covered under existing schemes.

Children aged two months and upward with complex congenital heart diseases such as severe aortic stenosis, a condition where the aortic valve narrows disrupting the normal flow of blood; Tetralogy of Fallot, a condition that affects normal blood flow through the heart; and atrioventricular (AV) canal defect, where a hole in the wall separates the heart’s chambers causing problems with the heart valves, were some of the Initiative’s recipients.

Commenting on the project, Dr. Tarig Ali Elhassan, a renowned cardiac surgeon who headed the medical assessment board of the Initiative, said, “We feel proud to support these children in the time of their need with world-class treatment. After announcing the Initiative, we received numerous requests from different parts of the world. We thoroughly reviewed each medical record and shortlisted the candidates based on the severity of their condition and the guidelines of the Initiative. Later, we brought together global experts in the field to perform the surgeries. We also made arrangements to ease transportation challenges. Everything was done within three months, which we consider a great feat.”

The Golden Heart Initiative turned out to be a unique opportunity for these children to achieve their dreams of leading a fruitful life. Most of them were unable to undergo the surgery earlier due to several reasons such as high expense and lack of proper facilities.

On the impact of the programme, Dr. Shamsheer said, “It fills our hearts to see these children taking baby steps into their healthier lives through the Golden Heart Initiative. When we launched the Initiative, it received a good response from all quarters. Executing this mission was not an easy task. With utmost devotion, our doctors and other staff worked towards the healing of these little ones. The Initiative would not have succeeded without their hard work and the families that trusted us. We hope this tribute to Mr. Yusuffali will inspire these little ones to dream big.”

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Ayurvedic Principles for Diabetes Care

Ayurveda harnesses the power of herbs and spices for their medicinal properties. Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory benefits, and fenugreek, known for its blood sugar regulation, are valuable additions to the Ayurvedic diet for diabetes…writes Dr. Govind

In a world where modern lifestyles often lead to dietary imbalances and health concerns, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda emerges as a beacon of holistic well-being. Ayurveda, the “science of life,” oers profound insights into maintaining balance and harmony within the body, particularly for those grappling with diabetes. The Ayurvedic diet, deeply rooted in this ancient Indian tradition, serves as a blueprint for fostering not just physical health, but a sustainable and balanced way of life.
For many with diabetes, the daily struggle centres on managing blood sugar spikes and dips. But what if there existed a natural, food-based approach to navigating this challenge? Enter Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of holistic medicine, oering a powerful lens through which to view and manage diabetes.

Understanding Ayurveda’s Foundation: Doshas
At the heart of Ayurveda lies the concept of doshas — three fundamental energies that govern our bodily functions. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha are the building blocks of our body and an imbalance in these doshas is believed to be the root cause of various health issues, including diabetes.

For those with diabetes, understanding their predominant dosha becomes crucial. Ayurveda suggests that balancing the doshas through diet can alleviate symptoms and promote overall health.

Here’s a simple guide to embracing the Ayurvedic diet for diabetes:

Pacifying Foods: Vata, characterised by air and ether elements, is associated with irregularities and fluctuations. To pacify Vata, focus on warm, grounding foods. Opt for nourishing soups, stews, and cooked grains. Include healthy fats such as ghee and olive oil to lubricate the digestive system. Avoid raw and cold foods, as these can exacerbate Vata imbalances.

Pitta-Pacifying Foods: Pitta, fueled by fire and water elements, is linked to heat and intensity. For those with a Pitta imbalance, cooling and soothing foods are key. Embrace sweet, bitter, and astringent tastes found in fruits like apples and berries, as well as leafy greens. Limit spicy and acidic foods, as they may aggravate Pitta.

Pacifying Foods: Kapha, grounded in earth and water elements, is associated with stability and structure. To balance Kapha, opt for light, warm, and stimulating foods. Incorporate a variety of spices, such he as ginger and turmeric, to enhance digestion. Minimise dairy and heavy, sweet foods to prevent excess mucus production.

Mindful Eating Practices: Beyond selecting foods based on doshas, Ayurveda places significant emphasis on mindful eating practices. Chew your food thoroughly to support digestion, and savour each bite to enhance the overall dining experience. Eating in a calm and relaxed environment promotes healthy digestion and assimilation of nutrients.

Herbs and Spices as Medicine: Ayurveda harnesses the power of herbs and spices for their medicinal properties. Turmeric, with its anti-inflammatory benefits, and fenugreek, known for its blood sugar regulation, are valuable additions to the Ayurvedic diet for diabetes.

In a world inundated with fad diets, the Ayurvedic approach to nutrition stands out as a time-tested and sustainable solution for managing diabetes. By embracing the wisdom of doshas, choosing nourishing foods, and adopting mindful eating practices, individuals can cultivate a harmonious relationship between their bodies and the food they consume.

In the realm of the Ayurvedic diet, food is not merely sustenance; it is a conduit to balance, vitality, and holistic well-being. As we navigate the complexities of modern health challenges, perhaps the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda can guide us back to a place of equilibrium — a place where health is not just the absence of disease but the presence of vitality in mind, body, and spirit.

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Vital Role of UV Protection for Your Eyes

Routine eye examinations are indispensable in maintaining optimal eye health, as they enable early detection of any abnormalities or conditions exacerbated by UV exposure…writes Dr Rishi Raj Borah

The radiant warmth of the sun, while comforting, conceals a potential threat to our eye health. Many are aware of the necessity of shielding their skin from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) radiation, yet the importance of safeguarding our eyes often goes overlooked. However, understanding the crucial role of UV protection for eye health, regardless of the season, is paramount in preserving our vision and preventing long-term damage.

Year-Round Threat

Contrary to popular belief, UV radiation is not solely a concern during the scorching summer months. Even on overcast days or during winter, UV rays penetrate clouds, posing a continuous risk to our eyes. Prolonged exposure to UV radiation can lead to various ocular complications, including growths on the eye, cataracts, macular degeneration, sunburned eye and eye cancer. These conditions can significantly impair vision and diminish quality of life if left untreated.

Preventive Measures

Adopting preventive measures to shield our eyes from UV radiation is simple and effective. Investing in quality sunglasses, such as those labelled with UV400, that block 100% of both UVA and UVB rays is essential. In addition, wearing wide-brimmed hats can provide supplementary protection by reducing the amount of direct sunlight reaching the eyes.

Regular Eye Exams

Routine eye examinations are indispensable in maintaining optimal eye health, as they enable early detection of any abnormalities or conditions exacerbated by UV exposure. An optometrist or ophthalmologist can assess eye health and offer personalized recommendations based on individual needs and lifestyle factors.

Limiting Exposure

Limiting outdoor activities during peak sunlight hours, typically between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., can significantly reduce UV exposure. When spending time outdoors, seek shade whenever possible, especially in areas with high reflective surfaces such as water, sand, or snow, which intensify UV radiation.

Balanced Diet

In addition to external protection, consuming a balanced diet rich in antioxidants can also play a pivotal role in minimizing the sun’s damage to the eyes. Consuming foods high in vitamins A, C and E, zinc and omega-3 fatty acids can help bolster the eyes’ natural defences against UV radiation. Incorporating fruits such as oranges, strawberries and kiwis, as well as vegetables like carrots, spinach, kale and broccoli, provides essential nutrients that support ocular health. In addition, including sources of omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon, tuna and walnuts, can further fortify the eyes’ resilience to UV-induced damage.

The eyes, often referred to as the windows to the soul, are also remarkably delicate organs susceptible to damage from UV radiation. As such, prioritizing year-round UV protection is paramount for preserving eye health and preventing vision-related complications. By having a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and essential vitamins, adopting preventive measures such as wearing UV-protective sunglasses and hats and scheduling regular eye examinations, individuals can safeguard their eyesight and enjoy the beauty of the sun without compromising their eye health. Let us not overlook the importance of protecting our eyes from the sun’s harmful rays—our vision depends on it.

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