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Joint Pain is something that often comes along as we age, when our joints start to give up, and gradually the pain starts to grow. Of all the seasons, it is winters that are known to cause maximum damage to the joints. This is mainly due to external cold and dryness which amplifies the problem and makes it difficult for us to bear the associated swelling and pain. Also, it is usually during this shift of weather that the symptoms of possible arthritis may start to surface.

Here is some brilliant natural assistance that could be supplemented for relieving joint pains

1. Triphala Guggul

This is an age-old and time-tested herbal preparation, and something which Ayurveda absolutely recommends, especially in case of joint pains. Triphala is a mix of three incredibly healthy herbs viz. Harad, Baheda and Amla. And this is a great source of antioxidants and detoxifying agents. Guggulu, a gum resin obtained from Myrrh, adds an extra share of anti-inflammatory benefits to the combination. These, along with polyphenols and flavonoids, act against the inflammation causing agents, thus relieving joint pains.




2. Boswellia

Boswellia serrata is basically the gum resin extracted from Boswellia tree. It combats a variety of inflammatory issues in our body, and research swears by its contribution in treating some of the severest cases of arthritis.





3. Calcium

One of the most obvious must haves in our diet, calcium is also recommended to be taken as an essential supplement in order to make up for any possible lack of this particular nutrient in our body. This is because a calcium deficiency has maximum chances of making us prone to many bones and joint related issues. Therefore, make sure to add dark green, leafy vegetables, low-fat milk, cheese and other dairy products to your diet. On the other hand, you need to ensure that your body is absorbing that calcium. That’s why it is important to sunbathe and include sufficient vitamin D in our everyday diet.



4. Glucosamine

A chemical compound that is found in our body, glucosamine is something that naturally contributes in building and taking care of the cartilage, which provides natural cushioning between our joint bones. With age, however, the amount of glucosamine our body creates becomes insufficient, and that is when there comes a need for us to look for supplements. Adding sufficient glucosamine levels help in easing the pain and the subsequent stiffness of the joints.



5. Salmon Oil

Sufficient inclusion of this fish oil in our diet helps in maintaining healthy, supple joints. A great source of omega-3 fatty acids, Salmon oil reduces the inflammation and therefore, any possible progression of joint pains and arthritis. Complimented with regular exercise, the salmon oil also ensures ample flow of blood to our joints and maintains their overall health and mobility.


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This age-old, low-calorie, plant-based sweetener known as Stevia is making quite some news of late in the world of healthcare. And this is as the experts-approved natural alternative for artificial and processed sources of sugar.

Why Is Stevia Sought-After?

  • Primarily grown in the regions of Brazil and Paraguay, this plant has been celebrated since hundreds of years by the traditional system of medicine as a promising source of promoting our overall health.
  • The sweetness quotient of this herb is about 30 times more as compared to processed sugar.
  • And therefore, adding only a little amount of stevia goes a long way in catering to your sweet tooth, minus any calories, carbs and artificial ingredients.


More Healthcare Merits!

  • Besides, it instantly satiates your cravings for sweet, and therefore, helps you to more easily and effectively manage your weight better.
  • Not only this, being absolutely natural and safe for consumption, stevia extract comes loaded with a whole host of plant-based vitamins and minerals.
  • It is for this reason that Stevia not only adds some much-desired sweetness to the food, but also offers a host of other health benefits to those consuming it on a regular basis.
  • However, owing largely to its strong anti-diabetic properties, The herb of Stevia is being especially recommended for those suffering from diabetes.


Sweet And Yet Diabetic Friendly

Now here’s how this diabetic-friendly sweetener really works.

  1. Stevioside, the active compound found in Stevia, helps in bringing down the blood-sugar level which often tends to rise post meal.
  2. By acting on the pancreas and promoting its health and function, this particular herb helps to increase the insulin production in your body.
  3. This is while it also rises its effect on various cell membranes.
  4. Therefore this particular function also increases your body’s sensitivity towards insulin, and delivers some incredible hyperglycaemic assistance.
  5. At the same time, Stevia helps regulate the sugar and glucose levels, while also maintaining a normal glucose metabolism.


Wound Healing Property

  • Delayed healing of wounds is another common problem faced by diabetics.
  • And, the regular consumption of stevia addresses that as well, by allowing the wounds to heal faster and better.

All these properties are precisely what make it a sweet option for people who often feel deprived of some sweetness in their lives.

Weight-loss Support

  • Apart from managing diabetes, while this all-natural sweetener goes a long way in preventing the symptoms often associated with a rising blood sugar and interestingly, it also aids the process of weight loss.
  • Obese and weight-conscious people in general are especially particular about the kind and amount of sugar they consume.
  • That is where consuming stevia could do wonders.


How It Helps To Lose Weight?

  • The reason being this is that while sugar contains an overwhelmingly large number of calories and no matter how much sugar you add, the craving almost never ends.
  • And you could surely be keep longing for more.
  • However, with Stevia, you cannot go overboard as only about a spoon or two makes you feel happy and full.
  • Moreover, you could still enjoy a wholesome life with just the amount of sweetness that you need.
  • Besides, stevia adds an array of nutrients and health benefits of its own to the foods that you would add it to.


Introducing Stevia To Diet

About 8 milligrams per kilogram of body weight is considered absolutely safe for consuming this natural sugar-substitute on an everyday basis.

  1. Recipe Idea

You can start your day on a ‘stevia sweet’ note by adding it to your meal, such as in a nice, warm cup of regular tea / coffee.

2. Recipe Idea

You could prepare Stevia herbal tea by steeping freshly sourced leaves in a cup of boiling hot water for about 5-7 minutes. In fact, you can easily take it about two to three times a day for improved benefits.

3. Recipe Idea

As far as breakfast is concerned, you can even sprinkle some powdered stevia extract on a platter of fresh fruits, or in some yogurt or oatmeal.

4. Recipe Idea

Later during the day, if you feel like sipping on a refreshing glass of mocktail that is sweet in taste and easy on your blood sugar, you can do this with Stevia. All you need to do is simply pound some fresh, clean leaves and add them to a beverage of your choice.

5. Recipe Idea

Alternatively, you may also prepare a syrup made using Stevia extract and store it by adding some warm water to it. Use this ready-to-use syrup within 24 hours, as and when required.


Stevia would not only make for a refreshingly delightful substitute for sugar, but also keep a check on those pounds. You could soon see yourself getting used to its taste and texture. Not only this, you might see a change in your preference towards stevia over processed or artificial sweeteners.




“To live is the rarest thing in this world, most people just exist” – Oscar Wilde.

I totally concur with these words. We seem to have un-necessarily complicated our lives today. Although, we are breathing , yet we have somehow elapsed the simple principles of living. Here are some simple and realistic ways I could think of that we need to bring into our lives to make our stay on this planet worth living !


Nine Ways To Live Your Life, Not Simply Exist!


  1. Just Be



Looking outwards in Nature, I could contemplate with this simple and yet highly essential wisdom of just being. Not only does it make sense to enjoy your life in your own blissful realm, but also it is so much relieving that you do not need to act, talk , work and be the person who you are actually not.

How This Came To Mind?

  • A rose would lovingly develop and bloom in its own proximity, and would never want to become a lotus flower and in the consequence lose its legitimacy for always.
  • When I water the plants in my backyard, I am simply awed by the fragrance of wet mudthat these plants seem to confer immediately.
  • Also, when the kids rushing off to their school spare a moment to kiss me goodbye uttering, Bye Ma! I find my reward!
  • All this is rewarding by ‘Just being” and I am able to receive the reward by ‘Just being’.
  • As the maxim goes..’ Be the moon, or be the star. But be the best wherever you are!’
  • You can be your best, only if you allow yourself to ‘just be’!


2. Live In Abundance



Are you a compulsory miser? Being a miser can be circumstantial, and also it can be rather habitual. Think of this, when you are restricting yourself from all the joys that you seek, are you being just to your own self?

Give It A Thought

  • Why be scared to present yourself with all that you have desired.
  • As time goes by, these desires do not last, but mostly leave a small breach in your perception of fulfillment.
  • Spending on yourself and your loved ones not only helps them to bask in the glory of abundance, but also flourishes on your being the gratitude you are here to render.


  • I was actually a little surprised when a rickshaw puller boasted of purchasing IPL cricket match tickets worth Rs. 5000.
  • He would say – ‘At least me and my family will cheerfully get pleasure from those hours in the stadium and I can always work again to recover the amount.
  • He  mused further that Allah is great and he is there to take care.’
  • So, you don’t need to be a spendthrift, but as much you can allow yourself to –
  1. Live in abundance,
  2. Breath in gratitude
  3. And attract His grace!


3. Be Carefree And Be Liberated



Life is too short to be tied in shackles. We tend to surrender to worldly bindings physically, mentally as well as spiritually; and then suddenly one day the unconventional essence of our being simply escapes.

  • It has to be kept in mind more often that we are not a body which is having a soul, rather we are soul having a body. The soul is always free and versatile, it has been and always will be.
  • Only it is changing clothes as entering new bodies, but its basic love is liberation.
  • Life is temporary, then we try to bind ourselves with permanent obsessions.
  • We need to learn to allow ourselves to be a little carefree, a little liberated.


4. Keep Regular Watch



Heard the story about the two wolves? One evening an old Cherokee told his grandson about a battle that goes on inside people.

  • He said, “My son, the battle is between two wolves inside us all. “
  • One wolf is Evil –  It is anger, envy, jealousy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego.
  • The other is Good –  It is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion and faith.”
  • The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather: “Which wolf wins?”
  • The old Cherokee simply replied, “The one you feed !”

My Thoughts

Thus, you need to always keep a regular watch on your thoughts. Practicing meditation has been highly supportive for me to keep the watch on my mind’s projections. This is as I could realize that our worst enemies are our own thoughts.


5. Listen To Silence More Often



Silence and serenity are synonyms. This means if we want peace and composure in our lives, we need to value silence.

What An Experience!

Recently, we went to beautiful, natural spots on our vacation. Although, it was pure nature , away from the hustle and bustle of life. But was it?

Rather, there was so much noise of tourists shouting due to rush, the horse-walas trying to persuade customers, the shrieking horns of vehicles, the screaming of vendors selling their stuff.

We were naturally perplexed.

The beautiful and serene place seemed to be crying for silence.

Then A Thought

  • I thought then, if I am so much confounded and affected, what about Mother Nature?
  • Whom we have virtually made pathetic by snatching away her right and magnitude of quietness.
  • I felt really apologetic and helpless.
  • On returning back, there has been news of Natural fury.
  • Be silent, and reflect on this for a while – who is to be  blamed?



6. Be Enduring And Always Grateful



This is an interesting story.

  • One day a construction supervisor from sixth floor of building was calling a worker working on the ground floor.
  • But because of construction noise, the worker on ground floor did not hear his supervisor calling.
  • Then, to draw the attention of worker, the supervisor threw a ten rupee note from up which fell right around in front of the worker.
  • The worker picked up the note, put it in his pocket & continued with his work.
  • Again to draw the attention of worker, the supervisor now threw five hundred rupee note.
  • The worker did the same, picked the five hundred rupee note, put it in his pocket & started doing his job.
  • Finally, Now to draw attention of the worker, the supervisor picked a small stone and threw it on worker.
  • The stone hit exactly the worker’s head. This time the worker looked up and the supervisor could finally communicate with the worker.

It Is So Similar

This story goes similarly in our lives. God wants to communicate with us, his children,  but we are too occupied with worldly jobs. Then God gives us small gifts and also sometimes bigger ones, but we take these for granted , only thinking that we have been lucky. We hardly take time to understand how and why we have been blessed with the rewards and more often we do not even spare time to be thanking the Almighty. Then when we are hit with some stone, which we call as problems, we look up to Him and try to communicate with God through our prayers and offerings.

I Witnessed

The other day when my son recovered from his seasonal fever, I asked him did he remember to thank God for this. He seemed a little surprised saying to me, but mom I am healthy again because of you. ( I being a doctor and had been giving him medicine). I told him then, even as a doctor, all I can do is treat a patient, but to cure is in His hands. We must always bear in mind to thank him for all the troubles that we do not have  and also stop complaining for the troubles we have.


7. Rejoice In Your Purpose



Do you have a purpose in life, or are you unknowingly simply treading your way on earth? I believe it is rather mandatory for each one of us to ascertain our purpose of life, and then rejoice in the same. And let this be our own individual take. We cannot compare with and try to familiarize with the ‘purpose of life’ of other fellow-humans. It has to dwell from your own being, and it has to be self-designed. You will more easily discover your purpose, once you are sure about your passion. Discover your passion..and let it unfold into the purpose of your life. As the adage goes – ‘ What I am is God’s gift to me. What I become, is my gift to God’. Discover the purpose of your life, dwell in it sincerely and rejoice. This is your gift back to the Almighty, who has gifted you with the paramount excellence of human birth!


8. Welcome Tough Times



‘Tough Times never last, but Tough people always do!’ Do tough times scare you or are you prepared to face head-on, whatever big or small intricacies life brings forth?

2 Examples

  1. Remember how when the nail paint tends to dry up, we pour in a little nail-paint remover into the same and it starts working again. Although the nail-paint remover would otherwise remove the nail paint, but at this time, it is providing solution for the nail paint and sets it working.
  2. Similarly, when the arrow has to move forward, it is first pulled back by the bow; which provides it with forward thrust. When we are occasionally bewildered by tough times, we must understand that these are the precious moments in life, which would in some way sooner or later lead us to emerge as successful entity.


9. Now Or Never



Recently when I had this bad toothache which tormented me through the night, I told my son in the morning that the pain was so bad that I couldn’t sleep the whole night. He thought for a while and reverted back – In that case mom, you should have used the time sitting in meditation as you’re always keen to spare enough time for your prayer schedules (His understanding). I told him to understand the basic need and magnitude of health and fitness.

Make Yourself Strong

This is because as and when you are unwell, you are not physically capable even to sit in meditation / prayer.  And thus when we peep into our everyday erroneous diets and lifestyles, every now and then losing stability of our emotional mental frame becomes rather understandable. Apparently, we cannot constantly hold onto our mental peace and thus sooner or later our physical health is at stake.

Therefore, you need to make yourself internally strong and efficient, so as to take charge of your mental state now. Expand the ‘Spiritual‘ you, irrespective to the age you belong. It has to be now, or it could be never.

Balanced Diet….For Better Life


Balanced diet may be defined as one which contains the various groups of food stuffs such as energy yielding foods, body building foods and protective foods in the correct proportions so that an individual is assured of obtaining the minimum requirements of all nutrients.

·         The components of a balanced diet will differ according to age, sex, physical activity, economic status and the physiological state viz., pregnancy, lactation etc.,

·         In addition a balanced diet should also provide biochemical compounds such as dietary fiber, antioxidants and nutraceuticals which have positive health benefits.

·         A balanced diet should provide around 60-70% of total calories from carbohydrates, 10-15% from protein and 20-25% of total calories from fat.

·         Balanced diets at high cost: such diets will include liberal amounts of protective and protein-rich foods such as milk, eggs, meat, fish, fruits and moderate quantities of cereals, pulses, nuts and fats.

·         Balanced diets at moderate cost: These diets will include moderate amounts of protective and protein-rich foods such as milk, eggs, meat, fish, fruits and fats and liberal amounts cereal, pulses, nuts and green leafy vegetables.

·         Balanced diets at low cost: These diets will include minimal amounts of protective and protein-rich foods such as milk, eggs, meat, fish fruits, nuts and fats and liberal amounts of cereals, pulses and green leafy vegetables.

ill- Balanced diets: A diet is considered to be ill-balanced diet if it is deficient incaloriesproteins, essential vitamins and minerals as it is lacking in protein-rich and protective foods.

Basic Food Groups

Food may be broadly classified into 11 groups based on their nutritive value:

·         Cereals and Millets

·         Pulses (Legumes)

·         Nuts and Oil Seeds

·         Vegetables

·         Fruits

·         Milk and Milk Products

·         Eggs

·         Meat, Fish and other animal foods.

·         Fats and oils,

·         Sugar and other carbohydrate foods

·         Spices and condiments.

Nutritional classification of foods
The different groups of foods may be broadly classified under three heads from the nutritional point of view.

·         Energy Yielding Foods
This group includes foods rich in carbohydrates and fats and also pure fats and carbohydrates. Cereals, roots and tubers, dry fruits sugar and fats are the important energy yielding foods. Cereals, however, provide in addition to energy the greater part of the proteins, certainminerals and vitamins in the diets of the low income groups in developing countries.
·         Body Building Foods
Foods rich in proteins are called body building foods. This may be broadly divided in to two groups.1.       Milk, Egg, Meat and Fish rich in proteins of high biological value and2.                   Pulses, Oil Seeds and Nuts and low-fat oilseed flours rich in proteins of medium nutritive value.
1.                  Protective Foods
Foods rich in proteinsvitaminsand minerals are termed protective foods. Protective foods are broadly classified in to two groups.1.                   Foods rich in vitamins,minerals and proteins of high biological value.
E.g. Milk, eggs, fish and liver and2.                   Foods rich in certainvitamins and minerals only.
E.g. Green leafy and other vegetables and some fruit

Five Food Group Plan
The Nutrition Expert Group of Indian Council of Medical Research, India suggested a five group plan and the nutrients supplied by each food group are given in table.

Table. Five Food Groups and nutrients in them (Nutrition Expert Group, I.C.M.R.)

S.No. Food Group Nutrients Contributed
1. Cereals, roots and tubers
Rice, wheat, maize, ragi, sorghum, pearl millet etc., potato, tapioca, sweet potato etc.,
Rich sources of starch-fair to good sources of proteins and certain B-vitamins.
2. Milk group
This includes other protein-rich foods such as pulses, nuts, meat, fish, eggs etc.,
Rich sources of proteinsminerals and vitamins.
3. Fruits and green leafy vegetables
Papaya, orange, mango, Indian gooseberry, guava etc., and all green leafy vegetables.
Rich sources of certain vitamins and minerals.
4. Other Vegetables
Beans, brinjal, ladies finger etc.,
Fair sources of certain vitaminsminerals and roughage.
5. Fats and Oils and pure carbohydrate foods
Vegetable oils, animal fats, sugar, jaggery, honey, sago, custard powder, starch etc.,
Rich sources of energy. Vegetable oils are fair to good source ofessential fatty acids and vitamin-E. Butter is a good source of vitamin-A. Animal fats are rich in cholesterol but are poorsources of EFA and vitamin – E.


The five food group system can be used by health professionals for the following purposes:

·         Tool for nutritional assessment and screening: A brief dietary history system can disclose inadequacies of nutrients from any of the above group. The information can be the first clue for the possibility that the subject may be at risk of developing nutritional deficiency.

·         Tool for nutritional counseling: The dietary history based on the five food group system allows a health team to counsel or teach a patient about nutrition.

·         Explaining therapeutic diets to the patient: Therapeutic diets are scientifically based on nutrient composition and groups which can be used in menu planning.

·         Food labeling and surveillance system: Food groups can be used for food labeling and for nutrition surveillance (19)

Keep Cool With Cooling Summer Foods And Herbs

Article by Dr. Sonica Krishansummers-1

Summer vacations may be the best, but the heat is quite another story. Fortunately, you don’t have to just sweat it out. Here’s some simple Ayurvedic guidance to help you stay cool during the summer season or Grisham Ritu.


What Ayurveda Recommends

In Ayurveda, food recommendations are always personalized based on one’s prakriti or balance of doshas.

Ayurveda also recognizes the importance of harmony with nature, which is why your diet must change with the changing seasons.

In summer, the focus is on foods and ingredients that have a sweet taste and a cooling effect on the body [not necessarily cold foods].

Ayurvedic recommendations also take into account the properties of different foods, suggesting that a summer diet should focus on foods that are light and easy to digest, while they may be a little oily or unctuous.



Summer Foods To Avoid

As per the teachings of Ayurveda, it is advisable to cut back on foods with salty, sour and pungent tastes. Hot and spicy foods should be avoided as they can aggravate pitta dosha and alcohol intake should also be restricted.

Failing to adhere to these diet guidelines puts your overall health at risk. You may experience –

  • general weakness
  • fatigue,
  • anxiety,
  • as well as a burning sensation in the body.


Ayurvedic Foods And Drinks For A Cooling Summer Diet



  • Ayurveda clearly defines the efficacy of a diet dominated by foods with sweet, light and liquid properties to beat the heat.
  • Fresh cool beverages are best consumed in earthen pots and utensils.
  • Not only does this add a distinct fragrant aroma to drinks, it is also believed to be strengthening for the heart.
  • One of the best summer drinks mentioned is a sweetened beverage prepared by mixing Shakara (molasses) in Sattu (flour from roasted gram), which makes it naturally soothing in the hot summer heat.


Cooling Summer Drink


  • You can consume higher volumes of juicy, sweet fruits and vegetables with high water content like watermelons, ripe mangoes, gourds, cucumbers and zucchini.
  • Take more of Coconut water, nimbu-pani (sweet lime water), sweetened lassi or butter-milk, and sweetened milk with rose petals added.
  • These drinks can make for good refreshing beverage choices to keep your system cool.
  • Feast on the freshly-blended fruit juices and nectars prepared from summer fruits like grapes, sweet pineapple and watermelon as these are nutritious, refreshing and most importantly incredibly cooling.
  • Aam panna, a drink made from the pulp of raw mangoes, can be easily prepared by boiling raw mangoes in water to create the pulp. You can then add some jaggery, roasted cumin seeds and black salt to the mango pulp and it should be ready to consume.
  • It is best to avoid any alcohol and fermented drinks during the summer months, but if you do consume them, make sure to restrict intake and add plenty of water to the drinks.


Cooling Summer Foods And Herbs



  • Fresh leaves of mint or pudina have a strong cooling effect and may be chewed raw or added to salads and other dishes.
  • Amla (Indian Gooseberry), which is renowned in Ayurveda for its high nutritional value, also helps cope with the heat. It can be consumed in the form of fresh juice or as a sweet jelly called ‘amla murabba’. As it is cold by nature and has a sweet aftertaste, it is useful in decreasing the body heat and can help prevent heat-related disorders.
  • Rose syrup and water are regarded as extremely cooling, making them perfect for the summer. You can consume rose preparations in the form of rose syrup or rose jelly (‘Gulkand’), a combination of rose petals and sugar.
  • In Ayurveda, coconut is described as having a sweet taste (rasa) and cooling properties (virya). This makes coconut a helpful aid to correct dosha imbalances caused by aggravation of the pitta.
  • Include grapes in your summer diet. Grapes are highly recommended in any summer diet because of their high water content and light properties.
  • The grapes are also highly nutritious, rejuvenating the body and strengthening immune function.

With its calming nature and cooling effect, cardamom can be supportive in a summer diet. Adding choti elaichi or cardamom to your diet can help to relieve any burning sensation and heat disorders.

Can Ginger Help To Treat Chikungunya?

Article by Dr. Sonica Krishanginger-free-picOver the past few years, we have witnessed a surprisingly sudden spread of Chikungunya. It is for this reason that it becomes all the more necessary and significant to be aware about the onset of this health problem, along with its symptoms as well as the methods of cure.


Not So Simple

  • First we need to understand that Chikungunya is not just simply another viral illness which is caused by an infected mosquito’s bite.
  • Rather, this particular infection is somehow more solemn and yet disturbing.
  • Although the Chikungunya infection is rarely life threatening.


What Happens When You Catch Chikungunya Infection?

  • During the first week of infection, chikungunya virus can be found in the blood.
  • The virus that causes Chikungunya reside at the major joints such as elbow, wrist, knee and ankle. They produce toxins and affect the immune mechanism.
  • This further lead to muscular and joint pains accompanied by fever.
  • The cartilages also get affected and cause joint inflammation.
  • Moreover, an infected mosquito can then spread the virus to other people.
  • Generally you could experience signs and symptoms comprising fever and joint pains.


How Does Chikungunya Infection Spread?

Chikungunya infection does not spread by touch. This is basically an infection caused by the Chikungunya virus (CHIKV). This particular virus is present in the blood after the person is bitten by the carrier mosquito.

This Is What Happens

When this blood which is already infected is once again sucked by another mosquito, the Chikungunya virus is then passed from an infected person to another individual through mosquito bites. This is how the infection spreads and this generally happens in the first week of catching the infection. Chikungunya virus is then transmitted to more people through mosquito bites.


Watch These Indications

The Chikungunya infection is usually accompanied by several complications. Keep a check on your health condition if you come across some peculiar signs and symptoms. These could be like –

  • Relatively high body temperature, headache, nausea, vomiting and skin rashes along with severe inflammation and discomfort in the joints.
  • It is also believed that this inflammation is basically our immune system’s natural response to the infection, in order to take control of the situation and prevent any further damage.
  • Many times if suffering from the Chikungunya infection, you may experience severe muscle pains, joint pains, fever as well as rash.
  • Yet, the same is what remains most prominent and painful among the ones who get infected, something that seems to take the longest time to go away.
  • Besides, the virus is often also accompanied by severe weakness in the body.


Awareness Is Necessary

Therefore, if you happen to be suffering from any or combination of the above mentioned symptoms, you need to get yourself tested against the possible mosquito borne infection.

  • In case the results are positive, you need to keep calm and not fret on the physical condition.
  • Also, do Bear in mind that it is important to begin with the treatment, as soon as the infection is detected, before it becomes troublesome.
  • This is because in this case it could limit our body movements and render us incapable of carrying out the day to day activities.
  • Plenty of rest is needed and is actually good for you.



Precautions And Understanding  

Please understand that as such, there is no sure-shot vaccination or particular cure for this viral infection. Yet, this is also the time when you need to take care and practice some precautions for the same.

  • You can only remain cautious, and as far as possible, keep yourself from being bitten by the infected mosquitoes.
  • Also, take care to keep yourself hydrated all through. For this, you would need to drink good amount of fluids so as to save yourself from dehydration.


More Care Is Needed

Please note that it is not sufficient to rely solely on the symptoms, and therefore, a blood test is usually required in order to confirm the infection and begin with the treatment. Apart from rest and increased fluid intake, the patient is usually recommended few OTC medications like Paracetamol, which could help reduce fever and pain, thus providing some relief from this debilitating disease.

  • It is believed that – “Prevention is always better than cure!” You need to be cautious in providing yourself and your loved ones with the goodness of Chikungunya prevention.
  • For aiming to prevent Chikungunya infection, it is essential to consider about controlling mosquitoes both indoors as well as outdoors.
  • Try to minimize skin exposure as much as possible so as to keep away from the undesirable mosquito bite. For this purpose, you could keep your bare body parts in stringent fabric covering. Or else you may take to some mosquito repellent options.


Herbal Support Helps

  • Nevertheless, herbal support matters. Actually, there are few options which allow recovering from Chikungunya infection the natural way.
  • These include a variety of natural herbs and herbal ingredients which could be included both for internal as well as external application.
  • The most recommended are leaves of the Papaya tree, lahsun or garlic, coconut oil, raisins, ajwain or the carom seeds, dalchini (cinnamon), green leafy vegetables and haridra or turmeric, among others.


The Generous Ginger

However, one of the most effective options to relieve and treat Chikungunya is the use of Adrak or Ginger, having the Latin name as Zingiber officinales. This herb is packed to the brim with varied health benefits. Studies indicate that ginger primarily inhibits the production of inflammation causing compounds known as Prostaglandins in our body.


How this Helps?

Gingerols, the active constituent of this herb are especially effective in fighting the pain and swelling associated with Chikungunya infection. That is, in fact, what makes this particular herb quite effective at providing relief from the swelling associated with the infection.


The Relief!

Moreover the potent analgesic as well as anti-inflammatory properties that the herb of Ginger holds, tend to provide immediate and direct relief upon consumption. Also, this all-natural source of medication is far from any side effects and does only good, while dealing with the Chikungunya infection.


This is Researched

Researches state that Ginger (Zingiber officinales) is highly effective remedy to treat the pain and health troubles resulting due to Chikungunya virus infection. It has been supported with some facts.

  • Ginger provides analgesic effect that helps you treat the condition without side effects.
  • Also, as the herb of Ginger acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-emetic agent, it helps to minimize the inflammation resulting due to the Chikungunya viral infection.


How Much Ginger To Consume?

There are various ways we can make the most use of this herb in order to gain speedy and long term relief. These would not only alleviate the symptoms but also help accelerate the overall process of recovery. Here are a few suggestions for the same –


  • Fix yourself a nice, warm cup of ginger tea by taking some fresh ginger slices and steeping them in a mug full of hot water. If possible, allow the water to boil, and then let it simmer for a while. Sip on this deliciously comforting herbal tea some two to three times a day.


  • Ginger extract, such as the ginger oil, is also good when used topically on the painful joints. You may use it to gently massage the affected area some twice or thrice a day. It helps to improve the circulation of blood around the swelling and provides relief from pain.
  • Besides, ginger supplements are also available for those who are unable to consume ginger in the fresh form.


Other Natural Remedies To Treat Chikungunya


However, the traditional systems of medication recommend natural herbal support in order to fight the signs of the infection which relates to mosquito bite.


  • Apart from these, the individuals who are suffering from the exhausting ailment of Chikungunya may also try getting massage on the sore and affected joints. 


  • Make use of some cold compresses in order to ease the inflammation and get some relief.


  • You could also try Epsom salt soaks every once in a while. This salt contains crystals of magnesium sulphate that helps reduce both the inflammation as well as pain that is experienced by those suffering from the ailment of Chikungunya.


  • Also besides Ginger, other herbs like tulsi (Holy Basil), ashwagandha and aloe vera may be taken to further prevent the spread of the disease. Either of these herbs could also be pounded and the juice thus extracted can be taken even though it may seem bitter. These natural herbals not only increase the platelet count but also upturn the overall immunity of the body.


  • Barley, pomegranate and vegetable soups should be made a part of the diet as they help detoxify the liver.


  • Grapes may be taken with a glassful of cow’s milk. This could help proving support in the painful and weakening health condition.


  • One thing that you need to keep in mind is this. Plenty of fluids are as important to keep the body hydrated for those down with fever. So, in any ways drink more water all through the time when you are suffering from Chikungunya infection and fighting fever.ginger-free-pic



Breathing is something our life thrives upon. It has been rightly said that, “Breathing is the essence of life. Breathe deeply, live fully!” However, some of us tend to experience a chronic difficulty in breathing. This could indicate the possibility of this inflammatory disease called asthma.

What Is Asthma?

A chronic breathing disorder, asthma is a condition wherein the airways leading up to our lungs get somewhat narrowed and blocked. When a person is asthmatic or prone to asthma attacks, there is a possibility that his / her airways as well as the lining of the lungs have become swollen and therefore, narrowed. This prevent sufficient amount of air from reaching the lungs. The same also result in the lining of the airways excreting extra mucus, thus further narrowing the airways and blocking the path.

The Common Causes And Triggers

There could be various factors which could trigger this situation, such as allergy to –

  • Pollutants,
  • Dust mites,
  • Cigarette smoke,
  • Excessive air pollution,
  • Pets,
  • Pollen,
  • Changing weather
  • Viral disease
  • Bacterial infections, etc.
  • Sometimes, it could also be owed to an allergy response to certain food items such as mushrooms, peanuts, etc.
  • Not only this, the presence of excessive mucus could also be the reason behind asthmatic symptoms.

Home Remedies For Relief

While doctors obviously recommend certain everyday medications along with the use of an inhaler in case of a sudden asthmatic attack, there are a number of effective natural remedies we could adopt in order to relieve asthmatic symptoms. In fact, we could find solution right inside the kitchens of our homes, and fix ourselves a quick herbal DIY remedy for asthma. However, please note that none of these could be counted upon as a promising alternative treatment for asthma. They could, however, allow us to manage asthmatic symptoms to a great extent and prevent the associated uneasiness to quite a degree.

Honey –

There is little wonder as to why honey would serve as an effective remedy for asthma, since it is also used in a variety of cough and cold syrups.

Figs –

Having a couple of this particular dry fruit, soaked overnight, first thing in the morning goes a long way in treating the blocked and inflamed airways leading up to our lungs.

Mustard Oil –

Mixed with camphor, you may apply some warm mustard oil all over your chest and massage it for a while. Repeat this activity several times a day till you start to feel the result, i.e. clearing airways. This would go a long way in promoting our lung function and inflammation.

Tea / Coffee –

Regular intake of a nice, warm cup of coffee, or even black/green tea for that matter, helps unblock our airways and provide relief from the associated inflammation and improve the breathing function. Therefore, this might serve as a promising SOS option in case of asthmatic attacks.

Ginger –

Their anti-inflammatory properties make ginger a much sought after herb as far as relieving our swollen airways are concerned.

Managing Asthma Using Turmeric

Owing much to its anti-inflammatory properties, various traditional systems of medications, including Ayurveda, continue to suggest the use of turmeric in order to gain relief from asthmatic symptoms. Know why is this so?

  1. This is because Turmeric could help provide a rather quick relief from acute inflammation of the airways.
  2. The same also provides relief from a tightened chest.
  3. Actually, the presence of antioxidants in curcumin (which is the active component of turmeric) significantly prevents the oxidative damage from taking place.
  4. Besides, it also contains some promising anti-allergy properties, that inhibit the allergic actions which could trigger an asthmatic attack in the first place.
  5. And lastly, turmeric also helps stimulate and regulate our body’s very own immune response, thus making it fit enough to fight the onset of asthma.

How Does This Help?

  • Turmeric, belonging to the ginger family, actually refers to the root of this perennial plant called as Curcuma longa.
  • This magic of an herb contains what is known as curcumin.
  • This Curcumin, along with other bio-active compounds, renders turmeric all the healing properties it is known to possess, something which makes turmeric an incredible herb for enhancing health and wellness!

Easy To Consume

  • Turmeric can be consumed in the form of turmeric tea or milk.
  • You could even add good quality turmeric (preferably raw) powder to the beverages.
  • Also, on the other hand, adding the extract obtained from turmeric root in juices or taking some genuinely available herb extract might also be equally effective, if not more.




Fitness Equipment Business

With growth in image-sensitiveness of people and growth of health-consciousness, the efforts of people to be fit have increase manifolds. The majority of the people who are getting involved in fitness are between the ages of 20 to 35 and are striving to achieve a toned, muscular and conditioned body. Another group of people who focus on their fitness strive to achieve much more athletic attributes like- increased core strength, increased stamina and endurance. Moreover, the fact that people indulged in fitness are happier and stress free than those who aren’t adds up a significant number of people to this field. So, to sum it all, there has been a great growth in the fitness industry lately.

This growth encourages members to open a new gym in a locality as not much people have time to travel more than 1 kilometer to go to the gym. Nowadays, we see that there is a gym in almost every locality. With growth in this business, grows another business which is significantly lower in number than are the demands. Each and every gym requires machines and equipment. Yes, the fitness equipment business. For opening a new gym, a person requires a full set of machines and equipment to begin with. On the other hand, the gym which have a lot of customers or are there for a long time need to update their machinery and equipment.


Now, moving on to the business aspects of the fitness equipment store; one needs a large capital investment in order to start this business. Moreover, a person should be involved in the fitness industry.  A fitness equipment store owner must himself be aware of the ways to get fit; he must know the ways to achieve the dream physique and be fit. To add to this, the person should also be able to recommend the equipment which is versatile, effective and help achieve one’s goals. A person with good business tactics can also make huge profits in this business; after all it is all about selling your stuff to the potential customers and attracting them to your store. Some of the points which one should keep in mind before opening a store, which are as follows:-

  1. Selecting appropriate products: If one has already acquired the knowledge in the fitness industry or is there for a really long time, one can easily make a choice between the products one wants to keep in his store and what brands to select. Moreover, one should make a choice so as to what he wants to focus on; some people may want to sell only brand new products while others want to be a re-seller and some want to be in both the fields, they want to sell new as well as old re-constructed machines and equipment. Every person is aware of the consequences one has to face due to poor choice of products; one may end up losing money instead of earning with bad choice of products.
  2. AdvertisingOne should always keep a close check on advertising their shop. Advertising plays an important role in every business. One should also spread pamphlets in various nearby gyms which may take an active role in further recommending the equipment to the people who wish to buy the equipment for their homes. One should also provide gyms with special discount code that the gym may offer to its clients seeking personal machines and equipment; this way using the code, the customer can get some additional discount and a little amount of the profit made is given to the gym too.
  3. Competitive offers: Providing offers that can compete well with respect to the offers offered by the other fitness equipment stores. The owner of the store should try to offer some extended warranty apart from the warranty given by the company this aids a lot as people can get an extended warranty with no extra cost. Since, the machines are more susceptible to failure; a person may find this offer to be very lucrative.
  4. Extending business: One should always look forward to extend his/her business. By this, we mean that a person should not confine himself to the fitness equipment store; he should also hire employees which can repair the broken parts and wires of the machines and equipment. By this, one can not only sell machines but make money by sending mechanics to repair them if they break down.
  5. Influence of city: It is very important to see the city structure and the gym structure before selecting the products as well as the location to open the store in the city. If the city does not favor the big gym chains and the expensive gym brands, then one should keep in mind to stack up only the machines and equipment which are required and affordable by the smaller gyms. On the other hand, if there is a city like Delhi or Mumbai which is dominated by the bigger and more expensive gym chains, the store owner should stack up with imported machinery and equipment as well as keep a small stock of a medium and low grade machinery and equipment because even after the domination a number of smaller gyms are present in the city which want only the very essential machines and equipment as well as want them at a base rate. The third possibility is that the owner decides to open a store in a developing city like Lucknow, where the number of bigger gym chains is great as well as the smaller gym brands find a place in the city too. Here, the owner should try to avoid stacking up low grade machinery because as the city develops more, the demand of mediocre graded machinery also decreases manifold. Thus, we can conclude that a significant role is there of the city in fitness equipment store business.
  6. Chaining up the business: The last but not the least option to make huge profit is by chaining up the business, which means spreading it from one city to another. This way, one can partner up with various bigger gym chains and can exponentially increase their profit.


These were some things that one should keep in mind while going for a fitness equipment store business. We wish luck to all the people who are willing to step in this business.



Why You Must Lose Weight And Escape Obesity?

Weight loss is a MUST for one and all if you are actually looking forward to live long and live disease-free. Because whether gradual or abrupt, there could be various underlying health conditions and even those tiny little activities which often go unnoticed but play a significant role in making us gain some unwanted weight.

Reasons Could Be Many

However, some of the major and the most usual ones could be causing unnecessary weight gain. When you are gaining weight and when it is going over and above the normal limits, in this case it definitely relates to consumption of more calories than you can burn. And an overall sedentary and inactive lifestyle could be a reason for this.

Although there could be more causes like –

  • Hormonal imbalance,
  • Genetic history,
  • Vitamin deficiency,
  • Depression,
  • Side effects of medication,
  • Fluid retention
  • Environmental, emotional and cultural factors.

Other than the above, early – ageing is also often responsible behind those increasing pounds on our body, owing largely to a relative loss of muscle mass as the body ages, as well as reduced physical activity.

What Health Issues Could Crop-Up!

Whatever might be the cause, we must realize that there are a number of health problems which are a direct or an indirect result of an increased weight. Let’s have a look at how weight gain affects us and how the excess weight could leads to these:


When a person is obese or overweight, his / her chances of suffering from type II diabetes increases manifold. And this makes it even more difficult to maintain the normal blood glucose levels. There is a reason for this.

  • If you would be suffering from type II diabetes, the blood glucose tends to rise beyond what is normal.
  • In this case, controlling this becomes rather tricky other than opting strictly to means of  weight loss and regular exercising.

Please note that the relationship between obesity and diabetes is, in fact, two-way. Therefore, if you are a diabetic and not quite overweight, it becomes especially important for you to manage your pounds.

Hypertension Or High Blood Pressure

It has been observed that most of the individuals suffering from hypertension also happen to be overweight. Hypertension or high blood pressure, often referred to as ‘The Silent Killer’ may not itself cause any harm. But the chances of suffering from problems such as heart attack or a heart stroke increase significantly owing to hypertension.


A number of studies conducted in the recent past indicate that cancer might have something to do with weight gain. In fact, in the United States alone, about five to seven percent of those suffering from cancer are fairly overweight or obese.

Various symptoms often observed among overweight and obese people have chances of leading to cancer. These are –

  • Chronic swelling and inflammation,
  • Increased levels of insulin as well as the insulin growth factor
  • More estrogen being produced by the fat tissues.

Types of Cancer which might develop

There are various types of cancers associated with an increased weight. In order to avoid being detected with this life threatening disease called cancer, it is better to get rid of that extra fat on your body. Moreover, managing a healthy overall weight is going to be a boon in the long run.

The cancer that might develop in some body parts could be in –

  • Breast
  • Ovaries
  • Prostate
  • Pancreas
  • kidneys
  • head and neck reigon
  • Oesophagus
  • Thyroid
  • Gall bladder

Osteoarthritis And Joint Pains

There is no denying the fact that our body weight directly affects our bones. This holds especially true in case of women. Please understand why it is so?

  • As the women age and reach late forties, their body experiences a significant drop in the production of oestrogen.
  • This leads to an increased fat mass along with a gradual loss of bone mass.
  • And being overweight or obese only adds to the problem.
  • Owing to this, their chances of suffering from joint problems and symptoms of osteoporosis increase significantly.

Respiratory Complications

A body weight that is beyond the healthy range could also lead to several respiratory as well as heart problems. Excess fat on your belly has been known to seriously affect the lung function. There are various respiratory issues which can be brought about or worsened by obesity.

These include –

  • Asthma
  • Obstructive sleep apnea
  • Obesity-hypoventilation syndrome (OHS)

Heart Problem

On the other hand, when it comes to the health of our heart, the problem of obesity can seriously affect it. An increased weight leads to a number of heart health issues like –

  • High blood pressure
  • Increased cholesterol
  • High blood lipids
  • Diabetes
  • These health ailments can directly affect our heart function and lead to various cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, heart attack, failure or even a stroke.

Little Choice Is There

We need to understand that the weight gain has developed as a pronounced delinquent condition especially when health and wellness is concerned. While some of us gain weight gradually over a period of time, others might just gain pounds suddenly and without quite realizing the reason behind the same.

Now Is The Time

It’s therefore high time we recognize that these health conditions, once discovered, are rather difficult and challenging to treat, and therefore, their prevention in the first place is always a better idea. The greatest wealth of our lives is health, and managing weight equals managing our overall health.