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Saturday, July 15, 2017

5 De-Stressing Yoga Mudras Which Can Be Done Anywhere



Yoga is globally accepted for treating several diseases and has been proved as a boon to many whose illness was otherwise thought impossible to be cured. But apart from the physical diseases, anxiety, stress, depression, lack of concentration and energy, are some of the biggest problems that the youth are facing today. One great benefit that yoga offers is the uniting of body, mind and breath which helps conquer all the above problems. Few simple hand mudras which can be done at any time of the day have big benefits to offer in terms of increasing memory, helping you to concentrate better, fight migraine, transcend worldly problems and many more, which you will gradually uncover yourself.
What Is A “Mudra”?
Mudras are hand gestures used in practicing Hinduism and Buddhism. They are basically spiritual gestures that act as an energetic seal of authenticity. In yoga, mudras are done in conjunction with pranayama (breathing exercises done in yoga). Mudra stimulates different body parts and evens the flow of energy as every part of the hand connects to a certain part of the body or mind. Here are 5 yoga mudras described along with their health benefits.

1. Gyan Mudra

Gyan means wisdom in Sanskrit. Gyan mudra is believed to increase wisdom/knowledge, memory and concentration. The best time to practice it is in the morning. However, you may do it any time of the day. You may also do it in sitting, standing or lying down positions.
Description: Whether you are doing it in a sitting, standing or lying down position, ensure your back is straight and chest and head are held up high. Touch the tip of your thumb with the tip of your index finger. You can slightly bend the other three fingers or keep them straight. Finally, focus on your breath while keeping your eyes closed.

2. Pran Mudra

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Pran means life. Hence, this mudra concentrates on energy and regulates it in the body. It boosts the immune system and is very helpful for the eyes. Practicing this mudra helps reduce hunger pangs (while fasting), insomnia and fatigue.
Description: This mudra can be performed while sitting or standing. Touch the tip of your ring finger and little finger with the tip of your thumb and stretch out the other two fingers. Close your eyes and concentrate on your breath for faster results.

3. Prithvi Mudra

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It helps to equalize the element of earth within the body and equalize the Root Chakra for a balanced and fulfilling life. Practicing this mudra will benefit you in many ways including, strengthening the body, relieving fatigue, freeing the mind from irrational beliefs and helps you with spirituality.
Description: Prithvi Mudra can also be performed both while sitting or standing. Touch the tip of each of your ring fingers with the tip of your thumbs and extend the other fingers.

4. Vayu Mudra

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This mudra helps balance the air inside one’s body. Vayu mudra is extremely helpful when it comes to joint pains related to rheumatism, sciatica, gout, arthritis and cervical spondylitis. It is also helpful with tremors experienced by those suffering with Parkinson’s disease and pain management as far as polio patients are concerned. People with the above problems are not able to be at their best in most cases because of severe pain. So, practicing this mudra can be really helpful.

Description: Press the tip of your index finger into the mound of your thumb. Fold your thumb and press slightly on the bent index finger and stretch the other three fingers.

5. Agni Mudra

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Agni means fire and it is also known as Surya Mudra. This mudra regulates the heat of the body. Hence, it facilitates metabolism, which in turn leads to weight loss. Obesity has become a common problem nowadays because of unhealthy lifestyles and leads to reduced self-confidence. Practicing this mudra is also beneficial for those with weak eyes. Surya mudra has many other benefits which are helpful in tackling constipation, obesity, indigestion, loss of appetite, abnormally low body temperature, common cold and others.
Description: Place the tip of the ring finger on the base of the thumb. Then apply gentle pressure with your thumb on the second phalanx of your ring finger and stretch the rest of the fingers. Do not perform this mudra when you are feeling weak.

Nari Smoothie Recipe: Ayurveda For Menstruation



Namaste, beautiful ladies! Today, I’d like to share with you an Ayurvedic smoothie recipe that helps me sail through my monthly cycles without much pain
The word “nari” comes from Sanskrit and means woman. This drink is deliciously rich, comforting, and will keep you in a good mood.

Ingredients

  • 1–2 tbsp soaked organic sesame seeds (best if soaked overnight and black colored)
  • 4–5 tbsp organic coconut flakes (soak the flakes for 2 hours for extra smooth texture)
  • 4–6 organic medjool dates
  • 1/2 tsp organic Vietnamese cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp freshly grated organic ginger juice
  • 1/2 tsp organic amalaki powder
  • 1/4 tsp organic shatavari powder
  • Water as needed
The quantity mentioned here makes 1–2 glasses. Blend these ingredients using a blender.
This smoothie’s thick and creamy texture is an indulgent treat to the taste buds. Ayurveda gives prominence to the consumption of soaked sesame seeds during this time of the month.

What Are The Benefits?

  • Sesame seeds are excellent during heavy menstrual days as they help reduce cramping and heavy flow. These seeds are also one of the highest source of iron. But the seeds are warming in nature; to regulate the menstrual flow, they must be mixed with a natural sweetener.
  • Dates and sesame seeds go very well and taste amazing.
  • Coconut flakes are cooling to the body, offset the warm quality of sesame seeds, and also help in hormonal balance.
  • Shatavari is a valuable herb for all phases of woman’s life. It is an excellent vata and pitta pacifier. The steroidal saponins in this herb help in regulating the menstrual cycle.
  • Amalaki (also known as Indian gooseberry) is popularly used for its high source of Vitamin C. It helps to rebuild new tissues and increase red blood cell count. It has five of the six tastes (except salty) to keep the appetite balanced and nourished.
According to Ayurveda, a woman’s health is directly related to her menstrual cycle. Regular menstrual cycle is not just meant for conception and pregnancy. This process aids in the detoxification of our body.
Ayurveda considers it important for every woman to feel grounded and feminine and, most importantly, to get connected with her inner Self during this time. Unfortunately, for most women, menstruation is considered a hindrance in the day-to-day activities.

Why Menstruation Is Good

A healthy and regular menstrual cycle is indeed a gift to womanhood. During this period a woman’s body is regenerated, renewed, reinvigorated, and rejuvenated! We get a total body makeover, if you will, during this time. So how can we not be thankful? I hear you…ladies, reading this post, I know what you are thinking…is she Crazy?
In our endeavor to juggle everything in our busy lives and please everyone, we neglect to notice the mental baggage building in ourselves, which gradually results in emotional and physical imbalances. These imbalances trigger unhealthy and irregular menstrual cycles,leading to hormone imbalance and various ailments, especially of the reproductive system.
When we experience healthy and regular menstrual cycles, we begin to cherish our femininity and become grounded and self-confident, radiating love, warmth, caring, empathy to everyone who crosses our path. Enjoy a happy and healthy cycle. I would also love to hear your experience and your thoughts on this post. Please do let me know if you want me to write more posts on topics like this.

Sunday, July 2, 2017

How Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes Fight Cancer



Enzymes play a vital role in human health and well-being. They are imperative for optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, immune response, cognitive thinking, and systemic cellular detoxification, among many other life-essential processes. Since the early 1900s enzyme therapy has been used as a natural protocol to heal cancer and has showed tremendous promise.
Enzymes are protein structures which take on different shapes and are designated for different purposes, such as one might compare a lock and key model. Enzymes are some of the most important structures in your body. They help heal and support good immune response to help prevent disease and cancer.
Enzymes have catalytic responsibilities. This means they help speed up the rate of chemical reactions in the body and better enable biological processes to occur. It is estimated that we have over 7,000 reactions in our bodies which take place with the assistance of 3,000 specific enzymes.
Your digestive tract relies on many different types of proteolytic enzymes to help break down your food. Proteolytic enzymes are a type of digestive enzyme that break down protein into amino acids. When taken on an empty stomach, proteolytic enzymes pass into the bloodstream and become Systemic enzymes. Systemic enzymes are enzymes that work outside of the digestive system and participate in the reactions within your body’s cells.

The Role of Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes on Cancer

A thick outer coating called fibrin covers cancer cells. This coating is used to shield cancer cells from the immune system. Not only does the fibrin keep the immune system from identifying and destroying the cancer cells, it prevents chemotherapy from doing the same thing unless the chemo is used at industrial strength doses.
The use of systemic proteolytic enzymes allows lower doses of chemotherapy to be utilized. It also helps to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and to limit the waste buildup produced during treatment.
Some of the side effects of chemotherapy include vomiting, diarrhea, fatigue, pain and nausea. Enzyme therapy has shown promising results in limiting these symptoms by reducing the cytotoxic (poisonous) effects that chemotherapy has on the body.

Radiation Therapy, Surgery, and Enzymes

Radiation therapy for cancer causes organ damage and rigid scar tissue in the affected organ. This scarring limits the function of the organ. Proteolytic enzymes, however, can prevent the buildup of scarring and stimulates organ function by diminishing pre-existing fibrosis (formation of excess tissue). Proteolytic enzymes also assist individuals undergoing surgical procedures by speeding up recovering time.

Systemic Proteolytic Enzymes and the Immune System

Research shows that enzyme therapy decreases inflammation, stimulates cytokine production, and increases the defensive powers of natural killer cells and macrophages. Both natural killer cells and macrophages scan the body seeking abnormal cancer cells and viruses. Stimulating these immune system defenses reduces the risk of cancer developing, growing and spreading.
Systemic enzymes regulate the activity of the numerous responses of the immune system. They are attracted towards pro-inflammatory cytokines including tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and C- reactive protein(CRP). Enzyme therapy can be used to decrease the over stimulated activity of tumor growth factor-beta at the site of protein synthesis. There have been no major adverse side effects from the use of systemic enzyme supplementation.

Enzymes Have Anti-Proteinase Activity

Anti-proteinases, including α-1-antitrypsin and α-2-macroglobulin, are found to bind irreversibly to systemic enzymes. When this occurrence happens, other anti-proteinases are stimulated and shut off the function of tumor regulating proteinases such as cathepsin. As a result, cancer metastasis is inhibited.
In fact, the field of oncology is increasingly using the ratio of proteinases to anti-proteinases to make a cancer prognosis. Papain and bromelain are cysteine groups found in proteinase components and can influence tumor development.
Adhesion factors which play a critical role in tumor growth and metastasis are CD-44, CD-49, CD-54, and CD-58. Enzymes interact with these adhesion factors. They also promote antioxidant enzymes which in turn reduces free radicals. Reactive oxygen species is a potent free radical which causes havoc on the body and also  by initiating oncogene expression.

Systemic Enzyme Use

Systemic enzyme supplementation is best coming from an array of plant and animal enzymes. When you consume raw, sprouted, and fermented vegetables and fruits you are taking in more enzymes. Three of the best plant-based proteolytic enzymes include papain, bromelain and rutin. Chymotrypsin, pancreatin, and trypsin are enzymes from animals.

Systemic enzymes are formulated to reach the bloodstream fully intact and not become dissolved in stomach acid. To ensure optimal absorption, systemic proteolytic enzymes should be consumed on an empty stomach. This allows for their passage into the bloodstream where they can then be circulated  throughout the entire body. Specific protease enzymes which break down protein have been found to have a powerful impact on fighting inflammatory and fibrinolytic activity (blood clot formation).

High Dose Enzyme Therapy and Intermittent Fasting

When systemic enzymes are used in conjunction with intermittent fasting, a synergy of benefits exists. Practicing intermittent fasting for periods of 16 to 18 hours can improve immune system support, increase human growth hormone, and better equip the body with a better source of fuel for the brain and body in the form of ketones. Intermittent fasting has also been shown to improve hormone signaling as well as to stabilize blood sugar, and increase fatty acid metabolism.
High dose enzyme therapy is best recommended for individuals who use intermittent fasting to heal. In order to be most effective, systemic enzyme therapy must take place  outside a period of food consumption.
The best time for enzyme supplementation is during the morning when most people can fast on cleansing herbal beverages and lemon water.  Furthermore, it is also recommended to go to sleep on a stomach that is not trying to digest and absorb nutrients from a meal too recently consumed before bedtime. If you are not a morning faster, high dose enzyme therapy may be more appropriate for you before bedtime.

Dosing Recommendations for Enzyme Therapy

Cancer Prevention: 5 to 20 grams daily. Preferably 10 capsules in the morning and 10 capsules before bed.
Cancer Patients: 20 to 80 grams proteolytic enzymes daily. Dosage split into 30 capsules in the morning, 20 capsules 3 hours later (preferably 2 hours before and after eating), and 30 capsules before bed.
Metastatic Cancer Patients: 45 to 160 grams daily split into 40 capsules in the morning, 40 capsules later, and 80 capsules before bed.
Article Summary
  • Since the early 1900s enzyme therapy has been used as a natural protocol to heal cancer. Enzymes are essential for optimal digestion, nutrient absorption, stimulating immune response, cognitive thinking, cellular detoxification, and other processes.
  • Proteolytic enzymes are a type of digestive enzyme that break down protein into amino acids. Systemic enzymes are enzymes that work outside of the digestive system and participate in the reactions within your body’s cells. When proteolytic enzymes are consumed on an empty stomach, they pass through into the blood and become systemic enzymes.
  • The use of systemic enzymes allows lower doses of chemotherapy to be used. It also helps to reduce the side effects of chemotherapy and to limit the waste buildup produced during treatment. System proteolytic enzymes assist people undergoing surgical procedures by speeding up recovering time and reducing scar tissue.
  • Enzyme supplementation is best coming from an array of plant and animal sources. Three of the best plant-based proteolytic enzymes include: papain (from papaya), bromelain (from pineapple), and rutin (from asparagus & buckwheat).
  • Systemic enzymes are formulated to reach the bloodstream fully intact and not become dissolved in stomach acid. There is a synergistic effect when using systemic enzymes in conjunction with intermittent fasting.
  • Dosing Recommendations for Enzyme Therapy:
    • Cancer Prevention: 5 to 20 grams daily. Preferably 10 capsules in the morning and 10 capsules before bed.
    • Cancer Patients: 20 to 80 grams proteolytic enzymes daily. Dosage split into 30 capsules in the morning, 20 capsules 3 hours later (preferably 2 hours before and after eating), and 30 capsules before bed.
    • Metastatic Cancer Patients: 45 to 160 grams daily split into 40 capsules in the morning, 40 capsules later, and 80 capsules before bed.