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All About Ayurveda Doshas

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Ayurveda, or ‘the science of life’ concentrates on full-body healing with a combination of physical, psychological and spiritual health. It states that our ‘Dosha’, a type of bodily humor, is a huge determinant of not only their health but also their personality. In this blog, SMBT describes the three types of Doshas and how one can keep them in balance.

In Ayurveda, they believe that the world is made of five elements, namely Aakash or space, Jala or water, Prithvi or Earth, Teja or fire and Vayu or air. A combination of these elements results in three Doshas, which are Vata, Kapha and Pitta. These three Doshas are said to influence one’s mental, emotional and physiological health. Everyone is believed to have a ratio of Doshas that is unique to them, determining their Ayurvedic constitution which acts as an outline to reaching good health. 

Vata

This Dosha mainly consists of air and space elements. It is represented by Autumn season and is defined as cold, rough, light, flowing, spacious and dry. People with this Dosha are defined as creatives who are great at multitasking with high energy and are usually of slim build. They have a knack for thinking out of the box and get distracted very often. Their mood fluctuates with the weather, people they surround themselves with and the food they consume. They often experience anxiety, digestive issues, are prone to colds, have poor blood circulation and more. Ayurveda recommends that Vata-dominant people should follow strict everyday routines, meditate to navigate stress, keep up warm body temperatures and engage in calming activities.

Kapha

This Dosha, pronounced ‘kuffa’ is compromised of Earth and water. It is represented by Spring and defined as stable, heavy, steady, cold, slow and soft. People with this Dosha are strong, caring, have thick bones, a healthy immune system, empathetic, wise, known to be great mediators of conflict, think before they act, do not get upset easily, a great shoulder to cry on and navigate life in a calculated manner. They are more likely to gain weight or develop heart problems, may experience breathing problems, are prone to depression, need a source of constant motivation. Ayurveda recommends that Kapha-dominant people follow regular exercise and maintain a sleep schedule.

Pitta

This Dosha consists of fire and water elements. It is represented by Summer season and defined as light, hot, oily, sharp, mobile and liquid. People with this Dosha usually are of athletic and muscular build, have good circulation, healthy skin and hair, said to be strong leaders who are goal-oriented, competitive and constantly motivated. They can cause conflict due to their aggressive nature, have a high appetite and are prone to mood swings, inflammation and acne. Ayurveda recommends that Pitta-dominant people must maintain a healthy work-life balance and stay away from excessive heat.

Ayurvedic medicine being a type of alternative treatment is yet to be accepted by many medical professionals but has proven to effectively treat many individuals.

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Can a strong muscle mass also strengthen your immunity?

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You must have heard that strong muscles increase your strength and help you maintain healthy body weight. But did you know that according to a new study in mice, research has revealed muscle mass may help maintain a strong immune system? Scientists have now found that muscles, especially skeletal muscles help keep the immunity system functional in chronic diseases. This SMBT blog takes you through what you need to know about this research.

According to the research, skeletal muscles play an important role in maintaining an effective immune system. This is particularly the case during chronic illnesses or infections, which can otherwise wear the immune system down. Let’s take a look at the groundworks this research was focused on:

  • Cachexia

Cachexia is a process that is typically characterized by the wasting away of the body’s muscles and fat. It accompanies severe chronic illnesses such as cancer and is responsible for up to a third of cancer-related deaths. It can also affect people with other serious conditions, such as AIDS, chronic kidney diseases, and heart failure. The underlying reason for cachexia could be due to the body overcompensating when it attempts to take energy from muscle and fat to help fight a severe illness. However, exactly why and how it happens are still largely unknown. Despite cachexia’s link to mortality, researchers have not yet developed any effective remedies or therapies for it. But according to this new study, strong skeletal muscles may help combat cachexia and prevent its probability.

  • Precursor T cells

In this context, researchers developed this study to explore the relationship between cachexia, skeletal muscle mass, and T cells. Alongside cachexia, people with severe chronic illnesses can also experience a weakened immune system. This is because their T cells, which are central to the immune system’s response to illnesses, become exhausted. While conducting this study, scientists noticed that in response to the chronic infection which had been transmitted to the mice, its muscle cells released more of the messenger substance interleukin-15. Interleukin-15 attracts the precursors of the T cells, in this case, to the skeletal muscles. This enables the immune system to fight the virus continuously over a long period. 

Good muscle mass can be the way to go for a healthier immune system! Stay healthy and positive. If you liked this blog, share it with your fellow friends and family. Stay tuned with us for more health-related blogs!

These foods make you prone to acne!

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Acne is a skin condition a lot of us can face at any stage of our lives. It is caused by an array of issues but you can curb what is in your control! This SMBT blog tells you all you need to know about which foods to avoid if you want acne-free skin!

According to a study conducted by French researchers, foods that are high in sugar and fat may trigger adult acne. Dairy is also a huge trigger. If you are prone to acne, it is wise to avoid foods such as chocolate, milk, sugary drinks and french fries and replace them with fruits and vegetables. 

The study which was conducted on more than 24,000 adults in France showed some interesting results. 5 glasses of milk of sugary drinks a day increases the risk of acne by 50%. Just 1 portion of french fries or a doughnut increased the risk of acne by 54%. This is because sugary foods like these with a high glycemic index and dairy may play a role in disturbing insulin or androgen levels which spikes the risk of developing acne for certain people. This also spurs cell production and inhibits cell death, giving rise to the development and inflammation of acne. An increase in insulin also increases the production of hormones that are responsible for producing sebum, which causes.

Hormones such as estrogen, progesterone and testosterone that are body makes are also already present in dairy. This disturbs our body’s hormone levels, for some more than others, causing acne. If one experiences acne after consuming dairy, they must find other sources of calcium and protein, such as nut milk. Cutting back on sugar is a great way to prevent acne. A low-sugar or healthy sugars such as fruits and veggies, saturated/trans fats, lean meat, whole-grain diet is great for those individuals prone to acne. Switch up milk chocolate with dark chocolate as the milk chocolate raises the risk of acne by 28% in some people as it contains sugar and whey which is a protein extracted from milk.

Other factors for adult acne is fluctuating hormones, stress or certain medications. Research is on-going as there are many unknown factors as well that play a part in the growth of acne on our skin. All we can do is make sure we moderate the factors that are in our control! 

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4 Tips for Post-lockdown Anxiety Management

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Did you know? Approximately 45 million Indians suffer from anxiety disorders. WHO has also termed it one of the biggest populations affected by mental health issues. The on-going stigma around mental illnesses in our country makes it hard to normalise these very real issues. Now more than ever, as we transition out of the lockdown we need to be more sensitive to those with anxiety about getting back into the real world. Unfamiliar situations or change in routine are common factors that cause anxiety to act up. In this blog, SMBT would like to guide you through these trying times, with a few tips.

  • Start with baby steps 

A few weeks before you’re going back to work or college or out to meet people, try to connect with them over a call. Host a zoom call and get comfortable with them again, before you have to meet them in-person. If it’s the outside environment you are apprehensive to get back to, try to go out for a short period of time, maybe for a walk in a safe area or go grocery shopping with the necessary safety precautions. Get yourself used to being out of your home again in little ways, safely. 

  • Visualise 

The power of our mind often goes undiscovered by most of us. The weeks before you have to leave your home, try to visualise good conversation with other people, visualize yourself outside, having a good time. Train your mind to understand that everyone’s just as out of touch with the outside world as you are and take comfort in the fact that they might feel the same way as you do. Imagine an awkward but funny or a comfortable conversation with anyone you may encounter after you get back out into the world. 

  • It’s okay to be nervous!

Don’t try to hide or suppress your nervousness. When you’re feeling anxious, it is best to allow yourself to feel. Breathe through the racing emotions and help yourself calm down. This will also help you set proper boundaries. You are not obligated to socialize with everyone. If you know it makes you anxious, it is okay to keep to yourself. Asses and be respectful of your own limits.

  • Self-care is the best care

This brings us to our next point. It is extremely important to look out for yourself. You are your first priority. It is not selfish to cater to your own needs before those of others. Manage your anxiety with therapy, keeping a journal, talking to friends and family and any other way you know that calms you down. Keeping yourself grounded can help you be in a calmer state of mind to take on unfamiliar situations.

We hope that these tips help ease your transition back into the outside world! Share this with a friend or family member who may need this.

Sources used:

- https://health.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/what-india-must-do-to-solve-its-mental-health-crisis - https://www.healthline.com/health-news/5-simple-tips-to-help-manage-social-anxiety-after-leaving-lockdown

How Can Exercise Be Crucial In Preventing Or Treating Cancer?

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We’ve heard for years how physical activity is important to our health. But did you know the role it plays when it comes to cancer?
Exercise is found to be one of the most potent cancer-fighting weapons. It lowers cancer risk by helping control weight, reduces insulin, and strengthens the immune system, and also it can boost the quality of life during cancer treatment. One recent study at the American Cancer Society links exercises with a lower risk of 13 specific types of cancer.

Here’s why exercise is crucial in preventing and treating cancer:

  • Experts say exercise help prevent cancer by reducing inflammation, boosting the immune system, and keeping weight under control.
  • Contributes to the prevention of bladder, breast, colon, oesophagus, kidney, stomach, and uterine cancer.
  • Regular exercise has also been found to decrease the likelihood of remissions in some cancers.
  • It helps to prevent obesity, which is a risk factor for many cancers.

How much physical activity is recommended?

Experts recommend that for substantial health benefits and to reduce the risk of chronic diseases, including cancer, adults should engage in:
  • At least 20 to 40 minutes of moderate-intensity aerobic activity every day
  • Muscle-strengthening activities at least 2 days a week
  • Balance training, in addition to muscle-strengthening and aerobic activity.

What are the cancers according to research that exercise can ward-off?

  • Endometrial cancer: Women who exercised for 150 minutes a week or more had a 34% lower risk of endometrial cancer.
  • Prostate cancer:  Men who had regular recreational exercise showed a lower risk of developing advanced prostate cancer.
  • Breast cancer:  Women who had a family history of breast cancer reduced their risk by one-fourth by regular exercise.
  • Gastric cancer: People who reported at least of moderate level of physical activity had a 50% reduced risk of gastric cancer.
Make sure you’re not making any more excuses to avoid regular exercise!
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Can Intermittent Fasting (IF) Give You The Perfect Body?

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Have you heard of intermittent fasting or IF? When we hear the word ‘fasting’ we immediately link it to being unhealthy or a mode of starvation. But, if done right, it can work wonders to make your body look and feel its best!

IF is a process where you observe a fast for a certain period of time. To explain what happens in our body during this time briefly, your body begins to lower insulin, which is responsible for making fat. In turn, you burn fat during the fasting window.

There are several types of IF methods.

  • The 16:8 Method

Here you fast for 16 hours and eat within an 8 hour window.

  • The 5:2 Diet

In this method, you eat normal for 5 days of the week and restrict your intake to 500–600 calories for 2 days of the week.

  • Eat Stop Eat

Here you fast for 24 hours, once or twice a week.

  • Alternate Day Fasting

In this method, you fast every alternate day where you don’t eat any solid food or restrict yourself to 500-600 calories.

  • The Warrior Diet

This involves eating a few fruits and vegetables during the day and then a huge meal at night.

  • Spontaneous Meal Skipping

In this IF method, you decide to spontaneously skip one of your meals, i.e. breakfast, lunch or dinner within a four-hour window.

IF has helped many individuals lose fat and gain muscle. Paired with regular exercise, it can help tone your body and make you more athletic. Additionally, it helps lower cholesterol, reduce liver fat, improve glucose control as well as blood pressure.

Although IF has its benefits, it isn’t recommended for everyone. It may not be best for individuals suffering from eating disorders. It is also not an excuse to binge on junk, one must maintain a quality food diet during eating windows to see weight loss. Always consult the doctor before making significant changes in your lifestyle.

We hope this blog article helps you take the steps that are right for your personal fitness journey. Share this with family and friends that may be on their own fitness journey and may find this helpful! Stay tuned for more informative blogs.

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