Heal your heart with the power of yoga

If you would like to prevent or manage your heart disease better, adding yoga into your daily routine in addition to brisk aerobic exercise is the best way forward. The American Heart Association suggests that lifestyle changes like healthy eating, regular exercise and yoga are the ideal ways to prevent and reverse heart disease. In an article…

Lifestyle versus Genes in the causation of heart attack

Are you anxious and concerned that more and more people who appear healthy and normal are suffering a heart attack? Are you puzzled about how some individuals seem to have an unfair health advantage over others? Lifestyle risk factors We have discussed the modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors for heart attack or myocardial infarction in…

Food and Mood

Did you know that your mood can affect your food choices? Yes, it is a proven fact. And of course, your food choices can also affect your mood. Nowadays, people are often experiencing symptoms of depression and anxiety like bad mood, irritability, lack of motivation and low energy levels that it becomes difficult to garner…

SLAM score for heart health

We all love a competition now and then! A running race, a sack race, a bicycle race, a swimming race, a painting competition, a cooking competition, the list is endless. But we all like winning, no matter who or what is up against us. So dear friends, let me introduce a new kind of competition…

10 Golden rules to incorporate exercise while at work

Nowadays, we are so busy with work that exercise is completely missing from our daily routine. Especially, the younger generation is glued to the chair for long hours, working on computers, watching television and studying for exams. This causes many unwanted reactions in the body, often leading to chronic health issues. Lack of exercise is…

The Healthfulness of Spices

Spices not only just excite your taste buds but are also composed of an impressive list of phytonutrients, essential oils, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins that are essential for overall wellness. Spices come from a variety of tropical plant and tree parts, such as seeds, fruits, roots, buds, stems and barks. Spices have been an integral…

Control high blood pressure by eating right

With high blood pressure or hypertension being the most widespread cause of heart disease and stroke, let us try to understand the ideal eating pattern to prevent and control hypertension. DASH stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension. It is a flexible and balanced diet plan that helps create a heart-healthy eating style for our…

Knowledge-sharing: the essence of effective Cardiac Rehabilitation

Education or knowledge-sharing is the most important aspect of Cardiac Prevention and Rehabilitation Programs. For someone who has had a heart attack or myocardial infarction, having a reliable and knowledgeable professional to talk to and get answers to some pertinent questions makes a big difference. This is what health education is all about. The British…

Pranayama and its cardioprotective effect

Pranayama is a Sanskrit word. “PRANA” means energy of life and “AYAMA” means to control. So pranayama simply means controlling one’s own breath (inflow and outflow of air). Deep Breathing is the scientific word for pranayama. Taking a long deep breath to the bottom of the lungs, and holding it for a while and then…

Getting to grips with heart failure

For someone who has suffered a heart attack, has gone through several tests and life-saving procedures and has a long list of medicines to consume, a diagnosis of heart failure can be depressing. It not only means more medicines and more investigations but also lesser ability to do the things they enjoy and a reduced…

Psychosocial counseling can reverse heart disease

Psychosocial counseling simply means getting individual or group sessions with a healthcare professional experienced in ‘mind matters’. You might be taking your medicines regularly, getting your parameters checked and visiting your doctor periodically, but these measures will only help you monitor your health. It takes a little more effort to reverse heart disease! You need…

Exercise and Ageing – Made for each other

In an earlier thread, we have discussed how older adults can maintain good nutrition. In this blog post, we will look at how exercise can enrich the lives of senior citizens. Ageing, as believed by many, should not stop you from doing activities; on the contrary, it should allow you to do all your favourite…