The race against ourselves

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…

5 Tips to travel the heart-friendly way

It is that time of the year when many of us are making plans to travel. Whether it is a short weekend trip or a long journey to a faraway place, there are some things to take into account before you go on a holiday, especially if you or your loved ones have been diagnosed…

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…

Relax, Refresh, Recharge

In the midst of our busy lifestyle, we very often forget to relax and rejuvenate our mind and body. Relaxation is nothing but a state of physical and mental calmness. Being relaxed automatically gives us the ability to manage psychological stress and anxiety in all situations. There are many techniques to help us attain a relaxed state,…

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…

Cool tips for a hot workout

Summer is hot but it is also the perfect time of the year to go outside with family and friends for fun activities like swimming, cycling and exploring nature. While the long summer days are an additional boon and motivation for doing outdoor activities, we cannot ignore the fact that the heat and humidity give extra stress to our…

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…

The sweet danger of sugar

Would you like to understand ‘sugar’ better? While you might know that sugar is really sweet and enhances taste did you know that it can be dangerous too? Let me take you through some basic facts about sugar before seeing the health hazards of this sweet ingredient… Sugars are broadly grouped into simple and complex sugars,…

Understanding the difference between heart attack and cardiac arrest

If you are under the impression that a heart attack and a cardiac arrest are the same, you are mistaken. Both these terms refer to different conditions of the heart; let us see how. Heart attack: sequence of events When someone has reduced or lack of blood flow in the blood vessels supplying the heart…