Healing the ancient way: Panchakarma

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We asked Dr. Jayshree Padole, BAMS, MD (Ayu), an Ayurvedic doctor and therapist to share her insights on the ancient science of Ayurveda. In the passage below, she speaks about Panchkarma – a five-step cleansing and rejuvenating program most of us urban people should consider.

Dr. Padole: Panchakarma (Vaman, Virechan, Basti, Raktamokshan and Nasya) is a cleansing and rejuvenating program for the body, mind and consciousness. It is known for its beneficial effects on overall health, wellness and self-healing.

According to Ayurveda, health, happiness and an inner sense of wellbeing mark the natural state of our being. Ayurveda defines health as a body which is clear of toxins, a mind at peace where emotions are calm and happy, wastes are efficiently eliminated and organs function normally. Continue reading Healing the ancient way: Panchakarma

Desk exercises that are great return on investment for your body

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Eight or ten hours in the office and most of us are looking for the most comfortable place to sink in. All the mind work, some of it tedious, does a lot of us in. And many of us use that one drink to feel better (and smokers do even worse), which then turns into another drink. In short, that is office life for you.

However, it does not have to be that way. First of all, you can definitely feel much more sprightly with a little smarter use of your body while at the desk. And the other thing is, it keeps you from going fat. Anyone will tell you that they put on those extra pounds because they sat on the desk and worked to make money for a ‘better’ life. Yes, it is ironic.

While at your office desk, you can actually exercise without really disrupting your work. And this will mean you don’t have to do that extra half hour at the gym (provided you are the kind that actually goes to the gym post work).

Do these (desk) workouts and get great return on investment! Continue reading Desk exercises that are great return on investment for your body

8 skincare mistakes you should avoid

Are you being mean to your skin without knowing it? Read on to find out

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Skin care isn’t just about great products. To begin with, it means understanding what your skin is like. Unless you get that, you are going to make some of the mistakes that many around the world make when it comes to taking good care of their skin. You have to not only choose products carefully, you have to use them wisely as well.

Here is a quick list of don’ts that you should keep in mind next time you are in front of the mirror: Continue reading 8 skincare mistakes you should avoid

10 brain-powering superfoods

There’s good news for the 100 billion neurons in your brain. You can boost them with these 10 superfoods!


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Image courtesy: whittier.edu

Neuroscientists have proven that, in our lifetime, we not only hang on to our neurons but we also grow new ones. Throughout our life, our brain is continually expanding and reshaping itself in response to what we learn through it. Even something as silly as learning to bake can alter the structure of the brain. In a recent experiment, Lutz Jäncke, a Swiss neuroscientist, studied the brains of people who were learning to play a musical instrument. It was found that their brain went through significant changes in areas that control hearing, memory and hand movements. This was true even in participants who were 65 and older. So, what can we eat for a smarter-working, highly powerful brain?

Here are 10 superfoods that will boost your brainpower. Continue reading 10 brain-powering superfoods