Yin ,Yang and Hormonal balance

  1. Do you jump when the phone ring?
  2. Do you feel anxiety, stress or worry for no particular reason?
  3. Do you have depression?
  4. Constant weight gain and finding difficulty in weight loss?
  5. Do you experience any of the following symptoms associated with your menstrual cycle; headaches, mood swing, acne,bloating, constipation,heavy or scanty bleeding, painful cramping,irregular periods,pain at ovulation,or bleeding between the cycles?
  6. Coldness in the body, especially feet and hands.
  7. Demotivated and a sense of hopelessness.
  8. Lethargy and excessive tiredness.
  9. Night sweats and difficulty sleeping.
  10. Do you have hot flashes,insomnia,heart palpitations,accelerated heartbeat,thyroid trouble of any kind, low immunity,infertility,heart disease,osteoporosis,cancer, diabetes,adrenal burnout,or endocrine disorders?
  11. Do you use synthetic hormone therapy of any kind?

If your answer is yes,it is likely your hormonal balance is affected.

YIN ,YANG AND HORMONE

Basically, hormones can be separated into two easy to understand categories which in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) is called Yin(sex hormone) and Yang(Stress hormone) and Santarpana or Brmhana and Apatarpana or Langhana in Aryuveda.

Ayurveda and Traditional Chinese medicine both hold that the two fundamental(and opposing)principles that invigorate and nourish life is: Yin and Yang. Yang is the energizing,activating,and motivating principle of life. Yin is the nourishing  and building principle.

Having the right balance of these hormones gives us plenty of energy,deeper sleep,healthier menstrual cycle,easier menopause,healthier heart,stronger bones and much much more.

Balancing our hormones is crucial to regaining full health. Hormones are pervasive,they enter the cells of every tissue in our bodies and brains,and  affect both physical and mental well being. Whereas some hormones( like stress hormones ) kick our bodies and mind into high gear,others (such as dominant sex hormones ,estrogen and progesterone) lead us to calm our minds ,and slow down so our bodies can replace depleted energy.

Stress and sex hormones exert opposing influences ,yet their ever changing relationship serves to maintain equilibrium in the body and balance the mind.

Duality is found everywhere in nature. For example, although sunlight and water have opposing properties (one heats and the other cools),together they provide the essential elements for plant growth.They are a relationship of duality. The sun provides the plant with warmth and the energy needed for photosynthesis ,the process by which the plant receives nourishment. Water cools the plant and is one of the essential building blocks for photosynthesis.The plant needs both these opposing elements to thrive.

Need to understand duality so we can grasp how stress hormones(yang) and sex hormones(yin),despite representing opposing energies,support and interact with each other to keep us healthy and whole. They continuously interact in a dance that creates and sustain life. When we have a good balance of yin and yang ,we feel healthy.

Consider the temperature of the human body.Ideally ,it is 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. The opposite forces of cooling(yin) and warming (yang) work together to maintain this temperature,

The easiest way to learn yin and yang is to consider some example. In daily life, driving the car,making deals,playing sports,multitasking, drinking coffee and eating spicy food are all predominantly yang activities. Sleeping ,meditating,getting massage ,and eating oatmeal all support yin.

Yang is considered male energy,yin is considered female. Yang is hot ,bright fast ,mobile ,dry ,energetic and aggressive, Yin is cool,dark,slow,soft,substantial,stable,moist and tranquil.Yang is daytime,Yin is night.

Yang is energetic. It’s responsible for motivation,metabolism,transformation,and other active functions in the body and mind. It is  considered a “reducing “ principle in Ayurveda because being active reduces,or uses up,bodily reserves. Yang motivates and stimulates our minds. Yin is the nourishing principle that manifests as the substance of the body and calms the mind.

Every human being has a life force or vital energy. It remains in the body as long as there is life and leaves at the time of death. This life force is called qi in TCM(traditional Chinese medicine) and Prana in Ayurveda and is a manifestation of yang.

When your qi energy is appropriately balanced between yin and yang and is flowing smoothly this leads to good physical and emotional health. However, if your qi moves out of balance to either the yin or yang extremes this leads to ill-health…”

David James

Yang transforms and organizes yin into biologically useful substances such as blood or bones. It also moves whatever we don’t need out of our bodies in the form of waste. Yang qualities not only provide energy for metabolic processes,but for clarity of mind and happiness, too. Yang energy can even transform information into knowledge and knowledge into wisdom. It can determine whether we “digest” the experience into something useful or whether we become resentful ,bitter or depressed,unable to mentally digest what we experienced.

Without enough yang,our body’s garbage disposal system may go askew. We can also have too much yang,which leads to excessively fast,hard,hot or aggressive energy . When that happens ,we might get migraines or ulcers,or feel manic,restless ,or angry.

We can also experience yin in healthy or unhealthy ways. If we have the optimal amount of yin,for example,we feel fulfilled,nourished,and content physically,emotionally,and spiritually. Menstrual flow is appropriate and sleep is sound and replenishing. If we have an excess of yin,we feel bloated,heavy,overweight,lethargic,stuffed up.

This is nature’s way of ensuring that there are always opposing forces present and available to maintain or regain equilibrium. Engaging in motivating and activating activities will generally increase yang,whereas engaging in nourishing and nurturing activities will generally increase yin.

Living a life that has a good balance between yin and yang- that is between nourishment and activity-leads to balanced hormone levels. We can support good quality yang by doing appropriate exercise,taking time to inspire ourselves daily,and engaging in mentally stimulating activities. Indulging in a stressful,overly ambitious frantically busy life fosters poor quality yang.

We can nourish good quality yin by ensuring that our diets consists of healthy food, taking time every day to enjoy solitude and quiet contemplative time, and engaging in loving relationships. We  promote poor quality yin if we indulge in lethargy or inactivity and eat poor quality food such as junk food,fast food ,fast food or highly processed or refined food.

In Ayurveda ,a healthy ,low stress lifestyle means having a daily routine that includes such elements as getting appropriate regular exercise and sufficient sleep,meditating or having some other nourishing spiritual practice ,and during self- massage and special breathing exercises.

HOW TO RESTORE HORMONAL BALANCE:

Follow the three pillars of health for the hormonal balance – Appropriate diet, Lifestyle(including exercises) and Stress management.

Dietary changes:

He that takes medicine and neglects diet wastes the skill of the physician

Chinese proverb
  1. Pay attention to how different foods make you feel. After you eat do you feel tired? Energized? Heavy? Inspired? Depressed? Cold? Hot? This is the first step in learning how various foods affect your hormone.
  2. Be aware of quality and quantity of food. “One man’s meat is another’s man poison”.Eating too much or too little can cause imbalance and have a negative impact on digestion just as too much fuel can smother a campfire and too little will not allow the fire to thrive . General idea is we should eat only when we are hungry and eat in calm mood and environment. If we can’t digest what we are eating ,even if it is the organically sprouted and juiced nectar of the god,then it is considered poison for us. 
  3. Eat predominantly plant based diet.
  4. Don’t drink too much of water during a meal. Moderate sipping of room temperature water during a meal is okay. Water,especially cold water, has yin properties and will smother the digestive fire if you drink too much when your digestive fire needs to be active.
  5. Don’t get indulge in emotional eating.If we eat without being hungry or overeat when we are ,it is likely that food will be poorly digested and Ama (toxin) will result. Too much of eating is taxing on the digestive fire. Just as fire requires oxygen to burn ,so our digestive fires require a little space.
  6. Ayurveda says that it is desirable to have a good appetite because that means our digestive fire is strong enough to transform what we eat into the energy and refined biological substances that our body needs to maintain health. Poor appetite indicates low digestive fire,which means that when we do eat, our food will not be well digested and will become Ama and excess ,poor quality fat. If you feel that you never have a good appetite,increasing exercise may help . Exercising first thing in the morning until you warm up ,then bath and resting a bit helps build a true appetite.
  7. Avoid stimulating food and drinks that contain sugar, alcohol, or caffeine.
  8. Avoid excessive amounts of cold or raw food (e.g raw salads or vegetables) and cold drinks. Switch to lightly cooked/steamed foods and warming drinks. Eat whole foods.
  9. Consume healthy fats,probiotic and prebiotic foods,fermented foods and adaptogenic herbs.
  10. Eat smaller meals more often than a large meal.
Life style changes:
  1. Moving and harmonizing Qi is powerful medicine. To balance hormone ,it is beneficial to get out of a rut and calm down our nervous system.Calm your spirit. If the spirit is disturbed,Qi(Prana) will become disturbed. If the spirit stagnates,so will Qi. If the spirit is scattered ,Qi will scatter and become weak.
  2. Wake as early as you can(predawn ideal) and meditate ,engage in quiet contemplation,or read inspirational material. Do prayer,or gentle breathing exercises.In any case whatever you do should quiet the mind.
  3. Exercise for 20-30 mins.This can be a combination of brisk walking, gentle stretching or yoga,tai chi,hiking or biking,depending on your energy and stamina. Do pranayama for 15-20 mins. It encourages the free flow of Prana(Qi) in the body.Excessive or strenuous exercise is not recommended for either a yin or yang .
  4. One good way of building more of yin is to nap. Occasionally, napping carried a 12 percent lower mortality rate. Eastern medicine would suggest that napping may not be appropriate for a heavy ,sedentary individual but may do wonders for thin ,driven type.
  5. If  you won’t have time to cook later in the day,cook in the morning for the rest of the day. Try to avoid keeping hot food or liquids in plastic containers. If you keep food in plastic containers ,just make sure it is cool before you put it in them.
  6. Have a breakfast ,lunch ,and dinner at the same times every day.
  7. Do Intermittent fasting(calorie restriction).According to an article published by Harvard Medical School, intermittent fasting is a solution to hormonal imbalances: “Between meals, as long as we don’t snack, our insulin levels will go down and our fat cells can then release their stored sugar, to be used as energy.
  8. Remember to breathe deeply throughout the day.
  9. Slow down in general. Stop multitasking.It dissipates energy.
  10. Keep good company. Good company makes a man great. Spending time with loving people who have healthy habits supports our own healthy habits.
  11. Watch less than ten hours of TV a week.
  12. Get high quality sleep. Spend the evening quieting the mind and body, in preparation for bed.Avoid too much of light at night.
  13. Retire at the same time each evening.Create a calming, well-ventilated bedroom environment. 
  14. Avoid heavy foods or drinks or any heavy activities before bedtime.
Stress management:
  1. Do ABHYANGA( a form of self massage) .Apply warm oil to your body. This can take as little as 2-3 mins. This has an incredibly calming effect on the nervous system. Having a less trigger happy nervous system means less stress and more balanced hormones.
  2. Vagal toning by deep breathing and meditation. By stimulating the vagus nerve you can activate parasympathetic nervous system and send a message to your body to relax and de-stress.
  3. Yoga and mantra chanting has deep impact on hormone balance.
  4. Cold bath and splashing cold water on face is quite helpful in stress. Our ancient yogis bathed in cold water to increase prana(vital force energy)in body.
  5. Go for a meditative walk/ forest bathing,do gardening,listen music, pursue your hobbies….
  6. Get involve in creativity,socialize with family and friends,keep sense of humor, say NO more often,unplug from the technology.
  7. Go for PANCHAKARMA once in a year
  8. Get in touch with your feelings and take time to listen to your body and emotions.

If a woman is well nourished,well rested,engages in appropriate exercise,and has balanced emotions,chances are that her hormones are balanced.

The body heals itself,if we create the right conditions for it.

Reference:

Role of Recovery in Well-Being and Weight management

Make your well being a priority and sign up for self care and recovery.

In my wellness journey so far, I have realized the importance of RECOVERY and SELF CARE. In the hustle bustle of our daily schedules, our prime focus only on weight loss and achieving our ‘BODY GOALS’, we unintentionally leave behind one of the most important aspects of wellness, that is, recovery. We often find ourselves making the mistake of being focused only on results rather than understanding the process.

In my experience it’s impossible to lose weight or achieve holistic health without RECOVERY. Hence, I decided to write this blog to bring your attention with intention towards the importance of recovery, and spread awareness on the same.

Do you wake up knackered in morning? Feel exhausted even after a long hour of rest/sleep? Do you feel lethargic, less energetic, foggy, overwhelmed, irritated….throughout the day? Is your waist line or belly size increasing even after a good workout or a good diet?

These are the signs of not getting restorative recovery even after a rest. There is difference between rest and recovery, which needs to be understood, to make their best use in our fitness regime and achieve our goals more efficiently.

REST AND RECOVERY

Rest is a passive process whereas recovery is an active process. Rest is simply the absence of effort or movement—the absence of exertion. Recovery is the restorative process by which you regain a state of “normalcy”; healthy and in balance.

In rest you take break from a hectic schedule.But in recovery, with all your intention,attention and awareness, you create time for healing from a melancholic schedule.

In rest you watch TV, mindlessly scroll electronic gadgets, and engage in unnecessary phone calls and unproductive chit chat. In Recovery mode you take decisive actions. You decide to go to bed on time, take required supplements, day off from exercise, power nap, go for a meditative walk, do deep breathing and meditation, healthy socializing , plan a vacation,technology fasting etc.

Your fitness, health and wellness thrive on your recovery. I have seen people who even after following an intense workout routine, dietary plan and getting sufficient sleep, fail to get their desired results. Instead of being healthy and losing weight, they become exhausted and gain weight. The problem here is not in their training or diet, but the fact that they are not getting proper rest and sufficient recovery.

Due to lack of information about the application of proper rest and recovery and a lot of content on how to exercise, in some situations, I have even seen people suffer sub-acute and chronic injuries.

The primary fault lies with inadequate or improper recovery from exercise, not the type or intensity of exercise. (To put it another way, it’s not that you’re hurting yourself doing marathons or kettle bell swings – more often than not, it’s because you’re not properly recovering from those marathons and kettle bell swings.)

As a holistic coach, I believe that a high intensity exercise program is both effective and sustainable life long, when combined with good nutrition and recovery practices. Hence, I make it a point to educate my clients about exercises with proper forms, nutrition, sleep hygiene, active recovery techniques, and stress management practices.

At some point in our lives, we’re likely to find ourselves over-trained,over stressed, under-recovered, under-fed, under-slept, over-caffeinated…..  Ideally, the early stages are the time to pay attention to what your body is trying to tell you, and take immediate actions 

Recovery requires just as much (or more!) discipline as training itself. Recovery is a step-by step process which embraces all aspects of life,including mental ,physical,spiritual, and psychological health.

COMPONENTS OF RECOVERY:
  • Restorative sleep
  • Stress management and syntonic living
  • Vagal toning
  • Restoring the balance of autonomic nervous system
  • Metabolic relaxation day-Fasting
  • Gut health
  • Self care
  • Self direction and purpose
  • Deep Breathing and meditation
  • Forest bathing(Shinrin Yoku)
SLEEP AND RECOVERY

Recovery is not lying on the bed for a long period of time. Recovery is when you get REM sleep and in morning you get out of bed fresh, lively and fully charged without needing any alarm.

Sleeping for 7-9 hours per night is extremely crucial for recovery, especially if you are looking to change your body composition, increase muscle mass and/or even if you want to be ready for your personal training session the next day. Sleep enhances muscle recovery through protein synthesis and release of human growth hormone. Proper recovery also enhances focus and attention.

STRESS ,WEIGHT GAIN AND ROLE OF RECOVERY:

Stress handling is vital for syntonic living. There is a general consensus that all stress is bad which is absolutely not correct.

There are two types of stress- Eustress(good stress) and Distress(Bad stress) Eustress is healthful and the stimulus for growth. On the other hand, Distress is negative, harmful stimuli that make you weaker, less able, anxious, panic and less confident and in extreme result in depression..

Dr. Daniel Kalish said, “Psychological stress and physical stress are virtually indistinguishable in the body.” If you’ve got a ton of psychological stress, it costs you recovery capacity. It cuts into your reserves. In fact, being chronically psychologically stressed is probably more damaging than over- training or under-sleeping or poor diet.

Day to day stress is unavoidable in this fast pace of life, but chronic stress could be avoided by addressing it, timely.  Few stressors like: intermittent fasting, high-intensity exercise, under-eating, cold showers or acute exposure to cold, caffeine intake, eating extremely hot peppers…are good stress. Stressors like death of loved ones, divorce, long time illness, loss of job….. Are obviously bad and take a toll on your physiological and psychological health.

Minimum effective dose of stress are undoubtedly good for your productivity and growth. However, it is extremely important to overcome stress and its scars before letting it affect us negatively, and for that we need proper recovery.

When you are over stressed and under recovered; here are the few things to look for-

  • You don’t feel good about getting up from bed in the morning.
  • You immediately need caffeine or tea to come out of your bed and start your day.
  • You find excuses for your exercises, meditation and self-care sessions.
  • You don’t seem to heal/ recover after a good workout.
  • Your sleep pattern has become irregular.
  • You crave for carb more than before.
  • You get sick more often.
  • You’re training hard and “eating right” but that belly just isn’t going away.
  • You’re actually gaining fat, instead of losing it.
  • Day by day you feel exhausted, foggy, miserable, less clear, loss of energy, tired…..

The More stressed you are the more time you need to create for your recovery and to heal.  Stress can significantly impact your ability to maintain a healthy weight and also prevent you from losing weight. Researchers have long known that rises in the stress hormone cortisol can lead to weight gain. Imbalanced cortisol gives rise to sugar cravings and slows down your metabolism, making it difficult to lose weight.

Break the cycle of stress and weight gain by proper recovery.

“My Recovery must come first so that everything I love in life does not have to come last.” 

VAGAL TONING
NOW — The Most Precious Thing. ..

Have you seen a tiger chasing a deer in discovery channel? Have you noticed that after a long run for its life,when the deer is finally in the safe zone,with no threat and fear ,then , how within seconds it gets relaxed and again start enjoying the grazing of the green grass ? In seconds, it shifts its attention and focus from sympathetic to parasympathetic mode. Sympathetic is our survival mode and parasympathetic is our digest and rest mode.

By stimulating the vagus nerveyou can activate parasympathetic nervous system and send a message to your body that it’s time to relax and de-stress, which leads to long-term improvements in mood, well-being and resilience.

Vagus nerve is the 10 th cranial nerve running from head to toe and supplying parasympathetic fibers to all the organs (except the adrenal glands)

How to stimulate vagus nerve?
  1. Deep breathing and meditation-The aim is to move the belly and diaphragm with the breath and to slow down your breathing. Vagus nerve stimulation occurs when the breath is slowed from our typical 10-14 breaths per minute to 5-7 breaths per minute. You can achieve this by counting the inhalation to 5, hold briefly, and exhale to a count of 10
  2. Yoga and mantra chanting– Impact of yoga asanas on the nerve makes us feel calm, relaxed and safe.The vagus nerve is connected to your vocal cords and the muscles at the back of your throat. Singing, humming, and chanting can activate these muscles and stimulate your vagus nerve.OM chanting has a lot to do with the vagus nerve and that is why it has a soothing effect on our whole being. 
  3. Cold bath and splashing cold water on face-Try it out ,your vagus nerve will thank you! Our ancient yogis bathed in cold water to increase prana (vital force energy) in the body.
  4. Intermittent fasting-Intermittent fasting increases parasympathetic activity and vagal toning.
RESTORING THE BALANCE OF AUTONOMIC NERVOUS SYSTEM:

 The autonomic nervous system is further divided into the sympathetic (SNS) and parasympathetic nervous system (PNS).The sympathetic nervous system, is like the accelerator of the body, is known as the flight or fight nervous system and deals with stress, typically speeding things up. The parasympathetic nervous system, which is like the brakes of the body, is known as the rest and digest nervous system and helps to conserve energy and protect, typically slowing things down. 

Like an automobile, the autonomic nervous system has divisions which can speed up or slow down various functions of the body. The sympathetics typically increase heart rate and blood pressure to pump more blood to deal with stress; and dilates pupils to see more, bronchi to inhale more oxygen, and peripheral blood vessels to bring more blood to the muscles. The parasympathetic nervous system does the opposite,its a rest and digest mode. If the sympathetic system, like the accelerator of a car, becomes over-reactive it may actually damage the parasympathetic nervous system.

In the car analogy, this is like driving fast all the time and therefore, having to stop hard all the time. Doing this you wear out the brakes faster. The problem in the human body is that we cannot replace the “brakes” (the parasympathetics). Once the Parasympathetics wear out you are essentially a heart attack waiting to happen.

Overactive sympathetic drive may suppress immune system,leads to excessive oxidative stress,raise blood pressure,promote atherosclerosis, cause persistent inflammation, accelerate diabetes, promote atherosclerosis, and accelerate the onset of heart disease, kidney disease, or dementia.

METABOLIC RELAXATION DAY-FASTING

Metabolic relaxation day, as the name suggests, is a relaxing, holidaying and rejuvenating day of your metabolism process. In simpler words, it is calorie restriction or restricted feeding day. On these days your body recovers and heals from all type of common(Physical, mental, environmental ), chronic or oxidative stress. It is actually a delicious recipe for fat loss and is a quintessential healer. Fasting is not something you do, its something you do NOT do.

Fasting reduces insulin and mTOR and activates AMPK and autophagy. This is the phase where maximum recovery happens.

Fasting, is actually far more beneficial than just stimulating autophagy. It does two good things. By stimulating autophagy, we are clearing out all our old, junky proteins and cellular parts. At the same time, fasting also stimulates growth hormone, which tells our body to start producing some new snazzy parts for the body. We are really giving our bodies the complete renovation.

Nutrient deprivation is the key activator of autophagy.

Calorie restriction is useful only if you maintain adequate nutrition.

He who eats until he is sick must fast until he is well

GUT HEALTH
“ALL DISEASES BEGINS IN THE GUT”- HIPPOCRATES

Maintaining a healthy gut contributes to healthy recovery which further promotes better overall health and immune function. For healthy gut health-

  • Take probiotics and eat fermented foods.
  • Eat prebiotic fiber and butyrate rich foods.
  • Avoid taking antibiotics unnecessarily.
  • Reduce stress.
  • Avoid sugar and processed foods.
  • Exercise.
SELF CARE
“If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.”

Self-care allows you to treat yourself better and recover fast. Self-care is any deliberate activity that you do to take care of your mental, physical, and/or emotional health. It could be taking one or two days off from gym, proper resting, meditation, reading, gardening, eating a well-balanced diet, moisturizing your skin, going on walks, getting good sleep, treating yourself with a massage, a rejuvenating vacation, taking one or two weeks off in a year for self-reflection and much more.

SELF DIRECTION AND PURPOSE IN LIFE-
“If you have a strong purpose in life, you don’t have to be pushed. Your passion will drive you there.”

An absence of self direction and  purpose opens the door to addiction; and the presence of a felt sense of life purpose and direction supports recovery. It is crucial to remember that life purpose as well as meaning is needed for a solid recovery.

SHINRIN YOKU

We have known it for centuries that how nature heals us and healthy for our good being and recovery. The sounds of the forest, the scent of the trees, the sunlight playing through the leaves, the fresh, clean air — these things give us a sense of comfort. They ease our stress and worry, help us to relax and to think more clearly.

Shinrin in Japanese means “forest,” and yoku means “bath.” So shinrin-yoku means bathing in the forest atmosphere, or taking in the forest through our senses.

SIGNS OF GOOD RECOVERY
  • Restorative sleep.
  • Feel fresh,lively, and charged in morning.
  • Energetic throughout the day.
  • Recover fast from injuries,illness and workout.
  • You perform well in your training sessions.
  • Improved focus and productivity.
  • Could handle the stress more efficiently.
  • Better resilience .
  • No more craving for processed food.
  • Clean eating.
  • Better thinking .
  • A healthy bowel movement.
  • Better emotional intelligence.
  • Fat loss, improved metabolism and a healthy balanced hormones.
  • Your days calendar is full of highlights.
  • Excitement for your passion and purpose in life.

Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day, and it’s something that it doesn’t get a day off.” — Demi Lovato

I am grateful to Harshi kumar for editing this blog.Thank you very much for your great work and proof reading. Your effort is highly appreciated and I am pretty impressed with the corrections you made. I invite you for my future blogs.

REFERENCES:

Are You Recovering, Or Are You Just Resting?

OVERACTIVE SYMPATHETIC NERVOUS SYSTEM

Make Time: How to Focus on What Matters Every Day

Recently, I read MAKE TIME written by -Jake Knapp and John Zeratsky, suggested by Dr.Rish Sharma. For me it’s a game changer read. It gave me permission to work on my own priorities instead of reacting to everyone else’s . Awesome practical advice that is really down to earth. I have already made changes to how structure and organise my days using the tips from this book.

Invaluable for those wanting to get the most out of every day. I am lucky enough to be test reader for make time and it has already change my life. Make time is a take on how to avoid distractions and be more focused on what’s really matters to you.

Make time is about slowing down the crazy rush and making time for the things that matter. It’s not about productivity. Instead, it’s about creating more time in your day for the things you care about. It could be time for your family, learning a language, starting a side business, volunteering, writing a novel…

I am sharing the blinkist of the book. Hope it brings new light and more creativity in your life and in this new year 2021 you get sufficient time for the things you love.

In the twenty-first century, two very powerful forces compete for every minute of your time.
1-Busy Bandwagon-Overflowing inboxes, stuffed calendars, and endless to-do
lists.
2-Infinity Pools– Apps and other sources of endlessly replenishing content.

While the Busy Bandwagon defaults to endless tasks, the Infinity Pools default to endless distraction. Most of our time is spent by default.

Make time is just four steps, repeated every day:
  • The first step is choosing a single highlight to prioritize in your day.
  • Next, you’ll employ specific tactics to stay laser-focused on that highlight.
  • Throughout the day, you’ll build energy by exercise, nutrient dense food,meditation….so that you can stay in control of your time and attention.
  • Finally, you’ll reflect on the day with a few simple notes.

HIGHLIGHT: START EACH DAY BY CHOSING A FOCAL POINT

The first step is deciding what you want to make time for? It might be an important work like finishing presentation, or spending time with family, reading book or gardening or grooming your dog…. Highlight must be the first thing before you start your day and should be your priority.


When you choose a Highlight, you put yourself in a positive, proactive frame of mind. But this alone isn’t enough. You’ll also need to rethink how you react to distractions that might get in your way, and that’s exactly what the next step is all about.

LASER: BEAT DISTRACTION TO MAKE TIME FOR YOUR LASER

Adjust your technology so you can find Laser mode. Simple changes like logging out of social media apps or scheduling time to check email can have a huge effect.

ENERGIZE: USE THE BODY TO RECHARGE THE BRAIN

To achieve focus and make time for what matters, your brain needs energy, and that energy comes from taking care of your body. Charge your battery with exercise, food, sleep, quiet, and face-to-face time.

REFLECT:ADJUST AND IMPROVE YOUR SYSTEM

Before going to bed, take a few notes. Its super simple: You’ll decide which tactics you want to continue and which ones you want to refine or drop. And you’ll think back on your energy level, whether you made time for your Highlight, and what brought you joy in the day.

For make time practice no perfection is required , the every day mindset matters”.

HIGHLIGHTS:

Your Highlight gives each day a focal point. Choosing your daily Highlight starts with asking yourself a question:

  • What do I want to be the highlight of my day?
  • What’s the most pressing (urgent) thing I have to do today?
  • At the end of the day, which Highlight will bring me the most satisfaction?
  • When I reflect on today, what will bring me the most joy?

A good rule of thumb is to choose a Highlight that takes sixty to ninety minutes. If you spend less than sixty minutes, you might not have time to get in the zone. Sixty to ninety minutes is a sweet spot. It’s enough time to do something meaningful.

HIGHLIGHT TACTICS:

  1. WRITE IT DOWN:

There’s a special, almost magical power to writing down your plans: The things you write down are more likely to happen. Make writing down your Highlight a simple daily ritual. You can do it at any time, but the evening (before bed) and the morning work best for most people.

2. GROUNDING IT:

  • If you didn’t get to your Highlight, repeat for a second chance.
  • Repeat to build momentum.
  • Repeat to create a habit.
  • Repeat to keep the good times rolling.

3.STACK RANK YOUR LIFE:

If you’re feeling stuck choosing a Highlight than make a list of big things that matter in your life.

Don’t prioritize the list yet, just write it. Consider what’s most meaningful to you, and draw a circle around number one.

4.BATCH THE LITTLE STUFF:

Make a batch of small things your big thing. For example, one day this week Highlight will be “catch up on email” or “return phone calls.”

5.THE MIGHT- DO LIST:

6.THE BURNER LIST:

Like time and mental energy, the Burner List is limited, and so it forces you to say no when you need to and stay focused on your number one priority. Here’s how to make one:

  1. Divide a sheet of paper into two columns.
  2. Put your most important project on the front burner.
  3. Leave some counter space.
  4. Put your second most important project on the back burner.
  5. Make a kitchen sink.

7.RUN A PERSONAL SPRINT

PLAN OF ACTIONS FOR HIGHLIGHTS:

1.Schedule your highlight:

2. Block your calendar:

If you work in an office where colleagues can add meetings to your calendar, take a different approach: Use daily “do not schedule” blocks to make room for your Highlight.

3.Bulldoze your calendar:

If you can’t block your calendar, there’s another way to clear time for your Highlight: Bulldoze it. Imagine a tiny bulldozer driving through your calendar, pushing events around. The bulldozer might compress one meeting by fifteen minutes and another by thirty.

4. Just say No:

Saying no doesn’t come naturally. Be nice but honest. Just because you’re saying no to the request doesn’t mean you can’t say yes in the future.

5. Design your day:

5.Becoming a morning person:

Don’t underestimate the potential of mornings. Those early hours are gift. Humans are hardwired to wake when it’s light and get sleepy when it’s dark. Watch the sunrise; seeing the sky go from dark to light reminds the brain that it’s time to transition from night to day.
Becoming a morning person is not for everyone. Some people will have more
success making time at night. Still, it’s worth giving it a shot. Sometimes we don’t know what we’re capable of until we apply some simple tactics and an experimental mind-set to our lives.

6.Design the nights before:

Start with an honest assessment of how much sleep you need and how much you get. To reset the default mode, pay attention to how food and drink affect your sleep. Adjust your environment to wind down and signal “bedtime” to your body. Switch down your fav switches and try candles after 7.00 pm to make room soft and feeble. Go offline one hr before bed.

7. Quit when you are done:

It can be hard to stop work at the end of the day, because the Busy Bandwagon
encourages a “just one more thing” mentality. Many people quit only when they’re too exhausted to go on, and even so, they check email again before they go to bed. We fall into the trap by ourselves. Don’t get trapped, decide and quit!

LASER:

Laser is a state of mind. When you’re in Laser mode, your attention is focused on the present like a laser beam shining on a target. You’re in the flow, fully engaged and immersed in the moment. When you’re laser-focused on your Highlight, it feels fantastic—it’s the payoff for proactively choosing what’s important to you.

Distraction is the enemy of Laser mode. It’s like a giant disco ball in the path of your laser beam: Light goes everywhere except in the direction of the target. Every distraction imposes a cost on the depth of your focus.

LASER TACTICS:

“BE THE BOSS OF YOUR PHONE”

1.Try a distraction free phone:

Removing email and other Infinity Pool apps from our phones might be the simplest, most powerful change for laser mode. Remove email from your phone and check it on your laptop, you’ll remove a lot of stress along with it.

Bottom line: If an app is a tool or if it doesn’t make you twitchy, keep it.

2. Log Out:

Typing in your username and password is a hassle. So, website and apps encourages you to stay logged in, leaving the door to distraction wide open. But you can change the default. When you’re done using email, Twitter, Facebook, whatever, log out.

3. Nix Notifications:

Notifications are not your friends. They’re nonstop attention thieves. Turn off almost all notifications. By turning off your notifications, you’ll teach your phone some manners —the kind of friend you’d actually want in your life.

4. Clear Your Home screen:

To slow things down, try making your home screen blank. Move all the icons to the next screen.

4. Wear a Wristwatch:

A wristwatch replaces the need to check your phone whenever you want to know the time. A quick time check on your phone often pulls you into an Infinity Pool.

5. Leave Devices Behind:

Leaving your devices behind is a helpful tactic when you want to make time for an “offline” Highlight like reading to your kids or working on a project with your hands.

HOW TO STAY OUT OF INFINITY POOLS:

  • Skip the Morning Checking
  • Block Distraction Kryptonite- Your distraction Kryptonite might be something common and obvious such as what’s up, Facebook, email, Instagram, You tube, twitter…..
  • Fly Without Wi-Fi- Fasten your safety belt, and enjoy Laser mode at 35,000 feet. The strange parallel universe of an airplane cabin can be the perfect opportunity to read, write, knit, think, or just be bored—in a good way.
  • Put a Timer on the Internet
  • Deal with Email at the End of the Day
  • Schedule Email Time
  • Empty Your Inbox Once a Week
  • Be Slow to Respond- Respond slowly to emails, chats, texts, and other messages, if it is not very urgent.
  • Vacation Off the Grid
  • Don’t Watch the News- TV news is incredibly inefficient; it’s an endless loop of talking heads, repetitive stories, advertisements, and empty sound bites. Rather than summarizing the most important events of the day, most TV news offers up anxiety-provoking stories handpicked to keep you agitated and tuned in. Instead, make a habit of reading the news once per\ day or even once per week. True breaking news will find you, and the rest isn’t urgent or just doesn’t matter.
  • Make TV a sometime treat.

TO STAY IN THE ZONE:

Getting into Laser mode is only half the battle—you have to stay in the zone and maintain attention on your Highlight. Focus is hard work, and it’s inevitable that you’ll be tempted by distraction.

1.Shut the Door

If your Highlight requires focused work, do yourself a favour and shut the door. And if you can’t find one, put on headphones—even if you don’t actually put on any music. Headphones and closed doors signal to everyone else that you shouldn’t be interrupted. You’re telling yourself it’s time for Laser mode.

2.Make a “Random Question” List-

Write down whatever twitchy things coming to your mind in a piece of paper. It will help you to stay in laser mode.

3.Notice One Breath-Pay attention to the physical sensations of a single
breath:

  • Breathe in through your nose. Notice the air filling up your chest.
  • Breathe out through your mouth. Notice your body softening. You can repeat this if you like, but one breath really can be enough to reset your attention.

4.Take a Day Off-

If you’ve tried these techniques and you still don’t have Laser
mode in you, don’t beat yourself up. You might need a rest day. Try taking
real breaks throughout the day and switching to a joyful Highlight that’ll help
you recharge.

ENERGIZE:

You are more than a Brain. Imagine you’ve got a battery inside you. All your energy is stored in the battery, and just like the battery in your phone or laptop, it can be charged all the way up to 100 percent or can drain all the way down to zero. When your battery is empty, you’re totally exhausted—you feel wrung out and maybe even

Now imagine how it feels when your battery is full. You’ve got a spring in your step. You feel well rested, your mind is sharp, and your body feels alert and alive. You’re ready to take on any project—not only ready but excited. That’s 100 percent.

Choosing a Highlight and getting into Laser mode are the core of Make Time. But the secret sauce is Energize. With a full battery, you have the power to be present, think clearly, and spend your time on what matters. To get the energy you need to maintain a focused, high-performing brain, you’ve got to take care of your body.

“What you do every day matters more than what you do once in a while”.—
GRETCHEN RUBIN

Act like a Caveman to Build Energy: Get more exercise! Eat healthier! Live like a caveman!

  • Keep It Moving
  • Eat Real Food/Eat like a hunter gatherer-Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.
  • Go Off the Grid
  • Make It Personal- Interact with friends face to face.
  • Sleep in a Cave-Sleep quality is more important than quantity. Make Your Bedroom a Bed Room
  • Exercise Every Day (but Don’t Be a Hero). Squeeze in a Super Short Workout.
  • Pound the Pavement- We were born to walk. But in the modern world, we default to motorized transportation. Most of us can get wherever we need to go by car, bus, or train, and by making it so easy not to walk, this default robs us of a great opportunity to energize.
  • Central Park Your Plate-
  • Stay Hungry-Fasting sharpens focus and improves energy.
  • Snack like a Toddler
  • Get Woodsy- the Japanese government has been encouraging a practice called shinrin-yoku, which can be translated as “forest bathing” or, more simply, “taking in the forest atmosphere.” Studies on shinrin-yoku show that even brief exposure to a forest lowers stress, heart rate, and blood pressure.
  • Trick yourself into Meditating- Meditation is just a breather for your brain. Meditation is also exercise for your brain.
  • Take Real Breaks
  • Spend Time with Your Tribe
  • Eat Without Screens
  • Sneak a Nap
  • Put On Your Own Oxygen Mask First

Welcome to the fourth and final step of Make Time- “REFLECT”. Take Notes to Track Your Results (and Keep You Honest)

START YOUR “SOMEDAY” TODAY

I have tried my best to bring out the synopsis of the book including my personal learning and experiences. Leave your valuable comment if you find it useful and practical.

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Role of Diet, Immune and Nutritional supplements in COVID-19 Pandemic

Social distancing ,regular handwashing and wearing mask are the most effective and proven methods to reduce risk and spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). However its equally important to understand the link between nutrition, immune system and supplements in COVID.

 Your immune system constantly defends your body against invading pathogens, including viruses, toxins, and bacteria.

Keeping your immune system healthy year-round is key to preventing infection and disease. Making healthy lifestyle choices by consuming nutritious foods and getting enough sleep and exercise are the most important ways to bolster your immune system.

Poorly nourished individuals are at a greater risk of various bacterial, viral, and other infections.

What factors can depress our immune system?

  1. Old age
  2. Poor nutrition
  3. Lack of sleep and recovery
  4. Lack of physical activities
  5. Chronic stress
  6. Excess weight
  7. Chronic diseases
  8. Environmental toxins

Eating enough nutrients as part of a varied diet is required for the health and function of all cells, including immune cells. In addition, research has shown that supplementing with certain vitamins, minerals, herbs, and other substances can improve immune response and potentially protect against illness.

A healthy and clean diet emphasizes fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, and nuts, moderate consumption of fish, and poultry, and limited intake of red and processed meat, refined carbohydrates, sugar and ultra processed food.

SMARTEST DOCTOR IS YOUR BODY. We all are blessed with a super power inner pharmacy which can be activated by FARMACY.

FARMACY

Your inner tube of life is your digestive system. Two wolf in your digestive system- Good bacteria and bad/wrong bacteria, whom you feed the most will grow and take the lead of your health. Processed foods are the treat for bad bacteria whereas whole unprocessed foods, probiotic, prebiotic, fermented foods are the treat for good bacteria.

The microbiome plays a key role in immune function. The gut is a major site of immune activity and the production of antimicrobial proteins. The diet plays a large role in determining what kinds of microbes live in our intestines. A high-fiber plant-rich diet with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and legumes appear to support the growth and maintenance of beneficial microbes.

Certain helpful microbes break down fibers into short chain fatty acids, which have been shown to stimulate immune cell activity. These fibers are sometimes called prebiotics because they feed microbes. Therefore, a diet containing probiotic and prebiotic foods may be beneficial. Probiotic foods like curd contain live helpful bacteria , and prebiotic foods contain fiber and oligosaccharides that feed and maintain healthy colonies of those bacteria.

In COVID pandemic, it is indispensable to keep our immune system healthy and vital.

Here are the few suggestions to boost your immune and keep COVID -19 at bay-

  1. Vitamin D- A number of studies have found that those who have less vitamin D are more vulnerable to COVID. The smaller number of foods contain vitamin D and the human body produces the vitamin D when in contact with the direct sunlight. Since COVID- 19 pandemic induced lock downs have confined a large number of people to their houses it is very imp to get checked your vitamin D and start the supplement . When get in safe range then the best practice is sunning for 15- 20 mins daily when the UV index is not too high. About 20 minutes of daily sunshine on 40% of exposed skin produces ample vitamin D in general. Dark-skinned people need more exposure to produce the same amount of the vitamin.

United kingdom is giving free vitamin D supplements to more than 2.5 million “vulnerable people” COVID pandemic. Vitamin D is actually a hormone rather than a vitamin; it is required to absorb calcium from the gut into the bloodstream. Vitamin D is mostly produced in the skin in response to sunlight and is also absorbed from food eaten (about 10% of vitamin D is absorbed this way) as part of a healthy balanced diet. Less vitamin D less absorption of calcium. Now think what will happen to your bone and teeth?!

Sunlight Benefits and Danger – Kansas Medical Center
SUNSHINE VITAMIN

2.Probiotic foods: Kefir, yogurt with live active cultures, fermented vegetables, sauerkraut, tempeh, kombucha tea, kimchi, and miso.

3.Prebiotic foods: Garlic, onions, leeks, asparagus, Jerusalem artichokes, dandelion greens, bananas, and seaweed. However, a more general rule is to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, beans, and whole grains for dietary prebiotics.

4.Zinc: Zinc is proven to be effective at slowing the rate that similar viruses such as SARS and common cold replicate in the body. As an essential micro nutrient for human health, zinc plays a key role in the immune system. Zinc is vital for more than 300 enzymes in the body.A daily intake of up to 15 mg of zinc is needed to maintain a steady state as there is no specific zinc storage system in the body.

5.Vitamin C: The body is not able to make vitamin C on its own. It does not store vitamin C. It is therefore important to include plenty of vitamin C-containing foods in your daily diet.Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant and is vital for the immune health.Supplementing with vitamin C has been shown to reduce the duration and severity of upper respiratory tract infections, including the common cold.

The upper limit for vitamin C is 2,000 mg. Supplemental daily doses typically range between 250 and 1,000 mg.

6. Medicinal mushroom: Over 270 recognized species of medicinal mushrooms are known to have immune-enhancing properties . Cordyceps, lion’s mane, maitake, shitake, reishi, and turkey tail are all types that have been shown to benefit immune health.

7.Turmeric and black pepper: Curcumin and black pepper helps up in boosting up the immunity and helps to fight against viral replication. Curcumin suppresses various inflammatory molecules which are responsible for the causes of the damage by viruses.

The addition of black pepper with turmeric increases the absorption of turmeric by 2000 percent when used in a 1:10 ratio of pepper to turmeric. Pretty amazing, right? Black pepper aids in combating respiratory conditions and rejuvenating the lungs.

8. Ashwagandha: It is an ancient herb commonly known as Indian Gingeng and is a powerful adaptogen. It enhances the body’s resilience to stress. Ashwagandha improves the body’s defense against disease by improving the immunity. It also possesses potent antioxidant properties that help protect against cellular damage caused by free radicals.

An herb used for more than 5,000 years in the practice of Ayurvedic medicine, can increase the body’s white blood cells, which help boost immunity.

9.B complex vitamins. B vitamins, including B12 and B6, are important for healthy immune response. Yet, many adults are deficient in them, which may negatively affect immune health.

10.Selenium: Selenium is a mineral that’s essential for immune health. Animal research demonstrates that selenium supplements may enhance antiviral defense against influenza strains, including H1N1 . Brazil nuts are good source of selenium. Two Brazil nuts are enough to boost your immune and take care of inflammation.

11. Sleep ,Rest and Recovery: This is a significant and required element for healthy immune, that you have to take care on daily basis. Without sleep ,rest and recovery neither you nor your immune can survive or thrive.

Studies show that people who don’t get quality sleep are more likely to get sick after being exposed to a virus. Lack of sleep can also affect how fast you recover if you do get sick. During sleep hours your body recovers from kryptonites. Poor and bad sleep can lead to long term chronic diseases.

12. Exercise: Stay physically active during quarantine. WHO recommends 150 minutes of moderate-intensity or 75 minutes of vigorous-intensity physical activity per week, or a combination of both. Physical activity may help flush bacteria out of the lungs and airways. This may reduce your chance of getting a cold, flu, or other illness. Exercise causes change in antibodies and white blood cells (WBC). WBCs are the body’s immune system cells that fight disease.

Supplementing is important to get on the wellness track,however, maintaining a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, engaging in regular physical activity, and not smoking and drinking are some of the most important ways to help keep your immune system healthy and reduce your chances of infection and disease.

More inflammations more you are vulnerable to infections. So eat more anti inflammatory foods such as kale ,green leafy vegetables, spices and herbs, fruits, cruciferous veggies, beans and lentils ,coconut oil,ghee…

A robust and diverse food supply is an essential part of the health and nutrition response to COVID-19 pandemic.

“Here are five simple rules for a powerful immune system that you should commit to memory: 1. Eat a large salad every day. 2. Eat at least a half-cup serving of beans/legumes in soup, salad, or another dish once daily. 3. Eat at least three fresh fruits a day, especially berries, pomegranate seeds, cherries, plums, oranges. 4. Eat at least one ounce of raw nuts and seeds a day. 5. Eat at least one large (double-size) serving of green vegetables daily, either raw, steamed, or in soups or stews.”
― Joel Fuhrman, Super Immunity: The Essential Nutrition Guide for Boosting Your Body’s Defenses to Live Longer, Stronger, and Disease

34 Best Healthy Eating Quotes For You and Your Kids!

TELOMERE: A PATHWAY TO PSYCHOLOGICAL WELLBEING AND HEALTHY AGING

Why do people age at different rates? Why are some people whip smart and energetic into old age, while other people, much younger, are sick, exhausted, and foggy?

Think of the human body as a barrel full of apples. A healthy human cell is like one of these fresh, shiny apples. But what if there is a rotten apple in that barrel? Not only can’t you eat it, but worse, it will start to make the other apples around it rotten, too.

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A Rotten Apple in an Apple Barrel.

The aged and dead cells behave same as the rotten apple. It’s a jinx for the healthy cells. Aging and senescent lies in the complex interactions between genes, social relationships, environments, lifestyles, and your response to the changes. You’re born with a particular set of genes, but the way you live can influence how your genes express themselves. Lifestyle factors can turn genes on or shut them off.

“Genes load the gun, and environment pulls the trigger.”

TELOMERE AND HEALTHY AGEING:

Do you know the protective plastic tips at the ends of shoelaces? These are called aglets. The aglets are there to keep shoelaces from fraying. Now imagine that your shoelaces are your chromosomes, and aglet are your telomere

When your shoelace tips wear down too far, the shoelaces become unusable. You may as well throw them away. Something similar happens to cells. When telomeres become too short, the cell stops dividing altogether and die.

Telomeres do not simply carry out the commands issued by your genetic code. Your telomeres, it turns out, are listening to you. They absorb the instructions you give them. The way you live can, in effect, tell your telomeres to speed up the process of cellular aging. But it can also do the opposite. The foods you eat, your response to emotional challenges, the amount of exercise you get, whether you were exposed to childhood stress, and even the level of trust and safety in your neighborhood—all of these factors and more appear to influence your telomeres and can prevent premature aging at the cellular level.

The wonderful news is that you can step in and take some control of your telomere

  • Don’t threatened your telomere, challenge it. Reframe view of situations in a more positive way.
  • Stress negatively affects your telomere. Several mind-body techniques, including meditation and Qigong, have been shown to reduce stress and to increase telomerase, the enzyme that replenishes telomeres.
  • Exercise that promotes cardiovascular fitness is great for telomeres.
  • Set your biological clock. Telomere need their sleep. Long sleep means long telomere. It’s Not Just Hours in Bed, Sleep Quality, Regularity, and Rhythm matters
  • Telomeres hate processed meats like hot dogs, but fresh, whole foods are good for them.
  • Neighbourhoods that are low in social cohesion—meaning that people don’t know and trust one another—are bad for telomeres.
  • Children who are exposed to several adverse life events have shorter telomeres.
  • Clinical depression and anxiety are linked to shorter telomeres.

SWITICHING LANES-Everyone’s cells become old and eventually we die. But imagine that you’re driving on a highway. There are fast lanes, there are slow lanes, and there are lanes in between. You can drive in the fast lane, barrelling toward the diseasespan at an accelerated pace. Or you can drive in a slower lane, taking more time to enjoy the weather, the music, and the company in the passenger seat. And, of course, you’ll enjoy your good health. Even if you are currently on a fast track to premature cellular aging, you can switch lanes.

One study has found that people who tend to focus their minds more on what they are currently doing have longer telomeres than people whose minds tend to wander more.

“A wandering mind is an unhappy mind.”

TELOMERES ARE THE PROTECTORS OF OUR CHROMOSOMES. The shorter your telomeres, the higher your risk of dying from cancer, cardiovascular disease, and of dying at younger ages generally, known as all-cause mortality

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TELOMERASE are the solution of telomere shrinkage. Telomerase is the enzyme responsible for restoring the DNA lost during cell divisions. Telomerase makes and replenishes telomeres.

STRESS AND TELOMERE

Your cells are listening to your thoughts. People who respond to stress by feeling overly threatened have shorter telomeres than people who face stress with a rousing sense of challenge.

The more stress you are under, the shorter your telomeres and the lower your telomerase levels. It also meant that our life experiences, and the way we respond to those events, can change the lengths of our telomeres. In other words, we can change the way that we age, at the most elemental, cellular level.

Stress is unavoidable. How much of it can we handle before our telomeres are damaged? A consistent lesson from the past decade of studies—and a lesson that echoes what the caregivers taught us—is that stress and telomeres have a Dose-response relationship. If you drink alcohol, you’re familiar with dose and response. An occasional glass of wine with dinner is rarely harmful to your health and may even be beneficial, as long as you’re not drinking and driving. Drink several glasses of wine or whiskey, night after night, and the story changes. As you “dose” yourself with more and more alcohol, the poisonous effects of alcohol take over, damaging your liver, heart, and digestive system and putting you at risk for cancer and other serious health problems. The more you drink, the more damage you do.

Stress and telomeres have a similar relationship. A small dose of stress does not endanger your telomeres. In fact, short-term, manageable stressors can be good for you, because they build your coping muscles. You develop skills and confidence that you can handle challenges. Physiologically, short-term stress can even boost your cells’ health (a phenomenon called hormesis, or toughening). The ups and downs of daily life are usually not wearing to your telomeres. But a high dose of chronic stress that wears on for years and years will take its toll.

SHORTER TELOMERE: Weaker immune system, More inflammation, Cell senescent and death, Disease tissues, Cancer, Aging, Disease and poor survival

PURPOSE IN LIFE AND HEALTHY TELOMERE:

When you have a sense of purpose, you wake up in the morning with a sense of mission, and it’s easier to make decisions and plans. The people with the strongest sense of purpose in life had a more resilient stress response, less reactivity, and faster recovery.

Stronger feelings of life purpose are also related to reduced risk of stroke and improved functioning of immune cells. Life purpose is even linked to less belly fat and lower insulin sensitivity. In addition, having a higher purpose in life may inspire us to take better care of ourselves. People with greater purpose tend to get more lifesaving tests to detect early disease (such as prostate exams and mammograms), and when they do get sick, they stay in the hospital fewer days.

“The purpose of life is not to be happy—but to matter, to be productive, to be useful, to have it make some difference that you lived at all.”

People high in self-compassion react to stress with lower levels of stress hormones, and they have less anxiety and depression. It is found that women who wake up with feelings of joy have more telomerase.

DEPRESSION AND ANXIETY EFFECTS ON TELOMERE:

Clinical depression and anxiety are linked to shorter telomeres—and the more severe these disorders are, the shorter your telomeres. Heart disease, high blood pressure, and diabetes all develop earlier and faster in people with depression and anxiety. Good news is when the anxiety is resolved and the person feels better, telomeres eventually return to a normal length.

Depressed people have shorter telomeres but more telomerase in their immune cells. Give depressed people an antidepressant (an SSRI), and their high telomerase levels climb up even further! The more that telomerase goes up, the more likely it is that their depression will lift.

Depression is characterized by being stuck in the “doing mode” mind-set, including ruminative thoughts, which create a vicious cycle.

There are two basic modes of thinking, MBCT(Mindfulness based cognitive therapy) teaches- DOING MODE AND BEING MODE. There is the “doing mode,” which is what we do when we’re trying to get out of the gap between how life is and how we want it to be. But there is another mode, and that is the “being mode.” In the being mode, you can more easily control where you put your attention. Instead of frantically striving to change things, you can choose to do little things that bring you pleasure, and things that help you feel masterful and in control. Because “being” also allows you to pay more attention to people, you can more fully connect with them—a state that typically brings humans the most joy and contentment. Have you ever experienced the contentment of focusing all your attention on a small task, such as cleaning out a messy drawer? That’s what being mode feels like.

METABOLISM AND TELOMERE:

What really appears to matter to telomeres is your metabolic health. Insulin resistance and belly fat are your real enemies. IT’S THE BELLY, NOT THE BMI. Abdominal fat is more inflammatory than, say, thigh fat. The fat cells secrete proinflammatory substances that damage the cells of the immune system, making them senescent and shortening their telomeres.

Improving your metabolic health is more important than losing weight. Instead of dieting by restricting calories, focus on being physically active and eating nutritious foods.

INTENSIVE LIFESTYLE CHANGE FOR HEALHY TELOMERE:

  1. Stress reduction
  2. Nutrition
  3. Exercise and recovery
  4. Sleep
  5. Social support

RENEWALE LAB

1.Stress reduction:
  • Three minute breathing break– The lifetime of an emotion, even a very unpleasant one, is no longer than ninety seconds—unless you try to chase it away or engage with it. Then it lasts longer. It shifts your thinking away from self-focus and the doing mode and moves it toward the peaceful being mode.
  • A heart focused meditation-When we breathe in, our heart rate goes up. When we exhale, our heart rate goes down. By having a longer exhalation than inhalation, we can slow our heart rate more, and we can also stimulate the vagus nerve. Breathing into our lower belly (abdominal breathing) stimulates the sensory pathways of the vagus nerve that go directly to our brain, which has an even more calming effect.
  • Kirtan Kriya is a more traditional form of meditation from yoga principles that involves chanting and tapping of the fingers (called yoga mudras). Kirtan Kriya works by putting you into a state of deep concentration and producing a calm, integrated state of body and mind. Afterward, your mind feels sharper and refreshed, as if you’ve just awakened from a great night’s sleep.
  • Yoga improves quality of life and mood for people across different types of illnesses, reduces blood pressure, and possibly inflammation and lipids. Yoga has recently been shown to increase spine bone density if practiced long term.
2. Nutrition:

A whole-foods diet that features fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, legumes, and omega-3 fatty acids is not only good for your telomeres, it also helps reduce oxidative stress, inflammation, and insulin resistance. People with higher blood levels of omega 3, vitamin D,vitamins C and E have longer telomeres.

To get sufficient antioxidants in your diet, eat plenty of -especially citrus, berries, apples, plums, carrots, green leafy vegetables, tomatoes, and, in smaller portions, potatoes (red or white, with the skin on). Other plant-based sources of antioxidants are beans, nuts, seeds, whole grains, and green tea.

Choose more foods high in fiber, antioxidants, and flavenoids, like fruits and vegetables. Include foods high in omega-3, like seaweed and fish. Choose less refined sugars and red meat.

THREE CELLULAR ENEMIES- Inflammation, Insulin resistance, and Oxidative stress

MINDFUL EATING:

  • Breathe. Bring your awareness to your entire body. Ask yourself: How physically hungry am I right now?
  • Rate your physical hunger on the scale of 1-10
  • When you do eat, fully savor the taste of the food and the experience of eating.
  • Pay attention to the hunger in your stomach, to the physical sensations of fullness and distention (“listening to the stretch receptors.”)
3. Exercise and recovery:

Exercise reduces oxidative stress and inflammation. Exercise Can Keep You in the Healthspan Longer. Two kinds of exercise stood out. Moderate aerobic endurance exercise, performed three times a week for forty-five minutes at a time, for six months, increased telomerase activity twofold. So did high-intensity interval training (HIIT), in which short bursts of heart-pounding activity are alternated with periods of recovery.

Exercise releases a newly identified hormone, Irisin, that boosts metabolism and in one study was associated with longer telomeres. Moderate exercise and fitness are clearly wonderful for telomeres.

Overtraining is not good for your telomere. Overtraining is defined by too much training time relative to rest and recovery. And it happens when you don’t support your body with enough rest, nutrition, and sleep. Some warning signs of overtraining include fatigue, moodiness, irritability, trouble sleeping, and susceptibility to injuries and illness. The cure is rest!

What is good for one person may be harmful to another. Overtraining initially creates additional oxidative stress in the body.

Exercise charges up the cell clean-up crew, so that cells have less junk build-up, more efficient mitochondria, and fewer free radicals.

If you have a high-stress life, exercise is not just good for you. It is essential. It protects you from stress-shortened telomeres.

4. Sleep:

Set Your Biological Clock. Telomeres need their sleep. Like a delicate, handmade timepiece, the SCN(Suprachiasmatic nuclei) is highly sensitive. It needs information from you to keep itself well-tuned. SCN regulates your circadian rhythms.

Light signals, which are transmitted directly to the SCN through the optic nerve, allow the SCN to set itself to a proper day/night cycle. By getting light exposure during the day, and by dimming the lights at night, you keep your SCN on schedule.

Sleep is crucial to your mind, your metabolism, and your mood. Long sleep means long telomeres. If you feel sleepy during the day, you need more sleep at night .It’s Not Just Hours in Bed, Sleep Quality, Regularity, and Rhythm matters.

Your body also depends on deep, restorative REM sleep to regulate your appetite. During REM sleep, cortisol is suppressed, and your metabolic rate increases. When you don’t sleep well, you get less REM in the second half of the night, and that results in higher levels of cortisol and insulin, which stimulate appetite and lead to greater insulin resistance. In plain terms, this means that a bad night of sleep can throw you into a temporary prediabetic state.

5. Social support:

Social world shapes our telomere. People in neighborhoods with low social cohesion and who live in fear of crime have greater cellular aging in comparison to residents of communities that are the most trusting and safe.

To ensure healthy Telomere: eat lightly ,eat wholesome, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” – .

Reference:

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Depression and the lifestyle intervention

Natural forces within us are the true healers of disease” -Hippocrates

Depression is not a disease, it’s a symptom of poor lifestyle. Thinking that depression is a disease is a myth that will bring you a lot of suffering. If you struggle with feeling hopeless, sad, foggy, or mentally fragile, you’re not alone. Now a days depression has been the world’s number one public problem, like common cold. But there is grim difference between depression and a common cold. Depression can kill you, fortunately, it is also treatable.

“You can change the way you feel by changing your lifestyle”

Depression don’t hit you overnight. Body throws tantrum after extreme exhaustion and fatigue. Unhealthy lifestyles and depression are highly interrelated.

Let’s say from few days you are observing few symptoms- feeling low, fatigue, mood swings, emotionally imbalance, loss of appetite, despair …… and you go to see your doctor to find out what’s wrong with you?

UH OHHHH … you are back with depression diagnosis and few antidepressants. Case closed! But it isn’t.

For an example-You and your friend both have headache. Your headache is due to too much of drinking wine and your friend’s headache is from being hit on the wall. Both symptoms are same but root cause is different.

Obviously, these two chronic headaches can’t be cured in the same way, because their root causes are different. Ultimately, drugs like antidepressants don’t cure the disease; they just mask the symptoms. It makes things worst with side effects

Functional approaches take a radically different approach to depression; it tries to understand what creates it at the first level.

Your depression is not in your head. It is in your body .When you fix your body, you fix your broken brain. Your energy, memory, focus, and your joy will all increase. Depression will fade away like a bad dream.

“Udaram Vyadhi Mandiram”- Ayurveda (The stomach is abode of all disease)

“All disease begins in the gut”-Hippocrates

If your stomach is depressed ,so you are! Emerging research, reveals a gut-brain connection and depression.  Gut is your second brain. Your healing starts in your gut. Take care of your gut, your gut will take care of you.

Depression symptoms can vary from mild to severe and can include:

  1. Feeling sad or having a depressed mood
  2. Loss of interest or pleasure in activities once enjoyed
  3. Changes in appetite — weight loss or gain unrelated to dieting
  4. Trouble sleeping or sleeping too much
  5. Loss of energy or increased fatigue
  6. Increase in purposeless physical activity (e.g., hand-wringing or pacing) or slowed movements and speech (actions observable by others)
  7. Feeling worthless or guilty
  8. Difficulty thinking, concentrating or making decisions
  9. Thoughts of death or suicide

The solution involves balancing the seven core systems

  1. Optimize nutrition
  2. Balance hormones
  3. Cool off inflammation
  4. Fix digestion
  5. Enhance detoxification
  6. Boost energy metabolism
  7. Calm the mind

When you struggle with depression, here are some checklist before you work-

  • Do you have low thyroid function?
  • Do you have a vitamin D deficiency?
  • Do you have a folic acid or B12 deficiency?
  • Do you have a deficiency of omega-3 fats?
  • Do you have Gluten allergies?
  • Do you have inflammation? 
  • Do you have gut issues– leaky gut, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), small intestinal bacterial overgrowth (SIBO)
  • Do you have hormonal imbalances?

Its simple you eliminate things that cause imbalances in core systems and provide your body with the things it needs to heal.

Life style intervention:

  1. Get your Thyroid tested.
  2. Eat whole, real food. Feed your brain and body with a nutrient-dense, whole, fresh, plant-based diet that includes plenty of protein and healthy fats. Your brain is about 60 percent fat, so it makes sense eating plenty of healthy fats (and including anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids) and protein can help heal your brain.
  3. Remove gluten and dairy products. Gluten and casein  found in dairy products has adverse effects on depression.
  4. Eat anti-inflammatory food and omega 3 rich food.
  5. Cut out sugar. 
  6. Exercise and meditate regularly.
  7. Get enough sleep
  8. Take the right nutrients and supplements- Omega 3, Magnesium Citrate, saffron, coffee, Coconut oil, Folate rich food, Vitamin D, Vitamin B12, Vitamin C.
  9. Make time for creativity.
  10. Focus on AMP(Autonomy, mastery and purpose)
  11. Take active rest and vacation

Magnesium the antidote for depression:

Think of magnesium as the relaxation mineral. Anything that is tight, irritable, crampy, and stiff — whether it is a body part or an even a mood — is a sign of magnesium deficiency. You don’t have to be in the hospital to get magnesium. You can start taking regular magnesium supplementation today and see results.

This critical mineral is actually responsible for over 300 enzyme reactions and is found in all of your tissues — but mainly in your bones, muscles, and brain. You must have it for your cells to make energy, for many different chemical pumps to work, to stabilize membranes, and to help muscles relax.

Omega 3 fatty acid and depression

Omega 3 are incredibly important for their many functions within the body, especially brain. Most studies are showing that omega-3s may be helpful in treating some forms of depression. Your brain needs the type of fatty acids that are in omega-3s for proper functioning. It’s believed by some that those who experience depression may not have enough EPA and DHA.

In 2009 researchers reviewed data from three studies that used EPA in the treatment of three different types of depression: recurrent major depression in adultsmajor depression in children, and bipolar depression. The large majority of subjects taking EPA in all types showed significant improvement and benefited from the EPA as compared to those with a placebo.

Meditation ,GABA and depression:

Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) is an amino acid and neurotransmitter that is naturally produced in the brain through meditation, yoga and exercise. GABA is the primary neurotransmitter responsible for providing calming effects. Research has found that people who experience major depression often have lower levels of the chemical. GABA also plays a role in regulating the immune system, appetite, and metabolism. When a person has low neurotransmitter activity, the result can be anxiety, depression, insomnia, and chronic stress.

Cold shower and depression:

Taking a cold shower for up to 5 minutesdaily or 2 to 3 times per week , was shown to help relieve symptoms of stress and depression in a clinical trial. For people with depression, cold showers can work as a kind of gentle electroshock therapy. The cold water sends many electrical impulses to your brain. By getting more noradrenaline, your brain releases more happy hormones into the body.

Sunlight ,serotonin and depression:

Sunlight and darkness trigger the release of hormones in your brain. Exposure to sunlight is thought to increase the brain’s release of a hormone called serotonin. Serotonin is associated with boosting mood and helping a person feel calm and focused. At night, darker lighting triggers the brain to make another hormone called melatonin. This hormone is responsible for helping you sleep.

Without enough sun exposure, your serotonin levels can dip. Low levels of serotonin are associated with a higher risk of depression

Sunlight cues special areas in retina that triggers the release of serotonin. So, sungazing and sunning seems to be beneficial in depression.

Give yourself phototherapy to heal!

Vitamin D and depression:

Studies shows that vitamin D deficiency – sunshine vitamin and depression may travel together, and that filling up the ” vitamin D tank” may help relieve some of the symptoms. Vitamin D insufficiency (≤20 ng/mL) has been associated with depression. If your depression is severe, you are more likely to benefit from correcting an insufficiency.

High antioxidant coconut oil and depression:

Coconut oil is made up of a mixture of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. The oil contains close to 12 g of saturated fat per tablespoon. This makes up nearly 60 percent of your daily recommended saturated fat intake. It contains about 6 g of lauric acid, a type of medium-chain fatty acid.

Studies shown that using a high quality virgin coconut oil can rival anti-depressant drugs without the dangerous side effects. It is encouraging to see researchers consider natural foods as alternatives, given the fact that they do not have all the serious side effects that psychiatric drugs do.

One area where virgin coconut oil really outperformed was in the area of oxidation and elimination of free radicals. 

Stress is known to increase oxidative stress, leading to neurological damage and death. Antioxidant and anti stress coconut oil , on the other hand, reverse this trend and help prevent further neurological damage and depression.

Attached testimonial on depression from one of my client from Delhi;

DISCLAIMER: If you are at risk for suicide, or other harm or injury, please do not try and treat it on your own. There is help. 

References:

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/46674.Feeling_Good

https://www.lifehack.org/375978/cold-shower-powerful-way-to-improve-your-mental-health

https://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/health/cold-shower-benefits

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_ERDxxzvQE

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/news/20021205/unraveling-suns-role-in-depression

https://www.jabfm.org/content/28/2/249

https://www.jabfm.org/content/28/2/249

https://examine.com/nutrition/vitamin-d-and-depression/

Iodine- A Magic Bullet

“Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity”

—Hippocrates

Are you fatigue all the time? Feel cold? Do you feel that your brain is scrambled and you are suffering from brain fog? Do you constantly gain weight even when you are working hard? Do you feel less energetic?Then you need to know more about Iodine-the noteworthy element in Holistic wellness. So far ,Iodine is the most misunderstood nutrient.

We’ve become iodine deficient since the 1970’s because the anti iodine bromine has purged iodine from our bodies! The Iodine deficiency, may account for why more people are sick, IQ’s are dropping while thyroid and other diseases continue to worsen. Obesity may not have to do with overeating as much as a bromine-caused metabolic slow-down that causes weight gain.

“Everybody knows certain environmental toxins cause cancer. What people don’t know is these toxins also make you “sick, fat and stupid.”-Lynne Farrow

Where are bromines?

One of the main reasons everyone is so deficient in iodine is due to the fact that toxic halogens like fluoride, chlorine and bromine , are present in everywhere in our environment. There is Fluoride in your toothpaste, chlorine in public drinking water and Bromine in flour, food additives, fire-retardants, pesticides, certain foods and sodas, drugs and personal care products. what they do? They deplete Iodine by sitting on their receptors.

Iodine consumption has decreased 50 percent since the 1970’s after the discovery of Penicillin. When patent antibiotics penicillin came into use after World War II,Iodine was considered “old-fashioned,” a cardinal sin in the medical community.Iodine deficiency diseases of the breast, prostate and thyroid, have increased during that time.Iodine deficiency in pregnant women is producing less intelligent children.

Iodine is an essential micro-nutrient. This means it is needed in small amounts by every cell in the body.It is vulnerable to environmental toxins such as bromide, pesticides and food additives….

From medical records in 1906, iodine was considered “The Universal Medicine”and used to treat:

  • Goiter
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Uterine fibroid
  • Mercury and lead poisoning
  • Swollen glands
  • Bronchitis and Pneumonia
  • Obesity and depression
  • Breast cancer
  • Ovarian cysts
  • Tonsillitis
  • Cough
  • Brain fog
  • Fatigueness
  • Psoriasis
  • Hypothyroidism
  • Digestive problem
  • As a first aid
  • Hair loss
  • Menstrual irregularities
  • Fertility problem
  • Improving libido

Think you get enough iodine in your salt? Are you sure? Iodine in iodized salt begins evaporating as soon as the salt is opened, and is depleted over time—and the government RDA for iodine doesn’t make sense.

The notion that refined iodized salt is sufficient is the most dangerous misconception about iodine. From the time iodized salt leaves the factory until it gets on grocery store shelves, half of the original iodide content is lost. Because once iodized salt is opened in your home, the iodine “sublimes” or escapes into the air in varying degrees, depending on humidity. After all that, when ingested, only 10 percent of the iodine in salt is absorbable. Then, after all that, again, women should be concerned that the “iodine” in salt is actually iodide. Iodine is preferred by the breasts, thus a combination of iodine and iodide is generally used. Also, cooking destroys iodine!

So—short answer: No, you can’t get enough iodine from iodized salt because you can’t be sure if you’re actually getting iodine—how much or what kind.

The RDA appears to be calculated from how much iodine the thyroid needs to avoid goiter. The requirements of the other organs aren’t factored into the number. Additionally, the effect of iodine-blocking polluters was never considered when 150 mcg was established.

Iodine and Thyroid

Iodine supports thyroid function. Every cell in the body depends upon thyroid hormones for regulation of their metabolism and thyroid hormone depends on Iodine. The function of the thyroid gland is to take iodine, and convert it into thyroid hormones: T4 and T3

Thyroid cells are the only cells in the body which can absorb iodine. These cells combine iodine to make T3 and T4. T3 and T4 are then released into the blood stream and are transported throughout the body where they control metabolism (conversion of oxygen and calories to energy).

Iodine is an essential mineral commonly found in sea foods. The human body cannot produce iodine, which is why it is important to include iodine-rich foods in the diet.Your thyroid gland uses it to make thyroid hormones, which help control growth, repair damaged cells and support a healthy metabolism.Unfortunately, up to a third of people worldwide are at risk of an iodine deficiency.

Those at the highest risk include-People who follow a vegetarian or vegan diet. An iodine deficiency can cause uncomfortable and even severe symptoms. They include depression,fatiguness and low energy,hair loss, diabetes, low libido, breast cancer, brain fog, pregnancy-related issues, weight gain and learning difficulties. Since iodine is used to make thyroid hormones, an iodine deficiency means your body can’t make enough of them, leading to hypothyroidism.

Signs and symptoms of Iodine deficiency-

  • Reduced thyroid hormone production and hypothyroidism
  • Goiter (enlarged thyroid gland)
  • Intellectual disability
  • Abnormal weight gain
  • Decreased fertility
  • Brain fog
  • Decreased libido
  • Fatigue and low energy
  • Constipation
  • Depression
  • Stunted infant growth

“When I was a young student, iodine and potassium iodine were a universal medicine. Nobody knew how they worked, but we knew it worked exceptionally well”.

-Dr Albert Szent Gyorgyi (Nobel laureate who discovered Vitamin C)

Benefits of Iodine

  • Balances hormones by enhancing your thyroid health.So, no more thyroid and other hormonal problems.
  • No more brain fog and fatigueness. Helps Your Brain to Stay Sharp.
  • Improves your focus.
  • Clear thinking.
  • Helps to Stabilize Your Mood
  • Iodine was prescribed as a broad-spectrum antibiotic until pharmaceutical antibiotics were created. It works without harming the good gut bacteria, so it doesn’t weaken the immune system. It is particularly useful against food poisoning.
  • A natural antiseptic
  • A powerful antioxidant
  •  Raises IQ
  • Detoxifies Halogens and Heavy Metals
  • Cancer Prevention-The Japanese have among the lowest cancer rates in the world and they consume on average 13 milligrams of iodine per day.
  • Prevent Hair Loss
  • Prevent depression
  • Vital for Pregnancy
  • Improve your libido

My testimonial:

I am writing this blog because Iodine motivated me to do so and I am finding it a bit difficult to keep it to myself. I was introduced to Iodine by my mentor and now forwarding this powerful bullet .

My Health issues –

  • Serious brain fog
  • low energy
  • Poor memory
  • Thyroid issues
  • Severe hair fall
  • Mood swings and irritation
  • Irregular periods
  • Fatigue through out the day
  • Insomnia
  • Back pain
  • Asthma

These were the few problems I was dealing with ,with some more .I started my wellness journey in 2015 and here I am, ecstatically sharing my experiences . Now, I believe – You can’t be happy without being healthy!

With life style changes ,proper nourishment, good recovery, sufficient rest,restoration,healthy reading and predominantly under supervision and blessing of a good mentor, I got my health and wellness back.

Iodine has added new dimensions to my life. Now, I am full of life and energy, no more brain fog, feel charged through out the day, emotionally balanced, antifragile,clear, focused,relaxed,faster recovery,no more insomnia problem,better aerobic fitness, no more asthma symptoms, regular periods,healthy thyroid, improved memory……

Enjoying my wellness journey with IODINE. How about you?

References:

https://www.amazon.in/Iodine-Crisis-What-about-Wreck/dp/098603200X

https://decentpropaganda.com/why-use-lugols-iodine-and-how-to-use-it/

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/minerals/health-benefits-of-iodine.html

https://organixx.com/iodine-benefits/

Thyroid and lifestyle intervention

“The human body has been designed to resist an infinite number of changes and attacks brought about by its environment. The secret of good health lies in successful adjustment to changing stresses on the body.” – Harry J. Johnson

Thyroid is the most common chronic disease. Women are more likely than men to have thyroid diseases. Many parents are surprised to learn that thyroid problems are now very much common endocrine disorder among school-age kids,which is quite upsetting. The problem lies in our sedentary life style and eating habits. Changing your lifestyle , you can not only improve your thyroid but also can get rid of it.

Many of my clients are suffering from thyroid problem. By simple life style changes and functional approach,  with time not only their thyroid functions improved ,they are also back to  their normal life and enjoying  bountiful health. No more fatigues, constipation, weight gain,joint and muscle pain,puffy face,tiredness….

Before we talk about lifestyle changes by functional and holistic approach ,we need to know a little more about thyroid and its function.

What is thyroid?

Your thyroid is a small butterfly-shaped gland found at the base of your neck, just below your Adam’s apple. This gland makes thyroid hormone that travels in your blood to all parts of your body. The thyroid hormone controls your body’s metabolism in many ways, including how fast you burn calories and how fast your heart beats.

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When your thyroid makes either too much or too little of these important hormones, it’s called a thyroid disease. There are several different types of thyroid disease, including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism, thyroiditis .

What is hypothyroidism?

Hypothyroidism is when your thyroid does not make enough thyroid hormones. It is also called under active thyroid. This slows down many of your body’s functions, like your metabolism.

The most common cause of hypothyroidism  is Hashimoto’s disease. In people with Hashimoto’s disease, the immune system mistakenly attacks the thyroid. This attack damages the thyroid so that it does not make enough hormones.

Symptoms of hypothyroidism develop slowly, often over several years. At first, you may feel tired and sluggish. Later, you may develop other signs and symptoms of a slowed-down metabolism, including:

  • Feeling cold when other people do not
  • Constipation
  • Muscle weakness
  • Weight gain, even though you are not eating more food
  • Joint or muscle pain
  • Feeling sad or depressed
  • Feeling very tired
  • Pale, dry skin
  • Dry, thinning hair
  • Slow heart rate
  • Less sweating than usual
  • A puffy face
  • A hoarse voice
  • More than usual menstrual bleeding

What is hyperthyroidism?

Hyperthyroidism, or overactive thyroid, causes your thyroid to make more thyroid hormone than your body needs. This speeds up many of your body’s functions, like your metabolism and heart rate.

The most common cause of hyperthyroidism is Graves’ disease. Graves’ disease is a problem with the immune system.At first, you might not notice the signs or symptoms of hyperthyroidism. Symptoms usually begin slowly. But, over time, a faster metabolism can cause symptoms such as:

  • Weight loss, even if you eat the same or more food (most but not all people lose weight)
  • Eating more than usual
  • Pounding of your heart
  • Feeling nervous or anxious
  • Feeling irritable
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Trembling in your hands and fingers
  • Increased sweating
  • Feeling hot when other people do not
  • Muscle weakness
  • Diarrhea or more bowel movements than normal
  • Fewer and lighter menstrual periods than normal
  • Changes in your eyes that can include bulging of the eyes, redness, or irritation

Hyperthyroidism raises your risk for osteoporosis, a condition that causes weak bones that break easily. In fact, hyperthyroidism might affect your bones before you have any of the other symptoms of the condition.

Problems with the thyroid can be caused by: iodine deficiency.,autoimmune diseases, in which your immune system attacks your own body.

In women thyroid helps control your menstrual cycle. Too much or too little thyroid hormone can make your periods very light, heavy, or irregular. Thyroid disease also can cause your periods to stop for several months or longer, a condition called amenorrhea. If your body’s immune system causes thyroid disease, other glands, including your ovaries, may be involved. This can lead to early menopause.

You will be happy to learn that you may be able to treat autoimmune thyroid disease naturally by following a functional medicine approach. This means addressing the root cause of your issues and following some dietary and lifestyle strategies,

We  look for associated problems such as gluten intolerancefood allergies, and heavy metals, as well as deficiencies of vitamin D, selenium, vitamin A, zinc, and omega-3 fats. Correcting these problems requires an integrative approach. It involves more than simply taking a thyroid pill. As you’ll see, it involves nutritional support, exercise, stress reduction, supplements, reducing inflammation, and sometimes eliminating certain foods and detoxification from heavy metals.

Experiencing a lot of stress, sleeping very little, and eating junk food seems to be the norm in today’s fast-paced world. The problem is that such a lifestyle leads to inflammation and health issues, including autoimmune thyroid disease.

The functional medicine approach to autoimmune thyroid treatment requires dietary changes, adopting some lifestyle strategies, and appropriate supplementation to support your body.

Life style changes and functional approach 

“You can’t control what goes on outside, but you CAN control what goes on inside.”

Eliminate the causes of thyroid problems:

Carefully consider things that may interfere with your thyroid function and eliminate them. Diet is a good place to begin.

There are some misleading facts that soy foods and the broccoli family (broccoli, cabbage, kale, Brussels sprouts, and collard greens) have all been said to cause thyroid dysfunction, but they also have many other health benefits. Research on these foods to date has been less than conclusive. In one study, rats fed high concentrations of soy had problems with their thyroid.

The take-home message: If you are a rat, stay away from tofu. Human studies have shown no significant effect when soy is consumed in normal quantities(Dr Mark Hyman)

Check Gluten sensitivity:

Besides doing the blood test for gluten sensitivity, you can simply eliminate gluten from your diet for three weeks. If your symptoms go away, you have a clue that your system might not like this food. If you want to take this self-test a step further, reintroduce gluten into your diet and see if your symptoms recur. If they do, that is another major clue

Eat Foods That Provide Nutritional Support for Your Thyroid, and Avoid Those That Don’t:

Every step on your road to healing and weight loss depends on proper nutrition and using food to communicate the right information to your genes. Treating your thyroid is no exception. Choose foods that offer nutritional support for your thyroid.

The production of thyroid hormones requires :iodine and omega-3 fatty acids; converting the inactive T4 to the active T3 requires selenium; and both the binding of T3 to the receptor on the nucleus and switching it on require vitamins A and D, as well as zinc.

Thyroid-boosting foods include: seaweed and sea vegetables, which contain iodine. Fish (especially sardines and salmon) contains iodine, omega-3 fats, and vitamin D. Dandelion, mustard, and other dark leafy greens contain vitamin A. Smelt, herring, scallops, Brazil nuts contain selenium and coconut oil contain MCTs namely lauric acid.

Repair Your Gut:

Support your gut with a high fiber-rich and nutrient-dense diet. Eat plenty of probiotic-rich foods, and take probiotic supplements to support your gut flora.

Clean Up Your Diet:

Remove inflammatory foods, such as refined sugar, refined vegetable oils, processed foods, unhealthy fats, gluten, conventional dairy, animal products and any foods to which you may be sensitive. Instead, eat plenty of anti-inflammatory foods, such as greens, vegetables, fruits, spices ,herbs ,healthy fats and clean protein.

Lower Toxicity:

Our modern world is full of toxins that create inflammation and disease in your body. Minimize toxic exposure by using organic and natural cleaning and beauty products, reducing the use of plastics, avoiding smoking and second-hand smoke and spending time in nature.

Exercise Regularly:

Regular exercise supports your immune system and overall well-being. Aim to exercise 20 to 30 minutes five times a week and to move your body regularly. Get up and stretch at work. Go for a walk during lunch. Play outdoors with your kids or pets. Exercise stimulates thyroid gland secretion and increases tissue sensitivity to thyroid hormones throughout the body. Ideally, you will want to sweat, and the exercise should be vigorous

Relieve Stress:

Managing your stress levels is absolutely essential for a healthy immune system. Avoid stress as much as possible. Learn skills that help you to react to stressful situations more effectively. Engage in relaxing activities, including yoga, meditation, journaling, breath work, and nature walks. A common form of chronic stress – adrenal gland exhaustion or burnout – particularly becomes dangerous for hypothyroidism. Adrenal gland exhaustion occurs when your adrenal glands are unable to keep up with the physiological needs created by stress. To remedy this chronic stress, incorporate what I call active relaxation

“To ensure good health: eat lightly, breathe deeply, live moderately, cultivate cheerfulness, and maintain an interest in life.” -William Londen

Practice Restorative Sleep Habits Every Night:

 

Don’t get confused- Recovery with Rest. Recovery is an active process and rest is an passive process. For recovery you need to nourish your body and get mindful restorative sleep. Whereas for rest ,you just need to grab a coffee ,cookies and social media. It’s not necessary, that if you are resting means you are recovering. Getting regular quality sleep is essential for your overall well-being. Make sure to sleep 7 to 8 hours a night. Support your sleep cycle by having a regular bedtime. Develop a relaxing night-time routine that works for you to calm your mind and ease your body before bed. Meditation, journaling, light stretching, and a calming cup of chamomile tea are great ideas.

Use Supplements That Support Your Thyroid:

Key nutrients for healthy thyroid function includes basic supplement recommendations, including a multivitamin and mineral supplement that contains selenium, iodine, zinc, vitamins A and D, and omega 3 fats (fish oil).

One warning is that if your adrenal glands are burned out from long-term stress, treating the thyroid without supporting the adrenal glands through relaxation and adaptogenic herbs (such as ginseng, Ashwagandtha (indian ginseng) , or Siberian ginseng) can actually make you feel worse.

“Be your own thyroid warrior”!

 

Bulletproof lifestyle

Is your battery fully charged or low?! I am talking about your cellular battery,not your mobile cell battery!

In modern age we are bombarded with many information and often juggling too many balls in air at a time ,which leads to stress and so many overwhelming health issues such as blood pressure, diabetes, metabolic syndrome, heart attack, insomnia, depression and the list goes on.

We are taking extra care of our cell battery but what about our cellular battery?! In this super duper disruptive modern age ,we find it difficult to take out time to recharge and skillfully blame our biological process.

Don’t be a frog in burning water who don’t know when to jump!

To reprogram yourself for the bulletproof lifestyle we need to – UNPLUG- RECHARGE-RESET .

Only thinking is not going to help you ,you have to put things in action. You need to change your environment,make powerful decisions,remove everything that conflicts with your decisions,resist triggers and temptations(food,technology….) and make positive choices automatic.

“BE- DO AND HAVE”

Life is all about balance and being in tune with your mind and body, will help you to achieve the equilibrium.

To reprogram yourself for the bulletproof lifestyle–Challenges,Affirmations, visualization,imagination,belief system,action,determination, and learning is vital.

“Don’t join an easy crowd; you won’t grow. Go where the expectations and the demands to perform are high”- Jim Rohan

When you challenge yourself you feel more alive and happier.Remove the gravitational force, which is pulling you back!

Who you are?!

You would be surprised to know that,you are trillions of micro-organism living in a colony. If they are in harmony, so you are and if they are fucked off , then think who you would be ?! Your body is just a Petri-dish ,where these microorganism survives and thrives.

BIO-HACKS FOR LIVING A BULLETPROOF LIFE;

  1. Fix your gut health
  2. Metabolic relaxation day
  3. Exercise
  4. Meditation
  5. Resting and recovering

FIX YOUR GUT HEALTH

Udaram vyadhi Mandi(The stomach is abode of all disease)
“All disease begins in the gut”- Hippocrates

Do your body function as a whole or in units? And if it function as a whole then why there are so many specialists in conventional medicine?! In ancient Ayurveda days, there used to be only one doctor ( Vadhay/Hakim) for all your problems.Now ,one patient ,too many doctors and the terrible expense of overspecialization. Conventional medicine now a days seems to be an uncoordinated mess!

“Maybe you are searching among the branches, for what only appears in the roots”- Rumi

There is 500 species and three pounds of bacteria in your gut which helps digest food, regulate hormones, excrete toxins and produce vitamins and other healing compounds. SMARTEST DOCTOR IS YOUR BODY . We all are blessed with a super power inner pharmacy which can be activated by FARMACY.

Your inner tube of life is your digestive system. Two wolf in your digestive system- Good bacteria and bad/wrong bacteria, whom you feed the most will grow and take the lead of your health. Processed foods are the treat for bad bacteria whereas whole unprocessed foods,probiotic,prebiotic,fermented foods are the treat for good bacteria.

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Your gut is your “second brain”. Did you know that your gut contains more neurotransmitters than your brain? In fact, the gut has a brain of its own. It is called the “enteric nervous system”. Messages constantly travel back and forth between your gut-brain and when those messages are interfered with inflammations caused due to oxidative stress ,your health will suffer.

Your healthy gut bacterial determines what nutrients are to be absorbed and what toxins ,allergens and microbes are to be thrown out. Your gut must break down all the food you eat into its individual components, separate out the vitamins and minerals, and shuttle everything across the one cell thick layer so it can get into your bloodstream and nourish your body and brain.

Your gut has to get rid of all the toxins produced as byproducts of your metabolism, if things get backed up when you are constipated, you will become toxic and your health will suffer.Your body is in harmony and biologically function well, only ,when it has to deal with less oxidative stress and less inflammation and when the insulin level is balanced.

Your bad/wrong bacteria ,with time ,has potential to make you sick and overweight.

Your gut has quite lot to manage. Even in a perfect world ,it is hard to keep all of this in balance. But ,in our modern world, there are endless obstacles that can knock our digestive system off balance ,making it much more difficult to maintain excellent digestive system.

There is gut immune system in your body. Your entire immune system and the rest of your body is protected from the toxic environment in your gut by a lining that is only one cell thick layer. If that barrier is damaged, you will get sick, your immune will become overactive, and it will begin producing inflammation throughout your body.

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How to know if your gut is out of balance

To fix your digestion ,you first need to understand what is sending your gut out of balance in the first place-

  • Our low fiber ,high sugar ,processed nutrient poor ,high calorie diet, which causes all the wrong bacteria and yeast to grow in our gut and damages the ecosystem in your intestines.
  • Overuse of medications that damage the gut or block normal digestive function.
  • Undetected gluten intolerance ,food allergies to foods such as dairy ,eggs ,or corn.
  • Toxins like mercury and mold toxins, which damage the gut.
  • STRESS ,which can alter the gut nervous system, causes leaky gut, and change the normal bacteria in the gut.

Steps to improve gut micro-biome-

  • Eat whole, unprocessed foods. Make sure to include plenty of “FIBER” from foods like vegetables ,beans, nuts, seeds, and whole grains.
  • Eliminate food allergies.
  • Take broad spectrum digestive enzymes food. Foods that contain natural digestive enzymes include pineapples, papayas, mangoes, honey, bananas, avocados, kefir, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kiwifruit and ginger. Adding any of these foods to your diet may help promote digestion and better gut health.
  • Rebuild your rain forest of friendly gut bacteria by taking probiotics , prebiotics, fermented foods. and less stress.
  • Get good fat. Take extra omega 3,which help cool inflammation in the gut
  • Heal your gut lining. Use gut-healing nutrients such as glutamine and zinc to repair the lining in your gut so it can resume its normal function.
  • Take butyrate high food. Good bacteria thrives on butyrate. Butyrate lowers inflammation and heals the gut.

PROBIOTIC – Probiotics are live microorganisms that have health benefits when consumed. Probiotics- which are usually beneficial bacteria – provide all sorts of powerful benefits for your body and brain. Probiotic foods- Yogurt, lassi, kefir, buttermilk, sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, pickles,some types of cheese,Natto, soyasauce.

PREBIOTIC– Prebiotics are fibers and natural sugars that stimulate the good bacteria in the gut. Prebiotics help beneficial bacteria grow in the gut. They work with probiotics, which are healthful bacteria or yeasts, to improve health. Prebiotic foods- Vegetables(onion, garlic,spring onion, cabbage), legumes(chick peas, red kidney beans, baked beans, soyabeans) Lentils, fruits( apple, unripened banana, custard apples, watermelon,grape fruits),bran ,barley, nuts and seeds.

BUTYRATE RICH FOOD – Butyrate promote the growth of beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract. Butyrate can be found naturally in several foods. Butyrate high food are grass feed butter, ghee, sweet potatoes carrot, pumpkin, seeds and nuts, all fruits and veggies with low GI.

Fixing your digestion may take some time, but it can be done. And its absolutely essential if you want to achieve vibrant health. So, listen your gut’s tantrum( constipation,loose stool…) and work on your inner tube.

METABOLIC RELAXATION DAY –Fasting without fear

  • As the name suggests,it is a relaxing ,holidaying and rejuvenating day of your metabolism process. On these days your body recovers and heals from all type of common (physical,mental,environmental),chronic, or oxidative stress.
  • It is a delicious recipe for fat loss and is an excellent elixir.
  • He who eats until he is sick must fast until he is well”. There is always hidden sweetness in empty stomach.
  • The powerful tool to drive inflammation level down.
  • Loading the stomach with all junks is not less than a criminal act.
  • Our basic problem today is that our digestive capacity or fire is diminishing and our consumption is increasing.
  • Our ancestors circumstances and lifestyle gifted them “Metabolic flexibility and our lifestyle have gifted us Metabolic inflexibility
  • Click the following link if you want to explore MRD more-(METABOLIC RELAXATION DAY)

Improve Metabolic Flexibility

  • Control your carb intake
  • Take good fat
  • Practice MRD
  • Sleep/Nap
  • Increase fiber intake
  • Exercise regularly
  • Stay hydrated
  • Monitor your stress levels
  • Track insulin and glucose levels
  • Supplementation

BENEFITS OF MRD

  • MRD can help you to lose belly fat by increasing the metabolism and maintain healthy body weight i.e. your lean muscle mass and bone density.
  • Blood levels of insulin drop significantly ,which facilitates fat burning.
  • The blood levels of growth hormone increase as much as 5 fold. Higher the level of growth hormone higher the fat burning and muscle gain.
  • Lower insulin level and higher growth hormone in blood increase fat burning process.
  • The body induces Autophagy ( imp cellular repair process) ,which removes toxin from our body.
  • It changes the gene expression
  • MRD switchs your body from sugar burner to a fat burner.
  • MRD can effectively reduce oxidative stress and inflammation
  • Most impressive benefits is it keeps your heart healthy by increasing HDL and decreasing LDL and Triglycerides
  • It boost your mitochondrial function and increases your life span.
  • It increases level of BDNF( Brain derived neurotrophic factor) and promotes neurogenesis. BDNF is an extremely fantastic fertilizer for your brain. Deficiency of BDNF can lead to depression and other brain related problem.BDNF prevents brain aging and enhances cognitive functions
  • Balance Ghrelin and Leptin

Note – It is imp to eat mostly healthy foods during your eating window. This won’t work if you eat junk food or excessive amounts of calories.

EXERCISE

  • Your exercise should be safe, intense, and purposeful.
  • Do exercise with full intention,attention and awareness.
  • HIIT(High intensity interval training) improves your metabolism and mitochondrial health.
  • Resistance training helps you to build lean muscle mass and bone density. With improved metabolism and lean muscle mass you are able to burn fat even when you are sleeping.
  • More the lean muscle mass more the fat loss.
  • Exercisereleases neurotransmittors,HGH (Human growth hormone)and Irisin hormone.
  • HGH helps to maintain ,build and repair healthy tissue in the brain and other organs. This hormone can help to speed up healing after injury and repair muscle tissue after exercise. This helps us to build muscle mass, boost metabolism, and burn fat. It is the fountain of youth.
  • Irisin ;The ‘Exercise hormone is fat fighting hormone. Researchers discover that Irisin burns fat and prevents fat cell formation.
  • Exercise activates brown adipose tissue(BAT),which burns fat
  • Regular exercise improves your cardio-vascular health. It is an insurance policy for your heart.
  • Exercise keep your insulin level in check and also helps your sympathetic nervous system ( which controls your heart rate and blood pressure) to be less reactive.
  • Exercise promotes the expression of BDNF.
  • Exercise can kick start the natural detox process as it flushes out the lungs and cleanses the skin as we work up a sweat. It also increases blood flow promoting better circulation pumping white blood cells through the body in turn helping organs cleanse themselves effectively.
  • Apply 80/20 Pareto principle; if 80 percent of the time you are doing the good stuff, that is eating well and exercising regularly then you can allow 20 percent of the time for the guilt free mindful overindulgence.

MEDITATION

Meditation is the best antioxidant. Meditation is anything you are doing with your full intention,attention and awareness! It is mindfulness of the present moment. It could be your any practices such as -mindful eating, exercising, taking rest, meditative walk, technology fasting, listening music, listening someone, breathing, self talk,sleeping,….

Meditation activates your parasympathetic nervous system and is excellent for vagal toning, which helps you to lower your blood pressure and take control of other medical issues.

It reduces stress and anxiety by reducing cortisol level.

It enhances self awareness and your vision and helps you stepping inwards.It is the gateway to all possibilities and gives you more head space.

Good thing about it is ,that you can do it anytime and anywhere!

BENEFITS OF MEDITATION

Finding it a bit difficult, to summarize, so many benefits of mediation in a limited space. Click the attached link to explore further –Physical ,mental,emotional and spiritual benefits of meditaion

REST AND RECOVERY

  • After an intense exercise or day rest and recovery is must to recharge your battery and to bounce back with full enthu and energy in the marathon of life to fulfill purpose of your being.
  • Rest and recovery is a process of regular emptying your stress bucket and preventing it from overflowing.
  • Induce your immune system and metabolism in rest and recovery mode at least twice a week by following MRD.
  • Continual stress puts your body in survival mode, making it store fat rather than burn it. You would be surprised to know that your smartphone addiction making you fat.
  • If you want to be mentally and physically healthy, you need to rest ,recover and reset.

Elements of Rest and Recovery

  1. SLEEP –Sleep is the most important aspect of health. You need to get enough sleep, which is seven to eight hours . Adequate sleep provide mental health, hormonal balance and muscular recovery.
  2. HYDRATION– Drinking adequate amounts of water is critical to health,energy,recovery and performance. Water helps all of our functions.
  3. NUTRITION– Everything you eat has the ability to help heal your body, or to poison it.
  4. POSTURE– Due to prolonged sitting we have a bad posture. A bad posture is not a restful position, sitting or standing with bad posture is harmful. It can lead to injury.
  5. STRETCHING– You need enough flexibility to move well and remain pain free.
  6. SELF MYO-FASCIAL RELEASE- Tight muscles and trigger points sometimes need assistance to return healthy normal tissue by foam rolling.
  7. HEAT ,ICE AND COMPRESSION- Use the techniques for recovering from injuries or a very stressful training.
  8. MEDITATION is a self induced rest and recovery mode after a sweat session. Meditation enables you to embark on inward journey.
  9. UNPLUG -Don’t be slave to your environment. Resist your temptations. We should restrict the use of mobiles and laptops before sleep for sound mind and good health. Just like you should fully unplug from work every night, you should fully unplug your body from food and your brain from technology.

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“Happy Gut,Happy Butt.Happy Butt,Happier you!”

Wish you a bulletproof life!

I am grateful to my clients and readers, who not only inspire me but also give meaning and purpose to my life.
A special thanks to my mentor Rish Sharma and family members who are always by my side in need.

Life Journey Post Liver Transplant Surgery – Second Birth

“What doesn’t kill you,makes you stronger”-Friedrich Nietzsche 

When I thought of writing this journey, STRESS suddenly stroke my mind and first thing I did, tried to expand stress into something positive & below words came into my mind instantly.
STRESS – Success Thru Recreation, Energy, Smile & Straightforwardness.

STRESS in positive direction can yield wonderful results & can also disastrous and fatal if in the negative direction.As I have gone thru liver transplant, just penning down my experience of having STRESS experience in both positive & negative direction.

After transplant due to heavy dosage of Steroids (immuno-suppression tablets) & post-Surgical recovery phase which lasted for around 2 years had significant impact on  my STRESS.

Post-Surgery STRESS experience

Negative Stress (from DEC 2009 to DEC 2011)
I was almost bedridden with a very little movement in my all body parts , here would like to mention that I had bleed in my brain before surgery and doctors were not even 1% optimistic of my success of surgery and did not want to take chance but due to my wife and younger brother ,who donated liver was not agreeing and told Doctor,to go ahead and we will accept him dead on Surgery table but not ready to take me home without trying their best & here based on confidence and acceptance of worst situation of my family members Doctors got ready to take the risk of 1% success of survival of mine post surgery .

Fortunately, I was unaware of this level of complication & almost nil chance of survival,so I didn’t have any STRESS and negative mindset while going for Surgery. Not going into more details,the surgery was successful, and doctors was also surprised about my body parameters stability during the surgery. Would like to conclude here with below lines that going TRAUMA of ICU unit and biological clock imbalance , We all thanked GOD!

I came to my SWEET home and Cannot forgot the date, it was  1st JAN 2010 night and my brother WIFE has welcomed home with such a warm way of putting posters of my Welcome as “ Welcome Bhaiya ( BRO ) “ where these two words has lot of emotion and support with love conveyed by her.

Now the start of negative STRESS started getting homed in my mind and the factors that started getting me infected were-

1. No sleep for complete 24 hrs
2. No hand movement
3. Trembling hand fingers
4. Not able to walk or sit without support
5. Could not turn body left & right in sleep position
6. Couldn’t straighten the leg while sleeping position (Maximum time folded)
7. Couldn’t move my toe
8. Always needed the support of family to shave and even to the level of washing my bumps post toilet.

Beside all this physical challenge, my mind and body sync were also missing, and I was not able to get connected with my mind (BRAIN) response time to actual response and there was a delay in response with even in- correct response sometimes and no control of natural call.

To make the livelihood ongoing and maintain my JOB, I must go to office to make my presence and do whatever minimum bit I can do & my actual condition was not known to anyone that I was going thru the mental & physical challenge both, I literally cannot type words initially. Even one day I couldn’t control my urine and urinated in the Office lift, lucky I was alone and came out of lift with my hands on my pants, hiding it and went directly to washroom without anyone’s notice and poured water from wash basin so that colleagues could make that by mistake I got water on my pants dropped.

Also would like to mention here that at home when I see my son ( age 4+ in 2010 ) & my brother son ( age 2+ ) and they can very well move their hands legs fingers toes , walk , sit , sleep very well and without any efforts , I cannot do any of these without any success even after 6 months – 1 year post surgery and I have to take so much pain and efforts to even do all this little bit .This was challenge on physical side which made me towards negative stress and delay in response to the action and communication with others with very low pitch & audible voice from my mouth that even person sitting just next cannot listen it properly lead to mental challenge I was going thru .

The sum of mental & physical challenge were tried to be handled via physiotherapist & psychiatric but of no help and day by day till two years I was going thru negative stress of whether I will be able to walk , speak and sleep in life or not & whether I will be able to sustain my JOB in the company or not as my fingers was not rolling on keyboard but whatever best I could do I was trying my best to deliver & Would like to thank my boss and company who were extending their full & unconditional support during such challenging phase.

So, my mind was in full swing with negative stress as I was unable to get thru any success on my mental & physical challenge for two years. As not able to perform physical and mental way well, I cut off myself from society and stopped even going to office or pickup calls. Confined myself to one room and even to extent of not allowing any guest & my son friend to visit and sit in home. So, I would call myself at that stage a DARK CRUEL DEMON.

Positive Stress (JAN 2012 – till date)

Life start getting new horizons and dimensions with positive stress by support of my WIFE who started reading book ( My stroke of insight ) by motivation of Dr. Rishabha
Deva Sharma , who is in the profession of conventional medicine , use to practice & guide my wife Gunjan Mishra on functional medicine which resulted in significant change in thought process by different books on wellness & enriching her knowledge on ABCD DIET with TAG line “ Kitchen has medicine for all type of Disease “. Her new insight started handling and feeding me with new ways both by fulfilling my body & mind hunger with good food. This new approach changed me towards the fitness overcoming mental & physical challenge day by day.

Today they both are running a Cosmic Wellness Centre so that they can empower others too towards wellness. She has even started writing blog on Health and Fitness. Want to mention here that today I have a life by Conventional medicine science (Dr. Subhash Gupta) but health & fitness is maintained by functional medicine (Dr. Rishabha Sharma & Gunjan Mishra ).Gunjan’s blog page is https://cosmic-wellness.com/ & Wellness Centre: https://g.co/kgs/DNVBVA

Mentioning few Steps taken by her, which started showing improvement in me both physical & mental
1. Let me free to do whatever she asked me to do by force.
2. She started handling me knowing my core nature (empathetic, helpful, very social)
3. Re Connecting me to my friends and things I loved.
4. Taking me out for walk with pride in society (despite my baby steps walking)
5. Letting me feel proud on myself and capability to deliver to office as sincerely and delicately as I was before surgery
6. Willing to Get back again

This all channelized my negative stress to positive stress and slowly I started getting on the track without any physiotherapist & psychiatric and medicinal support. I started seeing the remarkable difference in my walk , body movements , sleep and this all started with positive motivation of “ you can do it “ by wife and my son supporting me as my father and holding my hands while crossing roads , here I got “Will for meaning in life “ the thumb rule in his book “ man in search of meaning “ by DR. FRANKL .

Life train got its right track to travel and I left the driver hired for taking me to office and slowly got my control on car, keyboard, life, friend and started independently performing the official task and relationship both to best of capability, strength and true emotion, feeling without anything in return as promotion, money or hospitality in return.

By blessings of GOD & my Parents the BEST I have got today is second birth and learned from baby steps & A to Z again , standing today again by support from family members, relatives & friends who supported directly and indirectly.
Gratitude to ALL:
1. My Boss (DELEEP KAUL)
2. My doctor (Dr. Subhash Gupta)
3. My brother (DINESH MISHRA)
4. My brother wife, SISTER (VANDANA MISHRA)
5. My Wife (GUNJAN MISHRA)
6. My bro in law (ARUNESH DWIVEDI, RAHUL MISHRA)
7. My sis in law (DEEPTI DWIVEDI)
8. My sister (SEEMA MISHRA)
9. My son (OM MISHRA)
10. My Cousin Brother (Dr RISHABHA DEVA SHARMA)

PUNCH LINE: The feeling of Driving car independently from Dwarka ( Delhi ) to my Gurgoan office ,after a Gap of almost 4 years post-surgery was much more thrilling, exciting, fulfilling & divine than the feeling of buying new car in year 2005 and driving it. It can be correlated with getting Second life is much more precious and worthy of, than anything else materialistic.

I would like to sum-up here that I am in SALVATION (CONTENDED AND FULLY SATISFIED) with what all I have, A Loving and Supporting family, Own house in Delhi, Nice CAR and want to carry it forward with full empathy LOVE and support for MANKIND.

LINES FROM BOLLYWOOD MOVIE SONG BEFITTING MY MOOD
“Aaj Main Upar Aasman niche – I am above & SKY is Beneath “

Blessed to have all in my life!!

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My Parents    Me & My boss

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My Surgeon  My brother & family

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My Wife         My son

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My cousin      My Sister & family

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My both brother in law & their family

Best Wishes