Sunday, August 7, 2011

How To Gain Weight Naturally

I have posted a lot about weight loss recently. Today one of the user asked me about how to gain weight naturally. This definitely is a question to be answered. Above is a chart to help your out with how much you should weight as compared to your height. I myself have undergone this phase and have got an experience to gain weight in a natural way. I was able to put up almost 8kg ( 17.63 lbs ). I was able to gain 8 kgs of weight in 4 months. I was 57 kg ( 125.66 pounds ) initially and weighed 65kg ( 143.3 ) at end of 4 months. This happened a long back in 2005-2006. There was no extra cost paid for any type of products, equipments, medicines or doctors. Everything which I followed can be termed as natural way to gain weight. Below are some of the things which are very important to gain weight.

One should be determined to gain weight. Let weight gain weight become the only thing you want from your life for some time. Set your goal. Set your final target of weight to be achieved. Better to set a target of minimum required weight for the height. But I prefer the people who are more determined to set the target to be the maximum. I am 5 feet 7 inch and the ideal weight for me is between 60 kg and 65 kg. ( 132.27lbs and 143.3 lbs ). I kept the target of 65 kg.

Don't set the time
Never set a time to to reach the target weight. Just make the target weight to be one of your greatest achievement. An achievement which no matter what time you will have to put into but when achieved will make you proud. Just go on doing the necessary things checking your weight gain daily or weekly whatever you feel comfortable with. Setting time might bring your morale down if you slip in your schedule or your body is not able to perform nicely during some time of the schedule.

Join a gym. Start a healthy workout. Avoid cardio exercise except it is for a warm up purpose. Divide your workout for all the body parts so that in week you work on 1 body part at least twice. Increase your protein intake and hence the energy levels. Bananas and egg whites are the best things. Eat something at least half an hour before driving to gym. Never do workout empty stomach. You will see a sudden rise in your appetite as your body has to do extra work for a day.
More energy loss will result in more energy required. Indirectly you need to refuel your body with more food. More food means more weight gain naturally.

Break the Breakfast
This is one area where a lot of people can do well. Generally morning breakfast should be heavier than any other meal you consume throughout the day. This is the time to get your body going for the days work and the digestive system is all ready to start its functionality. Feed the stomach with as much food possible during the breakfast. I am sure in skinny people one extra meal will definitely get introduced. To increase the breakfast food consumption, workout in the morning will help a lot. Remember not to eat immediately not at least half an hour after workout.

Check your weight on regular basis. There surely is going to be gain in weight. Whatever weight you gain during the day or week, let it be an inspiration. Let This inspiration will drive you towards your next day or next week's weight gain regime. Inspiration combined with determination can do magic to gain weight naturally.

Tip: I wrote what worked for me. Maybe if you have any known conditions it would be best to consult a doctor.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Causes of Lower Back Pains

Back is the second most common reason for which a person visits doctors all over the world. 4 out of 5 americans face this problem once in their lifetime before they get old. We will put some light on what are the cause of lower back pains int his post. Aging, muscle imbalance and modern life style are some of the causes of lower back pains. Lets try to understand how these causes result in back pains.

How Back works?
To under what cause back pains, one should have a sound knowledge of how our back works. The back of humans is made of muscles which are interwoven in each other. The Spine of the human body is S shaped. The back muscles wrap around the S shape spinal column. The spine is
made up of 24 vertebrae connected to each other by facet joints. Between these vertebrae lie a shock absorbing material called inter-vertebral discs. These disc are filled with water and help in eliminating the shock which one might get after an impact or because of the movement of the back.

Aging Back Pain
The inter-vertebral discs are made of 80% water when we are born and can absorb more shocks. But as one grows older, the amount of water starts to diminish thus making our body more prone to pain from the shocks. It is fond that middle age person's inter-vertebral discs has 50% water left while a much older person has 20% water in the shock absorbing pads. Thus it is evident from the above the facts that aging is one of the cause of lower back pains.

Muscle Imbalance
It is also evident that the muscles around the spine should be in good balance shape to avoid back pain. When the muscles in front of pelvis are stronger, they tend to pull front of the pelvis down. As a result back of the pelvis goes a little bit up. It then becomes impossible to maintain the healthy spine shape and the change in shape increases the spine curvature. Thus the muscles in the increased curvature area are always irritated and stretched. This is another cause of lower back pain as these muscles ache when they come in action i.e when one does a activity which involves movement of these muscles.

Sitting in Chairs
Our body has been trained through all the past years of evolution to perform activities otherwise than eat, travel and sit in chair. Sitting in a cross legged position is a perfect alignment for the spine and maintaining flexibility in the hips area. This makes back pain less common in Asia as people still prefer sitting on the floor with cross legs for most of their activities. They sit on floor for their meals, for meetings and some people follow it for work a well.

It is important that should be very much flexible in hip, then only he or she can avoid back pain. But our modern life style of using the chair for each and every work that we perform results in putting stress on spinal disc and results in problems like cramps and weakens our back muscles thus reducing the hip flexibility.

Life Style
A balance posture is a key to pain free back. A group of cells called proprioceptors send data to the brain regarding the proper position and alignment of muscles. When we are not balanced the brain is therefor able to tell us that we should get in proper posture. However in today's stress filled life style we often tend to ignore these signals. A prolonged ignorance can thus result causing lower back pain.

Is Yoga Good For Weight Loss

This post will address Hoow to control obesity by yoga? Is Yoga good for weight loss? Over weight will definitely not be a problem you face, if you follow yoga. Pranayam which is a yoga asana recommended for the obese people. Pranayam helps reducing the overall weight of the body and can definitely benefit a person in the form of weight loss. One should have to pay attention to the cause of obesities along with doing yoga asanas. It is not like you can go on eating junk food and expect yoga to keep your weight in control. One should keep a parallel check on the daily diet of the person willing to do yoga for weight loss.

Loss of Activity
Loss of exercise is one of the main reason that many people gain weight. One has to start being active in life. What any other way can be better than doing Yoga? Start doing pranayam. Though it is hard to get
pranayam going at first attempt but as time passes on, one will be able to do it more efficiently and can also increase the time to do it from 5 minutes to up to whatever minutes he/she is comfortable of..

Bringing Inherited Obesity Under control
Those who have inherited obesity or has a history of obesity in family can also bring obesity under control by doing yoga. It is not evident though that inherited obesity can be totally controlled by yoga but it definitely helps a person if started early. Such a person is likely to gain weight but very less compared to others not performing yoga.

General Stats of how Yoga proves good in weigh loss
There is almost 20% to 40% of the working class population around the world which are suffering from obesity. There are almost 10 to 20% of teens who are suffering from obesity all over the world. One can get rid of all the problems arising from obesity by performing yogasanas. As some of the asanas indirectly work in favor of increasing self confidence and work efficiency, it can be a feel good factor for a obese person. It has been found that doing yogasana can reduce weight by 250 gms daily. A rare amount of people have also reported a 2 kg of weight loss.daily.

Suggestions of Yoga Practitioners
Eating excessive food is one of the reason for gaining weight. It is recommended by yoga practitionars
to follow the below advice along with pranayam to bring weight under control
1) Drink water after one hour of meal.
2) Drink water when you wake up in the morning.
3) Dont eat too much sugar.
4) Eat less than what your hunger asks you to.

Tip: Just changing some of your daily activities, diet and performing yoga regularly one can bring weight under control.

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Health Benefits of Black Berries

Black berry fruits are soft and juicy. Black berry is the main source of antioxidants and some additional presence of vitamins just adds to the list of health benefits of black berries. What we find in black berries is water, fats, carbohydrates, calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc, phosphorus, potassium and copper. This list is almost the nutrition which is required by our body to maintain good health. Apart from the nutritional health benefits of black berries they are used as a weapon to prevent the various types of cancers specially the breast cancer. Black berries are one of the best source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C.

Black Berry Fruits are used as an ingredient in preparing jams, juices, syrups and even wine. Most of the children are fond of the taste for black berries. Black berries also aid the health by increasing the immune system. Not only the black berry fruit has benefits but the leaves of black berries are also used in preparing a healthy tea which when consumed can help people who suffer from infections like sore throat and mouth irritation. Fibrous contents of the blackberries will help in maintaining the digestive health and blood sugar level in control. Vitamin C and the antioxidants can give one a younger look and make our skin glow. Most of the beauty creams have blackberries as content because of above health benefits. Same reason makes them the ingredient of different medicines.

Some other health benefits of black berries are
1) Black berry leaves is used to make the tea which is important to stomach cancer.
2) Black berry is the rich sources of fiber which plays a vital role in weight loss and lowering the cholesterol level.
3) Almost all the prescribed medicines for weakness in the form of syrup has blackberry in some quantity. Blackberries when taken along with diet can recover a sick person quickly because of its highly nutritious nature.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Things Which Are Not Told About Gastric Bypass Surgery

Gastric gastric bypass is a surgery to loose weight in case of people who are facing a problem of morbid obesity and have a BMI of 40+. This post is intended to those who have already made their decision or are thinking of undergoing a gastric bypass surgery to unfold some of the facts which might not be told by surgeon before undergoing the surgery. Or it might happen that a surgeon guides you through everything but we might skip a point or two by not taking a instruction in a proper sense or meaning. Read on to find what are those things.

Taste Buds can Change
Though change in taste buds is a natural process a lot of people who have undergone the surgery complain that what they used to like before the gastric bypass surgery is disliked by them post surgery. A gastric bypass patient might have planned for keeping a nutritional diet based on the food he or she liked before the surgery. But post surgery the thought of the then liked food can make them nauseous.

No more medicine in capsule form
Though the surgeon when undergoes your medical history prior to planning the gastric bypass surgery, will be known to the medicines that you take daily. But if you are not under any medication then the surgeon might skip telling you that you can no more take the medication in capsule form. The medicine which are extended release need a long time to sit and get processed in stomach. After a gastric bypass it is highly unlikely that anything will stay that long in the patients stomach as the stomach pouch is much much smaller and you have to fill it up with the nutritional diet which is a must after gastric bypass.

You will have to fight the shock of food you eat
Generally the people who undergo a gastric bypass surgery have a not to mention heavy diet. Though a patient is aware that post surgery he or she will have to cut down the diet to almost nothing, it does take a emotional turmoil on the patients when they actual start following it post gastric bypass surgery. A patient may feel not so energetic and loss of muscle strength. The first few months of gastric bypass surgery are really a test as the people in love with food have to give up for nutritional food and it feels like you are eating just to live.

Tip : Please consider these factors as well and get them verified from the physician or surgeon suggesting the gastric bypass surgery to you.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Health Benefits of Bananas

Banana is popular and affordable of all the fruits due to its availability throughout the year. Banana is a rich source of potassium. Some people say that banana is heavy to digest and increases the weight but it is wrong because banana though feels like a heavy food but can be easily digested by our body. Are you thinking of reducing your weight or maintaining it. Wekk then just start hitting your gym with an instructor and don't be surprised if the instructor suggests 1 or 2 bananas a day. During dieting ones body is deprived of vitamins as a result one can fall sick. Having 1 or 2 bananas a day will provide your body with required vitamins.

Banana contains combination of sugar and glucose. Glucose and sugar are the energy supplier of our body and keeps us fit and energetic. In children health glucose plays a important role. Without glucose child can look tired. If you look around for best diet for students you are bound to find that banana tops the chart because of its glucose, sugar, vitamin b6 and When any policy use to make pupils healthy and smart with providing some vitamins food this time banana useed in firstly because of banana supplying suger,glucose and vitamine B6 and B12.Which is useful to their growth of in school life. Banana is also a favorite fruit for the athletes.

Banana is high in potassium and low in salt is preferable food for people who suffer from morning sickness. Banana is also said to be a blood purifier.

Some other benefits of Bananas are as followed
* Banana can recover the weak feeling one gets from smoking. B6 and B12 vitamins present in bananas can make them stronger to face smoke related problems.
* Banana can be a refreshing fruit for people who are on the verge of nervous breakdown.
* Banana make our mood relax and happy.
* Banana in daily breakfast can increase our immune power.
* Banana is used in controlling the blood pressure.
* Doctor suggest banana to anemic patients.

Tip: Women who eat lot of bananas during pregnancies are considered to give birth to super cool babies.

Health Benefits of Spirulina

Spirulina is one of the blue green algae and and is considered as a super food. Spirulina has recieved a lot of recommendation from FAO and FDA to be included in daily diet. Spirulina found in single cell form ranges from 0.3 mm to 1 mm. These cell forms capture energy from the sun. The photosynthetic reaction in the watery environment produces minerals, vitamins, proteins, fatty acids and sugars needed by our body.

How we stay away from balanced diet
Human body is made up of almost 60 trillion cells. Our health depend on how healthy these cells are. In order to keep us healthy we require quality water and balanced nutrition. Like water and oxygen are necessary for survival, nutrition is required for maintaining good health. Balanced nutrion is considered to be a blend of acidic and alkaline food.
Balance Nutrition = 80% alkaline + 20% acidic food
However in today's hectic life one is always on a run. This leads a person into getting addicted to fast food which are highly processed and acidic in nature. Continuation of such foods is like inviting a lot of diseases such as stress, chronic indigestion, loss of concentration, rheumatic and arthritic conditions, sometimes irritability as well. Without balanced nutrition the body cannot perform the work of repairing the non functional tissues or producing the new ones and absorption of essential nutrients greatly reduces. The digestive environments become more acidic as a result of unbalanced nutrition leading to health related disorders in future.

What spirulina has to offer for balanced diet
Spirulina is a great source of nutrition and in addition has an exceptional quality to increase the absorption power of the digestive system. This gives a boost to the immune system promoting good health. Spirulina is a 100% alkaline food which adds to the balance nutrition. 5 nutrients which are present in Spirulina are carbohydrates, fats, proteins, minerals, vitamins. The 4 natural pigments which are present in spirulina are Chlorophyll, Beta Carotene, Phycocyanin and Xanthephyll which has their own health benefits ranging from blood purification to preventing cancer. It is preferred for the anemic patients. Spirulina is a complete food source. 65% of spirulina is proteins and too in an easy to digest form.

Recommendations of Spirulina

In 1974 the Food and Agriculture organization of United Stated announced that spirulina is best food for tommorow. In 1981 Food and drug administration declared spirulina to be the best supplement for nutritional benefits. And finally in 1983 spirulina received the best natural food award in West Germany International food exhibition.

A teaspoon of spirulina can keep you healthy throughout life. If you want to dig deeper into spirulina benefits please read the below site which is dedicated to spirulina

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dark Color Urine

As we all know Urine is one of the byproduct produced by kidneys to be excreted by the body. Generally urine is colorless, amber or pale yellow in a normal person. However any other color maybe symptomatic to some disorders. Regular health checkups and in some clinical visits we are always asked to provide urine samples for urine analysis. In this post today, let us see what would be the different colors of urine point us to.

Colorless Urine
A male or female has Colorless urine because of the presence of excessive water in the body. In medical term this is termed as over hydration. Though considered to be a much better condition than dehydration, some of essential salts which are present in the body are lost due to over hydration. Drug test can give unsure results if a person keeps on drinking a lot of water. Just read on wiki that this is considered to be a potential attempt to hide the presence of drugs in one's blood stream.

Dark Yellow Urine
This color of urine indicates dehydration. One should increase the water intake in such cases till the urine color returns to normal i.e. pale yellow. It is also observed that holding a urine for a long time can give it a dark yellow color.

Orange Color Urine
Urine color can range from light orange, orange to dark orange. Light orange color urine indicates that the body is losing a lot of vitamin B while a orange color urine is caused because of certain medications. Dark orange color urine can be a symptom of disorders like jaundice, rhabdomyolysis, Gilbert's syndrome.

Red Color Urine
Eating of beets can give a pinkish, reddish color to the urine. This is generally harmless coloration of urine and won't last for more than a day. If you want don't get away with it in a day or two, consult a doctor as this color of urine may also point toward a disorder called Porphyria.

Greenish Color Urine
Greenish color in urine can be result of consuming asparagus in more than normal amount. The main reason behind greenish color of urine is excessive intake of vitamin B through diet.

Before going for a health checkup or doctor drink a glass of water, just in case your urine sample is required.

How Ayurveda can Help in Child Care.

Cold is a common problem seen in children as well as in elders. But doctors around the world experience that mothers of children or baby's becomes very sensitive and questions how can their children be attacked by common cold? A main reasons of common cold in children is polluted air,vitamin less food,bad habits of eating all food. These all things can make them weak and decrease their resistance power. Without a strong immune system the children always feel sick and is also responsible to certain extent for his physical and mental growth. If all these problems pertain to you then read on how Ayurveda can help in Child Care.

Ayurveda medicines provide all the factors which play a vital role in child's good health. Through Ayurveda we can provide all vitamins and minerals which are important for physical and mental growth of children. Ayurveda also aids in increasing the immunity and making them powerful and perfect to fight all infections which are harmful to one's children.

In one of observations doctors found that Ayurveda medicine through we can stop the problem of cough, cold and temperature. This medicine when given to children between 0 to 12 years can increase the immune power and if continue these children looks very smart and healthy.

Health Benefits of Figs

Fig is called as Anjeer in India. When i got introduced to the real benefits of fig through an article in a newspaper yesterday, I was really shocked!!! We have figs as a fruit in our refrigerator so many times but hardly I knew the health benefits of fig. Figs can help us to build a perfect personality! shocked !!! I too was. Read on.... Docter says that eating figs is equivalent to one meal. Whatever vitamins or nutrients a healthy meal can provide in one time is also present in one serving of figs. So one can replace at least 1 meal during a day with 1 serving of fig. Figs are therefore considered best for dieting. No fats. Just plain nutrition!

Every fruit provide us vitamins but the quantity can vary depending on fruit.Fig is the main sources of iron. Fig is readily available in any food store. Irrespective of a dry fig or a fresh fig, one can be assured that he/she will get the same amount of vitamins. Figs can be stored in refrigerator for two to three days. But Still a lot of people prefer to eat fresh figs.

This small fruit is an abundant source of iron, which is one of the essential nutrients. Iron deficiency can cause many problems in women. This blackish, green, yellow fruit is a definite yes for the women around the world. Fig which comes in large and small sizes is a reputed fruit in the Ayurveda medicine and solves a lot of problems in people of all ages starting from a child to elder people.

Some of the health benefits of Figs are mentioned below
* Fig is a complete food.
* Fig is a rich source of iron, calcium, magnesium, vitamin A,B1 and B2.
* Fig are suggested to pregnant women for the rich nutrition they provide.
* Fig fruits solve the problem of sexual weakness.
* Fig is also useful to piles and cough patient.
* It is useful to gaining weight after illness.
* Patients who have given up to disorders like asthma and cough can try this as a home remedy.
* Fig is considered as a useful fruits for men and women beauty.
* It has been found in a study eating fig can keep a women away from breast cancer.
* Fig solves bone related problems.
* In young generation one common problem is pimples. Some amount of fig juice can treat the pimples very well.
* Figs is useful to hair dandruff.
* Fig is important to them who face the problem of memory loss.
* Skin looks rich with the help of fig. It shines.
* Fig can control the heart problem by controlling the cholesterol level.
* Providing the big capacity of iron we can avoid anemia.
* People who face the problem of high or low blood pressure can eat fig to maintain their blood pressure levels.
* Lack of calcium in bones can make a person feel weaker. Eating a fig daily can make bones stronger because of the ample amount of calcium in figs.
* In our daily life we forget our self and cant give time to our mind to feel relaxed. This is when we suffer from stress. Fig is one fruit which can make our mind calm and cool.
* We can control our weight through figs.