Anti-Diabetic Drug, The Largest-Selling Medicine In India


By adopting the latest lifestyles many of the people have become prey to several diseases like diabetes. But now people can protect themselves from these diseases by using the latest anti-diabetic drug and it seems that this drug sale is flourishing. This anti-diabetic molecule has for the first time become the largest-selling formulation in the domestic pharma retail market. This latest anti-diabetic drug is also one of the most prescribed too, and it is a combination of glimepiride and metformin and it has dethroned the popular class of anti-infective medicines, led by widely-used medicine brands like GSK‘s Augmentin (a combination of amoxycillin and clavulanic acid) in May reports TNN.

The therapy, which generated revenue of 103 crore in May, is the first diabetes treatment to become the top-selling medication in the country. Even the analysts tracking the market said the anti-infective therapy had always been ranked on top. The primary reason behind the flourishing sales for the anti-diabetic molecule is its faster growth, as well as the anti-infective molecule coming under price control. Sales of Gluconorm, which consists of the combination of metformin and glimepiride, grew by 34.4 percent last month, versus about 4 percent for Augmentin.

AIOCD AWACS vice president Hari Natarajan noted that anti-infective therapies lost values because of price control, while anti-diabetic therapy sales are growing at a faster rate. The anti-diabetes market in India is growing at a rate of 20 percent annually, with metformin and glimepiride combination therapies comprising one-fourth of the market. Over last few years the sales of diabetes molecule have been climbing up and have shown a steady increase month on month from 97 crore in December. According to doctors due to the affordability and effectiveness the anti-diabetes combination is widely used.

 

“While metformin is the best drug to treat diabetes, combination therapy with glimepiride is required in most cases sooner or later. In India, this combination is most commonly-used since it is cheap and effective. Because of unabated diabetes, increasing use of this combined therapy is understandable”, says Dr Anoop Misra, director of Delhi-based Fortis-CDOC hospital for diabetes.

 

The sales of Augmentin the anti-infective molecule by GSK have been declining month on month, from 116 crore  in 2013 to 103 crore in May this year. According to a market player the growth of the anti-diabetic sub-group as against the other anti-diabetic medicines, could also be attributed to the negative news around widely-prescribed drug Pioglitazone which led to a huge fall in its sales. For the 12-month period ended May 2014, the combination of metformin and glimepiride generated Rs 1142 crore in sales, trailing the Rs 1329 crore amassed by the anti-infective combination of amoxycillin and clavulanic acid.

There is Nobody to Blame for Anything


Let’s start by stating a bold claim that you’ve probably never heard before. Upon first hearing this claim, you’ll most likely think it to be ridiculous and absurd, but by the end of this article, you’ll see the utterly obvious truth of it, and you’ll never look at the world the same way again. Are you ready for it? Here it is…

 There is no cause of anything.

 That’s right. Nothing “causes” anything else to happen… ever. Now let me explain why.

 As an example, let’s say that a man needs milk, and he walks several blocks to the corner store to buy it. After purchasing the milk he begins his walk home, but while crossing the street there’s a drunk driver that doesn’t notice the stop sign at the intersection where the man is crossing. At the very last second the drunk driver slams on his breaks, but it’s too late, and he hits the man crossing the street.

 Now, with our current mindset, the vast majority of people would automatically say that the drunk driver “caused” this to happen. Or did he?

 If we just take a step back in the way we perceive things, we could just as easily say that the man was hit by that drunk driver because cars were invented. Or because the wheel was invented. Or because of the development of technology. Or because somebody figured out how to make pavement for driving on.

 Maybe the man was hit because of his neediness for milk. Or because his wife sent him to the store. Or because of his wife’s enjoyment of breakfast cereal. Maybe it’s because people drink milk. Or perhaps it happened because cows exist.

 Maybe it happened because the man chose to live in the exact location that he does. Or maybe it was because that was the only house on the market that he could afford, and he could only afford that house because of the job he has, and he has that job because he dropped out of high school.

 Maybe he was hit by the drunk driver because of the precise speed in which the man walks, and the exact time he got there. Or because he had to stop to re-tie his shoe lace that had come undone. Or because he didn’t tie them properly when he first left his house. Or because he chose to wear that specific pair of shoes to walk to the store. Or because he chose to buy those exact shoes. Or because he could only afford those shoes.

 Maybe it’s because the city chose to install a stop sign instead of traffic lights. Or because stop signs aren’t twice as big. Or because they’re not fluorescent yellow.

 What if the whole incident happened because the man decided to walk to the store instead of driving? Or what if it was because the store was built at that location? Or because the owner of the store decided that was a good place to set up shop?

 Perhaps it was because the drunk driver was born. Or because the man buying milk was born. Or because either of the men’s parents had sex. Or because his parent’s parents had sex. Or because any of these people ever met each other in the first place.

 What if it was because the human species evolved in the manner that it did? Or because life came to be on the planet? Or maybe it was because of the “big bang” (if that’s how it happened). Maybe it’s because the physical universe exists.

 It might have been because of the location of the bar that the drunk driver was drinking at. Or because the drunk driver had to be home at a certain time. Or because the drunk driver had to work in the morning. Or because his taste buds like the taste of alcohol. Or because he’s not able to overcome his addiction despite all of his efforts. Or because nobody has taken him to an AA meeting.

 The drunk driver may certainly be irresponsible, and maybe he lacks proper judgment, but that certainly isn’t “the cause”. It’s only one tiny minute reason out of a literally infinite and unending number of factors within all of existence. There is no end to the amount of circumstances that come into play, and not a single one of them is the cause of anything else.

 So let us repeat the lesson learned… There is no cause of anything… ever. There are only automatic effects and consequences. Everything is happening of its own, as a spontaneous result.

 Most importantly of all, if there is no cause of anything, there is nothing and nobody to blame for anything, and if there is nothing to blame, then there is absolutely nothing to be angry about. Everything just is what it is, and we have no choice but to accept it. No matter what’s happing in the universe, it’s perfect, and it can’t possibly be anything but. This understanding literally forces us to fully accept absolutely everything as it is. There is nothing to complain about and we have no choice but to forgive everybody for everything they have ever done, no matter what that might have been.

 What a person does, and chooses, is determined by what a person is, and what they are is determined by what they are aware of. Everybody is exactly what they are currently aware of, and what they are currently aware of is based upon an infinite number of factors.

 We might all be learning from “mistakes”, but at least we can all be at peace (of mind) with each other as life unfolds. The whole concept of causation is an entirely false ingrained perception that is in everybody’s best interest to let go of. If everybody had this understanding, we would have total world peace because nobody would be acting out of anger, blame, resentment, hate, or fear. Everybody would fully accept, forgive, respect, and love all of life for what it is. And we would no longer need lawyers.

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Ten Amazing Snacks You Should Try For Weight Loss


Studies and research have shown that munching on the right snacks can keep your energy levels high. High-nutrient snacks can keep the body energized and also assist in weight loss. Smart snacks are loaded with proteins and fiber that boost metabolism and eventually burn calories. Healthy snacking not only satiates hunger pangs but also helps in cutting down your meal portions.

Mentioned below are the top 10 snacks packed with weight-loss ingredients.

1. Apple and Skim Milk

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A glass of skimmed milk in between your meals will give you long-lasting energy. This will also fulfil your dietary calcium requirement. Moreover, when you team it with a protein rich fruit like apple, the combination will help you sustain hunger and energy levels for longer hours.

2. Nuts

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Nuts are packed with protein and can keep you full for longer hours. The monounsaturated fat in this snack helps to lower cholesterol level and prevents the buildup of arterial plaque. Nuts are also a good source of fiber, magnesium and antioxidant vitamin E. They can be eaten as it is or you can add them to your favourite smoothie, fruit or crackers.

3. Low or Non Fat Yogurt

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Low fat yogurt makes an ideal snack between meals. It is also a good source of calcium and protein. A cupful of yogurt contains nearly three grams of fat and has 150 calorie count. Studies have shown that consuming yogurt daily can help you lose weight easily.

4. Smoothies

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Fruit smoothies make a healthy and delicious snack option. If you pack it with enough ingredients they also make a great alternative for meals. Smoothies contain about 600 calories that is good enough to keep you filled for long. Make a great smoothie at home with your favourite fruit, peanut butter and yogurt. For the extra dose of protein add some whey powder.

5. Popcorn

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Popcorn is a healthy munching snack only if it is devoid of excess salt and butter. The calorie count is substantially low and the fiber content is high. Pop your corn in the stove using little olive oil or microwave it. When buying air popped popcorn, check the labels for low fat and sodium content.

6. Sunflower Seeds

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Sunflower seeds have more or less the same nutrient quotient as nuts. Low salt sunflower seeds are a good munching snack that will help you in losing those extra pounds. If you want quicker results opt for salt free seeds.

7. Soy Chips

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Soy chips are a healthy snack that is high on fiber and low on fat. It is also a great source of soy protein that facilitates weight loss and prevents fat deposits. Team it with appetizing bean dip for extra taste and nutrient.

8. High-fiber Granola bars

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These high-fiber bars are a perfect snack option. These are high on nutrients and taste. Made from whole grain and real nuts, these bars have the right calorie count and are low on sugar and fat content.

9. Edamame

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Edamame is an ideal snack that can be eaten hot or chilled. Add a dash of salt and it turns into an easy and fresh snack to be enjoyed between meals.

10. Cottage Cheese-filled Avocado

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This dairy and fruit combination snack is a healthy option to munch between meals. This delicacy is best when you wish to satiate your palate with something creamy, rich and scrumptious. Slice the avocado into two and remove the pit to form a scoop. Fill this with cottage cheese and you are ready to satiate your hunger pang without adding calories.

To sum up, choosing a right snack is crucial for your weight loss program. Packed with appropriate ingredients these healthy snacks will help you lose few extra pounds without much ado.

Traditional Homemade Anti-Aging Medicines That Work aging #Fashion #Beauty #Ayurveda


        

Here are the top natural anti-aging medicines:

 

1. Honeyhoney1

Honey is nature’s best moisturizer and we all know that to keep wrinkles at bay, our skin needs to be properly moisturized at all times. Apply honey on your face and leave it on for 15-20 minutes to hydrate your skin and get rid of fine lines.

2. Almond, rosewood and sandalwood oilsalmond-oil

A mixture of these three oils can do wonders for your skin! Apply the mixture onto your skin and gently massage and leave on for 10 to 15 minutes. Regular use will get rid of wrinkles, fine lines as well as crow’s feet!

 

3. Almond and milkalmond-milk

You can make a face pack by soaking almonds overnight, grinding it and mixing it with milk. Apply the pack on your face and leave it for 20 minutes before rinsing it off. You will see a visible difference in your skin.

 

4. Lemon juicelemon-juice

This is a great natural remedy if you want to lighten your skin and get rid of age spots and other blemishes. 

5. Mashed strawberries
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Strawberries are yummy and full of anti-oxidants which are useful to keep aging at bay! Now you can apply mashed strawberries on your face and see age spots and fine lines disappear when you rinse the pack off.

 

6. ShilajitShilajit

This is a magical Ayurvedic medicine that is used for curing different ailments. It is also known for its wondrous anti-aging properties. It is a sticky substance that is blackish-brown in color found in rock formations in the Himalayas. It is sold in capsule form and regular use will definitely keep you younger-looking.

 

7. Rasayana
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This is another wonderful Ayurvedic medicine that is used to rejuvenate not only our skin but also the mind and body. It is a mixture of as many as 40 different herbs and minerals that takes weeks to prepare and complete.

 

8. Chyawanprash
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Chyawanprash is a part of the Ayurvedic Rasayanas. It is a mixture of herbs, minerals and fruits that help keep the body and mind rejuvenated. If you are looking for a potent anti-aging medicine that has added health benefits, this is the one for you!

 

9. Ashwaganda

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In the Ayurvedic stream, Ashwaganda is one of the most powerful Rasayana remedies and is often used on its own for rejuvenation. It is often called the Indian ginseng due to its magical rejuvenating powers.

 

10. Amla oilamla-oil-benefits-for-hair

This is probably one of the most commonly used fruits in Ayurvedic and other natural remedies. It is used for hair care and when used for skin care, it can give you many benefits including wrinkle-free and supple skin.

To keep your skin, body and mind rejuvenated, there is no better way than going natural and using safe, chemical-free medicines to give you the youthful skin you desire!

 

28 Reasons to Start Meditating #YOGA #STRESS #PEACE



#1 Forgive And Let Go

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There are multiple guided meditations for forgiveness available, and learning how to forgive and let go has become a desired quality for many people. It is often believed that peace cannot be achieved without forgiveness, both of ourselves and others, and therefore meditation’s benefits can extend to the entire world. That is, if we choose to let it, of course!

#2 Discover Your Purpose

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Meditation allows for quiet contemplation and the ability to deepen your awareness of yourself and your most subtle thoughts. So through meditation, you are more than likely to ‘tap into’ that special something that you feel is your true purpose in life. Amazing!

It’s a question that we often ponder from time to time – what is my purpose in life, and how do I find it? Well the answer is simple.

#3 Assists In Quitting Smoking

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Yep – meditation can even help you to quit smoking! Often people who are addicted to smoking feel the need to pop a cigarette in their mouth as soon as they begin to feel stressed. Meditation not only allows you to handle this stress naturally, but it also helps you to focus and carry out your goals more easily. Meditation can certainly get you into the right frame of mind to be able to quit smoking for good!

#4 Increased Job Satisfaction

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Some quiet reflection each day can help you to realize that hey, maybe your job isn’t as bad as you thought! You might think, how can meditation help you to like your job more? But the answer is really quite simple! Meditating increases our ability to handle everyday stress, and it also helps us to focus on the little things in life that we often overlook.

#5 Meditation = Sweat Less

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Perhaps the main reason that meditation makes you sweat less is due to the fact that it relaxes your body and cools it down. When we get very stressed out we tend to tense our whole bodies, exerting much more energy than we need to. When we are tense and over-active, our bodily functions go into overdrive and our body temperature rises, which causes us to sweat.

#6 Relief From Asthma

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It has been suggested that a type of meditation based on yoga principals can help lessen the severity of the symptoms of an asthma attack and have been found to even decrease the frequency of these attacks in people who practiced meditation continuously on a regular basis!

Asthma attacks in many people are brought on by stress and tension and the severity of the attack is often increased by fear and panic of the attack itself. Meditation helps ease this stress and tension.

#7 Can Help Infertility

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Is there anything that meditation can’t do? The practice has also been used for many years now in order to assist women who are finding it difficult to fall pregnant. It has shown promising results, as it is believed that the stresses of infertility can interfere with the release of hormones that regulate ovulation.

#8 Meditate To Drive Better!

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You heard us correctly – meditation can improve one’s driving ability! This is because the practice of meditation makes you a calmer person, and as a result, you are able to handle aggravations on the road easier. You also learn vital skills in focusing on the task at hand and avoiding distractions.

#9 Overcome Addiction

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Some people suffer from an addiction to drugs, pills and pain killers, but the truth is that meditating has shown proven benefits and results when it comes to breaking the habit. The physical discomfort, pain and illness along with emotional and mental suffering from undergoing rehabilitation can last weeks or months. Guided meditation and positive affirmations are an important part of giving up drugs as it aims to improve confidence and reprogram thought patterns.

 

#10 Rose-Tinted Glasses

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Meditation allows us to become more objective, and as a result, we are able to analyze ourselves truthfully. Off come the rose-tinted glasses that make us see ourselves as perfect, and instead, we begin to understand and work out how to build upon, or diminish, our true flaws.

If you’ve never meditated before, it can be opening to see what your mind looks like from the inside. Many people go through their whole lives without challenging the way they think or viewing themselves objectively; you can really effect change in your life when you take a moment to think about it.

#11 Time To Slow Down

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In this modern age, it seems as though life is going a little too fast, and many struggle to simply enjoy the present moment. Meditation can help you do this, as it forces you to slow down, find some peace and quiet, and just focus on the ‘now’! Mindfulness meditation is particularly good for this, as it encourages people to quietly take in their surroundings in the present moment.

#12 Migraines Be Gone!

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More and more people are suffering from migraines and headaches each year, but the good news is that meditation can stop all of that! One small study of people with migraines found that spiritual meditation reduced headache frequency and improved pain tolerance more than muscle relaxation. Researchers at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine are testing whether an ancient Indian meditation technique can reduce both migraine frequency and severity.

#13 Better Than Morphine!

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We found this research particularly surprising! Did you know that meditation is more effective at reducing pain than morphine is? Wake Forest Baptist University found that meditation could reduce pain intensity by 40 percent and pain unpleasantness by 57 percent. Morphine and other pain-relieving drugs typically show a pain reduction of only 25 percent.

#14 Secret To Living Longer?

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Meditation can also help to stop the aging process! Research done by the University of California, Davis’ Shamatha Project has shown that meditators have significantly higher telomerase activity than non-meditators. Telomerase is the enzyme that helps build telomeres, and greater telomerase activity can possibly translate into stronger and longer telomeres, which can give us the ability to live longer!

#15 Lowers Blood Pressure

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In 2008 60 patients who were suffering from high blood pressure were asked to try a meditation program for three months. An amazing 40 of the 60 patients showed significant drops in their blood pressure levels simply from meditating – no medication was used whatsoever! This is because relaxation creates nitric oxide, which opens up your blood vessels.

#16 Boosts Memory

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A 2005 study on American men and women who meditated for 40 minutes a day showed that they had thicker cortical walls than non-meditators. But what are cortical walls? This means their brains were aging at a slower rate. Cortical thickness is also associated with decision making, attention and memory.

#17 Meditate For Better Sleep

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Do you struggle to fall asleep at night? Or perhaps you wake constantly throughout the early hours of the morning? Well the good news is that meditation can fix all of those annoying sleep problems! Higher mindfulness from meditation is associated with lower activation at bedtime, which could have benefits for sleep quality and future ability to manage stress.

#18 Lessons Teen Depression

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It has been proven that teenagers can also benefit from practicing meditation, and this is because it lowers depression among teens. Meditation will allow teenagers to experience less stress, depression, and anxiety, according to a study from the University of Leuven. Teenage years can be a difficult period of mixed emotions, confusion, and fear, however meditation could provide the answers to all of these problems!

#19 Fights Flu Too!

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Ah, the dreaded cold season! The good news is that meditation can lessen the nasty effects of colds and flu. Researchers from the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Health found that people who meditate regularly miss fewer days of work from acute respiratory infections, and they also experience a shortened duration of symptoms. Winning!

#20 Fights Loneliness In Seniors

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Even the elderly should be practicing meditation regularly, as it decreases the common feeling of loneliness experienced as one gets older. Loneliness in seniors can be quite dangerous, especially as it raises the risk of a number of health concerns. A recent study found that meditation can even boost their health by reducing the expression of genes linked with inflammation.      

#21 Helps Others Too

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Meditation doesn’t just benefit you, it can also benefit those you come into contact with on a daily basis. For example, meditation makes us more compassionate and virtuous, and therefore, we are likely to treat others better! This is what a study in the journal Psychological Science found.

Why not take 15 minutes out of your day to not only help yourself, but improve the way you treat those around you? It makes sense that an exercise that helps you see yourself objectively will help you observe how you treat others.

#22 Permanent Rewards!

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Another fantastic benefit of meditation is the fact that you can still reap the rewards – even when you’re not actively meditating! Meditation allows for more permanent benefits in the way your brain processes emotions. This is according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. So practice, practice, practice!

Even if you don’t feel results during or right after meditation, you may find yourself feeling the benefits of the meditation exercise throughout the day.

#23 Helps Cancer Sufferers

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Meditation can also provide benefits to those undergoing cancer treatment. Research from the Jefferson-Myrna Brind Center of Integrative Medicine shows that basic meditation, when teamed with art therapy, can decrease the stress symptoms of some cancer sufferers. We think this news is very promising! A natural treatment like meditation is loads better than having to take a drug which can cause side effects.

 

#24 Makes Music Better?

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Here’s a weird, but true, fact! Meditation can also make music sound better. This is because meditation improves our focus, and as a result, we are able to appreciate and experience music more. If the Psychology of Music journal published it, it must be true!

It makes total sense though; when you meditate you are filtering out all the noise that is normally running through your head. Filter out all that noise and the music will be hitting a blank canvas.

#25 Protects Against Mental Illnesses

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Did you know that meditation can also protect our brains from mental illness? It’s true! A meditation technique known as integrative body-mind training has been linked with increased signaling connections in the brain, something called axonal density, as well as increased protective tissue (myelin) around the axons in the anterior cingulate brain region. Pretty impressive!

#26 Meditate For Study Success

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Researchers from the University of California, Santa Barbara found that college students who were trained in basic meditation performed better on the verbal reasoning section of the GRE, and also experienced improvements in their working memory.If you’re currently studying at high school or college, then you’ll definitely be interested in this fact!

#27 Start With Stress

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The most well-known benefit of meditation is that it decreases stress levels, and recent research published in the journal of Health Psychology shows that meditating also decreases the stress hormone cortisol. So even science can prove what some people believed to be “mumbo jumbo”!

When you think about it, it makes sense that meditation relieves stress, as it’s basically an exercise in relaxation. Remember, stress can lead to a lot of serious health problems like strokes, coronary disease, and high blood pressure, with that in mind meditation is great for your overall health.

#28 You Can ‘Zen’ Out

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“Zen” is often a word used in association with meditation, but it is also a major benefit of the practice. Regular meditation will allow you to become more focused, or “zen”, and as a result your brain will have better control over processing pain and emotions.

This isn’t just speculation, this is according to a study in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. Meditation is proven to be good for your emotional wellbeing; after all, who actually likes pain?

Top Ten Fears of Men/Women


Fear is the oldest and strongest emotion of mankind, it is the basic instinct that is always been a part of us from the day we are born. Fear is sometimes unavoidable, and the best way to overcome the fear is to face it head on, and sometimes the best way is to avoid thinking the same, such as the fear of death.

Human nature is said to be very complex. From the time of Stone Age, people have learned to be strong, competitive and courageous in times of danger. However, they have also developed fear of something which has been passed on from generations. The percentage of fear may differ from person to person and whatever may be the root cause, every sane person in the world would have experienced fear.

Flip over the pages to find out the most common “fears” to humans as compiled by WondersList.

#10 Flying

It is often referred to as aerophobia, where a person is very scared of being in a flying vehicle, such as an airplane or a helicopter. In these cases, when a person is compelled to travel by air, the level of anxiety rises to such extent that it prevents a person from travelling by air.
In a move to keep them relaxed while taking a flight on an airplane, people go ahead and spend loads of money on prescription drugs or Self-help books and behavior modification audio CDs.

#9 Dogs

The man’s best friend may be someone’s worst enemy. Dogs do generate some amount of fear to humans who have experienced dog attacks in the past. However, it is a fact that dogs prone to attack the people who are panicked, if a dog senses any fear from the person’s behavior, it is most likely to attack that person. The unusual fear of dogs is called Cynophobia and is one of the most legitimate fears in this list.

#8 Spiders

Even though we see them very commonly in our houses and gardens, many people fear Spiders the most.  The irrational fear of spiders is called Arachnophobia and is believed that millions around the globe are suffering from it. Psychology professor Jon May says that spider’s angular shaped legs, dark colors and the way they move unpredictably are some of the key elements which cause people to fear this insect.

#7 Rats

Even though rats are small and commonly found everywhere, the very sight makes people restless. Rats make humans to panic and are the cause to one of the most common specific phobias, named Musophobia. It is caused by the unconscious as a protective mechanism. This happens when a person had a traumatic experience with a mouse or rat in the past and the fear is triggered whenever the person encounters it or even seeing them on TV or in movies.

#6 Death

Death is unavoidable and if not all, many fear dying. The best way to avoid fear of death is to avoid thinking about it and enjoy the present life. However, in some cases the fear of death becomes so prevalent; it affects the daily routine of an individual. This fear is often termed as Thanatophobia or Necrophobia, a specific phobia which is the irrational fear of dead things as well as things associated with death.

#5 Blood

The life giving blood is also the factors to cause fear. Some people get paranoid at the sight of blood. The fear of blood is known as blood phobia or Hematophobi. It is an abnormal and persistent fear of blood. People suffering from this phobia dread the sight of their own blood. The fear is also triggered by the sight of blood of another person or an animal and even filmed image of blood. It may remind a person of their own vulnerability to injury.

#4 Heights

It is natural to humans to fear when exposed to heights and that too if there is minimal or no protection. Some people love heights, they adventure themselves to skydiving to thrill their spine. However, many people suffer from this legitimate fear of heights. The interesting fact is that a person who is suffering from fear of heights has no set limit for how high is too high, the person shows equal intense reactions when he is exposed to the height on top of a mountain or a ladder.

#3 Darkness

Many are scared of dark, the fear of darkness is usually not fear of darkness itself, but it is the fear of unknown, the possible or imagined dangers concealed by darkness. In most cases this fear is mixed with the fear of ghosts and other mystical figures. People suffering from excessive fear of dark is named Lygophobia, it is the intense fear of something that does not pose a real danger.

#2 Thunderstorms

This fear is called Astraphobia. Both humans and animals may develop a fear of thunder and lightning. Many children and even grownups are afraid of storms, sometimes they do not get over it and the fear remains ingrained when they grow older. This is an age old fear and from generations people have trembled at the sound of thunder and have placed a huge respect for this magnificent power of nature.   

#1 Snakes

The graceful, long and slender nature, Snake tops the list of most feared things to humans. Snake is one of the most dangerous and deadliest animals in the world and the fear of snakes is one of the most common phobias, yet many have not encountered a snake. Generally, people fear snakes for their venom, and the possibility that their lives may be in danger.  However, being afraid of the serpent is natural, which signifies a healthy respect towards them.

Beauty Benefits Of Chocolates


We all love to eat chocolates and seldom spare a few bites for others. It is delicious and tempting! Dark chocolate is known for its health and beauty benefits. Yes, you read it right. Dark chocolate which was considered fattening earlier has become famous for beauty treatment these days. It is applied on the skin to get rid of acne, protects the skin from sun damage and moisturizes it. Chocolate is rich in Vitamins A and E which repairs the skin cells and rejuvenates it. Delicious chocolates also have antioxidant that prevents skin damage due to free radicals.
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You might have read chocolate waxing and chocolate facial in parlours or salons. Chocolate is widely used by celebrities too! Chocolate waxing is safe and a skin-friendly method of hair removal. Even chocolate facial is quite popular for its anti-ageing properties. This yummy facial fights ageing and tightens the skin too.Check out some beauty benefits of chocolate.
Beauty benefits of chocolate:
Scrub: You can use chocolate powder with milk and yogurt to make a homemade scrub. It cleanses the skin, exfoliates and brightens it. Chocolate powder can either be melted before or while mixing with milk. Apply it on the wet face and neck. Scrub for 10 minutes in both clockwise and anti-clockwise directions and then leave for 5 minutes. Rinse with cold water.
Anti-ageing: We all do not wish to see the fine lines forming on the face. Chocolate benefits the skin as the beauty product fights ageing. Dark chocolates have flavonoid which increases skin elasticity and fights ageing. Melt chocolate in milk and then massage on the face twice or thrice a week to prevent the formation of fine lines.
Glowing skin: Chocolate facial is very popular for this beauty benefit. The yummy chocolate helps bring fairness and improve skin complexion. You can mix cocoa powder with milk, honey and oatmeal. Apply it on the face and neck and leave for 15-20 minutes. Rinse with cold water to get fresh, clean and glowing skin in a few weeks.
Detox skin: Cocoa powder when mixed with caffeine becomes the best beauty product to detox the skin. Massage the skin with this mix to get rid of oily and dull skin. Chocolate face packs like these opens the skin pores and removes dead skin cells.
Sun tan: Sun damage is very common especially in this hot season. Protect the skin from harmful UV rays by applying chocolate. This beauty ingredient has flavonoids and antioxidants that softens the skin, prevents premature skin discolouration and sun tan.

Remedies For Dry Skin After Shaving


Do you suffer from dry, flaky and itchy skin after shaving?
You use a good quality razor and an expensive cream, but it is of no avail. Be it with men or women, it is a very common problem for everyone. For women, especially during summers, it becomes a big problem. Continuous shaving of legs, hands, pelvic area, bikini line makes the skin very dry, itchy and sensitive. The best way to avoid this problem is to prepare your skin for shaving. We have to moisturize our skin very well before and after shaving. It soothes our skin and makes shaving easier as well.
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Let’s have a look at the remedies that we can use to get rid of dry skin after a shave:
Moisturizing oils Take a cloth and dip it in hot water and pat on your skin several times. Make sure the water is not very hot. Apply jojoba oil or avocado oil on your face, legs, arms or any part of your body after shaving. These are very effective moisturizing oils.
Strawberry pack Mash some strawberries, mix it with sour cream and make a fine paste. Apply it on your skin after shaving. Leave it for minimum 15 minutes and rinse it off with normal water. It is one of the best remedies to treat dry skin after shaving.
Cornstarch-honey pack Mix cornstarch, honey and whole milk and make a paste. Smear this paste on your skin after shaving and leave it for 10 minutes. Make sure you apply it 15 minutes after saving. Rinse this pack off with warm water.
Homemade aftershave lotion To make this lotion, take dried comfrey leaves, calendula flowers, hazel extract, rose water, glycerin, lavender and sandalwood essential oil. You have to dry the leaves, flowers and hazel extract for two weeks and then mix it with the remaining ingredients. Once prepared, you can use it for six months to treat dry skin after shaving.
Aloe vera gel It is a very great remedy for dry skin. The gel moisturises the skin and heals it very well. You can either buy it from market or if you have it in your kitchen garden, you can extract the gel easily.
Colloidal oatmeal baths It is very good for dry skin and also used for skin diseases like eczema. You simply have to buy oatmeal from the market or can make it at home. Take finely grounded oatmeal. Fill the bathtub with and add this powder to it. Soak yourself in the tub for 15 minutes and rinse it off.
Honey and vinegar Smear a layer of honey on your skin after shaving. Wash it with warm water after five minutes and then splash apple cider vinegar on the area. It soothes the skin and helps you get rid of flaky skin. Try these home remedies to treat dry skin after shaving.
Sheetal Tewari

Amazing Benefits Of Neem Oil For Skin And Hair : #Beauty


Grown throughout India, neem tree is well known not only for its medicinal properties but also for taking care of environmental issues. Neem trees are native to India and other parts of Asia and are known as Margosa Tree in English and their botanical term is Azadirachta Indica.  Neem is a multipurpose herb and because of its exceptional medicinal properties of curing illness, it is often referred to as “plant with a promise”.

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In ancient Vedas, neem tree is referred to “Sarva Roga Nirvarini” – one capable of curing every illness and ailments. Neem has been used in India since thousands of years and is used extensively in many Ayurveda medicines for its disease fighting properties. Every part of the tree, branch, leaves, barks, fruits, flowers and root are extremely beneficial as they contain azadirachtin compound which gives neem its anti-bacterial, antifungal and anti-parasitic properties. Neem is extremely beneficial in treating various infections and strengthening the immune system. Besides its several health benefits it is also used in a variety of household products. Neem is a safe product to use and does not lead to any side effects.

From this tree comes the famed neem oil. Neem oil is a vegetable oil extracted from the fruits and seeds of neem tree. The oil is light to dark brown in colour depending upon its method of processing. It is very bitter in taste mainly because of its triglycerides and triterpenoid compounds. It is used for several purposes. Neem oil contains fatty acids like oleic acid and linoleic acid which are beneficial for the skin. The benefits of neem oil are many.

A. Benefits Of Neem Oil For Hair

1. Weekly application of neem oil can result in healthier scalp and healthy hair. Massage the oil well into the scalp and leave it overnight or apply it prior to washing. When using neem oil, dilute it with some other carrier oils like almond oil or coconut oil as neem is a very strong oil and has a strong smell which people with sensitive noses might find difficult to tolerate. Apart from the odour, the concentrated nature of neem oil may cause reactions to people with sensitive skin.

2. Neem oil is a natural cure for dandruff and dry scalp.  Many dandruff shampoos utilize neem oil and regular usage can prevent dandruff from forming. Neem shampoo is the most convenient way to prevent other scalp ailments like itchy scalp and psoriasis. Regular application of the oil can also help to resolve thinning issue as the oil promotes hair growth and strengthens hair from the roots.

3. Neem oil can also be used to condition rough and frizzy hair.  Add a few drops of oil to the shampoo and then apply the shampoo on your hair and leave it for a while. The hair will retain a nice shine once the hair gets dried.

4. Neem oil is a safe way to remove head lice. Other chemical products to remove lice can lead to several undesired effects on the scalp. Leave the neem oil overnight and then comb with a nit comb to remove lice. Neem oil does not have any adverse effects and there has been no allergic reaction to neem.

5. Neem oil is also known for its ability to increase hair growth. It can be used to counter the effects of hair thinning due various reasons including stress, medication, pollution and more. It promotes hair growth and improves the quality of your hair at the same time.

B. Benefits Of Neem Oil For Skin

Neem oil is loaded with nutrients and is used in a variety of lotions, creams soaps and of course cosmetics. It is extremely beneficial for eczema prone skin and will benefit people who suffer from psoriasis and acne. Its astringent properties help to cure minor cuts and wounds. Probably this is the reason ointments carry neem oil as it primary component.  Neem oil helps to relieve dry and itchy skin.

6. Neem contains high level of antioxidants which protect the skin from environmental damage. It also contains carotenoids which provide high antioxidants that defend the skin against age promoting free radicals. Neem oil is high in essential fatty acids and Vitamins. It gets easily absorbed by the skin and rejuvenates it and improves its elasticity. With regular usage, neem also smoothens wrinkles and fine lines, thus fights the signs of ageing.

7. Neem oil is ideal for acne prone skin because it clears up pimples and removes bacteria that cause break outs. Neem oil contains aspirin like compound which removes the acne causing bacteria from the skin. It also helps to reduce redness and inflammation. The high fatty acid content in neem oil prevents and treats scar that occurs because of acne and is non comedogenic. It can also be used as a face mask to remove the entire impurities ad tightens the pores.

8. The root of eczema mainly lies in the genes and runs in the family. Neem oil helps to relieve eczema symptoms but cannot cure the root cause of eczema. Since neem is particularly high in Vitamin E and fatty acids, it quickly penetrates the outer layer of the skin restoring the protective barrier and prevents moisture loss. Its ability to reduce inflammation and heal abrasion soothes eczema irritation. The nimbidin and nimbin compounds and the neem oil help to relieve redness and swelling. It also helps to heal dry and damaged skin. Its antiseptic properties keep infections at bay.

9. Fungal infections of the skin like ring worms, nail fungus and atheletes foot are quite common. Neem being one of the most powerful anti-fungal agents available in nature makes for a good replacement for the over the counter creams that are available at the pharmacists. The two compounds from the leaves of the neem responsible for this are the gedunin and nimbidol. These compounds destroy the fungi that causes this infection. Tests have proven that neem oil is effective on 14 different cultures of fungi.

Other benefits:

10. Dental care products like toothpaste, mouth wash, and rinse contains neem oil as it has antiseptic properties which keep teeth and gum healthy and infection free.

11. It is used in preparing medicines that treat diabetes, arthritis, blood disorder and digestive problems.

12. Skin care companies often include neem oil in their cosmetics as an essential oil. It is extremely popular in all products of aromatherapy that help to restore mental health.

13. This is a multipurpose oil and is also used in the production of pesticides, fungicide and germicide which makes it a valuable component for agricultural purposes. Its active ingredients inhibit the growth of insects by interrupting their life cycle.

14. Neem oil is also used in various pet care products. Neem pet care products are helpful to deter ticks and fleas as well as controlling mange, hot spots, scabies and other skin diseases in animals. Neem oil is powerful enough to kill ticks and lice in pets and also prevent the re -occurrence to a certain extent when added to their shampoo. We can also spray this in the area where your pets usually spend time to prevent them from contracting them again.

15. Neem oil is an excellent repellent for a wide variety of common garden bugs including caterpillars, nematodes, locust’s beetles and mites. At home neem oil can combat ant, cockroach and termite infestation.

16. Neem oil can also be used a deterrent for grounds of mosquito breeding. Emulsify the water in the area with neem oil and the odour will discourage mosquitoes from breeding in that area.

17. Mix neem oil and dish washing liquid in equal proportions well and transfer to a spray bottle. This solution can the be used to preserve your plants by spraying the leaves, barks and roots also.

18. But if you already are facing the trouble of mosquito infestation apart from using neem oil to prevent breeding, you can also use it to ward them off. Add 10% of neem oil to your lamp oil and allow it to burn. The odour will ward off the mosquitoes.

19. Cleaning the carpets and mattress thoroughly is one of the biggest troubles. You can get the grime off but then removing the bacteria is the hardest isn’t it? Just add neem oil to your carpet shampoo and spray your mattress with neem oil to remove all the mites, bacteria or fungi that might have made their breeding ground there.

20. Neem oil can also be used to treat minor cuts and wounds. Mix neem oil and vasaline in the proportion of 1:5 and then allow it to be.

FiveYoga Poses That Combat Depression


One of the chapters in my life included a 10-year bout with deep depression. This depression became compounded when I was confronted with loss and grief.

I took antidepressants of varying kinds for many years and attempted talk therapy. For me, none of these approaches worked.This is not to say antidepressant medications and psychotherapy arent appropriate for some people. They just weren’t appropriate or helpful for me.

It was only when I began practicing yoga that I started to see and feel concrete, sustained shifts in my mental patterns, emotions, and internal state of being.

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Anxiety disorders, including depression, are the most common mental illness in the United States.

Many people suffer in silence, not realizing anything is wrong. Thoughts such as, “This is just how I am,” that feeling depressed is normal, or that nothing can make things better can keep people from seeking help.

While it’s normal for everyone to get the blues or feel dishearted or depressed from the loss of a loved one, when these feelings last for more than two weeks and start to interfere with daily functioning and activities, this can be termed a “major depressive episode,” according to the ADAA (Anxiety and Depression Association of America).

There are differing opinions on the cause of depression, but research supports the idea that depression may stem from the mind.

Yoga’s unique mind-body approach is being used more and more to reduce stress in cases of PTSD, treat depression, and to enhance overall well-being.

The following three studies provide some insight into the benefits of yoga for depression and anxiety:

  • One study reported that GABA levels increased after a session of yoga in experienced practitioners. GABA acts as a neurotransmitter which inhibits nerve transmission to the brain, resulting in calming and quieting the mind.
  • In another study of women suffering from mental distress, the women showed “significant improvements on measures of stress and psychological outcomes” after participating in a 3-month Iyengar yoga class.
  • 13 psychiatric inpatients were studied to determine the effects of yoga on mood. Participants reported significant improvements in tension-anxiety, depression-dejection, anger-hostility, fatigue-inertia, and confusion-bewilderment.

Yoga asana can be a powerful practice for depression or anxiety, and a key component of this is the breath.

The breathing used in yoga, such as Ujjayi, calms our stress response system and contributes to a state of calm. The result is a mind-body connection that can have far-reaching effects.

There are many yoga poses that individually can be helpful, but an integrated, regular yoga practice, including meditation, can reconnect you with your true essence and your inherent wholeness. In that space of “being,” there is a release of attachment to our worries, problems, fears, or circumstances.

Here are five poses that can specifically help with depression:

Forward fold (Uttanasana). In Light on Yoga, B.K.S. Iyengar says about Uttanasana, “Any depression felt in the mind is removed if one holds the pose for two minutes or more.”

Head-to-Knee Forward Bend (Janu Sirsasana). This seated forward fold is calming for the mind, stretches the hamstrings and groin, and stimulates the liver and kidneys [1].

Cobra (Bhujangasana). This backbend can be done in stages. It expands the chest and gives elasticity to the lungs [1].

Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana) . Bridge pose is a backbend that strengthens the legs, opens the chest, and stimulates the abdominal organs, lungs, and thyroid. Supported bridge, done with a block under your sacrum, is a nourishing restorative version.

Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana). Sirsasana is called the “king of all asanas.” [1] Inversions literally turn your world upside down and give your brain cells a fresh supply of blood. Attention and presence are essential in this pose and thus a great way to pause your thoughts and renew your perspective. Restorative versions of sirsasansa, done with props, are an option as well.

These are just a few of my favorites. I’m also sharing a hip and hamstring practice by Kia Miller on Gaiam TV below. Opening the hips and hamstrings is a powerful practice that can release energetic blocks and allow our bodies and minds to function from a more balanced, open place.

By Monique Minahan