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8 Amazing Health Benefits of Wheatgrass

Wheatgrass can perform miracles to our body and health in so many ways and so quickly. If you haven’t considered it in your diet, the only explanation is that you are not fully aware of how powerful this plant is. It seemingly takes forever to list all the benefits you can get from wheatgrass.

Wheatgrass is simply the young grass from the common wheat plant called Triticum aestivum  (Wikipedia).  It can be consumed in the form of juice, fine green powder or tablets. Either ways, wheatgrass has been renowned as a superfood or the favorite food of nutritionists.

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Top 5 destinations for Yoga in India

‘Yoga’ is not an uncommon term for most people across the globe and the ancient system of physical and meditational exercises has stemmed into a wide array of practices, belief systems and schools. With its origins dating back to Vedic India (1900 BCE), the word ‘Yoga’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Yuj’, which is a verb for ‘to join’ or ‘to connect’ used in a figurative sense. Hence, ‘to yoke’, ‘to harness’, or ‘to concentrate’ are the most widely accepted translations for the word.

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Wellness

Health benefits of Sauna

Many years ago, the Finnish discovered that pouring water over heated rocks in a small enclosed room created a very hot, dry heat – the sauna. We all have heard  about the miracle of infrared or dry sauna in our life. But have you ever think that what is the connection  between your body and dry saunas?

 

The fact you should know that just sitting in the infrared sauna can burn 400-600 calories in just 30 minute session. If you are interested in find out more such interesting facts about infrared saunas and how it helps us to stay healthy and fit, then don’t forget to check out the below infographic from UK Saunas

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Open kitchens lead to overeating says new study

A new study published by the Kim Rollings assistant professor at Notre Dame in the Journal of Environment and Behavior suggests that open kitchens may lead to people overeating. In a study conducted by the professor on 57 students, at the University, it was found that students in the group that used the open kitchen consumed 170 calories on an average more than those in the control group.

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From Treatment to wellness:Is India really unhealthy


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Yesterday I was doing some research on the chyawanprash market in India and I found some rather interesting stats. The Chyawanprash market which is roughly Rs 400 crore saw a 25% growth in 2010. This is after a decade of single digit growth for the category.

Then in the evening I was reading how Pepsico was investing heavily in the health and wellness segment with its juices and brands like Quaker oats.

And at night I read an article which showed that Britannia was heavily investing in the ‘Nutrichoice’ brand to promote wellness.

So everyone has suddenly jumped on the wellness band wagon. From Dabur to Ranbaxy and from Britannia to Pepsi all want to make products to make you healthy.
But that brought me to another question, what has changed all of a sudden? Why concentrate on wellness now? Is Indian really in danger of being declared unhealthy?

One easy solution I found on the WHO site was that when corporations focus on disease they limit their market, but when they concentrate on wellness they have the entire human population. In India’s case almost 1 billion plus market make a very attractive proposition.

Terms like baked, low fat, no fat, cholesterol free, 3 omega, etc have become marketing clutch words. The focus is to get us healthy and wise. But do we really need these products?

My twelve years in the healthcare industry combined with the 7 years in medical school have taught me that the human body is more than capable of taking care of itself absorbing the right nutrients from the diet. The balaced diet chart that all of us read since kindergarten.

Stress levels among Indians is actually lower this year as compared to last year. Ina survey by accounting and consulting firm Grant Thornton, reveals that only 42% of Indian businesses felt an increase in stress levels as compared to 56% last year. The study was conducted amongst 6,000 businesses globally.

So probably taking these wellness supplements have helped Indians reduce their stress levels. To add to this many other initiatives like Yoga Camps and Art of living classes might have contributed to the lowering stress levels.

But the question still remains why the emphasis on wellness now, maybe the competition in normal products have forced companies to jump on to the wellness bandwagon.

The results will be known only after a while but for now enjoy your low fat snack…