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Ok, lets start with a quick trivia – What is the difference between the term Marriage and Wedding ?
Wedding is the ceremony to get into a relationship called Marriage 🙂
Therefore inviting people by writing “You are invited to my wedding.” is correct rather than saying “You are invited to my marriage”.
Every young girl dreams of getting married to her prince charming some day in a fairy tale manner. Weddings in any culture are a big moment for any girl or groom for that matter.
Girls from the subcontinent like India, Pakistan, Middle East Asia (UAE, Dubai) etc. have a long drawn tradition of preparing for the wedding-months in advance.
These days Bollywood style weddings are quite a rage in India and with Indians settled abroad in US, UK and other parts of the world.
Most often the preparation involves Guest list planning, Venue Selection, Wedding Jewelry,Clothing, Food, logistics and following the traditional rituals during the wedding ceremony.
On a personal front though, the bride and the groom focus on enhancing their appearance only at the last moment.
This typically involves, hiring a bridal makeup artist or specialist to do makeup during engagement and wedding events.
There are very few who really focus on wedding “make over”.
Most of my clients are confused between MakeUp and MakeOver especially for such a big event in their life called Wedding.
In order to appear “your Best” during the wedding period, its not only important to focus on Makeup, Jewelry, Clothing aspects but also on enhancing your personality and health.
In order to appear your best during the wedding period, we generally recommend to start the basic preparation of focusing on your health and lifestyle aspects at least 4-6 months in advance. This would involve focus on your diet, daily routine , building stamina and focusing on critical health aspects like managing your periods,PCOD related issues etc., skin care , dental hygiene and hair care. The most important aspect governing most of these health areas is Diet and lifestyle modifications.
Consult a good dietitian and make subtle changes in your lifestyle based on your health issues can prepare you for the big day and the life after wedding 🙂
3 Simple Exercises for a Healthy Living
We all know and are always inspired to do excercises and cultivate a healthly lifestyle.
However, due to the daily grind and tight schedules in our lives, the morning rush hour for school,college, office meetings and deadlines – sometimes its hard to make this a regular habit.
Most of us make it a new year resolution and perform it as a daily habit. However, after a few days/weeks, the enthusiasm dies down. We forget or cannot keep up with this plan and eventually, it ends up becoming NEXT new year’s resolution – and the cycle continues 🙂
It’s quite important to form a regular habit of exercising in order to remain healthy and also to heal faster from any eventualities.
Basic exercising is like regular service and maintenance of a car – if not done regularly , the wear and tear – stress of our daily lives will eventually take its toll on our general well being. It becomes hard to manage good health and recovery from illness after the age of 40.
Hence, from a long term perspective of general well being – its important to do regular exercise.
It helps immensely in recovery from simple health issues like weather-depression, cough & cold to PCOS/PCOD, stomach,acne and stamina issues and for improved brain functions to be more productive in our daily lives.
As a doctor , I generally recommend these basic 5 exercises to my patients based on their lifestyle, prior health history and after careful analysis of their body types. It’s also important to follow a routine for exercising and take care of certain DO’s and Dont’s before and after exercising.
- Mornings are best for regular exercise, however its ok to do it in the evening time too.
Generally, preferred timings for these exercises would be between 5 am to 8am (earlier the better) and for evenings between 4pm-6pm.
- It should not take more than 20-30 mins to complete the entire session.
- Also, generally, do not eat anything 2 hours prior to exercising and 1 hour post doing the exercises.
- Find a cool and clam place to do these exercises – roof tops, garden areas, balcony etc are preferred places.
- Use a yoga mat which is soft yet firm and provides enough grip while exercising without a risk of slipping while performing stretches.
- Wear loose clothing or yoga pants and round-neck t-shirts. Bare foot is best for performing these simple excercises.
So, here we go……….
- Warm Ups (10 mins)
– Do simple breathing for 5 mins – with large cycle of inhaling and short cycle of exhaling.
– Stretching and bending of back to loosen the muscles
– Side ward bending , forward bending , Neck -Shoulder rotations etc.
- Regular Exercises (10 mins)
– The best would be complete Surya Namaskar poses for a count of 10 -20 based on your stamina and progress.
- Cool Down (5 mins)
– Pranayama and shavasana.
Its pretty important to do these exercises for a regular period of 6-8 weeks without fail, for your brain to form it as an habit.
Also to start seeing the benefits of this lifestyle change – it takes a minimum of 3-4 weeks.
So doing this for 6-8 weeks without fail – is pretty important.
Hope this article inspires, enlightens and brings about a positive change in our lives and makes living a great experience.
Happy Diwali /Deepawali to all……
Management of PCOD or PCOS with Ayurveda is very individualistic and highly customized based on each woman’s specific health needs.Ayurveda pays attention to specific aspects of your overall health, which forms the basis of customizing the treatment.
Following are some of the aspects to consider and focus on, while being treated for PCOS/PCOD –
Ayurvedic body type or Prakriti-
This analysis done by a trained Ayurvedic physician allows us to understand the fine make-up of your body and mind. Choosing specific diet and lifestyle for PCOS is based on this analysis. Also, it helps us understand why one women’s PCOD or PCOS is different than others.
Appetite and digestion-
Ayurveda pays great attention to the status of your digestion, elimination and overall metabolism. PCOD and PCOS being metabolic disorders are deeply connected with past history of poor digestion. Moreover, a link has been seen between poor gut flora and inflammation leading to PCOS.
While deciding the course of Ayurvedic management of PCOS, assessing patient’s current lifestyle is crucial. Sedentary habits can be the reason behind failure of some of the most powerful Ayurvedic therapies employed for treating PCOS. Also, haphazard and poorly planned exercise routines which do not complement one’s body type, may not be useful at all or may lead to complications. Ayurvedic therapy includes a detailed guidance on type of work out or Yoga that suits the patient.
An account of past eating habits usually inquired by Ayurvedic physician helps to understand the probable dietary causes behind the development or worsening of PCOS.
Based on the above points, Ayurvedic management of PCOS/PCOD has the following components:
- Ayurvedic Panchakarma: Highly specialized Ayurvedic detoxification therapies are used to rectify dosha imbalance, improve digestion and enhance a patient’s response to Ayurvedic therapies. These therapies are very advanced and need to be performed by a skilled and experienced Ayurvedic physician.
- Ayurvedic Medications: Many Ayurvedic herbs have individual effects on PCOD. However, Ayurvedic therapy involves use of compound Ayurvedic formulations based on each patient’s specific requirements. A skilled Ayurvedic physician seldom prescribes same medicines for two different PCOS cases.
- Ayurvedic Diet Modifications: A detailed guideline on modifying diet according to patient’s body type and severity of PCOS is an integral part of managing PCOS according to Ayurveda !
- Ayurvedic Lifestyle Modifications: Instructions for Yoga, exercises and a wholesome daily routine are suggested to make therapy effective and the results sustainable.
Unlike conventional medicine Ayurveda never adopts the ‘one size fits all’ approach. This is the reason behind success of Ayurvedic therapies in PCOD and PCOS.
With the onset of winter , typical infection seen among many-young or old is catching the common cold.
Most people have a misconception of common cold being treated with Antibiotics . However, Antibiotics treat bacterial infections, and cold is caused by virus infection. Hence taking Antibiotics will not treat your common cold – in fact, it will worsen your body resistance to fight it. Hence, do not insist your doctor to prescribe antibiotics 🙂
A preventive approach could be taking Vitamin-c tablets or eating oranges (if it suits your body type) . This helps prevent catching cold ..to a great extent.
Some of the common techniques to fight cold are
Cold Remedy #1:
Use a room humidifier or take steam from open water container or kettle or covered container with a open valve – to help relieve nasal congestion. You can add sinus reliving medication or a few drops of eucalyptus oil to the water if required (Eucalyptus can cause skin irritation, so people with sensitive skin can avoid this). Take a few deep breaths to feel the warmth of the steam..however, take care to avoid burns !
For young children and infants – to avoid burns by spilling hot water, a safer technique would be to create “Steam room” by letting the shower run for sometime WITHOUT THE FAN ON in the bathroom.
After a while, this should create enough steam – sit with the baby in the room and enjoy the steam for about 30-45 minutes!
Basically, Inhale steam 2-3 times a day, to ease nasal congestion and drippy nose. Simply holding your head over a pot of boiling water with head covered by a towel and breathing through your nose can relieve congestion and common cold a lot.
Saline nasal spray, warm shower or a room humidifier will also help to a great extent.
Another technique could be to apply Vicks or any other vaporizer to the child’s feet and put on socks -while going to bed.
Cold Remedy #2:
Blow your nose often, but carefully. This is better than pushing back mucus into your head. The best way to blow your nose is to press a finger over one nostril while you blow gently to clear the other and avoid ear aches and cross infections.
Cold Remedy #3 (not recommend for kids):
Use saline nasal sprays or make your own salt water rinse to irrigate your nose.
Salt-water rinsing helps in nasal congestion, while also removing virus particles and bacteria from your nose.
Saline Nasal Spray recipe :
Mix 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon baking soda in a glass of warm water (use distilled, sterile, or previously boiled water).
Fill a bulb syringe with this mixture (or use a Neti pot).
Lean your head over a basin, and using the bulb syringe, gently squirt the salt water into your nose. Hold one nostril closed by applying light finger pressure while squirting the salt mixture into the other nostril. Let it drain. Repeat two to three times, and then treat the other nostril.
Cold Remedy #4:
Gargle with warm salt water early morning and late evenings.
Gargling can moisten a sore or scratchy throat and bring temporary relief.
You can also gargle with a mix of lemon juice in two cups of hot water; mix with one teaspoon of honey. Let the mixture cool to room temperature before gargling.
Cold Remedy #5:
Drink plenty of fluids to get rid of nasal congestion. Drinking water or juice will prevent dehydration and keep your throat moist. You should drink at least 8 to 10 glasses of WARM water daily. Include fluids such as water, herbal teas. Some warm soups might help too!
Avoid or limit intake of cola, coffee, and other drinks with caffeine because it acts like a diuretic and may dehydrate you.
Cold Remedy #6:
Stay warm and rested. Staying warm and resting when you first come down with a cold or the flu helps your body direct its energy toward the immune battle.
Hope these remedies help in fighting common cold and common misconceptions about fighting the cold.
Stay warm and healthy this winter and enjoy the cold 🙂 !!
Here is a incident I found on facebook wall about cost comparison of a surgery for a paitent (author’s mother ) between US and India . This story helps to compare the cost of healthcare between 2 nations.
While I was in the US for couple of years, I always felt that – if India could do so much(in terms of value addition and reduce cost ) in providing software services to US, Europe Japan and other nations – it can definitely be far more effective in lowering the total cost of Healthcare in the US and other countries. Besides cost, there are other aspects like – ease of consulting doctors quickly , getting multiple opinions on a medical condition , admission into hospitals for any suspicion of emergency etc. play a big factor in this bias towards India’s healthcare sector advantage.
Of course, some might argue about the “Quality of healthcare” being different between the hospitals and also the coverage of Insurance.However, the advancements in medical healthcare and ‘quality and reliability of medical service’ among other things has improved tremendously in India in the past few years. There is also onset of “commercialization of healthcare sector” -where doctors/hospitals prescribe unwanted medicines and also surgeries to patients.
However, if comparison is made purely on –the cost of healthcare, then in the US , its is still very high -see the link above for a sample. Affordability of healthcare procedures for even US citizens in the – average to good income group – is still at a premium – so much so, that it eats a significant amount of their savings or future earnings – post insurance coverage & co-pays ! Hence, the Medical tourism trend is still quite popular in India and south Asian countries.
There are lots of other factors besides cost – that one might need to consider when comparing healthcare services between India and the “developed nations” but in the end – India and other such nations – do have a edge in healthcare over the West.
Minor surgeries, chronic illness and preventive healthcare cost is still quite low in India. Medical tourism can really provide a low cost, quick and timely help to most of the healthcare needs of the west.
If any of you can share your good/bad experiences on similar lines, it would be perhaps help others in making a better and informed decision.
Please share your views in comments section below…