Category: Child Health

How to Stay Safe,Fit and Healthy During the Winter Season?

Overview

The Whole year is divided into four different seasons such as summer, winter, autumn, and spring.The coldest season of the year is called as winter season and it comes every year before spring season and after autumn season. Winter season is the most favorite season of a huge number of people across the globe because this season is full of different types of events as well as celebrations.

As a consequence of all these events, individuals pay less attention to their lifestyle as well as dietary habits. Apart from this, it is often seen that the beginning of the winter season can be dangerous for the health of many people. Due to the shortness of days and cold weather of the environment, masses found it very difficult to keep themselves free from diseases and health.Due to bad dietary habits, the immune system gets weakens and a person becomes more prone to diseases as well as injuries.But there’s no need to worry, with the help of proper lifestyle and Dietary habits a person can keep himself or herself fit and healthy.

How to Stay Healthy With Ayurveda

Some of the Major Tips to Stay Healthy, Fit and Safe during the Winter Season are as follows:

Diet and Exercise Tips:

Some tips related to diet as well as exercise with the help of which a person can easily avoid the risk factors of the winter season are:

1.Drink Plenty of Water:

In order to keep himself or herself, a person should drink 4 to 5 liters of water every day to keep his or her body hydrated.A Lot amount of water will help to remove the excess amount of toxins from the body and also boost the immune system. A person should drink warm water rather than Normal or Coldwater.

2.Consume Foods that are Rich in Oils:

The second great tip to keep himself or herself fit during the winter season is to add food rich in oils in daily diets.A person should eat foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids such as Sunflower, Ghee, Green Leafy Vegetables, Walnuts, and Almonds.All these types of food aids in purifying the Liver as well as Skin. Foods that are rich in Omega 3 fatty acids are very effective against Stiffness and Joint Pain. They also possess anti-inflammatory properties that protect the body against multifarious diseases.

3.Sun Exposure:

As most people know that the sun is a great source of Vitamin D. Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that maintains the proper levels of phosphorus as well as calcium in the body.Apart from this, the rays of the sun also keep the body warms. Therefore, instead of sitting in front of heaters or in the blankets, a person should sit outside during day times for the proper exposure to the sun.

Herbal Remedies for Younger Age

4.Drink Herbal Tea:

A person should drink Herbal tea such as tea which contains Tulsi to keep himself or herself healthy during the winter season.The Tulsi plant is a very effective antioxidant and it is very rich in many nutrients.It is often seen that during the winter season, people generally suffer from many problems of Flu and Cold. But if a person drinks a tea rich in Tulsi on a regular basis, then he or she can fight against different types of infections as well as viruses.It improves the overall defense mechanism and also improves the stamina of the body. Herbal Tea also decreases stress and boosts the immunity of the body and protects it from various chronic diseases.

5. Use Different Types of Herbs:

During the winter season, a person should consume herbs such as Aloe vera, Manjishtha, Triphala, Shunthi, Chandan, Anantamool as well as Amla. These herbs are very effective in maintaining a proper balance between all the Three Doshas of the body. In addition to this, the detoxifying properties of these herbs also eliminate free radicals and toxins from the body.

6.Exercise Regularly:

As we know that, during the winter season a person becomes more prone to different types of Weather-related disorders as well as injuries. The major reason behind the risk to the overall health of a person is due to a lack of exercise during the winter season. A person can easily reduce the risk of disorders and injuries with the help of proper exercises and by maintaining proper dietary habits. But some people complain that due to the shortness of days they do not find enough time for exercise. The answer to this complaint is that a person should walk a little to keep themselves warm and active during the winter season.

4. Use Organic Honey:

Organic Honey which is also considered as a natural sweetening agent not only enhances a person’s taste buds but also boosts the level of immunity in a person. Enhanced immunity helps a person to fight against various types of winter allergies. Honey is a great antioxidant agent and it is also very rich in different types of Minerals and Vitamins.

8. Eat more Vegetables and Fruits:

It is often seen that during the winter season, people usually eat unhealthy food and it is very difficult for the digestive fire (Agni) to digest such foods. Therefore, a person should eat a healthy daily diet that includes a good amount of Vegetables as well as Fruits. Winter vegetables such as Turnips, Peas, Spinach, and Carrots are rich in many vitamins and provide essential nutrients to the body and also protect it from various infections. All these vegetables are cooked in many ways and also available in the market during the winter season at affordable costs.

9.Consume Apple Cider Vinegar on a Regular Basis:

The liquid of Apple Cider Vinegar should be used widely during the winter season for the proper maintenance of health. The liquid of Apple Cider Vinegar is rich in many properties that relieve the problems of sinus that are very common during the cold winter season. In addition to these properties, its liquid also provides moisture to the dry hair and also improves the surface of the skin if it is consumed during the morning with water on a regular basis.

Passiflora – Health Benefits, Medicinal Properties and Uses

Passiflora

Introduction

Passiflora: In the 15th century, Spanish missionaries in Peru coined the term Passiflora. He saw this unusual flower as a symbol of crucifixionThe Passion of Christ. Its five petals and 5 sepal arrangement give the appearance of 10 apostles of Jesus Christ (excluding Judas and Peter), five anthers represent the five sacred wounds of Jesus Christ, 3 stigma represent the 3 nails which held the Jesus on cross, tendril of flowers resemble the whips used in flagellation and the filament resembles the crown of the thorns.

Passiflora

Description

It is a perennial vine. The Stems are long, trailing, smooth or pubescent; possessing many tendrils. Its leaves may be 3-lobed or 5-lobed. Petals are bluish-white in color with white and purple corona. Flowers are self-sterile and are often pollinated by Bumblebees and Carpenter bees, fleshy fruit is an oval-yellowish berry, of the size of a hen egg having many seeds. The fruit has scanty pulp in it with a sweetly tart taste. Its color is green at first but it changes to yellow when it matures.  It is mainly found in thickets, near riverbanks, near unmowed pastures, roadsides, disturbed areas, and railroads, with lots of available sunlight. It is not found in shady areas.

Cultivation

It is easily cultivated and is native to the southeastern United States extending into the central portion of the US reaching Illino is Indiana and Ohio. The plants grow in well-drained sandy soil and in sunny areas. It can be planted all year in zone 7-11 (hardiness zone). The plant seeds in the spring season.

Traditional Use

It is used to heal cuts and bruises. It is used as a powerful nervine tonic to treat stress and anxiety.It has also been used traditionally to provide relief to women who are experiencing menopause symptoms such as hot flashes and insomnia.

Latin Name – Passiflora Foetida

Family – Passifloraceae

English Name – Passion Flower, Maypop, Wild-Passion-Fruit, Love-In-A-Mist

Classification

Kingdom – Plantae

Family – Passifloraceae

Genus – Passiflora L.

Common Name – Mukkopeera

Habitat – South America

It is widely used in Ayurveda and alternative medicinal practices as a natural herb and it potentially resolves various health issues.

Useful Part

  • Leaves and stems are very useful
  • The whole plant is very useful
  • At the end of summer, a gathering of aerial parts of the plant is done.

The Action of Passiflora on Our Body

  •  Each part of the plant possesses the specific property and has specific pharmacological action on our body.
  • It has antidepressant, anti-inflammatory, hypnotic, antispasmodic, anti-anxiety, mildly sedative, powerful anti-oxidant

Chemical Composition

Passiflora contains traces of indole alkaloids which include Harman as the main constituent along with Harmine and Harmaline constituents, tiny percentage of maltol and it also contains various flavonoids up to 2.5 percent.

Indications

 It is used in cases of neuralgic pains associated with debility, nervous headache, hysteria, generalized seizures, convulsive movements, oppressed breathing, spasmodic asthma, irritation of brain and nervous system, exhaustion from cerebral fullness, Sleeplessness due to overwork, tetanus, infantile nervous irritation, nervous tachycardia, cardiac palpitation or insomnia.

Therapeutic Classification Index

It has following therapeutic benefits on the Central nervous system, Digestive system, and musculoskeletal system –

  1. Central Nervous System – It reduces stress. Its fruit contains Hydrogen Cyanide (HCN)which is useful in treating headaches and insomnia. It is the herb of choice for treating insomnia.
  2. Digestive System –Fruit is emetic in nature.
  3. Musculoskeletal System – In moderate doses, it acts as an anti-spasmodic with somewhat narcotic nature.

Passiflora as a Sedative

It is a good rest producing agent. It is useful in restlessness and to overcome wakefulness.  It is used in cases of insomnia occurring in infants and old people. It is useful in headache or sleeplessness that occurred due to overwork. It relieves the nervous system and provides peaceful and restful sleep to the patient and on the next day the patient awakens refreshed and quite.

Passiflora as an Antispasmodic Herb

It is very useful in the neuralgic type of pain. It has shown good results in relieving rectal pain, cardiac pain, spasmodic and neuralgic dysmenorrhea, facial neuralgia. It is also associated with or not associated with spasmodic action. It is also proved useful in many reflexes painful conditions incidents with menopause and pregnancy. It is also beneficial in nervous headache, cerebral fullness and also the headache of debility.

Use of Passiflora in Convulsions

 It is proved to be very useful in convulsive disorders. It has shown very good results in treating tetanus, occurring in both man and horse.  In case if any warming sign of convulsion occurs to you, then, in this case, it is given in full doses as in this condition this remedy proves to be of considerable value, but once the attack has started then it is of no use. But it has shown good results in treating all stages of convulsions. It has shown good control in spasms occurring in childhood, irrespective of the reason, whether due to worms, due to dentition or due to any undigested ailment.  In1896, Dr. Holmes reported a case of post-partum puerperal eclampsia in which a patient had two convulsions before but by the hypodermatic use of two drachms of Passiflora (Passiflora Incarnata), the patient got relief. It has proved to be successful in hysteria with spasmodic movements along with whooping cough in association with convulsions.

Preparation and Dosage

 It is available in Powder, Capsule and Liquid form

1. To Treat – Insomnia

Infusion – Take 1 Cup boiling water, then add 1 teaspoon of dried Plant. Leave it for 5-10 minutes to infuse then strain. Take One Cup at bedtime.

2. To Treat – Palpitations, Nervous Agitations, and Vegetative Dystonia

Infusion – Take One Cup – Three times a day.

Tincture – (1:8 In 25% Alcohol) – Take 25 drops in a glass of Water – Three times daily.

Cautions

No side effects have been reported till now if used in therapeutic doses.

“The great thing about Ayurveda is that its treatments always yield side benefits, not side effects.”

Shubhra Krishan