Intermittent Fasting Benefits

Not many decades have passed since India was ravaged by a number of natural calamities, like famine and floods. And when these calamities would occur, one aftermath that would follow invariably was the acute scarcity of food. In order to take on these frequent challenges, the body had very adaptive response of putting some fats during good time and burn it when there was unavailability of food.

But, as there has been sharp decline in these calamities in recent decades, and food are now available in abundance, the glycogen stores in the body do not get depleted. Or, before they get depleted, we move to a situation of putting on or adding more fats. And in this way, the problem related to fat deposition or obesity keeps on increasing that gives birth to a number of health-related complications and diseases.
Intermittent fasting is the best way to counterattack all these health menaces. Suppose a person fasts around 16 hours, after 8 hours, the glycogen stores in the liver of that person will start getting depleted. And the fat will start burning. In the recent past, intermittent fasting has been gaining not only the popular attention, but also scientific endorsement.

Comprehensive study was conducted at the University of Southern California on fasting effect in mice. Its findings showed that the biomarkers for heart disease, cancer and diabetes reduced in those mice that were subjected to two to five days of fasting every month. The study then expanded to people, and the scientists saw a similar reduction in these life-threatening diseases. The recent findings have also suggested that fasting lowers insulin and another hormone called insulin-like growth factors, which is associated with cancer and diabetes.
                                                                                ---Ashish Jha

Cleanliness in Office

Tidiness always helps forge and cement bonds in all walks of life. It's particularly useful at a workplace where this quality enhances work-efficiency. This trait leads one to perfection and hones his/her overall personality. The tidiness of your work-station (computer, desk, etc.) guarantees progress in your career.  Not only that, this also helps increase your popularity in the office and the absence of it, ensures your banal presence at the workplace. So always strive to keep your workplace spick-and-span.

Cleanliness in the office has its numerous advantages. You're always at a vantage point if you're tidy and immaculate. Unclean habits in the office make you a butt of ridicule which starts from your back and soon becomes obvious when your colleagues look down upon you because of your shoddiness. Tidiness also gives you a positive sense of belonging and exhortation to work in a healthy frame of mind.  Remember, efficient way of working is always admired by all and sundry. Try to be a role model in the office to be emulated by other colleagues. If your appearance is winsome, everyone in the office will look up to you. A good sartorial sense as to how to dress up for the office is something every office-goer must know. A plain, and not garish or gaudy, shirt and trousers for men and a saree /salwar kurta for women are perfect apparels for office. Indians are under the impression that a tie and a blazer in the office will get them brownie points. They're sadly mistaken.

 First of all, a tie is not meant for the tropical Indian climate and it straightjackets a person. The silly English legacies have not yet been done away with by most of the Indians. When the legendary British political thinker Sir Harold Laski visited Delhi, Calcutta and Nagpur universities in April 1953, he was amused to see all professors and students wearing ties and coats in the perspiring heat of April. He was in a  white half shirt and light grey trousers to counter the oppressive heat of Central, Northern and Eastern India. Indian office-goers must realise that a tie ties them down and their stubbles are the stumbling blocks in their career progress. Always go to office in a clean shaven look. Unless, you're Kabir Bedi or Shekhar Kapoor, beard suits very few and gives a wrong impression about your persona. It projects you as a casual and often frivolous person.

Your workstation ought to have the cleanliness and is always dusted off. Remember, these things are considered in the final appraisal of your office and corporate work. Bear on mind the Japanese corporate maxim, 'A clean desk appeals to one's boss.' It sure does and is an infallible mantra to succeed in this competitive and ruthless age.
                                                               ---Sumit Paul

Is Perfection Possible?

Isn't perfection itself an imperfection? Is there anything and anyone we can call perfect? The most beautiful face never has a symmetry and the most beautiful thing comes with a baggage. A rose is accompanied by thorns and a peacock has ugly feet. A lotus never has a perfect surrounding because it blossoms in muck. And what's perfection? Can it be defined? Can we zero in on it? All the so-called conditions of perfection are set by us, the human beings.

Perfection is a human concept. It's the limit of a limited mind. There's never a fixed concept of perfection. It keeps changing. The so-called perfection is impossible to achieve because as human beings we've certain limitations and imperfections. When there're inherent perfections in us, how can anything made by us be perfect? Before Aishwarya Roy, the erstwhile Maharani of Jaipur Gayatri Davi was the epitome of feminine perfection, so mush so that great cameraman Raghu Rai famously declared, 'Here ends the perfection in a woman's beauty.' The same legendary Raghu changed his idea of beauty and called Aishwarya Roy when she became the Miss world in 1994, 'A face that goes to the outermost edge of feminine beauty and grace.' Let someone prettier come and Raghu will push his flexible idea of perfection further! There's no end to it because we've never limitized perfection.

American humorist Mark Twain wisely said that the very notion of perfection is continuously getting perfected all the time, so much so that it needs an element of imperfection as a catalyst to grow further! In fact, anything or any person with a slight error or imperfection is more admired by people because we all can relate to the imperfections more easily than an imaginary idea of perfection. A slight defect in appearance adds to the essence. English intellectual poet Alexander Pope inked, 'Just a little defect/Made my beloved's face perfect.' He sent it to his friend and equally great John Dryden, who immediately wrote back, 'Just because her nose wasn't straight/Her face looked so divinely great.' The legendary beauty Helen of Troy didn't have two fingers from her birth. The famous actress Minakumari didn't have a pinky (little finger). She lost it when she fell from a tree at the tender age of nine. Mumtaz had a pug-nose and Hollywood actress Grace Kelly had a distinctly asymmetrical face.

Today, Rekha is called 'elegance personified' despite her too prominent jaws! The devilishly handsome English poet Lord Gordon George Byron (1788-1824) was club-footed. He was lame and obese. But many women fell for his intriguing obesity (he looked perpetually pregnant) and a dragging foot. Hardly any lady-friend of Byron ever loved him for his perfectly chiselled poetry; instead they all went ga-ga over his imperfect personality and flawed character. Our attempt to achieve perfection has robbed us of the simple joys of life. When Chinese poet Lu Shun was asked how he wrote such simple and beautiful poems, he said that he never bothered about his poems' perfection. He scribbled them when thoughts struck him. Lu Shun never tried to perfect the deluge of thoughts that descended on him so effortlessly. Buddha advised one of his five great disciples Vaishampayan to flow with the tidings without putting much accent on perfection.

'Wisdom comes to those, who strive for perfection, but at the same time don't make it the alpha and omega, be-all and end-all of life,' opined U G Krishnamurthy. Too much stress on perfection makes our life boring and dry. Perfection takes away the spontaneous element from life. It (perfection) makes things so wooden and lifeless. The pursuit of perfection makes life unnecessarily methodical and mathematical. Human life loses its mojo because of running after perfection. It's a wet blanket and a veritable dampener. Don't chase perfection. Attainment of perfection is a fool's errand. It's the dream of an opium-eater, nay an unmitigated lunatic. Life is not always 2+2=4. And one must also remember that the so-called perfection is an imaginary idea. It's a presupposed motivating factor in mankind's collective fate. It's not a tangible goal. It's the intangibility of perfection that makes it forever elusive. So it's futile to hanker after an eternally elusive notion and a will-o'-the-wisp object. Enjoy life without being too much of a perfectionist. Inaccuracy leads to accuracy.      

                                                               ----Sumit Paul

Best Foods to Eat for a Diabetic

When a food-lover is diagnosed with diabetes, ground slips under his or her food. The person starts thinking, how could I survive with no yummy plates around me? What is the point of surviving without the foods I have liked since my childhood? Nothing can keep me happy from now onwards.
But, contrary to what most of the diabetics think, it is irrefutably true that they can still gorge on most of the foods they like without thinking a bit about their health complications. If you are a diabetic, you can eat tandoori chicken, malai chicken tikka, various types of Kababs, Paneer Tikka, mushrooms and a number of tasty foods.
Besides these things, it is also important not to give long gap between the meals. Those who are diabetics, should keep on taking their meals in short duration. It will not only keep your stomach full, but also stop your cravings for consuming sweets. For a diabetic, it is very important to get nutrients from foods.
Let’s have a Look on the Nutrient-rich Foods that will Augur Well for your Health:
Take dark green leafy vegetables, like spinach, collards. These super foods are low in calories and carbohydrates. Beans are also very nutritious, since they are high in fiber. If you take just 1/2 cup of beans, you will get 1/3 rd of your daily requirements. Apart, they are also very rich sources of magnesium and potassium.
Do not forget to include citrus food, if you are a diabetic. Grapefruit, lemons, limes and oranges are good citrus foods. Consumption of these foods will fulfil your daily requirements of vitamin C. It is very much essential for the growth and repair of tissues in our body. And since the body does not store Vitamin C in its tissues, its consumption is needed on a day-to-day basis.

Consumption of whole grains is also very advantageous for a diabetic. So, do not forget to include the whole grains in your diet chart. Besides containing all the nutrients that a grain product has, these foods do also have magnesium, chromium, folate and omega 3 fatty acids.

Apart from the foods discussed above, you also need to include sweet potato, berries, nuts, fat-free milk, yogurt and tomatoes in your diet chart. If you are a non-vegetarian, take fish that is high in Omega-3 Fatty Acids, like Salmon, Tuna, etc. Do not consume breaded or deep fat fried varieties.

You can also take coriander. It is very nutritious herb. You can take its seeds, make these wet in water in night and sip its water in the morning. Along with coriander soup, you can also take ginger and garlic in small amount. These are very much effective for a diabetic.
                                                                               ----Ashish Jha

Diabetic Neuropathy Natural Treatment

Diabetic Neuropathies: Causes, Types, Symptoms and Treatment

Years of poorly controlled diabetes can lead to nerve damage. The medical term for this damage is Diabetic Neuropathy. This nerve damaging disorder can affect all organs and systems, as all body parts have nerves. The present blog talks about diabetic neuropathies, their causes, types, symptoms and treatment.

The term diabetic neuropathies refer to the string of nerve disorders that are predominantly caused by diabetes. Years of poorly controlled diabetes can lead to nerve damage throughout the body. Some people with nerve damage show symptoms, while some do not show any symptom. Nerve damage can occur in any organ including extremities (heads and legs), digestive tract, heart and sex organs.

The severity of neuropathy can be very well understood from the fact that two-third of diabetics develop the complications of neuropathy in their lifetime. Though the highest rates of neuropathy are in the people diagnosed with diabetes for at least 25 years, but it may develop early. Obese people also tend to develop neuropathy.

What Causes Diabetic Neuropathies?
There is combination of factors that cause diabetic neuropathies. Some of these factors are given below:
Ø Autoimmune factors
Ø Mechanical injury to nerves
Ø Inherited Traits (Disease in family)
Ø Lifestyle Factors (smoking, alcohol)
Ø Metabolic Factors (high blood glucose, low insulin, poor handling of diabetes for long time, abnormal blood fat levels)
Ø Long exposure to high blood glucose
Ø Neurovascular Factors (damage to the blood vessels that transport oxygen and nutrients to nerves)

What are the Types of Diabetic Neuropathy?

Ø Peripheral neuropathy: It is the most common type of diabetic neuropathy. It is characterized by pain or numbness in the feet, legs, toes, hands and arms.

Ø Autonomic neuropathy: It causes change in perspiration, digestion, bowel and bladder function and sexual response. It does also affect the nerves that keeps heart in good condition and controls blood pressure.

Ø Proximal neuropathy: It is characterized by weakness in the kegs. It causes pain in the thighs, hips, buttocks, etc.

Ø Focal neuropathy: It is characterized by sudden weakness of one nerve or group of nerves causing muscle pain or weakness.

What are the symptoms of Diabetic Neuropathies?

Though symptoms depend largely on the type of neuropathy and the nerves of the organ that get affected, there are some symptoms that are generally seen in the people affected with diabetic neuropathies. These symptoms are given below:
Ø Numbness, pain or tingling or loss of feeling in hands, arms, legs, fingers, toes, feet, etc.
Ø Indigestion, nausea, vomiting
Ø Dizziness after standing or sitting up (due to drop in blood pressure)
Ø Problem in urination
Ø Weakness
Ø Erectile dysfunction in men
Ø Vaginal dryness in women
Ø Constipation or diarrhoea
Ø Deterioration of the muscles of hands or feet

Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathies
Ø The first stage of treatment is to bring blood glucose level in the normal range to prevent progression of the disease.
Ø Regular blood glucose monitoring, maintaining active lifestyle, careful meal planning, diabetes medicine, insulin will help bring blood glucose level in safe range.
Ø Once blood glucose level reaches in safe range, it will prevent or delay the occurrence of further problems.
Ø Foot care is also very important part of treatment. People with neuropathy need to monitor their feet daily and treat any injury at the earliest. Untreated injuries may lead to infected foot sores, gangrene.
Ø Depending upon the type of nerve damage, treatment also includes pain relief and other medications as required.
                                                                  ----Ashish Jha