Yoga is helpful for individuals suffering from heart diseases. But, consult your physician before practicing yoga. Blockage in the arteries slows down the pace of the blood, thereby resulting in complications such as high blood pressure, coronary artery disease and so on. Stress and diet are the primary causes for this disease. Yoga enhances the flexibility of the body, thereby helps to control blood pressure, arterial blocks and so on. Stress and diet are the primary causes for this disease
Yoga provides relief from stress, which is the primary contributing factor for coronary artery disease. Yoga cannot cure a condition, though it helps a great deal to overcome the same. The corpse pose or BHUJANGASANA helps to reduce the stimulants of heart disease, which is stress. In case of any pain or fatigue, stop and relax.
KAPALABHATI is an effective technique in individuals with heart problems. It is a pranayama technique that involves rapid breathing procedure. It increases the volume of oxygen absorption in a very short span. Increase in oxygen increases the blood supply to the heart. The diaphragm is under control, when practicing this asana. It improves the functioning of the respiratory system. A rich supply of oxygen rich blood makes the heart healthy. It is effective for heart related problems and for diabetes.
TADASANA or the yoga mountain pose is the fundamental for all postures. It is a standing asana. Stand with your feet apart.Inhale and keep them apart in a slow manner. Rest your shoulders and allow your arms to hang on the sides, the palm facing the floor. Lighten your upper body and look at the roof. Relax your jaws and face. Remain for thirty seconds and relax. It improves the alignment of the body and ensures balance and stability.
Diabetes is controlled to a great extent by yoga.
SURYA NAMASKAR or sun salutation is very effective to control diabetes.
NADI SHODHAN or alternative nostril breathing is a kind of pranayama technique that aids in decreasing the blood glucose levels. Meditation also proves effective against diabetes. Pranayama has a sedative effect and thereby reduces stress levels...matsyasana and ardha matsyendrasana are other asanas that help in individuals suffering from diabetes mellitus. Kapalabhati, relaxation pose and
anuloma viloma also proves beneficial.
Dr Vandana Awasthi
PhD in Yoga Science
Omega-3s and omega-6s compete for the enzymes needed for digestion and that: This means that the more omega-3 fat you eat, the less omega-6 will be available to the tissues to produce inflammation. Table 1 indicated that Omega-6 is pro-inflammatory, while omega-3 is neutral. A diet with a lot of omega-6 and not much omega-3 will increase inflammation. A diet of a lot of omega-3 and not much omega-6 will reduce inflammation8,9. As rates of vegetable oil and sugar consumption have risen, so have rates of heart disease and many other health problems (in fact, the graphs look almost identical). During this same time, consumption of foods that contain saturated fats and omega-3 fats has decreased. Essential Fatty Acids (EFAs) are required in the diet as they cannot be made by humans. The two established EFAs are linoleic acid (C18:2n-6, LA) and ALA. The ALA can be converted in the body into EPA and DHA. The LA is converted in the body to another long chain fatty acid, Arachidonic Acid (AA)-both LA and AA are omega-6s13. Figure 1 shows the pathway of conversion of LA and ALA to their longer chain omega families. The AA and EPA are further metabolized to produce very powerful hormone-like substances (called ʻEicosanoidsʼ) that effect physiological functions such as cell growth and division, inflammatory responses, muscle activity, blood pressure and immune function. Eicosanoids formed from AA are released in the body in response to injury, infection, stress or certain diseases. The EPA forms eicosanoids that behave in opposition to those derived from AA and may help protect against heart attacks and strokes, as well as certain inflammatory diseases such as arthritis, lupus and asthma.
Dr. kshitij Bhardwaj