This article is about the umbrella term yoga which includes religion,  philosophy, and practices. For one of the six Hindu philosophy schools,  see Yoga (philosophy). For the popular yoga that explains and emphasizes  the physical practices or disciplines, see Hatha yoga. For other uses, see  Yoga (disambiguation).


Yoga : Sanskrit, Listen is a physical, mental, and spiritual practice or  discipline which originated in India. There is a broad variety of schools,  practices, and goal in Hinduism, Buddhism particularly Vajrayan  Buddhism, and Jainism. The most well-known types of yoga are Hatha yoga and Rāja yoga.


The origins of yoga have been speculated to date back to pre-Vedic Indian traditions, is mentioned in the Rigveda, but most likely developed around the sixth and fifth centuries BCE, in ancient India’s ascetic and śramaṇa movements.

The chronology of earliest texts describing yoga-practices is unclear, varyingly credited to Hindu Upanishads and Buddhist Pāli Canon, probably of third century BCE or later. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali date from the first half of the 1st millennium CE, but only gained prominence in the West in the 20th century. Hatha yoga texts emerged around the 11th century with origins tantra.

Yoga gurus from India later introduced yoga to the west, following the success of Swami Vivekananda in the late 19th and early 20th century. In the 1980s, yoga became popular as a system of physical exercise across the Western world. Yoga in Indian traditions, however, is more than physical exercise, it has a meditative and spiritual core. One of the six major orthodox schools of Hinduism is also called Yoga, which has its own epistemology and metaphysics, and is closely related to Hindu Samkhya philosophy.


In Vedic Sanskrit, yoga  means “to add”, “to join”, “to unite”, or “to attach” in its most common literal sense. By figurative extension from the yoking or harnessing of oxen or horses, the word took on broader meanings such as “employment, use, application, performance” (compare the figurative uses of “to harness” as in “to put something to some use”). All further developments of the sense of this word are post-Vedic. More prosaic moods such as “exertion”, “endeavour”, “zeal”, and “diligence” are also found in Indian epic poetry.


According to Pāṇini, a 6th-century BCE Sanskrit grammarian, the term yoga can be derived from either of two roots, yujir yoga (to yoke) or yuj samādhau (to concentrate). In the context of the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, the root yuj samādhau (to concentrate) is considered by traditional commentators as the correct etymology. In accordance with Pāṇini, Vyasa who wrote the first commentary on the Yoga Sutras, states that yoga means samādhi (concentration).


Food Preservative Kills Cancer Cells



WASHINGTON: A naturally occurring food preservative that grows on dairy products may be used to treat cancer and deadly, antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a new study has claimed.


Researchers at the University of Michigan in US found that feeding rats a ‘nisin milkshake’ killed 70-80 per cent of head and neck tumour cells after nine weeks and extended survival.


Scientists studied nisin in cancerous tumours and as an antimicrobial to combat diseases of the mouth. After nine weeks of nisin treatment, tumours were comparable to tumours at three weeks.


Researchers published positive results with less potent nisin, but the highly purified nisin ZP used in the present study nearly doubled its effectiveness.


The dosage of 800 mg/kg given to mice would translate to a pill a little bigger than a third of an Advil per kilogramme of body weight for people.


Nisin, a colourless, tasteless powder, is typically added to food at the rate of . Many foods contain nisin, but nowhere near the 800 mg/kg needed to kill cancer cells.


Several products available to consumers also contain nisin-creams and pharmaceuticals to fight infection and mastitis, and a sanitiser in lactating cows. Nisin also fights deadly bacteria such as antibiotic-resistant MRSA.


To date, nobody had found bacteria from humans or living animals that is resistant to nisin, said Yvonne Kapila, a professor at the University of Michigan School of Dentistry. Another positive is that nisin has withstood the test of time,  she added.


Nisin is lethal to bacteria for two reasons – it binds to a static area of bacteria, which gives nisin the opportunity to work before bacteria changes into an antibiotic-resistant superbug, and nisin kills biofilms – colonies of bacteria that group together into a fortress that thwarts antibiotics.


Current findings and other published data support nisin’s potential use to treat antibiotic resistant infections, periodontal disease and cancer,  said Ms Kapila. The findings will be published in the Journal of Antimicrobial Chemotherapy.


Researchers In Japan Develop Sensor That May Detect Cancer From Breath


cancer_240x180_61450420142In the future, it may become possible for an individual to easily check their       health by connecting a sensor to a smartphone or other device. There are         also   hopes that the nation’s growing medical expenditures could be curbed       by the     early detection of disease.


The National Institute for Materials Science (NIMS), based in Tsukuba,              Ibaraki Prefecture, played the leading role in developing the small sensor, which is capable of detecting substances in a person’s exhalations with high accuracy by analyzing the odor of the breath.


To put this technology into practical use, the institute has been working with Kyocera Corp., NEC Corp., Sumitomo Seika Chemicals Co., Osaka University and a precision equipment maker in Switzerland.


A “film” installed in the sensor, which is a tiny chip a few millimeters square, determines whether there are substances peculiar to cancer patients’ breath and calculates whether a person is suspected to have cancer. By just exhaling into the sensor, which is connected to a smartphone or other device, the result can be displayed on the screen of the device in a graph or other form.


According to NIMS, it is highly likely that the sensor will be able to distinguish what kind of cancer a person has if the sensor’s accuracy is improved and data on odor are collected.

Peculiar odors are said to be found in the respiration of patients who are suffering from diabetes, kidney and liver diseases, asthma and those with Helicobacter pylori. The sensor may make it possible to judge what kind of diseases people have, and is being considered for use not only for examinations at medical institutions but also for self-checks by individuals.


The sensor costs a few hundred yen to make and can be produced in large quantities. It is expected to take about six years to develop it for practical use, as it is necessary to collect data on the odors associated with various cancers, improve the sensor’s precision and have it certified as medical equipment by the government, according to sources.


Cancer is the leading cause of death among Japanese people, with nearly 400,000 people dying each year. According to a 2014 survey by the Cabinet Office, the medical examination rate for cancer screening in Japan is about 40 percent – said to be about half that in the United States and some European nations.


Major reasons cited for not receiving cancer screening in the survey were having no time; the cost involved; and feeling uneasy about pain. Examinations of people’s exhalations would likely improve the medical examination rate. However, it would still be necessary for people to undergo further examinations at medical institutions to confirm whether they have a disease.


Nippon Medical School Prof. Masao Miyashita, an expert on digestive surgery and cancer, said: “It’ll be epoch-making if such a simple examination of exhalations becomes widely available.


Research on diagnosing various diseases through exhalations started in Europe and the United States more than 10 years ago, and the research has attracted attention in Japan in recent years.


A group of researchers, including some at Kyushu University, submitted a report to a British medical journal in 2011 stating that cancer patients have peculiar odors in their respiration that can be detected by a dog specially trained to sniff out the exhalations of cancer patients.


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What Are the Benefits of Eating Almonds Daily?


Almonds are one of the healthiest nuts. .Health experts agree, they are packed with protein, Vitamin E, minerals and monounsaturated fats that have been shown to boost heart health.

A new study supports the same. According to a team of American researchers, eating a moderate amount of almonds every day may enrich the diets of adults and young children. “Almonds are a good source of plant protein – essential fatty acids, vitamin E and magnesium,” said Alyssa Burns, a doctoral student at University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in US.

Benefits of almonds

Benefits of almonds

For the 14-week study, scientists gave almonds daily to 29 pairs of parents and children. Most of the adults were mothers with an average age of 35, while their children were between 3 and 6 years old. The children were encouraged to consume 0.5 ounces of almond butter daily. Parents were given 1.5 ounces of almonds per day. Participants ate almonds for a few weeks, then they resumed eating their typical intake, which included other foods as snacks.


Researchers based their conclusions about improved dietary intake on participants’ scores on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), a tool used to measure diet quality and adherence to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Researchers used an online dietary recall to find out what adults had eaten and how much. That way, researchers could measure diet quality, Burns said.

When parents and children were eating almonds, their HEI increased for total protein foods, seafood and plant proteins and fatty acids, Burns said, while they ate fewer empty calories. Parents also decreased sodium intake. Parents and children consumed more vitamin E and magnesium when eating almonds, she said.

“Almonds are equally nourishing raw or soaked. When soaked overnight the germination process starts in these seeds so the quality of proteins may show some improvement. By replacing one snack with one ounce of almonds, you are removing empty calorie dense food with a nutrient dense alternative,” suggests Dr. Rupali Datta, Chief Clinical Nutritionist at Fortis-Escorts Hospital.

Talking about the benefits of eating almonds everyday she adds, “They are sources of unsaturated fats, high-quality vegetable protein, fiber, minerals, tocopherols, phytosterols, and phenolic compounds. By virtue of their nutritional composition they are potent health boosters. Clinical studies across the worlds have shown the positive effect of nuts on cardiovascular risk factors, weight management and to a lesser extent on cancer, inflammation and hypertension.”

The top 6 fruits that will guarantee weight loss!


A recent study found that eating five portions of fruits and veggies a day is a great way to live a disease-free life. Fruits are natural superfoods with immense benefits that help in weight loss – they are high in fibre, contain natural sugars and help keep hunger pangs at bay. One portion of fruit is defined as 80g of fruit so one medium-sized apple would constitute one portion. Here are the top 10 fruits for weight loss:


1) Watermelon

The watermelon is your go-to fruit for weight loss. It’s high in water content (90%) and a 100g serving just contains 30 calories. They’re also a rich source of amino acids called arginine which helps burn fat. The best thing about watermelon, however, is the fact that not only does it keep you hydrated, it will also keep you satiated for a long time which will lead to less unhealthy snacking. Read more about the health benefits of watermelons.

guava2) Guava

The guava was brought to India by the Portuguese and is packed with immense health benefits. High in fibre, it’s another potent weight loss aid thanks to the fact that its glycemic index is low, making it perfect for diabetics as well. Along with that, it keeps our bowel movements prim and proper which aids the overall weight loss process.



Apple3) Apple

What if we told you that there was a fruit that could reduce your cancer risk, keep your heart healthy, make your teeth whiter, boost your immune system and even beat diarrhoea and constipation? Well the apple’s the one. If you’re on a weight loss diet, then you certainly need the apple in your dietary repertoire. One medium-sized apple contains around 50 calories and doesn’t have any fat or sodium. In fact, a Brazilian study found that women who ate apples before their meals lost 33% more fruits than those who didn’t eat them! Read more about the health benefits of apples.

Banana4) Banana

Packing 105 calories, per piece, the average banana is an excellent source of instant energy and the perfect post-workout food. They’re also healthier than packaged post-workout snacks like energy bars which are just chocolate bars masquerading as ‘healthy’ options. It also helps beat muscle cramps, keeps your BP in check, prevents acidity and even beats constipation.



Pears5) Pears

The pear fulfils one quarter of your daily fibre requirement and is great for your digestive system. It also helps reduce cholesterol levels, reduces the risk of coronary heart diseases and type II diabetes. The fibre content keeps you satiated for longer than normal and the fruit also packs a mean punch thanks to the fact that it’s rich in Vitamin C.



oranges6) Oranges

Not only is the orange great to taste, 100g of this fruit only contains 47 calories which is great for someone looking for a snack while trying to follow a strict diet. It’s also sweet which will help take care of the cravings every dieter has for something sweet!





Health is Wealth – WHO


Malnutrition : Deficiency of Protein/Vitamins/Minerals/Water intake/Carbohydrates/Fats in our daily intake.It leads to many health challenges



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