Gaurang is the Founder of wellzee.com and is a certified Yoga teacher, dietitian, Counselor, Soft Skills trainer and Six Sigma Black Belt. He has had a long association with The Yoga Institute, Santacruz as a teacher & Kaivalyadham as a practitioner. He has taught, trained or counseled a few thousand individuals in the areas of disease management, health, lifestyle, stress and rehabilitation. In a previous avatar he had a long career in the Banking & Finance Sectors post his MBA.
Stress during teenage years can manifest years later into health problems like diabetes, high blood pressure, obesity, cardiac problems and depression. Signs of creeping stress include gradual reduction in sleep, increased beverage intake, irritation, increased or reduced sex drive, constant desire for entertainment, constant brooding or perfectionism.
Yoga practices include strengthening routines called asanas, breathing techniques called pranayamas, cleansing routines called kriyas, calming meditation routines, a yogic diet and lifestyle. Living the Yoga life reduces inflammation and supports immune system functioning. Also helps boost brain function and reduce stress, a root cause of chronic diseases.
High blood pressure can be caused by high level of stress over a period of time. This is the biggest contributor when compared to other causes like inactivity or lack of exercise, eating unhealthy/processed foods, consuming excess salt, alcohol, tobacco and coffee. Regular consumption of supplements or unprescribed drugs also trigger stress in certain cases.
Take a walk, observe 5 things and try to remember them. Manually count your heartbeat and see how it changes. Listen to instrumental music or songs that have no cursing and are less than 60 beats/min. Focus on your breath and try to stabilize breathing pattern. Play cards, sudoku or scrabble and avoid electronic games. Do something fun, anything you love.
More isn't always good. Pushing harder, faster and straining yourself damages the body and builds up stress unless you are an athlete on a heavy diet. Excess of cardiovascular exercises is bad as it promotes tissue breakdown. If you have a full time job, spend limited time at the gym, as mind and body stress are integrated.
Problems with gluten occur for a very tiny percentage of people. We have generalized a non-existent problem due to smart marketing by the American processed food industry. However problems like digestive disorders and IBS are mostly caused by incorrect and excess eating, processed foods and chemicals and not gluten alone.
A weak spine can make weight loss a lot more difficult. Practicing palm tree pose, swaying tree pose, side bending pose, toe touching pose, cobra pose and locust pose can help strengthen the back. Yoga works as a great exercise as well so practicing these poses on a regular basis will boost weight loss. Combine brisk walks and a healthy diet for best results.
Yoga can bring about a visible drop in fasting and postprandial sugar levels within just 10 days of regular Yoga practice. Consistent long term drop in sugar levels, significant fall in glycosylated hemoglobin and a significant fall in dosage of drugs. It can also reduce BMI, lower LDL and increase HDL. Practice on a regular basis to see good results.