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Dr K K Aggarwal

Some facts on healthy eating

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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• Natural fast food is good for health.

• Examples of natural fast foods are milk, dry fruits and fruits.

• Artificial fast food or junk food is bad for health.

• Junk food contains refined sugar, bad fats and trans fats.

• Trans fats reduce the amount of good cholesterol and raised the levels of bad cholesterol in the body.

• Soft drinks, if taken more than one in a day, are harmful to the health.

• Sweets contain more than 30% sugar and are harmful to the body.

• White sugar, white maida and white rice should be avoided.

• Jaggery is better than sugar. • All girls should eat jaggery and white gram once a week.

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The vibrations of the ringing bell also produce the auspicious primordial sound ‘Om’, thus creating a connection between the deity and the mind. As we start the daily ritualistic worship (pooja), we ring the bell, chanting:

Aagamaarthamtu devaanaam

gamanaarthamtu rakshasaam

Kurve ghantaaravam tatra

devataahvaahna lakshanam

“I ring this bell indicating the invocation of divinity, So that virtuous and noble forces enter (my home and heart); And the demonic and evil forces From within and without, depart.”

Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.

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No Aarti is performed without camphor. Camphor, when lit, burns itself out completely without leaving a trace of it. Camphor represents our inherent tendencies or vasanas. When lit by the fire of knowledge about the self, the vasanas burn themselves out completely, not leaving a trace of ego. Ego is responsible for a sense of individuality that keeps us separate from the Lord or consciousness. Camphor when burns, emits a pleasant perfume. This signifies that as we burn our ego we can only spread love and nothing else. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.

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Unhealthy behaviors should be managed as aggressively as hypertension, high cholesterol, and other heart disease risk factors, according to an American Heart Association policy statement published in the journal Circulation. Doctors should create “interprofessional practices” to connect patients with behavior-change specialists. They must implement five A’s when caring for patients 1. Assess a patient’s risk behaviors for heart disease 2. Advise change, such as weight loss or exercise 3. Agree on an action plan 4. Assist with treatment 5. Arrange for follow–up care.

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Today it is a known fact that 80% of the Indian society is vitamin D deficient. It was probably known to our Rishi Munis and they created rituals so that everybody gets enough Vitamin D from sunlight. Shahi snan in sunlight is mentioned in our Vedic literature. • The month of Magha, Vaishakha and Kartik are considered as months for Shahi Snans where one is supposed to worship the sun early in the morning and eat calcium rich food such as Urad Ki Daal or sesame seeds. • Chhat pooja, which falls immediately after Diwali is also linked to sun worship. • Sun is also worshipped in Marghshirsha month, which comes immediately after the month of Kartik. • Kartik purnima and Vaishakh purnima are especially known for sun worship. Vitamin D deficiency has been associated with metabolic syndrome, heart diseases and also with fertility. All these months when sun is worshipped are also the months of increased fertility. After chaturmas is over, Tulsi vivah starts the marriage season during which one worships both Tulsi and Amla. Both of them are known to increase the quantity of semen and increased ovulation. Probably, the age old treatment of infertility was to acquire vitamin D, taking calcium rich food and consume both tulsi and amla on regular basis. The current vitamin D mantra is that 40 days in a year for at least 40 minutes, one should expose 40% of the body to the sunlight either after sunrise or just before sunset. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.

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Persistent acidity is usually due to reflux of acid from the stomach into the food pipe. Mild cases of acidity reflux can usually be managed with lifestyle and dietary modifications along with antacids, H2 blockers and proton pump inhibitors. However, patients in whom lifestyle management along with empirical treatment is unsuccessful or who have symptoms suggestive of complicated diseases should undergo endoscopy to rule out cancer of the food pipe, a condition linked with persistent acidity. Symptoms that may suggest complicated disease include loss of appetite, loss of weight and difficulty in swallowing food, bleeding and signs of systemic illness. Lifestyle changes for reflux involve elevation of head and of the body, avoidance of food before sleep and avoidance of food which makes the food pipe valve lax. The examples of such foods include fatty food, chocolates, peppermint and excessive intake of alcohol. Hurry, worry and curry are the three main factors that cause acidity apart from alcohol and smoking. People with acidity should consume less of fermented, sour, salty and pungent foods.

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A physical body becomes useless once the life force is gone. The same body, which was lovable to everyone, becomes a liability after death. Everyone wants to dispose it as early as possible as keeping a dead body at home is considered a bad omen. During the transfer of dead body from one place to another nobody wants to keep the body in a vehicle other than a hearse van, meant to transport dead bodies. No family would be willing to carry the dead body of a person in a car in which the deceased person had been traveling or driving for years. Once you touch a dead body you are required to take a bath, for any reason, health or ritual, before you commence your daily routine. Within a matter of hours in absence of life force, the physical body starts disintegrating and in a matter of days, it shows signs of self-destruction and putrefaction. This vital force is nothing but the soul, atma, brahma, spirit or consciousness described in different Vedic texts. Adi Shankaracharya in his book Bhaja Govindam shloka 6 says: Yávat-pavano nivasati dehe Távat-pøcchati kuùalam gehe, Gatavati váyau dehápáye Bháryá bibhyati tasmin káye.(6) “Till the life force remains in the body, people come and enquire about your welfare. But, the moment the life force goes out, even your wife is afraid of coming anywhere near your body”. Life force can be equated to the network of information in computer, radio, television or mobile phone. All these gadgets without data are useless and are thrown away. This silent data retrievable by operational and application software represent the life force or soul of these electronic gadgets. Just as one does not give importance to a computer without data, one should not give importance to the physical body. It is the life force within the body which is respected and cared for and that is what real “I” or “We” are. All glories of the body are only until the life force remains in it. In Bhagavad-Gita, Lord Krishna in Chapter 2 (2.23) says about this life force or ataman “fire cannot burn it, weapon cannot cut it, water cannot wet it, air cannot dry it, it is immortal”. The most defined relationship in Vedic text is between husband and wife. The very fact even a wife after death does not want to touch the husband signifies the importance of life force. The life force has no dimensions: height, weight, color or image. It is immortal, omnipotent, omniscient and omnipresent. The weight of a live and a dead body immediately after the death is the same. It is the same life force, which dwells in everybody and during life is modified by the action, memory and desire cycle. If one gets attached to any of the three, then one starts getting detached from the soul or the life force. People who are in touch with their life force all the time attain peace and happiness and die young in old age. Most Vedic mahavakyas talk about, that it is the same spirit, which dwells in everybody and hence every person in the society should be welcomed and treated with equal importance. Aham brahmasami, tatwam asi, vasudeva kutumbakam, etc. are a few of the examples. According to Adi Shankaracharya, one can achieve non-duality only by seeing God in everyone. Athithi-devo-bhava is also based on the same principle. Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are entirely my own.

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An elephant is obese, eats sugarcane (ganna) and yet does not develop diabetes. I am sure if he is given 10% sugar drinks everyday or made to eat 30% sugar containing sweets, he too would end up with diabetes. The natural form of sugarcane is eating ganna, the second form is sugarcane juice, third is gur (jaggery), fourth is shakkar and fifth is white sugar. The more you eat foods in their natural form, more the health benefits you will get from that food. Food is Brahmin and contains the same consciousness as you have. Food, which is more refined will loses its consciousness and is not beneficial to the health. Similarly, wheat flour with bran is better than flour without bran, which is better than suji, which is better than maida. Maida is the final product and if taken every day, it can cause heart disease, diabetes and high blood pressure.

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