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Why do we not offer Vanaspati Ghee at the time of cremation or worship?

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Vanaspati Ghee is never offered to God at the time of Aarti in the Diya or to the dead body at the time of cremation. Only pure ghee is offered.

It is considered a bad omen to offer Vanaspati ghee at the time of the last cremation ritual even though the consciousness has left the body.

What is not offered to God should not be offered to our consciousness. Vanaspati ghee increases bad cholesterol and reduces level of good cholesterol in the blood. On the other hand, pure ghee only increases bad cholesterol but does not reduce the level of good cholesterol. The medical recommendation is that one should not take more than 15 ml of oil, ghee, butter or maximum ½ kg in one month.

It is a spiritual crime to offer vanaspati ghee to God.

Formula of 80 to live up to 80

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  • Keep lower blood pressure, low-density lipoprotein (LDL) ‘bad’ cholesterol, fasting sugar, resting heart rate and abdominal girth all below 80.
  • Keep kidney and lung functions >80%.
  • Walk 80 min a day, brisk walk 80 min/week with a speed of at least 80 steps per min.
  • Eat less and not more than 80 gm or mL of caloric food each meal.
  • Take 80 mg statin for prevention, when prescribed.
  • Keep noise levels below 80 dB.
  • Keep particulate matter PM 2.5 and PM 10 levels below 80 mcg per cubic meter.
  • Achieve 80% of target heart rate when doing heart conditioning exercise.

5 steps to lower Alzheimers risk

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  1. Maintain a healthy weight
  2. Check your waistline
  3. Eat mindfully
  4. Exercise regularly
  5. Keep an eye on important health numbers (cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure, blood sugar)

(Source: Harvard Healthbeat)

Lifestyle tips from HCFI

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  1. Quit smoking and drinking as they are two major factors in causing damage to the heart.
  2. Manage your cholesterol levels as any imbalance in this can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
  3. Keep a check on vitals such as blood pressure and blood sugar. Any fluctuations in these can directly impact the heart in the longer term.
  4. Ensure that you get at least 30 minutes of physical activity every day.
  5. Achieve and maintain a healthy weight
  6. Eat a variety of healthy food including fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Top 10 ways to keep the kidneys healthy

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  1. Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol.
  2. Control weight.
  3. Don’t overuse over–the–counter painkillers.
  4. Monitor blood glucose.
  5. Get an annual physical exam.
  6. Know if chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes or heart disease runs in your family. If so, you may be at risk.
  7. Don’t smoke.
  8. Exercise regularly.
  9. Follow a healthy diet.
  10. Get tested for chronic kidney disease if youre at risk.

Heart Patients Beware of Eating Cakes

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Food of animal in origin and saturated foods contain cholesterol. 1% rise in cholesterol raises the chances of heart attack by 2. Heart patients should therefore avoid eating cakes during the Christmas and New Year Season. They should distribute fruits & dry fruits instead of cakes. Beware of the term Low or High Cholesterol on the labels

  1. Cholesterol Free means less than 2 mg cholesterol and 2 grams or less fat.
  2. “Low Cholesterol” means 20 mgs or less cholesterol and 2 grams or less saturated fat.
  3. “Fat Free” means less than ½ gram fat;
  4. “Low Fat” means 3 grams or less fat;
  5. “Reduced Fat” means at least 25% less fat than other brands of same food.

5 Steps to Lower Risk of Alzheimer�s disease

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  • Maintain a healthy weight
  • Check your waistline.
  •  Eat mindfully. Emphasize on colorful, vitamin–packed vegetables and fruits; whole grains; fish, lean poultry, tofu, and beans and other legumes as protein sources plus healthy fats. Cut down on unnecessary calories from sweets, sodas, refined grains like white bread or white rice, unhealthy fats, fried and fast foods, and mindless snacking. Keep a close eye on portion sizes, too.
  • Exercise regularly. Aim for 2½ to 5 hours weekly of brisk walking. Or try a vigorous exercise like jogging for half that time.
  • Keep an eye on important health numbers. In addition to watching your weight and waistline, keep a watch on your cholesterol, triglycerides, blood pressure and blood sugar numbers.

Tackling obesity in children

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More than 30 people of the society including children have potbelly abdominal obesity. India is witnessing an epidemic of metabolic syndrome which is characterized by abdominal obesity high triglyceride low good cholesterol high blood pressure and high sugar. Abdominal girth of more than 90 cm in men and 80 cm in women indicates that the person is vulnerable to future heart attack. Normal weight obesity is the new epidemic of the society. A person could be obese even if his her body weight was within the normal range. An extra inch of fat around the abdomen increases the chances of heart disease by 1.5 times. Normally once the height stops growing most organs will also stop growing. The weight of the heart liver of kidney cannot increase after that. Only muscles can build up to some extent. The only thing after that stage which can increase the weight of the body is deposition of fat. Therefore any weight gain after puberty is invariably due to fat. Though the overall weight can be in the acceptable normal range but any weight gain within that range will be abnormal for that person. One should not gain weight of more than 5 kg after the age of 20 years in males and 18 years in females. After the age of 50 the weight should reduce and not increase. Potbelly obesity is linked to eating refined carbohydrates and not animal fats. General obesity is linked to eating animal fats. Refined carbohydrate includes white rice white maida and white sugar. Brown sugar is better than white sugar. Refined carbohydrates are called bad carbohydrates and animal fat is called bad fat. Trans fat or vanaspati is bad for health. Trans fats increase the levels of bad cholesterol and reduce good cholesterol in the body. Reduction in weight can reduce snoring pain of arthritis blood pressure and control uncontrolled diabetes.

Reduce your risk of stroke

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Stroke is preventable. About 90 of strokes are associated with 10 risks factors that are modifiable. 1. Control high blood pressure 2. Do moderate exercise 5 times a week 3. Eat a healthy balanced diet high in fruit vegetables low in sodium 4. Reduce your cholesterol 5. Maintain a healthy BMI or waist to hip ratio 6. Stop smoking and avoid second hand exposure 7. Reduce alcohol intake men 2 day women 1 day 8. Identify and treat atrial fibrillation 9. Reduce your risk from diabetes talk to your doctor 10. Get educated about stroke

Turmeric can prevent heart failure

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Traditional Indian turmeric prevents heart failure, lowers cholesterol, prevents cancers and gall stones and augments scar formation in a wound. Studies from the University of Toronto’s Cardiology Division and published in The Journal of Clinical Investigation have shown that Curcumin, an ingredient in the curry spice turmeric, when given orally to a variety of mouse models with enlarged hearts (hypertrophy), could prevent and reverse hypertrophy, prevent heart failure, restore heart function and reduce scar formation. In the studies, curcumin was given to rats, who then underwent surgery or received drugs designed to put them at risk of heart failure. The rats that received curcumin showed more resistance to heart failure and inflammation than comparison groups of rats that did not get curcumin. Curcumin treatment also reversed heart enlargement. Curcumin short–circuited the heart enlargement process, though it’s not clear how it did that. The healing properties of turmeric have been well–known. The herb has been used in traditional Indian medicine to reduce scar formation. For example, when there is a cut or a bruise, the home remedy is to reach for turmeric powder because it can help to heal without leaving a bad scar. Curcumin has come under the scientific spotlight in recent years, with studies investigating its potential benefits for reducing cholesterol levels, improving cardiovascular health and fighting cancer. As an herb, turmeric should to be taken 300 mg thrice–daily with meals. It has useful actions like antioxidant, anti–inflammatory, anti rheumatic; cholesterol–lowering, anti cancer and prevention of gall stones. It is also found to be useful in situations like dysmenorrhea, dyspepsia, HIV, muscle soreness, peptic ulcer disease, scabies and uveitis. Curcuminoids, act as free radical scavengers. They also inhibit leukotrienes and synthesis of prostaglandins. The anti–inflammatory activity has been claimed to be comparable to NSAIDs (such as indomethacin). Curcuminoids lower blood lipid peroxides, decrease total cholesterol and LDL cholesterol, and increase HDL cholesterol. Turmeric has also been claimed to inhibit platelet aggregation.

Keep your kidneys healthy

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We all want our kidneys to last for a lifetime. We all should show our love for kidneys by adopting a 10-step program for protecting kidney health. Begin with monitoring blood pressure and controlling weight and then move on to the rest of the kidney-healthy tips. 1. Monitor blood pressure and cholesterol. 2. Control weight. 3. Don’t overuse over-the-counter (OTC) painkillers. 4. Monitor blood glucose. 5. Get an annual physical exam. 6. Know if chronic kidney disease (CKD), diabetes or heart disease runs in your family. If so, you may be at risk. 7. Don’t smoke. 8. Exercise regularly. 9. Follow a healthy diet. 10. Get tested for chronic kidney disease if you are at risk.

Cholesterol tips

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Blood lipid levels may exhibit mild seasonal variation with a drop in the summer and total cholesterol level peaking in the winter. The variation can be up to 5 mg/dL Serum total and HDL-cholesterol can be measured in fasting or non-fasting individuals. There are only small clinically insignificant differences in these values when measured in the fasting or non-fasting state.

The total cholesterol can vary by 4 to 11 percent within an individual due to multiple factors including stress, minor illness and posture. Values may also vary between different laboratories, with data suggesting that a single measurement of serum cholesterol can vary as much as 14 percent. Therefore in an individual with “true” serum cholesterol concentration of 200 mg/dL the range of expected values is 172 to 228 mg/dL.

More than one measurement of total cholesterol should therefore be obtained when treatment considerations demand a precise determination. Measurement of serum HDL-C and triglycerides may demonstrate even greater variability.

A standard serum lipid profile consists of total cholesterol, triglycerides, and HDL-cholesterol. Lipid profile should be performed after 12 to 14 hours of fasting to minimize the influence of postprandial hyperlipidemia. One can use either plasma or serum specimen. The serum cholesterol is approximately 3 percent lower than the plasma value.

 


Preventing kidney diseases

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1. Keep fit and active, it helps reduce your blood pressure and on the move for kidney health.

2. Control of your blood sugar level.

3. Monitor your blood pressure: It is also the most common cause of kidney damage. High blood pressure is especially likely to cause kidney damage when associated with other factors like diabetes, high cholesterol and c

4. Eat healthy and keep your weight in check as this can help prevent diabetes, heart disease and other conditions associated with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Reduce your salt intake. The recommended sodium intake is 5-6 grams of salt per day (around a teaspoon). In order to reduce your salt intake, try and limit the amount of processed and restaurant food and do not add salt to food. It will be easier to control your intake if you prepare the food yourself with fresh ingredients.

5. Maintain a healthy fluid intake: Traditional wisdom has long suggested drinking 1.5 to 2 liters (3 to 4 pints) of water per day. Consuming plenty of fluid helps the kidneys clear sodium, urea and toxins from the body which, in turn, results in a “significantly lower risk” of developing chronic kidney disease. But do not advocate “aggressive fluid loading”, which can cause side effects.

6. Do not smoke as it slows the flow of blood to the kidneys. Smoking also increases the risk of kidney cancer by about 50 percent.

7. Do not take over-the-counter (OTC) pills on a regular basis: drugs like ibuprofen are known to cause kidney damage and disease if taken regularly.

8. Get the kidney function checked if you have one or more of the ‘high risk’ factors

Why do we not offer Vanaspati Ghee at the time of cremation or worship?

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Vanaspati Ghee is never offered to God at the time of Aarti in the Diya or to the dead body at the time of cremation. Only pure ghee is offered. It is considered a bad omen to offer Vanaspati ghee at the time of the cremation ritual even though the consciousness has left the body.

What is not offered to God should not be offered to our consciousness and that was the reason for this ritual in a temple. Vanaspati ghee increases bad cholesterol and reduces level of good cholesterol in the blood. On the other hand, pure ghee only increases bad cholesterol but does not reduce the level of good cholesterol. The medical recommendation is that one should not take more than 15 ml of oil, ghee, butter or maximum half kg in one month. It is a spiritual crime to offer vanaspati ghee to God.

Five cholesterol friendly foods

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1. Oats: It gives you 1 to 2 grams of soluble fiber.

2. Beans: are rich in soluble fiber. They also take a while for the body to digest.

3. Nuts: Eating 2 ounces of nuts a day can slightly lower LDL, on the order of 5%.

4. Foods fortified with sterols and stanols: gum up the body’s ability to absorb cholesterol from food. Getting 2 g of plant sterols or stanols a day can lower LDL cholesterol by about 10%.

5. Fatty fish. Eating fish two or three times a week can lower LDL

(Source: Harvard)