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Dr K K Aggarwal

Restricting salt in diet can lower heart disease risk

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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Restricting salt in the diet can lower the risk of developing heart disease by 25 percent and the risk of dying from heart disease by 20 percent.

Dietary intake of sodium among Indians is excessively high. Quoting a Harvard Medical School study published in British Medical Journal, Dr Aggarwal said that among hypertensive individuals, lowering sodium is quite well established to lower blood pressure, but now it has been shown that reducing salt also has an effect on cardiovascular disease.

When people with pre hypertension (blood pressure more than 120/80 and lower than 140/90), reduced their salt intake by about 25 to 35%, they were 25% less likely to develop cardiovascular disease 10 to 15 years after the trial ended. There was also a 20 percent lower death rate from cardiovascular disease among those who cut their salt consumption.

Salt restriction is best achieved by avoiding salted, salt cured and salt smoked foods such as lunch meat, hot dogs, ham, olives, pickles and regular salted canned foods, and other prepared foods, which often use more salt than homemade equivalents. Foods we would never think of as salty, such as breakfast cereals, cookies, and even some soft drinks, often contain copious additions of sodium.

“Spiritual summary: By the time chanting of Bija mantras LAM, VAM, RAM, YAM, HAM and AUM is over the inner darkness goes over.”

Navratri is the detoxification of body, mind and soul. The nine days purification process is observed twice in a year, at the start of summer and winter. Chaitra Navratri is observed at the start of the summer for preparing the body to tolerate summer.

Body detoxification involves special Navratri diet principles of eating less, once a day with no cereals. In Navratri diet flour is replaced with Kuttu (winter) or Singhara (summer) flour; pulses with amaranth or Rajgiri and Rice with Samak rice.

Mental and soul detoxification involves practicing Yoga Sadhna as described in nine forms of Durga, one worshipped each day.

1.    Kalaratri is worshipped on 7th Navratri.

2.    She is dark and black like night with unlocked hairs, 3 eyes and 4 hands.  She holds a sharp Sword in her right hand and blesses her devotees with her lower hand.

3. HER vahana is a donkey, destroyer of darkness and ignorance (or shava).

4.      She spills out fire from her nostrils.

5.      She has put on necklaces shining like lightening.

6.      In Yoga Shastra she represents the Sasahara Chakra.

Navratri is the detoxification of body, mind and soul. Body detoxification involves Navratri diet containing eating less devoid of cereals.  In Navratri diet flour is replaced with Kuttu or Singhara flour; pulses with amaranth or Rajgiri and Rice with Samak rice.

  Mental and soul detoxification involves practicing Yoga Sadhna as described in nine forms of respective Durga.

1.    Kalaratri is worshipped on the Seventh Day of Navratri.

2.    She is dark and black like night.

3.    Her hairs are unlocked

4.     SHE has three eyes and four hands.

5.     She holds a sharp Sword in her right hand and blesses her devotees with her lower hand.

6.      HER vahana is a donkey, destroyer of darkness and ignorance (or shava).

7.      She spills out fire from her nostrils.

8.      She has put on necklaces shining like lightening.

9.      In Yoga Shastra she represents the Sasahara Chakra

Spiritual message on the 7th Navratri: By the time chanting of Bija mantras LAM, VAM, RAM, YAM, HAM and AUM is over the inner darkness goes over.