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Negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts

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Darkness cannot be removed physically; it can only be removed by switching light or going into sunlight or lighting fire. Similarly negative thoughts are absence of positive thoughts.

In Bhagavad Gita also it has been said that in the period of Uttarayana with longer days, the first half at full moon, in the presence of light or agni, one acquires more positive thoughts as compared in Dakshinayana before Amavasya or no moon or in absence of light.

Bhagavad Gita also says that whatever you think the whole life, you think at the time of death and if the time at the time of death you have positive thoughts, you are likely to get Moksha. That may be the reason why in Hindu mythology it is said that just before the death, we should light a diya or chant in front of agni (fire) so that dying person’s thoughts become positive.

In terms of computer language, it can be explained as – when you open a file repeatedly, it becomes a priority file and comes in search engine on priority as compared to other files.

(Disclaimer: The views expressed in this write up are my own)

Sunlight can reduce weight

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A new Northwestern Medicine study has reported that the timing, intensity and duration of exposure to light during the day are linked to your weight.

People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.

“The earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower the individuals’ body mass index,” said co–lead author Kathryn Reid, research associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “The later the hour of moderately bright light exposure, the higher a person’s BMI.”

The influence of morning light exposure on body weight was independent of an individual’s physical activity level, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. It accounted for about 20 percent of a person’s BMI.

“Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance,” said study senior author Phyllis C. Zee, M.D. “The message is that you should get more bright light between 8 a.m. and noon.” About 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect BMI.

Importance of Vitamin D in mythology – Dr KK Aggarwal

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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.

Preventing age-related macular degeneration

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• Quit smoking. • Wear sunglasses to protect eyes from sunlight. • Eat plenty of fresh fruits and dark-green leafy vegetables. • Eat fish or other foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids. • Take antioxidant vitamins and minerals as advised by your doctor. (Source: Harvard Healthbeat)

Vitamin D Facts

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• Calcium has an indispensable assistant in building bones: vitamin D. • Vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium. • Increasing vitamin D can help prevent osteoporosis. • A small amount of sun exposure can help the body manufacture its own vitamin D. • Five to 30 minutes of sunlight between 10 am and 3 pm twice a week to your face, arms, legs, or back without sunscreen will enable you to make enough of the vitamin • People with fair skin that burns easily should protect themselves from skin cancer by limiting sun exposure to 10 minutes or less. • Food and sun exposure should suffice, but if not, get 2,000 IU of vitamin D daily from a supplement.

Do I need multivitamin tablets?

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1. Multivitamin tablets are not needed unless there is a scarcity of a particular vitamin. 2. If you include all seven colors and six tastes in your food, there is no need for vitamin supplementation. 3. Wheat grass and barley grass juice contain folic acid and vitamin B12. 4. Anything which is green contains vitamin B. 5. Anything which is red contains lycopene. 6. Citrus foods contain vitamin C. 7. All dry fruits contain vitamin E. 8. Sunlight is an excellent source of vitamin D. 9. Carrots contain vitamin A. 10. Folic acid is lost if the food is boiled and the water is discarded. 11. Vitamin D is not absorbed if exposed to sunlight is through glass. 12. Vitamin D is not absorbed through clothes if you are fully-clothed in sunlight.

Sunlight can reduce weight

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A new Northwestern Medicine study has reported that the timing, intensity and duration of exposure to light during the day are linked to your weight.

People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day.

“The earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower the individuals’ body mass index,” said co–lead author Kathryn Reid, research associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “The later the hour of moderately bright light exposure, the higher a person’s BMI.”

The influence of morning light exposure on body weight was independent of an individual’s physical activity level, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. It accounted for about 20 percent of a person’s BMI.

“Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance,” said study senior author Phyllis C. Zee, M.D. “The message is that you should get more bright light between 8 a.m. and noon.” About 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect BMI. (Science Daily)



Sunlight can reduce weight

By Dr K K Aggarwal
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A study from the Northwestern University reports that the timing, intensity and duration of light exposure during the day are linked to body weight.

People who had most of their daily exposure to even moderately bright light in the morning had a significantly lower body mass index than those who had most of their light exposure later in the day. “The earlier this light exposure occurred during the day, the lower individuals’ BMI,” said co–lead author Kathryn Reid, research associate professor of neurology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “The later the hour of moderately bright light exposure, the higher a person’s BMI.”

The influence of morning light exposure on body weight was independent of an individual’s physical activity level, caloric intake, sleep timing, age or season. It accounted for about 20% of a person’s BMI.

“Light is the most potent agent to synchronize your internal body clock that regulates circadian rhythms, which in turn also regulate energy balance,” said study senior author Phyllis C. Zee, M.D. “The message is that you should get more bright light between 8 a.m. and noon.” About 20 to 30 minutes of morning light is enough to affect BMI. (Science Daily)