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Marijuana-Good bad or ugly?

Introduction to Marijuana-

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Though most of us are well aware of what marijuana, or weed is still I decided to give a formal intro to this plant-

Cannabis, also known as marijuana among other names, is a psychoactive drug from the Cannabis plant intended for medical or recreational use. The main psychoactive part of cannabis is tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), one of 483 known compounds found in the in the plant. So it  is this THC component what makes the cannabis plant so famous and can make people go crazy for it. 

Cannabis sativa grows wild throughout many tropical and humid parts of the world.

The oldest known written record on cannabis use comes from the Chinese Emperor Shen Nung in 2727 B.C. Ancient Greeks and Romans were also familiar with cannabis, while in the Middle East, use spread throughout the Islamic empire to North Africa. In 1545 cannabis spread to the western hemisphere where Spaniards imported it to Chile for its use as fiber. In North America cannabis, in the form of hemp, was grown on many plantations for use in rope, clothing and paper.

Marijuana as an intoxicant-

Marijuana is one of the oldest forms of intoxicants. It’s history can be traced back to the Vedic period. The reason why it was so much popular back than and as well as now is because of its simplicity. Any other form of drug needs some processing which cannot be done easily by any lay man. For example you and I cannot simply go and make cocaine, brown sugar or LSD, these requires expertise and laboratories plus you need to hide well from the law and police, which is not the case with weed or marijuana. It is as simple as  growing  the cannabis plant in your back yard and harvest its leaves or flowers and seeds just like you will harvest any vegetable. There are several ways you can consume weed to get high receipted of which you will easily find on the Internet or we always have that useful friend. 

Marijuana and the vedas-

The earliest mention of cannabis has been found in The Vedas, or sacred Hindu texts. These writings may have been compiled as early as 2000 to 1400 B.C. According to The Vedas, cannabis was one of five sacred plants and a guardian angel lived in its leaves. The Vedas call cannabis a source of happiness, joy-giver,  liberator that was compassionately given to humans to help us attain delight and lose fear (Abel, 1980). It releases us from anxiety. 

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The god, Shiva is frequently associated with cannabis, called bhang in India. Shiva is always in an intoxicated state as he has consumed poison and stored it in his neck which otherwise would destroy everything. He lives in the harshest of environment in the lap of snow and mountains of the Himalayas so he and his disciples must consume Bhang or marijuana to tame the pain and agony. Even today his followers known as sadhus  indulge in bhang or weed . 

During the Middle Ages, the  soldiers often took a drink of bhang before entering the battlefield like modern day soldiers would gulp down whiskey.

 

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Pros 

Lot of research is going on to determine the uses of cannabis in treating and preventing various ailments. Few of which I have mentioned below

1. Marijuana slows and stops cancer cells from spreading.

It was found in the study, published in the journal Molecular Cancer Therapeutics, that Cannabidiol has the ability to stop cancer by turning off a gene called Id-1. 

2. Prevents Alzheimer’s.

THC, the active ingredient present in marijuana slows the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, a 2006 study led by Kim Janda of the Scripps Research Institute found out.

3. Treats Glaucoma.

Marijuana can be used to treat glaucoma, which increases the pressure in the eyeball, injuring the optic nerve and causing loss of vision. According to National Eye Institute, marijuana lowers the pressure inside the eye, “Studies in the early 1970s showed that marijuana, when smoked, lowered intraocular pressure (IOP) in people with normal pressure and those with glaucoma.”

4. Relieves Arthritis.

In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis reduces pain and inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

5. Controls Epileptic seizure.

A 2003 study showed that marijuana use can control epileptic seizure.

Robert J. DeLorenzo, of Virginia Commonwealth University, gave marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana to epileptic rats. The drugs stopped the seizures in about 10 hours. It is found out that the THC controlled the seizures by binding the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation. The results were published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

6. Relieves Arthritis.

In 2011, researchers reported that cannabis reduces pain and inflammation, and promotes sleep, which may help relieve pain and discomfort for people with rheumatoid arthritis.

7. Controls Epileptic seizure.

A 2003 study showed that marijuana use can control epileptic seizure. [2]

Robert J. DeLorenzo, of Virginia Commonwealth University, gave marijuana extract and synthetic marijuana to epileptic rats. The drugs stopped the seizures in about 10 hours. It is found out that the THC controlled the seizures by binding the brain cells responsible for controlling excitability and regulating relaxation. The results were published in the Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics.

8. Soothes tremors for people with Parkinson’s disease.

Recent studies from Israel shows that smoking marijuana remarkably reduces pains and tremors and improves sleep for Parkinson’s disease patients. What was impressive about the research was the improvement of the fine motor skills among patients.

Israel has made medical marijuana legal, and a lot of research into the medical uses of weed is done there, supported by the Israeli Government.

9. Reduces severe pain, and nausea from chemo, and stimulates appetite.

One of the most common uses of medical marijuana is for people going through chemotherapy. Cancer patients going through chemo suffer from severe pains, painful nausea, vomiting, and loss of appetite. This can lead to further health complications.

Marijuana can help reduce these side effects, reducing pain, decreasing nausea, and stirring up the appetite. Also, there are other FDA approved cannabinoid drugs that use THC, for the same purposes.

10. Helps veterans suffering from PTSD

Marijuana is approved to treat PTSD in some states in America. In New Mexico, PTSD is the number one reason for people to get a license for medical marijuana, but this is the first time U.S. Government’s The Department of Health and Human Services has approved a proposal that incorporates smoked or vaporized marijuana.

Naturally occurring cannabinoids, similar to THC, help control the system that causes fear and anxiety in the body and brain.

11. Controls other types of muscle spasms.

Other types of muscle spasms respond to marijuana too. Another of Dr. Gupta’s patient, Chaz, has a condition called myoclonus diaphragmatic flutter (also known as Leeuwenhoek’s Disease). This causes non stop spasming in the abdominal muscles which are not only painful, but interfere with breathing and speaking. Chaz has been using medical marijuana to treat this disease because other very strong medications were unable to treat him properly.

Smoking marijuana is able to calm to calm the attacks almost immediately, relaxing the mucles of the diaphragm also.

Now let’s look at some of the cons which has resulted into ban on cannabis by a  lot of governments around the world, even growing this plant in your back yard is illegal. 

Cons-

First of all just like all the other intoxicants, cannabis is also highly addictive.

And too sum up all the negative impact on you, it makes you insane. You develop a habit of leading a 2nd false life furled by weed. 

Conclusion-

To sum it up in my opinion the good effects of cannabis, or weed still needs lot of research and studies. As of now the ill effects of marijuana far  out weighs the positives that it can offer. 

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THREE NATURAL SUPER DAILY SUPPLEMENTS FROM THE Vedas.

 

We are all super busy in our lives, trying somehow to make our as well as our close one’s future secured, healthy, & happy. Unfortunately our busy, hectic, stressful lives are making our today miserable and there is little hope that such kind of struggle today will lead to any thing good tomorrow. 

The kind of stress we are inflicting ourselves is actually taking serious toll on both our mental as well our physical health.  We are doing every thing unhealthy that can possibly be done to our body.

Even our choice of food now a days is far from healthy and contributing full on towards us being seriously unwell.  The kind of food that we are eating for the sake of taste and fast food is really disheartening. 

It will be very hard and for most of us it will be almost impossible to part with the current  stressed life style we are leading no matter how hard we try, but at least we must try to control one aspect of our life which we all can, and that is what we eat. 

Apart from eating (not over eating) food which are HEALTHY we should try adding a few supper supplements which will aid in improving our immune system and make us  feel healthy physically as well as mentally. 

In the name of supplements I don’t want you to start purchasing costly highly processed ingredients which might do more harm then good. 

Now let’s come to the main topic. I have shortlisted 3 such highly beneficial supplements which we should take in small portions daily. These three ingredients are an indispensable part  of Ayurveda, these were used to treat various ailments from the Vedic period and are prized by modern medical science and medicine companies as well. 

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The sacred tulsi plant

Number one in the list is Ocimum  tenuiflorum (synonym Ocimum sanctum), commonly known as holy basil, tulasi (sometimes spelled thulasi) or tulsi, is an aromatic perennial plant in the family Lamiaceae. It is native to the Indian subcontinent and widespread as a cultivated plant throughout the Southeast Asian countries.

Tulasi is cultivated for religious and traditional medicine purposes, and  It  has a special  place within the Vaishnava tradition of Hinduism, in which devotees perform worship involving holy basil plants or leaves. This plant is revered by Hindu religion and is used in several  Ayurvedic concoctions. 

A few basil leaves daily can keep you miles away from lot of ailments. It is even said that two leaves of the basil plant can even keep cancer at bay. You can simply chew few of its leaves daily and it will sure to work wonders. 

This is a very small plant which can easily be grown in pots, so suitable for small apartments. The other big benefit of growing this plant in your apartment  is it purifies the air , specially helpful in polluted city livings. 

The second on my list is Aloe Vera. 

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 It’s got antiviral and antibacterial properties, and the ability to help treat everything from constipation to diabetes. The green-cactus looking plant that sits out in your garden isn’t just a plant with its roots in folklore, it’s the crux of a million dollar industry that extends from beauty creams to healthy juices and diet supplements. Over time, aloe vera has seamlessly integrated itself into everything we use. But what makes this miracle plant so distinguishable?Ayurveda refers to aloe vera as the miracle herb that can be used to treat wounds, minor cuts, dry skin and severe burns.

I will suggest you all to have one cap full of Aloe Vera extract and mix it with a glass of water and drink it every morning on empty stomach each day. 

Now a days several brands extract the juice of this miracle plant and sell it in most of the department as well a medical stores. 

Indian gooseberry amla juice secures the 3rd position on my list of super but natural supplements. 

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Indian gooseberry Amla

The list of Indian gooseberry or amla is a never ending one. But why I included  this in my  list is because daily portion of this miracle fruit will enhance your immunity, detox you, keep your Stomach and digestive sytem working perfectly as well as take care of your skin and hair. You should buy a bottle of amla juice and have it every day same way as I suggested for aloe Vera juice. 

You can also mix about two table spoon each of aloevera juice as well as amla juice together in a glass of water and have it every morning on empty stomach. you can purchase pure amla juice from any departmental store or even better if you get fresh or dried Indian gooseberry and have a few pieces of it every day. 

Try consuming these super but natural supplements daily and see the difference in you, and yes for these supplements to work better I suggest you at least do some sort of exercise, at leat walk for half an hour  3 days a week. 

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Are Multivitamins any good?

 

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Multivitamins , are they any good?

Multivitamins are in huge demand ,and these supplements earn billions of dollars for the pharmaceutical companies. The two main reasons people take multivitamins are for overall health and wellness and to fill in nutrient gaps,
We have been made to believe that eat crap all day and just pop a multivitamin tab daily and it will take care of all your micronutrient requirements. But is it really true?
Recent multiple researchers have concluded otherwise.
Summary of few of these findings are mentioned below-

• An analysis of research involving 450,000 people, which found that multivitamins did not reduce risk for heart disease or cancer.
• A study that tracked the mental functioning and multivitamin use of 5,947 men for 12 years found that multivitamins did not reduce risk for mental declines such as memory loss or slowed-down thinking.
• A study of 1,708 heart attack survivors who took a high-dose multivitamin or placebo for up to 55 months. Rates of later heart attacks, heart surgeries and deaths were similar in the two groups.

Researchers says that popping multivitamins without any proper diagnosis may result into more bad than good. It may result into accumulation of some of the nutrients which may be harmful or our body may simply be flushing some of the nutrients out wasting our money on these multivitamins.
But the debate still continues-

Jonny Bowden, board-certified nutrition specialist and nationally known expert on nutrition and health, says “The answer I always give to the question of do we need vitamin supplements is this: We don’t need indoor plumbing, but why on earth would we want to do without it? We need vitamins to exist and vitamin supplements are an excellent, high-tech way to deliver the nutrients our body needs to survive and thrive,” explains Bowden. “Can we live without supplements? Sure. But we’re highly likely to be missing some essential nutrients and almost certain to have less than the optimal amounts of many others.”
Wellness coach Dana Kofsky explains that vitamins are essential to take in addition to a healthy diet. “I think there’s only so much we can get through food,” says Kofsky. “I do find it very helpful to take vitamins in addition to practicing a healthy diet. Oftentimes, people will take vitamins and then not get any of their nutrients with food. In order for them to be most effective, it’s important to eat right first and then supplement with vitamins.”
Celebrity fitness trainer and health expert Latreal Mitchell also believes that in a world full of processed foods, supplementing nutrients with vitamins couldn’t be more important. “It is so important to take quality, science-based vitamins because in this era of fast food and convenience over quality, there is no way for people to get all the vitamins and nutrients they need through food alone,” explains Mitchell. “Most people skip meals, eat unhealthy food on the run, and skip green veggies with all the great phytonutrients that are essential for optimal health. I’m a strong believer that everyone should get a little help no matter how healthy or unhealthy they eat. There is more processed food and GMOs on the market, and all the good stuff is being pulled out of our food to make things quick and easy. Good, quality vitamins and supplements are a great source of those missing nutrients.”

In our opinion, multivitamins should be made a part of our daily supplements only in special cases when our body is deficit in certain multivitamins. For example –
• You are over 60. Most older people don’t get the nutrients they need, for various reasons. Major problem nutrients for older people are vitamin D, certain B vitamins and magnesium.
• You are a woman of childbearing age. Women capable of becoming pregnant need at least 400 micrograms daily of folate (the form in supplements is called folic acid). This B vitamin helps prevent neural tube birth defects. In addition, premenopausal women can benefit from the iron in a basic multi.
• You are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should probably take a multi, but discuss your special needs with your doctor.
You are a strict vegetarian. If you eat no animal products, you may not get enough vitamin B12, zinc, iron and calcium.
Or your doctor has suggested fro multivitamins.

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Health is wealth

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Three pillars of health

Biggest irony is…
People now a days are ready to shead a lot of money for a solution to stay healthy and fit, both mentally and physically. Health and fitness is now a days a multi million dollar business. But the biggest Irony is, we all know the solution. We all know what is required to stay healthy and still seek a solution from others (so called specialists). Trust me there is no shortcut to health. The answer is just there with you.

Three pillars of health-
As we all know , the three pillars of health are
Food
Sleep &
Exercise.

Food-
I am really amazed at the kind of junk our body can tolerate without killing us right away. Our body can really take a lot of nonsense and we actually take undue advantage of it. Today statistics say that 75% of our our diet is made up of junk foods.
Our food consists of too much of the following

Too Many Calories
Too many or too few calories create an unhealthy diet. Too much of it makes us obese and overweighted , many people consume too many calories regularly. Overeating leads to a host of health problems, including heart disease, high cholesterol, diabetes and certain types of cancer. You can reduce your risk of these problems by taking steps to control your calories and maintain a healthy weight. However, if you do not eat enough calories due to engaging in anorexic or bulimic behaviors, your body can suffer as well. Too few calories can result in loss of muscle mass, heart problems and death.

High in Fat
A high-fat diet is associated with an increased risk of stroke or heart attack. Eating certain types of fats, such as saturated fats found in butter, cream and fatty beef, can elevate your blood cholesterol and result in the formation of plaques in your arteries. These plaques can occlude your blood vessels or break off and travel through your body, causing damage to heart or brain tissue. Other unhealthy fats to avoid include the trans fatty acids found in hydrogenated and partially hydrogenated fats. Trans fatty acids are often used in commercial baked goods and fried foods.

Too Much Sugar
Diets high in sugar can lead to obesity and health problems associated with obesity. Sugar comes in many forms and may be listed as fructose, sucrose, corn syrup and molasses. Sugars provide empty calories that lack nutrition and increase your odds of becoming overweight or obese. The American Heart Association recommends that women limit sugar to 6 tsp. per day, and men avoid eating more than 9 tsp. per day.

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Not only our food is unhealthy, but now a days we eat much more than what actually is needed. We tend to overeat, making us obese and unhealthy. In today’s hectic life we are taking shortcuts every where, like our foods now a days highly processed. We are dependent on fast foods and instant foods which takes less of our time in cooking. We eat just to satisfy our taste buds and to fill our tummy, it seems no one is eating for health.
Now the biggest question is if foods rich in calories, fats and high carbs are so bad for us than why do we crave for such foods so much. The answer is though as a species we have evolved both physically as well as culturally so much that our species is known as homo sapien sapien or super human beings, but some elements of our brain is still connected to our hunting gathering stage. It still does not know that now foods rich in calories and energy is not scarce anymore in fact it is in abundance unlike in past when our ancestors had to really struggle for foods rich in energy and calories.
In my opinion if we eat a balanced diet (which we all are well aware of) will really make a difference and will pave a way for us towards a healthy life.

Sleep-
There is not much to discus under this topic. It is a proven fact that an adult person must have 7 to 9 hours of sleep per day and in a continuous stretch.
But agin due to modern days stress, mental pressure and food habits , we are deprived of our much needed sleep.
Too little sleep may cause:
• Memory problems
• Depression
• A weakening of your immune system, increasing your chance of becoming sick
• Increase in perception of pain.

Exercise-
Exercise is the 3rd important pillar for our health.
Due to our sedentary lifestyle today, to be healthy we must artificially induce some amount of exercise in our daily routine. You will agree with me that most of us specially the boys would have started going to the gym or started exercising at home with lot of josh, at least once in our life time, but failed to continue because that josh faded away. Even you will see lot of people doing morning walks and jogging but hardly a few will continue for years to come.
This problem arises because we try to bite more than what we can chew.
Unlike those who are fitness freaks, or whose profession demands them to be physically fit, we cannot dedicate multiple hours on exercise daily for years to come because we have other priorities. In today’s hectic world we all are busy up to our nose. Exercise is something that you must continue daily, but where we go wrong is we start off very intensively into gyms and exercises but could not continue for long because of our hectic daily routine.

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Integrate exercise in your life

The solution is to do less may be for only half an hour at home but we must continue for long. We must analyse how much and what exercise will I be able to include in my daily routine without overburdening me in the long run. Remember that You don’t need all those fancy equipment’s of the gym for exercise, you can very well do it at your home with simple free hand exercises and a pair of dumbles but,make sure that you adopt a daily exercise routine which you will be able to continue for many years.

So remember for a healthy and fit life you must eat good , sleep well and exercise smartly.

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Processed foods and cancer

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Cancer is without any doubt one of the most dreaded disease today. Even a HIV positive person can lead a very normal life thanks to modern medicines, which was not possible a few years back as HIV positive meant sure shot death within a very short time. Plus we know what causes and spreads AIDS, and we can easily abstain from these causes hence protecting ourselves 100% . Unfortunately we haven’t progressed so much in case of cancer. Still we are researching and debating on what causes this disease and the treatment is not always successful. Going by statistics the survival rate of cancer patients across all type of cancers is only 60%. Doctors will never be sure that the patient is 100% cure as undetected numbers of cancerous cell may always remain in the body and reoccurrence or relapse of disease is very high in the first 5 years.
Cancer can start almost anywhere in the human body, which is made up of trillions of cells. Normally, human cells grow and divide to form new cells as the body needs them. When cells grow old or become damaged, they die, and new cells take their place.
When cancer develops, however, this orderly process breaks down. As cells become more and more abnormal, old or damaged cells survive when they should die, and new cells form when they are not needed. These extra cells can divide without stopping and may form growths called tumors.
Cancerous tumors are malignant, which means they can spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. In addition, as these tumors grow, some cancer cells can break off and travel to distant places in the body through the blood or the lymph system and form new tumors far from the original tumor.
Unlike malignant tumors, benign tumors do not spread into, or invade, nearby tissues. Benign tumors can sometimes be quite large, however. When removed, they usually don’t grow back, whereas malignant tumors sometimes do. Unlike most benign tumors elsewhere in the body, benign brain tumors can be life threatening.
Cancer is a genetic disease—that is, it is caused by changes to genes that control the way our cells function, especially how they grow and divide.
Genetic changes that cause cancer can be inherited from our parents. They can also arise during a person’s lifetime as a result of errors that occur as cells divide or because of damage to DNA caused by certain environmental exposures.
We are corrupting our own environment by polluting our water, air , land and food which is actually triggering an increase in all type of cancer throughout the world. The kind of chemical and pesticidal residues found in our foods is scary. Though individually we can hardly contribute to purify our environment, but we can take charges of what food we consume and considerably reducing the chances of getting cancer.

One of the main contributor to this disease is something which has become a part and parcel of our lives, which is processed foods.

Researchers in France may have found just that. After studying more than 100,000 adults for years, their results showed that eating processed food is more closely linked with cancer risk than one’s age, sex, body mass index, height, level of physical activity, smoking and drinking habits, calories consumed, or family history.

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A new study measured eating habits in nearly 105000 adults for 5 years, their regular diet consisted of 3300 different food items and. More than 2200 cases of cancer were diagnosed in the group the study showed that on an average 18% of people’s diet was ultra processed. There were 79 new cases of cancer every year per 10000 people. Scientists concluded that for every 10% increase of ultra processed foods in diets there is a 12% higher risk of developing cancer, further analysis revealed 11% increase in the risk of breast cancer. Ultra processed foods in the study included mass produced packaged breads and buns soda and sugary drinks, instant noodles, sweet or Savoury packaged snacks, chocolate bars, sweets and frozen or shelf life ready meals such as meat balls poultry and fish nuggets and other meat products transformed with the addition of preservatives other than salt, it also included food made mostly or entirely from sugar , oils and fat. Hydrogenated oils and modified starches are also specified as ultra processed foods. Ultra processed foods have higher content of fats, sugar and salt but lower amount of fibers and vitamins, also because of contact with packaging materials food may become contaminated with potentially harmful substances. Theses foods contain additives that although approved for food use are controversial as some animal and cell studies suggest that they can’t cause cancer. Research also found that less processed foods did not raise cancer risks.
Ultra processed foods can cause obesity which has been linked to increased cancer risks. 14.1. Million new cases of cancer were diagnosed in 2012 and this number is expected to climb to 24 million by 2035.
Though further studies are needed to understand the link between ultra processed foods and cancer.

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Green tea against diabetes

AF7A5FA6-A86F-4201-9223-FFF758749D55 Green tea against diabetesDiabetes is a disease that is slowly taking over. It currently affects an estimated 143 million people worldwide and the number is growing rapidly. In India, about 5 per cent of its population suffers from diabetes. According to the official WHO data, India tops the list of countries with the highest number of diabetics followed by China & America in the year 2000, the total number of diabetics in India stood at 31.7 million and is expected to rise by more than 100% in the year 2030 to account to a whopping 79.4 million.Regular checkup’s and timely detection can really help manage and control this disease at an early stage , but due to patient resistance and feeling of disbelief that ‘I can have diabetes too’, most patients tend to defer on detection and treatment that often leads to complications.

It occurs when your blood glucose, also called blood sugar, is too high. Blood glucose is your main source of energy and comes from the food you eat. Insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas, helps glucose from food get into your cells to be used for energy. Sometimes your body doesn’t make enough—or any—insulin or doesn’t use insulin well. Glucose then stays in your blood and doesn’t reach your cells.
Over time, having too much glucose in your blood can cause health problems. Although diabetes has no cure, you can take steps to manage your diabetes and stay healthy.
A diabetic will have to depend on medicines for survival. He will have to take oral medicines or injections every day to control the level of insulin in the blood. This really gets frustrating, as a constant thought will haunt you for rest of your life that you are a diseased person and your survival depends upon daily dosage of medicines, not to mention the side effects of these medicines.
The pharmaceutical companies are really cashing on this. The graph below shows the revenues earned by few of the top pharmaceutical companies selling medicines to diabetics.

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There is no replacement for these medicines, but we can supplement these medicines with many naturally available foods and herbs which definitely helps in keeping diabetes at bay or at least work in sync with these medications. Food items like berries, grapes, apples, pomegranate, Broccoli, onions, garlic, tomatoes, eggplant, spinach, cranberries, blood oranges, blackberries, blueberries, raspberries, strawberries, rhubarb, lemons, limes, and kiwis really help in suppressing this disease.
Do you know what is common in all these food items which make them excellent against diabetes? Well it’s a naturally found substance called polyphenols.  polyphenols are phytochemicals, found abundantly in natural plant food sources that have a tremendous amount of antioxidant properties.
One of the best known sources of polyphenols is tea , specifically green tea. It is considered to be best as unlike any solid food items it is a fluid which you can drink as much you like in a day and hence increase the amount of polyphenols you consume with each sip. Each cup of green tea contains 100mg of polyphenols.

Animal studies suggest that green tea may help prevent the development of type 1 diabetes and slow the progression once it has developed. In people with type 1 diabetes, their bodies make little or no insulin, which helps convert glucose or sugar into energy. Green tea may help regulate glucose in the body. Research also suggests that regular consumption of green tea may help manage type 2 diabetes.

In traditional Chinese and Indian medicine, practitioners used green tea as a stimulant, a diuretic (to help rid the body of excess fluid), an astringent (to control bleeding and help heal wounds), and to improve heart health. Other traditional uses of green tea include treating gas, regulating body temperature and blood sugar, promoting digestion, and improving mental processes.
A 2013 research review published in the Diabetes and Metabolism Journal outlined the potential benefits of tea when it comes to diabetes as well as obesity, which is a risk factor for diabetes. It highlighted a Japanese study that found that people who drank 6 or more cups of green tea a day were 33 percent less likely to develop type 2 diabetes than were people who drank less than a cup of green tea a week. It also reported on Taiwanese research that found that people who drank green tea regularly for more than a decade had smaller waists and a lower body fat composition than those who weren’t regular consumers of green tea.

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A person who cultures the habit of including green tea in his daily food is sure to benefit from its innumerable health benefits including prevention and managing diabetes.

Happy tea drinking.

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Pesticides in your tea

FD9C14A1-CEA1-405B-8B47-D27ADD441157-1024x538 Pesticides in your teaA cup of tea is what wakes many of us across the globe each morning. Tea is one of the oldest beverages that men had discovered.
The story of tea begins in China. According to legend, in 2737 BC, the Chinese emperor Shen Nung was sitting beneath a tree while his servant boiled drinking water, when some leaves from the tree blew into the water. Shen Nung, a renowned herbalist, decided to try the infusion that his servant had accidentally created. The tree was Camellia sinensis, and the resulting drink was what we now call tea.
But it was the British during British raj who popularised and made tea a true global drink. In 1940 The British started tea plantations in India, which really took tea to the next level. since then there is no stoping tea from taking over the world. Today there are various forms of tea that we relish, like CTC, orthodox, green, white, oolong, masala, flavoured etc. Tea, with its high concentration of powerful antioxidants, is well known for its ability to prevent cancer, cardiovascular, osteoporosis and other diseases. And, of course, tea is one of the most popular beverages in the world, second only to water. In fact, for centuries, it has been prized by cultures around the world for its health benefits.We consider tea to be one of the healthy beverage specially green and white tea, but is it really so?

The demand for tea is ever increasing as new tea addicts are adding up to the tea loving club from various part of the world. Today tea has found markets and popularity in countries where it was never popular before.
Tea requires specific climatic and environmental conditions to grow which limits tea plantations from invading new land. Now the ever increasing demand for tea on one hand and land constrain on the other has really put pressure on the existing tea plantations to increase there production capacity without any increase in the land holdings. Till few years back the tea was mostly produced by large companies which had multiple tea gardens under its stables, each garden would be of no less than 400 to 500 hectares. But today even the small farmers with smaller land holdings are also shifting to tea growing.

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A tea estate in Assam.

Now due to the increasing demand of tea the tea growers both the larger companies as well as the small tea growers are using chemicals to protect and increase their crop. Today the tea industry is known to use some of the harshest and a large quantity of toxic chemicals. These chemicals are broadly divided into two types- contact and systemic, they differ in their mode of action. Contact chemical when sprayed on the canopy will remain on the surface for a few days and when the pest comes in contact with the chemical it dies, but the problem with contact chemicals is this that it effects a broad range of insects and eliminates not only the targeted insect but also eliminates several other species of insects including the beneficiary predatory insects which otherwise would have controlled the pests naturally.
systemic chemicals when sprayed on the tea bushes, will enter the system of the plant through the stomatal openings present in the leaves. It will remain inside the plant specially in its leaves and whenever the pest chews the leaves it dies.
Now the problem is, these toxins ends up in the final manufactured tea which

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A sprayer spraying chemical in a tea plantation.

we consume. More then 50 harmful chemical compounds find way into our body through our cup of tea that we relish so much and consider healthy. Acetamaprid, chlorpyrifos, thiacloprid, imidaclopride, dicofol, methomyl, endosulfan sulfate and carbendazim , quinalphos, DDT were among the pesticides found in brewed cups of tea. The chemical residue in the finished product increased much more than the acceptable limits because of which many developed countries had stoped the import of teas from countries like India, and now they have set stringent regulations for testing teas before allowing any consignment of tea in their respective countries.
Countries like India have very relaxed criteria of acceptance due to which all tea consignments rejected for exports make their way into the domestic markets. Teas grown for the domestic market are treated much differently then teas meant for exports. Lot of banned chemicals which are easily available through the black market are used relentlessly on these teas.
According to the WHO, accumulation of these chemical residues inside our body will cause long term and irreversible harm such as cancer and damage to our reproductive system, these chemicals may also effect our nervous system. Today one of the major cause of cancer other then smoking, and tobacco is exposure to harmful chemicals present in our foods.
When more and more teas got rejected by the foreign buyers due to high levels of pesticide residues , The Tea Board of India started acting on it and formulated the Plant Protection Code PPC. But agin through PPC tea board was able to control the big tea producing companies but it is still unable to leash in the small tea producers which are sprawling every where. The main danger is form these small tea growers who are known to use all sort of chemicals even the banned chemicals relentlessly.

So what’s the solution should we give up on our cup of tea? Well thankfully the answer is no, the easiest way to make ourselves not exposed to these chemicals is to shift to organic teas specially if you are a heavy tea drinker.
Today as awareness is increasing people are shifting to organic foods including tea and there are many brands selling organic teas in the Indian market. But as the Indian consumer is very price conscious, he is not ready to shed extra bucks just because the tea is organic. The Indian Consumer must realise that by drinking tea which is not labelled organic, his health is paying heavily. Make sure when you are buying any organic tea just don’t buy it because they have labelled it as organic tea but also try to check from the labelling in the package, whether it has been certified organic by a third party agency or not. For any product to be sold as organic in the market it must be certified organic by any of the recognised organic certification bodies. Some of the trusted organic certifies are IMO and OneCert. FD9C14A1-CEA1-405B-8B47-D27ADD441157-1024x538 Pesticides in your tea
Another key point to remember by the common tea drinker is to stay away from tea bags as far as possible. Tea bags are little sacks filled with the worst and least pricy teas or tea wastes.

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