Simple Ayurvedic Tips to Prevent Cholesterol an Protect Heart

Cholesterol used to be a word of terror for people. Cholesterol is present in cell membranes and transported through blood plasma.

Cholesterol is produced inside body at the liver. The food we take also contains varying amounts of cholesterol. The body has a system to speed up or reduce cholesterol production in accordance with dietary intake.

There are two types of cholesterol. Low-density lipoprotein and high-density lipoprotein. LDL is considered bad cholesterol and HDL is good cholesterol.

When the levels of LDL become high in blood, the LDL cholesterol gets deposited in blood vessel walls. Arteries become thickened or hardened (arteriosclerosis) and block the free passage of blood. This increases blood pressure and leads to cardio vascular diseases including heart attack.

Another version of LDL is Lp(a). Lp(a) is a variation of LDL, which increase the risk of arteriosclerosis (thickening of blood vessels walls by deposition of fat).

Excess cholesterol levels in blood must be checked with a healthy lifestyle and diet. Daily exercise and keeping your body fit can help reduce LDL levels and increase HDL levels in blood.

Include more vegetarian food in your daily menu. Our body produces enough amounts of cholesterol. If the body is supplemented with excess food in the form of fatty good, you can expect an accumulation of unwanted cholesterol in your body. The extra intake and alter the natural balance in cholesterol production by liver.

Moderate use of alcohol does have a positive effect on blood cholesterol levels. If alcohol consumption gets out of control, it will bring many serious health issues.

Some Ayurvedic home remedies for excess cholesterol include garlic (Allium sativum), Arjuna (Terminalia arjuna), Guggul (Commiphora mukul) etc.

Natural Remedy for Arthritis

Arthritis or joint pains is caused mainly due to suppression of agni or digestive fire. This results in poor digestion, which leads to accumulation of undigested wastes in the body resulting in buildup of ama (waste matter). The toxins reach different parts of body and get accumulated at joints.

Thus the first step in treating arthritis is to stimulate agni (digestive fire).

Ayurveda classify arthritis into three – vata, pitta and kapha type joint pains.

Vata type arthritis is characterized by dryness of the joints.

Pitta type arthritis is characterized by swollen joints. Pain increases when you move your limbs. Joints feel hot.

Kapha type arthritis is characterized by stiff swollen joints. Joints feel cold. Move the limbs a bit and you feel relieved from pain.

Certain yoga postures are found to offer relief from arthritis pain. Choose the yoga postures that may be beneficial to you with the help of a trained yoga practitioner.

Detoxification processes including enemas and panchakarma are beneficial in treating arthritis. It removes much of the accumulated toxic wastes and gives relief to pain.

Narayana oil and Sahacharadi oil are beneficial massage oils that have the power to bring down arthritis pain. The effect of the oils depends primarily on your body type.

Narayana oil removes stiffness and improves mobility at limbs and is especially beneficial in reducing backache, sprains and joint pains.

If Sahacharadi oil doesn't reduce the pain considerably in 24 hours of first massage, discontinue the application. If your body responds favorably to the massage oil, it will start showing results in less than 12 hours. This oil comes is rose in color and has special effects on Vata and Kapha type bodies.

Herbs useful in Arthritis Cure

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) is useful in controlling pain and inflammation. Dried and powdered ginger taken internally is beneficial in reducing joint pains and inflammation. No side effects recorded.

Turmeric (Curcuma longa) also has anti-inflammatory properties. Turmeric is a regular condiment for a variety of Indian culinary items.

Ashwangandha (Withania somnifera) has several benefits. Its roots are used in treating arthritis related pain.

Arthritis has its roots on digestive problems. Keeping body fit by leading an active life, practicing yoga, daily aerobics, taking only easy-to-digest food and occasional use of triphala as a mild laxative, etc are preventive steps against arthritis.