Ginger- an Elixir of Life

Ginger- an Elixir of Life

Ginger (Zingiber officinale) has been used as a spice and medicine for over 200 years. Ginger along with her sibling Turmeric are proud members of the Zingiberaceae family and is thought to have originated in tropical Asia. It is an important plant with several medicinal, and nutritional values. Ginger is packed with nutrients like Iron, Magnesium, Calcium, Vitamin C and bioactive compounds such as Flavonoids and phenolic elements (gingerdiol, gingerol, gingerdione and shogaols). The usefulness of this wonder drug  is the result of all the essential nutrients and bioactive compounds contained in it (1).

What makes Ginger so beneficial? 

Several researches have shown it to have anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, anti-clotting and analgesic properties.

Ginger has been known to show a variety of powerful therapeutic and preventive effects and has been used for thousands of years for the treatment of hundreds of ailments from colds to cancer (1,2,3).

But wait, that’s not it. 

Ginger has been found to be beneficial for nearly all of the systemic disorders and here’s all you need to know about it. 

  1. Respiratory system

If your respiratory system is damaged because of chronic illness, a serious condition, you will live a life weighed down with breathing issues. If you have an infection related to the respiratory system, do something to treat it as soon as possible; otherwise it could spread to other parts of your body. Ginger and its bioactive compounds helps in treating inflammation associated with respiratory conditions and makes breathing easier by relaxing the airway muscles (4).

  1. Immune system

The immune system includes organs and processes of the body that provide resistance to infection and toxins. Inflammation and oxidative stress often cause build up of toxins in the body which leads to a compromised immune system. Due to its strong anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects , ginger may boost immune health (5).

  1. Gastrointestinal system

The gastrointestinal system consists of the gastrointestinal tract and the gastrointestinal glands. The gastrointestinal tract is essentially a tube divided into several segments: the oral cavity, esophagus, stomach, small and large intestine, rectum, and anus. Ginger as an important dietary agent which possesses a carminative effect, decreases pressure on lower esophageal sphincter, reduces intestinal cramping, and prevents dyspepsia, flatulence, and bloating. In a study titled Ginger in gastrointestinal disorders: A systematic review of clinical trials, ginger extracts have been found to be effective in lowering nausea, vomiting as well as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and gastroenteritis.

  1. Reproductive system

The reproductive system or genital system is a system of sex organs work together for the purpose of sexual reproduction. According to the American Cancer Society, ovarian cancer happens to be the deadliest cancer of the female reproductive system. Ginger has the power to fight and kill ovarian cancer cells, therefore making it of high importance for every woman to include it in her daily diet (6).

  1. Musculoskeletal system

The musculoskeletal system provides form, support, stability, and movement to the body. It is made up of the bones of the skeleton, muscles, cartilage, tendons, ligaments, joints, and other connective tissue that supports and binds tissues and organs together. A University of Miami study compared the effects of a highly concentrated ginger extract to placebo in 247 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee (OA is wearing down the protective tissue at the end of bones resulting in joint pain). Ginger reduced pain and stiffness in knee joints by 40 percent over the placebo. The study concluded that ginger extract could one day be a substitute to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs). 

  1. Nervous system

The nervous system contains complex webs of connections between nerve cells that allow it to generate patterns of activity. One of ginger’s most widely regarded uses is as an anti-inflammatory which makes it popular for arthritis.

Many investigations have revealed that ginger positively affects memory function and shows anti-neuroinflammatory activity, which might contribute to the management and prevention of neurodegenerative diseases like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease (4).

GINGER DOSAGE

The suggested serving size of Ginger is 250mg to 4.8g per day and is used in numerous forms, including fresh, dried, pickled, preserved, crystallized, and powdered or ground (7).

Apart from the systemic benefits, Ginger is used as a cooking spice, condiment and it is also extensively consumed as a flavouring agent worldwide. It would not be wrong if we call Ginger as the Elixir of life.

Here are a couple of recipes from Thrive to bring in the healing power of ginger in your daily lives

  1. Ginger water

Ingredients-

Fresh ginger, water, 1-2 ice cubes (optional)

Method of preparation-

 -Grate 1 inch of fresh ginger in 1 liter water.

-Refrigerate or add 1-2 ice cubes to it and sip throughout the day.

  1. Ginger lemon tea

Ingredients-

1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger

1 lemon wedge

1 cup  water

Method of preparation-

-Boil 1 cup water in a container.

-Add the grated ginger and squeeze lemon in a cup.

-Once boiled, add the water to the cup and stir it with a spoon.

 

-Let the lemon and ginger steep for 2-3 minutes. Strain it before serving.

 

REFERENCES-

  1. https://sci-hub.tw/10.1080/09064710.2019.1606930
  2. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK92775/
  3. https://sci-hub.tw/10.1080/10408391003624848
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6616534/ 
  5. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3665023/
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5527238/
  7. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16738161
  8. Mohamad Hesam Shahrajabian, Wenli Sun & Qi Cheng (2019): Clinical aspects and health benefits of ginger (Zingiberofficinale) in both traditional Chinese medicine and modern industry, Acta Agriculturae Scandinavica, Section B — Soil & Plant Science, DOI: 10.1080/09064710.2019.1606930 
  9. http://blog.arthritis.org/living-with-arthritis/health-benefits-of-ginger/
  10. Masood Sadiq Butt & M. Tauseef Sultan (2011): Ginger and its Health Claims: Molecular Aspects, Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, 51:5, 383-393 
  11. Nikkhah Bodagh, M., Maleki, I., & Hekmatdoost, A. (2018). Ginger in gastrointestinal disorders: A
  12. systematic review of clinical trials. Food science & nutrition, 7(1), 96–108. 

About the Author

Ria Jain is a Nutritionist with a Master’s degree in Nutrition and Dietetics. She works as a Research Associate at Thrive Functional Nutrition Consulting. She firmly believes that a healthy outside starts from a healthy inside. She is constantly researching the subject and keeps the rest of us at Thrive updated with her latest findings in the field. Her articles on Thrive’s blog are an expression of her research findings.

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All you want to know about Cardiovascular diseases

All you want to know about Cardiovascular diseases



WHAT ARE CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES or CVDs?

Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are a group of disorders of the heart and blood vessels and they include:

  • coronary heart disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the heart muscle;
  • cerebrovascular disease – disease of the blood vessels supplying the brain;
  • peripheral arterial disease – disease of blood vessels supplying the arms and legs;
  • hypertension- also known as high or raised blood pressure, is a condition in which the blood vessels have persistently raised pressure.
  • atherosclerosis- a process of progressive thickening and hardening of the walls of medium-sized and large arteries as a result of fat deposits on their inner lining
  • rheumatic heart disease – damage to the heart muscle and heart valves from rheumatic fever, caused by streptococcal bacteria;
  • congenital heart disease – malformations of heart structure existing at birth;
  • deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism – blood clots in the leg veins, which can dislodge and move to the heart and lungs,
  • heart attack- blockage due to build-up of fatty deposits that prevents blood from flowing to the heart,
  • stroke- bleeding from a blood vessel in the brain or from blood clots.
  • heart failure- happens when the heart isn’t pumping well enough, either because the walls of the ventricles are enlarged, weakened, damaged or too stiff, or the heart’s valves don’t work properly.

Blog contents:

The top symptoms of cardiovascular health problems

Often, there are no symptoms of the underlying disease of the blood vessels and that’s why they are often silent killers. A heart attack or stroke may be the first and often final warning of an underlying disease.

Symptoms of a heart attack include:

  • pain or discomfort in the centre of the chest;
  • pain or discomfort in the arms, the left shoulder, elbows, jaw, or back.

In addition the person may experience difficulty in breathing or shortness of breath; feeling sick or vomiting; feeling light-headed or faint; breaking into a cold sweat; and becoming pale. Women are more likely to have shortness of breath, nausea, vomiting, and back or jaw pain.

The most common symptom of a stroke is sudden weakness of the face, arm, or leg, most often on one side of the body. 

Other symptoms include sudden onset of:

  • numbness of the face, arm, or leg, especially on one side of the body;
  • confusion, difficulty speaking or understanding speech;
  • difficulty seeing with one or both eyes;
  • difficulty walking, dizziness, loss of balance or coordination;
  • severe headache with no known cause; and
  • fainting or unconsciousness.
  • Symptoms of rheumatic heart disease include: shortness of breath, fatigue, irregular heart beats, chest pain and fainting.
  • Symptoms of rheumatic fever include: fever, pain and swelling of the joints, nausea, stomach cramps and vomiting.

The 7 most significant risk factors of cardiovascular diseases. 

There are numerous risk factors associated with Cardiovascular diseases. Some of them, such as family history, cannot be modified while other risk factors like high blood pressure can be mitigated with the right nutrition

  1. High dietary fat intake

A high intake of dietary fats strongly influences the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Saturated fatty acid commonly found in dairy products and meat raise cholesterol levels. Moreover, studies have also shown trans fatty acids, found in industrially hardened oils, increase the risk of coronary heart disease. While they have been eliminated from many parts of the world, trans fatty acids are still found in deep-fried fast foods, processed food and baked goods.

  1. Behavioral factors

The most important behavioural risk factors of heart disease and stroke are unhealthy eating patterns, physical inactivity, tobacco use and alcohol consumption. The effects of behavioural risk factors may show up in individuals as raised blood pressure, raised blood glucose, raised blood lipids, and overweight and obesity. These “intermediate risks factors” can be measured via simple blood tests and are helping in indicating an increased risk of developing a heart attack, stroke, heart failure and other complications.

  1. Stress

Studies suggest that the high levels of cortisol from long-term stress can increase blood cholesterol, triglycerides, blood sugar, and blood pressure. Cortisol is the body’s main stress hormone. It works in this way- more the stress, more is the Cortisol level. This stress can also cause changes that promote the buildup of plaque deposits in the arteries. 

  1. Hereditary

Approximately 40% of the risk for cardiovascular disease lies in hereditary factors and remains a non-modifiable risk factor.

  1. High Homocysteine and CRP levels

High levels of Homocysteine can lead to hardening of the arteries and can also result in blood clot formation. In addition to being clinically useful as a measure of systemic inflammation, high CRP levels are indicative of CVDs risk as they are prominent markers of inflammation.

  1. Hemochromatosis

Haemochromatosis is an inherited condition where excessive levels of iron in the body gets absorbed, leading to iron overload. Over time, this overload leads to a build up of iron in different parts of the body, including the heart. Cardiomyopathy caused by haemochromatosis usually causes symptoms of heart failure.

  1. Toxin overload on the Liver

“The connection between fatty liver and early signs of plaque in the coronary arteries is increasingly compelling,” says Dr. Tracey Simon, a hepatologist at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) because of dangerous accumulation of fat in the liver. This overload can be due to chronic alcoholism or heavy metal ingestion. 

Higher your risk factors greater is the likelihood that you will experience cardiovascular problems, unless you take actions to mitigate your risk factors

The Inflammatory process

We always hear that inflammation is the root cause of development of X disease. But ever wondered what this inflammation actually is and how does this inflammatory process affect your health? Here’s how:

When  tissues are injured by bacteria, trauma, toxins, heat, or any other cause like poor dietary habits or inactivity, there occurs inflammation. This inflammatory response is made evident by something known as Pro-inflammatory markers. As the name suggests, these are substances capable of producing inflammation and it is no good. Some of the pro-inflammatory markers are IL-1 beta, TNF-alpha and Interferon- gamma.

This inflammatory process contributes to all stages of CVDs, from the development of atherosclerosis to end stage complications. It all starts from poor dietary habits like increased consumption of foods rich in saturated fats (meat and dairy products mainly) which leads to high levels of LDL-C. Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) is  also known as ‘bad’ cholesterol. It contributes to fatty buildups in arteries (atherosclerosis), thus narrowing them and increasing your risk for heart attack and other conditions.

Accumulation of LDL-C in the arteries has shown to trigger the inflammatory response by activating the pro-inflammatory markers, CRP and finally resulting in a heart attack or stroke. There are anti-inflammatory nutrients which aid in avoiding this process.

Nutrients that are of help

When we expose it to alcohol, tobacco smoke, radiation, pesticides or unhealthy foods, certain particles are formed called as- Free Radicals. These are highly reactive and damage our healthy cells. Antioxidants are substances that may protect your cells against free radicals. The benefitting nutrients that we are going to talk about, have protective effects for precisely this reason. The antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties of these nutrients make their consumption on a daily basis, much more important.

Following is a list of certain nutrients which are important for protection from CVDs-

  1. Vitamin E

Studies have suggested that supplementation with vitamin E might reduce serum CRP levels.

  1. Vitamin C

Vitamin C is also known to exert potential antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, increasing the levels of HDL-C and decreasing CRP levels. 

  1. Vitamin D

Researchers have  shown that vitamin D-supplemented groups had lower levels of TNF-α, one of the proinflammatory markers.

  1. Folic Acid, Vitamin B6 and B12

An adequate  intake of folic cid, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12 could possibly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease by significant reduction in Homocysteine concentrations. High levels of Homocysteine can contribute to blood vessel damage and blood clots in your blood vessels. 

  1. Magnesium

Several studies have suggested that Magnesium supplementation helps with cardiovascular health

  1. Co-enzyme Q10

CoQ10 has shown potent antioxidant properties in numerous studies. 

However, when it comes to supplementing with nutrients, please consult a functional medicine/ functional nutrition specialist as you could easily overdose on some of these. 

Bioactive compounds from food that are of help

Multiple bioactive compounds (omega-3 fatty acids, carotenoids, polyphemols or flavanoids) present in our food have beneficial effects on atherosclerosis development. All of them act to reduce levels of LDL-C and inflammatory biomarkers. 

  1. Omega-3 fatty acids-

Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) are a class that includes many important compounds, such as essential fatty acids (EFAs). EFAs are fats  that humans must ingest for good health because our bodies cannot make them. EFAs include- alpha-linolenic acid (ALA)/ omega-3 fatty acid, eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and have been reported as potential agents for prevention from formation of blood clots. 

  1. Carotenoids

Carotenoids are a family of fat-dissolvable shades found chiefly in plants. Humans cannot produce them too, so they are important in their eating routine.  They are known to help in battling Atherosclerosis with their antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties. Following are some of the potent Carotenoids-

-Lycopene: This is present in red-colored fruits and vegetables, such as tomatoes, papaya, or watermelons among others. Studies suggest that lycopene might reduce CVD risk, particularly in early stages of atherosclerosis, preventing endothelial dysfunction and LDL accumulation.

-Lutein: It’s found in oranges, honeydew melon, and higher concentrations in dim green vegetables, for example, turnip greens, kale, parsley, spinach, and broccoli. Lutein prevents advancement of atherosclerosis.

-Beta-carotene: Beta-carotene is a standout amongst the most generally examined carotenoids. It is also known as Pro-Vitamin A. It’s found in carrot, orange, kale, spinach, turnip greens, apricot, and tomato, low serum carotenoid levels may reflect  high LDL-C levels which may further increase the risk of developing CVDs.

  1. Polyphenols-

Polyphenols are a large class of organic compounds of plant origin, tend to be colourful and possess a wide range of health effects in the prevention of CVD.

Many studies have been focused on the antioxidant power of these polyphenols from most commonly consumed plant-derived foods, with very high values found for spices, herbs, berries, fruits, nuts, and vegetables.

Highest antioxidant value is reported for cranberries, blueberries, and blackberries among fruits and for celery, Ginkgo biloba, onions beans, artichokes, and russet potatoes among vegetables.

Moreover, nuts (pecans, walnuts, almonds, pistachios and hazelnuts) and spices (turmeric, ground cloves, ground cinnamon, and oregano) have also been reported as good sources of antioxidants.

  1. Flavanoids-

Flavanoid compounds that occur in a variety of foods such as citrus fruits, berries, onions, apples and legumes could also possibly reduce the risk of coronary heart disease. Flavonoids show high antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and antiallergic properties.

CARDIOPROTECTIVE FOODS AND HERBS

The role of certain nutrients is quite clear in CVDs. But the question is where do we get these nutrients from? The answer is right around the corner. Yes, foods and herbs.

When it comes to food, there is only one true saying- The whole, the healthier!

Some good plant based sources of all the important nutrients are:

  • Vitamin C: Guava, Amla (Indian Gooseberry), Capsicum, Oranges
  • Vitamin E: Sunflower seeds, Almonds, Hazelnuts, Avocados
  • Folic Acid: Legumes- beans, peas, lentils sesame seeds, green leafy vegetables- spinach and kale, Asparagaus
  • Vitamin B6: Chickpeas, Carrots, Sweet potatoes, Bananas, Green peas
  • Magnesium: Brazil nuts, almonds, pecans, walnuts, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds,cumin seeds, peach apricots, avocado, banana, blackberries, spinach, okra, broccoli, beetroot,  buckwheat.

However, for nutrients like Vitamin B12, Vitamin D and Co-enzyme Q10 there is need for supplementation because of scarcity of natural sources from food.

Herbs that help with heart health include the following

Caraway oil and seed, 

Cardamom seed, 

Cinnamon bark, 

Cloves, 

Coriander seed, 

Dill seed, 

Fennel oil and seed, 

Garlic, 

Ginger root, 

Licorice root, 

Mint oil, 

Paprika, 

Parsley herb and root, 

Peppermint leaf and oil, 

Rosemary, 

Sage, 

Thyme, 

Turmeric root, 

White mustard seed,

Ginseng 

Sprinkle these on your salads and soups or use them during your cooking process itself and reap the benefits of these healing powerhouses 

Did you know? 

  • CVDs are the number 1 cause of death globally: more people die annually from CVDs than from any other cause.
  • An estimated 17.9 million people died from CVDs in 2016, representing 31% of all global deaths. Of these deaths, 85% are due to heart attack and stroke.
  • Over three quarters of CVD deaths take place in low- and middle-income countries.
  • Out of the 17 million premature deaths (under the age of 70) due to noncommunicable diseases in 2015, 82% are in low- and middle-income countries, and 37% are caused by CVDs.
  • Most cardiovascular diseases can be prevented by addressing behavioural risk factors such as tobacco use, unhealthy diet and obesity, physical inactivity and harmful use of alcohol using population-wide strategies.
  • People with cardiovascular disease or who are at high cardiovascular risk (due to the presence of one or more risk factors such as hypertension, diabetes, hyperlipidaemia or already established disease) need early detection and management using counselling and medicines, as appropriate.

REFERENCES

https://www.who.int/cardiovascular_diseases/about_cvd/en/

https://sci-hub.tw/10.3390/ijms19123988

https://medcraveonline.com/PPIJ/natural-foods-and-indian-herbs-of-cardiovascular-interestnbsp.html

https://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/21/4/1250

https://sci-hub.tw/10.1007/978-981-13-1745-3_3-1

https://www.cardiosecur.com/magazine/specialist-articles-on-the-heart/heart-attack-genetic-risk

https://www.cardiomyopathy.org/about-cardiomyopathy/haemochromatosis-and-cardiomyopathy

What can you do to overcome your current fear of the virus?

What can you do to overcome your current fear of the virus?

If someone would have told us in January 2020 that a supposed virus would bring all of human civilization to a standstill we’d have probably laughed (a lot) and asked them which apocalyptic movie from Netflix were they talking about. That joke is now our reality. 

Life as we knew it, has come to an abrupt end. All of humanity is on a pause mode because of the fear of a virus. Everyday we hear debates on the number of deaths, percentage of mortality, number of infected people and so on. The entire world except for Sweden and Belarus is under lock-down

Impact of lockdown on mental healthThese ongoing lock-downs are presenting their own set of problems. As people work from home, the boundaries between personal time and work time seem to have blurred. We’ve had people reporting to us how because of extra workload they are unable to fit in self care practices like cooking healthy meals and eating on time. With gyms closed, most people have given up on their exercise and workout routines. People have been reporting sleep issues. The social isolation is creating a whole new host of mental health problems, cases of domestic abuse and violence have increased. There is no doubt that the lock-down is harsh on us, but somewhere there all of us need to acknowledge our own responsibility for this scenario.

What? How is this our responsibility?

Well,  most of you are afraid of this mysterious virus. That it will somehow infect you and you may not be able to fight and it might kill you or your loved ones. Data from all over the globe has been consistently showing that it’s not the virus itself, but the body’s inability to fight it that results in death. If you have underlying conditions such as diabetes, obesity, high blood pressure, asthma you are more likely to die than others. You can read more about this here. The question then is why do some people get sick while others stay healthy? And among those who become infected, why do some people fare so much better than others of the same age and gender?  Over and over again, it turns out that a person’s diet and lifestyle makes an enormous difference.


Now, the probability of any of the Thrive tribe members succumbing to the disease is very, very low because we take 100% responsibility for our health and fix every underlying dysfunction with a warrior’s mindset. Our bodies are now so stable that a viral infection wouldn’t threaten our existence. For the last 3 years Thrive has been reversing people’s diabetes, helping them lose weight, getting rid of their high blood pressure and getting them off medication. In short, we’ve been healing the exact comorbidities that seem to increase the chances of death with this viral infection. Besides which Thrive is no stranger to viruses, bacteria and other pathogens- we’ve healed people from H.Pylori, Streptococcus, Epstein Barr Virus and other assorted microorganisms. We don’t fear them, we simply treat them and the root causes that allow them to create a dysfunction and they go away.


 

That being said, we know the rest of you genuinely fear for your and your loved ones lives because you don’t know if you’d survive the infection.  This article is for you. Please pay attention.  You fear the infection only because you don’t know if your body can fight it off.  This fear triggers an ancient primeval fear response in your brain and you start producing stress chemicals. Did you know, the more afraid you are- the less empathy you have, your relationship with logic changes and your intelligence drops?  Even if this particular supposed pandemic clears up, something like this can recur in the future.

The question all of you should be asking is “How do I prepare for that, not just for now but for the rest of my life?”

Right now, if you aren’t confident about your body’s ability to heal, it’s highly likely that you’ve never bothered to invest time and energy in fixing your health problems. You probably are one of those who valued your freedom to eat whatever you wanted to more than you valued being free of disease. You are one of those that’s shrugged off any information on becoming healthier versions of yourself because either you were too addicted to your comfort foods, your junk food and your unhealthy behavior patterns. Or you thought this wasn’t an important enough issue for you to address right now because you had your entire life ahead of you. Or you just didn’t want to invest the time, energy and money into learning about what your body needed and how to take care of it. This is what we mean by not taking responsibility for your own health.

Truth be told, your irresponsibility is now making you afraid. Your irresponsibility makes it easier for a supposed pandemic to take control of our lives. Along-with that you are now experiencing the mental and emotional repercussions of being under a lock-down. Your inability to take personal responsibility for your health, makes the entire situation worse for you and your family. It makes it worse for your world. Do you see the connection?

However, we are not writing this to make you feel guilty or ashamed. We write this to give you hope. To tell you that you don’t have to be afraid. That all is not lost. See, the human body is incredibly intelligent and resilient. We have seen it heal magically in a period as less as 3 months in most cases. All one needs to do is listen to every signal it sends to you, understand the message and take the appropriate action. 

Imagine a day in your life where your body is not a mystery, where you are not afraid of some mysterious virus coming and taking over your system and destroying it. Imagine a day where you didn’t feel fat, ugly, tired, in pain or dull. A day where you look and feel beautiful and courageous. Imagine a day in your life where from the moment you wake up till you go to bed you are filled with confidence, inspiration and drive. A day where you accomplished everything you wanted to. Now imagine another day like this and another and another, until your whole life looks like this. 

Close your eyes and really, really imagine this.

Isn’t this a much better future than the one you are currently creating- one filled with anxiety, fear and dread about your health and your loved one’s health? 

 What if we told you this alternative future isn’t an elusive dream but a real possibility? Would you be willing to talk about this possibility? Well then, what’s stopping you? You are not alone in this. We’ve got you. Talk to us and we’ll help you create this future.  Because if you don’t do this now, then when would you? It’s a decision whose time has come. 

Share this article with your loved ones too so that they don’t have to be afraid either.

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How to Thrive amidst the Coronavirus scare?

How to Thrive amidst the Coronavirus scare?

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Coronaviruses are a large family of viruses and COVID-19 is a new strain discovered in 2019. As of 26 March 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) reports over 4, 00,000 positive cases and more than 20,000 deaths, with the numbers rapidly increasing with new cases being reported from different territories.

From what experts know so far, certain comorbidities place those who test positive for COVID-19 at higher risk of mortality. A study on COVID-19 hospitalized patients from Wuhan found almost half of the cases (48 percent) suffering from underlying chronic diseases. Of the total cases, 30 percent had hypertension, followed by diabetes (19 percent) and coronary heart disease (8 percent).

Other countries are also seeing how pre-diagnosis health plays an important role. Italy reported that of the first nine people younger than 40 who died of COVID-19, seven were confirmed to have “grave pathologies” such as heart disease. According to a report on patient characteristics from Italy’s National Institute of Health released March 17, 99% of COVID-19 patients who have died had at least one pre-existing condition (from heart disease to high blood pressure diabetes to kidney diseases) and nearly 50% of the patients who died had three pre-existing conditions.

According to the World Heart Federation, “non-communicable diseases (NCD), specifically chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes are major risk factors for developing severe symptoms of COVID-19.”

To begin with, NCDs are today the world’s biggest killers, leading to 71 percent of all deaths in 2018. Sixty-three percent of all deaths in India are attributed to NCDs, with 23 percent at risk of premature deaths.

Atleast 27 of Indian COVID-19 patients (out of the total 38 at the time writing this blog) had one thing in common — they all had underlying conditions like diabetes and hypertension that are believed to have compromised their body’s fight against the pandemic.

The need to reverse chronic dysfunctions thus takes on deeper urgency in India because the country is estimated to have over 8 crore hypertension patients, and around 7.29 crore diabetes cases among adults.

As COVID-19 diagnosis continue to rise across the globe and death counts due to assorted health reasons increase, most of those have been attributed to underlying diabetes, high blood pressure, heart problems and poor respiratory health.

Louisiana Department of Health states that out of the total deaths resulting from COVID-19, 41% had Diabetes, 31% had Chronic Kidney Disease while 28% and 23% suffered from Obesity and Cardiac problems. 18% of the total deceased had pulmonary ailments.

We now know that people who have underlying medical conditions including heart disease, lung disease, diabetes, cancer, and hypertension face higher odds of getting really sick or dying because they make our immune systems grow weaker, which makes it more challenging to fight off infectious diseases.

The risk for positive COVID-19 diagnosis is higher in people with weak immune defenses. Adding to the burden can be emotional stress, lack of sleep and physical exhaustion, which can further make one prone to diseases by weakening immunity. Maintaining a healthy diet with food that boosts immunity can help fight infections. Physical activity and nutrition have known to boost the immune system.

“Your immune system is (the) best weapon against corona-virus,” as said by a Turkish scholar. Strengthening the immune system with healthy nutrition may help equip people with a defense mechanism against viruses.

Building immunity along with fixing internal dysfunctions is the best strategy one can have in today’s time. 

Speak with us now to learn how to do both- improve your immunity and get rid of chronic health problems. If not now, then when will you do it?

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5 Steps to Survive- when the air you breathe is killing you

5 Steps to Survive- when the air you breathe is killing you

Delhi Air Pollution

Over the last week we’ve been hearing numerous stories of friends, family members and loved ones of Thrive Tribe getting impacted by what’s happening to the air in Delhi. With crop burning and Diwali crackers, the air in Delhi and surrounding areas is now a poisonous mix of particulate matter, volatile organic compounds, carbon monoxide, sulphur oxide, nitrogen oxide, cadmium and other chemicals and heavy metals. 

How do these affect your health?
Particulate matter(PM) is a complex mixture of extremely small particles and liquid droplets. These when inhaled affects both the heart and lungs, numerous studies have proven the negative impact of PM on your heart and lung health. 
Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s are carcinogenic in nature and can trigger genetic mutation at a cellular level
Carbon monoxide can cause dizziness, sweating, restlessness, visual distortion, nausea and even loss of consciousness
Sulphur oxide and Nitrogen oxide are both irritants and can irritate mucus layers in your eyes, nose, throat and respiratory tract which explains why everyone’s eyes are burning

Apart from this, this air can also impact your cognitive ability- your ability to think and work productively. Your brain needs oxygen to function optimally, and when you are breathing poisons instead of oxygen it starts creating symptoms like excessive irritability, anger, and loss of productivity. 

Of course, this (the Gas Chamber called Delhi) is a monstrosity that we have created and it teaches us there really are no limits to human stupidity.

However, now that the problem is created and damage is being done, here are some solutions from Thrive to help you get through this situation and allow your body to heal. 

STEP 1 Create as much clean breathable air around you as possible Create clean Air

How?

  1. Invest in a good quality air purifier at least for your bedroom– this is where you spend the longest time and sleep is when your body is naturally in a recovery mode. Ensure that you are breathing clean air in this room. Get a H12 or H13 HEPA filter with a Clean Air Delivery Rate (CADR) of 2 at medium speed. Ensure it has a carbon filter that weighs at least 500 gms. Pick one that has a noise level below 50 DB at medium speed with a washable pre-filter. If it has sensors to indicate Air quality then that’s even better. Keep the air purifier on for as long as there are people in the room. 
  2. Bring in indoor plants, they are a gift from this planet to us. They remove pollutants by absorbing harmful gases and VOC’s and create clean air for us. The best ones to get are Money plant ( Five 8 inch pots per person), Areca Palm (Four shoulder high plants per person), Snake Plant (Six plants per person), Bamboo (Four shoulder high plants)
  3. Avoid lighting agarbattis, using candles and room fresheners and loose powders- these add to indoor air pollution
  4. Wear a good quality air mask when outdoors

Step 2 Ensure you eat food that heals and regenerates your body Fresh fruits and vegetables

  1. Please ensure you buy as much organic produce as possible
  2. Eat brightly colored fruits and vegetables- and we mean really colorful

– dark green leafy vegetables like spinach, kale and arugula
– yellow orange vegetables like carrots, pumpkins, bell peppers, 
– all fruits, with extra special focus on fresh/ frozen berries. 
– eat as much raw as you can
– Lots of amla/ gooseberries- has extremely bio-available Vitamin C
– eat sprouts

3.  Have Coriander- Parsley chutney, both these herbs pull out heavy metals and toxins from your body. Please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for the recipe

4.  Avoid animal products, especially dairy in all forms. These are loaded with toxins and hormones that are anyway bad for your health. Plus animal protein creates inflammation in the human body even in a healthy environment.And it’s really high in fat which overloads your liver (your primary organ for detox). So do yourselves a favour and avoid all animal products if not forever then at least until the air clears up a bit.

5. Avoid excess fat in your diet– refined oils, ghee, too many nuts and seeds. There are two reasons for this, one- the liver is the primary organ involved in fat metabolism and in a normally functioning system this is what the liver is supposed to do- process fat. But when you are overexposed to toxins and poisons from your environment then the liver takes on the burden of having to remove these toxins from your body and dietary fat at a time like this can clog up the liver and create a build up of toxins in your system. Secondly, heavy metals can get oxidized into harmful oxidative molecules in the presence of fat, these then cause cellular damage that results in disease. 

Step 3: Supplement with nutrients that support respiratory and cardiovascular health and act as antioxidants in your body. Supplements

 Which ones?

  1. B-12
  2. Zinc
  3. Vitamin C
  4. MSM
  5. NAC
  6. Magnesium

 Please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for which ones for dosages and brand recommendations

Step 4: Bring in the healing power of herbs and herbal teas 

Herbal Teas

  1. Nettle leaf tea
  2. Lemon balm tea
  3. Thrive’s Healing tea- This is an incredibly healing tea, please WhatsApp us on 7796692504 for the recipe
  4. Lomatium root

Step 5: Practice breath work

If you have a regular breath work practice like Pranayam, you could continue with it. IF you don’t have one, then this one by Soma Breath is absolutely incredible. Click here for a link to the Breath meditation

Implement these 5 steps, and we guarantee you will breathe a little easier despite the pollution. If you need to learn more or need help with specific symptoms, please reach out to us and we’ll be more than happy to help. 

10 Reasons To Join Thrive

10 Reasons To Join Thrive

1. We believe YOUR personal transformation is the best gift you can offer to the world

Your personal growth journey has a massive impact on your people, your groups, your networks and your entire ecosystem, more than you can fathom. When you begin healing yourself, you start affecting the whole and everyone around you benefits. That’s why we do everything in our power to enable your personal transformation and growth while you are with us. Simply because there can be nothing more valuable to us than your growth because as you heal and grow, so will we as a company.

2. We operate from a place of love for LIFE

Thrive is a healing service, one that empowers people through knowledge. Our faith in ‘an abundant life’ is our inspiration and we love everything that life encompasses. Our holistic approach to healing anyone is a manifestation of this very love. One cannot be healed without examining and fixing the obstacles in their environment and life that affect them. This includes their relationships, their finances and their growth opportunities. It also includes taking a good hard look at how close are they to fulfilling their soul’s true desires and living the life of their dreams. Compassionately experiencing their journey with them and helping them overcome each obstacle one day at time is how Thrive heals. At Thrive, nothing is more important than creating a safe space for anyone’s healing journey. And this is possible only when we operate from a space of deep love.

3. We are deeply inspired by the whole and we believe in creating a community where employees, customers, mentors, vendors all get integrated into one huge TRIBE

We as humans were meant to exist in a tribe. We are inherently designed to work together towards the greater good of the tribe out of feelings of mutual love, trust and connectedness. In return, as a whole, the tribe would always have your back. You could make mistakes, fail and the tribe would always hold the space for you to learn and grow. This is how we are designed as a species. To work together as one whole unit. In addition, at Thrive we are deeply aware that for the human species to truly thrive at peak health, we have to integrate with the Earth as a whole. That’s why we keep our focus on integrating all our practices into sustainable solutions that do no harm to our home- this beautiful Planet Earth.

4. We learn and grow exponentially in the field of NUTRITION

Learning is a big part of our DNA. Thrive has a people first model of healing. We match the practices to the person and do not force fit the person into a practice or method. In doing so, each person that comes to Thrive teaches us something new about human health. This forces us to keep learning because at no point will ever know everything there is to know about health and nutrition. In fact, despite our numerous success stories our grounding belief is that we don’t know anything. This keeps us open to learning and also allows us to accept our failures cheerfully as another opportunity to learn and grow. This approach helps us create a space of learning for all our clients as well and those clients that are able to trigger their own learning curve, enjoy their partnership with Thrive a lot more. This way, the joy of seeing someone recover is absolutely special.

5. We truly believe HAPPINESS is the key to Productivity

It turns out our brains are literally hardwired to perform at their best not when they are negative or even neutral but when they are positive. 70% of your waking hours are going to be spent at work, why not make those the happiest damn moments of your lives? Positive people improve team and group performance, it’s a ripple effect, an emotional contagion. To do this, we don’t have any office rules based on dogma. We believe humans are inherently trustworthy and in the right environment, with the right goals they can be trusted to do their best for the greater good and will show up as beautiful and happy beings. We celebrate this beauty in you and do everything we can to ensure that your happiness is never compromised on. This means lots of best friends, fun, growth, meaningful work, adventure and impromptu celebrations so that you are your happiest best while you are at Thrive.

6. Our culture is founded on empathy, respect, authenticity, gratitude, compassion and huge dollops of appreciation

A big part of our work is listening empathetically- our clients are people who’ve been suffering. They’ve been through the modern medicine system, met doctors and have found no relief. When they come to us, many of them feel relieved that there is someone who can understand what they are saying. – no matter how mysterious or ‘in their mind’ it sounds. This ability to listen with empathy permeates through everything we do. We are authentic about our screw ups and our mistakes and are honest when we don’t have all the answers, not just with our clients but with each other too. That transparency keeps the culture at Thrive sparkling clean and creates real bonds of friendship among people. Gratitude is another foundation block at Thrive, not only are we thankful to every single person who trusts us and chooses to partner with us for their health goals, we are also grateful to every single employee and partner of Thrive that has taken us closer to our goal of healing 1 Million people. Thrive exists because of your support and for that we are always grateful. Besides this, we really like celebrating and that’s what we do every time we see your awesomeness shine through. The more awesome you are, the more we celebrate you. Expect a lot of fun.

7. We pride ourselves on being a humanity plus company.

We believe that our work serves in pushing the human race forward. We are not only teaching people how to eat healthier and how to take care of their bodies, but also teaching them about sustainable lifestyles by choosing products that do not harm the planet. With this approach we are actually reinventing the entire healthcare model. In our vision to serve the world by healing 1 Million people, we are pushing humanity forward and in doing so, we are leaving a better world for our future generations.

8. We believe in Magick

Every time we help someone heal, we are awestruck by the unbounded healing potential of the human body. The speed at which a body reverses chronic health issues and brings a person into a state of vitality and well-being often feels like pure magick. Plus, we are big believers in the power of meditation, in setting intentions, in new moon and full moon circles, in making wishes and in the general abundance of the universe in granting these wishes. Do expect sage cleansing, chants, healing crystals, angel statues and incense burning in the workplace.

9. We are obsessed about taking your health to the next level

From quarterly blood tests to in office workouts to ensuring you eat the right food we will keep a watch on your health obsessively. We do this for two reasons-

         a. We know that for any of Thrive’s employees to live up to our values, they would have to be in a place of good health, brimming with life and vitality so that we can fulfill our mission of healing 1 million people.

           b. For us to be able to heal the world outside of Thrive with integrity each one of us has to be shining examples of optimal health so that we may reflect this health within our families, our networks and our community. We walk the talk and in doing so, we inspire others to come to us to learn how take charge of their health.

10. We do genuinely care about how you feel

We are a conscious company and that includes being conscious of the fact that human beings are inherently gifted with a range of emotions and feelings. We do not expect you to be in a autopilot robot mode while you are at work. The quality of your work will always be impacted by how you
feel, so we ensure that we create an environment where you feel abundant, trusted, happy, powerful, inspired, respected, knowledgeable, deeply cared for and celebrated. Any obstacles that get in the way of you feeling this will be worked upon.