Observe cereal fast 80 days a year

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Talking to a gathering of 500 health professional, Padma Shri & Dr. B.C. Roy National Awardee, Dr. KK Aggarwal, President Heart Care Foundation of India, said that potbelly obesity is the new epidemic of the society, which is linked to diabetes, high blood pressure and heart blockages. The main culprit is eating carbohydrates in general and in particular refined carbohydrates, everyday. Our Vedic science advocates that one should observe 80 fasts in a year and these should involve not eating cereals. Over a period of time, we have stopped observing fasts and have shifted from carbohydrates to refined carbohydrate–based cereals.

Dr. Aggarwal further said that the ancient Friday’s Santoshi Mata Ka Vrat was meant for child bearing women so that they do not end up with anemia and protein deficiency. The vrat or fast involves eating Gur and Chana in a fasting state. Iron is better observed in fasting state. People have stopped observing Santoshi Mata Ka Vrat and also have stopped eating Gur and chana leading to anemia epidemic in the society.

Dr. Aggarwal further said that Vedic science has been advocating that one month in a year one should sunbathe near the river, which should involve exposing the body before the sun before 10 am or after 4pm. Not observing these principles of nature has lead to epidemic of Vitamin D deficiency in the society.

Dr. Aggarwal was speaking at a workshop on “How to be happy and healthy’ being organized by Heart Care Foundation of India with Bramkumaris at Pataudi Road, Manesar.

BK Sister Asha, Director ORC said that one of the principles of being happy is to observe non–violent communication involving three Cs – Do not condemn! Do not complain! and Do not criticize!

BK Sister Geeta, Director ORC said that if it is not possible to change the situation, one should change his interpretation to that situation.

BK Sister Sapna, Senior Rajyoga said that after the age of 25, one cannot change an adult, one should change oneself.

BK Brij Mohan, Secretary General said that by being happy, it is possible to regress heart blockages.

Does folic acid improve immunity?

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  • Folic acid is the synthetic form of folate, a B vitamin that occurs naturally in some foods, including vegetables, fruits, and dried beans and peas—and is essential for health.
  • Folate is vital for the production and maintenance of our bodies’ cells, especially during rapid periods of growth, such as pregnancy and infancy. It’s needed to make DNA and RNA, the genetic material that dictates cell functions, and it helps prevent changes to DNA that may lead to cancer.
  • Deficiency of the vitamin could hamper immunity. In animal experiments, severe folate deficiency has been found to impair immunity.
  • For healthy adults, the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) of folate from both natural and synthetic sources (fortified foods and vitamin supplements) is 400 μg a day.
  • Pregnant women should take more—600 μg a day—to reduce the risk of neural tube defects such as spina bifida in their babies.
  • Others who may need more than the RDA include people with intestinal disorders that interfere with absorption of nutrients; people who take certain medications; and alcoholics, because alcohol reduces the absorption of folate and promotes its excretion through the kidneys.
  • The Tolerable Upper Intake Level for folic acid from supplements or fortified foods is 1,000 μg a day.
  • Folic acid is water-soluble and any excess is excreted in the urine, so the risk of toxicity is small even if you exceed that limit.
  • Naturally occurring folate from foods is not associated with any health risk. [Source HealthBeat]