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HOT YOGA NO MORE BENEFICIAL THAN OTHER FORMS OF YOGA

It is claimed that practicing hot yoga causes blood vessels to dilate which lowers blood pressure and could help protect against heart attacks and strokes. However, a new study from America has found that hot yoga is no better for your health than doing it at room temperature. Researchers from Texas State University who carried out the first study on whether it is the heat or simply the yoga itself which provides the health boost, concluded that it is the postures themselves that are responsible for better health, and not the temperature in which they are done. The study involved 52 people either preforming poses at 40C, doing yoga at a comfortable temperature of 23C or not practicing yoga at all.

Measuring blood vessel function using ultrasound, they found no difference between the hot yoga and traditional yoga group, but both groups showed better results than those who did no yoga. The study published in the journal Experimental Physiology did find that hot yoga slightly reduced cholesterol and body fat percentage, however the changes were deemed statistically insignificant.

EATING CERTAIN FOODS CAN CAUSE CANCER

A new study suggests that eating red meat, white bread and sugar-laden drinks might increase the long-term risk of colon cancer as they can increase the inflammation in the body. The study used data gathered on over 121,000 people and found that those who ate the most inflammatory foods were 37 per cent more likely to develop colon cancer, and 70 per cent more likely to develop rectal cancer compared with those who had the lowest inflammation diet score.

The study also revealed that green leafy vegetables, dark yellow vegetables, whole grains, coffee and fruit juice appeared to reduce inflammation, and people appeared to achieve the greatest anti-inflammatory effect from their healthy diet if they also refrained from alcohol.

 

YOGA AND MEDITATION REVERSE EFFECTS OF STRESS-RELATED HEALTH DISORDERS

A new study published in Frontiers in Immunology suggests that mind-body interventions (MBIs) including yoga, meditation, breathing exercises, Qi gong and tai chi can actually undo the physical and mental effects of stress, and reduce the risk of disease by suppressing inflammation promoting genes and genetic pathways. The new research examined 18 previously published studies and found MBIs counteract inflammation and the effects of stress on the immune system.

 

RESEARCHERS CLAIM THAT YOGA CAN BOOST SEXUAL FUNCTION

Practicing yoga on a daily or a frequent basis may help men overcome erectile dysfunction (ED), according to Researchers from Sri Dharmasthala Manjunatheshwara College of
Ayurveda and Hospital in Karnataka, India. They claim that yoga is an effective alternative to medicine that works because the condition is often psychological. The research,
published in the Journal of Ayurveda and Integrated Medical Sciences states that ED is often caused by lack of confidence, stress, fatigue or fear, but occasionally it is caused by physical symptoms.

 

HEALTHY EATING MOST BENEFICIAL TO THOSE AT HIGH RISK FOR OBESITY

The benefits of a healthy diet may be greatest in those at the highest genetic risk for obesity, according to a study in The BMJ. Researchers examined weight change among roughly 10,000 U.S. health professionals from 1986 to 2006. Participants completed food-frequency questionnaires every 4 years and had blood samples tested for 77 genetic variants associated with body-mass index. The researchers  found that BMI and body weight decreased as diet  quality improved over time.

FACIAL YOGA CAN MAKE YOU LOOK YOUNGER

Regularly practicing facial yoga or exercises for your facial muscles may actually make you look younger according to new research published in the journal JAMA Dermatology. In a small study, 27 middle-aged women were shown how to perform 32 facial exercises, which included simple actions such as smiling and sucking in the cheeks. The participants performed the exercises at home for 30 minutes a day for eight weeks, before reducing the frequency to every other day for 20 weeks. After the study, doctors rated the participants ‘before and after’ photos using a standard method for assessing the appearance of ageing  in the face and neck, and found that the participants had better ratings for the fullness of their cheeks which made them look more youthful, and doctors estimated that the participants looked nearly three years younger.

 

EXERCISE CAN REVERSE EFFECTS OF SEDENTARY LIFESTYLE 

Sitting too much can be deadly, but a new study published in the journal Circulation claims that you can make up for years of sedentary behavior with two years of exercise. Researchers from the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center studied 53 healthy people who were sedentary for most of their adult lives. Half were assigned to an intensive exercise regimen for two years, while the other half did a balance and flexibility program. After a few months on the exercise programs, researchers measured
structural features of the heart, related to how flexible the heart muscles were, and found that intensive exercise effectively reversed some of this stiffening in the heart. Those in the intensive exercise group were able to improve the amount of oxygen the heart took in from the blood and reduce the stiffness in their heart muscle.

 

YOGA CAN REDUCE EFFECTS OF MENOPAUSE

A new study which examined data on over 1,300 women in 13 deferent clinical trials, found that Hatha and Iyengar yoga including breathing exercises and meditation was better than no treatment for reducing total menopause symptoms, including anxiety, hot flashes and night  sweats, vaginal dryness and pain .

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