Aging

Aging

Understand Mandagni – Low Digestive Fire

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From Grishma to Sharad, bodily fire is of मंद (low) intensity. Just like the hidden fire in this charcoal picture with this post. It is burning but at low degree.

To re-kindle the fire in already burning dung cakes, you need to refuel it.

Deepawali is the festival to help bodily fire. By all sorts of perceptions, we ignite the dormant fire once again. This ignited fire helps us in winter. This ignited fire helps us in maintaining productive/creative pursuits of life.

Ritualistically successful Deepawali (which is end of 4 months of Tapasya) ==> Full blossomed वसंत (spring)

Act now, experience fruits in Spring.

But I hear fake rational arguments and utterances.

1) Why do we need oil lamps every where if they are about spiritual light
2) Rituals are waste of oil and ghee 😀
3) Sweets means diabetes 😉 😀

Same rationally biased minds will talk about philosophy of mind and all. They will accept impact of mind and perceptual inputs. But fail to understand importance of rituals in maintaining perceptual significance of all physical activities associated with festivals!

These are nothing but outcomes of toxic delusions (normal in Kaliyuga)

If you cannot understand rituals, follow them blindly instead wasting time in fake rational logic. 🙂 (Y) It will be good for you, family and society! Intellectual gymnastics of debunking rituals and staying away won’t help anyone. It is waste of intellect!
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Importance Fire in Ayurveda
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Agni is innumerable because of its presence in each and every dhatu paramanu (cell) of the body. But, enumeration of the number of Agnis varies in various classical Ayurvedic texts, as shown below

Charaka has mentioned about 13 Agnis. Jatharagni – 1, Bhutagni – 5, Dhatvagni – 7 (Ch.Chi.15/38).[13]
According to Acharya Sushruta, five types of Agnis are illustrated, viz. Pachakagni, Ranjakagni, Alochakagni, Sadhakagni and Bhrajakagni. However, there is an indirect reference of five Bhutagnis underlying in the brief description made to the transformation of food stuff. (Sh.Su.21/10.)[14]

Vagbhata has described different types Agni, viz. – Bhutagnis – 5,– Dhatvagnis – 7, –Dhoshagni – 3 and– Malagni – 3.

Sharangadhara has recognized five pittas only (Pachak, Bhrajak, Ranjak, Alochaka and Sadhak) (Sha.Sa.Pu.Kh.-5/32).[15]

Bhavamishra has followed Acharya Charaka and Vagbhata (Bh.Pu.Kh.-3/169,180).[16]
Agni has been divided into 13 types according to the function and site of action. These are:

Jatharagni – one Agni present in the stomach and duodenum.
Bhutagni – five Agni from five basic elements.
Dhatwagni – seven Agni present, one in each of the seven dhatus.
Accordingly, they are classified into three groups, namely Jatharagni, Bhutagni and Dhatvagni.

Jatharagni

Jatharagni is the Agni or bioenergy present in the Jathara (stomach and duodenum). According to Ashtanga Hridaya, Jatharagni, the seat is grahani (duodenum), so called because it withholds the food for a certain time inside the Amasaya (stomach) to facilitate digestion. In the opinion of Dhanvantari, it is the Kala known as “Pittadhara,” situated at the entrance of the Pakvashaya (intestine) and acting as a bolt to the door of the pathway/channel of food. It is responsible for the duration of life, health, valour, ojas (essence of the dhatus), strength of all the bhutagni and dhatvagni. The strength of the grahani is from Agni itself, and the strength of Agni is from grahani. When the Agni undergoes vitiation, grahani also gets vitiated and produces diseases (As.Hr.Sha.3/50-54).[17]

Jatharagni is considered to be the most important because each and every nutrient that one ingests first comes to the Jathara and is subjected to the action of Jatharagni. Jatharagni digests the food materials that consist of the five basic elements and transforms it for utilization by the respective Dhatus paramanus (tissues).

Jatharagni is also responsible for separation of the food material into the essence portion (PRasad) and the waste products (kitta) in our body (As.Hr.Su-12/8).[18]

Jatharagni is directly related to Dhatvagni or bioenergy in the cells and their metabolic processes, with ultimate tissue metabolism or Dhatu-Paka process. All the Dhatvagni depend on the normal, healthy state of Jatharagni. If the Jatharagni is hyperactive (Tikshna) or hypoactive (Manda), it will cause an excessive or retarded action of the Dhatvagni. This disturbed action ultimately leads to various disorders. Jatharagni is the main important Agni that controls the function of all other 12 Agnis. All the Agnis are totally dependent on the status of Jatharagni (Cha. Chi. 15/39-40).[19]

Jatharagni is also classified into four categories according to its performance of digestion in the human being (Cha. Chi. 15/51),[20] namely Vishamagni, Tikshanagni, Mandagni and Samagni.

According to Hareet Samhita, Samagni depends on whether the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, Kapha) are in normal stage. When the Pitta is higher than normal, the condition is known as Tikshnagni. When Vata and Kapha are higher than normal, the condition is known as Mandgni.

a)
Samagni: The Samagni digests and assimilates food properly at the proper time. This thus increases the quality of the Dhatus (supportive tissues of the body). Persons having Samagni are always hale and healthy.
b)
Vishamagni: This type of Agni changes between digesting food quickly and slowly. When this Agni is affected by the Vata Dosha, it creates different types of udargata roga.
c)
Tikshnagni: Tikshnagni means very quick/very sharp/very fast. Tikshnagni is a state of very quick digestion of food, regardless of the type of food. Acharya Shushrut states that when the power of digestion is increased from normal to above normal, food digests very quickly and produces hunger or the desire for food. When food is digested, the throat, the mouth cavity and the lips become dry with a burning sensation. This condition is known as “Bhasmak Roga” according to Ayurveda.
d)
Mandagni: “Mand” means slow. The meaning of the Mandagni is slow digestive power or digestive capacity. Those who are having Mandagni eat very little and are unable to digest the smallest amount of food. Dhanvantri says that Agni digests the least amount of food in the greatest amount of time.
Bhutagni
Bhutagni is the one that is present in a basic element (Bhutas). There are five Agnis in each of the five basic elements, namely – Parthiva (earth), Apya (water), Tejas (Agni), Vayavya (vayu) and Nabhasa (akash).

Each and every cell in our body is composed of the five mahabhutas or five basic elements. Naturally, each cell (dhatu paramanu) consists of these five Bhutagni also. All the nutrients in this world that we eat also consist of the same five basic elements with their respective Agni or bioenergies. Thus, they are completely similar with respect to the five basic elements with their Bhutagni in our body cells as well in all the outside nutrient, that we ingest for the nutrition of our body. Acharya Charak has mentioned that the five Bhutagni digest their own part of the element present in the food materials. After the digestion of food by the Bhutagni, digested materials containing the elements and qualities similar to each bhutas nourish their own specific bhautika elements of the body (Cha. Chi. 15/13, 14).[21] These Bhutagnis act after the Jatharagni present in the stomach and duodenum, acting on the food and causing their disintegration. In the modern physiological perspective, the action of Jatharagni can be equated with the digestion in the stomach and duodenum, and the action of the Bhutagni can be equated with the conversion of digested materials in the liver.

Dhatvagni

All the seven Dhatus (seven element tissues of the body) contain their own Agni to metabolize the nutrient materials supplied to them through their own Srotas.

Rasagni present in the Rasa Dhatu.
Raktagni present in the Rakta Dhatu.
Mamsagni present in the Mamsa Dhatu.
Medagni present in the Meda Dhatu.
Asthyagni present in the Asthi Dhatu.
Majjagni present in the Majja Dhatu.
Shukragni present in the Shukra Dhatu.
Each Dhatvagni or the bioenergy present in each Dhatu synthesizes and transforms the essential Rasa Dhatu required for that particular Dhatu or cell from the basic nutrients present in the AnnaRasa or essence of the diet that we consume. Each Dhatvagni has got a speciality to synthesize and transform the constituents suitable to its particular Dhatu. This action is a sort of selective action. Acharya Charaka has mentioned the fact that that the seven dhatus that are a support of the body contain their own Agni, and by their own Agni they digest and transform the materials supplied to them to make the substances alike to them for assimilation and nourishment (Cha. Su. 28/15).[22]

Read more: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3221079/

 

Three Pillars of Life

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त्रय उपस्तम्भा: आहार: स्वप्नो ब्रह्मचर्यमिति (चरक संहिता सूत्र. 11/35)

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अर्थात् शरीर और स्वास्थ्य को स्थिर, सुदृढ़ और उत्तम बनाये रखने के लिए आहार, स्वप्न (निद्रा) और ब्रह्मचर्य – ये तीन उपस्तम्भ हैं। ‘उप’ यानी सहायक और ‘स्तम्भ’ यानी खम्भा। इन तीनों उप स्तम्भों का यथा विधि सेवन करने से ही शरीर और स्वास्थ्य की रक्षा होती है।

Are we not living terribly anti-life routine? Do you love your life? your family? If yes, act.

Isn’t it a heinous crime to waste human life? Yes, it is terrible crime. It is called प्रज्ञापराध.

धी धृति स्मृति विभ्रष्ट: कर्मयत् कुरुतऽशुभम्।
प्रज्ञापराधं तं विद्यातं सर्वदोष प्रकोपणम्।। — (चरक संहिता; शरीर. 1/102)

अर्थात् धी (बुद्धि), धृति (धैर्य) और स्मृति (स्मरण शक्ति) के भ्रष्ट हो जाने पर मनुष्य जब अशुभ कर्म करता है तब सभी शारीरिक और मानसिक दोष प्रकुपित हो जाते हैं। इन अशुभ कर्मों को प्रज्ञापराध कहा जाता है। जो प्रज्ञापराध करेगा उसके शरीर और स्वास्थ्य की हानि होगी और वह रोगग्रस्त हो ही जाएगा।

If there is sickness, man would jump between sleep and food, try to correct them, but will hardly pay attention to Brahmcharya :). Such is the shoddy state of our modern living. Think about it.

You are as Young as your Prana (GUT) is

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You are as young as your ability to protect depleting Prana is.
 
Prana depletes when you have no control of certain habits.
 
1) Eating 2) Exercise 3) Sex
On top of it, there are no regime to refill the prana like Pranayama. Environment is polluted and low at prana.
In Mahabharata war, many warriors including Shri Krishna, Shri Arjuna, were above 70s. They were fighting and leading young generation of Abhimanyu! Fighting together! Age does not matter! Aging is state of Prana. If Prana is powerful, you can remain forever young.
In reality, bacteria is nothing but manifestation of प्राण. प्राण consolidation for your “i”-ness is based on state of your mind. Hence, it is all mental!

So when the subtle bodily प्राणमय कोष is full of compatible and stable प्राण , there is no infection. When it is disturbed, due to environmental stress, or your own mental stress or your physical stress (lack of good food, air and water), or all of them – we see so called bacteria-led infections.

This is the reason, when you feel low at प्राण, preserve it. Fasting helps here. Boiling water helps. हवाफेर = changing place for temporarily helps. Pranayam helps. Walking helps. Surya Namaskar helps. Sandhya helps. Homa helps.

First and foremost thing is to understand body beyond physical body. We have mind. We have energy footprints. We have प्राणमय शरीर. All of them can be afflicted by disease. Keeping all of them healthy is our responsibility. Mere food won’t help. Radical change in habits needed.

Strengthen your prana whose manifestation is microbes and body cells. Spend good amount of time in nature. Esp. during sunrise and sunset. Do Surynamaskar. Eat food that is loved by beneficial bacteria in your GUT. Reduce outside food. Cook for self and family. Reduce stress. Laugh a lot! Regularize routine. Same time for meal and sleep at least. Include desi gay milk, ghee in diet. Include food grown using desi gay dung and urine. Avoid polished food (sugar, salt, rice)

Here is the interesting paper that confirms that you are as young as your Prana is!


Research


‘Ridiculously healthy’ elderly have the same gut microbiome as healthy 30 year-olds

mediarelations.uwo.ca/2017/10/11/ridiculously-healthy-elderly-gut-microbiome-healthy-30-year-olds/

“The main conclusion is that if you are ridiculously healthy and 90 years old, your gut microbiota is not that different from a healthy 30 year old in the same population,” said Greg Gloor, PhD, the principal investigator on the study and also a professor at Western’s Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry and Scientist at Lawson Health Research Institute. Whether this is cause or effect is unknown, but the study authors point out that it is the diversity of the gut microbiota that remained the same through their study group.

“This demonstrates that maintaining diversity of your gut as you age is a biomarker of healthy aging, just like low-cholesterol is a biomarker of a healthy circulatory system,” Gloor said. The researchers suggest that resetting an elderly microbiota to that of a 30-year-old might help promote health.

“By studying healthy people, we hope to know what we are striving for when people get sick,” said Reid.

The Gut Microbiota of Healthy Aged Chinese Is Similar to That of the Healthy Young

http://msphere.asm.org/content/2/5/e00327-17

The microbiota of the aged is variously described as being more or less diverse than that of younger cohorts, but the comparison groups used and the definitions of the aged population differ between experiments. The differences are often described by null hypothesis statistical tests, which are notoriously irreproducible when dealing with large multivariate samples. We collected and examined the gut microbiota of a cross-sectional cohort of more than 1,000 very healthy Chinese individuals who spanned ages from 3 to over 100 years. The analysis of 16S rRNA gene sequencing results used a compositional data analysis paradigm coupled with measures of effect size, where ordination, differential abundance, and correlation can be explored and analyzed in a unified and reproducible framework. Our analysis showed several surprising results compared to other cohorts. First, the overall microbiota composition of the healthy aged group was similar to that of people decades younger. Second, the major differences between groups in the gut microbiota profiles were found before age 20. Third, the gut microbiota differed little between individuals from the ages of 30 to >100. Fourth, the gut microbiota of males appeared to be more variable than that of females. Taken together, the present findings suggest that the microbiota of the healthy aged in this cross-sectional study differ little from that of the healthy young in the same population, although the minor variations that do exist depend upon the comparison cohort.

IMPORTANCE We report the large-scale use of compositional data analysis to establish a baseline microbiota composition in an extremely healthy cohort of the Chinese population. This baseline will serve for comparison for future cohorts with chronic or acute disease. In addition to the expected difference in the microbiota of children and adults, we found that the microbiota of the elderly in this population was similar in almost all respects to that of healthy people in the same population who are scores of years younger. We speculate that this similarity is a consequence of an active healthy lifestyle and diet, although cause and effect cannot be ascribed in this (or any other) cross-sectional design. One surprising result was that the gut microbiota of persons in their 20s was distinct from those of other age cohorts, and this result was replicated, suggesting that it is a reproducible finding and distinct from those of other populations.

Smartphone Screen-Time and Sleep : Rapid Aging and shrinking childhood

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More Whatsapp, mobile games, HotStar and what not! => Less Sleep (Even if you sleep, you don’t feel like coming out of bed, right? )

Less Sleep => silent poison, consuming body rapidly!! You will start feeling it once you cross 30!

Least bothered about friends of my age. They are almost on the verge of hitting middle life. Less chances of improvement unless there is strong will to live great life of 100 years!

I am worried about kids growing with screens. They will hit mid-life stress very early!!


Research


Direct Measurements of Smartphone Screen-Time: Relationships with Demographics and Sleep

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0165331

Abstract

Background

Smartphones are increasingly integrated into everyday life, but frequency of use has not yet been objectively measured and compared to demographics, health information, and in particular, sleep quality.

Aims

The aim of this study was to characterize smartphone use by measuring screen-time directly, determine factors that are associated with increased screen-time, and to test the hypothesis that increased screen-time is associated with poor sleep.

Methods

We performed a cross-sectional analysis in a subset of 653 participants enrolled in the Health eHeart Study, an internet-based longitudinal cohort study open to any interested adult (≥ 18 years). Smartphone screen-time (the number of minutes in each hour the screen was on) was measured continuously via smartphone application. For each participant, total and average screen-time were computed over 30-day windows. Average screen-time specifically during self-reported bedtime hours and sleeping period was also computed. Demographics, medical information, and sleep habits (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index–PSQI) were obtained by survey. Linear regression was used to obtain effect estimates.

Results

Total screen-time over 30 days was a median 38.4 hours (IQR 21.4 to 61.3) and average screen-time over 30 days was a median 3.7 minutes per hour (IQR 2.2 to 5.5). Younger age, self-reported race/ethnicity of Black and “Other” were associated with longer average screen-time after adjustment for potential confounders. Longer average screen-time was associated with shorter sleep duration and worse sleep-efficiency. Longer average screen-times during bedtime and the sleeping period were associated with poor sleep quality, decreased sleep efficiency, and longer sleep onset latency.

Conclusions

These findings on actual smartphone screen-time build upon prior work based on self-report and confirm that adults spend a substantial amount of time using their smartphones. Screen-time differs across age and race, but is similar across socio-economic strata suggesting that cultural factors may drive smartphone use. Screen-time is associated with poor sleep. These findings cannot support conclusions on causation. Effect-cause remains a possibility: poor sleep may lead to increased screen-time. However, exposure to smartphone screens, particularly around bedtime, may negatively impact sleep.

Early Mid Life Crisis? Obsessed Money Oriented Life

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Who am I after decades of professional life?
60% Engineer, 20% farmer & 20% Teacher.
Satisfied. Contended. Fulfilled .
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Try this experiment: Dedicate at least 30% time of your productive youth age (from age 20 to age 40) for tasks where money-exchange is not involved but human-interaction or nature-interaction is involved. Anything – teaching, farming, tree planting, community work, swcchch bharat, sports coaching…whatever suits your mind and body. But the condition is: NO SELF-Interest. No profit. No loss. No future investment. JUST DEDICATE self for the society and future of the society.
 
PS: HOBBY or Sports or Exercise or playing with own kids or helping in family chores etc.. serves self-interest. It does not come under this experiment. 🙂
 
In my humble opinion and experience so far, this is great way to balance productive hours and self-interest associated with job or business we do for earning. This is silent medicine to avoid mid-life crisis.
 
The moment you start your career, do not only plan pension investment but also plan activities you will do after retirement :).
 
Think about it. 🙂 Take care (Y).

Premature Aging Pandemic and Indians

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Irrespective of our innate constitution,

• In growth period of childhood, our body is Kapha-heavy and this is natural.
• In Karma period of Grihasthi, our body is pitta-heavy and this is natural.
• In drawing back period of Vanprastha, our body is Vata-heavy and this is natural but painful, root of all diseases.

Of three fundamental principles, Kapha, Pitta, Vayu; Vayu is most difficult to conceive by ordinary state of senses. This is the vital force of the existence. It is present everywhere in the body. It is self-begotten in its origin and is said to be an evidence of God pervading in our body. It is unconditional, absolute and all-pervading in nature. It is the cause of origin, growth and destruction of all beings. It is invisible but its works are manifest. It is light, cold, dry, mobile and piercing. Sound and touch are its attributes to know it better.

At the root of all diseases, lies the Vayu as cause. It is known as Prana, Udana, Apana, Samana, Vyana..

Aggravation of Vayu is most common cause of modern life style diseases.
How do we disturb mother’s loving nature?

• Violent exercise (Gym i.e. mechanical regime, over-exercise) or any physical activity in excess
• Excessive sexual intercourse.
• Excessive reading or any intellectual activity in excess or by force
• Over eating, irregular eating
• Suppression of wind, urine, tears, stool, semen, vomiting and sneezing

When Vayu is aggravated in stomach
• Vomiting
• Thirst
• Pain in the sides and above region of the heart (Modern doctors create false cases of bypass surgery out of this situation)
• Vertigo

When vayu is aggravated in intestines
• Constipation – root cause of many subsequent pathological situations
When such deranged Vayu occupies sense organs, it deprives them of their respective faculties.
• Growing number of Spectacles in society indicates high level of patients suffering from deranged Vayu
• As you grow older, your body becomes more Vayu-heavy and your senses efficiency decreases.

Deranged Vayu in blood = ulcers
Deranged Vayu in flesh = Tumor with pain
Deranged Vayu in fat = Tumor without pain (Benign tumor)
Deranged Vayu in veings = Swelling or contraction – a sign of ageing
Deranged Vayu in ligaments = Palsy, convulsion
Deranged Vayu in joints = painful swelling i.e. Gout
Deranged Vayu in bones = Bone ache
Deranged Vayu in marrows dry it up and gives rise to acute pain in entire body
Deranged Vayu in semen = tends to stop the flow of semen (low motility)
Deranged Vayu at all level = Paralysis

Take care of Prana Shakti.

How?

To begin with:

Anand M Kulkarni ji writes:

“Amongst Food, Water and Air, the most precious, i.e. without which man cannot survive for even a few seconds, is AIR.

It is also the most abundant.

It is also the most benevolent, keeping us alive, irrespective of nation caste or creed.

AIR is in fact that manifestation of Prana (Mother of all types of Energy), which is the object of meditative surrender, provided by Nature for all mortal humans.

For a few minutes daily, relaxing the body and closing the eyes, just let Prana shakti do the breathing. In other words simply follow the Air that AUTOMATICALLY enters or leaves the nostrils.

This paves the way toward removal of all known and unknown lopsidedness in the mind.

If nothing, at least gratitude is conveyed to Almighty Nature this way.”

Gau-aadharit farming and food can help balancing deranged Vayu.

Unfortunately, physical vardhakya (वार्धक्य) appears very early in Grihastha stage in our times (Sometimes in childhood too! i.e. Grey hair in teen age, spectacles at age 5 or early). Several reasons – life style, food, environment – all are aggravating Vata.

How can we control this pandemic of rapid ageing?

• Inclusion of food grown using Gau-prasad in daily diet (Use of Milk, Butter milk, Mutra, Dung in farming)
• Cultivating old habits like
o पाद प्रक्षालन
o Eating Paan after meal (if it is perennial habit in your area)
o Regular meal timinings
• Shunning habits like
o Eating processed food
o Excessive intercourses (For Condom generation)
o Late night meals/movies/travelling/reading
Will add more as thoughts and observations accumulates regarding this subject.

Psychological stress, Ama (Toxins) and Aging

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I receive many queries related to premature aging. Reduced appetite, reduced sleep, grey hair, arthritis – All these issues manifest after 40. But you now see them even in age below 20.

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In old age, we can understand, it is due to मन्दाग्नि (Mandagni – Low Fire) but how come they are now regular in young age?

Ama (आम) – Toxins – Something that is unripe. Unripe outcomes of biological process. it can be at the time of digestion, assimilation or purging. All three stages or any one of them, when not working as per laws of the body, accumulates toxins locally. That is आम.

These end products, being inadequately processed, have a macromolecular structure, which is bigger and grosser than those end products which might have produced if a complete processing would have taken place.

It happens naturally in old-age. It happens unnaturally in young age due to following habits:

Despite physically young and metabolically active, if you indulge in physical and mental activities just after having meal, you are disturbing active digestion process. This can result in Ama i.e. Toxins.

Irregular meal timings is another reason that disturbs fire-based processes in body.

Regular intake of food lacking hydration and fat (dry), cold food, stale food can also generate Ama.

Too many emotions out of balance. Extreme Kama, Krdha, Lobha, Moha, Irshya. Extreme lajja, shoka, abhimana, Udvega, Bhaya, Up-tapta (sad).

In many experimental studies, various types of physical and psychological stress are found to induce dysfunction of intestinal barrier, resulting in enhanced intake of potentially noxious material (e.g., antigens, toxins, and other proinflammatory molecule) from the gut lumen into the bloodstream [1] . This gives a very interesting proposition to see if these noxious materials play the role of ama as a progenitor to joint diseases as perceived in Ayurveda.

In short, Quality of the food + Intake method and timing + Mood + Compatibility with your nature and age play critical role in perfect digestion, assimilation and elimination.

Check your routine. Check life of avg urban teen-ager. You will realize reason behind early aging. If such habits continue for 3-4 generations, rapid aging becomes स्वभाव of the gene-pool.

Take care. Check your habits in mirror. Correct them. Whatever happened so far, cannot be reversed but you can certainly slow down further aging by eliminating toxins and not making their way again in the body.


Research


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[1] Stress and intestinal barrier function

http://ajpgi.physiology.org/content/280/1/G7

The intestinal mucosa is continuously exposed to an immense load of antigens from ingested food, resident bacteria, invading viruses, etc. The single-cell epithelial layer lining the gut lumen (surface area ∼300 m2) has conflicting functions, playing a major role in the digestion and absorption of nutrients and at the same time constituting the organism’s most important barrier between the internal and external environments. Under normal circumstances, the epithelium allows only minute quantities of intact antigens to cross into the mucosa, where they interact with the mucosal immune system to downregulate inflammation (known as oral tolerance). On the other hand, it is necessary for enteric pathogens to activate immune cells and initiate the inflammatory response required to clear the infection. In some disease conditions, such as inflammatory bowel disease, excessive penetration of antigens through the epithelial layer may result in inappropriate immune stimulation, leading to chronic gastrointestinal inflammation. The ability of the epithelium to control uptake of molecules into the body is denoted as the intestinal barrier function.

 

Understand Jara and Vyadhi

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जरा & व्याधि – Two types of bodily degeneration as per Ayurveda.

In previous article, when I told openly that annual body checkups are unscientific and waste of time and money, one friend advised me to do mental check up. 🙂

Here is the rationale behind my open rejection of quackery.

जरा or ageing is built into one’s development programme, being innate, inevitable, and a mere function of the temporal flow. Only life style routine measures can accelerate or slowdown process of जरा or aging. There is no medicine to stop जरा. Yet, modern medicine will foolishly try everything to stop जरा. 🙂 For example, as per Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment , a noted publication notes in 2008 edition:

1) “The single most important risk factor for developing cancer is age i.e. जरा”
2) About 76% of cancers are diagnosed in persons aged 75 years or older
3) An additional cause of cancer is chemotherapy or radiotherapy for prior malignancy

This means, cancer due to जरा will never get healed by any medicine or therapy.

व्याधि is temporary and generally healed by body itself.

If cancer is due to व्याधि i.e. due to carcinogens or cancer-causing events, it can be mitigated. But even, to mitigate them, if we use processes like radiotherapy which will accelerate aging, there are high chances that due to accelerated जरा , cancer will relapse.

Solution?

Instead of attacking cancerous nature of our body cells, learn to reduce their stress and provide them positive environment. It works well in case of व्याधि type of cancer. For जरा type of cancer due to aging, let it be no treatment except slowing aging by different Ayurveda medicines.

Cancer is not alone to classify in जरा & व्याधि. All diseases come under this classification. The doctor is not capable of affecting the working of जरा ; but may be able to mitigate व्याधि. The failure of medicine to understand the cause, course, or ‘cure’ of age-related processes provides scientific vindication of the scriptual insights.

And so, annual bodily checkup for young adults is nothing but waste of money and time :). If at all you want to observe body every morning (urine,stool, breathing), do it daily. Have control over your food, water and sleep. Do exercise in open air daily. That is enough to slowdown जरा and avoid व्याधि. (Y)

PS: Most of us, due to sedentary life style, are accelerating aging process. Please be sincere about it. Take care (Y). Our kids would not like rapidly aging parents in their teen age. 🙁

Why wound healing slows down with aging?

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Older bodies need longer to mend. This reality of aging has been documented since World War I, with the observation that wounds heal slower in older soldiers.

It is because with aging, we consume our प्राण rapidly in activities like copulation, daily chores stress of family life and mindless sleeping and eating habits.

प्राण is our immunity. With aging, disruptions to communication between skin cells and their immune cells slow down this step of wound healing.

This is the reason प्राणवर्धक घी & honey is necessity in old age. Oil massage too.

Old age does not starts at 60. Body starts degradation at 21. 🙂 We realize it much later in 30s when all complications start.

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Research News


Impaired Epidermal to Dendritic T Cell Signaling Slows Wound Repair in Aged Skin.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27863246

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5364946/

“Within days of an injury, skin cells migrate in and close the wound, a process that requires coordination with nearby immune cells. With aging, disruptions to communication between skin cells and their immune cells slow down this step. Discovery suggests new approaches to developing treatments that could speed healing among older people.

Whenever a wound occurs, the body needs to repair it quickly to restore its protective skin barrier. Wound healing is one of the most complex processes to occur in the human body. Numerous types of cells, molecular pathways, and signaling systems go to work over timescales that vary from seconds to months. Changes related to aging have been observed in every step of this process. Both skin cells and immune cells contribute to this elaborate process, which begins with the formation of a scab. New skin cells known as keratinocytes later travel in as a sheet to fill in the wound under the scab.

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