Articles on mind

Five Things to Keep in Mind When You Have Braces

Dr. Saurabh Gupta, Dentist
If you have braces, they may become a topic of conversation.  Some people may ask your opinion about them, including how comfortable they are, whether you would recommend them, and so on.  Other people may offer advice about how to care for your teeth while you have them or about which foods are acceptable to eat.  Keep in mind that even when people have the best of intentions, they may offer advice or tips that are less than ideal.  Here are five basic things you need to keep in mind when you have braces.  This is the kind of advice to pass along to others when they ask.1. Yes, some foods are off-limits – and there’s always a reason.With most types of braces, certain items will be on a list offoods to avoid.  Although it can be difficult to steer clear of these foods while you have braces, it’s important to do so.  We don’t make these recommendations to make your life miserable or to deprive you of things you really like.  We put foods on this list because they have the potential to damage or break your brackets and/or wires.2. Brushing and flossing are as important as ever.You have braces on your teeth to straighten them or correct another type of orthodontic issue, but your braces do not clean your teeth for you.  If you don’t clean them, you may experience tooth decay under your brackets, which can lead to a variety of other issues.  Brush and floss when you wake up, after you eat, and before you go to bed.  Your mouth will feel fresher and cleaner, you won’t have to worry about having food particles stuck in your mouth, and you’ll avoid major dental hygiene problems.3. Orthodontic appointments don’t replace dental appointments.Just like braces don’t replace a toothbrush, toothpaste, and dental floss, visits to our office don’t replace dental visits.  They’re as important as ever, or maybe even more important than ever, right now.4. Braces aren’t forever (but they’ll improve your teeth for the rest of your life).If you have braces, you’re doing something very important.  You’re improving your oral health, but not just for today or the near future; this improvement will make a positive difference for years and years to come.  When your teeth are straight and healthy, they function better.  They look better, too, but that’s a secondary benefit.5. Communicate with us.Communication is an important part of orthodontic treatment.  If you have questions, concerns, problems, or anything else on your mind, please let us know.  Questions help you clarify instructions and avoid confusion.  It’s important to share problems and concerns because some things are not visible to us during your appointment.  For example, if a wire was causing irritation, tell us about it so we can fix it; suffering in silence is never the best option.

3 Simple Exercises for a Healthy Mind!

Ms. Purvi Shah, Psychologist
Do you feel tired, exhausted by the end of the day?Waking up to a new morning, doesn’t seem refreshing to you? Do you feel tired in your body, mind and soul and looking up to a new day only depresses you? It is very naturally understood that if your mind is tired, so will your body. And your thoughts, ideas and emotions are responsible for your mind’s outcome. Hence it is important that we learn that the happier we are in our heads, the happier we shall feel overall. Now days we have developed the habit of being in a fast paced life, where our mind is expected to work at highest level for desired achievement. To be the race of success, you have to be at peek. But aren’t we loosing on our health in this race of compromise? And without your health at your side, success shall not be near you. Hence, if you want to compete and survive in the league of success, you need to have a healthy mind with a healthy body. Here are 3 useful and important tips that may help keep you going. Be physically healthy: A healthy mind comes with a healthy body, so we shall be physically healthy too. Hence it is very important to take care of your body. Exercising regularly especially in the morning is a good way to be fit and it will keep your brain charged and less tired throughout the day. Yoga, Meditating or simplest of things such as listening to soft, soothing music can help you stay fresh and happy. Adding up a healthy diet will always keep your mind rejuvenated. Another way of keeping yourself physically fit is to stay away from any addictions like cigarettes, alcohols or any other kinds of drugs.(mindfulness)Learn to de- stress: In spite of being physically healthy, you are bound to face challenge in your everyday life with your friends, colleagues, families, etc. Hence it may be very important to learn to manage the burden, stress, tension. There may be many incidents in your life which may not be in your favor or in your control like, a bad day at office, extra work, being yelled by a boss, an incurable illness, death, loss, etc. At such times you may only have an option to learn to deal with such circumstances. Listening to music, doing things that may make you feel calm, going for a walk, distracting yourself from a negative disturbing experience, meditating, talking to someone, etc are some of the very helpful techniques to de-stress. Breaking monotonous life pattern: The pattern of Work-Home- Family may be responsible for making your mind and body succumb to boredom, stress and frustration. To keep your mind and body revitalized you need to keep yourself fresh and happy. You may find things to challenge yourself and boost up your life. Challenges may break the monotony of life and make our life, less boring. Another way to keep your life interesting would be by trying to find yourself something to do, that you love. Taking a trip away from home, playing sports, painting, go hiking, etc. Socializing, making new friends is another good way to keep your life going. When you are with and around lively people, you often tend to loosen your worry.At the end it is important to remember that an everyday exercise is essential for keeping your mind and body invigorated. Everyday things that we do, right from taking a walk in the morning to solving a puzzle in newspaper, to taking out lunch time at work to sit with your colleagues can be easiest way to relive your stress. Talking/sharing daily life incidents with someone or driving from a different route on a odd day shall also help. Other things like learning new languages, doing crosswords, solving a rubric cube have been proven through research to be responsible for making your mind healthy and fit.As it is rightfully said, ‘sound mind in a sound body’.   

Biofeedback - Interactive Training of Body, Breath and Mind

Dr. Kshamashree Madle, Yoga and Naturopathy
Recently, there has been a renewed interest in mind-body interactions. During eating, your hands reach out to the plate, lifts up the food, takes it to the mouth; you chew and then swallow it. You are consciously “aware” of the motions that are under your “voluntary” control. What we do not notice are the subtle things that follow like the salivary and gastric juice secretion, the peristaltic movements of the Digestive system etc.These actions are regulated by the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS) which does not require any conscious control. ANS consists of:Sympathetic Nervous System –‘Fight or Flight response’ to Stress             Parasympathetic Nervous System – ‘Rest and Digest’ for the maintenance of HomeostasisTogether these two components of ANS regulate the Heart Rate, Respiratory rate and the activity of various glands.Changes in the Heart rate under Different conditions - Relaxation and Appreciation shows a uniform pattern and values fall within the normal safe rangeBiofeedback is a technique that can help you gain more control over these normally involuntary functions. The idea behind this is that, by harnessing the power of your mind and becoming aware of what's going on inside your body, you can gain more control over your health. This feedback helps you focus on making subtle changes in your body, such as relaxing certain muscles, to achieve the results you want, such as reducing pain, To make the breathing pattern more deep, long and slow which automatically reduces the heart rate and so on.Working of Biofeedback TherapyBiofeedback is used to improve Health, Performance and the Physiological changes that occur in association with Emotions, Thoughts and Behaviors. Eventually one would learn to manipulate the functions even without the help of the Biofeedback.In this Process, electrodes are attached to the skin and a respiratory belt is wrapped to the chest. These electrodes send signals to the monitor that shows wave patterns of heartbeat and respiration moving across a grid. During the session you will be taught to practice particular Relaxation techniques and Breathing practices. The changes and improvement in the pattern of Heartbeat and Respiration can be viewed real time.Skeletal muscle Biofeedback in Sleep - With InstructionsBiofeedback, or in other words Biofeedback Training can be used to manage various physical and mental illnesses like – Anxiety disorders, Asthma, Chronic pain, Fibromyalgia, Hypertension, Headache, Irritable Bowel Syndrome etc. Since it is Non invasive, may reduce or eliminate the needs for medications and helps people to take charge of their own health, it is gaining popularity. Biofeedback is considered be safe. No negative side effects have been reported till date.

Benefits of Meditation

Dr. Yogesh Kumar, Ayurveda
Seeking calmness, peace of mind, joy, vibrant health, greater energy, positive relationships and fulfillment in life? Wish stress-free and worry-free life? Meditation, an ancient Indian methodology as part of YOGA.Meditation offers innumerable benefits for your body, mind and spirit. The rest you gain in meditation is deeper than the deepest sleep.Procedure:Sit in any meditative posture, keeping your back straight and body relaxed. First focus on the toe then shifting the focus on the knees, after some time shift your focus on the genital area, next on to the heart area and at last the area between the eyebrows.Try to practice this technique in a peaceful area. Some people recommend soft music, but it can turn your focus to the music itself and here we are trying to dig deep in our soul, so music should be avoided.Good for: Concentration, Attention deficit Disorders, Stress, Anxiety, Hyper activity, Soul Searching. Helps in drug abuse, smoking, alcohol or any kind of addiction, self-improvement and temperament. The Benefits of Regular Meditation includes.Physical benefits of Meditation. Meditation prevents stress from getting into the system Meditation releases accumulated stress that is in the systemOn a physical level, meditation Lowers high blood pressure* Lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks Decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems. Increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior Improves the immune system Increases the energy level, as you gain an inner source of energyMental Benefits of Meditation.Anxiety decreases Emotional stability improves Creativity increases Happiness increases Intuition develops Gain clarity and peace of mind Problems become smaller. Meditation sharpens the mind by gaining focus and expands through relaxation A sharp mind without expansion causes tension, anger and frustration An expanded consciousness without sharpness can lead to lack of action/progress The balance of a sharp mind and an expanded consciousness brings perfection

Mind the Gap for the Ultimate Makeover

Dr. N Srinivas, Dentist
Introduction: Many people don't realize the effect a space between the front teeth can have on a person's appearance. If you have a space between your teeth that you don't like, but you haven't had it closed because you were told it would take years of orthodontic treatment, this is for you. In addition to orthodontics, spaces between teeth can be corrected with bonding, porcelain veneers, or all-ceramic crowns.What causes gaps?Spaces between the teeth are most often caused by heredity.However, they also may be caused by personal habits such as tongue thrusting or by abnormal tongue or swallowing movements.The loss of bone under the gum tissue can also cause teeth to separate, as can loss of the back teeth, which often transfers chewing activity forward.How a space is treated has a lot to do with its cause.REMEMBER THE THREE RS!!There are several ways to close unsightly gaps. Which method is chosen depends on the cause of the space, its size, its location, and the condition of adjacent teeth. Both cost and your persona needs will play a significant role in your choice of treatment.Correcting space problems, however, usually involves one of the three RS:1. Repositioning teeth with orthodontics:When teeth are attractive and healthy, repositioning is the ideal treatment, as it involves no loss of enamel. Some alternatives such as full crowns, require sacrificing healthy tooth structure for cosmetic correction.2.Restoring teeth through bonding, veneers, or crowns:Patients frequently prefer immediate results. In such cases, Bonding or laminating with porcelain may be the answer. In other cases, combination of therapies offer the best results.3.Removal of teeth, followed by replacement with a bridge or implant:Removal is used only as a last resort.LOOKING FOR A TEMPORARY FIX FOR YOUR SMILE??

25 Incredibly Amazing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind Away!

Ms. Swati Kapoor, Dietitian/Nutritionist
The reason why peppers taste hot is because of a chemical compound called capsaicin.The most hydrating food to eat is cucumber, which consists of 96% water.More than 80% of the world's adolescent population is insufficiently physically active.Nutmeg (jaiphal) if taken in large quantity, leads to hallucination.Eating bananas helps to fight depression.Tea bags found in the supermarket are often filled with low-quality teas than those found in their loose-leaf counterparts.Your gut loves almonds more than any other nut.Everyday, your heart creates enough energy to drive a truck for 20 miles (32 kms).  Did you know? Your eyes can also get sunburned.A newborn baby has approximately 1 cup of blood in its entire body.Newborns have a strong sense of smell and know the unique scent of your breast milk. That is why your baby will turn his or her head to you when he or she is hungry.Strawberry is not a berry, but a banana is.Nursing baby triggers the release of the hormone oxytocin, which relaxes you and baby both.From the second trimester onwards, babies pee in the uterus. Then they drink it. Then they pee again. Then they drink it.Average toddler takes 126 steps a minute.Pregnant women and new mothers can lactate automatically when they hear a baby crying (even if it’s not their own).The smell of chocolate increases THETA brain waves which triggers relaxation.People who are depressed could lessen their symptoms by 47% through aerobic exercise.The enamel on the top surface on your tooth is the hardest part of your entire body.Ketchup was used as a medicine in 1800s to treat diarrhoea.Laughing for 10 minutes can make you burn between 20 and 40 Calories.Pringles once had a lawsuit trying to prove that they weren’t really potato chips.An average ear of corn has an even number of rows, usually 16.Apples belong to the rose family, as do pears and plums.Every 30 minutes, your kidneys filter all the blood in your body, removing waste and excess fluid.

Insomnia - the Easiest Cure Forever!

Dr. Sachin Deshmukh, Psychologist
Reason of Insomnia is unnecessary alertness in bed. The body obeys the commands coming from the mind!Naturally, when it is your sleeping time, the brain secrets hormones for enhancing sleep. You must have observed many people falling asleep even without their own noticing. The body obeys the commands coming from the mind. It relaxes, eyes start shutting and the person passes in the sleeping state. Sensing Insecurity Makes You Alert!Insecurity like disturbing sound from kitchen, will make you become alert. The sleep will run away. You will find out the reason for the insecurity. once satisfied that the insecurity is taken care of, you will fall asleep.Flight Or Fight Response!Let us understand what happened when insecurity was noticed by your brain and mind. Orders were passed to the body to become ready to fight or flight. This process involved stimulation of the sympathetic autonomic nervous system. Your body got tense from head to toe to combat the insecurity. Once the insecurity was turned into security, the alarming messages to the sympathetic nervous system were stopped. The peaceful parasympathetic nervous system started working again. It brought peace on your body from head to toe. Then the time bound sleep just occurred effortlessly.Memories Of Anxious Moments!Every person has memories of some bad and anxious moments. Thoughts arise from memories. Obviously the thoughts are regarding how to avoid such situations in future. They bring sense of insecurity to mind and body. Automatically, as a response to insecurity alertness is produced in mind and body. This process makes sleep run away. These insecurities are arising from memories of the past getting projected in future. There is nothing to be done actively in present tense. Only number of plannings can be done. As the insecurity is not in the present tense, nothing can be done to undo it at this moment. Everything can be done only in the coming future. Unnecessary Plannings!These plannings are unnecessary. You have experienced the escape plan from such situations already. The escape plan is registered in your memory just like driving memories. You will drive the car automatically when you sit in driving seat. Similarly you will use the escape plan in a still better way automatically if the situations repeat.Thoughts Don't Need Attention Or Manipulations! Still the thoughts will keep on coming. But now you know that they don't need attention or manipulations. Now you won't stop and scrutinize them. So they will just flow. The thoughts are never to be taken seriously. They are just messenger letters from mind. You can't change the matter in the letters. It has no meaning. You need to address mind, and not the thoughts. Ignore thoughts, concentrate on mind. Divert and involve it in the present tense objects near you. The Trick To Fall asleep!The trick to fall asleep is to bring your attention from the imaginary thoughts to the factual present. You have your body, a pillow, bed sheet, bed, cot, book, television, wife, husband, etc to experience in detail. Feel them in detail. You will not even notice when you fell asleep. Your partner will tell you in the morning about your heavy snoring.Anxiety, Panic Attacks And Depression Has Cure By Creating New Mind!Smile my dear friends. Mind has been demystified. We know the definition, creation and manipulation of mystic mind now. It works on the science of creation, manipulation and retrieval of memories. Mind can be changed and recreated with scientific planning for bringing peace from anxiety, panic and depression. See you soon with other psychosomatic issues and their easy remedies.

6 Ways to Maintain Your Everyday Mental Health

Dr. Mehak Nagpal, Psychiatrist
When we feel physically unwell, most of us visit the doctor. But many of even when we feel we are in the wrong frame of mind, have bad moods, feel sick of ourselves,etc. we simply get on with life, not really being aware of the effects our behaviour and thoughts might be having on our general sense of wellbeing. With that in mind, here are six steps aimed at keeping you in top psychological condition. These are the areas that are important for building self-confidence and living a life that is not thwarted by anxiety or low moods. Where to focus your efforts and to seek help if that doesn't work. Work on accepting your situation: Accept what you don't like in your life. That doesn't mean you can't try to change it, but acceptance helps everything feel far more bearable as you work towards a happier situation.Be nice to yourself: Every human deserves the same kindness, love and understanding, even you.Make the effort to stay fit: There exists a definite link between mind and body. Your ability to cope with life is improved by a nutritious diet and a regular exercise programme.Connect with others: Lonely people are at greater risk for immune and cardiovascular system disorders, and sleep is often more of a problem for people affected by loneliness. Making connections with new people as well as tending to family ties is extremely important.Take time out for yourself: Work out what truly interests you and make sure it is a genuine decision, not one forced by anyone else's desires or limitations.Stay organised so you have to worry less.

How to Tune Your Body and Mind With Meditation

Dr. Rahul Kolamkar, Homeopath
My last article comments made me to write this article. Thanks to all those who asked about meditation, you are the inspiration for this article. Medication is for body and Meditation is for soul. In today's world of commerce and materialism we had forgotten that we are not what we are. Our body is just an instrument and the life(Vital) force is some thing which make us differ from a dead. Force is generated by energy which have vibrations and waves. Meditation is the process to tune the vibration of the energy which brings life to us. As good is the tuning the better is the vibrations, and as vibrations are better the best is your life performance. Lets have a look on how to start with meditation1. Need of Meditation: Need is the mother of all inventions. For every human being if you don't have a need you can't see the path. Same way the need to calmness, stability or any other immaterial demands can keep you focus initially. 2. Faith: A quality which brings hope to your vision. Faith is a proved phenomenon which helps you to act in such a way to get every thing you need. Just it has to be charged 100%. A single percent of doubt can bring fractured fulfillment.3. Consistency: A key to every success. Mediation is not a process of days or weeks, its habit. The more you practice the more you are at core. Initially it seems to be slow moving but as you get connected, you will never feel the slowness. So keep doing.4. Start from where you are: Don't hunt a place for meditation. Its a process of getting connected and not disconnected, so you can start from you room also. Just make sure you are not disturbed by your phone or door bell. 5. Time: The best time for the one who is starting is the early morning schedule. Human brains are in alpha mode which is best suited while meditating. But if you are night watcher then it will be more of lethargic. So early to bed and early to rise. These basic steps will surely help to take you to next level of pro. Now remains the question of whom to follow? Its your personal choice to follow any technique, just make sure its has an immaterial approach. One cannot buy a immaterial thing with material cost. Avoid loud and noisy techniques as you are doing it for inner peace and calmness. Thank you