Daily Archives: July 25, 2019

How To Do The Garudasana (Eagle Pose) And What Are Its Benefits


Garudasana or Eagle Pose is an asana. Sanskrit: गरुडासन; Garuda – Eagle, Asana – Pose; Pronounced As – gah-roo-dah-sah-nah

Garuda is the Sanskrit term for eagle. Indian mythology suggests that Garuda was the king of all birds. This bird not only served as the vehicle of Lord Vishnu but was also a frontrunner when it came to fighting against demons. Garuda also means devour. Being an old representation of the mythical phoenix, they say that the Garuda identifies itself with the “all-consuming fire of the sun’s rays”.

D3 Supplements For Depression and general health


Mineral and vitamin supplements can enhance well-being and mental energy not just for healthy adults but for individuals at risk of depression and anxiety.

Mineral and vitamin supplements can be an alternative to the increase of psychiatric medicines for relief of depression and anxiety symptoms. Mineral and vitamin supplements can also provide the mental energy required to reduce fatigue, enhance mood and manage stress.

It was found in a series of studies that of the 97 individuals with diagnosed mood disorders keeping a 3 day food record, higher mineral and vitamin intake was significantly linked to general enhanced mental functioning.

Supplements which have been proven to enhance mood include Vitamins D and B, 5 HTP (5-Hydroxytryptophan), and also Omega 3 and SAMe.

  1. Vitamin D and depression

People with depression are often low in vitamin D, and although some studies show a low level of vitamin D and depression link, it’s not clear if low vitamin D levels cause depression, or if low vitamin D levels are secondary to depression.

Low levels of vitamin D are also linked to seasonal affective disorder or SAD, where people get down in the dumps in the dark, short winter days because of lack of sunlight. Seasonal affective disorder is prevalent when vitamin D stores are typically low. Some studies suggest that vitamin D supplements can help with seasonal affective disorder. In one randomized controlled trial, a group of 15 subjects with seasonal affective disorder received either 100,000 I.U. of vitamin D or phototherapy, a broad-spectrum light therapy. All subjects receiving vitamin D showed improvement in depression scale scores, while those who had phototherapy showed no significant change in depression scale scores. The study concluded that Vitamin D could be an effective treatment for seasonal affective disorder.[1]

There is also a strong link between low vitamin D levels and postnatal depression.[2]

One small study found that women having moderate to severe depression experienced significant improvement in their depression symptoms after receiving vitamin D replacement therapy. Because they didn’t alter their antidepressant medications or other factors relating to depression, the study came to the conclusion that correction of their underlying vitamin D shortage could be responsible for the beneficial impact on depression.[3]

The study was conducted on 3 women who had previously been diagnosed with clinical depression, and who were on antidepressant therapy. Because they had vitamin D deficiency risk factors, such as poor sun exposure and low vitamin D intake, the women each had a 25-hydroxyvitamin D blood test, which found low vitamin D levels for all 3 women. Over 8 to 12 weeks, their vitamin D status had been restored to normal by means of oral vitamin D replacement therapy.

Following treatment, using the Beck Depression Inventory questionnaire, all 3 women showed improvement in their symptoms of depression. The Beck Depression Inventory questionnaire scores the degree of sadness as well as other depression symptoms. A score of 0 to 9 is an indication of minimal depression; a score of 10 to 18 is an indication of mild depression; a score of 19 to 29 is an indication of moderate depression; and a score of 30 to 63 is an indication of severe depression.

One participant’s score improved from 32 before receiving vitamin D therapy to a score of 12, indicating a change from severe depression to mild depression. Another participant’s score dropped from 26 to 8, suggesting she now had minimal depression symptoms. The other participant’s score of 21 improved to 16 following vitamin D treatment.

What to know: Some studies have indicated that vitamin D supplements can help with depression when an individual already has lower levels of vitamin D, so it would be wise to have your Vitamin D levels checked. Vitamin D supplements could take quite a while to be effective for depression, so continual use is recommended. Vitamin D deficiency could be one of several factors that contribute to depression, so it should not be your one and only solution.

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Horoscope ♉: 07/25/2019

Horoscope ♉:

You may have some issues with food, Taurus. Maybe your sense of self-worth isn’t at its highest, and you’re trying to make up for this by sabotaging your relationship with your body. Food is healthy nourishment that you need in order to survive. Your body deserves respect, and you need to give it the proper fuel it needs to be healthy.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Holiday: Liberia Independence Day

Today’s Holiday:
Liberia Independence Day

This especially important Liberian holiday is celebrated with a parade, a party for the diplomatic corps in Monrovia, and a grand ball in the evening. Similar events are held throughout the country. The day commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence in 1847 by the various settlements of the country, establishing the first independent black republic in Africa. After independence, elections were held, and Joseph Jenkins Roberts was elected the first president in January 1848. More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Today’s Birthday: Carl Jung (1875)

Today’s Birthday:
Carl Jung (1875)

Jung was a Swiss psychiatrist and the founder of analytical psychology. Early in his career, he worked with psychiatrist Eugen Bleuler, who studied and named “schizophrenia.” Jung wrote a book on the illness, which led to a meeting with Sigmund Freud, and the two formed a close relationship for a number of years. However, Jung’s criticism of Freud’s emphasis on the sexual basis of neuroses ended their collaboration, and a formal break came when Jung published what revolutionary book? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

This Day in History: Battle of Edgecote Moor (1469)

This Day in History:
Battle of Edgecote Moor (1469)

The Battle of Edgecote Moor was an important turning point in the series of dynastic civil wars for the English throne known as the Wars of the Roses (1455-1485). The battle pitted the forces of Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, against those of King Edward IV. Warwick had once been loyal to Edward and had even helped put him on the throne, but Edward began to resent him and suppress his influence. Angered, Warwick allied with Edward’s brother, George, and rose in rebellion. Who won the battle? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Quote of the Day: W. Somerset Maugham

Quote of the Day:
W. Somerset Maugham

A God that can be understood is no God. Who can explain the Infinite in words? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Article of the Day: Vending Machines

Article of the Day:
Vending Machines

Today, there are few things that cannot be purchased from vending machines. Most vending machines in the US dispense snacks, beverages, and other inexpensive merchandise, but in the 1950s, some airports featured life insurance policy-dispensing machines. In Japan, where there is approximately one vending machine for every 23 people, you can buy everything from live lobsters to iPods to underwear from machines. Who is believed to have invented the first vending machine and what did it dispense? More…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Idiom of the Day: 15 minutes of fame

Idiom of the Day:
15 minutes of fame

A brief period of celebrity or notoriety. The term was coined by artist Andy Warhol. Watch the video…: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch

Word of the Day: paunchy

Word of the Day:

Definition: (adjective) Having a large belly.

Synonyms: abdominous, potbellied

Usage: He was … a plump, paunchy, sturdy-looking fellow.: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.tfd.mobile.TfdSearch