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Yoga, we all have heard this word several times, but if you have failed time and again to incorporate yoga into your fitness regime, here are five research-based benefits to help you make yoga part of your routine.

Yoga is known not only for its physical benefits like increased strength and flexibility but for its ability to boost mental health and improve overall well-being. While the results may vary for everyone, many who practice yoga swear by its holistic effects.

What is Yoga?

Yoga is an ancient practice that focuses on aligning the mind and body through a combination of physical poses, breathing techniques, and meditation. A low-impact exercise that is safe for nearly anyone, especially those who cannot indulge in high-intensity exercises, for several reasons.

There are several types of yoga, some more physical than others. However, the ultimate goal when practicing yoga is to challenge yourself physically while focusing on your breath and calming your mind.

Many research studies have confirmed that it’s beneficial physically and mentally, but is it just as good for us as other forms of exercise? Let’s take a look at five benefits of yoga that are backed by research.

Five Health Benefits of Yoga

  1. It Can Help Decrease Stress, Anxiety, and Depression:

Studies have shown that yoga can decrease cortisol (stress hormone) secretion, reducing stress. In addition, cortisol can influence serotonin levels, which may even help decrease the symptoms of depression. It’s also been proven that yoga can help relieve anxiety through techniques like focusing on the present moment and finding a sense of calm.

However: While yoga can help decrease the symptoms, it should never be opted as a replacement for traditional without consulting your doctor.

  1. It Can Help Reduce Chronic Pain:

Chronic can last from weeks to years and can affect people physically and mentally. Yoga can be helpful for those suffering from chronic pain like arthritis and migraines. Several studies have shown that yoga can help reduce pain and improve physical functions. However, it would help if you worked with a trained instructor who can modify poses for your specific cases.

  1. It Can Reduce Inflammation in the Body:

Inflammation is how our immune system alerts our body that something is going on. However, chronic inflammation causes pain and fatigue. It’s also linked to diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer. Several studies have shown that yoga is beneficial in reducing harmful inflammation in the body.

  1. It Can Help Improve the Quality of Life:

Yoga has improved sleep quality, enhanced spiritual well-being, and reduced anxiety and depression in several studies. So, for someone living with pain, sleep issues, and anxiety, this practice can vastly improve their quality of life.

  1. It Can Encourage Mindful Eating:

Yoga encourages people to practice mindfulness, focusing your attention on the present moment. It’s also been shown to promote healthy eating habits. Since yoga helps build awareness of how your body feels, it leads to mindful eating as you notice your food’s taste, texture, and smell and how it makes you feel.

Supporting the healthcare system in India, Kusum Healthcare is donating Xray machine (300ma with CR system) to the Collector of Pithampur, Dist Dhar, Indore to help the general public.

With project “Kusum Ki Pankhudiyaan” under Kusum CSR India the aim is to provide, a makeover in terms of the infrastructure and the facilities is provided to government schools catering to the underprivileged students.

With the project “Swach Peyjal” under Kusum CSR India the aim is to provide access to clean and hygienic, safe & pure drinking water to school children, through the installation of RO water plants at the school premise.

Kusum India donated 2.5 crore rupees to the PM Cares fund during the first wave of COVID-19 outbreak in India to ensure its support to the people of India

Kusum India donated 204 oxygen concentrators and 10,000 medicine kits to bring comfort to people affected during the second wave of COVID-19 outbreak in India.

Kusum India undertook the development and re-beatification work of public park near its manufacturing plant in Bhiwadi, Rajasthan for public welfare

Kusum India provided free meals to all contract laborers during the COVID-19 lockdowns at  Bhiwadi and Indore and even distributed rewards for their dedicated service.

Determining whether you have COVID-19 is much more complicated because there are so many different symptoms, many of which are similar to those of the flu. The most common symptoms of COVID-19 are high fever, sometimes with chills, a dry cough and fatigue.

The one sign that distinguishes the two infections is that many COVID-19 victims suddenly lose their sense of smell — not because they have a stuffy nose but because they don’t register even strong odours like onions or coffee. Not all virus victims get anosmia, the formal name for loss of smell, but a vast majority of those affected by it do.

Less common symptoms include a sore throat, congestion, runny nose, vomiting, diarrhoea, stomach pain and feeling somewhat out of breath when exerting yourself. Some victims have red or itchy eyes, and some get redness or blisters on their fingers or toes — so-called COVID toes, which resemble chilblains.

More dangerous symptoms — which mean you should get immediate medical attention — include serious breathing difficulty; pain or pressure in the chest; blue lips or blue face; confusion or incoherent answers to simple questions; and collapsing or losing consciousness.

Adding to the disease’s fearsome nature is that it can cause blood clots that lead to heart damage, brain damage and lung damage. And even some cases that appear mild or asymptomatic create signs of what doctors believe may be long-lasting heart damage.

Another unusual aspect of COVID is that people sometimes develop pneumonia without realizing how sick they are. Doctors are unsure why; one theory is that the air sacs in the lungs are damaged in a way that affects the dissipation of carbon dioxide, which creates that “desperate for air” feeling.

Many doctors recommend buying a pulse oximeter, a fingertip device that measures oxygen levels in the blood. Multiple readings below 92% should trigger a call to a doctor. The earlier pneumonia is caught, the better the outcome.

Expect Potential Difficulties with Testing

COVID-19 symptoms can take as many as 14 days after the exposure to appear, but in most cases the symptoms start to appear within five to seven days after exposure. However, similar to diseases like measles, you can start spreading the virus several days before you begin to feel sick. So if you think you might have been exposed, it is very important to warn others and isolate yourself from them as soon as you can, especially if they are older or medically fragile.

It is a common practice of general medicine that when one disease is sweeping through an area and a patient has its symptoms, it is usually safe to assume that’s what the patient has and begin treating it, rather than waiting for test results. So unless both the flu and the coronavirus begin circulating heavily at the same time in your city or area, do not be surprised if your doctor does not recommend a test.

And getting tested for the coronavirus can be tricky, especially with so many test delays. The PCR type is more

accurate than 15-minute “rapid antigen tests,” but it can take hours or even days to return results, depending on whether it has to be sent away to a central lab or not.

One positive test probably means you are infected, but one negative test should not be trusted; too many things can go wrong. Two negative PCR tests taken at least 24 hours apart are a better indication of whether you are infection-free. If your insurance company pays for only one test, you might consider paying for the second one yourself for the peace of mind.