Tackling Computer Related Health Problems

Regular use of computer can lead to several health problems. These days most of us are required to sit in front of the computer for long periods due to the computer-related jobs. Maintain certain postures for a long time, causes repetitive stress injuries (RSI) over a period. Many techniques and postures cut the harmful forces acting on the body, and considerably minimize the risk of injury.

We can considerably reduce the injuries and pains by paying attention to some of the factors discussed below.

Keep a Good working posture:

US Department of Labor Occupational Safety and Health Administration recommends some important methods to support neutral body postures while working at the computer workstation. I read about them and found them very useful. Here are some tips for regular computer users.

Keep the hands, wrists and forearms straight, in-line, and almost parallel to the floor.

Keep the head bent slightly forward or at the same level and well balanced. It should be in-line with your torso.

Keep the shoulders relaxed. Let the upper arms hang normally at the side of the body.

The elbows should be close to the body and bent between 90 and 120 degrees.
One should keep the feet fully supported by floor or footrest.

The back should be straight and fully supported with proper lumbar support when sitting vertical or leaning back slightly.

A well-padded seat to support the thighs and hips is a necessity. Keep it generally parallel to the floor.

Keep the knees about the same height as the hips with the feet slightly forward.

Stretch Stretch all the Way:

While working on a computer one should stretch after every one hour. One should avoid sitting in one particular posture for more than an hour. Stretching exercises can help in a long way. For example, lean forward with your arms crossed in front of you. Hold your knees and push your knees apart. Keep your hands on them. This will stretch the shoulder blades. Also, stretch your fingers, arms, hands, and torso at regular intervals.

One should make sure to exercise and move the hands, legs, back, and neck for at least 10 minutes throughout the day. Periodic short walks from your workstation helps the blood to circulate properly and reduces the risk of cramps.

Monitor Pointer/Mouse and Keyboard Placement:

Placing the keyboards, pointing devices or working surfaces too high or too low may result in awkward wrist, arm, and shoulder postures.
Adjust the keyboard to maintain straight or neutral wrist postures. Left-hand users can use an alternative left hand keyboard, with the keypad permanently affixed to the left side Place the devices such as keyboard and mouse phone within the primary work zone area.

Place the computer monitor at the recommended viewing distance and angle (the range of 20-40 inches (50-100 cm). Adjust it to the right clarity settings to avoid eyestrain.

Keep the chair height and desk height to a comfortable level to maintain a neutral body posture. Sit at a safe distance from where you can clearly view the monitor and read the text without slipping to awkward postures.
Keep the monitor directly in front of you. Your head, neck, and torso should face the screen.

Look at far-away objects like wall clock etc. to give periodic rest to your eyes. Viewing the monitor for a long period causes fatigue and dryness so blink at regular intervals to give the eyes of necessary moisture. Some other non-computer tasks such as filing, phone work, etc. can give your eyes the needed break from the strain.

Choosing the Chair:

Use mobile and size-adjustable chairs if you are a regular computer users. If the desks are not at the right height, they may force you to take awkward postures such as extending your arms to reach the keyboard, which will strain the arm muscles. There should be adequate clearance space for the thighs, legs, so that one can often change working postures
The chair should give adequate support to the back, legs, hips, and arms. It should have a back rest to provide necessary lumbar support, comfortable seat, and soft armrests for a relaxed working position.

Relaxing arms and wrists

To keep your wrist and forearm relaxed during work and to avoid pain, try one of these methods:

If the keyboard tray/surface is not big to accommodate both the keyboard then position the mouse tray above the keyboard. One can also keep it next to the key board tray. A fingertip joystick attached to the keyboard also helps. Pointing devices attached to the keyboard such as a touch pad are also a good idea. The size of the point devices such as mouse should be right so that they fit the hand. Mouse pad with a wrist rest helps in keeping the wrist relaxed.

Keep these pointers in mind and make the necessary changes to avoid lower back, neck, eyes and wrist strain due to long hours of computer working.

Herbal Teas and Their Benefits

A visit to a well-known tea parlor in old Delhi opened a whole new world of tea infusions, flavored teas and herbal teas called Tisane. The world of herbal teas extends much beyond our realms of imaginations and there is a variety of aromatic teas available which not only have health benefits but also delectable flavors.

Tisanes, as herbal teas are known, resemble the common tea and are similarly brewed in boiling water but they do not have the tea leaf from Camellia Sinensis bush. For over 5,000 years herbal teas have been part of the tradition and culture around the globe.

Tisanes can be made from the mixture of fresh or dried flowers, leaves, seeds or roots, grasses, nuts, barks etc according to their health benefits and taste.

The common health benefits of drinking herbal teas are:

1. A calm and relaxed state of mind

2. A healthy heart

3. Aid in stomach and digestive problems

4. Tisane also cleanses the body of toxins and promotes positive energy and wellness

Tisanes, Herbal infusions and their Health Benefits

Chamomile tea, Jasmine tea and Ginger tea are some of the common herbal teas. Each one of them has a distinctive taste as well as health benefits. Apart from these the spices that go into making a great herbal infusion are All Spice to soothe the common cold and relieve upset stomachs, Chrysanthemum to help reduce body heat during fever and to help protect against liver damage and in neutralizing the effect of toxins in the body, Lemon grass for its calming properties, Parsley for its diuretic effect and to help with kidney function, Peppermint as greater stress-relieving and help with stomach and to help with the digestive ailments. It also acts as a breath freshener. One can choose from a wide variety depending on the need.

Chamomile Tea

The chamomile tea is made from dried chamomile flower petals. It is a part of the daisy plant family.

I have been using chamomile tea as a stress reliever and it really is a great remedy. Chamomile is known for its calming attributes and has anti-inflammatory and anti-spasmodic properties that help relieve and keep away a variety of maladies including painful bothersome cramps during menstrual cycle. Chamomile tea is a favorite sleep inducer and a natural cure for people suffering from sleep related problems as it is a natural sedative.

It is found to be useful in treating and relieving morning sickness, restlessness, rheumatic problems, skin ulcers, stress-related flatulence, teething problems, ulcerative colitis, wounds, it is also a muscle relaxant and antispasmodic.

Chamomile is often used to help relieve anxiety and is rich in essential oils that help the digestive system function properly. It is also good for the skin; Dip a cotton wool in the tea and use it as a skin cleanser or compress. One can use it to cure tired strained eyes by putting chilled Chamomile tea bags or Chamomile ice cubes as compress.

So Chamomile tops my list of herbal teas.

Jasmine Tea

Jasmine tea is made with a special blend of high quality loose tea leaves with jasmine flower petals.

Jasmine herbal tea has an exotic aroma and flavor and all the wonderful antioxidant properties of a green tea. It has been known for centuries due to its relaxing and warming qualities and soothing effects on the digestive system.

Jasmine tea eliminates the free radicals preventing some forms of cancer; it also helps in arresting aging process. It connects with cholesterol, blocks it, decreases its level in blood, as well as prevents bad cholesterol.

Jasmine tea is believed to prevent brain strokes, heart attacks, thrombosis and arterial sclerosis thus proving highly beneficial for our circulatory system. It prevents diabetes and reducing high blood pressure.

Jasmine tea helps in fighting viruses and bacteria. It prevents influenza, cavities and food poisoning, cholera, dysentery, mouth bacteria etc. One of the most important jasmine tea health benefits is to improve intestine conditions by blocking development and growth of bad bacteria and strengthening good bacteria in the intestines.

This gentle fragrant tea is a storehouse of medicinal properties and very delicate in taste.

Ginger Tea

Ginger is a natural spice and known world over for its medicinal properties. It is an underground stem and highly sought after for its health benefits. It has a calming soothing flavor with just a little bite to it which makes it even more delicious.

Sipping ginger tea before starting on a journey relieves one of the motion sickness as it helps to calm a queasy stomach. For hundreds of years people have used Ginger tea as home remedy for nausea and colds to indigestion and joint pain. It also helps to boost the immune system and promotes cardiovascular health.

It prevents nausea and morning sickness in pregnant women and aids digestion. It also acts as an appetizer. It stimulates blood circulation and thus gives relief from rheumatoid arthritis and joint pains. It helps cure flatulence, indigestion, and diarrhea.

A little ginger tea a day can slow production of triglycerides and Bad cholesterol (LTL) in the liver. Ginger tea is very effective in treating the nasty common cold as it loosens the phlegm and fight chills by spreading a warm feeling in the body.

It is also helpful in curing headaches and onset of migraine.
Ginger tea can be made by peeling and grating fresh ginger root, and then boiling it in water. The tea can be simmered for 15 to 20 minutes depending on the desired strength.

So now that we know the benefits of Tisanes or herbal infusions brew your own cup of these delicious healthy drinks and stay healthy.

The Miracle from Nature: Salt

From ages salt has been used as a healing agent. It sure plays an important part in our daily life .We have seen our elders do the “remove the evil eye” ritual with a little salt taken in the fist and circled 7 times around the body .It nothing but absorption of negative energy.

Rock salt has the power of neutralizing negative energy so do many other salts. Salt therapy has emerged as a great alternate healing technique all across the globe. In India it has been there since ancient times. It was even used in Egypt, Greece and China.

A swim in seawater substantially cleans the energy body. Sea salt stimulates the circulation, removes dead skin cells and polishes the skin to perfection, leaving one feeling absolutely refreshed and regenerated. Alternatively, a bath with salt and water does the same thing. The bath can be taken as follows: If you take a shower or bucket bath, after cleansing yourself with soap and water, rub your entire body (when wet), gently with fine salt. Then wash it off after one to two minutes.

Or, alternately one can put about one kilogram of sea salt or fine salt to a tub of warm water, and soak oneself in it for a few minutes then wash it off.

The salt helps in blood circulation and removes the yin from the body making it charged with positive energy. While performing this, the thoughts should concentrate on washing away all the worries, strain, stress, pain and hurt or any negative emotion. It also increases the energy levels.

Salt is used in witchcraft and spells also. It gets rid of evil spirits and circulation of bad energies

Eye Care

For tired eyes, one can bathe eyes in warm water to which ½ teaspoon of table salt has been added.

For puffy and swollen eyes, soak cotton pads in a solution of 100 ml water and one tablespoon salt. Wring the pads out and place on eyes. Then lie down and close your eyes. Relax and allow the solution to work wonders in a few minutes.

Skin Care

Mix equal parts of any good baby oil and table salt and gently massage this mixture on your face. The salt will remove the dead cells; the baby oil will soften the emerging skin.

To soften work weary hands

For hands that are tired and wrinkled with washing and cleaning up, here is a natural healing secret which is truly effective: Salt Soak.

Soak hands for 5-10 minutes in a basin of warm water to which three tablespoons of salt have been added. Rinse and dry. One can do the same for tired feet and cramped muscles.
Take half a bucket of hot water and put a cup of sea salt or normal table salt. Dip your feet in the comfortably hot water for 10-15 min. remove, wipe and apply baby oil. It works wonders.

Space Cleaning

Some times we feel that there is some negativity inside our home. We feel uncomfortable and stuffy. It is a good idea to first air the home. Doing a salt space cleaning session helps in this condition. Negative energy gathers and compounds to create more negative energy, that’s why it becomes essential to remove them when you feel that your space isn’t quite right. Our houses are charged with electromagnetic devices and these highly charged devices disturb  balance of positive and negative elements. Use of salt as space cleaner helps revive the balance.

Ignoring it is to allow more negative energy to build, and this can impact your health, your career and your finances, and even cause depression.

To clean your space of negativity you can wipe the walls with salt or sprinkle salt into the corners of the room. Be sure to sweep up the salt and throw it into the trash outside of your house or collect it and wash it down the drain. Do not touch the collected salt with bare hands.

I have very successfully done this and seen the difference.

Salt is used to treat many local ailments especially muscle cramps, sprains, body aches etc. It is now also used in spas as a treatment. There are many types of salt available in the market like the Epsom salt, crystal salt, pink salt, black salt, rock salt and Himalayan salt which is also biodegradable. As they cost big money, one can effectively use regular table salt also.

I have been using this now for three years and it really is amazing. Hot salt fomentation reduces arthritis pain and any other joint and muscle related pain. For that use a cotton cloth maybe the size of a handkerchief .Put a handful of salt on it and make it into a pad by tying it around. Heat a girdle or an iron and warm the pad. Apply that hot pad and foment the affected area. It really lessens the pain.

In alternate healing therapies salt is used as a healing medium. I experienced its beneficial effects during the ‘Reiki’ and ‘Pranik Healing’ sessions and they are simple enough to be done at home too. It helps remove all the toxins from the body.

There I learned that keeping a bowl of salt water near the patient or circulating a fistful of salt over the patient’s body 5 times and then draining it under open water, without opening the fist helps in reducing the fever I tried it with my son and bring the fever come down from 102 to 98 degree and it also made my son relax and sleep.

During positive affirmation or Reiki session at home, keeping the feet in hot salt water helps the negative energies to flow into it.

The natural salt has lots of minerals and has tremendous health benefits. Saline water gargles can sooth any sore throat, cutting down pain and inflammation in no time. It is helpful in respiratory ailments like sinus also.

For the wounds in the mouth, gargling of salt water is recommended. Salt stops bacteria and acts as a cleaning agent, removing dead skin cells and dirt from the wound. Homeopathy also uses a certain type of salts called cell salts as remedy for many ailments.

Apart from its healing properties salt has millions of other uses in our daily life. It is not simply just a taste enhancer.

If we light the candle and sprinkle a little salt near the wick, the candle light becomes brighter and wax does not melt as easier.

Adding salt to the water used for boiling eggs ensures that the eggs won’t break.

Adding salt to the fresh water aquarium inhibits parasites; it helps fight diseases in fishes and helps those who are stressed due to body salt loss. I do it regularly with my aquarium. Salt replaces the lost sodium and chloride ions that sick fish need. Adding salt to the water helps fish to cut the amount of salt that their bodies are losing, it is like providing patients with saline drips. It also detoxifies and improves the environment.

Sprinkling salt on kitchen shelves helps keep ants away.

Put salt in the vase of fresh flowers to keep them glowing long.

There are endless uses of this wonder from nature and we can say that it is worth its weight in gold. So keep some salt handy at home to keep the bad energies away.