Is coffee really good for digestion?

2020-06-01T08:28:07+00:00June 1st, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

A new report reviews the latest research into coffee's effect on digestion and indicates a potential protective effect against gallstones and gallstone disease, and pancreatitis. The report also highlights other beneficial effects that coffee consumption may have on the process of digestion, including supporting gut microflora and promoting gut motility. 'Coffee and its effect on digestion', from the Institute for Scientific Information on Coffee (ISIC), is authored by Professor Carlo La Vecchia, at the Department of Clinical Sciences and Community [...]

Even light physical activity can make big impact

2020-05-29T11:35:46+00:00May 29th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

Initiating subtle changes in your lifestyle, like substituting prolonged sedentary time with sleep or light physical activities, is associated with lower stress, better mood, and lower body mass index (BMI), according to a recent study. The new research was published in the ‘American Journal of Preventive Medicine’. Jacob Meyer, lead author and assistant professor of kinesiology at Iowa State University, said light activity can include walking around your home office while talking on the phone or standing while preparing dinner. [...]

Yoga, a powerful tool to improve mental health: Research

2020-05-28T07:53:39+00:00May 28th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

A recent research has pointed out that movement-based yoga can significantly improve mental health during the ongoing Covid-19 crisis. The new research from the University of South Australia was published in the ‘British Journal of Sports Medicine’. The world-first study conducted in partnership with the Federal University of Santa Maria (UniSA), UNSW Sydney, Kings College London and Western Sydney University found that movement-based yoga improves the mental health of people living with a range of mental disorders, with the benefits [...]

The Covid-19 isolation meant a new lease of time

2020-05-27T13:09:14+00:00May 27th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

‘Creativity in Crisis’ is an anthology of short stories capturing the authentic experiences of 26 British Indian key workers, parents and educators through the coronavirus lockdown. Here is the fifth in a series from a writer and poet who cherishes the time she got to be creative during the lockdown. As a creative, coronavirus has affected me in many different ways. I have been given time and my mind has been able to slow down, reflect and restore. When coronavirus [...]

Power of positivity across borders in the time of pandemic

2020-05-26T07:42:45+00:00May 25th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

“I just have to do something,” is the first thing Youniverse Founder Tanya Bakshi told herself when the coronavirus crisis began to impact millions across the world. Youniverse is an NGO, based in New Delhi, with a mission to better society. In partnership with Sanjeevan Sandhu, a wellbeing researcher, positivity coach, and author from Wales, the duo are facilitating a unique “Positivity Pandemic Programme” – a global movement focusing on practical positivity, optimism, and kindness all in a matter of [...]

Eid in lockdown: A little less light, but lots of spirituality

2020-05-22T14:10:57+00:00May 22nd, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

At its very heart, Eid is about gatherings and festivities with loved ones. However, this year the celebrations have taken on an unusual dimension, given the restrictions of a lockdown in place to keep coronavirus in check. The festival will, therefore, have to be celebrated very differently worldwide, away from the usual gatherings at the local mosque or the fun meet and greets with family and friends, and Indian Muslims in the UK are finding ways around the lockdown. A [...]

Get your heart right with Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Yoga

2020-05-21T07:07:41+00:00May 21st, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

Sena Yoga Co. Founder Varun Raj is taking Britons back to yoga's indigenous roots with free online classes throughout the coronavirus lockdown, mixing hatha and vinyasa flow with breathwork and meditation. His no-nonsense approach to yoga was cultivated by his parents and mentors throughout childhood, frequent visits to India and then later his qualification with the Traditional Yoga Association. Varun says: "Life was moving at such a frenetic pace before lockdown. People needed to slow down. There was such a [...]

UK universities on wellness drive for Indian students in Covid-19 crisis

2020-05-20T12:57:50+00:00May 20th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

Leading universities across the UK have reached out to their Indian alumni, whether still in the UK or at home in India, to get in touch with their university support services if they need help during the coronavirus lockdown. Even as the Indian government’s Vande Bharat Mission enters the second phase of repatriation of stranded Indian students in the UK, many still face a long wait before they can either fly home or they are able to resume their classes. Vivienne [...]

New parenting balance under a pandemic-hit balmy sun

2020-05-20T05:46:42+00:00May 19th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

‘Creativity in Crisis’ is an anthology of short stories capturing the authentic experiences of 26 British Indian key workers, parents and educators through the coronavirus lockdown. Here is the second in a series from a mother in the backyard of a quiet London garden. As a mother, coronavirus has given me the opportunity to stop, slow down and introspect. It is hard to believe that the world falling on its knees in the wake of a global pandemic has forced [...]

‘Bhagvad Gita’, a modern-day guide to success

2020-05-19T12:47:39+00:00May 18th, 2020|iGLOBAL, iWellness|

Spirituality can guide us through the process of being self-aware and, crucially, it can also help us become great leaders. When you connect with your unconsciousness, it creates space for better focus, decision making, and understanding. It is no surprise then, that spirituality is a practice that entrepreneurs and professionals credit as their gateway to success. Meditating and principles of the ‘Bhagavad Gita’ are the tools that Dhanny Joshi, Co-Founder and Managing Director at Big Deal Films, attributes to his [...]