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Indian Ayurvedic Massage

The traditional Indian Ayurvedic massage is suitable for persons of all ages and is especially beneficial for the aged and convalescent. Its extremely relaxing and helps improve blood circulation and metabolism as well as body toning and conditioning. So why not try the massage today and soon youll be enjoying the body and skin you desire! Body Relaxation Massage of the back, foot thumbs and calves can help you relieve the tension in the body and relaxes your mind.

Physical Toning Massage of thighs, spinal area, waist, buttock and tummy helps open up nerve points and tone the body. Circulation and Breathing Working from the tummy up to the head, this step aids digestion, helps to improve blood circulation throughout the body and improving breathing. Easing of the Body By massaging the spinal area and working form waist to the tummy gives the body a final rubdown and helps relieve wind in the abdomen.

Fish Oil Or Flax Seed Oil?

Omega-3 fats are great for health. Omega-3 fats are found in fish oil and flax seeds. But more people are comparing the two popular sources of these essential fats and asking "flax seed oil or fish oil - which is better?" This question has become important because of the scare of contaminants in fish and fish oil products. First, something about omega-3 and omega-6: They are not the same. Most people do not get enough of omega-3 fats but more than enough omega-6 fats. A good balance between the two types is needed.

We get our supply of omega-6 fats mainly through nuts, seeds and plant oils such as corn, soya and safflower. The ideal ratio of omega-6 to omega-3 is one to one, but most people consume about 20 times more omega-6 than omega-3 and this can have important health consequences. Symptoms of omega-3 fat deficiency are fatigue, dry skin and hair, frequent co I d s, low energy and depression. So, how best to get these omega-3s?

Fish oil is a popular source because it is made up of docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). The latter is the more powerful of the two. Flax seed oil, on the other hand, is loaded with another kind of omega-3 fat called alphalinolenic acid (ALA). But ALA is meaningful only when it gets converted into DHA and EPA. In short, fish gives a direct dose of the good stuff, while the body needs to convert flax to ultimately deliver the
happy fats.

Not everyone is able to convert ALA. People with diabetes or those who consume a lot of saturated fat and alcohol may not be able to make this conversion efficiently. So, taking fish oil is a more direct way of getting these two fats. The main consideration is, of course, making sure you are not taking any contaminants with your source of fish oil. Still, do not reject flax seed oil outright. Research is showing that these tiny seeds have some additional benefits.

Oil aside, the seed itself is rich in fibre (helps lower cholesterol and digestive troubles), magnesium (great for asthma, high blood pressure
and general relaxation) and lignans, which are special compounds typically found in seeds that protect against breast cancer. Men do not get this benefit though! In fact, there are questions about flax seed oil for men, especially in high doses.

A few studies have shown that an excessive amount of ALA is associated with prostate cancer. So, it seems that there is something of a gender divide when making the fish versus flax decision. Men might want to stick to fish oil. But women can probably enjoy the health benefits of both fish oil, as well as moderate amounts of flax and the best way is in ground flax seed.


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