A strong mind, a healthy body – The Hindu

May’s health books talk about yoga, immunity and mental issues that help us live harmoniously

May’s health books talk about yoga, immunity and mental issues that help us live harmoniously

The Immunity Diet: Fight infections and live your best life, for Kavita Devgan, Publications Rupa

Health Books for May: The Immunity Diet

Health Books for May: The Immunity Diet

Conversations around immunity have taken center stage since Covid-19 hit us. Everyone now realizes that a strong immune system and precautions are the best weapons against the pandemic.

In the book, nutritionist Kavita Devgan tells us about the importance of the immune system and how lifestyle changes can fuel or destroy it.

She explains immunity as the ability of our body and mind to withstand the daily stresses of life and deal with imbalances and disease. “It’s the strength of our immune system that decides who gets sick and who doesn’t, who catches the new virus in town and who stays fit,” she wrote. To help readers better understand how to build a strong immune system, she offers food solutions and recipes.

The author has put together a huge set of habits that can help boost immunity and also touches on the often overlooked topic of mental well-being. The book is also enriched with immersive descriptions, engaging tools, hacks and nutrient tips. The book gives you an edge in better understanding how we can be the protectors of our own health.

A Thousand Brains: A New Story of Intelligence, by Jeff Hawkins, Hatchet India

Health diaries for the month of May: a thousand brains

Health diaries for the month of May: a thousand brains

This book offers a new theory of the brain. Neuroscientist and computer engineer Jeff Hawkins argues that the basic picture we all have of how the brain works is wrong. It takes a radically new approach combining cutting-edge theoretical neuroscience to understand the human brain and its complex and mysterious workings.

He says that while neuroscience tells us that the brain combines sensory inputs from every part of the body into a single perception, it doesn’t tell us how. We think brains “calculate” in some sense, but we can’t say what those calculations are.

Hawkins’ theory implies that the brain is organized into millions of individual computing units, called cortical columns. These columns process information from the outside world in the same way, and each builds a complete model of the world and each column has a different connection with the rest of the body. The brain sorts through all of these patterns not to construct a single thought, but to manage the thousands of individual thoughts it has at any one time.

Hawkins reevaluates some of the theories of neuroscience and says that once we understand how the brain works, it’s much easier to become who you want to be. He believes a new understanding of intelligence would lead to truly intelligent AI and explores how we can create machines that can learn on their own. It also explains why we don’t have to fear super-intelligent systems and how human and machine intelligence could one day merge.

Decoding the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali By Acharya Kaushal Kumar and Jai Singhania, Vigian Yoga

Health diaries for the month of May: Deciphering the Yogasutras

Health diaries for the month of May: Deciphering the Yogasutras

The self-help book is a contemporary version of the ancient science of Patanjali’s Yoga sutra, originally in Sanskrit. Acharya Kaushal Kumar and Jai Singhania have simplified the basic understanding of yoga philosophies, essential to our spiritual traditions.

To help readers understand and learn the science and inner workings of mind and body, the authors have included 195 sutras, divided into four chapters in the book. The book has been written to dispel misunderstandings and/or myths about Yoga, explaining each of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras in a logical and practical way.

“The authors write that the main intention of the yoga sutras is to control and regulate the mind. Due to ignorance, many people fail to differentiate mind from soul and the book attempts to eliminate ignorance and teaches how to master the mind and become more effective humans. The authors give their interpretation by denouncing the unrealistic nature of superpowers, which many books in the past have tried to establish, and discuss each of their claims with science and logic.

Future-proof: 9 rules for humans in the age of automation By Kevin Roose; Hatchet India

Health Books for May: Future-Proof

Health Books for May: Future-Proof

The counterintuitive guide tells us how to stay relevant — and employable — in the machine age. The author challenges the future scenario and says it may be different from what we have been taught to believe – that to compete with automation and AI, humans will need to be more like the machines themselves and acquire technical skills like coding.

He wonders if this prediction is wrong; so what do we need to do to become sustainable?

Kevin cites examples of automation: how the perceived blue-collar phenomenon will affect truck drivers, factory workers and others performing repetitive manual tasks; When JPMorgan Chase created software called COIN that uses machine learning to review complex contracts and documents that the firm’s lawyers take 300,000 hours every year to review. The machine takes seconds and requires only one human to run the program; Last summer, a Chinese tech company built a deep learning algorithm that diagnosed brain cancer and other diseases faster and more accurately than a team of 15 top Chinese doctors.

Kevin has spent the past few years studying how people, communities and organizations adapt to times of change, from the Industrial Revolution to the present day. He writes in an era dominated by machines, his human skills that really and finally matter. Its profound idea in nine prescriptive chapters is the antidote to the worries many people feel when thinking about AI and automation.

Kevin distills what he learned about how we will survive in the future. The only way to become “future-proof” is to become incredibly and irreplaceably human, he says.

The Way of Nagomi – How to Live a Balanced and Harmonious Japanese Life, by Ken Mogi, Hatchet India

May Health Diaries: The Way Of Nagomi

May Health Diaries: The Way Of Nagomi

The ancient philosophy of Nagomi is at the very heart of the Japanese way of life which seeks to find balance and peace in everything. A popular and common concept in Japan, to achieve Nagomi is to have peace of mind, emotional balance and well-being. And it could start with how food is prepared at home every day, mixing sweet, salty, sour and bitter tastes, to how the ephemeral cherry blossom season is celebrated.

Ken Mogi illustrates why it’s important to value both big and small, positive and negative life experiences and enlightens readers on how to apply Nagomi to all aspects of life, such as maintaining relationships. happy with loved ones despite disagreements; learning new things while staying true to yourself; find calm and a sense of peace in every job you do; always mixing unlikely components to find a harmonious balance.

It delves into the history, traditions and culture of Japan and provides a toolkit on how we can all create Nagomi for harmony and life satisfaction.

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