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Kapha The Energy of Lubrication

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Kapha types are blessed with strength, endurance and stamina. In balance, they tend to have sweet, loving dispositions and be stable and grounded. Their skin is oily and smooth. Physically, kapha people may gain weight easily and have a slow metabolism. They tend to shun exercise. They have thick skin and their bodies and muscles are well developed. Their eyes are large and attractive with thick, long lashes and brows. Kapha people evacuate slowly and feces tend to be soft, pale and oily. Perspiration is moderate. Sleep is deep and prolonged. Kapha types are attracted to sweet, salty and oily foods, but their constitutions are most balanced by bitter, astringent and pungent tastes.

Psychologically, kapha people tend to be calm, tolerant and forgiving. However, they may become lethargic. While they may be slow to comprehend, their long term memory is excellent. When out of balance, kaphas tend to experience greed, envy, attachment and possessiveness. In the external world, kapha tendenc…

Soup to Balance all the Three Doshas & Reduce Obesity

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This soup recipe is to balance all the three doshas. It helps in down ward movement of Vata (gas) and feces. It is a laxative and diuretic.

Indications
ArthritisChillsDiabetesInfectionsIt relieves phantom tumorObesityRetention of fluidsRigorsSwellingPreparation
Ingredients
Horse gram - 20 gm
Black gram - 10 gm
Green gram - 10 gm
Tuvar dal (yellow lentils) - 10 gm
Indian butter bean - 10 gm
Pepper powder - ¼ spoon
Long pepper powder - ¼ spoon
Cumin seeds powder - ¼ spoon
Coriander powder - ¼ spoon
Dry ginger power- ¼ spoon
Rock salt - according to taste
Water - quantity sufficient

Method

Clean the legumes well and soak them for 3 hours. Cook them until soft. Put the cooked content in food processor and stain the soup. Add the spice powder and rock salt. Mix well and serve.

Pitta: The Energy of Digestion and Metabolism

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Pitta types have many of the qualities of fire. When out of balance, they can become very agitated and short-tempered. The pitta body type is one of medium height and build, with ruddy or coppery skin. They may have many moles and freckles. Their skin is warm and less wrinkled than vata skin. Their hair tends to be silky and they often experience premature graying or hair loss. Their eyes are of medium size and the conjunctiva is moist. The nose is sharp and the tip tends to be reddish.

Those with pitta-dominant constitutions have a strong metabolism, good digestion and strong appetites. They like plenty of food and liquids and tend to love hot spices and cold drinks. However, their constitution is balanced by sweet, bitter and astringent tastes. Pitta people’s sleep is sound and of medium duration. They produce large quantities of urine and feces, which tend to be yellowish, soft and plentiful. They perspire easily and their hands and feet stay warm. Pitta people have a lower toleranc…

Ayurvedic Recipes: Ginger Garlic Soup

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Ginger Garlic Soup balances Vata and Kapha. It cleanses the system, digests the ama (undigested food), It has anti-oxidant properties and improves immunity and is a very good appetizer.

Indications
This soup is good for:
common cold and asthmaheartcholesterolconstipationgasmorning sickness in pregnant womenpain caused by rheumatoid arthritisPreparation
Ingredients
Ginger - 25 gm
Garlic - 50 gm
Onion - 50 gm
Ghee - ¼ teaspoon
Corn flour - ½ teaspoon
Pepper powder - 1 pinch
Cumin powder - 1 pinch
Coriander powder - 1 pinch
Broccoli leaves- for garnishing

Method
Grate the ginger, peel onion and garlic and chop them. On a pan, put little ghee and sauté the onion, garlic and ginger. Add water and boil in a simmer for ½ an hour. Put it in a food processor and collect the soup. Add corn flour and boil until it thickens. Add pepper, cumin, and coriander powder and finally garnish the soup with broccoli leaves and then serve.

Vata: The Energy of Movement | Ayurveda

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Vata provides the essential motion for all bodily processes and is extremely vital for health. One purpose of lifestyle considerations is to stabilize this motion. Routine is very useful in assisting the vata individual to effectively ground all this moving energy.

A person with vata predominant is blessed with a quick mind, flexibility and creativity. Mentally, they usually grasp concepts quickly but then forget them just as quickly. Alert, restless and very active, vata people walk, talk and think fast, but are easily fatigued. They tend to have less willpower, confidence, boldness and tolerance for fluctuation than other types and often feel unstable and ungrounded. When unbalanced, vata types may become fearful, nervous and anxious. In the external world, vata types tend to earn money quickly and spend it quickly. They are not good planners and as a consequence may suffer economic hardship.

Vata types have variable appetite and digestion. They are often attracted to astringent foods…

Balancing the Three Principle Energies of the Body

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In Ayurveda, body, mind and consciousness work together in maintaining balance. They are simply viewed as different facets of one’s being. To learn how to balance the body, mind and consciousness requires an understanding of how vata, pitta and kapha work together. According to Ayurvedic philosophy the entire cosmos is an interplay of the energies of the five great elements—Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Vata, pitta and kapha are combinations and permutations of these five elements that manifest as patterns present in all creation. In the physical body, vata is the subtle energy of movement, pitta the energy of digestion and metabolism, and kapha the energy that forms the body’s structure.

Vata is the subtle energy associated with movement — composed of Space and Air. It governs breathing, blinking, muscle and tissue movement, pulsation of the heart, and all movements in the cytoplasm and cell membranes. In balance, vata promotes creativity and flexibility. Out of balance, vata pr…

Mung Bean Soup- Ayurveda’s Detox

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Mung bean soup recipe
You will need:
400g mung beans (whole green or split green or yellow but green is best
2 litres water
½ tsp. turmeric powder
2 pinch asafoetida or Hing (from Indian stores, health shops or large supermarkets
Lime juice
2/3 tsps of fresh root ginger
2-3 cloves garlic
Half an onion
Ghee (See Recipes page) or olive oil
1 tsp. each of cumin seeds and coriander seeds and other spices as per your taste
rock salt or herb salt

Wash the mung beans thoroughly and then soak them either over night or for at least four hours before cooking. Heat ghee or olive oil in a pan and add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and 2 pinches asafoetida (to take the gas quality out of the beans). Sauté for a few seconds and then add the soaked beans, fresh water and some fresh root ginger. For one part soaked mung you need about four parts of water. The amounts given above will make 5 generous portions. Leave to bubble away for 30-40 minutes and add more water if necessary. Continue to cook until all the bea…

Immune Tonic Soup

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20g of Shatavari (Asparagus racemosa)
20g of Amla (Emblica officinalis)
6 Shitake Mushrooms


Simmer in 3 pints water- 1/2 hour
Extract Amla and Shatavari

Add 1/2 cup organic pearl barley
Add root vegetables: Beetroots, carrots, potato
Add leeks, onions garlic
Add Seasonal greens- kale, spinach, nettles
Add ginger, rosemary, thyme, turmeric
Add 1-2 sticks kombu/ wakame
simmer for 45 mins

Adjust quantities and water as desired
Add any particular favourite vegetables or herbs

Eat broth in convalescence
Eat 1-2 x/ week for general immune tonification

Benefits digestion, allergies, fatigue, inflammatory conditions etc

Water Retention Reducing Soup

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The soup recipe is highly nutritious and naturally detoxifies the body. It works by cleansing the liver, gall bladder and vascular system of any ama (undigested toxins). If you follow it for a few days you will lose weight, as well as any retained water and feel lighter, clearer and more energised- but you need to have a little willpower initially, though it does tend to get easier day by day.

50g barley
200g asparagus
Bunch fresh coriander
1 tsp fennel seeds
No salt

Simmer for 1 hour
Helpful for reducing water retention, fluid accumulation and easing urinary difficulty.

Ayurvedic Detox Diet

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Discover the importance of detox with Anurag Sharma of the Baidyanath group. Also join Seema as she prepares a detox drink, Jowar Medley and Beetroot Tofu Kebabs influenced by the ancient science of Ayurveda.

Basic Ayurveda Guidelines For Healthy Eating

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Food is very important part of our life and the way we eat our food is even more important than what we eat. If we follow the proper rules of eating food then there would not be any imbalances caused which leads to indigestion. Likewise, if you eat the correct foods in the wrong way your digestion will be compromised, and gas, indigestion and the formation of ama will follow. If you follow these food habits and choose the correct foods then your digestion will be maximized, and you will experience optimal digestion.

1. Chew your food until it is an even consistency before swallowing.
2. Do not eat while being distracted by television, excessive conversation or reading.
3. Do not drink cold drinks just prior to eating. This weakens digestion.
4. Do not drink large quantities of liquid during meals, as this also weakens the digestive fire. A half-cup of room temperature water is about right, on the average. Dry meals may require more, and moist meals, like soup, require none at all. It…

Aloe Vera Health Benefits and Advantages

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Common Name :  Aloe Vera
Botanical Name : Aloe Barbadensis


Aloe Vera is famous for its medicinal benefits and its laxative properties. Gel of Aloe Vera has immuno modulatory properties and that is why it is famous among skin specialists and beauticians as it as an anti-dote for skin inflammation and wound healing.

Aloe Vera is a panacea for many health problems due to the presence of chlorophyll and phytochemicals. These two substances are the major forces which improve our immunity and detoxify the body. Regular usage of Aloe Vera can defend our body from many seasonal, prevalent and lethal diseases.Whether you apply it on skin or take it orally, Aloe Vera works in all form tremendously due to its anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory and bio-stimulant properties. The jelly of Aloe Vera works well to cure abdominal ulcers, inflammation and curing of many prostrate problems. Regular usage of Aloe Vera can defend our body from many seasonal, prevalent and lethal diseases. Mucopolysaccharides a…

Cranberry Benefits and Advantages

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Cranberries are the fruit, native to the plant of North America. Most cranberries are harvested in the month of September and October in U.S. and Canada.

Cranberry like many fruits and vegetables contains salicylic acid, which is an important ingredient in aspirin. Drinking cranberry juice is therefore great for the body and increase salicylic acid in the body.

There are a few side effects of Cranberries that must be kept in mind before consuming, especially for those who are allergic to berries and generally have a poor immune system. Drinking cranberry juice is always safe but consuming in excess can cause gastrointestinal problems and diarrhea. Cranberry should be used cautiously by the people who take the blood thinning drugs.

Several Health Benefits are served with the fruit cranberries

Cranberries cure the urinary tract infections. It contains proanthocyanidins so it helps in preventing from the bacteria which stick to the walls of the uterus and bladder.Cranberries help in fighti…

Garlic Benefits and Advantages

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Garlic have been known to have many health benefits. Over the years garlic has been consumed alot as a natural substitute for medicine. Lets discuss some of them. Garlic is very good for many heart and blood conditions which include high blood pressure, high cholesterol, coronary heart diseases, heart attack and even hardening of the arteries.Garlic can be used to prevent colon cancer, rectal cancer, stomach cancer, breast cancer. It is also used to treat prostate cancer and bladder cancer.Garlic has been tried  and tested for treating diabetes, hay fever, and travellers' diarrhea.It has been commonly used to treat cold, flu, bronchitis, headaches, fever, coughs, sinus, congestion and also help improve the immunity system of the body.It has also been used to treat tick bites, preventing and treating bacterial and fungal infections.Other usage of garlic includes treatment to stomach aches, asthma, gout, rheumatism, hemorrhoids and shortness of breaths.In ancient history it has also …

Post-Holi Care

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You love playing Holi, but what you don't love, is trying to get those stubborn colors out of your hair and skin. Here are some tips to keep the color out of your skin and hair this Holi.
To keep your hair soft, oil your hair with olive or almond oil every night.


Make a hair pack by soaking some fenugreek seeds in four tablespoons of curd. Apply this pack on your scalp and wash it off after 30 minutes with shampoo.



Use egg yolk on your hair, leave it for 30 minutes and then wash off.
Wash off Holi colors from your skin with cold water.Washing your skin or face too frequently to get color off can make it dry and flaky.Before your bath, apply some coconut oil on your skin and scrub the color off gently.Wherever there are color stains on your body, rub a few lemon wedges on the area. The stain will automatically lighten.Scrub a mixture of amchur powder and water on your body to get rid of Holi color.Use ample of moisturizer on your skin after your bath.

Benefits of Shikakai (Acacia concinna): Promote Hair Growth & Cleanse Hair

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What is Shikakai?
Shikakai is a shrub-like tree that grows in central India. It has been used for a very long time as a cleanser for hair, body, and pretty much anywhere else where a cleanser might come in handy. What sets this plant apart from the rest is that Shikakai actually lathers moderately because its bark has saponins, which foam up when shaken in water, similar to soap.

Its Properties & Uses :
Rasa: Astringent
Virya: Cooling
Vipaka: Pungent
Guna: Heavy Dry

Shikakai is very high in vitamin C, as well as vitamins A, D, E and K, which act as antioxidants and are essential for healthy and rapid hair growth. The vitamins found in shikakai provide the hair follicles with the necessary micronutrients to help hair grow fast and healthy.

Benefits of Shikakai
Shikakai has a very low pH levels, which means your hair won’t be stripped of its natural oils.It works as a shampoo and detangler at the same time. Since shikakai does not strip your hair of its natural oils, there's less c…

Health Benefits of Capsicum

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The use of capsicum include treatment of bowel disorders, chronic laryngitis, and peripheral vascular disease.

Benefits:
Capsicum increases the metabolism by lowering triglycerides, which are stored fats in blood corpuscles and thus helps in burning calories.Helps in treating heart diseases, osteoarthritis, bronchial asthma, cataract etc.The compound capsaicin found in capsicum blocks the transmission of pain from the skin to the spinal cordwhich helps in treating neuralgia.The compound capsaicin is also believed to treat cancer by preventing carcinogens from binding with DNA.Eating capsicum can provide some protection from cancer.Prevents blood clotting.Effective in fighting off food-borne bacterial diseases like Vibrio vulnificus bacteria found in raw shellfish.People suffering from diabetes should have capsicums to lower the sugar level.Gives relief from severe cold.Boosts up the release of endrophins.Reduces the cholestrol level.Also helps in fighting against obesity.Precautions:
Do…

Diabetes Ayurvedic Detox Diet

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A Detox Diet can help in the control of blood sugar levels and improve heart functions.

Fasting with only on warm ginger water for 2 days. (1 tsp. ginger powder added in one litre water, boil it and keep on drinking this warm)

For the next 5 days take only moong and vegetable soup

Next 5 days consume solid moong and vegetables spiced with ginger garlic paste, turmeric and garam masala

Then come back to the normal diet

Following this detox diet once in a month can powerfully reduce the extra fat, swelling, stiffness and Aam (toxic mucus) from the body which makes one feel more energetic, healthy and helps in controlling the weight.

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Yoga Asanas Health Benefits: Garbhasana

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When this asana is performed, the pose achieved resembles that of a human foetus in the womb. So this asana is called Garbhasana.

Advantages:
This asana helps to cure diseases like colic pain, flatulence, enteritis, chronic fever, constipation, etc.This asana keeps the abdominal organs trim. It cures gas-trouble and increases the digestion power.The abdominal organs, the breast and the joints of the arms and the legs get sufficient exercise through this asana and their ailments disappear.This asana helps to preserve the semen and the mind begins to have communion with the soul.Technique: How to perform this asana?


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