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6 Important Steps to Cutting Sugar

If you’re exhibiting any of these signs, it’s important to take steps to cut your sugar intake (aiming for 5% or less of your total calories) so that you can enjoy the good health you were meant to enjoy.

Don’t drink your sugars. If you drink soda, sports drinks, fruit juices, sweetened coffees and so on, you’re getting lots of empty calories and sugar, making this step one of the most important. Instead of sweet drinks, opt for water. You can add a squeeze of lemon, lime or orange for flavor.

Avoid fat-free or reduced-fat advertised foods. These products are almost always filled with sugar, as that’s often what’s used to replace the fat.

Read ingredient lists. When you pick up that packaged food, read the ingredient list for added sugars – many are hidden in names like high fructose corn syrup, evaporated cane juice, maltose, barley malt, etc.

Choose whole foods over processed. Most processed foods contain added sugar. The more you choose whole foods over processed, the less sugar you’l…

The Ayurvedic Body Types and Their Characteristics

Dr. Neelesh Korde explains the Ayurvedic classification of personalities in three different categories - the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha types.

In this video, Dr. Korde speaks about the chief characteristics of each dosha (physical appearance, behavior patterns, food habits and mental bend) and also offers insights on how each personality type gets along with the others in day to day life and while forming relationships.

Rose Flowers Balances all Three Doshas

Rose petals are especially good for reducing Pitta. They also treat the heart, nerves and lift the spirits. They have an affinity for the blood and are astringent which helps reduce inflammation and stop sweating. As well as an anti-depressant, rose is also an aphrodisiac. Rose also opens the heart chakra, increasing patience, compassion and love. No indications known, though take caution in pregnancy.

To use, spray rose water externally for instant cooling. Great to keep a bottle handy for those hot tube journeys and your fellow travellers will benefit too.
We recommend: Kama Ayurveda Pure Rose, 50mlTake rose water internally (1tsp with water 3X/day) to pacify Pitta Clean your face in rose water every morning to clear heat related skin issues. Make your own rose water by boiling fresh petals and condensing the steam into another vessel.
We recommend: Sorich Organics Dry Rose Petals | Pure Herb ( 100 gm )Anoint yourself with rose oil on the third eye, throat and navel to keep these ce…

Pumpkin Oats Porridge | Healthy Breakfast Recipe

A healthy breakfast is one that supplies the body with all essential nutrients. It should keep you filled up for a few hours while not being heavy to make you feel sluggish for the working day ahead. It is best if your breakfast (or any other meal for that matter) is free of refined flour, sugar and any other foods devoid of nutrients.

Oats is one ingredient that helps start the day on a healthy note. It is affordable and extremely versatile. You can cook a dish from any cuisine, sweet or savoury, quick or elaborate. Oats comes loaded with dietary fibre that keeps you filled up for longer.

However, what you add to the oats matters a lot. Adding sugar to make porridge oats or too much honey or dried fruit only adds to the carbs. Combining it with fibre rich or protein rich ingredient such as seeds, nuts or nut butters (in small quantities), yogurt etc. boosts the health quotient of the recipe. However it is a personal choice how one wants to savor the taste of the oats.

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Eat Well, and with Mindfulness

Food is one of the most obvious—and also one of the most potent—pathways through which to invoke balance in the metabolic fire. Overall, eating a diet of light, simple, easily digestible, and sattvic foods kindles agni and supports natural hunger, as does developing a habit of eating at regular times each day. Eating appropriate quantities of food at each meal (about two handfuls) also strengthens agni. However, it is equally important to allow the digestive fire to fully process one meal before we eat again, leaving at least three—but often four to six—hours between meals.Sipping small amounts of warm water or ginger tea with a meal will also support digestion.

Jathara agni (the central digestive fire) resides primarily in the stomach, but it feeds and nourishes agni throughout the body. So when we are truly present with the food we eat—when we give our full attention to the act of being nourished—agni is strengthened everywhere in the body. Eating only when hungry also supports agn…

Healthy Digestion Leads to Healthy Body

According to Ayurveda, the digestive system is the physical root of most diseases in the body. Gas, constipation, diarrhea, indigestion, and bloating are all considered to be warning signs of future problems that are more serious. Simply eating food properly will alleviate a lot of chronic digestive problems, thereby preventing more serious disease. When this is combined with a healthy diet, the effect is even more dramatic and almost all digestive problems disappear.

Ayurveda teaches that the best diet is the one that is proper for a person's constitution; their unique balance of body energies.

According to one's own constitution Ayurveda suggests people with a more vata nature, or those who suffer from constipation and gas, tend to need more cooked foods taken with some oil and spices, including salt. It may come as a surprise to find that raw salads can cause more gas. Those with a more pitta nature, or those who suffer from burning indigestion and loose stools, need to ea…

Spiritual Destinations You Shouldn't Miss in India

Experience the true meaning and purpose of one's life and achieve complete peace of mind, body and soul. Explore India with these top spiritual destinations to maximize your spiritual experience.
Varanasi  Varanasi, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, is one of the seven sacred Hindu cities with a very old history.

Haridwar Ancient Haridwar (the "Gateway to God") is another of the holiest places in India, and one of the oldest living cities. Located at the foothills of the Himalayas in Uttarakhand.

Rishikesh Rishikesh, the birthplace of yoga, is a popular place to come and meditate, do yoga, and learn about other aspects of Hinduism.

Amritsar Amritsar, in the state of Punjab, was founded in 1577 by Guru Ram Das, the fourth guru of Sikhs. It’s the spiritual capital of the Sikhs and gained its name, meaning "Holy Pool of Nectar", from the body of water around the Golden Temple.
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Bodhgaya Bodhgaya is the most important Buddhist pilgrimage…

Ayurveda Weight Loss Tea



Oiling the body is on of the most nourishing practices that Ayurveda touts as one that offers strength, longevity and pacification to the body and mind.

Be sure to do abhyanga in a warm place and avoid any cold drafts or being chilled afterward.

1. Use 1 to 1.5 cups of Ayurvedic oil and transfer to a glass bottle or oil warmer to warm the oil. Use a large towel or sheet over the area you will be doing Abhyanga.
2. Without being in a hurry, lovingly and patiently massage the oil into your entire body for about 15 to 25 minutes, beginning at the extremities and working toward the middle of the body.
3. The general flow of massage goes from the head to the feet. Then move up the legs to the hips. Rub the abdomen and breast/chest area. Process down the arms and finish from sacrum to the whole back.
4. Optional is to start by applying oil on the scalp. Finger tips rubbing vigorously (can do a friction rub without oil as well). Oil applied to the head should be warm but not hot.
5. Next be…

Effect of Kumari Taila Uttar Basti on Fallopian Tube Blockage

The present study was carried out to evaluate the role of Uttar Basti in tubal blockage, in order to establish it as a safer and cost-effective Ayurvedic treatment modality. The criteria for selection of patients and assessment of results were unilateral or bilateral tubal blockage diagnosed in hysterosalpingography (HSG). A total of 16 patients in the reproductive age group were registered for the study, with 62.50% unilateral and 37.50% bilateral tubal blockage. Fifteen patients completed the course of treatment. The patients with an evidence of active infection or chronic diseases were excluded. Kumari Taila was selected for its Vata Kapha Shamaka and Lekhana properties. The dose of Uttar Basti was 5 ml with duration of two consecutive cycles (six days of Uttar Basti in each cycle with an interval of three days in between). Uttar Basti was administered, after cessation of menstruation, to the screened patients, through hematological, urinary, and serological (HIV, VDRL, HBsAg) inv…

Ancient Science for Modern Women

Ayurveda is a collected wisdom of ages and sages, and is extremely relevant to today’s woman. Ayurveda is, first and foremost, a science of preventative living through the application of accrued wisdom. Traditionally, women are the first teachers of preventative living; often, however, modern women do not care for themselves first, even though they must—for a healthy self, family and community.

Physically, digestion is the principle focus of health; psychologically, one’s life philosophy is the primary focus of health; spiritually, meditation and selfless service are the primary focus of health. Observing these together produces health and happiness for a woman and beyond.

Transformation through Digestion  “Agni,” (meaning metabolic fire in Sanskrit) implies transformation—the food transforms into you, the image transforms into a name, the experience transforms into wisdom. These parallel digestive processes involve heat (tapas), which implies austerity. Restraint is necessary to choose…
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