Showing posts with label ayurveda. Show all posts
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2017-05-04

Licorice Root Tea Benefits

Licorice Root

Licorice Root

Licorice Root Tea has a wide range of health benefits:

  • detoxifying the body
  • soothing spasms
  • easing menstrual cramps
  • raising blood pressure
  • eliminating respiratory infections
  • reducing inflammation
  • treating stomach disorders
  • protecting the skin and strengthening the hair. 

There are also a few potential side effects of drinking this tea including drug interactions, high blood pressure, vitamin deficiencies, increased water retention, stomach distress, erectile dysfunction and higher risk of cancer. These side effects are mainly experienced when an excessive amount of licorice root tea is consumed, although allergic sensitivities can also be the cause of negative reactions.


Licorice Root Tea Recipe

As the name implies, is made by steeping the roots of the licorice plant, scientifically known as Glycyrrhiza glabra. Licorice root tea has been a popular tool in natural medicine for thousands of years, particularly in regions where this plant is native including Europe, Asia and India. The many health benefits of licorice root tea are due to the presence of unique organic compounds, including glycosides, flavonoids, anethole, coumarins, sterols and a number of other antioxidants, as well as certain minerals and vitamins. Due to the powerful and potent nature of the root and the risk of toxicity, no more than 3 cups of this tea should be consumed each day, which should be more than enough to enjoy the following health benefits.

Ingredients:

2 teaspoons of dried licorice root (chopped into 1-inch pieces)
8 ounces of water (filtered)
1 teaspoon of honey or sugar, if desired
Step 1 – Bring the water to a boil in a stainless steel pot.
Step 2 – Add the licorice root pieces to the water.
Step 3 – Remove from heat and allow the mixture to steep for 5-6 minutes.
Step 4 – Strain the mixture, removing the licorice roots.
Step 5 – Add honey or sugar for flavor, and enjoy!
Note: No more than 3 cups of licorice root tea should be consumed per day, in order to prevent unwanted side effects.

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2017-04-20

Ayurvedic Massage to Treat Cervical Spondolysis

Get relief from neck and back pain and stiff joints with 

Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage.

Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage
Naranga Kizhi..the Ayurvedic massage

Lemon juice refreshes you instantly. A glass of chilled lemon juice is perfect to cool you during summers. What if your massage included lemon as its core ingredient? Naranga Kizhi or Jambeera Pinda Sweda is one such traditional Ayurvedic massage that gives you relief from pain and relaxes your sore joints.

What is Naranga Kizhi?


Naranga Kizhi is one of the traditional Ayurvedic healing massages that is administered to provide relief from frozen joints or cervical spondolysis. A bolus or Pinda or kizhi is made out of the mixture of medicinal herbs and lemon. Wild lemons are also used sometimes while preparing the bolus. The treatment is based on fomentation or Sweda which means inducing sweat in order to treat various ailments. The boiled herbs along with lemon are tied in the bolus and heat is administered to the affected part till you sweat.

The medicinal herbs in this case are chosen on basis of their anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties so that the bolus prepared from it can prevent further soreness of joints and relieve the pain in the joints and soft tissues.

How Naranga Kizhi helps?

Naranga kizhi is mainly associated with providing relief from the stiffness of joints and other musculoskeletal pains. It also helps in the treatment of frozen shoulder, whiplash, sprained ligaments, sports injuries, lumbar spondylosis, cartilage tears and rheumatoid arthritis. You can also opt for this treatment in case of a catch or pain in the lower back or neck, sprains or muscular cramps too. Though it may not be the first choice of treatment for neurological ailments, it can be used to relieve the pain in the nerves too.

The Naranga kizhi is usually provided after a session of Abhyanga massage and takes 30-40 minutes. Naranga kizhi also pacifies the Vata and Kapha doshas and helps eliminate toxins from the body. It facilitates the smooth movement of joints and improves blood circulation too.

Who should you not opt for Naranga Kizhi?

People with Pitta dosha or persisting inflammation or high blood pressure must avoid this massage. Those suffering from fractures or fever are also suggested to not opt for Naranga kizhi.

2017-04-12

Our Belly Button is Life Itself!

Health with Belly Button
Health with Belly Button
DID YOU KNOW?

Our belly button (NABHI ) is an amazing gift given to us by our creator. A 62 year old man had poor vision in his left eye. He could hardly see especially at night and was told by eye specialists that his eyes were in a good condition but the only problem was that the veins supplying blood to his eyes were dried up and he would never be able to see again.

According to Science, the first part created after conception takes place is the belly button. After it’s created, it joins to the mother’s placenta through the umbilical chord.

Our belly button is surely an amazing thing! According to science, after a person has passed away, the belly button is still warm for 3 hours the reason being that when a woman conceives a child, her belly button supplies nourishment to the child through the child’s belly button. And a fully grown child is formed in 270 days = 9 months.

This is the reason all our veins are connected to our belly button which makes it the focal point of our body. Belly button is life itself!

The “PECHOTI” is situated behind the belly button which has 72,000 plus veins over it. The total amount of blood vessels we have in our body are equal to twice the circumference of the earth.

Applying oil to belly button CURES dryness of eyes, poor eyesight, pancreas over or under working, cracked heels and lips, keeps face glowing, shiny hair, knee pain, shivering, lethargy, joint pains, dry skin.
  • REMEDY For dryness of eyes, poor eyesight, fungus in nails, glowing skin, shiny hair*At night before bed time, put 3 drops of pure ghee or coconut oil in your belly button and spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.
  • For knee painAt night before bed time, put 3 drops of castor oil in your belly button and spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.
  • For shivering and lethargy, relief from joint pain, dry skinAt night before bed time, put 3 drops of mustard oil in your belly button and spread it 1 and half inches around your belly button.


*WHY PUT OIL IN YOUR BELLY BUTTON?*

You belly button can detect which veins have dried up and pass this oil to it hence open them up.

When a baby has a stomach ache, we normally mix asafoetida (hing) and water or oil and apply around the naval. Within minutes the ache is cured. Oil works the same way.

Try it. There's no harm in trying.

You can keep a small dropper bottle with the required oil next to your bed and drop few drops onto navel and massage it before going to sleep. This will make it convenient to pour and avoid accidental spillage.

I am forwarding this valuable and very useful information received from  AYUSH MINISTRY, Govt. Of India

2017-03-06

Urinary Tract Infection : Ayurveda Perspective

What Are Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) ?

Infections that occur in kidney, urethra and bladder are called as urinary tract infections. These infections are caused by bacteria like Klebsiella, Enterococcus, Staphylococcus and proteus. Sexually transmitted organisms like Chlamydia trachomatis and Neisseria gonorrhoeaeare also responsible for urinary tract infections. Women are more vulnerable to UTI than men because the urethra in women is shorter as compare to men.


Some of the common reasons which causes UTI

  • Main cause of urinary tract infections are bacteria which reside around anus. During infection these bacteria can move to urethra further to bladder and spread in to kidneys.
  • Sexual intercourses are also responsible for urinary tract infections.
  • It has been observed that immune compromised patients (HIV/Diabetes) are more prone to these infections.
  • Unhygienic conditions like improper washing of hands also increase the chances of urinary tract infections.
According to Ayurveda, Urinary Tract Infection or Pittaj Mutrakrichhra, is caused by the aggravation of Pitta Dosha. Pitta symbolizes heat or fire. So, a diet and lifestyle that increases Pitta causes UTI. Aggravated Pitta produces heating toxins in the body. These heating toxins accumulate in the mutravahi strotas (urinary channels) and create an imbalance in the infection-fighting properties of the urinary system. It might lead to bacterial growth in the system, amounting to UTI. Many chemical drugs work on bacteria, but these do not work for infection-fighting properties and heating toxins. Thus, such infection can often recur. Ayurvedic medicine, on the other hand, balances the infection-fighting properties of the urinary system and pacifies heating toxins, thereby giving long-term relief to the patient.

Causes
Increased intake of sour, salty, bitter, oily, spicy, and fried foods and tea, coffee, and alcoholic beverages aggravate Pitta (Fire) in the body, which leads to the condition of UTI. Working in the sun or hot weather and excessive physical exertion aggravates the condition.

Symptoms
  • Fever
  • Burning sensation at the urethra
  • Pain
  • Discomfort
  • Burning sensation while passing urine
  • Presence of pus or blood in the urine

Diet & Lifestyle Advice

  • Avoid intake of hot, oily, spicy, sour, salty, and bitter foods.
  • Increase intake of liquids in the form of water, juices, coconut water, and other cooling drinks.
  • Increase intake of pitta-pacifying herbs like green cardamom, coriander, red sandalwood, licorice root, etc.
  • Avoid working in the sun or in a hot atmosphere.
  • Take a cold-water bath 2-3 times a day with ½ teaspoon of powdered red sandalwood added to the water.

Home Remedies
  1. Put 3 tablespoons of powdered coriander seeds and 1 tablespoon of powdered rock candy (or unrefined sugar) in a vessel (preferably an earthen pot) containing 3 cups of water. Keep it overnight. Mix well and drink 1 cup of the liquid 3 times a day. This is a very good remedy for pacifying pitta in the urinary tract.
  2. Have baking soda. It neutralizes acid in your urine.
  3. • Take half teaspoon of baking soda.
    • Add this to a cup of water.
    • Drink it.

    This remedy also makes you comfortable while you pass urine by making the process less painful. Don’t have too much of baking soda though. It is not good for your intestine.

  4. Use magical herb cinnamon to combat infectionThe very common cinnamon herb’s powder is powerful enough to kill those E. coli bacteria causing your UTI. You just have to make tea out of this magical herb and have it for 3-4 times a day.

    You will need:

    • Cinnamon powder- ½ to ¾ teaspoon
    • Warm water- 1 cup

    Directions:
    • Take warm water in a cup.
    • Add cinnamon powder to it and mix well.
    • Drink it.
    • While drinking this tea, keep a spoon ready with you to stir the tea occasionally because if your’s is a true herb, the cinnamon will not blend easily with the water. You’ll need to stir and mix it often till you finish the drink.

    If you are using cinnamon tea to prevent UTI, its enough to drink this tea once a day but if your infection has already set in, have 3-4 cups of it daily.
  5. Get yourself cranberry juice
  6. While cranberry juice cannot treat your UTI, it can definitely prevent the infection by stopping E.coli bacteria from adhering to the urinary bladder lining and urethra. The pure unsweetened juice of cranberries, thus, don’t kill the bacteria but block them from lodging. When you urinate, the bacteria gets flushed away. You should have 50 – 150 ml of pure cranberry juice everyday. If you prefer to dilute your juice, increase its quantity. However, you should be ready for the side effects of cranberry juice. It may hamper the workings of your regular medications that you take for UTI and may also give rise to kidney stones. As soon as you have more than three liters of this juice in a day,you may suffer from diarrhea. Also, this juice is not that effective for men.

Maintain Proper Hygiene and Cleanliness
  1. Don’t ever suppress urge to urinate. 
  2. After urinating, always wipe from front to back.
  3. Whenever you go to toilet, wash your hands.
  4. Avoid washing your genital area with fragrant soaps and other lotions. 
  5. Always wear cotton underwear and they should not be too tight. 
  6. Before and after sexual intercourse, always urinate and wash your private parts.
  7. During menstrual periods, use sanitary napkins instead of tampons. 
  8. Drink lots of water as a rule
  9. Avoid having too hot, sour, or spicy foods.
  10. Move your body, exercise daily at least for 30-40 minutes.
Diet
Ayurveda recommends choosing a diet that will pacify pitta dosha to help cleanse and eliminate the toxins that are bringing too much heat to the body. Pitta is balanced by a diet of fresh, whole foods (both cooked and raw) that are cooling, hearty, energizing, comparatively dry, and high in carbohydrates. Most grains, milk, root vegetables, seeds, and cooling oils are good examples. Pitta’s liquid nature and tendency toward excess oil make drying or astringent foods like beans, potatoes, corn, millet, oats, pasta, popcorn, and most vegetables very appropriate. When cooking, use a moderate amount of a high quality oil or ghee. Reduce or eliminate especially heating oily foods like eggs, hard cheeses, olives, nuts, sour cream, and the like. If given a choice between a soupy, liquidy meal and one that is denser and drier, opt for the latter. Include apples, cucumbers, lime juice, fresh yogurt. Pitta pacifying spices like cumin, neem leaves, saffron, basil, coriander, dill, fennel, parsley and turmeric.

Practice Yoga
Include yoga poses that target the kidney and abdominal area such as Cobra (Bhjangasana), Bridge (Setu Bhanda Sarvagasana), and Bow (Dhanurasana) pose. These help to massage and tone the kidneys and improve the function of genito-urinary organs.


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2017-02-28

Actor Akshay Kumar Calls Ayurveda "God-given" Treasure | News

Actor Akshay Kumar, who is fit as a fiddle at 49, has vouched for Ayurveda, the traditional Hindu system of medicine, and says people are not respecting the "God-given" treasure.

Akshay, who shared an over five-minute video on Twitter and Facebook, spent 14 days in an Ayurveda Center.

He captioned the video: "Before I sleep tonight, thought of indulging in some pillow talk... Sharing with you all something I swear by... Do give your time and thoughts."


2017-02-27

How To Make Ghee At Home

Regular consumption of pure ghee enhances physical and mental strength, and keeps the body healthy. ... For people with cholesterol problems, ghee is a better option as compared to butter as pure ghee is lower in fat than butter. Because of lesser amount of fat in desi ghee, it is easier to digest.

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2017-02-24

Why Menstrual Taboos for Indian Women | Unfolding A Science Behind

There are certain Menstrual Taboos for Indian women based on an age old belief system or cultural practices which has come from age old superstitious beliefs which needs to be uprooted.

Women across India follow menstrual rituals in reverence to an age old belief system that they want to be keepers of. Many of them get stuck in trying to prove whether or not these practices are scientific. Yet, they follow these menstrual rituals because that's been imposed on them that this cycle is impure or unholy and thus they should abstain from certain religious practices. Now, there is an educated women of India, who question this belief system and finds no scientific reason to support the idea and rather they feel this is just reasons to suppress women.

Our Age Old Menstrual Practices arise from a common ground – Ancient Indian Science, which includes Ayurveda, Yoga, Meditation, Mantra and Astrology. The science of Mudras, a part of Yoga, is also important in this understanding.

With deep understanding and the realization, none of these practices were originally meant to suppress women or to make women feel impure or unholy during her menstrual practices. Please find the logical reasoning to those ancient practices. A different level of science though!


The Core of Explanations around Menstrual Practices
Many a time, it seemed that each culture has a whole new explanation of the same menstrual practice such as not going to the temple, avoiding cooking and eating with others, avoiding sex during menstruation, avoid eating certain types of food during menstruation, believing that menstrual blood is impure, taking time off during menstruation, not touching pickles during menstruation etc...


We need to accept that each culture has its unique “menstrual history” and generalizing the origin of these practices should be avoided. However, as I tried to consolidate all, The ancient Vedic seers, recognized a principle of “energy” that gives movement, velocity, direction, animation and motivation. This energy of life is called Prana, meaning primal breath or life-force. Western allopathic medicine which is a few centuries old is based on external medication and intervention. Whereas Ayurveda which is at least 7000 years old, is a science of life and a natural healing system, with a deep understanding of the human body and its relation to nature.


Ayurveda is based on the principles of three primary life-forces in the body, called the three doshas. Doshas are the bio-energies that make up every individual, and help in performing different physiological functions in the body. The three types of Doshas are Vata, Pitta and Kapha, which correspond to the elements of air, fire and water respectively. Each dosha has a primary function in the body. Vata (element, air) is the moving force responsible for communication, perception and cognition; Pitta (element, fire) is the force of assimilation and is responsible for metabolism; and Kapha (element, water) is the force of stability.

According to Ayurveda, menstruation is closely linked to the functions of the doshas. Menstruation is regarded in Ayurveda as a special opportunity enjoyed by women for monthly cleansing of excess doshas; it is this monthly cleansing that accounts for female longevity. There is a build up of energy in the days leading to menstruation as the body prepares for pregnancy. If pregnancy does not take place and menstruation starts, this built up energy gets dissipated from the body during menstruation. During menstruation, Vata is the predominant dosha. Apana vayu, one of the elemental air functions of the Vata Dosha, is responsible for the downward flow of menstruation. Therefore, any activity that interferes with this necessary downward flow of energy during menstruation should be avoided. During menstruation, women are more likely to absorb other energies in their environment. This forms the basis of most of the cultural practices around menstruation in India.

With this in mind, let us look at some of the common menstrual practices and the explanations:


  1. Not attending religious functions, visiting temples and not touching menstruating women
    As per 
    Ayurveda- “The energy during menstruation goes downwards into the earth, (at the puja table, offerings, altar), the energy is going upwards. This can bring discomfort in the body”. There is nothing impure about Menstruation. Women who is menstruating is a living Goddess at that time. The energy of the God or Goddess which is there in the murthi (idol) will move over to her, and that (the idol) becomes lifeless, while this (the menstruating woman) is life. So that’s why they were prevented from entering the temple. So it is exactly the opposite of what we think”.
  2. Avoiding cooking and eating with others during menstruation
    As per 
    Ayurveda- Eating was considered as a spiritual activity. Many orthodox Brahmins even today chant as they cook to ensure that the food has higher and positive energy in it. During the process of eating food, the lower chakras of our body are highly active. It is to change this, that Buddhist monasteries have a practice of reciting the scriptures during meal hours, so that the monks are focused on higher chakras. So while eating, people expel negative energy all around. In the normal course of things, we would not feel it. But if a menstruating woman who is sensitive to absorb all types of energies around her is in the middle of a group that is eating, she can get affected by the lower energies (as opposed to higher or spiritual energies, which are beneficial). This is probably the reason why menstruating women were told to stay away from others and eat separately.

    Note: Chakras are energy centres in the spinal column. There are seven chakras in the human body. The lower chakras are involved in bodily functions while the higher chakras are connected to the higher centres in the brain.

    The cosmic memory of food – that which is derived only from plant life according to the Vedas – is imbued with prana, a rising energy flowing up from the earth towards the sun and the sky. Conversely, our menstrual blood is instilled with apana vayu, the downward flowing, bodily air pulled down from the body by the magnetic forces of the earth. These two powerful sadhanas do not go hand in hand.

    Plant-derived food is also kaphain nature, full of youth giving energy that nourishes the body; menstrual blood is dominated by Pitta and Vata, which fosters the cleansing of the spirit. It is most unwise to introduce the rising, energizing nature of our food into our blood, or to mix the downward flowing, cleansing energy of blood into our sustenance, either by preparing food during menstruation, or by slaughtering animals and eating them.”
  3. Avoiding sex during menstruationOne of the cultural practices surrounding menstruation is the restriction on sexual activity. On one hand, the conversation in the west is shifting to talking about “period sex” as being more pleasurable due to the extra lubrication that blood offers, and also because women are more sensitive during menstruation. However, the Indian thought process behind saying that sex during menstruation should be avoided has to do with the way in which the energy flow affects menstruating women during sex.

    During sexual intercourse, women absorb the male energy and men release energy into the woman during ejaculation. So imagine a menstruating woman who is meant to release her own energy, and is instead having to absorb her partner’s energy. Also, if she has sex with multiple partners or with partners having negative energy, it would affect her adversely. Therefore, sex during menstruation was believed to affect a woman’s natural energy flow, and was thus prohibited for her own good.
  4. Avoid eating certain type of food during menstruationAyurveda clearly mentions certain types of food that affect women during menstruation. Any food that generates heat such as animal and dairy products should be avoided. Some women also have stomach upsets or loose motions during menstruation. Therefore, food that is easy to digest, and food that is rich in iron and calcium such as ragi, drumstick leaf, etc help menstruating girls and reduce cramps. The influence of food on menstruation is something that any menstruating woman who has severe menstrual cramps can try and experience herself.

    Note: Each person has a different constituency and accordingly each one will have variation in the three doshas. Therefore, not every person is affected similarly by specific types of food. Ideally, getting yourself checked by a qualified Ayurvedic practioner and then following specific diet for menstrual pain should be preferred.
  5. Believing that menstrual blood is impurePerhaps, the most common notion of all is that menstrual blood is impure and that it makes women impure. Interestingly, in some Indian cultures, the menstrual blood itself is revered and thought of as having potent power. What is pure, we don’t touch. And what we don’t touch, we call it a Taboo. She (a menstruating woman) was so pure, that she was worshiped as a Goddess.

    Note: The temple of the Bhagwathi in Chengannur (Kerala) and the temple of Kamakhya Devi (Assam) where the Goddess too was believed to menstruate and followed similar rituals of menstrual seclusion, closing the temple for 3 days and then celebrating the end of her menstruation. In both these temples, the menstrual cloth is considered highly auspicious and is distributed among devotees. If these menstrual rituals were meant to suppress women, surely we would not be doing the same with the Goddess.
  6. Taking time off during menstruationThe idea of resting and not disturbing menstruating women, including a Goddess, does not arise from any superstitious belief. It is because of the thought that menstruation and the release of downward flow energy during this time should not be interrupted in any way. It is a natural cleansing process which helps women remain healthy, and should not be affected by external influences.

Cultural practices believed that it is necessary for a woman to align her cycles with that of the moon in order to ensure that her menstrual cycle and overall health is in balance. For women with menstrual problems, one of the corrective measures offered by traditional healers is to help them align their cycles with the moon cycle.

To Conclude: The theory of menstruating women losing their energy and absorbing everyone and everything else’s energy can be applied to all the menstrual restrictions we know of. Whether it is the withering of a Tulsi plant (Indian Basil, considered as a holy plant), the spoiling of curd, pickle or other sensitive processes like silk worm rearing, it can be explained when we consider that menstruating women have a tendency to absorb energies around them. This affects the menstruating women as it interferes with her natural process of having to dissipate energy, and it also impacts the person or thing (plant or other biological process) by depleting it of its vital energy. This also explains the reason behind practicing untouchability and menstrual seclusion.

However, not all menstruating women can affect living processes. The reason I am assuming is because not all women have their cycles in sync with nature and therefore, their energies are not as pronounced. So while some women swear that the Tulsi plant they touched withered away, other women rubbish it saying it is superstition. Whereas, in the ancient times, it was said that all women menstruated with the moon’s cycle, and so the menstrual practices would have become a general rule for all women.

2017-02-22

Smart Ways to Include Flaxseeds in Your Daily Diet for Quick Weight Loss

Flaxseeds are hailed with burning body fat, being high in omega-3s and charged with fibre, these little seeds can really fire up your metabolism. Flaxseed is one of the most concentrated plant sources of omega-3 fats which are considered to be "good fats" that are beneficial for the heart. Flaxeeds are High in dietary fibre that helps to lower blood cholesterol and glucose levels."  Learn more health benefits of Flaxeeds


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2017-02-20

Significance of Six Tastes in Ayurveda


According to Ayurveda,
it is incredibly important to taste our foods, our herbs – our lives. Rasa, the Sanskrit word for taste, has a number of potent meanings, among them: experience, enthusiasm, juice, plasma (as in rasa dhatu), and essence. These diverse meanings only hint at the significance of taste within the Ayurveda tradition. Rasa is, in a very real way, the essence of life and quite literally affects every aspect of our being – from structure and physiology, straight through to our overall state of mind and consciousness.

One of the foundation teachings of the Ayurveda tradition is that everything in the universe is composed of five elements – earth, water, fire, air, and ether (space). The tastes are no different; each of them contains all five elements. That said, each taste is predominantly composed of two elements.

Nature’s evolutionary, self-regulating, nourishing, harmonizing intelligence is conveyed to us through her foods. Each flavor of nature’s bounty expresses a different ray of this intelligence. 

Sweet gives us comfort, strength, fortitude.

The sweet taste is comprised of water and earth, and is good for balancing Vata and Pitta. Of the six tastes, sweet is known to be the most grounding and nourishing. When eaten in moderation, it promotes longevity, strength, and healthy bodily fluids and tissues.

If you’re trying to gain weight, sweet is the taste to emphasize. Its heavy, oily, and moist attributes slow digestion.

Examples of sweet foods are wheat, rice, dairy, cereals, dates, pumpkins, maple syrup, and licorice root.

Salty gives protection, lubrication, stability, and helps us “taste” life.

The salty taste consists of earth and fire. It’s best for Vata because of its grounding and hydrating nature. Its heat may aggravate Pitta and Kapha. It also adds taste to foods, stimulates digestion, helps electrolyte balance, cleanses tissues, and increases absorption of minerals. However, too much salt can have a negative impact on the blood and skin.

Examples of salty foods are sea vegetables, sea salt, tamari, black olives, Himalayan salt, rock salt, and processed foods that contain salt, although processed foods are not an ideal or recommended source of salt.


Sour gives courage, clarity and the power of digestion. 

The sour taste consists of water and fire. It decreases Vata, increases Pitta and Kapha. It stimulates appetite and saliva production, and is balancing in its light, heating, and oily properties. The sour taste awakens the thoughts and emotions, and can improve appetite, digestion, and , elimination. It needs to be eaten in moderation because if you eat it in excess, it can quickly lead to aggression in the body.

Examples of some sour foods are lemon, vinegar, pickled and fermented foods, tamarind, and wine.

Pungent gives enthusiasm, adds spice to life and increases metabolism, helping us convert elements and experiences into things useful, beneficial. 

Fire and air make up the pungent taste, and increases Vata and Pitta, decreases Kapha. Pungent food is the hottest of all the rasas, and therefore stimulates digestion, improves appetite, clears sinuses, stimulates blood circulation, and heightens the senses. Pungent food may help you think quickly and clearly, and understand complicated matters more easily. Too much pungent food, however, can make you overly critical. Pungent foods will aggravate Pitta quickly and balance Kapha. Vata handles pungent tastes best when they are combined with sour, sweet, or salty foods.

Some examples of pungent foods: hot peppers, ginger, onions, garlic, mustard, and hot spices.

Astringent helps us pull it together, focus, extract the essential from food and the essence from life.

The astringent taste is made up of air and earth, it increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha. It’s cool, dry, and firm. Many beans and legumes are astringent and can cause gas, which is why it’s a taste Vata should eat in moderation. Pitta benefits most from astringent taste’s coolness, and its dry, light attributes balance Kapha. Like bitter food, astringent food will help mentally purify and strengthen you.

Some examples of astringent foods: Unripe bananas, green grapes, pomegranates, cranberries, green beans, alfalfa sprouts, and okra are all astringent foods.


Finally, Bitter gives expansion… but only by helping us let go, release, detoxify, purify.

Bitter taste consists of air and space. It increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha. It’s considered the coolest and lightest of all the tastes. Because of its cool qualities, it’s highly detoxifying and can help remove waste products from the body. Bitter foods also help mental purification by freeing you from passions and sultry emotions. It’s best for Pitta, good for Kapha, and least beneficial for Vata.

Among bitter foods are raw green vegetables, turmeric, and green, black and most herbal teas.

When we include all six tastes in a natural, whole food meal, the body gets fully nourished. It feels satisfied, so cravings diminish. Most importantly, you build healthy tissue, increase energy, strengthen the immune system, feel light and comfortable in your body, and more clear and concentrated in your mind. When you eat a meal balanced with all six tastes, you feel peace ~ the peace of all that intelligence harmonized within you.

We don’t need to count calories, or measure protein-carbohydrate-fat ratios. We need to taste our way to wellness – remembering that vigorous, vitalized, optimal health is really never more than six flavors away!

As with most things in Ayurveda, the combination of tastes that’s right for you depends a lot on, well… you – your constitution, your imbalances, your age, your environment. In other words, while each of the tastes is necessary for all of us, the specifics are determined by the context of each individual, and may change over time. A balanced diet will include an appropriate quantity of each of the six tastes, according to one’s constitution (prakriti), current state (vikriti), and season.

If you don’t know your constitution, you can take our Prakriti Test here. If you have not recently assessed your current state of balance, you can take our Vikriti Test here. 

2017-02-16

Wrong Food Combinations in Ayurveda


According to Ayurveda, it is an essential part of understanding how to eat properly. Careful food combining can dramatically improve the quality of digestion, support the body in receiving a deeper level of nourishment, and positively impact our overall health.

The Ayurvedic perspective is that each food has a distinct combination of tastes and energies – and a corresponding affect on both the digestive system and on the body as a whole. Combining foods with radically different energetics can overwhelm the digestive fire and can cause indigestion, fermentation, gas, bloating, and the creation of toxins. This is why proper food combining is so important. Of course, certain combinations disturb the digestive tract more than others – an important consideration if this practice is entirely new to you. Regardless of your particular habits or symptoms, paying attention to how you combine foods can provide a valuable opportunity for insight, healing, and improved health.

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2016-10-07

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2016-10-01

Understand the Science behind Storage of Water in Copper Vessel and its Benefits

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Storing water in copper and silver pots for purification of water finds mention in ancient texts of Ayurveda.

The storage process is known to kill all the microorganisms that includes virus and bacteria. Thus making it perfectly fit for the drinking purpose. This ancient view is supported from the results of recent research which states that when ground-water with a slightly alkaline pH and contaminated with 500 colony forming units (CFU)/mL of bacteria was stored in copper pots for 16 hours at room temperature, all bacteria were killed. It is reported to destroy diarrhea causing bacteria, such as Vibrio cholerae, enteropathogenic E. coli, Salmonella. It is also effective against many other disease-causing bacteria such as, S. flexneri and Salmonella Paratyphi.

HOW DOES IT WORK?
When water is stored in a copper vessel for about 16 hours, copper, in very small quantities gets dissolved in water. This process, known in scientific parlance as the “oligodynamic effect” has the power to destroy a wide range of molds, fungi, algae and harmful microbes due to its toxic effects on living cells. The copper content of water which reaches levels of about 190 µg/l is well within the permissible limits set by the World Health Organization and thus remains safe for drinking. After 16 hours, a slight increase in the pH of water from 7.83 to 7.93 occurs in copper pots due to which the taste of water might change a little while the physicochemical parameters remain unchanged.

STORED WATER- AN IDEAL SOURCE OF COPPER

Copper is an essential micronutrient required by our body at a level of about 1mg/day. Though it is a trace amount, it has to come from our food. Although there are several food items containing copper such as whole wheat, beans, green leafy vegetables, honey etc, the best method of meeting the body’s need of copper is by taking water stored overnight in a copper vessel. Two liters of the water can supply 40% of our daily requirement of copper.




OTHER HEALTH BENEFITS DRINKING STORED COPPER VESSEL WATER
Water stored in a copper jug is good in many ways for our health and well being. It stimulates the brain, promotes bone strength, aids in digestion , regulates body fat, acts as anti-carcinogenic, regulates functioning of thyroid gland, prevents joint pain, aids in hemoglobin synthesis, maintains acid-alkaline balance in body, helps in improving fertility and conception, prevents white patches on skin, helps in healing of internal wounds and slows down aging due to its antioxidant property.

Even if you do not have a copper vessel or copper container at home. You can just start with copper tumbler. This way, you can get slowly introduced to the properties of drinking water from copper containers.

IMPORTANT NOTE:
Some adverse effects such as nausea, vomiting, headache and diarrhea could occur in sensitive individuals. In the event of such adverse reactions, it is better to avoid its use. Please remember, the quality of stored water (Acidic or alkaline) also matters. Besides,it is important to note that the interior of the vessel must be cleaned regularly before use”

This Article is for the information purpose only. Before you start this or any diet please talk with the your physician first.

Before storing the water, Remember to wash the copper vessel with lemon and salt or tamarind and dry it , then store the water.

2016-09-24

Benefits of cooking in clay pots

The earthenware had always been an intrinsic part of the Indian household. In olden days earthenware was used for cooking purposes and storing water in the earthen ware as it keeps the water cool. Let us see what are the benefits of cooking in clay pots.

Clay pots prove good for slow cooking as their porous nature allows both moisture and heat to circulate easily through them. This helps in even, slow and delicate cooking. Roasts and stews are cooked well in earthen pots. Storage of water in earthenware allows the heat from the water to escape thereby keeping the water cool.

Clay being alkaline in nature helps in neutralizing the pH balance of the food by interacting with the acid present in the food. Foods that are naturally acidic will acquire some natural sweetness. Acids in foods like tomatoes when cooked in earthen pots give the food a wonderful taste.

How to use your earthenware:
Gradual rise in temperature: Use earthen cookware only for cooking where the temperature rise takes place gradually. Sudden rise or fall of the temperature make lead to its cracking. Use a skillet to sauté ingredients before adding it to the pot.

Avoid adding cold water: Never add broth or cold water into an earthen pot that is already heated.

Earthenware alone in the dishwasher: If you are using the dishwasher for washing the glazed, earthenware do not put in other cookware with it. The rubbing may cause scratches on the earthenware.

Avoid scratchy powdered cleaners: The scratchy powdered cleaner for cleaning your earthenware. Use only a mild soap.

Soak the unglazed earthenware: To remove food items stuck to your unglazed earthenware, simply soak it in water without detergent. The detergent might be absorbed by the earthenware and prove poisonous while being used the next time.

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2016-09-15

Daily Detoxification with Ayurveda Routines Suggested


Detoxification
helps your body cleanse and feel vibrant throughout the changing seasons. From yoga exercises to healthy foods, these simple Ayurveda detox rituals can help preserve health and balance throughout the year. Integrate these Ayurveda practices into your daily routine to relax, rejuvenate, and get energized – every day.




1. Dry Brush
The dry brushing removes dead skin and is believed to stimulate circulation and the lymphatic system, which is important for cleansing and strengthening the immune system. Brush toward the heart to go with the body's natural direction of lymph flow.

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2. Abhyanga Massage
Daily self-massage with warm oil, an ayurveda practice known as an Abhyanga, is one of the best ways to restore balance of the doshas and push ama, or toxins, out of the tissues and into the digestive system for elimination.

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3. Detox Tea

While most herbal teas are known for their powerful antioxidant properties, those made with herbs like burdock and yellow dock also support liver detoxification and cleansing. Other cleansing herbs include red clover, milk thistle, dandelion root, and green rooibos.

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4. Spices
Spices not just add flavor to food, spices like black pepper, turmeric, coriander, cumin, ginger, and mustard seeds can improve digestion and help the body rid itself of toxins.

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5. Neti Pot
Neti, the practice of nasal cleansing, has been used for thousands of years in ayurvedic medicine to alleviate sinus and allergy problems. The Neti Pot cleanses and protects the nasal passages, which in turn protect the body from illness.

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7. Tongue Cleaner RoutineIn ayurveda, tongue scraping is believed to rid the tongue of undigested ama(toxins), the underlying cause of many health issues. Scrape gently from back to front, using 7–14 strokes.

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9. Stoke the Digestive Fire: A Detoxifying Yoga Exercise Sequence34 Minute Detox Ritual - Twisting For Detoxification Yoga sequence, is meant to stoke the digestive fire. While practicing, keep the breath deep and rhythmic to stimulate circulation. If you want to lengthen your practice, 
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2016-09-04

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2016-07-08

Ayurveda Recommends Daily Supefoods




As per Ayurveda, watching what you eat is possibly the best way to start. “Ahaar (meaning dietary habits in Ayurveda) says that food eaten should have at least one of six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. “The right foods promotes sattva (purity), detox the body, and rejuvenate it as well, leading to an overall increase in immunity, physical and mental strength, and digestion."

So for overall well-being include these super-foods listed below in your daily regime.

Ginger
Ginger is anti inflammatory that stimulates appetite, and reduces intestinal pain, gas and bloating. Fresh ginger is good battle to nausea, especially pregnancy-induced vomiting. Dried ginger root works well on joint pains (mix with almond oil and rub on painful areas), as well as migraines, and helps lower cholesterol levels. So enjoy fresh ginger boiled in water as your detox drink instead of tea. Add them to food while cooking to aid good digestion.

Ashwagandha Root (Indian ginseng)
Ashwagandha is popularly used in Ayurveda for fighting stress, anxiety and fatigue. Also used to relieve painful swelling or rheumatoid arthritis -- traditionally its leaves were applied to the painful area -- Ashwangandha is also considered beneficial for increasing sperm count in men. These are available as churna and supplements which you can make part of your daily regimen. Know more about Ashwagandha

Amla
Popularly known as the Indian gooseberry, this fruit is a powerful antioxidant and rich in Vitamin C and Calcium. “It also works as a digestive tonic, cleansing the colon, and removes excess heat from the body." Amla is also known for its anti-ageing properties. Amla oil is directly applied to the hair as it fights dandruff.
You can have amla candies as digestive popups after meals, you can have it in the form of chutney, pickles or murabba. Supplements are also available in the market.

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Turmeric
Turmeric is an all rounder, thanks to its anti-viral, anti-bacterial, and anti-fungal properties. “It is used to treat skin conditions, detoxify the liver and is excellent for diabetics as it lowers blood sugar." While it can be applied directly to treat wounds, it is very beneficial when ingested, preferably when mixed in milk with some black pepper and honey. Make it a habit to drink lukewarm milk with few drops of ghee and a tsp of turmeric in it before going to bed. Helps in relieving stress, relaxes mind, good sleep and helps in regenerating fatigued body cells.

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Ghee
Ghee is a wonderful source of healthy fat. It actually lowers cholesterol, thanks to its content of omega-3 fatty acids, and helps improve heart health." It also helps maintain healthy eyesight and skin, and trumps carbs as an excellent source of energy. 
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Tulsi

Tulsi is considered to be sacred plant. “In Ayurveda, tulsi leaves, ginger and cardamom boiled in water make for a healing potion to treat sore throats, headaches and chest congestion." Tulsi juice is also effective in treating acne, as well as other skin disorders such as ring worm infections, rashes and itchiness. Regular consumption of tulsi also helps purify the blood, reduce blood sugar and build immunity.

Brahmi
“Brahmi or Bacopa is used to balance the three body types specified in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha, " adding that this herb also helps sustain brain and nervous system functions. “It is traditionally mixed with sesame oil, and used to massage away stress and soothe the nerves”. Brahmi also helps improve memory power.

2016-07-03

Ayurvedic Cooking: Khichdi The Most Balanced Meal

Learn How to prepare Khichdi with Dr. Ajit from Planet Ayurveda. Khichdi is the most balanced meal as per Ayurveda. It is very good for Detox, Sluggish Metabolism, Upset Stomach or Body Cleansing. 

2016-06-30

Ayurveda Secrets to a Healthy Dietary Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle.


As per Ayurveda ALL good health starts with a good digestion; with the proper metabolism of food. Accordingly, the most important for our health is to eat wisely.

Food is medicine when consumed properly. Selection of foods should suit to our physiology, climatic condition and the natural organic grow of the land we live in. It’s important we follow a sattvic(life supporting) routine that enhances digestion, our bodies will reap the benefits and we will find that our days will be happier, healthier and filled with real vitality — at any age.

Here are our must-dos dietary habits as per Ayurveda:
  • Eat naturally intelligent foods. Don’t choose processed foods, genetically-modified foods, and foods to which artificial preservatives or other synthetic chemicals have been added. Our bodies possess the natural intelligence to process the foods that are closest to nature, such as fresh whole grains and organically-grown fruits and vegetables. We have evolved as a species over millions of years eating whole, natural foods. It is just in the last few hundred years that artificial ingredients and toxic pesticides have been introduced into the food chain. It is no wonder that the incidence of cancer has exploded in the last few centuries. Whenever possible, choose organic, unprocessed foods.
  • Cancer is a symptom of a toxic environment- Remember “Cancer is caused by a toxic environment, including our food supply. It is the body's response to toxicity. When our bodies are thrown out of balance due to long-term exposure to toxins and from living an unhealthy lifestyle, the result is cancer. According to Ayurveda, cancer is one of the most extreme expressions of imbalance in the body. The social and long-term cure for cancer is cleaning up our environment and food chain. How we sow, so shall we reap. When we toxify our mother earth, the result is that our bodies become toxic.
  • “Let’s pursue what is in our control - Living a balanced lifestyle, getting adequate rest, staying hydrated so our bodies can rid themselves of impurities, getting some form of reasonable exercise and eating pure foods are all in our control and are something we can do to help stay healthy.”
  • Shun food fads, and inculcate the same in your growing kids. Each year there are fad diets that come with media hype of new research on certain foods, drinks, or a new diet that is “guaranteed” to work. Keeping up with the latest on what to eat, how, or when, can be a challenge. Ayurveda is the ancient science of whole living, not a fad. It has been around for over 3,000 years, is time tested and individualized in its approach. As per Ayurveda, our body is intelligent enough to signal us what it needs. Choose your food based on what your body accepts and digests better. Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables and natural organic food that is reaped of that region as per the climatic conditions.
  • Opt for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, not only for their nutritional value, but also because they are good natural internal cleansers. Start your day with apples, bananas or pears. Eat a handful of berries or citrus fruits for your mid-afternoon snack. For a variety of Ayurveda recipes, visit our recipes page!
  • Ayurveda recommends bio available food. Cook your veggies rather than eating them raw. Although raw veggies “may” contain more vitamins and nutrients, they can be harder for our bodies to metabolize. So best is to steam/sautee; in either case, room has been created in its cellular structure for our enzymes to penetrate and much more quickly digest it. If you are a salad eater, try eating your raw veggies at lunch, giving your body plenty of time to digest your food. During the early afternoon hours when the sun is highest in the sky, our digestive agni is working at its maximum potency. And as the sun goes down, so does our agni. So to burn our largest meal of the day, we eat it at lunch — we add it to our strong digestive fire at noon.
  • Add spices not just for flavor or aroma but for its therapeutic value to any meal. Spices help boost natural immunity, and most of them can rev up our digestion so our bodies are able to absorb and assimilate the nutrients from the foods we eat! If you are new to the world of spices and aren't quite sure what to choose, read through our section of spices.
  • According to Ayurveda, each meal should contain all six flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent. The dominance of the flavors will be based on our predominant dosha makeup.
  • Cleanse your system for proper digestion. The build-up of ama — digestive toxins resulting from improper digestion — in the physiology is, according to Ayurveda, the root cause of most disorders. Read through our Ayurvedic Detox Diet Improper digestion can be the result of a few habits:
    • Eating late in the evening when the body is ready for rest and not prepared for the heavy work of digestion. Eat a lighter, well-cooked meal at least three hours before bed, and try to be in bed around 10:00 p.m. or before.
    • Eating raw veggies or heavy meals in the evening that are harder to digest.
    • Having weak digestion, due to an imbalance, or due to stress in our lives.
    • Poor hydration. When the body is not hydrated, it cannot remove impurities from the lymph system properly. Blood production and flow may be negatively affected, possibly inhibiting our body’s ability to carry and maintain oxygen and nutrients.
  • Body cleansing is recommended during change of seasons, to detox and rid the body of ama, is recommended for optimal health. Detoxing is particularly recommended in the early spring, because that is the time nature starts the annual cycle of regeneration as well. During cleansing, we can eat light, yet nourishing foods such as mung bean soup or kichari, and drink lots of warm water through the day. Sip detox tea. Fresh, sweet juicy fruits are excellent cleansers.
  • Choose to drink what’s good for your health! Don't start your day with bed tea. Start with lukewarm water, that’s most basic yet most overlooked drink — drinking lots of warm water through the day helps to re-hydrate our system and flush toxins out of the body. Morning should include green tea or lemon water with honey. Try avoid caffeine, alcohol and carbonated soft drinks, and switch to life-giving, vitality-boosting beverages. Avoid drinking ice-cold water, especially before, during and after meals.When we drink ice-cold water, it slows blood flow in the region of the stomach and slows the action of digestive enzymes. Blood flow and digestive enzymes are directly responsible for strong digestion, and anything we can do to support blood flow and enzyme action will help our digestion — “help, don’t hinder.”
  • If you are tea drinker switch to therapeutic Herbal Teas, Green Teas, Fruit Infusions that not only offer comfort any time of the day or night, but more importantly, they are specifically formulated according to the ancient records of Ayurveda and have the balancing effect described for each one.
  • Cultivate good eating habits- Our busy lifestyles can lead us to eat on the go, eat while working, skip meals or eat "junk" foods. However, Ayurveda holds the belief that we can add life to our years and years to our lives by following a good eating routine. This healthy Ayurveda routine includes: eating three regular meals at about the same time each day; making lunch the main meal of the day (heavy dinners can tax digestion and disrupt sleep); and cooking and eating fresh food. Leftovers are considered less sattvic than fresh foods, and when convenient to do so are best avoided. To understand better how we should eat read " Right Way of Eating Meals as per Ayurveda"
  • Balanced health goes beyond physical wellness to well-being in mind, spirit, emotions and senses as well. The food we eat can nourish our mind, body and emotions, not just our body.
  • Cooking and eating in a harmonious atmosphere turns food into nectar. A pleasant, tidy, cheerful environment and the nurturing company of friends or family will actually make mealtimes more nourishing.

And finally……Remember, according to Ayurveda, we metabolize with all five senses? We don’t metabolize just our food….everything we hear, touch, see, taste and smell becomes part of us, so choose wisely and live a healthier life.