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2017-02-09

Jaggery(Gur) Flushes Nasty Toxins from the Body

Ever Wondered Why Our Elders End a Meal with a Jaggery(gur) in Winters? Why our favorite Makki ki roti and sarson ka saag with dollops of butter has always gur on a pallete? Why we have been offering Gur ki Roti loaded with ghee and saunf to our diety?

Jaggery i.e. "Gur" in Hindi is also known as 'Bellam' in Telugu, 'Vellam' in Tamil, 'Sharkara' in Malayalam, 'Bella' in Kannada, and 'Gul' in Marathi. It is basically unrefined sugar which is obtained from raw, concentrated sugarcane juice. Although gur can be made from other sources, namely from date palm (nolen gur) and the sap of coconut, the one made from sugarcane juice is the most commonly used. It is prepared by boiling sugar cane juice till it solidifies and then put into blocks.

"It is best consumed during the winter months because winter is the season of fresh jaggery. Since it is rich in many vital vitamins and minerals, jaggery boosts immunity, keeps the body warm, helps treat cold and cough and controls the temperature of the body. This natural sweetener has been a great go-to ingredient in India since time immemorial."

Not only is gur better than white sugar--which only adds empty calories to your body--it also has a number of health benefits, including its ability to cleanse the body, aid in digestion and provide good amounts of minerals.

Here are some health benefits that will make you want to adopt jaggery as your go-to sweetener for everyday purposes:
  1. Detoxes the liver by flushing out harmful toxins from the body. 
  2. Jaggery is one of the best natural cleansing agents for the body, hence it is advised to eat jaggery to remove unwanted particles from the body. It efficiently cleans the respiratory tract, lungs, intestines, stomach and food pipe. Eating jaggery is highly recommended for people working in heavily polluted areas. When consumed on a regular basis and in limited quantities, it cleanses the blood, leaving your body healthy. 
  3. Weight loss: "Jaggery is surprisingly effective as an aid for weight loss. This is because jaggery is a rich source of potassium, which is a mineral that helps in the balance of electrolytes as well as building muscles and boosting metabolism. Potassium also helps in the reduction of water retention, which helps in managing your weight
  4. Good source of energy: While sugar is a simple carbohydrate that gets absorbed in the bloodstream instantly and gives instant energy, jaggery is a complex carbohydrate that gives energy to the body gradually and for a longer time. This means that the levels of blood sugar do not get raised immediately. It also helps prevent fatigue and weakness of the body.
  5. Fight symptoms of a cold and cough
  6. Prevents constipation
  7. Jaggery is loaded with antioxidants and minerals such as zinc and selenium, which in turn help prevent free-radical damage and also boost resistance against infections. Jaggery also helps increase the total count of haemoglobin in the blood.
  8. Eases menstrual pain
  9. Jaggery is rich in iron and folate which help prevent anaemia by ensuring that a normal level of red blood cells is maintained. This is especially beneficial for pregnant women.
  10. Boosts intestinal health: Jaggery also boosts intestinal strength due to its high magnesium content. With every 10 gram of jaggery, you get 16 mg of magnesium, which is 4 percent of the daily requirement of this mineral.
  11. Jaggery helps in maintaining normal body temperature which helps in keeping your stomach cool. Experts recommend drinking Gur Sharbat (jaggery soaked in ice cold water) during the summer months to cool off.
  12. Controls blood pressure
  13. Relieves joint pain
Note: It is, however, suggested to consume jaggery in moderation, as it is slightly higher in calories, containing up to 4 kcal/gram.

Now that you know how good jaggery is for you, don't feel guilty when you can't stop munching on Gur Pare at home, or while digging into Nolen Gurer (date palm jaggery) Sandesh in Kolkata.

How you can include Jaggery in your daily life?
  • Replace white refined sugar with jaggery in your tea. Refer point 4
  • Take Jaggery with Milk/Curd. It helps in making bones so strong and provides relief from the bone and joints problem.
  • Eat Ladoos made with Jaggery and Sesame Seeds that helps in preventing the respiratory problems like asthma, bronchitis, etc ...
  • Eating dry ginger powder (also called saunth) by mixing with jaggery with luke warm water helps in getting free of hiccups.
  • Enjoy Jaggery with Roasted Channa for Instant Energy before a workout.
  • Quench your thirst with cold jaggery sarbat (juice) during summer season.
Important:
Always buy jaggery prepared with organically produced sugarcane in the market. Buy pure jaggery instead of refined jaggeries from the market. It can be stored in the air tight container to prevent from moisture for many months. Place it in the dark, cool and dry place.

It is very necessary to eat jaggery within limit if it is eaten on daily basis. However, one to two spoon full of the jaggery can be taken every day by the normal person.

Long term use of the jaggery may lead to the weight gain, intestinal worm problem and etc. It should be avoided by the people suffering from the diabetes and ulcerative colitis. It should be avoided with radish and fish

Eating it regularly may fluctuate the blood sugar level which affects the functioning of pancreas thus release of insulin. This fluctuation of blood sugar may affect the functioning of major organs like kidney, eyes, heart and etc.

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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.

Recommended:
Body Brush 100% Natural Dry Brushing Exfoliator (2 Pack) by One Planet

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.

Suggested Reading:

Read more on Basic Principles of Ayurvedic Massage

Suggested Products:
Kama Ayurveda Organic Sesame Oil.
This organic oil can be used for your daily oil massage, abhyanaga.

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.

Suggested: Organic India Tulsi Ginger Tea
The company works with Indian farmers to produce this organic tea.

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.

Suggested Reading:
Learn about various health benefits of herbs and spices

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.

Suggested:
Banyan Botanicals Nasal Rinse Cup


6. Detox with 4-day Ayurvedic cleanse routine with Khichadi
Learn How to prepare Khichdi
with Dr. Ajit from Planet Ayurveda.

Suggested:
Sattvic Organic & Natural Instant Khichdi Mix

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.

Suggested:
Banyan Botanicals Tongue Cleaner

Improves oral hygiene, helps prevent bad breath, removes odor producing bacteria on the tongue.


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, 
we recommend beginning with 
3 to 6 rounds of your favorite variation 
of Sun Salutations.

2016-06-29

Ghee- Indian Superfood is a Pre-biotic

Ghee
We on our spree to weight loss tend to do all kinds of diet which may or may not be ideal for our body. Due to these fad diets we tend to develop gut bacteria which makes every sensory organ to start function at below optimum including our brain. So we end up saying we did everything but still our weight is stuck. What a poor deal we cut ourselves for weight loss.

When we our on diet or weight loss, the first thing that we remove from our diet is ghee without even knowing all the while that ghee, made at home, is not just good for maintaining strength & diversity of the gut bacteria and spine but also makes for a potent fat-loss aid. The SCFA in ghee is now recognized as a ‘prebiotic’, something which creates an environment conducive for the gut-friendly bacteria to prosper. That’s also what makes it a great anti-allergen.

Lets Understand What Are Prebiotics and How They Work?

  • PREBIOTICS provide a wide range of health benefits to the otherwise healthy person. Most of these have been medically proven. 
  • PREBIOTICS nourish the good bacteria that everyone already has in their gut.
  • PREBIOTICS may be helpful for several chronic digestive disorders or inflammatory bowel disease. 
For years, hardly anyone in the medical profession paid any attention to the role the colon plays in overall health. The healthy bacteria that live there strengthen the bowel wall, improve mineral absorption and aid in the regulation of hormone production, which has a range of essential benefits.

Now lets find out the difference between Prebiotics vs. Probiotics

Last but not least;For Indians, ghee is a religious matter rather than a food item. It has dominated most Indian kitchens for centuries. In Ayurveda, Ghee has a lot of recommendation in daily diet.

One tablespoon (15g) of ghee has approximately 135 calories, all of which come from fat. That small amount of ghee has 15 grams of total fat and 9 grams of saturated fat, or 45% of the recommended daily value. A tablespoon of ghee also has 45 milligrams of cholesterol, or 15% of the daily value. Ghee is free of sodium, carbohydrates, fiber, sugar and protein.

Ghee is lactose and casein free
Ghee is considered one of the best oils for baking, sautƩing and deep frying:
Ghee has a rich, sweet and deliciously nutty flavor

We should eat Ghee everyday. Healthy people should have 3 teaspoons (15g / 1 tablespoon) of desi ghee per day to get all benefits. Preferably one teaspoon of pure ghee, three times a day will do the work.

As per Ayurveda, best way to consume it is to add ghee to rotis, parathas, dal, curry etc. Avoid Indian sweets because they contain lot of sugar. Avoid cooking or frying in Ghee.

Why should you eat ghee every day?
  • Increases your resistance against seasonal allergies and common ailments:While ghee is rich in the healthy fat-soluble vitamins A, D, E, and K, it is also rich in antioxidants. It increases the body resistance for various infections and diseases by boosting the immune system. 
  • Stimulates the digestive system:
    Ghee stimulates the secretion of stomach acids to aid in digestion, while other fats and oils, can slow down the body’s digestive process and sit heavy in the stomach.
  • Reduces Cholesterol Levels:
    Ghee lowers the bad blood cholesterol level and enhances the good blood cholesterol level. 
  • Boost fertility:An optimal fertility diet should contain good quality protein sources and good fats. Pure ghee is the best form of fat. It increases quality and quantity of semen.
  • Improves skin:
    It rejuvenates the skin from inside and increases its glow. 

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