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Mar 6, 2017

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.


Ayurvedic Treatment for Urinary Tract Infections


     

Feb 20, 2017

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. 

Feb 19, 2017

Healthy Green Breakfast Recipe : Palak Parantha

This quick recipe is a nice way to incorporate your daily greens into your breakfast. Not only is it healthy, it is easy to prepare and tasty.

Health Benefits of Spinach.
Low in fat and even lower in cholesterol, spinach is high in niacin and zinc, as well as protein, fiber, vitamins A, C, E and K, thiamin, vitamin B6, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, copper, and manganese.

The health benefits of spinach include improved eyesight, healthy blood pressure, stronger muscles, the prevention of age-related macular degeneration (AMD), cataracts, atherosclerosis, heart attacks, neurological benefits, bone mineralization, anti-ulcerative and anti-cancerous benefits, skin protection, healthy fetal development, and boosted growth for infants.

Feb 9, 2017

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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Sep 24, 2016

Homemade Thick & Delicious Curd in Earthen Pot

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Are you tired of eating runny, watery, sour yogurt? Would like to make thick, silky & delicious yogurt without the fuss and the ‘straining’ and without the harmful additives like gelatin (glue made from animal bones), pectin (a bio-polymer acid, lab made ingredient), powdered milk etc. Want pure yogurt without losing the liquid probiotics?
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One should avoid yogurts in market because a lot of the good stuff in yogurt is processed out in the stores. It is usually loaded with unhealthy sugars and artificial sweeteners, plus a number of other additives for color and flavor not to mention the artificial thickeners (pectin, gelatin vegetable shortening etc) . Also yogurt is heat processed to increase shelf life, which can destroy live bacterial cultures. And when it’s so easy to make it in your clay pot, why buy yogurt in the first place?
Here’s how to make Thick, Delicious yogurt
For setting curd in an earthen pot, transfer well heated and warm milk slowly inside the pot avoiding bubbles. Avoiding bubbles will result in smooth texture. Take a small quantity of curd in a tablespoon, add a little sugar and mix it uniformly with a little bit of water. The presence of sugar will help in a smooth texture and delay the process of curd getting sour. When the milk in the pot is lukewarm, add the small portion of the curd and mix it in the entire milk, slowly with the same table spoon covering the whole milk without creating any air bubbles. Then cover the pot with a good dining plate or simply with a good cloth. Leave aside the pot undisturbed for 6 to 8 hours and enjoy the curd.

What Are The Nutritional Benefits Of Homemade Curd:
The benefits of yogurt are overwhelming: Your yogurt is a good source of many minerals needed to stay healthy. It is high in zinc. Zinc is important for cell growth and repair. One eight-oz. serving has around 42 percent of your daily calcium, a crucial aspect of healthy bones. Yogurt also has a high amount of phosphorus. Phosphorus works with calcium to help with bone strength and growth. Natural yogurt also has 15 percent of your daily value of potassium that helps to keep your muscles working properly…

Vitamins: Your homemade yogurt is also a great source of multiple B vitamins like Riboflavin or Vitamin B2, B8, B1 and B5. And also a rich source of Thiamin and Foliate.

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Sep 15, 2016

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:
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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:
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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.

Aug 31, 2016

Yoga Stretches for Back Pain Relief, Sciatica, Neck Pain & Flexibility, Beginners Level Workout

In this beginners at home yoga class, Jen Hilman shares yoga stretches designed to alleviate back pain, neck pain and sciatica. These yoga poses will also help increase flexibility and strengthen the back. This is an at home yoga workout for both men and women and is yoga for beginners level. 

Jen Hilman teach Yoga classes in Austin, Texas.Visit Jen Hilman's Website 
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Jun 30, 2016

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.

Jun 29, 2016

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. 

Happy readingšŸ˜Š
@Pvyasbuzz

Feb 26, 2015

Prebiotics vs. Probiotics




Probiotics are live bacteria in yogurt, other dairy products and pills.
And while probiotics have been shown effective in managing certain gastrointestinal conditions, they do not have the same power that prebiotics do.

First, they’re delicate — heat and stomach acid can kill them, rendering them ineffective before they've even been digested. Also, those who don’t eat dairy foods for taste or dietary reasons may find ingesting adequate amounts of probiotics difficult, if not impossible.


If this is a probiotic then what is a prebiotic?
In short, the Prebiotic is a specialized plant fiber that beneficially nourishes the good bacteria already in the large bowel or colon. The body itself does not digest these plant fibers; instead, the fibers act as a fertilizer to promote the growth of many of the good bacteria in the gut. These, in turn, provide many digestive and general health benefits.

PREBIOTIC VS PROBIOTIC
Prebiotics and probiotics both accomplish important health tasks for the human gut. Trying to decide between a probiotic and prebiotic supplement regimen? Consider these prebiotics vs probiotics facts:

PREBIOTICS
are a special form of dietary fiber PROBIOTICS are live bacteria in yogurt, dairy products and pills. There are hundreds of probiotic species available. Which of the hundreds of available probiotics is best for the average healthy person is still unknown.

PREBIOTIC powders are not affected by heat, cold, acid or time. PROBIOTIC bacteria must be kept alive. They may be killed by heat, stomach acid or simply die with time.

PREBIOTICS provide a wide range of health benefits to the otherwise healthy person. Most of these have been medically proven. PROBIOTICS are still not clearly known to provide health benefits to the otherwise healthy. Some are suspected but still not proven.

PREBIOTICS nourish the good bacteria that everyone already has in their gut. PROBIOTICS must compete with the over 1000 bacteria species already in the gut.

PREBIOTICS may be helpful for several chronic digestive disorders or inflammatory bowel disease. Certain PROBIOTIC species have been shown to be helpful for childhood diarrhea, irritable bowel disease and for recurrence of certain bowel infections such as C. difficile.

Chicory Root has the highest percentage of Prebiotic Fiber per gram

Live probiotic bacteria are easy to find and consume if dairy products are to your taste and meet your dietary needs. Yogurt, for example, contains probiotics; but where can you find prebiotic fiber? It’s easy if you know where to look.

Prebiotic fiber is found in many fruits and vegetables, such as the skin of apples, bananas, onions and garlic, Jerusalem artichoke, chicory root and beans. Most people should consume at least 25 grams of fiber every day, and the foods highest in prebiotic fiber — chicory root is one such example — are nearly impossible to eat in large quantities every day. The good news is that adding a prebiotic fiber supplement to your diet is fast and simple. In supplement form, prebiotic fiber is also mild in texture and nearly tasteless, making it easy to add to water, cereal or any other food.

How Prebiotics Help
For years, hardly anyone in the medical profession paid any attention to the role the colon plays in overall health. Over the past 15 years, however, we have discovered that the colon — and specifically, the bacteria that call the colon home — is incredibly important to wellness. 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. Prebiotics fertilize these good bacteria as they stifle production of the bad, disease-causing bacteria, and prebiotic fiber is independently shown to cause the multiplication of beneficial bacteria which combat gut dysbiosis.

Probiotics are live bacteria in yogurt, other dairy products and pills. And while probiotics have been shown effective in managing certain gastrointestinal conditions, they do not have the same power that prebiotics do.

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