Showing posts with label superfoods. Show all posts
Showing posts with label superfoods. Show all posts

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.

Know more on Amla
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.

Know more about TurmericHealth Benefits of Turmeric | Curcumin (Haldi)

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. 
Ghee- Indian Superfood is a Pre-biotic

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.