Monday, August 14, 2017

Ayurveda's Healthy eating guidelines

Here are Ayurvedic recommendations -

1.Chew your food until it is an even consistency before swallowing your food.

2.Do not eat while you’re being distracted due to television, conversation or reading.

3.Avoid drinking cold water before eating. This can hamper the process of digestion.

4.Do not drink cold drinks during meals, as it can weaken the digestive fire. A half cup of normal water is fine. Dry meals require more water. Sipping wine during meals is fine.

5.It is said that food prepared with love and care is known to pass on an energy to us. It is said that we must avoid food prepared with resentment. We not only take in the food but also the emotions of the maker, as per ayurveda.

6.You need to consider eating as a sacred thing. You need to pause, relax and be calm before starting to consume your food.

7.After your meal, you need to give yourself a break. You need to pause for a moment and relax before heading to the next activity.

8.You need to eat at a moderate pace until your stomach is three quarters full.

9.You need to give a time period of three hours between each meal to allow your food to be digested properly.

10.Digestion is known to be the strongest when the sun is at its peak. The rhythm of the body mirrors that of the universe. Hence, it is recommended to eat your largest meal at noon and a lighter on at night and in the morning.

11.You need to take all your drinks and water when it is at room temperature. This is because cold drinks can weaken the digestive fire and hence weaken your digestion process.

12.Those people with the Vata nature or imbalance should eat four to five times per day. Again you need to keep in mind the gap of three-four hours between the meals and have meals in smaller quantities.

13.Eat a fresh piece of ginger and lemon or pomegranate chutney before a full meal to balance the Pitta in your body.

14.Drinking lassi with or after lunch is effective for digestion. This is one of the rules of healthy eating as recommended in Ayurveda.

15.As per ayurveda, it is said that dinner must be completed before 8 PM and must always be lighter in quantity.

These are the healthy eating guidelines to follow according to Ayurveda.

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Monday, August 07, 2017

Punarnava - Herbal remedy for Hepatitis C

Hepatitis C is an infectious disease caused by the hepatitis C virus (HCV). The virus spreads through blood-to-blood contact, and is usually associated with the use of intravenous drug use, blood donations and other unhygienic use of medical equipment leading to exchange of blood. Once infected, a patient can go years without facing severe symptoms, like liver failure and cirrhosis, only to feel it’s accumulated effects after a long period. HCV affects over 8 million people in the country and has been a cause of major cause for concern.Now, a new class of drug resistant strand of HCV have emerged making the situation worse.

A group of scientists from the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) have now come up with a possible deterrent to the virus, derived from a common herb used to relieve pain. Boerhavia diffusa is a flowering plant and a common ingredient in many ayurvedic medicine, with the plant commonly referred to as a Punarnava, something that rejuvenates the body. Now, with their new study, the scientists have identified dehydrorotenoid boeravinone H, a compound found in the plant, as a possible inhibitor of the HCV virus. The study showed that the presence of the compound inhibiting the entry and binding of particles like HCV, with no noticeable side-effects. Although researchers are still studying as to how exactly the compound inhibits HCV growth, the result could be used to develop a new class of drugs to fight the drug resistant HCV’s. The herbs that were prescribed by our elders may have had some truth after all.

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