Monday, June 11, 2018

Diet Tips For Rainy season

Finally Monsoons have arrived. Reckless eating during the rains can cause a health problems. The monsoon season reduces the immunity of a human body. It can trigger certain health problems such as allergies, infections, indigestion, hyperacidity, skin disorders and hair fall. Increased humidity during the monsoons can reduce the digestive capacity, and the lack of oxygen in the air can cause breathlessness and general weakness.

What we need during the monsoon months are improved resistance and a robust digestive system. Here are some Ayurvedic diet tips to kindle our digestive fire and boost the immune system.

Ginger and Rock Salt

Ginger is highly valued in Ayurveda for its digestive properties and myriad health benefits. To rouse the sluggish digestive system in the monsoons, Dr. Bhagwati recommends chewing a piece of ginger with some rock salt and a squirt of lemon juice. This activates the digestive process, relieving problems like flatulence, bloating and indigestion.

Drink Rasam With Food

Most of us know rasam as an accompaniment with South Indian meals. The spicy soup-like preparation is made by boiling lentils in a base of tamarind, spices and asafoetida. The real purpose of sipping rasam with food is to improve digestion as you eat. The liquid signals the stomach to produce more digestive acids, preventing flatulence, indigestion, constipation, acidity and bloating.

Go Easy on Salt

Reduce your salt intake this monsoon. Salt causes water retention, which can eventually to high blood pressure. Extreme salty foods like pickles, chutneys, sauces can also cause sluggishness, unnecessary hunger, bloating and hyperacidity.

Eat Astringent, Pungent and Bitter Foods

According to Ayurveda, foods that are astringent, pungent or bitter are ideal for monsoons. Foods that fit into the astringent category are apples, pears, legumes, beans, quinoa, tofu and pomegranate. Pungent foods include ginger, pepper, cloves, horseradish, mustard greens, cardamom and turmeric. Foods with bitter properties are aloe vera, leafy greens, basil, neem and bitter gourd.

Drink Boiled and Purified Water

Waterborne illnesses like jaundice, cholera and typhoid are common during the monsoons. To prevent any such episodes, always insist on drinking boiled and purified water.

Meat Eaters, Go Light

If you are a meat eater, steer clear of oily preparations. Rich meat-based dishes are difficult to digest during the monsoons, which can worsen your health problems. Ideally, stick to a vegetarian diet during the rains. But if you must eat meat, have light preparations like stews and soups.

Drink Herbal Teas

There’s nothing more comforting than a cup of hot tea in the rains. Use spices such as ginger, pepper, mint and basil to supersize the nutritional value of your daily cuppa. These spices boost the immune system, helping your body ward off any infection that could come your way.

Eat Seasonal

Fruits like apples and pears have astringent quality and are recommended for the monsoons. So have as many as you may please. But keep a safe distance from mangoes and eat them in moderation. The king of fruits can aggravate kapha and vata problems, leading to acne.

Avoid Raw Food

Even if you are a weight loss diet, refrain from eating raw vegetables as it can lead to gastric problems. Lightly steaming or boiling them will kill the pathogens, making them safe for consumption during the rains.

Have Easily-Digestible Fats

Certain fats like ghee, sunflower oil, olive oil and corn oil are great during the monsoons since they are easy on the digestive system. Opt for them instead of heavy cooking oils that can upset your stomach.

 So eat responsibly and make the best use of the rainy season. Stay healthy!

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Sunday, May 20, 2018

Ayurvedic tips to cure dengue fever

With no specific treatment for dengue available at the moment, taking steps to prevent and control the disease is everyone’s responsibility. This includes being aware of the disease, taking effective vector control measures, getting timely diagnosis and treatment, etc. If left untreated, dengue can damage the lungs, liver or heart in severe cases. Blood pressure can also drop to dangerous levels, which may lead to shock or even death.
Dengue causes flu-like illness. Mild dengue can cause a high fever, rash, and muscle and joint pain. In severe cases, people may experience intense stomach pain, repeated vomiting, bleeding from the nose or gums, which can be life-threatening. Usually, people suffering from dengue are treated with pain relievers. Patients are also made to take plenty of fluids to avoid dehydration from vomiting and high fever. Besides this, there are many natural home remedies that can provide relief from the symptoms of dengue.

Here are five Ayurvedic treatments for dengue:

Holy basil leaves
The leaves of holy basil (Tulsi in Hindi) are known to produce a soothing effect on the nervous system. Just boil basil leaves, strain and drink it, or you can simply chew them to strengthen your stomach and boost your immune system.
Neem leaves
Neem leaves are used widely for treating a wide range of ailments, including dengue. It is suggested that neem leaves may help increase both blood platelet and while blood cell platelet count - the two most dangerous side effects of the virus. Just brew and drink neem leaves the water to improve your immune system and help you recover faster.
Papaya leaves
Papaya leave juice has for a long time been used for treating dengue fever in some areas of India and South East Asia. A groundbreaking research done by scientists at the University of Nottingham's Malaysia Campus (UNMC) suggested that this traditional herbal remedy could indeed be turned into a pill to treat dengue patients.
Fenugreek leaves
They can reduce fever and act as a sedative to ease pain and promote more restful sleep for patients. Just soak the leaves in water and then drink it. You can also get methi powder and mix it with water and have it.
Orange juice
The juice of this citrus fruit doesn’t just tantalise your taste buds with a refreshing treat, it is a good remedy for treating dengue symptoms and eliminating the virus. The rich mixture of antioxidants and minerals in orange juice can increase antibodies of the immune system, promote urination and remove toxins from the body.
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Monday, May 07, 2018

World Asthma Day 2018

May 1st  is World Asthma Day and the theme for this year is 'Never too early, never too late. It's always the right time to address airways disease.' May 1st is commemorated as World Asthma Day in order to raise awareness about this chronic respiratory disease that is prevalent in children nowadays.
According to the World Health Organisation (WHO), asthma is not just a public health problem in developed countries. In developing countries; however, the incidence of the disease varies greatly. According to its report, India has estimated 15-20 million asthmatics.

Asthma is a chronic lung disorder that is caused due to inflammation in the airways. The airways are said to become narrower and are filled with mucus, further blocking the airflow. This in turn results in short gasping breaths, coughing, and wheezing and chest tightness. If an asthma attack isn't controlled in time, it could leave a person breathless. Asthma could be triggered due to allergic reactions from irritants, dust, smoke, fumes and chemical allergens like pollen and grass.

Ayurvedic Home Remedies For Asthma
Here are herbal remedies for asthma that could reduce the symptoms of the condition.
-- Mix a teaspoon of cinnamon and one fourth teaspoon trikatu into a cup of boiling water. Let it steep for 10 minutes and add a teaspoon of honey before drinking. Take this twice a day to reap maximum benefits.
-- Drink a tea prepared using half teaspoon licorice or mulethi and half teaspoon of ginger for preventing asthma.
-- Take a half teaspoon of bay leaf and one fourth teaspoon of pippali mixed with one teaspoon of honey taken two or three times a day may also help prevent asthma
-- Boil a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger in a glass of milk and add half a teaspoon of turmeric powder to it. Take it twice a day, this Ayurvedic remedy may help reduce the frequency of asthma attacks.

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Monday, April 23, 2018

Ayurveda for Liver Disorders

Liver is a very important organ in Ayurveda. Liver is the seat of digestion and metabolisation. According to Ayurveda, liver is comprised of the fire and water elements, belonging to the pitta dosha. This means that eating foods that are too fiery or hot may disturb the balance, leading to a dysfunctional liver. This means that the liver will not be able to perform its basic functions of purifying the blood of toxins and metabolising fat. This imbalance in the liver may result in liver diseases like cirrhosis, hepatitis, etc.

More and more young people taking to alcohol abuse and adopting largely sedentary lifestyles. This leads to increasing numbers of fatty liver cases. In India, over 10 lakh people are diagnosed with liver diseases annually. The ancient Indian practice of Ayurvedic medicine has certain remedies and diet tips to protect the liver against fat deposition.

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Sunday, March 04, 2018

Pulsea A Way To Connect to your Heart

'Nadi vidnyan' or Pulse diagnosis is the ancient Ayurvedic Art and Science of detecting the existing status of a person’s body, mind, soul and spirit.

Ayurvedic Pulse Diagnosis allows the Ayurvedic Doctor to connect to the heart of the patient.  It  is a diagnostic tool that has traditionally been used in Ayurvedic Medicine as a means to determine how the internal systems of the body are functioning. By measuring the qualities of the pulse, whether it is fast, slow, strong, weak, etc., this diagnostic can reveal whether there is an imbalance in the body, which organs and systems are being affected, and what might be done to bring the affected dosha back into harmony.

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Sunday, February 04, 2018

Fat fighter herb tea

Here’s an ayurvedic fat fighter tea — best made in the morning and sipped warm throughout the day. It includes a combination of ingredients that not only help break down fat, but also helps improve digestion and unblock channels in the body by removing toxins.
1/4 to 1/2 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/4 to 1/2 tsp whole coriander seeds
1/4 to 1/2 tsp whole fennel seeds
5 cups boiling water
Boil water in a pot. Add seeds to the water and continue to boil for five minutes with the lid on.
Strain out seeds and pour the tea into a thermos.
Take small sips throughout the day. If you experience any discomfort, reduce seeds to 1/4 teaspoon each for two weeks. Then increase back to 1/2 a teaspoon.

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Sunday, January 21, 2018

Holy Basil - A Superfood Worthy of Worship

In this age of cancer awareness, obesity-linked diseases, and greater levels of stress than ever before, it's nice to know you can do something to help mitigate the dangers of modern living. No, not move to a remote hermitage — although that's tempting. It turns out, though, that holy basil may just be the newest tool in your self-care kit. If you're looking for less stress (and less of everything that comes with it), this Ayurvedic herb is for you.

According to the National Centre For Biotechnology Information, Holy basil (Tulsi) provides a huge range of stress-busting benefits. According to ancient lore and budding research, it:
-- Reduces psychological stress
-- Nourishes the mind in a manner similar to yoga
-- Offers antibacterial, antiviral, and anti-fungal properties
-- Fights metabolic syndrome, which is the precursor to diabetes, stroke, heart disease, and, according to some, cancer
-- Detoxifies your body
-- Promotes weight loss
-- Enhances your overall well-being

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