Monday, February 11, 2019

A healthy diet is not only about food

Our diet and eating habits have changed dramatically over the last century. We can see the difference for ourselves by comparing the food that is commonly available today and what our grandparents generally used to consume.
When we go back to basics of why we eat, essentially, it is for nourishment. Based on  Ayurvedic medicine, the purpose is deeper – to enhance and promote the healthy flow of life force within the body, which in turn promotes good health and helps us keep illnesses at bay.
The problem is a lot of our go-to foods today contain very little vital nutrients. Meanwhile, the rise the pollution and stress actually calls for more vital nutrients to mitigate the side effects of our environment and lifestyle.
Still, it is not all about what we eat. It is also about how we eat, when, where and why?
It is not the food you eat but how well you digest it that’s important. According to ancient Indian doctrine, good digestion determines our health and the strength of our inner life force. When our digestive system is afflicted, so is our system of nourishment and and removal of waste including toxins. With a healthy digestive system, whatever food we consume would be completely digested with anything harmful, effectively removed from our body. Thus, top priority in promoting good digestion. But how?
-- Do not eat when you are not hungry
It is a tell-tale sign that there is still food in the stomach that is not digested.
-- Skip a meal
Only eat when you’re really hungry. There is a big difference between artificial hunger, which is psychological and real hunger. If you’re not sure which it is, it’s best to go without a meal.
-- Cut down number of meals
As we lead more sedentary lives today, we don’t really need as much food to sustain our daily activities. Many of us could do with just two meals a day. This will ensure that whatever we consume is digested.
-- Get active
If it is too difficult to cut down on meal times, make sure to get active. Daily exercise helps regulate our digestive system. Whether our digestion is erratic, high or weak, regular exercise will lead to healthy digestion. A long walk after a meal, also helps with digestion.
-- Eat less
Always eat just half of your stomach capacity. You should feel slightly hungry even after eating, instead of feeling stuffed, which doesn’t allow movement in the stomach and slows down digestion.

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Monday, February 04, 2019

Tulsi Tea- An Ayurvedic Home Remedy

Tulsi (Holy basil) is revered for its health-enhancing qualities.Tulsi(holy basil) has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years and is still today one of India's most therapeutically respected and spiritually cherished plants.
More frequently consumed in India than coffee, holy basil or tulsi tea is an energizing drink with revitalizing properties.
It is frequently used to treat respiratory and circulatory conditions, digestive disorders, mild cognitive impairment, headaches and inflammation.
Tulsi teas, however, are most highly valued in Ayurveda as a purifying Sattvic herbal rasayana sometimes referred to in the West as "liquid yoga."

Tulsi Tea Benefits:
- Helps Reduce Stress and Anxiety
- Calming Yet Energizing Sattvic Herb
- Immune Modulating Adaptogen
- Helps to Enhance Mental and Cognitive Focus
- Digestive and Respiratory Aid
- Circulatory Stimulant
- Helps to Stabilize Energy Levels

Tulsi Tea Recipe:
1 Liter water
4TSF tulsi leaf or 1 1/2TSF powder
2TSF lemon grass
1TSF coriander seeds
1TSF anise seeds
1/2TSF dried ginger root pieces or 1SF fresh ginfer
1TSF raw honey
Infuse the above ingredients in boiling hot water for 15-20 minutes in a tea pot with a lid.
Strain, then add honey.Drink as a hot cup of tea or refrigerate and serve iced.

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Monday, January 28, 2019

Ointment for Eczema Treatment

Eczema treatment can vary from person to person - a remedy that works for one person may not necessarily work for the other. If topical creams prescribed by your doctor don’t work then a natural remedy might. One study found a three-ingredient ointment containing honey could soothe an eczema rash and dry skin.
An  ointment made from honey, beeswax and olive oil relieves the itchy symptoms in patients with eczema.
The ointment was made from equal parts of unprocessed honey, beeswax and cold-pressed olive oil.

If physically applying creams and ointments doesn’t work then it may be worth trying an oral supplement.Research has found that Turmeric ( an Ayurvedic Medicinal Herb) can lessen eczema symptoms. Turmeric can be taken in powder, capsule or tablet forms and even in tea, and of course you can use turmeric as a delicious spice for your food.

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Sunday, January 20, 2019

Wonder herb Aswagandha

In today's fast-paced life, stress is unavoidable. Ether it’s home or work, school or college, everybudy is facing some sort of stress, be it emotional, mental or physical. In this situation, it’s crucial that you supplement your diet with nutrients that will help you combat that stress. Aswagandha is a great herb to manage those stress levels, as well as other lifestyle-related ailments.

This small shrub with yellow flowers is mostly found in India and North Africa, the extract or powder from the plant’s root or leaves are used in myriad ways.
 Name 'Ashwagandha' refers to it's unique smell and ability to increase the strength.

Ashwagandha is known as an adaptogen, it can help one manage their blood sugar levels, cortisol and even boost those grey cells.

Ashwagandha is known to help reduce cancer cells, according to tests carried out by scientists. Several studies conducted using the herb seems to suggest that it may help treat several types of cancer, including breast, lung, colon, brain and ovarian cancer.

If you have been noticing signs such as agitation and difficulty sleeping due to stress, it might be time to consider this wonder herb which can significantly calm you down and support your nervous system. It will give you more energy to get through your day and can prove to be a significant calming influence in your life. Once you include this in your diet, you will also observe a significant change in your mental well-being.

Aswagandha is also known to reduce oxidative stress which is described as an ‘imbalance between the production of free radicals and ability of the body to detoxify their harmful effects by neutralising with antioxidants.

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Monday, January 14, 2019

The food you need to eat daily to keep the Type 2 diabetes at bay

A recent study showed the consumption of one egg everyday seems to associate with a blood metabolite profile that is related to a lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
The study conducted by the University of Eastern Finland found that blood samples of men who ate more eggs included certain lipid molecules that positively correlated with the blood profile of men who remained free of type 2 diabetes.

Diet planning- is the cornerstone of managing diabetes.The diabetic diet is an otherwise normal balanced diet, with a few modifications and proper spacing between food intakes.

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Monday, January 07, 2019

Ayurvedic treatments to control cholesterol levels

Excessive bad cholesterol in your body can be harmful and can put you at an increased risk of heart disease or stroke. To effectively control it, nothing can be better than the Ayurvedic or herbal methods. Therefore, to deal with it naturally, add apple, grapes, almonds, wheat, millet, porridge, and quinoa in your daily diet. Studies have found that almonds increase good cholesterol in the body and reduce the bad ones. Also, indulging in regular exercise and avoiding processed foods, sweet foods, beverages, cheese, and high-fat milk or curd benefit the body. Moreover, you can opt for Ayurvedic treatments like garlic, ginger, lemon, cinnamon tea, gooseberry, and honey.

Garlic, Ginger and Lemon: It is advisable to consume garlic, ginger, and lemon together for better effects. Mix fresh garlic buds with half teaspoon ginger and then add half a teaspoon lemon juice in it. Have this mixture daily before every meal.

Cinnamon tea: Experts suggest consuming cinnamon with herbal tea. Have it twice a day for better results.

Gooseberry: Gooseberry acts like the body’s hypolipidemic agent and reduces the number of lipids in the serum. Therefore, drinking gooseberry juice daily in the morning benefits our body.

Honey: To control cholesterol levels in the body, drink lukewarm water with honey mixed in it. Prefer having it empty stomach every day in the morning. Moreover, you can add apple vinegar or a tablespoon of lemon juice in it.

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Monday, December 31, 2018

Long-term Benefits of Ayurvedic Panchakarma

Pancha Karma is the cornerstone to Ayurvedic management of the disease. Pancha Karma is the process which gets to the root cause of the problem and corrects the essential balance of 'Tridosha' in the body. Pancha Karma is not only good for alleviating disease but is also a useful tool in maintaining excellent health. Ayurveda advises undergoing Pancha Karma at the seasonal changes to clean the body, improve the digestion and to improve the metabolic processes.

Here are some of the long-term benefits of opting for the Panchakarma.

Removes  Tiredness:

Panchakarma is known to offer profound physical, psychological, and emotional effects thereby increasing physical and mental efficiency. It also balances our nervous system. With  Panchakarma, you can get rid of Lethargy and tiredness that comes with digestive ailments.

Helps to Attain Focus:

Panchakarma caters as a form of deep relaxation that removes any toxins accumulated in the body along with negative thoughts that might have filled your mind, spirit, and body. This, in turn, provides you with a renewed form of positive energy that aids proper focus.

Corrects Digestive Issues:

Panchakarma helps with proper management of the digestion process. If you are unable to digest food properly or experience constipation, make sure Panchakarma is the treatment option you opt for.

Corrects Skin Ailments:

Common skin issues that can be treated with the help of Panchakarma include rashes, acne, wrinkles, dark circles, etc. This particular ayurvedic process helps to offer a long-term aid to the body and skin by detoxifying it both externally and internally. Panchakarma nourishes the body with a healthy form of food support that treats the body from within and reverses the damage.

Panchakarma aims for treatment from within which is why the results are slow but long lasting.

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