Monday, September 20, 2021

Ayurvedic Ways To Ease Acidity

 Hyperacidity is one of the most common ailments seen across all ages and classes of society. Pitta, or acidity, is caused when there is excess acid production in the body, causing stomach acid to leak back into the oesophagus. While acids are detrimental to the digestive process, an imbalance in their production can cause serious health issues and a lot of discomforts. It is, therefore, important to focus on what you eat, how much you eat and how often you eat.

It is said that ‘hurry’, ‘worry’, and ‘curry’ are the three main culprits in acidity. Ayurveda has advised us to eat slowly, becoming mindful of all that we are ingesting. The process of eating food must be calming, helping us to forget our worries.

Here are some effective tips to deal with acidity in the Ayurvedic way. These are suggestions that are time-tested, safe and effective. Try them out to rid yourself of the menace of acidity.

Avoid Too Much Spice -

Excessive use of chilli, cinnamon, clove, mustard or any garam masala powder can aggravate the acidic juices in the abdomen, making it difficult to digest food. Fennel, or saunf, is known to work wonders on an acidic stomach. Infuse a tablespoon of fennel seeds in a jug of water and drink one cup at the end of every meal. You can also chew a few fennel seeds after every meal.

Avoid Salty And Sour Foods -

Especially those that come laden with flavouring agents. Move away, also, from fast food and stale food. Get rid of those chips and other off-the-shelf farsan packets if you experience acid reflux. It will only make the situation worse.

Increase The Intake Of Fluids -

Add more water, fibrous fruits, cold milk and loads of fresh seasonal vegetables to your daily diet. Eat food that is freshly prepared at home.

Know About Incompatible Foods -

And consciously avoid them. Wrong food combinations adversely affect the digestive fire, or ‘Jatharagni’, leading to an accumulation of acidic foods, causing indigestion. Examples of incompatible food combinations are milk and fruits, yoghurt and milk, onions and yoghurt, and eggs and milk.

Reduce Excessive Intake Of Caffeine -

Cut down on tea and coffee. It will make your condition worse, triggering heartburn and aggravating acid reflux.

Create A Schedule For Your Meals -

Eat at least three meals a day and absolutely avoid eating post-sunset. It will help your body to ease digestion and reduce acidity.

Don’t Eat When You Are Stressed Or Upset -

In this state, it is hard for the stomach to digest food effectively. Sit down to eat and chew your food well. There is an old Ayurvedic saying, “If you eat standing up, death looks over your shoulder”. So always sit and eat; let it be a calming, mindful experience.

Stroll After Meals -

Get into the practice of strolling for at least 10 minutes after meals. This Ayurvedic prescription helps food move through the stomach into the intestines faster, aiding digestion.

Try these tips to decrease acid reflux, prevent diseases from occurring, and improve your overall quality of life.

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Monday, September 13, 2021

Heart Diseases Becoming Common Among People Under 40 - Ayurvedic Tips For A Healthy Heart

 Nowadays, Heart diseases are affecting people under the age of 40. Studies have shown that the proportion of people below 40 having a heart attack has been increasing, rising by 2 per cent each year for the last 10 years. Here are some Ayurvedic tips and foods you can include in your diet to reduce the risk.

One of the leading factors that lead to heart diseases is indeed a sedentary lifestyle. Chances of getting addicted to a lazy attitude with no exercise and improper diet are fairly high. 

Ayurveda To Reduce The Risk Of Heart Diseases -

'Heart diseases' is a broad term used for a spectrum of diseases associated with the disorders of blood circulation, heart vessels and muscles. Some of the most common causes of heart diseases include high cholesterol levels, obesity, diabetes, family history, smoking, high-fat and high-sodium diet. You can manage all these problems with Ayurveda, which in turn can help you combat serious ailments like heart attack, coronary artery disease, etc.

According to Ayurveda, depending on your Prakriti - Kapha, Pitta, Vata, there are different kinds of foods you should consume for heart health.

Here are some of the foods you can include in your diet:

Arjuna --

Ayurvedic Herb Arjuna, (recommended for Vata people) with strong antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, is extremely beneficial in managing high cholesterol levels by improving the level of good cholesterol.

Cinnamon --

Another very common spice found in each of our Indian kitchens in Cinnamon (Dalchini for Kapha people) acts as a powerful anticoagulant. It also lowers blood pressure and relieves inflammation caused by arthritis and other inflammatory conditions. Cinnamon intake with warm water in the morning is also effective in people suffering from heart conditions.

Ashwagandha --

Also known as Indian ginseng, Ashwagandha is recommended for Vata people. It is a fairly small shrub with small pale green flowers, simple leaves and red berries. Most of the benefits from ashwagandha are from the root and the leaves. The leaves are commonly used in teas. It can help reduce levels of cholesterol by an average of 17 per cent in a 60-day study of chronically stressed adults. It also alleviates cortisol levels in the body, which is the stress hormone. Stress is known as a risk factor for heart diseases.

Papaya --

An easy home remedy is to consume 'Papaya'. The fruit is rich in antioxidants vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. If a person takes a diet high in antioxidants, it will significantly reduce the risk of heart disease. The antioxidants prevent the oxidation of cholesterol. When cholesterol oxidizes, it's more likely to create blockages that lead to heart disease.

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Monday, July 12, 2021

Is Giloy a ‘magic Covid herb’ or liver killer?

 A study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology, a peer-reviewed journal of the Indian National Association for the Study of the Liver said that Giloy can damage the liver.

The Ministry of AYUSH has rejected a study published in the Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology, a peer-reviewed journal of the Indian National Association for the Study of the Liver. This study mentions that the use of the herb Tinospora Cordifolia (TC), commonly known as ‘Giloy’ or ‘Guduchi’, resulted in liver failure in six patients in Mumbai.

The ministry said “the authors of the study failed in placing all needful details of the cases in a systematic format. Apart from this, relating Giloy or TC to liver damage would be misleading and disastrous to the traditional medicine system of India as Guduchi or Giloy has been used in Ayurveda. The efficacy of TC in managing various disorders is well established.”

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Sunday, June 27, 2021

Ayurvedic formulations effective in managing post-Covid hyperglycemia

 Those suffering from high blood sugar post-Covid-19 can find some relief in ayurvedic formulations like BGR-34 which are based on natural bioactive compounds with dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitory effects to manage blood glucose levels.

According to experts, a global study published in Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism Journal found that at least 14.4 per cent of hospitalised patients reported onset of diabetes, causing dysfunctioning of glucose metabolism resulting in hyperglycaemia after recovery.

Though a number of drugs are available to control hyperglycemia, DPP-4 inhibitors have been found to be the safest against post-Covid high blood sugar, according to a recent study in Elsevier journal, they said.

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Sunday, May 23, 2021

Incorporating Ayurvedic Practices Into Daily Life

The Art of Living Retreat Center (NC), an Ayurvedic wellness retreat, provides some tips to incorporate ayurvedic practices into your daily routine. Ayurveda is an ancient science from India that focuses on a holistic diet and lifestyle practices to boost the immune system and prevent disease. The goal is to teach people how to attain optimal health and strengthen mind, body and spirit through a deeper understanding of themselves.

Ayurvedic Daily Routine -

Morning -

Rise Before the Sun (5 a.m.): Oxygen and earth energy is freshest and fairest, increases energy levels throughout the day.

Morning Hygiene Regime: Brush teeth and scrape tongue to purify the mouth, rinse face and eyes with cold water or rose water to keep eyes cool and refreshed and invigorate skin, apply nasal drops (3-5 drops of warm ghee nostril to lubricate, clean sinuses and improve voice, vision and mental clarity).

Drink a Glass of Warm Water: This helps eliminate toxins and impurities in the system.

Exercise (5:30 a.m.): Yoga, walking, biking, and swimming removes stagnation, strengthens digestive fire, reduces fat, and gives overall feeling of lightness and joy.

Meditation and Pranayama: Breathing exercises and 15 minutes of meditation set intention for the day.

Eat Breakfast (6:30 a.m.): Eat a filling breakfast comprised of wholesome, unrefined foods which minimize calories and maximizes nutrients. An example is coconut yogurt with chia seeds, strawberries, blueberries, cashews, and yacon syrup.

Get dressed and ready for the day.

Afternoon -

Work: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. are the most productive hours for work. Choose this time of day for problem-solving or completing any task that requires full attention and focus.

Eat Lunch: Eat lunch between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. This is the main meal of the day so eat a hearty, healthy, nutritious meal consisting of fresh food. Try spinach and tofu stuffed sweet potato or a broccoli, dandelion, avocado salad with fresh cilantro and almond sauce.

Walk: Take a gentle walk after eating lunch to aid in digestion.

Evening -

Eat a Light Supper (5-6 p.m.): Soups, salads, grains, and vegetables are ideal. Try to avoid eating a heavy meal that is hard to digest before bed. Carrot ginger soup is a great option.

Walk: Walking aids in the proper digestion of food.

Practice Yogic Breathing and Meditation: This helps strengthen the body’s ability to fight diseases and keep calm during widespread fear and panic.

Oil Massage (Abhyanga): This slows down the aging process by removing dryness and stagnation from tissues and organs, promoting lymphatic flow, and nurturing the mind and body. It also helps induce sound sleep and keep skin soft.

Evening Self-Care: Warm bath/shower, dry brushing, brush teeth, scrape tongue, oil pulling, and a Neti Pot.

Drink Tea or Warm Milk: Drink warm milk with turmeric and black pepper, or warm tea before bed to helps bolster the immune system. Try a homemade Turmeric Spiced Chai.

Light reading, journaling, and Pranayama (yogic breathing).

Bedtime by 10 p.m.: Between 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., the internal organs and systems are rejuvenating, healing and repairing.

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Monday, May 03, 2021

Zinc-rich foods to Boost your Immunity

 The intake of Zinc helps in fighting Covid-19 to some extent by inhibiting a certain enzyme.

In face of the ongoing Covid-19 people are trying every means to boost their immunity. But we often overlook or are not aware of the essential micronutrient Zinc. It acts as a shield to our immune system by activating 300 enzymes. The enzymes help in cell division, wound healing, synthesis of protein and DNA, and boost our immune system. The catch is that our body doesn't store this micronutrient and thus we have to consume it every day as per standard dietary intake criteria.

The intake of Zinc helps in fighting Covid-19 to some extent by inhibiting a certain enzyme. Its deficiency leads to weak immunity, lack of alertness, open skin pores and a weak sense of smell and taste.

Here are 5-Zinc-Rich Foods for Immunity. Take a look:

Shellfish -

Animal-based food has the highest amount of zinc. 1 oyster contains 50% of the recommended amount of zinc. They are low in calories and carry vitamin B12 and selenium to help with better immunity.

Meat -

Chicken, red meats, and eggs are an excellent source of Zinc, but since they are high in calories, the intake should be optimum.  The vitamin B12 and protein in them help in cell regeneration and keeps the nervous system function properly. 

Dark Chocolate -

The higher the amount of cocoa in the chocolate, the more it has zinc and flavanol in it.  It helps with regulating blood pressure, maintaining blood flow, and boosting immunity. Keep the intake at 28 grams of dark chocolate per day. 

Legumes -

The best source of zinc for vegetarians comes from eating different kinds of legumes. Legumes are a class of vegetables that includes beans(Ex.-Soyabin), peas (Ex.-Green peas), and lentils (Ex. Moog, Masur). They are packed with health-friendly nutrients like protein, vitamins, iron, copper, magnesium, manganese, and phosphorus.

Pumpkin seeds and cashews - 

They can be eaten with oats, smoothies, or just a handful of seeds as a midday snack. Apart from zinc, they also contain iron, magnesium, copper, vitamin K, vitamin A, and folate. Eating them regularly can also help to manage your cholesterol and control your blood pressure level.

Monday, April 19, 2021

Ayurvedic Herbs For Beating Down Heat in Summer

 The summer season is here, with the rapid increase in temperature, it has become important to keep balance in our body and keep it cool. Exposure to direct sunlight and heat may cause excess skin irritation and rashes, also leading to allergies and acne. 

Continuous sun exposure also leads to dehydration and even heat stroke. Also, having an unhealthy lifestyle and eating junk food can lead to an increased risk of heat in the body, which triggers the “Pitta Dosh” within. 

Including cooling herbs and spices in our meals will fight hot temperatures and balance the pitta (heat) in our bodies. 

We can include the following Ayurvedic herbs in your diet plans to beat down the heat this summer:  

1. Mint:

Mint is one of the common and easily available herbs that can help you stay cool in summer. It can be used in multiple recipes and has a fresh and strong flavor, which is very refreshing. It can be used in various detox recipes too to get rid of the toxins in the body. 

2. Amla:

The antioxidants and vitamins found in amla offer several health benefits. High concentrations of vitamin C in amla helps the body recover from various illness. It also has a cooling effect on our digestive system. It also has other health benefits like controlling diabetes, keeping eyes healthy, boosting immunity, and also improving memory. 

3. Manjistha: 

Also known as Rubia Cordifolia, this is one the most treasured Ayurvedic herbs known for its cooling effect on blood and removing toxins from the body. Though this herb is a bitter astringent, it has a long list of benefits and uses. It is a potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-microbial herb trusted for generations in the Indian Ayurveda. 

4. Basil (tulsi):

Also known as Holy Basil, it acts as a detoxifying and cleansing agent in the human body. It dates to 3000 years and is historically used as medicine due to its widespread therapeutic power. It keeps the body cool during extreme heat and is mostly used as an herbal tea on a regular basis. It is also known for its anti-stress properties worldwide.

5. Sandalwood: 

It leaves a cooling effect on our bodies. This herb can be turned into a paste to apply to the skin. It will help us fight skin issues as well as keep us cool. 

6. Mulethi (Liquorice):

It is commonly used to treat symptoms of dry cough and sore throat. This herb can keep us cool during the summer season. One can simply chew a stick to reap the benefits.