Sunday, February 24, 2019

Yoga, Ayurveda making waves in Britain

An active campaign is under way to take the message of Ayurveda to students and homemakers in the United Kingdom, since yoga and traditional methods of treatment such as Ayurveda complement modern medicine in treating lifestyle-related and other diseases, Bob Blackman, Britain’s three-time Conservative MP, has said.
Keeping this in mind, students and health workers from Britain would be sent to Kerala to be trained in Ayurvedic treatment and lifestyle.
Traditional medicine was important since villages the world over had medicinal preparations made from plants, herbs and spices, he said, at a meeting organised here on Monday by Kochi-based Tourism Professionals Club.
Yoga has already been included in Britain’s National Health Service (NHS), for well-being and a healthier lifestyle, to complement modern medicine. “The world has acknowledged that both yoga and Ayurveda can prevent the onset of many ailments. The time is ripe to convince insurance firms that extending medical insurance to Ayurveda treatment would lessen reliance on emergency medical care and surgeries,” said Mr. Blackman, a long-term friend of India.
-- From 'The Hindu'

Sunday, February 17, 2019

Include Holy basil (Tulsi) in your diet to prevent or control type 2 diabetes

Holy basil (Ocimum tenuiflorum), commonly referred to as Tulsi in Hindi, is regarded as one of the most important plants in Ayurveda for its diverse medicinal properties. It is claimed that this everyday herb found in almost every Indian household can help manage high blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes.

Perhaps, holy basil - from the leaves to the seed - is considered a tonic for the body as it may help boost your health in various forms. Low in calorie yet high in essential nutrients. Many people with diabetes include basil in their diet to help lower high blood glucose levels.

Some studies suggested that basil contains compounds that can help increase insulin secretion in people with type 2 diabetes. Research also found that holy basil may help lower fasting and post-meal blood glucose levels, although more work is needed to confirm whether or not the herb can be an effective treatment for diabetes.

Studies have also shown that the herb can be used to help reduce high blood pressure and cholesterol levels. So, if you have prediabetes or type 2 diabetes, using holy basil may help prevent the symptoms of diabetes such as weight gain, insulin resistance, hypertension, high cholesterol, etc.

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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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