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Why To Spend This 31st Night Away From The City

2016 is coming to an end and we are all eager to usher in the New Year with great hope and enthusiasm. For most of us this is also the time for retrospection when we sit down and analyze all that happened during the year. Surprisingly, one thing common which we find in each of our lives, especially in the lives of those living in metropolitan cities, is the fast pace with which life is moving. Be it in the domestic life or professional, life seems to be travelling at a pace of light with little time for either the loved ones or even for ourselves. Everyone appears to be running in the rat race with no time to even admire the beauty of their surroundings.

There is a need to change this a little bit in the coming year and what could be better time than the 31st December itself? Many of you by now would have planned or in the verge of finalizing a pub or lounge to spend the 31st night with close ones. However, what if you get a chance to spend the last day of 2016 differently, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, surrounded by greenery, with coconut and palm trees, tiny waterbeds? This may appear to be the scenic description of Kerala ‘God’s known country’.  But, this is not so.

Just 60 Km away from the city, there is an “Ayurvedic Village” where one can be at close proximity with nature. Surrounded by mesmerizing greenery, ‘Ayurvedic Village’ is the best place to relax de-stress and rejuvenate. Although known to be one of the best Ayurvedic wellness centers in India, one need not go only for various Ayurvedic wellness treatments. Even a short stay in the picturesque setting of the centre can re-energize your mind, body, and soul to the fullest. And perhaps 31st night is the best time to take that rejuvenating trip.

All You Need To Know About Anti-Obesity by Ayurveda

 

Obesity is a state in which an individual is considerably overweight, and an excessive amount of body fat has gathered under the chin and on the belly, buttocks, and/or thighs. Though it is not a serious case in itself, it may shorten the span of life, as well as create decreased efficiency and happiness.

Causes:

From the Ayurvedic point of view, the key cause is found in the lifestyle and diet choices that disturb balance. Ayurveda views weight imbalance and obesity as something that should be corrected before it can contribute to other health problem.
Ayurvedic word for digestion and metabolism is agni. Agni, when loosely interpreted, means fire. It actually signifies something much more than just fire and includes the idea of an accurate and powerful functioning intelligence. Agni has amazing transformative qualities. All the food we take in must be transformed into that which can be made useful by the body (nutrients) and that which is not required (waste). The nutrients, or most refined products of our agni, are used to create the body’s tissues (dhatus).

Guidelines:

Hydrate with Water:

According to Ayurveda, warm water is a natural detoxifier. Warm water cleanup impurities as it travels through over-taxed digestive system, sweeping away molecules left behind from partly digested food that could be slowing down what nature planned to be an enviably swift metabolic rate. Replacing sugary beverages like soda and fruit juices with the clear warm water automatically reduces number of calories per day. Cold drinks cause the muscles and blood vessels in gastrointestinal tract to freeze and in turn vitiate digestive fire, which leads slumberous digestion. Warm water, on the other hand, relaxes the muscles and dilates the blood vessels. Dilation of blood vessels allows the digestion and absorption of the contents of the meal to occur more efficiently.

Sipping water during meal is ideal. It helps digestion, absorption and dhatu building. The rule of thumb is drink 1/4th of capacity of the stomach while eating. Drinking water before meal will dilute agni, which will hinder digestion and lead to weakness. Drinking water right after meal will increase Kapha, causing weight gain. Ideal time to drink water is right after waking up in the morning and one hour before and one hour after each meal.

Drink a cup of Hot water with a teaspoon Honey and 10 drops of lime juice added whenever feel hungry will be a good substitute for eating and will help to melt the fat.

Mindful Eating:

It is observed that people who eat quickly are three times more likely to be obese than those who take their time. While eating zoning out, watching TV, talking, driving and multi-tasking erode the digestive process and counteract the effort to lose weight. Mindful eating means it is about being conscious and present while eating. When food is eaten mindfully, the brain sees, tastes, smell and feels and sends signals to the stomach to release enzymes and juices to digest the food. According to Ayurveda, you are not what you eat but what you digest.

In order to lose weight and reach optimal level of agni it is important to avoid the following:

  • Avoid Overeating and/or eating heavy foods in large quantities
  • Avoid tamasic foods: Leftovers, processed, canned foods, fast or food with additives and colourings
  • Avoid ice cold water and drinks and cold foods
  • Quit drinking alcohol and smoking
  • Avoid cruciferous vegetables, fried foods and heavy foods
  • Do not talk or laugh while eating. Do not eat on the run or while watching TV

In order to be healthy and increase the digestive power (Agni) while losing weight, the following steps should be followed:

  • Vata – Vata reducing herbs, diet and lifestyle, complex carbohydrates (whole grains and starchy vegetables), avoidance of refined sugar, fewer hot spices and more sweet digestives like cardamom, coriander, brahmi, jatamanshi, and ashwagandha calm the mind. Guggul helps cleanse and warm the body.
  • Pitta – Pitta reducing foods, avoiding meat, fish oily, greasy, or fried foods, sugars, and desserts. Raw salads, green herbs, and chlorophyll, digestive bitters and bitter laxatives are the best foods to reduce weight and counter sugar addiction. Herbs include aloe vera gel, katuka, and turmeric.
  • Kapha – Kapha reducing food, avoiding refined sugars, salt, dairy, sweet fruit, bread, pastry, meat, fish, fruit juices, cold liquids, and oils. Spice teas, vegetable juices, steamed vegetables, beans, and whole grains are good. Suggestion includes less sleep, no naps, and strong, aerobic exercise. Hot digestive herbs like black pepper, ginger, turmeric, and trikatu burn up the fat and raise the digestive fire. Bitter herbs, like katuka, triphala and guggul, reduce fat and dry water.
  • Eat fresh seasonal vegetables and fruit.
  • Eat freshly cooked warm food. It will strengthen agni, digests food better, reduces excess Kapha and Vata.
  • Eat food, which has enough oil, and is moist enough (not fried). It tastes better helps agni, builds dhatus, and increases strength.
  • Do not eat food with wrong combination. E.g. Honey and Ghee when combined in equal quantities is poisonous. Mixing sour fruits and milk curdles the milk.
  • Eat only when you are hungry
  • Eat three meals a day and avoid snacking
  • Eat light meals for breakfast and dinner and heavy meal during lunch time, have early dinner between 6:00PM and 7:30PM.
  • Eat after previous food is digested
  • Eat with proper frame of mind – create pleasant environment
  • Eating sequence: First eat carbohydrates or sweet taste; next eat salty, sour, pungent and bitter foods. Finally eat astringent food.

Breathing and Pranayama:

Due to accelerated lifestyle many of us do shallow breathing. Practicing diaphragmatic breathing is beneficial. By simply observing the breath, we can be aware of what is happening inside. The more we become aware of breath, the disturbance, the negativity of the mind disappears and it becomes pure and peaceful. Bhasrika is a supreme Pranayama. It strengthens the heart and lungs, improves the digestion and calms the mind. Right Nostril breathing (surya bhedi) will also be helpful.

Yoga:

Certain gentle yoga asanas are helpful, including the Palm Tree pose, and the Triangle Pose. Also, while sitting on the floor, bend forward as far as you can, with the goal of eventually touching the head to the knees.

Panchakarma procedures remove toxins (ama) from the body & to normalize the Doshas – Vata, Pitha, Kapha.

Conclusion:

Obesity is a common issue in India. It is mainly due to incorrect lifestyle, wrong diet pattern and lack of exercise. Above all, people do not have sense of self awareness. They are taken by external factors, by their senses and do not give importance for their existence in this universe. They don’t have mind, body and spiritual connection, and not even breathing right. Ayurvedic approach provides all the necessary tools to bring back health, harmony and peace in life. By adopting simple lifestyle and healthy eating habits anyone can enjoy the life optimally without much stress or expenses. Possible diseases like diabetes, heart diseases, stroke, and cholesterol can be prevented. So much healthcare dollars will be saved. There will be happy and healthy people in a wealthy country!!

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Fighting Depression Made Easy Due to Ayurveda

 

Many people still have no idea that depression is not a low mood. It is not a sad feeling or a rough time, that one can just ‘get over it’. Depression is a serious illness that impacts both physical and mental health. Though the exact reason is still unknown, it can deduced that prolonged periods of difficulties are likely the cause of depression.

Women are 70% more likely than men to experience depression, and young adults aged 18–25 are 60% more likely to have depression than people aged 50 or older. Hence, taking medications can cause more harm than good. Most of the times, they only subdue the effect of such feelings instead of treating it. Also, there are many harmful side effects associated with Allopathic medicines for clinical depression.

That is why Ayurvedic Village suggests looking out for solutions which are safe. We bring you few simple Ayurvedic remedies that have natural healing abilities.

  1. Ever heard of the saying, “The early bird gets the worm”? Well, if you are feeling down, it is best advisable to wake up at the crack of the dawn. The first rays of sunrise contain ultraviolet rays that are considered as mind stimulators and mood dilators.
  2. We cannot stress enough on Yoga therapy. No matter what, take time out of your time for yoga. Poses like Shavasana, Yoga Nidra and Pranayam especially the Anulom – Vilom and Bhramari Pranayam are going to work wonders on your mental health.
  3. For induce positivity in your life, opt for Vegan diet which is more Saatvik. Include more seasonal fruits, vegetables and sprouts in your diet.
  4. Aromatherapy acts beneficial too. You can add a few drops of lavender oil in your bath or burnt in your room. It aroma will acts as a deterrent to negative and sad thoughts in your mind.
  5. Ayurveda herb named Ashwagandha can help lift your mood. Or skilled Ayurvedic doctors can prescribe Saraswatarishta and Brahma Rasayana that are of great aid to fight against this disorder.
  6. And finally, the one advice that all depressed people might have tired of hearing, yet is still effective is keeping occupied mentally during the day in any creative activity that makes you feel happy and positive is mandatory.

If depression goes untreated, it can last for a long time and worsen other illnesses. Hence, getting a treatment is extremely crucial.

All you want to know about Diabetes

INTRODUCTION
Diabetes is a worldwide public health threat. There are more than 194 million people with worldwide and that number could reach 333 million by 2025. However, there are simple steps that each of us can take to reduce developing diabetes.

In 2000, the five countries with the largest numbers of persons with diabetes in India (32.7 million), China (22.6 million), the United States (15.3 million), Pakistan (11 million) and Japan (7.1 million).

At least 50% of all people with diabetes are unaware of their condition. In some countries this figure may rise to 80%.

Diabetes is one of the leading causes of death in most developed countries.

Diabetes is the leading cause of blindness and visual impairment in adults in developed countries.

Ayurveda Acharya Susruta (5th century B.C.) had described 20 different types of diabetes called as ‘Pramehas’. Prameha was meant to convey anomalies of urinary secretion. Diabetes in india has a long history since ancient time. The oldest reference of this disease dates back to more than 4500 years. The name of the disease found in ‘Devik yuga’ tells it has been known and treated by Indians long ago.

THE CRITERIA FOR DIAGNOSIS OF DIABETES

  1. FBS          -Pre Diabetic  90-110mg/dl Diabetic(Without medicines) > 120mg/dl
  2. P.P.B.S      -<120mg/dl is considered as Diabetes Mellitus
  3. HBA1C   -< 6 is  non-Diabetic, – >7 is Diabetic, >-6-7 is controlled Diabetic

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS

  1. Excessive ingestion of food (Polyphagia)
  2. Excessive urination (Polyuria)
  3. Excessive thirst (Polydipsia)
  4. Recurrent abscess, boils, carbuncles or fungal infection.
  5. Emaciation.
  6. Delayed wound healing.
  7. Cataract appearing at an early age.
  8. Resistant pulmonary tuberculosis.
  9. Silent heart attack

TREATMENT FOR PRAMEHA

Prameha is mentioned as one of the maharogas, the disease can be divided into stages as it has been classified into kaphaja, pittaja and vataja prameha.

In the first stage of prameha where there is excess production of kleda in the body due to accumulation of improperly formed kapha that is sent out of the body through urine. The treatment should be focused to reduse kapha using kaphahara drugs.

In the next stage where the vata is in predominance due to the emaciation of the dhathus and ends in weakness of organs. This when we can see the symtoms of neuropathy. Devolp the treatment should be mainly to reduce vata. In the first two stages we might treat kapha, pitha or both. But in the last stage since the damage caused to the dhatus is due to vatha, it must be treated first or it may be fatal.

THE MANAGEMENT OF DIABETES MELLITUS

Aims of Treatment.

  1. The ideal treatment for diabetes would allow the patient to lead a completely normal life, to remain not only symptom-free but in positive good health, to achieve a normal metabolic state, and an escape the complications associated with long-term diabetes.
  2. Patients should realise as early as possible that it is upon themselves that success or failure will depend. The doctor can only advise.
  3. As soon as the diagnosis is certain the patient should be told and instruction and treatment begun forthwith. The average patient suffers initially from an acute anxiety reaction for which explanation is the best remedy. Moreover understanding is likely to lead to better cooperation in treatment.
  4. Awareness of proper dietary restrictions and excercises are important in diabetes.

Type of treatments:

  1. Shamanachikitsa (Curative treatment or drug therapy)
  2. Shodhanachikitsa (Purificatory treatment or panchkarma)

Medicines to Manage and control diabetes

Prarnehoushadhi
Diabet drinks
Varachoomam
Dhanwantharam Thylam

**Note: Above medicines under doctor’s advice 

Shodhana( Purification therapy)

In strong patients, one should employ purificatory measures like administration of emetics, purgatives and enema. The purificatory therapies are selected depending on the dominant dosha, e.g. emetics in kaphaja, purgatives in pittaja and enema in vataja type of prameha.

Depending on the intensity of the dosha, mild, moderate or severe measures should be employed. In obese patients, emetics are contraindicated but purgative and enema may be given. Patients with prameha usually require large dose of purgatives.

SPECIAL KERALA TREATMENTS TO IMPROVE THE HEALTH OF DIABETIC PATIENTS.

Pizhichil | Dhara | Uzhichil | Podikizhi | Elakizhi | Chooma Uddvarthanam | Sneha Tharppanam | Anjanam | Palpuka| Thalam | Thalapothichil

Warning: All instructions and medicines should be taken only under strict medical supervision of doctors

SAMPLES OF BALANCED DIABETIC DIETS

This diet is as close to the normal diet as possible so as to meet the nutritional needs and the treatment of the individual patient. This diet is slightly low in carbohydrates, but adequate in other food prin¬ciples.

Foodstuffs Vegetarian Non-vegetarian
Cereal 200 250
Pulses 60 20
Green leafy vegetables 200 200
Other vegetables 200 200
Fruits 200 200
Milk(dairy) 400 200
Oil 20 20
Fish/ Chicken without skin 100

 

A diabetic diet should provide
Calories 1600
Protein 65 g
Fat 40 g and
Carbohydrates 245 g

CAUSES

Milk , curd, jaggery , sugar ,meats of animals from marshland , cereals that are less than a year old and recently distilled alcohol ,laziness ,excessive sleep, inactivity all this increase kapha in the body, which lead to prameha.

Two varieties of prameha are described:

  1. Sahaja (Generic)
  2. Apathyannimitaja(Irregularity in habits)

This type according to Sushruta occurs in individuals with family history of diabetes. As per the recent studies we know that more than 50% of the subjects who had both parents diabetic develop diabetes compared to less than 16% of those with no family history.

As per the body type, prameha patients are divided into two groups for the treatment as sthoola (obese and strong) and krsha (emaciated and weak).According to Charaka Samhita, prameha are 20 types, which have the common symptom as excess urination and turbidity of urine. According to the predominance of dosa,prameha is classified into kaphaja prameha(10 types),Pittja prameha(6 types) and Vataja prameha(4 types).

The result shows that the kaphaja prameha patients are similar to gestational diabetes, pittaja prameha prameha patients are similar to types 2 diabetes and vataja prameha patients are similar to type 1 diabetes.

1).Type I DM
2).Type II DM
3).Gestations DM
4).Drug Induced DM

Fight Dengue with Ayurveda

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Dengue is a tropical born disease , spread by Aedes mosquitos . The incubation period of dengue virus over  humanbeing is 3-4 days. The symptoms are  high fever, headache, vomiting, muscle and joint pains, and a characteristic skin rash –  known as Break bone fever.  In  Some   cases , the dengue develops into a life-threatening hemorrhagic fever, resulting in bleeding through nose, throat and gums. This infective condition will leads to reduction of platelet count in blood, blood plasma leakage and or into Dengue shock Syndrome.

In Ayurveda  dengue is describes as Dandaka jwara in an ancient text madhavana nidana , with the same symptoms described above. it can be cure from life threatening condition by increasing the immune system of body with the help of  Ayurvedic herbal remedies such as:-.

  • Consuming lots of fruits and vegetables containing  vitamin ‘C’ ie. Avla (Indian gooseberry), Lemon , orange , giloy juice, ginger , cabbage, broccoli ,  Tomato, cucumber  etc.
  •  To contain fever consuming  green tea  by adding  lemon, dry ginger, cinnamon is helpful.
  • Consuming Food like rice gruel(Rab), rice porridge(Khichadi)is also helpful.
  • Drinking  lots of water  boiled with basil leaves, dry ginger, fenugreek is recommended.
  • Eating 1015 basil leaves by twice in a day- good to increase platelet count in the blood  and reduces fever.
  • Drink tender Papaya leave  extract.
  • Medicines such as  Amruthotharam Kashayam ,Chukkum thippalyadi gulika, sudarsanam tablet ,sudarnasavam, amritharistam.  It’s recommended to be taken after  consulting  registered  medical practitioner.

 

Kizhi- Ayurveda treatment for pain relief

Kizhi (Potali massage) is an Ayurveda treatment with much importance. ‘Kizhi’ the term is taken from Malayalam language and it has the south Indian domination. It is a south Indian domination. It is a massage therapy and a part of Ayurveda mainly aims to enhance and protect the health and wellness of the whole body and purifies and rejuvenate the body, mind and soul.

This is a technique by which whole body or specific parts are made to sweat by using warm poultries containing herbs, herbal powders, rice, sand etc. mainly provides heat for aggravated vata and vata kapha conditions.

Aches and pains associated with the joints and muscular Skelton are caused by aggravation of vata. The heat generated in kizhi help to pacify the aggravated vata thus reliving the associated pain immediately more over the enhanced blood supply due to hot fomentation helps to recover from muscular pain. Enhanced circulation reduces the oxidative stress thereby relieving the psycho-physical symptoms of stress.

Different type of Kizhi’s (potli), benefits and indication.

1. Navara Kizhi:-

Navara kizhi is rejuvenation therapy that is very useful for arthritis, therapy that is very useful for arthritis, muscular wasting, general weakness paralysis, pain related to joints and sore muscular.

This is fomentation technique makes use of variety of rice that has medicinal properties known as Navara or Njavara rice. Kizhi are made of Njavara rice which is cooked in cow’s milk along with certain herbs medicated oil is first smeared on the head and body of the patient and the body is massaged with rice bags (kizhi) .It removes stiffness , promotes sound sleep and makes entire body strong and well developed. It also boosts the immune system and slows down the ageing process. It improves the lustre and texture of skin indicated in muscular dystrophy, cervical myelopathy, MND.

2. Mutta Kizhi:- 

Mutta kizhi is a form of treatment where eggs and herbal powders are made into potali and then applied to the body along with hot medicated oil. Mutta kizhi is very effective in facial paralysis and hemiplegia.

3. Jambeera pinda sweda (Naranga Kizhi):- 

Naranga kizhi is done with kizhi containing cut and fried pieces of lemon , garlic , rock salt, turmeric powder ,along with medicated oils. Naranga kizhi is indicated in osteoarthritis, muscular cramps , frozen shoulder, stiffness of joints , PA Shoulder.

4. Ela Kizhi:-

Elakizhi is a treatment that use different types of medicinal leaves and medicated oils to heal pain, related conditions and strengthen and rejuvenate joints, muscles and soft tissues. Elakizhi is indicated in Arthritis, osteoarthritis   sciatica, cervical spondylosis, musculoskeletal pains, myalgia etc.

5. Podi Kizhi:-

Podikizhi is the Ayurvedic technique of fomentation in which cotton bags filled with variety of herbal powders are used. Podikizhi is the common type of Ayurvedic massage technique , that helps in alleviating pain and reduces swelling occurred due to arthritis , muscular spasm, sciatica , lumbago ,Arthritis spondylosis, Rheumatoid arthritis, muscular stiffness, swelling on joints due to osteoarthritis , paralysis and other neurological disease, ankylosing spondylosis, gouty arthritis.

6. Mamsa Kizhi:-

Mamsa Kizhi is specialize therapy  which is performed for the disease related to bone, muscles and nerves .Mamsa means meat  generally uses goat meat, Pinda means bolus sweda means fomentation. The sweda using a bolus which is prepared by using meat along with medicated rice and others herbs is called as Mamsa Kizhi. It is a type of nourishing therapy. The Mamsa which is used for this purpose is processed with different medicine according to the condition of the patient and disease Mamsa Kizhi is indicated in muscular dystrophy, paralysis, premature aging arthritis etc.

Whatever the type of kizhi that is recommended, this wonderful relieving treatment leaves the patient glowing with a feeling of wellbeing that comes when the body, mind and soul are in perfect harmony.

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CELEBRATE NAVRATRI IN AYURVEDIC STYLE

 

According to Ayurveda, fasting is an effective way to ignite the digestive fire and burn away accumulated toxins from the body. It also eliminates gas, makes the body light and preserves overall health. However, in the name of fasting, many of us end up feasting on high calorie food during the nine days of Navratri. Ayurveda mainly focuses on a Sattvic diet consisting of fruits, milk and preparations made from vegetables to cleanse and detoxify your body. Here are some great tips that help keep your energy levels up while you fast during Navratri: 

  1. Make healthy food choices: Fasting is not an excuse to make up for not having your regular food by consuming on potato chips or other unhealthy snacks. Opt for fruits like apples, guavas and oranges that will keep your energy levels in check. Bananas also provide instant energy so keep some handy.
  1. Maintain fluid levels: To avoid getting dehydrated drink lots of water, herbal teas, vegetable juices and fruit juices during Navratri. During the fast, avoid food containing more spices or salt and use rock salt so that your body does not become weak during the fast.
  1. Prevent acidity: Not eating for extended period of time can cause acidity. Keep acidity in check by always having a handful of fruits or nuts to snack on through the day during the fast. It will provide you with energy throughout the day. Mid-day crunchies can keep those hunger pangs at bay.
  1. Use healthier alternatives: Sugar can be replaced with jaggery or honey. Spices contain antioxidants and are protective foods. They add health and give taste to food and helps in digestion. Jeera(cumin), Elaichi(cardamom) and Dhania(coriander) are known for their carminative action.
  1. Avoid Oily food: Avoid oily snacks like singhara or other fried snacks. Opting for grilled or baked food items is recommended if you aim to detoxify your body. Fruits and vegetables are healthier options to choose from.

Here’s an interesting Ayurvedic recipe which you can try out this Navratri.

 Lauki Raita

Ingredients needed:

  • 1 Cup grated Lauki
  • 2 Cups curd
  • 1 tsp Cumin(Jeera) powder
  • Coriander leaves
  • Rock Salt to taste

Method of Preparation:

  • Boil the lauki till soft.
  • Drain the boiled lauki and let it cool.
  • Mix the curd with a hand blender.
  • Add lauki and blend well.
  • Now add cumin powder, coriander leaves and rock salt. Mix well.
  • Keep it in the fridge for an hour and serve it chilled.

 Benefits of Lauki Raita

According to Ayurveda, Lauki Raita is supachya, which means it helps in the digestion process and also helps in releasing the digestive enzymes. It is very good for those who have a weak digestive fire. Moreover, it is also a filling and nutritious option for those who observe fast on Navratri.

Beetroot Juice benefits patients with High blood Pressure

 

A cup of Beetroot Juice is the best Ayurvedic remedy to beat High Blood Pressure. Beetroot is found to be rich in Nitrates, which gives a soothing effect on the blood vessels that directly helps in lowering the Blood Pressure.

 

Researches explain that dietary intake of nitrate content vegetables such as Beetroot, Lettuce, Cabbage or Fennel could easily show improvement in cardiovascular health.

 

According to the researchers, two Beetroots or one large bowl of Lettuce leaves contain the same amount of nitrate. People who consumed this were found to have seen decrease by 10 points in their blood pressure level.

 

It was surprising to see how very little amount of nitrate was used to see such a large effects.

 

Tips to select your best beetroot: Do not select beetroots that look dry or have cracks on them. Look for the smooth beetroots with round shape. Smaller beetroots usually give a better taste than the larger ones. Avoid beets that are larger than 3 inches in their diameter. Rounder beetroots offer sweeter taste.

 

Beetroot and Celery juice for lowering your blood pressure:Use 1 Beetroot, 1 Apple, 4 Celery stalks and 1 inch Ginger to blend and make this powerful fresh juice to fight your high blood pressure.

 

Ritucharya – Seasonal Routine according to Ayurveda

Ritu means Season and Charya means do’s and don’ts (regime). Ritucharya is the observance of diet and regime according to the seasonal changes occurring in India. As we already know, our diet, activities and routine have a direct impact on our health. The environment we live in and the changing seasons also affect our health. The doshas keep changing according to the season. Hence it is important to make some changes in our diet and regime according to the season. There is diversity of seasons in India.

There are 6 types of seasons namely :-

  1. Hemant Ritu – Early Winters
  2. Basant Ritu – Spring
  3. Gresham Ritu – Summers
  4. Varsha Ritu – Rainy
  5. Sharad Ritu – Autumn
  6. Shishir Ritu – Winter

Hemant Ritu (Margshirsh and Pausha that is from Mid-November to Mid -January) and Shishir Ritu (Maagh and Phalgun that is from Mid-January to Mid-March)

This is the time when winters start in India. The environment is dusty and visibility is less due to fog. According to Ayurveda, during this period there is increase in appetite due to which heavy food also gets easily digested.

Diet to be followed:

  • Include sweet and sour food in your diet. Increased vata gets obstructed due to cold weather outside and can digest the tissues. More intake to sweets and sour items can help in reducing the vata.
  • Jaggery can be included in the diet as it is considered to be very useful for the body in the winter season.
  • Diet including wheat or gram flour should be used. Milk products can be consumed.
  • Products from sugarcane can be taken.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Regular oil massage should be done as our body tends to dry up easily this season.
  • Body massage using kesar powder (udavarthanam) can be done as it helps in removing toxins through skin.
  • People should indulge in regular exercise during this season.

Basant Ritu (Chaitra and Baishakh that is about Mid-March to Mid-May) – 

This season is commonly known as the spring season. Environment here is clear and non-dusty. In this season increased kapha is liquefied by the heat of the sun which causes decline in digestive system that causes diseases.

Diet to be followed:

  • Consume food which are easily digestible.
  • Heavy food must be restricted.
  • Oily food should not be consumed.
  • Honey should be consumed as it helps in avoiding diseases caused by kapha.
  • Barley should be consumed. Arishtas can also be consumed during this season.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Sleeping during daytime should be restricted.
  • People should exercise regularly.
  • Uptan (facial) should be done.
  • Nasal medication can be taken.

Grishma Ritu (Jyasth and Aasadha that is about Mid-May to Mid-July)

Commonly known as summer season where heat is increased during this season. Due to which Kapha decreases and Vata increases day by day. Dehydration, exhaustion and lack of energy can be experienced during this season.

Diet to be followed:

  • Lot of liquids should be consumed during this season.
  • Milk and yogurt can be taken in this season.
  • Fresh juices, salads and buttermilk can be consumed in large quantities.
  • Drink cold water

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Avoid excessive physical workout.
  • Apply Chandan paste and bathe in cold water.
  • Sleeping during the day is permitted as nights are quite short during summer season.

Varsha Ritu (Shraavan and Bhadrapad that is between Mid-July to Mid-September)

Commonly known as rainy season. The digestive activity was already weak in the summer season but again it gets triggered during rainy season. Therefore all methods to mitigate the doshas and enhance the digestive activity must be adopted.

The body which is in the durbal avasta ( to purific the doshas and make the doshas healthy and remove the toxins the body Karkidaka chikitsa( monsoon ayurvedic treatment) are done. Mainly Panchakarma chikitsa are done in this period.

Diet to be followed:

  • Food that is easily digested should be consumed.
  • Pulses, soups and old grains should be consumed.
  • Green leafy vegetables must be taken in low quantity or can be avoided if possible.
  • Black pepper, lemon juice and ginger should be consumed to strengthen the digestive system.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Panchakarma should be adopted during this season as it helps to enhance the digestive activity.
  • Apply Agarwood oil to the body.
  • Udavarthanam can be done during this season.
  • Avoid exertion.

Sharad Ritu (Ashvin and Kaartik that is between Mid-September to Mid-November)

Also known as autumn season. There is a sudden exposure to sunlight which increases pitta.

Diet to be followed:

  • Processed ghee with bitter herbs can be consumed.
  • Avoid heavy intake of food.
  • Wheat, barley and rice can be consumed.
  • Easily digestible food like honey, rice, gooseberry and cereals should be consumed.

Lifestyle to be followed:

  • Udvartana of Chandan (sandalwood) must be applied.
  • Bathe in warm water.
  • Abstain from liquors.
  • Avoid sleeping during the day.
  • Engage in physical exercise.

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Herbs that are best in controlling Diabetes

Healing herbs and edible flowers (handcarved olive tree mortar and pestle)
  1. Fenugreek (Methi): Fenugreek seeds are high in soluble fiber, which help lower blood sugar by slowing down digestion and absorption of carbohydrates. It is seen that fenugreek seeds can improve most metabolic symptoms associated with both type 1 and type 2 diabetes in people by lowering blood glucose levels. It contains trigonelline, which is known to reduce blood sugar level. Soak the seeds in water overnight or powdered them and consume it with buttermilk.
  1. Bitter Gourd (Karela): It contains substances with anti-diabetic properties. These substances work individually or together to help reduce blood sugar levels. Karela is rich in vitamins A, B1, B2, C and Iron and its regular use prevents complication associated with diabetes such as eye complications and defective metabolism of carbohydrates.
  1. Jambu fruit (jamun): Its seed contains jamboline, which controls the excessive conversion of starch to sugar. Seed powder can be used with water or buttermilk. It reduces the quantity of sugar in urine.
  1. Bael leaves: They are scientifically proven to be anti-diabetic. Extract the fresh juice of bael leaves and consume it with a pinch of pepper.
  1. Garlic: Garlic contains sulfur compounds which dilate blood vessels. It is this effect that reduces blood pressure. The same compounds help in the metabolism and protect against oxidative damage and even high cholesterol.

 

  1. Cinnamon (Dalchini): Cinnamon bark improves blood glucose and cholesterol levels in people with type 2 diabetes, and can reduce risk factors associated with diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

 

  1. Indian goose berry (Amala): One tsp of its juice mixed with a cup of fresh bitter gourd juice, taken daily for 2 months, enables a person to secrete natural insulin.