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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.

Saffron – The ‘Golden Spice’ of Ayurveda!

Derived from the Arabic word, Zafran, Saffron is one of the most expensive spices in the world. However, in the world of Ayurveda, it is called as ‘Varnya Gana’ which can be translated as the one that enhances fairness and adds glow to the skin. Not just in Ayurveda, Saffron is quite popular in Chinese and Unani medicinal preparations. It has the ability to pacify all three doshas.

The health benefits of Saffron cannot be overstated more. It is an all-rounder spice that helps with many health troubles.

  • These red sticks act as ‘Rasayana’ and helps your body attain complete rejuvenation by improving your immunity and energy levels.
  • Saffron has bronchodilator effects which improve the respiratory functions of the lungs. It also helps in boosting pulmonary oxygenation therefore it works best for conditions like cough, cold, asthma, etc.
  • If you have soreness and inflammation in your mouth or tongue, you can simple massage your gums with saffron.
  • In heart patients, it aids to lower the blood cholesterol and triglycerides by keeping the blood presume under control. It can also be called as a cardio tonic.
  • Ailments like indigestion, vomiting, diarrhea and acidity can be cured with Saffron. Also, it improves your digestion and increases your appetite.
  • If you are facing trouble in between the sheets, Saffron works great as an aphrodisiac and cure impotence.
  • For those who are suffering from insomnia, mix a pinch of saffron with warm milk and drink it at night for a sound sleep.
  • For women, Saffron is a wonder herb. It not only helps managing PMS and irregular menstruation, but it has also been prescribed to facilitate difficult labour.
  • Saffron is considered as a blood purifier and anti–inflammatory in nature.
  • Popularly known for treating skin troubles, many Ayurvedic medicines contain Saffron for getting rid of acne, dry skin, dark circles, spots, etc. It beautifies you by giving you a natural glow. Also, when a pregnant woman drinks milk mixed with Saffron in her 3rd trimester, it imparts fair complexion on the baby.
  • Along with physical woes, Saffron deals greatly with neurodegenerative disorders. It promotes learning, memory retention, and recalling capacity. It is useful in the treatment and management of age related mental impairment. Saffron has been known as an effective and safe treatment for early Alzheimer’s disease.

Are you drinking enough water?

There is no denying that sometimes a single glass of water can be more nerve-soothing than a cup of coffee. Inspite of this, many of us don’t manage to drink enough water every day. Be it our hectic schedules or scarcity of the resource, drinking limited amount of water can be harmful to our bodies. However, many of us don’t even realize that they are depriving themselves of water. Asking ourselves that ‘Am I drinking enough water?’ will never fetch the right answer.

Therefore, you need to ask yourself the following questions to know if your daily intake of water sufficient?

  1. Is your skin dry?

Since skin being the largest organ in the body, the effects of drinking less amount of water can be first seen on it. If your skin isn’t hydrated properly, it will turn dry. A lack of water means a lack of sweat, which leads to a body’s inability to wash away excess dirt and oil accumulated throughout the day.

  1. Are your eyes dry?

Now it is obvious that more organs than mouth, throat or skin will be affected. Without water, your tear ducts dry up and you will have bloodshot eyes. This could cause more trouble if you wear contacts or wear glasses on a daily basis.

  1. Do you have joint pain?

Not many of us know that our cartilage and spinal discs are made of 80% water. It helps to keep the bones grinding from each other. By keeping our body hydrated, your joints are ready to experience any sudden movements.

  1. Do you stay sick longer?

Water flushes out harmful toxins from the body. But if you go into a dehydration mode, the body starts sucking up the stored water from other organs or blood. And that will open up Pandora’s box.

  1. Are you experiencing digestive problems?

Water lubricates the digestive system. Without enough water, the amount and strength of mucus inside your stomach increases, giving way to stomach acid harm you. This leads to heartburn, indigestion and constipation.

  1. Are you aging prematurely?

The amount of water our bodies retain naturally decreases as we age. Hence, the older we get, the more amount of water we should drink. While premature aging is more evident on the outside, the damage it does to our insides will ultimately be felt over time.

So, pour yourself a glass of water now!

Do you have white patches on your skin?


Are you freaking out due to the recent occurrences of white patches on your body? Vitiligo is a medical condition that causes white patches to appear on your skin. It is a non-contagious skin disorder that loses pigmentation on your skin. More than physical, it can harm the patient emotionally. Since, the white patches start to appear mostly on body parts like hand, neck and chest, the person suffers mentally.

What are the causes for white patches?

  • Triggered from genetics
  • Imbalance in the immune system
  • Improper melanin secretion
  • Diseases like Psoriasis, Diabetes, Rheumatoid Arthritis and other inflammatory diseases

Initially starting from neck, hands or chest, the white patches could expand in size. However, they could be more prominently seen on the wrists and face. Reports suggest that 80% of patients also suffer from mental depression.

If you wish to treat the white patches at its onset in a more natural way, there are many Ayurvedic herbs that can help you.

  1. Pippali

This herb pacifies the imbalances in Vata and aggravates Pitta. It is popular for treating skin diseases  and white patches as well as other health issues like diabetes, indigestion, tuberculosis, lung disorders, cough and cold.

  1. Dantimool

Works best for cleansing the digestive system, Dantimool is beneficial for people suffering from hemorrhoids. Since it cleans up all the toxins from the body, the result is glowing and clear skin. Thus, helping you to treat white patches.

  1. Amalaki

This Ayurvedic herb is known best for purifying blood circulation and maintain sugar levels in the body. It also cleans up the digestive system. The anti-oxidant properties in Amlaki enables it to enhance the luster of hair and nurture the skin. It can also be used externally to treat any skin troubles.

  1. Shunti

Shunti is not only good for the digestive system, but it also proves to be beneficial for treating heart diseases, increase immunity from cold and lower cholesterol. It is one of the best herbs to treat the white patches disorders in patients. However, if you want more prominent results, you can take it along with Tulsi.

Mobile apps that can help you stay healthy

It is no more a secret that digital addiction is considered as an obstacle in staying healthy. Rigorous texting, long hours on computers and binge-watching television shows are few of the reasons why you neglect taking care of your own health. But we want you to turn your digital addiction for your help. Don’t just limit using your smartphones for social media or chatting, you can now download a number of apps that can help you be healthier. Well, technology has definitely made lives easier.

So here is a list of apps that you should download on your phones now.

  1. Fooducate

 

You need to be fully aware of what you are eating and how does it affect your body. Fooducate is the perfect way to keep a tab on that. Most of the people don’t have much information about nutritional aspects of foods. Thus, it becomes difficult for them to keep a track of their daily calorie intake. You can get everything on Fooducate. It also helps you set your weight goals, according to which it tells you how much should you eat and exercise in a day to achieve it.

  1. Fitstar Personal Trainer

 

Due to our hectic work schedules, it becomes impossible for many of us to go to a gym regularly. However, Fitstar Personal trainer will help you get fit at any time any place you like. After gathering your health information, it creates a personalized workout routine for you. If you find difficult to decipher the written instructions, there are videos of each exercise to help you. Try the 7 minute workout routine.

  1. Waterlogged

 

Staying hydrated is one of the important aspects of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Drinking water improves your kidney functions and also fights constipation. But most of us forget to drink enough water in a day. Waterlogged solves this problem by keeping a track of every ounce you drink and setting a water amount goal for every day.

  1. Mindshift

 

Don’t forget about your mental health when trying to renew yourself. You need a stable mind, body and soul for complete rejuvenation. Adults too suffer from nervous disorders like anxiety. Mindshift is an intuitive app that can tell what the current problem is by analyzing your feelings and give you a detailed information on how to calm yourself down. This is a quick and easy way to be proactive and prevent yourself from shutting down due to an excessive amount of anxiety.

Corporate life and stress management

 

Managing any number of responsibilities, constantly travelling and juggling other facets of life are the key reasons causing stress in the corporate world. Men and women working in a corporate organization are suffering from health related matters as well such as, hypertension, heart conditions, high blood pressure, etc.

The types of people that are likely to fall into this category might be, CEO’s, CFO’s, COO’s, politicians, bankers, investors, brokers, realtors and YOU! Yes, you might not even realize that your job is taking a toll on your health. Therefore comes the big question, “How can one manage his corporate life and stress?” Like every other health trouble, stress too should be treated as a grave concern.

So, we bring you a few tips to help you be a pro at your work while not being hindered by stress.

  • A healthy lifestyle is the first step towards achieving any healthy goal. Also, exercise more often. Walking is the best way to relax your mind and improve circulation in the body.
  • If you wish to take it a notch higher perform a tough physical workout once a week. It will help to reduce stress and improve physical as well as mental health.
  • Be your jovial best. Try to have more fun at work. Smile more often and induce a sense of humour with your staff. It will create sustainable relationships that will go a long way.
  • Don’t fret about things you have no control over. Instead, change your attitude towards it.
  • Practice Abhyanga as this ancient practice of self massage with medicated oils have the ability to calm the nervous system and rejuvenates you.
  • Try a good cleansing practice to get rid of toxins in your body. A detox diet along with ayurvedic cleansing therapies like Sneha Vasti or Shirodhara works best for stress.
  • Another ayurvedic therapy that fights stress is Nasyam as it soothes the nasal passages by relieving the accumulated stress and enhances mental clarity.
  • Before going to bed, massage your feet every night. This practice grounds the energy, soothes the nervous system, reduces stress, quiets the mind, and promotes sound sleep.
  • Take a leave from your work every year for at least two weeks. Take a vacation to a place that will induce peace in your life, recharge your batteries and restore your mental health.

One such place for stress management is Ayurvedic Village. Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city life, experience the sheer bliss of Ayurveda and rejuvenate your body like never before at Ayurvedic Village. For more details, visit – www.ayurvedicvillage.com

Ayurvedic Herbs that help you meditate

The best way to fight stress and increase your ability to focus is through meditation. Increasing your ability to focus can boost creativity, promote problem-solving skills and decrease the stress associated with multi-tasking. However, sometimes, we need some help before even starting the meditation. If you are one of those anxious types who struggle keeping patience, meditating could be a big challenge for you. But, you can enhance your experience of meditation with the help of some of ayurveda’s herbs.

Brahmi

Translated as ‘the herbs that gives the knowledge of Brahman or Supreme reality’, Brahmi is a brain tonic. It calms your mental wellbeing and clarity while boosting memory and concentration. Add 1/2 teaspoon of organic brahmi powder to a cup of hot water, then add honey to taste, and drink the tea just before your meditation practice.

Jatamamsi

This ayurvedic herb is a mental soother as it calms the nerves of an anxious, agitated mind. Originated from the Himalayas, Jatamamsi is a powerful brain booster and memory enhancer. Boil 1 teaspoon of jatamamsi in 1 cup of milk for five minutes and drink in the morning.

Hibiscus

Also known as ‘mantra repetition’, these exquisite flowers enhance the attention in meditation. It also helps in strengthening devotion and making mantras more fruitful. Set 1/4 ounce of the organic flowers in 1 pint of cool water, and drink a cup of this refreshing summer tea to encourage devotion to your spiritual practice.

Shankha Pushpi

Shankha Pushpi rejuvenates your mind, body and soul. It enhances your creativity and intelligence by improving the blood circulation in your brain. It also aids in learning and boosting memory. Prepare an infusion by mixing 1/2 teaspoon of the powdered organic herb in a cup of hot water.

Instant natural remedies for relief from toothache

Toothache can be difficult to endure and can ruin your day in a snap. You could lose all your focus since tooth troubles are extremely distracting. Though it is recommended to visit a doctor as soon as the signs of tooth pain occur, you can soothe the pain with some natural remedies till the time of your appointment.

We bring you few home based remedies that can give you a few moments of relief from the excruciating pain in your gums.

Baking Soda

Moisten a cotton swab with water and dip it well in baking soda. Apply it on the affected areas. If that doesn’t help, you can rinse your mouth with a mixture of a teaspoon of baking soda in warm water. After rinsing, you can drink the fluid for pain relief.

Oregano oil

Don’t apply oil of oregano directly. It is suggested that you mix a few drops of olive oil and dab the mixture on your gums with a cotton ball. If you are running out of olive oil, just mix oregano oil with lukewarm water instead.

Salt water

It is well known that salt is best used for reducing inflammation, pain or infection. Mix a teaspoon of salt with warm water and rinse your mouth with the liquid. It helps in preventing the infection to spread further in your mouth.

Hydrogen Peroxide

This works as a natural disinfectant by killing the bacteria in the infection as well as relieves pain and inflammation. Mix 2 teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide and a tablespoon of warm water. Rinse your mouth with it. However, do not swallow the mixture.

Wheatgrass

With wheatgrass, all you need to do is chew the leaves for pain relief. Also, you can replace your mouthwash with wheatgrass juice as it absorbs the toxins from gums, reduces bacteria, and avoids contamination.

Onion

Acts best as a natural antibiotic for fixing up throbbing toothache, onion is highly sought after in various natural remedies. You can either place a freshly cut onion on the area or extract the juice and apply with a cotton ball.

Cloves

This is an age-old favourite remedy that has been passed through generations. Just keep a dry stalk of clove on the tooth or apply a hint of clove oil where it is paining.

Clear it up!

 

A stuffy or blocked nose turns to be quite annoying. Also referred to as Nasal Congestion, it is caused by cold, flu or sinus infections that are a result of inflamed blood vessels, excessive mucus buildup in your nostrils, hampering your breathing. In kids or newborn babies, it could be a dangerous problem as it affects breathing. But worry not! Fortunately, stuffy nose can be cleared with a few natural and effective remedies.

Honey

Two teaspoons of honey – that’s all you need to unclog your nose. If you want better results, mix at least 3 teaspoons of honey in warm water or milk.

Lemon

Create a mixture of 2 teaspoons of lemon juice, ¼ teaspoon of black pepper powder and a pinch of salt. Apply it around the nasal area to treat blocked nose.

Ginger

For instant relief, consume 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger mixed with a glass of warm water. If this mixture is too strong for you, you can make a tea with a mix of ginger, lemon juice and honey to obtain effective results.

Tomato Juice

Tomatoes are rich in vitamin C which will boost your immune system and also works to open up the sinuses to remove the mucus and also reduce the inflammation in the vessels.

Apple Cider Vinegar

If taken straight up without mixing it with anything, Apple Cider Vinegar thins the mucus quickly and drains our the sinuses in your nose. Thus, it cleans up your nasal passage giving you easy access for breathing.

Eucalyptus Oil

One of the most effective home remedies for stuffy nose is Eucalyptus oil. Pour a few drops of eucalyptus essential oil on a handkerchief or on a small piece of cloth and inhale its fragrance.

Onion

The smell of onion can awake the unconscious. So imagine what it can do to your stuffed nose. Peel off and cut an onion. Smell it for 4-5 minutes. It will clear your nose, giving you relief from nasal congestion.

Or if any of the above remedies don’t work, you can visit our Ayurvedic Village centre for Nasyam. Our highly skilled doctors will suggest you proper treatment after a detailed consultation. Visit www.ayurvedicvillage.com for more details.