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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.

5 Warning signs of protein deficiency

 

Even though protein rich foods are widely available, some of us still tend to slip through the cracks. People whose diet isn’t rich in meat can be counted amongst them. Protein deficiency is something to take extremely seriously as its deficiency can lead to gallstones, arthritis, and muscle deterioration, as well as heart problems.

Here are a few signs that say that you are in desperate need of protein.

  • Puffed eyes

With less amount of protein in the body, it can lead to decreasing the amount of plasma protein. It can be caused by low amounts of iron in the body, leading to Anemia and a condition called Oedema. As a result, your eyes will start swelling.

  • Constant food cravings

Do you find yourself craving for burgers, chips, or pizza all the time? When your body doesn’t have the needed amount of protein to give you strength to go on with your daily activities, you feel the need to eat something. Hence you find yourself dragged to candies or chocolates or junk food.

  • Thinning hair

When your body is deficient of proteins, the first organs to suffer are your nails and hair. Though hair thinning can be a hereditary problem, protein deficiency can also trigger it. There is no protein for nourishment of hair and nails. Hence deeming to one of the important indicators for checking the same.

  • Frequent illness

Are you falling sick too many times all of sudden? If yes, then you should probably check your protein levels. It helps to build a strong immune system where red blood cells and white blood cells work together to ward off all the pathogens and bacteria in the body. It helps increase your resistance power against diseases.

  • Fatigue

Less amount of protein is equal to lowering glucose levels in the body. It helps stabilize the sugar and energy levels. If that is hampered, you feel tired and weak. Protein deficiency leads to muscle loss. When your diet is low on proteins, your body starts eating up the tissues to meet the requirements.

5 Wonder herbs of Ayurveda

 

Times are changing and people are relying more on traditional forms of medicine instead of allopathy. 8 out 10 times people opt for a home remedy for any health troubles, including common ones like cough, cold, etc. In the past, only our grandparents had an idea about what herb was effective for which diseases. Hence to educate the new generation about Ayurvedic herbs we bring you a few herbs that are more special as compared to the rest.

  • Tulsi

 

Also known as basil, tulsi is considered to be holy in India. The strong flavour and fragrance of basil leaves soothes digestive system. Consumption of 100mg per kilo of body helps to curb  acidity and heals ulcers in the stomach. Its antibacterial quality is best to fight against many germs and ailments as it enhances the immune system. If you suffer from bad breath, gargle with a glass of water boiled with basil leaves.

  • Garlic

 

The favourite ingredient in Indian meals to add flavour, Garlic has various medicinal benefits that are not known to many. It prevents troubles like high blood pressure and cholesterol. It reduces the risk of gastric cancer, colon and cervical cancer. If you are a heart patient suffering from angina, increase the intake of garlic as it improves the condition by significantly lowering the blood pressure rates. Just add it to soups, curries or include in raw form in salads.

  • Aloe Vera

 

Very popular in cosmetic and beauty applications, countries like Greece, Egypt, China, Japan and India has been using Aloe Vera for centuries. It helps you to keep your skin wrinkle-free and young. It is full of enzymes, vitamins and minerals, that protects the skin from harmful effects of radiation. It also works great as an anti-septic and flushing out toxins from the body. It retains the elasticity of your skin by reducing stretch marks and magically helps with acne trouble.

  • Fenugreek seeds

 

A research report by a medical college states that cholesterol levels of patients were lower when given 25gm of fenugreek seeds every day before meals than those who weren’t. For people suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure, it is highly recommended to eat fenugreek seeds daily. This aromatic Asian herb is best to combat loss of appetite and soothe ulcers and boils.

  • Turmeric

Turmeric  dominates Indian kitchens. However, we use it majorly for flavouring and colouring purposes in  our food. Its medicinal values are often neglected. Did you know turmeric has a substance called curcumin that has antispasmodic and anti-inflammatory properties which are wonderful in treating arthritis. Also, if it is blended with a teaspoon of honey, it becomes the perfect home remedy for cough and cold.

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Food dictates your mood

We have often heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. But how well do we understand it and even if we do, how much do we remember to follow it? Most of us have no idea that food affects our mood in a huge way.

In Ayurveda, health is called ‘svasthaha’, which can be translated as – Sva means ‘higher self’, sthaha means ‘to be established in’. The age-old medicine also includes a branch called ‘Svasthavritta’ which has core values of how to preserve our wellbeing and prevent any disease at its onset.

According to Ayurveda, the universe is made up of three gunas that contribute in keeping human beings healthy on the physical, emotional and mental levels.

  • Tamas

It signifies our inner dark passenger. When our the Tamas levels dictates our body, feelings like depression, confusion and lethargy takes over. It is very common to feel unsure about our own self and the meaning of our life. We unconsciously get addicted to sadness and suffering. Though our minds tell us there are various ways to snap out of it, we find it impossible to follow.

During such periods, we tend to be inclined to foods that are heavily processed, stale or dull like canned/ frozen foods, mushrooms, cheese, and beef.

  • Rajas

Rajas is quite the opposite of Tamas. It looks after your movements and action. However, like everything in excess is dangerous, too much of Rajas can make you angry, jealous or ignite hatred, manipulation or violence in you. When Rajas dictates your mind, you stop co-operating or supporting others, instead you feel everyone is holding a personal grudge against you.

If you have excess of Rajas, you crave salty, spicy or junk foods like chips, candies, wasabi, etc.

  • Sattva

Originated from the word Sat which means truth, Sattva reveals our true essence. It is related to inner peace, harmony and happiness in our life. It is the feeling you experience when you love someone truly. Increasing Sattva is the key to balanced health. Hence, eat more fresh, easily digestible foods like fruits, clarified butter, dry fruits, cardamom and many more. Try to increase your intake of Sattvic foods, whereas, on the other hand, avoid eating Rajas and Tamas inducing items.

What kind of eater are you?

 

After months of confusion and debate, you finally decide to lose weight. So you grab the most popular diet that is currently trending in the market and adapt your lifestyle according to it. As weeks go by, you fail to see any results, whereas people are raving about how their lives have changed with that diet. Unable to understand, you switch back to your usual eating habits.

We don’t blame you. Most of us have no idea that there are different types of eater and losing weight has nothing to do with your frail will power. Hence, you need to follow a diet that considers your eating habits. This will increase your chances of achieving your ideal weight goal.

So let us find out what kind of eater are you?

Eat-it-all eater

  • Even after a full fledged meal, do you feel that you need to eat more?
  • When you start eating, you find it difficult to stop?
  • Do you eat heavy-sized meals?
  • Have you never cared about the calories the foods contain?
  • Have you seldom felt full after eating?

If you said ‘yes’, then you are a feaster – the one who eats it all. Buffets are your favourite. Research suggests the reason behind feasting so much is that you don’t secrete enough hormones from the gut that informs the brain that you are full. It is advisable that you follow a high-protein diet, low-GI diet. You may feel pride in the tremendous amounts of food you can gulp, but it is a serious condition where one could die of overeating. Hence, you need to strictly learn the portion size that enough for your stomach. Reduce your carbs by replacing rotis with jowar bhakris and include more fruits and veggies in your meals.

Always-munching eater

  • Can you never pass a plate of food without grabbing a bite for yourself?
  • Do you a bag of chips or nuts always handy with you?
  • Do you think about food most of the time?
  • Do you take constant bites out of food while cooking?

If you honestly answered the above questions as ‘yes’, then you are a constant craver. For you every meal is a celebration and you savour each bite of it. Such people are more prone to obesity. Known as foodies, they are always looking forward to eat something, hence it could be quite difficult to put them on diet routine. Hence, you can diet for a minimum of two days out of a week. Opt for high-protein, 800 calorie meals on those days. Increasing the fiber intake with salads, fruits and soups can fill them up easily. Also, try meditation to help mind to avoid wandering towards food.

 Emotional eater

  • When sad, the first thing you do is pick up a tub of ice cream?
  • Do you seek comfort in food when things don’t go your way?
  • Do you keep chocolates with you if you feel sad or dejected?
  • Are baked goods your escape route when lonely?

If you ticked yes to above question, then you are an emotional eater. Though sweet foods like ice cream and chocolates after a rough day may soften your mood, but it is a sign that you need to reconsider your eating habits. Refined sugars treats or junk food like potato chips release endorphin, a hormone that instantly makes you feel good. However, exercising, relaxing spa or massage too achieving endorphins and have the similar impact. Therefore, next time, if you crave food when feeling down, go take a walk instead.

Keeping your heart healthy

 

Preventing heart attacks isn’t just about avoiding unhealthy foods. It ranks top as the one of the killers in the world. Proper diet, healthy lifestyle and regular exercising make a huge difference. You just need to take small steps in a healthy direction and that begins by knowing the healthy choices! Then it gets easier to make choices every day that help keep you healthy.

The basic way to protect your heart is finding a right balance between fresh fruits and vegetables in your meals. The average heart beats over 2.5 billion times throughout the course of our lives, and if we take care of it properly, we can help the heart to work optimally.

Ayurvedic Village brings you few food suggestions that will enhance the condition of your heart.

  1. Pomegranate

 

The bright red phytonutrients in this fruit helps to enhance the colour of the oxygenated blood. Research suggests that pomegranate is effective in preventing high blood pressure, high cholesterol and inflammation. The seeds contain fibers and healthy fats. So drinking the natural juice of pomegranate can make a huge difference.

  1. Leafy greens

 

Considered as nature’s gift, leafy greens have low calorie count and are packed with nutrients. If you find it difficult to eat leafy greens raw, you can tossed them with some lemon juice and olive oil or cook it with ginger, mustard seeds or black pepper.

  1. Whole oats

 

Studies show that whole oats are a cholesterol lowering food. If eaten daily, whole oats can improve your health in a good way faster. Ayurveda says that breakfast should contain soaked or slow-cooked whole oats with spices such as ginger and cinnamon along with soaked dried fruits is the best way to start your day.

  1. Legumes

 

Replacing red meat in your diet with plant-based protein diet lessens the chances of cardiovascular diseases in women. It is effective in lowering plasma cholesterol concentrations. Ayurveda suggests that legumes such as red lentils and moong beans are easily digestible. Soaking, sprouting, and slow-cooking legumes with cumin, coriander, fennel, and ginger can decrease the digestive concerns experienced by some people when eating beans.

Harmful effects of Lemon!

 

The benefits of lemon are seemingly endless. People usually kick start their day with lemon and lukewarm water together. Known for its therapeutic property since generations, lemon helps to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered a blood purifier. It also used majorly in many beauty home remedies.

But like every other thing, lemon has side effects too. You can read all day long about how you can get rid of scars with the help of lemons, which is not always true. So here are a few harmful effects of this acidic fruit you might have no idea about.

  1. Beauty purposes

If you use lemon on your pimples, it might sting or even bleed or for people with dark skin, it can cause spots to appear. However, if you have a dry or normal skin, lemon juice has the tendency to excessively dry out the moisture and leave you with flaky skin.

  1. Tooth erosion

Lemon is acidic which can erode the tooth enamel, thus making your teeth sensitive to hot or cold foods. If you really want to drink acidic juices or beverages, you can sip them with a straw thus minimizing the destruction. Drinking too much lemon juice can lead to canker sores.

  1. Heartburn

If you already have burning sensation in your heart, drinking more lemon juice is nothing but adding fuel to fire. It can worsen your situation or cause heartburn even if you don’t have any. Hence, cut back on those acidic foods and drinks.

  1. GERD

Gastroesphageal reflux disorder or GERD is triggered by spicy or acidic foods. Lemon juice is one of them. If you have symptoms like heartburn, nausea and vomiting, stay away from lemon juice as it stops the ulcer from healing properly. Lemon juice can exacerbate GERD symptoms as the acid content can irritate the esophageal lining.

  1. Dehydration

In some cases, lemon water might have a diuretic effect. It contains ascorbic acid which has diuretic properties. It increases the urine production in the kidneys. If you start to feel dehydrated after heavy lemon water consumption, consider controlling the amount of lemon juice you add to your drink.

Hence Ayurvedic Village would suggest that do not drink lemon with water to treat any medical problem without the advice of your doctor.

Ditch Botox! Get a perfect facelift through Ayurveda!

Having a wrinkle free skin! Isn’t it every woman’s dream? However, as we age, wrinkles become a part of us. So to get rid of them, the first thing everyone opts for is cosmetic surgery or botox. Also, there are many allopathic techniques to attain the same. But are you ready to deal with the side-effects it would bring? Can you be able to stick needles in your face?

Even if you say yes, we just wish to ask you, why? Why undergo so much of pain and risks when you can get a perfect facelift through Ayurveda. Panchakarma therapy not only gets rid of the wrinkles but also restores a youthful glowing skin.

But the best time to undergo the treatment is monsoon, as the doshas are aggravated during the rains causing imbalance in the body. Ayurveda helps to maintain a mind-body balance then proceeding to curing your ailments. Rasayana tantra, which is one of the eight branches of Ashtanga Ayurveda, which deals exclusively with rejuvenation, should be followed.

Did you know how wrinkles are formed? Scientifically it is caused by lack of collagen; however in layman terms, sleeplessness or dehydration are the major reasons behind it. Excess exposure to sunlight and pollution can make your skin unhealthy. This encourages the aging process to move faster. Along with that, the seasonal changes also induce wrinkles.  When the climate is hot and humid, the skin feels sticky and the sweat released gives way to pimples and wrinkles. And when it is cold outside, your skin gets dry making it crack and sag. Also, unhealthy diet of oily and spicy foods adds fuel to fire. Chemicals like preservatives, dyes and artificial flavours in the diet enhance wrinkles in the skin.

Dietary tips to follow:

  • Consume plenty of water, at least about 2-3 liters every day.
  • Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits.
  • Avoid sweets, chocolates, junk foods, dried, oily and spicy food.
  • Eat a piece of ginger along with 2 tablespoons of honey daily to help skin glow.
  • Drink a blend of pineapple and apple juice.
  • Apply a mixture of sugarcane juice and turmeric powder on your face.

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All you need to know about Karkidaka Chikitsa

Though Monsoon is considered to be the most romantic of all the seasons, it also brings numerous deadly diseases along with it. Hence, along with enjoying the rains, one should be ready to ward off the seasonal diseases and gear up to stay healthy.

Quite popular in Kerala, Karkidaka Chikitsa is a monsoon treatment is widely followed to stay protected in the rains. The goal of the process is to attain body-mind detoxification and rejuvenation through Ayurveda. The treatment is undergone for 14 to 21 days in order to achieve best results.

The reason that monsoon is considered to be the best time to try Karkidaka Chikitsa is that this is the time when the tridoshas namely Vata, Pitta and Kapha are in aggravated state. The therapy helps to flush out all the impurities in your body thus bringing back a balance in your mind. Also, if you are aware, during rains, air holds high humidity that tends to drain out the ojas in your body which causes weakness. Hence, Karkidaka Chikitsa’s holistic qualities make it the best choice for you.

Karkidaka Chikitksa includes:

  • Listening to spiritual scriptures and empowering discourses.
  • Alleviating existing conditions to prevent any illness in future.
  • Adopting healthy routines; i.e. maintaining a fixed eat-sleep schedule daily.
  • Attending Satsanga or social gatherings to keep a positive frame of mind and invoking helpful nature towards the society.
  • Following a special diet to maintain immunity.

The different treatments in monsoons include Snehapana, Abhyangam, Nasyam, Pizhichil, Dhara, Virechanam and Vasthi.

Also, the diet for the treatment includes ‘Karkidaka kanji’ or porridge during monsoons.

A few dietary patterns to be followed in Karkidaka Chikitsa:

  • Drink boiled water after it is cooled.
  • Incline your diet more towards liquids rather than solids.
  • Indulge in regular oil massages to be rejuvenated.
  • Avoid raw vegetables or salads during this period.
  • Include more ginger in your diet as it helps to ease digestion.
  • No spicy, salty or fried foods.
  • Eat vegetables that are easily digestible and light on the stomach.

Ayurvedic Ingredients to Energize and Heal your Body – Part 12(Finale) – Mango/Aam/Mangga

 

Mango is known to help prevent Cancer.
According to Ayurvedic texts this king of fruits has been around at least 6000 years while providing most of the essential substances needed by our body. This cancer and heart prevention fruit is rich in Vitamin A, E, B, K and fiber. Therefore, mangos also strengthen the immune system of a body. The green mangos are valuable in blood disorders due to its great Vitamin C content.
However, in moderation yellow ripe mangos balances the tridoshas. Ayurveda recommends to not to drink water right after eating green mango due to the fact that it causes bronchitis, cold, cough and respiratory congestion.

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