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Managing Seasonal Allergies by keeping your Immunity System strong

  1. Digestive support.

Your digestive support plays an important role in the feeding all the tissues, cells, and organs in the body. Eating less processed foods & sugar and focusing on more whole foods is always preferred. But there are also other simple things that boost your digestive health such as making sure you’re cooking with spices which act as a fuel to your digestive system. Eating at regular times and not skipping meals keeps your digestive system well calibrated. And not taking in too much liquids, especially iced drinks, with meals prevents you from inadvertently putting out your digestive system.

2. Exercise. Doing exercise not only promotes your immunity system but also enhances digestion and strengthens your tissue metabolism. Do not do exercise beyond your capacity as it could result in weakening of your immune system.

3. Proper hydration. It plays an important role not only in the whole body but also in preventing the body’s membranes from getting dry. Excess dryness can trigger a response in the body to create more protective fluids such as sinus mucus to counter the dryness. Lack of hydration can create in building up of the toxins that can lead to diseases.

4. Stress support Stress plays a major part in depleting of the immune system. Breathing exercises are recommended to reduce stress in Ayurveda. Deep breathing is one of the best ways to lower stress in the body. This is because when you breathe deeply, it sends a message to your brain to calm down and relax. The brain then sends this message to your body.

5. Proper sleep Researches show that people do best when they get a 6-8 hours sleep a day.Not enough sleep can give negative affects to the immune system. Having a healthy bedtime routine can mean- turning off electronics at least sixty minutes before bed, doing some gentle body stretches and taking five minutes to do deep breathing.

6. Massage Massage not only makes you feel relaxed but also helps in feeling energized throughout the day. Its helps in clearing off the stagnant lymph and toxins of the body and builds overall immunity system.

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4 Signs you need a Panchakarma Therapy

 

In our day-to-day lives, we are so busy with our work that we tend to ignore tiny signs that tell us about the imbalance in our body. According to Ayurveda, perfect wellbeing lies in maintaining the balance between the three doshas. It starts with our digestive system which builds strong Agni which tackles any health issues at its birth.

However, if our body is accumulating ama, we need to undergo Panchakarma therapy to regain our natural state. As per Ayurveda, it is a cleanse that removes toxins from the body thus giving you an ultimate healing experience that strengthens the immune system and restores the well being and balance through detoxification.

So, let us check out the reasons that scream that you are in need of a panchakarma cleanse.

  1. Fatigue

Since we all have so busy schedules, that fatigue seems to be a normal response that our body gives. However, don’t shrug it off too casually. Fatigue could point towards weak agni. If you are constantly or rapidly tired, it means that either your body isn’t receiving proper nutrition or the digestion process has some flaws. Hence, it is advisable for you to take time off for Panchakarma. The treatment gives your body a break for rejuvenation.

  1. Stress

If your body is disturbed, it causes fatigue, and if your mind is disturbed, it is a grave sign of stress. One is interdependent on the other. Practices like Abhyangam in Panchakarma therapy has a soothing power and offers an instant sense of calm. It not only cleanses out the toxins from the body, but also helps to get rid of negative thoughts from the mind. Combining it with meditation can give you excellent results.

  1. Skin troubles

Though skin is the largest organ of the body, it is one of the most easily ignored ones too. Stress, diet and pollution leaves you with acne and rashes. Treating them externally doesn’t take into account the root of the problems. While Ayurveda believes in getting rid of the source of your health worries. Panchakarma will balance the pitta dosha in your body and a proper detox diet will maintain the condition of the skin.

  1. Constipation

Did you know most of the people have no idea when they are constipated? According to Ayurveda, you should eliminate your bodily waste at least once a day, ideally first thing in the morning. However, this can vary with each person. Constipation symbolizes imbalance in vata. A panchakarma cleanse brings back the balance among all three doshas, and agni to its normal state.

A right Ayurvedic practitioner and consultation will help you on your journey to finding the state of health and balance. So, look nowhere else! Visit Ayurvedic Village.

Ayurvedic treatment for Kidney Stones

 

If you enjoy eating spicy or salty mineral rich food, doesn’t give much attention to your water intake in a day and avoids going to the washroom till the last minute, then you surely are asking for kidney stone troubles. Found especially in men, Kidney stone is known Vrukka Ashmari in Ayurveda where vrukka means kidney and ashmari translates as stones.

So what are kidney stones and how are they caused?

Formed due to crystallization of minerals and waste materials in the urine cause kidney stones. It could be a size of a pin head which passes easily through urine or in worst cases, it could be quite large causing pain and bleeding or blocking of urine.

According to Ayurveda, all diseases are directly linked to aggravation of three doshas – Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. Improper diet and unhealthy lifestyle cause the impairment of the digestive system. This later forces the formations of toxins called as ama in our body. They traverse down to the urinary tract and causes crystallization and formation of kidney stones.

What causes kidney stones?

  • Overexposure to sunlight
  • Excessive physical activity
  • Heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages, tea or coffee
  • Less intake of fresh veggies
  • Drinking less amount of water
  • Increased intake of meat, fish and poultry

What is the Ayurvedic treatment of kidney stones?

Attempting to dissolve the stones in the kidney itself is the best way to treat the disorder. In Ayurveda, usage of diuretic and stone-dissolving herbs is applied for stones which are minute in size. After which, a full body cleanse is done using toning and rejuvenating practices.

Another therapy that is extremely effective to get rid of kidney stones and help the body to regain strength is the Panchakarma therapy. However, it is the doctors who advise which method is good for the patient’s condition.

A few tips to follow:

  • Drink at least 1 to 2 liters of water every day.
  • If you sweat more, then increase the consumption of water. Same applies during hot weather conditions.
  • Add barley, ginger, or brown rice to your diet.
  • Never ever suppress the need to urinate.
  • Drink more liquids like juices or soups.
  • Avoid tea, coffee, alcohol, aerated drinks, pickles, and chocolate.

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.

Customer Diaries – Manish Valchandani

For a sportsman, there is nothing worse than a physical injury. A professional golfer from USA, Manish Valchandani was working as a software engineer for 13 years when he suffered from Spinal Disc Herniation. He underwent a surgery called Microdiscectomy to fix it in 2007. However, he decided to pursue his passion for golfing into a full time profession in 2012.

That is when the pain in his spinal cord resurfaced. Since he couldn’t risk his body with any more surgeries, he decided to opt for alternate medicine or treatment for his problem. Being an Indian, Manish had heard quite a success stories from his relatives and friends being treated well through Ayurveda. After a lot of research, he decided to come to Ayurvedic Village since it is the best wellness centre in Mumbai making him easier to fly in and out of the city if need arises.

There is no better recommendation than the one that comes directly from our treasured customers. Watch the video to hear how Manish Valchandani felt at home in Ayurvedic Village and how our team helped him get his life back on track successfully.

Customer Diaries – Vishaka Majumdar

Vishaka Majumdar was suffering from breathing troubles, chronic cough and cold. She was a little overweight and felt weak constantly. She underwent allopathic treatment, but no results were to be seen. When her condition deteriorated, doctors asked her to get a full body checkup and that is when it came into light that she had hyperthyroidism.

Since, allopathy was ineffective, many of her relatives and friends suggested her to opt for Ayurveda. She visited Ayurvedic Village’s residential centre in Morbhe and felt at ease instantly. Tucked away from the maddening crowd, Ayurvedic Village gave her a calm atmosphere she needed. Our team of specialized doctors suggested her various treatments for her ailments. After her stay at Ayurvedic village, she feels perfectly healthy now.

Watch the video where Vishakha retells us the story of how Ayurvedic Village brought a positive change in her life.

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.

Prevent childhood obesity

Parental instincts always state that the kids should be well fed to maintain their health and body. However, it could go wrong if you confuse your love with food. With technology taking over today, almost every kid is addicted to their play stations, tablets or television sets.

With no outdoor activities and continuous eating, the child may be prone to obesity. A chubby kid surely looks cute but don’t let it blind you about the health issues and diseases that obesity may invite. The excess body fat negatively affects a child’s health. Curb obesity at a young age can set a pathway for better lifestyle and health in future for the children.

The major cause of childhood obesity is parents. Buying them electronic gadgets or allowing them to eat fast foods is not a way of showing your love. It might make your kid happy now, but few years down the line, you might regret your actions.

Like adults, kids too need to burn the fats they are eating. Hence, it is extremely important that your kids indulge in physical activities. In adulthood, they could face health issues like asthma, snoring, knee pains, sleep apnea, Type 2 diabetes and high levels of cholesterol.

So, then comes the bug question. How to prevent childhood obesity?

You can start with yourself first. Like we teach good manners to our kids to make them better human beings, similarly be a role model to promote about good nutrition. You need to follow a diet thus letting your kids follow your footsteps.

You also need to educate them about the harms of childhood obesity. Explain to them what it means, the causes, symptoms, effects and prevention. Let them nurture the importance of nutrition, thus enabling them to make proper decisions about food.

Here are a few tips you can follow:

  • Maintain a healthy diet and meal plans for the kids.
  • To grab their attention, make your dishes look attractive and appealing to them.
  • Tell them to learn about their hunger and how to eat accordingly. Never force them to eat more.
  • For fussy eaters, know their preferences, or favourite items. You can make various versions of it so your kid enjoys eating more.
  • Switch off the television while eating.
  • Fast food consumption should be allowed once a week only.
  • Avoid beverages like tea, coffee and soft drinks.
  • Encourage exercises, outdoor activities, swimming and yoga.

Parents play a major role as far as prevention of the onset of obesity in children is concerned. Don’t brush it off lightly!

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.

At Ayurvedic Village, various beauty packages are available. A right Ayurvedic practitioner and consultation will help you on your journey to finding the state of health and balance. So, look nowhere else! Visit Ayurvedic Village.