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Knowing Ayurveda and its Dosha’s

Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises, Ayu and Veda meaning life and knowledge/science, literally meaning the science of life. It’s a science dealing with treatment of diseases and is also a complete way of life.
Ayurveda aims at developing a society that is happy, healthy and peaceful. It aims at the two most important factors of Ayurveda, ie, to maintain the health of a person and to cure the diseases of the sick.

A Person in Ayurveda is seen as a unique individual made up of five primary elements which are ether (space), air, fire, water and earth.
Similarly, these elements are present in humans too. When either of these elements are imbalanced in the environment, apparently they have an influence on us too. The food and the weather are two examples of the influence of these elements. While we are a combination of these five elements, certain elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions.

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Importance of Dosha’s

● It primarily focuses on formulating and maintaining the balance of life energies within us.
● It recognizes the unique inherent differences of all individuals and therefore advises different plans for different people. Even though 2 people may appear to have the same outward symptoms, their energetic inherent may be very different and therefore call for different remedies.
● Ayurveda assists Nature by living a life of balance according to the law. Ayurveda is a medical practise which perceives the ultimate intelligence and wisdom that flows from one source.
● It also describes the 3 fundamental energies which regulate all natural processes on all levels, namely, Vaata, Pitta and Kapha.
● It pursues to heal the disorders of the mind-body complex and restore harmony.

The Ayurvedic understanding of the universe is based on a three‐ fold system called the Tridosha Theory. The tridosha balances every physiological and psychological process in humans. The interaction among them determines the qualities and conditions of a person. A peaceful state of the Tridosha ( Vaata, Pitta, Kapha) forms balance and health and an imbalance in the tridosha, be an excess or deficiency, exhibits as a sign of disease.
Vata, pitta and kapha are present in every cell, tissue and organ in different scales.
Vata is accountable for the movements of the body and mind. Balanced Vata produces flexibility and a balanced mind.
Pitta is composed of fire and water. It functions are correlated with the digestive processes, metabolic activities and body temperature. Balanced Pitta lends itself to intelligence and leadership.
Kapha is constituted of earth and water. Kapha corresponds to building of body tissues and lubricates, moistens and maintains immunity. Balanced Kapha is love and forgiveness.

 

Benefits of Drinking Hot Water

woman-drinking-glass-water-morningMajority people start their day by consuming a hot cup of tea or coffee once they get out of bed. However a number of studies and experts say that if your day is kick started by drinking a glass of hot or warm water you will easily move towards living a healthy life. Drinking hot water has numerous health benefits. It is a natural regulator of body which helps in healing body, reduce metabolic waste in immune system and provide greater digestive power. It also has a number of skin and hair benefits. Therefore let us talk about some of these beneficial aspects of consuming hot/warm water in our everyday life.

1. Weight Loss
Hot water helps to break down the adipose tissue in your body and maintain a healthy metabolism. To boost your metabolism in early morning you should have a glass hot water with lemon added to it.

2. Assists with Nasal and Throat Congestion
When you talk about cough, cold sore throat or congestion, drinking hot water is the best natural remedy. It helps clear nasal congestion and provides relief from sore throat by dissolving phlegm and removing it from the respiratory tract.

3. Menstrual Cramps
To cure spasms and cramps hot water is very useful.The heat eliminated from the water soothes abdominal muscles and helps it calm down. Therefore hot water helps in getting rid of menstrual cramps.

4. Body Detoxification
Hot water is an excellent body detoxifier. Drinking Hot water increases body temperature which further results in sweat. This actually is a way how the toxins are released in body, which help the body feel cleansed. Also, adding a squeeze of lemon in hot water and consuming gives optimal results.

5. Prevents Premature Aging
Body toxins make you get older faster and hence it is very important to get rid of them. Consuming hot water everyday not only helps you repair the skin cells that are responsible to increase elasticity of skin but also helps damaged skin become more smoother.

6. Prevents Acne and Pimples
There are uncountable benefits of drinking hot water which is useful for skin. It helps you eliminate the root cause of acne related infections and cleanse overall body.

7. Hair Health and Vitality
Drinking hot water helps you to obtain extremely soft and shiny hair as it energizes hair roots and its nerve endings along with making them active.Therefore this helps regain natural vitality of hair and keep them healthy.

8. Promotes Hair Growth
Along with promoting regular root activity, hot water also accelerates the hair growth.Therefore activating roots has another benefit and that’s hair growth.

9. Prevents Dandruff
Hydration is prevented by intake of Hot Water and thus It prevents dandruff and dry scalp.

10. Enhances Blood Circulation and Promotes A Healthy Nervous System
Enhancement of blood circulation is another health benefit of drinking hot water. Blood circulation is very important for nerve and muscle activity in body.Therefore it helps break down the fat deposits in body and in return keeps the nervous system healthy.

11. Digestion
According to studies, drinking cold water during or post meal usually hardens the oil content that is present in the food that is consumed. This makes a fat deposit on the inner wall of intestine that may also lead to intestinal cancer. Therefore to avoid this problem, the cold drinking water should be replaced with hot drinking water which is beneficial for digestion.

12. Bowel Movements
Bowel movements can be kept pain free and healthy by regular consumption of hot water.The bowel movements become slower when the stool gets accumulated in the body which leads to problems of constipation. Thus it is advised to consume hot or warm water empty stomach every morning. It helps in decomposing the remaining food particles and makes their movements through intestine  smooth and pain free.

So start and end your day with a glass of hot water and experience a miracle.

Let our Food Be our Medicine

Some simple Home Remedies

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Did you know that Ginger is an effective remedy for Migraine?

There might be some relief for all those who suffer from Migraine. There is slow but promising evidence that Ginger is an efficacious treatment for migraine. While studies have been inconclusive, anecdotal evidence indicates that this inflammation fighter may help with the chronic and persistent pain experienced by headache sufferers.

 

For those who suffer with Migraine will agree- that it’s a throbbing headache that can last anywhere from a few hours to several days. Migraines can be caused by any number of things, including certain foods (cheeses, nuts, chocolate), alcohol (particularly wine), low blood sugar, and odors such as strong perfumes or cigarette smoke.

For thousands of years, healers have used ginger for nausea and cardiovascular health. Since both of these issues are prevalent in migraines, ginger is a good choice for headache suffers seeking a natural remedy.

A simple preparation given below can help in the treatment:

  1. 500 to 600 mgs of dried ginger taken at the onset of a migraine is an effective antidote to the headache. Repeat the dosage every four hours for four days. Including uncooked fresh ginger in the diet may benefit headache suffers to the point that migraines are no longer as severe or frequent.
  2. Ginger Tea – To make ginger tea, peel and grate fresh ginger root. Place it in boiling water and simmer, uncovered, for 15 to 20 minutes (longer makes a stronger tea). Serve with lemon or drink plain.

Find out more about what’s in your cabinet!

7 Benefits of Ginger that we never knew !!

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Ginger: Zingiber Officinale

Family: Zingiberaceae

 

Nothing beats cold in the winter like a piping hot cup of ginger tea. With its high levels of Vitamin C, magnesium and other minerals, ginger root is extremely beneficial for health.

Here’s why you should have this spice that also belongs to the same family as cardamom and Turmeric.If you recall we did a section on benefits of Turmeric in our last edition !!

Health Benefits of Ginger

  1. Respiratory problems -Ginger’s antihistamine property helps in treating allergies. It is also known to inhibit airway contraction and help stimulate the secretion of mucus. Hence it is the herb of choice for persistent cough and sore throat associated with colds.
  2. Treating nausea and vomiting – Chewing on ginger could reduce nausea and vomiting. According to studies, ginger can treat sensations of nausea following surgery, and due to motion sickness, seasickness, etc. It is also beneficial for nausea as a result of adverse effect of chemotherapy.
  3. Remedy for loss of appetite – Fuel a dull appetite by eating fresh ginger just before you have your meal. So for moms complaining about their kids poor appetite – instead of running to doctors and trying various things; try this one out ! Ginger can get their digestive juices going and increase appetite.
  4. Aiding in digestion and an Anti-Flatulent- Had a large meal? Eat ginger. Ginger improves absorption and assimilation of essential nutrients and aids in digestion. It also helps break down the proteins in your food. Ginger protects your stomach against ulcers by promoting mucus secretion. Further, its carminative (gas expulsion) property provides relief from bloating and gas and helps reduce flatulence

Did you know?

Applying diluted ginger paste on the forehead is believed to relieve migraine headache??  The ability of ginger to inhibit prostaglandin synthesis helps relieve pain and inflammation in blood vessels thereby providing relief from migraine.

 

 

  1. Reduce menstrual pain- Ginger, when taken at the beginning of the menstrual period, can reduce symptoms of menstrual pain in some women. Here are some tried and tested tips to relieve menstrual pain.
  2. Arthritis – The analgesic and anti-inflammatory property of ginger may help reduce joint pain of arthritis in some people. To help relieve muscle and joint ache, add some ginger oil into your bath.
  3. Preventing morning sickness -Some pregnant women may find ginger beneficial in preventing their morning sickness. But it is advisable to consult your doctor before taking it. Read more about how you can deal with morning sickness.

An Ayurvedic Winter!

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Imagine this – Tucking inside the mattresses, sipping a cup of hot tea and coffee (not to forget some pakodas with it!) and gorging on some hot gulab jamuns or gajar ka halwa this season. No guesses – it surely is the winter season and is worth all the wait – isn’t it?? It is a time of rest, storing and preparation. Rest from the bounty of the harvest and preparation for the vitality of the coming Spring. This is a time of being grounded, internalised and still. The weather is often cold, wet, cloudy and heavy and is dominated by the water element. These are all qualities that aggravate kapha; remember that kapha means ‘that which flourishes in water’. Kapha can affect the health of the kidneys, lungs, pancreas, mucus membranes, bladder, blood, synovial fluid, bodily secretions, lipids, ova and testes. This can lead to swellings and accumulations of mucus.

Recommended diet regimen:

Foods that should be consumed
Foods to be avoided
warm foods that are mildly spicy, slightly salty and nourishing Cold and dry foods – as they aggravate Vata
Cereals and pulses like porridge of oats, cornmeal and green gram. Rice and barley preparations Cold drinks
Although honey is sweet it is considered to be beneficial for kapha as it can encourage clearing of mucus.

 

 

Essentially, your diet should clear kapha but not aggravate vata. The digestive fire is usually stronger in winter as the cooler weather constricts the surface of the body and pushes the heat back in to the centre of the digestive system.
But living in winters ain’t easy- especially for our hair and skin.Whipping winds, dry air, and chilly temperatures can really do a number on soft skin and hair. Cold air outside and central heat indoors can strip moisture from strands and pores, making hair rough and skin itchy and dry. But endure cracked hands and Static-y hair no more. Here are some simple do’s and don’ts to ensure maximum good hair days and hence look good !

1. Switch from hot to warm water bath – It’s a myth that one needs a HOT water shower bath during winters. Hot water actually takes away the moisture from the skin , making it look dry and stetched. Turn the shower from hot to warm instead and see the difference !! Your skin feels fresh and this also helps to control the frizz and the static-y feeling in the hair.

2. Ensuring Shine and Bounce

In winters, with extra drying of the scalp and with frizz, your hair can tend to lose a lot of its shine and bounce. Brush out your hair to remove tangles and apply honey over the roots and hair. Cover up your hair in a shower cap or towel and leave it on for about 30 minutes. Wash off with lukewarm water. This will help restore shine and bounce to dull damaged hair. This one treatment that you can not miss when your aim is winter hair care!

3. Pamper your hair and nourish them right! – While going to a spa for that awesome massage is certainly a good idea but it can prove heavy on the pocket. Hence an effective warm oil massage done regularly with good Hair oil is a small yet effective way to ensure free-flowing hair. There are several hair oils in the market, but look out for the ones with natural ingredients like Kliston Hair Oil which have nourishing ingredients like Brahmi, Amla, Methi , Bhringaraj etc.

Winter’s Unwelcome Guests

coughingThere are many things to look forward to in winter: the crisp, bracing air; sitting indoors with a hot drink; warm clothes (winter fashions can be exciting); snuggling up under a quilt at night. But there are some things that are certainly not welcome in this season –those inevitable coughs and colds.

So, why do people have coughs and colds in winter? There are several theories. One is that while in summer people are more likely to be out and about, in winter the tendency is to get away from the cold weather into confined spaces with air heating systems which re-circulate the air and this makes it easier to catch the virus from people who have already got a cough and cold.

Another explanation is the decrease in ultra-violet light during the winter due to shortened daylight. Viruses are very sensitive to UV light as it destroys their DNA. So less UV in winter, more viruses.  Decreased ventilation effectively increases the amount of viruses in the air. Also, since viruses causing respiratory diseases are passed in winter vapour, it is easy to breathe them in again. These are ideal conditions to produce billions of virus particles.

Research suggests that cough and cold viruses are transmitted by hand to the mucous membrane. You wipe your nose, shake someone’s hand and then they rub their eyes and are infected.  Winter sees larger groups of people gathered together in close proximity, leading to much higher infection rates. Reduction of sunlight also causes a depression of the immune system.

What can you do about the winter misery of coughs and colds? Here are some suggestions:

Clean living  Cough and cold germs are spread by contact and it’s thought that in eight out of ten cases, this can be prevented by simply washing your hands regularly – and for at least 15 seconds – with soap and hot water. Be responsible – try not to spread the condition further. Use tissues rather than handkerchiefs for runny noses and dispose them off in a bin after use.

Keeping warm Take grandma’s advice and keep warm. Button up to keep your chest covered. We lose up to 30% of our body heat through our heads – so wear a hat or cap or make sure your head is covered with a warm shawl, specially when you go out.

Avoid huddling and extra heating Because people are much closer together physically during winter, this makes it easier for infections to pass between people. Crowded trains and metros with little ventilation, department stores bustling with shoppers and people gathering at parties …all make catching a cough or cold more likely.
Central heating reduces our defenses and affects the respiratory system by drying out the protective mucous in our nasal passages. The dry, stuffy air of central heating can also lead to sore throats and can aggravate chest complaints. Try to cut down on excessive heating and get out in the fresh air whenever possible.

Herbal care  To withstand the winter onslaught of germs, use herbal medicines that boost the immune system in fighting coughs, colds and flu, and can also act as agents to help heal viral and bacterial infections. Get the right advice for your condition from your doctor.

   A good night’s sleep can cure many problems, specially winter coughs and colds. Sleeping  soundly doesn’t just mean sleeping for seven or eight hours a night. You should be free of worry and anxiety. Try to start the new day on a positive note.

Winter can be fun if you take some simple precautions to keep  those coughs and colds away.