Author: <span>Ritu Gaur</span>

Neutralise acidity with natural laxatives

We often hear people say, ‘I have acidity problems.’

But have you ever think about what can you do to get relief from acidity?

Here is the simple & home made cure –
CCF tea ☕️
. In 250ml water, add-
. 15gm Cumin seeds
. 15gm Coriander seeds
. 10 gm Fennel seeds
Give it a boil for 5-8 mins (till it is half of original quantity)
Filter and have it after lunch & dinner.

Also,
✅Avoid unhealthy eating habits
✅ Avoid eating just before sleeping
✅ Avoid high intake of table salt, spicy food
✅ Avoid excessive consumption of tea, coffee & carbonated drinks
✅ Reduce stress
✅ Drink more water & hydrate your body
✅ Stop taking non steroidal anti inflammatory drug or antacids
✅ 7-8 hours of deep sleep is necessary
✅ Consistency is the key to all health problems

Triphala Churna

Triphala (the three fruits) is an Ayurvedic, polyherbal which contains three ingredients :
Bibhitaki, Aamlaki & Haritaki

Triphala has been used in Ayurvedic medicine for thousands of years.

Each fruit has positive effect on body’s three doshas.

Health benefits of Triphala –

🌷 It support bowel health and improves digestion

🌷 Prevents constipation by detoxifying body

🌷 High in antioxidants

🌷 Helps in building immunity

🌷 Works as an anti-aging by increasing collagen production

Triphala is available in supplement form, as a pill & in powder. Please follow package direction for dosage

Triphala is most effective when taken right before bed with a glass of lukewarm water

I hope this information will help you ☺️

Are you oiling your hair right?

For healthier and stronger hair, Oiling is the best thing you can do to your hair.

Since the ancient times, oiling has been used to enhance hair health & it gives the essential nutrients which prevent your hair from premature greying.

Following is a list of the many benefits of oiling your hair regularly :

💆‍♀️Prevents premature greying

💆‍♀️Prevents dandruff

💆‍♀️Induces new hair growth

💆‍♀️Reduces stress

💆‍♀️Gives shiny and strong hair.

Oiling tips :

🍃Use lukewarm oil & apply directly on your scalp with the help of your fingertips or cotton ball 🍃Don’t massage it with your palm, always massage it with your fingertips 🍃Massage continuously for at least 10-15 minutes
🍃Steam your hair with a hot towel to ensure better absorption of oil
🍃Leave oil on your hair overnight
🍃Wash your hair the next day, within 24 hours
🍃Oil your hair at least once a week 🍃 Avoid combing your hair right after your oiling

🌷How I make oil for healthy and strong hair :
Ingredients :
Coconut oil 500ml
Mustard oil 300ml
Curry leaves powder 3 tbsp
Amla powder 3tbsp
Fenugreek seeds powder 2tbsp

Procedure :
Add all above ingredients into a deep pan & give it a boil for 5-7 min (on very low flame, don’t burn it)
Let it cool & pour into clean glass bottle.

12 Ancient Indian Habits that you should live by and why?

#1 SUNLIGHT IS POWER

Speaking of ancient healthy habits…
How many of us get exposed to natural sunlight without fearing of sun damage and skin tanning?????
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Sunlight is very important factor in the very formation of life.. It is the best source of energy available
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Plants need sunlight to grow. Animals including humans, need plants for food and the oxygen produced by plants
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Seeing the natural light of the sun helps the brain to work better. (Don’t stare into the sun, but allow your eyes to be exposed to natural outdoor light)
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Every single cell of our body requires vitamin D which our body synthesizes using sunlight
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Vitamin D is often referred to as “THE SUNSHINE VITAMIN”

People those who are deficient to Vitamin D – may suffer:
Bone and back pain,
Depression,
Muscle loss,
Hair fall,
Hormonal imbalance,
And Dull skin

The prevalence of Vitamin D deficiency ranges from 40% to 99% of Indian population, with most of the studies reporting a prevalence of 80%–90%. It was prevalent in all the age groups and high-risk groups alike

So, Go out and take sun ☀️ bath – both you and kids
Even a 15 min exposure is a great habit

 

#2 SURYANAMASKAR

Surya Namaskar or Sun Salutation is an ancient technique of paying respects to the sun.
It is a form of expressing gratitude to this source of all life on earth

Why one should do 108 Surya Namskar???

First understand the science behind this ancient technique:
Ancient Indian sages have said ‘different energies govern different parts of the body’. For instance, the solar plexus which is located behind the navel is connected to the Sun.

Regular practice of Surya Namaskar enhances the size of the solar plexus. This helps in increasing your creativity, intuitive abilities, decision-making, confidence and leadership skills. This is why the practice of Surya Namaskar is highly recommended

Health benefits of Practicing Surya Namaskar

☀️It helps keep you disease-free and healthy
☀️Regular practice promotes balance in the body
☀️Improves blood circulation
☀️Strengthens the heart
☀️Improves gut function ☀️Stimulates abdominal muscles, respiratory system, lymphatic system, spinal nerves and other internal organs
☀️Tones the spine, neck, shoulder, arms, hands, wrist, back and leg muscles, thereby promoting overall flexibility
☀️Psychologically, it regulates the interconnectedness of body, breath, and mind, thus making you calmer and boost the energy levels
☀️Surya Namaskar is also immensely beneficial for losing weight, skincare and hair care
☀️ And as mentioned in the previous post… It gives you vitamin D. (For importance of vitamin D – visit previous post on our page).

 

#3 PRACTISE MALASANA

Yoga is absolutely a gift to humanity from our ancestors. In yoga therapy, asanas are not practiced for the sake of burning extra calories, but to develop body awareness, to understand the language of body, the way it works, and what suits it best.

Here I would like to mention about Mālāsana
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Mālāsana is a term for various squatting āsanas in hatha yoga and modern yoga as exercise.
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Benefits of Mālāsana

🧘‍♀️Malasana stretches the thighs, groin, hips, ankles, and torso
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🧘‍♀️It tones the abdominal muscles and improves the function of the colon to help with elimination .
This pose also increases circulation and blood flow in the pelvis, which can help regulate sexual energy
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🧘‍♀️Malasana improves balance, concentration, and focus
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☀️Hippocrates said, “All diseases begin in the gut. Poor digestion is the root of all evil.”

So, start practising ancient yoga pose -Malasana and get relieved from constipation 🙃🙃🙃

 

#4 ABHYANGA

The Abhyanga (body massage) is an ancient practice. It’s believed to promote wellness and balance, along with stress relief and healthy skin.
Abhyanga is done with warm oil. The oil is applied on the entire body, from the scalp to the sole of your feet.

Abhyanga is typically performed by a massage therapist. But it’s also possible to do self-massage.

According to abhyanga practitioners, healthy skin is the prime benefit of massage.
The oil used nourish the skin and improves its overall appearance.

Benefits of Abhyanga
🍁Increases in skin blood flow
🍁Reduces appearance of wrinkles, cellulites and scars
🍁Improves skin smoothness and softness
🍁Decreases hyperpigmentation 🍁Reduces muscle stiffness
🍁Improves vision
🍁Increases energy and alertness
🍁Increases physical strength
🍁Delay age-related changes
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For self-massage, follow these tips:
🍂Make sure the oil is warm but not too hot
🍂Take your time on each body part.
🍂After massaging your soles with oil, be careful while walking. The oil could make you slip
🍂Use a clean towel when you get out of the shower
🍂Do an abhyanga self-massage daily for optimal results .
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🌿Oils to use:
The best oil for abhyanga depends on your body type

* Dry skin: Use heavy oils like almond or sesame seed                *Sensitive skin: Apply a neutral oil like ghee
*Oily skin: Use a light oil, such as sweet almond or flaxseeds

 

#5 EAT SATVIK FOODS

“You are what you eat” is an old saying. This is based on a teaching from our shastras including Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, Bhagwat Gita, and the various Upanishads
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In Bhagwat Gita chapter 6 shloka 17 where Krishna says to Arjuna “Yukaharaviharasya yuktachestasya karmasu Yuktasvapnavabodhasya yoga bhavati duhkhaha”
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It means “the one, whose diet and movements are balanced, whose actions are proper, whose hours of sleeping and waking up are regular, and who follows the path of meditation, is the destroyer of pain or unhappiness.” .
The message is relevant even today, validated by modern scientific research and analysis of data

Every person is distinct as his or her personality depends upon three attributes called satva, rajas and tamas

Satvik food : Is living food. With life energy inside it. It is food straight come from nature with no or minimal human interference.

Rajasik food : Foods that are too bitter, too sour, salty, pungent, dry and hot in nature. It includes foods with excess flavouring of salt and spices.

Tamsik : Food that are stale (eaten after 3 hours of being cooked), rotten (meat and fish) and foul (bad smelling)
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Our modern lifestyle with its high level of stress, less physical activity and toxins leads to a life that fluctuates between Rajsik and Tamsik. For healing of body and to achieve happiness we have to transcend from Rajasik and Tamsik to SATVIK diet
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Eating a satvic diet is a way to promote, and keep, satva—a clear head space of truth and stability. You can get there by eating more fresh, local foods; being thoughtful about how you prepare them; and sitting down to enjoy your meal.

 

#6 SIMPLE CLOTHING

Clothing in India changes depending on the different ethnicity, geography, climate, and cultural traditions of the people of each region of India.

Historically, male and female clothing has evolved from simple garments like kaupina, langota, dhotis, lungi, saree, and gamacha to cover the body into elaborate costumes not only used in daily wear, but also on festive occasions, as well as rituals and dance performances

Herodotus, an ancient Greek historian, mentions Indian cotton in the 5th century as “a wool exceeding in beauty and goodness that of sheep.” When Alexander the Great invaded India, his troops started wearing cotton clothes that were more comfortable than their previous woolen ones.

Cotton fabric is breathable and transmits moisture away from the body and is absorbent and removes liquid from the skin.

Cotton allows you to remain comfortable as you exercise, keeping moisture from building up between your skin and clothing

Cotton clothing protects from heat in the summer and cold in the winter by providing thermal insulation as the cotton fabric traps air between the fabric fibers

Cotton is hypoallergenic and does not irritate skin, it is used in medical products like bandages and gauze, and is the fabric of choice when it comes to baby clothing

Cotton clothing is soft and easily stretches, making it a comfortable fabric to wear. Due to its softness and comfort, it is often used in undergarments

Following are the Side effects of modern clothing:

Wearing ridiculously tight or skinny jeans is often linked to nerve impairments and yeast infections

Tingling and numbness are symptoms of the condition meralgia paresthetica (Meralgia paresthetica is a condition characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain in your outer thigh. The cause of meralgia paresthetica is compression of the nerve that supplies sensation to the skin surface of your thigh ) that occurs when the nerve that runs down the front of the thigh is compressed

The butt-squeezing, thigh-hugging denim can cause nerve damage if it is too tight

Note : Avoid using tight and skinny clothing
Use comfortable cotton cloths
Avoid using tight undergarments
Always wear clean clothes

 

#7 USE VEDIC UTENSILS

Have you ever tried handi chicken🍗 or handi biryani ? If you have, you would know the difference of the taste of the chicken as compared to what is cooked in normal utensils

In the olden times, people in rural India along with storing water in earthen pots also used to cook in clay pots or handi, which is very beneficial for health.

Clay pots add many important nutrients like calcium, phosphorous, iron, magnesium and sulfur to food, which are extremely beneficial to our body. Clay is also alkaline and thus, acts neutralized the acidity in the food, which makes it easier for us to digest

Oil is not necessary for cooking in a clay pot and thus, it is observed that food cooked in clay pots are much lower in fat than food prepared in any other method

Due to slow cooking and porous nature of clay pots, the moisture and aroma tends to stay in the pot without losing any nutrient, hence making it flavoursome

Note:
Now a days clay pots are glazed with substances that contain lead, mercury and many others that can be hazardous for health. If you manage to get an unglazed and pure earthen pot, you can start cooking in them after soaking them in water for some time

Copper utensils :
Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vital to human body. It has antimicrobial, antioxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties.

To know, benefits of copper utensils please read my previous post on “benefits of drinking water in copper bottle”

Iron Kadhai :
Iron kadai is smoothest in the Indian market. It makes it more easy to clean and saves your time while cooking

When you cook food in iron vessels, it reacts with the metal surface. As a result, iron gets released in the food (which helps to increase HB in blood) .

Note : Water and other fluids should not be stored in iron vessels. Iron reacts with moisture and forms rust, For this reason, any food cooked in iron vessels should be transferred immediately to another dish or a-glass. Don’t cook Sour or acidic foods such as kadhi, rassam, sambhar or tomato based curries. They may react with the iron to create an unpleasant metallic taste.

#8 USE SPICES

Spices add aroma, fragrance, taste and flavor to the Indian Cuisines. Not only this but all the spices have their own health benefits in some unique ways.

Use spices , not sauces 😑

Imagine your food without any spices. Unimaginable 😬😬😬 isn’t it?

You can be more creative in use of spices if you know it’s uses better. . See uses of few Indian spices

1. Hing (Asofoetida) : remedy for whooping cough and stomach ache caused due to gas.

2. Elaichi (cardamom) : to control bad breath and digestive disorder. Also good for coping with diabetes.

3. Dalchini (cinnamon) : it helps for natural production of insulin and reduces blood cholesterol.

4. Launge (clove) : beneficial for chest pain, fever, cough and cold. Also coping with tooth ache and sore gums.

5. Zeera (cumin) : Good source of iron and keep immune system healthy.

6. Dhaniya (coriander) : good for coping with soar throat, allergies, digestive problems, fever etc.

7. Curry leaves : beneficial for reducing blood sugar. Dried leaves are extensively used in herbal medicines

8. Jaiphal (Nutmeg) : for treatment of asthama , heart disorder and bad breath

Now why not sauces: ❌

They can cause acid reflux, mouth and throat irritation, vomiting, diarrhea, dizziness, headache, mild spasms & muscle aches etc.
Lycopene present in tomato sauce can cause accumulation of fat under the skin, indigestion and worsened hot flashes.
Also regular use of sauces can cause headache, nausea and weakness. So please start using spices in cooking, not sauces 😉

 

#9 MINDFUL EATING

Firstly, what is Mindless eating :
We are distracted by television, work, computer or social media while we eat. Many people eat very fast and feel too full by the time they stop eating. Have you ever been eating something and started reaching for more, only to realize you have eaten the whole thing and didn’t really even taste it? This is an example of mindless eating. This is because we are not paying attention to our hunger and our fullness levels. We’re paying more attention to what we are watching or doing, than when our body is saying its full.

Now what is Mindful eating :
Mindful eating is a practice that helps you gain control over your eating habits (Buddhist concept) .

How to do it :
* Pay attention to the food that you eat, minimizing distractions (no mobile, TV, social media)

* Sit down, slow down and savor your meals and snacks

* Bless your food (The positive thinking and blessing of the food change the molecule structure of water, influencing the fluid cells in food and the way they affect your body and digestion) .
*वदनि कवळ घेता नाम घ्या श्रीहरीचे ।
सहज हवन होते नाम घेता फुकाचे ।
जिवन करि जिवित्वा अन्न हे पूर्णब्रह्म ।
उदरभरण नोहे जाणिजे यज्ञकर्म ॥१॥
जनीं भोजनी नाम वाचे वदावे ।
अती आदरे गद्यघोषे म्हणावे ।
हरीचिंतने अन्न सेवित जावे ।
तरी श्रीहरी पाविजेतो स्वभावे ॥२

* Pay attention to your senses: smell, taste, noticing colour and texture of food

* Slow down your eating, chewing food thoroughly

* Tune into your body signals of hunger and fullness

* Eat when hungry and stop at a comfortable level of fullness

* It allows you to feel in control and enjoy the experience of eating so much more

* It has been shown to promote weight loss, reduce binge eating, and help you feel better

Remember that learning “how to eat” is just as important as learning “what to eat.”

 

#10 CIRCADIAN CYCLE

Circadian rhythms are linked to your body’s internal clock and your sleep/wake cycle (also known as your body clock)

We’re designed to have 24-hour rhythms in our physiology and metabolism. These rhythms exist because, just like our brain needs to go to sleep each night to repair, reset and rejuvenate, every organ needs to have down time to repair and reset as well.

Circadian rhythms help set our sleep patterns, the brain controls the production of melatonin, a hormone that promotes sleep.

Your circadian rhythms works best when you have regular sleep habits, like going to bed at night and waking up in the morning around the same time each day.

Skip using blue light-emitting devices at least one hour before going to bed (like mobile, computer, etc). This type of light has been shown to impact the levels of melatonin your body produces, more than any other wavelength.

Chronic disruption of circadian (daily) rhythms/the day/night cycle leads to :
Weight gain (obesity)
Impulsivity
Slower thinking and other physiological and behavioral changes.

So, follow the law of nature :

🌱Wake up early (before or with sunrise)
🌱Step outside or look out of your window, connect with natural sunlight after wake up
🌱Exercise at the same time everyday
🌱Eat only after sunrise
🌱If you take a power nap don’t cross 30 min
🌱Consume more nutrients/calories in morning breakfast & lunch time
🌱 Early dinner as close to with or after sunset as possible
🌱Set sleep time & wake up time at the same time everyday
🌱Phone, computer & Screen off 1hr to 2hrs before bed time 🌱Do Intermittent fasting (more than 12 hrs) & listen to your body when you eat

 

#11 MORE PHYSICAL ACTIVITY AND LESS USE OF TECHNOLOGY

Our ancestors never went to gyms and didn’t even even know about Pilates, Aerobics, Tabata or Zumba.
Then….
Why were our ancestors healthier? .
Here are some reasons why they must be healthier and happier than us:

They were active in doing their daily activities. They had to look after their house and didn’t have maids or servants taking care their daily chores. They did not sit on a desk all day looking at a screen.

They led a simple life where there was no internet. Meaning – If they went out for a walk, it meant they were walking, looking outside, enjoying walk and not checking phone, emails or WhatsApp messages. This reduced stress levels and more importantly anxiety levels.

They had the art to cut off and concentrate and enjoy the simple pleasures of life, where we all fail miserably

They had no televisions, Netflix or Amazon Prime and did not spend hours on watching them. They were following circadian cycle.

The most ancient individuals were less likely to have been predisposed to cancer and neurological/psychological conditions.

We can try and simplify things around us. All we need to do is sometimes slow down and enjoy the small joys life has to offer us.

Following are some tips to increase physical fitness :

🏋️‍♀️ Avoid using elevator 🏋️‍♀️ Use cycle or walk to near places 🏋️‍♀️ Do household chores yourself
🏋️‍♀️ Walk your pet
🏋️‍♀️ Plant and care your own garden
🏋️‍♀️ Replace a coffee break with a brisk 10-minute walk. Ask your spouse/friend to accompany

Exercise may also change levels of chemicals in your brain, such as serotonin, endorphins and stress hormones

To maintain health and reduce risk of health problems; health professionals and researchers recommend a minimum of 30 minutes of moderate-intensity physical activity on most, preferably all days.

Doing any physical activity is better than doing none. If you currently do no physical activity, start by doing some, and gradually build up to the recommended amount.

 

#12 MEDITATION (ME TIME)

The word meditation stems from meditatum, a Latin term that means ‘to ponder’. Through the practice of meditation, we can seek to find a better connection with our body.
Meditation is a process to relax and rejuvenate your mind

Health benefits of Meditation :
Stress & anxiety reduction is one of the most common reasons people try meditation

It can also lead to an improved self-image and more positive outlook towards life

It helps you develop a stronger understanding of yourself, helping you grow into your best self

It helps increase the strength and endurance of your attention

Improvements in attention and clarity of thinking may help keep your mind young

Meditation can also improve physical health by reducing strain on the heart & helps to reduce high blood pressure and Meditation is the best way to spend your me time.

 

Working from Home? Remember these Health Tips

Make a schedule & stick to it : Make a schedule for exercise, meals, for family and for yourself

Hydration: Keep 1 lit water bottle with you, so it will be easy to remember to drink water. Make sure that you are drinking enough water (try to drink Kokam, kairi panhe, buttermilk, lemon juice & coconut water)

Take care of your gut : Include prebiotics and probiotics in big meals like curd, pickle, raw salad and buttermilk etc.

Body posture : If you are sitting in front of computer then adjust the chair height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees are in line (or slightly lower) with your hips. Sit up straight and keep your hips far back in the chair. The back of the chair should be somewhat reclined at a 100- to 110-degree angle. Ensure the keyboard is close and directly in front of you. Don’t sit for long time at one place. Take a break and stretch for relaxation.

Snacking : Always choose healthy options for snacking or for munching like dry fruits, whole fruits (not juices), makhana, roasted seeds, egg items, cooked sprout bhel with lemon etc.

Exercise : Make sure that you are giving at least 40min for exercise or yoga or HIIT or dance or any physical activity.

I Hope it will be useful 🤗

What is Alkaline Body?

Alkalinity means that something has a pH higher than 7.
The human body is naturally slightly alkaline, with a blood pH of around 7.4.

Alkalizing is a necessity to eliminate the probability of diseases by reducing inflammation.

What are the symptoms of acidic person?
* Feel sluggish and unwell * Body odour and bad breath * Bloating
* Bloody or black stools or bloody vomiting
* Burping
* Dysphagia — the sensation of food being stuck in your throat
* Hiccups that don’t let up
* Nausea
* Wheezing, dry cough, hoarseness, or chronic sore throat

To maintain optimal bloodstream pH or to reduce acidic nature of body you can choose a diet rich in alkaline-forming foods such as vegetables (especially green leafies), fruits and herbal tea.
Limit or eliminate highly acid-forming foods such as cheese, meat, chicken, and fish.

“No diseases, including cancer, can exist in alkaline environment.” – Dr. Otto Warburg
Best alkaline water: Lemon juice
Outside the body, anyone can see that lemon juice is very acidic. It’s natural state is acidic with a pH of about 2, but once metabolized it actually becomes alkaline with a pH well above 7. So once fully digested, its effect is proven to be alkalizing with many health benefits. (For more information check my previous post on Lemon water)

Sound Sleep for Brain Health

Sleep is a vital, often neglected, component of every person’s overall health and well-being.
Good sleep allows your mind to regain focus and tackle those tricky mental challenges. It stimulates creativity.

Sleep is linked to several brain functions, including: • concentration  • productivity  • cognition

Children’s sleep patterns can have a direct impact on their behavior and academic performance.

When a person does not sleep long enough, it can interfere with their body’s ability to regulate food intake correctly.

During sleep, your body repairs the damage caused by stress, ultraviolet rays and other harmful exposure, as well as muscle injuries and other traumas.

Other benefits include: • better workout intensity  • energy boost  • better body coordination  • faster body response

Detox drink : Neem leaves juice

Neem (Azadirachta indica) is recognized as a medicinal plant well known for its antibacterial, antimalarial, antiviral, and antifungal properties .
Its anti-bacterial, anti-parasitic, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties not only benefit your health, but can also help you get rid of common beauty problems.

Neem has been highly beneficial against harmful fungi, parasites, and viruses

Neem leaves are excellent for your liver, which automatically enhances your digestion. Apart from this, consuming neem on a daily basis also destroys excess bacteria in the intestinal region and cleanses your colon, further facilitating a smoother digestion.

They stimulate your immune system and detoxify your blood, thus preventing many diseases. Anti viral activity of the leaves keep you away from viral diseases for it inhibits the growth of virus in your body.

Dosage: Take one tablespoon (15ml) of neem leaf juice daily on an empty stomach each morning for three months.

How to make neem leaves juice:
Take 8-10 neem leaves+ 4-5 Tulsi leaves (The anti-inflammatory properties of tulsi help lower inflammation, lowers the risk of heart disease, rheumatoid arthritis and inflammatory bowel conditions)
Add 50ml water (to dilute you may add more water)
Grind it… filter it in a cup
Enjoy Neem green juice (immunity boosting juice)

Note : Pregnancy and breast-feeding women: Neem oil and neem bark are likely unsafe when taken by mouth during pregnancy. They can cause a miscarriage.

Ayurvedic Clock

Ayurvedic Clock = Biological Clock + Mother Nature’s Clock

Ayurvedic Clock Time Blocks
Vata time: 2 to 6 am and pm
Kapha time: 6 to 10 am and pm
Pitta time: 10 to 2 am and pm

Activities for Vata Time
2:00 and 6:00 am, is an ideal time to meditate
2:00 and 6:00 pm, the high vata energy makes it a great time to do creative endeavors.
The qualities of air and ether that are present during this afternoon cycle of vata dosha are naturally more playful and light.

Activities for Kapha Time
Exercise in the morning or no later than 7 pm to allow your body to wind down and prepare for bed during the kapha evening cycle.
Turn off your screens and reach for a relaxing book before 9:00 pm at the latest.
Go to bed before 10:00 pm

Activities for Pitta Time
Our body has the most bile to help break down food at this time, so we want to consume our largest meal of the day during this four-hour window.
Eat your largest meal of the day during afternoon pitta time.
Schedule your most physical or analytical tasks during the pitta daylight hours.

Health Benefits of Coriander juice

Coriander is an herb extensively used in all kitchens across the world.
It is a great source of minerals and vitamins. Coriander juice serves as an effective detoxifier.

The health benefits of coriander juice are:
1. It helps to reduce cholesterol
2. Regulate blood sugar
3. Treat skin inflammation
4. Mouth ulcers
5. Weight loss and many other conditions

When taken early in the morning on an empty stomach, coriander juice serves as an effective detoxifier

HOW TO MAKE CORIANDER JUICE
1. Clean and chop handful of coriander leaves
2. Add 200ml water, 5gm grated ginger, and 5-6 mint leaves
3. Blend this mixture in blender
4. Strain the mixture, add lemon juice and salt
5. Combine everything and serve chilled garnished with ice cubes and lemon slices.

Health Benefits of Probiotic and Prebiotic Foods

PROBIOTICS are “good” bacteria or live cultures – in your gut and PREBIOTICS are a special form of dietary fiber which act similar to fertilizer for the probiotics.

Probiotics contain lactobacilli and bifidobacteria which are found in yogurt, other fermented foods and in some dairy products.

Foods rich in Prebiotics:
Banana
Mushrooms
Garlic
Whole grains
Sweet potatoes
Leafy greens.

Foods rich in Probiotics:
Yogurt
Pickle
Cheese
Miso
Kombucha

Know more about Ashwagandha

Ashwagandha is an ancient medicinal herb with multiple health benefits. It’s botanical name is Withania somnifera.

Health benefits of Ashwagandha :

⚡️It can reduce anxiety and stress, help fight depression, boost fertility and testosterone in men.
⚡️Boosts brain function.
⚡️Stabilises blood sugar level.
⚡️Offers anti-inflammatory benefits
⚡️Supplementing with ashwagandha may be an easy and effective way to improve your health and quality of life.

Traditionally, it was used as a powder mixed with honey and warm milk for calming effect and regulating your sleep and wake cycles.

You can have a cup of hot milk mixed with 1 teaspoon of powdered Ashwagandha before bedtime.
Also you can have it with pre-workout meal for better strength. You may add it to oats shake , smoothies or in lukewarm milk.
Dosage: Standardised root extract is commonly taken in 450–500-mg once or twice per day.
( Note: Dosage will differ person to person )

Women who are pregnant or breastfeeding should avoid it.

Consult your healthcare practitioner/ Dietitian before using ashwagandha.

5 Foods to reduce Cholesterol

Cholesterol is not necessarily bad for your health, it has several health benefits too.

Blood cholesterol serves/assists in body functions like:

1. Building cell membrane structures.

2. Producing hormones like estrogen, testosterone and adrenal.

3. Producing Vitamin D and proper functioning of metabolism.

4. Digestion, by producing bile acids.

It doesn’t imply that you must indulge in high cholesterol foods. Reason being, your body is capable of producing cholesterol on its own. There are basically two types of cholesterols :

a. LDL (Low-density lipoprotein) or bad cholesterol – since it can clog up your arteries which may cause heart attack.

b. HDL (High-density lipoprotein) or good cholesterol – since it helps remove excess cholesterol out of the cells, including cells in the arteries.

Dietary tips to avoid high cholesterol : 

1. Avoid bakery products, fast-food and takeaways. Animal products specifically red meat intake should be monitored/carefully picked if you have high cholesterol.

2. Seafood on the other hand is good for health.

3. Increase intake of fresh fruit, vegetables and whole grain foods.

Healthy Lifestyle like avoiding alcohol & smoking and regular exercise could help you keep your cholesterol and blood sugar levels in check.
Note: This is a informatory message and not necessarily applicable to every individual. Each individual has different needs based on his/her body type.
Please consult Doctors if you are facing any serious medical issues.

Detox Water (Copper bottle + Cucumber + Lemon + Ginger + Cinnamon Stick + Mint Leaves)

Detox drinks filter out toxins from the food we consume and also help provide digestive juices to disintegrate them from the healthy nutrients.

Also Detox water is a natural diuretics which makes you urinated more frequently. This results in the body getting rid of the toxins making the kidney cleanse itself.

Detox drinks with Vitamin C rich foods purify your skin cells and gives you rejuvenated and glowing skin.

What are Beauty Foods

For healthy skin you need :
1. Healthy gut
Healthy gut = healthy skin
So to remove all the toxins from your body/gut, try green juices : (Cucumber + celery + mint leaves + tulsi leaves + ginger + lemon + 200-250ml water).
It clears out toxins from the liver and prevents constipation .
Ghee : Ghee improves your gut health.
Try to drink (10ml-15ml) early in the morning (see my previous post)
Also ghee moisturises your skin internally. .
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2. Vitamins and minerals
. Vitamin C : aids in your skin’s natural regeneration process which helps your body to repair damaged skin cells.
To get vitamin C, drink AMLA JUICE early in the morning or post lunch/dinner.
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Vitamin E – It’s an antioxidant.
Reduces skin itching, prevents inflammation and protects from sun damage.
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. Biotin B7 : water soluble vitamin important for energy metabolism.
You may get red, scaly skin rashes if you are deficient.

Note : To prevent deficiency of these vitamins you may have supplements in tablet form as per the RDA.
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3. Try concoction water which contains – jeera + saunf + jawing + coriander.
It helps to reduce acidity, bloating.
Improves the skin. Reduces body heat.
This is the best drink for those who have digestive problems. .
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4. Water : Drink lots of water for glowing skin. (See my previous post about water) .
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5. Avoid simple sugar 😬
. Carbonated drinks
. Juices 🥤 (eat whole fruits always)
. Sleeping in makeup ( one night of sleeping 🛏 in your makeup is likely to cause long lasting damage to your skin).
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6. Skin care routine :
Know your skin type and use cosmetics/hygiene products according to that.

Go to bed without makeup. Follow skin care basic routine (cleansing – toning – moisturizing).

Always use good makeup remover and organic cotton pads. Change the skin products as per the age and season.

Self care is not selfish 😉

Why cut-out Dairy?

Dairy causes digestive problems for the 75 percent of people with lactose intolerance.
Also, due to the high number of hormones such as oestrogen and progesterone found in cow’s milk, when you consume dairy, your body takes in these hormones as a bi-product. These additional hormones, when mixed with your own, may cause mood swings/ hormonal imbalance/ irregular menstruation/ acne and bloating.

Best tips to deal with Constipation

When you’re constipated, your body is not able to get rid of waste (carbon dioxide, water, and other, possibly harmful, substances) like it needs to. Having it every once in a while is common, but if you’re dealing with symptoms for more than 2-3 months, your constipation is chronic. And that raises your chance of having complications:
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Hemorrhoids :
The veins around your rectum and anus swell. These swollen veins are called hemoroids or piles.

Anal Fissures :
Passing hard stools or straining to pass stools can tear the tissue around your anus. These tears are anal fissures. They cause itching, pain, and bleeding.

Impaction :
When you can’t get stool out of your body, it can start to stick together in your intestines. The hardened mass gets stuck and causes a blockage. The squeezing your colon normally uses to push stool out of your body can’t move it because it’s too large and hard.
It can cause pain and vomiting. You may even have to go to the emergency room for treatment. Children and older adults are more likely to have fecal impaction.

Beat the root with Beetroot

“Beet root”
💫 Inorganic nitrate is found in beet root. Nitrate helps improve the efficiency of the process that occurs in mitochondria, known as the cell’s energy factory.
💫After drinking beet juice, the amount of oxygen needed to sustain moderate exercise goes down (positive effect on our heart).
💫Improves lung function and strengthen muscle contraction.

💫Note : Drink beet juice slowly. This raw juice is strong supporter for thinning bile for properly digesting fat as well as detoxifier of the liver. You may experience nausea, vomiting and diarrhoea if you start out with too much at once as bile flow is increased and toxins seek to exit you system.
💫If you are drinking regularly, it can affect the colour of urine and faeces due to the natural pigments in beets.
💫People may notice pink or purple, which is called beet urea and these colour changes are temporary and not a cause for concern.

💫Serving size : 2 small cups per day is safe to drink.
💫You can make smoothies, raita, mix fruits juice instead of single beet root juice.

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