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5 Ayurvedic Tips To Improve Memory

Swapnadeep Ayurveda 91% (34 ratings)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
5 Ayurvedic Tips To Improve Memory

If you're suffering from weak memory or memory loss, Ayurveda might be able to solve your problems. Ayurveda uses natural remedies to cure many diseases, and even though forgetting where you put your glasses or cell phones may not sound discrete enough, it may be early signs of dementia.

Before it escalates to that level, here are 5 foods that you may try to curb it as the first signs appear :

* Almonds are one of the most effective food items to increase your brain power and cure amnesia. They are a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids and antioxidants that hike up your mental prowess. They are best to have early in the morning, ground and mixed with milk and sugar (or a healthier supplement being honey), or otherwise, after being soaked overnight in water.

* Ayurvedic herbs, like rosemary, brahmi, ashwagandha, shankha pushpin, licorice plant, etc, are all known to have medicinal properties that improve your brain power. Regulated incorporation of these herbs in your diet in requisite amount relaxes your mind, and thereby improves its functioning capacity.

* Indian Gooseberry or amla, is rich in Vitamin C, as well as anti oxidants, which helps boost immunity, but other than that, amla is also known to have properties to strengthen your nervous system. It is one of the best remedies for managing Alzheimer's disease. It can be consumed raw or dried, and at times along with white sesame seeds.

* Fish oil is an excellent way to enhance your memory, especially if you are a non-vegetarian. It contains rich quantities of Omega 3 fatty acids, which help rejuvenate your brain cells. But if you are a vegetarian or vegan, fish oil or even fishes like salmon, might not be the best suited to your dietary preference, in which case it may be more helpful to consume Omega 3 supplements which are readily available in the market, or even fenugreek seeds.

* Cinnamon helps in revitalizing your mental health, when consumed, or even when smelled. Add a pinch of cinnamon to your food, or mix a teaspoon with honey, and it will work wonders for your mental health.

* Nigella seeds, black seeds or kalonji is another way to boost your memory. They are rich in anti oxidants, and alongside also have anti-inflammatory and provide natural protection to neurons. Adding them to your meals can not only improve their taste but also enhance its remedial powers.

Six Essential Oils For ED!

Diploma In Traditional Siddha, B.H.M.S
Sexologist, Bilaspur
Six Essential Oils For ED!

Ginger slices next to bottle of essential oil.
Ginger is popular for treating a wide range of conditions, including male infertility.
The evidence underlying the use of essential oils in treating ED is often anecdotal, but some empirical work has been conducted to suggest certain oils may be helpful:

 Ginger: Ginger is used widely in alternative medicine for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. A study in 2014 found that daily ginger extract supplementation in mice stimulated the production of sperm after 22 days compared to a control group. Other studies found that ginger extracts reduced male infertility in rats.

 Cinnamon: Research in rats has found that cinnamon extracts could promote reproductive health and stimulate the production of sperm and testosterone, to improve sexual functioning.
 Watermelon seed: Watermelon seed extracts have antioxidant properties and can protect and promote sperm health in rats. A 2013 study found that the daily administration of watermelon seed extract in male rats for 28 days increased their sperm concentration and motility compared to a control group.

 Aloe vera: Aloe vera is widely used in both traditional and modern medicine for several purposes. Research in mice has found that Aloe vera extracts may be useful for treating sexual dysfunctions as it can stimulate cell division and increase testosterone production, which has the effect of increasing sperm cell count.

Nutmeg: Nutmeg extracts have long been used in the traditional medicine of South Asia (Unani medicine) to treat sexual dysfunction in males. One study found nutmeg to be associated with higher levels of sexual activity in rats.

Clove: Clove extracts are another traditional aphrodisiac used in Unani medicine, as suggested by one study that found a sustained increase in the sexual activity of male rats that consumed clove extracts.

Currently, there are no conclusive studies to demonstrate that essential oils can effectively treat ED in human males because much of the empirical research has been conducted in rodents rather than humans.

Essential oils can be toxic and should never be taken by mouth. Anyone considering using essential oils for ED should speak with a certified aromatherapist first. Essential oils should be diffused into the air or applied diluted in a carrier oil before applying to the skin. While essential oils can have adverse side effects, when used correctly, they are considered safe and could still have benefits for ED.

Aside from essential oils, there are other alternative treatments for ED that people can pursue. Talk to a healthcare provider for the best treatment as ED can be a symptom of other problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, atherosclerosis, or prostate issues.

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Diabetes - Types And Ayurvedic Treatment!

Dr. Mohd Yameen Khan 88% (113 ratings)
B.U.M.S
Sexologist, Bulandshahar
Diabetes - Types And Ayurvedic Treatment!

Diabetes is often called the silent killer. This is because you would not even know when it sneaks up on you. It may not have any symptoms initially but once you have it, you would need lifelong administration of drugs. Diabetes or diabetes mellitus, is a metabolic disease in which sugar does not get metabolized properly in the body. This means that the blood sugar levels continue to be high, threatening the normal functioning of the body.

Types of Diabetes

There are three types of diabetes. These are:

  1. Type 1 Diabetes: this is a condition in which in which the body does not produce insulin at all. Patients suffering from this condition may need to take insulin supplements for the rest of their life, in order to properly metabolize sugar in the body. This is a very rare, genetic condition.

  2. Type 2 Diabetes: this is a condition in which the insulin product is impaired and there is not enough insulin in the body for metabolizing sugars properly. This leads to high blood sugar and eventually, the symptoms of diabetes.

  3. Gestational Diabetes: This is an affliction of pregnant women. Some women’s bodies may not be able to produce enough insulin at the time of pregnancy and therefore they have excess sugar in their blood stream. Gestational diabetes may be harmful for both the mother and the baby.

Diabetes Treatment in Ayurveda

For Ayurvedic treatment of diabetes, the first step is usually dietary planning and lifestyle change. Adopting a more active lifestyle, and a healthy, balanced diet low on sugars and starches, is a must. You must begin by avoiding sugars in all forms. This means you will have to get rid of rice, potatoes, white bread, sugar coated cereals, bananas, colocasia and much more. Add a lot of green leafy vegetables to your diet to improve your nutritional status and metabolism. In addition to these, also add some herbs to your diet. Ayurvedic herbs that act as natural medicine for diabetes include turmeric, bitter gourd, gurmar leaves, bael, fenugreek and many more.

Apart from diabetes Ayurvedic treatment, you could also practice yoga, which can help you improve your health. Several yogic asanas help massage your internal organs so that they are healthier and can function much better. Some of the asanas are especially beneficial for the pancreas, which produce insulin. You may have to make some changes to your lifestyle as well. For starters, you will have to maintain a more active lifestyle. You will also have to avoid sleeping in the daytime. Avoid smoking and consuming alcohol and take extra care of your feet.

Here are a few home remedies that may help cure diabetes naturally:

Juice of Bitter Gourd:

You may consume 30ml of fresh juice of Karela/ bitter melon every day early in the morning. You can also mix it with other things to make simple recipes and consume it.

How to prepare:

  1. Separate the seeds and mix the fruit in the mixer. Add a little bit of water and mix it in the blender. Use a sieve to obtain the juice.

  2. Small and thin pieces of the bitter gourd are cut. Fry them with some mustard oil and the required quantity of salt. Add green chillies and onions to the pan and heat the mixture for 10-15 minutes.

Aloe Vera and Ground bay leaf:

The mixture of aloe vera gel (1 tbsp), ground bay leaf (1/2 tsp), and turmeric (1/2 tsp) is recommended to be taken twice a day before lunch and dinner for effective hyperglycaemic control.

Methi Seeds:

Methi seeds, also known as Fenugreek seeds, when taken by itself or in combination with other Ayurvedic herbs, can act as an effective remedy to lower the symptoms of diabetes.

How to prepare:

  1. Grind a few Methi seeds and turmeric together and take it with a glass of milk at least twice a day.

  2. Soak fenugreek seeds in warm water overnight followed by chewing it in the morning.

  3. Soak 4tbsp of fenugreek seeds in about 300ml of water overnight and chew it the following morning.

  4. Prepare chapattis with fenugreek seed powder

Jamun Seeds:

The powdered seeds of Eugenia jambolana (about 1 tsp) should be taken twice a day with lukewarm water. Jamun has the beneficial property of not allowing the starch in food to get converted into sugar.

Amla:

Amla juice (Embelica officinalis) (20 ml) two times a day is beneficial for a diabetic patient. You may also use powdered ‘Amla’ powder and consume it twice a day.

Banyan Tree Bark:

A decoction of the bark of banyan tree is taken (50 ml) twice a day.

Preparation method: 20 gm of the banyan tree bark is boiled in 4 glasses of water. Evaporate the water until only about one glass of the decoction is remaining and drink it when it is warm.

Cinnamon Powder:

Cinnamon powder is probably considered as one of the most important home remedies.

How to prepare: Add 3-4 Tbsp of cinnamon powder and add to one litre of water and boil the same for about 20 minutes. Strain this mixture and cool the same. It is recommended to consume it every day.

How To Maintain Your Diet In Diabetes?

MBBS, MD - Medicine, SR(Cardiology), PGDHA
General Physician, Delhi
How To Maintain Your Diet In Diabetes?

A lifestyle disease such as diabetes is never nice to have, isn’t it? Also, when a person has diabetes, there are some things of which more should be had and then, there are some whose consumption should be scaled back. So what exactly does a diet for a person who has diabetes look like?

Breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day as it kicks off the metabolism for the day. Having a large breakfast is quite important so as to take care of the body, but this only makes sense if the food that is being eaten for breakfast is healthy enough. It is quite a good idea to have some porridge. While it is true that porridge is a carbohydrate-rich food item, what it also has is a great amount of soluble fibre. In fact, this sort of fibre takes some time to digest, so it reduces the pangs of hunger, which would have normally made a person eat unhealthy junk and fast food.

In a world of food that is processed, packaged and picked up from the supermarket, people are just not eating the correct amount of fruits and vegetables as they should. What is important to keep in mind is that vegetables are to be had in multiple portions on a daily basis, but these vegetables must be low in starch content. This means that for a person who has diabetes, vegetables which should not be eaten include potatoes, sweet potatoes, peas as well as corn

On the other hand, the sort of vegetables which are to be eaten include broccoli and spinach. Spinach is also very good for increasing the level of haemoglobin in the blood. Also, making use of cinnamon extract is good as it has the potential to cut a person’s sugar levels by up to a tenth.

While it is not true that potatoes and other starchy foods should be completely avoided, a diabetic person should watch the amount of them that is being consumed by him or her. The reason for this is that starch-filled vegetables have high amounts of carbohydrates, which are generally responsible for raising the level of blood sugar. This is surely the last thing a diabetic person would want or need.

If you notice, strawberries have some sugar content, but they are a lot better than biscuits and other snacks. So in case a diabetic person wants to nibble on something, sweet fruits are always a better option.

Ayurveda For PCOS!

Diploma In Traditional Siddha, B.H.M.S
Sexologist, Bilaspur
Ayurveda For PCOS!

Ayurveda believes that three ‘doshas’ or forces of energy – vatta, pitta and kapha – circulate in the body and facilitate important bodily functions. In healthy individuals, all three doshas are in perfect harmony. According to Ayurveda, any imbalance in the three forces of energies can lead to diseases.

Ayurvedic texts mention the presence of Shukra dhatu (semen) in both men and women. Shukra dhatu plays a vital role in maintaining the health of the reproductive system. Shukra dhatu can be considered as a combination of androgen (male hormone) and estrogen (female hormone). Any imbalance in Shukra dhatu can cause infertility.

An imbalance in the doshas can affect the efficiency of the Shukra dhatu. When “doshas” affect the efficiency of the Shukra dhatu in women, it leads to excess production of male hormones and other symptoms of PCOS such as the appearance of cysts in the ovaries.

PCOS treatment in ayurveda, just like any other ayurvedic treatment, focuses on correcting the imbalance of the doshas or forces of energy.

Ayurveda: Do’s And Don’ts For PCOS Patients
According to Ayurveda, here are some do’s and don’ts for patients of PCOS:

  • Minimize the intake of dairy products, including curd and other milk products. Butter milk is an acceptable drink.
  • Follow a natural sleep cycle. Avoid sleeping during the day time and try to get uninterrupted sleep during night.
  • Stay away from all kinds of junk food
  • Avoid white sugar
  • Avoid non-vegetarian food. Though Ayurveda allows an occasional intake of fish.
  • Use herbs like garlic, cinnamon, and fenugreek. For example, having fenugreek seeds water (soaked overnight) can do wonders for keeping your blood sugar under control.
  • Opt for herbal teas like spearmint tea or green tea
  • Eat healthy fats like ghee
  • Yoga Asanas For PCOS

Ayurveda also recommends specific yoga asanas for PCOS. These include:

  • Naukasana (Boat Pose)
  • Bhadrasana (Butterfly Pose)
  • Sarvangasana (Reverse Body Or Shoulder Stand Pose)
  • Shalabhasana (The Locust Pose)
  • Bharadvajasana (Bharadvaja’s Twist)
  • Padmasana (Lotus Pose)

21 Powerful Herbs For PCOS Treatment In Ayurveda

PCOS treatment in Ayurveda involves using a combination of powerful herbs that strengthen the reproductive system. These herbs also treat inflammation and hormonal imbalance that are at the root of PCOS. Certain herbs also work against other complications of PCOS such as digestive disorders, weight gain, insulin sensitivity, and improving mood. In essence, these herbs perform the same function as allopathic medications for treating the different symptoms of PCOS.

1. Shilajit (Purified Asphaltum)
Shilajit has anti-inflammatory effects. It also boosts immunity and energy levels and rejuvenates the female reproductive system. Many women with PCOS experience heavy bleeding, which increases the risk of an iron deficiency. Shilajit is known to increase iron levels. It also improves heart health

2. Shatavari (Asparagus Racemosus)
Shatavari is rich in various steroidal saponins, vitamins A, B1, B2, folic acid, C, E and minerals such as magnesium, phosphorus, calcium and iron. These act as antioxidants and protect the female reproductive system. Shatavari also has anti-diabetic properties that help improve insulin sensitivity. This herb also helps in improving fertility.

3. Karavellaka (Momordica Charantia)
This bitter fruit has potent anti-diabetic properties. It also treats digestive disorders, lowers inflammation, boosts immunity and prevents cancer. It helps women with PCOS by regulating their periods and assisting in weight loss.

4. Haridra (Curcuma Longa)
Turmeric is known as the “friend of women.” Its benefits for women with PCOS are immense. It improves complexion, reduces acne, detoxifies the female reproductive system, helps in weight loss, and improves insulin resistance.

5. Vibhitaki (Terminalia Belerica)
Among the many health benefits of this plant, it has a positive effect on improving sugar metabolism. It also promotes hair growth and stops hair fall. This property makes it an ideal herb for PCOS. Vibhitaki also has anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial properties and also cures digestive ailments.

6. Darusita (Twak) (Cinnamomum Zeylanicum)
Cinnamon helps in regulating blood sugar levels. It also improves insulin sensitivity and boosts fertility.

7. Guduchi (Tinospora Cordifolia)
This herb helps in regulating blood sugar levels. It is an immune booster and also boosts female sex drive. It is a potent liver tonic and is used to treat liver conditions like hepatitis. It also effective against many different types of cancers.

8. Neem (Azadirachta Indica)
Neem is an effective blood purifier and helps keep skin healthy. It is highly effective in treating acne and all kinds of skin disorders. It helps hair growth and regulates blood sugar levels.

9. Amalaki (Emblica Officinalis)
Amalika or the Indian Gooseberry (Amla) is a highly revered fruit in Ayurveda. It has been a part of the Indian subcontinent diet since ages. The fruit is rich in vitamin C, a potent antioxidant. It reduces inflammation and oxidative stress. It is also helpful in reducing weight. It is good for the heart, aids digestion and strengthens the immune system.

10. Ashoka (Saraca Indica)
Saraca indica helps in repairing the endometrium and heals the damage caused to its sensitive lining by inflammation. It also helps in regulating estrogen levels. It is rich in anti-inflammatory compounds. It also It has antimicrobial and antifungal activity and helps in protecting the urinary tract from bacterial and fungal (especially Candida) infections.

11. Lodhra (Symplocos Racemosa)
Lodhra is rich in compounds called flavonol glucosides that are highly beneficial in reducing uterine disorders. It also helps in regulating ovarian hormones and improves fertility.

12. Haritaki (Terminalia Chebula)
Terminalia chebula is rich in vitamin C and minerals like selenium, potassium, manganese and copper. It is a digestive tonic and has been found effective on a variety of disorders like constipation, flatulence, colitis, etc. It has antibacterial, anti-tumor and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps in protecting the heart, improving appetite and regulating mood.

13. Usheera (Vetiveria Zizanioides)
Vetiver oil has muscle-relaxing activity and reduces uterine cramping. It has a cooling effect on the body. It is also effective in curing and healing skin disorders. Usheera also helps in relieving fatigue and aids in digestion. It is also beneficial for diabetics.

14. Nagara (Zingiber Officinale)
Commonly known as ginger, it is the world’s most popular and versatile home remedy. Women with PCOS are at an increased risk of developing endometrial cancer as opposed to normal women.With its potent anti-cancer activity, it protects the uterus from cancer and also from infections. It is a digestive tonic, protects the heart, relieves constipation and helps reduce menstrual pain.

15. Devadaru (Cedrus Deodara)
Known for its anti-inflammatory and muscle-relaxing activities, this herb reduces menstrual cramping and pain and also relieves inflammation. It is also useful against diabetes as well in treating obesity.

16. Ashwagandha (Withania Somnifera)
Ashwagandha is an excellent adaptogen (a substance that helps the body in adapting to internal and external stresses.) It also helps in controlling mood swings and is a natural energizer.

17. Yashad Bhasma (Zinc Calx)
Zinc is an immune booster and a blood sugar regulator. As the second most abundant mineral in the body, it plays an important role in many different biochemical processes.

18. Jambu (Eugenia Jambolana)
Java plum, better known as “jamun” in India (Hindi), helps in regulating blood sugar and cholesterol levels. It also has anti-cancer and liver-protective properties. Jambu can also assist in reducing weight.

19. Meshashringi (Gymnema Sylvestre)
This herb is a potent anti-diabetic. It improves insulin sensitivity and is also vital for uterine health.

20. Vrikshamla (Garcinia Cambogia)
This citrus fruit is rich in a chemical called hydroxycitric acid (HCA), which supports fat and carbohydrate metabolism. It helps in managing appetite and protects you from urges of binge eating. It also helps in maintaining optimum body weight.

21. Kirat Tikta (Swertia Chirata)
Chirata is a potent anti-inflammatory. It also has blood sugar regulating activities. It boosts immunity, keeps liver healthy and also fights skin disorders.

PCOS Treatment In Ayurveda: Final Thoughts
Ayurveda is not only about herbal medicines. In fact, the basic philosophy of Ayurveda advises on healthy ways to live life. The word “Ayurveda” itself means the “Science of Life.” I always say medicines are a last resort for treating any condition. In order to be healthy, you need to eat right, exercise regularly and manage your stress levels.

For the herbs to do their job effectively, you need to take care of what you are eating and how you are living your life. If you do so, there’s no stopping you from reversing PCOS or any other lifestyle disease.

Infertility - How Can Ayurvedic Remedies Be Of Help?

Dr. Bhanumati Kallapur 88% (10 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS), MS-OBG, Advance Training on art & science of Ayurvedic diagnosis, Panchakarma and Aushadhi nirman
Ayurveda, Hubli
Infertility - How Can Ayurvedic Remedies Be Of Help?

Fertility is a potential for reproduction. In other words, fertility is an ability to have babies or to reproduce. When fertility rate in a community, increases more babies are born. To produce an offspring it depends on age, health and other factors of the woman. When we talk about fertility rates it means the number of births that happen during a certain time period in a specific location. On the other end, lack of ability to reproduce is termed as infertility. There are various treatments to deal with fertility issues and one of the ancient and natural as well as a trusted treatment is Ayurveda.

Causes
Female infertility is caused due to structural problems like blocked fallopian tubes, a defect in cervical canal, uterine fibroids or polyps. Hormonal imbalance leading to ovulation problems too can cause infertility. In males. infertility may have anatomical, psychological, hormonal or lifestyle related causes. The cause of infertility in approximately 20% of couples can't be determined using the currently available methods of investigation. From Ayurvedic perspectives, shukra dhatu can get affected by various physical, mental causes and even by serious diseases. Poor quality shukra dhatu can cause infertility in males & females.

Symptoms

Failure to reproduce

Ayurveda For Infertility

Ayurveda is one of the world's oldest holistic healing systems. It is based on the belief that health and wellness depend on a delicate balance between the mind, body and Spirit. The primary focus of Ayurvedic medicine is to promote good health, rather than fight disease. Fertility problems are increasing these days for many young couples. There are many factors which account for this like Lifestyle, delayed marriages, diet, etc. But Ayurveda not only does explain how to increase fertility with herbal supplements, but it also focuses on how to have healthy children.

For a pregnancy to be healthy and successful, a couple needs to take care of the following four essential factors:

  1. Sperm/Ovum (Seeds)
  2. Uterus (Soil)
  3. Nourishment (Water)
  4. Time for Conception (Timing of Sowing)

Reproductive health, in both men and women, depends on the health of the reproductive tissue or shukra dhatu. In women, shukra creates the ovum as part of the monthly cycle, and in men, the semen is formed due to sexual stimulation. The shukra is created as part of a long chain of metabolic transformations. It starts with the digestion of food, then goes on to the transformation of food to nutrient fluid, blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow, and finally, to shukra tissue. Healthy shukra tissue, then, according to Ayurveda, depends on the health of all the other tissues in the body.

Foods to Nourish All Seven Dhatus (Bringhana)

  1. Fresh, organic fruits and vegetables
  2. Dairy proteins, including milk, lassi, and panir (a fresh cheese made of milk)
  3. Whole grains
  4. Mung dhal
  5. Soaked almonds or soaked walnuts
  6. Dried fruits such as dates, figs, and raisins
  7. Sweet, juicy fruits such as mangoes, peaches, plums, and pears
  8. If your digestion is strong, eat urad dhal (available at Indian grocery stores) cooked with equal parts turmericcumincoriander, and fennel.
  9. banana cooked in ghee, cinnamon and cardamom is a tasty and wholesome dessert for people with strong digestion.

Foods to Enhance the Reproductive Tissue (Vrishya)

  1. Asparagus
  2. Broccoli
  3. Milk
  4. Date-milk shake
  5. Mango milkshake
  6. Rice pudding

Spices such as ajwain powder, cumin (which purifies the uterus in women and the genitourinary tract in men), turmeric (to improve the interaction between hormones and targeted tissues), and black cumin.
In general, it's important to eat a wide variety of foods in order to receive all the essential nutrients. Keep trying new vegetables and fruits, and rotate your menus to make sure you're not eating the same thing day after day.

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Food For Healthy Mind And Body!

Mr. Senthilkumar L 93% (737 ratings)
Diploma In Psychology Counselling Skills, Diploma in ayurveda, B.S IT
Psychologist, Bangalore
Food For Healthy Mind And Body!

The food you eat determines your physical, mental and emotional health. Many people do not realize this truth. They eat unhealthy food all the time and destroy their health. Unhealthy foods are precooked frozen foods, deep fried foods, hot-spicy, overcooked food, burnt food, chips, burgers, colas, refined grains that do not have fibre, foods that contain too much sugar, salt, artificial colour and preservatives.

Such foods have no nutritive value; they impair the digestive fire and increase fat and bad cholesterol and lead to ill-health. They also causes heaviness, dullness, lethargy, restlessness to the mind, arouse negative emotions and lead to circulatory and nervous disorders, destroy  body’s ability to withstand stress.

Similar, many people are not aware that water is an essential ingredient for the body and mind. Water is a natural detox that eliminates waste and toxins, refreshes the brain, carries nutrients, promotes digestion, prevents dehydration, reduces stress, prevents headaches, improves concentration and dissolves all the excesses. It serves as a lubricant, regulates body temperature and is vital for health just like oxygen.

Beverages such as tea, coffee, wine, beer and aerated drinks, have no calories, no vitamins and minerals They contain caffeine, sugar, alcohol and chemicals that deplete natural energies and destroy mind-body balance. Drink home-made vegetable and fruit juices. They have vitamins, minerals and anti-oxidants, aid digestion, refresh brain, promote weight loss, nourish and heal cells, tissues, glands and organs.

A well planned vegetarian or Sattvic diet meets all nutritional needs of body and mind and also prevent diseases. Ensure your diet has all the essential nutrients like whole grains, legumes, pulses, fresh fruits, Vegetable, dry fruits, milk and milk products, natural sugars like jaggery and honey. Spices include coriander, cumin, fennel, fenugreek, black pepper, sesame, carom seeds, pomegranate seeds, ginger, holy basil, mint, cardamom, cinnamon and turmeric. Plant based oils include sesame, sunflower, olive and coconut.

To improve mind and body health, change your attitudes, choose the right food that will nourish and heal. When you make small changes in your diet and lifestyle, you will experience big changes in your mental health.

Guideline for healthy eating:

  1. Begin your day with three glasses of luke warm water
  2. Sip water and mix it with saliva before swallowing
  3. Drink at least twelve glasses of water every day
  4. Breakfast is an important meal, please do not skip it
  5. Try to be fruitarian for at least  one  meal in a day preferably the breakfast
  6. Try to eat only when you feel hungry. Follow the body clock, not the wall clock
  7. Eat when your mind is calm; do not eat when angry, watching TV
  8. Take vegetarian food, try to minimize non-vegetarian food as much as possible
  9. Take fruits, vegetable juices as a meal if you are stressed
  10. Eat slowly and chew your food well with saliva; do not eat in a hurry
  11. Eat to fill half your stomach and do not over-eat.
  12. One third solid food, One third liquid and One third empty space is the right mix
  13. Avoid all food that are too hot or too cold in temperature
  14. Avoid drinking water or fruit juice during your meals
  15. Drink warm water one hour before and one hour after your meals
  16. Drink herbal tea made of Indian spices every day; it is alkaline and antioxidant
  17. Snack on fresh fruits, nuts and dried fruits; avoid junk foods
  18. Avoid eating the food that have excess salt and excess sugar
  19. Excess sugar and salt destroy the mind and body strength
  20. Have light and low calorie dinner min two hours before sleeping
  21. Try to eat your food sitting on floor at least once in a day. It helps in easier digestion
  22. Adopt fruit fast once a month to help cleanse the digestive system
  23. Adopt 24 hrs water fast a month to help detox your body and mind

Health is wealth. Be Healthy.

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Acne Breakout - Know Why It Happens!

MBBS, Diploma in Venerology & Dermatology (DVD), DDV, MD - Dermatology , Venereology & Leprosy
Dermatologist, Pune
Acne Breakout - Know Why It Happens!

Acne is very common nowadays, whether it be among teens or adults. It seems this tiny little thing disturbs many! Proper treatment of several months is needed to eradicate this problem. You have to maintain your daily skin regime to prevent it and get a healthy and glowing skin. Acne also called pimples is the cause of spots on the face, further leaving scars there. These scars are very difficult to get rid of. Many get acne in their teen years only and it get minimized as soon as the adult years hit. On the other hand, many people start to get pimples from their early adolescence and this problem prevails well into their middle age or old age. The root cause may vary from person to person. Both the genders are equally affected and suffer from the problem of acne. Acne and scars on the face make an unappealing personality which is of course not liked by many and it can really reduce your confidence level.

Reasons behind break out of acne

  1. It is quite natural to get acne in adolescent years as there are overall lots of changes in the body at that time.
  2. Acne occurs when the pores on our skin get clogged. The clog is due to excess oil secreted by the skin or the presence of dead cells.
  3. People adopt unhealthy lifestyles like consumption of junk food, excessive alcohol intake and smoking, irregular sleeping hours.
  4. People use skin products which may not be suitable for their skin type.
  5. Acne could be the result of an internal problem in your body and it may be the indicator or reflection on your face.
  6. You may be suffering from dandruff, resulting in acne.
  7. You just can’t stop picking the pimples which result in acne scars and further acne.

Treatment of Acne and Scars
You should take care of your face like you would care for a baby. A proper routine of cleansing, toning and moisturizing should be done twice daily. If anyone has oily skin, then they should search for products that are specifically for oily skin. One should not touch one’s face unnecessarily as hands have minute impurities many times. Scars can be prevented by treating acne and not by touching them. Many natural ways of treatment are there which you can find among your kitchen ingredients. You can apply apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and honey mask, milk and honey mask, egg white mask, smashed papaya mask, orange peel paste, applying tea tree oil, aloe vera, baking soda and much more on your skin as a part of the natural treatment. But you should also consult a dermatologist or medical practitioner before taking any treatment to find the root cause of acne and eradicate them totally.

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Fat Loss - 7 Food Items To Help You Out!

Dt. Gurmeet Gujral 90% (43 ratings)
Masters in Dietetics and Food Service Management
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Jammu
Fat Loss - 7 Food Items To Help You Out!

Excessive fat in the body can cause a host of health complications such as diabetes, blood pressure, gout and disorders related to the gallbladder. However, there are certain food types that can help you achieve a healthy body with optimal fat levels.

Some foods that aid fat loss are:

  1. Greek yoghurt: This type of yoghurt contains higher amounts of protein and fewer carbohydrates as compared to regular yoghurt. It will help you feel full for a longer duration and prevent over snacking.
  2. Green tea: Apart from its antioxidant properties which are beneficial to the body, it also raises the metabolic rate in the body to burn calories. Catechin is a compound present in green tea that aids in removing belly fat.
  3. Chili peppers: They contain a compound containing capsaicin that helps in boosting metabolism which in turn burns fat.
  4. Chicken: Chicken mostly consists of lean protein that requires more calories to digest as compared to digesting fats and carbohydrates. Lean protein also help build muscle in the body which burn more calories when the body is at rest.
  5. Cinnamon: Cinnamon aids the body in transporting the sugar into the cells so that it can be used as energy and not stored as fat.
  6. Eggs: Eggs are considered to be a type of super food as they contain plenty of minerals and vitamins. Eggs also contain protein that helps in feeling full for a longer duration.
  7. Non starchy vegetables: Non starchy vegetables such as carrots, squash and zucchini contain fiber that help you feel fuller. They also contain very less carbohydrates so they do not add much calorific value to the body.

Ayurveda And Smoking

Swapnadeep Ayurveda 91% (34 ratings)
Ayurveda, Navi Mumbai
Ayurveda And Smoking

Every packet of cigarette comes with the sign "Smoking is injurious to health." With every national budget plan, the prices of nicotine based addictives are hiked. Yet, you cannot quit smoking because you find it extremely difficult to resist the nicotine urge. Ayurveda says that the root cause of addiction is mental stress due to one of the 3 Doshas or forces-Vata, Pitta, Kapha. People try to terminate them through temporary, addictive methods rather than a bit more natural, holistic methods.

Here's how it can be easier for you to quit smoking by adopting Ayurvedic remedies :

* Ayurvedic remedies 

-  Drink adequate amount of water, especially from a copper vessel. This helps to accumulate the wastes and release them.
-  Perform the NitiKriya (inhaling saline water through one nostril and releasing it through the other, and then reversing the procedure).
-  Performing the Bhastrika Pranayama twice every day, both in the morning and at night.
-  Consume 3 tablets or one teaspoon of triphala everyday before going to bed, to eliminate the deposited nicotine tar in your system.
-  Consumption of a measured mixture of ashwagandha, bala, shatavari and ginseng every day, or a chawanprash containing these help in detoxification.

* Changes in diet

-  Avoid consumption of alcohol and other addictive drugs, coffee, sugar, etc because they increase the urges to smoke.
-  Decrease intake of fatty foods because your metabolism rate is lower than at most other times, so you might risk gaining weight during this period.
-  Try a vegetarian diet because it increases the Sattvik quality of your mind. Every fresh food item contains prana or life which rejuvenates both your body and mind.
-  Chew anti-nicotine gums or suck on cinnamon sticks which curb your urge to smoke.
-  Keep eating low-calorie food items like carrots, apples or celery.


* Regular exercise

- Incorporating regular exercise in your routine may help you to quit smoking more easily. It controls weight gain which is a side-effect of quitting, and also offers you a fitter lifestyle.

* Yoga

- Meditating and doing yoga regularly helps in relaxing your mind. Yogic postures like Sabasan help attain internal peace and divert your mind from craving to smoke.


Besides these techniques, there are various other ways like taking help from a professional ayurvedi ccounselor which will help you quit smoking, or socializing with friends or spending quality time with your family which will keep your mind diverted from the stress of quitting.