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Panchkarma For Healthy Living!

B.A.M.S, M.D In Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Panchkarma For Healthy Living!

Ayurveda is an ancient Indian field of medicine that has been in existence since time immemorial. Many people swear by its efficacy and it is also a proper field of study for people who want to practice this form of medicine as doctors. Ayurveda makes use of a variety of herbs and lifestyle changes including diet, rest and massages in order to create a healthier body. Ayurveda combines Yogic postures with these herbs to create various kinds of treatment for varied conditions.

Panchakarma therapy is one of the kinds of Ayurvedic treatments that can greatly benefit the human body in many ways. This is basically made up of five therapies, which aim at removing the toxins from the body of the patient. One must take a proper consultation with a doctor in order to practice this therapy. Read on to know more about this form of treatment and its various benefits.

Five therapies: As mentioned above, this therapy is made up of five therapies including Vamana, Raktamokshana, Nasya, Basti and Virechana. These therapies aim at freeing the body of the toxins that may accumulate and give rise to a variety of conditions and diseases in various organs of the body.

Oils and diet: This therapy is carried out with the help of various medicated oils that help in eliminating the different toxins in one's body. As per the tenets of Ayurveda, one also has to follow a specific diet and a systematic routine along with this therapy so that the Kapha toxins are removed from the body.

Ailments and conditions: There are many kinds of conditions and ailments that can be cured and managed with the help of this therapy. Asthma and cervical spondylitis are some of the conditions. Here, the painful symptoms and attacks can be kept at a minimum because these have to do with the Kapha dosha, which is effectively treated when the Kapha toxins are flushed out of the body following this therapy. This treatment helps in cleansing the body with the help of the various oils and the five therapies that are used here.

Aging process: The Panchakarma therapy helps in preventing the aging process and the signs of aging by replenishing the cells and the energy in the body. This helps in keeping the bones, skin and hair healthy as well since the patient goes through regular bouts of massage in order to get the treatment.

Stress: This treatment eliminates stress as it brings about a more calm state of mind. It does so by strengthening the body through the removal of immunity breaking toxins, which puts the hormones back in balance.

Benefits of Panchakarma Treatment:

  • The results of Panchakarma are very powerful and effective. Some of the benefits include:
  • The doshas  Vata, Pitta and Kapha, will return to their original places and function normally. Mind calms down, and intellect and concentration become sharp.
  • It helps to attain a clear and glowing complexion.
  • It helps to reverse the negative effects of daily living.
  • It restores the natural state of health and wellness by bringing balance in the system and improving bodily function.
  • A person undergoing Panchakarma attains longevity, intellect and freedom from diseases.
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MSc - Nutritional Sciences, B.H.Sc. (Food & Nutrition)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Pune
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What is a diabetic diet?

DNB (Endocrinology), MD - General Medicine, MBBS
Endocrinologist, Ludhiana
What is a diabetic diet?

Diabetic diet ( also known as medical nutrition therapy) is actually a healthy balanced diet that everybody should follow. It doesn't mean living in deprivation, giving up your favourite foods particularly sweets completely or resigning yourself to tasteless food. It just means a balanced diet, not necessarily bland.

It is very important to follow this diet at all the stages of diabetes management, including pre diabetic stage to prevent the onset of diabetes or even to reverse it. For this, you don't have to shed all those extra kilos, just a loss of 5-10% of your initial body weight will do the job.

Basic principles of a diabetic diet

  1. Diabetic diet plan should be such that it is high in nutrients, with low fat and carbohydrates.

  2. Moderate restriction in calories have to be there if you are overweight or obese.


  • Avoid sugars (beverages like soda, energy and sports drinks, coffee drinks and processed foods like doughnuts, muffins, candy bars) and starches (rice, potato, refined wheat flour) as they break down into glucose with digestion. Also these are more likely to cause abdominal obesity ( increased waistline which is more prone for heart disease).
  • Eat healthy carbohydrates like vegetables, fruits, legumes, whole-grains and low fat dairy products.


  • All these oils can be used on a rotation basis each month.
  • Avoid bakery products like biscuits, cakes, sweets and fried snacks like chips, french fries, burger, samosas, pakoras, pizza.


  • Amount of protein should be such that it provides 15-20% of total calories (approximately 1gm/kg body weight).

Two types of proteins are available -

  • Class 1 or complete- e.g. meat, milk, fish, poultry, eggs, cheese and soy. They should provide 50% of daily protein intake.
  • Class 2 or incomplete- These generally lack one or the other essential amino acids. Examples- legumes, pulses and cereals. These can be used in different combinations to cover up for the deficient amino acids.

Micronutients - A balanced diet with adequate amount of fruits and vegetables should supply all the required micronutrients. Diabetics do not usually need extra supplementation.

Eat fibre rich food (all parts of plant foods that body cant digest and absorb) like vegetables, fruits, beans, peas, whole wheat flour, wheat bran.

  • Don’t starve yourself. Eat something every 3-4 hours.

  • If at times you feel like eating sugar, take small quantity and avoid any carbohydrate for that day e.g. rice, potato etc that you would normally have taken.
  • You can also adjust the dose of insulin accordingly.
  • Don’t forget to check your blood sugar after eating sweets.

- Avoid Alcohol

In case you have a concern or query you can always consult an expert & get answers to your questions!

Updates From Lybrate: A Good and healthy Diabetic diet of nutritious products can help in managing the diabetes problem. You can check out diabetic dietary supplements available on Lybrate.

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Spirulina Health Benefits

M.Sc. in Dietetics and Food Service Management , Post Graduate Diploma In Computer Application, P.G.Diploma in Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics , B.Sc.Clinical Nutrition & Dietetics
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
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Is there any side effects of Garlic if taken in morning with water or without water.

BSc - Food & Applied Nutrition, MSc - Food & Applied Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Faridabad
Is there any side effects of Garlic if taken in morning with water or without water.
It is known to reduce blood cholesterol level, prevents common cold and has also been used as antiseptic. Not only this, garlic can also help in the treatment of coronary heart diseases, atherosclerosis and a few of forms of cancer. It plays a key role curing respiratory and digestion problems. Below are some of the most popular health benefits of garlic. Prevention of Bacterial and Viral Infections images (1) Garlic is highly beneficial in preventing and reducing bacterial, viral, yeast, fungal and worm infections. Fresh garlic can cure food poisoning by attacking harmful bacteria like E.coli, Salmonella enteritidis, etc. Treats Skin Problems (Infections and Irritations) download (2) Garlic is packed with several antibacterial and antiviral properties and serves as a powerful remedy for treating skin related infections. Anjoene, a key constituent of garlic, can efficiently cure fungal infections like ringworm and athlete’s foot. To get best results, apply some freshly prepared garlic juice on the affected area once or twice a day. Keep it for some time and then wash it off with clean water. Maintenance of Blood Pressure Risk-Factors-For-Heart-Disease-High-Blood-Pressure-700x395Garlic comes with a compound called allicin which has several potent medicinal properties. It blocks harmful activities of angiotensin II (which is the primary cause of high blood pressure levels) and helps in maintaining blood pressure. Garlic also comes with polysulphides which help in dilating the blood vessels and control blood pressure. For best results, you should add garlic to your regular diet. Additionally, you can also consume raw garlic on an empty stomach to keep your blood pressure under control. Cures Allergies download (1) Garlic is endowed with several anti-arthritic properties due to the presence of compounds like diallyl sulphide and thiacremonone in it. These compounds are instrumental in curing allergic airway inflammation. Consumption of raw garlic juice in order can arrest itching caused as a result of rashes or bug bites immediately. Prevents Cancer images Garlic has anti-cancer properties because of the presence of allyl sulphides in it. According to several studies, diallyl sulphide prevents the transformation of PhIP into carcinogens. PhIP has been widely associated with the breast cancer. Side effects of garlic Garlic-Side-Effects1 There’s no doubt that garlics are loaded with a wide range of health benefits. In spite of all these health benefits, there are a few side effects of garlic which one must take into consideration before over indulging in it. Some of the most common side effects of garlics are given below. Unpleasant breath how-to-get-rid-of-garlic-breathAllicin, a key constituent of garlic, is the compound that’s responsible for the distinct smell of garlic. In spite of being packed with several medicinal properties, allicin can render you with unpleasant breath or body odour. Allergies and irritation Reduces-Itching Garlic consumption can cause allergic reactions in many people. Some of the most common symptoms associated with garlic allergies are irritable bowel, diarrhoea, oral ulcers, respiratory troubles and nausea. Unsafe during pregnancy download Garlic supplements are famous for their healing properties. However, it should be remembered that these supplements reduce the platelet aggregation in our blood making them extremely unsafe for preganant women. They can also add to the risk of bleeding during pregnancy and after delivery. Drug reactions pills_vitamins Don’t start indulging in garlic without consulting your doctor as it tends to interact with antibiotics and other drugs in an adverse fashion. Skin burns skin burn It might sound strange, but there have been reports on skin burns caused due to the application of garlic on the skin through topical ointments. Topical usage of raw garlic or putting it into the body cavities can be extremely risky for it can read to painful skin burns.
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Hi, I want suggestion for my brother. His is 20 years old. But he is too slim and his weight is only 48 kg. So please suggest any medicine for his hunger or any food supplement.

Homeopath, Hooghly
I want suggestion for my brother. His is 20 years old. But he is too slim and his weight is only 48 kg. So please...
Don't alwyz go for medicines..tell him to join gym or have to do some exercise daily...jogging or walking also important..this will increase the metabolism and metabolic rate..tell him to take high protein...soaked chic peas and pea nuts...lots of green veggies...lots of fruits...plenty of water...walnuts,,almonds,,dates,,cashew...this will boost his health.
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Hello My age 25 not able to eat fully becoz of not being hungry .I never eat breakfast or dinner fully becoz I never feel hungry .Plz tell me what to do as I am already lean and thin.

B.Sc Food & Nutrition, M.Sc Foods & Nutrition, M.Phil, Foods & Nutrition, M.S Foods & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Coimbatore
My age 25 not able to eat fully becoz of not being hungry .I never eat breakfast or dinner fully becoz I never ...
The feeling of hunger and appetite are controlled by hormones inside the body. Hormones such as insulin, leptin , ghrelin plays a role in making you feel full ( satiety) and making you feel hungry. Some tips to make you feel full in a healthy way is to : 1. Include more proteins in your diet. 2. Include lot of fibre in your diet. 3. Include healthy fats in the form of nuts such as almonds, walnuts These tips will make you feel full and to gain weight. Please write for more clarifications. Thanks.
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