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Benefits of Singhara And Its Side Effects

Singhara is very beneficial because it acts as a coolant, cures jaundice, has antioxidant properties, treats urine infection, cures indigestion and nausea, relieves cough, helps to combat hypertension, improves the blood and is beneficial for the hair.

Benefits of Singhara And Its Side Effects

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Singhara
Nutritional Value of Singhara
Health Benefits of Singhara
Acts as a coolant
Cures jaundice
Has antioxidant properties
Treats urine infection
Cures indigestion and nausea
Relieves cough
Helps to combat hypertension
Improves the blood
Beneficial for the hair
Uses of Singhara
Side-Effects & Allergies of Singhara
Cultivation of Singhara

Singhara

Singhara is also known as water caltrop, water chestnut, ling nut, devil pod, bat nut and buffalo nut. They are abundantly found in the warm temperate areas of Africa and Eurasia. This fruit resembles the silhouette of a flying bat or the head of a bull. Each fruit is quite large and starchy. It has been cultivated in the Indian subcontinent and China for nearly 3,000 years. In Japanese, this plant is called ‘Hishi’ which means a lozenge or a diamond shaped.

Nutritional Value of Singhara

The submerged stem of the Singhara or the water caltrop reaches 12 to 15 feet and is attached into the mud by fine roots. It contains two types of leaves which are divided into feather like leaves. They are undivided and float in a rosette at the surface of the water. The seeds can live up to 12 years, even though most seeds germinate within the first two years only. This fruit is usually a nut which has four barbed spines each measuring approximately 1 centimetres.

Health Benefits of Singhara

Mentioned below are the best health benefits of Singhara
Health Benefits of Singhara

Acts as a coolant

Singhara is very beneficial as it acts like a coolant for your body. It quenches thirst and promotes salivation. Since it is bitter, heavy, sweet and cool, it is extremely effective in controlling loose motions and heat strokes. Consuming Singhara is ideal in hot and dry weather as it can maintain the body temperature.

Cures jaundice

Singhara is very useful for people suffering from jaundice. Usually jaundice can make a person very weak and the body fluids can diminish rapidly. Consuming Singhara can provide relief in jaundice patients and it can also help to speed up their recovery process. They are low in calories which make it an ideal option.

Has antioxidant properties

Since Singhara is rich in antioxidants, it possesses anticancer, antiviral and antibacterial properties. This helps to strengthen the spleen and the stomach and also removes cancer, fatigue, insomnia and bad taste. Singhara is also useful in removing and relieving symptoms of a weak spleen.

Treats urine infection

Singhara is also ideal in treating various kinds of urine infections. The enzymes present in Singhara can cleanse the urinary bladder and disinfect it to a certain extent. It is useful in curing urinary tract infection and other ailments related to the urinary system. Consuming Singhara is the best way to cleanse your body and keep it healthy.

Cures indigestion and nausea

Consuming Singhara is a very effective method in treating indigestion and nausea. The juice of Singhara acts as a natural cure for stomach related problems. This is due to the fact that Singhara is beneficial for the removal of internal heat which leads to stomach upset and intestine ailments.

Relieves cough

Singhara is very effective for soothing the symptoms of cough. Grinding Singhara into powder form and mixing it with juice, tea or water can be a great medicine to combat cough. The essential substances in this plant make it ideal for combating cough and providing instant relief from throat issues.

Helps to combat hypertension

Singhara is essential in the treatment of hypertension, especially during pregnancy. It also improves fetal growth of the child. Since early times, Singhara is given to pregnant women right after delivery to check hemorrhage. The dried seeds of Singhara can also stop excessive bleeding during miscarriage in women. It should be consumed by new mothers, as it aids in lactation by promoting the secretion of milk in mammary glands.

Improves the blood

Singhara or water chestnut is beneficial in eliminating blood impurities and inflammations. They also act as an energy booster and drives away tiredness or signs of fatigue from the body. After surgeries or fatal cuts, it checks the flow of blood from the open wound and stops excessive flow of blood. This is why Singhara should be consumed by patients shortly after any surgery.

Beneficial for the hair

Singhara or water chestnut can do wonders on your hair. It is filled with vitamin E, Vitamin B, zinc and potassium. Consuming Singhara can lead to silky, lustrous and healthy hair. It also removes the toxins from the body which damages the scalp and hair texture. Singhara also has the power to lock in moisture in the hair.

Uses of Singhara

Water chestnut has a lot of uses such as alleviating nausea, lowering the risks of a cardiac arrest, helps in sound sleep, treats measles, great for thyroid, promotes hair growth, prevents loose motions and is beneficial for skin health

Side-Effects & Allergies of Singhara

Anything consumed in excess can be detrimental for health. If Singhara is consumed in copious amounts, it can have certain side effect like stomach ache and nausea. Vomiting can also occur in rare cases.

Cultivation of Singhara

Singhara has been declared am invasive species in Virginia. It is found in abundance in India, China, Washington, North Carolina and Florida. Singhara or water caltrop is declared as a noxious weed. It usually flourishes in freshwater lakes and is eaten raw or even boiled. In Europe, it is very rare and has reached near extinction due to drainage of ponds, changes of nutrients in the water body and climate fluctuations.

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Importance Of Navratri - Ayurvedic View

B.A.M.S, M.D In Ayurvedic Medicine
Ayurveda, Amritsar
Importance Of Navratri - Ayurvedic View

Importance of fasting in navaratri.

  • India is a country with a rich historical and cultural background of festivals and celebration. Like other festivals of india, navaratri also has a significance and meaning attached to it.
  • The nine day sadhana of navaratri is not simply an age-old practice of worshipping the cosmic nature but also the rituals, practices and celebrations associated with it has the disciplines of health wisely interwoven into it.
  • Every year the beginning of spring and the beginning of autumn are two very important junctions of climatic and solar influence as the whole of creation goes through a kind of transformation with each changing season.
  • These are called ritu sandhis meaning seasonal junctions (transition from extreme seasons of summer and winter to more moderate seasons like spring and autumn). Due to the changes in the nature, the bodies and minds of people undergo a considerable change. These two periods or junctions are taken as opportunities for detoxification of body, mind and soul which in turn helps to maintain our physical and mental balance.
  • The beginning of autumn is celebrated as the festival of navaratri, the nine day period which commences on the first day of the bright fortnight of the lunar month of ashwina.
  • " nava-ratri" literally means" nine nights"
  • The navaratri festival is observed by cleansing one's self of all the impurities to experience the divinity within. This observance is called upavaas, which literally means ‘residing close to oneself’.
  • Fasting is one of the techniques which is part of upavaas.
  • Navaratri is the time when people fast for cleansing, detoxifying and getting their bodies rested. Fasts are a means of internal cleansing, physically and spiritually. The basic cause of many diseases is the accumulation of toxic materials in the digestive system. When one fasts, the load on the digestive system reduces and meanwhile the body is able to carry out the cleansing needed in the system. It supports in adapting to the bodily changes during ritu sandhi.
  • Fasting also helps to build up self-control and discipline and bring more awareness control over senses which ultimately elevate the state of consciousness.
  • The world is a manifestation of three gunas (qualities) namely satva, rajas and tamas. These three qualities exist in varying levels within one's mind.
  • -satva is the quality comprising of clarity, purity and peace of mind which makes one dynamic, creative and harmonious.
  • -rajas is activity or movement which in excess results in pleasure seeking activities, anger, arrogance and destructiveness.
  • -tamas is inertia which in excess leads one to dullness lethargy.
  • We contain all of these gunas in varying degrees and they are in constant interplay with each other. Excessive rajas and tamas has a disturbing influence upon the mind and does not allow one to go deep within oneself.
  • So during navaratri, the aim is to reduce these disturbing influences and increase satva, allowing the satvik qualities to prevail leading to the highest condition of the mind.
  • On the first three days of navaratri, tamo guna prevails, then during the next three days, rajo guna prevails and during the last three days, satva guna prevails.
  • Diet  lifestyle has a deep influence on the state of one's mind and can therefore manipulate the levels of satva, rajas and tamas in one’s being.
  • Fasting in a disciplined way brings harmony between satva, rajas and tamas.

How to fast during navaratri:

  • On the first three days, we can follow a fruit fast:
  • Sweet fruits like: apple, banana, chikku, papaya, watermelon, sweet grapes and juices like amla juice, lauki juice and tender coconut water can be had.
  • On the next three days, we can have a one time meal of the traditional navaratri diet, during the rest of the day, we could have fruit juices, buttermilk milk.
  • During the last three days, we could follow a traditional navaratri diet.
  • Caution: the above diet is for a healthy person. If you have any health concerns, you could fast with minor changes in the prescribed diet, with the guidance of your vaidya.
  • Traditional navaratri diet:
  • The diets followed during navaratri are pitta pacifying as during this season there is a possibility of pitta being increased in the body.
  • Grains are avoided for the first few days.

Traditionally prescribed foods are:

  • Kuttu (buckwheat) roti and fasting rice (shamak rice).
  • Dosa from the shamak rice,
  • Dishes made of sago (sabudana), singhara atta (water chestnut flour), rajgira, potatoes, yam (suran), colocacia (arbi) sweet potatoes (shakarkand), kachalu etc.
  • Use ghee, milk and buttermilk. All these are cooling and pacifies pitta (raita of bottle gourd (lauki), raita of pumpkin (kaddu).
  • Drink lot of fluids like tender coconut water, juices, vegetable soups, etc. Besides providing energy, they also maintain the fluid levels and cleanse the toxins in your body.
  • Fruit chat made with papaya, pear (nashpati), apple.
  • Use sandhav namak (rock salt) instead of common salt, for cooking.
  • Avoid fried foods (replace fried potato with boiled potato).
  • Use healthy cooking methods like roasting, boiling, steaming and grilling.
  • Delicacies like sabudan vada, sprouted gram sundals, kuttu pakoda, singhara burfee and kheer can be had from the 8th day onwards.
  • Be strictly vegetarian.
  • Avoid onion and garlic.

Those who cannot go for a fast can do upavaas by abstaining from non-vegetarian food, alcohol, onion, garlic, too spicy food, and replacing common salt with rock salt.

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Zero Calorie Foods

Ayurveda, Delhi

Zero calory foods

Carbohydrate and calorie content of these vegetables are neglidgible and they may be used in any quantity. ( But watch out for visible and added fats like oil , ghee, butter or cream added during preparation of these items)

 

Leafy Vegetables

Other Vegetables

Amaranth ( Chaulai)

Ash gourd

Bathua

Bitter gourd ( Karela)

Brussel Sprouts

Brinjal

Cabbage

Cucumber

Celery

Cauliflower

Coriander leaves ( Dhania)

Cho-cho

Curry leaves ( kada patta)

Drumstick

Fenugreek leaves ( methi saag)

French beans

Lettuce ( salaad)

Knoll-khol

Mint ( pudina)

Lady’s fingers

Rape leaves ( Sarson)

Mango green

Spinach ( Palak)

Onion stalks

Soya leaves

Parwal

 

Plantain flower

 

Pumpkin

 

Radish

 

Rhubarb stalks

 

Snake gourd ( Tori)

 

Tinda

 

Turnip ( shalgam)

Vegetable Exchange

 

Vegetables

Quantity (gms)

Carbohydrate gms

calories

k Cal

Root Vegetables

 

 

 

Beetroot

75

10

50

Carrot

105

10

50

Colocasia

45

10

50

Onion ( big)

90

10

50

Onion (small)

75

10

50

Potato

45

10

50

Sweet potato

30

10

50

Tapioca

30

10

50

Yam (elephant)

60

10

50

Yam

45

10

50

Other Vegetables

 

 

 

Artichoke

60

10

50

Broad Beans

90

10

50

Cluster Beans

90

10

50

Double Beans

50

10

50

Jack tender ( kathal)

105

10

50

Jackfruit seeds

30

10

50

Peas

45

10

50

Plantain green

75

10

50

Water chestnut (Singhara)

45

10

50

 

 

 

Fruit Exchange

 

Fruits

Quantity (gms)

Number or size

Carbohydrate gms

calories

k Cal

Amla

90

20 medium

10

50

Apple

75

1 small

10

50

Banana

30

¼ medium

10

50

Cape gooseberry ( rasbhari)

150

40 small

10

50

Cashew fruit

90

2 small

10

50

Custard apple ( Sharifa)

50

¼

10

50

Dates

30

3

10

50

Figs

135

6 medium

10

50

Grapes

105

20

10

50

Grape fruit

150

½

10

50

Guava

100

1 medium

10

50

Jackfruit

60

3 medium pieces

10

50

Jambu fruits

50

10 big

10

50

Lemon or lime

90

1 medium

10

50

Loquat

105

6 big

10

50

Mango

70

1 small

10

50

Melon

270

¼ medium

10

50

Orange

90

1 small

10

50

Papaya

120

2 medium

10

50

Peach

135

1 medium

10

50

Pear

90

1 medium

10

50

Pineapple

90

1 ½ slice round

10

50

Plum

120

4 medium

10

50

Pomegranate ( Anaar)

75

1 small

10

50

Sapota

50

One

10

50

Strawberry

105

40 small

10

50

Sweet Lime ( Mosambi)

150

1 medium

10

50

Tomato

240

4 medium

10

50

Watermelon

175

¼ small

10

50

Many vegetables that are high in water and fiber content end up being "free" or "almost free." So if you're in the mood for something with crunch, think about these "free" options ("Free" foods, eaten in reasonable quantities, don't have to be journaled; if you like, journal 1 cup of these veggies as 1/2 cup vegetables without added fat):

  • 2 large celery stalks = 13 calories, 1.2 grams fiber
  • 2 cups shredded romaine lettuce = 18 calories, 1.4 grams fiber
  • 1/2 cucumber = 20 calories, 1 gram fiber
  • 1 medium tomato = 25 calories, 1.3 grams fiber
  • 1/2 cup sugar snap peas = 30 calories, 3.4 grams fiber
  • 1 carrot = 30 calories, 2 grams fiber
  • 1 cup jicama sticks = 45 calories, 6 grams fiber
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Immunity- Nature's way

MD
Yoga & Naturopathy Specialist, Delhi
Immunity- Nature's way

Charming Health - March 2017

THE NEWS:

  1. Importance of immunity cannot be under played under any circumstances.
  2. It is immunity which protects humans against all ailments.
  3. However, unfortunately it is going down due to pollution, wrong food habits, and misuse of antibiotics.
  4. It is now proved that immunity levels can be improved by several methods, namely Exercise, Right food habits, Scientific Fasting etc.
  5. Among all of them Fasting is definitely the most important and effective tool.
  6. One good occasion for fasting the Navaratry period. Celebrate it as Health Festival. This News letter has suggested the ritual to be followed, every time the Navaratry is around.
  7. The Vasant Navaratry this year is commencing from 28th March 2017.
  8. For the convenience of new members and for those who might have forgotten, the ritual is being again repeated in this News Letter under Health Tips. Follow it and prepare to protect against ailments lurking round the corner to attack, as soon as the Summer and Monsoon seasons arrive.

HEALTH TIPS:

Observe Navaratry as suggested below:

NAVRATRI HEALTH TIPS:

DIET DURING NAVARATRY:

 

Depending upon the personal body constitution the procedure is divided in 4 Sections as follows:

 

A. Obese and Non Diabetic: Just stop all foods and start on plain Water or Lime water or Coconut water. Use a mix of these, for first seven days.  Change to Fresh Fruit Juice or sugarless Juice, for two remaining days. On the tenth day take a light meal and then gradually come back to normal food in 2-3 days time. (Expected Weight Loss, 4-5 Kgs)

 

B. Obese and Diabetic: Stop all food. Start on Fresh or Sugarless Fruit Juice, preferably citrus, for all nine days. Divide the fruit juice in 4-5 equal parts. Take a light meal on tenth day. Come to normal food in 2-3 days time. (Expected Weight Loss, 3-4 kgs)

 

C. Normal constitution: Stop all normal food. For first three days take nothing but water, lemon water or coconut water. From the fourth day onwards start on Fresh or Sugarless Fruit Juice.  Take a light meal on tenth day. Come to normal food in 2-3 days time. (Expected Weight loss, 2-3 Kgs) 

 

D. Under weight and first timers: Stop Normal Food. Start on 4 to 5 Medium Bananas and one liter of pasteurized cow milk. Divide this food in three or four parts. Continue for nine days. Take a light meal on tenth day. Come to normal food in 2-3 days time. (Expected weight Loss, Nil)

 

Other parts of the Therapy, (For all four sections):

 

  1. Take fresh water Enema every day. (Arrangement available at the Charming Yoga Center). Alternatively, buy the kit from the center and take enema at home- Training is provided free. For those who cannot take enema, take a big cup of Spinach soup every day. Though less effective, it is the best alternative.
  2. Under no circumstances, consume any fried food, or spicy food.
  3. Do not eat any so called Phalahri foods prepared from Kattu, Singhara/Rajgira Atta, Saboodana etc. Do not eat sweets made from milk or above mentioned attas.
  4. Drink lots of water. Total fluid intake should be about 3 liters per day.
  5. Do not stop your Normal Exercises or other Physical activities. Those who devote long hours on Pujas etc., and find no time for exercise, should add 40 minutes of walking every day.
  6. Those who chant sacred texts like Chandi Path or Durga Shapt Shati etc., sometimes feel drowsy during the chanting. They may, therefore, do their chanting along with walking. This will help chanting without getting drowsy. As a bonus, they will be bestowed with a healthier body.
  7. Those who cannot follow the whole course may do so for lesser number of days and increase gradually in subsequent Navaratry periods.
  8. The first timers and others should remain in a positive mood.
  9. Keep away from discouraging words and worried long faces.

 

These steps will definitely improve the immunity levels. And better immunity will help everyone remain healthy and active.

 

Let Maa Durga bestow good health upon all the readers.

 

CAUTION:

  1. The winter is now gone.
  2. Vasant the king of all seasons is here.
  3. Be careful of Mosquito which are now already visible.

 

DIET:

  1. Although the peak season of fruits and vegetables is going some summer fruits will replace them soon.
  2. Grapes are already here. Kinnows  and Oranges are in plenty.  The humble Melons and Water Melons are also ready to appear.
  3. Even the Ber is a fruit, full of nutrients. Do not ignore it.

 

 MONTH’S RECEPIE:

  1. Bati is a popular food item in west Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh. In eastern India its other version, Litti is equally popular.
  2. In the past bati was baked upon half burnt cow dung cakes.
  3. It was a cumbersome process. Therefore though popular, it was a rarity.
  4. It can now be made in a much easier way.
  5. Prepare hard Dough from whole wheat atta and roll in round balls of the size of big lemons.
  6. Boil them in a pressure cooker for about 10 minutes.
  7. Then grill them in an oven till the colour changes to slight brown. Frequent turning them during baking is very important so that baties are evenly baked all around.
  8. For those who can eat fats may break the bati and sink it in ghee. Others can just roll them in ghee without breaking.
  9. Eat with any dal of choice.
  10. It is also possible to stuff the baties with mashed Potato, or Paneer, or Tofu etc.
  11. Baties can also be finely crushed and mixed with Gur and ghee.
  12. Prepared this way, baties are not only delicious but are also very healthy.
  13. Some people fry the dough balls. This must be avoided because frying destroys all nutritional values of wheat, otherwise available in Baties.

 

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Benefits of Waternut ( Singarda )

Bachelor of Unani Medicine and Surgery (B.U.M.S)
Unani Specialist, Hyderabad
Benefits of Waternut ( Singarda )
Health & medicinal benefits of singhara or indian water chestnuts-
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1) singhara is used for treating diarrhoea, dysentery, thyroid problem, swelling and bronchitis.
2) it is natural antioxidant, prevents wrinkles, protects from uv rays and helps to cure weakness.
3) it helps to prevent sugar, ulcer, gout and heart diseases.
4) singhara is very rich in carbohydrate and 100 gm of it gives 115 calories.
5) it help in proper functioning of thyroid.
6) the fruits are used to treat sore throat, anemia, fractures, urinary disorders, and in leprosy.
7) it is anti oxidant and help to cure cough.
8) singhara peel can be grind and applied on swelling to get relief.
9) regular eating of its flour helps to gain weight.
10) for eczema cure, dried singhara should be mixed with lemon juice and applied regularly on affected area.
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Table of Content

Singhara
Nutritional Value of Singhara
Health Benefits of Singhara
Acts as a coolant
Cures jaundice
Has antioxidant properties
Treats urine infection
Cures indigestion and nausea
Relieves cough
Helps to combat hypertension
Improves the blood
Beneficial for the hair
Uses of Singhara
Side-Effects & Allergies of Singhara
Cultivation of Singhara