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Colocasia or Taro Root

Dt. Ritika Dua 92% (150 ratings)
BSc-Diet & Nutrition, M.Sc-Diet & Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Delhi
Colocasia or Taro Root

Colocasia or Taro Root

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Importance Of Navratri - Ayurvedic View

Dr. Ritesh Chawla 92% (1132 ratings)
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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Diet For Diabetics!

Dr. Rushali Angchekar 94% (60898 ratings)
Homeopath, Sindhudurg
Diet For Diabetics!

A diabetic patient can have:

Early morning: fresh coconut water / lemon water


Mid morning: fruit (no salt)

Lunch: salad (no salt) 2 multi grain chapatti, dal, seasonal vegetable

Evening: tea / coffee / green tea

Pre dinner: fruit (no salt)

Dinner: salad (no salt)

  •  2 multi grain chapatti
  • Seasonal vegetable
  •  Curd
  • Bed time: milk + haldi

Food to have:

  • Single toned milk  its products - 500 ml / day
  • Multigrain atta - (7kg wheat atta + 2kg black chana atta + 1 kg wheat bran)
  • Prefer mustard oil as a medium for cooking around 3 - 4tsp / day
  • Have 2 - 3 servings of fruits at least in a day
  • Restrict salt intake to about 3 grams / day

Food to avoid:

  • Deep fried foods
  • Junk foods
  • Full cream milk, cream, butter, ghee
  • Processed cheese, khoa
  • Sugar, sugar free, jam, honey, gur
  • Sweets, mithai, puddings, cakes, pastries, chocolates, ice cream etc
  • Cold drinks, rasna, roohafza, tang, sherbet etc
  • Bournvita, horlicks, boost etc
  • Cornflakes, tomato ketchup -
  • Maida and its products including bread
  • Biscuits, chips, kurkure, namkeen, bhujia, rusk etc
  • Packaged food products e. G. Packaged juices, packet soups, ketchup etc
  • Different sauces like soya sauce, chilli sauce etc
  • Achar, chutney, papad and other accompaniments
  • Vegetables like aloo, arbi, yam, zimikand etc
  • Starchy foods like sago, makhana etc
  • Alcohol
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Navratri Fasting

Dt. Shilpa Mittal 90% (14 ratings)
B.H.Sc (Food Science & Nutrition), M.H.Sc (Food Science & Nutrition)
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Mumbai
Navratri Fasting

Healthy navratri fasting
With the onset of chaitra navratras, it’s again the time to fast. 

Instead of fasting, most of us end up feasting on high-calorie food. 

Follow this tips to fast in a healthy manner:-
- Eat small meals at regular intervals like fruits, nuts, dry fruits, coconut, makhanna.

- Use spices like cumin, black jeera, turmeric, choti elachi, saboot kali mirchi, khuskhus and water melon seeds. Fresh coriander, mint, green chillies and ginger wil help in keeping stomach well.

- Milk products like milk, yoghurt and paneer will give necessary proteins.

- Flours used are — singhare ka atta, kottu ka atta, rajgiri ka atta, saboodana, arrowroot and samak will provide energy.

- Vegetables like – potatoes, raw papaya, sweet potato, bhopla, arbi, raw banana will benefit.

- Hydrate well with lots of water, coconut water, lemon water, herbal tea.

Most important thing to follow during navratri is the purity of heart and thoughts. Think good! do good! speak good! be calm and peaceful!

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7 Ways To Decrease Uric Acid Level

Dr. Pratibha Jain 92% (269 ratings)
Bachelor of Ayurveda, Medicine and Surgery (BAMS)
Ayurveda, Delhi
7 Ways To Decrease Uric Acid Level

Increased uric acid level cause many problems in our body. 

1. Lack of water intake cause accumulation of uric acid in our body.
2. Intake of high protein diet.
3. Because of liver problems.
4. Because of kidney problems.
5. According to ayurveda this a problem of vatrakta.

1. Pain and swelling in toe.

2. Joints pain specially in finger's joints in initial stage.
3. Red patches on skin with itching.
4. Increase pitta in nadi (pulse).
5. Swelling in all joints especially in ankle joint and below knee.

7 ways to reduce uric acid level:
1. Drink plenty of water.
2. Drink soda water daily.
3. Drink coconut water daily.
4. Take chandan ark.
5. Drink khus decoction
6. Drink cold milk
7. Avoid badi vegetables like arbi, kathal, peas, culliflower, urad dal, rice.

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Diabetes Mellitus

Dt. Esha Singhal 93% (266 ratings)
M.Sc - Dietitics / Nutrition
Dietitian/Nutritionist, Ghaziabad
Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes is a metabolic disease in which the person has high blood glucose (blood sugar), either because insulin production is inadequate, or because the body's cells do not respond properly to insulin or both. Patients with high blood sugar levels over a prolonged period are considered as diabetics.

Symptoms of Diabetes:

Frequent urination.
Disproportionate thirst.
Intense hunger.
Weight gain.
Unusual weight loss.
Increased fatigue.
Blurred vision.
Cuts and bruises don't heal properly or quickly.
More skin and/or yeast infections.
Itchy skin.
Gums are red and/or swollen.
Frequent gum disease/infection.
Sexual dysfunction (men).
Numbness or tingling, especially in your feet and hands.

General Instructions for Diabetics:

Do not skip meals and have small and frequent meals 5-6 small meals to prevent hypoglycemia.

Use whole grain cereals, whole grams, and pulses, whole wheat porridge, whole wheat bread, oats etc to incorporate fiber into your diet.
Supplement wheat with the whole channa and do not sieve flour (wheat and channa 5:1 ratio). Mix rice with whole grams or dals in a ratio of 1:1 to incorporate fiber.
Consume at least 4-5 servings of fresh green vegetables and fruits/day.
Take fruits as a dessert. Use lemon as salad dressing
Use olive / sunflower/ rice bran / soy /mustard oil. Change oils in a couple of months.
Almonds, walnuts, flax seeds and fish are good sources of antioxidants.
Fresh lime (without sugar), coconut water, soups can be taken liberally.
No fasting to be done to avoid hypoglycemia.
The patient should always carry sweet for use in an emergency when the blood glucose levels go down.
Attainment and maintenance of an appropriate body weight is a must.


Whole milk and its products.
Homogenized milk and its products.
Sugar, jams, jellies, honey, sugarcane(gur), chocolate, cakes pastries, etc.
Rooty vegetables like potato, colocasia (arbi), sweet potato (shakerkandi), and beetroot (chukander).
Fruits i.e. mango, banana, chiku, grapes.
Maida preparations like white bread, biscuits, plain boiled rice, sago, noodles, macaroni, etc.
Saturated fats like ghee, butter, coconut oil.
Fried foods like puris, paranthas, pakoras, samosas, kachoris, matris,etc.
Aerated drinks, fruit juices, alcoholic drinks.
Pickles in oil, sauces/ squashes.

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Monsoon Time Prevention For Jaundice: DO's & DONT's

Dr. Amit Singhal 93% (1359 ratings)
M.B.B.S., M.D.
General Physician, Delhi
Monsoon Time Prevention For Jaundice: DO's & DONT's

How To Prevent Jaundice

During monsoons, many people fall prey to Jaundice. Not to be taken lightly, jaundice can prove fatal if strict care is not taken. However there are ways to ensure that we don't fall sick with jaundice. The four main ways in which it spreads are.

1. Enlargement of liver
2. Loss of blood
3. Infection
4. A previous ailment which has left bacteria in the body

SYMPTOMS: Once can have jaundice any time of the year however one needs to be extremely careful during the months of monsoon. The symptoms of jaundice are.
1. Nails and eyes become yellow
2. Skin and urine change colour to yellow
3. Loss of appetite and irritability
4. Loss of taste
5. Nausea and vomiting
6. Tiredness and weakness
7. High temperature with shivering
8. Taste/tongue becomes bitter
9. Vision also becomes yellow
10. Stool changes colour to yellow or black
11. Heavy pulse and headache

DO’s & DON’Ts
Once diagnosed, patients have to be on strict bed rest with regulated medication on diets. They are advised to drink a lot of sugarcane juice, radish juice, glucose water, take ample rest and not do anything strenuous.

Fried and oily foods are strictly prohibited. Ghee, oil, butter or cream should not be consumed. Alongside, vegetables like okra arbi, brinjal and cauliflower should not be consumed. Alcohol, tobacco, tea, coffee and hot & spicy foods are not allowed.

What jaundice patients should eat are light and healthy foods that are easy to digest. Sugarcane juice, tomato juice, lime water, carrot juice, orange juice, and sweet lime juice should be given to the patient. The patient is allowed to drink only boiled water as resistance to infection is very low at this point of time.

Moong and masur dals should be included in the diet, along with lots of buttermilk, without any spices in it. It is very important to follow the diet plan as given by the doctor.

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