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Fresh or Frozen Vegetables, which is more nutritious?

After a long time I have decided to write down a post which has been a question in many of us who regularly use Frozen vegetables as quick and easy remedy for cooking food.
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08/03/17
Remember that, Paneer butter masala that we all crave at least once a month or that Indian style spicy curry every one talk about. Did you ever think about the method of cooking and the impact it have on the nutrients. If you look at any cuisine while preparing any kind of food item key aspect would be the taste. We humans are slaves for our senses but for our body to nourish well the food we eat should be nutritious. Vegetables are considered as main source of protein and vitamins, which are vital building blocks for our body.
Well, today it is about finding which method of cooking is nutritious ! Any form of heat causes the vegetables to loss some part of nutrients to leach mainly water soluble vitamins like Vitamin B, C and Folic acid are sensitive to heat.

First and Foremost it is Steaming....

Steaming is cooking food by steam by using any kind of vessel like steamer. Steaming is considered very healthy compared to other forms of cooking
A study published in the "Journal of Zhejiang University SCIENCE B" in August 2009 found that steaming was found to cause least loss of nutrients in broccoli, including vitamin C and beneficial plant chemicals called glucosinolates and chlorophyll.According to a USDA 2007 food table steaming only caused 15% loss of folic acid and vitamin C. Steaming also increases the anti-oxidant properties in vegetables according to "Journal of Agricultural and Food chemistry".

Secondly Boiling

Even though Boiling is very easy method for cooking veggies compared to steaming boiling leaches out more nutrients from vegetables especially if you drain the water afterwards. According to USDA 2007 food table boiling caused at least 35% loss of folic acid and Vitamin C in vegetables. Boiling does help to increase the anti-oxidant properties of vegetables. Boiling is considered good for who are at risk for kidney stones. Boiling causes loss of oxalates a compound found in vegetables which is responsible for causing kidney stones. These oxalates are found in spinach, beets, beet greens, sweet potatoes, peanuts, rhubarb, and swiss chard. While steaming can cause only 53% of reduction in oxalates boiling can cause up to 85% of oxalates.

In the end

Boiling and steaming both got their ups and downs nut which one is appropriate is a choice

" If used wisely even poison can act as medicine if used inappropriately even medicine can act as poison" - Ayurveda

it boils down to the fact that one should be wise enough while making a choice!

What does Ayurveda have to say!

Ayurveda says food one should eat must be tasty at the same time healthy. Ayurveda emphasizes on cooking food mainly with water with the essence of spices and fat like ghee and sesame oil. If we look at patho physiology of any disease ayurveda explains a list of food and lifestyle changes where deep frying, excessive use of spices are considered unhealthy! Up until mid of 21st century modern medicine hasn't recognized the importance of food and lifestyle changes but ayurveda a science which is 5000 years old clearly details the impact of food and lifestyle changes on health. Ayurveda gave a list of foods which can cause many unhealthy conditions when in combination. these are called Virudha ahara or Contradictory foods.

Contradictory Combinations or Virudda ahara

Ghee and honey in equal proportions
Milk with salty, sour, astringent, pungent or bitter tastes (in other words, milk combines well only with sweet foods such as cereals, cookies and small amounts of honey or raw sugar)
Yogurt with milk, sour fruits, melons, fish, starches, cheese, or bananas
Melons with any other foods, but especially grains, starches, grilled foods or cheese
Corn with dates, raisins or bananas
The nightshade family (which consists of tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant and sweet peppers) with yogurt, milk, melons or cucumbers.

Have a look at them and next time when you eat keep an eye out for these combinations

That's all for now I will be back with an interesting topic very soon...Till then Namaste !!

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08/03/17
After a long gap I have found very interesting topic to start writing my blog again. We are in era where we have shortcuts every step of our life to make it easier. One of such hacks when it comes to cooking would be using frozen vegetables. It is far more easier than fresh vegetables because they are available in all seasons. Also they come in cut form makes it easier to get on with cooking. I was often asked by many of my clients whether one should use fresh vegetables of frozen vegetables. So, I thought why not write a blog about it for more understanding.

Fresh vegetables

Let's start with fresh...Did you ever wonder how fresh are the vegetables that we buy from a supermarket?
The fresh vegetables we buy in a supermarket are imported from different parts of the world, so it means that they have to be packed before they reach their ripe stage or fully nutritious stage. Usually they are packed and sprayed with preservatives when they are ideally unripe to avoid them being spoiled when they reach the stage of being in a supermarket shelf.

What happens in the shelf?

So when they actually reach the shelf of supermarket it would have been already around more than 7 days after they have been packaged. It takes another 3-4 days before we actually cook them from our fridge.

How nutritious are they?

To preserve these vegetables preservatives are being used which can cause some of the vital nutrients to get destroyed. Also during the preserve in the supermarket they are exposed to heat and light which can cause degradation of some of the enzymes and vitamins. Having said that, fresh vegetables are nutritious if you buy from farmer's market or organic. Even the supermarket ones but keeping them too long in fridge before using them can make them less nutritious. Also over boiling in water at high temperatures can cause vegetables to lose some of the Vitamins and nutrients.

Frozen Vegetables

Well, often there is a misconception regarding frozen vegetables that these are unhealthy! contrary to this belief they are quite nutritious as fresh vegetables.
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What's the catch here!

Only catch here is that before freezing the vegetables, they are subjected to a process called blanching which means vegetables are dipped in hot water for certain period of time which can degrade the water soluble vitamins like B and C.

End of the day!

The gist here is that fresh vegetables and frozen vegetables both have their pros and cons. After all frozen vegetables are not that bad.

Choose Fresh when you are going for foods with Vitamin B and Vitamin C Ex: Cabbage, brussels sprouts, spinach, berries, citrus fruits and peppers.

Choose Frozen when you are buying off season veggies and fruits.

Well, this is it keep waiting for my next post for understanding "which is better boiling, frying or steaming a vegetables is nutritious?"


References

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www.livestrong.com/article/498105-vitamin-b-complex-vs-green-urine/

greatist.com/health/frozen-vs-fresh-which-vegetables-are-best


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08/03/17
Cold, windy, long nights, short days, here and there showers of rain, hmm winter is here! Every season we often suffer from different kinds of allergies, infections and other conditions because our body is not in synchrony with the nature. Wouldn’t that be amazing if our body is in harmony with nature and we don’t have to suffer from any kind of seasonal changes.

Ask me how! Today’s post is all about that! Adapting our body to the changes in the seasons and following a diet and lifestyle which is in accordance with the changes in the external environment around us can help preventing imbalances in mind and body. In this same context, Ayurveda emphasizes on a detailed seasonal regimen to follow in different seasons.

Strong fire = more food

In winter, Agni or digestive fire is supposedly high because it can’t escape from the body due to the external wind blocking the pores and the wind in turn kindles the digestive fire inside the body. To compensate this strong digestive fire one has to eat more food, otherwise like the saying
“Fire which burns everything which it comes in contact with!”

Digestive fire can even burn all the surrounding tissues in the stomach. Winter is a season of Kapha dominance because of the similar qualities exhibited by both. Winter is significantly known by cold weather, heaviness, and moisture, moody and depressed cloudy days with a sense of dry and rough winds. That’s why Kapha is considered primary dominant dosha with subtle vata nature during winter.

Spice up your food!

Winter is an ideal season to eat that spicy food that you have been craving to eat! Warm spices can pacify vata at the same time soothing kapha.
Eating warm, cooked, slightly oily, well-spiced foods, favouring a balance of the sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes is good.
Warm boiled water is ideal for drinking through the day. Tea boiled for five minutes with ½ teaspoon each of dried ginger, cinnamon, and clove can help clear respiratory passages.
Add plenty of warm spices like ginger, garlic, red pepper, chilli pepper to make vegetable curries, stews with radishes, cooked spinach, onions, carrots, and other root vegetables are generally well received this time of year.
Cooked grains like oatmeal, cornmeal, barley, tapioca, rice, or kitchari make a terrific breakfast, and lunches and dinners of steamed vegetables, whole wheat breads, and mushy soups are ideal.
Well-cooked legumes garnished with hot spices like ginger, cinnamon are good.
Eating eggs, turkey, venison and chicken are good for winter. Red wine is also good before bed time.

Say NO to chill!

Avoid cold, damp, dairy foods, excessively sweet foods, overly heavy or oily foods, and frozen foods.
Cold, iced or chilly drinks, avoid going out in cold weathers.

Warmth and peace are ideal

Winter is a time sharing warmth, love and peace with the family and friends. For vata a planned routine can reduce the stress and anxiety involved in doing things. For a kapha unpredicted and unplanned things can provide sense of excitement and purpose.
  • Late wake up at around 7 is ideal for winter months. Having a warm oil massage with sesame oil along with oil gurgling with sesame oil is considered best for this season.
  • Vigorous exercise like bike ride, running and jogging is considered very well for this season, but you can adapt gentle and less strenuous exercises like walking, gentle breathing technics if there is vata dominance.
  • For a Kapha dominant weather exercises like sun salutations, warrior pose, cobra and spinal rolls are good.
  • For Vata pacification try gentle corpse, kapal bhati, bhastrika and alternate breathing meditation. These are considered good for lightness and stress release of the mind.
  • Cover your ears, head and other extremities when going out in the cold.

"Winter is an ideal season for kapha detox because of the kapha alleviation which is my upcoming post about how you can eliminate kapha from your body. Until then, keep sharing the love and warmth this winter!"

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08/03/17

Wrinkles are the one of the common ageing signs that appear on skin when we reach the age of 35-40 years. But, due to environmental pollution, stress and other health conditions some people can experience these signs quite early as well.

GOOD CARE OF SKIN:

Avoid the sun; UV rays from sun damage your skin cells and are responsible for causing skin cancer on continuous exposure for a long period of time. Wear sunscreen when you are out. Use regular moisturiser and stop smoking.

Ayurveda and use of oil :

Ayurveda while explaining about daily regimen one has to follow details about the uses of having sesame oil massage of whole body. It may sound strange but, research shows that daily massage with sesame oil is found to have anti-ageing effects on skin.

SOY:

When taken internally or applied externally soy can improve the appearance of your skin and protects it against sun damage too. It evens out skin tone and improves firmness of skin.

VITAMIN C:

Recent studies suggest that vitamin C protects skin against UVA and UVB rays from sun. It helps in reducing dark spots and improves skin tone. Now a day’s most of the creams that we find in the drug stores contain vitamin C in the form of L-ascorbic acid and ascorbyl palmitate.

OVER WASH:

Washing your face too often can damage the protective layer over your skin and it reduces the moisture which protects your skin against wrinkles.

COCOA:

Replace your coffee with cocoa because studies suggest that cocoa is good for skin in reducing wrinkles. It contains antioxidants which will protect the skin against the dehydration; increases blood flow and can make skin look smoother.


AHA’s:

Alpha hydroxyl acids are natural acids; they remove the outer dead layer of skin cells thereby reduce the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles and pores.

SLEEPING POSTURES:

Sleeping on same posture for a longer period may cause sleep lines which won’t fade when you are up. For example: sleeping on one side lead to wrinkle son cheeks and sides of your chin. Sleep on your back to avoid getting wrinkles.

GOOD FOOD:

Eating diet which is good for your skin like foods rich in vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids is best for skin to look young and healthier. Fishes like salmon are rich in omega 3 fatty acids; yogurt and cocoa are also beneficial.

REGULAR MEDITATION AND YOGA:

Start your day with meditation and yoga which are proven as some of the best ways for reducing stress in your daily life. Regular exercise increases blood flow to your skin which gives glow to your skin.

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08/03/17
Join us on this 5 day autumn detox from the comfort of your own home. This detox is for you! if you are looking to lose some extra fat and become fit and get rid of seasonal toxins from your system. Seasonal routine has been described by ayurveda which helps in natural elimination of any toxins from environmental and diet variations. But, in this era where life is so fast paced we are naturally ignoring all the healthy options and people often find it difficult to follow the routine as described. So, here comes the natural solution to all those who can't follow these to eliminate these toxins by doing a seasonal detox. This detox can help to eliminate these so called
accumulated toxins or "ama" from our body.

Ayurveda's traditional Panchakarma's or 5 ultimate detox procedures take a minimum of 7 days. But, given the comprehensive nature of these procedures they are usually not recommended to be done with out the supervision of a trained ayurveda practitioner. So, we are doing a modified detox procedure which is aimed at detoxifying and cleansing of Body fire to get rid of "AMA"

Purva Karma/Pre - Detox procedures

Usual detox procedure according to ayurveda requires a pre procedure or purva karma to bring the toxic waste from different channels of the body to the centre of the body which can be naturally eliminated via any of the orifices using 5 eliminating procedures. In general it takes 3,5,7 days to complete a purva karma procedure. Here, we are doing only a simple 3 day purva karma for our detox. A detailed instruction of what to follow on these 3 days will be sent via email.

Pradhana Karma /Main Procedure

Main procedure involves a 2 day of elimination followed by 3-4 days of paschat karma/ after diet requirements that need to be followed by one. Detox procedures even though simplified one need to take utmost care in following the diet and other requirements.

Is this for me?

Last but not least you might want to know whether this is for you! Please find the below requirements if you feel like having suffered from any of the following, then this detox is for you
  • Lethargy
  • General malaise
  • Feeling unwell all the time
  • Feeling sleepy after eating
  • Stiff Joints
  • Coating on the tongue
  • Feeling heavy
  • Frequent seasonal allergies

Benefits

  • General well being
  • More energetic
  • Less allergies
  • Lose weight
  • More focused
  • Feeling lighter
  • Increased digestion

If you believe that this detox is for you please sign in with the website for further information


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08/03/17
Losing weight is an absolute nightmare if you don’t follow certain lifestyle changes. Obesity is considered as one of the potential risk for developing many diseases like Diabetes Mellitus, Hypertension, Heart diseases and more. Whether you want to get that ‘zero look’ like a celebrity or you are genuinely trying to lose body fat you need avoid certain things!

Say “NO” to Carbonated Drinks:

Carbonated drinks are considered as one of the important cause for obesity. One can of a cola contain around 3.3 tablespoons or around 39 grams of sugar. Carbonated drinks due to their sugar content cause fluctuations in blood glucose levels there by impairing functions of pancreas which may lead to Non-Insulin dependent diabetes.


Stop Snacking:

We often snack a lot whenever we feel bored or disappointed or want to have something to go with the movie or game. But snacking is very bad habit if you want to lose weight. Try to choose some healthy options rather than fatty options! Like whole meal snacks, green salads and fruits.


Exercise regularly:

Regular exercise is not only good for your body but also to keep active and for maintaining a better shape. You may not find time with your busy life to exercise but you can always make time for it!


Eat healthy:

This is very difficult thing because knowing what is healthy is a big dilemma! In general leafy veg and green veg and fruits and non- processed foods are considered as healthy and all non- refined foods are unhealthy.

Read the Label:

This is one of the best habits that come in handy when you want to shed some calories. Check for the nutritional value and amount of sugars and fats on the foods. If they have color coding labels on them then try to choose green and amber coloured coding ones.

Sleep Well:

Sleep plays an important role in our body’s metabolism. Like that old saying ‘Early to bed early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise’. Hormones ‘Ghrelin’ and ‘leptin’ which are responsible for our eating habits the former tells us when to eat and the later tells us when to stop are regulated by the sleep patterns. Less sleep equals to more ghrelin and less leptin.

Low fat:

Ice-cream does tastes like an ice-cream even when it is a low fat! Instead of sacrificing the foods you love try eating low fat foods.

Processed foods:

keep an eye for processed foods because due to their preparation they contain more additives than natural foods.

Step up:

Love dancing! Then why not use it for your purpose turn the music on and keep up with beat. Dancing is one of the easiest and entertaining ways to lose some weight. On an average number of calories burned during any type of dance for an hour are more than 100 kilo calories.

Avoid Crash diets:

Crash diets may help to lose weight in the beginning but as soon as you start eating normal food again you will put on weight. So, Ayurveda recommends a long term detailed plan with systematic diet and exercise.
Ayurveda and Obesity
Ayurveda describes obesity as “Santarpana janya vaydi” which is caused due to excessive eating, sleeping in day time, eating oily foods, not exercising regularly and Kapha increasing diet. Ayurveda line of treating obesity is first using digestive herbs like cardamom, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper to regulate digestive fire. Then, followed by sodhana treatments like Vamana and virechana. Tonic drugs like Guggulu, shilajit are highly recommended. Calming herbs like brahmi are also useful to regulate hunger.

"TIP: Drink hot water by adding 1 teaspoon each lemon juice and honey to it every day in the morning and evening. "

Treatments

Udvartana /Slimming Massage is an external treatment which helps in losing cellulite or body fat from your body locally deposited. Udvartana is a vigorous massage with herbal powders and oils useful in kapha alleviation. Udvartana unlike abhyanga ( normal ayurveda massage) strokes in this massage are in opposite direction to the body countour helps in increasing metabolism and there by increasing the blood circulation causing sweat. Usually udvartana recommended for 14-21 days for effective results.

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08/03/17

Hair is made up of a protein called keratin present in outer layer of skin. It is believed that we tend to lose around 1 – 100 hair strands in a day and it is common. Hair loss can caused due to many reasons
Causes: Hair fall can be caused by any of the following reason


Hormone deficiency: Hair fall can occur if abnormal levels of androgens or male hormones are produced in body.


​Hair Treatments: Hair treatments like using braids, curling & ironing, dyeing & using hard combs: all these types of hair styling measures can cause breakage and damage of hair.


Stress & Illness: Stress and illness can cause hair loss temporarily.


Recent Childbirth: Women may loss hair temporarily after giving birth to a child.


Chemotherapy: Chemotherapy causes severe hair fall from all parts of our body including eyebrows, hands and legs


Some drugs: Drugs used in chemotherapy and heart diseases can cause hair loss temporarily hair grows back when these drugs are stopped. It is always better to prevent it before it’s too late! Following a healthy lifestyle is first and foremost principle to prevent hair fall.

Avoid using hair pulling bands or hair styles which may break or damage hair follicles. Drink plenty of water daily. Use lukewarm water for head wash. Take protein diet regularly.


Ayurveda Perspective

Hair is considered as the upadathuvu of asthi according to ayurveda. The ahara ras or nutrients which are responsible forming Asth/Bone are vital for hair formation. Hair loss is considered as vitiation of pitta dhatuvu. Eating heavy fried foods, spicy foods, exercising in hot weather and all the other factors which are responsible for pitta vitiation are also responsible for hair fall. Ayurveda line of management is to alleviate Pitta dosha and to nourish the bone tissue/Asthi Dhatuvu in the body.

Herbs
Depending on the cause the herbs are to be chosen but in general pitta alleviating herbs are suggested
  • Amla

  • Neem

  • Bhringraj

  • Brahmi

  • Manjista


External application with Neelibringraj tailam, Maha bhringraja tailam is also reommended.


Treatments
Some of the treatments recommended for hair fall are:

  • Shirodhara

  • Shiroabhyanaga

  • Shirovasti


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08/03/17
Back pain is one of the most common condition affecting every 9 in 10 people and every 5 out of 10 working people suffers from back pain at least once in life time. Back pain can be from neck , thoracic and lower back but mainly lower back is the most affected area.Understanding the reason behind the pain usually plays a crucial role in treating the pain. If it lasts from 6-10 weeks is called acute and if the pain lasts more than that it is called chronic.

It can can be dully and achy which comes after sudden twisting or movement or lifting of heavy objects as in case of Back Muscle/Ligament strain. It can be felt as burning/sharp pain more prominent in leg/foot as in case of Sciatica. Chronic back pain worsened by sitting or standing, nagging constant pain as in Degenerative Disc Disease.

Causes

  • Back Muscle Strain
  • Lumbar Disc Herniation
  • Degenerative Disc Disease
  • Lumbar spondylisthesis
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Spinal Stenosis
  • Compression Fracture

The former 4 causes usually being the reason for back pain in adults aged between 30-60 and latter being the reason for back pain in adults over 60 years of age. Management according to modern science is different to Ayurveda's approach of lower back pain and treatment is entirely different.


Ayurveda and Back Pain
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Ayurveda describes Back pain as Kati Sula. Even though vata is considered as main dosha involved in causing pain depending on the point of origin, dhatuvus(bodily tissues) involvement and external factors, other 2 doshas i.e symptoms can vary accordingly.
Ayurveda management mainly focuses on treating dosha imbalance in the body. Here the main dosha involved is vata so vata alleviating treatments keeping in mind other doshas.


Ayurveda Treatments for Back Pain

Here we are listing some of the treatments recommended in back pain which are to be performed under the supervision of an expert Ayurveda practitioner/Doctor according to the dosha imbalance

1.Abhyangam - /Ayurveda-Abhyanga

2.Podikhizi - /PindaSweda-Podikhizi

3.Kati Vasti - /Ayurveda-Kativasti

4.Vasti/medicated Enema -

5.Sneha Virechana

6.Alepa

7.Pichu


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08/03/17
Imbalances within the body may result in impairment of agni [the digestive fire] within the body. This deranged agni develops limitations in the ability to digest food properly and ultimately forms ‘Ama’ [undigested food material; toxins] in the body. When this Ama circulates through various channels in our body, it clogs the channels and spreads toxins in the entire body. In this context, Ayurveda described treatments to help eliminate and prevent these diseases in an elaborate method. Ama which is the main internal cause of disease can be eliminated from the body by ‘Sodhana’; a group of cleansing procedures used to eliminate ama from our body.

PANCHAKARMA – Five Therapeutic Procedures
Panchakarma or five therapeutic procedures are part of ‘sodhana’ treatments. Ayurveda also described ‘shamana’ which are considered less intense procedures for prevention and curing of diseases. Before the actual cleansing procedures, Ayurveda describes purva karma or pre-cleansing procedures to sufficiently prepare the body. These preparatory steps are ‘SNEHA’ AND ‘SWEDHA’.

SNEHA: Sneha is the application of medicated oils to the entire body with gentle massage and allows the toxins to move into the gastrointestinal tract for easy elimination. It is also administered internally for 3 – 5 days depending on the disease and patient’s tolerance.

SWEDA: Sweda is sudation or sweating which is done immediately one day after sneha and helps to liquefy the toxins, allowing for easy movement towards the gastrointestinal tract. After sneha & sweda for 3—7 days ‘PANCHAKARMA’ are done depending upon the patient’s Prakruthi (constitution) and Vikruthi ( disease).


PANCHAKARMA ~ ‘FIVE TYPES OF SHODHANA’

1. VAMANA
2. VIRECHANA
3. BASTI
4. NASYA
5. RAKTHA MOKSHANA


1. VAMANATHERAPEUTIC VOMITING:
Vamana or induced vomiting is indicated mainly in ‘Kapha’ disorders where excess mucus is lodged in all sinuses or channels in the body. Patients feel immediate relief after Vamana due to the elimination of mucus from all channels. It is indicated in diseases like chronic asthma, bronchitis and repeated attacks of cough and cold. It is also indicated in cases of severe psoriasis and leucoderma. After vamana, it is recommended to consider taking rest, herbal smoking, fasting, eating a light diet and avoiding the suppression of natural bodily urges. Proper administration of vamana should provide relief from congestion in the chest, allow for effective breathing, provide good appetite and create a lightness within the lungs.

2. VIRECHANA – PURGATION:
Virechana or purgation therapy is indicated in ‘Pitta’ disorders [i.e. excess bile in the body] often causing symptoms like nausea, vomiting, G.I disturbances and even jaundice. This excess pitta within the body can be eliminated by therapeutic purgation. This therapeutic purgation helps to relieve all the above mentioned “pitta” disturbances from body. After virechana, one often feels relief from nausea and vomiting, feels a sense of lightness within the abdominal region, and may even develop soft stools.

3. BASTI – ENEMA:
Basti or Enema therapy is indicated in ‘VATA ‘disorders. It is considered as the best treatment for all vata disorders like chronic constipation, abdominal distention, sexual disorders, backache, sciatica and other joint disorders like rheumatoid arthiritis, gout, and muscle spasms. Vata is the main active principle in the pathogenesis of a disease. Vata is the moving force in the body; it is responsible for circulation, elimination and retention. So, it is also responsible in spreading toxins and wastes in the body. If Vata is eliminated from its roots (i.e. from the large intestine) it is easy to treat any disease.

4. NASYA — NASAL ADMINISTRATION:
Nasya is administration of medicated drugs through the nose. ‘NASA HI SIRASO DWARAM’ means the nose is the door to the brain. Prana or life energy enters the body when we breathe through the nose. This prana or life energy in the brain governs all sensory and motor functions in the body. So, it is indicated in disorders where prana is affected like sinusitis, convulsions, migraines and all sensory organ disorders. Medicated drug administration followed by a facial massage may also improve with breathing more effectively. Nasya is described as part of a daily regimen for the general wellbeing of each individual.

5. RAKTHA MOKSHANA — BLOOD CLEANSING:
Raktha mokshana is the purification and cleansing of blood. Ama, which is considered the main cause of disease as it enters into blood as a toxin resulting in toxemia and other circulatory disorders like high blood pressure, and skin conditions [i.e. urticaria, herpes, eczema, acne and scabies]. Raktha mokshana is also indicated in pitta raktha associated disorders like an enlarged spleen and liver. Raktha mokshana is bloodletting via three different methods, mentioned in the classics. Bloodletting provides excellent results with conditions such as blood and skin disorders. Food such as yogurt, fermented foods, sour foods and alcohol are considered toxic to blood.


DIET AND LIFESTYLE:
Ayurveda describes, in great detail, diet and lifestyle instructions for a person who is undergoing Panchakarma treatments. These are designed keeping in mind that after a pancha karma treatment, agni is deranged. Therefore, to bring agni back to normal power it is advised to eat very light and easily digestible food like kitchari (cooked basmathi rice and moong dal) which is sweet, delicious, and nutritious to the body.

DISCLAIMER:
Panchakarma are specialised treatments which require proper knowledge and skill to perform. Therefore, one should not try these at home without proper supervision of a trained professional. This information is for educational purposes only and not to be considered medical advice.

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08/03/17
Ayurveda is a science of life which explains in detail how we can lead our life in disciplined and healthy manner. Ayurveda has laid out every detail how to live life every day and in every season. According to Ayurveda, health depends on variations in external environment and their influence on our body. So, Ayurveda explained the seasonal changes and the effects season’s will have on our body and gave a detailed diet and exercise plan that one need to follow in a given particular season.


"Spring is Nature’s way of saying “LET’S Party” – Robin Williams"


In Bhagvadgeeta Lord Krishna quoted that of all the season’s spring is the dominant and more influential. Spring is a season of beauty with sprouting buds, blossoming flowers and bright sun.
Spring is warm, unctuous and moist which are qualities of Kapha. Spring comes after winter and before summer. As the snow and ice which melts after winter due to warmth in spring, likewise the accumulated kapha in the body dissolves and will cause Cold, Cough and other allergies. So, proper diet and activity which can keep Kapha in balance are advised in spring.
DO’S
  • Tastes – Pungent, Bitter and astringent are the tastes recommended for spring. These tastes help in reducing Kapha in the body which is predominant in spring.
  • Protein Foods – Legumes like garbanzo beans, Yellow split peas, pinto beans and red beans are good as they are warming and also protein source to body. Meats like Turkey, Chicken, Rabbit and Venison are recommended.
  • Exercise –Spring is ideal for taking walk in the garden, park while enjoying the beautiful colours of spring. It is simple and yet excellent way of exercising in spring. If you are looking for more exercise in spring some of these Yoga postures are also good: Sun salutations, kapha reducing poses like cow, Bow, Fish, Boat, Locus, Lion and Locust are good in spring.
  • Vegetables – Artichoke, Broccoli, Brussels sprouts, Asparagus, Green beans, Radishes, Kale, Eggplant, Spinach, okra, garlic and onions. These vegetables are to be used along with hot spices like Black pepper, Chilli powder, Cardamom, Caraway, Asafoetida and Cayenne.
  • Spring Drinks – Drinking tea made with herbs like ginger, fennel, black pepper and cardamom is good for spring allergies like hay fever, allergic rhinitis, and cough and cold. Honey is warming and alleviating for kapha. Even lassi made with ¼ yogurt and ¾ water is also good.
  • “Drink a tea made of hot water with a teaspoon of honey in it every morning.”- Kapha reducing and warming.
  • Ayurevdic Detox/ Panchakarma – Spring is ideal for detoxification therapies or Ayurvedic Panchakarma treatments due to predominant Kapha in the body. Vamana, Nasya along with Sneha, Sweda are recommended.

"Healing is a matter of time, but it is sometimes also a matter of opportunity-Hippocrates"

DON’T’S
  • Animal Protein – Seafood’s like Crab, Lobster, Sea fish, salmon and Duck; Beef, Buffalo, Lamb and pork are not recommended because of their kapha increasing qualities.
  • Unctuous foods - Avoid oily, greasy foods, Cheese, dairy products, ice creams and cold foods which are kapha increasing by nature.
  • Day naps – It is very tempting to fall asleep during spring due to spring weather is optimum to make fall asleep during the day. Taking a nap during day time is not recommended by Ayurveda.
  • Vegetables – Cucumber, Olives, tomatoes (raw), Zucchini, sweet potatoes and Pumpkin squash are not recommended due to their nature to increase Kapha.

Leading life in a healthy way sure takes lot of sacrifices, but after all it is worth rather than going through suffering of life time illnesses. Ayurveda believes that one require deep spiritual insight in order to live in harmony with nature.


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