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How To Eat? an Ayurveda View on भोजन सम्बन्धी कुछ नियम

भोजन सम्बन्धी कुछ नियम-

१ पांच अंगो ( दो हाथ , २ पैर , मुख ) को अच्छी तरह से धो कर ही भोजन करे !
२. गीले पैरों खाने से आयु में वृद्धि होती है !
३. प्रातः और सायं ही भोजन का विधान है !
४. पूर्व और उत्तर दिशा की ओर मुह करके ही खाना चाहिए !
५. दक्षिण दिशा की ओर किया हुआ भोजन प्रेत को प्राप्त होता है !
६ . पश्चिम दिशा की ओर किया हुआ भोजन खाने से रोग की वृद्धि होती है !
७. शैय्या पर , हाथ पर रख कर , टूटे फूटे वर्तनो में भोजन नहीं करना चाहिए !
८. मल मूत्र का वेग होने पर , कलह के माहौल में , अधिक शोर में , पीपल , वट वृक्ष के नीचे , भोजन नहीं करना चाहिए !
९ परोसे हुए भोजन की कभी निंदा नहीं करनी चाहिए !
१०. खाने से पूर्व अन्न देवता , अन्नपूर्णा माता की स्तुति कर के , उनका धन्यवाद देते हुए , तथा सभी भूखो को भोजन प्राप्त हो इस्वर से ऐसी प्राथना करके भोजन करना चाहिए !
११. भोजन बनने वाला स्नान करके ही शुद्ध मन से , मंत्र जप करते हुए ही रसोई में भोजन बनाये और सबसे पहले ३ रोटिया अलग निकाल कर ( गाय , कुत्ता , और कौवे हेतु ) फिर अग्नि देव का भोग लगा कर ही घर वालो को खिलाये !
१२. इर्षा , भय , क्रोध , लोभ , रोग , दीन भाव , द्वेष भाव , के साथ किया हुआ भोजन कभी पचता नहीं है !
१३. आधा खाया हुआ फल , मिठाईया आदि पुनः नहीं खानी चाहिए !
१४. खाना छोड़ कर उठ जाने पर दुबारा भोजन नहीं करना चाहिए !
१५. भोजन के समय मौन रहे !
१६. भोजन को बहुत चबा चबा कर खाए !
१७. रात्री में भरपेट न खाए !
१८. गृहस्थ को ३२ ग्रास से ज्यादा न खाना चाहिए !
१९. सबसे पहले मीठा , फिर नमकीन , अंत में कडुवा खाना चाहिए !
२०. सबसे पहले रस दार , बीच में गरिस्थ , अंत में द्राव्य पदार्थ ग्रहण करे !
२१. थोडा खाने वाले को –आरोग्य , आयु , बल , सुख, सुन्दर संतान , और सौंदर्य प्राप्त होता है !
२२. जिसने ढिढोरा पीट कर खिलाया हो वहा कभी न खाए !
२३. कुत्ते का छुवा , रजस्वला स्त्री का परोसा , श्राध का निकाला , बासी , मुह से फूक मरकर ठंडा किया , बाल गिरा हुवा भोजन , अनादर युक्त , अवहेलना पूर्ण परोसा गया भोजन कभी न करे !
२४. कंजूस का , राजा का , वेश्या के हाथ का , शराब बेचने वाले का दिया भोजन कभी नहीं करना चाहिए !

Dr.Jigar Gor 's Ayurveda Clinic, Bhuj, Gujarat

Elimination affects your entire physiology (mind, body and emotions)

Feeling heavy, lethargic, fatigued, worried or a little down??? Its almost routine complaint of 90% patients. Why so??? Why its happening???

Ayurveda define like this-
Like all living organisms, your body has a natural rhythm.
At night, the body focuses on repairing, cleansing and rejuvenating itself, from its individual cells to its organ systems.

At the end of this cycle, your body wants to unload the toxins that have been cleansed from the tissues and metabolized by your digestive system while you slept. It does this by evacuating the bowel and bladder first thing in the morning.

A happy digestion outcomes to balanced health and strong immune system, says Ayurveda.When food is not properly digested, we all know how it makes us feel – heavy and lethargic, bad breath in the morning, irritable moods and more….
Per Ayurveda, poor digestion is the root cause of all diseases.

Irregular elimination (known commonly as occasional constipation) can cause you to feel off-balance mentally and physically. You may think it’s not a big deal to skip a morning, yet regular elimination makes a huge difference in how you feel during the day.

During the day, on the other hand, your body is in an active absorption phase, dominated by agni, the digestive fire. If you don’t have proper bowel and bladder elimination in the morning, the toxins that were cleansed from the tissues during the night get reabsorbed into the body. These reabsorbed toxins can result in lethargy, fatigue, feelings of sadness and, over time, weakened immunity. Regular elimination also supports cholesterol health.

Since elimination affects your entire physiology (mind, body and emotions), you can’t neglect or ignore it. With a few changes in your diet and routine, you can get in tune with your body’s natural rhythm and make regular elimination a part of your daily routine.

Tips to optimize digestion –
1) Eat only when you are hungry
2) Avoid eating a heavy meal in the evening
3) Avoid ice-cold drinks
4) Be present to the food on your plate when you sit down for a meal
5) Leave the table still feeling a little hungry

I encourage you to start listening to your body; tune in to how your tummy feels after eating and drinking. Try to notice how it reacts to “that particular dish” or “that particular drink” you had. Also, perceive how your body feels when you skip a meal or eat on the go.

What we eat, when we eat and how we eat… matters a lot. Pay attention to your tummy!!

Regularity in sleeping, waking, eating and elimination, indeed following a daily routine, and being disciplined helps to maintain the integrity of the doshas and good health.

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Butter is Better

==>>Are you still shunning butter from your diet? You can stop today because butter (Ayurveda butter) can be a very healthy part of your diet.

Butter is known as “Navaneeta”  or “Ghrit” in Sanskrit.  Butter is usually made from cow’s or buffalo’s milk.Butter prepared out of cow’s milk contains saturated fats, monosaturated fats, polyunsaturated fats, plenty of Vitamin A, Vtamin D, Vitamin D and Cholesterol.

Texts of Ayurveda consider butter prepared from milk of cow, buffalo and sheep for medicinal use. The health benefits of butter are very well explained in Ayurveda.

Butter prepared from cow’s milk has the following medicinal properties.

  • Use of Ghee in Ayurveda:

In Ayurveda,most of the important Medhya aushadhi (Psychotropic Drugs) have been used in the form of ghrita or ghee .The best examples being Unmada, Apasmara and certain syndromes involving CNS like balagraha like Skanda ,Skandapasmara etc. The main clinical features of these diseases being altered sensorium, behavioral changes, seizure manifestations and partial or total loss of higher functions of brain. The extensive use of ghee in such conditions in Ayurveda compels us to think why this dosage form in particular was selected.

  • Qualities of Cow’s Ghee:

Ayurveda has indicated the use of cow’s ghee i.e go-ghrita, whenever the reference of ghee arises in the treatment. A brief glance at the qualities of go-ghrita shows that it has been described as Buddhivardhaka-augmenting intelligence, Smritivardhaka-enhancing memory, Deepana-improves appetite and is useful in the treatment of unmada, apasmara, murccha and mada. Again its worth noticing that all these are the diseases affecting the nervous system in particular.

  • Chemical composition of Ghee (Cow’s Ghee):

Ghrita is abundant in saturated fatty acids. It contains approximately 8% saturated fatty acids which make it easily digestible. The digestibility co-efficient or the rate of adsorption is 96% which is better than any other animal or vegitable fat. It contains triglycerides, diglycerides, monoglycerides, phospholipids, contains beta carotene 600 IU and Vitamin E which are known anti oxidants.

Why Butter is Better???

  • Vitamins …

Butter is a rich source of easily absorbed vitamin A, needed for a wide range of functions, from maintaining good vision to keeping the endocrine system in top shape.Butter also contains all the other fat-soluble vitamins (D, E and K2), which are often lacking in the modern industrial diet.

  • Minerals ..

Butter is rich in important trace minerals, including manganese, chromium, zinc, copper and selenium (a powerful antioxidant). Butter provides more selenium per gram than wheat germ or herring. Butter is also an excellent source of iodine.

  • Fatty Acids …

Butter provides appreciable amounts of short- and medium-chain fatty acids, which support immune function, boost metabolism and have anti-microbial properties; that is, they fight against pathogenic microorganisms in the intestinal tract.

  • Butter also provides the perfect balance of omega-3 and omega-6 fats. Arachidonic acid in butter is important for brain function, skin health and prostaglandin balance.
  • Conjugated Linoleic Acid (CLA) …

When butter comes from cows eating green grass, it contains high levels of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), a compound that gives excellent protection against cancer and also helps your body build muscle rather than store fat.

  • Glycospingolipids …

These are a special category of fatty acids that protect against gastrointestinal infections, especially in the very young and the elderly. Children given reduced-fat milks have higher rates of diarrhea than those who drink whole milk.

  • Cholesterol …

Despite all of the misinformation you may have heard, cholesterol is needed to maintain intestinal health and for brain and nervous system development in the young.

  • Wulzen Factor …

A hormone-like substance that prevents arthritis and joint stiffness, ensuring that calcium in your body is put into your bones rather than your joints and other tissues. The Wulzen factor is present only in raw butter and cream; it is destroyed by pasteurization.

 Butter and Your Health

Is butter really healthy? Let us count the ways …

  1. Heart Disease
    Butter contains many nutrients that protect against heart disease including vitamins A, D, K2, and E, lecithin, iodine and selenium. A Medical Research Council survey showed that men eating butter ran half the risk of developing heart disease as those using margarine.
  2. Cancer
    The short- and medium-chain fatty acids in butter have strong anti-tumor effects. Conjugated linoleic acid (CLA) in butter from grass-fed cows also gives excellent protection against cancer.
  3. Arthritis
    The Wulzen or “anti-stiffness” factor in raw butter and also Vitamin K2 in grasss-fed butter, protect against calcification of the joints as well as hardening of the arteries, cataracts and calcification of the pineal gland. Calves fed pasteurized milk or skim milk develop joint stiffness and do not thrive.
  4. Osteoporosis
    Vitamins A, D and K2 in butter are essential for the proper absorption of calcium and phosphorus and hence necessary for strong bones and teeth.
  5. Thyroid Health
    Butter is a good source of iodine, in a highly absorbable form. Butter consumption prevents goiter in mountainous areas where seafood is not available. In addition, vitamin A in butter is essential for proper functioning of the thyroid gland.
  6. Digestion
    Glycospingolipids in butterfat protect against gastrointestinal infection, especially in the very young and the elderly.
  7. Growth & Development
    Many factors in the butter ensure optimal growth of children, especially iodine and vitamins A, D and K2. Low-fat diets have been linked to failure to thrive in children — yet low-fat diets are often recommended for youngsters!
  8. Asthma
    Saturated fats in butter are critical to lung function and protect against ashthma.
  9. Overweight
    CLA and short- and medium-chain fatty acids in butter help control weight gain.
  10. Fertility
    Many nutrients contained in butter are needed for fertility and normal reproduction.

Why You Should Avoid Margarine, Shortening and Spreads

There are a myriad of unhealthy components to margarine and other butter imposters, including:

  • Trans fats: These unnatural fats in margarine, shortenings and spreads are formed during the process of hydrogenation, which turns liquid vegetable oils into a solid fat
    Trans fats contribute to heart disease, cancer, bone problems, hormonal imbalance and skin disease; infertility, difficulties in pregnancy and problems with lactation; and low birth weight, growth problems and learning disabilities in children.A U.S. government panel of scientists determined that man-made trans fats are unsafe at any level. (Small amounts of natural trans fats occur in butter and other animal fats, but these are not harmful.)
  • Free radicals: Free radicals and other toxic breakdown products are the result of high temperature industrial processing of vegetable oils. They contribute to numerous health problems, including cancer and heart disease.
  • Synthetic vitamins: Synthetic vitamin A and other vitamins are added to margarine and spreads. These often have an opposite (and detrimental) effect compared to the natural vitamins in butter.
  • Emulsifiers and preservatives: Numerous additives of questionable safety are added to margarines and spreads. Most vegetable shortening is stabilized with preservatives like BHT.
  • Hexane and other solvents: Used in the extraction process, these industrial chemicals can have toxic effects.
  • Bleach: The natural color of partially hydrogenated vegetable oil is grey so manufacturers bleach it to make it white. Yellow coloring is then added to margarine and spreads.
  • Artificial flavors: These help mask the terrible taste and odor of partially hydrogenated oils, and provide a fake butter taste.
  • Mono- and di-glycerides: These contain trans fats that manufacturers do not have to list on the label. They are used in high amounts in so-called “low-trans” spreads.
  • Soy protein isolate: This highly processed powder is added to “low-trans” spreads to give them body. It can contribute to thyroid dysfunction, digestive disorders and many other health problems.
  • Sterols: Often added to spreads to give them cholesterol-lowering qualities, these estrogen compounds can cause endocrine problems; in animals these sterols contribute to sexual inversion.

How to Purchase Butter

The BEST butter is raw butter from grass-fed cows, preferably organic. Next is pasteurized butter from grass-fed cows, followed by regular pasteurized butter from supermarkets. Even the latter two are still a much healthier choice than margarine or spreads.

Read about Indian Cow – A holy Cow with Medicinal Qualities 

Coconut as a home remedy to improve your health naturally

Coconuts are a versatile superfood providing nutrition, health benefits, and amazing medicinal properties all wrapped in one delicious package. Coconuts are totally natural, easily available and affordable; and every part of the fruit is useful.

Green coconut water uses:

–Natural, healthy source for hydration, energy and endurance, making it the perfect sports drink.
–Restores electrolytes after exercise, vomiting, diarrhea.
–Antiseptic properties provide antibacterial, anti-viral and anti-fungal agents to purify blood — killing measles, herpes, influenza, AIDS, SARS, hepatitis C…
–Useful for emergency transfusions due to being close in composition to human plasma.
–Used to prevent vomiting, nausea and replace lost fluids in cases of malaria, typhoid, influenza…
–Dissolves kidney stones alkalizing urine pH.
–Used as a natural cleanse, coconut water mixed with olive oil eliminates intestinal parasites

Coconut oil medicinal uses:

 

Virgin coconut oil tastes and smells like coconut. Expeller pressed oil has no scent or taste and both types can be used medicinally.
–Kills bacteria causing urinary tract infections, gonorrhea, gum disease, staphylococcus, MRSA…
–Destroys fungus causing candida.
–Kills viruses causing flu, infectious disease, typhoid, HIV…
–Inhibits parasite growth such as tapeworm, liver flukes, giardia…
–Eases acid reflux, relieves gallbladder disease.
–Enhances proper bowel function and lowers incidence of hemorrhoids when oil is consumed.
–Relieves and heals intestinal disorders, ulcers, colitis, IBS, and Crohn’s disease.
–Stabilizes blood sugar and insulin production.
–Eases neuropathies and itching from diabetes.
–Protects against osteoporosis and reduces problems from cystic fibrosis.
–Enhances pancreatic function, enzyme production and reduces pancreatitis.
–Improves magnesium and calcium absorption, promoting stronger bones.
–Reduces joint and muscle inflammation, supporting repair of tissues.
–Regulates thyroid function.
–Protects against cancers of colon, breast, and digestive tract.
–Medium chain fatty acids (MCFA) protect against development of Alzheimer’s disease.
–MCFA strengthen heart and circulatory system protecting against artherosclerosis and heart disease.
–Prevents oxidation of fatty acids.
–Provides antioxidants to fight free radicals slowing aging and degenerative diseases such as arthritis.
–Relieves symptoms of chronic fatigue syndrome.
–Reduces incidence and intensity of epileptic seizures.
–Stabilizes female hormones reducing hot flashes and vaginal dryness during menopause.
–Lessens symptoms associated with prostate enlargement.
–Strengthens the liver and protects against degeneration.
–Soothes earaches when mixed with garlic and olive oil.

 

Topical uses for coconut oil:

 

–Forms a chemical barrier on skin to protect and heal infections.
–Topical applications relieve pain and swelling from hemorrhoids.
–Moisturizes and softens dry skin.
–Reduces bags, puffiness and wrinkles under eyes.
–Lessens occurrence and appearance of varicose veins.
–Preps skin before shaving.
–Mixed with baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective toothpaste.
–Soothes sunburned skin and promotes healing of burns and blisters.
–Heals psoriasis and eczema lesions.
–Stops pain, burning, and itching of bug and snake bites.
–Prevents itching from poison ivy, oak, and sumac.
–Promotes firm skin tone, preventing age spots, sagging and wrinkles.
–Eliminates head lice.
–Removes makeup easily.
–Heals nail fungus under finger and toenails.
–Prevent nosebleeds by applying light film inside nostrils.
–In combination with cornstarch and baking soda, coconut oil makes an effective deodorant.
–Makes an excellent massage oil, a natural personal lubricant, and great sunscreen.
–Conditions hair, prevents split ends, reduces frizz, controls flaky scalp and dandruff.
–Removes scars and stretch marks.
–Repairs cracked, sore, dry nipples from nursing.
–Heals diaper rash and removes cradle cap on babies.

 

Nutritional uses for coconut oil:

–Enhances absorption of nutrients and improves digestion.
–Provides a quick energy source and stimulates metabolism.
–Produces immediate, usable energy source rather than being stored as fat.
–Increases metabolic rate, stabilizes body weight, and controls food cravings.
–Enriches milk supply for breast-feeding women.
–Doesn’t form harmful by-products during cooking when used at high heat.

Benefits of Walking

Early to bed and early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy as well as wise. And that is not merely an age-old saying. It works in daily life too. Read on to know how.

1. Time to Exercise

Waking up early gives you the time to exercise. You can easily go for a jog, do a few laps in the pool, practice yoga or hit the gym with plenty of time at hand.

2. Time to Meditate

There is nothing like beginning the day with a dose of meditation. It will help calm your mind and sharpen your reflexes to keep you going through your busy schedule of work.

3. Experience the Charm of Early Morning

Only an early morning person knows the charm and serenity that those hours offer. The silence, the birds chirping, the absence of cars honking, and the sunrise are all advantages only early rising can offer.

4. Increase Productivity and Efficiency

A study conducted at the Texas University in 2008 revealed that early risers are more prone to be productive and efficient at work. In fact, students who wake up early are known to get higher grades than those who wake up late.

5. Eating Breakfast

breakfast  is known to be the most important meal of the day. Often, you may land up skipping it if you are running late for work. An early start to the day ensures that this significant meal is never given the slip.

6. Less Stress

Giving you ample time to get ready on time, waking up early ensures that you suffer less stress. Beat the traffic and drive to work at ease.

7. Set Routine

Once you get into the habit of rising early, you are able to set a routine and that obviously leads to better productivity not only at work, but also on the home front and as an individual.

8. Brighter Mood

Early risers are known to be happier and more optimistic than night owls. The latter are known to suffer depression, insomnia and pessimism. The bright start with exercise and optimism is bound to keep you feeling energised and optimistic all day.

9. Better Health

Proper routine and exercise are known factors in ensuring better health in the long run. Waking up early ensures you set aside time to work out. Late risers lack the advantage of time for this.

10. Better Finances

Improved health, enhanced productivity and ameliorated energy can only result in one thing – a higher rate of success. And when this happens in your career, can financial triumph be far behind? So, rise early to kickstart a really great way of doing well in the professional sphere as well.

The benefits of waking up early are myriad. It doesn’t take much to change your lifestyle to avail these benefits. After all, personal and professional well-being, and ultimate success are what everyone seeks. So, why not adopt a healthier way of living and reap those benefits?

Ayurveda philosophy on types of Diet

According to the ancient wisdom science of Ayurveda, a diet can be considered to be right and beneficial for the body when it adheres to natural norms.

The natural diet needs to be able to maintain the natural well being of an individual. At the same time, the diet should be supportive enough to combat an ailment.Overdoing of the following diet types is discouraged.

Rough Diet: A diet that is rough and dry by nature tends to decrease the stamina of the individual. This kind of diet interferes with the natural manifestation of digestion and assimilation of food. This may lead to increased flatus and abdominal gas formation and improper evacuation of bowels.

As rough and dry diet aggravates the vatta dosha—or the air body humor—ailments like constipation, joint pains, dryness in the digestive tract, or dry skin might crop up.

In the long run, this kind of diet could rob you off the natural glow and radiance.

Oily Diet: Oily and unctuous foods when made a part of your daily diet can be rather disheartening. When you are taking in these kinds of foods more often, there is aggravation and imbalance of the kapha dosha, or the phlegm humor of the body.

Other than gaining unwanted pounds and becoming obese, there are other dilemmas like heaviness in the abdomen and chest region, lethargy, loss of natural hunger, and increased salivation.

Hot Diet: When you are taking more foods that are particularly hot in potency, you are bound to experience increased burning sensation within your body. Ailments like hyperacidity, skin disease with hemorrhage, and mental anxiety may turn up.

The hot food when taken continuously for a long stretch of time tends to amplify your body heat, and in the process the pitta dosha becomes vitiated. This in turn may lead to physical and mental weakness, vertigo, and lassitude.

Cold Diet: Some foods that are cold in potency, if taken for longer times, may smother your gastric fire. As a consequence, indigestion prevails. This suppression of the gastric fire then leads to anorexia and occasional nausea. There may be joint stiffness, blocking of the sinuses, and intolerance towards environmental cold.

   Solid Diet: Regularly taking more hard and solid foods can be constipating. This kind of food is difficult to move down the alimentary canal and makes digestion worse. Digestion becomes very slow, or there may be indigestion and discontent.

Liquid Diet: Ayurveda limits intake of water and other liquids along with food mainly because this interferes with the normal burning of the gastric fire. Also, there are a number of ailments that may crop up in the process. This includes ailments like respiratory afflictions of frequent cough and colds, decreased immunity, or indigestion.

Ayurveda has a practical approach towards diet and lifestyle balance, wherein the emphasis is on moderation and optimum intake which is obligatory to gaining as well as maintaining natural wellness and longevity.