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Saturday, January 30, 2010

20 point programme to stay healthy

Waking up at Bhramamuhurtha (between 4:00 AM and 5:00 AM.
Cleaning the face with appropriate water.
Protecting Eye-Sight.
Drinking a glass of water.
Evacuation of Bowels.
Cleaning the teeth and scraping tongue with appropriate medicinal herbs.
Chewing appropriate medicinal drugs.
Gargling with oil made out of sesamum indicum.
Application of oil on the head, body, ear and feet.
Yogic asanas and meditations.
Bathing with medicated water
Dress code with perfumes and collyrium.
Ornaments.
Hair, Nails and Footwear.
Food Habits.
Study / Work.
Night Meal.
Sexual relationship with your spouse.
Sleep Patterns.
General Conduct and Ethics.

depression and ayurveda

Depression is a mental state characterized by a pessimistic sense of inadequacy and a despondent lack of activity. It is commonly seen in following types of people;

- People doing more brain straining activities, such as white color jobs

- Lonely living individual with no friends or relatives close by.

- Single parent taking care of kid/s

- Retired persons

- Children pressurised too much for success

- Females suffering from Menstrual problems

- Obesity

There are ways to avoid this situation by avoiding above factors in life and there are ways to overcome it, if you are already suffering from it. In most of the cases, it is overcome by Yoga and physical activities such as jogging, dancing on soft tunes or even fast pop songs. In some cases, listening to jokes, fantastic music and watching comedy shows are also considered as easy treatments. However, in some chronic conditions, following medications and diets are also useful;

- Chocolates

- Cold sweet fresh juices, such as carrot juice, beetroot juice, sweet lime juice

- Blood prufiying agents such as Arjuna, Ashoka, Aloe Vera churnas or Syrups.

- Yogaasans.

beauty herbs

Herbs for Beauty Care

Herbs and spices have been used in maintaining and enhancing human beauty since
time immemorial. Indian women have long used herbs such as Sandalwood and
Turmeric for skin care; Henna to color the hair, palms and soles; and natural oils to
perfume their bodies. Not too long ago, elaborate herbal beauty treatments were carried
out in the royal palaces of India to heighten sensual appeal and maintain general
hygiene. Rightly said, beauty is very much an inner thing. First beautify from within. A
large number of cosmetic and toiletry formulations have been developed based on
Indian Herbs recently. Apart from traditionally documented applications, some modern
trials have also established the utility of Indian herbs in Personal Care products. Below
is a partial list of herbs with Cosmetic applications.

Cosmetic Herbs

Common Part
Latin name Uses
name used

SKIN CARE

Acorus calamus Sweet flag Rhizome Aromatic, Dusting powders, Skin lotions

Allium sativum Garlic Bulb Promotes skin healing, Antibacterial

Aloe vera Aloe Leaf Moisturizer, Sun screen, Emollient

Alpinia galanga Galanga Rhizome Aromatic, Dusting powders

Avena sativa Oat Fruit Moisturizer, Skin tonic

Antiseptic, Reduce dark spots,
Azadirachta indica Neem Leaf
Antibacterial

Skin care, Anti-inflammatory,
Calendula off icinalis Marigold Flower
Antiseptic, Creams

Wound healing, Reduce stretch marks,
Centella asiatica Gotu kola Plant
Creams

Cichorium intybus Chicory Seed Clears skin of blemishes

Citrus aurantium Orange Peel Skin creams, Anti acne, Anti bacteria

Anti bacterial, Anti microbial, Skin
Curcuma longa Turmeric Rhizome
creams

Cyperus rotundus Nagarmotha Roots Suntan, Astringent, Anti-inflammatory

Daucus carota Carrot Seed Natural source of Vit A, Creams

Euphorbia hirta Spurge Herb Entire Skin diseases, Cracked lips

you and your diet

Diet and constitution

"One Man's Food is Another Man's Poison"

Once you know your body constitution you can take advantage of selecting the right diet for maintaining balance of Tridosha. Many foods you eat could be the cause of your health problems even if they are healthy ones. Refer to the chart below for some basic guidelines.

VATA

PITTA

KAPHA

Restricted

Allowed

Restricted

Allowed

Restricted

Allowed

Fruits

Dried Fruits
Apples
Cranberries
Pears
Persimmon
Pomegranate
Watermelon

Sweet Fruits
Apricots
Avocado
Bananas
Berries
Cherries
Coconut
Figs (fresh)
Grapefruit
Grapes
Lemons
Mango
Melons (sweet)
Oranges
Papaya
Peaches
Pineapples
Plums

Sour Fruits
Apricots
Berries
Banans
Cherries
Cranberries
Grapefruit
Grapes (green)
Lemons
Oranges (sour)
Papaya
Peaches
Pineapples (sour)
Persimmon
Plums (sour)

Sweet Fruits
Apples
Avocado
Cocnut
Figs
Grapes (dark)
Mango
Oranges (sweet)
Pears
Pineapples (sweet)
Plums (sweet)
Pomegranate
Prunes
Raisins

Sweet & Sour Fruits
Avocado
Banas
Cocnut
Figs (fresh)
Grapefruit
Grapes
Lemons
Melons
Oranges
Papaya
Pineapples
Plums

Apples
Apricots
Berries
Cherries
Cranberries
Figs (dry)
Mango
Peaches
Pears
Persimmon
Pomegranate
Prunes
Raisins

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

Restricted

Allowed

Restricted

Allowed

Restricted

Allowed

Vegetables

Raw Vegetables
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cauliflower

Celery
Eggplant
Leafy Greens*
Lettuce*
Mushrooms
Onions (raw)
Parsley*
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes (white)
Spinach*
Sprouts*
Tomatoes

*These Vegetables ok in moderation with oil dressing

Cooked Vegetables
Asparagus
Beets
Carrots

Cucumber
Garlic
Green Beans
Okra (cooked)
Onion (cooked)
Potato (sweet)
Radishes
Zucchini

Pungent Vegetables
Beets
Carrots
Eggplant

Garlic
Onions
Peppers (hot)
Radishes
Spinach
Tomatoes

Sweet & Bitter Vegetables
Asparagus
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage
Cucumber
Cauliflower
Celery
Green Beans
Leafy Greens
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Okra
Peas
Parsley
Peppers (green)
Potatoes
Sprouts
Zucchini

Sweet & Juicy Vegetables
Cucumber
Potatoes (sweet)
Tomatoes
Zucchini

Pungent & Bitter Vegetables
Asparagus
Beets
Broccoli
Brussels Sprouts
Cabbage Cauliflower
Celery
Eggplant
Garlic
Leafy Greens
Lettuce
Mushrooms
Okra
Onions
Parsley
Peas
Peppers
Potatoes (white)
Radishes
Spinach
Sprouts

Vata

Pitta

Kapha

Restricted

Allowed

restricted

Allowed

restricted

Allowed

Grains

Barley
Buckwheat
Corn
Millet
Rye

Oats (cooked)
Rice
Wheat

Buckwheat
Corn
Millet
Oats (dry)
Rice (brown)
Rye

Barley
Oats (cooked)
Rice (basmati)
Rice (white)
Wheat

Oats (cooked)
Rice (brown)
Rice (white)
Wheat

Barley
Corn
Millet
Oats (dry)
Rice (Basmati, small amount)
Rye)

Legumes

All Legumes

Mung Beans, Tofu, Black & Red Lentils

Lentils

All Legumes OK

Lentils

All Legumes OK

Nuts

All Nuts are OK in small quantities

No nuts except coconut

No nuts at all

Seeds

All seeds are OK in moderation

No seeds except Sunflower & Pumpkin

No seeds except Sunflower & Pumpkin

Sweeteners

All sweeteners are OK except white sugar

All sweeteners are OK except molasses & honey

No sweeteners except raw honey

Condiments

All spices are good

No spices except coriander, cinnamon, cardamom, fennel, tumeric & small amounts of black pepper

All spices are good except salt

Dairy

All dairy products are OK (in moderation)

Buttermilk
Cheese
Sour Cream
Yogurt

Butter (unsalted)
Cottage Cheese
Ghee
Milk

No dairy except ghee & goatmilk

Oils

All oils are good

Almond
Corn
Safflower
Sesame

Coconut
Olive
Sunflower
Soy

No oils except almond, corn, or sunflower in small amounts

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diet

The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating is important for development of consciousness as well as our physical health.

First of all, sit down to ear. Do not stand, walk or drive through the meal. Enjoy the meal for good digestion. Do not talk much to someone or on the phone, read or watch television while eating. These activities take away the enjoyment of eating and digestion. Slow eating habits also create indigestion. These additional activities may result in weak stimulation of Pachak Agni and hence forth creates fatigue after eating.

Second and most important, eat only one third of your stomach need. Wheit is time for meal, one should fill the stomach with one third water, one third food and one third must be kept empty for proper movements and absorption of food.

In diabetic conditions, pregnancy, hypertension and obesity, one should take smaller meals in every four hours. This brings better Pachak Agni into action and helps in proper nutrient absorption.

And of course, last but not the least, eat healthy food. Boiled, baked and stir fried food is better than deep fried, overcooked and broiled food. Marinated salads, sprouts, yoghurt and variety of drinks at the time of food can bring in great salivatary fluids, which will help digest the food and further down for absorption as well.

We also had question as to whether to drink water in between the meal. There are quite a few different opinions in this matter. However, you can take good amount fo water before meal, in between the meal, but must avoid water immediately after the meal. One should not take water for one to two hours after the meal. This calms the Pachak agni for a long time and having such habit creates bulging of stomach.

diet

The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating is important for development of consciousness as well as our physical health.

First of all, sit down to ear. Do not stand, walk or drive through the meal. Enjoy the meal for good digestion. Do not talk much to someone or on the phone, read or watch television while eating. These activities take away the enjoyment of eating and digestion. Slow eating habits also create indigestion. These additional activities may result in weak stimulation of Pachak Agni and hence forth creates fatigue after eating.

Second and most important, eat only one third of your stomach need. Wheit is time for meal, one should fill the stomach with one third water, one third food and one third must be kept empty for proper movements and absorption of food.

In diabetic conditions, pregnancy, hypertension and obesity, one should take smaller meals in every four hours. This brings better Pachak Agni into action and helps in proper nutrient absorption.

And of course, last but not the least, eat healthy food. Boiled, baked and stir fried food is better than deep fried, overcooked and broiled food. Marinated salads, sprouts, yoghurt and variety of drinks at the time of food can bring in great salivatary fluids, which will help digest the food and further down for absorption as well.

We also had question as to whether to drink water in between the meal. There are quite a few different opinions in this matter. However, you can take good amount fo water before meal, in between the meal, but must avoid water immediately after the meal. One should not take water for one to two hours after the meal. This calms the Pachak agni for a long time and having such habit creates bulging of stomach.

Dental problems such as pyorrhea, plaque, cavities, gum swelling, stomatitis such as oral inflamations are serious conditions and must be treated immediately, as it can lead the infection further down in digestive or respiratory tracts.

We all know that brushing teeth in the morning, before going to bed and after every meal is a real good habit. In Ayurveda, maintaining good habits are the first things a man should practice to remain healthy. In Ayurveda, brushing teeth with Babool and / or Neem is the best practice. Brushing teeth and gums gently and thoroughly for at least 3 -5 minutes is must in the morning and before going to bed. Brushing teeth external side (towards cheeks), within, and then internal side (towards tongue) is equally important for complete cleaning. Flossing is another way to clean the space between teeth.

Denture structuring in kids is formed based on their habits of way of brushing and the frequency. Some kids develop teeth in inappropriate way, because of wrong brushing habits and eating too many sweets.

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