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Chew on Ajwain (Carom Seeds) to Cure Acidity, Bloating, Indigestion, Gases, etc. Instantly!

Chew on Ajwain (Carom Seeds) to Cure Acidity, Bloating, Indigestion, Gases, etc. Instantly!

Ajwain or Carom Seeds have many Ayurvedic benefits and are an instant and effective remedy for all digestive problems like acidity, bloating, indigestion, stomach ache, flatulence, etc. Not only that, chewing some carom seeds after a heavy meal makes digestion of food very easy and gives instant relief from heaviness in the stomach. Along with curing digestive issues, carom seeds also has many other health benefits and medicinal values.

Carom seeds are called Ugragandha in sanskrit (Ugra– strong, Gandha– smell) for its strong smell. Ajwain balances Pitta dosha and alleviates kapha and vata dosha. Read my earlier blog to know more about Vata, Pitta and Kapha click here. Carom seeds have a pungent taste, with a slight bitter undertone. Its flavor is somewhat similar to oregano.

Ajwain or Carom Seeds have a lot of ayurvedic benefits and are an instant and effective remedy for all digestive issues like acidity, bloating, indigestion, stomach ache, flatulence, etc. Not only that, chewing some carom seeds after a heavy meal makes digestion of food very easy and gives instant relief from heaviness in the stomach. Along with curing digestive issues, carom seeds also has many other health benefits and medicinal values.

What makes Carom seeds so special?

Benefits of carom seeds can be attributed to biochemicals like Thymol, Para-cymene, α- pinene, β-pinene, γ-terpinene. All of these volatile oils are responsible for its medicinal properties. All of these biochemicals contribute to treat all the digestive issues. Not only that it also reduces flatulence, act as antibacterial, antiseptic, treat cholera, prevent kidney disorders, aids weight loss, reduce pimples and acne etc.

How to use carom seeds to cure digestive issues:

Regular intake of carom seeds can prevent many digestive issues. Eat Carom seeds by themselves, or make a mixture of roasted Carom and Fennel seeds in equal amount to chew on after every meal. This will be your preventive remedy for many digestive issues and this mixture also acts as a mouth freshener.

1. For balancing Pitta dosha:

Afternoon food should consist of carom seeds in it to balance pitta dosha because level of pitta dosha is higher in afternoon or during daytime. If you cannot incorporate carom seeds in your food, you can always chew on some after you finish your meal.

2. To control indigestion and acidity:

Carom seeds are good anti-acid agent and natural antacid. It is beneficial for stomach and gives relief to the mucous membrane of the stomach from acidity and hyperacidity.

– Taking 1 teaspoon of carom seeds along with a pinch of black salt is a good home remedy to treat acidity and hyperacidity.

– Carom seeds water – You can also boil 1 teaspoon of the carom seeds in 1 cup of water for 3 to 4 minutes. Strain the mixture and drink when it is cooled down for ease in acidity and indigestion.

– By taking the mixture of teaspoon of carom seeds, cumin seeds along with some dry ginger powder one can get relief from acidity and acid reflux.

3. For bloating and gases:

The most common cause of bloating and abdominal distension is excess gas accumulation in the abdomen. Ajwain along with other herbs promotes elimination of gas and prevents excess gas formation.

– If condition is mild, then ajwain alone can be sufficient to cure this condition.

– Taking 1 teaspoon of carom seeds along with a pinch of black salt for three days after every meal gives complete relief from bloating and gases.

Different ways to incorporate carom seeds in cooking

Carom seeds whole or in powdered form are often used in various recipes in India because of its strong aromatic essence. Most Indian ‘spices’ are actually medicines which fulfill both the purpose of adding flavor as well as being good for health.

– Carom seeds are commonly added to deep-fried foods, such as fritters, in Indian cooking, to help ease of digestion.

– When added to protein rich dishes like beans, lentils it eases the digestion of the food.

– Carom seeds can be added while baking different kinds of breads like regular bread, pita bread, Indian roti, paratha or naan.

– A pinch of carom seed powder and black salt powder added to buttermilk helps in digestion, if taken after lunch.

Caution:

– As with the case with everything, consume Carom seeds in moderation.

– Limit the intake of carom seeds 1 to 2 teaspoon a day as excess of it can aggravate pitta dosha.

– Due to hot potency of carom seeds, when taken in excess quantity it can have opposite effect like increase in acidity, burning sensation and mouth ulcer.

– You should not eat ajwain/carom seeds if you suffer following conditions:

Stomach ulcer, Internal bleeding, Ulcerative colitis (acute phase), Mouth ulcer

– With all the benefits for various digestive issues, one thing should be noted here that carom seeds does not work in constipation. If you have hard and dry stools carom seeds must be avoided because it may cause more dryness and hardness of the fecal matter. In such cases, increase water intake, include fiber and you may require stool softeners or laxative medicines.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3358968/

http://www.irjponline.com/admin/php/uploads/1082_pdf.pdf

http://www.ijplsjournal.com/issues%20PDF%20files/may%202012/10.pdf

Ghee (Clarified Butter) Benefits: A Gold Mine of Nutrients for Weightloss and More

Ghee (Clarified Butter) Benefits: A Gold Mine of Nutrients for Weightloss and More

In India, Ghee (clarified butter) has always been a sacred and celebrated symbol of auspiciousness, nourishment and healing. It is not only used for daily cooking, but it is also used in rituals of worship! Ghee comes under a category of fats known as the good/healthy fats. Ghee (clarified butter) has numerous health benefits, which surprisingly also includes Weight Loss! Read on to know more about this gold mine of nutrition.

Ayurveda, the ancient medical science of India recognizes ghee as an essential part of a balanced diet, and considers it to be the best fat one can eat. Some Ayurvedic practices of body cleansing like Panchakarma (a fivefold detoxification treatment involving massage, herbal therapy, and other procedures) can’t be completed without ghee.

Ghee (clarified butter) has good/healthy fats and has numerous benefits. Helps in healthy digestion, Weight Loss, reduces inflammation, removes toxins, moisturizes body

Benefits of Ghee (Clarified Butter):

1. Weight Loss:

Ghee is not only rich in omega-3 fats (DHA) but also in omega-6 fats (CLA). Omega-6 fats have shown to help in increase of lean body mass, while reducing fatty mass. In addition, nutritionists also find that ghee helps in mobilizing fat cells to be burnt for energy. All that helps in weight loss and weight management. Ghee also helps in removing stubborn fats from the body.

2. Pulls toxins out of our body:

The ghee has a lipophilic effect on other fatty acids and fatty toxins in the body (lipophilic means these bodily fats are attracted to other fats like ghee). This pulls stored fat soluble toxins out of the body and back into the intestine for their removal from the body.

3. Healthy digestive tract:

Research has shown that patients with unhealthy digestive tract do not produce butyric acid, and have low levels of fatty acids or related oils in the gut. Ghee consists of Butyrate, an essential short chain fatty acid. It converts fibers into butyric acid, which is essential to intestinal bacteria. Ghee stimulates the secretion of gastric acid, thus aiding in the digestive process. Better digestion equals better health and weight loss.

4. Rich in vitamins:

Ghee is rich in healthy fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin A, D, E and K. These vitamins are important for promoting bone and brain health, and also for boosting the immune system.

 

5. Ghee reduces inflammation:

Butyrate in ghee plays a major role in reducing inflammation in the digestive tract and throughout the body. Ghee benefits the body by creating a more alkaline system that overall reduces inflammation. It’s believed that inflammation is at the root of most diseases we face today including Alzheimer’s Disease, some types of cancer, high cholesterol levels, arthritis and asthma.

6. Higher smoking point:

Ghee has a smoke point of 450 degrees. Since it cooks at higher temperature than almost any other oil, it wont break into free radicals like other oils. Free radicals can potentially be harmful to one’s health, and when an oil smokes, it can be hazardous to a person’s respiratory system if constantly breathed in.

7. Promotes flexibility:

Ghee helps to lubricate the connective tissues in the body and promotes flexibility. That’s why many Yoga lovers consume ghee.

9. Natural moisturizer for inside and out:

Our skin, membranes have fats or phospholipids in them. By consuming essential fats found in ghee, you could ensure good skin health not just from the outside (you can apply ghee externally as moisturizer), but from the inside too.

10. Shelf life:

Ghee is incredibly shelf-stable. Ghee will last for months without refrigeration, though it’s recommended that you store it away from direct light and heat and only use clean, dry utensils to remove it from its jar. Also, keep it tightly covered when not in use.

Ghee clarified butter good healthy fat health benefits Helps digestion Weight Loss anti inflammation removes toxins moisturizes body

 

The best part about Ghee (clarified butter) is that you can make it yourself at home!

How to make Ghee (Clarified butter)?

Traditional way to make it at home:

In India, traditional process of making ghee starts with the culturing of cow’s full fat milk (or cream from boiled milk) with yogurt. The mixture is allowed to rest for 4-5 hours until it is completely fermented. Then the mixture is churned to separate the butter and buttermilk in it (this process is mostly done in the early morning hours when the temperature is cooler in India, which makes it easy for the butter to separate from buttermilk). This separated butter is then melted over medium-low heat until its simmering. As the water in the butter slowly evaporates, the milk solids sink to the bottom of the pan. After all the water has evaporated (the butter will stop making a sputtering sound), it’s removed from the heat, and poured through a cheesecloth-lined strainer to remove the milk solids. This filtered/clarified butter is pure Ghee.

How much ghee to consume:

Remember, excess of anything is bad! According to Ayurveda one teaspoon of ghee early morning with warm water will do wonders to you digestive as well as overall health. Nutritionist suggests restricting the use of ghee to 2 teaspoons a day. To get the best results from eating ghee, you should also see to it that you are controlling the other fatty/fried food consumption. Ghee should be a part of your balanced diet.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3215354/

Ghee (clarified butter) has good/healthy fats and has numerous benefits. Helps in healthy digestion, Weight Loss, reduces inflammation, removes toxins, moisturizes body

Lesser Known Lemon Peel Facts. Its Anti Cancerous!

Lesser Known Lemon Peel Facts. Its Anti Cancerous!

Did you know that Lemon peel is actually Anti-Cancerous ?! Most of us know that lemons are a rich source of vitamin C but this small citrus fruit when used as a whole along with its peel has numerous lesser known health benefits. I promise you that you won’t throw away the lemon peel after reading this blog 🙂

Lemon peel lesser known medicinal facts and benefits. Lemon peel facts benefits anti cancerous

Lesser known facts about lemon peel:

1. It is Anti-cancerous:

Lemon peels consists of components known as salvestrol Q40 ( natural phytochemical) and limonene, which are known to fight against cancerous cells in the body. Even though lemons are citrus/acidic in nature, once its juice has been fully metabolized and its minerals are dissociated in the bloodstream, its effect is alkalizing and cancer cells won’t grow in an alkaline environment.

2. More vitamins than lemon juice:

Lemon peels contain as much as 5 to 10 times more vitamins, minerals and enzymes than the lemon juice itself. The lemon peel contains Vitamin C, Vitamin A, vitamin P, fibers, lemonene, salvestrol Q40, polyphenol flavonoids, beta carotene, folate, calcium, magnesium, and potassium etc.

3. Lowers cholesterol levels:

Lemon peels helps to lower the LDL cholesterol, or the bad cholesterol.  Along with lowering of LDL cholesterol. Lemon peel has considerable quantities of vitamin C and potassium which helps clear clogged blood vessels. The peel is good for reducing the risk of  high blood pressure and heart diseases.

4. Good for bone health:

With good amount of calcium & vitamin C, lemon peel consumption helps prevent disorders like osteoporosis, rheumatoid arthritis, fractures in the bone, inflammatory polyarthritis, and osteoarthritis.

Additional health benefits of lemon as a whole are as follows:

It is antibacterial

It is antiviral

It aids in digestion

It can be used to treat acne

It fights against parasites and worms

It possesses antidepressant qualities

It helps to reduce stress and anxiety

Connection between cancer and lemons isn’t something new, for decades, scientists have developed numerous studies to determine its validity. High-dose vitamin C has been studied as a treatment for cancer patients since the 1970s. Lemon extract can successfully destroy malignant cells in a wide range of cancers, including breast cancer, colon cancer, and lung cancer. Several research studies also make the claim that lemons can destroy cancer much more effectively than chemotherapy, I have given links of research done on the anti-cancerous effect of lemons at the end of this page.

As many researches are claiming that lemons are anti-cancerous, why not incorporate lemon as a whole in our daily diet and prevent diseases like cancer easily and naturally.

How to use lemon peel:

Lemon peel medicinal benefits. Lemon peel facts benefits anti cancerous

– Wash lemons well to remove dirt, pesticides and wax.

– Freeze them until they become frozen solid ( takes around 8 to 10 hours).

– Grate the lemon peel.

– You can also grate the lemon peel without freezing it.

– Enjoy the amazing flavor and benefits.

You can incorporate this lemon peel in your diet in many ways:

– Use it on vegetables, salads, soups, lentils, noodles, spaghetti, pasta, rice etc. It will give an amazing flavor to these dishes.

– You can also use grated or squeezed peel in your green tea or in any black tea.

You can always invent your own ways to incorporate lemon peel in your daily diet!

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22056335

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22126498

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17892257

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/11142088

Vajrasana: A Unique Yoga Pose (to be done after meals)

Vajrasana: A Unique Yoga Pose (to be done after meals)

We all know that we should not do any exercise or Yoga immediately after having food. But there is one asana (yoga pose) which you can do after having food, and it will actually help your digestion! Vajrasana.

vajrasana legs toes heels position

Vajrasana is a simple and very effective asana. It is the only asana which you can do after having your meal. This asana has a wide range of benefits from making your body internally strong to getting into the ultimate meditative state.

Meaning of Vajrasana:

Word Vajrasana is a combination of two words, Vajra and Asana. Vajra means thunderbolt or diamond. The word asana translates as ‘pose’. According to Hindu puranas / ancient scriptures, vajra was described as the weapon of Indra (the King of Gods) and it is considered as the strongest among all other weapons. Vajra had both, the indestructible nature of a diamond and the irresistible force of a thunderbolt.

Like vajra, the Vajrasana makes our body strong internally. Regular practice of this asana improves our immunity and we become less susceptible to various diseases.

Vajrasana yoga sitting position pose

Benefits of Vajrasana:

1. Improves Digestive Health:

Vajrasana alters the blood flow in the lower pelvic region. The blood flow to the legs is reduced and the blood flow to the digestive organs is increased. This increases the efficiency of the digestive system and helps those with weak digestion to digest a meal easily. Regular practice strengthens the digestive system and keeps acidity, indigestion, bloating, constipation at bay.

2. Better blood circulation:

Vajrasana helps better blood circulation in the body. It modifies the blood flow by reducing the blood flow in lower portion, especially in the legs and increasing blood flow to the upper parts of the body including digestive organs, heart, lungs and brain.

3. Makes lower body flexible:

It strengthens the sexual organs, tones lower body muscles (hips, thighs, calves), cures joint pains, urinary problems, etc.

4. Helps in weight loss:

Losing weight becomes possible with regular practice of Vajrasana. You will see reduction in your belly fat after a few weeks of regular practice of Vajrasana.

5. Helps meditation:

In Vajrasana the body becomes upright and straight with no effort. Slow and rhythmic breathing in this position can help you go into the meditative state very easily.

This is the only asana you can do immediately after meal, ideally you should do this asana everyday for 10 minutes after lunch or dinner. Doing so regularly will give you all the above benefits.

Initially, one may find it difficult to withstand the pose due to the intense stretch it gives to your legs and thighs but with time you may even go on till 20 minutes at a stretch.

Steps to do Vajrasana:

step 1: Come to sitting position

Step 2: Bend your left leg and bring the foot to the left buttock.

Do the same with your right leg, then balance on your toes as shown in the above picture.

This is called as Utkatasana.

Step 3: Shift the weight forward, straighten out the toes, and bring your knees to the ground.

vajrasana legs toes heels position

Step 4: Keeping toes together, part just your heels apart and sit between your heels. Place the palms of your hands on the knees or near your pelvis region on one another as shown in the figure. Maintain the asana, breathing normally.

How to release (get out of) the Vajrasana:

To release the asana, remove the hands from the knees and return them to your sides. Go back to balancing on your toes (as in step 2 mentioned above). Straighten the left leg first then Straighten the right leg and lower the buttocks to the ground returning to sitting position (as in step 1 mentioned above).

“Remember: releasing the pose is as important as going into the pose.”

Precautions to be taken:

  • Beginners can take support of a pillow or rolled cloth below the ankle and knee if you find it hard to stretch. It takes the pressure off the feet and ankles.

vajrasana pillow support

  • Do not do Vajrasana if you have a knee problem; or if had a recent knee surgery, as it may put additional strain on the knee. Also, pregnant women should try this asana only with their knees apart in order to avoid stress on the abdomen.
  • Always practice new asana in presence of the instructor.