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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

Sesame seeds: A Fountain of Youth for Winter!

Sesame seeds: A Fountain of Youth for Winter!

Cold and dry winter weather brings with it dryness, itching and peeling of our skin. This dry weather not only affects skin but also affects hair, lips, eyes, hands and feet. We can minimize this damage and seasonal discomfort by using this little fountain of youth called Sesame seeds! Create warmness/comfort in your body and look more beautiful this winter season!

Use Sesame seeds and sesame oil in winter. Sesame seeds and oil benefits uses in Winter

Sesame seeds can be red, white, black, brown, and yellow. The color difference is based on the plant variety within the species, Sesamum indicum.  Sesame is used in multiple forms – powder, paste, oil or whole seeds.

Why are Sesame seeds so special?

1. It’s a fountain of youth:

Based on scientific research, vitamin E has been shown to increase lifespan and promote healthy neurons. Sesame seeds contain tocopherols, the major “vitamers” of vitamin E.  The intake of natural vitamin E is anti-aging (helps against collagen cross linking and lipid peroxidation, which are both linked to aging of the skin).

2. Antioxidant properties:

Sesame seeds also have antioxidant properties (specially black sesame seeds). The scientific research done on  brown pigment of sesame seed shows that it possesses excellent antioxidant activity. These antioxidants fight with free radicals and slow down the aging process in the body.

3. Promote healthy and beautiful skin:

Sesame seeds are full of zinc, an essential mineral for producing collagen and giving skin more elasticity. Zinc also helps to repair damaged tissues in the body.

4. High in nutritional value:

Sesame seeds are a rich source of minerals, calcium, zinc, magnesium, iron, manganese, copper as well as Vitamin B1 & Vitamin E. Regular consumption of sesame seeds nourishes body internally.

Sesame seeds and oil should be used in winter only. Sesame seeds and oil benefits uses in Winter

5. Boosts immunity:

The antioxidants in sesame seeds fight free radicals, thereby strengthening the immune system.

6. Rich in calcium:

Sesame seeds are rich source of calcium. Calcium promotes healthy hair and nails. It is also essential for strong and healthy bones.

7. Improves digestion:

Being rich in dietary fibers, black sesame seeds supports healthy gut flora, and favor digestion. Healthy digestive system leads to healthy skin and body.

Sesame is one of the most widely used Ayurvedic medicines.  In India, sesame seeds have been a part of their culture since ancient civilization. In India the benefits of sesame seeds are widely recognized and integrated into daily lives, as part of tradition, festivals, rituals and food.

Benefits and ways you can use sesame seed ‘Oil’:

Sesame seeds and oil benefits uses in Winter

1. Skin conditioner:

Massage over your body with warm sesame oil before jumping in the shower. You won’t need to moisturize afterwards.

2. Scalp massage:

Regular scalp massage with warm sesame oil will nourish your hair. It also act as a natural conditioner. Leave the oil in overnight and then wash it out in morning shower. You can make combinations of healthy oils along with the sesame oil for scalp massage.

3. For better sleep:

Massaging your feet with warm sesame seed oil before going to sleep. It will improve your sleep quality. It will also remove roughness of the feet.

4. For oral health:

In Ayurveda, sesame seed oil is used for ‘Oil pulling’ (swishing of oil in mouth for some time). It has been said to prevent teeth decay, bleeding gums, dry throat. It also strengthens the teeth, gums and jaw.

Benefits and ways you can use sesame ‘Seeds’:

Sesame seeds nourish our organs and blood. Blood transfers the nutrition to skin and hair. Sesame seeds and oil will nourish and protect our body both internally and externally.

Sesame seeds and oil benefits uses in Winter

Sesame seeds can be used in a variety of ways for example:

– You can sprinkle sesame seeds on your salads.

– Add sesame seeds to your breakfast cereals, smoothies.

– Add sesame seeds to your soups.

– Bake in bread.

– Make paste and use as a dip (e.g. Tahini – a Mediterranean recipe).

– Tahini sauce can be used in burgers, sandwiches, etc.

– If you are a fan of nutty flavors, enjoy one teaspoon of sesame seeds raw or roasted everyday.

– You can make some sesame chutney (powdered roasted sesame seeds mixed with some Indian spices).

– In India, Ladoo (a dessert) is made with sesame seeds and jaggery in the winter season on the occasion of a festival called Makar Sankranti.

Precautions:

Ayurveda recommends use of sesame seeds and sesame oil only in winter season.

– Sesame seeds are warm in nature, that is they increase heat in our body. It is better to avoid use of sesame seeds and oil during warm seasons.

Note: If you have any allergy to nuts and seeds you should avoid the use of sesame seeds or sesame oil and consult your doctor before making any significant changes into your diet.

Sources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19336860

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814604004480

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0308814605006801

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20205192

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/6169415

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

Drinking water immediately after eating is Poisonous and Harmful

Drinking water immediately after eating is Poisonous and Harmful

Not many of us know this, but drinking water after eating (immediately after having a meal) is in fact poisonous for our body! I am using the word poison here, because this habit of ours actually creates poisonous substances in our body.

Ayurveda has stated some rules/Sutras (Sanskrit word for rules) about when and how to drink water. When we start to look at these sutras from a scientific perspective, we realize how meaningful and effective these Sutras are. These sutras are also very easy to follow in our daily routine. By following this particular sutra about drinking water, you can avoid/control major diseases like high cholesterol, high blood pressure, other heart diseases etc.

“Digestion of food is more important than eating it”

drinking water immediately after meal is harmful poisonous and dangerous

Let’s understand Amashay / epigastrium:

There is a small part in our stomach called Epigastrium. In Sanskrit it is called as Jathar. Epigastrium is a small bag like organ present in our stomach. The food we eat first goes into it. Epigastrium stimulates the Jathar-agni / digestive fire to digest the food in it.

Lets understand Jathar-agni/digestive fire:

As soon as we take the first bite of our food (solid or liquid), our digestive fire starts to stimulate. This digestive fire (acid in stomach) helps us to digest our food. This digestive fire remains active till the digestion of the food is completed. This well digested food will convert into energy and will nourish our body.

What happens when we drink water immediately after our meal:

We all know that pouring water over fire puts out the fire. Similarly, when we drink water immediately after our meal, it puts out the digestive fire in our stomach (dilutes/weakens the digestive acid in our stomach). Some people even drink cold water after their meal which is very harmful. (Why? Read my other blog to know more about it: Is Drinking Refreshing Cold Water Making You Ill ? ) Also, people have a habit of drinking lots and lots of water after eating food.

We don’t realize it but all these daily habits of ours are creating poisonous substances in our body, which cause many diseases.

How exactly are the Poisons created inside our body?

As mentioned above, when we drink water immediately after meal, the digestive fire/acid will be weakened. Because of this, our stomach becomes stagnant pond of water with undigested food in it. So instead of digestion, fermentation of food starts in our stomach. Fermentation is nothing but the decomposition of food. This decomposition of food creates the following poisons in our body.

What are these Poisonous substances?

1. Uric acid:

First poison is the increase in Uric acid levels. Symptoms of increase in uric acid levels are:

Pain in knee, shoulder and waist joints.

Swelling and pain in the ankles, feet, wrists or elbows.

2. LDL (low-density lipoproteins) / Bad cholesterol:

Second poison is the increase in LDL cholesterol levels. We all know that when level of LDL cholesterol increases in our body it becomes difficult for the blood to flow through the veins of heart. This increases blood pressure. If this poison continues to increase everyday it blocks the heart veins. Ultimately it will cause heart attack.

3. VLDL (Very low density lipoproteins):

This type of cholesterol is more dangerous than the LDL type of cholesterol. If the level of this cholesterol increases, it is life threatening.

4. Increase in triglycerides levels:

High triglycerides levels increases the risk of heart diseases. Very high triglycerides may cause blocking of the blood supply to the heart or the brain.

water drinking habits linked to heart diseases

So from above information, we can say that many of the heart and blood related problems could be caused by our daily habit of drinking water immediately after a meal. Next time if someone says that their cholesterol, triglycerides or uric acid levels have increased, know that their body is not digesting the food properly. “Digestion of food is more important than eating it”

How long should you wait to drink water after a meal?

  • You can take one or two sips of water immediately after having a meal just to rinse/clear your mouth and esophagus (tube that carries food, liquids and saliva from your mouth to the stomach)
  • According to Ayurveda, one should drink water after 1 hour 48 minutes of having a meal. This much time is required for the digestion of the food in our stomach. After this time duration the digestive fire naturally slows down. At this time our body requires water to circulate this digested food throughout the body. You can drink as much water as you want after this time.

(I know It is very difficult to wait 1 hour 48 minutes after a meal to drink water. So it might not be possible for everyone to wait that long. But still you should try to wait at least 45 minutes to 1 hour before you drink water. Once you are used to this habit, you can gradually increase the time.)

  • People with higher metabolism (if you do more physical activities or any kind of heavy exercises) can drink water after 1 hour of having their meal. As higher metabolism digests the food faster.

These simple lifestyle or habit changes can protect you from major life threatening diseases. The National Cholesterol Education Program advises that everyone have a lipid profile every five years starting at age 20. Take charge of your health and Remember this “prevention is always better than cure”.

Clay Pot Cooking: Preserve And Enhance the Nutrition in Your Food

Clay Pot Cooking: Preserve And Enhance the Nutrition in Your Food

Do you know that the utensil you choose for cooking, directly affects the taste and the nutritional value of your meal? Non-stick cookware and other metal pans destroy most of the nutrients in our food. We always try to buy the best possible quality of food – like Organic or Non-GMO products, to get maximum nourishment from our meals. But along with choosing nutritious food, it is also very important to preserve its nutrients while cooking. With the help of clay pot or clay pan cooking, we can preserve and even increase the nutritional value of our food. How? Let us understand.

clay pan cookware clay pot cooking

 

Since ancient times most of the cultures have had a tradition of using clay pots for cooking. Around 14000 BC, long before people started farming, they started making pottery out of clay in East Asia – around China and Japan. Likewise, early traces of pottery making are found all over the world. Clay pots have been used for many purposes, like storing grains when our ancestors started farming, storing drinking water, preserving fish by fermenting it inside the clay pot and most importantly for cooking food.

Modernization has indeed made our life easy and more comfortable than it was centuries ago. It has provided us with various modern tools and techniques to use for various purposes. This also includes the various modern kitchen utensils we use daily for cooking. But there is a serious problem with these modern cooking utensils.

The modern cooking utensils destroy the nutrients in our food and introduce poisonous chemical compounds in it. The very reason we eat food is to get the essential nutrients out of it. But if we are destroying most of the nutrition in food while cooking then whats the point of buying all the fancy modern utensils?

Why is Clay Pot cooking better? 

clay pot pan cooking preserves food nutrition

1. Nutrients are preserved:

Clay is porous in nature. This quality makes clay pots / clay pans very unique and effective for cooking. Due to this porous texture of clay pot, moisture and heat circulates evenly through the pot while cooking. Clay pots take a longer time to heat than metal pots. This even and slow cooking plays very important role in retaining nutrients inside the food.

Researchers at the CDRI (Central Drug Research Institute) Lab in Lucknow, India have done a case study on Clay Pot cooking. In one of their experiments, they cooked some Daal (Lentil curry) in a clay pot and at the same time also cooked some Daal in a pressure cooker. Then they compared the nutritional values of both the curries after they were cooked. In case of the Daal cooked in the pressure cooker, only 13% of the original micro nutrients present in the raw Daal were left. But in case of the Daal cooked in the clay pot, 100% of the micro nutrients which originally present in the raw Daal were still present in it after cooking! Essentially what was left in the pressure cooked Daal was almost worthless and unusable by the body.

2. Alkaline nature of clay:

The second thing that makes clay pots special is that the clay is alkaline in nature. Clay interacts with the acidity in the food and neutralizes the pH balance. It is very important for our body to always remain alkaline and maintain its pH balance, which protects us from various diseases like cancer. Cancer cells develop in an acidic environment. Alkaline environment restricts the growth of cancer cells.

3. Less oil/fat required for cooking:

Clay has a natural non-stick properties. Also the process of cooking in a clay pot is similar to that of steaming. When clay pot is soaked in the cold water and then heated allows slow evaporation of steam from its pores. It provides plenty of moisture and eliminates the need of adding extra oil or liquid. The food cooks in its own natural juices.

4. Safe for food contact:

Clay is a natural material and it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals to react with the food. All it consist of is micro-nutrients like calcium, phosphorus, iron, zinc, sulfur, etc. While other metal and non-stick utensils releases harmful chemical compounds in our food. These chemicals act as a slow poison in our body. In India, clay is considered as Pavitra (pure/ holy). Traditionally in every temple the Prasad (food offering to God) is made only in clay pots. The Prasad is eventually consumed by worshipers.

5. Environmental benefits:

Clay is an environment friendly substance. When taken care of these clay pots properly they can last quiet a long time. Even if the clay pots/pans get cracked or break, they are biodegradable. So no harm to our environment at all.

6. Retains heat for longer:

Once the food is cooked, a clay pot can keep it hot for much longer. Because of its insulating properties, clay pot retains heat.

7. Flavorful and nutritious food:

Food cooked in a clay pot with a lid on it, gets an intense and rich flavor.

clay pot yogurt dahi curd

In our home, my mother still uses clay pots to prepare most of the food. Yogurt made by my mother, in a clay pot tastes absolutely amazing! The taste which comes from cooking food in clay pots is very unique and delicious, I can’t explain it in words.

Many women in India, mostly in rural villages still use these clay pots for cooking. Those women might not know about how these clay pots are preserving and increasing the nutritional value of the food they are making. But they are simply following what their mothers and grandmothers used to do and are getting benefits from it – knowingly or unknowingly.

Our ancestors had a much better overall health than us. As compared to today, number of cases of diabetes, blood pressure, heart attack, cancer etc. were very low a few decades ago. Just because their lifestyle was very close to nature and they were getting all the nutrients from the food they were eating.

To experience how much better food can taste, just buy a cooking clay pot or a clay pan and try this way of cooking yourself. The result will be amazing! Once you start using clay pots, you won’t go back to the poisonous metal and non-stick cookware.

Rather than spending money on buying expensive multivitamins, which now some scientists say are not that effective and do not get absorb completely in our body as they are synthetically made, clay pot cooking is worth trying for taking care of our health naturally.

If you are planning to cook your food in clay pot there are some tips I am going to give in my next blog. These techniques will make your clay pot cooking easy and your clay pots will last much longer. I will put the link here once I post the next blog.

If you are living outside India you can buy clay pots from any Indian or Asian grocery store near you. In India you can buy these clay pots from any clay pot vendor near you.

[Short Video] Simple drink to flush out (cleanse) the pesticides from your body

[Short Video] Simple drink to flush out (cleanse) the pesticides from your body

Pesticides remain in Fruits and Vegetables even after washing them with water. Our Liver’s function is to flush out all the toxin out of the system, but there are some pesticides which liver cannot remove. As a result the get stored inside our body. Detox (Cleanse) your body with this simple and easy to make drink at home.

 

 

Balance your imbalanced Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) with these diet and lifestyle changes

Balance your imbalanced Doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) with these diet and lifestyle changes

How to balance our doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) with proper diet and lifestyle ?

In my previous blog – KNOW YOUR BODY TYPE AND PERSONALITY – VĀTA, PITTA, KAPHA [PART2] – I talked about the characteristics of each Dosha body type ( Vata, Pitta and Kapha). If you have read that blog, you must have got some idea about which characteristics resemble with your own body. Now lets talk about how to balance our doshas with the help of proper diet and lifestyle.

While reading about the characteristics of each Dosha body type, you might have also noticed that your body might have mixed characteristics from any two Doshas, it is called as dual dosha body type. This is very common, but according to Ayurveda it is not that good. It is rare that someone has a single/pure Vata, Pitta, or Kapha body type. Pure dosha body type is considered better than dual dosha type. From the perspective of Ayurveda, the Tridosha body type is considered as the best type, which is influenced equally by Vata, Pitta and Kapha. It is the rarest doshic type.

But no matter what type of doshas your body is composed of, you can always balance your doshas with the help of diet and lifestyle guidelines given by the Ayurveda.

The six Rasas / Tastes according to Ayurveda

six rasas tastes as per ayurveda

The ancient Ayurvedic scripture  Ashtāngahridayasaṃhitā (अष्टाङ्गहृदयसंहिता) explains the six Rasas (tastes) as follows:
6-tastes

 

Effect of tastes on Tridosha

Ashtāngahridayasaṃhitā (अष्टाङ्गहृदयसंहिता) explains it as follows.

effect-of-taste-on-tridosha

The 6 Tastes and Their Predominant Elements

 Sweet  Earth & Water (decreases Vata and Pitta, increases Kapha)
 Sour  Earth & Fire (decreases Vata, increases Pitta and Kapha)
 Salty  Water & Fire (decreases Vata, increases Pitta and Kapha)
 Pungent  Fire & Air (increases Vata and Pitta, decreases Kapha)
 Bitter  Air & Space/ Ether (increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha)
Astringent  Air & Earth (increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha)

This basic understanding of the 6 tastes and their effect on dosha will help you every time you make food choices.As I have already explained in my previous blog each dosha is a combination of two elements out of five basic elements (Space, Air, Fire, Water, Earth). So it lacks other three basic elements. If we want to balance it we need to eat food which consists of the remaining three basic elements.

For example –  If we eat more food with the space and air elements in it (food tasting Pungent, Bitter and Astringent), then it will aggravate or imbalance your Vata dosha. Vata dosha is a combination of space and air elements, so if we want to balance it we need to eat food which consists of the remaining three elements like earth, water and fire (food which are sweet, sour and salty).

When we eat food with the understanding of its nature and its effect on particular dosha we can easily balance it and maintain our Prakruti.

Our mothers or grand mothers always tell us to eat foods with every taste in our diet. Now you must have understood why is this so important. If we include foods with every taste in our regular diet with balanced proportions, our doshas will always remain balanced. Our mothers and grand mothers have this knowledge, which has been passed to them by their mothers and grand mothers. Our elders have always had this knowledge (knowingly or unknowingly), but these days we have started ignoring it as we moved on with our fast paced lives…

Vata dosha imbalance signs and remedy:

Signs of vata imbalance:

  • Constipation, gas, bloating, dry, hard stool.
  • Dehydration.
  • Craving warmth, dislike towards cold temperature and wind.
  • Frequent viral infection.
  • Weight loss.
  • Disturbed sleep.
  • Dry or chapped skin.
  • Difficulty tolerating loud noises.

Major causes of vata imbalance includes:

  • Eating vata-aggravating food.
  • Irregular schedule of daily activities like eating, sleeping etc.
  • Eating old, leftover, dry and cold food.
  • Not eating enough food.
  • Eating too rapidly.
  • Eating while anxious or depressed.
  • Drinking alcohol, coffee or black tea.
  • Suppression of bodily urges, such as sneezing, passing gas or elimination of waste material like stool and urine.
  • Staying up late.
  • Over-exertion.
  • Excessive worry, fear, or loneliness.

Tips for eating (to balance Vata)

  • Include sweet, salty, and sour tasting foods in your diet.
  • Avoid bitter, astringent and pungent tasting foods.
  • Eat warm, oily, or heavy foods.
  • Avoid cold foods.
  • Best oils to be used are almond, ghee and sesame.
  • Avoid ice cream and frozen yogurt.
  • Eat Boiled or steamed starchy vegetables.
  • Eat Ripe fruits.
  • Use mild spices like cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, fennel, coriander, salt, cloves, mustard and black pepper.
  • Camomile, fennel, ginger, lemon tea is good.
  • Raw honey, jaggery (rawsugar), maple syrup, molasses are good as a sweetener.
  • Avoid using brown sugar and white sugar.

Pitta dosha imbalance signs and remedy:

Signs of pitta imbalance:

  • Appearance of red, inflamed rash or acne on skin.
  • Occurrence of acute inflammation or swelling in body or joints.
  • Acidity, gastric or peptic ulcers, heartburn.
  • Feeling nausea or discomfort upon missing meals.
  • Getting Diarrhea.
  • Uncomfortable feeling of heat in the body.
  • Feeling frustrated, angry, irritable.

Some major causes of pitta imbalance includes:

  • Eating Pitta-aggravating food
  • Eating while angry.
  • Smoking cigarettes.
  • Drinking coffee, black tea or alcohol.
  • Over-working.
  • Being overly aggressive and competitive.

Tips for eating (to balance Pitta):

  • Include sweet,bitter and astringent tastes in your diet.
  • Avoid pungent(hot), sour and salty food.
  • Eat boiled,steamed and raw vegetables
  • Reduce the intake of hot and spicy foods.
  • Eating sweet foods will reduce pitta.
  • Drink warm milk with small amount of cardamom and ginger in it.
  • Avoid buttermilk, salted cheeses, sour cream and yogurt.
  • Ghee and olive oil is best to use.
  • Use Mild, cooling spices like coriander, cardamom, cloves, turmeric, cumin, curry leaves, mint.
  • Avoid jaggery(raw sugar) and molasses if your pitta is aggravated use honey instead.

Kapha dosha imbalance signs and remedy:

Signs of kapha imbalance:

  • Body gains weight or becomes obese, which is a result of slow and sluggish digestion of food.
  • Occurrence of Water retention and swelling in the body.
  • Increased frequency of cold, congestion or cough.
  • Increased sugar level in the body which results in to the diabetes.
  • Increased cholesterol and triglycerides level in the body.
  • Feeling lethargic is very common sign of kapha because of heavy, slow and dull qualities of kapha.

Some major causes of kapha imbalance includes:

  • Eating kapha aggravating food.
  • Eating excessive  sweet, salty oily or fatty foods.
  • Eating heavy meals or Overeating.
  • Not doing any exercise or physical activity.
  • Having excessive sleep.

Tips for eating (to balance Kapha):

  • Include pungent, bitter, astringent taste into your diet.
  • Avoid sweet, sour and salty foods.
  • Eat more of boiled, steamed and raw vegetables.
  • Eating ripe foods will be good to balance kapha except banana. Minimize the intake of heavy foods, salt and dairy products.
  • Use raw honey instead of other sweeteners like sugar, brown sugar, maple syrup.
  • Use oils in small amounts only even the best oil if overused, will aggravate pitta.
  • Strong spices like pepper, paprika, garlic, basil, cloves, fennel, mustard, turmeric, cumin, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, coriander, black pepper will stimulate digestion, improve appetite, clears sinuses, stimulates blood circulation which is very helpful for balancing kapha.

The principles of Ayurveda and Ayurvedic medicine are solid and timeless. According to Ayurveda you can yourself cure/prevent 80% of the diseases in your body, that too in your home. Just by knowing your body’s basic tendencies and making wise decisions about what you eat and making some lifestyle changes you can stay healthy without ever going to a Doctor. Only for the remaining 20% of the diseases you will require assistance of a Doctor. These include major diseases like cancer, heart attack, surgeries and accidents. So be in harmony with your mind and body by following guidelines given by Ayurveda and always remain healthy.

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