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Black Raisin Water: Blood purifier for Healthy Skin, Hair and Body

Black Raisin Water: Blood purifier for Healthy Skin, Hair and Body

Raisins. Sweet delicious black raisins. We all have had our fair share of raisin cookies, raisin bread, or just raw raisins. Some of us even use them in our cooking. We just love them! Well, you will be surprised to know that your favorite fruit is a very good natural blood purifier. It can also improve your hemoglobin level. There are many benefits of black raisins for healthy skin, hair and body. To get maximum benefits out of black raisins, you need to use them in an Ayurvedic way.Raisin Water benefits for hair skin body

First, lets look at the Benefits of Black Raisins:

1. Purifies blood

Being an excellent source of natural antioxidants, they accelerate the functions of our liver and kidney. They also eliminate damaging free radicals from our body and detoxify it completely. All these are helpful for getting a clean and clear skin.

2. Improves hemoglobin level

The iron content of black raisin is known to be much more than several other iron-rich fruits and vegetables. It means, if you make eating black raisins a habit, you can easily meet the recommended daily intake of dietary iron and keep Anemia at bay.

3. Stay away from premature aging

Black raisins are high in antioxidants as well as essential Phytochemicals. Both these compounds are capable of protecting our skin cells from potential damage caused by long-term exposure to the sun, excessive pollution, and so on. Antioxidant properties combat free radicals. It also improves our immunity and also the elasticity of our muscle fibers gets boosted.

4. Anti hair-loss

These small yet powerful fruits are full of iron, which is a vital and essential nutrient for our body. Iron helps in maintaining our circulatory system healthy. A sound circulatory system is essential for maintaining the blood circulation throughout the scalp, stimulating the hair follicles, and preventing hair fall. Along with iron it is also rich source of vitamin C that facilitates the fast absorption of the minerals and provides proper nourishment to the hair.

5. Regulates blood pressure

Raisins are rich in potassium, an effective mineral which can lower the level of sodium in our body considerably. Sodium increases our blood pressure. Add black raisins to your daily intake of fruits to stay away from cardiovascular diseases.

6. Fights against bad cholesterol

Black raisins contain no cholesterol. Researchers have proved that black raisins comprise lots of soluble fiber, which is basically an anti-cholesterol compound. It transfers LDL (Low Density Lipoprotein) from our bloodstream to our liver and facilitates its elimination from our body. Polyphenols, the special class of organic antioxidant present in black raisins, also help in bringing the levels of cholesterol down.

7. Good for bone health

Besides potassium, black raisins consist of fair amount of calcium. Calcium plays a key role in maintaining the health of our skeletal system. Lack of this mineral can result in severe bone disorders like osteoporosis. However, black raisins can increase the level of calcium in our body and help us against these diseases successfully.

8. Excellent for digestive system

Raisins contain in it both soluble and insoluble fibers. High fiber foods are excellent for our digestive health. Dry fruits might have more calories than fresh fruits, but they also have a higher amount of fiber. For example, one cup of grapes has one gram of fiber while one cup of raisins has seven grams of fiber. By adding raisins to your snacks and meals, you instantly up the fiber content of your food quickly and easily.

Ayurvedic benefits black raisin water healthy skin hair body

Have you ever heard about Raisin-Water?

Raisin water is an excellent addition to your diet, especially for promoting good liver health which leads to purification/detoxification of the blood stream. In Ayurveda, raisins are known to be very healing. Especially black raisins. Raisin soaked water has special benefits. Raisins are a natural source of vitamins and minerals, but those benefits are increased tremendously if you drink the water that they are soaked in. This is because very less sugar content of the raisins is released in the soaked water, but most of the vitamins and minerals get released in the water. This soaking method acts as an excellent medicinal remedy for our liver.

How to make Raisin Water?

– Try to get good quality/organic black raisins.

– Take 1 to 2 tablespoon of black raisins.

– Wash them thoroughly to remove any dirt.

– Soak them in 1 cup of water overnight.

– Next morning, strain the water out of raisins with a strainer. Slightly crush the raisins with your clean fingers to extract the juice completely and drink this water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning.

– That’s it. Trust me, this black raisin water tastes sooo good! 🙂

– You can also eat the strained raisins if you want to or use them in other food.

The American Dietetic Association lists raisins among ‘The Perfect Snack’. Foods that provide energy and also help meet nutritional needs. Along with raisin water you can include black raisins in your diet in many ways. Although the nutritional value of the raisins is very high, one should consume them in moderation.

Sources:

http://www.raisins.net/Raisins_and_Health_200810.pdf

Ayurvedic benefits black raisin soaked water healthy skin hair 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

[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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