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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

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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[Short Video] Is drinking cold water making you ill ?

[Short Video] Is drinking cold water making you ill ?

Refrigerators were originally invented to store food and keep it edible over a longer time. They were created to minimize the impact of the outside climate on food. When refrigerators were invented and were getting widely advertised, drinking water became a commercial product in the form of chilled bottled water, and the consumer perception changed. Cold water sure feels refreshing, but do you know that it may be harming your body chronically?

Please read the blog for a detailed explanation, click here: IS DRINKING REFRESHING COLD WATER MAKING YOU ILL ?

 

Aura – How to cleanse your Aura – [Part 2]

Aura – How to cleanse your Aura – [Part 2]

What if your Aura gets polluted? Can you protect or vitalize your Aura? Can you cleanse your Aura?

My earlier post on ‘Aura – Energy field that affects your emotions, can help detect diseases‘, talked about what Aura is and how it affects us. Our Aura also protects us by screening harmful physical, emotional and psychic energies from our environment. It connects us to the nourishing energies in our environment and transfer these energies to the Chakras (energy centers of the body) and further processes these energies, often resulting into the balancing of nervous, hormonal, vascular and the other activities into the physical body. It sends signals or energies out into our environment that communicates information about us and attracts specific types of energies to us.

Sounds great right? But what if your Aura gets polluted? Can you protect or vitalize your Aura? Yes! You can cleanse your Aura! Easily

1. Mantra Chanting:

Mantra chanting is a powerful tool for energizing and strengthening of our Aura. A Mantra is an instrument of the mind – a powerful sound or vibration that you can use to enter a deep state of meditation. The sounds of Mantras stimulates the energies around and within us. It sets up purifying and refining effect on our Auric field. There are many Mantras available with a very high vibrations, like Mahamritunjay mantra and Gayatri mantra. They have a  powerful effect on our mind and body. Out of all the mantras OM or A-U-M is considered most powerful mantra of all.  You can chant a mantra for any number of times but traditionally mantra chanting repetition is done 108 times which is considered to be a special/sacred number. I will definitely write a blog about why 108 is considered as a special/sacred number.

  • Gayatri Mantra:

Sanskrit-ॐ भू: भुवः स्वः ।तत्स॑वि॒तुर्वरेण्यं॒भर्गो॑ दे॒वस्य॑ धीमहि ।धियो॒ यो नः॑ प्रचो॒दया॑त् ॥

om bhūr bhuvaḥ svaḥtát savitúr váreṇ i yaṃbhárgo devásya dhīmahidhíyo yó naḥ prachodayāt

  • Mahamritunjay mantra:

Sanskrit-ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम्उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान्मृत्योर्मुक्षीय माऽमृतात्

tryambakaṃ yajāmahe sugandhiṃ puṣṭivardhanamurvārukamiva bandhanānmṛtyormukṣīya mā’mṛtāt

2. Meditation:

Along with mantra chanting, if you start meditation on a daily basis, you will see positive effects in all aspects of life. Recent studies have clearly shown the benefits of meditation to reduce stress, alleviate pain, relax muscle tension, improve mind-body coordination and achieve mental peace. Those who do not meditate regularly have Chakras (energy centers) that are not fully open, and as a result their Auras are much dimmer than those who meditate daily. You can do any type of meditation practice which resonates with you and which makes you feel peaceful.

3. Sunlight and Fresh Air

Sunlight is strengthening to the Auric field. Exposure to the sunlight stimulates the flow of your own energy. Some lower vibrations cannot exist with exposure to bright light. Take daily walk outside in the early morning sunlight or at the sunset time because during these time sunlight will be gentle. It will stimulate your Chakras and remove any negative low vibrations out of your Auric field. While fresh air will have cleansing effect as well as it will calm and refresh you.

4. Physical Exercise

Our body is like a machine. If it is not operating on a regular basis it will not be of any use. Physical activity is what keeps our body healthy and active. Daily exercises like Yoga, gym, running or a simple brisk walk is very beneficial for the healthy Aura which ultimately gives us a healthy body.

5. Connect with Nature:

Spending time outside amongst nature is incredibly healthy for our body, mind and soul. Nature nourishes our senses and grounds us. Going for trekking, hiking or just a walk in nature once in a week will be very beneficial.

 

6. Nourishing Food:

Eating foods with higher nutrient value like raw beans sprouts, fruits, vegetables, nuts and proper hydration with water will keep you feel light and vibrant internally. Also eating less food but more frequently has a more balanced effect upon the Aura.

These are some of the effective ways you can cleanse, protect and vitalize your Aura. It will keep your mind and body healthy and will keep diseases at bay.

Is drinking refreshing Cold Water making you ill ?

Is drinking refreshing Cold Water making you ill ?

Refrigerators were originally invented to store food and keep it edible over a longer time. They were created to minimize the impact of the outside climate on food. When refrigerators were invented and were getting widely advertised, drinking water became a commercial product in the form of chilled bottled water, and the consumer perception changed. Cold water sure feels refreshing, but do you know that it may be harming your body chronically?

drinking cold water is harmful for you

 

Today it is common for the people to drink cold water at home and also in restaurants.  We need to take charge of our health and listen to our body and provide it with its natural needs.

What does Cold Water do to harm your Body?

1. Your blood vessels shrink:

When you drink cold water it shrinks your blood vessels because it is the nature of the cold temperature to shrink everything. Because of that blood circulation in your body slows down. It leads to improper blood supply to the various organs of the body. It is like making your body a stagnant water pond. Because of shrinked blood vessels chances of blockages in arteries increases, which is not good for people with high cholesterol level.

2. Interference with Digestion:

Drinking chilled water leads to severe constipation. Cold water shrinks your large intestine causing various other complications related to the constipation and indigestion. Just think about it – if cold water can make your large intestine (which plays very important function of removing toxins and waste from your body) shrink, how it could be affecting your overall health?

3. Danger of organ failure:

When you drink chilled water it suddenly drops down the normal temperature of your stomach. At that temperature it’s very difficult for your stomach to digest the food. As a result stomach starts to raise the temperature of the water and bring it to the normal body temperature. To do this, stomach requires an excess amount of energy which comes from your blood. This causes blood from the other parts of the body to move towards the stomach, which causes shortage of blood supply to other organs. If this process continues like this multiple times everyday,  it might cause failure of those organs at some point in future.

4. Makes you Fat!

If you drink cold water with your food or immediately after eating food, the water’s cold temperature solidifies fats from the foods you have just eaten. The body in turn finds it hard to digest the unwanted fats from your food. Ultimately body stores that undigested fat in the various parts of our body.

5. Reduces your immunity:

Cold water interferes with the natural absorption of the nutrients inside the body, which ultimately makes body nutrient deficient and reduces our immunity. Our chances of getting sore throat and other viral infections increases.

Some people say that when you drink cold water it requires more energy to digest it and so it burns more calories. But it is very unnatural to force our digestive system to work hard.

We should always make things as easy as we can for our body then only it will function properly for longer period of the time.

Once you get into the habit of drinking water at room temperature or warm, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal.

So the next time someone offers you a glass of chilled water, just say NO!

P.S. If you can’t do without cold water, here’s something for you. Since childhood I have seen clay pots called Matka in my house to store drinking water. For generations, almost every household in India has clay pots or copper pots that have been used according to the weather/season. In hot weather, most people use clay pots and in cold weather copper pots. Clay pot keeps water naturally cooled at around 14 degrees Celsius depending on the weather, which is good for drinking – not too warm and not too cold and gives it refreshing flavor. These are the ancient methods based on the Vedic Science.

Read my other post similar to this for more information: Drinking Water Immediately After Eating Is Poisonous!

Sources:

http://dominicanewsonline.com/news/homepage/columns/narural-healing-the-dangers-of-drinking-cold-water/

http://cssf.usc.edu/History/2008/Projects/J1101.pdf

Water and Saliva: A No Exercise Weight Loss Technique

Water and Saliva: A No Exercise Weight Loss Technique

Want to lose weight without exercise using water and saliva?

Want to feel light and vibrant everyday?

Make one simple change to your water drinking technique and prepare to see transformation in your body like never before…

Saliva – Ever wondered how precious it is? Like many of us, I was unaware of all the benefits of this magical watery fluid secreted twenty-four hours continuously inside our mouth, until I discovered its magical benefits from an ancient Āyurveda book called Ashtānga hridayasamhitā  (Heart of Medicine) written by one of the most influential writer of ĀyurvedaMaharishi VāgbhataĀyurveda is a system of medicine with historical roots in the Indian subcontinent. Āyurveda is one of the earliest branches of medical science, which is followed by a large number of people in India and all over the world, especially people who are into practicing Yoga.

After reading about how just changing the way we drink water can help us lose weight without exercise and address other common problems like bloating and acidity, I got very excited to experiment with it. My husband and I started following this method of drinking water and guess what only within few days of practicing both of us saw significant changes in our body. Bloating was gone, we lost few inches around our belly, felt very light as our stomach was happy!

lose weight drinking water and saliva

 

Drink Water one Sip at a time!

Our stomach is Acidic in nature because it has Hydrochloric acid in it which helps in the digestion of the food. Saliva in our mouth is Alkaline in nature and its job is to stabilize the acid in our stomach. When we gulp large amount of water at once very less saliva gets mixed with the water so the atmosphere inside the stomach remains acidic. This causes acidity, indigestion, bloating, gases, etc. and ultimately it causes weight gain and increase in the cholesterol levels, because stomach fails to absorb essential nutrients from the food that we eat and remove unwanted material out of the body. In short by drinking water in a wrong way, we are disturbing the natural process of the digestive system.

Change The Habit

When we drink water one sip at a time, more saliva gets mixed with the water which makes water alkaline and when it reaches the stomach – which is acidic in nature – it creates Neutral atmosphere inside the stomach which is an ideal state for our stomach which eases and aides the entire digestive process.

Nature is The Best Teacher

Have you ever noticed how birds and animals drink water? If not then observe the next time you get a chance and you will notice that they take one sip at a time and drink it. In this way every time their tongue gets wet their saliva mixes with the water. Nature is smarter than we think!

Scientific Research is also in Motion

In the late 19th century, researchers had already learnt that saliva had digestive powers. Studies in the early 20th century had also shown some evidence of the dietary effect of saliva, and now a recent study has confirmed on the medicinal properties of the saliva. Some researchers have found that a simple saliva test is capable of diagnosing diabetes and cancer at an early stage, and perhaps neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases too because saliva contains many of the same disease-revealing molecules that are contained in our blood!

So now, it’s a time to take our Saliva seriously because we often don’t realize how important something is, until its too late.

Let That Holy Liquid Flow Inside Your Body!

Now you must be wondering how exactly should I drink  water?

You probably already know that it is very important that you should drink enough water everyday, to keep your body hydrated and remove toxins out of your body. You should always drink water at room temperature or lukewarm water. Never drink cold water. (Why? I am going to write about that very soon. Maybe I already have, please check my other posts).

This is what you should do:

First, take one sip of water at a time in your mouth. Rinse and swish the water in your mouth (as if you are using mouthwash) and let the saliva in your mouth mix with the water, and then drink it. Repeat the process until you finish your glass of water and do this every time you drink water. Pretend like you are drinking hot tea or coffee and drink your water sip by sip. Remember that “Slow and Steady Wins the Race”. It will be difficult and even a bit frustrating (yes, it was for my husband) when you first start to do this. It took about a week for me to get used to this technique.

What transformation will you see within a month?

  1. Your waistline will be reduced by few inches.
  2. Bloating will be completely gone.
  3. Your digestion will be improved.
  4. No acidity.
  5. Your bowel movements will be smoother.
  6. You will feel lighter and more energetic.
  7. Overall fat deposition tendency of your body will reduce over time.

Please do read my other post talking about why we shoud never drink cold water: Is Drinking Refreshing Cold Water Making You ill / Sick ?  It also has a short video too, hope you like it.

Now that you know all the benefits of drinking water ‘One Sip at a Time’,  start following it and you will see your overall health improve drastically in a very short time.

Sources for research:

http://newsroom.ucla.edu/releases/treasure-in-saliva-may-reveal-deadly-diseases-early-enough-to-treat-them-ucla-scientists-report/

https://www.hindawi.com/journals/tswj/2010/186728/cta/

http://www.ijprjournal.org/File_Folder/191-193(ijprjournal).pdf

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saliva