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Simple measures to get fit during Spring season

According to Ayurveda, the Kapha accumulated in the body turns hostile in this season and brings about suffering in form of seasonal allergies, cough, cold, ear infections, headache, inflammation, sore throat and variety of inflamed skin conditions. There is aggravation of diabetes during this season.

Here are some simple measures that will keep you fit and healthy during Spring season

  1. Reduce salt or take a diet without salt. This will help in preventing inflammation of mucous passages.
  2. This is the best period to start exercise regimen. Wake up before sunrise and begin with brisk walk, followed by running and vigorous workout. Yoga Asanas and Pranayama are highly beneficial during this season. Exercise facilitates elimination of toxins and hostile cough.
  3. Eliminate potato, peanuts, yogurt, fried snacks, confectionary, sesame, ice cream, cream milk and heavy meats from your diet.
  4. Take small and light meals. Ginger, Honey, Cinnamon; and astringent fruits like Pomegranate and Grapes are beneficial during this season
  5. Sleeping during the day increases Kapha in this season. It is better to wake up early and go to sleep by late evening.

Spring is termed as season of flowers, fragrance and lovemaking. Enjoy it with good health.

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satishranade asked: Dear Himanshu, I am 62 years old vegetarian India with constitution of Kaf and Wat . I have moderate BP. I am overweight by 8-10 kgs . I have read your advice to smna1777 on the issue and I am very much impressed. I seek your advice on two issues : 1) Your advice about Mudras and Ayurvedic medicines to be followed by me (2) For weight reduction have been doing kapalbhati for months together (900 to 1200 breaths) no satisfactory reduction in size of stomach has taken place. Thanks

Ayurveda has a specific branch called as Rasayana Chikitsa. This branch deals with rejuvenation and maintenance of good health. There is a recommendation of Rasaynas for specific age groups. As you are in your early 60s, I would recommend you to take Triphala. You can take 1 teaspoon of Triphala Churna with warm water early in the morning or you can take 1 tablet of Triphala thrice during the day. Triphala will keep your Blood Pressure in control and it will act as anti-aging agent. Further, it will help you in cutting the belly fat. The next Rasayana that you have to take is Saptamrit Lauh. Take 1 tablet with hot water once a day. Saptamrit Lauh will take care of your eyes, ears, nose, nerves and throat.

Kapalbhaati is a Shatkarma kriya and the prime purpose of this kriya is to clear nasal passages. It helps in dislodging mucous from nasal tract. It should be stopped as soon as you feel that the passages are clear. This happens in maximum of 200 expulsions. Further, each set of say 50 expulsions should be followed by Tribandha (Bahya Kumbhaka). This helps in channelizing energy inside the nadis. Kapalbhaati is never recommended for fat reduction, though it helps in fat reduction. I would recommend that you should restrict Kapalbhaati to 200 expulsions. Reduction in Belly fat is an integrated program where you have to follow certain asanas and some high energy pranayamas like Bhastrika and Surya Bhedi. These pranayamas are not recommended for you as you have issues with Blood Pressure. Triphala as I suggested, will help in cutting the fat. Moreover, you can go for long brisk walks for keeping fit. You can do Gyan/Chin mudra while meditating. Apana Vayu mudra will also help you in maintaining cardiovascular health.          

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Shakti Mudra – for inducing sleep and relieving menstrual discomfort
Shakti Mudra is good for inducing sleep. Over a period of time, it helps people suffering from chronic insomnia. Shakti mudra releases the tension in pelvic region. It counteracts spasms in the intestines and helps females during menstrual discomfort. To do Shakti mudra, join ring fingers and little fingers as indicated. The index and middle fingers will fold loosely over the thumb.  The thumb will be bent inside the palm
Sitting on bed, close your eyes and do Shakti mudra for 10-12 minutes. Slowly, feel the physical and mental tension melting away. Slide and lie down.
Homeopathic and Ayurvedic remedies
For nervous exhaustion you can try generic homeopathic remedy BC-16 (Bio Combination-16). The dosage will be 4-5 tablets twice a day. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha helps in countering fatigue and nervous exhaustion. You can take half teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder (churna) with milk.  

Shakti Mudra – for inducing sleep and relieving menstrual discomfort

Shakti Mudra is good for inducing sleep. Over a period of time, it helps people suffering from chronic insomnia. Shakti mudra releases the tension in pelvic region. It counteracts spasms in the intestines and helps females during menstrual discomfort. To do Shakti mudra, join ring fingers and little fingers as indicated. The index and middle fingers will fold loosely over the thumb.  The thumb will be bent inside the palm

Sitting on bed, close your eyes and do Shakti mudra for 10-12 minutes. Slowly, feel the physical and mental tension melting away. Slide and lie down.

Homeopathic and Ayurvedic remedies

For nervous exhaustion you can try generic homeopathic remedy BC-16 (Bio Combination-16). The dosage will be 4-5 tablets twice a day. In Ayurveda, Ashwagandha helps in countering fatigue and nervous exhaustion. You can take half teaspoon of Ashwagandha powder (churna) with milk.  

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Toxic Food Combinations

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Food is essential for our well being. A nutritious and wholesome meal provides us with energy and essential elements. Our digestive enzymes have an appropriate bio-chemical structure to digest specific elements of the food. There are different enzymes in saliva, stomach and small intestine that are specific to digestion of carbohydrates, proteins, starch and fat.

Our digestive enzymes work perfectly until we take food combinations that form toxins. Some of these toxins can cause immediate reactions like allergy, rashes, nausea, congestion etc. And there are toxins that get accumulated and cause damage to respiratory, excretory and circulatory system in long run.

It is necessary to know the toxic combinations to keep yourself healthy. To illustrate with an example, highly concentrated carbohydrates should never be taken with highly concentrated proteins. The high sugar amount delays the secretion of enzyme that digests proteins. The entire digestive activity gets sluggish and depressed. A perfect combo that can come to anybody’s mind is Hamburger with French fries and Cola.

Here is the list of toxic combinations that I have compiled from texts on Ayurveda and internet for all of you. Next time check what combination you are eating and recall the text you are reading here.

High Protein + High Carbohydrate = Not Compatible

Sugar + Starch = Not Compatible

Protein 1 + Protein 2 = Not Compatible (Example, Milk + Meat, Egg + Chicken, Chicken + Ham)

Fats + Proteins = Not Compatible (Gastric activity reduces by 50%)

Acid Fruits + Proteins = Not Compatible (Example, Orange Juice with Eggs)

Here is the reference for some common foods.

  • Milk – incompatible with banana (think before you drink that banana shake), meat, fish, curd, citrus fruits, bread and melons. Milk is best when taken without additives and flavors.
  • Starch (Sweet Potato, Potato, Buns, Rice) – Eggs, tea, milk, banana, dates and sugar foods (jams, sugar, fruits, honey, whole wheat)
  •  Melons – to be eaten alone. Never combine them with any other meal.
  • Eggs – incompatible with milk, meat, yogurt, cheese, fish, bananas
  • Lemon - incompatible with Milk, cucumber, tomatoes
  • Honey –uncooked honey is nectar. It is a poison if it is cooked. A common menu item like Honey Chilli Potato or Honey Chilli Fish can actually cause more harm than benefit.
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Oil Pulling – the easiest detoxification method and a panacea for all diseases
Oil Pulling is an ancient detoxification method. It is the simplest, cost effective and harmless method of detoxification. Oil Pulling has a special mention in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Oil Pulling treats toothache, eczema, ulcers, diabetes, bronchitis, and diseases of heart, blood, lungs, stomach and kidney. It is a panacea for multiple diseases.
How to do Oil Pulling
Oil Pulling is practiced empty stomach. Do not consume water or any fluid before Oil Pulling. Pour one teaspoon of sesame oil (sesame oil is preferred, the second best oil is sunflower oil) into your mouth.
Swish the oil in your mouth without swallowing. Continue swishing it like a mouthwash. The Saliva will start mixing with the oil. The parasites, bacteria and other toxins in your elementary canal and respiratory tract will start getting pulled into the oil. You can feel the mucous and other particles getting released from your nasal cavities. Keep swishing the oil for 10 minutes or till the liquid becomes watery.
Spit the liquid. Never swallow the liquid as it is full of bacteria, parasites and other toxic substance. Relax the jaw. Rinse your mouth 4-5 times and now you can brush your teeth.
People suffering from chronic conditions can practice oil pulling twice for 10 minutes each.
Oil pulling has no side effects. It improves immune system, slows down ageing, invigorates the organs and heals damaged tissues.
Note: Only use cold pressed sesame oil. Never use toasted or pre heated oil.  
Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebarney/5502474893/sizes/l/in/photostream/      

Oil Pulling – the easiest detoxification method and a panacea for all diseases

Oil Pulling is an ancient detoxification method. It is the simplest, cost effective and harmless method of detoxification. Oil Pulling has a special mention in ancient Ayurvedic texts. Oil Pulling treats toothache, eczema, ulcers, diabetes, bronchitis, and diseases of heart, blood, lungs, stomach and kidney. It is a panacea for multiple diseases.

How to do Oil Pulling

Oil Pulling is practiced empty stomach. Do not consume water or any fluid before Oil Pulling. Pour one teaspoon of sesame oil (sesame oil is preferred, the second best oil is sunflower oil) into your mouth.

Swish the oil in your mouth without swallowing. Continue swishing it like a mouthwash. The Saliva will start mixing with the oil. The parasites, bacteria and other toxins in your elementary canal and respiratory tract will start getting pulled into the oil. You can feel the mucous and other particles getting released from your nasal cavities. Keep swishing the oil for 10 minutes or till the liquid becomes watery.

Spit the liquid. Never swallow the liquid as it is full of bacteria, parasites and other toxic substance. Relax the jaw. Rinse your mouth 4-5 times and now you can brush your teeth.

People suffering from chronic conditions can practice oil pulling twice for 10 minutes each.

Oil pulling has no side effects. It improves immune system, slows down ageing, invigorates the organs and heals damaged tissues.

Note: Only use cold pressed sesame oil. Never use toasted or pre heated oil.  

Photo Source: http://www.flickr.com/photos/ebarney/5502474893/sizes/l/in/photostream/