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Healthy Drink Tips

Healthy Drink Tips

Water

Why wouldn’t the drink that literally keeps us alive be on the list, and that too on the top? Water is not only important for our digestion but also necessary for the absorption of vitamins B and C. It helps in the detoxification of the body and is a very important component of the blood as well.

COCONUT WATER

Not only is the healthy coconut water a good alternative to sports drink, it also has natural electrolytes to replenish the lost fluid in your body after a long workout.  Coconut Water also has high magnesium content. The best part is the refreshing ‘naariyal paani’ is so good to taste.

POMEGRANATE JUICE

That bright red pomegranate juice is great for your body. It does not only prevent inflammation but also fights against prostate cancer, heart disease and lung cancer as well. One thing you need to ensure is that you are drinking pure juice and not diluted with sugar content in it.

GREEN TEA

 It is the healthiest hot beverage in the world. Unsweetened green tea is very healthy and fights against many diseases. It speeds up your metabolism, protects your skin against UVB ray damage, reduces inflammation and keeps your teeth and gums healthy. Why wouldn’t you drink on cup a day

ORANGE JUICE

A glass of fresh orange juice is great for your body. The best way to soothe those seasonal allergies is by drinking a glass of orange juice. It not only contains vitamin C but also quercetin, both of which are great for fighting against seasonal allergies.

10 Habits For Great Health

10 Habits For Great Health

Habit 1: Wake up in ब्राह्मि मुहूर्त (brāhmi muhūrta)

A healthy individual should wake up approximately 96 minutes before sunrise to stay healthy. Brahma means knowledge. The time to seek knowledge is called as Brāhmi Muhūrta.

Reason: We humans have an internal clock that maintains a cycle of events at a 24 hour interval. It is found that the body temperature is minimum at 5:00 AM, the sleep inducing hormone Melatonin is at its minimum level at the day time and also the hormone Cortisol that helps to withstand stress and traumas in life is secreted more at this time.

Moreover, the level of nascent oxygen is 40% in the environment at this time, so the more one is awake at this time, the more oxygen one gets and the more healthy all the tissues function in one’s body, as our bodily functions require oxygen for every process. waking up at this time keeps one’s body in sync with environment and our bodily changes too. Hence, do wake up in Brāhmi Muhūrta.

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Habit 2: Do exercise (व्यायाम) everyday!

शरीरायास जनकं कर्म व्यायाम उच्यते (commentary by Arunadatta on अष्टांग संग्रह संहिता सुत्र २।१४) – any action that makes one tired is termed व्यायाम (vyāyāma).

अर्धशक्त्या निषेव्यस्तु बलिभि: स्निग्धभोजिभि:।
शीतकाले वसन्ते च मन्दमेव ततो अन्यदा।। (अष्टांग ह्रदय संहिता सुत्र २।११)
ardhaśaktyā niṣevyastu balibhi: snigdhabhojibhi:।
śītakāle vasante ca mandameva tato anyadā।।

One who is strong and eat unctuous food everyday should use half of one’s energy to do व्यायाम. Same to be done in winter season and autumn. In summer and rainy season, one should use less than half energy to do व्यायाम .

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Reason:In Ayurveda, doing व्यायाम is said to reduce Kapha Dosha and Medha Dhatu, which is the main cause of the disease प्रमेह (diabetes mellitus and related diseases), रक्तचाप (Atherosclerosis, hypertension and related diseases), etc.

However, It is not recommended for elderly (above 70 years), young (below 16 yrs) and those having वात(vaata) and पित्त(pitta) diseases.

Since, in old age (above 70), most of one’s Dhatus (tissue systems) keep depleting, hence doing व्यायाम further depletes the Dhatus which are already in that stage due to age related changes. In young age (below 5), not all Dhatus are completely formed or matured, hence doing व्यायाम will deplete dhatus that are yet to gain their full potential.

Research: It is found by observational research that, those who are physically active exhibited a 30-40% reduction in relative risk of colon cancer and 20-30% women showed reduction in the relative risk of breast cancer.

Habit 3: Do अभ्यंग (Abhyanga-oil application) everyday!

अभ्यंग means applying oil in अनुलोम गति (direction of our hair) all over the body. Doing Abhyanga every day will reduce premature aging or keep one young, reduce tiredness, pacifies Vaata Dosha, brings clarity to the eyes, nourishes the body, facilitates sound sleep and makes one’s skin healthy.

It’s good to apply oil to the whole body, but if it is not possible, one should apply it to face, scalp, into the ears and feet.

CAUTION: Take care as to remove the oil in the ears with a cotton wick after counting to 100 times the number 1. One should not apply pressure while applying warm oil; just spread oil in the direction of body hair in swift motions for at least 15 minutes.

What is the Time to do and which oil to use?
It’s best done with coconut oil or sesame oil before bath in the morning after exercise.

After अभ्यंग procedure?
Take warm water bath.

Research: In a pilot study it was found that Abhyanga statistically reduced subjective stress, BP and heart rate in pre-hypertensive subjects.

A study was conducted on basketball players to elicit the effect of Abhyanga on muscle strength, it was found that Abhyanga increased muscle strength significantly. However, with no Abhyanga for a 15 days led to the reduced muscle strength. This shows how important it is to do Abhyanga everyday and especially after exercise.

Habit 4: Do उव्दर्तन (Uvdartana – scrubbing using medicated powders) everyday!

उव्दर्तनं कषायादि चूर्णैर्गात्रोध्दर्षणं (हेमाद्रि commentary on अष्टांग ह्रुदय संहिता सुत्र २।१५)
uvdartanaṃ kaṣāyādi cūrṇairgātrodhdarṣaṇaṃ
The act of rubbing चूर्ण (powders of any suitable drug) with some friction on the body is called as उव्दर्तन.

Which powder is used generally?
Turmeric, Triphala (the powder of dried fruits of three drugs), gram flour are combined in equal quantity in powder form and applied as a bathing powder after abhyanga and before bath.

Research: A research conducted on healthy volunteers on the effect of udvartana showed that it significantly reduced body weight,body mass index, waist circumference,skin fold thickness, enhanced skin texture and also reduced stress.

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Habit 5: Do कवल ग्रह (Kavala Graha – oil pulling or hot water or kashaya gargling) everyday!

Which Oil to be used?
Sesame oil or Coconut oil.

Procedure:
Take a spoon of warm oil in mouth and move it in mouth till there is uncontrollable or excessive salivation,thin watery discharges from eyes and nose.

Research:
A study done to know the effects of oil pulling on oral health showed significant reduction in plaques and modified gingival index.Also there was considerable reduction in microbial colony count in mouth.

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Habit 6: Stop अध्यशन (Adhyaśana – overeating)

अध्यशनं भूयो भुक्तस्योपरि भोजनं (अष्टांग ह्रुदय संहिता  सुत्र ८।३४ )
adhyaśanaṃ bhūyo bhuktasyopari bhojanaṃ।
Eating food even before the digestion of previous meal is called अध्यशनं.

Reason: When you overeat, stomach expands to contain the food and hence puts pressure on other organs making you feel fullness, distended abdomen, sluggish or tired. Stomach produces hydrochloric acid to breakdown food, which is thrown back to food pipe causing heartburn, our body tries to metabolise extra calories leading to feeling temporarily hot or even dizzy.

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Habit 7: Eat with तन्मना (tanmanā – mindfulnes)!

Reason:
What we think while eating, positive or negative, how thankful we are for the food we eat impacts on our psychology and also affects our digestion. The first phase or step of digestion, the cephalic phase (begins when we see, smell and think about food) only works when we are relaxed and paying attention to what we eat. On the other hand, stress shuts down digestion.

Research:
A study conducted on treatment of obesity and overweight individuals with mindful eating as complementary treatment. It was found to help in treating both of the above conditions than just with the help of medicines.

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Habit 8: Eat शुण्टि (fresh ginger) with सैन्दव लवण (Rock salt) before any meal!

Research:
Ginger is found to act as antioxidant,anti-inflammatory,anti nausea compound, and anticancer agent. Rock salt is also a good antioxidant, maintains blood pressure and also used to reduce to reduce cough,cold,etc.

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Habit 9: Drink उष्णोदक (Uṣṇodaka-boiled water), but according to the need:

उष्णं क्वथनोष्णं (हेमाद्रि commentary on अष्टांग ह्रुदय संहिता सुत्र ५।१६)
uṣṇaṃ kvathanoṣṇaṃ
Water that is boiled and reduced to 1/4th or 1/3 rd or 1/2 is called as उष्णोदक, which is unlikely of what the modern water purifiers do.

The same can become harmful if used in following conditions:
Alcoholism, fainting, vomiting, tiredness, confusion, thirst, burning sensation in the body, poisoning, Pitta Dosha caused diseases and blood related conditions.

Research:
Studies have found that drinking hot water increased metabolism by 30% which lasted for 30-40 minutes after consumption.it also facilitated weight loss,increased digestion and reduced constipation.

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Habit 10: Do लंघन (Laṃghana- calorie restriction – fasting) once a week!

यल्लाघवाय कार्श्याय तल्लंघनं। (हेमाद्रि commentary on अष्टांग ह्रुदय संहिता  सुत्र १४।२)
yallāghavāya kārśyāya tallaṃghanaṃ।
That which brings about lightness in the body or that which makes one lean is called as लंघन.

Fasting is one among 10 types of लंघन.

Which is the ideal time?
Skipping dinner once a week is ideal for all body types.

Research:
Studies conducted in overweight humans show that calorie restriction or fasting improves health outcomes including several cardiac risk factors (which might cause heart diseases), improving insulin (factor responsible for glucose metabolism) sensitivity and oxidative damage to both DNA and RNA hence help in healthy aging.

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Healthy Heart Tips

Healthy Heart Tips

This can happen before or during chest discomfort.

  1. Stop Cigarette smoke contains more than 7,000 chemicals, which, over time, can damage your heartand blood vessels. 
  2. Lower your cholesterol. 
  3. Manage your blood pressure. 
  4. Get your sleep. 
  5. Lower your stress.

How do you prevent a heart attack immediately?

The following steps can help you not only prevent but also recover from a heart attack:

  1. Avoid
  2. Control your blood pressure and cholesterol levels. 
  3. Get regular medical checkups. 
  4. Exercise regularly. 
  5. Maintain a healthy weight.
  6. Eat a heart-healthy diet. 
  7. Manage diabetes. 
  8. Control stress.
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