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What ayurveda recommends for the summer diet and lifestyle

- Stick to light food containing less fat, oil and spices as they take lesser time to digest.
- Drink plenty of fluid in terms of water and fresh seasonal fruit juices to combat loss of fluid of the body through sweating.
- Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee to avoid further dehydration.
- Add black cumin powder in your food.
- Include raw onion as a part of salad, as it helps to protect the body from high temperatures.


What is a healthy lifestyle and diet for Ayurveda?

Yoga and Ayurveda are India's most popular health exports of all time.In recent years, we've been flooded with information about Ayurveda health benefits & practices.
According to ayurveda there are three foundation pillars of a healthy body i.e. Aahar (food), Vihar (lifestyle) and Neendra (sleep). A sound metabolic system is the key to a good immune system."


Medicinal Garden in your home

If you thought that the Tulsi plant in your garden was planted there because it has religious significance, think again. Some things that we see and do have more than just a belief base to it. Now your garden can not only look pretty but can also hold plants that keep you and your family healthy. It could be your quick stop shop to minor illnesses.

The Tulsi is known for its various medicinal uses. Along with that we have the Aloe Vera plant that not only looks pretty but serves more purposes than a lot of other plants in your garden. That is a must in your garden.  Mint leaves have served their purpose in being medicinal as well.  Along with these plants you could include simple and easy to maintain plants such as Cumin, Turmeric, Hibiscus, Gooseberry, Pepper, Ginger, Cloves, Coriander, Curry Leaves and Betel Leaves.

A garden needn’t just be for decorative value to your home but more than that. These plants are also known to maintain the purity of the air that surrounds your house. A small effort towards a healthy lifestyle will take us a long way in maintaining a good life.






Doodh hai wonderful!

Doodh doodh doodh doodh doodh hai wonderful, pee sakte hai roz glassfull, doodh doodh doodh doodh… goes the ad jingle which sings about the benefits of drinking milk everyday. It is a song that we will sing along but it should become a habit that we consume cow’s milk everyday.Ayurveda doesn’t just place the cow in the place of a Goddess but gives the cow’s milk utmost importance for the overall well being of humans and helps in healthy growth. Boiled or pasteurised cow milk is more digestible since the proteins would already be converted to amino acids. Cold milk consumption is not adviced as it is knows to reduce the effect of the digestive enzymes which in turn causes the formation of mucus.

Milk is a rich source of Vitamins A, B2 and B3, calcium and proteins. It is very beneficial for pregnant and nursing mothers and children. Expectant mothers can also consume yoghurt, a product of milk to prevent miscarriage, premature delivery or any other birth related complication. It is also known to reduce and even prevent acidity. Boiled milk with a pinch of turmeric, black pepper. ginger and cinnamon is an easy to prepare medicine to reduces the heaviness of the stomach by hindering the production of mucus.

An exhausting day can be ended with a glass of milk as it not only helps in digestion of food but also helps in getting a sound sleep.

So the next time your mother asks you to drink that glass of milk before you run off into your routine, listen to her for your own good!


Cool it this summer!

Winter has gone by and summer has hit early and it has given us no false hopes to be sober on us. It’s time, not only for cotton clothes and light fabrics but also to bring the moisture in your body systems to equilibrium. The sun is harsh and dehydrates you quickly and just consuming water may not be satisfying for the body. Here are a few home remedies that you can carry around wherever you go that will not only quench your thirst but will also hydrate your body and keep you going through the day.

The first thing that comes to mind is the old fashioned, but very popular Buttermilk. This is the most popular form of thirst quencher and you can get it at the comfort of your homes.  For that matter, yogurt in any form is an excellent body coolant. Buttermilk can also be made irresistibly tasty by adding a little bit of ginger, curry leaves, rock salt, mint and even chillies, if spicy is your thing.

Mint, by itself is a well-known coolant.  It can either be used directly by chewing a few leaves or by making a side dish such as chutney or by simply adding a few leaves into your ice tea or fruit juice. It not only adds on to the flavour but also brings down the excessive body heat.

If we get to Kerala, it’s not surprising to be served water which is yellowish in colour. The colour is the result of cumin seeds. Cumin is a fantastic solution, especially in humid places that will make you lose a lot of bodily fluids due to perspiration.

With all these, it is simply important to drink lots of water and protect yourself physically from the harmful rays of the sun.






All advices and suggestions are welcome.



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