Monday, 30 October 2017

How To Boost Your Immunity With Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, strong immunity is a product of good digestion, strong agni (the metabolic fire), quality liver functioning, and a balanced endocrine system (which includes appropriately balanced hormones).
Immunity is also very much connected to a mysterious substance called ojas. The Sanskrit word ojas literally means “vigor.”  However, in the body, ojas is extremely subtle and elusive—somewhat difficult to define, even. Yet in the Ayurvedic tradition, ojas has everything to do with immunity. It is said that the strength of one’s ojas determines which factors and influences—whether internal or external—cause disease in each individual. Grasping the Ayurvedic approach to bolstering the immune system therefore hinges on having at least a peripheral understanding of ojas.

Ayurvedic tips to boost immunity:
1. Avoid simple sugars in any form, limit alcohol, avoid processed foods, microwaved foods, canned foods, foods which contain preservatives, leftovers and fried foods.

2. Introduce immune-boosting spices into cooking, such as turmeric, black pepper, cumin, coriander. 

3.Eat immune-boosting foods such as apples, pomegranates, green leafy vegetables, asparagus and whole grains.

4. Never drink ice water. Sip hot water or fresh ginger tea throughout the day to boost the digestion.

5. Use clarified butter (ghee) for cooking. Consume the biggest meal of the day around noon, eat lighter in the morning and in the evening. Do not overeat. 

6. Choose foods that are in accordance with individual Ayurvedic constitution. Follow ayurvedic food combining rules. Fast for one day a week, if possible. Avoid nightshade family vegetables (potatoes, tomatoes), dairy and gluten.

7. Also take ayurvedic supplements that will increase the power of digestive fire and to support strong immune function.

8. Exercise daily, practice yoga, meditation and pranayama breathing, sleep adequately, scrape the tongue daily, avoid constipation. 

9. Practice self-massage daily with ayurvedic oils, exercise positive outlook on life and take mind-balancing herbs, if needed.

Friday, 13 October 2017

Vajrasana/ Diamond Pose

Vajrasana/ Diamond Pose
Vajrasana comes from two words i.e. Vajra which means diamond or thunderbolt and asan means seat. Vajrasana pose is also known as Diamond Pose, Pelvic Pose, Thunderbolt Pose, Kneeling Pose or Adamantine Pose. This is a pose which forms the base of many other asans. To name a few are are  Bhastrika (pranayam) and Child Pose (Balasan).
Science Behind the Popular- Vajrasana
This is a steady and firm pose that can be challenging for beginners. It is a meditative pose, but those who achieve it, cannot be easily moved or shaken. You will need to conquer and fight over the pain in the legs that you may experience in the beginning as well as distractions and unrest in your mind to be able to master this pose and move into a meditative state. You will need to train yourself to sit very, very still and be ready to invest a lot of mental energy to be able to achieve it.
Once you have mastered the pose, you will want to do it again and again. And, the benefits this pose offer are surely plenty. It helps regulate the blood circulation in your lower pelvic region, something that not many poses can do. Yoga experts claim that this pose helps improve digestion and alleviates several tummy problems. But, how? When you sit on your legs, the blood flow to your legs reduces and increases in your digestive area, this boosts your digestive system and helps it function better.
Vajrasana is easier said than done. While it may look like an easy pose to assume, it takes a lot of determination and grit to remain motionless and still. You will not attain it in one go, and will have to try umpteen number of times before you master it.
Vajrasana Steps -
1.     Sit on the floor on a mat or directly on the ground.
2.     Fold your legs and sit in such a manner such that your heel touches your butt.
3.     Place your hands on your lap exactly as shown in the figure above. You may let your palms face the sky as well.
4.     Hold the sitting pose for two minutes (to start with). You will feel a stinging pain in your feet if you are not habituated to sitting this way. You can stretch your legs and rest for a while and start again.
5.     Don’t give up. Sit for a minimum of two minutes. You should increase the minutes over time. It is even possible to sit on Vajrasana pose for almost half an hour.
It is said that the best time to do Vajrasana is just after having food, but you can do it at any time of the day. Note: If you feel intense pain in your feet, you can place a cushion underneath.
Do’s: Breathe normally like you always do, even while in this pose. Many people tend to breathe faster when practicing this pose.
Don’ts: Do not tense your body, while you lift your legs off the ground. Keep your body loose and free and make an effort to relax your body and mind.
Moving on to the second part, we will explain to you the benefits of doing vajrasana.
Benefits of Vajrasana
1.     It helps in digestion.
2.     Sitting in this pose helps in reduction of the hips.
3.     It helps in getting rid of constipation.
4.     It helps to fight stomach disorder.
5.     A few minutes of Vajrasana and you can feel the mind calming. Thus helps you in relaxing.
6.     It helps in increasing the blood circulation in the body.
7.     Yoga always helps in weight loss. So does vajrasana!
8.     Vajrasana is the pose in which many asanas are done. Some of them have been named in the beginning of this article.
9.     It helps in curing urinary problem.
10. It helps in making the lower body flexible.
11. It also helps in combating acidity.
12. It helps in strengthening the sexual organs.
13. It helps in toning of body muscles like the hips, thighs and the calf muscles.
14. It helps in curing various body ailments like vericose veins and joint pains.
15. This pose is a magic pose for people suffering from arthritis as it acts as a painkiller.

Do not try Vajrasana if:

  • You suffer from severe knee pain.
  • You have had a recent surgery on your waist or legs.
  • You are in your last trimester of pregnancy.

Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Weight Loss Tips (Evidence Based)

1. Drink Water, Especially Before Meals
It is often claimed that drinking water can help with weight loss, and this is true. Drinking water can boost metabolism by 24-30% over a period of 1-1.5 hours, helping you burn off a few more calories. One study showed that drinking a half liter of water about a half an hour before meals helped dieters eat fewer calories and lose 44% more weight.

2. Drink Green Tea
Green tea has many benefits, one of them being weight loss. Green tea contains small amounts of caffeine, but it is also loaded with powerful antioxidants called catechins, which are also believed to work synergistically with the caffeine to enhance fat burning.

3. Cut Back on Added Sugar
Added sugar is the single worst ingredient in the modern diet, and most people are eating way too much of it. Sugar (and high fructose corn syrup) consumption is strongly associated with the risk of obesity, as well as diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart disease and others. If you want to lose weight, you should be cutting back on added sugars.

4. Eat Less Refined Carbs
Refined carbohydrates are usually sugar, or grains that have been stripped of their fibrous, nutritious parts . Refined carbs can spike blood sugar rapidly, leading to hunger, cravings and increased food intake a few hours later. Eating refined carbs is strongly linked to obesity. If you want to get all the benefits of carb restriction, then consider taking this all the way and going on a low carb diet.
5. Use Smaller Plates
Using smaller plates has been shown to help people automatically eat fewer calories in some studies. Weird trick, but it seems to work .
6. Count Calories
Counting calories can be very useful, for obvious reasons. Normal human requires average 2600 Kcal /day. To lose weight one have to limit calorie intake up to 1000kcal/day.

7. Do Yoga & Exercise
Doing aerobic exercise & Yoga is an excellent way to burn calories and improve your physical and mental health. It appears to be particularly effective to lose belly fat, the unhealthy fat that tends to build up around your organs and cause metabolic disease.

8. Eat More Fiber
Fiber is often recommended for the purpose of weight loss. Although the evidence is mixed, some studies show that fiber (especially viscous fiber) can increase satiety and help you control your weight over the long term.

9. Eat More Vegetables and Fruits
Vegetables and fruits have several properties that make them effective for weight loss. They contain few calories, but a lot of fiber. They are also rich in water, which gives them a low energy density. They also take a while to chew, and are very filling. These foods are also super healthy and nutritious, so eating them is important for all sorts of reasons.

10. Chew More Slowly
It can take a while for the brain to "register" that you've had enough to eat. Some studies show that chewing more slowly can help you eat fewer calories and increase the production of hormones linked to weight loss.

11. Get Good Sleep

Sleep is highly underrated, but it may be just as important as eating healthy and exercising. Poor sleep is one of the strongest risk factors for obesity, being linked to an 89% increased risk of obesity in children, and 55% in adults.

Wednesday, 4 October 2017

7 Effective Ayurvedic Tips for Healthy Hair Growth

1.     Ayurvedic Oils to Give your Scalp a Hot Oil Massage:

 Choose any one of the important oils like coconut oil, almond oil, or brahmi oil, and give your scalp a good hot oil massage. A massage is good for improving the circulation of blood in your scalp. It also makes your hair follicles rejuvenated and improves the circulation of blood in the roots of your hair. Within a short period of six months, you will start seeing the difference.

    2.     Get Relief from Pitta Dosha:

Ashwagandha is an anti-oxidant herb which gives you relief from Pitta Dosha. Pitta Dosha is the main reason for loss of hair and hair fall. Take a 6 mg capsule of ashwagandha every day. It cleans up your system and gets rid of all toxins. It is also anti-inflammatory and solves a number of hair problems.

3. ``Increase Your Metabolism rate & Promote Hair Growth:
       Aloe Vera is an ingredient that makes your system clean. It is very commonly used in Ayurveda for its numerous properties that are good for your health. Take 2 tablespoons of the latex of the Aloe Vera leaf and either drink or swallow it. This is good for increasing your metabolism. It also ensure good bowel movement. Too much of Aloe Vera could cause side effects like diarrhea and other issues. So, limit your intake of Aloe Vera.

4.     Bhringaraj For Healthy Hairs:

Bhringraj  is very effective in enhancing the growth of hair. Use the paste of leaves to apply on your hair. Cover your scalp well and let it stay for a few minutes. Wash it off after that with cold water.

5.     Drink lots and lots of water:
At least 8 to 10 glasses of water per day is necessary for the body to function well, and also for proper hair growth. Make sure you have a healthy diet and a regular intake of all the essential nutrients.

6.     Never comb wet hair:
Hair becomes more prone to breakage when it is wet. So, you must avoid combing your just after a bath. You could run your fingers through it to settle your hair. Wait for it to dry out to comb or style it.

7.     Good Sleep for hair growth:

You need enough sleep to let your body relax. After a hectic routine, even your body needs rest. It is during sleep that most of the tissues are regenerated and rejuvenated. You need a minimum of 8 hours of sleep every day. This is important for staying healthy and fit. Hair growth is also promoted if you get enough sleep.