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Ayurvedic Remedy for High Uric Acid and Gout

Uric acid is a heterocyclic emulsion of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen. It’s a waste product of protein metabolism produced by the body from purines, which are present in all cells of the body and in numerous foods. Uric acid is excluded by being excreted in urine when it passes through the feathers.

High uric acid known as hyperuicemia occurs when kidneys don’t exclude uric acid efficiently that beget gout. Substantially, the cause of elevated uric acid situations is diet contains too important purine similar as red meat, organ meat, seafood etc.

Gout:

Gout called gouty arthritis occurs in about 20 of people with hyperuricemia. Gout can affect joints in body, but flares first appear in large toe. Bases, ankles, knees, and elbows are also common spots of gout.

Gout attacks occur suddenly, frequently at night. The attacks peak in intensity in about 12-14 hours. Undressed attacks of gout generally subside within two weeks.

 Symptoms of gout:

Following are the main symptoms you should look out for:

  • severe pain in joints
  • common stiffness
  • difficulty moving affected joints
  • redness and swelling
  • Monstrous joints

The pain is excruciating. It can be intermittent and come and go. It can be delicate to walk without pain and putting weight on bases at times. Cases may feel heaviness when walk or stand for long ages of time.

Gout stay:

An acute gout attack will generally reach its peak 12-24 hours after onset, and also will sluggishly begin to resolve indeed without treatment. Full recovery from a gout attack takes 7-14 days.

A Rejuvenating and Anti-Aging Tonic for Gout

One of the best known Ayurvedic Tonics – known as the Elixir of Life is Chyawanprash. According to Ayurveda, Chyawanprash comes under the category of ‘Rasayana’ which aims at maintaining youthfulness, vigor, vitality of the body and keeping away aging process.

Read more about it in this article: 20 Benefits of Chyawanprash

Ayurvedic Remedy for High Uric Acid and Gout:

High uric acid can treat with natural herbs. Ayurveda treats the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. So it can reduce uric acid levels and also keep them from rising again. Ayurvedic herbs have no side effects because they are natural herbs.

There are a number of Ayurvedic treatments for gout similar as

  • Triphala means “three fruits.” it’s an herbal treatment that consists of three fruits, videlicet bibhitaki, amalaki, and haritaki. It’s an anti-inflammatory, so it reduces the inflammation associated with gout.
  • Giloy is a generally used herb. Juice extract from the stem of giloy is largely effective for treatment of gout as it helps to neutralize the increased uric acid level in the body.
  • Neem is used to reduce inflammation and soothe gout flare-ups. It can be made into paste and applied to the affected area by gout. Neem also comes in oil and capsule form.
  • Bitter gourd is recommended Ayurvedic treatment of gout. Still, there’s no scientific substantiation that suggests that bitter gourd can reduce uric acid level or treat gout.

Check this Bitter Gourd Stir Fry or Karela Bhaji Recipe

  • Cherries and dark berries in diet reduce the level of uric acid. Eating at least 10 cherries per day reduced the circumstance of gout flare-ups by 35.
  • Turmeric generally used as spice. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to have a number of benefits. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, is an effective treatment for gout. Turmeric is fairly safe to add in curries, mists, and more. It’s frequently consumed in haldi doodh, also known as golden milk.

Get my Turmeric: The Ayurvedic Golden Gem which is a detailed e-book on turmeric’s health benefits (with over 100 studies), Ayurvedic information, usage, 70 recipes, DIY healing recipes, supplement guide, and more. A great health resource and cookbook!

  • Ginger most generally used herb in Ayurveda, gusto has a number of benefits. Ginger is an effective treatment for inflammatory conditions especially for gout. Ginger can fluently be added to diet. Check out my Ginger & Turmeric Pickle Recipe.

Keep in mind, fasting may not be suitable for people with certain health conditions such as chronic kidney disease, gout, and high uric acid.

Let me know once to start to apply these tips and what worked for you. You can also try my Kapha Detox program. I have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions.

Written By: Syeda Saira

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Metabolism

In every living organism in this world, there is a chemical reaction happening which is known as Metabolism. We use this term to describe every chemical reaction happening in the body’s cells that helps in breaking down food into energy. Every living thing desperately needs this energy to survive. It controls the physical phenomenon as well, which includes:

  • Helps in blood circulation
  • Proper breathing
  • Aids in controlling body temperature

Through our wonderful workings of metabolism, life is sustained in this world.

Few people have a fast metabolism, and it can make you lose weight faster than people who have a slower metabolism. For a healthy life, it is crucial to have a healthy metabolism which helps in giving the energy to fight off diseases and ensure a peaceful life.

Ayurvedic ways to improve your metabolism

In Ayurveda, we happen to see various ways that hold the power to greatly helps in improving our metabolism. Some of the best are mentioned below:

  • Start the day with a lukewarm glass of water or with a warm cup of herbal tea: This helps in removing toxins from your system and improving your digestive system.
  • Use your body temperature as a guide: this means eating hot food when you’re cold and cooling food when you’re hot such as coconut milk.
  • Don’t skip any meals: In Ayurveda, skipping even a single meal is not an option. Make sure to eat wholesome food on time, and in the right portions
  • Use spices like Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a sweet oriental herb that is great for your digestive fire and helps in revving up the metabolism. You can either consume Cinnamon through tea or while eating a meal that is high on carbohydrates.
  • Drink a glass of cumin water daily
  • Use black pepper: Pepper is said to consist of piperine that aids in improving our metabolism. You can add it to your tomato juice and drink it up which will give your body the ability to burn calories faster.
  • Sleep and Metabolism: Having a sound sleep at night does have an impact on having a fast metabolism. Sleeping for too long or having disruptions while sleeping can be a cause of weight gain. Studies show that people who sleep less than 6 hours per night have the tendency to eat more (especially carbohydrates) because they have reduced leptin levels. People who sleep less do not have the energy to exercise which will lead to weight gain. 7-8 hours of sleep is considered adequate.
  • Meditate to reduce stress and anxiety: Dedicating some time in a day to yourself even for 5 minutes can helps in reducing stress and anxiety which in turn greatly improve one’s metabolism.
  • Water and Kapha Dosha: Staying hydrated is a key to a healthy metabolism. Most of us lose 3 – 4 liters of water through urination, sweat, breathing, and bowel movement. Those who exercise also lose a lot of water as well as those who consume dry foods (chips, cookies, bread, etc.). Kapha dosha imbalances happen due to overeating, eating dry foods, high salt foods, and poor water metabolism. The body becomes more dehydrated and struggles with enzymatic activity. 1-2 liters of warm water per day is ideal for Kapha dosha. Sip water throughout the day to keep the body hydrated all day long.

Let me know once to start to apply these tips and what worked for you. You can also try my Kapha Detox program. I have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions.

There are also some recipes on my website that promotes healthy weight loss. Such as Mung Dal SoupAyurvedic Protein BallsMakhana recipeHomemade Curry Paste, and Almond Milk Recipe

Written By: Syeda Saira

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Yoga Asana for Back and Shoulder Stiffness
Yoga Asana for Back and Shoulder Stiffness

Introduction of Yoga Asana

Asana is a term which came from Sanskrit meaning ‘seat’ which is known to have a meaning as “sitting in a comfortable place” therefore we can say it means “pose” or “posture” which we use while we are meditating. Asana is performed by people as it helps benefit the health, mind, body, and soul. Just like poses, Asana is simply a physical pose you do with your body. So it is a means to practice yoga.

 

Learn more:

What is Ayu-Yog? How to combine Ayurveda and Yoga for Health and Well Being

 

Causes of Back and Shoulder Stiffness

Many people experience back and shoulder stiffness, also known as neck and shoulder pain, or discomfort at least once in their lifetime. It may be due to working for hours long or due to insufficient sleep, but as long as this pain is not continuous, there’s no need to worry.

But if you have been feeling this discomfort for a while now, these may be the causes behind your back and shoulder stiffness:

  • Sitting in a hunched position while using your computer too much
  • Overuse of poor posture
  • Sleeping in an awkward or wrong position
  • Carrying a bag over the shoulder for a long period of time

These are mostly the causes majority of the time. But it could be something serious as genetic, or from injury. In that case, consult the doctor asap.

Symptoms of Back and Shoulder Stiffness

I have written a few of the major symptoms of neck and shoulder pain/stiffness down below, you may have already have noticed some of them:

  • When trying to turn the head to the side, you feel soreness
  • Difficulty in moving the head or even moving the arm properly

Yoga Asana for Back and Shoulder Stiffness

Yoga asana or yoga poses is one of the best methods that can greatly help relieve pain and keep you pain-free in your back and shoulder. Apart from this, have plenty of rest, hot and cold compressions to fasten the healing process.

  • Neck Rolls

Make sure you’re sitting in a comfortable place. Rest your hands on your knees and sit upright while relaxing your shoulders. Gently roll your head to the left or right sides. While doing so, roll your head back and repeat the opposite side.

 

  • Cross Body Shoulder Stretch

Again, sit in a comfortable position with your back straight, and gently pull your arm across your body until you feel a stretch in your shoulder. Hold this for like 3 breaths, then release and repeat the process with the other shoulder. Super easy to do and very effective.

 

  • Warrior Pose

Have a standing position, bring one foot forward and another back, and then slowly lean into your front foot while bending that knee. During this, slowly lift both your arms and spread out your entire wingspan – one hand facing your front foot and the other towards your back. Hold this yoga asana for 30 seconds and then repeat it with another foot.

 

If you are in Canada or USA – you can order from Conscious Health shop the pain relief ointment that I have made. You can check out product details, availability, price, and reviews here.

This is my personal creation that I created for my parents, then my friends, extended family as well as my clients. 

All-natural pain relief formula for tired, achy muscles, tendons, and headaches. Contains Ayurvedic herbs and essential oils. A nourishing and strengthening ointment with analgesic qualities, it is used to soothe sore muscles and tendons, flexible joints as well as support an active lifestyle. Apply under your feet and affected area.

Temporarily relieves minor aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with:

Simple backache – sprains, arthritis, strains, bruises, cramps, and headaches.

Written by: Syeda Saira

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Since this Valentine’s Day is approaching, you may be coming up with gifts ideas, or date night ideas and maybe browsing about it. The best thing to do at the moment is to read everything written in this post, as we have written down about Herbal Aphrodisiac which greatly helps to make this valentine’s day special.

Herbal Aphrodisiac for Valentines Day

In Ayurveda, herbal aphrodisiacs have the benefits of helping the body, and mind to relax and also greatly help in arousing your senses. Herbal aphrodisiac goes way back in centuries and it has made its way into many cultures across the world all because of their potent abilities.

It is true that every one of us responds differently but it’s through trying out things that we find what we prefer.

Read: Ayurvedic Herbs and Pranayama for Respiratory Health

Let us break it down into two categories according to genders

– Female Herbs

  1. Shatavari

This spice is highly beneficial for reproductive system health for women. It helps in supporting immunity but also greatly promotes the production of breast milk.

  1. Horny Goat Weed

Horny Goat Weed is an herb that has been used for centuries around the world especially in China to treat symptoms like fatigue, pain, etc. It helps in increasing blood flow. Its leaves are used to make medicine.

  1. Vitex – Nilguri (check the Ayurvedic name)

During the menstrual cycle, herbs like vitex greatly help in establishing the normal balance of progesterone and estrogen which in turn ease breast pain.

  1. Moringa

Moringa is an herbal plant that typically grows in continents like Africa and Asia. It is best used as a remedy for health conditions like Diabetes. The best part is that it can be easily and cheaply grown. A few other names it is called by are miracle tree or the drumstick tree.

  1. Cacao

Cacao contains aphrodisiac qualities. It is bitter in taste but very beneficial. It is said that Cacao decreases the chances of cardiovascular disease.

– Male Herbs

  1. Ashwagadha

Ashwagandha is a herb best for males that is said to offer numerous health benefits which include treating stress and anxiety, improving mood, inflammation, blood sugar, and much more.

  1. Shilajit

Shilajit is usually found in the rocks of the Himalayas and is commonly used in ayurvedic medicine. It leaves a positive effect on your overall health and wellness.

  1. Gokshura

Diseases like urinary tract disorders, kidney diseases, and erectile dysfunction are treated by Gokshura. It helps in treating UTIs as well.

  1. Safed Museli

Safed Museli is a very rare herb and is usually used for obesity, erectile dysfunction (ED), and also for athletic performance.

  1. Pine Pollen

Pine Pollen is believed to have anti-aging properties that have been long used in traditional medicine and also used to treat many health conditions. Pine Pollen also boosts testosterone.

Spices for both Genders

Of course, there are spices that go for both genders. They are mentioned following below:

  1. Cinnamon

Cinnamon is best for both females and males as it’s a source of manganese, a mineral essential that helps in boosting sperm production, and it is known as a natural aphrodisiac. It is also commonly used in infertility treatment.

  1. Nutmeg

Nutmeg is another best aphrodisiac that imitates the effect of serotonin. Its sharp aroma and spicy taste of nutmeg give your body a calming effect.

  1. Saffron

Saffron is an expensive and also well-known aphrodisiac that has been used since ancient times as a natural aphrodisiac.

Read: Top 10 Brain-Boosting Ayurvedic Herbs for Memory & Nervous System

Hope you understand Herbal Aphrodisiac that I listed for both genders in detail.

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What is High Blood Pressure?

High blood pressure (also known as HBP, or hypertension) is a term used when your blood pressure, the force of blood flowing through your blood vessels is too high at a constant rate. High blood pressure refers to the pressure of blood against your artery walls which is harmful when overlooked. It has no warning signs whatsoever.

When your blood pressure stays high over time, it causes the heart to pump harder and work overtime, possibly leading to serious health problems such as heart diseases or something deadly like a heart attack.

Symptoms of Severe High Blood Pressure

If your blood pressure is extremely high, there may be certain symptoms to look out for, including:

  • Severe headaches
  • Nosebleed
  • Fatigue or confusion
  • Vision problems
  • Chest pain
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Blood spots in eyes
  • Pounding in your chest, neck, or ears

Immediately contact your doctor if you have any one of these symptoms.

High Blood Pressure Range

High blood pressure is defined as a systolic pressure between 120 and 129 with a diastolic pressure of less than 80. If you have 130 or higher for the first number or 80 or higher for a second, this reading tells that you have High blood pressure.

Ayurvedic Remedies for High Blood Remedies

We know that ayurvedic treatment is the best for high blood pressure as many experts have agreed to its potent importance in managing this disease.

Amla: One of the effective ayurvedic medicine for blood pressure is amla (also known as Indian Gooseberry). It contains Vitamin C which helps in reducing blood cholesterol levels and widens blood vessels.  Drink amla juice on an empty stomach every morning, you can miss a day or two but if you drank it consistently, it will greatly help in controlling hypertension and other ailments.

Ashwagandha: This is yet another best natural herb (also known as Indian Ginseng). Simply add to your evening tea in minimal quantity and studies show that it helps in lowering blood pressure and also in reducing blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.

Honey: Honey is tasty and powerful in its benefits. For people with high blood pressure, drinking two teaspoons of honey with lukewarm water every morning or adding a teaspoon of honey and five drops of apple cider vinegar to a cup of hot water can work wonders for your wellbeing. It aids in relaxing the walls of blood vessels and controlling blood pressure levels. This remedy also helps in reducing cholesterol and helps to regulate blood pressure.

Coriander and Cardamom: Add a teaspoon of coriander and a pinch of cardamom to one cup of freshly squeezed juice whether it is apple or peach. Drink it two times throughout the day to help with maintaining blood levels.

Moong dal: Consume Moong dal and add some cumin or cilantro. If you like turmeric, then add it as well. It’s not only tasty but greatly helps in bringing down high blood pressure.

Helpful reads:

Green Papaya and Moong Dal Curry

Benefits of Moongpani in Ayurveda and Yogic Practice

Watermelon: One of the best ayurvedic remedies is to sprinkle some cardamom and a pinch of coriander on watermelon and savor it. Eating this is said to act as a mild diuretic and will surely help in regulating blood pressure.

Tamarind pulp juice: One of the fantastic remedies to lower blood pressure.

 

What Ayurveda suggests to Avoid:

Substances and foods like salt, fried foods, fatty foods, or hot and spicy food are all known to aggravate the condition; therefore, Ayurveda suggests that people avoid them at all costs. Mostly focus on breathing, walking, swimming, and sleeping to lower the blood pressure. Reduce salt intake by half. Speak to a doctor about having ‘No Salt’ a product available for people who can’t do salts. Also, ensure if someone is dizzy to do neck and head exercises or asanas 

 

NOTE:

Take Magnesium-rich foods and increase fiber.

Also, must buy a pressure machine and keep a log. Talk to a doctor if any medication is required. 

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Seasonal Depression

Seasonal affective disorder (abbreviated as SAD ) is a kind of depression that’s related to changes in seasons — Seasonal depression (SAD) begins and ends at about the same time every year. If you’re like most people with this kind of depression, then your symptoms start in the fall and continue into the winter months, sapping your energy and making you feel moody.

How Do You Know You Have Seasonal Depression?

If you’re feeling these symptoms all of a sudden, it’s most probably due to of your seasonal depression.

  • Feeling lethargic (lazy and lacking in energy)
  • Irritability
  • Feelings of despair and heaviness
  • Guilt and worthlessness
  • A loss of interest in normal everyday activities
  • Sleepy most of the time
  • Loneliness

How Long Does Seasonal Depression Last for?

Seasonal depression can last from 4 to 5 months per year. Most people can also recover within weeks if they get their required treatments.

In the United States, most people experience seasonal depression in the months of January and February so these months are regarded as the most difficult for them. Moreover, it is less common but some people are also said to experience (SAD) in the summer. Between 2 and 10 percent of people experience Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) in winter.

Ayurveda for Seasonal Depression

There is an effective way in which you can treat your seasonal depression. And it is Ayurveda.

Ayurveda greatly helps in fighting off depression. It helps in relieving sleep deprivation, improves moods, and inspires life.

Here’s how you can combat seasonal depression with Ayurveda

Diet and Dosha Balancing

  • Consume warming and spicy soups. Try my vegan lentil soup it’s warming, heavy, and extremely flavorful. Add ghee or coconut oil to your liking. Learn how to make Dukkah Spice Add this blend in your soups for extra flavor and bone-strengthening properties.
  • Drink warming spiced teas made with ginger, black pepper, cinnamon, and nutmeg. If you are signed up for my Ayurvedic Cooking Class you will learn some secret spice blends and tea recipes.
  • Use Vata balancing foods like ghee, warming spices, grains, and natural sweets (jaggery).
  • Tickle your taste buds with sweet, sour, and salt tastes. An ideal meal will be khichari with ghee and a small amount of pickle.
  • Always use warm water for all daily routine activities, washing the face, feet, shower, and even for drinking water.
  • If you are Vata dominant then reduce intake of dry, light, cold, and raw food as well as foods with excessively bitter pungent and astringent foods. E.g. leafy greens, broccoli, cabbage, potatoes, popcorn, and crackers. They can increase digestive disturbances. Or, add Asafoetida when preparing crucifers vegetables.
  • In order to maintain a healthy digestive system, switch to probiotics that are non-dairy. Coconut, cashew, and almond yogurts are available. However, take them during lunch and stir well before consumption.

Don’t know what your Dosha is yet? Take the Quiz

Supplements

Speak with your Herbalist, ND, or MD before changing, adding, or removing any medication, supplements, or herbs. Current blood work is always helpful to determine what your body may require.

  • Herbs such as help to balance Vata such as cinnamon, cardamom, cumin, ginger, and cloves.
  • Chyawanprash is a great herbal jam to take over this season.
  • For irregularities’ in the bowel add Triphala as tea or capsule.
  • Add herbs such as ashwagandha for stress, sleep, and strength. This herb is mostly suitable for men. Females can take for a short period of time or mix with other herbs.
  • You must speak with your doctor to take Vitamin D3 regularly. Ask your doctor for recommended daily dosage.

Daily Routine

  • Utmost important to comply to during the month of winter to combat depression, lethargy and lack of motivation is a full-body warm oil massage. It uplift drains laziness and strengthen the bones. For Vata dosha warm sesame seed oil is ideal. Keep for an hour or so and then shower.
  • For extreme sleep disturbances that lead to depression, avoid eating late at night, ensure fatty foods are added to the diet, and rub magnesium ointments under your feet before going to bed.
  • Use thick blankets and sheets made of cotton, silk, or wool.
  • Wear cotton or wool socks to keep your feet warm.
  • Spend your leisure time with friends and relatives whom you like.

Yoga, Exercise and Meditation

  • Vata needs mental grounding so engage with breathing exercises and meditation as a regular practice morning and evening
  • Brisk cardio, warm yoga, weights, and rigorous physical activity that promote sweating is the best way to beat the winter blues.
  • Brisk pranayama and the daily practice of meditation promote inner calm and help you manage stressful family reunions and social anxiety.

These are some of the best ways you can use Ayurveda to treat seasonal depression. If you want a professional consultation, it’s good news that my counseling services are online. Book a consultation with me from here.

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You are most likely to be infected with cold and flu unless you live in a bubble. But there is always a way. Proper care and smart choices make all the difference to protect yourself from infections even if there is a cold and flu season.

Before we dive into ayurvedic preparation, let’s first understand briefly about the cold and flu season.

What Is Cold and Flu Season?

In terms of symptoms, flu is generally worse than the common cold. According to experts, cold and flu season tend to last for about 12 weeks but it mostly depends on where you live.

Now, there are numerous ways you can treat cold and flu, but the wise thing to do is to prepare for it. What does it mean? Well, when you work towards preventing getting sick or infected, and you use the right methods for the prevention, then you’re most likely to be protected from infections like cold and flu.

Symptoms:

If you have been feeling a few of these mentioned symptoms, then it means you have probably have caught the flu or cold.

  • General tiredness or fatigue
  • Difficult breathing deeply
  • Body or muscle aches
  • Fever
  • Coughing
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy or running nose
  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Diarrhea

Ayurvedic Preparation for Cold and Flu Season

Prathishyay is a term for the common cold in Ayurvedic. Ayurveda strongly recommends the strengthening of the immunity to prevent diseases like flu or cold from its attack. Following are some of the best Ayurvedic Preparation for Cold and Flu Season.

  • Chew on Dry Ginger

Ginger has strong antioxidant and anti-microbial along with pain-relieving properties which helps in relieving sore throat and treating infections in the nasal passage. You can either chew dry ginger or inhale ginger-infused steam that will greatly help in reducing sinus and lung congestion.

  • Do pranayama and stretching

Doing pranayama and stretching is known to relieve chest constriction due to sneezing, or coughing. It is basically, sitting in a relaxed position with a straight back, taking a deep breath, and allowing the breath to fill your upper chest. And release the breath and along with it the tensions and the stresses.

  • Hydration is the key

One of the most common and easiest ayurvedic preparation is to remember to stay hydrated. Whether you like to drink water or lemon/honey-infused water, it’s important to be hydrated by taking your required daily intake. Most people also like sipping watermelon or cucumber juice, make sure that it is made without any preservatives and is fresh. Remember to consume homemade immune-boosting drinks and you’re good to go.

In ending notes, there are a few more ayurvedic preventions you can do such as gargle with salted water, sipping lukewarm water, eating light, and a nourishing meal. All of these not only fight off cold and flu but also build your immune system. This ayurvedic preparation will greatly help and will fight off any existing disease-spreading germs and viruses.

Kadha Recipe

In India when someone has a cold, flu, infection, sore throat or body ache their mother’s or grandmother’s make “Kadha” at home. Kadha means herbal tea – it is a medicinal tea. Although today many herbal teas are available at health food stores, I can assure you this is a great homemade herbal tea replacement where you are only using your humble kitchen healers.  I am sharing with you my favorite Kadha Recipe A Traditional Healing Tea.

I have made Kadha for myself and have seen great results for cold and body pain. It is indeed ‘health in a cup.’ When I make kadha, I sometimes add turmeric and/or reishi mushroom which is not used in the traditional recipe

Read more about it here.

Warming Energy Ball

Made with dates, sesame, fenugreek, and coconut. Add seeds as available. Such as pumpkin, sunflower, or char magaz.

Tips

  • Steam with eucalyptus oil if they get the sniffles or feet massage with warm mustard seed oil before bed. 
  • Putting 1 clove under the tongue can prevent sore throat.
  • Not to drink citrus fruit. Lime or lemon juice should be taken with warm water. 
  • Wearing socks can help with keeping the feet warm. 
  • Cinnamon tea improves circulation and keeps the warm today. 
  • In extremely cold weather add a bay leaf to the cinnamon tea.

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Why becoming Dairy Free is a Popular Trend

What foods are considered dairy?

Dairy products play a vital role in building and maintaining strong human bones. Foods that contain dairy contents give us important nutrients, such as vitamin D, calcium, potassium, and protein, which make the human body healthy and fit. Wondering what foods are considered dairy? Animal milk, yogurt, cream, cheese, whey, kefir, butter, ghee, milk powder are all the amazing food groups belonging to dairy.

Why dairy is unhealthy for some of us?

Dairy is either good or bad depending on the body. Every person reacts to things differently. Some people can easily digest food and it could be difficult to digest food. Dairy contains saturated fat and is rich in calories. Consuming dairy is not good for a low-calorie diet. Dairy is unhealthy for some people, because it causes inflammation (acne or eczema), raises estrogen, increases weight and the production of mucus.

How to eliminate dairy and what are some great substitutes?

It is extremely crucial to eliminate dairy from your diet if you’re a dairy allergy or have any symptoms of lactose intolerance. A few other signs to eliminate diary are, bloating, sinus infection, or fatigue because of diary sensitivity. If you’ve decided to cut out dairy completely, here are the steps to follow:

  • Familiarize yourself with a vegan diet.
  • Use non-dairy substitutes that are healthy and less processed.
  • Get used to non-dairy products taste. It will take about 4-5 days to up to a week.
  • Get rid of all the dairy products.
  • Make sure to collect dairy-free recipes from YouTube and vegan books.

Fortified soy milk and yogurt are great non-dairy substitutes that are amazing sources of vitamin D, vitamin A, and calcium.

Lactose-free vs. Dairy-free

You must have seen lactose-free OR dairy-free written on several products and foods. Some may think that this is the same and does not have any difference. But there is a huge difference.

In lactose-free products, the dairy product does not contain lactose while in dairy-free products, there is no dairy contained at all. Dairy-free products are made from plants and nuts.

Lactose-free products are for people who are lactose intolerant, and it is difficult for them to digest such foods as they feel bloated, nauseous, and may experience stomach aches. Consuming lactose-free products helps them with digestion.

Homemade non-dairy staple

With nut milk and vegan sauces, you can have your own homemade non-dairy staple.

What if I’m allergic to nuts?

If you’re allergic to nuts or peanuts and still want to consume dairy products, the best substitutes are beans, tofu, potato, and even pea proteins.

Signs of dairy-free life is for you or not.

If you don’t consume dairy products and you feel reduced anxiety, better sleep, less mucus, less prone to cold and flu, and reduced migraine attacks then dairy-free life is suitable for you.

Why I’m dairy-free?

 

References:

https://www.myplate.gov/eat-healthy/dairy

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/326269

 

 

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What is Migraine?

Migraine is a medical condition in which a person experiences an extremely severe pounding headache. It can last for hours or sometimes even days. The ponding headache typically starts from the forehead, between the temples, or around the eyes. Migraine headaches get worse with time. A person experiencing migraine is sensitive to any movement, action, bright light, or loud noises. Any such sensation makes the headache worse. A person can also experience nausea, dizziness, neck pain, vomiting, extreme fatigue, and nasal congestion during a migraine. Severe migraines can affect a person’s daily life.

Are Migraine and Headache the same?

People usually confuse migraines with headaches. They think that a severe headache is known as a migraine, but in general, headache is one of the symptoms of migraine. The symptoms of migraine are more intense as compared to headache. Migraine is a medical chronic condition, and the cause is unknown. Headaches on the other hand can be triggered due to stress, depression, or anxiety and typically goes away in few hours.

What causes and trigger Migraine?

A migraine occurs typically in three stages, these are:

Stage 1: Prodrome

This stage involves emotional changes such as depression and anxiety. At this stage, a person will be sensitive to any movement, action, bright light, or loud noises.

Stage 2: Mild to Severe Headache

At this stage, the person may experience other common symptoms like nausea, dizziness, neck pain, vomiting, tiredness, and nasal congestion

Stage 3: Migraine Hangover

At this stage, the person feels extreme fatigue and irritability which may last for another 2 days.

Ayurvedic Treatments to Treat Migraine

In Ayurveda, migraine is known as “Ardhavabhedhaka” and the vital cause of migraine is due to tridoshic condition which causes an imbalance of pitta-vata and gathers Ama toxins. Following ayurvedic treatments are used to treat migraines. Depending on the severity of migraine, we can combine the treatment methods.

 

  • Triphala Churna

Triphala churna is an organic blend of haritaki, bibhitaki, and amla. It helps to improve nasal congestion and blockage.

  • Ksheera Ghrita

Ksheera ghrita is a glass of milk and ghee which is mixed to effectively treat migraine headaches.

  • Sitopaladi Churna

Sitopaladi churna is a combination of mishri, vankshalochana pepper, cardamom, and cinnamon. By using sitopaladi churna, increases the lung’s capacity and eliminates cough. It can also be consumed with honey.

  • Dhoomapana

Dhoomapana is used to lower levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. It calms the nerves the lighten to load on the head.

  • Nasya

This is one of the highly recommended “Panchakarma Therapy” to cure migraines or continued headaches. For better results, do it early in the morning on an empty stomach an hour before having a meal. This treatment provides significant relief from migraines.

Other Treatments to Treat Migraine

  • Yoga
  • Regular Exercise
  • Relaxation Techniques

 

References:

https://familydoctor.org/condition/migraines/

https://www.summahealth.org/flourish/entries/2020/08/migraines-vs-headaches-whats-the-difference

https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/148373

https://www.netmeds.com/health-library/post/migraine-bothering-you-try-these-versatile-ayurvedic-remedies-for-instant-pain-relief

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What is Sandalwood?

Sandalwood is an evergreen tree native to India, Philippines, China, Australia, and Indonesia. In botanical terms, Sandalwood is also known as Santalnum album. It is also known as “East Indian sandalwood, santal oil, white or yellow sandalwood oil, or white Saunders oil. It belongs to the family of Santalaceae. It has small flowers which contain many short stalks. Sandalwood belongs to the class of aromatic woods, which are knowns as perfume trees. Famous aromatic wood trees are cedar, cinnamon wood, and rosewood. Sandalwood trees grow about 8 to 12 meters in height and 2.5 meters in girth.

 

Sandalwood Oil

The Sandalwood tree has leathery leaves in pairs. The roots and trees have a yellow aromatic oil, which is known as sandalwood oil. The smell of sandalwood oil is so refreshing, and it persists in the articles, such as furniture or boxes, for years. Sandalwood oil is extracted from the heartwood by the process of steam distillation. The average yield of oil is almost from 3.0% to 6.0%. The sandalwood oil smell is very famous because of its sweet, powerful, and lasting odor. The sandalwood trees grow slowly and almost take 30 years for the heartwood to become frugally beneficial in India.

 

Uses of Sandalwood

Sandalwood in any form, be it solid or in oily form, has numerous uses in our daily lives. It plays a vital role in healing many skin conditions. Some of them are:

  • Sandalwood in self-care products like fragrances, body lotions, massage products, hair care products, sunscreen, shampoo, and acne medications.
  • Sandalwood oil is used as a fragrance in incense, perfumes, cosmetics, and soaps.
  • Sandalwood in cleaning products, like in laundry detergents and all-purpose cleaners.
  • Sandalwood in pest control products.
  • Sandalwood in aromatherapy. Using sandalwood oil in aromatherapy helps to promote calmness, lower stress, and improves sleep quality.
  • Sandalwood can also be used to enhance flavors in foods.

 

Health Benefits of Sandalwood

Sandalwood has various health benefits. It can be used as an antiseptic, antispasmodic, astringent, antiphlogistic, carminative, disinfectant, diuretic, hypotensive, and memory-enhancing properties.

  • It is a great antiseptic agent and is safe to use internally and externally. It is used to treat acne, sores, boils, and pimple infections.
  • It is a strong anti-inflammatory agent. It has a very cool soothing effect and provides instant relief to the inflammation in the gastrointestinal, brain, nervous, circulatory, and excretory systems.
  • It is a great natural relaxant and has a wonderful sedative effect against spasms. It is very effective in treating cramps, aches, and colds.
  • Sandalwood oil is amazing to lower blood pressure as it contains hypotensive agents. It can be applied externally and will still help to lower hypertension.
  • Sandalwood fortifies dental health as it has astringent properties. It helps to stop bleeding gums, healing minor wounds, and cleansing of mouth.

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