The Health Benefits of Water in Ayurveda


Benefits-of-water-in-ayurvedaWe’ve all heard that it is healthy to drink approximately 8 glasses of water per day, but in reality, everyone’s bodies are different. What works for a certain body type might not work for another. Ayurveda helps us understand how water affects the body.

room-temperature-waterFirstly, it is important to note that Ayurveda strongly advocates drinking warm or room temperature water. We all have a digestive fire that can be depressed or weakened when we intake cold or iced water. It’s unfortunate that most restaurants serve iced water, because not only will it disturb our ability to digest food properly, it will also consume more of the body’s energy. That’s because as soon as cold water enters the body, the body will need to heat it up to its own temperature before digesting it. And yes, we *digest* water; it doesn’t just pass through our system in minutes. In fact, different types of water is digested at different rates. For example, boiled water takes ½ hour to digest, while other water takes up to three hours.

No matter what your choice of water is, Ayurveda suggests not consuming too much water during a meal (and right before or right after), since it can dilute our bile and reduce agni. The best practice is to drink 30 minutes before eating in order to flush the system and prepare digestion. A large glass upon waking in the morning is also optimal for flushing out toxins that have accumulated during the night. A glass of hot water taken right before bed will reduce Kapha and Vata and prevent indigestion. Both the morning glass and the evening glass of water will flush out the urinary tract.

According to Ayurveda, there is a right way to drink water. It should be sipped throughout the day, as opposed to chugged when you’re thirsty. Chances are, when you’re thirsty and you feel the need to drink water, you are probably already dehydrated. Just as Ayurveda teaches us to eat up to 75% of our capacity, we should also only drink 75% of our water capacity. If you drink too much or too fast, the water will just go right through you.

Another way to avoid water just being flushed out or leeching the body of its minerals and nutrients is to add lemon or herbs and spices to it. Because our bodies are made mostly of plasma, it makes sense that water can deplete our minerals and nutrients, especially tap or distilled water. Citrus fruit will enable water to be absorbed more readily. Herbs and spices not only replenish devitalized water, they are also incredibly healing to the body.

boiling_waterBoiled water is the easiest to digest and it is tridoshic. The best practice is to boil water, let it cool and then enjoy. Avoid leaving boiled water to sit overnight as it can become stale and toxic to the body. You may take it one step further and boil water to a ¾ reduction for vatas, ½ for pittas, and ¼ for kaphas. This will help rebalance each dosha.

Spring water or well water is the best type of water to drink. It naturally contains minerals and nutrients. Tap water is chlorinated and devitalized, therefore it is toxic for the body and will aggravate ama. Although distilled water tastes crisp, it is completely devitalized and can deplete prana from the body. It should not be consumed in excess, as it will aggravate Vata and leech minerals and nutrients and dilute plasma.

Vatas are the air dosha, so it’s best for them to add herbs or spices to their water in order to counteract its lightness. The best herbs and spices for Vata are sweet or sour (fruit or vegetable juices, herbal teas). Pitta is the fire dosha, so they should take their water at room temperature or slightly cool, as opposed to hot.

Pitta can add anything sweet, bitter, astringent or herbal to their water.

Kapha is the earth and water dosha, so they should drink warm or hot water, but not in excess. Kapha can add bitter, astringent, or pungent herbs to their water.

The Top 8 Leafy Greens For Your Health


top-8-leafy-greens-for-your-healthIncluding green veggies into a diet, to assist in being healthy, is a well known fact. This isLeafy Green Salad a time tested practice that has been handed down for generations and is still popular today.

If you are following an Ayurvedic body type of diet, you will want to check which specific greens are best for your dosha type. All greens are not suitable to all of the doshas.

As an overview, we found an interesting write-up at care2.com, that was written by Katie Waldeck. She mentions the top 8 greens that have the most benefits for remaining healthy. Here they are:

1. Kale
Nutritional Information: Rising star kale certainly deserves its place in the spotlight. Rich in vitamins A, C, K, B6, as well as calcium and magnesium. It definitely earns its title as a “superfood” — it’s packed with anti-cancer and*cholesterol-lowering antioxidants. These antioxidants also promote heart and eye health

2. Collards
Nutritional Information: Collard greens are a true leafy rockstar. For one thing, a serving of collard greens has more calcium than a glass of milk!*They’re also packed with several potent anti-cancer properties, and are perhaps the best leafy green for lowering cholesterol. They’re also rich in vitamins K, C, & A.

3. Spinach
Nutritional Information: Popeye isn’t the only one raving about the greatness of spinach. This leafy green is rich in iron, calcium, and a whole alphabet of vitamins. One property in spinach has been shown to help combat prostate cancer more than any other popular veggie!

4. Broccoli Rabe (Rapini)
Nutritional Information: Don’t be confused by the name — broccoli rabe, or rapini, isn’t related to that famous veggie of the name name, it’s actually related to turnips! Rapini has plenty of vitamin C, as well as K, A, iron and calcium.

5. Dandelion Greens
Nutritional Information: Dandelions are often thought of as a pesky weed. But the greens of dandelions aren’t pesky at all — in fact, they’re nutritional powerhouses! Some even consider dandelion greens to be one of the most*nutritious vegetable around! In addition to so many of the nutritional perks and antioxidants that other leafy greens give you, dandelion greens are great for digestion and combating viruses.

6. Cabbage
Nutritional Information: Hundreds of studies have shown that cabbage is an excellent cancer-combating veggie. It’s also great for your digestive track and your heart. Bok choy, a Chinese cousin of cabbage, is also a nutritious — and delicious — leafy green.

7. Turnip Greens
Nutritional Information: The greens on top of the turnip roots are discarded all too often. And it’s a shame, really, because the greens are nutritional powerhouses! They are exceptionally bitter, a taste that has been linked in part to its abundant calcium content. Like so many leafy greens on this list, turnip greens are high in vitamins A, K and C. They have plenty of antioxidants and contain plenty of fiber.

8. Chard
Nutritional Information: With colorful stems and bright green leaves, chard is definitely one of the prettiest greens out there. And, with plenty of vitamins A and C, as well as hefty doses of iron and fiber, its nutritional value is nothing to sneeze at, either.

Read the original piece at:*www.care2.com.

That was informative. How many of the named greens are you able to incorporate into your daily diet? Is there a leafy green that you use that is not mentioned?

As with most things vegetable, you should attempt to buy 100% organic and locally grown. Doing this, will insure you are not sabotaging your health by ingesting chemicals and genetically modified organisms.

Our take:
Do you have any good recipes for the above mentioned greens?
What else can you add about the benefits of eating leafy greens?

Black Cumin Seed Oil Reduces Inflammation And More


Black Cumin Seed OilInflammation is a pitta imbalance, according to Ayurveda. Common sense would indicate a diet that balances pitta dosha. In brief, that means to avoid hot spicy type foods.

There are many people that use NSAID’s for inflammation. They can relieve inflammation pain, but they also have a nasty side effect. Prolonged usage can lead to stomach perforation.

There are natural alternatives for people that suffer from inflammation. Boswellia is one such alternative that has had remarkable effectiveness. It will not put a hole in your stomach.

Recent research has discovered another nutrient that will reduce inflammation pain. It is black cumin seed oil. This is not to be confused with the spice cumin. Two completely different plant families.

We will investigate black cumin oil a bit further with the help of LifeExtension.org. The article was written by Dr. Michael A. Smith. Here are the highlights:

We’ve said it once and well say it again: Inflammation is the common denominator of all age-related disease. Unfortunately, the typical American diet, often consisting of red meat, dairy products, and fried foods tends to fuel the flames of inflammation.

So, naturally, the best thing people can do is change their diets. If easing inflammation is your goal (and it should be), more greens, dark colored fruits and vegetables, nuts, seeds and cold-water fish are the foods to eat.But we also acknowledge that making dietary changes can be hard and takes time. This is where anti-inflammatory nutrients can be*so valuable.However, there’s a new nutrient making research headlines: black cumin seed oil. When extracted from 100% organic, non-GMO, cold-pressed black cumin seeds, the oil has profound anti-inflammatory effects. Let’s take a look at the research.Black Cumin Seed Oil Improves Inflammation

Black cumin seed oil was administered to 40 women diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis — a highly inflammatory disease. They were given two placebo capsules daily for one month, followed by 500 mg twice-a-day of cold-pressed black cumin seed extract.1

The researchers measured the participants Disease Activity Score (DAS-28) — an assessment of disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis patients. It is commonly used in clinical trials and in rheumatology practices. The higher the DAS score, the worse the disease.

After the study subjects received black cumin seed extract, the researchers noted a significant decrease in DAS-28 compared with the placebo phase of the trial. Similarly, the number of swollen joints and the duration of morning stiffness improved.1

Black Cumin Seed Oil Helps Nasal Allergies Subside

Sixty-six people were recruited for a double-blind clinical trial to test the effectiveness of black cumin seed oil on nasal allergies. The researchers tested the levels of immunoglobulin E (IgE) antibodies during an allergic reaction.2

At the start of the study, total IgE levels were reported in all participants and 38 of them had levels greater than 100. After treatment, 59 of the participants had no IgE detected, and no participant had levels above 100. The change in itching and nasal congestion significantly improved.2

Black Cumin Seed Oil Enhances T-cell Immune Activity

An active component of black cumin seed oil is*thymoquinone. It boosts survival and activity of other key cells in the immune response to infection or cancer, namely CD-8 T-cells.

These cells are the “field troops” that actively hunt down and kill infected or cancerous cells after activation by T-helper and macrophage cells. This activity, known as “conditioning,” amplifies the effectiveness of these vital immune system cells against cancer and infectious diseases.3

These effects appear in humans treated with black cumin seed oil as well, according to a study presented at a recent international conference. That study reported a 55% increase in the activity of T-helper cells and a 30% increase in natural-killer cell function following black cumin seed oil supplementation.4

Read the original article at:*www.LifeExtension.org.

This piece mentions diet, as we did in the intro. The Western diet actually contributes to inflammation. Following an Ayurvedic diet can actually reverse inflammation.

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