Staying calm all the time during a lockdown can be difficult. On top of that if you are working from your home, things can get stressful, for you and others around you. But, Ayurveda can come to your rescue.
Ditch your regular tea
It is time to ditch your regular tea, and sip on a stress-busting Ayur-tea.
"Replace your regular caffeine dose with an Ayurvedic tea. You can make one at home with things in your house. Take an inch-long piece of fresh and clean ginger, crush it gently with the end of a rolling pin. Put it in boiling water and let it come to a gentle simmer. Drop in two-three Tulsi leaves. Let it boil for two-three minutes and then strain into a cup. Add a teaspoon of honey and sip. Ginger and Tulsi are both good for your respiratory system, and immunity too. And you get the added benefit of stress relief, says Ayurvedacharya Dr. Partap Chauhan, Director, Jiva Ayurveda.
Herbs like Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Jatamansi, Sankhpuhspi, Sarpgandha are also great for reducing stress.
It is no longer a lifestyle fad, it's a necessity.
"Fix 30 minutes every morning for Yoga. Bringing you mind to a state of composed calmness in the morning will fortify it for stress assaults all day long. Pick a calm spot in your home, like your balcony, or near an open window, and practice Padmasana. Cross your legs at the knee and place the feet on the opposite thigh. Place the wrists on the knees, close your eyes and focus on an imaginary flower. Think of nothing else. Do this for 10 minutes," says Dr. Chauhan.
At the end of the day, pick a calm spot and practice Shavashana. It's a simple asana. Just lie down supine on your back and close your eyes. Breathe gently and focus on the parts of your body starting from the tip of your head to your toe, and back up again.
"Stress is a direct outcome of excess Vata in your body. When Vata increases in your body, you automatically start experiencing more stress, anxiety and panic. It may also lead to sleeplessness, pains and aches. And at a time when you have to spend most of your time indoors, you need to keep stress and anxiety at a minimum."
Choose Vata-pacifying diets. A general rule of thumb for choosing Vata-pacifying diets is to pick moist, juicy, warm, sweet and sour food items over pungent, bitter or astringent food items. Avoid deep fried, dry or very spicy items.
Don't miss your rest. Sleep on time. It's easy to lose track of time when you are working alone at home. Take frequent rests. Rub your palms together and place them over your eyes to rejuvenate them. Stretch and touch your toes. Do waist twists and a few gentle squats in between work. Walk away from your work station and gaze at nature for two-three minutes to realign your eye muscles that have been focusing on your laptop.
Before going to bed, add a teaspoon of turmeric powder and a teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm milk and drink it. This will help you sleep better.
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Panaji - UK's Prince Charles was cured of Covid-19 through ayurveda and homeopathy treatment from a Bengaluru-based holistic resort, Union Minister of State for AYUSH Shripad Naik claimed on Thursday.
"I got a call from Dr. (Isaac) Mathai, who runs the SOUKYA ayurveda resort in Bengaluru. He told me that his treatment of Prince Charles through ayurveda and homeopathy has been successful," Naik told IANS.
The AYUSH Minister also said that a special task force put together by his Ministry would study the medicinal formulations used by Dr. Mathai to treat the heir to the British throne. "Dr. Mathai has been asked to submit the treatment report to us," Naik said.
Prince Charles was diagnosed for coronavirus last month and has just emerged out of quarantine. (IANS)
In the wake of the Covid 19 outbreak, entire mankind across the globe is suffering. Enhancing the body’s natural defence system (immunity) plays an important role in maintaining optimum health. We all know that prevention is better than cure. While there is no medicine for COVID-19 as of now, it will be good to take preventive measures which boost our immunity in these times.
Ayurveda, being the science of life, propagates the gifts of nature in maintaining healthy and happy living. Ayurveda’s extensive knowledge base on preventive care derives from the concepts of “Dinacharya” - daily regimes and “Ritucharya” - seasonal regimes to maintain healthy life. It is a plant-based science. The simplicity of awareness about oneself and the harmony each individual can achieve by uplifting and maintaining his or her immunity is emphasized across Ayurveda’s classical scriptures.
Ministry of AYUSH recommends the following self-care guidelines for preventive health measures and boosting immunity with special reference to respiratory health. These are supported by Ayurvedic literature and scientific publications.
Drink warm water throughout the day.
Daily practice of Yogasana, Pranayama and meditation for at least 30 minutes as advised by Ministry of AYUSH (#YOGAatHome #StayHome #StaySafe)
Spices like Haldi (Turmeric), Jeera (Cumin), Dhaniya (Coriander) and Lahsun (Garlic) are recommended in cooking.
Ayurvedic Immunity Promoting Measures
Take Chyavanprash 10gm (1tsf) in the morning. Diabetics should take sugar free Chyavanprash.
Drink herbal tea / decoction (Kadha) made from Tulsi (Basil), Dalchini (Cinnamon), Kalimirch (Black pepper), Shunthi (Dry Ginger) and Munakka (Raisin) - once or twice a day. Add jaggery (natural sugar) and / or fresh lemon juice to your taste, if needed.
Golden Milk- Half tea spoon Haldi (turmeric) powder in 150 ml hot milk - once or twice a day.
Simple Ayurvedic Procedures
Nasal application - Apply sesame oil / coconut oil or Ghee in both the nostrils (PratimarshNasya) in morning and evening.
Oil pulling therapy- Take 1 table spoon sesame or coconut oil in mouth. Do not drink, Swish in the mouth for 2 to 3 minutes and spit it off followed by warm water rinse. This can be done once or twice a day.
During dry cough / sore throat
Steam inhalation with fresh Pudina (Mint) leaves or Ajwain (Caraway seeds) can be practiced once in a day.
Lavang (Clove) powder mixed with natural sugar / honey can be taken 2-3 times a day in case of cough or throat irritation.
These measures generally treat normal dry cough and sore throat. However, it is best to consult doctors if these symptoms persist.
The above measures can be followed to the extent possible as per an individual’s convenience. These measures are recommended by following eminent Vaidyas from across the Country as they may possibly boost an individual’s immunity against infections: Padma ShriVaidya P R Krishnakumar, Coimbatore, Padma Bhushan Vaidya Devendra Triguna, Delhi, Vaidya P M Varier, Kottakkal, Vaidya Jayant Devpujari, Nagpur, Vaidya Vinay Velankar, Thane, Vaidya B S Prasad, Belgaum, Padma Shri Vaidya Gurdeep Singh, Jamnagar, Acharya Balkrishnaji, Haridwar, Vaidya M S Baghel, Jaipur, Vaidya R B Dwivedi, Hardoi UP, Vaidya K N Dwivedi, Varanasi, Vaidya Rakesh Sharma, Chandigarh, Vaidya Abichal Chattopadhyay, Kolkata, Vaidya Tanuja Nesari, Delhi, Vaidya Sanjeev Sharma, Jaipur, Vaidya Anup Thakar, Jamnagar
Disclaimer: The above advisory does not claim to be treatment for COVID 19
In these times where one can't dine out, visit restaurants or bars, walk down to your favourite patisserie or even have anxiety over-ordering in, life can not only get pretty tough, but downright insipid! With coronavirus, forcing us to stay indoors, all we need is some exciting ideas to keep us busy.
Presenting three healthy and quick recipes, shared by Del Monte, that you can try at home without using any oil keeping as you focus on health and fitness. Certain food can affect your mood and give you an instant boost to tide over difficult times. Also please don't forget the old mantra of adequate water, stretching and meditation to overcome any anxiety and stress.
Prune Energy Balls
1 ï¿½ cups Del Monte dried prunes
1 cup almonds
2 tbsp chia seeds
ï¿½ cup unsweetened shredded coconut
ï¿½ - 1 tsp sea salt
In a food processor, add the almonds and pulse till they turn into a fine meal.
Add the dried prunes, chia seeds and salt and pulse until a dough forms.
Wet your hands slightly and shape 16-18 balls. Roll the balls in shredded coconut. Store in an airtight container.
Cranberry Crumb Bar
Granulated sugar -1 cup
Baking powder -1 tsp
All-purpose flour - 3 cups
Lemon zest - 1/2 tsp
Salt -1/4 tsp
Unsalted butter -1 cup (cut into small cubes )
For the filling
Granulated sugar - 1/2 cup
Lemon juice - 1 tsp
Cornflour - 1 and 1/2 tsp
Del Monte Cranberries - 2 cups
Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
Grease an 8x8 inch pan.
In a bowl, mix together 1 cup sugar, baking powder and all-purpose flour.
Add lemon zest and salt.
Add butter and egg and with the help of a pastry cutter or a fork, blend it into the flour.
The dough will be crumbly.
Pat half of the dough onto the prepared pans.
In another bowl, mix together ï¿½ cup sugar, lemon juice and cornflour.
Fold in the cranberries.
Spread cranberry mixture on top of the crust evenly.
Sprinkle the remaining dough on top of the cranberries.
Bake for 45 minutes, until the top is lightly browned.
Cut into squares and serve.
Blueberry Oatmeal Cookies
1ï¿½ cups all-purpose four
ï¿½ teaspoon baking powder
ï¿½ teaspoon salt 1 cup unsalted butter, softened
1 cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons vanilla essence
3 cup oats 1 cup Del Monte blueberries
Preheat oven to 350 degrees, adjust the oven racks to the middle position and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Whisk the our, baking powder and salt in a small bowl and set aside.
Cream together the butter and sugar on medium speed until light and fluffy, about 3 minutes.
Beat in the eggs, one at a time, and then mix in the vanilla.
Stir in our mixture with a rubber spatula, then stir in the oats and blueberries.
Using 2 heaping tablespoons per cookie, roll the dough into balls and place them onto a cookie sheet, spacing them at least 2 inches apart,
Bake until the cookie edges are just turning golden brown, about 20 minutes.
Cool the cookies on the baking sheet and then transfer to a wire rack.
Store cookies in an airtight container.
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Dark circle is a common cosmetic condition that refers to the discolouration of the skin area under the eyes. It might have a cure in Ayurveda, says an expert.
"This condition can either be hereditary -- in which case it is difficult to treat -- or it could be caused by an exhaustive lifestyle or other graver problems like anaemia, liver disease and dehydration," Mohamad Yusuf N. Shaikh, Founder of Kudrati Ayurved said.
Staying up late, doing a lot of work that requires staring at a screen, or excess physical stress can disturb the natural doshik balance of the body. As a result,
there is an increase in blood pressure due to which the blood leaks into the capillaries under the eyes. Since these capillaries are very thin, the blood pools in them and turns dark blue or black due to oxidation - hence the name dark circles.
These natural cures can help in improving the blood circulation around the eye area and lighten the dark circles.
Take two pieces of cotton and dip it in rose water. Let them soak for 2 minutes. Take out the cotton patches and strain them gently. Place the rosewater soaked patches over your eyes for 15 minutes. Wash your face with cold water.
Repeat this process for a couple of weeks and you should be free of dark circles. Rosewater has cooling properties which help contracting the blood vessels near the eyes. As a result, the accumulated blood is pushed out and circulation is restored to normal. It is also a natural toner and lightens the skin around the eye region.
Slice a fresh apple. Place these slices on and under your eyes. Relax in this position for 30 minutes. Remove and wash your face with cold water. Apple contains Potassium, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Tannic Acid - Potassium and Vitamin B help retaining the proper amount of water content in the body whereas Vitamin C protects the skin under the eyes from sun damage and tannic acid acts as a natural toner and lightens the skin.
Lemon and tomato juice
Take a small quantity of lemon and juice and mix it with equal parts of tomato juice. Apply on the affected area with a patch of cotton. Let it dry and reapply.
Leave it for 15 minutes. Wash your face with cold water. Repeat the process daily for good results.
Both lemon and tomato juice are rich sources of Vitamin C, which act as a natural bleaching agent and lightens the skin. Lemon juice also strengthens the skin under the eyes and pigmentation and darkening.
Take two drops of oil on the palm of your hand. Gently massage the affected area with the oil using your ring finger. Do this for both the eyes and let it work
overnight. Wash your face in the morning with cold water.
Kumkumadi Tailam is one of Ayurveda's most potent remedies for skin-related issues. It is most popular for reducing dark circles and other signs of ageing. (IANSlife)
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In the world of health and fitness, a balanced diet coupled with a healthy lifestyle is the foundation for athletes to build on their bodies, keep their energy levels high to beat fatigue and perform at their best. While all vitamins and minerals are crucial and essential for the overall health and fitness, here are the top seven nutrients that are very instrumental in building performance for athletes, suggested by Rohit Shelatkar, VP at Vitabiotics Ltd and Fitness & Nutrition Expert
Omega 3 fatty acids help regulate one's hormones and the heart rate, and lower blood pressure. The biggest source of omega 3 is fish oils, which are very good for cardiovascular health besides strengthening the muscles and joints. They also act as good supplements to one's mental health.
Magnesium regulates neuromuscular, cardiovascular, immune, and hormonal functioning. Lack of magnesium in an athlete's diet can lead to muscle weakness and fatigue, injury and can affect one's mental well-being. Good sources of magnesium include green leafy vegetables, fruits like bananas, figs, avocado and raspberries, nuts and seeds, legumes, seafood and vegetables like peas, broccoli, brussels, and sprouts among others.
The kind of high intensity training undertaken by athletes puts a lot of pressure on the bones and joints. Fragile bones will eventually lead to injuries and impair development. That is why Vitamin D3 is very essential for increasing calcium absorption and strengthening the immune system (by fighting free radicals). Sunlight is the best source of Vitamin D but there are foods rich in Vitamin D like egg yolks, fatty fish like tuna, mackerel and salmon, soy milk, cheese among others.
B-vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pyridoxine (B6), pantothenic acid, biotin, folate, and B12, are important requirements for any athlete because they are involved in energy production while working out and micro-nutrients like folate and B12 are required to produce red blood cells, protein synthesis, and in tissue repair and maintenance. Popular sources of vitamins are whole grains, eggs and dairy products, red meat, fish, legumes, seeds and nuts, and dark leafy vegetables among others.
Very active individuals and athletes who train for more than 6 hours every day need to be wary of iron-deficiency anaemia because they would be burning their iron stores faster than sedentary and non-athletic people. Iron helps red blood cells carry oxygen throughout the body. Rapid loss of iron will reduce endurance and make one dull and lethargic. Foods like dark green leafy vegetables, lentils, legumes, nuts and seeds, whole grains and dry fruits are rich sources of iron.
Vitamin C has immune-boosting properties and is especially an essential vitamin for athletes training outdoors because it prevents airborne viruses and common colds. Rich sources of Vitamin C are citrus fruits and strawberries, and vegetables like broccoli, cauliflower, and capsicum among others.
While Vitamin E does not improve overall athletic performance, it is an important antioxidant for athletes because it prevents oxidative cellular damage, reduces the risk of picking up viruses from public spaces, increases one's anaerobic threshold, lowers output of pentane and lactic acid, and eases muscle cramps that can happen during physical activity. Dark green leafy vegetables and fish or foods that contain fat are high sources of vitamin E.
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