All posts tagged: detox

7 tips to avoid Ama over Christmas and the Silly Season

Festive season is here! and along with it an abundance of edible delights seem to be just about everywhere! It is hard not to over indulge and accumulate Ama, the toxic waste-product of incomplete digestion. Tempting sweets and mouth watering food platters that pull you in by the eyes and nose can lead you to over-eat and snack at irregular times, promoting the accumulation of Ama. Ama is a sticky, thick, mucus-like substance that if not cleaned out, will clog bodily channels and vitiate the “weak part” (Kavyaguna) in your body. Joints are typical weak spots, but the ama will vitiate different tissues and areas depending on the person. Some people may experience respiratory symptoms, constipation, gas, bloating, skin rashes or breakouts, congested lymphatic system, weight gain or stress. The accumulation of ama is the first of The Six Stages of Disease (Shat Kriya Kala) according to Ayurveda. After that, it will eventually manifest into disease and more full blown clinical features. This is the beauty of the prevention aspect of Ayurveda. It can detect …

The Vital Short Home Cleanse

5 Days to Revitalise Your Digestion, Metabolism, & Energy Levels A “DIY” Panchakarma Detox and Rejuvenation Program  burn toxins lose weight purify boost energy improve mood increase immunity health and longevity The Vital Short Home Cleanse (VSHC) is a short 5 day cleanse and detox designed for those who are ready to feel lighter, more energised and peaceful. It is appropriate for busy people who don’t have the time for Panchakarma (Ayurvedic detoxification and rejuvenation program) or a similar longer cleanse/retreat. The VSHC is a “DIY” (Do It Yourself) cleanse consisting of following a daily regimen, a simple and delicious diet protocol, taking a few herbal supplements and perhaps backing up a little from your regular life and giving more time to Yourself and rest. “DIY” entails that the results are based on the level of your compliance and dedication to the program. How far you take it is up to you. You can choose to retreat and reduce external stimuli to turn your senses inside out to feel the deeper parts of yourself. Or, on the other hand, you can integrate the VSHC at the same time as working full …

Feature Food: Banana (“Kadali”)

There are two species of Banana’s – Musa acuminata (the common fruit) and Musa balbisiana (plantain or green banana that’s used as a vegetable). Additionally there are hybrids and offsprings, but they all stem from these 2 original wild species. I will share the Ayurvedic view of the common Banana fruit (Musa acuminata), known as “Kadali” in Sanskrit. The Benefits: “Banana cures obesity, kapha, diseases of the vagina, causes constipation, improves colour and destroys poisoning.” (Lodhradi Gana).(1) Banana is a good remedy for depression and a great replacement to snacking on chocolate as a comfort food. When depression is caused by quality of dryness, bananas actually grant courage and fortitude.- (This does not mean to indulge in Banana when feeling down, eat everything in moderation). It mitigates Pitta due to sweet taste, however if eaten in excess can increase pitta. It increases stomach acid – beneficial for those with too little acid. High in Potassium – Potassium levels are important for those whose sodium/salt intake is high and for nerves and muscles. High in Vitamin B6 – …

Kanji (Rice Gruel) Recipe

Kanji is a well-cooked rice soup that is very easy to digest when a light meal is required (in the evening, or whenever agni/digestion is low). It is as nutritious as it is digestible and is very useful as a short-term diet to quickly clear undigested food from the system (a day of kanji or even one meal of kanji works wonders after any eating “mistakes”). Cooking Procedure: • Boil good white rice in a generous amount of water in an open pot (approx. 1/2 cup rice to seven cups water—adjust proportions according to need) • Cook until it gets a very fine, smooth structure and the rice is almost completely dissolved. • 10-15 minutes before it’s done, add a spoon of roughly crushed cumin seed and ajwain seed, with a little black salt for taste, or rock salt. • After cooking, can keep the kanji in a thermos so it is hot and ready to eat whenever you are hungry (kanji can be taken any time of day when you are hungry). This is a great food …

Ayurvedic Porridge (Quick Cooking Time)

Here is a simple, nourishing and nutritious meal that only a takes a few minutes to prepare, and you don’t have to be a kitchen wizard to prepare it. Sweet First In Ayurveda, sweet is the first taste to start the day and also to start a meal (yep, ‘desert’ is the first thing you eat in Ayurveda). After you have fasted for some time, whether it be overnight or in between meals, your hunger = strong agni (digestion and appetite). You need strong agni to digest the sweet taste because it is the heaviest taste due to the earth element being dominant. Further, the sweet taste kick starts the agni and stimulates saliva secretions (Bodhaka Kapha), to prepare your digestion for the meal and/or day ahead. This is why when you finish with sweet (common desert at the end of a meal), you keep wanting more… and then you’ll begin to feel very “full” and heavy. Recipe + Method Put ghee in a pot, let it heat. Add 1/3 – 1/2 cup of coarse semolina or oats or rice flakes …

7 Ayurvedic Super Foods

According to modern science, food nutritionists, food industry leaders and dieticians, so called “superfoods” aren’t exactly “super.” Wikipedia describes that “Superfood is a marketing term used to describe foods with supposed health benefits..” The European Union has even prohibited the marketing of products as “superfoods,” unless accompanied by a specific medical claim supported by credible scientific research.(1) Not particularly inspiring…so I will redefine the word from an Ayurvedic perspective. First of all, there is no need to exaggerate that foods are “super.” Whatever one uniquely needs will be their superfood. Additionally, everything is actually superfood if you know how to transform and use it. In general, for a food to be “super” it must: 1.Promote ‘Sattva’ – Sattva is a quality in us that translates to “purity.” If Sattva is increased, then so is our inner stillness, clarity of mind and contentment. Love radiates and flows back to us in abundance, while the hormone oxytocin (also known as the “bonding hormone”) is simultaneously secreting. Fresh, seasonal whole foods are predominately Sattvic, thus increases the Sattvic …

The Low Down on “Oil Pulling”

One of the finer crazes of the alternative/natural health scene today, Oil Pulling has been part of the Ayurvedic daily routine for thousands of years, and for many more reasons than just teeth-whitening and cosmetic benefits. In the Sanskrit, “Gandusha” means keeping the oil in the mouth, and “Kavala” means to swish it. Swishing oil in your mouth for 10-20 minutes daily claims to deliver a catalogue of health benefits: Oil pulling is clearly mentioned in the classic and most esteemed textbook of Ayurveda, the Caraka Samhita. Caraka says this about oil pulling: Keeping of oil gargle provides strength in jaws and voice, development of the face, maximum taste and relish of food. One does not suffer from dryness of throat, lip cracking and teeth become firmly rooted. The teeth do not ache or become sensitive and can chew the hardest food items. – Charaka samhita Ch V -78 to 80. Oral Health Numerous studies of modern science cites similar results supporting the original statement made by Caraka Samhita more than 3000 years ago. Modern …

Waning The Winter Woes

Become immune to the common cold or flu – Prevent it!, but if it does hit you, DO NOT resist it, rather, accept it, and apply some of the tactics listed in this article to actually make the flu work for you! In Australia we are now smack bang in the middle of winter, and so many people are getting the cold and flu symptoms. What Exactly Is The Flu? The flu is not a disease that calls for panic or that needs to be “treated”. The flu is a natural detoxification that the body’s intelligence wisely instigates to “clean the house” (the body). So do not suppress it! Your body “vents” (clears) toxins 24hrs a day, but sometimes (particularly as the seasons become colder) it gets overwhelmed and opens up all the vents for immediate clearing. This clearing comes in many forms: perspiration, breathing, sweating, rashes, diarrhea, colds, flus and so on. So we must facilitate this process of “cleaning the house” by allowing and assisting the toxins to be eliminated. Unfortunately people aren’t facilitating …