Here is a very simple recipe that is the prescribed diet during the Banana Treatment.
This is also recommended for woman to eat during their menstrual cycle to balance gynaecological health, particularly in cases of dysmenorrhea (painful menstruation).
serves one person
- White Rice
- Full cream, unhomogenised, Cows Milk.
- quantities vary on how much you want for the day.
- Wash and soak rice (1 hour is enough).
- Boil rice in water until cooked.
- Strain and wash the cooked rice. This removes the impurities and makes the rice light.
- With the cooked strained rice in the pot, add equal amounts of milk and water, till the level of the liquid is approx. 2cm above the rice.
- Cook again. (You can also add everything in the beginning (rice, water, milk) & cook all together till the rice is very well cooked. The end result should be nice & soupy, not dry.
- Bring to the boil - take off the stove and - Serve.
- Milk Rice has to be made fresh daily / can keep it warm in a thermos (never reheat).
"But I Don't Do Dairy"
It is important to have even a little cows milk with the milk rice during the BT. If you do not want any milk at all, that is also fine, have plain rice.
If the reason for avoiding milk is a dairy intolerance, just avoiding heavy-to-digest proteins like milk will not fix the underlying problem, which is a weak digestive fire (agni). Take a steps action to re-balance your digestion, then slowly introduce the foods in the right way. Contact Me for a consultation to dig deeper into what is going on and get back on track towards optimal digestion.
Guidelines for Banana Treatment Diet:
- On the days of taking the Banana Medicine, one should not take any medications, herbs, dietary supplements etc. – if you have an issue or query with this, contact me or the Vaidya.
- The banana herbs should be taken on a completely empty stomach. If you are taking the morning dose of Banana Medicine, you should not consume any food, herbs, or medications etc. that morning. Only plain water is allowed.
- 1 hour before taking the medicine the patient should completely fast (no food, water etc.).
- It is important to swallow the banana piece whole – Do not chew it or allow it to touch your teeth.
- 1 -2 hours after taking the medicine the patient should completely fast (no food, water etc.). After this, the first thing the patient should eat is milk rice (see recipe below).
- Do not talk for 30 minutes before you receive the banana herbs or 30 minutes afterward. Results are more powerful with inward attention and silence during this time.
- Every meal during the BT should be “milk rice”. If you have trouble digesting cows milk, try a smaller quantity raw or unhamogensied cows milk boiled. If this is still uncomfortable, you may have plain white rice only.
- Rarely people feel aversion to eating milk rice every meal. If this happens, and you really cannot tolerate it, have milk rice or plain white rice for the first meal (after taking the BT), then for the meals after that you may add a little cinnamon in the milk rice to add some flavour and reduce the aversion. Note that this is not ideal and for full benefits of the BT. Plain milk rice is best ruing menstruation cycle. You can also have fresh, simple food throughout if you are really struggling with diet (see diet below on next bullet point).
- Women who are post-menopause or men who are taking BT have much more leniency with the diet. You can eat normal light food throughout the BT. It is recommended to have milk rice after taking the BT, then you may have normal light food for other meals but aim to keep it as simple as possible (not heavily spiced, flavoured etc.).
- Continue sipping hot water frequently during the BT days to help remove the toxins more thoroughly.
Aeroplane travel will surreptitiously “suck the life out of you.” It sucks all the moisture out of your body.
With the humidity level in the cabins of most commercial aeroplanes at just 10-20%, and some even as low as 1%!(1), this makes aeroplanes drier than the Sahara Desert! which sits at about 25% humidity.
Take a good look at yourself in the mirror after travelling, especially if you travel a lot. If you are slightly in tune with your body, you will probably realise how much aeroplane travel accelerates your ageing process.
You may be surprised to learn the many risks associated with air travel.
For example, one study shows how bacteria can stay alive and continue to be infectious for more than a week on the armrests, seat pockets, seats and bathroom doors of commercial aircrafts. The dry air is said to contribute to their extra-long life on aeroplanes. (2)
That’s not to mention the health risks associated with jet lag, dehydration, swelling and fatigue.
Altitude Shock = Dehydration & Dryness
Ever wonder why it is so easy to fall asleep in a plane? It is likely because the oxygen has been literally sucked out of your brain as the cabin is being pressurised.
When people flock to mountain towns to hike, ski or for leisure, it is very common for them to get altitude sickness. Even fit athletes who train at altitude can tell the difference when they climb to 3,000 meters. In a plane, this altitude change happens in just a couple of minutes!
Dehydration and body dryness is the most instant result of altitude shock.
If you are flying a lot and your body is repeatedly put through such drastic altitude changes, the effects become chronic. Chronic sub-clinical dehydration will first dry out the outer skin and then dry out the skin associated lymph beneath the skin. When this dries out, lymphatic flow is hampered, compromising its function of draining toxins and circulating white blood cells around the body for immunity.
The good news is, I’ve compiled some effective strategies to buffer these risks. Incorporating just a few simple tips to your air travel routine will help lessen the impact of flying and help you feel more vibrant during and after your trips.
Air Travel Survival Tools
For 1-2 days before you fly, make every effort to drink plenty of warm-hot water. Approximately 2-3L depending on your body weight. Fresh coconut water is also recommended if in season and local.
On the day of your flight, sip hot water every 10-15 minutes to help further hydrate and support the lymphatic system.
This will not only counter the dryness but effectively move the lymph and circulate blood. Continue to topically apply oil as a moisturiser on the flight.
Pack a little Ghee as lip balm, or use the massage oil.
Used by Himalayan mountain climbers to gain energy for climbing at heights above 6,000 meters and to help oxygenate at high altitudes. The active ingredient of this ancient herb, Fulvic acid, has now been found by scientists to support oxygen and energy transport. Consider taking this herb around travel days.*
* It is best to take herbs in a therapeutic combination rather than by itself. If taking by itself, have 1 day break every 7 days. Consult an Ayurvedic practitioner for a proper formulation and prescription.
Pitta body types take caution as Shiljait is very heating and may aggravate Pitta.
The Journal of Environmental Health Research reported that air travel increases the risk of catching a cold by 100 times because of the recycled air.
While exposure is unavoidable, we can increase our immunity and decrease our susceptibility.
Air Travel Survival Tools
My most prized aeroplane survival tool.
Nasya is an Ayurvedic technique which involves lubricating the nasal passages (responsible for immunity).
Oil to use: Vital Veda/Raju Nasika herbalised oil formula is superior. Inferior but still effective is Anu Tailia or cold pressed sesame oil.
Method: Tilt the head back and drop 1-3 drops in each nostril every hour so. The aim is to sniff it through the entire nasal passages, and even further up to your brain.
Also pop a couple of drops in your ears to deal with cabin pressure.
Immune Boosting Rasayana (Elixir)
Ananda Siddhi Yog
Highly nourishing to the body and boosts immunity, strengthens and repairs all the seven layers of the dhatus (tissues) and gives all the refined nourishment you need for rapid healing. Very good for chronic coughs (strengthens the lungs) and restores physical vitality.
This is superior to Chywanprash.
Take 1 tsp 1-2x/day. Contact Vital Veda to order.
This trusted and popular Ayurvedic formula supports immunity. This is a classic remedy for supporting frequent travellers and mitigating your risk of catching a cold during a flight.
*Please buy a quality product from a trustworthy source such as Vital Veda or Maharishi Ayurveda.
Imagine air-lifting a dolphin from the Tasman Sea off the coast of Sydney, Australia to the Indian Ocean by Singapore in just 8 hours. Then, after a quick layover, air-lift that same dolphin to the harbour in Hong Kong in 4 hours.
Would you expect that dolphin to ever re-establish normal migration patterns? If so, how long do you think it might take?
For humans too, this disruption of the body’s normal biological rhythms is very real.
Jet lag can cause fatigue and lead to cognitive decline, sleep issues, and even psychotic or mood disorders.
Air Travel Survival Tools
Daily Ayurvedic Massage
Since your skin has more nerve endings than any other organ, applying herbalised oil will pacify the nervous system. Every square centimetre of the body’s skin is innervated by sensory neurons. These neurones are much happier when fed with herbalised oil, rather than left dehydrated to become irritated and over-stimulated. Learn to do self-massage.
Watch the Sunrise & Sunset
Watch the sunrise and sunset to re-connect with the local circadian cycles. Natures rhythms will enter through the retina of your eyes to regulate hormones like melatonin.
Even if it means pulling yourself out of bed, it’s worth it, and beautiful.
Considered by many to be one of the most potent adaptogens, this herb supports the body’s ability to adapt to stress like that incurred by jet lag and prevent you from absorbing the crippling impact.
It is best to take herbs in a therapeutic combination rather then by it self. If taking by itself, have 1 day break every 7 days. Consult a quality Ayurvedic practitioner. I recommend the product Stresscom as a good source of ashwagandha.
20 million travellers will develop blood clots, or deep vein thrombosis (DVT) a year.(3)
The risk factors seem to be a combination of sitting still for hours in a pressurised cabin, lymph congestion and dehydration.
Air Travel Survival Tools
Get Up and Move Regularly During Long Flights
- Walk up and down the aisles more
- Yoga Asanas - find a more spacious place to do stretches - I usually go near the bathroom, back or front of a section, near the staff stations, exit rows, rows with more leg room, empty business class areas, or my favourite, the muslim praying area.
- Stretch your neck, rotate ankles, wrists, as much as you can while sitting.
If DVT is an issue for you, it is important to consult a practitioner to tackle this problem. More complex herbs and treatment are required to dilate the channels.
Rest As Mentioned Above
Airline cabins range from 75 decibels in the front of the plane to 85 to 100 in the back. A loud nightclub, for example, roars at about 100 decibels. The Institute for Occupational Safety and Health limits safe noise levels to 88 decibels for four hours. This suggests that there is potential risk of permanent hearing damage during frequent flights that last longer than four hours.
Air Travel Survival Tools
Noise Reduction Headphones
If you are a frequent traveller, consider a set of noise reduction headphones, which reduce noise by about 40 decibels.
Nasya in the Ears
Pop a couple of Nasya oil drops in your ears before flying. Hold the head on each side for about a minute for the oil to sink down deep down into the eardrum.
Very common due to jet lag, altitude shock and dehydration.
Mainly caused by congested lymph.
Causative factors of lymph congestion are almost all of the idea discussed above, particularly:
- Constipation dries out the lymph concentration on the gut wall.
- Altitude shock affects cellular pressure, which is responsible for lymph movement.
- Sitting still for hours may congest the lymph as their is no movement to pump the lymph and regulate the circulatory system.
- Dehydration directly affects lymph flow.
- Jet lag creates stress on the body, which is a major cause of lymph congestion.
Air Travel Survival Tools
Tripahla is a natural bowel toner that supports regular bowel movements. It can be used for short periods of time around travels without dependency. available at Vital Veda.
*Not necessary if you are taking “Shodana Vati.”
Sip Hot Water Frequently
Ensure you have a thermos with you to keep refilling. You’ll make best friends with the flight attendant and perhaps contribute to the revolution of drink hot water rather than cold.
Since the Vata dosha gets mostly thrown out during travel, a Vata tea can assist in balancing. My favourite Vata tea is from Moksha Ayurveda.
Due to the harsh environment of an aeroplane, meditate as much as you like! It will buffer against jet lag, provide deep rest, and get you through the flight a lot more joyfully. Vedic Meditation is recommended.
Avoid Caffeine and Alcohol
These only dehydrate you further while in the flight.
Tongue Scraper and Herbal Toothpaste
Don’t forget these in your carry on luggage for long flights to scrape away the ama (toxins).
My on-board travel kit. Also includes a thermos and some Vata tea bags.
Don’t just Arrive Alive, Arrive and Thrive!
(1) Robert Haru Fisher, http://www.frommers.com/articles/4606.html
(3) “The Lancet,” New Zeland, 2003.
Credits: Dr. John Doulliard, Lifespa.com