All posts tagged: superfood

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 – …

Bed-Time Golden Milk Tonic

Just like grandma used to cook up for you with love and foresight. This nightly sleep aid and anabolic tonic holds great wisdom, incorporating one of the most nourishing foods: cows milk, with the intelligence of natures herbs and spices. You’ll sleep like a baby and super charge overnight. Dreaming of a Good Night’s Sleep? If you are having trouble getting to sleep, waking up throughout the night, or any sleep disturbances, this Ayurvedic remedy will reduces your stress to allow you to switch off. Supersede the Stress Insomnia, which can increase the risk of most degenerative diseases,(1) is mostly caused by stress. When we are under stress, cortisol levels (stress fighting hormones), do not decrease, rather, they keep us revved up throughout the night, and we don’t have the energy to calm them back down. Modern science has once again proved ancient wisdom by showing milk has certain peptides that lower cortisol and support sleep by 50%(2). The improvements of sleep are remarkable: Promotes deeper sleep (3) Supports more restorative sleep (3) Provides relaxation …

Milk Rice – For Woman’s Health

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). Ingredients: serves one person White Rice Water Full cream, unhomogenised, Cows Milk. quantities vary on how much you want for the day. Method: Wash and soak rice (1 hour is enough). Boil rice in water. When thick foam gathers on to the top, strain and dispose the foam/water. (This removes the impurities from the rice). Close to when the rice is cooked, add milk with equal amount of water till the level of the liquid is approx.  2cm above the rice. Bring to the boil – take off – Serve. “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, 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 proble, which …

Ayurvedic Immunisation Over Vaccination For Babies

With the recent heat caused by Robert De Niro’s controversial anti-vaccine documentary Vaxxed: From Cover-Up To Catastrophe being pulled out of the Tribeca Film Festival, interest and suspicion has stirred up in the pharmaceutical vaccine industry. So in due course, I will share with you an Ayurvedic way of immunisation. Vaccinations are a very sensitive topic. I will not blab on about the pharmaceutical industry, only briefly talk about some of the science associated with vaccinations. What Is Actually In A Vaccination? Take away the propaganda, take away the new age jargon – just look at the science. Lets look at some of the ingredients of most vaccines: Formaldehyde (well known-carcinogenic) Aluminium (extremely toxic, known neuro-toxin) Thimerosal is a Mercury containing preservative Anti-Biotics Egg Protein – many vaccines are prepared using chicken eggs. Monosodium glutamate (MSG) other heavy metals, unknown elements, germs that were not intended to be there. These are put into a baby who has a weak and vulnerable immune system. This is further dangerous because injections bypass portals of immune defence to penetrate deeper into the body. If you were to take a bottle and fill it with these …

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 …

Ragi (Finger Millet) Porridge

What is Ragi? Ragi, also known as ‘finger millet’ is a popular cereal grown throughout Africa and Asia. It was introduced to India 4000 years ago and is grown in the Himalayas. It is generally purchased as a very fine pinky/brown flour which can be prepared as breads, dosas, porridges, puddings and cakes. It is an awesome and delicious flour in its own right. Properties of Ragi (Ayurvedic perspective) Rasa (Taste): Sweet Virya (Action): Heating Vipaka (Post-digestive effect): Sweet Qualities: Dry, Light Doshas: Balances Kapha, increases Vata and Pitta in excess. Medicinal Qualities Easy to digest Nourishing Treats high cholesterol, dull agni (digestive fire), diabetes, excess weight, and other excess kapha (mucus/fluid), (All millets have these actions.). Where do I get it? Raggi is not common in Australia (yet). You will find it in an Indian Grocery. RAGI PORRIDGE RECIPE PS. there is no chocolate, I swear, but it is tastier than chocolate, a little like a subtle cacao. The ragi roasted in ghee is what makes it look like melted chocolate. Gluten Free Serves 1 Ingredients: 2-3 tbsp …

The Lowdown On GHEE

What is Ghee? Ghee is the crown jewel that joins Ayurvedic medicine and Indian cooking. Ghee is clarified or purified butter. Butter is boiled in a specific way & the lactose components & milk solids are separated and strained to produce this concentrated golden substance, ghee. Hence, no-one is allergic to ghee. It’s a totally new product after the cooking process. Today’s western health scene is becoming aware and finally recognising the benefits of this “superfood,” that has been used in India for centuries. Let me explain the many benefits of using ghee in your everyday cooking… The History of Ghee For centuries it has been used as a cooking fat and a food ingredient, but true Ayurvedic tradition uses it in various medicinal preparations. It is still today used in ritual as an esteemed offering. The Rk Veda (a 3,500 year-old ancient Sanskrit scripture) says: This is the secret name of ghee: “Tongue of the gods” “Navel of immortality.” “Streams of ghee caress the burning wood.” “Agni, the fire, loves them and is satisfied.” This …