Author: Sujatha Reddy

Benefits of Eating Raw Foods

The human race learned long ago that cooking food before eating would protect from certain diseases. Since then this practice of cooking has grown to include all types of foods and is now considered an art. Very few meals are eaten which include raw elements, except for the leafy green salad. One advantage of eating raw is that it brings Nature’s intentions into focus. When I speak of eating raw I am referring to fruit, nuts, and vegetables, which taste good to the majority of humankind in their basic simplicity direct from tree, bush or vine. I realize it isn’t easy to simply abando...
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Emotional Eating

Emotional Eating Does Not Make You a Loser (But it will keep you from losing weight). My guess is that emotional eating haunts most women who are struggling with weight loss. It’s a major cause of diet failure (although we all know diets don’t really work anyway) and a huge contributor to weight gain. Stress eating, anxiety eating, boredom eating, frustration eating. Eating to soothe yourself, calm yourself, distract yourself or cheer yourself up—these are all forms of emotional eating. In a world where everything seems to move faster and faster and the demands and the to-dos just ...
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Effects of hot and cold foods on digestion

According to the ancient practice of Ayurveda all food is said to consist of different chemical compositions resulting in one of the six classified tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Each of these tastes is a combination of the five elemental mahabhutas – earth, water, fire, air and space. The great seers of Ayurveda proclaim the existence of certain sub phenomena upon consumption of each nutrient. These can be observed as Rasa or taste, Virya or power and Vipaka or digestive action. Virya or the power factor is the potency of the food in terms of two sensations...
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Relieve Stress Naturally with Aswagandha

Want to relieve stress naturally? Consider Ashwagandha, a type of Indian herb. Also known as Indian ginseng, ashwagandha has extraordinary stress-relieving properties. Its calming effects can be compared to those of traditional depression and anxiety treatments. Ashwagandha can help you to reduce or even avoid the use of often-harmful and over-prescribed pharmaceuticals. But that’s just one potential benefit. In addition to relieving stress, Ashwagandha has been shown to protect brains cells against the physiological damage that stress puts on your body. It’s been used for thousands of ...
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Seasonal Affective Disorder SAD

People who find they have mild to severe depression when the days grow shorter in fall and winter may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD) — sometimes called the winter blues. SAD is more common in women and in families where other members suffer from it. But it can also affect men and people of all ages, including children and teens, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). Very often, people with seasonal depression have at least one close relative with a psychiatric disorder, typically major depressive disorder or alcohol abuse. SAD symptoms most often emerge dur...
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Ayurvedic Cleanse for Balance

Imagine not taking your car for an oil change at least once a year even if you don’t drive it that much. Think of the congestion, accumulation, rust, breaking down over time, etc. And then imagine if on top of that you drive it into the ground with long trips, stop-and-start driving, neglect, no car-washes, or very little TLC. Like your car, your body will take misuse for a while and operate on very little. However, signs of disease and discomfort will start to show up and this is very stressful. In Ayurveda we focus on transformation rather than feeling stuck in old habits and patterns. Make ...
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Nasal Douche or Neti

Seasonal cleansing routines prevent many disease conditions. One of those is the cleansing technique for the nasal passage and sinuses. Neti, or Nasal irrigation, or nasal lavage or nasal douche, is a personal hygiene practice in which the nasal cavity is washed to flush out excess mucus and debris from the nose and sinuses. The practice is generally well-tolerated and reported to be beneficial with only minor side effects.Nasal irrigation in a wider sense can also refer to the use of saline nasal spray or nebulizers to moisten the mucous membranes. It should be practiced only in the mornin...
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