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Oil Pulling - An Ancient Ayurvedic Practice

During ancient times an Ayurvedic practitioner would merely look at your tongue and diagnose any disease. Your tongue is actually a mirror of your overall health and well-being. A coated tongue is a sign of bad health. The pressure points of the vital organs of the body, such as kidney, stomach, liver, intestines, lungs, heart, pancreas and the spleen are mapped onto the tongue. Hence, your tongue can be used as a medium to eliminate toxins from the body. Ayurveda recommends two oral cleansing techniques (Oil Pulling) namely Kavala Gandusha and Kavala Graha. Kavala means the oral cavity. These cleansing techniques not only help in pulling out oral toxins but also help to eliminate toxins from the vital organs.

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Ghee - The Wonder FAT

Looking at the wondrous health benefits of ghee through an Ayurvedic lens will sound contradictory to the modern day belief that ghee is fattening and leads to heart problems. Ghee is an example of a saturated fat that is healthy and highly recommended in Ayurveda. However, Ayurveda recommends using “traditional ghee” for one and all, from infancy to old age. Traditional ghee is the one that our grandmothers churned from fresh cow’s milk as opposed to the ghee available in the market that are made from heated milk fat or hydrogenated oil. Ghee obtained from cow’s milk is considered the best.

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Childhood Obesity - A Modern Epidemic

In the past, a child’s cuteness quotient was associated with how round or chubby he was But in recent times, this cuteness quotient has been associated with a serious modern epidemic called Childhood Obesity (Sthaulya). This can be due to nutritional, genetic or lifestyle disorders. In Ayurveda it is classified as Ahara (Diet), Vichara (Mental Status), Vihara (Routine) and Bijadosha (Hereditary). This disorder can spill into adulthood and cause other complications like diabetes, heart diseases, and other cardiovascular disorders. According to WHO, childhood obesity has increased by about 60% in the last 20 years.

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Eating Along with the Cycles of Nature!!

The most simple, basic and never-followed the wisdom of nature is exercising the choice of food and lifestyle based on the changing rhythms of the seasons. The juncture of every season brings along with it certain diseases and imbalances during its transition from one season to another. Ayurveda recommends, making right food choices based on the dominant during that cycle. These doshas are responsible for the physical and emotional attributes in the human body. The combinations of these doshas within an individual determine the characteristics of that individual. Any imbalances in these doshas cause diseases. Just as every person is dominated by a dosha, every season is also dominated by a dosha.

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Triphala - The Wonder Mixture

Often times after food or sometimes even before food, our stomachs feel heavy and bloated. This triggers a feeling of lethargy. And often we keep binging on food when not hungry. Hence we tend to ignore our body’s intelligence, which keeps giving us signals that it cannot process any more food. This could be because of indigested food sitting in the digestive tract. This indigested food leads to build up of toxins in the body.

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