Shatavari is the elixir our nature has created for women. If you get bad premenstrual syndrome (PMS), suffer from PCOD/ PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids in uterus or breast, going through menopause or trying to conceive, Shatavari is your go to superfood. It also helps mothers post delivery to improve lactation and regulates hormones. Recent studies have shown that Shatavari contains phyto-estrogens, the precursors of estrogen.
Benefits of Shatavari:
1. Anti oxidant: Shatavari root contains anti oxidant that reduces cell damage by free radicals. It is beneficial as anti aging food product.
2. Acne treatment: Because of its coolant and bitter quality, it cleanses blood and cools our internal system that helps in recovering from acne.
3. Regulates hormones: Shatavari contains phyto-estrogen which helps in regulating hormones and reduces side effects of PCOD like hair fall, irregular menstruation cycle, weight gain and menopause symptoms.
4. Lactation Enhancement: It improves breast milk production and normal involution of uterus after delivery. Also its anti bacterial benefits helps mother and newborn
5. Immunity booster: Shatavari has phytochemicals called Saponins, which has anti bacterial and anti viral properties
6. Adaptogen: It has qualities that reduce stress toxic from the body.
Ayurvedic Properties of Shatavari:
Rasha (Taste)- Sweet, Bitter
Effect on Dosha: Tridosaha samak, Balances Vata, Pitta and Kapha
Veerya (Potency)- Cold
Vipaka (Post digestion juice)- Sweet
Dosage of powder- 3 to 6 gm in a day
When we talk about Ayurvedic diet, firstly it is important that people understand the benefits of eating regional or local food and according to season.
Ayurvedic diet vegetable- Turnip
Season of the vegetable- Winter
Latin name- Rapum
Hindi name- Shalgam
Ayurvedic Qualities (Dravya Guna)
Taste (Rasha)- Astringent, Pungent
Potency (Virya)- Hot
Digestive Juice (Vipaka)- Pungent
Texture Quality (Guna)- Rough and dry
Effect on dosha- Kapha decreases
Benefit of Turnip
1. Rich in Vitamin C- As lot of us face problems of cold and cough during winter, it is helpful in boosting immunity because of being rich in vitamin C
2. Rich in vitamin K- Good for people with diabetes as vitamin k helps in blood clotting which is mostly a concern with people who has diabetes. Therefore very useful as a part of diabetes diet
3. Turnip is diuretic in nature – It helps in reducing water retention. It is very useful to lower blood pressure and edema.
4. Helps in weight loss- Being astringent and pungent in nature, turnip improves metabolism and helps in reducing weight.
Therefore it is an essential part of Ayurvedic diet in winter- Eat Regional and Seasonal!
Detox is one of the most abused word today. People want to detox with powders, pills and something green to drink, without putting much thought to what detox actually suggest. What is exactly the right way to detox? To understand that we have to understand human body a bit scientifically.
In actual term, detox means cleansing. When one detoxes, they abstain themselves from eating certain food and engage into a systematic method to clean their system.
So drinking a green colour drink in the morning and then eating pizza at night is not detox. Human body is very smart when it come to detox. Our body part, especially liver is working 24/7 to cleanse our blood. The point is how we help our body to be more effective in doing what they do best.
Lets look at body parts, which actually work hard to detox our body.
1. Liver: The liver filter blood coming from the digestive tract, before passing it to the rest of the body. It also plays vital role in metabolism of fat, protein and carbohydrate.
2. Intestine: With secretion of bile toxic substances are transported into the small intestine and continue through the intestinal tract to exit the body in the stool.
Whatever can still be utilized from the alimentation, such as fiber, is broken down with the help of the intestinal micro flora, and is transported to the liver for detoxification.
3. Kidney: kidneys remove waste products and excess fluid from the body.
So when we talk about detox diet, we should eat food or do things that help these important body parts to do their job better. And avoid things that would restrict from smooth functioning of these natural processes.
What are food items that make a detox diet?
Water: Water should be first step towards cleansing your body. Drink 4-5 liters of water, preferably lukewarm. Add lemon, mint, fennel, rose, bishop weeds, fenugreek seeds, raw turmeric, pepper or ginger to improve digestion and metabolism
Fruits: Fruits that are rich on fiber like apple, papaya, pineapple, guava, sugarcane, and Indian gooseberry. Dry fruits like Figs and Munaka (Raisins with seeds) work as natural laxative.
Vegetables: Most Non-starchy seasonal vegetables are helpful as they are light in stomach and are packed with nutrients. Most vegetables are highly recommended in detox diet.
Jaggery: Jaggery works as a blood purifier. Eat a small piece after lunch.
Lemon: Lemon aids digestion. It helps in relieving excessive accumulation mucus and unwanted products from stomach.
Raw turmeric: Effective properties of turmeric that makes it sharp and penetrating in nature, helps to remove blocks in liver.
Garlic: Garlic has anti bacterial and anti fungal properties. Removes unwanted bacteria from intestine.
Dry Ginger Powder: Dry ginger powder is has anti-inflammatory properties. It improves digestive juices in body and helps in improving metabolism.
Few Tips for detox diet
Avoid Salt for a day: Help your kidney to flush excess water. Sodium retains water in our body. if we feel bloated or has eaten high sodium food, it is better to avoid salt for a day.
Drink water: On detox diet, drinking 4-5 liters of water is must.
Use Ghee as only source of fat: Ghee has the ability to improve metabolism, So it is important to have ghee during detox.
Sleep well: Nothing will work if you don’t get a good night sleep.
Sweat it out: Go and do whatever exercise is possible. Let the blood circulation work wonders.
Thyroid disorders are conditions that affect the thyroid gland. It is autoimmune disease. It produces hormones that control the speed of your metabolism -the system that helps the body use energy. Thyroid disorders can slow down (Hypothyroidism) or rev up (Hyperthyroidism) metabolism by disrupting the production of thyroid hormones. Hypothyroidism is more common, leads to storage of fat because of slow metabolism and causes weight gain. If Thyroid is not working properly, it is vital to check with your health care expert and at the same time as focus on the
Best Diet for Thyroid problems
In Ayurveda- When there is a shortage of Iodine in the diet for a long time, there is a permanent increase in the Thyroid gland called Galgand (Thyroid disease) According to Ayurveda, due to the imbalance or increase of vata, kapha and meda, accumulates around throat and arteries which leads production of cyst which gradually increases with its symptoms. Ayurvedic diet for Thyroid focuses on regulation of thyroid hormone and improving metabolism for better health. Diet for thyroid is about balancing dosha to reduce kapha and medha that will help in reducing fat from the body.
Ayurvedic Superfoods that helps in managing Thyroid disease:
- Kachnar Guggulu
- Sendha namak (Rock salt)
- Pipali (Long pepper)
- Pumpkin seeds
- Sea kelp
Food that is helpful in managing thyroid disease are foxtail millet, Pearl millet (Bajra), Barley (Jau), Sea fish, Ghee, seaweed, cashews, sesame seeds, water melon seeds, chickpeas, prunes and corns etc. Ayurvedic Soul Diet is the best platform guiding you to create the best diet for Thyroid problems. You have to simply follow the steps and guidelines to stay healthy and fit.
Gradually the temperature is coming down, taking along health with viral fever, cold, cough and allergies. Fasting and going through detox during seasonal change helps us rejuvenate our body and boost immune system. In Ayurveda it is mentioned that Vata diminishes and Pitta is in its aggravating stage in our body. Hence giving right nourishment and relaxation to our digestive system helps us overcome seasonal health problems. Also the right food and diet plan, which we have shared later, will help in reducing few extra kilos which has been stubbornly stuck to us.
Super foods to eat this Navratra:
1.Sweet Potato: Sweet potatoes contain unique proteins, called sporamins, which account for more than 80% of the total proteins. They have antioxidant properties and helps in relieving joint pain especially in winters.
2.Buckwheat: Commonly known as Kuttu ka atta, it is rich in flavonoids, particularlyÂ rutin. Flavonoids are phytonutrients that protect against disease by extending the action of vitamin C and acting as antioxidants. Also maintains blood flow and lowers blood pressure.
3.Sogo: Popularly known as Sabu dana, Ayurveda has used Sabu dana as medicine to cool body. As Pitta is high during this month, which means increase in digestive fire and production of excess bile which leads to acidity, Sabu danaâ€™s cooling properties helps alleviating the same.
4.Rajgira: Populary known as Amaranth has vitamin c to help boost immunity, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium and twice the amount of calcium as milk. It has lysine, an essential amino acid which helps in metabolizing fatty acids. It is easy to digest which helps our body during fasting.
5.Samak Chawal: It tastes very similar to rice and helps to satiate oneâ€™s rice craving. It is also called Barnyard grass and this rice is actually made from. Samak is high on digestive fiber and is low on calories and carbohydrate.
6.Lotus Seeds: In India we call it Makhanas, are good source of protein and calcium and have anti aging properties.
7.Seasonal Vegetables: It is always right to have vegetables and fruits which grow only during that particular season. So stick to Beet,Cabbage,Cauliflower,Lettuce, Radish,Turnip,Bananas,Apple, and Guava etc.
9 days Diet Plan:
Day1: Start your day by having 10-15 ml of ghee (if possible mixed with Triphala) and luke warm water empty stomach in the morning. Keep having luke warm water during the day. It will help in clearing your stomach through purgation and detoxifying digestive system. Have sabudana water during day and fruits. For dinner have sabudana kichri (Always try to have dinner between 6 pm- 7pm)
Day2: Fruits/coconut water/Rajgira chapattis with vegetable curry
Day3: Sweet potato/few nuts/ Jaggery Lassi/kuttu atta (buckwheat) chapattis and vegetables
Day4: Fruits/Yogurt/ sabudana Jaggery kheer /Samak rice/Paneer.
Day5: Fruits/Nuts/hung curd salad/Rajgira/ vegetables
Day6: Fruits/makhana and sweet potato jaggery kheer/Samak rice dosa with coconut chutney
Day7: Fresh fruit smoothie/nuts/Sabudana kichri
Day8: Sweet potato/Yogurt/Fruits/buckwheat/vegetables
Day9:when you break your fast go slow on eating Prasad. It is important to have Prasad but always start with small quantities as your body will not be use to heavy food