NETI

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Neti is a main part of shatkarma, this is the yogic system of internal body cleansing techniques. Neti is a process of cleansing and purifying the nasal passages internally. This Practice include two main variants: jala neti and sutra neti.

JAL NETI

(Nasal cleansing with water)

Preparation:

A special neti lota, neti pot should be used. The lota may be made of plastic, pottery, bras or any other metal which doesn’t contaminate with water. The nozzle on the end of the spout should fit comfortably into the nostril so that the water doesn’t leak out. Even a tea pot may be used if the tip of the spout is not sharp. The water should be at body temperature and mixed with rock salt or saindhav lavan in the proportion of one teaspoonful per half liter of water. The addition of salt ensures the osmotic pressure of the water is equal to that of the body fluid, thereby minimizing any irritation the mucous membrane .If a painful or burning sensation is felt it is an indication that there is either too little salt in water.

Stage 1. Washing the nostrils

Fill the neti pot with the prepared salt water .Stand comfortably, legs apart, with the body weight evenly distributed, and bend forward. Close the eyes and relax the whole body .Tilt the head to one side .Start breathing through the mouth .Slowly insert the nozzle into the uppermost nostril. Tilt the neti pot in such a way that water runs gently into the nostril and not down to the face .Adjust the body position to enable the water to pass out through the other nostril.

Stage 2.Drying the nostrils

Stage erect.

Close the right nostril with the right thumb and breathe in and breathe out through the left nostril 10 times in quick succession, assert exhalation as in kapalbhati pranayama. Repeat through the opposite nostril, with the left nostril closed.

Bend forward from the waist so that the trunk is horizontal .Repeat the same process as described above but tilt the head to the right, closing the right nostril. Repeat again, tilting the head to the left and closing the left nostril with the help of left thumb. Finally repeat again with the head centered, breathing thoroughly with both nostrils. This will help to drain trapped water from the sinus cavities.

Stand erect with the feet apart .Close the right nostril and exhale forcefully while bending forward rapidly from the waist .Inhale normally while returning to the upright position .Repeat 5 to 10 times .Repeat with the right nostril open an then with both nostrils open.

Sequence:

Jala neti is ideally practiced in the morning before pranayamas and asanas. However, if required, it may be performed at any time except just after meals.

Contra-indications:

Those people who suffer from chronic bleeding in the nose should not do jala neti without expert advice .Those who consistently have great difficulty passing water through the nose may have an anatomical deformity and should seek expert advice.

Benefits:

Jala neti removes mucus and pollution from the nasal passages and sinuses, allowing air to flow without obstruction .It helps prevent respiratory tract diseases such as asthma, pneumonia, bronchitis, and pulmonary tuberculosis. It helps to cure seasonal allergies ,cold and sinusitis ,together with disorders of the ears ,eyes and throat ,including myopia ,allergic rhinitis ,hay fever ,some types of deafness such as glue ears ,tonsillitis(inflammation of the tonsils most commonly caused by viral or bacterial infection ) and inflammation of the adenoids and mucus membranes. It relieves muscular tension of the face, nervous tics, and Bell’s palsy and helps the individual to maintain a fresh and youthful appearance.

SUTRA NETI

(Nasal cleansing with thread)

Preparation:

This practice involves passing a length of cotton thread through the nose .In ancient time, a specially prepared cotton thread was used .Several strands were tightly wrapped together and dipped in hot and melted wax. The width was about 4mm and the length 36 to 45cm.

The practice is more conveniently performed by using a thin rubber catheter lubricated with butter or oil so that it slides easily through the nasal passage .The size of the catheter depends on the individual nasal passage but sizes 4,5 or 6 are generally used.

Technique:

Take any comfortable standing or sitting position .Relax the whole body. Gently insert the narrow end of the catheter or waxed end of the thread into whichever nostril is flowing more freely and smoothly .As the thread is inserted twist it so that it enters the nostril without friction .Always keep the tip pointing downward towards the floor of the nose .Never push it straight up. When the thread reached the back of the throat, insert the index fingers, into the mouth .Pull the catheter or thread gently and slowly out through the mouth, leaving a few inches of thread hanging out of the nose .This action may cause retching at first but with practice it will become easier .Hold each end of the catheter using the fingers, very slowly pull it backward and forward, no more than 15 times on the first attempt. Remove it gently through the nose and repeat the sutra neti with the opposite nostril.

Sequence:

Sutra neti should be performed before jala neti as it will flush out all the impurities and particles in the nose which have been dislodged by sutra neti.

Contra-indications:

Those people who suffering from the chronic nose bleeding should not do sutra neti .Anyone with polyps, nasal ulcers and severe malformations of the turbinate or nasal septum should first seek the advice of ayurvedic or yogic doctor.

Benefits:

Benefits are the same as for the jala neti .In addition ,however, sutra neti can rectify the problem of deviated nasal septum .If any or both nostrils are not flowing freely due to either fleshy outgrowths or deformed bone, the regular friction of sutra neti causes these blockage  to disappear within a few weeks.

THE APRICOTS

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The Apricots are absolutely delicious fruit. Intake of Apricots can be in two different forms- 

  • FRESH WET FORM– Directly from the tree.
  • DRY FORM- After drying of the fresh fruit in sun
  • 175 degrees Fahrenheit  or 79 degree Celsius will work well for drying up the apricots.

It is the national fruit of Armenia, mostly it’s grown in the Ararat plain. It is often depicted on souvenirs.

SUN DRIED APPRICOTS-

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION-

SCIENTIFIC NAME-  Prunus armeniaca

HIGHER CLASSIFICATION- Plum

CONSERVATION STATUS- Endangered (Population is decreasing)

FAMILY-  ROSACEAE (ROSE FAMILY)

COMMON NAME-  Apricot

Hindi name-  Khubani, Khumani

Kannada- Aepricot, Jaradaalu

Ladhaki- Chuli

Sanskrit- Urumana

Urdu- Khubani, Maghz badam shirin

Manipuri- Malhei 

It is a small tree.

HEIGHT of tree- 8–12 meter (26–39 feet) tall

Height of trunk- 40 centimeter (16 inch) in diameter with a dense, spreading canopy.

LEAVES- Shape- Ovate and 5–9 centimeter (2.0–3.5 in)in Length and 4–8 cm (1.6–3.1 in) width, base is round and tip is pointed with finely serrated margin.

FLOWERS-  2–4.5 centimeter (0.8–1.8 in) in diameter, with 5 white- pinkish petals. In Early Spring they are produced singly or in pairs before the leaves.

FRUIT- It is drupe having similarity with small peach and having a diameter of 1.5–2.5 cm (0.6–1.0 in)  (sometimes its larger in some modern cultivars)

Color– yellow to orange, often tinged red when ripened by exposure to the sun

Surface– Smooth (botanically called as: glabrous) or Velvety touch with very short hairs (botanically called pubescent).

Flesh- Firm and not very juicy

Taste- Ranges from sweet to tart.

SEED- Single seed is enclosed in a hard or stony shell called a “stone” or “kernel“. The texture is grainy, smooth texture exception is the three ridges running down one side.

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

  • Nutrients- It is enriched with carbohydrate, it is good source of fibers, protein, minerals & vitamins.
  • It is very rich in bioactive phytochemicals that have certain roles
  • In  the  biological  system  and shows some effects in  prevention of  Oxidative stresses.
  • It carries a reasonable amounts of dietary fiber as it provides necessary roughage and bulk to the food.
  • It stimulates normal gastric mobility thus preventing constipation.
  • Soluble fiber present in it helps to lowers blood cholesterol.
  • It maintains  blood  sugar  level  and  helps  in reducing body  weight.
  • Essential  minerals- Major  elements are potassium,  phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, iron & selenium, while sodium,  manganese, zinc  and  copper  are  also  present  in  small amounts
  • Vitamins- pro- vitamin A, vitamins C, K, E, thiamin (B1), riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3), pyridoxine(B6), folic  acid  (B9)  and  pantothenic  acid.
  • Organic  acids – malic  acid, tartaric, succinic,
  • oxalic,  galacturonic,  quinic,  malonic,  acetic  and  fumaric
  • Phytochemicals- Its fruit contains following Phytochemicals-  aspolyphenols  (phenolic  acids  and flavonoids)  and carotenoids.
  • Phenolic compounds- It plays an important role for the living system. The polyphenols and carotenoids are present in Apricots.

MEDICINAL BENEFITS-

They are small but having mouthwatering Flavor and enriched with nutrition and Boost up your digestive Health.

  • They are highly nutritious and low in calories
  • Enriched with essential vitamins and minerals.
  • Full of Antioxidants
  • It promotes your eye health i.e. because of  Vitamin A(Prevents Night blindness) and Vitamin E(Fat soluble antioxidants that enters directly and protect from free radicals)
  • Due to presence of Vitamin A and C this fruit gives you natural glow i.e. boost up your skin health.
  • Promotes your gut health.
  • High potassium content is found in Apricots which lowers your Blood pressure hence preventing heart attacks.
  • It hydrates your body as it is having high water content.
  • It protects your liver from oxidative stress and prevents the Liver damage.
  • Good choice for diabetics as they are quite low in calories and dietary fiber present in it can regulate the blood sugar level.
  • It fights against inflammation so it is helpful in Irritable Bowel Disease and Ulcerative Colitis.
  • It can ease the symptoms of accumulation of fat in the liver or in case of Fatty liver.
  • The fiber content in the Apricot fruit lowers the levels of cholesterol and prevents your heart-related diseases like atherosclerosis.
  • Good source of iron content in this fruit can be used as a preventive measure against Anemia.
  • Nutrients that are present in this fruit stimulates certain brain cells (known as tanycytes) which make us feel full and control your appetite which further aids in Weight loss and maintain good metabolism.
  • It is full of nutrient so can be used during pregnancy in a moderate amount.
  • This fruit is good for your Bone health as it is rich in Calcium, potassium and other minerals.
  • It aids in Respiratory problems like Cold, Flu, Asthma etc.
  • It is used to treat skin disorders and delay the Signs of ageing.

DRAGON‌ ‌FRUIT‌

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What is Dragon Fruit?

Dragon Fruit is a Unique fruit with Unique name and having Unique Taste.

It commonly grows in a climbing cactus known as hylocereus (“hyle,” means “woody,” and  “cereus,”  means “waxen.”). It is commonly known as the white fleshed Pitaya or Pitahaya from the family Cactaceae.

From some reports it is indigenous to the America but still the native of this species is never been resolved.

CULTIVATION- Mostly in Southeast Asia, India, United States, the Caribbean, Australia Mesoamerica and throughout tropical and subtropical world regions.

BOTANICAL DESCRIPTION-

STEM- scandent (climbing habit), creeping, sprawling or clambering & branched profusely. There can be 4–7 of them, between 5 and 10 m or longer, with joints from 30–120 cm or longer, and thickness of 10–12 cm with generally 3 ribs

Margins- corneous (horn-like)and undulate with age.

Areoles- It is the small area that is bearing spines or hairs on a cactus, are 2 mm across with internodes 1–4 cm. Spines on the adult branches are 1–4 mm long,  acicular (needle-like) to almost conical and color is grayish brown to black and with a deep green epidermis and spreading.

Flowers- Scented, nocturnal flowers, Length- 25 to 30 cm, Width- 15 to17 cm with the pericarpel-  2.5 to 5 cm long.

Colour of flower – greenish-yellow or whitish, rarely rose-tinged; inner tepals are lanceolate (tapering to a point at the tip) to oblanceolate or pointed at the base.

Stamens- 5 to10 cm long, are declinate, inserted in one continuous zone from throat to 35 mm above the pericarpel and cream. The style (bearing the stigma) to 17, they are 5 to 24.5 cm long, stout, 6 to 8 mm thick, cream, and up to 26 stigma lobes, they can be whole or sometimes split at the top, cream and about 25 mm in length.

Fruit oblong to oval with Magenta Exterior and white or purple flesh

Size-  6 to12 cm long, 4 to 9 cm thick, red with large bracteoles, having white pulp and edible black seeds.

SCIENTIFIC NAME- Selenicereus undatus

FAMILY-  Cactaceae

VERNACULAR NAMES-

  • English- Pitahaya, dragon fruit, Night blooming cereus, Strawberry pear, Belle of the Night, Cinderella plant, Jesus in the cradle, moonflower.
  • Dansk: Dragefrugt
  • French: Pitaya, fruit du dragon, poire de chardon
  • German: Drachenfrucht
  • Greek: fruto tu draku
  • Hawaiian: panini-o-ka-puna-hou or Punahou cactus.
  • Japanese: Pitaya (ピタヤ), Dragon fruit (ドラゴンフルーツ),
  • Korean: Yong-gwa (용과, 龍果)
  • Portuguese: pitaia, cato-barse, cardo-ananaz,rainha da noite
  • Spanish: Pitahaya roja (Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico, Venezuela); flor de caliz, pitajava (Puerto Rico); junco, junco tapatio, pitahaya orejona, reina de la noche, tasajo (Mexico)
  • Swedish: skogskaktus, röd pitahaya
  • Vietnamese: thanh long
  • Thai: แก้วมังกร (kaeo mangkon)
  • Malay: buah naga. pronounce:boo-ah naa-gaa
  • Italian: Pitahaya, Frutto del Drago
  • Bengali: ড্রাগন ফল or dragon fal
  • Lithuanian: kertuotis

NUTRITIONAL CONTENTS OF THE FRUIT-

  • It is enriched with vitamin C and antioxidants that are good and boost up your immune system.
  • Iron is very important for moving  the oxygen throughout your body and further  raises your energy levels.
  • It is enriched with iron thus helps to maintain iron levels in the body and vitamin C helps in iron absorption in the body.
  • Rich in Healthy Fibre, protein, low fat and cholesterol free.

AYURVEDIC VIEW-

Pitaya or Dragon Fruit is juicy and Bright colored

RASA or TASTE- Sweet taste

It can be described as a cross between a kiwi, a pear and a watermelon.

Seeds- Nutty flavor

By looking at its properties and taste it Pacifies the Pitta Dosha in the body.

Deepana and Pachana- It enlightens the digestive fire and helping in overall health.

MEDICINAL BENEFITS-

  • Weight loss-  If you are someone who is fed up of extra fat in our body and become healthy, You should add on this fruit to your diet. This fruit can be added to your diet as it is having low calorie
  • It is a good source of fibre making you will feel full for a long time and overeating would be Avoided.
  • Pregnancy- It is a good source of iron and thus helps in prevention against the anemia in pregnancy.
  • Inflammation- Pitaya benefit you in chronic pain as it contains anti-inflammatory properties, thus helps in getting rid of inflammation.
  • Skin Health- Fruits and nuts are great sources to improve your skin quality. Some essential nutrients like Vitamin-C and Antioxidants present in this fruit benefits your skin to get relief from pimples, fine lines, age spots, acne, and wrinkles
  • The Antioxidants help to unclog your pores, repair damaged cells, and thus giving you a natural glow.
  •  Blood sugar level: If you are a Diabetic then add on this fruit to your diet as it improves your Blood Sugar level.
  • Immunity Booster: It is a rich source of Vitamin C and antioxidants. Health-related problems can be prevented by the use of this fruit as it boosts up your immunity.
  • ANTI CANCEROUS- This fruit contains Lycopene antioxidant which is known to prevent the cancer. This antioxidant helps to reduce the free radicals that leads to cancer problem.
  • Digestive Health- In Ayurveda it is said that all the disease are produced by the decrease in digestive fibre i.e. almost all diseases are related to your guts health. This fruit benefits to improve your gut health because it is a good source of fibre and fibre helps to improve digestion. If you are suffering from irregular bowel, definitely add this fruit in your diet.
  •  Cardiovascular health: This fruit benefits you to prevent the chances of a heart attack and stroke. Further it helps to improves your cardiovascular health leading to prevention against the cardiovascular diseases.
  • The fruit is having tiny seeds which are a good source of omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Omega-3 fatty acids help to improve your blood circulation and thus reducing the risk of blood flow.

Muscular Dystrophy

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Muscular dystrophy is a group of muscular diseases in which weaken our muscle and loss of muscle mass. This weakness is due to the lack of a protein called dystrophin, which is necessary for normal muscle function. When absence of protein in muscles, some problems can occur in walking, swallowing, and muscle coordination. Muscular dystrophy can occur at any age, but mostly occur in childhood.

Acc. to Ayurveda, muscular dystrophy is due to imbalance of vata dosha. Acharyas consider this condition as Adibala-pravrit (disease that occurs by defects in shukra i.e. spermatozoa and shonita) with Mamsagata Vata (Vata dosha vitiation in Mamsa dhatu) due to Srotorodha (obstruction in tissue microchannels).

There is reduction of Dhatvagni (metabolism) increases the ama (toxins) formation, followed by vitiation of Kaphadosha. While Srotoavrodha produces hypertrophy in particular region, Vata is manifested first as Prakopa (vitiation) and then depletion occurs.

Clinical features

In ayurveda,

  • Mamsakshaya of sphik (muscle wasting of thigh)
  • Mamsasphik, uru, janghavrudhi (hypertrophy of muscles of thigh, chest, abdomen and hip)
  • Gurugatrata (heaviness of muscles)
  • Adhimamsa (hyperplasia of muscle)
  • Prabhrutayomamsadoshaja (inflammation of necrosis of muscle)

In Modern,

  • Abnormality walking
  • Flaccid muscles
  • Muscle weakness
  • Loss of muscle
  • Permanent shortening of muscle
  • Delayed development or learning disability
  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Constantly walking on tip toe
  • Constipation
  • Difficulty swallowing, fatigue, scoliosis, or shallow breathing

Causes

  • Muscular dystrophy is caused by defects in some genes, with type determined by the abnormal gene.
  • It is also caused by mutations on the X chromosome.
  • Muscular dystrophy is due to a different set of mutations, but all prevent the body from producing dystrophin. Dystrophin is a protein essential for building and repairing muscles.

In Ayurveda, it is mainly caused due to vitiation of Beeja Bhaga Avayava, Specifically matruja beeja bhaga Avayava dushti. As mamsa Dhatu is originated from Matruja BhavaAdhibala pravruttha Vyadhi is a kind of Adhyatmika Vyadhi, Caused due to vitiation of Shukra and shonita which in turn leads to vitiation of Beeja Bhaga and Beeja Bhaga Avayava Dusti leads to manifestation of Muscular Dystrophy.

Management

According to Ayurveda, the drugs possessing properties like Medhya (memory boosting), Balya (strenthening), Rasayana (rejuvenative), Agnivardhana (digestive & carminative) & Vatadoshahara are administered both internally and externally as a principle guideline for nourishment, followed by strengthening and rejuvenation of mamsadhatu.

Merits and Demerits of Mouthwash

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Mouthwash is beneficial for your mouth.

Oral hygiene is necessary to keep the mouth healthy. To keep the mouth healthy, brushing is necessary. Along with brushing, when you use the mouthwash, it helps to keep the gums healthy with the teeth. Excessive use of mouthwash can be harmful for you. Because it contains some things that can harm you. Mouthwash is beneficial, but do not use it in place of anything. By the way, mouthwash is used to relieve bad breath and many times you are advised to use mouthwash to get rid of gums problem.

Benefits of Mouthwash

  • To remove cavity
  • To overcome the problem of gums
  • To remove bad breath
  • Prevention of mouth ulcers

Cavity removal: Mouthwashes help to remove cavities. Gargling with mouthwash does not keep bacteria in the mouth and does not cause pain in the teeth. If you have fluoride in your mouthwash, it is beneficial for you. Using mouthwash containing fluoride prevents your teeth from cavity.

To overcome the problem of gums: Mouthwashes help to keep your gums healthy. Some bacteria remain hidden in the gums even after brushing, due to which the problem of gums and swelling occurs. These bacteria hidden in the gums help in removing the mouthwash.

Removing Bad Breath: Most people use mouthwash to help relieve bad breath. It removes the bad smell of the breath by destroying the odor-causing bacteria in the mouth.

Mouth ulcer prevention: Mouthwash prevents ulcers along with relieving pain caused by mouth ulcers. When you use non-alcoholic mouthwash, it removes the ulcer and its pain as soon as possible.

Use of mouthwash is beneficial for your mouth. Many things present in mouthwash help to keep your mouth healthy.

There are many of us who use liquid mouth freshener after regularly brushing teeth for oral cleansing and care. But you will be surprised to know that using more mouth freshener can prove to be dangerous for health. Like most toothpastes, some mouthwashes use sodium lauryl sulfate to clean teeth and eliminate bad odor in the mouthwash. The excessive use of which reduces the production of nitric oxide in the mouth and it worsens the metabolism of the body, which increases the risk of serious illness like diabetes to a great extent. Increased risk of diabetes A report has claimed that people who use mouthwash at least 2 times a day have a 55% increased risk of diabetes compared to others. Research has proved that mouthwash or any chewing gum is not required in 80 percent of cases.

The main reason for bad odor is bacteria which is present in your tongue and it is very important to clean it daily. Apart from this, food particles remain in the middle of the teeth, which can be removed only by brushing them. There is no specific benefit to using mouthwash for this. The damage caused by mouthwash makes the mouth dry. Mouthwash can cause dry mouth. Using mouthwash containing excessive amounts of alcohol makes your mouth dry. Due to which there may be a problem of bad breath with cavity. Mouthwash problem Mouthwash has antibacterial properties with a high amount of alcohol that can cause tissue pain inside the mouth. Therefore alcohol-based mouthwash should not be used. It can also cause blisters in the mouth. Oral Health Problems Using mouthwash does not make you aware of many oral problems. When you use mouthwash every day, it hides the problem of bad breath, due to which you are not able to get it treated.

CHERRY

CHERRY


The scientific name of cherry is prunus avium because it is considered one of the most romantic fruits. Cherry is a very tasty fruit. Cherry fruit looks very beautiful. Cherries are red, black and yellow. It tastes sour and sweet as it contains many nutrients.

Medicinal Properties of Cherry

Cherry is rich in many nutrients, which keeps our body healthy. Cherry helps in maintaining immunity, cancer, eyes, brain, constipation, skin, heart, sleep, weight, hair, arthritis, diabetes, blood pressure and bones.

Nutrients in Cherry

Cherries include thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin B, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K, vitamin E, vitamin B6, patothenic acid, niacin, folate, potassium, manganese, copper, iron, calcium, phosphorus, calories,

Carbohydrates, saturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, anthocyanin, beta carotene, flavonoids, phenonic acid, iron, zinc, magnesium, zinc, iron, sugars, pigments, tannins, boron, vanadium, iodine, cobalt, molybdenum, copper, nickel, rubidium , Fluorine, chromium, folic acid etc. nutrients are found.

You can eat cherries in any way, you can dry cherry or eat it with juice or you can eat it as fresh fruit. For good benefits of cherries, a person should consume 60-100 grams of cherries per day.

Benefits of Cherry

1. Beneficial in immunity – Cherry Goods for Disease Resistance

Due to today’s increasing pollution, the immunity ability of people has become very weak, due to which any person becomes prone to any disease quickly. It is also due to lack of nutrients in the body.

Cherries are very beneficial for such people. Cherry contains vitamin C and anti-oxidants which enhance the immunity of our body as well as strengthen it. Apart from this, an element called melatonin is also found in it, which works to increase this action.

2. Beneficial in Cancer

In today’s time, the problem of cancer has become a very common problem. Today, we get a case in the newspaper every day, people who have died of cancer, such people should consume cherries.

Consumption of cherries can greatly reduce the chance of cancer because cherries contain phenonic acid and flavonoids that prevent cancer from growing by killing the cancer-enhancing bacteria.

3. Beneficial for the eyes 

Today’s generation concentrates less on reading and more on searching, due to which the entire emphasis is on their eyes, which also causes eye diseases. Cherry is a very good fruit for such people and children.

Consuming cherries also reduces problems like cataract and increases the light of our eyes because vitamin A is found in cherries which is very beneficial for the eyes.

4. Beneficial for the Brain 

There are many people who have little ability to remember and they forget things very quickly. Such people can strengthen their memory by consuming cherries because cherries have a red pigment called anthocyanin which acts as an antioxidant.

This element strengthens the memory power of your brain, so you should consume cherries as it is very beneficial for your brain.

5. Beneficial for constipation 

If you have remittance from constipation problem then consuming cherries is very beneficial for you. If you eat cherries, then your constipation problem will be solved because the amount of fiber is found in cherries which helps a lot in digestion. Therefore, if you are suffering from constipation, then you should consume cherries.

6. Beneficial for Skin 

If your skin glows or has become oily, there are spots on the skin, then you can consume cherries. Benefits of Cherry: Consumption of cherries eliminates all skin-related problems because cherries contain vitamin A, B , C and E are found in very good quantity which plays a very important role in making the skin healthy as well as making it beautiful and blemish-free.

7. Beneficial for Heart 

If you are suffering from heart related problems, consuming cherries can be of great benefit to you as cherries contain mineral salts like potassium, iron, zinc, iron, calcium, beta carotene, sodium, cholesterol, zinc and magnesium which make the heart Preventing diseases protects us from diseases related to our heart.

8. Cherry Goods For Insomnia

At one time, people prefer to drink and dance in a pub instead of crying at night, due to which they suffer from sleeplessness at night. So when they try to sleep they do not sleep.

In such a situation, if you consume cherry, then it proves very beneficial for you because drinking cherry juice keeps your mind and body calm, which makes you easy to sleep. Hence the

9. Beneficial in losing weight

In today’s time, all the work gets done sitting in one place, due to which the man does not have to work too hard, as a result of which his weight starts increasing. If you have gained weight, then you should consume cherries.

Consuming cherries reduces your weight greatly because cherries contain 75% water and soluble fiber is also found, due to which our body gets energy along with our digestive system. It also reduces cholesterol, which also causes you to lose weight.

10. Beneficial in hair 

If your forces are dry, less shiny, light and fall, then cherries will prove to be a very good fruit for you because by consuming cherries you can make your hair shine back along the lane and make them long and soft. . If you want to make your hair healthy then you must consume cherries.

11. Beneficial in Arthritis

People who start to have high amounts of urin acid in their body, their hands and feet become swollen and also experience a lot of pain, which is a symptom of arthritis.

If you too are suffering from arthritis then you can get rid of this problem by consuming cherries because cherry is anthocyanin which cures arthritis. So if you are suffering from this disease, then you should take 10 or 15 cherries a day, but the taste of cherries should be sour.

12. Beneficial for diabetes 

Cherry is a very beneficial fruit for people who have diabetes. Consuming cherries can control diabetes because cherries contain a chemical called anthocyanin which increases the amount of insulin in our body and also reduces the body’s diabetes level. Therefore, people who are diabetic must take cherries.

13. Beneficial in blood pressure control 

If your blood pressure is not under control due to the increasing cholesterol in your body, then you should consume cherries. Cherry contains potassium which reduces cholesterol and also keeps blood pressure under control. So if you are troubled by the problem of blood pressure, then you must consume cherries.

14. Beneficial for bones 

Along with increasing age, people also have to face problems related to bones, which is also a reason for the weakening of bones. This is due to the lack of calcium and vitamin C in their body.

If you are also struggling with this problem, then you should consume cherries. By doing this, the amount of calcium and vitamin C in your body is replenished, which are very beneficial for collagen and tissue, by which its bones are strengthened.

COCONUT

COCONUT


SCIENTIFIC NAME – Cocos nucifera

FAMILY–  recaceae

The coconut tree stems from the Southeast Asian (probably Malaysia), but is cultivated in tropical regions all around the world. The slender, leaning, ringed trunk of the coconut rises up to 25 meters (80 feet) from a swollen base and is surrounded by a graceful crown of giant featherlike leaves. Mature fruits are ovoid or ellipsoid in shape, 6–8 inches in diameter, have a thick fibrous husk surrounding the familiar single-seeded nut. A hard shell encloses the insignificant embryo. Most of the world coconuts are produced on small native plantations. Full bearing is obtained in 15 years. Yields continue benefits until trees are about 50 years old. Coconuts are rich in manganese, which is essential for maintaining bone health and metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins, and cholesterol. They are also rich in copper and iron, which help to form red blood cells, an important antioxidant that protects your cells.

COCONUT MILK CONTENT

  • Calories: 552g
  • Fat: 57 g Saturated fat: 50 g
  • Protein: 5.5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 13 g
  • Fiber: 5 g
  • Sugar: 8 g

COCONUT WATER CONTENT

  • Calories: 46
  • Fat: 0.5 g
  • Saturated fat: 0.4 g
  • Protein: 2 g
  • Carbohydrates: 9 g
  • Fiber: 3 g
  • Sugar: 6 g

COCONUT OIL CONTENT

  • Calories: 121
  • Fat: 13 g
  • Saturated fat: 11 g
  • Protein: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 0 g
  • Fiber: 0 g
  • Sugar:  0 g

HOW DOES COCONUT WATER WORKS 

Coconut water higher in carbohydrates and electrolytes such as potassium, sodium, and magnesium. The electrolyte composition in coconut water help to treat and prevent dehydration.

COCONUT BENEFITS

COCONUT OIL ON SKIN 

It helps to protect and hydrates the skin, reduce dryness and allow your skin to retain moisture. It provides a protective barrier, helping skin from environmental toxins, dirt and other. It smooth’s skin, minimizes fine lines and wrinkles, calms temporary redness, provides antioxidants, absorb easily in the skin and soothes irritated skin.

COCONUT OIL ON HAIR 

Coconut oil help in hair growth deep into its follicles. Coconut oil make healthy scalp and fighting against insect bites, lice and dandruff. Coconut oil moisturizes dry hair. Coconut oil provide luster, shine and softness to the hair. Coconut oil prevents hair breakage and split ends, it help to slows down hair loss.

COCONUT ROLE ON DIGESTION 

Coconut and its derivatives promote healthy digestion in many ways. Coconut oil has anti-microbial properties that promoting healthy gut. Coconut have its anti-inflammatory properties which can help with disorders such as IBD. Coconut meat is excellent source of fiber, while coconut water promotes hydration and digestion. Coconut have protein that helps to develop immunity to the digestive diseases. Coconut milk has anti-ulcer properties which help to reduce ulcers.

COCONUT ROLE ON WEIGHT LOSS

Coconut water has more minerals as compared to any other fruit juices. Other fruit juices may added or hidden sugar. Coconut water is not just low in calories but also have less sugar as compared to other fruit juices. Consuming coconut water on an empty stomach early in the morning can help you not in one way but many ways. Coconut contains lauric acid that helps in boosting immunity. It helps to fight with dehydration and constipation and relieve morning sickness and heartburn in pregnant women.

COCONUT ROLE ON PREGNANCY

Coconut water during pregnancy help in hydrating and provides electrolytes. It replaces lost electrolytes such as potassium, sodium and magnesium from morning sickness. Coconut water may soothe acid reflux. Coconut water contains small amounts of some minerals, provide macro- and micronutrients needed for fetal and maternal health. Women’s who have high blood pressure during pregnancy coconut water regulating blood flow and blood pressure because potassium present in it which help to regulate the blood pressure.

COCONUT WATER ROLE ON KIDNEY 

Coconut water also helps in dissolving kidney stones because of the presence of potassium, which plays a key role in urine alkalizing and preventing the formation of kidney stones.

ANJEER‌

ANJEER_


The anjeer (fig) is a native of the Asia, Middle East, and turkey and widely cultivated in the USA and Spain. Anjeer belongs to mulberry family and scientifically termed as ficus carcia. Figs are superlative sweet fruits with several crunchy seeds. Dried figs are rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium, copper, potassium and zinc.

Anjeer Ayurvedic Benefits-

It is an extremely sweet and astringent fruit which is hard to digest and has cooling power. According to Ayurveda principles anjeer helps in balancing the pitta and vata doshas. Anjeer have diuretic, laxative and expectorant properties. It is useful in urinary stone problems. In addition, figs are amazingly good for women for regulate the menstrual cycle.

THERAPEUTIC BENEFITS OF ANJEER-

  1. Regulate blood pressure-

Excessive amount of sodium in the diet can lead to potassium deficiency, which causes high blood pressure.  The profusion of potassium in fig helps in regulating high blood pressure. Richness of fiber in figs can help to flush extra sodium from the system.

  1. Treats sexual problems-

Anjeer is a wonder fruit and highly used for treating various dysfunctions such as erectile dysfunction, low stamina and sterility. Anjeer is rich source of vitaminB6, A, calcium, potaccium and magnesium. These minerals increase the semen production. Figs are also useful in adolescent girls to regulate the menstrual cycle and alleviate PMS symptoms. Dried figs are high in amino acids and its work as a good aphrodisiac fruit by increasing vitality and libido.

  1. INCREASE DENSITY OF BONES-

Figs are an amazing source of both calcium and potassium. These minerals can helps to improve bone density, which can prevent and treat osteoporosis. The Researchers says that a potassium-rich diet can improve bone health and reduce bone turnover.  Calcium is a main component of bones, and increasing calcium intake has been shown to improve bone mineral structure in children and adolescents.

  1. Treats piles-

Anjeer has the natural laxative and antispasmodic properties. Figs are used as a traditional remedy for treating hemorrhoids (piles). Due to its laxative property it aids in lowering the pressure on the rectum.

  1. Helps in insomnia-

Dry anjeer is more beneficial in sleep disorders. It is a great sleep inducing fruit. The richness of tryptophan enzymes promotes sound sleep by improving blood circulation in the body.

  1. Good For skin health-

Wrinkle free skin-

The impressive antioxidant and anti-collagenase properties of anjeer extract is favorable for lessening wrinkles and makes the skin look supple. Moreover, anjeer extract works as a natural remedy for hyperpigmentation, acne and wrinkles it is also improves the skin hydration.

Anjeer essence is used widely in various skin formulations which have proven to reduce the skin melanin, water loss and sebum.

Radiant Skin-

Fresh figs are used in face masks for getting instant glow.  Make a paste of fresh figs, gently apply on your face and allow it to stay for 15 -20 minutes and rinse well with lukewarm water, this will make the skin glow naturally and look vibrant. The abundance of nutrients in anjeer such as vitamin, E, A and C and potent antioxidants is highly beneficial to alimentation the skin and rejuvenate skin cells. Even the richness of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants maintain the skin pH balance and promotes blood circulation.

Treats Warts

The latex of the anjeer tree shows an amazing antiwart property. Fig is been used large scale in traditional fruits of the medicine for treating various skin problems like eczema, vitiligo, SLE and psoriasis. The proteolytic activity of latex enzyme aids to remove warts on the body without causing any side effects.

Figs for Hair Health-

Figs are incredibly high on iron, potassium, magnesium and vitamins A and E which play an important role in promoting growth of stronger tresses. Figs extract are impressive  formulation used in the beauty industry for strengthening and improving hair moisture, conditions tangled mane, makes the hair frizz- free, look lustrous and strong.

Fig Leaf Tea-

Fig leaf tea is made out of dried fig leaves, these tea varieties are refreshing herbal drink which boosts energy. Ajeer leaf tea also uplifts mood.

Contraindications-

People with pollen allergies should avoid Fig fruits. Fig fruit is generally safe for consumption which does not have any major side effects. However, it may have a least laxative; hence it may induce lax stools or diarrhea if consumed in large quantities

APPLE

APPLE


Apple is an important temperate fruit. Apples are mostly consumed fresh but small part of the production is processed in to juices, jellies, and other items. In India, Apple is primarily cultivated in Jammu & Kashmir; Pradesh, hill, Uttar Pradesh and Uttaranchal. Apple grow best in regions where the trees experience uninterrupted rest in winter. Apples grow best on well-drained soils, depth of 45 cm and pH 5.5-6.5. The outer skin of the fruit is covered with protective layer of epicuticular wax. The soil should be free from hard substrata and others harmful chemical. Soils should be avoided which have heavy clay or compact subsoil. Apple is good heart, liver and brain tonic and strengthens the alimentary tract.

  • Botanical name – malus domestica
  • Family – rosacea

VARIETIES

  • Jammu and Kashmir: Golden Delicious (Late Season), Lal Ambri, Mollies Delicious, Starkrimson, Red June, Irish Peach and Benoni.
  • Himachal Pradesh: Golden Delicious (Late Season), Red Delicious (Mid-season),
  • Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh:  Chaubattia Anupam
  • Tamil Nadu : Irish Peach and Zouches Pipin (Early), Carrington and Winterstein (Mid -season) and Rome Beauty.

APPLE NAME IN DIFFERENT LANGUAGE

  • English name                 apple tree
  • Hindi name                     sev , seb
  • Bengali name                 sev
  • Gujarati name                sapharchand
  • Kannade name              sebu
  • Spanish name                manzano
  • French name                  pommier
  • Russian name                yablonya
  • Chinese name                ping guo shi
  • Portuguse name             maceira

APPLE PROPERTY

  • Taste: sweet, astringent
  • Quality: heavy
  • Potency: cool
  • Taste after digestion: sweet and pungent.
  • It help to improves taste.
  • Improves quality and quantity of sperms.
  • Effect on doshas: balance vata and pitta dosha, and increase kapha dosha.
  • Do not eat seed of apple they are astringent and bitter in nature and cause vata aggravation.
  • Sweet apples are slightly astringent in taste with cooling effect and has sweet effect after digestion.
  • Sour apples are mainly astringent in taste with cooling effect and has pungent effect after digestion.

TRADITIONAL REMEDIES OF APPLE TREE –

  1. Bark decoction is used in recurrent fever.
  2. Roots are anthelmintic, relieves burning sensation and induce sleep.

PARTS USED FOR MEDICINAL PURPOSE – Fruits, bark and roots.

BIOACTIVE CONSTITUENTS – Apple fruits contains terphenoids, flavonoids, phenolic compounds and tannins.

PHARMACOLOGICAL ACTIVITY – Apple possess strong anti-oxidants and anti- cancer activities.

MERITS OF APPLE:-

  • Digestion – Apple is the best source of fiber which keeps bowls clean and helps those on dieting by preventing hunger. Apple contains malic acid and which is helpful in preventing liver and digestion problems. Apple can reduce acidity from stomach.
  • Cholesterol – Apple keeps the cholesterol level low and strengthening the blood for proper circulation. Apple can remove all toxic, waste product from your body
  • Anemia – Apple being a good source of iron, arsenic, and phosphorus is    beneficial in anemia.
  • Skin – Apple ensures the skin is free from acne and boils.
    Antioxidant properties of apple help in anti-aging and fine lines help in reducing wrinkles and pimples.
  • Natural preservative and disinfectant – Apple juice contains vinegar which is used as a food preservative because the acetic acid in it has properties that could kill harmful bacteria or prevent them from multiplying or it is used as a disinfectant and natural preservative for a long time The acetic acid present in Apple Cider Vinegar is responsible for its health benefits. It has a very small amount of potassium, amino acids, and antioxidants that are really good for stomach health and overall body health.
  • Prevent tooth decay – Eating apples can help to clean teeth and fight bad breath. The fibrous content of apples helps in cleaning the teeth by acting as a toothbrush and scrubbing out the plaque from teeth and removing other food debris. Acidity present in an apple helps kill off bad bacteria that encourage bad breath. Chewing the fibrous texture of the fruit with its skin can stimulate your gums to reduce cavity-causing bacteria and increase saliva flow. Apples can also gently remove plaque trapped between teeth and also strengthen your bones.
  • Regulate blood sugar – apples are highly nutritious. In fact, they are higher in vitamin C, fiber and, several antioxidants. Apple feel you full without consuming a lot of calories. However, the fiber present in apples helps to stabilize blood sugar levels and providing other health benefits. Apples contain plant compounds that help to improve insulin sensitivity and reduce insulin resistance.
  • Lowering body weight – Apples are high in water content, low in calorie density, and rich in fiber all properties help to reduce weight and promote fullness of stomach and reduce appetite therefore, help in weight control and improve all over health.

DEMERITE OF APPLE:-

  • Loose stool:-Most of the fiber in apples is soluble in the form of pectin. Apple skins contain a good amount of insoluble fiber. The high fiber content in apples can lead to gastrointestinal issues, including loose stools, sometimes diarrhea.
  • Stomachache – Some people report mild stomachache after eating apples. This is mostly due to the high fiber content in apples. Digesting this fiber can cause gas to buildup in the gastrointestinal system, resulting in stomachache, cramps, and flatulence.
  • Allergic reaction – Allergic reactions due to apples are uncommon. But sometimes occur in people. Symptoms include itching around the lips and the mouth, swelling of the lips and the tongue, itchy, watery eyes and sneezing. Cooking the apples usually eliminates the problem.

BENEFITS OF SNAN OR BATH AS PER AYURVEDA

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As such, we choose hot and cold water according to the weather. Or according to age and mood, we choose any water at the time of bathing. But in Ayurveda, the method of bathing has been explained as to how water should be used for bathing. Bathing is very important to maintain the body’s supplies and well-being. According to Ayurveda, this work can be done after eating.

In Ayurveda, it is dangerous to take bath in Ayurveda, it is the most important work of routine. Many diseases are not only eliminated by bathing, but freshness is also maintained throughout the day with attention. However, bathing with both hot or cold water has its many benefits. But in this article we know that according to Ayurveda, what kind of water should be bathed.

Benefits of bathing with cold water

Bathing with cold water in the morning can help in relieving depression, bathing with cold water can remove depression. Having bath helps in the release of a chemical called endorphins that relieves depression. Studies show that bathing with cold water helps in the release of testosterone, which improves reproductive health in men. It also helps in improving the functions of the lungs. Cold water bath stimulates the body’s immune system and lymphatic thereby increasing the production of cells to fight against infection.

Advantages of bathing with hot water as we all know that hot temperature kills germs more quickly. In this way, the body is cleaned by taking a bath with warm water. Several studies have shown that warm water helps improve muscle flexibility and relaxes sore muscles. Bathing with hot water can reduce the risk of diabetes. Apart from this, it is beneficial for the treatment of cough and cold by cleaning the steam pipe.

Cold or hot water?

According to Ayurveda you should use hot water for the body and cold water for eyes and hair. According to Ayurveda, water temperature should be determined based on the following factors.

  1. Age-based youth and elderly are given the idea of ​​bathing with hot water. But if you are a student and spend most of your time studying, then taking a bath with your cold water will be more beneficial.
  2. If your body type is bile based on body type then it is better for you to take a bath with cold water and use hot water if your body type is Kapha or Vata.
  3. Disease-based If you are suffering from any disease related to bile, such as indigestion or liver disorder, taking a bath with cold water will be very beneficial for your health. And if you are suffering from Kapha or Vata related disorders then take a bath with hot water. If you are an epileptic patient, it is forbidden to bathe with both hot and cold water. Instead, take a bath with lukewarm water.
  4. If you work regularly based on habits, then bathing with hot water is suggested. 5. Time-based bathing with cold water is better if you take a bath in the morning. But if you take a bath at night, one should take a bath with warm water to feel comfortable. Since in the evening it would be beneficial to take a bath with hot water.

How to take baths according to Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, “Bathing in a hurry is like eating food in a hurry and your body does not get all the benefits. And if you take a bath in a hurry, there is no proper body cleansing. ” To get freshness, it is necessary to have a good bathing experience. You follow this process slowly so that water goes properly in every part of your body. Let us know how to bathe properly. Start bathing by washing your hands and feet. If you are taking a bath with cold water, then you should start from head to foot. And if you are taking a bath with warm water, then you should start washing with the fingers of the feet and then come to the head. You should avoid chemical soaps available in the market because all the chemicals can absorb your skin. Mustard oil or sesame oil massage before bathing can be beneficial for your body. It helps to relax muscles and improve skin texture. Although it should not be too early while bathing, it is not good to take a bath even for a long time. Apart from this, bathing twice a day is sufficient for better hygiene. You can add some neem to the bath water and leave it for some time. Then bathing with this water improves skin health. According to habit, if you workout or gymnate daily, then you should take a bath with warm water. If you massage oil in your body every day and sleep or apply oil, then you should take a bath after one or one and a half hours after applying oil. If you travel a long distance then bathing with hot water can eliminate all the fatigue.