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9 Benefits of Jaggery including Weight loss and much more (Replace Sugar and Artificial Sweeteners)

Benefits of Jaggery

Benefits of Jaggery

I drink Chai or Tea like it is the fuel my brain runs on. I can have a cup any time of day or night. My only issue with tea was the sugar. I tried drinking Chai without sugar but I couldn’t get used to the taste. I tried artificial sweetener (only once) and this was completely against my own research but I hated the chemical aftertaste and the guilt of having something fake in the Chai which is special for me.

Finally, going back to old ancient wisdom gave me the solution. Our ancestors have always used pure organic jaggery to sweeten up all preparations. A small piece of Jaggery was eaten after meals as it helped in digestion and also gave a satisfyingly sweet end to the meal.

The guests were welcomed with a pale of cold water from an earthen pot, a fistful of peanuts and a small piece of Jaggery as peanuts and Jaggery would give instant energy after a tiring travel and also cold water with Jaggery would give the required hydration after spending long hours out in hot weather.

Unlike sugar which has no benefits, Jaggery is full of benefits that can help us improve our health. I love the taste of Ginger Chai with Jaggery. The rich earthy taste of jaggery actually improved my chai and I am able to stay away from white processed sugar for good.

Benefits of Jaggery:

1. Nutritious:

Jaggery is a rich source of Phosphorus, Calcium, Potassium, Magnesium, Manganese, and Iron.

2. Supports Weight Loss:

Jaggery helps in weight loss as it improves our metabolic rate and it also helps to remove water retention.

3. Helps in Digestion:

Ayurveda encourages a small piece of Jaggery after meals as it helps in digestion. Jaggery helps in secretion of the digestive juices. It improves the functioning of the digestive system and cures constipation and bloating.

4. Purifies Blood:

The iron in Jaggery works as a blood purifier. It improves the Hemoglobin and helps with cramps and body ache during menstruation. Jaggery prevents Anemia as it maintains the count of red blood cells.

5. Detoxes Liver:

Jaggery cleanses the liver by flushing out the toxins.

6. Boosts Immunity:

Jaggery is loaded with minerals and anti-oxidants. This makes us stronger to fight against diseases.

7. Improves Skin Health:

As discussed earlier Jaggery purifies blood and hence helps with skin problems like acne. The anti-oxidants in Jaggery fights signs of aging like dark spots and wrinkles.

8. Provides Instant Energy:

Jaggery is a good source instant energy as it is a complex carb that slowly digests. As mentioned above jaggery can help when one feels weak or even after a hectic day or long travel.

9. Cures Cough, Cold, Headaches:

Jaggery provides warmth in the body and a nice hot cup of ginger tea with jaggery is my most preferred cure for cough, cold, headaches, body aches, and tiredness.

An important point to remember:

Always buy pure organic Dark brown color Jagerry which is not treated with chemicals.

Avoid the light color (white or yellow) Jagerry as it will not give you any benefits.

9 Moringa Powder Benefits for Anti-Ageing, Diabetes, Hormonal Imbalance, Weight Loss and Much More


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9 Moringa Benefits

9 Moringa Benefits

I have been a fighter of Hormonal Imbalance issue for a few years now. Nowadays a large number of people especially women are struggling with lifestyle issues like Diabetes, PCOS/D, Obesity, Hormonal Imbalance, Skin issues, Hair problems, energy loss, joint pains and such other annoying health complications that challenges our life in many ways.

The so-called health industry tries to sell us Multivitamins that can make us stronger from within to increase our chances of success in the fight against lifestyle disorders. They tell us that these multivitamins or supplements have natural nutrients, vitamins, minerals, metals and God knows what but how genuine are these products. They charge a small treasure for a smaller bottle of these capsules and the results are hardly worth the price we pay for months.

I was looking for a genuine natural product that can help me get stronger from within and help my body balance the hormones in a natural way. My search ended when I found out the benefits of Moringa Powder now after trying this power for 4 months I have seen incredible results and want to let you know why you should take this multivitamin packed powder daily.

7 Moringa Powder (Natural Multivitamin) Benefits:

1. Natural Multivitamin:

Moringa is known as the miracle tree or tree of life because it is loaded with Multivitamins. It has 25 times more Iron than in Spinach, it has 4 times more Protein than in Eggs, It has 5 times more Vitamin C than Oranges, It has 17 times more Calcium than Milk, It has 10 times more Vitamin A than Carrots and It has 15 times more Potassium than Bananas.

2. Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Ageing, and Boosts Immune System:

Moringa powder has Vitamin C, B, quercetin, the chlorogenic acid that has the ability to lower the oxidation and inflammation of the body. These also lower the aging process and boost the immune system. I have experienced a decrease in body aches and joint pains because of my daily intake of Moringa Powder.

3. Helps with Diabetes as it balances sugar and insulin level:

Moringa powder helps control the blood sugar levels and insulin levels which keeps a check on Diabetes.

4. Helps in Weight Loss:

As moringa powder controls our hormones including insulin the body gets out of fat storage mode and starts utilizing the already stored fat for energy.

 5. Balances Hormones:

Moringa powder naturally balances insulin level hence controls hunger pangs, It controls thyroid secretion, it increases hemoglobin, it controls stress hormones, it helps keep our mind relaxed, moringa provides necessary nourishment to keep our hormones functioning smooth.

6. Nourishes Skin and Hair:

Moringa has natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compounds that protects skin and hair from a lot of problems and helps improve their health.

My experience with moringa for skin and hair has been miraculous. My acne spots have cleared and my hormonal acne breakout has reduced remarkably. My hair fall problem another hormonal issue has stopped for good. My hair feels healthier, shinier and thicker. Both my skin and hair have become healthier from within.

7. Improves Digestive Health:

Ayurved has used moringa for years to treat digestive disorders, fungal infections and other diseases that concerns liver, kidney, intestine, stomach, colon and thus the whole digestive system. It helps the Liver function well and removes toxins that make the Liver sluggish. It is also capable of helping the Kidney flush out the Kidney stones.

My personal experience with moringa has been with constipation issues. Be careful with the powder if you take more than ½ tsp in a day you will get loose motion as I mentioned it earlier it is a very strong and natural laxative.

8. Helps with Brain Health:

Moringa is a rich source of Iron, Protein and Amino Acids that help the brain function smoothly. It provides energy and hence makes one feel good. I have experienced an increase in energy level after starting my daily intake of moringa powder.

9. Detoxes Body and eliminates water retention:

The Moringa actually helps to detox body by eliminating toxins and also the water our body retains. It makes the body lighter. It takes out a lot of burden on our organs and helps them function smoothly. I have experienced a reduction in swelling in legs due to water retention.

Ayurved has used Moringa Powder as medicine for centuries. It is time we go back to our roots.

How to take Moringa Powder:

One needs to get used to the taste of moringa powder and this is a strong laxative hence I highly recommend to start this powder on a rest day.
½ tsp Moringa Powder
1 or half cup lukewarm water
Mix vigorously as it does not dissolve fast. Drink and then rinse your mouth with some more water.
I have this either early in the morning or before going to bed.

Caution:

1. Do not mix the powder in hot or warm water as moringa loses its nutrition when we cook it. Keep the water at the temperature that you can drink in one go.
2. If you under medication or are pregnant or breastfeeding then do not take this or any other supplement unless it is advised by your doctor.

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

In a comment on the post 10 Reasons An Ayurvedic Sesame Oil Massage Makes Us Strong and Beautiful., a reader asked me how to do an Ayurvedic (daily) Self-Massage. In this article, I am trying to explain the method I learned from my qualified Ayurvedic masseuse and hope every reader finds this beneficial.

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

7 Steps Weight Loss Self-Massage for a Firmer Body and Much More

Ayurvedic massage from an expert therapist is a luxury. I love getting a deep tissue Ayurvedic massage and have enjoyed it daily when I spent a fortnight in a naturopathy center in Pune. However, this cannot get a little heavy on our pockets. If like me you enjoy the massage therapy and do not want to spend a lot of money on it, I suggest you practice the amazing art of self-massage. I think self-massage is like a workout.

Self-massage therapy has a lot of benefits which are mentioned below and if done properly can be very relaxing and refreshing. Rest assured it is as good as any expensive spa treatment plus a good workout. Most of us do not have enough time to add such an elaborate daily routine so for the busy days you can do a quick 10 minutes spot massage. A full body version will take 40 minutes to an hour. Try doing the full body version once or twice a week for better results.

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Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More

 

Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More

Chia Seeds: Super Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones

While on a quick grocery run in the crowded supermarket I picked up a small packet of chia seeds (also known as Sabja in India) instead of mustard seeds. Chia seeds were not on my shopping list but this small goof up turned out quite beneficial for me. I have read about chia seeds sometimes back and always wanted to try them. Chia seeds are among the healthiest foods on the planet.

These tiny seeds are full of amazing nutrients, low in calories and plus they soak up water like no other ingredient I ever came across. Seriously, they absorb 10-12 times their weight in water giving us a feeling of fullness and reducing the craving for snacks in between meal. A daily dose of 1 ounce or 28 grams or 2 tablespoons of Chia seeds is an easy and cheap way to add many amazing nutrients to our body.

5 Benefits of Chia Seeds for Weight Loss, Strong Bones and Much More:

1. Tiny Powerhouse of Nutrients:

A tiny Chia Seed is a powerhouse of Nutrients with negligible Calories. These were an important food for the Aztecs in fact the word “Chia” means “Strenght” in Mayan Language.

In an tablespoon of chia seeds there is 40% Fiber, 14% good quality Protein, 18% Omega – 3s Fat and 18% Calcium besides these amazing nutrients it has decent amount of Manganese, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Zinc, Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Potassium, Vitamin B1 (Thiamine) and Vitamin B2.

2. Full of Fiber that makes you full fast:

The fiber in chia seeds can absorb up to 9 to 10 times their weight in water, it expands and becomes like a gel and the more water or fluids you take in the more it will keep expanding. Not only does Chia seed make us full fast it keeps us full for a longer time discouraging snacking in between meal.

The Fiber also nourishes the good bacteria in the intestine, which helps to improve our digestive system. A regular bowel movement helps to remove toxins and give a relief from constipation or bloating.

3. Antioxidants, Iron, Zinc & Omega-3 Fatty Acids:

Chia seeds are a great source of antioxidants, Iron, Zinc and Omega-3 Fatty Acids that keeps our body young and strong.

4. Protein:

Chia Seeds is a rich vegetarian source of great quality Protein. Chia seeds contain a good balance of amino acids, which is essential for our body to build muscles. The high protein in chia seeds helps to reduce appetite that helps in weight loss.

5. Calcium:

Chia seeds are high in calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and protein. All of these nutrients are essential for bone health.

Some people sprinkle Chia seeds on salads or other kinds of food. This is not a good idea as these seeds soak a lot of moisture and eating them before soaking can cause dehydration and discomfort. Soak Chia seeds in water for roughly 2 hours before consuming them to avoid any kind of uneasy feeling. Moreover, after soaking they become gel like which gives a quick feeling of being full and it also keeps our stomach full for longer duration.

You can consume Chia seeds with your morning smoothies, juices, oatmeal, milk and milkshakes, protein shakes, desserts like puddings or you can also gulp down 1 or 2 tablespoons of soaked Chia Seeds with plain water or lemon water. I prefer eating these in the mornings as they keep me full for a long time. They don’t have any taste of their own so you can easily add them to any drink of your choice.

Today this is how I had Chia seeds with a delicious morning Beetroot and Carrot smoothie.

Beetroot & Carrot Smoothie with Chia Seeds

Beetroot & Carrot Smoothie with Chia Seeds

How I made my easy delicious smoothie:

Blend 1 beetroot + 1 Carrot in a high power blender.

Add 1 tablespoon soaked Chia seeds and enjoy the filling delicious healthy smoothie that is very filling.

If you need some seasoning sprinkle little black pepper powder and Himalayan Pink salt.

If you want to know more about Chia seeds the book below can help plus it comes up with lots of healthy recipes.

“In terms of nutritional content, a tablespoon of chia is like a smoothie made from salmon, spinach, and human growth hormone. As tiny as those seeds are, they’re super packed with Omega-3s, protein, calcium, iron, zinc, fiber and antioxidants.” Monica Van Zandt

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9 Foods to Have & 9 Foods to Avoid while Practicing Yoga and Pranayama

This article is inspired by Arun’s comment on my post lose weight, get ageless vibrant health and radiant beauty with anulom vilom pranayam where he asked about food to eat while practicing pranayama. A brief reply to the comment cannot do justice to this important topic hopefully this article does. I would be grateful if more readers can give inputs as we all are on a journey towards good health while overcoming many challenges along the way. We need to help and support each other to win this uphill battle against unhealthy lifestyle diseases. I have faith together we can win and I invite all the readers to contribute their ideas as every bit of knowledge can make the struggle a lot easier.

Satvik Diet

Satvik Diet

I have written a few articles (some are mentioned below) about food that support weight loss, one can have these foods while practicing Yoga and Pranayama.

. 6 Super Foods for Weight Loss and Much More

. Green Gram or Green Moong: A Superfood for Weight Loss and Much More

. Tender Coconut Water A Super Drink For Weight Loss And Much More

. Cucumber an Amazing Vegetable for Weight Loss and Much More

. Replace Rice with Broken Wheat/ Dalia for a Slimmer and Healthier You

. Ragi Energy Balls For Instant Energy (Dieters, Pregnant or Lactating Ladies)

To enjoy maximum benefit out of your daily Yoga and Pranayama Practice one must follow a Satvik Diet also known as a Yogic Diet.

Satvik Diet is diet based on ancient wisdom of sages of India for whom Ayurveda, Yoga and Pranayama where important part of a healthy lifestyle. They religiously followed ahimsa (non-harming) hence the diet was purely vegetarian. They also believed in having freshly cooked meals and stale food was considered as an invitation to diseases. As per Indian Culture, food is given Divine importance and it is treated with upmost respect.

Satvik diet encourages foods grown and ripened naturally. Fresh organic fruits and vegetables should cover up your plate more than any other food if you want to eat clean and healthy. It is also advisable to avoid overcooking vegetables to preserve their nutrients. Please try to consume as much raw vegetables as possible as they can give you tons of nutrients and fiber that helps in weight loss.

Processed and factory made food are bad for us. Our body cannot make sense of them. Avoid eating any ready to eat or semi-cooked meal, which are usually loaded with harmful chemicals and preservatives. We cannot digest most of these chemicals and they end up messing with our hormones. Processed food is mostly unnatural and harmful, if taken regularly can cause serious health issues.

I would highly recommend a Satvik diet and lifestyle for Yoga and Pranayama practitioners. Following is a list of food one should have and avoid for a healthy lifestyle. I encourage everyone to contribute to the list to grow our knowledgebase.

9 Foods to have while practicing yoga and pranayama

1. Naturally grown and ripened fresh fruits and vegetables

2. Whole grains and beans

3. Seeds and Dry Fruits

4. Fresh Milk, Ghee, Curd, Buttermilk

5. Herbal Tea, Green Tea

6. Jagerry, Sugurcane Molasses

7. Herbs and Spices such turmeric, ginger, cumin, fennel, cinnamon, cardamom, mint, basil and all spices found in any Indian Household

8. Plant based oils like coconut, peanut, sesame, sunflower, olive oil and such

9. Rock Salt

“When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need. – Ayurvedic Proverb”

9 Foods to Avoid while practicing yoga and pranayama

1. Processed foods,

2. Canned foods and ready to eat or semi cooked meals

3. Junk food

4. Artificial sweeteners (they are useless and harmful have jagerry instead)

5. Non Vegetarian foods (Meat and fish of all types, including eggs)

6. Cold drinks(including the diet ones), Soda, Boxed juices

7. Fried and fatty foods

8. Refined white flour (maida), white sugar

9. Stale, over cooked foods or Microwaved foods

Food is definitely medicine. As per naturopathy, right type and quantity of food can heal diseases and make the body stronger.

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Can Meditation help us to Lose Weight?

As I have mentioned in previous posts
How to Lose Weight with Help of Simple Mind Tricks,
I strongly believe in power of Mind – jabong.com/womens-day-story and
Make Losing Weight A Game Of Your Mind And Win reaching your desire weight is not just about your food and exercise but it is about altering your whole lifestyle.

Can Meditation help us to Lose Weight?

Can Meditation help us to Lose Weight?

If you are like me, you would be finding as many tips and tricks as possible to make this journey painless. I believe that the power of my mind can reset the metabolic rate and hormones to make the weight loss as effortless as possible.

Meditation has been effective to help people achieve personal and professional goals. Many successful people have experience the rewarding benefits of meditation and encourage a daily practice. You do not need any special tools or equipments to meditate and there are no side effects.

But can Meditation really help us lose weight?

To answer this question first let us understand how meditation affects us physically:

1. Meditation transforms us into an awakened being by energizing every cell in the body.

2. Meditation lowers high blood pressure

3. Meditation lowers the levels of blood lactate, reducing anxiety attacks

4. Meditation decreases any tension-related pain, such as, tension headaches, ulcers, insomnia, muscle and joint problems

5. Meditation increases serotonin production that improves mood and behavior

6. Meditation improves the immune system

7. Meditation increases the energy level, as us gain an inner source of energy

8. Meditation helps us sleep better

9. Meditation brings balance to the hormones in our body

10. Meditation also reduces stress and can resolve many psychological concerns like overeating.

There are countless benefits of a daily mediation practice. I will write another post to highlighting most of them as in this article I want to concentrate on specifically mediation for weight loss.

To answer the above question I would like to say YES! Meditation can help in weight loss. Our body is constantly replacing old cells with new ones. It follows a set blueprint that shapes our body. Your subconscious mind controls this blueprint.

The subconscious mind does not understand what we want it responds to our feelings. With meditation, we can focus on what exactly we want this attention will alter the rigid blueprints of our subconscious mind. This will help us see changes in your overall health and body. Wherever the mind goes the body follows.

One needs to accompany meditation with proper diet and exercise to see the results. Meditation is an ancient proven method to achieve your desired life and the goal of a healthy body can be achieved with help of daily mediation ritual or practice.

Important points to consider before you start your daily weight loss meditation practice:

. Schedule your time in advance. Keep aside 20 to 30 minutes in the morning for your meditation. Be a morning person wake up early to enjoy the calm and serenity of the time before the rest of the world wakes up

. Locate a quiet place for your meditation. A place in your house, your terrace or garden any location where you will not be disturbed while you meditate

. Keep your family informed about the meditation practice so they would not disturb you while you meditate

. Ware comfortable or loose fitted clothing which will help you feel relaxed

. It is advisable to sit on the floor in crossed legs position but if you have difficulty in sitting down you can sit on a chair but sit up straight keep your spine erect.

. If you require a cushion for your back, please use it. The idea is to be comfortable enough that you would not get distracted while you are meditating.

. Keep your goal vision ready. Either draw a picture of you or keep a photo of your when you were at your desired weight or write down the healthy weight goal that you need to achieve. Keep this simple or go for a big fancy vision board with affirmations and pictures. Whatever makes you comfortable just keep it in your bedroom to keep you motivated about your goal.

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