5 Health Tips To Prepare Yourself For Onset Of Summer

Dr. Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares five tips that will help you stay fit by avoiding diseases and ailments this summer

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The onset of a new season can be tricky; it can call for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and a new exercise regimen that suits the weather. Pixabay
The onset of a new season can be tricky; it can call for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and a new exercise regimen that suits the weather. Pixabay

As winter starts to give way to the spring, people struggle to keep pace with the seasonal transition and the potential health risks posed by the change.

The onset of a new season can be tricky; it can call for a change in routine, a revamped diet, and a new exercise regimen that suits the weather.

Dr. Hariprasad, Ayurveda Expert, The Himalaya Drug Company, shares five tips that will help you stay fit by avoiding diseases and ailments this summer.

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A natural way of staying hydrated is ample intake of fruits and vegetables that have high water content -- oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. Pixabay
A natural way of staying hydrated is ample intake of fruits and vegetables that have high water content — oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. Pixabay

1. Eat light and healthy

Your body will require a constant supply of water and fluids to sustain through the rough weather. Heavy meals with large amounts of carbohydrates and fats give rise to a lot of heat in the body. A natural way of staying hydrated is ample intake of fruits and vegetables that have high water content — oranges, watermelon, tomatoes, etc. This helps balance your core body temperature and keeps diseases at bay. It also helps hydrate the skin and keep it supple.

Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen are much better than synthetic fabrics. Pixabay
Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen are much better than synthetic fabrics. Pixabay

2. Gear up for summer

The Indian summer is known for its high temperatures and humidity, which can make you feel uncomfortable and stuffy. Wearing light and breathable fabrics is an effective way to beat the heat. Natural fabrics such as cotton, silk, and linen are much better than synthetic fabrics.

Wear clothes that enable your skin to be exposed to the sun. Pixabay
Wear clothes that enable your skin to be exposed to the sun. Pixabay

3. Embrace the radiance of the Sun

Post the shivers and heavy woolens of winter, the sun will finally invite you to bask in its warm glow. As sunlight is one of the best sources of Vitamin D, use this opportunity to exercise or eat outdoors in the morning. It is advisable to soak in the sun rays early in the morning, as this can be a great way of starting your day on a fresh and rejuvenating note.

According to Ayurveda texts and modern research, Tagara can calm the mind due to its sedative and sleep-enhancing properties. Pixabay
According to Ayurveda texts and modern research, Tagara can calm the mind due to its sedative and sleep-enhancing properties. Pixabay

4. Ensure regular and undisturbed sleep

While air conditioners have reduced the discomfort significantly, sleep patterns can still take a hit in the hot, humid weather. Intake of natural herbs like Tagara can promote restful sleep.

Use one that contains ingredients like camphor oil, mint extracts, nutmeg oil, and turpentine oil, as they help provide quick, symptomatic relief from common cold. Pixabay
Use one that contains ingredients like camphor oil, mint extracts, nutmeg oil, and turpentine oil, as they help provide quick, symptomatic relief from common cold. Pixabay

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5. Be prepared for summer infections

Most people suffer from ailments such as common cold, sore throats, and viral infections in summer because of the heat and dust. While a preventive care approach is imperative, being prepared to face an unexpected disease is equally important. It is advisable to keep a cold balm as part of your first aid kit, as it eases the symptoms of common cold and is easy to carry around.

This quintessential health guide is easy to follow and will help you get ready for the long and warm summer. (IANS)

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Here Are Some Interesting Facts About Ayurveda

Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced for at least 5000 years

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The word “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit terms Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). Pixabay

Ayurveda is an ancient health care tradition that has been practiced in the Indian subcontinent for at least 5000 years. The word “Ayurveda” comes from the Sanskrit terms Ayur (life) and Veda (knowledge). Ayurveda or Ayurvedic medicine was documented in Vedas thousands of years ago. It has evolved over the years and is now integrated with other traditional practices, including yoga.

Suśruta Samhita

Suśruta Samhita is an important book in Ayurveda. Originally written in the Sanskrit language by Sushruta about 5000 years ago. Sushruta (Suśruta) is regarded to be the Father of Surgery for inventing and developing surgical procedures in ancient India. According to legend,  Lord Dhanvantari passed the medical insight to his follower Divodasa, who then instructed Sushruta.

Charak Samhita

During 300 BCE, Charaka, an Ayurveda Physician compiled his knowledge of medicine and called it Agnivesa Samhita, later re-named it as Charak Samhita. This consists of eight books and one hundred twenty chapters. Charak Samhita describes the facts of diseases, diagnosis, treatments, and medicines which are necessary for the well being of human. It also includes sections on the importance of diet, hygiene, prevention, medical education, the teamwork of a physician, nurse, and patient necessary for recovery to health. Charaka Samhita mentions 84 types of alcoholic preparations and their medicinal value. Cannabis (Bhang) and Papaver somniferum (Afu) were used as potential pain relievers due to unavailability of analgesics. Use of cannabis is also mentioned in texts for sedation and anesthetization during surgeries.

Interesting Ayurveda Facts
Ayurveda is one of the earliest sciences known to many. Vedicfeed

 

Appearances of people

According to Ayurvedic principles, everyone has a specific constitution or prakruti that determines his/her character and disease vulnerability. Health care is highly individualized practice under Ayurvedic principles. Appearances of people are categorized into 3 groups VataPitta, and Kapha.

  1. Vata – Thin and slim figured persons – It is associated with air and space. Vata energy is liked to a bodily movement that includes blood circulation and breathing. People who are creative and thinkers are of this category.
  2. Pitta – People of medium build and sharp features – Pitta energy is linked to fire and is thought to control the digestive and endocrine systems. People of this category are fiery in temperament and intelligent.
  3. Kapha – People with a stout figure and well-developed body and calm in Nature – Kapha energy is linked to earth and water. It is believed to control strength and growth and is associated with the back, torso, and chest.

Ayurvedic medicines

Ayurvedic medicines are prepared according to the Prakruthi of a person and the therapeutic effect needed. Milk, ghee, honey, molasses, ashes of pearls or diamonds, rock salts, several types of herbs- these are ingredients of Ayurvedic medicines.

In Ayurvedic preparations, the part of an herb is chosen and used depending on where its medicinal value lies and its curative effects on the body. Some examples are listed below:

  • Turmeric, Ginger, Velvet Leaf, Rhubarb: Roots
  • Chaste Tree, Coriander, Aloe Vera: Leaves
  • Black Pepper, Gooseberry, Indian Gall Nut: Fruit
  • Neem Tree, Ashoka Tree, Sandalwood: Bark
  • Cardamom, Coriander, Cowhage Plant: Seeds

Different herbs have different healing powers.

  • Aloe Vera, Sandalwood, Turmeric, Shatavari- Antiseptic (Protects against infections)
  • Turmeric, Echinacea – Antibiotic (Fights against viral and bacterial infections)
  • Cinnamon, Yarrow, Jasmine, Sandalwood – Astringent (heals tissues)
  • Cardamom, Coriander – Appetizer (Induces appetite)
  • Chamomile, Chrysanthemum, Basil, Ginger – Carminative (Helps in proper digestion)
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Health care is highly individualized practice under Ayurvedic principles. Pixabay

Bhasma

Bhasma literally means ashes. The medicated ashes of various metals and non-metals are administered as medicines. The effect of this bhasma is so instantaneous that it seems no less than a miracle. There are various researches on where the properties of these bhasmas are being evaluated. Bhasma is nothing but nanoparticles it is said.

Ayurveda for Animals

There is a specific branch in Ayurveda named as Pashu Ayurveda, where treatment protocols for diseases occurring to horses, elephants, and dogs are also mentioned.

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God of Ayurveda

Dhanvantari is a celebrated figure amongst the practitioners of Ayurveda. He is the progenitor of Ayurveda, and he stands on the top in the hierarchy of medicine in India. They celebrate Dhanvantari’s birthday on Dhanteras every year too. In Srimad Bhagavata Purana, there is a story about Bhagavan Dhanvatari when he revealed Ayurveda to the world. He is worshiped today as the pioneer of medical science in Hindu dharma. (VedicFeed)

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‘Teleayurveda’: Revisiting Ayurveda in the Pandemic Era

People are looking for Immunity building measures in Ayurveda

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The world is revisiting Ayurveda to find ways to boost immunity in the times coronavirus pandemic. Pixabay

By Puja Gupta 

With the spread of Covid-19 in the country, people are now focusing on immunity building measures and revisiting Ayurveda for prevention.

A technology-led Ayurveda platform, has enabled people to use the facility of ‘teleayurveda’ and stay connected with doctors through online consultations. NirogStreet has 50,000 ayurveda doctors listed on the platform.

Ram N. Kumar, Founder, NirogStreet said:

“Amid the lockdown we are successfully connecting millions of patients with over 50,000 ayurveda doctors on our platform. People are respecting the lockdown and turning to online consultation for all their health needs. This is the right time for Ayurveda to ride on technology and serve the health needs of people across the country. A significant part of the online consultation for both critical and non-critical ailments is coming from tier II cities. We are also maintaining regular supply of immunity medicines and sanitisers to Ayurveda doctors. Through our doctors network we have recently distributed over 75,000 sanitisers.”

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“Through our doctors network we have recently distributed over 75,000 sanitisers.”, said Ram N. Kumar, Founder, NirogStreet. Pixabay

In these unprecedented circumstances that people are going through, ‘teleayurveda’ is great concept for both ayurvedic doctors and patients to stay connected, he added.

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The company claims to have witnessed six times growth in online searches for immunity boosting Ayurveda products, apart from a spike in demand for immunity building medicines and herbal soaps, sanitisers etc.

The platform aims to train and certify over 1,00,000 pure Ayurveda practitioners in the next two years and bring them to the mainstream. It is widening their reach and accessibility through a very user friendly and interactive technology platform. (IANS)

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Oral Hygiene: The Ayurvedic Way

How Ayurveda can help in maintaining oral hygiene

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Oral hygiene is important as it has a direct link to memory loss, diabetes, etc. Pixabay

By DR Naveen Shukla 

Ensured Oral Hygiene with Triphala Mouth Wash
As the saying goes, “Better teeth, better health”. It not only enlightens us about the importance of teeth but the entire oral hygiene.
Oral hygiene is important as it has a direct link to-
• Memory loss
• Diabetes or conditions with uncontrolled blood sugar
• Kidney disorders
• Inflammatory diseases
• head and neck cancers, including cancers of the tongue, gums, mouth, salivary glands and tonsils.
• Cardiovascular diseases
• Stroke

We often read in articles about lots of ways to improve our oral hygiene which includes brushing your teeth and to reduce sugar intake etc. Ayurveda offers tons of ways for improved oral hygiene to prevent all the diseases linked.

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Use a mouthwash to maintain your oral hygiene. Pixabay

According to Ayurveda, teeth are considered as an updadhatu of Asthi dhatu (bone tissue). In Ayurveda, it is mentioned that the tooth eruption (dantopatti kala) is best when a child is 8 months old.

As per the ayurvedic texts teeth are divided into Rajadanta, Vasta, Damstra, and Hanavya.
• The middle two teeth are Rajadanta (incisor) and are considered sacred.
• Teeth by the side of Rajadanta are called Vasta (canines)
• Other teeth by the side of it are called Damstra (pre-molar)
• The rest are called Hanavya (molar) and named because are helpful in mastication.

Bones are a natural governed by Vata and in the disease of the bones, the teeth are also weakened. Food and tonics which are good for bones and the muscular tissues are also beneficial for teeth and gums ensuring strength in the gums and teeth.

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• Normal healthy teeth are strong, white, smooth without decay.
• The gums should be even, pink and smooth. Gums are known as Dantamansa or Dantaveshta.

According to Sushruta (Author of Sushruta Samhita), fifteen disease of the roots of the teeth and gums have been mentioned. To prevent tooth and gum disease good oral hygiene should be implemented in our Dinacharya (Daily Routine).

Ayurveda has portraited the importance of Triphala mouthwash. Triphala is the combination of the herbs Haritaki, Bhibhitak and Amalaki.

Triphala (an Ayurvedic herbal powder) is proven to be the most effective choice of the herb as it has the power of resolving tons of disorders like
• Aging-related problems
• Digestive disorders or gastric distress
• Obesity and weight-related disorders
• Immune system defects
• Diabetes and lifestyle disorders
• Nutrient intake deficiency and malabsorption
• Oral health
• Fatigue and stress
• Mental health
In maintain, oral hygiene triphala plays a major role by maintaining the balance by creating a strengthening atmosphere for the entire entities of oral structures.

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We often read in articles about lots of ways to improve our oral hygiene which includes brushing your teeth and to reduce sugar intake etc. Pixabay

In Ayurveda, two techniques have been mentioned for mouthwash-

1. Gandusa
This is filling the mouth to its full capacity without allowing movement inside the mouth. The liquid is held for a few moments.

2. Kavalagraha
This is holding of a smaller amount of liquid, allowing the liquid to move and be swished around for a period of time before it spits out.

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Both (Gandusa and Kavala) can be done with oils, medicated oils, ghee, herbal decoction or warm water under the prescription of the Ayurvedic doctors.

It can be decided what is suitable for your oral hygiene according to the season, your personalised constitution, daily regimen etc. Gandusa and Kavala are beneficial to promote health and also cure the disease of the mouth, teeth, throat and face.
Several studies have been done supporting.

Now a days in the practice Triphala mouth wash is proven effective in

• dental plaque
• gingivitis
• mouth ulcers
• dental caries.

Nature Care Ayurveda provides evidence-based study in aspect with the techniques of Triphala mouth wash (as written in the classics) with a professional touch of care aiming to worship the body you live in and good health. The brilliant bunch of doctors at Nature Care Ayurveda are determined towards the holistic wellness of the society

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The panel consists of Dr Naveen Shukla, the founder and Director of Nature Care Ayurveda and The Vice President of AAA for Australia and Dr Vishal Sharma, the Director of Nature Care Ayurveda, Ayurveda consultant and a Lifetime member of International Academy of Ayurveda (IAA). Dr Nikhila Venugopal is the Ayurveda consultant, Marma specialist of Nature Care Ayurveda. (Hindu Council)