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Categories Acupuncture, Advice, Sleep, Stress Management, Wellness

The Ancient Cure : Acupuncture

What Is Acupuncture?

Contrary to popular Western belief, acupuncture is not just a system for inserting very fine needles into specific body locations to alleviate pain. So, what is acupuncture, then?

From its inception in China more than 2,500 years ago. It has been used traditionally to prevent, diagnose and treat disease, as well as to improve general health.

The traditional explanation for acupuncture’s effectiveness is that it modifies the flow of energy (known as qi or chi) throughout the body. In fact, much research in the West has focused on this pain-relieving effect, rather than acupuncture’s traditional role of balancing energy to address a wide range of disorders, and the more subtle mechanisms that may be responsible for its overall benefits to health.

How do we do acupuncture???

Understand the anatomy and physiology of the “acupuncture points,” the definition and characterization of these points remains controversial. Even more elusive is the scientific basis of some of the key traditional. Eastern medical concepts such as the circulation of Qi the meridian system. which are difficult to reconcile with contemporary biomedical information. But continue to play an important role in the evaluation of patients and the formulation of treatment in acupuncture.

We have lot of clients who comes here specifically for sessions. We treated patients with migraine, asthma,  back pain, neck pain, gastric ailments, rheumatoid arthritis, etc.

There will b a course of treatment and it differs from person to person, condition and severity of cases. In certain conditions, we use cupping method(dry) and electro acupuncture. This we decide after seeing and studying the case and condition.

The mechanism Is same only and the aim is to increase blood circulation, to stimulate the nerve endings of  the target tissue. There will be occasional dull ache at the point that then subsides.

Time duration of acupuncture is 5 to 30 min.

Categories Beverages, Diet, Fitness, food, Health, nutrition, skin, Wellness

Health benefits of Bottle Gourd in Morning

8 reasons to start your day with Bottle Gourd juice!

What is the first thing you do after waking up? If you have a habit of drinking bed tea or coffee, give it up right now! Kick-start your day with a healthy Bottle Gourd juice. Be it post workout and detoxification or dealing with UTIs. Bottle Gourd juice can work wonders for your health.

#1 Acts as an excellent post workout drink

Replace your protein shake with a healthy and natural post workout drink – (Bottle Gourd)lauki juice. The presence of natural sugars in the vegetable not only restores glycogen levels but also replaces the carbohydrates lost from the body during a workout. This juice also improves the efficiency of the muscles due to its high protein and nutrient content.

#2 Helps you deal with UTI

If you are experiencing a burning sensation or pain while urinating, all you need to do is drink a glass of freshly prepared lauki juice every morning. Because, symptoms of urinary tract infection such as burning sensation and pain are caused due to high levels of acid in the urine. And as lauki juice is loaded with water and is alkaline in nature, it exerts a cooling effect on the body and acts as powerful diuretic agent, relieving the burning sensation.

#3 Detoxifies your body and exerts a cooling effect

Drinking a glass of lauki (Bottle Gourd) juice on an empty stomach makes you feel fresh and energetic. The juice contains 98% water and antioxidants that help in flushing the harmful toxins from the body. This in turn cleanses your body and helps you to start your day with a bang! Also, during the hot summer days, sipping this nutrient-rich juice not only satiates your thirst but also prevents loss of sodium from the body, providing a cooling effect.

#4 Helps you lose weight

Did you know that lauki juice is low in calories and fats, making it an effective drink to lose weight? Also, it is rich in fibre that keeps you full and thus, prevents you from hunger pangs. And being an excellent detoxifying agent and a great post workout drink, lauki juice helps you to achieve your weight loss goals.

#5 Acts as a natural remedy to get rid of suntan

If you don’t want summers to ruin your skin or leave a dark patch on your face and back, then try this home remedy to deal with suntan. Loaded with anti-inflammatory properties and high water content, lauki juice acts as a natural bleaching agent to lighten your skin tone. Due to the high water content, it also moisturizes the skin.

#6 Treats constipation and other digestive problems

If you suffer from constipation or flatulence, ensure you drink a glass of lauki juice once a day (preferably early morning). With 98% water content and high fiber content, lauki juice helps in proper digestion of food. It also contains electrolytes that helps in maintaining electrolyte balance in the body and help your to fight diarrhea.

#7 Helps you to deal with hair loss

If you have tried everything one earth and still haven’t found anything to prevent hair loss, then this miracle-like remedy might help you! Known to be loaded with nutrients, lauki juice when applied in combination with sesame oil on the scalp proves to be effective in treating hair loss and even baldness. And what’s more, in Ayurveda, it is known to prevent premature greying of hair.

#8 Relieves stress and depression

Lauki juice contains the highest amount of choline, a neurotransmitter, than any other vegetable. It is loaded with vitamins, amino acids and minerals that help in the synthesis of neurotransmitters that in turn help in proper functioning of the brain cells and thus, prevent mental disorders like stress and depression.

We are sharing a quick magic Bottle Gourd juice recipe with all of you.

Ingredients

• 1 cup Ghiya chopped.
• Mint
• Cumin powder
• Ginger
• Water
• Ice cubes
• Salt

Recipe

• Take 1 cup peeled and chopped Bottle Guard in a blender.

• Add handful mint, ½ tsp cumin powder, 1-inch ginger, ¼ tsp salt.

• Add 1 cup chilled water and blend smooth.

• Pour Bottle Guard juice in a glass with few ice cubes.

Categories food, nutrition, Oats Recipe, Protein

Oats Chilla

Oats Chilla

Ingredients:

  • – 2 cups of cooking rolled oats
  • – 2 Tablespoons of Semolina
  • – Sliced onions, sliced red and green bell peppers, mint leaves, coriander
  • – Oil
  • – Curd or buttermilk
  • – Salt
  • – Crushed garlic cloves (as per taste)
  • – Crushed green chillies
  • – Warm water
  • – Turmeric (for colour and taste)

Method:

Crush the oats till they are coarse. In a bowl, mix oats, semolina, curd or buttermilk, water, salt, vegetables, mint leaves, coriander, crushed garlic cloves, turmeric and crushed chillies and make a paste the consistency of a thick batter. Set this mixture aside for about 20 minutes. Once the oats and semolina soak up the water, your chillas are ready to be made. Heat a non-stick pan on a stove and brush the pan with a little oil. Ladle the batter on the pan and spread it in circles. You can even make small holes in between your chilla and add some oil/butter (this takes away from the health benefits) for a crispier chilla. Roast the chilla till it is nice and golden and then turn it to the other side. Once the pancake is cooked on both sides, take it off the pan and pair it with some ketchup or chutney and voila!

Tip: You can even add other vegetables to the chilla but it will make your chilla thicker. Also, use slightly soured buttermilk or curd for better taste. You can also add ajwain seeds if you like the slightly strong taste they give.

Categories Diet, food, meal palnning, Oats Recipe

Oats Idli

Low on carbs and healthy idlis made with oats and grated carrots. Ideal for those who are calorie conscious. Oats being rich in minerals, vitamins and proteins gives this dish a high nutritive value without compromising on the delicious taste. Easy and quick to make, this Low Calorie Oats Idli recipe is ideal for a good breakfast or brunch at home.

Ingredients:

Oats – 2 cups
Rava (Sooji) – 2 cups
Curd – 1 cup
Buttermilk – 1 1/2 cups (or as required)
Asafoetida – little
Coriander Leaves – handful, chopped
Cooking Soda – 1/2 tsp
Carrot – 2 to 4 tblsp, grated
Green Peas – 2 to 3 tblsp, shelled
Green Chilli Paste as per taste
Mustard Seeds – 3 tsp
Salt as per taste
Oil as required

Method:

1. Dry roast the oats in a pan over medium flame for 3 to 5 minutes.
2. Remove, cool and grind to a coarse/smooth powder.
3. Dry roast the rava until golden and remove.
4. Cool and mix with the oats in a bowl.
5. Heat little oil in a kadhai over medium flame.
6. Fry the mustard seeds for 30 seconds.
7. Add carrot, green peas, green chilli paste and saute for a minute or two.
8. Add this to the oats mixture.
9. Add salt, asafoetida, coriander leaves, cooking soda, curd and buttermilk.
10. Mix well to a idli batter consistency.
11. Cover and keep aside for a few minutes.
12. Pour into greased idli plates and steam cook until done.
13. Remove and serve hot with chutney or sambar.

Benefits

1. Prevents cardiovascular disease: “The antioxidants present in oats are beneficial for heart disease and the dietary fibers help lower the bad cholesterol (LDL) without affecting the good cholesterol (HDL)”.

2. Prevents constipation: Oats are a rich source of fiber, both soluble and insoluble, which helps in regulating bowel movements and hence prevents constipation.

3. Controls blood sugar levels: Since oats help stabilise blood sugar and reduce risk of type-2 diabetes, diabetics should consume oats regularly.

4. Reduces hypertension: If you suffer from high blood pressure, a daily dose of oats will help combat this problem and in turn, lower risk of hypertension.

Categories Beverages, food, Health, nutrition, Preventing Illness

Carrot spinach juice

Carrot spinach juice

This healthy spinach carrot juice recipe will not only give you a TON of natural energy, but has a hefty dose of fiber!  The pineapple is a nice sweetener and flavor, make sure to keep the nutritious core in it, as your Blendtec or Vitamix high powered blender will easily pulverize it and make it digestible for you.  You can substitute apple for the pineapple if necessary, but make sure to core it first, since apple seeds aren’t nutritious like the core of the pineapple! You can use regular water or we like coconut water for added hydration, electrolytes, and potassium. Because carrots juice is so fibrous compared to other juices we make and to make it more of a thin juice consistency, you will notice in the recipe instructions for Blendtec we use the SOUP button, which runs a full 40 seconds longer than the WHOLE JUICE button, and for Vitamix, we run it a full 1.5 minutes on High before manually stopping. However be sure to add lots of ice so it doesn’t get hot and kill the live enzymes.

Ingredients:

  • 2 Carrot peeled and chopped.
  • 1 Bunch of spinach (1 cup).

Method:

Clean the spinach carrot cut into pieces add carrot, spinach and ½ cup water into the mixer grinder or blender blend it discard the  pulp and serve. Drink it immediately to get maximum nutritional benefit.

Benefits:

  • Creation of RBC.
  • Relief from Rheumatoid Arthritis.
  • Prevent bleeding gums.
  • Rich in Antioxidants.
  • Prevents formation of cancerous cells.
  • Treats vision problems.

 

Categories Advice, Diet, food, Health, nutrition

Choose your food wisely

We all can eat better, and truthfully, there are simple and delicious substitutions for the unhealthy food items you love. Here are some ideas. Try them and figure out what tastes good to you. It’s worth the effort.

Eat lean chicken, Not chicken nuggets

Benefits of lean chicken:

  1. High Protein Content
  2. Rich in Vitamins & Minerals
  3. Weight Loss
  4. Control of Blood Pressure
  5. Reduced Cancer Risk
  6. Reduced Cholesterol
  7. Treatment of Common Cold

 

Eat a veggie burger, Not a cheeseburger

  1. B Vitamins
  2. Iron
  3. Fiber and Protein

 

Eat baked potatoes, Not French fries

  1. Just 110 calories.
  2. No fat, sodium or cholesterol.
  3. Nearly half your daily value of vitamin C.
  4. More potassium than a banana.
  5. A good source of vitamin B6.
  6. Fiber, magnesium and antioxidants.
  7. Resistant starch.

 

Eat whole grain toast, Not doughnuts

  1. They’re High in Nutrients and Fiber.
  2. Lower Your Risk of Heart Disease.
  3. Lower Your Risk of Stroke.
  4. Reduce Your Risk of Obesity.
  5. Lower Your Risk of Type 2 Diabetes.
  6. Support Healthy Digestion

 

Eat hummus, Not ketchup

  1. Good Source of Plant-Based Protein
  2. Fights Illness and Disease
  3. Decreases Inflammation
  4. Helps Digestion and Intestinal Health
  5. High in Vitamins and Minerals
  6. Supports Bone Health
  7. Protects Heart Health
  8. Boosts Your Energy

Eat dried fruit and nuts, Not potato chips

  1. High Fiber
  2. Antioxidants
  3. Nutrient Density

Eat spaghetti squash, Not pasta

  1. Anti-Inflammatory To Fight Cancer & Arthritis
  2. Promotes Cardiovascular Health
  3. Helps Prevent Birth Defects
  4. Eye Health
  5. Antioxidants
  6. Aids Weight Loss

 

Eat lettuce wraps, Not tortillas

  1. Fights Inflammation. Certain proteins in lettuce (or Romaine lettuce), like lipoxygenase and carrageenan, help control inflammation.
  2. Aids Weight Loss. Save.
  3. Promotes Brain Health.
  4. Boosts Heart Health.
  5. Help Fight Cancer.
  6. Cuts Diabetes Risk.
  7. Promotes Vision Health. …
  8. Promotes Digestive Health.
stress management
Categories Health, Meditation, Stress Management

Understand Stress and learn to Manage

Understand Stress and learn to Manage.

stress management

What happens when you are stressed?

Stress is what you feel when you have to handle more than you are used to. When you are stressed, your body responds as though you are in danger. It makes hormones that speed up your heart, make you breathe faster, and give you a burst of energy. This is called the fight-or-flight stress response.

Some stress is normal and even useful. Stress can help if you need to work hard or react quickly. For example, it can help you win a race or finish an important job on time.

But if stress happens too often or lasts too long, it can have bad effects. It can be linked to headaches, an upset stomach, back pain, and trouble sleeping. It can weaken your immune system, making it harder to fight off disease. If you already have a health problem, stress may make it worse. It can make you moody, tense, or depressed. Your relationships may suffer, and you may not do well at work or school.

What can you do about stress?

The good news is that you can learn ways to manage stress. To get stress under control:

  • Find out what is causing stress in your life.
  • Look for ways to reduce the amount of stress in your life.
  • Learn healthy ways to relieve stress and reduce its harmful effects.

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How do you measure your stress level?

Sometimes it is clear where stress is coming from. You can count on stress during a major life change such as the death of a loved one, getting married, or having a baby. But other times it may not be so clear why you feel stressed.

It’s important to figure out what causes stress for you. Everyone feels and responds to stress differently. Tracking your stress may help. Get a notebook, and write down when something makes you feel stressed. Then write how you reacted and what you did to deal with the stress. Tracking your stress can help you find out what is causing your stress and how much stress you feel. Then you can take steps to reduce the stress or handle it better.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut
Categories Beverages, food

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

The Cabbage Juice Recipe That Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

Bloating is almost inevitable, especially during holiday season or after a nice, family gathering.  Being bloated is the feeling of having excess gas in the digestive system, which feels like you have a “food baby’ in the stomach. For some people, this unpleasant feeling is much more than an occasional discomfort.

Causes of Bloating

  • Excess wind ( caused by foods like onions, beans, cabbage, sprouts, cauliflower, broccoli)
  • Constipation ( which can be prevented by eating a high-fiber diet and drinking plenty of water)
  • Swallowing air when eating fast or talking while eating
  • Food Intolerance, especially when the bowel doesn’t empty properly, the food causes gas to be trapped, or too much gas is produced)
  • Coeliac disease ( intestine cannot absorb gluten found in wheat, barley, and rye)
  • Irritable Bowel Syndrome

The good news is that there is an easy way to alleviate bloating, improve digestion, and set up a quick detoxification process.  We are talking about a cabbage juice recipe which works wonders for stomach bloating. Check it out!

Healing Digestive Juice

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups purple cabbage
  • ½ green apple
  • ½ small lemon
  • 3 ribs of celery

Instructions:

All you have to do is to wash and chop the ingredients, blend them, and strain the liquid. Simple as that!

How does it work?

The efficacy of this healing juice lies in the combination of its ingredients, all of which are extremely beneficial and work in synergy to calm the digestive tract, set up a healthy detox, and beat bloating.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

1. Purple Cabbage

Purple cabbage is an excellent source of vitamin A (which boosts immunity), vitamin C (which protects cells from toxins), potassium (which balances body`s fluid levels), and fiber.  As a matter of fact, only a single serving of raw purple cabbage contains 20% of the DRI for vitamin A, 80% of your DRI for vitamin C, 216 milligrams of potassium,  40 milligrams of calcium, and 14 milligrams of magnesium.

2. Green Apple

Just like purple cabbage, green apple is also high in fiber which is important for cleansing the system and boosting metabolism.  It is a good source of antioxidants as well, which are known to support the rebuilding and rejuvenating of cells. Ultimately, it has a robust mineral profile! It is an excellent source of iron which increases the metabolic rate.

3. Lemon

Lemon is known for its robust mineral and vitamin content, including iron, calcium, zinc,  potassium, magnesium, calcium, copper, riboflavin, niacin thiamin, folate,  pantothenic acid,  vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin C,  and vitamin E.  This citrus fruits provides a wide variety of benefits, such as improving digestion, purifying the blood, and promoting a healthy weight loss.

4. Celery

Most of its benefits are attributed to its phytonutrients and antioxidant content. It works wonders for digestion, supplies the body with fair amount of dietary fiber, and helps clean the bowels due to its high water content.

Purple Cabbage-Beats Bloat, Removes Toxins and Heals Your Gut

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Categories Diet, festival special, food, nutrition

Healthy Kannadiga Foods Makes Your Ugadi Special

This Ugadi 2018, it is nice to consume those foods which are healthy for your tummy.

This festival is all about eating sumptuous and sweet treats, therefore it is necessary to keep a watch out on those foods which are high in calories. Instead of adding sugar to the meals you prepare, add jagerry which is much more healthier for the body. For milk related items, add skim milk which contains less amount of fat and if you want to indulge in fried items like bondas and bajjis, make sure that your quantity is not too much as fried items consumed in summer will only give you digestive problems.

So, this Ugadi 2018, it is time to make a wise and healthy decision where your food is concerned. Here are some of the healthiest Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018, we think you should cast your eyes on these amazing foods to treat your taste buds too:

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Obattu

Turmeric, coconut andJaggery are the three main ingredients which are added to this dish. All of these three ingredients are beneficial to health, especially turmeric which aids in keeping all types of sickness at bay.

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Obattu Saaru

This is one of the tastiest dishes you can enjoy for Ugadi. Made with a lot of spices, this dish has a touch of sweet and sour.

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Lemon Rice & Puliyogre

Lemon rice’s main ingredient is lemon juice. Therefore this dish when consumed on Ugadi, will not only help to fulfill your celebration, but will also add to keeping your immunity high and your calories low.

 

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Kaalu Huli

Another dish you should add to your plate this Ugadi is this delicious Kaalu Huli. The dish which contains black peas, potato, brinjal, onions and tomatoes. These vegetables are fat burners which aids in weight loss. On the other hand, the paste contains chana dal, tamarind, urad dal and jagerry which again are healthy ingredients.

 

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Hurali Kaayi Palya

The reason why you should include this dish to your Ugadi special is only because it contains beans. The green vegetable is healthy since it has properties of minerals and fiber without the saturated fat found in some animal proteins. Beans help to keep cholesterol levels down and also aid in looking after the heart keeping diseases at bay.

Healthy Kannadiga Foods To Make Your Ugadi Special This 2018

Kosumbari
This raw salad is healthy as it contains split beans and seasoned with fresh curry leaves and mustard seeds.It is a high in protein treat for Ugadi and is one of the best snacks for the evening.

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