An ayurvedic diet is key to boost your physical and mental health keeping the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) in hormonic balance.
It offers a powerful combination of foods and herbs that improves your quality of digestion and supports the body in receiving a deeper level of nourishment.
Amla Benefits: Ayurveda Herb For Healing And Natural Well-being
The fruit of Amla helps to reduce all the three doshas or the body humors viz. Vata, Pitta, and Kapha; which when aggravated above their normal limits cause a disease. The sour taste of Amla helps in decreasing Vata dosha or the air body humor. Due to it being cold in nature, calming and soothing in action and having a sweet after taste, it decreases the fire or the Pitta Dosha. And the rough nature of Amla is helpful in reducing kapha or phlegm inside the body.
Ginger: An Ayurvedic Universal Medicine
The Ayurvedic benefits of ginger are that when taken with rock salt it reduces Vata, with rock candy reduces Pitta and with honey reduces Kapha, helps with indigestion, increases appetite, sore throat, morning sickness, headache, fainting, stomach pain, has anti cancerous properties and helps fighting against seasonal allergies like cold, flu and cough.
All You Need To Know About Turmeric
Turmeric is an ayurvedic wonder herb that should definitely make it to your everyday diet. It has high amounts of curcumin, a compound that has studies to support its effectiveness against cystic fibrosis, cancer prevention, prostate cancer, childhood leukemia, crohn’s disease and Alzheimer’s. Turmeric also has a high amount of vital minerals such as manganese, magnesium, calcium, vitamin c, zinc, and phosphorous.
Ghee: Ayurveda’s Super Nourishing Health Food
Ghee is clarified cultured butter which is butter separated from yogurt. It has a well balanced combination of saturated and unsaturated fats and a high smoke point making it good for all styles of cooking. It strengthens digestive fire, increases lubrication and cools inflammation. It can also help repair and protect cell membranes.
“In Ayurveda, tulsi leaves, ginger and cardamom boiled in water make for a healing potion to treat sore throats, headaches and chest congestion,” says Dr Dogra. Tulsi juice is also effective in treating acne, as well as other skin disorders such as ring worm infections, rashes and itchiness. Regular consumption of tulsi also helps purify the blood, reduce blood sugar and build immunity.
“Brahmi or Bacopa is used to balance the three body types specified in Ayurveda: Vata, Pitta and Kapha,” says Dr Dogra, adding that this herb also helps sustain brain and nervous system functions. “It is traditionally mixed with sesame oil, and used to massage away stress and soothe the nerves,” he says. Brahmi also helps improve memory power. Dr Dogra cautions though, that the herb should be consumed only after medical consultation. “It does feature a few side-effects like stomach upsets, cramps and nausea,” he says.