Posts Tagged ‘detoxification’

An ayurvedic approach towards water

Thursday, May 23rd, 2013

75% of earth’s area is covered by water. Water is the major component of all living beings and it is the

major constituent of human cells. Ayurveda considers water (aap or jala) as one of panchamahabhutas. ( Panchamahabhutas constitute human body). Water provides a good medium for most of the biological processes that happen in living beings. Dehydration or loss of water from body causes dry skin, lowered energy, muscle cramps, reduced alertness and affects vital organs.

Potable water:

Water which is not harmful to health and has all qualities to serve as drinking water is called as potable water. The potable water must be free from heavy metals, suspended particles and pathogens like bacteria.

Ayurveda recommends rain water which is devoid of impurities, microbes as pure potable water. This is called as “Gangambu”. Such rain water is healthy, refreshing, cools body, increases alertness and satiates taste buds. The properties of pure Gangabu or rain water are narrated as follows.

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Why is water called the elixir of life?

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

While a good detox from a qualified wellness doctor does go a long way in maintaining good health, there are a few things you can do on a day to day basis to help your body detox regularly. It may not be a complete detox, but it certainly helps in the long run and also when you do get a detox done, people who have been following these simple day to day stuff, do experience much better results. And in this month, with the sun beating down and we are all clamoring for water, this simple liquid can do wonders!

It’s not without reason that water is called the elixir of life. And water when consumed the right way, not only quenches thirst, but also helps your body detox. A simple day to day routine is to have a full glass of water, and just water without honey or lime or anything, the first thing in the morning, as soon as you get up (and brush your teeth).

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8 health benefits of tea

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Studies continue to unlock the medicinal benefits of tea, which has been touted to help with everything from headaches to depression since Ancient times.

Nutritionist Patricia Bannan has provided eight reasons to why we should drink tea.

Tea contains a small amount of natural fluoride, a chemical that can help prevent tooth decay, she said.

When fluoride mixes with saliva, bacteria can’t produce the acid by-products that promote cavities. Additionally, fluoride works to repair teeth in the early stages of tooth decay, she explained.

Studies also show catechins (antioxidants) in green tea extract may trigger weight loss by stimulating the body to burn calories and decreasing body fat, especially in the abdominal (belly) area.

Thanks to its polyphenols (the antioxidants found in tea), sipping on a cup may have cancer-fighting effects.

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Natural wonder – Wheatgrass

Thursday, March 28th, 2013

Sip on some wheatgrass juice to detoxify your body.

You can grow it at home!

Wheatgrass and its nutrients

Wheatgrass is a common wheat plant (it belongs to the wheat family), which looks like a lot like lawn grass. In the west, consumption of wheatgrass started in the 1930s as a result of experiments conducted by Charles F Schnabel, an agricultural chemist. In his first experiment, he used fresh cut grass to nurse dying hens back to health. Feeding on wheatgrass, the hens not only recovered but began to produce eggs at a higher rate than a healthy hen.

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How to detox after the party

Monday, January 2nd, 2012

After days of partying, binge eating, and drinking when your body is bombarded with toxins caused by an unbalanced diet, toxic chemicals, stress, environmental pollutants and a sedentary lifestyle. If you feel drained by the end of the day, it’s time to go on a detox programme – A process that decreases the negative impact of xenobiotics or toxins on the body.

And, perhaps, New Year`s the best time to begin the purging of toxins that might have built up in your system.

Why is detoxifying important?

Detoxifying helps in cleansing the body internally. While most people go on a prolonged fast to cleanse their system, an easy alternative is to eat right.

Nutrition in the adult years must focus on maintaining health by using the right combination of foods, particularly plant-based foods and their constituents, to optimize the functions of the digestive system, the liver and other systems, including the immune system. Following the nutrition paradigm that promotes defensive eating helps maintain and promote health while preventing diseases.

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Smokers, drink black tea to detox

Thursday, October 13th, 2011

Black tea could help chronic smokers detox, experts at a daylong conference on the benefits of tea and its abilities to cure several maladies said here Wednesday.

`Health and Longevity Through Chai: The Wonder Beverage` was organised by the International Life Sciences Institute-India (ILSI-India) and supported by the Tea Board, the National Institute of Nutrition and the National Tea Research Foundation.

Scientists from around the world, who have been doing extensive research on tea and its medicinal properties, presented papers and took part in the discussions.

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Debunking detox weight loss diets

Wednesday, July 6th, 2011

It sounds like a good idea: go on a detox diet to shed pounds and “purify” your body by eliminating waste products and “toxins” in your intestines. Internet ads and TV infomercials promise: “Ten days to a whole new you!” “Rapid weight loss and rejuvenation!” “Make your health problems vanish!” — all with cleansing regimens that combine extreme calorie reduction and laxatives.

Even celebrities have gotten on the bandwagon: Beyonce shed quite a bit of weight on the Master Cleanse program, drinking salt water in the morning or a concoction of lemon juice and honey, and topping it all off with laxative tea at night. But really, is this a smart way to lose weight?

Experts say no. Katherine McManus, a registered dietitian and director of nutrition at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston (affiliated with Harvard Medical School) recently conducted a study comparing a variety of weight loss diets. “I have not seen any science that substantiates the health claims made by proponents of detox diets,” she says. “These diets are a very limited, short-term fix, and the research shows that the weight loss cannot be sustained.” What’s more, McManus has seen no scientific evidence that detox diets boost energy, rev up your metabolism or aid your health in any other way.

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