Category: Ahar

What Yoga & Ayurveda say about your food

Ayurveda defines body and food relationship as Ahar Sambhavo Deha–means body is derived from the food. The enlightened men always believed you are what you eat. The kind of food one eats; plays a catalyst role in building one’s personality and life. In Marathi, we say Anna he Poorna Brahma–it means food is equal to God. The whole Brahma (universe/Almighty) resides in the food. That’s why we believe in practices like not wasting food and Annadana (offering food to the hungry). The basic knowledge of our Prakriti (constitution) and how food nourishes our body and mind can help us to maintain optimum immunity, strength and stamina throughout life.  Pic courtesy: Yoga by Anil Our age-old sciences; Yoga and Ayurveda describe in detail about food, types of food and Prakriti of the person. Modern nutrition science talks about macronutrients and micronutrients. Carbohydrates, Fats and Protein are known as macro nutrients whereas vitamins and minerals are called micronutrients. A person is supposed to eat in a certain quantity and ratio all the macro and micronutrients as per age, gender, level of physical activity and medical conditions. Let’s understand our food through the lens of Yoga and Ayurveda now. Vata, Pitta & Kapha According to Ayurveda, the person should take his food and medicines as per his Prakriti. Prakriti is a genetic code of the child which is confirmed at the time of his birth. The...

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Yoga For Thyroid Disorder

Butterfly shaped thyroid glands Thyroid disorder has become common like cough and cold. You are either a person having some issue with your thyroid gland or you know at least a half dozen of women in your social circle with thyroid problem. Even men can have issues with their thyroid but women are more prone to it than men. Why thyroid is so rampant today? Medical specialists believe that this is a by-product of our wrong lifestyle and habits. The blame, off course, has to put on sedentary lifestyle and poor food choices. Thyroid is a very important endocrine gland that regulates our both physical and mental health. This butterfly shaped gland, located in front part of the neck, secretes T3 and T4 hormones which regulates our metabolism and also secretes important brain chemicals like endorphin, dopamine and adrenaline. The hypothalamus and the pituitary gland, situated in the brain, control the thyroid. Pituitary gland, in turn, produces Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH). The thyroid gland and TSH shares an inverse relationship—the high level of TSH results in an under active thyroid gland (Hypothyroid—the gland produces too little hormones) that slows down the process of metabolism resulting in weight gain among people suffering from it. And the lower level of TSH induces hyperactivity in the gland (Hyperthyroid—the excess secretion by the gland), means extreme weight loss. Hypothyroid is more prevalent than...

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Beetroot Puris: Overloaded with Nutrients

The monsoon season augments taste buds and you crave for crunchy and fried food items like onion pakodas, samosas and puris. A simple addition of beetroot can enhance the nutritional value of your puris and you will not feel the guilt of gulping down many calories. The beetroots are a rich source of folate, vitamin C, potassium, iron and fiber. It helps to elevate hemoglobin level in anemic person. Ingredients 4 cups whole wheat flour1 cup shredded beetrootWater as required for kneadingPinch of salt or as per tasteVegetable Oil/Ghee (clarified butter) for frying Preparation Take four cups of wheat flour in the big bowl and add shredded beetroot.Now, add a pinch of salt or as per the taste.Add one cup of water. Don’t add too much water at a time as the beet also contains water. So you will require less water to knead it than the normal dough.Nicely knead it together with flour and beet.Set aside for 15 minutes to set it.Now make 6 to 7 balls of out of dough.  Roll a chapati. Use any bowl or glass with sharp edges to cut the puris out of chapati.Now heat the oil in the deep pan.Fry the puris until golden brown.Your red golden brown puris are ready.Serve with sabji, dal, chutney or shrikhand depending on your preference. Tips Please wash the beetroot under running water and pill the outer...

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