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Simple ways to helathy living

Hello every one.Well today i will be dealing with simple alteration in our daily regimens to be followed which will improve the health and the bestove longivity of life...

-Well most of us will be having the habbit of drinking water.Thi water is a medicine in itself.It has several healing property.According to Ayurveda About a litre of sukhoshan jala which means boiled and cooled water should be consumed early mornings just after you get up from the bed.Clean your mouth and drink atleast 1/2 -1 litre of water at a strech .this will neutralise the increased gastric secretions,also helps in constipation and helps in easy evacuation of the stools.

- People suffering from gastritise and those with the problem of respiratory tract allergies etc should drink stomach full of water and then induce vomiting .This helps in neutralising acid base balance in the stomach mucosa in case of acidity and in case of allegic cough and cold removes the exessive mucosa secretion which might inturn lead to congestion in the chest or reduced appitite .

-Frequent consumption of water in small amount helps in restoring and regulating the water and salt balance in the body ,also heeps the skin hydrated.Skin which covers whole body is responsible for the toch sensation.Hence it maintains the skin moist .Thus acts as a natural moisturiser.

-By consuming adequate amount of watewr it helps in maintaing good appitite by regulating the adequate scretion of digestive juices.

-It also prevents wrinkling of skin.Hence prevents the aging process and even looks.

-Water helps in evacuating the toxins out of the body in form of urine.Hence one with frequent urinary tract infection and ,burning micturation problem ,Piles etc should drink more amount of liquid ,mainly water.

Astringent taste;-[Kashaya Rasa]
This astringent taste as in the tender leaves of mango,guava,bhrami etc is very much required for every one.Its most useful in diabetic patient.
-It cleanses the tough and prevents the bad breath problem,
-cleanses oral cavity,inproves taste perception by clearing the debries from the surface of tongue where in the tastebuds are located..
-Inproves digestion and appitite.
-Helpful in cleansing the blood and keeps it thin
-prevents skin infections and rashes.,pimples etc.
-This is useful in maintaining good quality of teeth and gums .Hence in ancient days people used the twigs of neem tree or mango terr to brush thier teethWhich is rich in kashaya rasa.
-It increases vata if taken in large amount.-When one is suffering from indigestion or feven.He is adviced to take light diet with kashaya rasa in it.This is the patya.
eg-tartiness in neemleaves ,tender mango or gauva leaves etc

Sweet taste:-[Madura Rasa]
-Consuming sweets in limited amount and at appropriate time is very benificial.
It is said in ayurveda that sweet is a taste which shoud be taken at the begining of a meal.this is very true because at that time the blood glucose level wil be very low,the gastic secretions will be high ,acicity is more.So by consuming sweet in a small quantity it reduces the excessive acidity of the stomach mucosa .If you start with spicy food then it may lead to corrosive action over the stomach mucosa[i.e inner layer or lining of stomach walls.]
-Also helps a lot in gastric problems,acidity etc.Sweet does not mean only sweet dishes it could be a tsp of sugar,or even starting a meal with only rice and ghee added...etc.
-Excessive intake of sweets reduces the appitite,delays digestion,increases fat ,leads to intestinal worms etc..
-Eg- as i sugar.jaggery,sweetness of mango atc.

Sour taste:-[Amla Rasa]
- This is very benificial if taken in small amount and at appropriate time.
-This increases the secretion of saliva in the mouth which aids digestion.A small part of digestion of food starts right in the oral cavity.This is aided by saliva which helps in making bolus that is blends with the food particles during grinding process by the teeth.
A simple eg for this is just by looking at a raw mango or lemon or just tinking about it our mouth starts to water.
-Most of the citrus fruits are rich source of calcium and vitamin -C
-Helps in bone building
-Keeps teeth strong
-Increses digest juice secretion
-helps in fat digestion
-excessive intake of amla rasa that is sour taste vitiates the blood.
-Increases pitta in the body
-Increases burning sensatiions , increases gastic level,acidity etc.
-Should be taken in the niddle of the meals to aid the digestion of fatty food particles
-Hence should be taken in small amount only.
eg- as in raw mango, lemon,tamarind etc.

Bitter taste:-[Katu Rasa]
-This is taste which cuts down and burns the unwanted fat
-Cleanses the toungue
-Helps to kill bad breath
-Increases the appitite
-Helpful in diabetis and even in skin diseses.Mainly when one has fever then he must go for kashaya rasa and katurasa included in thier diet for esay cure and aid digestion and improve the taste in the mouth.
-helpful in indigestion.
-This should not be taken in large quantity.It must be atken in minimal quantity.Daaily inatke of curry leaves and coriander leaves in form of seasoning to curries serves the purpose.Hence i say that Indian way of cooking is the best way which included all the shad rasa's[6 varities of taste]
-If taken in large amount it leads to dryness /rukshatha in the body, Increases Vata dosha in the body,And causes constipation also...
egs- bitter as in bittergaurd,neem leaves

Hot or spicy taste:-[Thiktha rasa]
This is a rasa which should be moderately taken.
-It also helps digestion of havey food
-Increases gastric secretion,and acidic level in the gastrium
-increases the taste perception
-Helps to reduce khapa
-Increases the savila secretion but not as sour taste
-Clears throat
-Should not be taken in greater amount as it harms tha walls of stomach by increasing the acidic levels.
-Harmful in acitidy problems as it further increases..
-VItiates pitta and increases it
-Causes burning sensation in gastrium/stomach and chest region
-Causes constipation
- Eg;-Spicy as in ginger ,pepper[these are good but when taken in right amount]

Salty taste:-[Lavana rasa]
-This is another rasa which sould be taken in minimal quantity
-It aids digestion
-Helps in maintaining acid base balance when taken in right amount
-cleanses toungue and oral cavities.Strenthens the teeth and gums,prevents cavity formation when brushed using salts
-liquifies the khapa,but increases when taken in greater amount.

SO these are about the day to day life indulgence of food and thier tastes.There are many more to come...


Manjula said…
Very informative. I did not know that Katu rasa in hagalkai was so good. Knew it as a diabetic remedy.
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hi Manjula,
Thanks dear..
Vcuisine said…
Good post Soumya. When i started look into the benefits first time, i wondered how our ancestors followed the simple ways of cooking (balanced diet) to maintain their health. if you analyse in detail the combos they have given, its something great. Good info. Tks. Viji
Fantastic post on simple ways to healthy living.

I want ask you some thing about consuming water in the morning. I was told by leading Naturopath, that we should avoid it.He said it putys undue pressure on Kidneys

If we follow your advices rigourously, I am quite sure, the health living is not far away. But how many of us takes Doctors seriously ?
As far as I am concerned I am putting everything for tomorrow
Anonymous said…
Very informative article.
keep up the good work.
Regarding consuming water how many glasses of water (you have given in ltrs i would like to know the measurement in glasses) one should consume early in the morning.
One more question my husband faces a lot of gastric problem - any easy kitchen remedy that works for sure.

Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hi Viji,
thanks dear.I feel my efoorts are in right direction and has served its purpose.
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hello Harekrishnaji,
Well according to my openion its not true.I might cause overload over the kidney only in people who suffers from hypertention[BP],or problems related to urinary systems or organs related or heart diseases.People with heart related problems must avoid this.Otherwise in a normal indivisual withot any problem may go for this and gain full benifits.
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hi Asha,
Thanks dear.Ok it again depends on the lenght of your glass.Ok if in gallons its a little less than 1/2 or it can be taken how much you can consume.Generally i say about 5 glasses atleast.
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hi Asha,
Soory about the gastric problems i will be posting very early in detail so keep in tract.
swapna said…
Hi soumya
very informative.My hubby is very strict in this.He says the same.But i got one doubt.In one of ur reply to the comment u told that taking lot of water in the morning causes some pressure on the kidneys for the person suffering from hypertension.Hypertension is nothing but B.P right?My hubby is having kidney stones and B.P also.for one problem he has take lot of water and for the other one
he must not take .is it applies early in the morning or thru out the day?(i mean taking water)
i willbe very thankful to u..
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hi Swapna,
Well drinking water evry now and then is really a very good mentioning kidney problems i ment serious issuess like kidney failure,retention of urineetc.Its advisable in case of urinary calculi /stones that preson must drink the double amount of water what he is taking.Well if teh bp is under control then its not a big deal.Mainly in aged people it might cause some problem who have irregularity in hypertention.
Anonymous said…
hi soumya
im rekha kamath from dubai.
im a frequent reader of ur blogs both ayurveda sanjeevini and ur food blog if im not mistaken.
its really nice to read about ur ancient science and all the valuable information about these simple looking vegetables and frits!!!
my dad is an ardent fan of ayurveda and just refuses to take allopathy medicine even when he is really sick sometimes my mom makes fun of him when our relatives come over!
well im drifting away from my concept of writing this mail sorry
i really appreciate ur effort and good job soumya!
hey do u practise in USA?
b'coz when i read ur profile i was curious to know.well if u r working how is it received by the people?
ok im being selfish now please excuse me
just 2 days back i applied some tomato pulp (which i have been doing from past 7-8 years)and suddenly i had these rashes all over my face and i was shocked .
when my husband enquired abt what happened ,i just said ill enquire with soumya and he was who is she???
i read ur blog quite regularly and i just felt like im acquainted to u from a long time.
where are u from? im from mangalore ...ummm actually my paternal and maternal grand parents are from mangalore but im from bangalore as my dad started hi law practice here.
oh god u must be thinking who is this writing to me like she knows me?
please advice me if u r not too busy about why did i have those rashes?
good luck to you
bye eagerly waiting for ur reply.
---rekha kamath.
Sumitha said…
Soumya how we can incorporate astringent taste in our diet,apart from neem leaves,tender mango leaves etc.
Anonymous said…

Hare Krishna!

I'd like to thank you for posting nice informative and natural remedies. I too read your blog regularly and would be more than happy to read new entries more often. I have gallstones and i wanted to know if you know of anything that can help in either getting rid of them or atleast keeping them in control.
In case of gallstones what should be taken for the calcium requirement for the body. THank and hoping to hear from you soon.

Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Happy to know that you are one of the regular reader of my blog.Thanks dear.Well if you like i would like to priscribe some ayurvedic medication.Do let me know.
Other than that reduce intake of fatty food and heavy carbohydrates in your regular diet.Have hich protiens and aloevera pulp about 1 tsp daily can help you.Similarly the tender stem of banana plant taken directly or in form of juice will give a great benifit.Drink lots of water.Calcium needs can be taken in form of vegetables it self or milk which is diluted is really a good source in your case..
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hello Rekha ,
Thanks for dropping by my blog.Well you need to wash your face before you apply the tomato pulp.If not the dirt in the skin pores tend to act like allergents and lead to rash formation as a diffence mechanism.Or else washing tomato was not appropritately done.They spary certain chemicals to the tomatoes to prevent from insects and worms which is very strong and harmful.The skin in the face perticularly is very sensitive when compared to whole body.SO the rashes might have developed in your case.When such rashes or itching develop immediately wash your face with luce warm water using besan powder and dry it off.this will prevent further develop ment of rashes and the ones which have already irrupted will go off.Any further doughts please contact me.
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
Hi Sumitha,
Well incorporating these tastes is very easy and we do it without our knowledge.For egs- we use curry leaves and coriander leaves which itself is rich in thicktha and kashaya rasa.
-The methi seeds what we add while frying for masala in most of teh sambar is it self rich source.
-The mustard also to some amount adds up this taste
-Curds is also rich source of kashaya and madhura with a little of amla taste.So its easy
Anonymous said…
Dear Soumya,

Hare Krishna!

Thanks so much for replying. Yes i'd like you to prescribe something if you like. Also i live in Florida and would like to know where to get the tender stem of banana plant. Also if you can please describe some vegetables besides green leafy ones which are a source of calcium then i'd be very grateful to you. THnaks so much for helping us out. Also is there a way to get in touch with you personally besides here. I'd like to know many more things but not here. THanks once again.

Anonymous said…
hi its good information here.
can someone help me to solve my problem.
my age is 24. i dont have any bad habit like cigarate and tambaku.
i have a cough problem at my childhood.
now cough is too thick and greeny.
some time its come automatically out of mouth.
so what the problem exactly?
pls help me.
Dr. Soumya Bhat said…
I think that your immunity is very poor.Try gargling with salt water twice daily.Take a glass of hot water just before bed time and after brushing your teeth in the morning..One more reason for this is the recurrent infection of ethamoidal or sphenoidal sinuses which are located behind the nose .Hence the sputum comes thro ' and dribbles into your throat.
Anonymous said…
Hi, sowmya,

good job, keep it up.

Can you pls help me, since last one week whatever i eat feeling bitter taste, if I wont have anything then feels like sour taste in my mouth, particularly on middle of the tongue, and self have not gone neither any medication nor have fever, when eating something feeling bitter taste, can you pls suggest medicine to the above.

vinay said…
hello ..
you are doing very good job
keep it up..
now days throat pain flue spreading
every ware .so please tell what we can do after throat pain.and what the things we should avoid in this rainy season to become healthy.
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seema said…
hi soumya, i am 40yrs old and since 10yrs i am suffering from acne . i have an oily face. i never had this problem before that. i even break out after eating pickles or garlic etc. what can i do for this problem. the acne i get are of the nodular type. thanks seema
Taashi said…
Hello mam, my skin is not clear. pimple spots and pimples are there .. n i want to remove it .. to make my skin healthy and clear... Plz Give response.. From Gaurav.. new delhi Age 17..
prashant said…
Hello dr, im of 29yrs work in media and hence work very odd hours though now i have started taking care of my meals but still under wait and also cannot tolerate wait is 56 and height is 5.8 what should i do. thanks and regards.

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