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19 April 2018

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Health Benefits Of Turmeric

Turmeric consists of a wide range of antibacterial, anticarcinogenic, antioxidant, antimutagenic, antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory properties. It is rich in many healthy nutrients such as iron, dietary fiber, niacin, magnesium, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, potassium, protein, calcium, copper, and zinc. Thanks to all these vitamins, nutrients and minerals turmeric is often used to treat a wide variety of health problems.

Prevents cancer

It has been shown that turmeric can help prevent prostate cancer, stop the growth of already existing prostate cancer and even destroy cancer cells. Many researchers have found that thanks to the active components found in turmeric, it is one of the best protectors against radiation-induced tumors. Turmeric can also prevent growth of tumor cells like T-cell leukemia, colon cancer and breast cancer.

Treats depression

Here is some excellent news for those who are trying to fight depression in a natural way. It has been shown that curcumin, the antioxidant that makes turmeric so fascinating spice can function as an antidepressant.

Relieves arthritis

If you are suffering from rheumatoid arthritis you need to start consuming turmeric on a regular basis and experience relief from the moderate to mild joint pains and joint inflammation too. Moreover the anti-inflammatory properties that turmeric has are great for treating osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Boosts the immunity

Lipopolysaccharide is the substance found in turmeric which has antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal effects which helps strengthen the immune system. A person who has a strong immune system is more resistant to colds, coughs or the flu. 

For those who maybe sometimes will catch a cold or the flu, you will feel much better if you just mix one teaspoon of turmeric in a glass of warm milk and drink it once a day.

Sooths upset stomach

Turmeric has anti-inflammatory effects so it is useful in keeping stomach acid under control. Also turmeric is used to sooth heartburn and general stomach upset too.

Heals wounds

With its strong antiseptic and antibacterial effects, turmeric can do wonders for your skin. If you have a cut or a burn, simply sprinkle some turmeric powder on it and help the healing process. You can also use turmeric in repairing damaged skin, treat psoriasis and other inflammatory skin conditions.

Maintains healthy heart

Turmeric can be very helpful in protecting the most vital organ in our bodies. Turmeric helps to break cholesterol which is responsible for clogging up the arteries and causing strokes or heart attacks.

Maintains the ideal weight

If you are watching your weight or you are trying to lose some, you should definitely include turmeric in your diet. Take just one teaspoon of turmeric powder before every meal. A component found in turmeric helps increase the flow of bile which has a major role in the breakdown of dietary fat.

Prevents Alzheimer’s disease

Studies have shown that brain inflammation is responsible for cognitive disorders like Alzheimer’s disease. Turmeric is good for overall brain health by helping in the removal of plaque build-up in the brain and by improving the oxygen flow. This will prevent or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

Protects the liver

Turmeric is a kind of natural liver detoxifier. The liver plays the major role in detoxification of our bodies through the production of enzymes and turmeric is responsible for increased production of these vital enzymes. Later those enzymes break down and reduce toxins in the body. It has been shown that turmeric also speeds and improves blood circulation.

Also turmeric is being used for the treatment of inflammatory diseases such as tendinitis, liver cirrhosis, Alzheimer’s disease and many other digestive and blood related problems.

It has other significant properties like anti-bacterial, liver and kidney protective nature, blood clot suppressing property and also helps in the prevention of heart attack and hypoglycemia.

Why having fresh turmeric or powder is beneficial as opposed to Isolated or extracted Curcumin?

Most of the supplements sold in the market are

Isolated curcumin

To put it simply, isolated curcumin, the type of turmeric MOST supplements are using these days is not effective as it's an isolated compound and poorly absorbed by the body in that isolated form. 

That’s because for turmeric to work properly, it needs the FULL range of compounds that make up the element. 

Recent research has been so centered around curcumin that very little time has been spent examining the other 199+ compounds in turmeric.  

Many health secrets lie buried in turmeric’s full spectrum chemistry. Turmeric has been found to exhibit many therapeutic properties and hence is being used for centuries in the traditional cooking.

Turmeric needs a lot of natural rainfall for cultivation, it grows in areas which have at least 200+ days of rains a year. Best turmeric comes from farms on foothills where the rains bring down a lot of minerals with the rain water for the turmeric to have the medicinal value. It should be grown organic without use of pesticides or fertilizers. Turmeric should never be exposed to sunlight or heat as per Vedic texts and it has to be harvested at night and dried  in shade because of which it takes more than 30 days to dry. We have our own farm in kerela where it is grown and harvested under these condi

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In Ayurveda, hair fall is referred to as ‘khalitya’ and premature graying of hair is termed as ‘Palitya’. Both khalitya and Palitya are considered as pure paitik (arising out of ‘pitta’) disorders. It means, when you continuously disturb ‘pitta’ (heat in your body), it can gray your haIn Ayurveda, hair fall is referred to as ‘khalitya’ and premature graying of hair is termed as ‘Palitya’. Both khalitya and Palitya are considered as pure paitik (arising out of ‘pitta’) disorders. It means, when you continuously disturb ‘pitta’ (heat in your body), it can gray your hair. So, according to Ayurveda, if you consume pitta enhancing substances, your pitta aggravates and cause gray hair.

From ayurvedic point of view, good hair growth is linked to one’s physical and mental health. When one is cheerful, the hair looks lively, alternatively when one is feeling depressed and pessimistic, the hair acquires a fallen and lifeless look.

According to Ayurveda, hair is a byproduct of bone formation and the tissue responsible for building bones is also responsible for the growth of hair.

 

Early hair loss is related to body type and the balance of the mind-body constitution (doshas). Any problem with the hair will always indicate a dosha imbalance as well as a disequilibrium in the activities of your mind. People who have excess Pitta in their body are likely to lose their hair early in life, or have prematurely thin or gray hair. Excess Pitta in the sebaceous gland, at the root of the hair, or folliculitis can also lead to hair loss.

Ayurveda recommends specialized home remedies to prevent as well as manage the white hairs all over the body. According to Ayurveda physiology the digestive essence (Rasa element) is responsible for healthy hair both color and structure. Any pathology affecting this leads to white hair. Correction of the causes with Ayurveda therapies and medicines, bring back the normalcy. Ayurveda says that the white hair after the middle age that is 82 is not reversible.

Symptoms

The only symptom is loss of hair whenever one combs the hair and graying of the hair at an early stage of life. Some systemic symptoms of Pitta aggravation might also be present like acid stomach, nausea, excessive sweating, and intolerance to heat.

Causes

Increased intake of fried, sour, spicy, salty, and fermented foods, as well as tea and coffee, aggravate the Pitta Dosha in the body. This Pitta accumulates in the skin of the scalp, leading to hair falling out and graying prematurely. Factors like excessive anger and stress are also responsible. Excessive consumption of alcohol and meat also aggravate Pitta.

How To Prevent Grey Hair and Loss Of Hair

1. Take treatment for cold: Don’t let kapha accumulate in your head. People who suffer perpetually from cold are more susceptible to get grey hair at an early age. Do not take a persisting common cold lightly. Seek treatment.

 

2. Take treatment for sinusitis: Do not neglect sinusitis. It has adverse effect on hair.

3. Good Digestion: Make sure that your digestive system functions well, your liver is healthy and you do not suffer from other gastric troubles. A sluggish liver and other digestive problems promote hair loss and turn the hair grey.

4. Head Massage: Regular care and an ayurvedic massage of the head is essential to revitalize the scalp.

5. Apply Essential Oils: Bhringaraaja referred to as keshraja or ‘king of the hair’ is an excellent rejuvenator. It also promotes hair growth and makes it black and lustrous. It is the best known herb to effectively stop and reverse balding and premature graying. It cools the brain and helps calm the mind from excessive activity, thus promoting sound sleep. Bhringaraaja is taken internally and used externally as Bhringraj oil.

6. Eat Copper Rich Foods: Sometimes grey hair begins to appear due to lack of copper in your diet. Foods that are rich in copper are turnip greens, lima beans, yams, spinach, and most meats. Copper is also found in blackberries, pineapple, pomegranates, almonds and pumpkin seeds.

Yoga To Prevent Hair Loss And Gray Hair

According to yoga, nerve endings below the fingernails are directly connected to the roots of a person’s hair. Rubbing the nails against one another improves the blood circulation in the scalp, which in turn reduces grey hair. Yoga Asana and Kapalbhati is also said to help in arresting the greying process.

1. Prasana Mudra:

Method: Keep hand near the chest. Rub the nails of the eight fingers against each other for 5 to 10 minutes for 30 days. The thumbs should be straight.

Benefits: This slows down hair loss, with reduction of gray hair and split ends. It makes hair lustrous and strong.

2. Mandukasana

Mandukasana is very good for premature greying hair and help to stop further graying of hair. It is also useful for some other illness like constipation, diabetes and digestive disorders, effectively reduce weight of thighs, hips and the abdomen. This asana strengthens the lower parts of the loins.

Diet

1. Avoid Pitta-aggravating foods like spicy, heavy, and oily foods, as well as tea and coffee.

2. Avoid refined foods, refined sugar, junk food, and alcoholic and carbonated drinks.

3. Increase intake of fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables, and vegetable juice prepared from lettuce, carrot, capsicum, and alfalfa.

Daily Hair Care

Always, keep in mind hair are an essential part of our body and need special attention and care. Handle your hair gently. Whenever possible, allow your hair to air-dry naturally, Avoid compulsively twisting, rubbing or pulling your hair.

1. Cleanliness:

To begin with, everything used for the hair should be clean. Brushes should be of good quality. The whalebone-bristle variety is perhaps the best, as it is not so stiff as to damage the hair, but the bristles are long and stiff enough to brush the scalp apart from the hair. Remember, combs should always be blunt-toothed. Both combs and brushes should be washed twice a week, and kept in a bag, which should be washed frequently. Both the brain and scalp prefer to be kept cool, so whenever washing the hair, it is best to use lukewarm water and a cool water rinse. It helps in toning the scalp and refreshing the nervous system.

2. Massage:

Massage of the scalp is perhaps the best method for keeping your hair healthy and preventing hair loss. Though a good massage can be given with blunt-toothed comb, the best way is to massage with hands. The thumbs should be placed at the back of the ears, and the scalp rotated under the fingertips. Ensure that the scalp is also moved, apart from the fingers. Then, deep pressure should be applied with palms pressed firmly against the scalp. This ensures good circulation and an increased blood-supply to the hair-roots. A head massage helps relieve tension, improves circulation, and strengthens the hair roots.

3. Shampooing / Cleaning:

The purpose of shampooing is to remove any dirt or impurities from hair making them clean and tidy. Harsh shampoos will just cause the sebaceous gland to overcompensate by producing more oil than necessary. It is advisable to wash your hair daily or alternate days using Amazing Herbal shampoo or any baby shampoo diluted with water.

Traditionally, powdered herbs are used to cleanse the hair, which remove dirt without disturbing the natural functioning of the scalp. You can also prepare your own wet shampoo. Take one tablespoonful of grated or powdered ritha and shikakai. Add a handful of herbs (according to the need) and boil in half pint of water. Alternately, you can pour the boiling water over the mixture also. Allow it to cool. Strain and use as you would use your regular shampoo. The foam of the chemical shampoos has little to do with the cleaning effect. They are simple and harsh chemicals which strip the outer protein layer of the hair and dry the scalp, making the use of conditioners necessary.

4. Conditioning:

Artificial conditioners do little more than provide an oily film that traps dirt and makes the hair look dull. If one feels the use of conditioners that are essential, one can always prepare an effective conditioner at home: mix sugar or honey, lemon juice and water in the ratio of 2:1:5. Prepare the needed quantity depending upon the length of your hair. After washing the hair, rub this mixture over the entire scalp and the hair thoroughly. Rinse it after about a minute. If you

have dry scalp or if the skin keeps peeling off, use a mixture of yasthimadhu (Liquorice/Glyccyrrhiza glabra) roots. After washing the hair, apply this mixture all over the scalp, rubbing and massaging with the fingers. Leave it on for two-three minutes and then rinse once again with water.Thanks 

5. Proper Combing:

You should comb your hair every day with careful gentle 15-20 strokes. Combing the scalp helps keep your hair healthy and can also promote hair growth. It also an effective way to relax. It, which in turn prevents and fights avoidable hair loss, and re-establishes the natural development of healthy hair.

Hair should be brushed well for five minutes at night and in the morning, preferably in front of an open window, as air is necessary for healthy air. Brushing should not be so vigorous as to stretch the hair, as it will weaken the hair. Brushing the hair from back to front ventilates the scalp.

Panchkarma Therapy

Panchkarma like Virechana, Nasya and Shirodhara are also very useful for gray hair. Virechan helps balance vitiated Pitta Dosha, so helps to reduce gray hair. Best oil for Nasya is Shadbindu Oil, Neem oil or Yashtimadhu Oil. Shirodhara with Bhringraj Oil, or Neeli Oil can help to reduce hair fall and gray hair. Regular massage hair with Til Oil(prepared with Amla- Indian Gooseberry, Neem and Yashtimadhu- Liquorice) helps prevent hair loss. Applying Ghee (made from cow milk) before sleep on bottom of the feet with bronze vessel, this will help to convert gray hair into black.ir. So, according to Ayurveda, if you consume pitta enhancing substances, your pitta aggravates and cause gray hair.

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