Childhood Nutrition

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Ayurveda

Ayurveda

Childhood illness is on the rise. many kids are diagnosed with obesity, diabetes, asthma, chronic otitis media (ear damage), ADD, ADHD and more. Research has shown that the standard American diet causes or contributes to many of these diseases. It is imperative that parents know how to feed their children correctly at each stage of their lives and teach them the nutritional knowledge and habits they need for a lifetime of good health.

In Ayurveda, a child’s nutrition is divided into three stages: kshirup, the period of nursing; kshiranaad, the feeding of solid food mixed with milk; and anaad, solid food. In the kshirup stage, lasting six months to a year, the infant’s nutrition is his mother’s milk. Infant formula was designed to be a medical nutritional tool for babies who are unable to breast feed. Formula does not fully meet the nutritional and immunity needs of infants, leaving their immune systems failing. Babies who are breast fed are less likely to get sick with diarrhea, gastrointestinal illness, urinary-tract infections, respiratory disease or pneumonia and rarely suffer sudden infant death syndrome. They are less likely to have allergies, less likely to have later weight problems, less likely to have ear infections and–according to a study published in JAMA issue of May 8, 2002–more likely to be more intelligent.

In the kshiranaad stage from one to two years old, milk is slowly tapered off while side-by-side fruit juices, pulp, syrups, soups of pulses and vegetables are started. Rice, beans such as mung and lentils, different fruits (especially ripened bananas), nut milk, vegetables and milk products are excellent. Ayurvedic medicine does not recommend introduction of solids before six months of age.

The stage of solid food, annaad, begins at two. I highly recommend eating together as a family. It is a comforting ritual for both parents and kids. Children like the predictability of family meals, and parents get a chance to catch up with their kids. Studies have shown that kids who take part in regular family meals are also more likely to eat fruits, vegetables and grains, less likely to snack on unhealthy foods, less likely to smoke, use marijuana or drink alcohol. Involve your children in meal planning and preparation, especially your teens, as it will keep them interested in participating. Keep mealtime calm and congenial. The dinner table is not the place for parental lectures or sibling arguments.

Easing Sneezing

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Ayurveda

 

Flowers are blooming, birds are chirping and trees are turning green with new life. It’s spring. Unfortunately for some, this means a good healthy dose of allergic rhinitis, commonly known as hay fever. Those of us who suffer from this seasonal affliction may feel an urge to rub our noses, eyes and ears. We might even get a sore throat. All of this is simply our immune system’s response to airborne pollens coming from different plants and flowers.

Hay fever usually manifests with relatively harmless symptoms like mild nasal congestion and skin irritation. Rarely, it can develop into a life-threatening illness of extreme allergic sensitivity called anaphylaxis. An allergy should not be confused with the common cold. For one thing, colds are highly infectious. Seasonal and perennial allergies are not. A person with a cold has a low-grade fever and cloudy nasal secretions. Allergy sufferers experience clear nasal discharge and usually no fever.

Protein in Your Diet

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Protein-in-Your-Diet

An abundance of animal data and research has proved beyond a doubt that an excess of protein in the diet creates more cancers. Fifty to sixty grams of protein is enough for a normal, healthy 160-pound person. An excess beyond that creates many imbalances. If you plant tumors in animals and give them excessive protein, the tumors start growing. If you cut down the protein, the tumors shrink. This experiment has also been done with sugars and fats, mainly saturated fats. Exercise also shrinks the tumors. It is a complex issue; protein is not the only culprit.

I am from the mountain part of India, Himachal Pradesh. Milk is consumed there, but very little. The average cow will only milk for three to four months, giving only one to two liters of milk per day for the whole family. This is raw milk, not what we are using today. The homogenization of milk–making the fat molecules smaller and symmetrical–is a problem. The pesticides, insecticides and hormones we feed the animals are other problems.

Combatting Aging

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Ayurveda

Stave off the debilities and diseases of old age with right living routines and rejuvenation therapy

Ayurvedic medicine has delineated rejuvenation as a speciality whose main purpose is to maintain health and virility as age advances. We all age, but we don’t need in the process to enter an epoch time of disease. We can age gracefully and avoid diabetes, heart diseases, hypertension, auto-immune diseases, obesity, cancer, etc.

Rejuvenation therapy, or rasayana, is one of the eight clinical specialties of ayurveda, which include internal medicine, surgery, opthalmology, etc. The purpose of rasayana is to prevent aging, impart longevity, build immunity against diseases, improve mental faculties and add vitality and luster.

The rasayana treatment should be customized for each person, based on age, constitution, adaptability, body tissues, microcirculation, digestion and vitality. Methods include achar rasayana (behavioral modification), pancha karma vigyan (detoxification program) and the taking of specific herbs and preparations for the body. In modern herbology these rasayana herbs are referred to as adaptogens for their ability to adapt according to the body’s needs.

Why Ayurveda

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Ayurveda

What is Ayurveda to health is like what religion is to God. Ayurveda is not only related to disease and its remedies but emphasizes the right and healthy way of living.Since the origin of Ayurveda is said to be from Atharva veda, the philosophy of this health system is based on self discipline and balanced outlook. To understand that Ayurveda is an integral part of India and its culture is to further compare the ethos of Hinduism being –not a religion but a way of life and that of Ayurveda being –not a remedial system but a way of healthy living.

Avoiding Food Allergies

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Avoiding Food Allergies

Avoiding Food Allergies

Food allergies are associated with a multitude of symptoms and can result in a seemingly endless list of illnesses: chronic diarrhea, duodenal ulcer, gastritis, irritable bowel syndrome, malabsorption, ulcerative colitis, nephrosis, chronic infections, anxiety, depression, hyperactivity, inability to concentrate, insomnia, irritability, mental confusion, seizures, bursitis, joint pain, low back pain, asthma, chronic bronchitis, wheezing, acne, eczema, hives, itching, skin rash, arrhythmia, edema, fainting, fatigue, headache, hypoglycemia, itchy nose or throat, migraines and sinusitis.

Herbs that cure

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Herbs that cure

Herbs that cure

Since Ayurveda is a holistic and natural system of healing, it is only to be expected that the simplest and most common-place of items shall be used as ingredients for creating some very easy-to-make but most effective cures for and preventives against day-to-day ailments.

A few of which are mentioned below