Dec 122017

Many people think, rather assume both lime and lemon are the same or can be used interchangeably. The basic uses of lemon and lime, the properties, as well as the health properties also vary. Lemon and lime, both have acidic properties. However, they vary slightly in terms of flavor and smell.

Every food in Ayurveda comes with certain healing and balancing properties. Lemon and lime come under the category of citrus fruits, which has the sour flavor. Both lemon and lime is used in cooking as well as for other purposes.

Lemon Vs Lime  – The Flavor

Lemon tastes sour and acidic, while lime tastes bitter and acidic. The basic difference between these two fruits lies in the flavor. Why flavor is highlighted here? Flavor is one of the important elements of Ayurveda. Each flavor comes with healing, medicinal and balancing property.

The juice from lime tastes more acidic compared to that of lemon because of the sugar content which is present in lemon. Limes are plucked from the tree when they are green and unripe but fully grown. If they are allowed to ripe, they will turn to yellow color. Because of this many of us will get confused between lime and lemon. The lemons which we buy from the store are unripe one.

Features of Lemon

Not only the whole fruit or the fruit juice but also all parts of the plant are used in natural medicine and home treatment of some common diseases.

Lemon is rich in vitamin C, A, B1, B2. B3, and carotene, citric acid and malic acid. It also contains bioflavonoid, glucose, fructose, sugar, and minerals.

Lemon juice has lots of healing elements and properties like antioxidants, antitumor, alkalizing, detoxification and blood purifying property. It also helps to build body resistance towards infections and wounds.

Lemon juice is not only used as an antacid and immune booster but also used as a fat burner in reducing excess weight.

Features of Lime

Like other citrus fruits, lime also contains adequate amount of vitamins, dietary fiber, and minerals like calcium, potassium, iron, phosphorous, etc.

It also acts as antioxidants and bio-flavonoids that helps building immunity. Lime contains fewer amounts of calories, carbohydrates, and zero fats.

Its peel and pulp are also rich in polyphenols and terpenes.

The peel, oil, and juice of the fruit have antibacterial, antiseptic and disinfectant properties.

Lime has many health benefits includes weight loss, proper digestion, respiratory and urinary disorders, cures constipation, piles and peptic ulcer. It also plays a vital role in skin care and eye care. It helps in skin rejuvenation and protects it from infections. Due to the powerful fragrance component in lime, it is used in cosmetic products.

Differences between Lemon and Lime

There is no big difference between lime and lemon despite size, flavor, and color. The shape of lemon is ellipsoidal but the shape of lime is slightly smaller, ellipsoidal or oval.

Lemon have more sugar content which give sweet flavor compared to lime which is more sour and acidic in flavor. Lemons are rich in vitamin C content compared to lime which has slightly more carbohydrate. Lemon has sour, acidic taste while lime has bitter, acidic taste.

Why Lemon and Lime – An Overview

People think that lime and lemon can be interchanged. Yet, as given above, there is lots of difference in size, flavor, and color between these two fruits. These two fruits are like unity in diversity. They share some unique nutritional health benefits too.

They have low calories and a wide source of dietary fiber. They are also rich in vitamin C and B-9. In addition to the nutritional benefits, they also contain limonoids that helps in preventing cancer.

Lemon Vs Lime – In Cooking

Lemon is more common household ingredient, than Lime. Lemon juice is a favorite thirst quencher and a refreshing drink. It is used in salads, and other dishes. On the other hand, lime juice is also used in rice, meat and flour based dishes like pastas. Thin shavings of Lemon / lime skin are used as toppings for extra flavor and to add tangy punch.

In case of desserts, lemon is predominantly used from ice creams, meringues, cakes and cookies. Lime is quite acidic and it is used very sparingly.

Lemon Vs Lime – in Drinks and Cocktails

Many drinks use the extracts of both lemon and lime, at appropriate places. Lemonade is very common drink and limeade is a part of other drinks.

In cocktails and alcohol, addition of lemon juice and / or lime juice is popular. The subtle to tangy flavor profiles add additional zest to the drinks and cocktails.

Lemon Vs Lime – Other Uses

While lemon is the most common cooking, food and drink, lime comes with uses other than cooking also. It is used on scented products, aromatherapies and perfumes.

Lemon Vs Lime comparison chart
Lemon Lime
Calcium 26mg per 100g 33mg per 100g
Vitamin C 53 mg per 100g 29 mg per 100g
Iron 0.6mg per 100g 0.6mg per 100g
Kingdom Plantae Plantae
Magnesium 8mg per 100g 6mg per 100g
Vitamin A 22 IU per 100g 50 IU per 100g
Family Rutaceae Rutaceae
Taste Sour bitter/sweet/sour
Other minerals Traces of selenium, zinc, manganese and copper Traces of selenium, zinc, manganese and copper
Potassium 138mg per 100g 102mg per 100g
Phosphorous 16mg per 100g 18mg per 100g
Folate (important during pregnancy) 11mcg per 100g 8mcg per 100g
Order Sapindales Sapindales
Genus Citrus Citrus
Species Citrus x limon, among others Citrus x latifolia, among others


Lemon and Lime contain almost similar nutritional value and health properties. However, due to high quantity if Vitamin C, antioxidants and folate, and versatile uses, lemon has an edge over lime.

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Dec 072017

Water is the essence of life. Most of us have come across this rhetorical many a times. Every well-wisher has an opinion or advice to share, each different from the other of course. Why are there so may varied thoughts?

Drinking water is the best way to stay hydrated. Keep aside the hydrating juices, liquids and other stuff. Water is the core for human beings. We cannot survive without water. What could be effect of dehydration? Well, death. While water is essential for life, too much water can also turn detrimental and fatal.

What can be the best way or rather the right way to go about? Let’s Find out!

Water- Nectar of Life

All life forms require water to survive. A human body is made up of 70% water on an average. When we say human body, we denote all the parts; the cells, the glands, the organs and every other component of the human body need water for function.

The brain is made up of 85% water. Any fall in this equilibrium may cause the tissues of the brain to shrink. Water content in blood is 82% and lungs are 90%.

Do you know? Just a 2% drop in the body’s water supply can trigger signs of dehydration. Water is the lubricating oil for the smooth functioning of the engine that is our body.

Right from the moment food enters the body to its final residual excretion, water is a requisite. Water acts as a lubricant in the cartilages and joints gifting us the fluidity in movement. The movement of water within our cellular systems helps to maintain proper body temperature. Water is responsible for the absorption and distribution of nutrition throughout the body. Water is essential to flush out the unwanted toxins from the body as urine, sweat and regular bowel movements.

Going on water fasting for a day, perhaps once a month can bring you miraculous changes in improving your health and immunity.

Nectar indeed!

How much water should you drink?

The most widely circulated recommendation for the quantity of water intake per day is eight glasses, which approximately count to 2 liters.

You can see many charts and calculations to consume specific quantity of water according to your height, weight, etc. But just like any other health requisite, there can be no hard and fast rules as

  • some people live in tropical regions, perspire more, therefore requires more water intake
  • sports person will require more water than an office admin
  • people involved in physical work would require more water

In addition, the body type aka Prakriti also counts on intake of water. If your body type is Pitta (heat) or Vata (air) or combination of any of these, you would need more water intake. Nevertheless, one can always follow a few simple do’s and don’ts to stay out of trouble.


  • Arrange a clean source of water and ensure availability at all times
  • Always carry your water bottle – whether out for a walk or out to work
  • Drink water in sips instead of gulps.
  • Take water at short intervals regularly to answer thirst.
  • Try to keep track of how much water you drink per day.


  • Do not compromise with the purity of water.
  • Do not reuse crushable bottles to drink.
  • Do not force drinking yourself too much water when not thirsty.
  • Do not replace water with beverages. Only water is WATER!

So, what is the best way to drink water?

  • Drink water whenever you are thirsty, don’t skip, don’t postpone, don’t go for alternatives
  • Drink water when you feel hungry, sometimes thirst may appear as hunger
  • Drink a glass of water in an empty stomach to energize the internal organs

The quantity of water you drink or your body require vary with every individual, vary within an individual during different seasons, lifestyle etc. The human body is very much resilient. The body has the ability to health on its own. However, there comes a few things to consider. If you treat you well, giving utmost importance to what you eat, how you drink, and care for your wellness, you will be surprised by your body’s own natural ability to heal itself.

Happy Drinking!

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Dec 042017


Turmeric latte or turmeric milk is also known as golden milk which is the combination of turmeric and milk. The milk can be of any type (almond, cashew, coconut, etc..,).

This golden drink marks an important place as essential drink in the healthy diets. This energetic drink comes with amazing anti-inflammatory and digestion boosting properties. It makes an alternative to caffeinated drinks.

Nowadays people like to sip a cup of golden milk before going to bed and some love to drink it in the morning instead of coffee or tea.

Benefits of Turmeric and Turmeric Latte

Turmeric is mostly used in daily cooking, especially in curry dishes. It adds and leaves yellow stains on utensils and fingernails. Turmeric adds flavour, anti-inflammatory benefits and anti-microbial benefits to the foods cooked.

More than being used as spice, turmeric also addresses itself a healing ingredient, which comes with powerful medicinal features.

Turmeric forms a major part of Ayurvedic medicine that has been practised for centuries in India. The combination of turmeric and milk commonly known as haldi doodh, is a regular drink that most people consume every day. People used to drink turmeric latte for many reasons, from digestion to cosmetic reasons.

From ancient times, turmeric has marked its name for its medicinal properties in both Indian Ayurvedic medicine as well as traditional Chinese medicine (TCM). Turmeric is used as a primary medicine to treat many health conditions. Some of the severe conditions that use turmeric in the treatment include liver disease, skin problems, respiratory and gastrointestinal problems, sprained muscles, joint pains, and general wound healing.

CURCUMIN, the major ingredient in Turmeric

Curcumin, which is present in turmeric, is one of the most effective anti-inflammatory ingredients in nature which lowers the levels of two enzymes in the body that cause inflammation.

It also acts as anti-angiogenesis that helps in preventing the development of additional blood supply necessary for cancer cell growth. Curcumin is also used in the treatment of arthritis, sports injuries, irritable bowel syndrome, Crohn’s disease, tendonitis and various autoimmune diseases.

Consistent use of curcumin can lower the risk of developing diabetes. Those who have diabetes and who took capsules containing curcumin were less prone to develop Type 2 diabetes, compared with people who didn’t take the curcumin capsules.

Milk or Coconut Milk in Preparation of Turmeric Latte

Turmeric latte can be prepared with cow’s milk. Alternatively, you can use coconut milk replacing cow’s milk. Adding coconut milk in turmeric not only gives a soothing feel but also has lots of health benefits.

Coconut milk is nothing but liquid extraction of the fresh coconut scraps. It is easy to extract the milk from the grated coconut. The fat in coconut oil consists of lauric acid, which is hardly found elsewhere. Next to mother’s milk, lauric acid is found only in coconuts.

Our body converts this lauric acid into monolaurin which destroys the lipid-coated viruses such as HIV and herpes.

In addition to using coconut milk to prepare turmeric latte, you can also choose soy milk or almond milk.

How To Prepare Turmeric Latte

Turmeric latte or golden milk is prepared with the following ingredients.

We can also sweeten the turmeric milk with choice of our favourite sweeteners. Traditionally honey is used as a sweetener since the sweetness honey has its own medicinal qualities. Instead of sweetening the milk, we can also add black pepper to turmeric milk as it enhances curcumin’s bioavailability.

  • ½ tsp turmeric
  • 1 cup whole milk/almond milk/coconut milk/ soy milk
  • 1 tsp honey or your favourite sweetener (optional)
  • 1/2 tsp ghee/coconut oil/almond oil (optional)
  • 2-3 black peppercorns crushed
  • Pinch of cardamom/ cinnamon powder for flavour (optional)

Take milk in a bowl and add all the ingredients in it except coconut oil and sweetener. Heat milk over a low heat and stir it continuously. Bring it to boil and allow simmering for 2 to 3 minutes. Turn off the heat and pour the milk into the cup and then add ghee/ coconut oil / almond oil. Add 1 tsp of sweetener (honey) once the milk has cooled down. Drink the milk while it is warm.

You can drink this turmeric latte once a day.

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Dec 022017

Nuts and seeds are the part of a healthy diet. They play a vital role in preventing disease form our body and keep us healthy as we grow. Nuts and seeds consist of fiber, minerals, vitamins and healthy fats which help to reduce the inflammation in our body and it also reduces the risk of heart disease.

Ayurveda celebrates nuts and seeds as super foods. According to Ayurvedic diet, intake of all types of nuts and seeds in moderation, butters and milks are healthy. Nuts and seeds have been one of the staples of foods for ages across different cultures, various countries all over the world. Nuts and seeds provide lubrication and nutrition to body, skin, joints and hair. Nuts and seeds functions as a good fuel for gastrointestinal fire (heart burn).

Purpose of Soaking Nuts and Seeds

Naturally, a seed or nut normally gets enough moistness from rain to wash-down the acids and enzyme inhibitors so it can take root and yield a plant. By soaking nuts and seeds before we eat, we are imitating nature by neutralizing these toxic growth inhibitors by discharging the natural enzymes and energy within them.

Soaking also makes the nuts and seeds easier to digest. The nutrients in them will be easily and fully absorbed by the body. Nuts and seeds are also soaked to get rid of the dirt, dusts and tannins. Please note we are not supposed to use the water used for soaking nuts and seeds.

The water contains inhibitors and toxic substances like enzyme inhibitors, phytates (phytic acid), polyphenols (tannins), and goitrogens.

We can either use warm water to soak the nuts and seeds. Seeds and nuts contain phosphorus in form of phytic acid. It binds to a mineralit and becomes phytate. This process stops nutrients from being engrossed in the digestive system and reduce the digestibility of these foods.

To make these enzymes ineffective we can add little amount of salt in the water before soaking the nuts and seeds.

Benefits of Soaking Nuts and Seeds

Remove Phytic Coating

Phytic acid coats the raw nuts externally. It actually benefits the nuts but not humans. It may lead to gastrointestinal problems and obstruct the absorption of nutrients. Especially, nuts are rich in minerals, which are not absorbed. Soaking nuts before eating removes phytic acid coating.

Nuts and seeds are especially high in phytic acid which can be removed through the process of soaking (and sometimes sprouting) and drying to further reduce the anti-nutrient content. Soaking is still recommended for ease in blending and for nutritional purposes.

Remove Tannins

Soaking removes the enzyme inhibitors which coats the nuts and seeds to protect them. It is critical to those who are already suffering from digestive problems. Tannins is another element, which may lead to digestive and gastric problems.  Besides, there are many with allergic reaction to Tannins. Eating it aggravates the health issues, if the individual is sensitive to it.

So, soaking remove the tannins from the nuts and seeds.

Soaking nuts before eating them also helps to rinse out the colon thus removing the harmful toxins. It also helps in the better absorption of nutrients

Process of Soaking Seeds

Soaking nuts and seeds required two major things. You can either soak in normal water or warm water.

  • Warm water
  • Sea salt

Take warm water (enough to cover the nuts completely) in a glass bowl or jar and mix sea salt to it. Soak the nuts and seeds for 10 to 12 hours. Drain out the soaked water and completely rinse the nuts.

You can either refrigerate the soaked nuts, after drying. You can dry the nuts in a dehydrator or under the natural sunlight. Once it is fully dried, store in an airtight container.

Alternatively, you can eat nuts within 24 hours or include in cooking or otherwise.

Why warm water and salt?

Ayurveda highlights, soaking nuts and seeds in warm water give added benefits. Soaking in warm water will deactivate all the enzyme inhibitors. It effectively increases the bio-availability of the micro nutrients.

Salt is natural preservative. Adding salt to the nuts and seeds gives more benefits. The salt helps in activating the enzymes that deactivate the enzyme inhibitors present in nuts.


Almonds 8-12 No sprouting
Barley 6 2
Black beans 8-12 3
Brazil Nuts 3 No sprouting
Cashews 2-4 No sprouting
Chickpeas 8 2-3
Flax seeds ½ No sprouting
Hazelnuts 8-12 No sprouting
Macadamias 2 No sprouting
Pistachios 8 No sprouting
Pumpkin seeds 8 3
Sunflower seeds 8 12-24 hrs
Walnuts 4 No sprouting
Pecans 6 No sprouting
Oat grouts 6 2-3
Quinoa 4 2-3
Wheat berries 7 3-4


Points to note after soaking nuts

  • Since the water removes the coatings of enzyme inhibitors, it should be drained.
  • Rinse the soaked nuts and seeds properly
  • It is also recommended to do a final rinse with a diluted solution of apple cider vinegar or salt water rinse.

Include nuts and seeds in any form in your diet, regularly.

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Nov 282017

Toxins get accumulated in the body for various reasons. Ayurveda refers accumulation of toxin as “ama” which is caused by food indigestion, which is an imbalance. Ama affects the immune power, causes imbalance in doshas and opens gate for diseases. Indigestion is the major cause of most of the diseases. Foods you consume should be healthy, fresh and easily digestible in time. Besides, indigestion should be addressed naturally.

Ayurveda Acharyas used “Higvastak Churna” to increase digestion and relieve indigestion in Ayurvedic practice. The hingwastak powder helps to digest the body toxin (ama) and prevents its accumulation. Hingwastak Churna mainly contains very safe and easily available herbal spices.

What is Indigestion

Indigestion (dyspepsia) is a general term for pain or discomfort felt in the upper abdomen and under the ribs that usually occurs after a person has been eating or drinking. Indigestion and heartburn can occur together or on their own. Despite its name, heartburn has nothing to do with the heart. It happens when your esophagus, the tube that goes from your throat to your stomach, gets irritated by acid that comes up from your stomach.

What happens if a valve at the top of the stomach doesn’t work properly? Most people have felt heartburn at one time or Indigestion affects nearly everyone at some point in their lives. It’s uncomfortable, but it’s usually not a serious health problem. If it happens often, you may have a more serious condition called GERD (gastro-esophageal reflux disease.) Left untreated, GERD can sometimes lead to other problems, including:

  • Inflammation and ulcers in the esophagus
  • Hoarseness
  • Lung disease
  • Barrett’s esophagus — a change in the lining of the esophagus that makes you more likely to get esophageal cancer.

Ingredients of Hingwashtak churna or Powder

  1. Dry ginger powder

Ginger is among the healthiest spices on the planet.It is loaded with nutrients and bioactive compounds that have powerful benefits for your body and brain.Ginger can be used fresh, dried, powdered, or as an oil or juice. Ginger Contains Gingerol, a Substance with Powerful Medicinal Properties. It is believed that delayed emptying of the stomach is a major driver of indigestion.Interestingly, ginger helps to speed up emptying of the stomach in people with this condition.

  1. Ajwain powder

The spice, that every Indian household is more familiar with, “Carom seeds help in maintaining your digestive health”. They treat any kind of abdominal discomfort due to indigestion like stomach pain or burning sensation. Ajwain seeds are rich in fiber, minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants.The active enzymes in ajwain help in boosting our digestive functions by facilitating the release of gastric juices.

  1. Long pepper powder

Long pepper (Pippali) is a very diverse essential in the world of Ayurvedic medicine which means to drink and digest. It Increases the digestion and burns toxins. As an herb or a culinary spice, Pippali is commonly used to treat a wide range of disorders.

  1. Black pepper powder

Black pepper is the fruit of the black pepper plant. The chemical piperine, which is present in black pepper, causes the spiciness, eases digestion and stimulates the stomach, which then secretes more hydrochloric acid that helps to digest proteins in food. Black pepper is a rich source of minerals and vitamins. Black pepper has a high content of dietary fiber and has a moderate amount of protein and carbohydrates too.

  1. Cumin powder

Cumin is a good source of energy, vitamin, and minerals. It is also rich in protein and amino acids, carbohydrates, dietary fiber and a reasonable amount of fats & fatty acids. Thymol, a compound in cumin, helps with digestion by preventing the formation of gas in the gastrointestinal tract.

  1. Black cumin powder

Black Cumin is rich in nutrients like protein, vitamins, and calcium and iron. Black cumin after the meals helps digestion or clam upset stomachs.

  1. Rock salt

It is also known as “Halite”, which is a mineral of Sodium chloride. Rock salt is rich in minerals and does not pose health problems. It is used for digestive disorders as it improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn.

8. Hing – This is the major ingredient in this Churna

Hing means Asafoetida, which is the main ingredient and Ashta means 8 indicating that this product contains 8 ingredients. Churna means powder. Hing is known as an old culinary ingredient which is enriched with various healthy properties. In this article, we are going to see how to prepare this Hingwastak choorna at home. This can be prepared at home easily by using ingredients available on kitchen shelves.  Here is a method of preparing “hingwastak powder or churna”.

Preparation of Hingwastak Churna

Take 1 teaspoon of all the above-mentioned ingredients and mix it well. The prepared hingvashtak powder can be stored in an airtight jar and can be stored for 6 months. Consume ¼ teaspoon of higvashtak churna with the equal quantity of ghee (clarified butter) before consuming food, two times a day.  It is a boon for foodies who want to relish food without landing up in indigestion.

Benefits of Hingwastak churna

  • This herbal preparation is the mixture of salt, spice, and herbs.
  • Provide relief from gas, bloating, and spasms.
  • Very good to improves metabolism.
  • This medicine helps in reducing fat.
  • For improving appetite, digestion, and assimilation this is very good.
  • This medicine stimulates healthy and unobstructed peristalsis.
  • It balances downward moving energies.
  • Very effective in stomach infection, bloating, indigestion and abdominal pain.
  • This churna regulates apana vayu (vata responsible for moving downwards and eliminating stool, flatus, urine, menses and the fetus).


This article is composed for awareness and education purpose only. Visit the nearest Ayurveda doctor or practitioner for the proper dosage and prescription of the preparation for the better management.

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Nov 232017

Ayurveda is the science of life. It is one of the ancient healing practices, dates back to 5000 years. Ayurveda emphasize on the way of life. It is not just a medication, but a lifestyle. It connects body, mind and spirit. Besides, it harmonizes the system of wellbeing by focusing on physical, psychological and emotional health.

Adding more life to the the film is a subtle gem. It invites you to discover nature and human nature with poetic images of ancient healing system known as AYURVEDA. The director did a wonderful job of displaying India as the custodian of the ancient science of healing, Ayurveda and covered a lot of ground, both figuratively and literally.

Background score adds life to the movie. The tranquil score evokes another aspect of Vedic knowledge –Ghandharva Veda  the melodious of nature.

Ayurveda: Art of Being – Movie Casting 

CAST Brahmanand Swamigal
Vaidya Narayan Murthy
Dr. Nicolos Kostopoulos
Dr. Ashwin Barot
Dr. Scott Gerson
PRODUCERS Karl Baumgartner (producer)
Christoph Friedel (producer)
Claudia Steffen (line producer)
Christa Saredi (co-producer)
Reinhard Brundig (co-producer)
PRODUCTION MANAGEMENT Dilip Shankar (production manager & researcher)
Natasha de Betak (2nd unit director)
Ben von Grafenstein
MUSIC Cyril Morin
SOUND Dominique Davy

About the Director and an Excerpt from his Interview

Pan Nalin is a director, screen writer and a documentary film maker. He is an award winning film maker.

First and most important thing that every film maker should keep in mind is to develop the clarity about the theme on which they want to make a short film. Due to internet, DVD etc. borders are being vanished. Spirituality is in our culture. I came to realize that let it be any kind of story, understanding of spirituality in it has great importance. For example, the latest highly successful commercial film Avatar has the spiritual angle in it. Likewise other films such as Star Wars and Matrix too have the spiritual concept.

But often, people do confuse spirituality with religion. I don’t believe in it at all. I believe that spirituality can exist equally in Christianity, Islam and Hinduism. Those who are highly religious, sometimes, there is no spirituality at all in them and to reverse to it, those who are not religious at all, are highly spiritual. This is actually hard to define. It’s indeed a matter of sadness that the gap between spirituality and religion is increasing day by day.

When I left my home for my passion, my father asked me “If you’ve two paths ahead of you, one quite easier and the second very tough, which one will you chose?” To which I replied “the tougher one.” And he said “Now you’re ready to go ahead.

Take a look at some of the reviews / comments from the movie viewers:

It has been awhile since I last watched this film, but I’ve watched it several times from a standpoint that includes quite a lot of knowledge and direct experience of Ayurveda. Ayus is life and Veda is Knowledge – so Ayurveda is Knowledge or science of life. So-called “modern” or “western” medicine is a relative newcomer – having really only been around for the past 150 years or so, while Ayurveda is thousands of years old. Even in the US there is still a LOT of traditional folk medicine, and increasingly Ayurveda is making inroads and being recognized as holistic and preventative and truly a system of health care – as opposed to “modern” medicine’s fragmented (just look at the specialties) and disease care approach.

It was pleasure to watch this film. I applaud the makers of this film for bringing out this wealth of knowledge; making people aware of this ancient science. Such simple film-making and yet so impacting.

The film is about how the order of the universe, when you have the ability to perceive it, can be used to make individuals right. In essence it is about the practice of understanding cosmic order and the place of entities in that order.

Being a fan of this unique Indian filmmaker, I could not ignore Ayurveda. I watched it twice in theaters and later at home on DVD. One of the most inspiring and thought provoking work.

With “western” medicine – disease care – becoming less affordable every day, “western” drugs costing so much and having so many harmful side effects, and an epidemic of obesity in the US, this refreshing look at a simpler approach is quietly reassuring and shows us the path to integrating the best of western medicine with the time tested Knowledge of Life

Here is the link to the full movie, Ayurveda – Art of Being.

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Nov 212017

Maintaining oral hygiene is crucial for good health and wellbeing. Oral health represents overall health. Tongue scraping is one of the important healthy practices that most of us ignore. It is equally important as brushing teeth. While many of you may aware about tongue scraping, it is essential to consider the element you use to scrap the tongue.

Tongue scraping is one of the ancient Ayurvedic practices, an oral care solution to improve oral ecology. It is a simple process to remove the buildup of toxins on the surface of the tongue.

Oral care remains incomplete without caring for the tongue. It is often ignored. The tongue is one of the diagnostic organs in Ayurveda and ancient medical practices. Tongue scraping is way more beneficial than getting a cleaner tongue and improving oral health.

Let’s see the importance of tongue scraping and why should you copper to scrape your tongue.

Importance of tongue scraping

Many times, the surface of the tongue builds soft plaque, which affects the taste buds. It inhibits the flavor profile and you cannot enjoy the taste of the food. (Tastes are very important part of natural healing. Every taste carries its own benefit). Malfunction of taste buds due to plaque lead to false cravings. Besides, it also builds plaque on your teeth. Eventually, it disturbs the overall oral health.

Tongue connects not only with your taste sense but also digestion. The buildup of plaque in tongue imparts your digestion and builds the ama (toxins) on your tongue. Tongue scrape helps removal of plaque. It is the base defense against bad odor, gum disease etc.

The tongue is mostly a neglected organ in the body. Regular and so-called healthy practices like brushing twice a day, flossing etc are not sufficient to prevent and remove the buildup of plaque.  Tongue scraping helps to revitalize your tongue and improve oral health.

Tongue scraping is essential because it is connected to internal organs. Every part of the tongue is linked with vital organs of the body. Tongue scraping not only protects oral health but also internal organs.

  • The front part of the tongue is related to upper GI tract, lungs, and heart;
  • The middle part of the tongue is connected with liver, spleen, and stomach;
  • The back part of the tongue relates to the large intestine and kidneys;
  • The tip of the tongue is the location of thyroid and vertical line in the middle of the tongue represents the spine.

Why should you use copper tongue cleaner?

Copper tongue scraper is the best friend to take care of your oral health. Copper is one of the elements with numerous health properties. It is rich in anti-microbial properties. Copper has been for ages regulating the microorganisms like fungi, viruses and bacterium.

When you don’t remove the plaque, it will be reabsorbed into the digestive system which causes imbalances in the body.

Copper tongue cleaner is a one-stop solution to improve your oral hygiene with ease and efficacy. This tongue cleaner is made of pure copper and unalloyed metals which make it the safest product to use. Copper carries antibacterial and anti-plaque properties, which keep the oral diseases at bay. It also refines and improves your taste buds. This tongue cleaner provides optimal benefits over the mouthwashes and toothbrushes that come with inbuilt cleaners.

  • Harness the dual benefit of fresh breath combined with benefits of copper
  • Get rid of bad breath in minutes
  • Refines the taste buds and improves your oral hygiene
  • Copper is non-gagging cleaner made of unalloyed elements with great flexibility
  • Safe, simple, easy to use and clinically recommended

Just glide the tongue a couple of three times with this cleaner and get rid of those unpleasant coats in no time. Banish the chemical mouthwashes and get the fresher, healthier and cleaner mouth.

How to scrape your tongue

  • Before scraping your tongue, take a minute to examine your tongue daily. Note for the color and texture of the tongue. If you notice daily, you can see the accumulation of plaque and monitor the texture of the tongue. Eventually, it also helps in monitoring your health.
  • Scrape your tongue from back to front. Gently glide the copper tongue scraper from back to front to remove plaque.
  • Once you find the scraper collects residue, rinse the scraper and repeat again for minimum 5 times to maximum 10 times.
  • Rinse your mouth and wash the copper tongue scraper with warm water.

Tongue Scrape Vs Tongue Brush

What is the difference between tongue scraping and brushing?

Brushing the tongue will loosen the plaque buildup. It just moves around the plaques and loosens it. It won’t help in
complete removal of plaque. Neither it helps in relishing the taste buds nor does it improve the related internal organs. It fails to meet the ultimate oral ecology.

On the other hand, tongue scraping is an ancient method of maintaining good oral health and more to it. Healthy, plaque-free tongue is a sign of good internal health and immunity. In addition to all these, tongue not only connected with internal organs, but also has the reflex points. It massages the GI tract and cleanses the system.

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