Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body – Part 3

At Turiya Wellness Center, we had 3 day wellness workshops from July 28-30, 2017. The topic on day 1 was Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body. The lecture was delivered by Dr.Sanjay, MBBS MDRD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiodiagnosis, K R Hospital, Mysore medical college and research Institute. We are sharing here the highlights from the talk as written down by one of the participants – Mrs.Geetha Naresh.

The third part of this 3 part blog is about daily recommendations for diet, nutrition and detox.

Recommended Daily Essentials (Golden Supplements)

  • Soak 2 to 4 Almonds, 2-4 Raisins, and 1 Dried Fig in a glass of water overnight. Almond helps in strengthening the body, and in building immunity. Raisins help improve prostrate health, strengthen the muscles, and relieve arthritic and rheumatic pain. Fig (Anjeer) helps increase hemoglobin levels and is recommended for anemia.
  • First thing in the morning consume the soaked almonds (after removing the skin) and raisins. Do not throw away the soaking water. See below for how to use it.

Recommended Daily Detox (Detox Drink)

  • Take a pinch of turmeric, pepper powder (those with stomach related or allergy issues avoid pepper) Amla Powder or syrup, or a squeeze of lemon juice, Ashwagandha powder, Triphala powder, Basil seeds and honey and mix well with the left over soaking water and drink every day on empty stomach.
  • Ensure honey is organic honey which is sold as wild honey in Organic Stores. Do not refrigerate it.
  • Pinch of pepper powder helps in absorption of turmeric in the system.
  • Honey and Amla act as anti oxidants.
  • Triphala cleanses your stomach
  • Ashwagandha is a rejuvenator and gives pain relief.
  • Ensure all products are paraben/chemical free
  • Turmeric helps patients with Alzheimers

Dhatu also carries SUPER GREEN CAPSULES. This contains Wheat grass, Spirulina, Barley Grass, Stevia, and Moringa. It comes in a box of 100 capsules and one Capsule a day for 100 days in a year is highly recommended.

Daily Dietary Recommendation

  • Golden Supplements (Badam, Raisins and Fig soaked over night)
  • Detox Drink
  • Multi-vitamin Capsule
  • Supergreen Capsule (once a day for 1oo days)
  • Vitamin D Sachet once a week for 4 weeks
  • One fruit a day – seasonal fruits
  • Carrots once a week
  • Leafy Greens once a week
  • Flax seeds (not recommended for people with high cholesterol)
  • Citrus Fruits : once a week
  • Along with the above replace Sugar and Salt as explained above and ensure oil used for cooking and frying as recommended in Part 1.
  • Avoid Polished rice and use Red Rice, Brown Rice, un polished rice, Rajamudi rice .
  • Avoid Wheat available in the form of Maida and try and use from wheat wheat, It is not suited for South Indians for daily consumption.
  • Millets may be used once or twice a week.
  • Moringa leaves if available in natural form from the tree is highly recommended for consumption once a week.
  • Avoid Meat and Meat products, Broiler Chicken, etc., as hormones are injected into the birds for weight and speedy growth and this in turn affects children and adults, and causes hormonal imbalance, muscle spasm, joint pain and over consumption causes Cancer, Gout, etc.

Disclaimer

  • Each body is different and may react adversely at times. So it is highly advised that consultation with a qualified dietician or a General Physician is taken before starting on any of the above if you have any chronic illness or disease.
  • Ensure the products are bought from a good Organic Store and check for labels such as GMP Certified, USDA or food certification.
  • Dosage and Diets are recommended for Adults only and not suitable for children.
  • No miracles can be expected in a week and it would take minimum 4 weeks or more to see the results/effect.
  • Each body is different and so keep observing for any discomfort, allergy once you start your dietary change and discontinue or continue as per comfort.

Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body – Part 2

At Turiya Wellness Center, we had 3 day wellness workshops from July 28-30, 2017. The topic on day 1 was Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body. The lecture was delivered by Dr.Sanjay, MBBS MDRD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiodiagnosis, K R Hospital, Mysore medical college and research Institute. We are sharing here the highlights from the talk as written down by one of the participants – Mrs.Geetha Naresh.

The second part of this 3 part blog is about important Vitamins needed for the body and how to make sure we get them.

Vitamin D

The best source of Vitamin D is the morning sunlight. Now we hear more and more Indians living even in South India having Vitamin D deficiency. Earlier it used to be a problem only for people living in cold climate, not having enough exposure to Sunlight. But now in most urban areas, our lifestyle involves being mostly indoors. We don’t make use of the morning sunlight which is natural, free and assured almost every. The blood test to test for Vitamin costs over Rs.1000/-, and most test results will show deficiency. However, the best ways to supplement this deficiency is free. Morning walk, basking in the morning sun, doing Yoga or Surya Namaskar in the morning – all outdoors – helps in eliminating this deficiency. For those with the excuse of time and space to spend time outdoors, there is an alternative available.

Vitamin D sachets which are available in most leading Medical or Organic Stores (60k or 60000 International Units or IU). Take one sachet of this and dissolve in one glass of water and consume once a week for 4 weeks and you will start noticing a stark difference in your energy levels. Anything in excess is toxic so just take it for four weeks @ once a week and this is enough for a whole year.

Vitamin A

Available in carrots and other green vegetables but mainly in Carrots. So include Carrots in your diet once or twice a week and you don’t have to take any artificial supplement.

Vitamin  B – B12

Available in plenty in green leafy vegetables, like spinach, palak, etc. Including in diet once or twice a week will give enough Vitamins B to B12.

However, ensure you wash the vegetables and greens thoroughly in boiled water, or organic liquid cleaner which helps in cleaning the vegetables and fruits thoroughly.

Vitamin C

This is also called a healing vitamin. Vitamin C helps revive/recover quickly from any injury, fracture, etc. While artificial supplements are available in all medical stores, we recommend taking lemon/lime juice, or any citrus fruits. Amla (gooseberry) if natural ones are available, it is recommended. However, it can be supplemented by consuming Amla Powder available in all leading Medical Stores or Organic Stores. Amla has Vitamin C and also is an anti oxidant. It is highly recommended for patients recovering from flu, viral infection, cough, cold, fracture, injury, etc., However people with gastritis and acidity problems need to check with their Physician before taking citrus fruits or Vitamin C supplements.

Vitamin E and K

For non vegetarians it is available in fish. Deep fried fish not recommended as Omega fatty acids are lost. While non-vegetarians can get artificial supplements in the form of fish oil or cod liver oil, for vegetarians it is available in the form of flax seeds which is a natural product.

Multivitamins

Supplement with multivitamin capsules. This covers 100 + vitamins A to K needed for adults.

Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body – Part 1

Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body – Part 1

At Turiya Wellness Center, we had 3 day wellness workshops from July 28-30, 2017. The topic on day 1 was Natural Supplements for a Healthy Body. The lecture was delivered by Dr.Sanjay, MBBS MDRD, Assistant Professor at the Department of Radiodiagnosis, K R Hospital, Mysore medical college and research Institute. We are sharing here the highlights from the talk as written down by one of the participants – Mrs.Geetha Naresh.

The first part of this 3 part blog is about better, healthier alternatives to Sugar, Salt, and cooking oil.

SUGAR : Replace with Jaggery Powder or Honey.

PS: Diabetics need caution even in consuming alternatives to white sugar.

NO Sugar, YES Jaggery powder, Honey

  • Jaggery Powder can be used instead of Sugar in beverages like coffee, and also for making sweet dishes. Honey is a great alternative to sugar in Tea.
  • White/yellow or light coloured Jaggery indicates the use of Sulphur or other preservatives and bleaching agents which is not good for human consumption. Jaggery should be dark brown in colour.
  • White sugar has a very high glycemic index and can lead to obesity, joint pain, diabetes and other lifestyle related diseases.
  • Natural sweeteners like Jaggery is rich in natural nutrients like vitamins and minerals that contribute to improved health.

SALT : Replace with Sea Salt, Rock Salt, Himalayan Pink Salt

PS: People with Hypertension or High BP, should consume salts with more caution.

NO tables salt(iodine) YES Sea salt, rock salt, Himalayan salt

  • Use only a pinch of even these unprocessed culinary salts
  • Do not use Processed Salts with high sodium content, or with added Iodine (though people living is the Eastern Part of India may have iodine deficiency). Added Iodine causes Thyroid issues.
  • Even salt marketed as Low Sodium Salt is to be avoided.
  • Use Natural Rock Salt/Sea Salt/Himalayan Salt

 

OIL : For cooking use oils that have high smoke point

It is interesting that Olive oil that is not native to India is being imported here, while Virgin coconut oil, that is native to India is being imported by western countries.

In India oil is used mostly for cooking, so oil is heated before being consumed. Olive Oil which has a low smoke point is not suitable for Indian cooking, and not ideal for our climate. Oil in general should be used in limited quantity.

NO Olive oil, YES coconut oil, ghee

VIRGIN COCONUT OIL : has a higher smoke point and also has many health benefits. However, it is not suitable for deep frying, re-heating, or over heating as that can lead to free radicals, which in turn increases Cholesterol levels, leave fatty deposits in joints, and lead to premature aging. So coconut oil is best suited for seasoning or in salads. Always try to use cold-pressed virgin coconut oil.

RICE BRAN OIL :  has a high smoke point and hence can be used for deep frying. At the same time it is advisable to use it sparingly, as when any food is deep fried, it loses lot of its nutritional value, and also can lead to health issues.

GHEE (COW’S MILK recommended) : While Ghee is very good and highly recommended even in Ayurveda, it should also be used in moderation as required by the body. Always go for Indian breed cow (Desi Cow) ghee that is certified by FSSAI/ISP/Agmark, as opposed to commercial ghee that could have oils or vegetable/animal fats mixed in. Also it cannot be ascertained to be from Cows. The Milk might be from Cows, Buffalo, Goat and other animals, mixed together. Ghee should also not be heated repeatedly and used.