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.
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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.

Siddha – the ancient healer

Siddha – the ancient healer

ayushThe India Government identified five limbs of Indian traditional healing systems abbreviated as AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha, and Homeopath).

Siddha medicine system, originated several thousand years ago in the area that is now the state of Tamil Nadu, in India. It is practiced as a holistic system of treatment and is an integral part of the culture of society. There is now a lack of popular awareness about the various traditional healing systems, the way it works, and the best option to choose for the condition at hand.

Initiatives are being taken in pockets to revive the Siddha system of healing. J. Jayalalitha, the late Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, had launched in August this year, a scheme to distribute popular Siddha herbs such as Curry leaf powder, Gooseberry, Pomegranate, to pregnant women in the state.

According to T.V.Sambasivam Pillai, in his book Introduction to Siddha medicine, the agastyaworld ‘siddha’ comes from the word ‘siddhi’ which means ‘an object to be attained’. In Tamil, Siddhar is the one who has attained siddhi and Agasthiya, a foremost Siddhar, is believed to have founded and professed the philosophy of Siddha medicine, and is known as the father of Siddha Medicine.

Very much like Ayurveda, according to the tenets of Siddha, the human body as well as food and drugs, are the replica of the universe. The constituents of the Earth are the same as the constituents of every living organism, including humans, and are same as the constituents of the food we eat or the medicines we take.

With the five elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether making up everything we know, Siddha medicines too draws strength from these elements. The proportion of these elements vary in each medicinal preparation, which in turn varies their actions and therapeutic results.

siddhaherbsAccording to Siddha, other than the tridoshas of Vata, Pitha and Kapha, there are seven basic tissues and 96 thathvas, that make up our body. The food or the building block converts into tridoshas, tissues and waste. And any disturbance to the delicate balance of tridoshas is considered as an illness.

Siddha medicine considers food as medicine, however a corresponding change in lifestyle, which includes meditation, practice of yoga, pranayama, is necessary to achieve holistic and lasting improvement.

While the basic philosophy sounds very similar to that of Ayurveda, medicines used in Siddha is what sets it apart. The system is unique and rich in ingredients utilizing everything from herbs, metals and minerals among others.

mercury.jpegFor example, nearly 25 varieties of water soluble alkalis and salts, which are inorganic in nature, are used in the making of the medicines. These are called Uppu. About 64 types of minerals – classified as the ones that vaporize in fire – are also utilized. Even metals or alloys such as gold, silver, copper, tin, lead and iron are purified to be added in the medicines. Extracts from conch and corals too are used. However, Mercury, its alloys and Sulphur are the most significant ingredients in Siddha medicine.

The most distinctive feature of Siddha medicine is known as Kayakarpam, which when followed rightly, is the first line of defense against diseases, which is to say is a known immunity booster and also a definitive process to slow aging. Kayakarpam is a unique combination of Karpaviztham (medicines), Karpayogam (lifestyle) and Muppu (universal salts).

Siddha medicine can be effectively used to treat any illness and is proven to heal skin problems, respiratory/ pulmonary diseases, diabetes, hypertension, arthritis, gastroenterology-related diseases and fevers.

For appointments in Mysore to consult a senior Siddha doctor and healer, please contact Turiya by Dhatu @ +91-9108046072 , wellness@dhatuorganics.com

Remembering Baapu at Dhatu

Remembering Baapu at Dhatu

We had a heartwarming event at Turiya by Dhatu in Mysore, remembering the Mahatma for Gandhi Jayanthi.

We had an exhibition of rare photographs of the mahatma

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An exhibition of the foods Gandhi ji recommends in his works on the topics ‘Key to Health’, ‘Moral basis of Vegetarianism’ and ‘Diet and Diet Reforms’:

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A cooking demonstration and talk on diet recommended by Baapu

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An art competition for kids on the topics of “If we followed in Gandhi’s footsteps”. It was inspiring to see the vision of Gnadhi’s words take shape in the children’s minds and get expression as art!

After two hours of painting, the children and parents enjoyed special millet delicacies like Raagi (Finger Millet) Laddoo, Bajra (Pearl Millet) Laddoo, and Baragu (Proso Millet) Bisi Bele Bath

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We had a certificate and prize distribution ceremony to all the kids and winners. Smt. Leelavathi S. Rao, author of the kannada children’s book “Kiriyarige Hiriyara Kathegalu” chaired the event.

We thank all those who joined in these events and helped us remember that “The greatness of the man was his Simplicity”. I hope we all aspire to walk in Gandhi’s footsteps in whatever way we feel most inspired!