The Problems With Smoothies for Ayurvedic Health, And How To Avoid Them

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February 14, 2020

Juicing and blending is a very common hobby amongst Ayurvedic enthusiasts. It’s a nice and easy way to receive a good helping of minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants that battle cancer cells. They have been an integral part of any fitness-savvy person’s diet.

Over generations, plants have grown to be less bitter, and have become replete with more nutrients, so that we can enjoy one drink and reap a plethora of benefits that we can’t find in most foods. Drinking smoothies not only give us essential nutrients, but it’s a very convenient way to take them daily, and it’s a simple way to get a balanced diet.

However, there are some downsides that come with drinking smoothies, especially for Ayurvedic enthusiasts. Courtesy of your Melbourne natural medicine clinic, here are some things to watch out for when making and drinking smoothies.

Smoothies Often Have Meagre Food Combinations

There are boundaries that Ayurvedic experts simply do not cross when combining foods to make smoothies. Most smoothies consist of combinations of fruit with vegetables or either milk or yoghurt.

Smoothies Are Often Raw

Raw foods are not just difficult for your body to digest, but they are also breeding grounds for possible parasites. What this means is that they encourage the likelihood of parasites, bacteria, and even yeast to live inside your gut and get you extremely sick.

Smoothies Often Have Lots Of Sugar

Fruit has plenty of sugar, and when you blend it to create a smoothing, it is more active when it’s not contained inside the skin of the fruit you’re sipping on. Eating fruit regularly as smoothing can often lead to weight gain, regardless of you possibly skipping junk food. It is often better to eat fruit straight with it’s skin intact so that the sugar is able to release in your body slower.

Smoothies Are Cold

If you add fruit or water that is icy or cold to a smoothie, it will be cold and can slow down the speed and effectiveness of your body’s digestion. Cold smoothies still contain all the vitamins and minerals that you expect, but if something happens with the way your body is digesting them, you won’t be able to receive those nutrients. To make matters worse, this could actually make your body more toxic instead of less toxic.

Smoothies Can Be Too Much For You

Smoothies have high volume, meaning that you will end up consuming more than what you need by consuming fruit in a cold, liquefied form. This ignores your body’s signals for you to stop eating when you’ve had your fill. Consuming too much will also impair digestion.

Here are tips for how to make for healthy smoothies:

  • Only limit your ingredients to fruits, vegetables, herbs, and water. Milk, oils, nuts, protein powders, etc. should be off limits.
  • Have little to no fruit in your smoothie, with lots of vegetables instead.
  • Include gingers and other herbs to smoothies. These ingredients help with your digestive system. Other herbs like basil, mint, and coriander come with additional health benefits.
  • Use room temperature or slightly warm water, and avoid cold or frozen ingredients.
  • Don’t make big glasses, only work with small ones for two or three days per week.

Summary

Smoothies are often a means for health nuts to get all the important vitamins and minerals in one cup. However, there are ways that smoothies can be unhealthier than you imagine. Be wary of how you make your smoothie in order to avoid complications with your digestive system, blood sugar, toxins, and more.

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December 10, 2019

Not only is food necessary for a healthy body, but women depend on food for healthy reproduction, too. When it comes to fertility, there is a lot of information about food you can search for, so thankfully, you can get plenty of useful information on what is safe and what isn’t.

But truth be told, it’s not that hard to look for food in order to get the best fertility possible. According to the best fertility naturopath Melbourne has to offer, the only food that is considered off limits are processed foods, or foods that come in a box. That’s basically all there is to it to make sure nothing serious happens from now until the birth of your child.

To guarantee that your fertility remains in good shape, here is a list of safe food items you can enjoy.

Berries

Berries are rich in antioxidants and protect the body’s cells from harm. In fertility, the antioxidants in berries will ensure the eggs and sperm are safe from DNA damage. It will also make sure that the reproductive tissue will stay in good condition. What is great about berries is that you can enjoy them in one of many different ways, from eating them straight to using them for smoothies.

Wild Salmon

Salmon is widely available farmed and processed, but it’s worth it to get wild and fresh salmon whenever possible. Salmon is rich in omega-3 fatty acids, which is highly important for fertility. It also contains, selenium which is crucial for semen health, as well as vitamin D, which the body needs to ensure a high probability of healthy fertility. This fish is also proven to ensure healthy fetal growth for pregnant women.

Lentils

Lentils are those colorful bean-like edibles used for many delicious meals. In fact, just a cup of lentils is enough to get you 90 percent of your required folate intake. Black lentils contain the most antioxidants. Brown lentils have a nice, natural taste. Green lentils are high in iron and magnesium. Red and yellow lentils can be used to make soups and stews thicker. All lentils are also high in fiber and protein.

Cruciferous Vegetables

Cruciferous vegetables include broccoli, Brussel sprouts, turnips, kale, cauliflower, and cabbage. These vegetables are known to clean or cleanse hormones, with a compound known as indole-3-carbinol. After eating these veggies, any excess estrogen can be flushed out of your body. Cruciferous vegetables work their best if they are eaten lightly steamed or raw.

Pomegranate

Pomegranate fruit and drinks are high in antioxidants so that your egg and sperm can be shielded from free radicals. Pomegranate is healthy to eat, especially in men. Studies have proven that men who eat pomegranate for three months have their sperm motility increased significantly.

Cinnamon

PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is the most common cause of infertility, as it entails cysts growing in the ovaries. When cysts grow in the ovaries, the chance to successful fertility is low and menstrual cycles become irregular. Cinnamon works to reverse this as it can address PCOS, uterine fibroids, and irregular menstrual cycles. Cinnamon is also great for trying to lose weight and improve blood circulation. Cinnamon is great for topping ice cream and yogurt with, in addition to mixing with coffee in the morning.

Conclusion

There are many food items that can work towards healthy fertility, and they include certain types of fruits, vegetables, grains, nuts, spices, and fish. As always, be sure to eat a balanced diet and stay away from boxed foods to be sure your child is born healthy.

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November 19, 2019

Considering the potential side effects and moderate effectiveness of conventional treatment, both patients and doctors are checking out alternative therapies, including osteoarthritis Ayurveda treatment.

Osteoarthritis is the most prevalent type of arthritis, affecting millions of individuals across the globe. It’s caused by a range of aspects including obesity, injury, and aging bones and presents symptoms like joint stiffness, tenderness, bone spurs, swelling, loss of flexibility, and pain. Treatment varies depending on the affected joint – whether it’s the back, neck, wrist, or hip – and included exercise and medication.

As mentioned earlier, factors like age, injury, and obesity can increase the risk of getting osteoarthritis. Sex, genetics, bone deformities, repeated stress on the joint, and certain metabolic diseases can also put one at risk. Osteoarthritis is degenerative and worsens with time – leading to chronic pain. Conventional treatments mainly focus on relieving symptoms and enhancing the functionality of the joint. Patients may need different (or a combination) of treatments before determining what works for them. In most cases, the doctors will prescribe medications like painkillers or NSAIDs, counterirritants, DMARDs, corticosteroids, and biologic response modifiers. They may also recommend surgery or therapy.

But most of the conventional medication methods are only moderately effective. Besides, they present quite significant side effects, some of which can be life-threatening. That’s why both patients and their caregivers are seeking alternative treatments like Ayurveda to treat the condition. Osteoarthritis Ayurveda treatment involves the use of three modalities, including herbal treatments, yoga, and meditation, to address the condition.
Ayurveda provides a different herbal treatment for addressing osteoarthritis. The herbs present incredible anti-inflammatory properties, minus the side effects that are usually associated with the medications. As an example, Ayurvedic therapy can be as effective is addressing osteoarthritis of the knee as glucosamine and Celebrex, but with fewer side effects.

So, is Ayurveda good for osteoarthritis?
Ayurveda is the oldest medical system in the globe, and by far, the most used form of non-allopathic medication in India. Today, it is also widely practiced in North America and European countries and is one of the fastest-growing complementary and alternative medicines worldwide.

The herbs turmeric, Boswellia, ginger, ashwagandha, Guggulu, Shatavari, and Triphala have all shown to reduce inflammation by altering the production of the body’s inflammatory chemicals.

While numerous new treatments for different forms of osteoarthritis have been identified, they present various drawbacks like excessive side effects, lack of efficacy, and high cost. And since osteoarthritis requires the patient to be on treatment for the rest of their lives, the importance of having a safe, friendly, effective, and cheap treatment can never be overemphasised. This explains the uptake of Ayurveda herbs across the globe.
In addition to the benefits mentioned above, Ayurved

  • Encourages patients to love themselves
  • Provides a nurturing approach to being healthy
  • Gives a patient a greater understanding of their place in life
  • Helps patients learn to clear up energy
  • Provides better health a cellular level
  • Offers a full circle philosophy
  • Reduces toxins in the body
  • Facilitates stronger digestion
  • Minimises stress and provides a greater sense of well-being

Conclusion
Ayurveda uses herbs, Panchakarma treatments , yoga, meditation, and exercises to encourage good health. The ancient medicine is also effective in treating osteoarthritis.

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February 28, 2019

Shirodhara has been practised for over 5000 years and it derives from two Sanskrit words: shiro and dhara. Shiro means head and dhara means to flow. It basically involves the gentle, constant application of warm oil at the chakra point/ third eye (forehead) just above and between the eyebrows. The oils flow over the scalp and through your hair, creating a blissful sensation.

It is an amazing, and relaxing body therapy from the ancient natural medical system Ayurveda, which is renowned for soothing and healing an agitated nervous system. Shirodhara is known to relieve symptoms of anxiety, stress, fatigue and hypertension.

What to expect

When coming in to experience your first ever Shirodhara massage, you will lie on your back and your body will be cocooned in a warm towel, with your head positioned under the oil ‘fountain’. This is essentially a metal bottle with a slow-flowing spout from which the warm oils will stream gently onto the forehead. It will help regulate your mood and leave with feeling relaxed and balanced.

How to prepare before your Shirodhara massage appointment

Since there is oil involved, it is best to come dressed in something comfortable, and more importantly, something you don’t mind getting a bit of oil on (perhaps an old t-shirt). Your hair will also be saturated in oil and it’s best to keep it in your hair for at least a couple of hours following the treatment, overnight would be even better!

 

You should also eat lightly before your appointment, as Shirodhara has an effect on the digestive system and a coming in with a full stomach is not advised.

 

Post-Shirodhara Massage

Make time to rest after your appointment. Shirodhara cleanses the mind and sense, so avoid any unnecessary noise after your treatment. This could include large crowds in restaurants/ bars, and concerts etc. Make the following few days as peaceful as you can to mentally rest.

 

After your oil treatment, leaving the oil in your hair is preferred. You can cover your head using an old hat or scarf (again, something you don’t mind getting oil on). If you’re just around the house, using a plastic shower cap also works well.

 

You should also try to miss coffee for a couple of days. Caffeine creates disharmony in your body and it’s best to be avoided. If you need some extra energy, try having a juice or a piece of fruit.

Benefits

Shirodhara is a deeply nurturing psycho-spiritual experience that attunes the body/mind towards spontaneous healing. It is renowned for its ability to release serotonin and encourage a balance of mind body & spirit. It is based on the principle that gentle but constant application of warm oil stimulates healthy blood circulation to the brain. Shirodhara is very beneficial for:

 

  • rejuvenation after deep cleansing
  • headaches/migraines
  • insomnia
  • anxiety
  • better decision making power
  • better clarity and focus
  • to quickly recover from jetlag
  • to deeply rest and nourish the nervous system
  • Depression
  • Visual difficulties
  • Psychosis and scattered thoughts
  • Anger management

Contact Us

Ayurclinic Melbourne offers holistic, gentle treatments that help our patients heal naturally. If you would like to try a shirodhara massage or want to know more about ayurveda, please contact us today for more.

 

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February 18, 2019

The Ayurvedic Head Massage That Can Help You Through A Busy Week

Stress and exhaustion can stem from all aspects of life, negatively impacting your mind and body.  We can sometimes get so caught up in life’s responsibilities that we forget to unwind and take care of our own health and wellbeing.  

Whether you are a stay at home mum or work full-time, life can get pretty chaotic causing you to feel physically and mentally depleted of energy and motivation.   

The team of experts at Ayurclinic Melbourne know the best way to naturally restore your wellbeing after a busy week, and that’s through an Ayurveda Indian Head Massage.  At Ayruclinic, we believe in treating health conditions naturally rather than using conventional forms of medicine.

An Indian Head massage is a unique manipulation of the head, neck and shoulders. Besides making you feel great, there are many benefits to this Ayurvedic Treatment.  As a result, it will leave your body feeling better physically and emotionally as it will restore and renew your energy helping the body function a lot more optimally.


The benefits of an ayurvedic head massage:

Stress

Massaging the scalp will induce relaxation and stimulate optimal blood flow which will help reduce stress and anxiety, providing clarity and peace.  An Indian Head Massage supports the nervous system by alleviating stress, leaving feeling lighter and more at ease.

Pain & Headaches

A number of things can cause knots to form in your upper back and neck.  This can cause discomfort, tensions and possibly headaches. By massaging the upper back, shoulders, neck and head it will release tension and relax your muscles, preventing headaches and back pain.     

Natural Hair Growth

An Indian Head massage is a great holistic treatment for hair growth.  Massaging the scalp will stimulate blood flow and oxygen to the hair follicles and can awaken the roots of the hair, leading to healthy hair growth and regeneration.   

Energy Levels

As a result of this Ayurvedic treatment, you will feel re-energised, as it will realign your bodies natural energy balance.  As a result of this Ayurvedic treatment, you will feel more tranquil due to the many positive physiological effects it has on the body.  


Do It Yourself

  1. Start by choosing an oil.  This can be olive, almond or coconut.
  2. Sit down with your shoulders back, eyes closed and hands relaxed in your lap.
  3. Start by focusing on your breath.  Breathe in from your nose until your body feels completely relaxed.
  4. Begin by massaging the oil into your head, starting from the sides and working towards the top.
  5. Using both hands, gently push your fingers through your hair and begin massaging your head with your fingers.  Repeat this 3 times.
  6. Take handfuls of your hair and gently tug at your hair, this will ease tension.
  7. Squeeze the temples with the heels of your hands and making slow circular movements.
  8. Move on to the back of the neck.  Begin to squeeze and roll the muscles in the back of your neck working your way down.
  9. Next, place both hands on your head and both of your thumbs at the base of your skull.  Begin by creating small circular movements along the occipital ridge using a pressure that suits you.
  10. Place one hand on your opposite shoulder and begin to gently squeeze the muscle near your neck.  Slowing work your way outwards down the arm. Repeat this twice on both sides.
  11. Finish by lightly massaging your hands through your hair, from the front of your head to the bottom of your neck, extending the movement to cover your face.  Repeat this a few times then allow yourself to relax.
  12. To end your Indian head massage, do some with neck stretches.

If you are feeling tired, stressed or burnt out then contact our team at Ayurclinic today.  Our team of experts will help you feel revitalised with a non-invasive Ayurvedic treatment such as an Indian head massage.  If you are looking for Ayurveda in Melbourne, then contact us today.

 

 

 

 

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February 7, 2019

Music is universal all around the world and is a powerful way to change your mood, as it can have a deep effect on your emotions and body. Certain types of music trigger your emotions differently. An example is listening to a fast pace tempo that allows you to feel upbeat and positive, whilst a slower tempo helps you unwind and relax.  

Listening to Ayurveda music is a great way to release your stress of the day is to harmonize and balance yourself internally with soothing sounds.

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The most relaxing sounds that reduce stress the best are those containing drums, flutes, Indian stringed-instruments, as well as native American and Celtic type sounds. Many people also enjoy listening to the soothing sounds of nature, such as birds, rain, and thunder.

 

Here are some links to our favourite Ayurveda tracks to help you relax, bring you vitality and joy:

 

  1. Beautiful Ayurveda Music (© Neptun Media GmbH & Avita GmbH. Ayurveda music by Michael Reimann, 2017) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kOnzmXetVk
  2. Soothing Instrumental Music (© Neptun Media GmbH & Avita GmbH. 2080 Ayurveda Healing – Gomer Edwin Evans) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJwnTCLg7nk
  3. Relaxing Music- Spa, Sleep, Study (Ayurveda Gold by Chris Conway ©) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bnRCF2aBuVU
  4. Relaxing Music “Evening Meditation” Background for Yoga, Massage, Spa (Meditation Relax Music, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZbuj3RJcjI
  5. Indian Flute Music for Yoga: Bansuri music, Instrumental music, Calming music, Yoga music (Track Name: Mandala, Album: Indian Flute by NuMeditationMusic, 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_LNp8xY1YM
  6. Pitta: The Vital Flame (by Yuval Ron presented by Metta Mindfulness Music, 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8h6tTiI5xw&list=RDQMf3e53fCrFVs&start_radio=1
  7. Meditation Music for Chakra Balancing and Healing Music Sound Therapy (MeditationRelaxClub, 2014) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V73uMzjkIkg&list=RDQMf3e53fCrFVs&index=4
  8. Vata: The Soaring Soul by Yuval Ron presented by Metta Mindfulness Music (Dr. Richard Gold and Composer Yuval Ron, 2015) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5R49-pcki7Y
  9. Kapha (Earth & Water) (Composer: sacchetto giuliano, Music Publisher: Tobacco Music Edition) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UfoVAjTsPZc
  10. Relaxing Music w hawaiian guitar (“Palm Beach” Track 1 from
    CD Palm Beach ©) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wK13IdEpaY

 

Yoga

To undergo full relaxation, try syncing your meditation/ yoga with your ayurveda music. This is a great way to harmonize your breathing and life.

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Here at Ayur Clinic we also offer yoga. Yoga helps relaxes the body and mind, even in the midst of stressful environments. It enables you to help control your breathing and clear your mind of cluttered thoughts, leaving only deep physical and mental refreshment. There are many benefits of yoga, which you can read here.

 

About Ayur Clinic

Ayur Clinic in Melbourne offers holistic, gentle treatments that help our patients heal naturally. To know more about Ayurveda in Melbourne or Ayurvedic medicine make an appointment with one of our highly experienced practitioners please contact on +61 3 90782940 or email at info@ayurclinic.com.au

 

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January 8, 2019

A fistula, or Bhagandara in Ayurveda, is an abnormal connection or passageway connecting two organs or vessels that do not usually connect in the body. There are around 50,000-100,000 new cases of fistulas on average every year and they can cause serious health problems if left untreated.

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December 16, 2018

Acid reflux occurs when acid from the stomach travels into the food pipe. When the acid reaches the food pipe it can cause irritation and a burning sensation in the chest area. 


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Disclaimer: In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.

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In any means, we, Ayur clinic team is not claiming to be a medical doctor neither we registered in the Australian medical board. The word doctor used here is only to represent or to refer the Ayurveda doctors recognized in India after achieving a Bachelor of ayurvedic medicine and surgery qualification. This qualification is recognized in Australia as a naturopath by Vetassess governing body. The information provided on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the medical subjects discussed. Information on this website should not be considered as a replacement for advice and consultation from a healthcare expert. This content or information is not meant to be used, nor should it be used, to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For treatment or diagnosis of any medical condition or difficulties, consult a doctor. The publisher and creator are not responsible for any specific health or allergy needs that may require medical supervision and are not liable for any damages or negative consequences from any treatment, application or use, to any person reading or following the data or information in this website. References are provided for informational purposes only. Readers should be aware that the linked websites listed on this website may change. This site does not recommend or support the self-management of health issues using the information provided on the website. Instead, we insist you to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic doctor for guidance. Information on this site is not comprehensive and does not cover all physical conditions, illnesses, weaknesses or their treatment. Contact your healthcare professional promptly if you have any health-related questions. Never neglect or delay medical advice based upon the information you may have read on this site.


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