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The best way of drinking water

The importance of drinking enough water

Some ancient Eastern cultures believed that 90% of human diseases were caused by improper drinking of water. Lack of water can disrupt the process of digestion and elimination, contaminating blood with t184222387-1024x684oxins and poisoning the body. It can result in various diseases of the digestive tract and cause constipation. If toxins are not eliminated via the intestines and kidneys, the body tries to get rid of it through the lungs, which causes increased breathing and irregular heartbeat. When toxins in the blood get to the brain, a person might develop migraine headaches. The lack of water will result in dry and scaly skin, split hair ends and brittle nails. This list may go on.

It is crucial to understand the importance of proper hydration. Water is like the elixir of beauty and youth, which cleanses the body from toxins and helps to prevent health problems.

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Interesting facts about water

We all know that more than 70% of our body consists of water and it participates in the process of digestion. Every day our body produces about 1.5l of saliva, 2.5l of digestive juice, 0.5l of bile, 0.7l of pancreatic juice and 3l of intestinal juice. Of course, this water remains in the system, but, in order to keep the body healthy and strong, it should be replaced as any other used water. However, our body loses a certain amount of water (2.5l-3l) daily. We lose water through kidneys (1.5l), sweating (0.6l), respiration (0.3l), and faeces (0.2l). The body eliminates toxins and waste via these fluids. If the amount of lost water is not restored, the process of excretion mechanisms will be hampered. Consequently, the toxins will accumulate in the body, in effect poisoning it.

In the Far East it is believed that the amount of consumed water is as important as the manner of its consumption. Therefore, one should equally consider the amount and occasion of water consumption. In the Yoga philosophical system, these tips are praised as the five golden rules of water drinking, which play a key part in maintaining good health and well-being.

The five golden rules of drinking water

1. Drink 1 glass of water in the morning and restrain from eating for 1.5 hours.

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A glass of water washes the stomach and the digestive tract. Cleaning our digestive system and preparing it to work is as important as brushing our teeth. In the morning our stomach is somewhat ‘sleepy’ like a deflated balloon. Morning water activates its walls for digestion. In the first few days, morning water may not be very pleasant. Some people may get nauseous, but this is only temporary. So, if you have the will and patience, the unpleasant feeling will disappear after a few days, or a week at most. Your stomach will be clean and able to accept the water.

Why do we have to restrain from eating for 1.5 hours after the morning water? This is where Western and Eastern ideas of nutrition collide. The famous Western proverb ‘Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a pauper’ in the East would be rephrased as ‘Eat breakfast like a pauper, lunch like a prince, and dinner like a king’. Probably we all know that digestion takes a lot of energy. After a meal there is hardly any energy left to engage in activities such as emotional response to environment, thinking, decision making, not to mention physical activity. And, as we know, most of the important decisions and work must be done in the first half of the day. Maybe this is the reason for eating less in the morning.

2. Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before every meal.

Washing hands before meal is as important as ‘washing’ your gastric tract. Moreover, this water will add to the water amount in the body and, as it was mentioned above, a considerable amount of water is essential for digestion. This habit will help us to become more aware about the nutrition process. Most of the time, our body doesn’t distinguish between hunger and thirst. When our body is asking for water we decide to drink a cup of tea, or coffee, usually followed by a biscuit or cake. You are not quenching your thirst – you are consuming food. Let’s not forget this simple rule.

3. Don’t drink anything while eating, or for 40 minutes after the meal.

First of all, water taken during a meal can dilute digestive juices and saliva, which have a particular chemical composition and helps to break down the food. Air is essential for the digestive process as well, so the stomach should contain enough space not only for gastric juices but also for air. Only half of the stomach should contain food, one quarter of it should be filled with digestive juices and the rest quarter filled with air. Digestion takes from half an hour to 3 hours depending on the type of consumed food. Only then the processed food enters the duodenum and this is when we can drink liquids, even water.

4. Drink a glass of water 30 minutes before you go to sleep.

We need to drink water before we go to bed, because the body eliminates toxins during the night. Also we lose a lot of water by respiration and sweating, so we should replenish water supplies. Don’t be afraid! It won’t make you to get up at night; a cup of tea will, though. Try it and you will see.

5. Drink water whenever you feel thirsty.

This rule does not need any comments. Quench your thirst with water. Feed your hunger. It is crucial to highlight the type of water that the rules apply to. It does not include soft drinks, coffee or tea. These products have taste, so our body interprets them as food. So water should be with no flavourings or additives. It can be water from a well, a spring or filtered tap water. It is advisable to drink room temperature water. You will be surprised when water becomes your cheapest and simplest cure in daily life. The results will show in no time. Within two weeks, your large intestines will become clean, in two months you will forget about heartburn problems, it will regulate your gastric system and constant headaches will disappear. You will feel healthy, vigorous and energetic! We hope that all of you find the strength to change the nutrition process, since sticking to these five simple rules of water drinking will provide you with great benefits.

The Ayurvedic way to drink water:

 

1. First off, sit down to drink (just as you should sit down to eat).

2. Take sips, not full-glass chugs. Small sip, swallow, breathe. Repeat.

3. Sip water throughout the day. If you chug too much water at once your body doesn’t actually absorb all of it. Most of it will run right through you.

4. Drink at least room temperature water. Warm is even better. Cold and iced water literally douse the digestive fire.

5. Only sip a small amount of water with your meals. If you drink too much while you eat, your belly won’t have enough room for digestive action. Remember this rule: fill your stomach 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty for the digestive juices and process.

6. For the same reason, don’t drink loads of water before or after your meals. Fill 50% with food, 25% with water, and leave 25% empty.

7. Drink when you’re thirsty. Thirst is a natural urge that should be heeded. It means your body needs water.

8. As far as how much, we’re all different sizes with varied diets and lifestyles. One set rule of eight glasses a day simply can not apply to everyone. Naturally, the miraculous human body has it’s own built-in measuring system: thirst. If you’re thirsty, drink water. When you listen to thirst cues and sip water throughout the day you’ll be drinking the right amount.

9. Your urine is a secondary confirmation to know if you’re amply hydrated. It should be fairly clear and straw colored. If it’s dark yellow you need to drink more.

10. Your lips are yet another indicator. If they’re dry you might be dehydrated.

The rules are so straightforward, perhaps even obvious or intuitive. But they might make a serious difference in the way you feel on a daily basis.

Whether it’s how to eat, how to drink, how to bathe, or the myriad of other natural behaviors that we’ve never given a second thought, the beautiful science of Ayurveda teaches us the ideal way to do each to feel our absolute best.

 

Facts on Honey and Cinnamon Combination

Great information!! Cinnamon and Honey…! Drug companies n’tke this one getting around.
Facts on Honey and Cinnamon:

It is found that a mix of honey and cinnamon cures most diseases. Honey is produced in most of the countries of the world. Scientists of today also note honey as very effective medicine for all kinds of diseases. Honey can be used without side effects which is also a plus. Today’s science says that even though honey is sweet, when it is taken in the right dosage as a medicine, it does not harm even diabetic patients. Researched by western scientists:

HEART DISEASES: Make a paste of honey and cinnamon powder, put it on toast instead of jelly and jam and eat it regularly for breakfast. It reduces the cholesterol and could potentially save one from heart attack. Also, even if you have already had an attack studies show you could be kept miles away from the next attack. Regular use of cinnamon honey strengthens the heart beat. In America and Canada, various nursing homes have treated patients successfully and have found that as one ages the arteries and veins lose their flexibility and get clogged; honey and cinnamon revitalize the arteries and the veins.

ARTHRITIS: Arthritis patients can benefit by taking one cup of hot water with two tablespoons of honey and one small teaspoon of cinnamon powder. When taken daily even chronic arthritis can be cured. In a recent research conducted at the Copenhagen University, it was found that when the doctors treated their patients with a mixture of one tablespoon Honey and half teaspoon Cinnamon powder before breakfast, they found that within a week (out of the 200 people so treated) practically 73 patients were totally relieved of pain — and within a month, most all the patients who could not walk or move around because of arthritis now started walking without pain.

BLADDER INFECTIONS: Take two tablespoons of cinnamon powder and one teaspoon of honey in a glass of lukewarm water and drink it. It destroys the germs in the bladder….who knew?

CHOLESTEROL: Two tablespoons of honey and three teaspoons of Cinnamon Powder mixed in 16 ounces of tea water given to a cholesterol patient was found to reduce the level of cholesterol in the blood by 10 percent within two hours. As mentioned for arthritic patients, when taken three times a day, any chronic cholesterol-could be cured. According to information received in the said Journal, pure honey taken with food daily relieves complaints of cholesterol.

COLDS: Those suffering from common or severe colds should take one tablespoon lukewarm honey with 1/4 spoon cinnamon powder daily for three days. This process will cure most chronic cough, cold, and, clear the sinuses, and it’s delicious too!

UPSET STOMACH: Honey taken with cinnamon powder cures stomach ache and also is said to clear stomach ulcers from its root.

GAS: According to the studies done in India and Japan, it is revealed that when Honey is taken with cinnamon powder the stomach is relieved of gas.

IMMUNE SYSTEM: Daily use of honey and cinnamon powder strengthens the immune system and protects the body from bacterial and viral attacks. Scientists have found that honey has various vitamins and iron in large amounts. Constant use of Honey strengthens the white blood corpuscles (where DNA is contained) to fight bacterial and viral diseases.

INDIGESTION: Cinnamon powder sprinkled on two tablespoons of honey taken before food is eaten relieves acidity and digests the heaviest of meals

INFLUENZA: A scientist in Spain has proved that honey contains a natural ‘Ingredient’ which kills the influenza germs and saves the patient from flu.

LONGEVITY: Tea made with honey and cinnamon powder, when taken regularly, arrests the ravages of old age. Use four teaspoons of honey, one teaspoon of cinnamon powder, and three cups of boiling water to make a tea. Drink 1/4 cup, three to four times a day. It keeps the skin fresh and soft and arrests old age. Life spans increase and even a 100 year old will start performing the chores of a 20-year-old.

RASPY OR SORE THROAT: When throat has a tickle or is raspy, take one tablespoon of honey and sip until gone. Repeat every three hours until throat is without symptoms.

PIMPLES: Three tablespoons of honey and one teaspoon of cinnamon powder paste. Apply this paste on the pimples before sleeping and wash it off the next morning with warm water. When done daily for two weeks, it removes all pimples from the root.

SKIN INFECTIONS:Applying honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts on the affected parts cures eczema, ringworm and all types of skin Infections.

WEIGHT LOSS:Daily in the morning one half hour before breakfast and on an empty stomach, and at night before sleeping, drink honey and cinnamon powder boiled in one cup of water. When taken regularly, it reduces the weight of even the most obese person. Also, drinking this mixture regularly does not allow the fat to accumulate in the body even though the person may eat a high calorie diet.

FATIGUE: Recent studies have shown that the sugar content of honey is more helpful rather than being detrimental to the strength of the body. Senior citizens who take honey and cinnamon powder in equal parts are more alert and flexible. Dr. Milton, who has done research, says that a half tablespoon of honey taken in a glass of water and sprinkled with cinnamon powder, even when the vitality of the body starts to decrease, when taken daily after brushing and in the afternoon at about 3:00 P.M., the vitality of the body increases within a week.

BAD BREATH: People of South America, gargle with one teaspoon of honey and cinnamon powder mixed in hot water first thing in the morning so their breath stays fresh throughout the day.

HEARING LOSS: Daily morning and night honey and cinnamon powder, taken in equal parts restores hearing.

Potato & onion pizza

Potato & onion pizza –  serves 4
You Need For the dough

  • 1 teaspoon dried yeast
  • 1?2 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • pinch of salt
  • 250ml/9fl oz warm water
  • 175g/6oz white bread flour
  • 150g/5oz wholemeal plain flour
  • potato-pizza

For the topping

  • 1 red pepper
  • 1 potato, very thinly sliced
  • 1 large onion, sliced
  • 100g/4oz soft goat’s cheese,
  • crumbled into small pieces
  • 3 tablespoons capers, rinsed
  • and drained
  • 1 tablespoon dried oregano
  • 1–2 tablespoons olive oil

• To make the dough, mix the yeast, sugar, salt and water in a bowl.
Leave in a warm place for 10 minutes or until foamy. Sift both flours into
a bowl. Make a well, add the yeast mixture and mix to a firm dough.
Knead on a lightly floured surface for 5 minutes or until smooth. Put in a
lightly oiled bowl, cover with cling film and leave in a warm place for
1–11?2 hours until doubled in size.
• Preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas mark 6. Brush a 30cm/12in
pizza tray with oil. Punch down the dough and knead for 2 minutes. Roll out to a 35cm/14in round. Put the dough on the tray and fold the edge over to form a rim.
• To make the topping, cut the pepper into large flat pieces and remove the seeds. Put the pepper, skin side up, under a hot grill until blackened. Cool, then peel away and discard the skin, and slice the flesh.
• Arrange the potato over the base with the pepper, onion and half of
the cheese. Sprinkle with the capers and oregano, and drizzle with a
little oil. Brush the crust edge with a little more oil, and bake the pizza in the oven for 15–20 minutes. Add the remaining cheese and bake until the crust is golden and crisp. Serve hot.

Chicken Pullao

CHICKEN PULLAOIngredient:
2 large Onions cut lengthwise
2 large Chilies cut lengthwise
2 c Basmathi rice (about 1
2 kg. (1 kilogram=2.2lbs)
1 large Tomato (cut into small pieces)
10-15 Coriander leaves
5 Mint leaves
1 clove Garlic
1″ piece Ginger
12 cup Coconut powder
3 teaspoons Salt
3-4 Cloves
2 Cardamom
1 Bay leaf
1″ Cinnamon stick
1 c Yogurt
2 tablespoons Butter
1 lb. Boneless chicken
Method:
1. Heat vessel with butter,  Fry bay leaves, cloves, cardamom and cinnamon,  Put onions and chilies in vessel and fry on low heat until onions turn brown,  Add ginger + garlic paste and fry until oil separates,  Add tomato and fry for 1 minute,  Add chicken + salt + yogurt and fry for one minute,  Add mint + coriander leaves,  Cover and cook until the gravy becomes semi-solid,

Cook rice in a separate vessel,  Put rice into chicken and mix (It is advisable to cook rice about ¾ ths and then let it cook with the chicken),  Remove and serve (Will serve about 4 hungry grad. students.)

Prawn Masala Fry

Prawn Masala Fry - 1You Need:

15 medium sized prawns cleaned

  • 2-3 tsp (or to taste) bafat powder
  • 1 tsp cumin/jeera powder
  • 3/4th tsp ginger paste
  • 1/4 tsp garlic paste
  • 1 tsp (approx) vinegar or 1 tsp thick tamarind juice
  • 2-3 tsp rice flour/powder (adjust according to the masala required)
  • 2-3 tbsp coconut oil
  • salt to taste
  • 3 sprigs (approx 30 leaves) kadipatta/curry leaves

Method:
1. Marinate the prawns with the salt, bafat powder, jeera powder, ginger-garlic paste, vinegar (or tamarind juice), rice flour, 1 tbsp oil and 1 sprig of curry leaves finely chopped. Keep aside for 10-15minutes.
2. In a frying pan put the marinated prawns with 1 cup of water and bring it to a boil. Reduce the flame to a medium high and let the prawns cook until the masala thickens. Leave the pan uncovered.
3. Transfer the prawns and its masala to one side of the pan and in the center of the pan pour the remaining 2 tbsp oil and the curry leaves (do not chop). Let the oil heat up a bit and then mix everything together and simmer for 2-3 minutes till the oil separates from the masala. When masala turns semi thick turn off the flame. If you don’t need a thick masala continue to simmer/fry for another 2 minutes so that the masala fries some more.
4. Serve hot with rice or Neer Dosa

Nutrition Facts
Per 1 portion (300 g)

Amount % Daily Value*
Calories 307
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 227mg 76%
Sodium 231mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 11g 4%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 4g
Protein 33g 66%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Upma

Upma
Ingredients:

1 cup Cream of wheat
1 Onion cut lengthwise
1 teaspoon Salt
¼ teaspoon Mustard seeds
? teaspoon Urad dal
1 Cashew-nut
¼ Lemon
½ cup Peas
1 clove Garlic
1/10″ piece Ginger
1 Green chili cut into small pieces.

Method:

1. Fry cream of wheat on a dry pan for 5 minutes and set aside.
2. Put two tablespoons of oil in a pan and heat.
3. Add mustard seeds, Urad dal, cashewnut, and garlic clove. Wait till
mustard seeds stop splitting.
4. Add the onion, chili, and ginger and fry till the onion turns brown.
5. Add cream of wheat and fry for 3-5 minutes.
6. Add salt and peas.
7. Add two cups of boiling water and stir for 2 minutes. (Switch o the
stove as soon as the water is poured.)UPMA1
8. Cover the vessel for 4 minutes. Add lime if needed.

Peppers & Potato Curry

Peppers & Potato CurryIngredients:

  • 1 lb. green bell peppers, sliced fine
  • 1 onion, pureed
  • 1 tomato, pureed
  • 1 tbsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tbsp. garlic paste
  • 2 tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 lb. potatoes, cooked and cubed
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste Cilantro/coriander leaves
  • 2 tbsp. oil

Method:

Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan (or skillet) and fry the onions, tomatoes, ginger and garlic, together with cumin and coriander powders for five minutes. Add potatoes, green bell peppers, turmeric and chilli powders and salt together with half a cup of lukewarm water, and cook on medium low heat for fifteen minutes. Garnish with cilantro/coriander leaves.

 

 

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Paneer – Cottage Cheese curry

Paneer

 Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. cottage cheese
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 large onion, pureed
  • 1 large tomato, pureed
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1/2 tsp. each cumin, coriander, turmeric and chilli powders.
  • 1 tsp. green chilli, chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste coriander leaves

Preperation:

Heat oil in a non-stick frying pan (or skillet) and fry the onion and tomato, ginger and garlic pastes, cilantro/coriander leaves, cumin, coriander, turmeric and chilli powders together for five minutes. The cottage cheese is added, and the curry allowed to simmer for five minutes, before serving. High

Mixed Vegetable Curry

You Need:

mixed veg

  • 6 small onions, quartered
  • 6 small tomatoes, quartered
  • 6 cauliflower
  • 6 baby potatoes
  • 1/2 lb. chickpeas
  • 1/2  tsp. turmeric powder
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tbsp. oil
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste

Prepration:
fry the onions,turmeric powder, ginger and garlic, tomatoes and potatoes for five minutes in a  frying pan  Next, add the cauliflower florets, chickpeas and salt. Cook till done.

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Cauliflower & Potato curry

Cauliflower & Potato curryYou Need:

  • 1 lb. cauliflower
  • 3 medium  onions chopped fine
  • 1 tsp. ginger paste
  • 1 tsp. garlic paste
  • 1 tsp. turmeric
  • 1 tsp. chilli powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin powder
  • 1 tsp. coriander powder
  • 1 large potato, cooked and cubed
  • 1 tsp. salt or to taste
  •  coriander leaves
  • 1 tbsp. oil

Prepration:
Fry the onions, ginger and garlic, chopped coriander together with cumin and coriander powders for five minutes in  a  frying pan and . Add potato, cauliflower, turmeric and chilli powders and salt together with half a cup of warm water and cook on medium low heat for 15-17 minutes. Mix well to ensure that the vegetables blend with the spices. Be careful not to over cook the cauliflower. Garnish with coriander leaves.

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