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Wheatgrass for Acne

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Wheatgrass for Acne

Wheatgrass is packed with chlorophyll, it is what blood is to humans. It harnesses the power of the sun and rebuilds health from a cellular level. Packed with essential vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, wheatgrass is considered a superfood. In Ayurveda it is used to rebuild the blood tissue. In TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine), barley grass is used for resetting hormones, hence the grasses have immense power over the skin, especially if it related to hormonal acne.

Wheatgrass specifically, has the following vitamins; A, C, E, K, and the entire B-complex. The B complex helps with mental health and depression. It is also jam-packed with protein, along with 17 amino acids. And on top of all that, wheatgrass is has 70% chlorophyll. Being sprouted from wheat berries, wheatgrass is still gluten free, so there is no need to worry about that. It increases red cell blood count, cleansing the blood and organs. It helps the body naturally do what it was made to do.

There are various ways to consume wheatgrass, fresh, powder capsules etc. Obviously the most potent is fresh, but if you are not a fan of the taste, the powder is suitable and convenient. The powder is obtained from extracting the dehydrated juice of wheatgrass.

In the American Journal of Surgery (1940), the chlorophyll in Wheatgrass repairs damaged epidermal tissue, inhibits acne breakouts, and diminishes blemishes and scars when included as part of a balanced diet. This also refers to internal skin in the gut. Ingesting wheatgrass daily can clear up symptoms associated with eczema and psoriasis as it cleanses the body deep throughout. A refection of the external skin is actually a refection of the internal skin. It also works wonders to clean the liver and organs. Some people even add the powder to facial masks.

Being an acne sufferer for years, I know the lack of self esteem that can occur from breakouts. Acne is definitely a confidence deflator. The chlorophyll in wheatgrass improves the ability of the liver to dispose of toxins properly. Since wheatgrass is 70% chlorophyll, wheatgrass is a powerful anti-inflammatory for the skin within and without the body. This means that just a few days of consuming wheatgrass will show immense improvement in skin, functioning and otherwise.

Usually acne is caused by irregular shedding of dead skin cells resulting in irritation of the hair follicles of your skin, buildup of bacteria under the dermis, hormones, blood sugar levels and stress. This is why balancing hormones through eliminating high glycemic foods that cause high blood sugar levels & balance out blood sugar levels can help acne. Also regular exercise and elimination of stress through meditation can help.

Adding wheatgrass to the diet can certainly help, but not if you are eating sugar and doughnuts. It needs to be coupled with low glycemic foods, diet, exercise and stress management. Examples of low glycemic foods are as follows;

- Apples
- Black beans
- Lentils
- Dark leafy greens
- Avocado
- Nuts
- Peanut butter

Try to incorporate these foods into your lifestyle with wheatgrass powder. About 90 grams on an empty stomach will dot he job. You’ll see benefits in 9 to 15 days. Don’t be scared if you suffer from headaches in the first few days, as it is working. Don’t give up.

Give it a try and let me know how you go.

Cheers.

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Kaayasekam or Pizhichil

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Kaayasekam or Pizhichil

Kaayasekam

Today I had a wonderful treatment called Kaayasekam on my full body. The therapists warm some therapeutic oil and do a rhythmic pouring of this oil all over my body. The oil was mainly ‘murivena’, a very good herb for pain management and inflammation. Also used for certain cases of arthritis etc. During the treatment I felt love, warmth and grace. It was really such a luxurious and calming feeling. Apparently this treatment enhances nerve conductivity and circulation and the strengthening of joints. Slipping and sliding on the table is part of it; the feeling during the treatment was of love being poured all over my body. What an amazing feeling of warmth and security. 

This treatment, feels like it would pacify my already over active vata. After the treatment, I felt tired and somewhat drained. Being pretty active usually, I have learnt to slow down and allow the therapy to work its magic on me. Even though I really wanted to do some form of light exercise today, I opted for the passive approach of resting. Lets see if this approach pays off. Hopefully it will help to alleviate some of the stomach issues that I am having. 

Part of  rejuvenation therapy for Ayurveda, one must really figure out which dosha is accumulating, which dhatus or tissues are affected, and whether Agni is high or stagnant. This indicates health. If Agni is strong, usually disease can burn itself out or purify itself, even if dhatu Agnis are high, the metabolic waste can be purged out, BUT if it’s not, AMA, or undigested food particles accumulate in the gut, spread through the blood, and accumulate deep within the tissues. This sticky mass, can be thick and hard to eliminate. Thus Ayurveda uses thick substances, similar to that of Ama, to remove it. 


The next treatment that I am doing is Choorna Pinda Sweda, which is one of powdered bolice applied to skin via transmission of heat and just a tad of oil for enabling  herbs to transmit to the skin. The idea of the powder is known as ‘Lekana’ which pacifies and is administered before any oil therapy. ‘Lekhana means reducing, reducing tissue mass, or reduction of toxic accumulation. I guess the best way to explain this is catabolic vs anabolic. The reason behind this is because oil or anything nourishing or building can aggravate accumulation of Ama, and m are matters worse. 

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Vegan Broth Better than FUCKING Bone Broth

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Vegan Broth Better than FUCKING Bone Broth

Ok peeps, here is another vent. The whole hype about bone broth gets me (as a vegetarian turning Vegan) a little upset. I understand that the gelatin and collagen are parts of bone broth, but HELLO PEEPS, our bodies can make collagen through food. And even if we are consuming heavy meat based products loaded with collagen, we still needs to manufacture it in OUR OWN bodies. Hence diets such as GAPS, Paleo, SCD compromise the ethics of vegans and vegetarians. Thus I refuse to accept that only a meat laden diet works for vegans.

There are experts out there insisting that vegans and vegetarians should be consuming bone broth, which I don’t think is very good at all. I understand that there may be a need for various ‘meat based’ products and I am not criticizing meat eaters (eat the damn meat if you want!!!) But stop forcing meat based products down our vegan and vegetarians throats.

After much research on this topic, I figured out that ANIMAL PROTEIN IS NOT ESSENTIAL FOR HEALTH, there are alternatives, which in some cases may even prove to be better than the meat sources. Bone Broth has been tooted in the media for all its wonderful benefits, it is definitely a health trend at the moment, but to be honest it is nothing special. Yes it has bones in it (dead animal carcasses, but we can still get benefits from a vegan source).

As human beings, we can make our own collagen. As it turns out vegans can make their own collagen. Our bodies cannot even digest collagen as a whole food, did you know that? We have to absorb the nutrients from it and utilize those raw nutrients as building blocks to make it!!! Hence eating collagen doesn't mean having ‘more of it”. In fact if you are eating dark leafy greens, these plants offer rich sources of collagen building blocks.

So to heal stomach lining, especially from gelatin, there are other plant sources that will help you instead of resorting to DEAD ANIMAL CARCASSES. May take longer, but hey nothing comes easy.

In Ayurveda, foods like healing aloe vera, ghee, coconut oil, turmeric, ginger and kombu can help with gut healing. Also fermented foods like miso, kimchi, sauerkraut, kefir etc. All those minerals found in bone broth are also found in vegetarian counterparts.

So to my fellow vegans and vegetarians, YOU CAN GET A PLANT BASED SOURCE OF BONE BROTH, which is probably better than dead animals boiled down!!!

For your broth feel free to use the following ingredients for a warm rich and nutrient dense broth.

  • Wakame seaweed, Kombu seaweed, hiziki seaweed - omega 3, great for intestinal health, packed with essential minerals and vitamins such as iron, calcium, magnesium and iodine.

  • Shitake Mushrooms, Cordyceps -packed with flavor and cancer fighting agents, great source of zinc, vit D and B. Contains all essential amino acids and is considered a pre-biotic.

  • Coconut oil, Ghee - healthy fat stable and great for gut healing, as it feeds the probiotics already in the gut. Liquid gold. Helps one absorb essential nutrients.

  • Turmeric, Ginger considered rhizomes, and help with tissue absorption and detox according to Ayurvedic. It is anti-inflammatory.

  • Dark leafy Greens such as kale, choi sum, spinach you name it!! Packed with vitamins K, A, C and minerals magnesium and calcium, good protein and prebiotic source.

  • Noosh or Nutrtional Yeast is packed with B vitamins, a wholly stable source vitamins

So you see folks, there are vegan alternatives. Stay tuned in recipes section for VEGAN BONE BROTH….

  • check out recipes for a great VEGAN BONE BROTH RECIPE

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Spice Master - Blending Courses

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Spice Master - Blending Courses

Here at Love True Food , we custom make spices according to your constitution (dosha). The spices can help digest toxins from the gut and reset the lymph system. According to Ayurveda, specific spices have effects on our whole system. For example black pepper is heating and dry and aggravates fire (pitta) and dissolves earth (kapha) and pacifies air or vata. It's heating nature dissolves through mucus and clots. Now if we take a spice like coriander, it cools the system and pacifies fire and air. It always clears the mind. Having a knowledge base of basic spices can really affect the way food digests and assimilates into our system. 

Below is a diagram that depicts the elements more clearly;

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Here are some spices and their effects; 

Ginger is invigorating, excellent digestive aid. Increases digestive capacity known as agni. 

Saffron: Helps with beauty, is an aphrodisiac cough suppressant, antidepressant.

Cumin burns through ama (undigested food). It enhances appetite, and cleans the liver. 

Turmeric, its bright yellow collar acts as an anti-inflammatory. Anti-viral, anti cancer and is great for skin and beauty. 

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In the Clear

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In the Clear

In the Clear / Clean & Clear

Methods and means for clearing the lungs the Ayurvedic way

 

Respiratory problems can be the result of a poor diet, bad posture, lack of exercise or even deep emotional trauma. But most commonly, they occur at the crux of the seasons, when cold turns to hot, or dry becomes humid and vice-versa, we well as when pollution levels are high.

 

The respiratory system carries prana (life force) and oxygen to the lungs. As such, it is one of the body’s most important systems. It is therefore key that any issues relating to it are addressed. As ever, it is always best not simply to treat the symptoms but to seek out the cause and address that. 

 

Individuals who identify with the kapha dosha, or who are kapha-dominant, can be the most susceptible to the kind of imbalances that result in respiratory issues. These usually surface in the form of excess mucus, which is produced in the stomach and accumulates in the lungs. This depository of mucus can cause colds, congestion, coughing, phlegm, swelling and water retention or stagnation in the respiratory tract of kaphas. Those with vata or pitta doshas are not immune to respiratory issues, but their symptoms will usually present themselves as asthmatic (vata) or infectious (pitta). 

 

The excess mucus that the body produces when its dosha is out of balance is usually indicative of low agni, or digestive fire. It is therefore important to stoke that digestive fire. The most obvious way to do this is through diet.

 

As would be expected, a sluggish digestive fire does not need heavy, dense foods. These weigh the system down, so it’s best to avoid foods such as meat, cheese and anything fatty or fried. Eliminating dairy can also be beneficial. Fire your digestive system up by adding warming spices to your meals – ginger, cloves, cardamom and black pepper are particularly good options, and sip hot water with lemon and honey throughout the day. Consider the time of day you are eating and try and start and end it with lighter meals, making lunch the largest meal of the day. It goes without saying that eating and drinking to excess will be detrimental to regaining balance in your dosha.

 

Diet is not the only thing that can fire up you digestive system. An active lifestyle can work wonders, particularly for those with a more sluggish kapha dosha. Warming the body through sport can help to liquefy any accumulated mucus, bringing it back into the digestive tract where it is more easily eliminated. Exercise also usually involves an increase your breathing rate – cardio is particularly beneficial – and this gets your lungs going and will improve their functionality.

 

To speed the process along and to aid recovery, there are some specific Ayuervedic supplements that help with clearing the lungs of mucus. Nasya oil is often used to lubricate the nasal passages to ease breathing when there is congestion. Consider using a neti pot to help remove mucus and any pollutants from these passages and to cleanse and refresh them.

 

Many of these healing means focus on the body. But it’s also worth thinking about the mind. Meditation is an excellent way to practice mindfulness. As it involves regulating breathing patterns, it can be beneficial to those suffering from respiratory problems, too. Extend your meditation into a yogic practice where you link breath with motion; this will help nourish your lungs. Yoga can also improve flexibility in the areas that surround the lungs, allowing them more space to do their job, while yogic breathing revitalizes prana in the body to support them.

 

Making yoga, meditation or some form of exercise a regular part of your daily routine and looking after your diet are not only beneficial to healthy lung function but can bring many other benefits to body and mind. They not only help to stave off the imbalances that result in respiratory problems, but will help to maintain balance in the body and serve as a preventative measure for a wealth of other health issues.

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Detoxing the Ayurvedic Way

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Detoxing the Ayurvedic Way

words; Rachel Duffell

The ‘five actions’, or panchakarma, to naturally detox body and mind

It’s so easy for our bodies to become unbalanced due to the stress of life today. With this imbalance come food cravings, weight gain, mood swings and even depression and anxiety. While detoxification might bring to mind cabbage soup diets, raw juice cleanses, and lemon water fasting, detoxing the Ayurvedic way is a natural and relaxed experience, not only recommended to cure ailments, support digestion, rejuvenate and revitalise, but to be undertaken as a preventative measure against illness.

The aim of Ayurvedic detox, or panchakarma, is to remove toxins from the body. According to Ayurveda, these toxins, including preservatives, DDT, dioxin, pollutants, pesticides and other damaging chemicals, accumulate as ama and it is this which needs to be removed from our fat cells where it is stored and evacuated naturally from the body via the colon, bladder, sweat glands, lungs, nasal passages, etc.

Panchakarma means ‘five actions’ and is comprised of five treatments, encouraged to be undertaken at the junction of the seasons or when illness arise, and in the case of the latter, for as long as they take to heal.

Panchakarma begins with a pre-purification process, or purvakarma where the body is prepared to release its toxins. Abhyanga, or full-body massage with medicated herbal oils, comes first, where long, sweeping strokes are applied to the body to start moving any toxins towards the colon. This stage can be accompanied by shirodhara, or oil-spilling where warm, herbalised oil is poured over the forehead. Both of these procedures help to calm and relieve stress. Swedana is also part of the preparation and is a sweating session which follows massage, again aiding in loosening the toxins from the body. 

Once the body is prepared the main purification process begins and can include vamana, where congestion in the lungs is eased through therapeutic vomiting, removing excess mucus. Virechana can address excess bile in the gall bladder, liver and small intestine through therapeutic purgation. The nasal passages are also cleared with medicated drops in a nasya procedure. Finally, the colon is treated with basti, or enemas using herbal decoctions and medicated oil preparations, which soothe constipation, digestive problems and other ailments.

These treatments are complemented by gentle activities such as yoga, breathing and meditation sessions. They are also supported nutritionally by the ingesting of ghee each morning which helps to loosen ama, the undigested food particles and toxins caused by eating unhealthy foods or by weak digestion, and drive it out of the body. Meals are best comprised of kitchari, an easy to digest, simple vegetarian porridge, eaten like a soup or stew. This reboots the digestive system without being harsh to it, ensuring the body is nourished and fulfilled. Many detoxes starve the body causing it stress so it is unable to perform natural detoxification functions. But during panchakarma and on a diet of easily digestible and nourishing kitchari, the body is at its optimal state to thrive and work on rebalancing itself for a state of wellbeing and health. A cleansed and purified digestive system allows balance to be restored which will be accompanied by a clear mind and sense of wellbeing. As well as playing a key role in panchakarma, a kitchari cleanse can be carried out by itself and can be tailored to a person’s dosha for optimal results.

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Ayurvedic Cleansing

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Ayurvedic Cleansing

Prevention means creating balance in Ayurveda. Ayurveda gives us the tools for how to live our life in a state of peace. This means creating joy, happiness and fulfilment. Ayurveda teaches us how to live within society and in our own minds too. 

Health is firmly grounded when we are able to  achieve the four goals in life: Kama (activities), Artha (prosperity), Dharma (codes of conduct) and Moksha (liberation). Health is the prerequisite for all aspects of life. In other words health is wealth. 

The definition of a healthy person is a person who has maintained his or her Body Constitution, examples includes experiencing balanced functions of the three doshas, state of digestion in the form of agni, balanced tissues or dhātus and eats products (malas).

A person who has clear thoughts, sharp sense organs and a calm and peaceful mind is considered to be balanced. This is all good and well talking about it, but what can we do to achieve this balance??? Well the first line of dance is prevention. This could means different things to different people. In my own life prevention is staying away from anything that causes you dis-ease, whether toxic relationships, toxic foods or environments etc. Once we know what causes us dis-harmony, we can stay away from these things. This is also a part of Yoga philosophy called yama and niyama, observances and abstinences. 

So in a nutshell, balance and prevention of illness can be achieved in three ways according to Ayurveda; 

1) hara (diet),

2) Nidra (sleep) and

3) Brahmacharya (walking the middle path)

We can do this by following; 

1. Dinacharya: Daily Routines

2. Rātricharya: Nightly Routines

3. Ritucharya: Seasonal Routines

The way we behave can effect vāta, pitta and kapha. So it is important we don't do things that aggravate the already surfacing doshas. 

 

For more information or to schedule your consultation please email LTF@lovetruefood.com 

 

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Ayurvedic Constitution

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Ayurvedic Constitution

Ayurveda is about the Science of Living, and bases lots of health principles on seasonal factors, individual factors and lifestyle factors. Ayurveda is about living in accordance with nature and about listening to the inherent wisdom of our bodies. It is not religious, it is scientific, and much of science today is validating what the 'ancient seers' knew thousands of years ago. 

In Ayurvedic philosophy, the individual is taught how to bring themselves into a state of health by following the principles of how nature wanted us to live. Simple daily routines known as 'dinacharya' are followed to achieve balance and bring ourselves into a state of health and wellness. If these simple rules are followed, then one will attain health and balance. Rules such as how to move, eat and sleep are outlined. 

It sounds very simple doesn't it? So how do we know what constitution each of us are? Ayurvedic knowledge points to the 5 universal elements which are air, water, fire, earth and ether or space. These elements form the external universe and since we are part of creation, they are also contained within us in varying amounts. We can be 11 constitutional types, namely, Vata (air and space), Pitta (fire and water) or Kapha (Earth and Water) or a combination of these. (We can be two types where one dosha is dominant and another is secondary.) 

So once we have knowledge of what elements are pre-dominant in us, we can then take steps towards correcting that which is disturbed within us. Makes sense right? To give an example, a fiery Pitta type may experience heat headaches, pimples, acidity and anger. Whilst a Vata 'airy fairy' type may be labelled 'a space cadet' and suffer from dry wind conditions like constipation or dry skin, even anxiety and worry with the racing windy thoughts! A Kapha type is more solid and stocky and usually suffers from issues of earth and water relating to lungs and respiratory issues like congestion, asthma etc. 

Follow the link to find out your constitution;

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Health Benefits of Jaggery

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Health Benefits of Jaggery

Jaggery is also known as 'gur' in Hindi, and is a sweet delicious brown sugary substance coming from raw sugar cane, date palm or coconut sap. The deeper coloured jaggery is from date palm whereas the sugarcane form is the most common of all. I like to use jaggery as an alternative to sugar as it is non refined and tastes delicious. a little goes a long way indefinitely. It is loaded with antioxidants and contains minerals such as zinc and selenium. It is known to lower vata and pitta dosha, but people with kapha dosha should be careful from consuming too much.

Jaggery is one of the best cleansing agents for the body, as it works on the deeper tissues to remove unwanted toxins. It is also good for the lungs, liver and stomach to prevent acidity and heartburn. Take this from someone who suffered from acidity all her life!!! Another relevant point is that is actually is good is weight loss due to its high potassium content. As its a digestive aid, a little goes a long way, and this is true with the usage. many Indians eat jaggery after a meal to aid in digestive processes. 

Lastly, for that time of the month, PMS! Jaggery is known to help combat moodiness, menstrual cramps and abdominal pain. 

So next time your thinking of a sweetener, look no further than jaggery. 

 

 

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