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Ah, chocolate! That great temptation in the supermarket aisles is one most of us avoid due to the additives and processed ingredients found in most varieties today. But don’t despair, with a little education, you can learn how to use this wonderful food to your benefit. To learn about the Ayurvedic perspective on chocolate read my latest blog post.
Chai, black tea brewed with some of the world's most medicinally active spices, has its origin in traditional Ayurvedic medicine. Among other benefits, chai improves immunity, decreases inflammation, slows the effects of aging, increases cardiovascular health, prevents cancer, lowers blood sugar, increases concentration and improves digestion.
There are many recipes for this potent tea but generally it contains black tea, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon, clove, black pepper, milk and sweetener. While each of these spices have health benefits of their own, they work together to create powerful, synergistic healing effects. So let’s look at chai’s health benefits by looking at each ingredient separately.
Kitchari is a nourishing, cleansing, and easy to digest dish made of mung beans, basmati rice, ghee and spices. A staple food in Asia, kitchari is often the first food fed to babies and is eaten when someone is ill, weak or recovering from illness. It is easy and inexpensive to make. The first time I ate kitchari, my body went "yes! I want more of this!" Kitchari heals and soothes the digestive tract by allowing it to rest while still providing the nutrition our bodies need to heal itself. You can choose to eat kitchari for a single meal, an entire day, or do a short three to five day cleanse by mono-fasting on kitchari. Kitchari is used exclusively in Ayurveda’s wonderful deep detoxification and rejuvenation treatment program called panchakarma. I will share more information about panchakarma in another article.
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