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Detoxify Mind & Body with the Right Karkidaka Diet

August 10, 2018

The Karkidaka month, which lasts between July 16th – August 17th, 2018 is when the monsoon season enters its final phase in our country. This is the time the strength and immunity of the body drops and you become really weak. The general health and digestive power will be reduced, and hence, it is very important for you to make sure you have a controlled diet. We often overlook the impact of a good diet, but this can actually go a long way in helping us fight diseases during this time of drastic climate change.

As per Ayurvedic principles, the root cause of each disease is a condition called ‘Agnimandya’, wherein the food is not properly digested due to the diminished power of digestive juices. This leads to the formation of ‘Ama’. ‘Ama’ is a toxic matter that is formed in the intestines due to impaired digestion and is the causative factor of many diseases

How does ‘Ama’ form in our system? It forms primarily due to improper eating practices like intake of excess food, irregular eating habits, eating foods which are heavy, unhealthy, etc. It can lead to very serious diseases. Hence, here are a few dietary patterns you must take care of, and follow this Karkidaka month.

  1.Always drink boiled water in order to avoid water-borne diseases during the monsoon season. You could boil   water with Dhathri Dahasamani, which is a mixture of Indian herbs like Chandanam, Pathimugam, Karingali & Ramacham, that helps to cool your body and aid in good digestion.

  1. The monsoon season is when you get cold and fever. Drink warm milk with turmeric powder to get rid of a sore throat, throat pain and cold.
  2. Avoid eating raw vegetables. Prepare a seasoned vegetable soup and drink everyday.
  3. Avoid spicy, oily, fried foods.
  4. Include more liquids, and lower the amount of solids in your diet.
  5. Include vegetables that are easily digestible, like bottle gourd, ladies finger, etc.
  6. Include ginger in your preparations as it aids in digestion.
  7. Eat fruits like dates, grapes, coconut, etc.
  8. Include honey in the diet as is it aids in digestion as well.
  9. Prepare the fabled Karkidaka Kanji, which is a rice porridge made of several herbs. It is highly nutritious and helps boost your immunity.
  10. Avoid all non-vegetarian foods, smoking, alcohol, etc.

You must also follow good habits like going to bed early and waking up early, drinking 2 litres of water every day in order to make sure you are building enough immunity power and strength that your body needs for the rest of the year.

Apart from the diet, the Karkidaka month is also the time where Ayurvedic treatments work the best for your body. At Dhathri Hospital, we provide various treatments like the Panchakarma treatment, Abhyangam, Dhara, etc. which will help to boost your immunity power further, and help you stay fit. Dhathri hospital is situated in Kerala, which has a unique geography and landscape that aids in bringing about positive response to these treatments and also supports speedier recovery.


Here are some tips to get a quick relief from a backache naturally!

January 27, 2018

Back pain is a common health problem among middle-aged and elderly people, but nowadays the young people also suffer from it. Backaches can occur for many reasons such as muscle tension, improper diet, lack of physical activity, arthritis, excessive physical labour, poor sitting posture and pregnancy. Natural treatments can provide quick relief from the pain and allow you to enjoy life again. Here are some tips you can try right at your home to get rid of back pain.

Ginger Drink: Ginger tea is effective for relief from all kinds of pain. Cut 4 to 6 thin slices of fresh ginger root and put them in a cup of water. Simmer and boil it on low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Add honey and drink it two-three times a day for a few days or until you see improvement.

Basil Leaves: Basil leaves can also come to your rescue when suffering from a backache. Add 8 to 10 basil leaves to one cup of water and boil it until the water evaporates to half. Let it cool to room temperature and then add a pinch of salt. For mild pain, drink this concoction once daily; for severe pain, drink it twice daily.

Poppy Seed: Poppy seeds work wonders as a remedy for a backache. Grind together 1 cup each of poppy seeds and rock candy. Consume two teaspoons of this mixture twice daily, followed by a glass of milk.

Garlic: Garlic is another ingredient that can help treat a backache. Simply eat two to three cloves of garlic every morning on an empty stomach. You can also massage your back with garlic oil. To make garlic oil, heat some coconut oil and mustard oil on low heat and then add 8 to 10 cloves of garlic to it. Fry the garlic until it is brown. Strain the oil and let it cool. Massage your back gently with the oil. Leave it on for some time and then take a bath in warm water.

Wheat: Wheat has compounds that produce an analgesic effect that can help minimize pain. Soak a handful of wheat in water overnight. In the morning, mix in cuscus grass powder and coriander. Then add one cup of milk and boil it for a few minutes until it thickens. Drink the mixture twice daily.

If you are suffering from severe back pain, try the above tips. So, whenever you feel so, just walk into your kitchen and look for the above!


Lifestyle changes help to Prevent and Manage Obesity — 10 Tips to follow

September 9, 2017

Anti-Obesity Day is observed in various parts of the world on November 26. The World Anti-Obesity Day aims at raising awareness and educating the community about obesity harms and complications. Obesity is rapidly growing and becoming a killer disease. Medically, it is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that it may cause serious health problems. Obesity reduces life expectancy and increases the likelihood of heart disease, diabetes, osteoarthritis, and other diseases. Obesity rates are rising most dramatically in urban settings.

A person whose Body Mass Index (BMI) — the individual’s weight in kilograms divided by the square of his height in meters — is greater than or equal to 25 is Overweight. A person whose BMI is greater than or equal to 30 is considered Obese.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Overweight and Obesity pose the fifth leading risk for global deaths. The WHO states that at least 2.8 million adults die every year on account of being overweight or obese. In addition, 44% of diabetes cases, 23% of ischaemic heart diseases and 7–41% of certain instances of cancer are attributable to overweight and obesity. The WHO points out that the incidence of obesity worldwide has nearly doubled since 1980 and that 65% of the world’s population now lives in countries where more deaths are attributable to overweight and obesity than being underweight.

A study published in the noted medical journal Lancet says India is just behind US and China in this global hazard list of top 10 countries with the highest number of obese people. Our state Kerala has the second-highest rate of childhood obesity in the country after Punjab, according to the fourth round of the National Health Survey. This year’s world obesity day is giving special importance to child obesity. Child and adolescent obesity have risen rapidly around the world.

A balanced diet with adequate amounts of vegetables, proteins, and fruits is the key to managing weight. Do not Diet to lose weight but Eat Right.

1. Include more fiber in the diet

2. Reduce junk food and snacks

3. Consume low-fat dairy products, lean meat and nuts

4. Do not skip meals

5. Eat small and frequent meals; follow 6 meal patterns a day.

6. King size Breakfast. This indicates not the quantity, as misunderstood by many, instead indicate the quality of your Breakfast.

7. Control or limit the intake of sugar, salt, spices and oil.

8. Eat low-fat meals

9. Exercise regularly 4–5 times a week

10. Monitor weight regularly

Uncontrolled obesity will spoil the next generation. So eat healthily and live healthy for a better tomorrow!


Six Reasons Why You Should Walk Regularly

July 2, 2017

What’s so special about walking? Nothing special. It’s just a simple way, say an aerobic exercise, of keeping your body and mind fit, keeping you fresh and lively for long hours. I used to see a lot of youngsters and aged ones walking on the streets and grounds, taking care of their body in a fine manner. Walking is gaining momentum among people of all age groups, earlier this was not the case. Now people are becoming more aware of this. We need to walk at least 30 minutes daily, try to walk daily in the morning. You can fix 5.30 to 6 AM or 6 to 6.30 AM. A morning walk gives us a lot of energy to move on the remaining part of the day in an active manner.

According to studies, women who walk have less body fat than those who don’t walk. Let’s have a look at 6 benefits of walking.

1. Walk for your heart: Regular walking reduces the risk of heart ailments. It can lower the levels of bad cholesterol and increase the levels of good cholesterol. Chances for a stroke will also be less. You can control high blood pressure with a 30-minute walk regularly.

2. Good for osteoporosis: Having regular walk can stop the loss of bone mass for patients with osteoporosis. For women, post-menopause, daily walk for 30 minutes reduces the risk of hip fractures to a large extent.

3. Walk to burn weight: Walk 2 miles per hour for 30 minutes, you will be able to reduce 75 calories of weight. It’s a fantastic yet simple exercise to burn your calories in an effective manner. Don’t bother about the possibilities of being an overweight, if you walk regularly.

4. Walk to strengthen muscle: Regular walking makes your leg and abdominal muscles strong.

5. Walk for a sound sleep: Those are lucky who have a sound sleep. Sleepless nights are becoming a big problem for many. Regular one-hour morning walk gives men and women sound sleep in the night. Some studies prove that women who walk are more likely to relieve insomnia than women who don’t have the habit of walking.

6. Walk for happiness: Walking matters a lot for this one reason, happiness. A fresh money walk is grand enough to change your mood. It can bring out positive energy. It’s a great anti-depression strategy. It can reduce stress and anxiety. If you want to be positive, no second thought, start walking.