These days, the word Superfoods has been trending so much so that people have been going absolutely frantic to include them more and more in the diet, out of curiosity for their benefits.
Superfood is a marketing term used to promote food with health benefits that are nutrient dense but calorie wise scant. However, how many of such ‘superfoods’ have already been in use, back home, over the years that have only now gained high popularity with trend.
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An important concept in ayurveda terms is the understanding that whatever food we eat has a direct effect on the quality of our minds. The right foods promote sattva (purity), detox the mind while also rejuvenating it leading to overall health benefits. Here are some of the most commonly used foods that have been a constant part of our culture over the years.
- Ginger & Turmeric: This anti-inflammatory root is a great appetite stimulant and reduces intestinal pains, gas and bloating. In Ayurveda, fresh ginger is used to keep nausea and vomiting at bay. Dried root mixed with other herbs/ herbal oils helps cope with joint pains. Turmeric is a close family member of ginger and touts most benefits that are similar to ginger, but turmeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties are greater.
- Ashwagandha: Ashwagandha is one of the ancient herbs that has been prevalent in Indian culture. It is popularly used as a remedy for fighting stress, anxiety and fatigue and helps improve stamina and digestion. Also, it is used to relieve painful swelling/ inflammation or rheumatoid arthritis, where the leaves are applied. Apart from that, it is also known to be helpful in improving the fertility in males.
- Tulsi: In ayurveda, tulsi leaves have been used along with other foods like ginger and cardamom by boiling in water as a healing potion to treat sore throats, headaches and congestion. Apart from that, tulsi juice is known to have effective action in treating acne, improving skin health and clearing rashes and itchiness. Regular consumption of tulsi leaves is known to act as a blood purifier and builds immunity.
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- Garlic: In winter, garlic is the great for colds and flu. If you’re sick or fighting an infection, garlic can help overcome it. Add it to teas, broths, soups—even a raw clove chopped can be eaten. Its antibacterial and antiviral qualities can help keep you well throughout the winter season. A pinch of cayenne pepper in tea or a morning cup of hot lemon water is also a welcome winter addition.
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