Say Yes to fasting but conditions apply – Role of upwas in Monsoon

In our earlier article, we have highlighted how to enjoy the monsoon by taking necessary precautions. The monsoon comes along with many festivals and it’s a time of real celebration. Many times these festivals are associated with Upwas (following fasts). We can observe that across different communities across India, upwas is suggested at different occasions which is inherently related to health.
Ayurveda explains the benefits of Langhan to which upwas is a subset. upwas is one of the main key factors associated with metabolic health.
In 2016, Japanese cell biologist Yoshinori Ohsumi won the Nobel Prize in Medicine for his research on autophagy (result achieved by fasting), a process where body cells regenerate themselves by removing dysfunctional components.
Recently, there’s been a lot of buzz about the health benefits of upwas and calorie restriction. In fact, intermittent fasting was the top Google diet search trend in 2019.

Upwas is nothing but a holiday to our digestive system to give it some rest. But understanding why and adopting scientifically is the need of the hour. Langhan practices are ‘energetic withdrawals’ and offer lightness to the body.

Need of Upwas:

Seasonal changes, lifestyle changes, wrong food habits are crucial factors affecting balance of Agni (Digestive Fire). In Monsoon, it is already at a minimal level. Weakened Agni is responsible for the assimilation of metabolic toxins and metabolic disorders including fat storage, weight gain, prediabetes, diabetes, metabolic syndrome and even cognitive decline. Hence upwas with minimal intake is recommended in monsoon.
Ayurveda states that following fasts enhances Agni by reducing accumulated toxins. This is nothing but autophagy.

Festivals, upwas and health importance:

In India, Monsoon falls during months June to September (Hindu months starting from Ashadh to Ashwin). Chaturmas is the period of these four months, during which many communities strictly follow some diet restrictions for balancing health.

Broadly we can say that there are two methods of upwas:

1. Half day fasts which are to be concluded with light meals at night. E.g. Shravani somavar, Chaturthi, Nagpanchami, Janmashtami, etc.

2. Full day fasts which are strict for the whole day with upwas specific meals and are to be concluded with light sweet breakfast on the next morning. E.g. Ekadashi, a few days of Navaratri.

If one observes this carefully, it can be understood that fasts are periodic and illustrated in such a way to maintain health. This is a unique diet design associated with rituals and traditions with application of Ayurveda principles.

What should be your ideal Menu Plan during upwas in monsoon:

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1. Do not remain with an empty stomach for more than 6 hrs because it is responsible for increase in Pitta and Vata.

2. People complaining of acidity, heaviness, headache should avoid or consume less heavy food like sabudana/sago, fried food, milk shakes, fruit salads, excess tea, coffee, curd, excess use of groundnut, tamarind etc.

3. If you are having controlled and mild diabetes, then upwas can be done with proper precautions. Intake after every four hours is recommended for such people. Do not use food items like sabudana, potato, sweet potato and fried food items. Milk is recommended because it reduces chances of sudden sugar drop. Restrict sugar intake properly.

4. People with health conditions should consult the expert before following upwas.

5. If you are already on a diet for controlling weight, then upwas is very useful. Here you can modify your upwas day with the principles of intermittent fasting. You can eat more liquid diet, fruits and milk for the whole day followed by a light meal at night.

Concluding here we leave you on a “thought for upwas” to adopt and adapt the correct way to following and enjoying the upcoming “Ashadhi Ekadashi” the healthy Turyaa Way!

Here is your golden chance to start the upwas rituals. Ashadhi Ekadashi is approaching. Let’s celebrate this Aashadhi Ekadashi in a healthy way and keep fasting periodically in the proper way.

Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune

Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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तमसो मा ज्योतिर्गमय… Celebrate Diwali in Turyaa Way!!

India is known as the land of festivals which are no more confined to the boundaries of our nation but also being celebrated by the different communities around the world. Diwali, festival of lights, energy and happiness is the king of all festivals celebrated all across the world.
The customs and rituals celebrated during Diwali are deep rooted and always associated with health and wellness. Rituals of the festival are symbolic representations of Rutucharya that must be adopted for ‘ Swasthya’ ( physical, psychological, spiritual well being )mentioned by Ayurved.

Diwali and Indian Months

Festival of Diwali comes in Sharad rutu (autumn), in the months of Ashwin and Kartik. Being an agricultural country, during this period we get the yields from the farms. Rain are over and the atmosphere becomes pleasant and cool. For the farmer, crops are their wealth so they get reason to celebrate their happiness in the form of festivals like Diwali on the auspicious days of Vasubaras, Dhanatrayodashi, Naraka Chaturdashi, Bali Pratipada and Bhaubeej.Let’s find out how our festivals, seasons and related rituals are interrelated with our mind and body wellness.

Brahma Muhurte Uttishth

Waking up before sunrise is the Brahma muhurta. During Diwali festival it is an early start of cold weather and a period of vata aggravation by the cold and dry atmosphere. On the day of Narak Chaturdashi it’s a ritual to wake up early in the morning. It is helpful for a healthy, long life. The mind is refreshed, calm and serene in the early morning. There is the preponderance of Satva or purity in the mind at this time, as well as in the atmosphere.

Abhyang Snan

Diwali Abhyanga snan is the favourite ritual for all. Applying medicated and scented sesame oil all over the body before bath helps to reduce Vata and Kapha doshas in the body and protects the skin from dryness offering glow and luster. Applying sesame oil before the sun rises prevents the increase of Pitta. Bathing with lukewarm water is helpful for reducing the effect of cold and dry atmosphere on the body.

Udarvatan (Ubtan)

Ubtan is made with a combination of different medicinal herbs that are helpful to scrub off fat accumulation, dead skin and to offer glowing complexion. During the events of Diwali, people wake up early in the morning. Abhyang snan and Ubtan application is our traditional way of celebration with the above said benefits. So it is the symbolic lifestyle illustrated for the transitional phase and for the upcoming Hemant rutu. Practicing daily abhyang and ubtan are also good for strength and flexibility related to bones, muscles and also for skin.

Worship traditions

Dhanatrayodashi is celebrated to worship lord Dhanvantari who emerged carrying Amrut. On this day, Coriander seeds which are having maximum yield are worshipped by people. The aggravated Pitta during Sharad rutu gets stabilized by drinking Coriander water with Khadi sakhar (sugar cubes).

Food traditions

The upcoming Hemant and shishir rutu are having pleasant weather, strong appetite, digestive fire and metabolism. The effect of the season is soothing on the body and it is the season of gaining strength and happiness.
Sweet dishes made up with pure ghee are pitta shamak and provides strength to every cell of the body. Diwali Faral having a variety of dishes are also not troublesome during this season. Though it is better to consume sweet dishes made up of pure ghee, coconut, and dry fruits for better health.

Rejoice your Mind

Decorating homes, rangolis, lightening and gifts are all ways of positivity, happiness linked with emotional well being. Ayurved equally focuses on the emotional well being of individuals. These all Diwali linked creations and traditions are none but happiness and energy for rejuvenation of mind after hectic, stressful year.
In short, all the Rituals are Preventive Keys for a Happy, Healthy Life.
This Diwali is approaching on a different note. Last 2 years were very stressful for mankind due to the pandemic. It has effectively changed our way of living. It taught us the importance of being healthy from within. It made everyone to introspect about their health and associated factors like lifestyle, diet, exercise.
On this auspicious occasion of Diwali which brings the light of happiness and hope together, let us make a pledge to ourselves ”To remain Healthy from within in this New Normal.”
Turyaa, our Well being Companion can associate with you all in this journey by guiding you about individual specific diet, exercise, and correct water intake requirement without compromising your Diwali food taste and without making you calorie conscious.
Enjoy diwali and let the US worry about your Wellness.

Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye
MD (Ayurved)
Blogger @ Turyaa Wellness

Vaidya. Tejaswini Sameer Bhale
Ayurvedacharya, PGPP, MBA, DYA
Prakruti Ayurveda and Panchakarma Clinic, Pune
Nadi Pariksha domain expertise
Nadi Tarangini, Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd. Pune

Mrs. Shruti Prashant Kulkarni
B.Sc. (Foods & Nutrition), M.Sc. (Public Health)
Clinical Nutritionist, Diabetes Educator & Counsellor, Ph.D. scholar
Research & Product Domain Expert (Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd)
Chief Nutrition Counsellor (Germany)

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Makar Sankranti- Sweet Surprises to rejuvenate health & immunity with goodness of Tilgul!!!

A new year always starts on a sweet note. The Indian calendar welcomes each New Year with this auspicious festival falling on the same date on the calendar even with change in the decades. The very scientific reason for this is that this is the only “tithi” that follows the solar calendar instead like the other festivals that follow the lunar calendar. Hence in every nook and corner of the country the festival is celebrated with different names and folk-stories. But the key ingredient and intention remains the same.

The Science part of the story

A deep scientific and cultural reason also exists for the gaiety and vibrancy of the festival. According to the Hindu astronomy, on Makar Sankranti, the sun enters the Makara rashi (Capricorn). On Makar Sankranti day, 14th January, the sun no longer moves southward and begins its northward journey (Uttarayan). Makar Sankranti marks the decline of a long winter with the return of the sun to the Northern Hemisphere and hence the name Uttarayan. After this day the days start becoming longer and warmer, and thus the chill of winter declines. This is the transition of Ayanas. Uttarayan is also known as Aadan kaal. As heat increases nature graduallytakes away energy and strength fromus. On this day of Uttarayan, is the Shishir rutu which is cold. Digestive fire/ Agni and Sharir bala/strength is high and thus can consume heavy (Guru), unctuous (snigdha) and hot potency (ushna veerya) aahar like sesame, beans, dry fruits and nuts with pure ghee and home-made butter. Kapha dosha accumulation starts in shishir. That’s why avoid cold food, excess meals, sweets made up of sugar, and use jaggery to replace sugar.Avoid day time sleep and laziness about physical activities.Do regular Yoga and physical exercises. It will nourish your body tissues(saptadhatu). It signifies the end of winter and the beginning of spring, when the trees start becoming green again, the flowers bloom and the weather becomes pleasant.

Diversity & culture together

Sankranti represents the beginning of the farming season and people across the country rejoice, and so celebrated universally across the country as in Maharashtra called as “ Makar Sankranti”, in Uttar Pradesh, Sankrant is called ‘Khichiri’, Tamil nadu its the “Pongal”, Bengal it’s called Makar/til/sesame/sesame/sesame Sankranti, in Gujarat the festival of “Kite flying”, in Punjab signified as “Lohri”, and in other parts of the country it gets its own significance and name. But what this festival helps is the maintenance of social relationships within the family, caste and community to show the real essence of unity in diversity!!!

The soul of the festival

The names might differ due to diversity of languages and location, but the significance and the presence of “sesame seeds/til seeds” and its sweetness remains the same. Sesame or til/sesame seeds hold special significance during Makar Sankranti. It is the grain par excellence and is eaten and given away in daan on this day. According to Hindu mythology the God Yama blessed the sesame seed and hence they are regarded as the symbols of immortality. So the person who consumes this tiny grain in this particular season in smaller proportions and as a simple add-on in the daily diet thus significantly remains healthy. Both black and white til/sesame/sesame/sesame seeds hold equal importance. But mostly white til/sesame seeds are consumed across the world.
Not to ignore the nutritional and Ayurveda value of these tiny seeds. They have a number of benefits as a part of daily diet: sesame seeds are a significant source of calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, manganese, copper, zinc, fibre, thiamine, vitamin B6 and folate. Sesame oil equally works wonders and has a potential fat- burning capacity.
Sesame seeds support a healthy digestive system and colon as they are rich in fibre. They help in healthy functioning of the intestines. Rich in copper and antioxidants they are said to relieve pain and swelling associated with arthritis. Magnesium found in sesame gives relief against respiratory disease and asthma. Rich in zinc and calcium, it maintains bone health. Sesame seeds are high in the monounsaturated fatty acid, oleic acid, which helps in lowering the bad cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol in the body.

Ancient insights and Ayurveda aspect to Sesame/Til Seeds

Sesame seed is one of the most widely used Ayurveda medicines. From the Ayurveda perspective, sesame seed is sweet, bitter, pungent and astringent in taste. They absorb and enter the body channels very quickly. They are heavy (guru), unctuous (snigdha), deep penetrating (sukshma), have a hot potency (ushna virya) with a sweet post-digestive effect (madhur vipaka). In this Ritu commonly known as shishir, the combination of sesame and jaggery melts gives warmth and liquifies the kapha dosha which helps to detox kapha in the next Ritu of vasant or spring. Popularly known as ‘til/sesame’ in Ayurveda, the oil is extracted by pressing natural sesame seeds and is used in Ayurveda techniques in multiple ways. Sesame oil derived from the raw Indian sesame seeds is a traditional oil of choice for Abhyanga which is a form of daily Ayurveda self-massage. Not only is it a rich source of linolenic acid but also has antibacterial, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. It is a versatile oil according to Ayurveda and proves excellent when used for massage.
Indian sesame seeds are one of the ancient condiments that escort health & Ayurveda benefits in umpteen ways. Sesame oil is truly a gift from nature to us and its benefits cannot be denied. Ayurveda uses the benefits in oil and seeds equally to and is widely used in daily intake, external and internal use.
Here are some mouth watering daily sesame seed recipes you won’t want to miss making at home!!!

Healthy Sesame drizzle salad:

Spinach shredded, red-cabbage shredded, crushed paneer cubes (optional), cucumber diced, carrots shredded, pomegranate kernels, lemon juice, ginger juice, rock salt, til/sesame oil, roasted white & black sesame seeds. Take all the veggies in a glass bowl (washed well). In a small glass bowl take til/sesame oil, add rock salt, white & black sesame seeds, lemon juice, and ginger juice. Mix well and make a quick dressing. Pour the dressing over the chopped veggies, crushed paneer cubes, pomegranate and give a quick stir and keep in the refrigerator (if required) and remove just before serving. Best goes with toasts, plain crackers.

Healthy Sesame dip:

Til/Sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds (without shell) , rock salt, honey, black pepper , lemon juice.
Soak the til/sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds overnight. In a grinder add soaked sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds, rock salt, black pepper. Add little water and grind into a smooth paste. Transfer to a glass container/serving bowl. Add lime juice, honey. Stir well. Your on the go-homemade Tahini (fat-free) dip is ready. Best to go with dhirde/creeps, dosa, bhakri/ Indian roti, breads, crackers.

Guilt-free snack bar

Til/sesame seeds, roasted moong (flour), ground nuts (roasted), walnuts (crushed), plain puffs (cereals-non flavoured/ rajgira puffs/popped rice), honey, ghee/clarified butter, cardamom seeds, nutmeg (pinch), dry ginger powder (pinch). Take a pan, dry roast til/sesame seeds, moong dal flour, groundnuts, and walnuts til/sesame light brown. Remove from flame. Add honey, ghee, plain puffs, cardamom, nutmeg, sunthi and mix well when hot. Now take a plate, apply little ghee, add the hot mix and flatten well into a thin sheet. Cut into small flat pieces and let cool. Once cooled, store in a glass/air-tight jar. A healthy on the go-snack bar is ready.

Refreshing mouth freshener

Til/sesame (white), fennel seeds, cumin seeds,
ajwain seeds (carom seeds), cardamom seeds, amla (grated/dried), ginger (grated/dried), black salt, turmeric. Take an iron vessel/wok/kadhai. Dry roast fennel, carom, cumin seeds, then add til/sesame seeds, cardamom seeds, add salt, turmeric powder. Switch off the gas. Remove from gas, combine grated amla, ginger flakes. Mix well. When cooled, store in an air-tight container. You’re on the Go mouth freshener is ready!!

We at TURYAA believe that natural, seasonal and locally available foods are the key to maintaining good health and we will always inspire you to use the best natural ingredients in the wholesome and natural way!!! Stay tuned to more such interesting facts & insights with our unique sessions and updates. TURYAA wishes you and your loved ones a Best wishes for your festival. Stay Safe, Be Safe!
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Ganesh Archana – “Patri Puja”

Significance of 21 Patri-leaves used in Ganesh Archana – An Ayurveda Perspective.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated with dedication and great devotion all over India. People bring and welcome Idols of Ganapati at home or in pandals.
The special chant of Mantras, Pooja, Aarati always enhance the energetic, lively atmosphere of the festival.

One of the major rituals of the pooja on the Ganesh Chaturthi is the “Patri pooja”.’ At least 21 different ‘Patri’ , that is leaves of plants are typically used.

The list of plants used may differ slightly from one region to another. Locally available medicinal plants are supposed to be used for pooja. It is observed that every plant leaf from Pooja has unique medicinal values and health benefits. They all are used as medicines for various diseases.
The broad spectrum uses of these plants make them unique and hence included in special pooja of Ganapati. Apart from this, it is ecologically beneficial to cut down leaves of fully grown plants after the rainy season (Shravan) for better propagation.

Let us understand first the medicinal values associated with these 21 different types of leaves.

Let us start from the number 21 itself? What is the special significance of this number “21”?

The logical reason behind this number “21” is that our body is believed to be made up of Panchamahabhuta and 16 Indriya (5 basic constituents and 16 main organs). Hence 21 Patri puja is believed to be a symbolic offering of our complete self to Ganapati – an act to remind us to keep our ego in check.

Let’s have a look for 21 patri and its medicinal uses in general. Common names are mentioned in brackets.

1. Machi Patram – (Davana)

Treats skin diseases such as leprosy, leucoderma, various gastrointestinal (abdominal) diseases such as stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal colic, gynecological diseases. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties.

2. Bruhati Patram – (Dorali)

It relieves joint pains, reduces lumps, treats asthma, and coughs. It is good for the heart. It removes bad odors from the mouth. It increases sperm count. It works as a diuretic.

3. Bilva Patram – (Bela)

All parts of this tree leaves, fruit, stem and roots are used as medicine to cure various diseases such as dysentery, asthma, fractures, healing of wounds, swollen joints, high blood pressure, jaundice, and typhoid and for the management of diabetes. Bela fruit pulp is used to cure chronic diarrhea, dysentery, gastric problems.

4. Doorvayugmam - (Doorva)

Doorva helps to arrest bleeding and anemia. It cures skin diseases and dandruff. It reduces nightmares/bad dreams. It acts as diuretic and useful in many gynecological disorders.

5. Dhattura Patram – (Dhotara)

It works as anti-microbial, anti-inflammatory. It treats asthma, fever, wounds, dandruff, joint disorders such as stiffness, locked jaw, lower back pain, itching, pain.
Note – Dhattura is a toxic plant and is not advised for children and pregnant women. It causes hallucinations, and convulsions.

6. Badari Patram – (Bora)

It treats Laryngitis, cough, digestive disorders, wounds, and injuries.

7. Apamarga Patram – (Aaghada)

It treats digestive disorders, poisonous bites, asthma, leucoderma Improves digestion and metabolism.

8. Tulasi Patram - (Tulas)

It is one of the best antiviral herbs. It is an antimicrobial and anti -toxic.
it treats asthma, chronic disorders, psychiatric disorders, kidney/bladder stones, skin diseases with pain and itchiness.

9. Chootha Patram - (Aamba)

It treats diabetes, heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, vomiting, skin discoloration. It also acts as a good energizer and stimulant.

10. Karaveera Patram - (Kanheri)

This is a toxic herb and it is used for external applications. It treats Leprosy, wounds and injuries, lice, itching, fast movement of eyes, eye inflammation.

11. Vishnukranta Patram - (Shankhapushpi).

Used to treat brain and nervous system related disorders, blood vomiting, bleeding disorders, ulcers, gastric irritation, memory loss. It increases memory power and intellect. It enhances the self-healing potency of the body.

12. Daadimee Patram – (Dalimb)

It treats dysentery, food poisoning, diarrhea and acidity related disorders.

13. Devadaru Patram - (Devadar)

It treats skin diseases, wounds, injuries, headache, arthritis, breast pain, mastitis, stiffness.

14. Maruvaka Patram - (Murva)

It treats skin diseases, gastrointestinal diseases, sore throat, cough, scorpion bite, bad breath.
It is considered as good cardio-protective, liver tonic and stops abnormal menstrual flow.

15. Sindhuvara Patram - (Nirgundi)

It treats Vata related problems, used as anti-poisonous drugs, rheumatoid and osteoarthritis, vaginal inflammation, grey hair.

16. Jaati Patram – (Chameli)

It treats skin diseases, wounds, mouth related problems, indigestion, erectile dysfunction, gingivitis, eye diseases.

17. Gandaki Patram – (Kanchanar)

Used to treat heart related diseases, piles, skin diseases, cervical lymphadenitis.

18. Shamee Patram - (Shami)

It treats mouth ulcers, joint pains, diarrhea, itching skin diseases, scorpion bites, wounds, bleeding disorders, repeated abortion.

19. Ashwathha Patram - (Pimpal)

It treats impotence, joint swelling, pain, pimples, bleeding and wounds, skin diseases.
It’s bark is used in preparation of many medicines, it is also used in abnormal bleeding disorders, strengthening uterine muscles.

20. Arjuna Patram - (Arjun)

It treats joint pains, heart diseases, wound and septic conditions, bleeding disorders, fractures, chronic respiratory disorders, tuberculosis.

21. Arka / Mandar patram - (Rui)

It treats poisonous bites, wounds and injuries, leprosy, tumors, joint pains.

There is some variation in 21 patris described for pooja. In the above information we tried to focus on common medicinal uses of plants. Do include above patri in pooja and spread awareness about its uses by sharing this article.
May the high spirits of Ganesh Festival stay with us forever just like the blessings of
Ganpati Bappa!!

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Dr. Gayatri Kulkarni – Mulye (MD Ayurved),
Vaidya Tejaswini Bhale – Borse (Ayurveda Physician)


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