Being one of the oldest civilisations in the world, we Indians established a one-of-a-kind lifestyle. We didn’t wait for technology to study the science of life. Instead, we relied on the choicest herbs and oils from the bed of nature and practices steeped in tradition to achieve good health. That’s how Ayurveda was born. 5000 years later, today the pristine science has become the ‘slice of life’ for many.
Our ancestors had to have done something right to have lived such a long and healthy life. They did, they went into the kitchen to find the right fix for their problems. And if you too want to know the best-kept Ayurvedic secrets for good health, fitness and glowing skin, then keep reading, because we’re spilling it all.
For healthy skin
Include pomegranates in your diet: In Ayurveda, pomegranates are believed to be tropical elixirs and are highly valued. The fruit has excellent anti-ageing properties and is also believed to improve the texture of the skin by improving the production of collagen and elastin. It also acts as a natural blood purifier, thus reducing discolouration, fine lines and wrinkles while promoting naturally glowing skin. You can eat the fruit in a salad, or even make smoothies and juices out of it.
Add aloe vera to your regular regimen: The soothing plant is not just great with sunburns, but it also works wonders as an anti-ageing element. Applying aloe vera gel on your face will visibly reduce fine lines and make it smoother. You can either apply it to your face or simply consume it in the form of a drink. You can check out both of Kapiva’s Aloe Vera Gel or the Aloe Vera Juice which is packed with antioxidants and vitamins that will help your skin glow and neutralizes the effects of UV radiation.
Trust the power of basil (tulsi) leaves: Yes, you knew this already. Didn’t you? Ask any Ayurvedic practitioner, and they won’t be able to stop raving about the wonders basil can do for our skin. Packed with vitamins and minerals, basil purifies our blood and adds a healthy and even glow to our skin. So you can ditch your usual tea and start your mornings with a cup of tulsi tea and watch your skin undergo a miraculous transformation.
Increase your intake of neem: Neem is enriched with anti-inflammatory and anti-fungal properties that treat blemishes, acne and blackheads on the skin. You can get your hands on the Kapiva Neem Juice that is extracted from fresh neem leaves in Rajasthan and reap some magical skin benefits.
For long and luscious hair
Eat and apply amla to your hair: Your one-stop solution to any number of hair problems is amla. It is one element that is suitable to every hair and scalp type. You can apply dried up amla powder to your scalp and leave for 15-20 minutes before washing off, eat raw amla or even drink the Kapiva Amla Juice which comes with high antioxidant properties to protect your hair follicles against damage.
Stop premature greying with Methi: Methi is beneficial to us in plenty of ways and giving us good hair happens to be one of them. The seeds are rich in phytoestrogens and natural inflammatories which prevent greying of hair along with reversing stress damage. The best way to consume methi seeds can be to take them in a crushed and soaked form with a glass of water once a day. Sprouted methi can also be put in our food while cooking.
Reverse hair damage with Moringa: Moringa oleifera, which is often known as the drumstick tree is a miracle tree and makes a great hair supplement. The leaves comprise antioxidants in abundance that protect our hair follicles from damage and fight against dandruff and other scalp sensitivities. They also impede the effects of ageing, including hair-greying. You can either make a curry out of these leaves or buy Moringa capsules and tablets which are easily available in the market.
Use brahmi to treat dry and damaged scalp: This wonder herb of Ayurveda could prove to be a boon for your hair. It not only soothes the scalp but is also great in relieving stress by cooling down the mind. You can apply brahmi to your scalp in summers, especially during monsoons to prevent hair fall. You can also start drinking the Kapiva Hair Care Juice which is a perfect blend of the goodness of Amla, Bhringraj, Noni, and Ashwagandha, that can effectively prevent hair fall and premature greying of hair.
For stronger immunity and digestion
Stay hydrated: Ayurveda believes that if you don’t hydrate from time to time then it leads to an imbalance of salts, fluids, and minerals. So you should keep consuming adequate amounts of warm water and fluids to maintain a pale yellow colour of the urine. You can check out the Kapiva Digesti Care Juice, which is a blend of five potent Ayurvedic herbs like amla, ajwain, jeera, hing and dhaniya that can aid digestion and provide relief from acidity, along with hydration.
Start consuming amla: Amla is considered to be a medicine for treating diabetes, and promoting heart health. It is also the best fruit to reverse the effects of ageing. You can take a teaspoon of amla powder with lukewarm honey water first thing in the morning, mix it with a spoonful of warm ghee and take it at night. You can even try out the Kapiva Amla Juice which is a good option to improve your digestion and boost your metabolism, as Kapiva cold-presses the amla’s to meet your needs for vitamin C.
Go excess with garlic: Although this hot herb should be used with caution during the summer months, it’s an excellent remedy to boost digestive and bone health. The best way to have it is by simply boiling a crushed pod of garlic in a mix of half a cup of milk and half a cup of water. You can also add a little sugar and have it at any time of the day.
Try ginger and honey: Take ginger, black pepper and long pepper in equal proportions to make the Trikatu herb which improves metabolism while also boosting your lung health. And if you take a teaspoonful of Trikatu and honey, it can instantly relieve any respiratory tract infections as well. For this, you can even try out the Kapiva Raw Honey which is infused with more pollen and enzymes for maximum nutrition.
Don’t underestimate the power of buttermilk: Useful especially in winters, buttermilk can keep issues like inflammation, gastrointestinal, digestive and spleen disorders, lack of appetite, and anemia at bay. You can take it with jaggery, or even add a pinch of cumin seeds and rock salt to it before drinking.
For weight management
Take lemon with honey daily: This is probably the most commonly used practice for weight loss, but that’s because it’s really effective. Beginning your day with ginger tea or hot water with lemon and honey on an empty stomach is a genius way to burn down all the fats. And if this doesn’t work well for you on an empty stomach, then you can even try out the organic Kapiva Apple Cider Vinegar which comprises strands of proteins, enzymes and friendly bacteria to effectively promote weight loss.
Drink wheatgrass juice: Drinking wheatgrass will boost your metabolism, which will, in turn, make you exercise even harder if you’re trying to lose weight. Wheatgrass is a nutrient-dense food, that also tricks you into thinking that your stomach is full, hence automatically reducing your cravings as well. You can try out the Kapiva Wheatgrass Juice that not only cuts off excessive fats, but also initiates instant detoxification and cleanses your body from within.
Drink only hot water: Another super easy way that Ayurveda believes you can lose weight is by sipping warm water when you wake up and continue through the day. Drinking warm water raises your body’s temperature that ultimately speeds up the metabolism, and allows your body to burn more calories.
Change your diet seasonally: The best Ayurvedic way to lose weight is by eating seasonally and as per the region you belong to. During hot and sultry summers or even monsoons, stick to a high-carbohydrate diet including fresh fruits, green leafy vegetables and sprouts that will help in detoxifying the body. For winters, try to eat food items that will keep you warm internally like root vegetables, seeds, nuts, meats and cheeses.
Even after so many centuries, people around the globe continue to trust Ayurveda for numerous health benefits. And the best part is that we can try Ayurveda without the risk of any side effects. Kapiva has all the right solutions to our problems in the form of modern Ayurvedic nutrition to improve our lifestyles. These are highly authentic and tested solutions that have been sourced with a lot of care. You can check out their range of products here and take a step towards living a longer and healthier life with Ayurveda.