Whats’ the real deal on whole grains?
Whole grains are grains that contain cereal germ, endosperm and bran. Refined grains contain only endosperm. Cereal germs provide Vitamin E, folic acid, phosphate, zinc and magnesium. Bran provides the all-essential dietary fibres and fatty acids.
Common whole grains include wheat, oats, barley, maize, rye, millet, quinoa and brown rice. In Ayurveda, the focus has always on consuming food in as close to its natural state as possible. Refined foods are best avoided. Be it a paratha or a wholewheat toast, Ayurveda urges you to eat more whole grains as it suits all climates and constitutions. Whole grains are best had steamed, as they are better balanced and easier to digest. Kapha body type: Do not overeat whole grains. For your body type, the best kind of whole grains are the diuretic ones like rye or barley as they help the body get rid of excess water.
Vata: Wheat and brown rice, with their strengthening qualities, are best for this body type.
Pitta: Can enjoy all grains because of their exceptional digestive powers.
Sinuses are air-filled spaces in the skull, behind the forehead, eyes, nasal bones and cheeks. Usually these cavities have a thin coating of mucus membrane. Any mild infection of the nasal passages causes it to swell and affect the opening of the sinuses. When the opening is blocked, infected air and mucus secretions collect. Infection to the mucus membrane causes a condition called Sinusitis. According to Ayurveda, imbalance in Vata and Kapha causes sinusitis.
People with a tendency to develop sinusitis need to avoid meat, strong spices, starchy food, fried items, milk and salt. Kapha types should also avoid sweets, cold water and dairy products. They should also avoid dehydration.
In Ayurveda, the treatment for sinusitis is called Nasyam. A medicated nasya oil is dripped (3 to 5 drops) into the nose to open the blocked sinuses and get rid of the infected secretions and cleanse the sinuses. Medicated steam inhalation is another remedy as is facial massage with medicated oils. Patients are advised to not breath through the mouth and to treat the resultant irritation and sore throat, they are advised to consume honey, black pepper or ginger tea.
A healed sinus revives the senses of taste and smell – so it is important to take remedial steps immediately.