Archive | August 2018

453. Health Benefits of Tender Coconut

Tender Coconut, nature’s cool drink not only quenches the summer thirst but also comes with great benefits for the body. It cools down your body from inside and reduces a lot of discomforts of a hot summer day.  Coconut water is actually the juice present inside the endosperm, the interior cavity of the young  and tender coconut. This clear liquid is sweet and sterile and contains various essential compounds such as vitamins, minerals, sugars, electrolytes, amino acids, phytohormones, and cytokine.

Tender coconut is naturally sweet and ingratiating. It promotes proper digestion, and naturally helps clearing the urinary paths and thus lubricating the body systems. The major constituents of coconut water are sugar and minerals along with some fat and nitrogenous substance. The water of a single coconut contains sufficient vitamin C to meet the daily requirements of body.Coconut water is a natural energy drink. It is delicious, refreshing and very nutritious and has tremendous health benefits.

Tender coconut water has arginine which helps in increasing the blood circulation to all the internal organs of the body. Tender coconut is rich in potassium and hence helps keep the kidneys healthy. It acts as a diuretic to flush extra water out of the body and also prevents kidney stones. Tender coconut water acts like a tonic. It has all the necessary nutrients to fulfill a person’s daily need. It is rich in vitamins and minerals. It can even be used to feed infants and is a great a source of nutrition.

Tender coconut has no fat. It is a very low-calorie drink that can easily replace a meal. It can also be consumed before a meal to reduce binge eating among weight-watchers. It also helps in losing weight by removing excess water weight stored due to heavy sodium consumption. Tender coconut water has properties that remove mineral toxins from the blood. It also helps in eliminating toxins accumulated in the intestine due to poor digestion. Tender coconut water has great anti-inflammatory properties. It can reduce inflammation internally when consumed. It can also be externally applied on a summer boil or a rash to reduce inflammation.

Let us drink a tender coconut to keep us healthy.



452. Inspiring Self-Powered Village


Odanthurai Gram Panchayat situated 40 kilometers north of Coimbatore in Tamil Nadu. Everyday we are hearing news about Global warming, depleting natural resources, increasing carbon emissions, soil and water pollution. Self  powered Odanthurai has set an example by producing its own green power for its needs.

The most notable among  Odanthurai’s self-help ventures is the 350-kw wind power generator that was set up in 2006 under the direction of a well functioning gram panchayat.  The Panchayat President  Shanmugam thought, “Why not we set up a wind power project under panchayat ownership? After all a village community is the most legitimate owner of land and wind, the two natural resources that are enough for power generation.” Now, the panchayat has not only been generating electricity for their own use, but also selling power to Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB).

Though the panchayat faces three hours of power disruption every day, it ensures that drinking water pumping operations and street lighting are not affected, as renewable energy is used for such needs. Streetlights burn in the two hamlets of Vinobhaji Nagar and Kalarpudur even when load shedding is in force, as they are run on solar energy.

Under the Green House Scheme of the State government, the Panchayat has till now built 850 houses and handed over to the real beneficiaries. It is highest record in the State. For his better performance, the people in the panchayat gave an opportunity to Shanmugam as an independent candidate between 1996 and 2006 though he is just 10th qualified. Since the panchayat was reserved for female, people elected Shanmugam’s spouse S Lingammal between 2006 and 2016 without a serious election campaign. Village panchayat presidents, college professors, students, foreign delegates and IAS officers have been visiting the village often, to learn the administrative perspective.

Let us salute Mr. Shanmugam for setting his village a model of inspiring self-powered village.



451. Yogasana for back pain

Nowadays back pain is common among youngsters also. There should be a simple remedy at home to get relief from back pain. For many of us, the pain is only temporary. But for others, it can be much more debilitating and much more frustrating.  In severe cases, medical attention may be necessary, but if your pain is less severe, yoga may be able to help by strengthening the back, stretching it and improving circulation to the spine and nerves.

The lower back is a sensitive spot for many people. While there can be a lot of causes of lower back pain, a weak core & poor posture from sitting all day and consequently shortening the hip muscles that then pull on the lower back are two really common contributing factors to lower back aches and discomfort. It’s always important to figure out what’s causing pain so you can address it and prevent it from happening again. But in most situations, doing some gentle yoga can help relieve tightness and give your lower back some relief.

Cat/Cow pose :   Start on all fours with your shoulders over your wrists and hips over knees. Take a slow inhale, and on the exhale, round your spine and drop your head toward the floor. This is the “cat” posture. Inhale and lift your head, chest, and tailbone toward the ceiling as you arch your back for “cow.” Repeat this for 3 minutes.

Downward Dog :   Start in tabletop and raise your hips so your body is in an upside down V position. Relax your head and neck and draw your inner thighs toward the back of the room. Spreading your shoulder blades apart will stretch your upper back even more, and reaching your hips up and back will help to open your lower back. Breathe for five to seven breaths.

Triangle Pose :   Stand with your feet about three feet apart and parallel to each other. Rotate your right foot so the right heel is in line with the arch of the left foot. With your arms extended to the side, tilt at the hip to reach your right hand toward the ground, on either side of your foot. Rotate your body to the side and reach the fingers of your left hand toward the sky.

Child’s Pose :   Kneel on your mat with your knees hip width apart and your feet together behind you. Take a deep breath in, and as you exhale, lay your torso over your thighs. Try to lengthen your neck and spine by drawing your ribs away from your tailbone and the crown of your head away from your shoulders. Rest your forehead on the ground, with your arms extended out in front of you. Hold for one to three minutes.

Sphinx Pose :  This gentle backbend strengthens your spine and buttocks. It stretches your chest, shoulders, and abdomen. It may also help relieve stress. Lie on your stomach with your legs extended behind you. Engage the muscles of your lower back, buttocks, and thighs. Bring your elbows under your shoulders with your forearms on the floor and your palms facing down. Slowly lift up your upper torso and head. Gently lift and engage your lower abdominals to support your back. Ensure that you’re lifting up through your spine and out through the crown of your head, instead of collapsing into your lower back. Keep your gaze straight ahead as you fully relax in this pose, while at the same time remaining active and engaged. Stay in this pose for up to 5 minutes.

I hope these yogasana poses will help you.





450. Storing water in copper vessel

We all know that using the stored water in copper vessel is good for health.  According to Ayurveda, drinking copper-enriched water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach helps balance all three doshas  viz., Kapha, Vata and Pitta. Drinking 2 to 3 glasses of water that has been stored in a copper vessel is another easy way to supply our body with enough copper.

Storing water in a copper vessel creates a natural purification process. It can kill all the microorganisms, molds, fungi, algae and bacteria, present in the water that could be harmful to the body and make the water perfectly fit for drinking. In addition, water stored in a copper vessel, preferably overnight or at least for four hours, acquires a certain quality from the copper. Copper is an essential trace mineral that is vital to human health. It has antimicrobial,  anti-oxidant, anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory properties. It also helps neutralize toxins.

Acidity, gas or simply the inability to digest certain foods is common and here is where copper comes to your rescue. Copper has properties that stimulate peristalsis viz., the rhythmic contraction and relaxation of the stomach that helps food get digested and move along the digestive tract, kill harmful bacteria and reduce inflammation within the stomach, making it a great remedy for ulcers, indigestion  and infections.

Apart from fine tuning our digestive system to perform better, copper also helps our body break down fat and eliminate it more efficiently, thereby, helping our body keep only what it will use and throw out the rest.  Copper is a great tool for healing wounds quickly.  Copper also helps in the production of new and healthy skin cells that replace old dying ones.   Copper actually helps in the synthesis of phospholipids that are essential for the formation of  myelin sheaths, thereby, making our brain work much faster and more efficiently.

Copper is one of the most important trace minerals the thyroid gland needs to function optimally. Copper has very potent anti-inflammatory properties. Apart from that, copper also has bone and immune system strengthening properties, making it the perfect remedy for arthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Copper is the main component in the production of melanin in our bodies.

So, please use a copper vessel for storing drinking water.

449. How to eat?

First of all, we should enjoy eating. It is not just a duty to eat.  There are six types of tastes viz., Sweet, Sour, Salty, Bitter, Pungent and Astringent. According to Ayurveda, the sense of taste is a natural guidemap towards proper nutrition.  We have to add all the six types of taste foods in day to day life.

We should not swallow the food. While we eat, we should close our mouth so that air should not enter while eating the food. When we eat food, our full concentration should be on food only.  We should  not drink water before or while eating the food.  We should not watch  TV or read books, while eating. It is better to sit on the floor and eat.  We should not eat more or less food, than we need.

When we feel hungry, then only we should eat.  We should not skip eating. We should take a balanced diet.  We should eat   fewer unhealthy fats and empty calories.  Also, we should eat  more nutrient rich foods. In our food, there should be  a diet of 30% vegetables, 20% fruit, 20% carbohydrates, 20% protein and 10% dairy products.

It is a good idea to drink water, juices, smoothies, teas, and the such. However, soda, cola, and drinks that look like they are made in a lab should definitely be avoided. Alcohol needs to be limited. If your diet is good enough and sufficient in calories and carbohydrates, you’ll be full and happy.  Combine this with accountability, check-ins, and a workout program.