Food

Food

Ganesha Utsav, Center of body, Microbes And Health

In Sanatana dharma, one God has several forms described in scriptures. As per worshipper’s need, different form is prescribed for worship.

Mahaganapati
Mahaganapati
Vigneswara
Vigneswara

As per scriptures, देह-मध्य is where मूलाधार or abode of गणेश is. For humans, it is near GUT. For animals, in heart. For birds, in stomach. For trees, it is roots. For all living and non-living beings, देह-मध्य varies and so place of गणपति. Based on the place or the host, गणपति’s name, form, color, vehicle and decoration changes. So there are infinite forms of गणपति based on variations in प्राण combinations of each object (living or dead) has.

First and foremost thing we can do to Ganesh Pooja in human form is to maintain proper posture. 🙂 Right posture means stability of प्राण in देह-मध्य.

Second, we can keep our GUT clean. Modak made from Desi Cow ghee helps here in this season. 🙂

देह-मध्य शुचिता (cleansing of center of the body) is important.

Some of us worship Vinayaka, some worship Lambodara, some worship महागणपति.

महागणपति is depicted with pomegranate in hand. Like Modak, it is indicating vital food of the season.

Mahaganpati
Mahaganpati
Ucchistha Ganapati
Ucchistha Ganapati

There are three harvesting seasons for pomegranate in India.
1) November-March (Mrig bahar)
2) February-May (Hasta bahar)
3) June – August (Ambe Bahar – flowering happens along with Mango flowering)

In Maharashtra, farmers follow third harvest season. So when this time of the year they celebrate Ganesh Festival, pomegranate is vital part of food and life in all households.महागणपति form prescribes us to eat pomegranate in this season. It is no wonder that Maharashtra celebrates Ganesha with pomegranate.

Why?

All Sanatana Dharma symbols give hints related to three worlds 1) Physical body (आधि-भौतिक) 2) Internal working of body (आधि-दैविक) 3) Mental world (आध्यात्मिक)

It will take time understand meaning of pomegranate on आधि-दैविक and आध्यात्मिक plane but it is easy to understand its importance on आधि-भौतिक plane.

“१ अनार १०० बीमार” – “1 pomegranate for 100 diseases.”

pomegranate
pomegranate

This season is known for epidemics. pomegranate can help you keep Nation of trillion+ body cells healthy.

Google and search benefits of pomegranate.

As a part of our worship, we should study these symbols, decipher meanings and live life as per prescriptions.

Sugarcane is also part of महागणपति. It tropical region, this period is either planting or harvesting time for sugarcane.

Eating jaggery in this season is also important for health.


Reference:


Research on pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s

https://www.hud.ac.uk/news/2014/august/researchonpomegranatedrugtostemalzheimersandparkinsons.php

Dr Olumayokun Olajide’s research will now look to produce compound derivatives of punicalagin for a drug that would treat neuro-inflammation

Dr Olumayokun Olajide ‌THE onset of Alzheimer’s disease can be slowed and some of its symptoms curbed by a natural compound that is found in pomegranate. Also, the painful inflammation that accompanies illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and Parkinson’s disease could be reduced, according to the findings of a two-year project headed by University of Huddersfield scientist Dr Olumayokun Olajide, who specialises in the anti-inflammatory properties of natural products.

 

Research underway to create pomegranate drug to stem Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.

Modern medicine is re-inventing wheel invented by Ayurveda.
Those who have studied भावप्रकाश निघंटु, knows this very well.

In fact, it is common sense in local culture: “१ अनार १०० बीमार” – “1 pomegranate for 100 diseases.”

PS 1: Observe the trend. Modern chemical based pharma is losing ability to cure sickness using fancy chemical compounds. They are now researching on plant based medicines. If you are wise, embrace your local traditions! Or pay high price later by buying nice fancy pomegranate based medicines 😀

PS 2: Your kids are under going schooling which alieanted them far away from local culture. So they will hardly know all these things 🙂. Solution? De-school them daily 🙂. Spend more time with them. Spend more time in mother nature. She loves all of us and gives potent hints

Shopping Shock 1 : Feeding Formula

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Last Sunday, my doctor friend and I were on shopping survey. We visited hyper shopping places in the city to study different processed food items and their ingredients.

We found many shocking ingredients. Maggi is just a tip of the iceberg. There are many dangers beyond heavy metals.

First shock was canola oil in feeding formula powder for infants!

This is insane. Canola oil for infants?

Like all modern vegetable oils, canola oil goes through the process of refining, bleaching and degumming — all of which involve high temperatures or chemicals of questionable safety. And because canola oil is high in omega-3 fatty acids, which easily become rancid and foul-smelling when subjected to oxygen and high temperatures, it must be deodorized. The standard deodorization process removes a large portion of the omega-3 fatty acids by turning them into trans fatty acids. Although the Canadian government lists the trans content of canola at a minimal 0.2 percent, research at the University of Florida at Gainesville, found trans levels as high as 4.6 percent in commercial liquid oil. The consumer has no clue about the presence of trans fatty acids in canola oil because they are not listed on the label.

A 2014 review article published in “Vascular Pharmacology” discussed the detrimental effects of heated oils on cardiovascular health, such as vascular inflammation and arteriosclerosis. [1]

Besides, 90% of Canola oil comes from Genetically Modified Rape seeds. GMO crops demands more pesticides so they come with high level of toxic chemicals. It affects body [2]:

Blood platelet abnormalities
Retards normal growth (why it’s illegal to use in infant formulas)
Free radical damage
Higher cancer risks due to the hydrogenation process

And this highly indigestible food for kids? This was our first shock.

PS: You may find many researchers in support of canola. But beyond that, use this thumb rules to select oil:

1) Can your region grow this oil seeds?
2) Is it obtained from Genetically modified crop or not?
3) Is it obtained from cold-press method of high heating chemical process?

Suggestions:

Your breastfeeding has everything that your infant need. Never substitute it with feeding formula. If you cannot feed for some reasons, use Desi cow’s milk. There are many home-made formulas that you can prepare using grains. Try them. Research about them. But never think about feeding formulas.

Always see ingredient and if you find canola oil, avoid. It is not for us.

Any oil that is not obtained by cold-press is not worth. (Although pressing and grinding produces heat through friction, the temperature must not rise above 120°F (49°C) for any oil to be considered cold pressed. Cold pressed oils are produced at even lower temperatures. Cold pressed oils retain all of their flavor, aroma, and nutritional value.). Gradually, find sources of such oil. Or buy your own home-use micro oil mill.

Processed food is fundamentally faulty from roots. So against the Art and Science of cooking. Try N-numbers of measures but it will remain life-consuming weapon. Weapon that can silently kill the generation after generation until civilization/community/nation.

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[1] http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24632108
[1] http://www.westonaprice.org/health-topics/the-great-con-ola/
[2] http://draxe.com/canola-oil-gm/

Brain infection starts in gut, meat responsible

Factory Farms
Factory Farms

मूलाधार चक्र (seat of गणपति/हनुमान/कुण्डलिनी) is severely corrupt for most of us. And that is primary reason for so many life style sicknesses we have around.

Days are not far when modern medical science will start worshiping GUT like they used to worship and glorify brain. 🙂 After all, GUT deserves its long overdue importance as central place to maintain chemical life of the body.

Your brain health depends upon what you eat. If you are eating meat in chaotic times when animals are raised in factory farms, you are prone to deadly brain conditions. Because it is via GUT, any brain conditions take shape.

The study[See reference section] reveals how the proteins – called prions – spread from the gut to the brain after a person or animal has eaten contaminated meat.

This is one reason why society relying on factory farm based meat, will produce more zombies and psychopath.


Reference


Brain infection starts in gut, study finds

http://www.ed.ac.uk/news/2015/prions-040815

The study reveals how the proteins – called prions – spread from the gut to the brain after a person or animal has eaten contaminated meat.

Prions

Prions are infectious proteins with abnormal shapes that can be passed between people and animals by eating contaminated meat.

Until now, it was not known how prions spread from the gut to the brain after consuming infected meat.

Infection

Researchers at University of Edinburgh’s Roslin Institute studied the course of prion infection in mice.

They found that prions must first build up in specialised structures in the lining of the small intestine before they are able to spread throughout the body to the brain.

Hijack

The structures – called Peyer’s patches – are part of the body’s immune system and form the first line of defence against contaminated food.

The study suggests prions hijack Peyer’s patches to cause infection.

The gut-associated lymphoid tissues in the small intestine, not the large intestine, play a major role in oral prion disease pathogenesis

  1. David S. Donaldsona,
  2. Kathryn J. Elseb and
  3. Neil A. Mabbotta#

http://jvi.asm.org/content/early/2015/07/03/JVI.01544-15.abstract

ABSTRACT

Prion diseases are infectious neurodegenerative disorders characterised by accumulations of abnormally folded cellular prion protein in affected tissues. Many natural prion diseases are acquired orally and following exposure the early replication of some prion isolates upon follicular dendritic cells (FDC) within gut-associated lymphoid tissues (GALT) is important for the efficient spread of disease to the brain (neuroinvasion). Prion detection within large intestinal GALT biopsies has been used to estimate human and animal disease prevalence. However, the relative contributions of the small and large intestinal GALT to oral prion pathogenesis were unknown. To address this issue we created mice that specifically lacked FDC-containing GALT only in the small intestine. Our data show that oral prion disease susceptibility was dramatically reduced in mice lacking small intestinal GALT. Although these mice had FDC-containing GALT throughout their large intestines, these tissues were not early sites of prion accumulation or neuroinvasion. We also determined whether pathology specifically within the large intestine might influence prion pathogenesis. Congruent infection with the nematode parasite Trichuris muris in the large intestine around the time of oral prion exposure did not affect disease pathogenesis. Together, these data demonstrate that the small intestinal GALT are the major early sites of prion accumulation and neuroinvasion after oral exposure. This has important implications for our understanding of the factors that influence the risk to infection and the pre-clinical diagnosis of disease.

 

When you eat matters, not just what you eat

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Life routine of Sanatani/ following Ayurveda, is highly specialized / individualized.

Timinings are fixed. Sleeping time, wake up time, meal time, pooja time, exercise time, break time – all fixed.

Not following means stress for cellular processes, organ processes and body processes. Chaos. Mleccha. 🙂

Observe youth and teens around. You can easily forecast their biological future. Chaos and rapid aging. Mleccha 🙂

“Every organ has a clock,” That means there are times that our livers, intestines, muscles, and other organs will work at peak efficiency and other times when they are–more or less–sleeping.

Those metabolic cycles are critical for processes from cholesterol breakdown to glucose production, and they should be primed to turn on when we eat and back off when we don’t, or vice versa.

“When we eat randomly, those genes aren’t on completely or off completely,” Panda said. The principle is just like it is with sleep and waking, he explained. If we don’t sleep well at night, we aren’t completely awake during the day, and we work less efficiently as a consequence.

First thing first:
Have fixed meal timings.
Have proper gaps between two meals.
Don’t eat 8-10 times a day as modern dietitians suggest.
Last meal and sleep : 4 hrs gap.
Exercise and meal : 45 mins gap.
Bath and meal : 30 mins gap.
No breakfast but full meal to begin the day.


Research


Time-Restricted Feeding without Reducing Caloric Intake Prevents Metabolic Diseases in Mice Fed a High-Fat Diet

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While diet-induced obesity has been exclusively attributed to increased caloric intake from fat, animals fed a high-fat diet (HFD) ad libitum (ad lib) eat frequently throughout day and night, disrupting the normal feeding cycle. To test whether obesity and metabolic diseases result from HFD or disruption of metabolic cycles, we subjected mice to either ad lib or time-restricted feeding (tRF) of a HFD for 8 hr per day. Mice under tRF consume equivalent calories from HFD as those with ad lib access yet are protected against obesity, hyperinsulinemia, hepatic steatosis, and inflammation and have improved motor coordination. The tRF regimen improved CREB, mTOR, and AMPK pathway function and oscillations of the circadian clock and their target genes’ expression. These changes in catabolic and anabolic pathways altered liver metabolome and improved nutrient utilization and energy expenditure. We demonstrate in mice that tRF regimen is a nonpharmacological strategy against obesity and associated diseases.

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1550413112001891

When you eat matters, not just what you eat

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2012-05/cp-wye051112.php

When it comes to weight gain, when you eat might be at least as important as what you eat. That’s the conclusion of a study reported in the Cell Press journal Cell Metabolism published early online on May 17th.

When mice on a high-fat diet are restricted to eating for eight hours per day, they eat just as much as those who can eat around the clock, yet they are protected against obesity and other metabolic ills, the new study shows. The discovery suggests that the health consequences of a poor diet might result in part from a mismatch between our body clocks and our eating schedules.

“Every organ has a clock,” said lead author of the study Satchidananda Panda of the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. That means there are times that our livers, intestines, muscles, and other organs will work at peak efficiency and other times when they are–more or less–sleeping.

Those metabolic cycles are critical for processes from cholesterol breakdown to glucose production, and they should be primed to turn on when we eat and back off when we don’t, or vice versa. When mice or people eat frequently throughout the day and night, it can throw off those normal metabolic cycles.

“When we eat randomly, those genes aren’t on completely or off completely,” Panda said. The principle is just like it is with sleep and waking, he explained. If we don’t sleep well at night, we aren’t completely awake during the day, and we work less efficiently as a consequence.

To find out whether restricted feeding alone–without a change in calorie intake–could prevent metabolic disease, Panda’s team fed mice either a standard or high-fat diet with one of two types of food access: ad lib feeding or restricted access.

The time-restricted mice on a high-fat diet were protected from the adverse effects of a high-fat diet and showed improvements in their metabolic and physiological rhythms. They gained less weight and suffered less liver damage. The mice also had lower levels of inflammation, among other benefits.

Panda says there is reason to think our eating patterns have changed in recent years, as many people have greater access to food and reasons to stay up into the night, even if just to watch TV. And when people are awake, they tend to snack.

The findings suggest that restricted meal times might be an underappreciated lifestyle change to help people keep off the pounds. At the very least, the new evidence suggests that this is a factor in the obesity epidemic that should be given more careful consideration.

“The focus has been on what people eat,” Panda said. “We don’t collect data on when people eat.”

Desi Cow – Motherly solution for Bharat’s critical food problem

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स्व आ दमे सुदुधा यस्य धेनुः स्वधां पीपाय सुभ्व‌न्नमत्ति |

सो अपां नपादूर्जय‌न्नप्स्व 1न्तर्वसुदेयाय विधते वि भाति ||

ऋग्वेद 2|35|7||

 

शब्दार्थ –

 

यस्य…………………..जिसके

स्वे…………………….अपने

आ……………………..ही

दमे…………………….घर में

सुदुधा………………….उत्तम दुध देने वाली, आसानी से दोही जाने वाली

धेनुः……………………दुधारु गौ है वह

स्वधाम्………………..अपनी शक्ति को

पीपाय………………….बढ़ाता है और

सुभु…………………….उत्तम रीति से सिद्ध होने वाले

अन्नम्…………………अन्न को

अत्ति…………………….खाता है |

सः……………………..वह

अपाम् + नपात्………….जीवनी शक्ति को पतित न होने देने वाला

अप्सु +अन्तः, अपां + नपात्…जलों के भीतर रहने वाली बिजली के समान

उर्जयऩ्………………..बल सम्पन्न होता हुआ

वसुदेयाय………………धन देने योग्य

विधते…………………मेधावी के लिए

विभाति………………..विशेषतः चमकता है |

व्याख्या –

वेद की उपदेश करने की शैली निराली है | वेद कहीं आदेश करता है, कहीं निषेध करता है, कहीं प्रार्थना द्वारा कर्त्तव्याकर्त्तव्य का बोध कराता है, कहीं वास्तविक स्थिति आगे रख कर समझाता है |

इस मन्त्र में जो बात कही है, वह पहले भी ठीक थी, आज भी सत्य है और कल को भी यथार्थ होगी |वेद के उपदेश सामयिक नहीं, वरन् सदातन = सदा रहने वाले, त्रिकालाबाधित हैं | अथर्ववेद 5|28|3 में कहा है –

 

त्रयः पोषास्त्रिवृति श्रयन्तामनक्तु पूषा पयसा घृतेन |

अन्नस्य भूमा पुरुषस्य भूमा भूमा पशूनां त इह श्रयन्ताम ||

इस त्रिगुणात्मक जगत् में तीन पुष्टियाँ बनी र‌र्हें – (1) अन्न की बहुतायत (2) पुरुषों की बहुलता तथा (3) पशुओं की बहुतायत | ये इस संसार में बनी रहें, पशुपति दूध-घी से भरपूर रहें | दूध-घी कहाँ से आये ? पशुओं से | पशुओं मे‍ गौ का घी-दूध सबकी अपेक्षा उत्कृष्ट माना गया है | अतएव वेद में गौ की महिमा बहुत है | यथा – गावो भगो गाव इन्द्रो मे | (अथर्ववेद 4|21|5) = गौएँ ही भाग्य और गौएँ ही मेरा ऐश्वर्य हैं |

 

यूयं गावो मेदयथा कृशं चिदश्रीरं चित्कृणुथा सुप्रतीकम|

भद्रं ग्रृहं कृणुथ भद्रवाचो बृहद्वो वय उच्यते सभासु ||

अथर्ववेद 4|21|6

गोएँ दुबले को भी मोटा कर देती हैं और शोभाहीन को भी सुन्दर बना देती हैं | मधुर बोली वाली गौएँ घर को कल्याणमय बना देती हैं | सभाओं में गौओं की बहुत कीर्ति कही जाती है |

 

गौओं को पालने की रीति का भी थोड़ा संकेत है –

प्रजावती सूयवसे रुशन्तीः शुद्धा अपः सुप्रपाणे पिबन्तीः |

अथर्ववेद 4|21|7

सन्तान सहित गौएँ उत्तम चारे के कारण पुष्ट हों, उत्तम जलपान के स्थान में शुद्ध जल का पान करें |

आज गोभक्त आर्य इस उपदेश को भूल सा गया है | अब न अच्छा चारा देते हैं और न गौओं को शुद्ध जल पिलाने की व्यवस्था की जाती है | यह तभी हो सकता है जब स्व आ दमे सुदुधा यस्य धेनुः – अपने घर में ही उत्तम दूध देने वाली गौ हो |

वेद के कथनानुसार जिसके दूध के पीने से दुर्बल भी हृष्ट पुष्ट हो जाते हैं और श्रीहीन सुश्रीक = सुन्दर शोभामान् हो जाते हैं, उससे पूरा लाभ उठाने के लिए उसे घर में पालना अच्छा होता है | इसका दूध पीने से गोपति जल में विद्युत् के समान चमकता है ||

 

– स्वामी वेदानन्द तीर्थ सरस्वती

I feel little ashamed for our ignorance, when we Indians call ‘Jersey’ ,breed of wild European animal Aurochs as ‘गाय’, worship it and drink her milk as if we are drinking गाय दूध. And more dangerous ignorance is to be ashamed when we don’t know that Aurochs breed’s(As if Jersey) milk has CASOMORPHINE, whose accumulation in body leads to a peptide poisoning. This is particularly often reported in patients with ADHD, autism and schizophrenia.

Why Food chain correction is most critical problem?

Apart from external environmental factors affecting mind space, it is our polluted food and water sources, that play major role in weakening our psyche and slip ourselves in the mode societal corruption.

When people talk about neurological disorders, they consider only those disorders which exhibit visible symptoms (Autism, Phobias etc). For me, lack of integrity or moral perversion is also a neurological disorder, albeit silent one. It is getting diagnosed, only during harvesting time of past deeds of individual. And in most cases, it is never diagnosed during life time.

Corruption in society is resultant of polluted food origins. While working on correcting political system, it is equally important to see that majority of us, get nutritional food, both physical and mental.

Mental food by disinfecting Education system, physical food by disinfecting agriculture.

If you think you are sane citizen, contribute, in your capacity possible, for politics, education and agriculture.

With corrupted and weak psyche and body of majority in us, it is difficult to penetrate sane reformative ideas in our minds.

You go and explain, ideal democracy but if the other person is devoid of pure food and water, it is difficult for him being receptive and understand sane ideas necessary to change the Nation’s destiny from current shoddy state. Even if he/she understands, he/she won’t do much in action due to weak body and mind. For survival, compromises happen and saga of personal involvement in corruption continues.

Food -> Education -> Political awareness -> Critical Mass for change -> Revolution

Any upheaval, out of reaction, would remain temporary since roots are corrupt and in hibernation. With favorable environment to flourish, weakness will sprout again and reforms will topple again towards nadir.

If roots are replaces by food and education, it is difficult for any external force to break strong National fabric.

Political awareness minus Food and Education -> Revolution minus prolonged stability.

Strive for prolonged happiness.

 

Why food matters?

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Food matters
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Apart from external environmental factors affecting mind space, it is our polluted food and water sources, that play major role in weakening our psyche and slip ourselves in the mode societal corruption.
When people talk about neurological disorders, they consider only those disorders which exhibit visible symptoms (Autism, Phobias etc). For me, lack of integrity or moral perversion is also a neurological disorder, albeit silent one. It is getting diagnosed, only during harvesting time of past deeds of individual. And in most cases, it is never diagnosed during life time.

Corruption in society is resultant of polluted food origins. While working on correcting political system, it is equally important to see that majority of us, get nutritional food, both physical and mental.
Mental food by disinfecting Education system, physical food by disinfecting agriculture.
If you think you are sane citizen, contribute, in your capacity possible, for politics, education and agriculture.

With corrupted and weak psyche and body of majority in us, it is difficult to penetrate sane reformative ideas in our minds.

You go and explain, ideal democracy but if the other person is devoid of pure food and water, it is difficult for him being receptive and understand sane ideas necessary to change the Nation’s destiny from current shoddy state. Even if he/she understands, he/she won’t do much in action due to weak body and mind. For survival, compromises happen and saga of personal involvement in corruption continues.

Food -> Education -> Political awareness -> Critical Mass for change -> Revolution

Any upheaval, out of reaction, would remain temporary since roots are corrupt and in hibernation. With favorable environment to flourish, weakness will sprout again and reforms will topple again towards nadir.

If roots are replaces by food and education, it is difficult for any external force to break strong National fabric.

Political awareness minus Food and Education -> Revolution minus prolonged stability.

Food chain correction is CRITICAL

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MentalDisorders

Apart from external environmental factors affecting mind space, it is our polluted food and water sources, that play major role in weakening our psyche and slip ourselves in the mode societal corruption.

When people talk about neurological disorders, they consider only those disorders which exhibit visible symptoms (Autism, Phobias etc). For me, lack of integrity or moral perversion is also a neurological disorder, albeit silent one. It is getting diagnosed, only during harvesting time of past deeds of individual. And in most cases, it is never diagnosed during life time. 

Corruption in society is resultant of polluted food origins. While working on correcting political system, it is equally important to see that majority of us, get nutritional food, both physical and mental. 

Mental food by disinfecting Education system, physical food by disinfecting agriculture.

If you think you are sane citizen, contribute, in your capacity possible, for politics, education and agriculture.

With corrupted and weak psyche and body of majority in us, it is difficult to penetrate sane reformative ideas in our minds.

You go and explain, ideal democracy but if the other person is devoid of pure food and water, it is difficult for him being receptive and understand sane ideas necessary to change the Nation’s destiny from current shoddy state. Even if he/she understands, he/she won’t do much in action due to weak body and mind. For survival, compromises happen and saga of personal involvement in corruption continues.

Food -> Education -> Political awareness -> Critical Mass for change -> Revolution

Any upheaval, out of reaction, would remain temporary since roots are corrupt and in hibernation. With favorable environment to flourish, weakness will sprout again and reforms will topple again towards nadir.

If roots are replaces by food and education, it is difficult for any external force to break strong National fabric.

Political awareness minus Food and Education -> Revolution minus prolonged stability.

Strive for prolonged happiness.

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Ganesha’s favorite fruit and seasonal remedies

गणपति’s form महागणपति carries pomegranate in his hand. This is the season of worshiping him.

This is also season when many suffer from food infection and poisoning.

This is also season dental issues like gingivitis and pyorrhea.

Worshiping Ganesha during this month (भाद्रपद) and eating pomegranate after meals will save you from any type of bacterial infection and food poisoning. It will maintain optimum GUT microbes.

Season driven worship
Season driven worship

It also helps against aging related memory loss.

Pomegranate’s Neuroprotective Effects against Alzheimer’s Disease Src: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acschemneuro.5b00260
Pomegranate’s Neuroprotective Effects against Alzheimer’s Disease
Src: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acschemneuro.5b00260

What modern medicine shares are physical benefits of pomegranate. In my understanding, they are not complete unless we start worshiping Ganesha who represents Muladhara!


Reference for pomegranate


The antiplaque efficacy of pomegranate mouthrinse.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21206931

“these results indicate that the pomegranate mouthrinse has an antiplaque effect. Pomegranate extract is efficacious against A.a., P.g., and P.i. strains in vitro. Pomegranate mouthrinse should be explored as a long-term antiplaque rinse with prophylactic benefits.”

 

Pomegranate extract mouth rinsing effects on saliva measures relevant to gingivitis risk.

“Four weeks of mouth rinsing, thrice daily, with the pomegranate extract dissolved in water, altered salivary measures pertinent to oral health, including gingivitis. The changes were: Decreased total protein (which can correlate with plaque forming bacteria readings), diminished activities of aspartate aminotransferase (a marker of cell injury), attenuated alpha-glucosidase activity (a sucrose degrading enzyme), enhanced activities of the antioxidant enzyme ceruloplasmin (affording superior protection against oral oxidant stress), and augmented radical scavenging capacity (however non-significant). Hence, the use of pomegranate extracts in oral health products such as toothpastes and mouthwashes could be a viable option.”

Punica granatum (pomegranate) extract is active against dental plaque.

In the present work, we studied the effect of the hydroalcoholic extract (HAE) from Punica granatum (pomegranate) fruits on dental plaque microorganisms. The study was conducted on 60 healthy patients (33 females and 27 males, with age ranging from 9 to 25 years) using fixed orthodontic appliances, and randomly distributed into 3 groups of 20 patients each. The first group (control) used distilled water, while the second and third groups used chlorhexidine (standard) and HAE as mouth-rinses, respectively. The dental plaque material was collected from each patient, before and after a 1-min mouth-rinse with 15 ml of either distilled water, chlorhexidine or HAE. In both dental plaque collections, the material was removed from patients without oral hygiene, for 24 h (no tooth brushing). Dental plaque samples were diluted in phosphate buffered saline (PBS) plated on Mueller-Hinton agar, and incubated for 48 h, at 37 degrees C. Results, expressed as the number of colony forming units per milliliter (CFU/mL), show that the HAE was very effective against dental plaque microorganisms, decreasing the CFU/ml by 84% (CFU x 10(5)), before mouth-rinse: 154.0 +/- 41.18; after mouthrinse: 25.4 +/- 7.76). While similar values were observed with chlorhexidine, used as standard and positive control (79% inhibition), only an 11% inhibition of CFU/ml was demonstrated in the distilled water group, negative control (CFU x 10(5)), before mouth-rinse: chlorhexidine, 208.7 +/- 58.81 and distilled water, 81.1 +/- 10.12; after mouth-rinse: chlorhexidine, 44.0 +/- 15.85 and distilled water, 71.9 +/- 8.68). The HAE presented also an antibacterial activity against selected microorganisms, and may be a possible alternative for the treatment of dental plaque bacteria.

Gut bacteria make pomegranate metabolites that may protect against Alzheimer’s disease

Pomegranate’s Neuroprotective Effects against Alzheimer’s Disease Are Mediated by Urolithins, Its Ellagitannin-Gut Microbial Derived Metabolites

http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acschemneuro.5b00260

Pomegranate shows neuroprotective effects against Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in several reported animal studies. However, whether its constituent ellagitannins and/or their physiologically relevant gut microbiota-derived metabolites, namely, urolithins (6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-6-one derivatives), are the responsible bioactive constituents is unknown. Therefore, from a pomegranate extract (PE), previously reported by our group to have anti-AD effects in vivo, 21 constituents, which were primarily ellagitannins, were isolated and identified (by HPLC, NMR, and HRESIMS). In silico computational studies, used to predict blood-brain barrier permeability, revealed that none of the PE constituents, but the urolithins, fulfilled criteria required for penetration. Urolithins prevented β-amyloid fibrillation in vitro and methyl-urolithin B (3-methoxy-6H-dibenzo[b,d]pyran-6-one), but not PE or its predominant ellagitannins, had a protective effect in Caenorhabditis elegans post induction of amyloid β1–42 induced neurotoxicity and paralysis. Therefore, urolithins are the possible brain absorbable compounds which contribute to pomegranate’s anti-AD effects warranting further in vivo studies on these compounds.

Pomegranate finally reveals its powerful anti-aging secret

Intestinal bacteria transform a molecule contained in the fruit with spectacular results

Urolithin A induces mitophagy and prolongs lifespan in C. elegans and increases muscle function in rodents

http://www.nature.com/nm/journal/v22/n8/full/nm.4132.html

Are pomegranates really the superfood we’ve been led to believe will counteract the aging process? Up to now, scientific proof has been fairly weak. And some controversial marketing tactics have led to skepticism as well. A team of scientists from EPFL and the company Amazentis wanted to explore the issue by taking a closer look at the secrets of this plump pink fruit. They discovered that a molecule in pomegranates, transformed by microbes in the gut, enables muscle cells to protect themselves against one of the major causes of aging. In nematodes and rodents, the effect is nothing short of amazing. Human clinical trials are currently underway, but these initial findings have already been published in the journal Nature Medicine.

Soya vs Coconut : Market Driven vs Nature Driven

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A diet high in soybean oil causes more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda and processed foods, UC Riverside researchers found. Illustration credit: Denise Wolf
A diet high in soybean oil causes more obesity and diabetes than a diet high in fructose, a sugar commonly found in soda and processed foods, UC Riverside researchers found. Illustration credit: Denise Wolf

There was intense marketing of Soybean during last 35 years. From doctors to dietitians to Govt of India. Everyone praised it and promoted it. We ate it bindas! We grow it mindlessly! Even in regions where Soya was never sown! 🙂

At the cost of what?

Our traditional oils. Groundnut, sesame (til), coconut. Blaming them unhealthy.

Read this research. In one diet the researchers used coconut oil, which consists primarily of saturated fat. In the second diet about half of the coconut oil was replaced with soybean oil, which contains primarily polyunsaturated fats and is a main ingredient in vegetable oil. That diet corresponded with roughly the amount of soybean oil Americans currently consume.Compared to mice on the high coconut oil diet, mice on the high soybean oil diet showed increased weight gain, larger fat deposits, a fatty liver with signs of injury, diabetes and insulin resistance, all of which are part of the Metabolic Syndrome.

So called healthy Soya is even more risky than fructose we eat in processed food.

This Soya oil is now part of most if not all fast food, including chocolates and biscuits.

Many Soya defenders argue that Chinese are eating Soya for 1000s of years but they are not fat. 🙂 Well, as I discussed many times, all food sources are valid in their local environments. Chinese have proper environment to help digest Soya. We don’t have! And we don’t even cook soya the way Chinese or Japanese or anyone in cold region cooks.

And what we eat as Soybean is way different than what Chinese and Japanese used to eat. Our Soybean is 95% genetically modified!

Local traditions is solution. Eat what your grandmother cooks or eat. Eat what people of your region generally eat. Do not get trapped under the illusion of fancy ads and adopt exotic food.

Same is the case of Sunflower oil. It is for Europeans. Not for us.

Replace your oil intake with more local options. Unrefined oils.

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The study also includes extensive analysis of changes in gene expression and metabolite levels in the livers of mice fed these diets. The most striking results were those showing that soybean oil significantly affects the expression of many genes that metabolize drugs and other foreign compounds that enter the body, suggesting that a soybean oil-enriched diet could affect one’s response to drugs and environmental toxicants, if humans show the same response as mice.

http://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0132672

The obesity epidemic in the U.S. has led to extensive research into potential contributing dietary factors, especially fat and fructose. Recently, increased consumption of soybean oil, which is rich in polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs), has been proposed to play a causal role in the epidemic. Here, we designed a series of four isocaloric diets (HFD, SO-HFD, F-HFD, F-SO-HFD) to investigate the effects of saturated versus unsaturated fat, as well as fructose, on obesity and diabetes. C57/BL6 male mice fed a diet moderately high in fat from coconut oil and soybean oil (SO-HFD, 40% kcal total fat) showed statistically significant increases in weight gain, adiposity, diabetes, glucose intolerance and insulin resistance compared to mice on a diet consisting primarily of coconut oil (HFD). They also had fatty livers with hepatocyte ballooning and very large lipid droplets as well as shorter colonic crypt length. While the high fructose diet (F-HFD) did not cause as much obesity or diabetes as SO-HFD, it did cause rectal prolapse and a very fatty liver, but no balloon injury. The coconut oil diet (with or without fructose) increased spleen weight while fructose in the presence of soybean oil increased kidney weight. Metabolomics analysis of the liver showed an increased accumulation of PUFAs and their metabolites as well as γ-tocopherol, but a decrease in cholesterol in SO-HFD. Liver transcriptomics analysis revealed a global dysregulation of cytochrome P450 (Cyp) genes in SO-HFD versus HFD livers, most notably in the Cyp3a and Cyp2c families. Other genes involved in obesity (e.g., Cidec, Cd36), diabetes (Igfbp1), inflammation (Cd63), mitochondrial function (Pdk4) and cancer (H19) were also upregulated by the soybean oil diet. Taken together, our results indicate that in mice a diet high in soybean oil is more detrimental to metabolic health than a diet high in fructose or coconut oil.

 

Soybean Oil Causes More Obesity Than Coconut Oil and Fructose

Cow Milk : Season driven changes

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Every other day, I have to explain young friends that we don’t love our mother based on how much she fed us the breast milk. Similarly, mother soil or mother gau, must not be judged based on the yield. It is utterly sick world view. Abnormal and clearly against the dharma.

Milk quantity and quality changes with breed, season, terrain and care you provide to mother.So , for once and all, get rid of this pervert mentality to see Gau as milk machine.

When you are blessed by authentic raw cow milk, don’t try to compare it with milk from professional dairies. In Dairy, milk is homogenized, so you will get same quality every day. When you procure milk from Gau shala, quality changes every day, in all seasons!

Since आत्म विद्या, प्राण विद्या are not part of education, and many of us are not even exposed to introduction, it becomes difficult to understand how microbes work (Not that I know everything. I am still learning. )

Ethical Gau Shala takes care of calf
Ethical Gau Shala takes care of calf

Effectiveness of butter milk depends upon many factors. Source of milk, time of churning, season! Even two cows from same Gau shala will different quality based on their lactation cycle! So if you avail milk from Gau shala, it is very much possible that there will be variation in milk quality! It is natural to doubt variation if for last 20-30 years, you have drank dairy based milk! On the contrary – if there is same quality milk from Gau shala, you should doubt! 🙂  Essential solution is trust between you and Gau shala and frequent visits to Gau shala so that we can connect with Gau mata!

It is not religious fanaticism when I claim that desi zebu cattle’s milk is best probiotic food source, it is easily verifiable by modern scientific standards.

In this post (Real Milk vs Factory milk vs Vegan Alternatives), I shared how and why milk source matters.

Please note. Now, modern dairy science realize season driven changes in milk. Our festivals and deeply rooted life understand this as common sense and restrict milk usage in several patches of the year (I have shared here time to time).

We reduce milk usage by the end of summer and again make it regular by onset of शरद ऋतू.

Milk was never a primary reason we revere and worship cows.

Modern dairy science also misled (at least by advertisements) common mass by saying that pasteurization kills all microbes. Not true. Read paper to know more. They also set wrong standards by comparing milk quality by FAT %. Real nectar is not FAT % but type of fat and other minerals! (Which are lost in high heat dairy process!)

This paper also talks about how modern processes of transporting and processing milk changes microbes and fermented food (I shared it here at least twice why butter milk (छास) from market is different from home-made and why fermentation must happen at home).

While this paper talks sensibly, their end goals are still not right. 🙂

Read it. realize it.

http://mbio.asm.org/content/7/4/e00836-16

The Core and Seasonal Microbiota of Raw Bovine Milk in Tanker Trucks and the Impact of Transfer to a Milk Processing Facility

“Raw milk harbors diverse bacteria that are crucial determinants of the quality and safety of fluid milk and (fermented) dairy products. These bacteria enter farm milk during transport, storage, and processing. Although pathogens are destroyed by pasteurization, not all bacteria and their associated enzymes are eliminated. Our comprehensive analyses of the bacterial composition of raw milk upon arrival and shortly after storage at major dairy processors showed that the communities of milk microbiota are highly diverse. Even with these differences, there was a core microbiota that exhibited distinct seasonal trends. Remarkably, the effects of the processing facility outweighed those of the raw milk microbiome and the microbial composition changed distinctly within some but not all silos within a short time after transfer. “

Seasonal variation in milk vitamin contents available for processing in Punjab, Pakistan

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1658077X12000033

Seasonal variation in milk composition has attained core attention for consistent quality of dairy products at a global scale. Due to escalating scientific awareness, consumers are tracking toward nutritionally enhanced milk based functional products that have elevated their market demand. The current research was planned to evaluate localities and seasonal variation in fat, protein, lactose and vitamins (A, E, C) in milk (mix cow and buffalo milk) available for processing. The seasonal duration ranged from April 2008 to March 2009. The fat, protein and lactose contents of milk from all zones significantly varied throughout the season. Moreover, fat (5.4%) & protein (3.22%) contents were high in February, while maximum lactose content (6.26%) was observed in January. Additionally, minimum fat (4.3%), protein (2.3%) and lactose (4.93%) contents were observed in summer months. Highest vitamin C content (6.68 mg/100 g) of milk was recorded in February, whereas vitamin A (264.5 IU/100) and vitamin E (0.226 mg/100 g) were obtained in August and June, respectively. It was noted that vitamin A and E contents were high in August and subsequently declined till March. Conclusively, the current exploration proved helpful to analyze seasonal variation in milk composition with special reference to vitamins for consistent quality end products.

Milk Components: Understanding the Causes and Importance of Milk Fat and Protein Variation in Your Dairy Herd

http://extension.psu.edu/animals/dairy/nutrition/nutrition-and-feeding/diet-formulation-and-evaluation/milk-components-understanding-the-causes-and-importance-of-milk-fat-and-protein-variation-in-your-dairy-herd

 

Season vs Milk Fat
Season vs Milk Fat
Level of fat and protein varies across herds and seasonally. Ranges represent one standard deviation above and below the average. The solid line in the center of each range indicates the average for that month. For the three years studied, milk fat% averaged 3.76 ± 0.32 (blue), and milk protein% averaged 3.05 ± 0.19 (orange). (Bailey et al., 2005).

Season dramatically affects milk fat and protein (refer to Figure 1). The hot, humid months (July and August in the northeast) depress fat and protein content. There is a gradual increase of protein and fat in milk through the fall and peak levels occur in the colder months of winter. As temperatures increase through the spring, component levels are gradually decreased. These changes may be indicative of feed intake patterns, which are lower in summer due to changes in weather and temperature.

Effect of season of birth on milk, fat, and protein production of Israeli Holsteins.

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8827465

The effects of birth month on production of milk, fat, and protein and percentages of fat and protein were analyzed based on production records of 101,653 first parity, 77,541 second parity, and 51,856 third parity Israeli Holstein cows. Each parity was analyzed separately. The analysis model also included the effects of herd-year, DIM, calving age, and calving month. First parity Type III sums of squares for birth month were nearly as large as those for calving month but decreased for later parities. Similar results were obtained using multiplicative models in which the dependent variables were the logarithms of the production traits. The effects of calving month and birth month were not similar, but birth month had similar effects for milk, fat, and protein production. Production was lowest by cows born in the early spring and highest by cows born in the fall. Analyses of the log-transformed traits showed that the F values for calving month were greater than, and the F values for birth month were nearly identical to, the F values for the untransformed trait analyses. The physiological basis for these trends was not clear.

Desi cow is is कामधेनु! do you know what is the meaning of कामधेनु?

Kamdhenu
Kamdhenu

श्रियः प्रदुग्धे विपदो रुणद्धि
यशांसि सूते मलिनं प्रमार्ष्टि ।
संस्कारशौचेन परं पुनीते
शुद्धा हि वुद्धिः किल कामधेनुः ॥

शुद्ध बुद्धि सचमुच कामधेनु है, क्यों कि वह संपत्ति को दोहती है, विपत्ति को रुकाती है, यश दिलाती है, मलिनता धो देती है, और संस्काररुप पावित्र्य द्वारा अन्य को पावन करती है ।

Like knowledge, mother helps us by preventing difficult situations and purifying our environment (both internal body and external)

Think beyond FAT % while doing Gau seva and receiving Prasad (milk)

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