I had been away to attend to some personal matters, hence, have not done any writing since a couple of weeks. Now I am back and hopefully, will be more regular with this blog 🙂
To continue where I left off……
I already mentioned in my first page that the moment anybody speaks of skin care, we think of soaps, creams, lotions, etc.
Well, what is the point of spraying medicines on plants that have deceases in their roots? First fix the roots. Repair the interiors to help the exteriors bloom!
How do we fix our interiors for a glowing skin? Simple! Eat right….after all you are what you eat!!
In previous three pages we talked about our basic everyday beverages that benefit our skin. This page onwards, let us talk about some solid foods. Like, vegetables….
Raw vegetables….. First reaction is “oh no, I am not a goat or a cow”! Well, we are animals called Homo Sepiens!
Actually the digestive system of Homo Sepiens was meant for eating vegetarian food only. Over the years we have evolved and have been able to start digesting meat as well – but only to a certain extent.
In general, my observation has been that, compulsive or regular meat eaters suffer more from problems like indigestion, acidity, ulcers, stomach cancer etc. compared to vegetarians. Ayurveda has a simple philosophy – root cause of all ailments is poor digestive system. It does sound logical. If digestion is not okay, undigested food get converted into toxins. These toxins ente
r the blood stream and the saga of ill health begins. We know that meat is not as easy to digest as vegetables, so that portion of meat which our digestive juices are unable to break down, rot in our stomach, create toxins in the system. The blood contaminated thus, inside our body, shows up externally in the form of warts and rashes. These warts and rashes are formed on the surface of the skin.
Vegetables have just the reverse effect on skin. Yes, there are a few veggies like aubergine (Eggplant in USA, Bringal in India), some varieties of which could be harmful to skin. But, across the spectrum, a large number of vegetables are good for health. Vegetables purify blood and heal the skin.
Cooked or not, benefits are enjoyed by the body. We all know that by cooking some of the nutrients will be gone – basic chemistry – chemical reactions between various proteins, minerals and vitamins present in a vegetable due to application of heat and the metal in which they are cooked, the reaction takes place.
So…. when eaten raw, vegetables are more nutritious and tasty. Tasty, because we get to savour their actual taste and flavours.
Boring?? Uff?? Yuk?? No, not really. It is very easy to get addicted to the taste of raw veggies – neat, no dressing! Ummmm….yummm….!!
Also, think of all the goodness of Raw Vegetables and you will WANT to eat them. Best of all – you don’t have to spend time cooking after taking the trouble of cutting, and then cleaning up the cooking station!
Best of all and most difficult to eat is raw Bitter Gourd (Melon)! Hence, some people opt out for its juice. I have personally known of a lady who religiously ate raw bitter gourd for a year and her skin got the texture that one could die for! Bitter Melon is known for treating blood boils, itching due to eczema, psoriasis and other fungal infections like ring worm, athletes foot.
This vegetable is packed with Vitamins B1,2,3, C, Magnesium, Folic Acid, Zinc, Phosphorus, Manganese, Calcium, Iron, Beta-Carotene, Potassium. This is like an all-in-one vegetable and as good as any multi-vitamin pills where nutrients are concerned. However, like any other medicine, ensure to consume only one melon a day. They say, pregnant women should avoid eating this vegetable raw, as the heat generated by this melon in the body could result in mis-carriage.
One recipe: One glass (about 220ml) of bitter gourd juice with 2 tspns of fresh lemon juice, a pinch of salt to taste.
Then there is good old Cucumber – packed with fluids helping in maintaining body’s hydration. Carrot and beetroot, know for improving haemoglobin counts.
Try and start feasting on raw veggies and then you will see that not only will you skin texture improve, your weight will also get regulated, hair fall will be controlled. You will save a fortune on multi-vitamin pills, skin treatments, hair care and more…
Happy Raw Veggie eating 😀