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The Juice Factor 


A glass of juice a day keeps the doctor away and diseases at bay. But before you gulp down that old carton lying in your fridge, here is what the science of ayurveda has to say.

Firstly, it is important (read imperative) to drink the juice fresh and not that which has been lying in your fridge. It is also a bad idea to mix fruits of opposite qualities and to keep a gap between drinking the juice and your meals. The best way to drink it, recommends ayurveda, is in a glass or ceramic tumbler. 

• Apple juice with ginger and honey is a tonic for the heart. Do bear in mind those with a predominant pitta dosha should avoid or reduce ginger. For vattapredominant people ginger balances the flatulence caused by apples. Honey (one year old) balances kapha factor.

• When taken in an empty stomach, carrot juice very good for the stomach. Regular intake for two months clears the intestines, aids digestion and the peristaltic movement and is good for immunity. You can also add beetroot, which helps those with anaemia, boosts energy level, and is also good for those who suffer from constipation and piles.

• Drinking coconut water is good for those who have acidity. The best part is that it is cooling (this also makes it excellent for those who have a dominant pitta dosha). Its other benefits include nourishing of skin and hair.

• Grape juice is cleanses the blood. Thus, drinking this clears skin and adds glow, improves digestion and boosts immunity. It also nourishes rasa dhatu, which nourishes all the dhatus.

• Take a handful of pudina leaves add juice of two amlas and two cucumbers. It is a cooling and refreshing drink. Add roasted jeera, imli pulp and a bit of black salt for a tasty-yet-refreshing drink. If you like it sweet ‘n sour you can add palm jaggery or shakkar. This concoctions is very for those who suffer from anaemia. It also aids digestion.  

—The writer is an ayurved expert from Dhyan Foundation.
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July 2010

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