disclaimer
The health information given in this article is not meant as a substitute for care from a qualified physician. This information is given for educational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose or prescribe. astrouisine.com is not responsible for any mishaps that occur as a result of using this information.

Food and colour therapy

Food therapy guide-astrocuisine.com
Vitamin D :

A dose of sunlight along with almonds will benefit those who want a baby. Says gynaecologist Dr Shivani Sachdev Gour, “Eat to beat infertility which is on the rise and have foods rich in iron like apples and radish. A study done at Harvard revealed women with high iron intake in their diet were more fertile. It’s essential for menopausal women to take vitamins D and E, which are found in avocadoes, tomatoes, hazel nuts. Women can get vitamin D from butter and eggs too.”

Beat the blues with Omega 3 :

Don’t brood if you’re feeling low. Beat the blues by eating right, as certain foods can help cut the chances of depression. Says Ishi Khosla, diet expert, “Make sure you’re having enough Omega 3 fats from mustard oil, wheat, lobia, flax seeds, methi seeds, soybean and green leafy vegetables.” Even oily fish can be good to beat the blues. “Wholegrains are important, everything from oats to wholewheat bread to barley are great sources of slow-release energy that will prevent your blood sugar from nosediving,” adds Dr Sharma

Beat brittle bones by drinking milk :

There’s truth in grandma’s tips, drink lots of milk as a child. Be willing to transform your relationship with food. Dr Sanjay Sarup, orthopedic says, ‘Stock up your calcium in your childhood and teenage years. Diet remains important to bones in adulthood. Magnesium found in nuts, lentils and potatoes helps in building bones. Red beans, fish, seafood, ragi, dates, fenugreek leaves, and lotus stem are rich in calcium. Eat lots of yoghurt and paneer and make sure you have your daily intake of nuts.

Olive oil for a safe heart

Don’t consume too much salt, warns cardiologist Dr Umesh Gupta. He points to a research by scientists at Lund University in Sweden, who found that a varied diet of foods containing antioxidants, wholegrains and fatty acids could bring blood pressure down by nearly one-tenth. “Avoid fatty red meats. Lean meats like chicken and fish are good for the heart. Fish like salmon and tuna prevent clot formation. Olive oil is good for the heart.

Herbs help blood pressure

Dr Ishi Khosla agrees, “To lower your blood pressure, limit salt intake. Squeeze lemon instead of salt in the food. Avoid cold cut meats as they have too much salt. Reduce total fat intake to not more than 3-4 teaspoons a day.

Garlic helps prevent cancer :

Good foods have a holistic effect on the well-being of the mind, body and soul. Nutritional therapy helps in achieving optimal health. Adds Dr Shikha Sharma, “Nourish your organs and give them vitality.

Eat to beat… epilepsy

If ever there was a condition highlighting the medicinal powers of diet, it is epilepsy. A radical high-fat, low-carbohydrate diet has been found to reduce seizures in up to two-thirds of children. The Ketogenic diet, which has been around since the 1920s, puts the body into a fat-burning state which produces chemical compounds called ketones that stop the seizures.

Eat to beat… low energy

Twenty per cent of adults don’t eat anything for breakfast and many dieters skip breakfast as a means to lose weight, says Sara Stanner, spokesperson for the Nutrition Society.

The best breakfasts are high in fibre and contain protein, she says. “This promotes satiety and helps with appetite control.” Think wholegrain breakfast cereal, muesli or porridge with milk or a poached egg.

Don’t overeat at lunchtime – a heavy lunch, especially if you’re not used to it, can cause an afternoon slump. “A lighter lunch and a healthy afternoon snack are a better option,” says Stanner. Even slight dehydration, where you may not feel thirsty, can leave you tired and lethargic

Colour Therapy-Chromo Therapy

Chromotherapy is a therapeutic science which has been used by many races for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians used specially built solarium rooms with different colored glasses. The sun would shine through the colored glass onto the patient to achieve specific therapeutic benefits. Others used different colored silk clothes to filter varying shades of light onto their bodies.

One interesting announcement made by CNN recently discusses application of blue light to the backs of the knees to adjust the body clock, thus overcoming jet lag, and the problems associated with shift work.

How and why chromotherapy works

The Earth, our continents, oceans, in fact every living thing depends on light to be able to exist. Recent scientific evidence suggests that light is in fact emitted by every cell in our bodies. We live in a sea of energy where color is working within us.

Green

Blue

Red

Yellow

White

Regulates the pituitary gland, fights depression, bulimia, and other psychosomatic conditions affecting the gastric system. It is useful in calming the nervous system, fights irritability, insomnia and can be used to assist in recovery from nervous breakdowns.

Calming. Stimulates the parasympathetic system, reduces blood pressure and calms both breathing and heart-rate. It has anti-inflammatory and muscle relaxing effects. Fights both physical and mental tension and is used to assist in relaxation.

Is used to energise and stimulate. Affects the heart by increasing pulse rate, and the muscles by increasing their tension. Influences vitality, and increases body temperature. Can be used to develop excitement and sensuality.

Increases neuromuscular tone. Purifies blood, helps digestion, and has a cleansing effect. Strongly stimulates happiness, brings on a sense of security, as well as a strong feeling of well-being.

Used for regeneration. Also, provides energy and balances the chronobiological rhythm, by stimulating the production of serotonin, a substance which regulates both sleep and the nervous system. Rebalances the psychophysical and hormonal systems in people who suffer from seasonal depression.

Chakras and their corresponding positions in the human body

Red : First Chakra: Located at the base of the spine.Used to stimulate the body and mind and to increase circulation.
Orange : Second Chakra: pelvis area. Used to heal the lungs and to increase energy levels.
Yellow : Chakra: solar plexus. Used to stimulate the nerves and purify the body.
Green: Fourth Chakra: heart
Blue: Fifth Chakra: throat. Used to soothe illnesses and treat pain.
Indigo: Sixth Chakra: lower part of the forehead. Used to alleviate skin problems
Violet: Seventh Chakra: top of the head