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Mangosteen’s Ayurveda Health Spa
Written by Administrator    Wednesday, 13 March 2013 14:10    PDF Print E-mail

Mangosteen's

Ayurveda Health Spa

The Mangosteen combines "Ayurveda",
the ancient holistic science of India,
with the best spa treatments to rejuvenate and detoxify your body, while the nearby sand and beaches soothe your soul and mind.

  The Mangosteen Resort is the only authentic Ayurveda Spa Resort in Phuket. The resort's certified Ayurveda Doctor, Subhash A. Shanbhag has created a unique and very relaxing program for the Mangosteen's guests.
  Ayurveda is however not only a system of healing, but an entire way of life that aims to bring about the perfect balance of the entire personality - body, mind and spirit. Ayurveda is based on theory
of "Tridosha", the three Biological forces - Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Disease arises when there is an imbalance among the three Doshas and aim of the therapy is to bring about the required equilibrium.
  We are what we eat – Agni (Digestive Fire) plays an important role in the manifestation of various disorders. If your Agni is in a balanced state then metabolic activities throughout the body will be fine and all other systems of the body will function in harmony. So the main consideration is given to correct your digestive fire along with three biological factors – Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Your holistic journey needs to focus on a healthy diet.
  All treatments begin with a detailed consultation with a Doctor Subhash. He determines your "dosha" and other parameters of your body based upon Ayurvedic examination principles and prescribes the treatments most appropriate for your body needs. The Ayurveda Spa not only heals your body but also your mind and soul through its authentic Ayurvedic therapies, spiritual practices, yoga and meditation.
  From general detoxification and rejuvenation programs the Mangosteen also provides customized treatments and cures as Ayurveda has solutions for almost all disor-
Ayurveda & Six Tastes
  In Ayurvedic cuisine, food is classified by the effect it has on our body. There are six primary tastes in Ayurvedic cuisine, each representing different types of foods that play individual roles in balancing your dosha. Sweet tastes have a strengthening effect, sour tastes stimulate the digestive system, salty tastes maintain your water and electrolyte balance, pungent tastes improve digestion and absorption of nutrients, astringent tastes also help with absorption and bitter taste stimulates all other tastes. Understanding them and how they relate to our individual constitution can help us make better choices to promote and maintain health.
  According to Ayurveda, we are born with a unique constitution, which is an individual combination of the three doshas, or principles that govern the function of our bodies on the physical, mental and emotional levels. These three energies are Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Disease is caused by an imbalance of any of the doshas and by the presence of ama, or toxic food byproducts (foods which are not digested) According to Ayurveda, the best preventive medicine and support of the natural healing process is a diet & lifestyle specific to the constitutional needs of the individual.
  Ayurvedic cuisine has been designed on detox meals that combine all six tastes, keeping in mind incompatible food combination which can alkalize the body, stimulate circulation, purify the blood and drain your lymphatic system, resulting in a lighter, energetic metabolism.
  The main aim is to supply your body & major metabolic organs with natural nutrients from organic vegetables & foods removing toxins, allowing thde body to focus on self healing, with the goal being to raise energy levels, stimulate digestive health, remove bloating, avoid allergies, regain our natural ability to ward off cold & flu, prevent premature aging and disease.
  For an Ayurvedic detox diet to work best, you need to eat more of the bitter, pungent and astringent tastes while reducing sweet, sour and salty tastes -- the three tastes we normally crave. Our Ayurvedic cuisine has been designed keeping in mind the balance between six tastes giving more preference to first three tastes.
  Ayurveda also encourages the use of herbs and aromatic spices, which are also considered medicinal substances. To create a balanced mix of all tastes our Ayurvedic cuisine is also infused with all these herbs & spices such as cumin, coriander, ginger, asafoetida, turmeric, fenugreek, cinnamon, clove and cardamom which helps to maintain digestive fire (agni) and the entire GI tract. Toxins that accumulate from improperly digested food are reduced by the effect of these spices & herbs.
  Dr Subhash also recommends drinking hot water or detoxifying tea throughout the day to flush toxins out of your body. Drinking plain hot water is good for maximum hydration and cleansing.
Incompatible Foods
According to Ayurveda texts certain foods are healthy when consumed alone but when taken in combination with other foods they generate harmful chemicals in the body. Such as: Avoid taking milk or yogurt with sour or citrus fruits. Avoid eating fruits together with potatoes or other starchy foods. Fructose (and other sugars) is digested quickly, whereas starch takes quite some time. In this case the sugar would not be properly digested. Avoid eating melons and grains together. Melons digest quickly whereas grains take more time. This combination will upset the stomach. Melons should be eaten alone or left alone. Honey should never be cooked. Honey digests slowly when cooked and the molecules become a non-homogenized glue which adheres to mucous membranes and clogs subtle channels, producing toxins. Uncooked honey is nectar. Cooked honey is poison. Do not eat meat protein and milk protein together. Meat is heating and milk is cooling so they counteract one another, disturb agni and produce ama. Milk and melons should not be eaten together.
Both are cooling, but milk is laxative and melon is diuretic, and milk requires more time for digestion. Moreover the action of hydrochloric acid in the stomach causes the milk to curdle. For this reason Ayurveda advises against taking milk with sour fruits, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, and fish. In order to stimulate appetite one can chew and eat 1/2 teaspoon fresh grated ginger with a pinch of rock salt before each meal. Ayurveda insists that iced water should not be drunk during or after a meal as it slows agni and digestion. Small sips of warm water taken during the meal serves to aid digestion. While eating one should properly masticate the food in order to soften it and ensure that it is thoroughly mixed with saliva. If desired, one can finish a meal by drinking a glass of "Takram". This can be made by blending four teaspoons of yogurt with two pinches of ginger and cumin powder in one cup of water. When eating, only one third of the capacity of the stomach should be filled with food, one third with liquid and one third should be left empty. This will aid in proper digestion and also promotes mental clarity.