Top Ayurvedic Tips for Drinking Milk + a Delicious Date Shake Recipe

by Ancient Healthcare

Top Ayurvedic Tips for Drinking Milk + a Delicious Date Shake Recipe

It seems now a days, there are a ton of milk replacements and the question boils down to. . . milk or no milk?

According to Ayurveda, milk provides special and unique nutrition that cannot be derived from any other type of food. When digested properly, it nourishes all the tissues, promotes balanced emotions, and helps to balance all the doshas. It is one of the most important foods to promote ojas.
Ojas is a refined substance the body produces from the most subtle level of proper digestion. Ojas brings strength, strong immunity, happiness, and contentment. And especially of you are vegetarian, this is a very important food to include regularly in your diet.  

milk

Here are the dos and don'ts for milk consumption according to Ayurveda.

  • Avoid drinking it cold: In order to digest properly, one should avoid drinking it cold right out of the refrigerator. It should be brought to a boil. Allow it to foam up, and then bring the heat down so it's on a slow boil for about 5 to 10 minutes. Heating milk changes its molecular structure so it is much easier for human consumption, and it reduces kapha, making it lighter to digest.
  • Organic only: Milk should be organic, whole, and non-homogenized. If it's not organic, it may contain rBGH, (these are hormones that artificially increase production in the cow) and the only way we know to avoid rBGH is to purchase organic milk. This is because the FDA does not require labeling on milk products that may have come from cows injected with the hormone.
  • Non-Homogenized is best: Homogenized milk is very difficult to digest and can easily clog the finer channels of circulation.
  • Do it gradually: If you have trouble digesting milk and have not consumed it for a while, then it is recommended that you start again in a gradual fashion to help your body acclimate to it. Start with drinking â…› of a cup with ginger. Then gradually increase the amount to about a cup. . .  over a ten-day period.
  • Stick to Cow or Goat: Cow's milk is considered to be the best, but raw goat milk is fine too.
  • Watch what you drink it with: It should not be mixed or eaten with sour, bitter, salty, astringent, or pungent tastes. That means the tradition of drinking a glass of cold milk with dinner should be avoided and have drinking water or juice instead. When combined with incompatible tastes, it becomes indigestible and causes the build-up of harmful toxins in the body. Meals cooked with milk and fish or meat should be avoided. . . (such as clam chowder).
  • Have it sweet: Warm milk may be consumed with sweet tastes such as rice, cream of wheat, dates, mangos, and almonds.
  • Wait one hour after eating or before bed: If you wish to have it warm, then it is best to wait at least one hour after you have eaten a meal. Warm milk consumed 30 minutes before bed can even aid in falling asleep.
  • Makes a great snack: Warm milk with a little natural sweetener makes a great afternoon snack for kids when they come home after school.

Try this easy, delicious date shake recipe with cinnamon for more ojas!

Ingredients: 5 dates, pitted 1 ½ cups cow, almond, or coconut milk 1 tbsp tahini ¼ tsp vanilla ¼ tsp cinnamon Directions: Put all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Enjoy! This shake is perfect for vata types in Ayurveda, because it warms their delicate body type and calms an overactive mind. Tahini is high in protein and rich in calcium, potassium, vitamin B, and iron. Cinnamon improves circulation, which tends to run low in vata types. And vanilla has a relaxing effect on the mind.
Ancient Healthcare



Also in Project Yourself

The Vinyasa Of Gratitude & Abundance
The Vinyasa Of Gratitude & Abundance

by Puja Shah

The holidays are here. Full of gratitude and warmth. As we focus on the ways we can give this holiday season, consider the idea of giving gratitude. The more energy you create in your heart around joy for others, the more joy and abundance fills you and your life as well.
Read More
Can We Be Grateful For 2020
Can We Be Grateful For 2020

by Puja Shah

The holidays are a time of gratitude.

And even in a year of pandemics, natural disasters, and political and economic uncertainty - there is still much to be grateful for.

The fact that you’re now here reading these words is already a cause for gratitude. Not to mention all the loved ones, blessings, opportunities, and natural wonders that still surround us.
Read More
This Holiday Season, Love Is The Gift Humanity Needs Most
This Holiday Season, Love Is The Gift Humanity Needs Most

by Puja Shah

Love heals: and the world needs healing now more than ever.


But how does one tap into the vibration of love - particularly during times of disruption and uncertainty?

Read More