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Use of Curd (Yoghurt, Dahi)

Curd is a fermented form of milk. It is almost a specific for heart ailments, for senile state in preventing and delaying degeneration of body, purifies blood, keeps digestive system healthy, has more Vitamin B Complex than milk. It renders the complexion fair, lustrous, oily. It is a mild laxative but, in case of diarrhoea and dysentery, it is a boon, if used with rice. It keeps the mind alert, protects mucus lining of the stomach, it is bactericide. Rub curd on face, hands, head, rather on entire body before taking bath to dispel odour and impart glow, shine and lustre to body. If there is (dry) itching on the skin as often happens in winter due to cold and dry winds, mix mustard oil with curd (1:10 Ratio) and rub on the affected parts. It is rejuvenator of entire body 5ystem, as it destroys toxins in the body, improves digestion and improves general well­being.

Curd should, in fact, form an essential part of daily diet. It has been observed that persons using curd regularly are healthier, more alert, have soft and glowing skin, better bowel movement when compared to those who shun or abhor use of curd. Mixing black salt, cumin powder, black pepper powder with milk will serve as an appetiser.

Butter milk is lighter, cooling, more easily digestible, and a tonic. It is a natural laxative and stimulator of colon.

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  • Regular and free use of butter milk, by all age groups (particularly by the young and the old) promotes growth, longevity, corrects disorders of liver, stomach., colon and, gives a feeling of general betterment of the body and brain.

  • Diabetics can also use both curd and whey.

  • Mixing some sliced pieces of onion in curd, adding some salt to taste, should be a part of every inebrient's diet, also before and after a drink.

  • It will stop nausea and vomiting tendency.

  • When cheese has been separated from milk, it is called 'whey' which contains milk-sugar, mineral and vitamin and is useful in loose motions. It is a digestive tonic of very high fo od value.

  • Curd and buttermilk should be avoided during rainy days, but whey can be used all the year round.

  • During summer 'Raita' of cucumber prevents heat.

  • Hand-beaten unpuffed rice (chiwda) should be mixed after dipping in water and used when softened with curd to give coolness to stomach, cure loose motions. It is, in fact, a complete diet. Banana (sliced into pieces), curd and honey mixed together, make an excellent food tonic.

   

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