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THE GOODNESS OF GHEE


Ghee is one of the most important foods in Ayurvedic medicine and now modern research is also proving the many and varied health benefits of this super food. Ghee is easy to make. I regularly make my own ghee as it is an easy process and is much cheaper than buying. To make I buy organic unsalted butter. You can see the video below that I have posted on my you tube channel.


What is Ghee?  

Ghee is clarified butter made by boiling off the milk solids (casein, whey and lactose) to leave a totally unique and powerfully heart healthy blend of short, medium and long chain fatty acids. It contains Vitamins A, D, E & K. It is a dairy free oil that is solid at room temperature and melts into a rich golden colour when heated. It has a very high flashpoint of 485 degrees Fahrenheit which means it one of the best oils to safely cook with. However in the Ayurvedic tradition it has many uses, you can also successfully use it as a massage oil, it is also recommended for use in Face Lift Massage to help with delaying the signs of ageing. It is also known as an anupana, a carrier for ingesting herbs, which helps to deliver a herb into the body so it can penetrate deeply into the cells for best absorption by the body, it is also used as a soothing balm for the eyes, among other uses.


BENEFITS OF USING GHEE


The importance of Ghee in a body Cleanse to release toxins

Most of the toxins that enter into the body are stored in fat cells (fat-soluble toxins), these are the most stubborn to release. During an Ayurvedic cleanse, to help remove and excrete these toxins, an approach called “lipophilic-mediated detoxification” is utilised. A small amount of ghee is ingested daily during the cleanse to “pull” the fat- soluble toxins out of the cells so that they can be sent to the colon to be fully excreted from the body. This triggers fat metabolism, a process whereby the body begins to burn its own fat for fuel.


Rigorous Western research exists to support this approach of using healthy fat such as ghee to chelate or “pull” stubborn, disease promoting fat-soluble toxins out of the body.


However, there are many other benefits to regular ghee consumption which include:


Fat Burning: Ghee is an incredibly rich source of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA). CLA has numerous health benefits that include boosting immunity, optimising liver function, glucose metabolism, weight regulation and heart health. However, the most well documented benefit of CLA is its ability to help the body facilitate fat burning, meaning it has a fundamental role to play in the fat-soluble toxin removal mechanisms of the cleanse, as mentioned above.


Gut Health and Microbes: Ghee is the highest known source of butyric acid and is also considered a pre-biotic as it is good source of food for the gut microbiome. Butyric acid is also naturally produced by a strain of healthy bacteria that lives in the gut called Clostridium Butyricum. There are scientific studies to indicate that low levels of Butryic Acid contribute to gut barrier disruption.


High levels of butyric acid indicate good gut health and have been associated with the following benefits:


  • Prevents the overgrowth of bad gut bacteria

  • Optimises digestion฀

  • Encourages the growth of good bacteria฀

  • Supports healthy microbiome function฀

  • Supports gut related immunity and keeps the integrity of the gut lining฀

  • Optimises bowel function

 

Using ghee in cooking is a healthy option to adding good quality fat to the diet and is is known to build Ojas, which is related to building a healthy immune system, vitality, strength and longevity.




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