Today, I am going to speak on the benefits and side effects on various eatables which we all have been taking since ages. However, they can benefit us on one hand and affect us on another. I wish to tell everybody that a simple lifestyle and little change in your food habits can do wonders for one's health.

1. Tamarind:

In ancient times, many believed that the tamarind can be used to cure stomach discomfort, fever, aiding digestion, and has a laxative effect. However, later it was found in the research that the usage of tamarind in curing the above health issues was surprisingly worsening the situation. Further, it was found that it can lead to dry eyes, constipation, cold, fever, can create problems in liver and gallbladder, the stomach disorders, pregnancy-related nausea, intestinal worms etc.


If we compare the ancient thought with present time research, it is difficult to tell that which one is wrong and which one is right. However, Ayurveda says that Tamarind is highly acidic. As per the central concept of Ayurvedic medicinal theory the health prevails when there is a proper balance between three fundamental bio – elements/doshas of a body which are called as Vata, Pitta and Kapha. So tamarind comes under the category of  Pitta that means it is acidic. Hence, we should always be careful in using tamarind in our daily diet.

2. Brinjal or Eggplant:

Benefits of eating Eggplants (Brinjal):

Like most fruits and vegetables, brinjal too is great for your heart. Being rich in fibre, potassium, vitamin B-6 and phytonutrients like flavonoids, this vegetable lowers the risk of heart disease. The presence of antioxidants keeps your arteries healthy and prevents the heart attack.

Side effects of eating too many Eggplants (Brinjal):

  • Can stimulate menstruation
  • May lead to abortion
  • May cause acidic problems
  • Can cause allergic reactions
  • May contain nicotine
  • Too much potassium and fibres are bad
  • Can cause spinach poisoning
  • Interfere with antidepressant drugs
  • May give false positive result in carcinoid tumours test


If we observe, we can come to the conclusion that the benefits of eating eggplants/ brinjal are minimal and the side effects are countless. So, we should be careful in taking the brinjal in a day-to-day diet. It comes in the category of Kapha according to the Ayurveda.

3. Beans:

Benefits of eating Beans:

Beans are the best source of protein, especially when compared to the fresh meat. Apart from being rich in proteins, it is also good in getting complex carbs and fibre. Beans contain a powerhouse of nutrients including antioxidants, and vitamins and minerals, such as copper, folate, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium.

Side effects of eating beans:

Beans are good for the health and have many benefits. However, eating too much of them can also cause uneasiness and indigestion. Side effects of beans include flatulence and constipation. As beans contain a lot of dietary fibre, it makes it harder to digest and can cause painful cramping and even constipation.


So, you can see that every vegetable which is being discussed today has a negative effect on our body besides being good in providing some of the important nutrients to the body.

As per the Ayurveda theory, these three Doshas can take one’s life (Prana) so it is better that one should avoid eating those food items on a regular basis which belongs to these three Doshas. If we consume them in a larger quantity then it can prove to be a poison to our body.

In order to remove the acidic elements in our body, I have discovered an alternate formula which can benefit you all without investing so much money. It is a simple remedy which one can follow at one’s home for maximum benefit. Let me introduce you the hot water, lemon and salt remedy.

4. Hot water + Lemon + Salt:

Benefits of Lemon:-

"The nutrition experts at Edison Institute of Nutrition have listed some of the most effective health benefits of drinking lemon juice with warm water every morning."

  1. As a rich source of vitamin C, lemon juice protects the body from Immune system deficiencies.
  2. Drinking lemon juice with hot water every morning helps in maintaining the pH balance of the body.
  3. With its powerful antibacterial properties, lemon juice helps fight infections Acts as a detoxifying agent.Helps with maintaining digestive health.Along with vitamin C, lemons are also a rich source of potassium, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium etc.
  4. Helps fight common cold Lemon water is also a popular remedy for many kinds of skin problems ranging from acne, rashes and wrinkles to dark spots.
  5. Lemon juice with hot water helps in quick weight loss as it promotes digestion and increases the metabolic rate.
  6. Lemon juice is also very effective at cleansing the liver as it promotes the liver to flush out toxins Lemon’s anti-inflammatory properties help in fighting respiratory tract infections, sore throat and inflammation of tonsils.
  7. Lemon juice with hot water helps keep the body hydrated as it provides electrolytes to the body.
  8. Drinking lemon juice with hot water also helps reduce joint and muscle pain.
  9. Lemon juice with hot water is also good for your dental health as it helps with toothache and prevents gingivitis.
  10. Lemon juice with hot water helps with digestion and hence, helps regulate natural bowel movement.

Lemon juice can relieve nausea, indigestion, belching, bloating, constipation and hiccups as well as heartburn; it can also help the body digest foods better by helping the liver produce more bile.

The health benefits of lemons are due to its many nourishing elements like vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, folate, niacin thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, copper, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, zinc, phosphorus protein.

Lemon can cure throat infections, indigestion, constipation, dental problems, fever, internal bleeding, rheumatism, burns, obesity, respiratory disorders, cholera and high blood pressure, while it also benefits one’s hair and skin. Since ages, it is known for its therapeutic property. Lemon is helpful to strengthen your immune system, cleanse your stomach, and it is considered as a blood purifier also. Lemon juice, especially, has several health benefits associated with it. It is well known as a useful treatment for kidney stones, reducing strokes and lowering body temperature. As a refreshing drink, lemonade helps you to stay calm and cool. Lemon is a fruit that contains flavonoids, which are composites that contain antioxidant and cancer-fighting properties. It helps to prevent diabetes, constipation, high blood pressure, fever, indigestion and many other problems, as well as improving the skin, hair, and teeth. Studies conducted at the American Urological Association highlight the fact that lemonade or lemon juice can eliminate the occurrence of kidney stones by forming urinary citrate, which prevents the formation of crystals. People use lemon to make lemonade by mixing lemon juice and water. Many people also use lemon as a washing agent, because of its ability to remove stains. The scent of lemons can also repel mosquitoes, while drinking lemon juice with olive oil helps to get rid of gallstones. Lemon is well known for its medicinal power and is used in many different ways. A study was done on Lemon by the Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases and the outcome of that study reveals that lemon provides protection against inflammatory polyarthritis and arthritis.

Side effects of lemon:

Side effects of lemon: Consuming too many acidic foods or beverages, such as lemon water which results in extensive contact of acid with your teeth can lead to tooth erosion. It also can cause heartburn, GERD and Ulcers. Also, it can upset stomach and result in frequent urination and dehydration. It can also raise problems in kidney or Gallbladder. The consumption of too much lemon can result in a reduction of Wax Coatings on the knees.

Note: If one doesn’t consume the lemon in a proper way then the above side effects are bound to happen. Many people complain about gas acidity after consuming lemon. So, the question arises how to take a lemon in a proper way? I observed that the best way to take lemon is to take it with the hot water and rock Salt. If taken with the hot water, its acidic value dissipates and it changes its form from 'A citrate' to 'Amino acid'. A citrate which is a derivative of citric acid; that is, the salts, esters, and the polyatomic anion found in solution. An example of the former, a salt is trisodium citrate; an ester is triethyl citrate. When part of a salt, the formula of the citrate ion is written as C6H5O73− or C3H5O(COO)33. Here I am not able to put proper figure but it changes to an amino acid which is very good for our digestion muscle formation.

Benefits of Rock Salt:

The other name of Rock salt is Sendha namak. It is also called ‘Saindhav Lavan’ as per the Ayurvedic Sanskrit. Saindhav Lavan is one among 5 salts described by Ayurveda. It is also known as “Halite”, which is a mineral of Sodium chloride. Rock salt supplies minerals which are required by our body. There is no Side effect of rock salt as such. It is a healthy substitute of common salt as it is rich in minerals and does not pose health problems like high blood pressure, puffiness in the body or eyes. It facilitates the cellular absorption of minerals. It plays an important role in replenishing the body’s electrolytes and maintaining the pH balance. By stimulating blood circulation and mineral balance it removes toxic minerals and refined salt deposits. It stabilizes blood pressure by maintaining a balance of high and low blood pressures. It aids in digestion and is prescribed for laxative and digestive disorders. It improves appetite, removes gas and soothes heartburn. I have shared the knowledge of hot water, lemon and rock salt. I request you all to follow this in your lifestyle and observe the changes in your body. If you consume it regularly then you will see the marvellous changes in 15 days or so. Do not forget to put your comments at the end. Nowadays, my patients don't serve tea or coffee to their guests but they serve the drink made of Hot water, Lemon and rock Salt.


What Is Hot water Lemon and Salt?

Lemon water is a mixture of freshly squeezed lemon juice and hot water and Salt. Occasionally, other ingredients may be added like ginger for additional benefits.

What Does Hot water Lemon and salt Do To Your Body?

Lemon water helps to increase your urine production, helping you to fend off bloating and offering detox benefits. It also contains a lot of healthy vitamin C which boosts your immune system. It helps to flush out toxins in your body, cleanse the liver, and improve your digestion.

How Do You Drink Lemon Water?

Squeeze lemon juice into a glass. Discard any seeds that may fall in. Add hot water, salt, and drink.

How Much Hot water Lemon and salt Should You Drink A Day?

A cup or two in the morning will be enough to help replenish the water lost overnight and boost your digestive system before breakfast.

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By Dr.Anand Kumar Singh