Simple Tips For Healthy Living


Simple Tips For Healthy Living

“Shariram Satvam cha Aatma Trayam Atat Tridandvat”
– Charak Samhita

The physical body, mind and soul are the three pillars of the human architecture. The harmony of the body, mind and soul allows for a healthy life while any imbalance can shake the eqilibrium leading to various ailments. Dharma [Purpose], Artha [Wealth], Kama [Desire], and Moksha [Liberation] are the four fruits of human life which can only be achieved and enjoyed by a healthy person.

1. Avoid Contradictory Food – (Viruddha Ahara) 
Any diet which aggravates doshas [bodily humors] and is not eliminated properly from the body is considered contradictory food. If the contradictory food is consumed repeatedly it then burdens the digestive fire producing ama [undigested food; toxins] which can inevitably lead to diseases of the body.

2. Avoid Stress ~ Be Happy
Stress appears to be a significant cause of many diseases in our present day. Stress, strong emotions, unexpressed anger, and anxiety are ever increasing. Therefore, to help maintain balance of the mind we should develop a routine to promote sound sleep, and even consider meditation, shirodhara and nasyam to help alleviate stress.

3. Avoid Fast Food And Junk Food
Fundamentally, we know that certain conditions such as obesity, diabetes, hypertension, and even skin conditions are largely due to poor eating habits and consuming highly processed and refined food. Therefore, one must avoid eating such unhealthy choices and instead consider more healthy alternatives such as boiled vegetable soup, takra (butter milk), boiled milk, and/or lime water as these are considered healthy and rejuvenating choices.

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The Three Pillars Of Positive Health ~ An Ayurvedic Perspective


The Three Pillars Of Positive Health ~ An Ayurvedic Perspective
There is nothing as important in life in making a radical change within the body, mind, and consciousness than establishing a healthy routine in daily life. Ayurveda is a science of positive health. Its first objective is to preserve health of the healthy individual. Charaka [the founder of ayurvedic medicine] has summed up beautifully the whole technique of how to promote a healthy lifestyle in two lines.

The Three Pillars Of Positive Health:
The ancient seers of Ayurveda understood the importance of wholesome [sattvic] lifestyle and its importance to health and overall well-being. Likewise, when lifestyle is not in accordance to the natural principles then this, too, is considered to be the root cause of disease and the aging process. Ayurveda has explained the three pillars to positive health as follows:

– Food [ahara] – Sleep [nidra] – Regulated lifestyle [brahmacharya]

Food [ahara]:
Ayurveda reveres food as providing nourishment to the physical, emotional and spiritual aspects of human life. This being of such vital importance that vedic culture explains that one’s own kitchen should be as clean and pure as a sacred temple.

Sleep [Nidra]:
To live peacefully it’s important to rest peacefully and nothing provides as much rest and peace than sleep [and meditation].
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Regulated lifestyle [Brahmacharya]:
Brahmacharya is normally understood as maintaining celibacy. In reality, brahmacharya is a form of regulated lifestyle with a [healthy] balance towards sex.

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In essence, Ayurvedic lifestyle recommendations are simple and elegant yet powerfully effective in helping one to establish and maintain balance. In fact, health is a state of perfect balance. Ayurveda says that there is an integrative relationship between the body and mind.  Ayurveda goes on to say that when the influences of the body and mind are balanced then one will begin to experience the sense of bliss and only then is one thought to be in good health. Therefore, be balanced, be happy and be healthy.

 

Ayurveda – Easy & Healthy Ways To Lose Weight


Easy And Healthy Ways To Lose Weight
From an Ayurvedic standpoint, weight gain occurs as a result of excess earth and water elements in the body. This creates sluggish/weak digestion which leads to low metabolism. Signs and symptoms associated with obesity include lethargy, breathlessness on exertion, excess sweating, excess thirst as well as weight gain. Usually the etiological factors of obesity are due to poor diet and lifestyle choices. The typical American diet is extremely counterproductive in the maintenance of good health. Fried foods, excess salty and sweet foods as well as sodas have become a part of the ‘norm’ in todays society. The use of ice in drinks and the popular usage of frozen foods has also contributed to the rising levels of obesity.

Lifestyle:

  • Exercise is an important part of life. It increases metabolism and burns fat and also brings balance as well as mental clarity. The health benefits of yoga are vast. Taking up a daily yoga practice along with breathing exercises (pranayama) is an effective way for maintaining a healthy body weight.
  • At the very least, a 20 minute brisk walk should be incorporated into a morning daily routine. This will move lymph and reduce adipose tissue.
  • Napping during the day will increase the qualities that lead to weight gain; heavy, slow, dull, oily, gross and soft. It is best to obtain a good night’s sleep and to establish regular arising and sleeping times to set the body into a healthy routine.
  • Meditation and self – love. It is important to nurture one-self and to develop love and acceptance, as negative emotions can offset emotional hunger and depression. Meditation brings peace and harmony into life, therefore a daily 20 minute practice is recommended to bring overall awareness and balance. The many health benefits of meditation and positive affirmations are extensive. It is recommended to be forgiving of one-self and to eliminate the aspect of emotional guilt leading to acceptance, love and peace.

Herbs:

  • Herbs such as kutki, chitrak, trikatu and shilajit are extremely efficient in targeting fatty tissues and increasing the digestive capacity of the bodily tissues amongst many other benefits. Taking these herbs under a practitioners guidance will increase metabolism, scrape excess fat, control hunger and improve liver function.
  • Drinking triphala at night will also promote healthy bowel movements and cleansing of the colon as well as bringing balance to all the elemental properties in the body.

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What’s Your Dosha?


What’s Your Dosha?

Ayurveda looks at each individual as being unique with a varying combination of qualities. This unique set of qualities can be thought of as your signature “dosha type”. For example, some individuals are always moving about with great excitement and creative enthusiasm eagerly exploring the world around them. That would be a classic“vata-type”. Another example would be the typical “Type A Personality” driven by ambition and wanting to succeed to the top. This particular individual would be considered a “pitta-type”. And we all know the loving and accepting individual who is willing to embrace all that life has to offer in abundance – that is, in a way, a “kapha-type”.

VATA DOSHA:
Vata individuals are made primarily of the air element and therefore, just like the wind, are always moving. Due to the ‘air’ element, vata types often experience cold, dry, light, and mobile qualities. Therefore, from a simple perspective, management for vata types is centered around principles of:

  • Warming
  • Moistening and
  • Weight Promoting

PITTA DOSHA:
The very first thing which should come to mind when thinking of pitta is the brilliant blaze of fire. Pitta types are hot, fiery, oily, and intense. Therefore, management for pitta types is centered around:

  • Cooling
  • Calming and
  • Moderation

KAPHA DOSHA:
When we think of kapha types we often think of loyal and compassionate individuals with a stable quality about them. This unique stability of kapha arises from the predominant elements of both water and earth which can also make kapha types vulnerable to cold, moist, slow and heavy characteristics. Therefore, management for kapha types is centered around:

  • Warming
  • Drying
  • Lightening

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Gut Health – Managing IBS Naturally With Ayurveda


Gut Health – Managing IBS Naturally With Ayurveda

Gut Health – Gut Flora
The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has stated long ago the health benefits of optimal digestion [“Agni” – The Digestive Fire]. Modern science is only recently begun to understand the full extent of the gut flora’s role in health and well-being. For example, the gut flora promotes optimal digestive function, provides a robust immune response, regulates metabolism and even compromises more than 75% of our immune system. It’s extraordinary that the teachings of Ayurveda have stated much of these important functions many thousands of years ago.

These ancient teachings have described that nearly all movement of the body is governed by an energetic concept named “vata dosha”. A modern perspective resembling these same principles of ayurveda are that of ‘Functional GI & Motility Disorders’.

“According to Ayurveda, irritable bowel syndrome is due to
vata pushing pitta into the colon.”

– Dr. Vasant Lad; Ayurvedic Physician

Simple Considerations For IBS

  • Consider taking 1 teaspoon of sat isabgol [psyllium husk] with 1/2 cup of fresh yogurt 1 hour after dinner.
  • Another consideration is to boil 1 teaspoon of flaxseed in a cupful of water to make a tea, and drink at bedtime.

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Revolutionizing Health Care With The Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda


Revolutionizing Healthcare

It’s very intuitive to acknowledge that in order to regain a state of good health and balance it is necessary to maintain a certain lifestyle in accordance with nature. Let us therefore re-explore natural ways to revolutionize the way we care for our own health; true healthcare.

  1. Nourish the body
  2. Heal the gut
  3. Sleep well & Transcend stress

Three Simple Considerations:
1. eat nutrient dense whole foods like vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices
2. eat healthy fats as they are essential [absolutely necessary; extremely important] 3. minimize the intake of flour, sugar and other sweeteners, industrial seed oils, processed and refined food, and snacks of all kinds

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Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda – Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.

GHEE + Gut Health
Healthy digestion is considered the fundamental pillar of good health. According to Ayurvedic literature, ghee increases the digestive function and thought to nourish nearly all tissues of the body – specifically the gastrointestinal tract

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Ayurvedic Remedies For Indigestion


Ayurvedic Remedies For Indigestion

Herbal Remedies

  1. An effective herbal formula for indigestion is made with KutkiTrikatu and Chitrak. Taking a pinch of each of these herbal powders with ½ tsp honey before meals will help strengthen digestion.
  2. Ginger is an extremely effective digestive herb. Drinking ginger tea or even consuming ginger pickle before a meal is a beneficial way to help kindle digestion. Before a meal take ½ tsp of chopped ginger with a pinch of salt and a few drops of lime juice.
  3. Another effective digestive herb is Trikatu. This herb is equal parts of ginger, black pepper and pippali. Taking ½ tsp of this herb with a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of rock salt before meals aids digestion.

 

Prevention is Key
The best way to avoid any disorder is prevention. Enjoying a balancing diet and lifestyle can help maintain optimum health. Some key points to remember in addition to the above causes include:

  • Avoid ice drinks and cold foods. This will weaken the digestive fire and can lead to heartburn.
  • Eat the largest meal between the hours of 11am and 1pm when digestive fire is strong.
  • Eat a light meal for dinner to avoid overtaxing the stomach.
  • Avoid overeating and emotional eating. This can make it hard for the stomach to properly digest the overloaded food.
  • Get moving! Taking a walk after meals can aid in digestion and increase digestive fire. Certain yoga poses and pranayama (breathing exercises) are also particularly beneficial.
  • Following a daily routine of meditation, oil massages and self-care will bring overall balance and contentment.

Healthy Living With Ayurveda


Healthy Living With Ayurveda

“Samadosha, samagnischa samadhatumala kriyaha
prasanna atmenindriya manaha swasthya ityabhidheeyate”

Acharya Susruta has described the features of a healthy person in the above quote. It follows that the doshas must be in equilibrium, the digestive fire must be in a balanced state and the tissues (dhatus) and malas (wastes) must work in a normal state. The sensory and motor organs and mind, atma must be also in a pleasant state. Such a person is called a healthy person or “Swastha”.

Samadosha:
The doshas that are present in the body and mind, namely vatapitta and kapha, must be in a balanced state in order to keep a person healthy. When the balance of the doshas is disturbed, either aggravated or decreased (vitiated) it produces a state of Dosha Vaishamya, which is called disease.

Samagni:
In order to keep an individual healthy and digestive fire (koshtagni) and dhatuagni (tissue enzymes) must be in a proper state. When agni is less in quality (Mandagni) it will cause many diseases (“Rogaha Sarvepi Mande Agnou”). It is a well known that the health of an individual depends on the proper strength of his digestive power.

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How can Ayurveda help you to remain healthy?
Specialized Ayurvedic remedies such as Panchakarma chikitsa, Shirodhara or following an Ayurvedic diet, basically endeavor to restore the harmony of the tridoshas. The purpose of all Ayurvedic remedies and herbal medicines is to keep the doshas or the humors in equilibrium, since an imbalance indicates a disease condition.

 

Ice Is Not So Nice – Ancient Wisdom Regarding Ice


Ice Is Not So Nice – Ancient Wisdom

We add it to beverages. We use it to chill food. We apply it topically and we use it in food, like smoothies. The question is, is ice the best for our health? In traditional Chinese medicine, ice is considered a “poison” when ingested. Ayurveda says the same. Why would these age-old medical systems say something against what so many of us have found great pleasure in?

According to Ayurveda, ice is an astringent that causes vasoconstriction, or narrowing of the blood vessels. When we ingest ice, it enters into the cavern of the mouth, which has a direct relationship to important organs in the brain, such as the hypothalamus and pituitary gland. It also works with hormones, immunity and mood regulation being that the primary organs of the endocrine system are pituitary, thalamus, hypothalamus, thyroid and eventually adrenals.

Nectar vs. Poison
In Ayurveda, it is said that the nectar of life is hot water and the poison of life is cold water. For example, cleaning pipes out is more effective with hot water versus cold. The other main cause of health issues, according to Ayurveda is, what is called Prajnaparadha, which translates to “”crimes against wisdom”.” In other words, it’s knowing what is right for us but choosing something different. Bringing anything cold into the body can affect our naturally maintained warm inner environment, so a second thought may give us the opportunity to make a different choice.

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Takra [Buttermilk] – The Divine Healing Digestive Drink


Takra [Buttermilk] – The Divine Healing Digestive Drink
Takra or buttermilk, is a liquid preparation prepared by continuously churning yogurt in water. This preparation increases your digestive power and is often used in many health conditions. Takra is considered beneficial for many G.I. conditions such as IBD and Crohn’s disease as well as poor digestion, hemorrhoids, tumors, edema, diarrhea, anemia, urinary diseases and many other health-related conditions.

“He who uses takra daily does not suffer from diseases, and diseases cured by takra do not recur; just as amrita [divine nectar] is for the gods, takra is to humans.”– Bhavaprakasha Chpt 6.7

Ingredients:
1/4 cup yogurt
1 cup water
salt as per taste
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
mint leaves
coriander leaves
green chilies
chopped ginger

Directions: 
– Take 1/4 cup of yogurt into a vessel and add a cup of water.
– Add salt as per taste. Add 1/2 tsp. of roasted cumin powder.
– Mix the ingredients well with the help of a hand blender.
– Garnish it with coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chili and chopped ginger.

 

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