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5 Ways to Look and Feel Better Than You Did in High School!

Spa Treatment at Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort - MauritiusIt’s been said that youth is wasted on the young. When we’re in our teens we can get away with bad habits because we have that natural, youthful energy anyway. As we get older, we find that energy is a commodity that we prize and need to be more diligent in our self-care so that we have plenty of it!

Luckily for us, Ayurveda, India’s 5,000 year old “Science of Life,” has some easy guidelines we can follow to look and feel healthier, sexier, and more energetic than we did in high school!

Here are 5 tips from Ayurveda on how to look and feel better:

1. Know your body type.

THEN: In high school you probably coveted the body types of the women in Charlie’s Angels, or wanted to look like Cheryl Tiegs. Now we know better! YOU are the best you, don’t try to be someone else.

NOW: Know your body type – Are you Vata, Pitta, or Kapha. This way you know what “normal” is for you. That way you don’t have unrealistic expectations of yourself. Every dosha is beautiful! Be your best self.

2. Eat for energy.

THEN: In high school you probably lived on pizza and leftovers, and ran through the drive-through after school.

NOW: Eat energizing foods. Fresh vegetables should constitute 40% of the meal. Green, leafy vegetables are especially high in minerals and fiber, so should be eaten often. Raisins are among the best of fruits because they enhance purity, pacify the mind and heart and increase the coordination between them. They are also a rich source of iron and vitamin B6, and provide magnesium, calcium, zinc, and potassium. Raisins aid digestion and elimination when they are soaked in water overnight. One handful per person is a good amount.

A date-milk energy shake is a nourishing way to end the day because it promotes sleep and calms both Pitta and Vata sleep imbalances.

Date-Milk Energy Shake

  • 4-5 whole dates
  • 1 cup whole organic milk (may substitute soy or rice or almond milk)
  • 1 pinch ground cinnamon
  • Boil the milk until it creates a foam. Turn off the heat and cool until the temperature is comfortable for drinking. Combine the milk with the other ingredients and blend until the dates are ground up. Drink it warm in winter and at room temperature in summer.

By the way, the warm frothy milk can also be used as a face mask – wonderfully hydrating and leaves the skin super soft!

Herbs and spices are your friends! Cumin helps digestion, freshly crushed black pepper helps you assimilate food better, cilantro cools and nutmeg soothes. There are spice blends, or CHURNAS, specifically to pacify each dosha – you can buy them ready made or make them at home.

Also, avoid energy-draining foods. Any fast foods, canned, frozen, packaged, leftover, or old foods, or foods with preservatives, chemicals and additives, are difficult to digest and contain little nutritional content. They actually drain the body of energy. If you do have some of these foods and feel heavy afterwards, drink half a glass of warm water with ¼ of a lime squeezed into it.

3. Keep skincare simple.

THEN: In high school, you probably spent a ton of money on grooming products, soaps, perfumes, lotions, hairspray.

NOW: Keep it simple. Nourish the body with natural oils. Abhyanga is a daily self massage which is good for keeping all the doshas in balance. It helps moisturize the skin, helps to release toxins, helps to tone the muscles, and it soothes the nerves. Sesame oil is usually recommended in general and is very good for Vatas specifically. Almond oil is also good for Vata. Coconut and sunflower both work well for Pitta. Corn and olive oils are beneficial for balancing Kapha.

The massage can be done in the morning before your shower, or in the evening before bed. Start by warming the oil to skin temperature, and drizzle a small amount of oil into the palms of your hands. Massage the top of your scalp (on days when you wash your hair), pay particular attention to the circumference of your ears, and the soles of your feet. Massage with long strokes on your limbs, and round strokes on your joints. It’s best to leave the oil on the body for 20 minutes before washing it off in a warm shower or bath. This 20 minutes is a good time to do your morning meditation!

4. Maintain a regular routine.

THEN: In high school, you probably kept late nights studying and partying with friends, up early for school, activities – on the go all the time.

NOW: Regular routine can help prevent stress. Ayurveda says there are 3 types of fatigue. Mental fatigue is a Vata imbalance, emotional fatigue is a Pitta imbalance, and physical fatigue is a Kapha imbalance. For all three:

  • Meditation – Twice daily
  • Good sleep habits.
  • Regular meal times.
  • Regular exercise, morning walk in the sun, yoga.
  • Dosha balancing routines – and teas.

5. Support fertility naturally.

THEN: In high school, energy probably came easily. You were always ready for a date!

NOW: Some grains, such as quinoa, enhance estrogenic activity and support the hormonal activity of both men and women. Cook it with a little ghee, salt, and spices such as cumin. Fruits such as papaya and pineapple are also helpful in strengthening the ovum. Turmeric helps enhance the binding of estrogen and progesterone.

Take the Dosha Quiz to determine your Dosha and learn more about Ayurveda with my free 6 week e-course here.

 

Originally published April 2012

Ayurveda and Weight Management

In Ayurveda, India’s 5,000 year old Science of Life, there’s no “one size fits all” answer to managing our weight. The solutions are as unique and individual as we are. You start by knowing your “dosha” or Ayurvedic mind/body type.

KAPHA

The most common type of weight gain is caused by having a slow metabolism. This is common for a person who is a classic Kapha type. Kapha dosha is comprised of the earth and water elements, so this type of individual will reflect those qualities. A Kapha person will be structurally bigger, with bigger bones and a more easy-going, stable, gentle personality.

For a Kapha person, being skinny is usually not a healthy goal. If you are prone to gain weight, and are always five to ten pounds overweight no matter how little you eat, it would go against your nature to ever be really thin. Rather, it would be better to balance your metabolism, increase your ability to digest sugars and carbohydrates by adopting a Kapha balancing diet and lifestyle, and allow your body to naturally find its ideal weight. You may not be skinny, you may always weigh five to ten pounds more than average, but you will feel better and look healthier, and you will lose most of your excess weight.

Diet

The main principle for balancing Kapha is to introduce some of the fire element into your food and lifestyle. This will balance the earthen and watery elements of Kapha dosha.
Flavor your vegetables and dhal soups with spices that are mildly pungent, such as black pepper, fresh ginger, and turmeric

Other tastes to balance Kapha dosha are the bitter and astringent tastes. These include green leafy vegetables, split mung dhal soup and other bean soups, and astringent vegetables such as broccoli, cauliflower and brussels sprouts. It’s important to cook your vegetables and eat them warm, rather than relying on raw vegetables. Raw vegetables are difficult to digest, whereas to balance Kapha dosha you want to eat warm, light, cooked foods.

Quinoa is an excellent grain for managing weight, as it has high protein and zinc content (4 mg of zinc per cup). But it should be cooked with a bit of ghee or olive oil, as otherwise it may be too drying.

Basmati rice is also a good grain for Kapha dosha, because it has a more drying quality than other types of rice, but quinoa is better because it has the intelligence of fire to support weight loss.

The fire element can even be added to the water you drink. If you boil your water for five minutes on the stove, you are adding the intelligence of fire to your drinking water. If you sip the water throughout the day, the intelligence of fire will permeate the molecules of water, and thus permeate your body. You won’t notice anything right away, but if you continue with this routine, in time you will feel less fatigue. This is because Kapha dosha tends to create a feeling of lethargy, and by introducing the fire element in the water, you’ll gradually feel more energetic.

If you are Kapha by nature, you’ll want to stay away from heavy, cold desserts such as ice cream and cheesecake, as these will only slow your metabolism and increase the cold, heavy qualities of Kapha in your body. Rich desserts, fried foods, foods made with refined sugar and refined flour, cold foods and drinks — all of these should be avoided if you want to balance Kapha and your weight.

Lifestyle

Regular exercise is the most important change you can make to improve your metabolism. The problem is that people with excessive Kapha dosha often feel somewhat complacent or even lethargic, and they might have to push themselves a little to exercise every day. Usually Kapha types need more vigorous exercise for a longer period to have the same effect as milder exercise would have on a Vata person.

Even making a habit of breathing more deeply can help charge the metabolism with more of the fire element. When Kapha dosha is out of balance, one of the first things that happens is that the person becomes a shallow breather. Deeper breathing is healthy for all body types, but especially for Kapha dosha, because deeper breathing helps wake up the body’s metabolism. When the metabolism is lower and breathing is shallow, the body’s channels get blocked and cause even more lethargy, which becomes a vicious cycle.

The digestive fire is weaker in the morning when you wake up and in the evening before bed, so breakfast and dinner should be lighter meals. An excellent breakfast for balancing metabolism for all three body-types is a cooked apple or pear with cooked prunes and figs. This breakfast choice is light and sustains most people until noon, when they can eat their heaviest meal. A healthy supper for a Kapha person might be soup made with vegetables, grains and dhal and flavored with spices such as cumin, fresh ginger, black pepper, and turmeric. Or kitcheri, a light meal made with rice and split mung dhal, is also a light Kapha-reducing meal Kapha Churna is an excellent spice mixture for balancing Kapha dosha.

VATA

If you are Vata-predominant, you are normally thin and wiry. But that does not mean weight gain will never be a problem for you. Sometimes Vata types are thin all their lives and then suddenly put on weight because their metabolism has changed. Vata-predominant people are susceptible to mental stress because they tend to overuse or misuse their minds. When under stress they also tend to forget to eat regularly, thus disturbing their digestion, creating ama and clogging the channels. This is often the precursor to weight gain.

Diet

When Vata dosha is the underlying cause of a weight problem, it’s important to eat a balanced diet that is easy to digest but also nurturing. Take the middle path, and eat a tridoshic diet, which means one that balances all three doshas. Avoid foods that are too hot and spicy (such as food spiced with chillies, cayenne, and black mustard seed), and at the same time avoid foods that are ice cold, such as ice cream, iced drinks, and cold, heavy desserts. Stay away from foods that are too heavy (such as aged cheeses, meats, and heavy desserts) and also avoid foods that are too light and dry, such as crackers, cold cereals, and packaged snacks. In general, avoid leftovers; frozen, canned or packaged foods, and processed foods of all kinds.

Lifestyle

People with a predominance of Vata dosha need a regular routine, to balance the uneven, variable nature of Vata dosha. It’s important that they go to bed early, well before ten o’clock and rise early, before 6 a.m. A regular routine with adequate sleep is one of the best antidotes to Vata imbalance. Regular meals are essential, with three warm, cooked meals a day. It’s important to eat them at the same time every day, as Vata digestion tends to be irregular. By eating at the same time, your digestive enzymes will prepare to digest the food and digestion will be stronger. Avoid work that is stressful to the mind, and practice relaxing exercise such as yoga and pranayama. A daily oil massage, abhyanga, is especially important for Vata. The skin is one of the primary seats of Vata dosha in the body, so massaging your body every morning with warm, Vata-pacifying oil can go a long way toward soothing your entire nervous system and emotions. The more relaxed you are, and the more regular your routine, the better you will withstand day-to-day stress and the less likely you are to fall prey to weight imbalances.

Many times people with Vata disorders find themselves in a rush, always in a hurry. It’s not healthy for anyone to always be rushing around, to constantly have to hurry, and it’s especially harmful to people with Vata imbalances. If you find yourself in that situation, it’s important to cultivate a habit of taking it easy and slowing down. Learn to structure a more relaxed, royal daily routine. This is important for mental, emotional and physical health.

PITTA

You would think that since Pitta dosha is associated with the fire element, a person with high Pitta would not have any problem burning up carbohydrates and sugars. Yet if the person doesn’t take care of the digestion, that can create problems. For instance, if someone who is predominantly Pitta by nature skips breakfast or other meals, that can create ama, digestive impurities, because the digestive fire becomes too strong. In this situation, stomach acids can “burn” the food and even damage the stomach.

To understand how this happens, think of setting an empty pot on the stove. The heat is on, but there’s nothing to cook. Instead, the pot itself gets burned. In the same way, if you have a strong digestive fire but you don’t feed it regularly, then the digestive enzymes go out of balance, burn the food and create ama the next time you eat.

Many people with high Pitta dosha are overweight, precisely because they are not eating regularly and as a result ama has coated their digestive system. When ama blocks the channels of digestion and the channels that circulate nutrients throughout the body, then metabolism slows down and weight gain results.

Diet

First of all, the person with high Pitta should get into the habit of eating three meals a day, starting with breakfast. This is very important, as otherwise the stomach will continue to be burned by digestive acids. Eating a cooked apple or pears with cooked prunes or figs for breakfast is a good idea, because it will soothe the digestive fire but not overload it. Raw pears or other sweet, juicy fruits are also good for people with high Pitta.

A vegetable that is good for weight management is daikon radish. This white radish can be grated and added to dhal soups for a mildly spicy flavor. Include sweet vegetables for lunch and dinner, such as squashes that are white inside (zucchini, loki or yellow squash). Steam them well and then sauté them in ghee with mild, cooling spices such as powdered fennel, small amounts of cumin and small amounts of turmeric. Flavor foods with Pitta Churna, a delicious spice blend specifically created for balancing Pitta.

Avoid eating pungent spices such as chilies, cayenne, and black mustard seed. These will only increase the acidity. A person in this situation may be drawn to heavy, cold, sweet foods to cool the acidity. But heavy, cold foods will only make the problem worse by creating more ama and blocking the channels of digestion and metabolism. It’s better to cool the digestive fire by cooking with cooling spices, eating light desserts with your meal such as fruit crisps, and by drinking light dairy drinks such as sweet lassi.

Lifestyle

People who are predominantly Pitta should go to sleep before the Pitta time of the evening (10:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.). Even if you feel like you have a lot of energy then, or feel more creative, it’s not a good idea to stay awake during the Pitta time of night, because this only aggravates Pitta dosha further. And if you stay awake during the Pitta time of night, you will invariably get hungry and thirsty and may eat packaged cookies or salty snacks, or drink soft drinks or alcohol. All of these things will only disturb Pitta dosha further and contribute to weight gain.

Lissa Coffey is world renown as the authority on Ayurveda and relationships. She is the author of “What’s Your Dosha, Baby? Discover the Vedic Way for Compatibility in Life and Love.” For information on Ayurvedic products to balance your dosha, including teas and churnas, visit her website: http://www.doshasmart.com

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AYURVEDA WAY TO DETOXIFY BODY

Detoxifying Fast:

Fasting is the incredible oldest and ancient way to detoxify & approach to healing physically, mentally and spiritually. Fasting is the process to detoxify body and mind by realizing the importance of food, as well as the imperativeness of light body, which is essential for spiritual awakening and enlightenment according to Ayurveda and is known as ‘sadhna’.

Fasting for body and mind:

In today’s busy modern life and exposure to toxins found in water, air, food and medications, a stressful lifestyle, lack of exercise, diet of refined – oily foods, the load of toxins on body increases every day. This load of toxins form toxic ‘ama’ the undigested residues from the past that accumulate in the body and lead to imbalance and illness.

During fasting the digestive fire (jathra-agni) becomes more active and there is no food to digest so it effectively burns long existing toxins (ama) from the intestine and eliminates all toxins in the body, thus purifying the body and giving peach and rest to the digestive system. Moreover it eliminates gas and makes the body light. Our body already knows how to cleanse and rejuvenate itself. Every night when we sleep, the body is under a "mini-fast" during our rest.

Fasting is not only the way to detoxify body but also the way to rejuvenate the thoughts and for mental status with sensory fasting. It is the process of withdrawing our senses from the materialistic world and experience an inner state of awareness. Meditation is a form of fasting for spiritual growth and rejuvenate mind. It helps the mind to be at ease becomes light, soft, which strengthen the spiritual life AND improves mental clarity. Both yoga and Ayurveda strongly recommend and tell us the way to disengage from the exterior world so that we can hear our inner voice clearly and spiritually enlighten.

Types of fasting in Ayurveda include:

Water fasts-consume only natural pure water

Soup fasts- consuming only soups prepared with vegetables

Fruit juice fasts-Consuming fruits, vegetables, or juices only

Rice fasts- consuming only organic rice

Kichari fasts. -Consuming light foods only such as Kichari

Fast is Not recommended for:

Those who are extremely in a state of starvation

Pregnant women

Feeding Mothers

Serious disease conditions (kidney problem, diabetic, myocardial lipid accumulation, severe anemic)

Infants and children

Those who fear

Fasting is recommended for those who suffer from:

Constipation, stomachache, cold, arthritic pain, fever, increases Ama (toxins) in large intestine.

Important thing to remember:

Drink plenty of warm water, spicy teas to ‘burn’ toxins, rest, sleep, breakfast slowly

Avoid -exercise, physical exertion, mental stress, depression, anger

Use laxative under Ayurveda Doctor Supervision, which help to clear toxins from the system
 

  • Triphala (Harad, Bahera, Amla)
  • Castor oil

Effectiveness signs:

There are some signs with which you can understand that fasting is successful or not. Successful fast makes feeling lighter; there is clarity in the mind, feeling of refreshment, being energized, clear skin, proper bowel movements, clean tongue, fresh taste and sparkling eyes.
 

Ayurveda

Ayurveda the oldest healing science. Ayurveda is a Sanskrit language word which means "Science of Life." Ayurveda word consists of Ayur’(LIFE)+’veda’(SCIENCE). Ayurvedic knowledge dicovered in India more than 5,000 years ago in vedas. The four Vedas are Rig, Sama, Yajur and Atharva Veda. These four Vedas included topics like health, astrology, spiritual living and behaviour. Ayurveda was attached sub- section of Atharva Veda. This sub section related with the diseases, injuries, fertility, sanity and health by balancing dosha’s (body humurs). All life secrets were explained in the first Veda (Rig Veda). Rig Veda shows the discussions on the three body humurs (vat, pitt and kapha), use of various herbs to cure the disease and wide knowledge of five elements of creation – the earth,water, fire, air, sky (ether) that forms the basis of all forms of life.

Ayurveda originated in India, influenced the ancient Chinese system of medicine and medical system practiced in Greece, Homeopathy and Polarity Therapy, is now famous in west have their roots in Ayurveda. Thus, Ayurveda is also known as the “Mother of all Healing”.

Ayurveda indentified three dosha’s (energy ) present in everybody and are responsible for everything. These are vata, pitta and kapha. Balance in these energy level indicates the good health in all aspects (mentally, physically and spiritually). While imbalanced or disturbed three dosha cause disease. Vata is the energy of movement, pitta the energy of digestion or metabolism and kapha the energy of lubrication and structure. According to Ayurvedic philosophy the entire cosmos is an interplay of the energies of the five great elements – Space, Air, Fire, Water and Earth. Vata, pitta and kapha are combinations and permutations of these five elements that manifest as patterns present in all creation. These three energy level also build the type of body according their level & that is called prakarity (nature). Ayurveda encourages maintaining health by paying close attention to the balance in these level to save the prakarity with the help of right thinking, diet, lifestyle and herbs. Ayurveda knowledge helps to understand how to create balance of body, mind and consciousness according to one’s own individual constitution.

In today’s life style Ayurveda plays an very important role. It is important for everyone maintain a good health, with so much pollution everywhere, food alteration, untimely working hours and unhealthy lifestyle, poor immune, dietary carelessness as all these factor affects badly our body energy level. To maintain this balance and health, it is important to pay attention to Diet and lifestyle appropriate to one’s individual constitution strengthen the body, mind and consciousness. Ayurveda herbs help us to attain that balance energy level by rejuvenating and detoxification naturally.
 

Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis in Ayurveda is known as ‘Sandhigat vata’. It is a condition that causes pain, swelling, inflammation of joints and deformity of joint, which may restrict joint movements. In rheumatoid arthritis small joints of the hands and feet are affected first, making them felt stiff. There are two most common forms of Arthritis – osteoarthritis & rheumatoid Arthritis. There are hundred different types of Arthritis, and careful diagnosis, early detection & right treatment can help relieve pain & prevent later complications.

Rheumatoid arthritis is more common after 40 but can affect any age group. Females are more likely to have arthritis than males. There are more than 30 million people in the states and approximately 3 lakh people in the UK who have some form of arthritis; women are more affected. In U.S.A. Arthritis is an expensive disease and is known as the most spread crippling disease. Modern medicine is unable to cure arthritis while it is trying to treat it with painkillers & steroids, which are more harmful for health.

Causes:

The exact cause of rheumatoid arthritis is unknown, but Ayurveda explains it very well. According to Ayurveda it is caused by formation of ‘Ama’ in our body. The undigested food or ‘ama rasa’ is produced by imbalanced body fire, which is carried by imbalanced vata dosha and reaches the kapha dominated places (joints, stomach, chest, brain etc.) and blocks the vital channels, nourishing the body. According to immunologists rheumatoid arthritis is an auto immune disease.

How is ‘Ama’ formed in our body:

Body doshas (vata, pitta, kapaha) are imbalanced due to opposite to your nature food and lifestyle, by lowered ‘Jathragni’ (fire responsible for food digestion), excess in physical exertion that involves a lot of joint movements.

Sign & Symptoms;

Joints Inflammation and pain, stiffness, swelling, restricted movement, joint movements accompanied with sounds, start in wrist and hand joints, Rheumatoid nodules, fever, loss of energy, loss of appetite, weakness, low interest in food (aruchi ), indigestion.

Treatment:

Ayurveda treatment includes some procedures to cure rheumatoid arthritis that should be done under Ayurveda doctor supervision:

Snehan – massage with medicated oils.
Swedan – fomentation with herbs.
Lepan – local application of medicated paste.
Anuloman – mild laxative treatment.
Shamana – oral treatment with therapeutic remedies.

Home Remedies:

During the treatment for rheumatoid arthritis remember to take care of proper digestion; one day fasting is beneficial for removing Ama. In addition the following home remedies are also helpful for getting relieve in rheumatoid arthritis:

1. Lemon juice and a teaspoon of honey mixed in a cup of warm water;
2. Saffron with milk at bedtime;
3. Castor oil with milk at bedtime before to sleep;
4. Massage with warm clove oil;
5. Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water helps cure arthritis.

Herbs:

Garlic, castor seeds, aloe vera, nutmeg, saffron, vasaka, winter cherry, pepper, lemon grass.

Yoga Care:

Pranayama, Pavanmuktasana, Bhujangasana, Makarasana.

Suggested Diet:

According to Ayurveda in rheumatoid arthritis it is suggested to take light food, which can easily be digested. Proper timing/method of intake are also important and helpful for the patients.

Vegetable juices and soups, coconut water and milk, carrot juice, beet root juice, cucumber juice.

Spices like cumin, coriander, ginger, garlic, fennel and turmeric green salad with a dressing of lemon juice and a little salt.

Khichadi is also good for patient having imbalanced vata problem.

Regular physical exercise and massage with oil should form an important part of the routine.

Avoid!

Junk food, food preserved for long time, spicy and fried, sweets, foods which affect vata (air) like cabbage, cauliflower, spinach, broccoli, okra and potatoes; Excess in taking tea, coffee, alcohol, white sugar, yogurt, chocolate, cocoa; Antibiotics, painkillers, steroids and nicotine, avoid sleeping during day, take good and healthy sleep at night; Mental tensions like worry, anxiety, fear, stress and grief.

Therapeutic Remedies:
 

  • Triphala guggulu
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  • Maha Yograj or Yograj Guggulu
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  • Castor oil
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  • Mahanarayana oil

 

Cure Diabetes With Ayurveda

In our body pancreas gland beta cells are responsible for the secretion of the hormone insulin, which is extremely essential for utilization of the carbohydrates in body. If insulin is absent carbohydrates accumulate in the bloodstream in the form of glucose which collects in urine.

Ayurveda is the oldest therapy which describes remedies for diabetes. In Ayurveda diabetes categorized with Prameha (there are 20 types). Diabetes mellitus is known as Madhumeha. This is one of the four Vataja Pramehas.

Vataj Pramehas – 4 vataj Pramehas

Pittaj Pramehas – 6 pittaja pramehas

Kaphaj Pramehas – 10 kaphaja pramehas

Causes:

Imbalanced diet, lack of exercise, mental stress, excessive sleep.

Symptoms:

Increased urination frequency, excessive thirst, burning sensation of palms and soles, increased hunger, sweet taste in mouth, unhealed or delay healing, wounds, skin Infections, fatigue, general body weakness.

The Ignorance about blood sugar level can be lead to long-term complications like – heart attacks, strokes, blindness, nerve damage, amputation of Limb, impotence and Pruritus (Itching).

Diet:

According to Ayurveda diet is most important factor responsible for unhealthy body and doshas imbalance. Ayurveda says all diseases start with abdominal disturbance. Thus managing diet is the first step of treatment for a diabetic patient. The diabetic diet is a normal balanced diet, with a few modifications and proper timing between breakfast, lunch and dinner. Avoid diet and life style which increase kapha dosha such as sugar, fruits contain high percentage of sugar content, carbohydrates, fats, potatoes, rice, dairy product, alcohol and smoking, daytime sleep. Use natural vegetable, low-calorie, low-fat alkaline diet,. Roasted rice and wheat are useful . Include ‘Tikta ras’ items in diet.
 

Yoga and exercise:

According to Ayurveda concepts healthy diet and regular exercise is important to balance the body doshas and yoga is the sciences which helps to attain higher level of physical, mental and spiritual balance. Meditation, Pranayama, Paschimottasana, Halasana, morning evening walk are useful in diabetes.

Herbs:

Fenu Greek, Madhuca, Butea, Curry Leaves, Tenner’s Casia

Home cure for Diabetes:
 

  1.  Bitter gourd seed powder with water twice a day
  2. Juice bitter gourd or bitter lemon juice daily empty stomach
  3. Jamun or dried powder of its seed with water
  4. Fresh juice of amla empty stomach is useful for diabetic patient
  5. Amlaki powder, haldi (turmeric) powder with honey, twice daily
  6. Fenugreek, white pepper and turmeric powder with a glass of milk, twice daily
  7. Use Stevia leaves instead of sugar or any sweeteners it give the sweet taste as well as it help to reduce sugar
  8. Orange and lemons, green vegetables, black gram, soy, fish
  9. Chew 4-6 neem leaves every day in the morning empty stomach
  10. Put one cup of water into a copper vessel at night, and drink the water in the morning 

Therapeutic Remedies:
 

  • Arogyavardhini
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  • Vasanta Kusumakar Ras
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  • Chandraprabhavati
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  • Triphala with Amalaki juice
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  • Gudmar
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  • Shilajit

 

technology and balance

This is response to a question regarding websites and our use of them as powerful tools… I am posting this response at the behest of he to whom i sent it.  thank you for reading… and please, lets continue the dialogue:

do agree… it is a funny thing… I mean it is a piece of machinery and virtual infrastructure, right… that is to be used as the user sees fit… like any science or philosophy, we encounter things all the time and we respond as we do due to our current paradigm. meaning… that although the stars and the planets and our karmas and those around us are incredible influence on our life, it is our own paradigm of health, spirituality, and awareness that determines how we see those factors… how we respond to those factors. similarly, i see that many people, in this day and age many people are highly influenced and imbalanced in a vata way… meaning that people are thrown out of balance by constant fluxuation, constant travel, constant internet and television and over commitment, stress… blah blah blah… and many of the sites, i have been on only aggravate those light, air, ether, qualities… those qualities and that aggravation furthers the aggravations in the body and the mind… anxiety, lonliness, fear, not enough money, not enogh prestige, fear that we are not healthy enough, i have to go running , work out, be beautiful, do what my neighbors do… etc etc etc… when all we could do is sit. and breath… and reflect…

the internet is a great opportunity… as we can see on intent, we are people who write and argue and agree and read. this is not the same on other sites… there is an opportunity here to reap the benefits of knowledge for those who are well known as well as those who are not. but it the great challenge to show or to teach or to set the example of how to use this great technology for our betterment, healthy happy betterment, rather than further imbalancing ourselves to where there is nothing with meaning… it is easy to be false, violent, slothish, promiscuous when nothing means anything but you know you should feel something… what a horrible pit… and i have compassion for that paradigm… which is why i am on this site… which is why i am in the arts, which is why i am becoming and ayuvedic practitioner.

i really appreciate your note… as it gives me an opportunity to express myself.

thank you, *******…

in love and light, nomi

What Type of “Dosha” Are You — Air, Fire or Earth?

The Ayurvedic sages declared, Ayurveda amritanam – “Ayurveda is for immortality.” Although we might have hoped for a formula for eternal youth, the essence of this statement is: the purpose of Ayurveda is to create a balanced physiology that can support enlightenment. In this state of consciousness, we awaken to the reality that our essential nature is unborn and undying . . . that we are an expression of the underlying field of infinite, timeless Being.

The prescription provided by these ancient doctors was simple: Make choices that support your ultimate state of balance so that turbulence in your body does not disturb the expansion of your mind. To achieve this physiological equilibrium, Ayurveda calls upon us to align our individuality with the elements and forces of nature.
 
The five major patterns observed in nature are called mahabhutas, which means the “great elemental forces.” These are Space, Air, Fire, Water, and Earth. Space represents the field of pure potentiality. Air represents the principle of change. Fire is the principle of transformation expressed. Water is the attractive principle that holds the universe together. Earth represents the individual manifestations of the other four elements dancing together.
The Three Primary Doshas
Biological systems weave these five forces into three primary patterns known as doshas. They are most easily thought of as mindbody principles that govern our style of thinking and behaving. Vata dosha, woven from the elements of Space and Air, regulates movement and change in our minds and bodies. Pitta dosha, comprised of Fire and Water, governs digestion and metabolism. Kapha dosha, made from Earth and Water, maintains and protects the integrity and structure of our mind and body.
 
All three doshas are present in every cell, tissue, and organ – for movement, metabolism, and protection are essential components of life. What makes life interesting is that although everyone has all three doshas, each of us mixes them together in a unique way, which determines the distinctive qualities of our mind and body.
Vata: Movement and Change
If Vata dosha predominates, movement and change are characteristic of your nature. You will tend to always be on the go, with an energetic and creative mind. As long as Vata is in balance, you will be lively and enthusiastic, with a lean body.
 
If excessive stress in your life leads to your Vata force becoming imbalanced, your activity will start to feel out of control. Your mind may race, contributing to anxiety and insomnia. You may start skipping meals, resulting in unintended weight loss, and your digestion may become irregular. If you notice these early symptoms of a Vata imbalance, slow down, take time to meditate, don’t skip meals, and get to bed earlier. A regular lifestyle routine helps ground Vata so you are not carried away into the ethers.
Pitta: Transformation and Metabolism
A healthy Pitta constitution results in strong appetites and strong digestion of both information and experience. When Pitta becomes imbalanced, heat begins to rise in the body and mind. Heartburn, ulcers, hypertension, and inflammatory conditions reflect excessive accumulation of the Fire element.
 
Mentally, too much Pitta manifests as irritability and anger. These symptoms are signals to “chill.” Stop packing in too many things to do in too little time. Reduce your competitive activities, decrease your consumption of alcohol (fire water), and go for a walk in a natural setting where you can be surrounded with abundant blue (water) and green (plants).
Kapha: Structure and Fluidity
People with a predominance of Kapha in their nature are solid, reliable, contented souls. But when Kapha builds to excess, weight gain, fluid retention, and allergies manifest in the body. Excess Kapha in the mind manifests as resistance to change and stubbornness. People with an excess of Kapha tend to hold on to things, jobs, and relationships long after they are no longer nourishing or necessary.
 
To lighten the heaviness of Kapha, get yourself moving and start exercising today. Eat lighter, spicy foods, and give away things you have been accumulating that you know you’ll never use.
 
The principles of Ayurveda are ancient and timeless. As you look at yourself and the world through this window, unconscious patterns will enter into your awareness. As you become conscious of your basic tendencies, you can make better choices to support harmony in body and mind. From this platform, you can take the leap into your inner Self, where you can connect with the infinite field that resides in the core of your Being.
 
With love,
David

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