Category: ayurveda
7 Easy Ways to Recharge your Gut in 2018

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With all the glorious excesses of the holidays behind us — pastries, parties, and New Year’s Eve celebrations, oh my — you might be feeling a bit worn out. Fatigue, brain fog, and a few extra pounds around your middle are all signs that your digestive system could use a little tune-up. No time for a big cleanse? No worries. We’ve got your back — and some easy, age-old Ayurvedic tips to gently purify and strengthen your digestion.

Here are seven of our favorite (and simple!) strategies for restoring and maintaining gut health in 2018:

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Healing Greens 101: An Ayurvedic Perspective

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No longer just a frilly garnish, kale is taking the culinary world by storm. Along with it, leafy greens like spinach, chard, and even collards and turnip greens are gracing plates everywhere from fine dining hotspots to fast food restaurants across the country.

These nutrient-packed veggies have long played a starring role in Ayurvedic cooking, and with good reason. They’re hydrating, nutrient-rich, and when prepared while fresh, they contain prana, or life-supporting energy. Below, we’ll share both Ayurvedic and nutritional insights on leafy greens, along with tasty ways to incorporate them into your daily diet.

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Stress and Immunity: The Microbiome Connection

An interview with Gut Crisis co-author Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D.

Life has its ups and downs, and stress is a natural part of human existence. These days, though, American stress levels are at a record high, according to the American Psychological Association. We discussed the stress-microbiome connection with Robert Keith Wallace, Ph.D., who—along with his wife and co-author Samantha Wallace—wrote Gut Crisis: How Diet, Probiotics, and Friendly Bacteria Help You Lose Weight and Heal Your Body and Mind.

Dr. Wallace is a pioneering researcher on the physiology of consciousness and the mind/body connection as applied to behavioral medicine. His seminal research on higher states of consciousness has been published in Science, The American Journal of Physiology, and Scientific American. He’s currently Chair of the Department of Physiology and Health at Maharishi University of Management, of which he was a founding President.

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Satsang–Weight Loss For Your Dosha with Manas

Weight Loss Made Easy

_jnp1295In Ayurveda there is an emphasis on determining the cause of your health need, and then offering treatments individually that include diet, daily routine and herbal formulas.
This is a safe, holistic way to lose weight that is better for your body than popular fad diets and quick cleanses.
There are three main doshas: Kapha, Pitta & Vata. Once you know your dosha you can then decide how to combat your weight problems.
Vata types are normally thin and wiry, but can still struggle with weight gain.  Sometimes they can be thin their whole life, but suddenly gain weight because their metabolism has changed. They can be susceptible to stress and forget to eat regularly, which disrupts digestion.
Things you can do to counteract weight gain as a Vata is by reducing mental stress, nourishing the body with light, easily digestible food, eating at regular hours and practicing yoga and meditation.
Do NOT use stimulants or eat raw/cold foods and drinks.

Pitta

Pitta types usually have a strong and efficient digestion system which allows you to eat just about anything.  When this gets off balance even slightly, you can gain weight. It’s very important to understand what’s happening when you skip meals.  You need a steady supply of nourishment to stay in balance.
DO Drink lots of pure, room-temperature water throughout the day.
Do NOT eat sour, spicy or salty foods.
Delay eating when stressed, angry or frustrated.

Kapha

Kapha’s are comprised of earth and water elements and generally have a slower metabolism. Being skinny as a Kapha is not a healthy goal, as you are usually 5 to 10 pounds overweight no matter how little you eat. In order to actually lose weight you should balance your metabolism, increasing your ability to digest sugars and carbs.  Doing so will make you feel better, look healthier and allow you to lose that excess weight.
DO eat spicy, warm foods, drink honey and hot water.
Do NOT eat frozen or cold foods or iced drinks, fatty, salty, deep friend foods or alcohol.

Herbal Remedy

1 Part each: Triphala Powder, Turmeric Powder & Trikatu Powder
2 parts Raw Honey.

Take half a teaspoon of this paste with a
half cup warm water everyday before lunch.