5 common food myths

Ayurveda the ancient system of holistic care advises how to take care of ourselves on a daily basis. From my experience I realise that many lifestyle or diet choices people make believing that they are healthy, are actually harming them. Here I would like to explain 5 common food myths. 1. You have to eat at regular times Not really. We have to eat only when we are hungry. Even though all of us know this fact, lately there is a tendency- supported by many articles and advices- to eat 3 meals or 5 small meals at regular times even when you are not hungry. It is true that if our body is healthy and have a good digestion, most of the time we feel hungry at regular intervals. But it can surely vary according to our last meal, the way we spent the day and/ or stress. Basically, appetite … Continue reading “5 common food myths”

Balancing our doshas

Ayurveda, the holistic medical system understands living body in its own unique way. The subtle functional factors in our body are collectively called as doshas (humors). They are air factors (vata), fire factors (pitta) and water factors (kapha). Vata involves functional factors responsible for control (e.g. nervous messaging) and movements. Pitta involves all functional factors responsible for heat, acidity and transformations in the system (enzymes, hormones, etc) and kapha involves all factors responsible for stability and support (extracellular fluids, synovial fluids, etc). Even though doshas share some common attributes, they are quite different to each other. So there should be a harmony between them to ensure smooth functioning of the body. That means when doshas are balanced, they ensure health and when they are imbalanced cause diseases. Even though they are independent factors, they work together and carry out very complex activities which are sometimes opposite to one another. So … Continue reading “Balancing our doshas”

Ayurvedic lifestyle for summer

This article is part of Ayurvedic Seasonal Routines series preceded by Ayurvedic routines for winter. This is summer in northern hemisphere; follow these regimes to improve your health during this vulnerable season. Summer is the season when our innate strength and immunity is at minimum, so healthy life style is important during this season to prevent illnesses and infections. State of body During summer vata accumulates in body and pitta comes to surface. So digestion gets weak and skin susceptible to inflammation. Ayurvedic Lifestyle for Summer Begin your day by brushing your teeth with powders of cooling herbs like mint and neem. Alternatively you can select tooth pastes of these herbs or you can use these powders to massage your gums. Light massage with coconut oil is good. Do minimal exercises. Walking with bare foot on a cool dewy lawn is very cooling. Eye exercises are also important during this … Continue reading “Ayurvedic lifestyle for summer”

Ayurvedic routine for winter

As promised earlier in my previous blog about Ayurvedic seasonal routines,I’ve thus begun writing an article series of ayurvedic routines for each season. As this is winter in southern hemisphere, let me start with ayurvedic routine for winter itself. I hope you would enjoy this article series and it will help you maintain good health. Following regimes will help to balance your doshas and improve health during winter. State of body in winter During winter, internal metabolism is increased. All doshas are in balance in early winter, so increase your inner strength at your best. During winter healthy people will be healthier and digestive power is increased. Later on kapha starts to accumulate in body. Ayurvedic winter regimes Wake up with sun. Sleeping beyond sunrise can easily cause respiratory and/or sinus diseases. Brush your teeth with cinnamon and/or clove powder, which can protect your teeth and stimulate you. Gargle and … Continue reading “Ayurvedic routine for winter”

Ayurvedic Seasonal Routine for Wellness Care

Ayurveda, traditional holistic system of healing and wellness, gives prime importance to maintaining health and promoting wellness. Seasonal regimes are another important part of swastavritta, ayurvedic advices to maintain health. As we know nature changes from season to season. The changes in Mother Nature bring changes in the level of doshas, the three basic functional particles of our body. Furthermore, along with the climate change, there are changes in our surroundings and environment and even in animals, plants, and the food and medicines that we use. Seasonal routines are important As everything around us changes according to the seasons, it is absolutely essential to make some changes in our daily routines according to the seasons. Even though the doshas in our body get disturbed in various seasons, it is healed by the next season. Only thing we have to do is not disturb the system. By seasonal regimes, Ayurveda advises … Continue reading “Ayurvedic Seasonal Routine for Wellness Care”

Routine for Daily Care of Your Body

Ayurveda, traditional healing system of India, emphasises mainly on promotion of health and prevention of diseases. Ayurveda means (literally) the knowledge of life. It is classified into two, caring of healthy individuals (Swasta Vritta) and caring of unhealthy individuals (Atura Vritta). When a person is healthy, Swasta Vritta helps to maintain health and prevent diseases. Health is not just an absence of diseases, but it is a balance of Doshas (functional particles; vata, pitta and kapha) and other body constituents; and wellness of sensory organs, mind and soul. Swasta Vritta advises healthy routines to lead a healthy life. Swastavritta includes daily regimes, seasonal regimes, healthy eating and so on. Daily Body Care Routine Daily regimes (Dina Charya) advice how we can do all our daily routines in a healthy way, so that we can easily maintain and improve health. Always keep in mind that all life style modifications should be … Continue reading “Routine for Daily Care of Your Body”