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Ayurveda Importance and Benefits
Prakash Kalathil

Ayurveda Importance and Benefits

Ayurveda is the flawless ancient science of life; the word ‘Ayur’ literally means ‘life’ and ‘veda’, the ‘science’ or ‘knowledge’. Ayurveda elucidates the do’s and don’ts one has to follow, which favours the well-being of each individual to lead a healthy, happy, comfortable and advantageous life physically, mentally and socially. Ayurveda also emphasis the adage, ‘prevention is better than cure’. There are four Vedas or treatises that form the basis of the Indian medical philosophy. These are the Rigveda, the Yajurveda, the Samaveda and the Adharva Veda. Ayurveda emerged as a branch of Adharva Veda; it dates back to over five thousand years. It is said to have originated from Lord Brahma (Creator of the Universe, according to Indian mythology) and descended to the earth through various generations of gods and saints. This has been handed down to us by means of ancient venerable scripts as palm leaf books, leather leaves, etc. The oldest works in Ayurveda still available are the Charaka Samhita, Susrutha Samhita and Ashtanga Samgraha. The sage-physician-surgeons of the time were the same sages or seers, deeply devoted holy people, who saw health as an integral part of spiritual life. It is said that they received their […]

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Coming Back to Life with Ayurveda
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Coming Back to Life with Ayurveda

I didn’t choose Ayurveda—it chose me. After years of working in the higher education field, I was burnt out. I was stressed, my weight was up, my joints hurt, and I wasn’t sleeping well. I developed digestive problems, headaches, sinus infections, and asthma. My moods were up and down; I was forgetful and irritable. I relied on caffeine to get me going in the morning, and wine to de-stress and unwind. My days were filled with trying to get everything done, and my weekends were filled with catch-up. I spent years being diagnosed with a myriad of diseases, including fibromyalgia, depression, Lyme disease, anxiety, and chronic fatigue. I was taking numerous medications for all those diagnosed illnesses. I’d go to the doctor and be prescribed the latest drug for my latest symptoms. No one tried to understand the underlying cause of my health problems. I was eventually introduced to alternative healing and then restorative yoga and Ayurveda. My vitality improved and my energy gradually increased. It was amazing! I made the decision to help others discover how this avenue of health can improve their lives as it did mine. With just a gut feeling telling me that it was the […]

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Eight Ayurvedic Tips for Soothing the Mind
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Eight Ayurvedic Tips for Soothing the Mind

Ayurveda promotes mental well-being by bringing the body and mind back into balance through following the rhythms of nature. “When the body becomes exhausted from living again the stream, we don’t have the energy, so we become anxious,” says Kripalu presenter and Ayurveda expert John Douillard. “And when we become totally exhausted, we become depressed.” From an Ayurvedic perspective, depression and anxiety are symptoms of a system that is overtaxed and out of whack. Massage, nasal breathing, meditation, resetting our internal clock, doing yoga, and even eating warm foods can help us get out of that state of chronic imbalance. Here are eight simple Ayurvedic practices to help reset your system. Abhyanga, daily self-massage with oil, calms the nervous system and boosts immunity by removing toxins that have traveled from our organs to the skin. As part of a daily routine, it also helps to lubricate muscles, tissues, and joints. Place oil in your nose and ears to help prevent sore throats, sinus congestion, and allergies. Nasal breathing while walking or exercising activates a calming vagal response and drives oxygen more efficiently into the lower lobes of the lungs, compared to mouth breathing. Try to move snack food to meal […]

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Why Copper?
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Why Copper?

Scientific studies have shown that copper removes bacteria and impurities from water due to what is called the ‘oligodynamic’ effect- the antimicrobial properties of certain metals. Copper is an essential trace mineral that our body requires for metabolic functioning Since the human body cannot synthesize copper, we need to obtain it from dietary sources. Foods such as nuts, legumes, leafy greens and seafood can be great sources of copper. However, they only provide small amounts of copper, leading us to find the balance from other sources like drinking copper infused water. Copper helps neutralize toxins, ionize and balance the pH in water making the water fit for consumption. Other benefits include: reducing inflammation, improving digestion and boosting immunity   How Do I Get Started? Buy a copper vessel from Vasanti ( They are the most, pure, most beautiful, and the company donates to charitable organizations.) Clean your vessel using a half of a lemon. I like to squeeze the juice out and then use the rind like a sponge to gently scrub the vessel. Rinse well. (I clean mine every 2 days or so) It is like a meditation practice in and of itself. Store your vessel on your altar […]

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Tips to Improve digestion
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Tips to Improve digestion

There’s nothing worse than finishing a meal and feeling like you are going to bust the button off your pants because you are so bloated and uncomfortable. Here are 3 Simple Tips that can you can use to help to improve your digestion and prevent discomfort. 1. Avoid eating fruit with your meal. Fruit digests more quickly than other foods. When we mix it with other foods we create a fermentation tank in our belly, and this causes gas, bloating, and abdominal discomfort., especially if we have a weak digestive fire (agni). It is best to eat fruit on an empty stomach by itself as a snack or at least 30 minutes before eating a meal. 2. Stop eating before you get full. We’ve all done it. The food just tastes so good, we “can’t stop eating it”. When we eat more than our little tummies can handle, we douse out our (agni) digestive fire and this means that our food doesn’t get digested properly and is likely to turn into aam (toxicity). Imagine you are baking cookies in your kitchen. Your oven breaks when they are half way cooked, so you have take the cookies out of the oven […]

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Ayurvedic Travel Tips
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Ayurvedic Travel Tips

Have you ever wondered why flying in an airplane can cause symptoms such as anxiety, increased thirst, dry skin, diarrhea and/or constipation? Whenever we travel by plane, the fast speed of the airplane combined with the high altitude cause a VATA (air and space) imbalance in our bodies. When our body is out of balance,  physical and psychological symptoms can easily manifest If we listen to the subtle clues that our body gives us when it cries out for attention, we can often correct the imbalance before symptoms arise. Here are some simple things you can do to help counter balance the increase in Vata dosha that can occur when traveling. 1. When the beverage cart rolls down the isle, skip on the ice cold bubbly soda and opt for hot water or tea instead. This will help to open up your channels and also improve your digestion. 2. Instead of eating dry and crunchy Vata increasing foods such as crackers or pretzels, bring your own snacks. I recently travelled to New York  and brought a hard boiled egg and some organic vegetables cooked in ghee and spices for a mid flight snack. It was delicious and very grounding! 3. […]

17 Feb
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The Green Smoothie
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The Green Smoothie

According to Ayurveda, every food can be both a medicine or a poison depending on how and when it is consumed and who is consuming it. The basic rule of thumb in most ancient healing traditions is that like increases like, and opposites balance. Green smoothies are not inherently bad or good. They do however have certain qualities that can be helpful or harmful depending on each person.  In general, green smoothies are heavy, cold, sweet, sticky, smooth, and liquid in nature. If a person has a weak digestive capacity, then a green smoothie might not be the best choice for them. Also, we must take into consideration the season, time of day the smoothie is consumed, and the overall current state of health of the person consuming the smoothie. For example, if a person who is Kapha dominant drinks a smoothie in Spring Time when Kapha is naturally higher than usual it has a potential to create further disturbance in the body. However if a person with a strong digestive capacity consumes the same smoothie in the proper season, it can be beneficial.   If you are one of those people who is addicted to your green smoothie, I […]

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Children and Ayurveda
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Children and Ayurveda

According to Ayurveda, children have a natural predominancy ofKapha Dosha until they are at least  20 years old (some ancient texts say up to 30 years old). Healthy Kapha is necessary for healthy growth and development, however if the Kapha is poor in quality, or too much in quantity, disease can occur. Excess Kapha can lead to the formation of toxins in the body and this creates a swampy environment that acts as a lovely host for unwanted bacteria and virus’s  and can also lead to digestive issues such as poor appetite, indigestion, obesity and skin issues such as eczema. When there is an excess of kapha and/or toxins in the body, there will naturally be less hunger. If your child is not hungry, their natural internal regulation system may be taking over. All children are different, some need more food and some need less. If you have a picky eater, I would suggest allowing your child to let your child get slightly hungry before chasing them around with a spoonful of their food favorite food just so they eat something.  Also, when they are hungry they are more likely to enjoy new foods that they might not try otherwise. […]

15 Feb
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Health and Honey
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Health and Honey

Raw honey is a wonderful natural medicine to help prevent springtime allergies!  According to Ayurveda, excess kapha (earth and water)  and Ama (toxicity) in the body are the two main contributing factors to seasonal allergies. Just a spoonful of honey in the morning can help to remove excess kapha and ama because honey has specific qualities that have mild scraping action on the body. Just make sure you are not heating the honey by adding it to tea or hot water. According to Ayurveda, honey that has been heated becomes mildly toxic because it creates a sticky glue like substance in the body. Raw honey can be found at your local Natural Foods store or Farmer’s Market. (Please note: Honey should never be given to infants under the age of 12 months old.)

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Healing Foods that Look Like Body Parts
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Healing Foods that Look Like Body Parts

Ever notice that grapes look just like alveoli? Interestingly enough, it is written in the Ancient Ayurvedic texts that grapes are good for strengthening the respiratory system, especially good for treating patients with asthma and bronchitis. Like many Ayurvedic theories, modern research has since proven this to be true, they have discovered that resveratrol, found in the skins of red grapes can help treat Athsma and COPD. This is just one example of the many foods that have an uncanny resemblance to the human body parts they nourish. Have you ever really looked at a walnut? It looks exactly like a human brain!  It is no surprise that walnuts have also been mentioned in the Ayurvedic texts as beneficial for the brain tissue. Next time you peel that banana, or slice open that avocado, think about what body part it might benefit and do some research, you’ll be amazed at what you find!

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