Ayurveda Tips For Healthy Skin

Ayurveda Tips For Healthy Skin 
Everyone wants to be beautiful. Yet throughout time, the concept of beauty has varied from various cultures around the world. It seems that all the teachings of Ayurveda are simply a means to remember the truth of who you are; you are inherently beautiful. One aspect of beauty that has remained consistent throughout time has been - good health. The ancient teachings of Ayurveda explain that beauty arises only after one has fully considered the foundation of good health; i.e. healthy digestion.

Ancient Wisdom ...
“When the foundation of good health has been laid, by making the most of sunshine, fresh air, sleep, water, and food, it will be time to turn to the little details about the care of one’s complexion, hair, teeth, and nails.” - Vatyayana

Interestingly, since the skin has the ability to absorb nutrients we can say that the skin also performs digestion. In fact, it’s often said that if you cannot eat it, do not use it on your skin. That’s because the standard for Ayurveda is all about being pure and natural. After all, the skin is alive and lifeless chemicals are incapable of providing vitality to the skin. Therefore, if you’re concerned about health, well-being, and beauty then it’s just as important to know what you apply to your skin as it is to know the ingredients of your daily diet.

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Ayurvedic Skin Care

  • cleanse
  • nourish
  • moisturize

 

The Cleanse
It’s no secret that proper cleansing of the skin involves removing toxins from the skin and exfoliating the skin on a daily basis. Unfortunately, most cleansing products, including soaps and scrubs can actually do more harm than good. Many cleansing products strip away the skin’s natural oils which can then excessively dry out the skin. As a result of excessive dryness, the skin responds by producing more oil which can exacerbate any pre-existing skin conditions, such as acne. Likewise, if you are already prone to dry skin, or have sensitive skin - harsh chemicals will only irritate the skin more. Therefore, it’s recommended to consider more natural herbal powders to clean and exfoliate the skin on a daily basis. Ayurveda herbal powders are balancing, nutritive and are free of toxic ingredients.

Ayurvedic Herbal Cleansing Soaps
Gentle herbal soaps which combine special blends of ayurvedic herbs.

Ayurvedic Youthful Skin Cleansing Gel 
This rich and gentle formulation can be used as often as needed each day to keep facial skin clean and soft.

5 Steps For A Natural Exfoliant
Popular chemicals peels, such as alpha hydroxy, and retin A, often are harsh on the skin. Instead, consider a simple and natural peel.

  1. Take a tsp of besan, or gram flour,
    [which is a natural exfoliant and helps remove dead cells]
  2. Add a tsp of dry milk powder, which nourishes the skin.
  3. Now, add enough water to make a thin paste.
  4. Wash your face with warm water, and gently scrub this over it.
  5. After bathing, wash this off.

 

Nourishing & Moisturizing The Skin
Nothing is as nourishing as nature and it is to no surprise that many chemical products rarely do the job as well as nature. The teachings of Ayurveda recommend to use only pure essential oils, which are naturally hydrating and rich in nutrients. After all, the skin ingests these products and as mentioned before - “if you cannot eat it, do not use it on your skin”. According to Ayurveda. food is medicine.

A Natural Home Nourishing Moisturizer
1. Take ¼ cup of honey
2. Add 2 tsp of olive oil
3. Add 4 tsp of oatmeal
4. Mix it well
5. Apply this mixture on the skin areas which need moisturizing
6. Leave it on for about 10 minutes
7. Rinse it with warm water

In-Depth Look At Skin Conditions
Dr. Gaurang Joshi is a world renowned Ayurvedic Physician who has expertise on chronic diseases and a specialist in skin conditions and Ayurveda oncology. Below, Dr. Joshi helps to provide a more deeper understanding of skin from an Ayurvedic perspective.

“Twak” is the Sanskrit word used for Skin in Ayurveda and often the skin is considered the mirror which reflects various other conditions of the body.  In Ayurveda, major skin diseases have been classified under the heading of “Kustha”. All Kustha conditions occur due to the involvement of the doshas [vata-pitta-kapha]. Kustha is caused by the morbidity of seven factors. They are the three doshas vata, pitta and kapha which get vitiated by various causative factors, four dhatus of the body i.e. Twak (Skin), Rakta (Blood), Mamasa (Muscle) and Laseeka (Lymph). These groups of seven factors produce all the varieties of Kushtha; i.e. skin diseases.

Ayurveda describes seven layers to the skin ...

1. Avbhasini
2. Lohita
3. Shweta
4. Tamra
5. Vedini
6. Rohini
7. Mamsdhara

Some terminology used for the symptoms of skin diseases used in Ayurveda …

  • Pidika, Pitika— papule, Vesicle, Pustule
  • Mahavastu -plaques, patches
  • Sphota- bullae, blister
  • Mandala, parimandala, utsanna mandala
  • Kotha- weal
  • Vrana- wound
  • Matsya Shkalopmam - skin patches
  • Hasti Charmavata- lichenification
  • Sphutanam- cracks
  • Vivarnata – discoloration, maculae

Various other skin conditions described in Ayurveda

• Kushtha
• Shittapitta
• Visarpa
• Udarda
• Kotha and Uthakotha
• Visphotaka
• Masoorika
• Romantika
• Kshudra Roga
• Updansha
• Phiranga

Ayurveda Causative Factors…

Abhyantara Karana  (Internal Factors): 

  • These are the seven causative factors namely the three doshas which are rendered morbid through their aggravation & the four Dushyas; i.e. skin [twak], blood [rakta], muscle [mamsa] & lymph [lasika], which are vitiated by the morbid doshas. These seven dravyas are collectively termed as “Prakruti” (C. Ni. 5/3-4).

 

Bahya Karanas (External Factors):

  • Aharaja (Dietary) : Improper diet, excessive eating, consuming meat with milk or taking the next meal soon after the previous meal, eating fish with milk, excessive intake of Hayanaka, Kakamachi etc. with excessive intake of milk curd & butter milk may be included under this group (C. Ni. 5/6).
  •  Viharaja(life style): Suppression of the natural urges, suppression of vomiting, sudden switching over from Apatartana to Santarpana or vice versa, misconduct, killing the virtuous persons, physical exercise, excessive sexual indulgence, etc. may be included under this heading (C. Ni. 5/6)
  • Papakarma: The influence of action done in the past & present birth is also seen to be a positive factor of Kustha Roga. (C. Sh. 1/116).
  •  Sankraman (Contact): If an individual converses with an affected person, touches him, inhales his expired air & vapours or sleeps with him on the same bed, uses his clothes or the garlands worn by the affected person, may get affected by the skin diseases as well as by others contact diseases too (Su. Ni. 5/32-33).
  • Hereditary (prakruti Dosa): Kustha may be produced in children by the vitiated humors of the patient’s Shukra & Shonita.
  •  Sankraman (Contact):If an individual converses with an affected person, touches him, inhales his expired air & vapors or  sleeps with him on the same bed, uses his clothes or the garlands worn by the affected person, may get affected by the skin diseases as well as by others contact diseases too (Su. Ni. 5/32-33).
  • Hereditary (prakruti dosha): Kustha may be produced in children by the vitiated humors of the patient’s Shukra (Sperm) & Shonita (Ovum).

 

PATHOGENESIS OF SKIN DISEASES

  • The process of the disease formation, right from the contact of the etiological factors with the body to the fullest manifestation of the disease is known as pathogenesis or Samprapti (C. Ni. 1/11).
  • Kustha Samprapti (Pathogenesis) according to Charaka
  • Because of the various causative factors all the 3 Doshas are simultaneously provoked & induce defect the four body elements (Twak, Rakta, Mamsa & Laseeka). The 4 Dushyas become morbid & loose their character. This provoked Doshas settling themselves in these vitiated body elements & getting localized there, then vitiate them further & produce Kustha (C. Ni. 5/6).
  • According to Chakrapani datta, the vitiated Doshas become steady in body element, then they cause Kustha, not when they are in circulating or fluid state.

 

About Dr. Gaurang Joshi

Dr. Gaurang Joshi

International Ayurveda Consultant

  • B.A.M.S., M.D.(Alternative Medicine),M.E.T.C.
  • M.D.(A.M.) from IIAM
  • Consulting Ayurved Panchkarma Physician
  • Expert In All Chronic Diseases
  • Ayurveda Skin Specialist
  • Expert In Ayurveda Oncology
  • President-International Psoriasis Foundation

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


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 vata, pitta 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.

Organic Teas
To Help Balance The Doshas

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.

Ayurvedic Digestive Supplements
Good health depends on strong, efficient digestion.

Sama dhatu mala kriya:
(Balanced state of dhatus and malas): According to Ayurveda there are seven Dhatus namely Rasa, Rakta, Mamsa, Medas, Asthi, Majja and Shukra. And the excreta or Malas – purisa (faeces), Mutra (urine), Sweda (sweat). The dhatus of the body must function properly and so also the malas of the body.

 Ayurvedic Detox
11 Ayurvedic herbs to gently cleanse the liver & colon of impurities.

Prasanna Atmendriya Manaha:
In Ayurveda, the functions of the sensory and motor organs along with the mind have been given special importance. When these are not in equilibrium and not performing their functions properly, it will lead to a state called disease. Even when the bodily systems function properly the bodily activities must not vitiate or disturb the nature of the mind. The state of mental health is more important than that of physical health of a truly healthy person.

Stress Free Emotions
Powerful formulation with arjuna, amla & ashwagandha

"Swastha" - The Healthy State
"Swastha" or the healthy state maintained from birth along with the three doshas remaining in a balanced state, allowing the person to achieve a well-balanced constitution, attractive appearance, good muscular strength and complete peace of mind. Good health can be maintained until death. For this one should intelligently follow all the rules laid down according to the science of Ayurveda. Only then will a person enjoy an optimum life span of a hundred years without contracting disease. He will also gain recognition in society, friendship with people and honour and wealth as he has the energy and ability to achieve all the goals in life.

How Ayurveda Classifies Food - by Dr. Neelesh Korde

In this video, Dr. Neelesh Korde advises that before choosing a diet, we must understand how the foods we eat will affect our body. Ayurveda  is based on the qualities of the food that are passed on to the person consuming that particular food.

"The aim of Ayurveda is to prevent illness,
heal the sick and preserve life."

 

The Aim Of Ayurveda

This can be summed up as follows:
Swasthyas swasthya rakshanam - to protect health and prolong life
Aturasya vikar prashamanamcha - to eliminate diseases and dysfunctions of the body

And both these are aimed towards the promotion of health on three levels:

• Mentally
• Physically
• Spiritually

 

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. Samsodhana (cleansing process), samsamana (palliative measures) and nidanaparivarjana (treating the causes) are the three main stages through which Ayurvedic remedies usually progress.

About The Author:
Dr. Gaurang Joshi, B.A.M.S. (Gold Medalist, Gujarat Ayurved University) is an international Ayurveda consultant, expert Ayurveda skin specialist, Ayurveda Oncology expert and the Director of the Atharva Multispeciality Ayurveda Hospital, Panchakarma And Skin Care Hospital, Rajkot. He is President of the International Psoriasis Foundation and has been in practice for the last 19 years. Gaurang Joshi has published more than 12 papers in national and international conferences on Dermatology and Oncology research.

  • B.A.M.S., M.D.(Alternative Medicine),M.E.T.C.
  • M.D.(A.M.) from IIAM
  • Consulting Ayurved Panchkarma Physician
  • Expert In All Chronic Diseases
  • Ayurveda Skin Specialist
  • Expert In Ayurveda Oncology
  • President-International Psoriasis Foundation

Ayurvedic Management Of Psoriasis With Diet & Lifestyle

Ayurvedic Management Of Psoriasis
When winter comes and snowfall hits, many people enjoy the season and it’s outdoor activities. Psoriasis patients however often experience a recurrence of the disease during mid-winter. Psoriasis is not only a seasonal disorder but a lifestyle disorder as well.

Understanding Psoriasis
The word psoriasis is derived from the Greek word “Psora” and “Iasis”. "Psora" means 'itch' or 'scale' and "Iasis" means 'condition'. Psoriasis is an inflammatory disorder that affects the skin and nails. It is marked by patches of thick, red skin covered with silvery scales that occur primarily on the elbows, knees, lower back and scalp. Although not life-threatening, it can be painful and cause psychological and emotional distress. Psoriasis occurs when the immune system mistakes the skin cells as a pathogen, and sends out faulty signals that speed up the growth cycle of skin cells.

Causes of Psoriasis According To Ayurveda
Acharya Charak has described the involvement of vata and kapha in ekkushtha (Kitibha) or psoriasis. Accumulation of toxins or ama could also lead to this diseased condition.

1. Viruddha Aahar (contradictory foods) and Mithya Ahara (Improper Diet)
Excessive intake of yogurt, seafoods, salty foods, black gram and sour foods, spicy foods, fermented foods, menda(fine flour), and bakery products, junk foods and fast foods, refrigerated and cold foods may contribute to psoriasis.
2. Mithya Vihara (Improper lifestyle)
An irregular lifestyle disrupts the digestive process and creates imbalance in the doshas.
3. Adrista Hetu (Unknown Cause)
4. Excessive Physical and Mental Stress


Green Juice - Which May Be Helpful For Psoriasis

Some Common Triggers For Psoriasis:

  • Infections (e.g. streptococcal, viral)
  • Skin trauma (Koebner phenomenon)
  • Psychological stress
  • Drugs (e.g. lithium, beta blockers)
  • Sunburn
  • Metabolic factors (e.g. calcium deficiency)
  • Hormonal factors (e.g. pregnancy)
  • Local factors: Local injury to skin produces psoriatic lesions, the well known Koebner Phenomenon which usually occurs within 7-14 days.
  • Emotional stress: The disease itself could produce a reactive depression, which could further exacerbate the disease.
  • Infections: Streptococcal UTI has been shown to exacerbate Psoriasis. Other infective foci from sinus, tonsil, gall bladder and oral cavity may be the cause for exacerbation.
  • Drugs: Beta blockers, NSAIDS,  Anti depressant, Corticosteroid therapy withdrawal, Alcoholic beverages etc.
  • Drugs that can trigger the disease, worsen symptoms, or cause a flare-up include Angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors, drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems
  • Beta-blockers, drugs used to treat high blood pressure and heart problems
  • Chloroquine, a medicine used to treat malaria
  • Lithium for bipolar disorder treatment
  • Indomethacin, a nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug (NSAID) — Note: Other NSAIDs, such as meclofenamate, may actually improve the condition.

 

Risk Factors For Psoriasis
Anyone can develop psoriasis, but these factors can increase the risk of developing the disease:

Family history:
Perhaps the most significant risk factor for psoriasis is having a family history of the disease. About 40 percent of people with psoriasis have a family member with the disease, although this may be an underestimate.

 Viral and bacterial infections:
People with HIV are more likely to develop psoriasis than people with healthy immune systems. Children and young adults with recurring infections, particularly strep throat, also may be at increased risk.

 Stress:
Because stress can impact the immune system, high stress levels may increase the risk of psoriasis.

 Obesity:
Excess weight increases the risk of inverse psoriasis. In addition, plaques associated with all types of psoriasis often develop in skin creases and folds.

Smoking:
Smoking tobacco not only increases the risk of psoriasis but also may increase the severity of the disease. Smoking may also play a role in the initial development of the disease.

Complications Of Psoriasis
Depending on the type and location of the psoriasis and how widespread the disease is, psoriasis can cause complications.
These include:

  • Thickened skin and bacterial skin infections caused by scratching in an attempt to relieve severe itching
  • Fluid and electrolyte imbalance in the case of severe pustular psoriasis
  • Low self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Social isolation
  • If one has psoriasis, he or she is at greater risk of developing certain diseases such as metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that include high blood pressure and elevated insulin levels; inflammatory bowel disease; cardiovascular disease and, possibly cancer.
  • In addition, psoriatic arthritis can be debilitating and painful, making it difficult to go about one’s daily routine. Despite medications, psoriatic arthritis can cause joint damage.
  • Genetic factors play some role, but environmental factors also contribute to disease susceptibility.

Psoriasis is not contagious. According to western medical science there are a few types of psoriasis:
chronic plaque, guttate, flexural, erythrodermic, pustular, localised and generalised. Local forms include palmoplantar, scalp, nail (psoriatic onychodystrophy).

Ayurvedic Management of Psoriasis: An Overview
Ayurvedic treatment of psoriasis includes counseling, lifestyle management, diet management and panchakarma, especially vamana [i.e. therapeutic vomiting] and virechana [i.e. purgation]. In the case of scalp psoriasis shirodhara with proper oils is also a very effective treatment. Treatment may also include stress management, oral Ayurvedic medicines, immunomodulators for immunity, topical treatments, regular follow up appointments and yoga and meditation to relieve mental stress. It is important to maintain a healthy lifestyle in order to adapt to this condition. Regular exercise is also very important. Yogic asanas and pranayam can help to keep the mind and body fit and healthy.

Dietary Restrictions
Avoid the following foods to minimize your psoriasis.

  • Avoid acidic (sour) foods, citrus fruits (lemon, orange), apple, mango, grapes, tomato, pineapple, pickles, curd and buttermilk.
  • Avoid all fermented food and all bakery food items.
  • Avoid whey and fine flour.
  • No cold drinks, ice creams, fast food (like pizzas), sauces and Ketchup.
  • No fruit jams, preserved juices or preserved foods.
  • Avoid sweets, chocolates and paneer.
  • No dried fruits (almonds and raisins are okay).
  • No tobacco or alcohol.
  • Avoid common table salt (rock salt in small quantities is okay).
  • All non-vegetarian food should be avoided (only boiled eggs, some types of fish with our permission).
  • Avoid red chiles, green chiles, chile powder, garlic, onion, etc.
  • No fried food items.
  • No milk shakes, no fruit salad , no milk after eating fruits for half an hour

We will continue with the importance of food in other diseases in our upcoming blogs too…
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Dr.Gaurang Joshi
https://www.atharvaayurvedindia.com
 Twitter @drgaurangjoshi

DISCLAIMER:
This is strictly for educational purpose only.
These are basic dietary guidelines and not to be considered medical advice

10 Golden Rules of Food Intake ~ Eating Healthy

 

“Without proper diet, medicine is of no use.
With proper diet, medicine is of no need.”
- Ancient Ayurvedic proverb

 

The 10 Golden Rules Of Food Intake
According to Ayurveda if we do not follow the proper rules of eating then the consumption of food can generate ‘aama’ [undigested food material, toxins] and the absorption of these toxins can be a detriment to overall health and wellbeing. According to modern science free radicals are considered to be an important causative factor for many diseases. Similarly, from an Ayurvedic perspective, ‘aama’ is considered to be the root cause of most and nearly all diseases.

 

”Aharavidhi-Vidhan”
The 10 golden rules of food intake is described in Ayurveda as ”Aharavidhi-Vidhan”.
Acharya Charak has described these 10 rules of food intake and now we will briefly describe them below:

 

1. Food Should Be Warm:
Freshly cooked warm food is delicious and helps to stimulate ‘Agni’ (i.e. digestive fire) which then helps to promote optimal digestion of food. Therefore, enjoy your nice warm meals with great delight.

2. Food Should Be Unctuous [Oily]:
Oily food is often considered to be more delicious and assists to emulsify food for better digestion.

3. Food Must Be Taken In Proper Quantity:
The quantity of food depends on your digestive fire. There is no fixed criteria for the amount of food according to age, sex, race, etc. However, “parigraha”— takes into consideration the quantity of each item and “sarvagraha” means the total quantity to be consumed. Proper quantity of food promotes longevity without negatively impacting Vata, Pitta and Kapha [bodily humors].

4. Allowing Enough Time Between Meals:
Eat only when the previous meal is properly digested. If food is taken after the proper digestion of the previous meal, then the first tissue created [called rasa - “the juice of life”] is properly formed. This rasa [the juice of life] in turn creates optimal nutrients to help support all bodily tissue and therefore maintains optimal health and wellbeing.

5. Avoid Food With Contradictory Properties:
While preparing food the ingredients must be compatible and properly mixed together. For example, combining sour fruits with milk will curd and is not considered beneficial due to poor food combining and incompatibity of ingredients.

6. Do Not Eat In A Hurry:
Meals must be taken in a relaxed, calm and cheerful atmosphere. One should not eat, when feeling nervous, angry, anxious, or in a disturbed state of mind.

7. Do Not Eat Too Slowly Or Too Quickly:
Eating too slowly or too rapidly along with eating while talking, laughing, thinking or watching television is also not advisable.

8. Pay Attention To Your Food While Eating:
Rather than talking excessively while eating it’s considered more beneficial to pay greater attention to the actual act of eating. Therefore it is better if we concentrate on the food only with the thought that this food is going to benefit both the body and mind.

9. Do Not Eat Food Which Is Too Hot Or Too Cold:
As mentioned above, food which is warm stimulates ‘Agni’ [the digestive fire] and helps to promote optimal digestive function. Food which is cold impairs the digestive function from an ayurvedic perspective. Similarly, food which is too hot can aggravate certain conditions of the body [i.e. pitta dosha].

10. Take Food With Proper Respect For Yourself:
Every person must take into consideration his own constitution, capacity of his digestive power, the season, time of day, and whether the previously taken food has been digested or not.

It is also very useful and worthwhile to take proper food according to your constitution, age, season, time etc. I hope you all enjoyed the above post and I welcome your feedback and comments. Have a pleasant week ahead.

Sincerely - Namaste,
Dr.Gaurang Joshi

https://www.atharvaayurvedindia.com
Twitter @drgaurangjoshi


Food As Medicine: The Eight Important Aspects Of Food ~ An Ayurvedic Perspective

Food As Medicine: The Eight Important Aspects Of Food
According to Ayurveda, food is considered to be the best medicine. Of equal importance is the consideration, according to Ayurveda, that poor digestion [koshtha] is the primary origin or causative factor for nearly all diseases.

"Ahara Vidhi Visheshayatana"

The Eight Important Aspects Of Food:
Let's discuss the basic principles of food. The eight important aspects of food are called ‘ahara vidhi visheshayatana’ and they are as follows:

1. Prakruti
2. Karana
3. Samayoga
4. Rashi
5. Desha
6. Kala
7. Upayoga Samasth
8. Upbhokta

A Closer Look:

1. Prakruti - or the nature of food
Depending on whether the food is easily digestible or not, food can be classified as heavy or light in quality. Meat is heavy for digestion while rice and vegetables are light. This is the basic nature of the food and while eating we must take this into consideration.

2. Karana - or processing
Generally, cooked food is better for nutrition. Some food substances like fruit or even salads are better taken as uncooked. Food cooked on natural wood or a coal fire tends to have better taste than food cooked with electricity or gas. Microwave cooking destroys prana [life-energy] in the food. Processing includes other methods like roasting, frying, baking, drying, churning etc. and depending on the method of the process can actually change the qualities of the food making food either become more light or heavy for digestion.

3. Samyoga - means combination
While preparing food the ingredients must be compatible and properly mixed together. For example, combining sour fruits with milk will curd and is not considered beneficial due to poor food combining and incompatibity of ingredients.

4. Rashi- means quantity 
While eating one has to consider the individual ingredient quantity and the total quantity of the food that is consumed. Here, again, we have to consider the heavy and light qualities of the substances that are taken. The quantity of food depends on your digestive fire. There is no fixed criteria for the amount of food according to age, sex, race, etc. However, “parigraha”— takes into consideration the quantity of each item and “sarvagraha” means the total quantity to be consumed.

5. Desha - means place 
Ayurveda has divided place into three types marshy, arid, and normal. We also have to consider the place in relation to temperature and cold climate conditions. Ultimately, food must be eaten in a place which is clean. If the surroundings where one eats are good and sattvic [pure], then the food is better absorbed and has good and beneficial effects upon the body and mind.

6. Kala - means time or period 
Only when the previous meal has been properly digested should one consider eating the next meal. One must also change the type of  food as well as the quantity and quality of food in accordance to seasonal changes. Another important consideration is that the main meal ideally should be taken between 10 a.m. to 2  p.m., which is “pitta time”; optimal for digestion.

7. Upyoga Samastha -  means rules for eating
Food ideally should be consumed while it is hot. This will naturally increase the digestive fire. Likewise, meals must be taken in a relaxed, calm and cheerful atmosphere. One should not eat, when the person is nervous, angry, anxious, or in a disturbed state of mind.

Similarly, eating too slowly or too rapidly along with eating while talking, laughing, thinking or watching television is also not advisable. It is better if we concentrate on the food only with the thought that this food is going to benefit both the body and mind. Smoking or drinking too much water or any other liquid after eating is also not advisable.

Make eating food a ritual
It is recommended to take a shower and wear clean clothes prior to cooking. Our guest is God. Therefore,  food should first be served to him and then children. Chanting of mantras and offering a prayer to God is always advisable knowing that blessed food will always nourish both the body and mind.

8. Upbhokta - Person who takes the food
Every person must take into consideration his own constitution, capacity of his digestive power, the season, time of day, and whether the previously taken food has been digested or not.

Written by Dr.Gaurang Joshi
https://www.atharvaayurvedindia.com
Twiiter @drgaurangjoshi

 


5 Tips For Healthy Living ~ An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

“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.

Let’s Discuss 5 Tips For Healthy Living …

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.

4. Eat A Sattvic Diet (Blissful or Holistic Food)
Sattvic diet consists of fresh fruits such as pomegranates, apples, bananas, oranges, and grapes. Similarly, grains such as rice and wheat in small quantity, and dairy ideally milk and ghee are also considered sattvic [pure] food. A sattvic diet helps keep the physical body clean and agile, and the mind calm and serene. Likewise, fresh buttermilk, fresh green vegetables like spinach and green beans along with moong dal are good examples of sattvic food. Although mildly sweet tastes is considered sattvic, too much of sweets as in chocolates etc, will likely increase tamasic [heavy and dull] qualities within both the body and mind. Those individuals who consume a sattvic diet will often demonstrate good character and righteousness.

5. Do Yoga and Meditation Daily
Devote time during the day especially during the early morning period for yoga and meditation.  These are, by far, considered the best medicine to keep you healthy and stress free.


THE CONCEPT OF DISEASE IN AYURVEDA
According to Ayurveda when the digestive fire is unable to digest and assimilate food properly, the undigested food is considered poisonous in nature. This undigested waste is called  “Ama”. There is no equivalent of the concept of “Ama” in modern sciences. Just for convenience of understanding we can assume that when the digestive fire is not working properly, we can see then how carbohydrates and fatty acids are converted to lactic acid instead of glucose, glycerol and mono fatty acids.

Similarly, proteins are converted into uric acid instead of normal amino acids. This correlation is just to make the concept of “Ama” [toxins] a bit more understandable, otherwise there is no such similarity between these two concepts. Therefore,  this “Ama” is the causative factor for all types of disorders as per Ayurved. According to Ayurveda “Ama” is responsible for most of the diseases we suffer from.  “Ama” is of sedentary nature so it tries to sediment where-ever it gets a chance. This sedimentation of waste in the body will definitely occlude the micro nutritive channels of the body which will further weaken the bodily systems.


THE CONCEPT OF HEALING IN AYURVEDA

Ayurveda emphasizes on preventative and healing therapies along with various other methods of purification and rejuvenation. Ayurveda is more than a mere healing system, it is a science and art of appropriate living which helps one to achieve longevity. It can also guide every individual in the prevention of disease and long term maintenance of health. To achieve this balanced state of body, mind and consciousness, Ayurveda prescribes Panchakarma Therapy for the cleansing of body toxins.

So friends, by applying the above mentioned 5 tips you can help to prevent health problems and start living more healthy.
~ Dr.Gaurang Joshi

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DISCLAIMER:
This is strictly for educational purposes only. Not medical advice.