5 Natural Ways To A Healthy Heart

5 Natural Ways To A Healthy Heart
Heart disease is a complex disease process and it’s hard to overstate the impact that cardiovascular disease (CVD) has in the world. The likelihood that we will develop heart disease depends on numerous factors, including genetics, diet, lifestyle, and environment. Unfortunately, heart disease is one of the most misdiagnosed and mistreated health condition in medicine. To gain perspective, consider for the moment, the following:

- Heart disease is the number one killer of both men and women in the U.S.
- Every 20 seconds, someone in the United States has a heart attack.
- One in four Americans has some form of heart disease.
- Every 34 seconds someone in the United States dies of heart disease.
- Heart disease takes more lives than the next seven leading causes of death combined.

CNN's Dr. Sanjay Gupta: Food Can Reverse Heart Disease 

Heart Friendly Herbs
A clinical study in 1997 established the role of Ashwagandha in slowing down the circulation of adrenaline, the stress hormone that can literally tear heart muscle fibers. Scientists now know that Ashwagandha also reduces plasma cortisol, which impairs heart health.

Organic Ashwagandha
Supports resistance to stress, promotes stamina and energy, and promotes general well-being.

Cardio Support
Supports physical and emotional heart health; fortifies multiple levels of the heart muscle; promotes healthy blood flow; enhances natural resistance to stress.

“If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use.
If diet is correct, medicine of no need.”
- Ayurvedic Proverb

Medicine is now beginning to acknowledge what Ayurveda has long stated which is focusing on the underlying cause of health problems instead of just suppressing symptoms. Ayurveda gives primary importance to diet and lifestyle [i.e. dinacharya] as food has always been considered medicine. According to Ayurveda if we do not follow the proper rules of eating then the food we eat can generate “ama” [undigested food; toxins] and the absorption of these toxins can be a detriment to overall health and wellbeing. In fact, from an Ayurvedic perspective, “ama” is considered to be the root cause of most, if not - all diseases.

 

5 Ways To A Healthy Heart:

  1. Relax & Be Positive
  2. Eat Right
  3. Cleanse
  4. Exercise
  5. Blissful Sleep

 

1. Relax & Be Positive
The heart is not just a pump but is the reservoir of all emotions. A holistic approach to heart health, therefore, requires the nourishment of both the physical heart and emotional heart. Ayurveda talks about “Ojas” as being the end-product of perfect digestion. However, digestion in terms of Ayurveda has a profound meaning. This implies properly digesting all that nourishes us; including everyday experiences of life [i.e. thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc.]. Similarly, by cultivating a positive attitude, inner strength, and poise throughout life helps to promote the formation of ojas. Ultimately, ojas leads to bliss, contentment, vitality, and longevity

Blissful Joy
To help uplift the emotions; helps balance emotional ups and downs; alleviates sadness and feelings of frustration.

Worry Free
Calms the mind and emotions; supports clarity of mind and deeper sleep; natural support for everyday stress and tension.

2. Eat Right
Essentially, the most important step towards heart health is to eat a heart-friendly diet. Simple considerations include eating more servings of fresh fruit and vegetables; start your day with stewed apples or pears; include soaked peeled almonds in your diet; dress your veggies with fresh lime juice; and add certain spices such as black pepper and turmeric to your meals.

Amrit Kalash
A balanced antioxidant such as Amrit is excellent nutritional support, and published research confirms that Amrit helps reduce LDL cholesterol, which has been implicated in plaque build-up.
Simple Tips For Healthy Digestion

3. Cleanse
Arterial plaque is “ama” — toxic matter that builds up in your blood vessels because your physiology cannot get rid of it efficiently. Therefore, Ayurveda recommends a seasonal program of internal cleansing [i.e. panchakarma] to help remove toxins from the body. Similarly, to help remove or prevent the formation of ama [toxins] is simply to sip warm water and herbal teas throughout the day; as indicated.

Elim-Tox
Helps detoxify the gastrointestinal tract, especially the colon; supports healthy digestion and helps regulate elimination.

Elim-Tox-O
Gently purifies the liver and blood; helps the liver to digest quickly and filter impurities; enhances absorption of nutrients.

4. Exercise
The key is moderation. According to Ayurveda, the importance is regularity and simply exercising to half one’s physical capacity [“balaardh”] is considered ideal. Walking 30 minutes 3-5 times per week, ideally, in the morning is not only helpful to your heart but helps to improve circulation, remove impurities, and improve metabolism.

5. Blissful Sleep
Research studies have linked sleep deprivation to blood pressure problems, depression, and other factors that increase the risk of heart disease.

8 Tips For Sound Sleep

Blissful Sleep
Natural sleep aid for falling asleep faster and enjoying deeper, more refreshing sleep; balances, nourishes.

Deep Rest
To support sleeping through the night; helps in falling asleep more easily, and in returning to sleep when awakened.

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.


"Leaky Gut" - The Root Cause Of All Disease? + An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

"LEAKY GUT SYNDROME"
Although the phrase “leaky gut” was never well accepted in the medical community, research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda ...
“Due to the purification of the body, the capacity of digestion and metabolism is enhanced, normal health is restored, all sense organs start working with vigor, old age is prevented and diseases cured.” - Charaka Samhita Ch. 16 Sutra 17-19

In Ayurvedic medicine, most treatable diseases arise from the presence of “ama”, a toxic by-product of poor digestion. Mirroring this ancient wisdom is the modern theory of ‘Intestinal Permeability’ [i.e. “leaky gut syndrome”]. Intestinal permeability is the inflammatory response in the digestive tract due to a combination of insults to the gut mucosal lining. As a result, persistent GI inflammation eventually disrupts the integrity of the mucosal lining of the gut and tiny perforations allows for molecules much larger than usual to pass through this defensive barrier. As toxic by-products of poor digestion pass through this now weakened defense barrier [i.e. impaired mucosal lining] this initiates an immune response which then allows for the formation of specific antibodies towards these very toxic elemental by-products of poor digestion.

By-product Of Poor Digestion - Toxic! 
“The signs and symptoms of ama are clogging of channels, sense of heaviness, low energy, restlessness, lethargy, indigestion, congestion/expectoration, accumulation of waste, loss of taste and sexual debility.” - Ashtanga Hridaya Su. 30.23

Unfortunately, the tissues which make up the body actually have antigenic sites which are nearly identical to those elemental by-products of poor digestion. After all, the body is made up from the products of digestion. As a result, when the intestinal barrier becomes permeable [i.e. leaky] then a large protein molecule [i.e. zonulin] enters into the blood and circulates throughout the body. Since these large proteins of poor digestion do not normally circulate throughout the body, the body mounts an immune response and attacks them. Studies reveal that this immune response may play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, type 1 diabetes, among other health conditions. It is also important to note that you don’t necessarily have to have gut symptoms to have a leaky gut. For example, leaky gut can also manifest as skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, even heart conditions and of course inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

“There is growing evidence that increased intestinal permeability plays a pathogenic role in various autoimmune diseases [including celiac disease and type 1 diabetes]. Therefore, we hypothesize that besides genetic and environmental factors, loss of intestinal barrier function is necessary to develop auotimmunity.” - Dr. Alessio Fasano

"Top 7 Foods For Healing Leaky Gut" - Dr. Josh Axe 

The top 7 foods to get rid of leaky gut for good are:
1. Bone Broth - 8 oz 2 times a day
2. Kefir or fermented yogurt
3. Fermented vegetables
4. Coconut oil
5. Wild caught fish like Salmon
6. Flax seeds
7. Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot: broccoli, cauliflower, celery carrots, cabbage or squash are all great

Healthy Gut - Strength, Nourishment, Luster
Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda - Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.

“Agni converts food in the form of energy, which is responsible for all the vital functions of our body. Therefore, Ayurveda considers that Dehagni as the cause of life, complexion, strength, health, nourishment, luster, ojas, tejas [vital-yet-subtle energy] and prana [life sustaining energy].
- Charaka Chikitsa 15/4

Leaky Gut - Fatigue, Inflamed and Depressed
Leaky gut and bad gut flora are far more common than we actually realize primarily because of the modern lifestyle. We can also say that if you have a leaky gut it is likely that you also have an unhealthy gut flora, and vice versa. Even further, we can boldly say that when your gut flora and gut barrier are impaired, you are Inflamed - Ayurveda would likely state this as pitta aggravation with impaired Agni and even diminished Ojas.

Factors Which Can Insult The Gut Flora:

  • antibiotics
  • diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
  • diets low in fermentable fibers
  • dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils
  • chronic stress and chronic infections

 

Practical Tips To Help Improve Your Gut Flora:

  • avoid foods and chemicals which irritate the gut mucosal lining
  • eat plenty of fermentable fibers [i.e. starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.]
  • eat fermented items like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc.
  • consider taking a probiotic and prebiotic supplement


“From the earth came herbs and from herbs
came the seed that gave life to humans.”

- Taittiriya Upanishad


3 Pillars To Healthy Digestion:

1. Reducing & Extinguishing The Inflammatory Cascade. 
Individuals with autoimmune disorders are often in a weakened state and any additional insults can easily worsen the state of health. Therefore, extreme caution must always be considered. Therefore, management should always be under the supervision of a qualified holistic professional and always first discussing risk/benefits/alternatives with one’s primary care physician.

That said, there are certain botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties such as:
- turmeric
- black cohosh
- wild yam
- amla berry
- ashwagandha

In conditions where the gut mucosal lining is impaired, the use of certain demulcents followed by astringent agents are often considered beneficial. Demulcent herbs are considered to be helpful in improving the integrity of the epithelial lining of the gut.

Demulcent agents include:
- aloe vera
- marshmallow root
- slippery elm
- licorice root

2. Support Liver Function + Enhance Detoxification
The importance of liver function in regards to overall health cannot be stressed enough. The liver is responsible for the detoxification of the increasing exposure to environmental contaminants and mutagens which can easily overwhelm the liver.

Briefly, just a few hepatoprotective elements include:
- turmeric
- barberry
- bhumiamalaki
- guduchi

3. Improve The Gut Flora
By supporting a healthy gut flora we can help inhibit the overgrowth of pathogenic microbes. A simple choice may be a non-dairy derived Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum supplement.

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DISCLAIMER:

This is strictly for educational purpose and NOT considered medical advice. Always first discuss the risks/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician prior to considering any new changes in your health regimen.


Female Health: Amenorrhea [cessation of menses] - An Ayurvedic Perspective

Female Health: Amenorrhea - An Ayurvedic Perspective
Amenorrhea is a condition characterized by the absence of menstruation.  This disorder is of two types – Primary amenorrhea and secondary amenorrhea. If a girl has not menstruated by age 16 it is referred to as primary amenorrhea and can continue indefinitely. Secondary amenorrhea is characterized by the absence of 2-3 periods in a row in a woman who menstruates normally.  Pregnancy, lactation and menopause do not create the absence of menses.

Etiological Factors To Consider: 
There are many etiological factors in amenorrhea. It can be due to endocrine disturbances such as hyperthyroidism which can be due to increased vata and kapha. Increased kapha can manifest in hypothyroidism leading to primary amenorrhea. Other factors such as obesity, malnutrition, congenital diabetes, anorexia, Cushing’s syndrome, PCOS can also lead to amenorrhea.  Secondary amenorrhea can also be caused by extreme activities or sports, fasting, weight loss and jet lag.

Signs and Symptoms:
These can vary according to the state of imbalance in an individual but general signs of primary amenorrhea are abnormal physical maturation, there may be stunted growth and immaturity. Secondary amenorrhea signs can include weight loss and anemia as well as anxiety and headaches.

Management:
Management of amenorrhea is dependent on the cause of the disorder. When primary secondary amenorrhea is involved and there are issues with the reproductive system, surgery may be required. If amenorrhea is manifested as a result of another systemic disorder or disease then that condition must be treated first. However there are some ayurvedic management tips for amenorrhea:

Panchakarma:
Panchakarma is an ayurvedic purification treatment and is considered extremely beneficial for amenorrhea. The use of appropriate building oils (Bala, nirgundi and vata tailam/oils) can help to strengthen the body. This should be performed only under direct supervision of a qualified professional and after having discussed with one's primary care physician.

Herbs To Consider:
Herbs such as Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Bala, vidari and Atma gupta can be used to help build and strengthen

·        Bhringraj oil on the soles of the feet and scalp is beneficial if amenorrhea is due to anxiety or stress. Herbs such as shankapuspi, jatamamsi and ashwagandha can help in these circumstances also

·        1 tsp of bala and trikatu in 1 cup of milk to aid in jet lag induced amenorrhea

·        A nutrient rich diet with good sources of iron can also help in prevention of amenorrhea. Foods such as raisins, beets, kale, mango, pumpkin, pineapples, almonds, garlic milk, pomegranate can be beneficial.

·        Shatavari milk and shatavari kalpa (roasted shatavari with saffron, cardamom and sugar) are also helpful in preventing amenorrhea.

·        Following a vata pacifying diet and lifestyle is also important in the prevention of amenorrhea. Avoiding strenuous activities and maintaining a proper body weight is crucial.

* Meditation and gentle pranayama is also key to maintaining balance.
* Seeing a physician to diagnose the underlying root cause is most essential in treating the disorder.

Disclaimer:
This is strictly for educational purpose only and not considered medical advice.

References
·        Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies.
·        Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
·        Lad, V. (2012). Ayurvedic perspectives on selected pathologies
·        Svoboda, R. (1999). Ayurveda for women: A guide to vitality and health
·        Lonsdorf, N. (2004). The ageless woman: Natural health and beauty after forty