Coffee - An Ayurvedic Perspective + Bulletproof Coffee Recipe

Coffee - An Ayurvedic Perspective
For many of us, our mornings are just not complete without a cup of freshly brewed coffee. Whether you’re a local at Starbucks or scoff at Starbucks Venti Caramel Macchiato as not being a real macchiato - the fact remains, we love coffee. According to some research, 54% of Americans over the age of 18 years drink coffee everyday. Let us therefore, explore some of the health concerns centered around American’s favorite drink - coffee!

The Ayurvedic Perspective:
According to Ayurveda, “every type of food can be a poison or a medicine” - depending on what your individual constitution is and how and when you consume it. Ayurveda, is a comprehensive science which takes into consideration one’s unique dosha type - vata, pitta, and kapha.

VATA DOSHA:
Vata types are generally individuals who are easily over-stimulated. Vata individuals are mostly governed by the air element which reflects the increased baseline metabolic rate.

PITTA DOSHA:
Pitta types are typically your “Type-A Personalities’ who tend to be ambitious and competitive. Pitta individuals are more prone to acidic and inflammatory conditions being mostly governed by the fire element.

KAPHA DOSHA:
Kapha types are often the “easy-going” kind and generally have a slower metabolic rate. These individuals are mostly governed by the water and earth elements and therefore are more vulnerable to weight gain due to a slower metabolism.

The Vitality Of Life - “Ojas”
We live in a modern world of over-stimulation. Yet the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda speaks volumes about the quality of stillness. It’s through these various practices of stillness [i.e. yoga & meditation] that one promotes a sense of vitality represented by the production and preservation of “ojas”. Ojas is also referred to as the source of vitality, immunity and vigor in the body and the quality of ojas is dependent on diet, lifestyle and stress.

Stress Response Diminishes Ojas
Some of the more concerning aspects of coffee is our dependence on it for boosting energy, mental clarity and/or keeping the bowels regular. As we know, all of these benefits are very short-lived. Likewise, coffee is a stimulant and increases the release of stress-fighting hormones, which are usually reserved for ‘fight-or-flight’ situations and therefore oppose the concept of “ojas” as explained above. More importantly, DHEA [dehydroepiandrosterone] is a steroid hormone which is responsible for cellular and tissue repair. Unfortunately, for us coffee lovers - DHEA decreases with stress and coffee consumption.

Grass-Fed Butter - DHEA
DHEA, or dehydroepiandrosterone, has become known as the ‘fountain of youth’ and is made from cholesterol by the adrenal glands. Ayurveda has traditionally considered ghee [clarified butter] to be the healthiest source of edible fat, with many beneficial properties - being an excellent source of cholesterol to form DHEA. According to Ayurveda, not only does ghee improve memory and strengthen the brain and nervous system but it’s thought to improve digestion, promote longevity, and even help to protect the body from various diseases. Finally. Grass-fed butter is high in butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid and studies show that butyrate can both prevent and decrease inflammation.

CLICK HERE - Improving Brain Function With Ayurveda

Craze: Coffee + Grass-Fed Butter = "Bulletproof Coffee"

Directions:
Brew 1 cup (8-12 oz.) of coffee using filtered water, just off the boil, with 2 1/2 heaping tablespoons freshly ground Bulletproof® Coffee Beans. (French Press is easiest.)

  1. Add in 1-2 tablespoons of Brain Octane™ to the hot coffee (It’s STRONG – start with 1 tsp. and work up over several days).
  2. Add 1-2 tablespoons grass-fed, unsalted butter or ghee
  3. Mix it all in a blender for 20-30 seconds until it is frothy like a foamy latte

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Ayurvedic Considerations

Vata Types:
Remembering that vata types are individuals who are easily over-stimulated and also vulnerable to dehydration, constipation, and insomnia [due to the air element]. Therefore, vata types may want to limit their intake of coffee. Likewise, because the sweet taste balances vata types, these individuals would benefit most by having coffee which is both creamy and sweet - as these are grounding and balancing for vata types.

Pitta Types:
Pitta individuals are more prone to acidic and inflammatory conditions which can become exacerbated by the acidic nature of coffee. Therefore, pitta types will benefit most by adding the grass-fed butter [ghee] and/or coconut oil to their coffee. Similarly, pitta types also become more balanced with the taste of sweetness. Therefore, pitta individuals may want to consider adding high-quality maple syrup or organic cane sugar to their coffee - while skipping the cream.

Kapha Types:
Because kapha individuals are mostly governed by the water and earth elements and are more vulnerable to weight gain due to a slower metabolism, these individuals should consider taking their coffee black - no cream, no sugar. Both milk and cream often increase congestion which is already common to kapha types.

The Secret Ingredient?
“If you take the caffeine out of coffee, the benefits cited [below] remain relatively the same. So, if it isn’t the caffeine that is responsible for these benefits, then what is it? There are about 1000 active constituents in the coffee bean and only a few of them are understood. We do know that the coffee bean, the seed of the fruit, is loaded with antioxidants.”
Source - Dr. John Douillard

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Some Health Benefits Of Coffee:
1. Men who consumed 6 or more cups of coffee a day had an 18% reduction in prostate cancer risk, and a 40% reduction of aggressive lethal prostate cancer. (1)

2. Four cups of coffee a day could reduce your risk of liver cirrhosis by 84% (2)

3. The equivalent of five cups a day for five weeks began to reverse Alzheimer’s damage in the brains of mice by reducing levels of the abnormal protein amyloid-beta, both in the blood and the brain. (3)

4. One to four cups reduced the risk of Parkinson’s by 47%, and five cups a day reduced it by 60%. (4) In this study, the greater number of cups of coffee per day, the lower the risk of Parkinson’s disease.

However ...

  • Raises homocysteine levels – a major risk factor for heart disease. (5)
  • Raises blood pressure. (6)
  • Raises cholesterol. (7)
  • Is associated with heart irregularities. (8)
  • Increases inflammation. (9)
  • Can damage the nervous system. (10)
  • Interferes with neurotransmitters in the brain. (11)
  • Alters DNA repair. (12)
  • Increases risk of kidney stones. (13)
  • Lowers bone density in women. (14)
  • Interferes with sleep. (15)
  • Is linked to erectile dysfunction. (16)
  • Is linked to increases symptoms of gastric reflux and heartburn. (17)

Interestingly ...
Many of the above-mentioned health concerns “may” be reduced with the introduction of  grass-fed butter, coconut oil, and/or ghee to your coffee. Hence - the “bulletproof coffee” craze!

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purposes and NOT considered medical advice. Always first seek consultation with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.


Ayurveda - A Guide To Happiness

Ayurveda - A Guide To Happiness

"When the emotional heart is balanced, one gains pure knowledge,
the desires of the mind are always righteous, and one experiences unbounded bliss."
- Sushruta Samhita

Digesting Our Experiences ...
Let’s be honest; it’s rather easy to be busy. One of the characteristics of modern life is that we are moving at an ever-increasing rate. However, the wise resist the temptation to get caught up in the frantic rush of everyday life. In the last 150 years, our relationship with time has radically changed. That said, our ability to metabolize our daily experiences have also changed greatly. In a way, the body metabolizes the emotional content and feeling of every experience. With increased demands of daily living and limited time for oneself, it may be begging the question - are we metabolizing and digesting our emotions of everyday life adequately?

The science of Ayurveda commonly 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.]. Nearly all Ayurvedic treatment is designed to increase the abundance of superior quality of ojas and to avoid reducing ojas - as ojas is considered central to restoring health and preventing illness. Similarly, ojas is thought to be the most important element which designs and shapes the influence our experiences creates upon the mind.

Very Insightful & Funny Video - Dalai Lama's Guide To Happiness 

The Mind Is Everything

The ancient teachings of Ayurveda talks in-depth about the profound relationship of the mind’s influence upon the body. These very teachings are thought to reflect the long-lived traditions and principles for upholding a healthy body and sound mind.

Factors Which Increase Ojas:
- wholesome food and healthy digestion
- love and compassion
- being positive and having self-control
- respect towards others and oneself
- cleanliness and simplicity
- selfless service [i.e. charity]

Ancient teachings of many cultures have always discussed the dynamic relationship between thoughts and feelings and its effects upon the body. Let the ancient inner laughter which resides deep within you guide you into a state of perfect health and happiness.

The "Inner Pharmacy" Of Wellness
It is now well known that the body has its own ‘inner pharmacy’ within and our nervous system produces substances and neuropeptides that influence our immunity and sense of well-being. For example, laughter is thought to reduce levels of stress hormones and increase the activity of immune cells such as T cells, natural killer cells and even antibodies. The inner pharmacy of all experiences are dormant within us and the release of these neuropeptides affects the whole body, moment-to-moment.

Positive Emotions
Positive emotions like love. laughter and appreciation release beneficial neurotransmitters such as dopamine and serotonin which helps to create a healthy immune system.

Negative Emotions
Negative emotions like fear, hate, and anger release stress hormones such as cortisol, norepinephrine and epineprhine which can [over time] lead to mental depression and even result in the suppression of our immune system.

 

Tips For Slowing Down
Rasayana is an Ayurvedic concept which has several meanings. The most basic implication is to increase longevity while improving the quality of life. There are many forms of rasayana in Ayurveda - one being “behavioral rasayana” which recognizes the effect of mind upon health.

1. Do less. It’s often a struggle to slow down knowing there are a million other things to do. However, make the conscious effort to do less while focusing on what’s really important while letting go of all the rest. Letting go often creates the space to fully digest the present moment and helps to bring clarity to see the next necessity as it arises.

2. Be present. Not only does one need to slow down but what is of more importance is the sense of awareness that naturally arises as one lets go of all other distractions. Therefore, by letting do - there is a spontaneous arising of awareness to the present environment within and around you.

3. Appreciate Nature. Modern living often keeps us confined in our homes and offices or traveling about in cars and trains - rarely do we get the opportunity to be outside in nature. Therefore, make the opportunity and find time to go outside and truly observe the beauty of nature. Take a breath of fresh air, enjoy the serenity of the clear water amongst the background of greenery. You owe it to yourself.

4. Eat Slowly. Instead of rushing to eat - take time to appreciate the taste and flavors of your food. Again, according to Ayurveda, food is medicine and optimal digestion produces nourishment to both the body and mind. Therefore, let food be the delight of your senses. Eat calmly, peacefully and in moderation.

5. Find pleasure in the simple things. While slowing down, becoming more present, and appreciating nature you will notice that it’s the simple things which give the greatest sense of joy. With your newfound heightened sense of awareness, even the flower or a single blade of grass amongst the vast field will give immense joy.

Be Happy. Be Healthy. 
Therefore, meditate & do yoga.


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A Happy Heart Is A Healthy Heart [The Importance Of Ojas In Ayurveda]

 

A Happy Heart Is A Healthy Heart
Perhaps no other organ is more vital than the heart at sustaining our existence as well as being the intimate connection between our emotional life and overall health. Shockingly, every 20 seconds. someone in the U.S. has a heart attack.

“To protect the heart and great vessels, above all take measures that are healthy for the heart and promote ojas, that cleanse the gaps and channels & help create serenity of mind.” Charaka Samhita

Ancient Wisdom - Don’t Stress
Many thousands of years ago, the classical texts of Ayurveda identified the specific causes of heart disease as we known them today. For example, it was mentioned that eatng too much fatty and rich food along with suffering from chronic mental and emotional stress were considered the root causes of heart disease. Our modern lifestyles are all too familiar with these factors and we could refine the root cause of heart disease as being stress on various levels [physical, psychological, and biochemical-oxidative stress].

The Natural Approach
Both modern medicine and ayurveda both agree that there are daily things that we can do to help keep our heart more healthy. For example, Dr. Dean Ornish, M.D. conducted a study addressing the concern “Can lifestyle changes reverse coronary heart disease?” In 1990, the results of this study were published in the Lancet and was considered a landmark study which attempted to display the ability of reversing heart disease through a comprehensive lifestyle program consisting of diet, exercise, smoking cessation, stress reduction, and group support.

Mind-Body Connection: Dr. Vasant Lad Talks About Healing The Mind

"Every experience creates a scar on the mind - an impression on the mind. Every thought creates a groove on the brain. So, the total number of scars is samskar ... these samskars creates our tendencies, how you will behave, how you will react. All that action, reaction, behavior - that comes from samskar." - Dr. Lad, Ayurvedic Physician

Getting To The Heart Of The Matter
According to many ancient cultures, the heart can almost be looked upon as two distinct entities - a physical pump to help circulate blood around the body and an emotional heart which experiences love, joy, sadness and all the other various feelings tailored to life. In order to increase immunity to disease, it is important to take great care of both ‘hearts’. Ayurveda addresses both ‘hearts’ by helping to reduce chronic stress through various methods for cultivating awareness [i.e. meditation & yoga], balancing the doshas [bodily humors], supporting healthy digestion [i.e. agni], and perhaps most importantly - administering ojas-enhancing rejuvenatives [i.e. rasayanas] to help enhance immunity and to promote overall well-being.

“Life known by sensory experience is located in the heart.
It is also the seat of the essential ojas and resevoir of consciousness.”

- Charaka Samhita

Enhancing Ojas
There is a profound relationship for every passing thought, subtle feeling, and fleeting emotion within the mind and its influence upon the entire body. In a way, any action within the mind provides a similar [re]-action within both the heart and brain. According to the wisdom of Ayurveda, imbalanced emotions such as worry, grief and fear can “dry up” the natural storehouse of nourishing ojas and therefore can affect heart-health. From an Ayurvedic perspective, ojas can be enhanced by rasayanas [i.e. rejuvenatives]. There are various forms of rasayanas, however, all rasayanas are thought to operate at the deepest level of our physiology.

“Ojas has the capacity to counteract the
etiological factors or causes of disease.”
– Dr. Vasant Lad

Ways To Increase Ojas:
·        Meditation
·        Moderate yoga suited to one’s constitution
·        Pranayama (breathing exercises)
·        Consuming fresh wholesome and balanced meals appropriate to ones state of balance
·        Following a daily morning practice such as walking in nature, nasal drops and oil massages
·        Certain herbs such as Ashwagandha and Shatavari can help in promoting Ojas
·        A restful and appropriate sleep is vital to building Ojas

Ghee + Heart Health:
Ghee is rich in conjugated linoleic acid [CLA] which is a fatty acid with known protective qualities against arterial plaque formation and diabetes – known risk factors of heart disease. According to some studies [to prevent cardiovascular disease], researchers say that ghee can potentially be used to help prevent heart disease.

CLICK HERE: For More Benefits Of Ghee

Don't Worry. Be Happy. Be Healthy.


Laughter Is The Best Medicine - The Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda

 

Laughter Is The Best Medicine 
Whether you’re ‘laughing out loud’ or giggling at the latest New Yorker cartoon, know for sure that laughing does you good. Although the benefits of laughter have been scientifically proven it’s more than likely that you knew all the inherent benefits already. Laughing releases endorphins, the feel-good hormones and that’s no joke.

 

“Don't Worry.Be Happy.”

 

Health Benefits Of Laughter

A good laugh has many great benefits. When you laugh, it doesn't just lighten your mental stress but it actually reflects physical changes within your body. Laughter can:

  • Stimulate many organs. Laughter enhances your intake of oxygen-rich air, stimulates your heart, lungs and muscles, and increases the endorphins that are released by your brain.
  • Soothe tension. Laughter can also stimulate circulation and aid muscle relaxation, both of which help reduce some of the physical symptoms of stress.
  • Improve your immune system. Negative thoughts manifest into chemical reactions that can affect your body by bringing more stress into your system and decreasing your immunity. In contrast, positive thoughts actually release neuropeptides that help fight stress and potentially more-serious illnesses.
  • Increase personal satisfaction. Laughter can also make it easier to cope with difficult situations. It also helps you connect with other people.
  • Improve your mood. Many people experience depression, sometimes due to chronic illnesses. Laughter can help lessen your depression and anxiety and make you feel happier.


Metabolizing The Experiences Of Life

The limbic area of the brain is thought to be the physiological seat of emotions. In a way, the limbic area of the brain is sometimes referred to as the “brain’s brain” as it correlates well with one’s deep emotional states. Another important concept to realize from a holistic perspective is that the body metabolizes and “digests” the emotional content of every experience we have. How well we “digest” our emotions determines how well we feel. The wisdom of ayurveda has mentioned thousands of years ago that the end-product of perfect digestion and metabolism correlates with the quality of a substance called “Ojas”. Ojas, according to this philosophy is considered to be the essence which provides strength, contentment, happiness and an overall sense of well-being.

Great Talk By Dr. Robert Svoboda - The Importance Of Preserving Ojas

"The mind should remain as calm as possible at all times. It is especially not a good idea, if you're going to get upset - to get upset during a crisis. If you must freak out, please freak out at sometime when everything else is calm. During the crisis, the most important thing to do is to remain calm. When everything else externally is calm, then please have an absolute hissy-fit; if you like. " - Dr. Svoboda

Life Is a Series Of Experiences
Ojas is said to pervade the entire body and when the quantity [and quality] of ojas becomes diminished, so too does the quality of life. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has always stressed upon the importance of wholesomeness in the food we take in but even more importantly - are  the ‘experiences’ we take in. Life is a succession of experiences and the way in which we digest these experiences directly affects the state of our well-being. One of the most profound ways of “metabolizing” stress into happiness is meditation and of course ... laughter.

Factors Which Diminish Ojas:

  • negative emotions [i.e. fear, anger, violence]
  • stress and rushing about
  • excessive exercise
  • prolonged fasting
  • rough and very light diet
  • overexposure to wind and sun

 

The Mind Is Everything
The ancient teachings of Ayurveda talks in-depth about the profound relationship of the mind’s influence upon the body. These very teachings are thought to reflect the long-lived traditions and principles for upholding a healthy body and sound mind.

Factors Which Increase Ojas:

  • wholesome food and healthy digestion
  • love and compassion
  • being positive and having self-control
  • respect towards others and oneself
  • cleanliness and simplicity
  • selfless service [i.e. charity]

 

Ancient teachings of many cultures have always discussed the dynamic relationship between thoughts and feelings and its effects upon the body. Let the ancient inner laughter which resides deep within you guide you into a state of perfect health and happiness.


Amrit Kalash - The Nectar Of Immortality & The Queen Of Ayurvedic Formulas

 

Amrit Kalash - The Nectar Of Immortality
According to Indian mythology, during the ancient of times there was much suffering amongst humanity. The gods and demons [Devas & Asuras] got together and made a solemn oath to help resolve the origin of all suffering. Together they entered the depths of the ocean and churned the water to produce the most precious gift - Amrit Kalash. Amrit Kalash is thought to be the ambrosial gift to bring about health and happiness for all of humanity.

Amrit Kalash
Traditional ayurvedic formula of 13 herbs that supports the health of mind, brain, and nerves; increases vitality and inner strength; powerful antioxidant — research shows it to be up to 1,000 times more effective than vitamins C and E

The Queen Of All Ayurvedic Formulas
Amrit Kalash is produced in 250 meticulous steps and is often called “herbs for enlightenment”. This is because Amrit Kalash is a masterful blend of many herbs which helps to promote perfect health, longevity, bliss, and man’s full potential - enlightenment.


Yat Jara Vyadhi Nashanam Tat Rasayanam

"that which negates old age and disease is called a Rasayana”


A Masterful Rasayana

The science of Ayurveda speaks volumes about individual fruits, herbs and spices that are considered Rasayanas. Amrit Kalash has it all. For example, the two main fruit in Amrit Kalash are Indian Gooseberry [Amalaki] and Indian Gallnut [Haritaki] which are considered to be the premier Rasayanas in the category of fruit. The classical texts of Ayurveda have made it clear that these two fruit support a long and healthy life of bliss and happiness. In the category of spices, Turmeric and Long Pepper (Pippali) are revered for their healing benefits. Other herbs to help make Amrit Kalash the “Queen Of All Rasayanas” belong to a category of herbs called ‘Medhya Rasayanas’ - which refers to herbs which enhance the ability to learn, retain and recall knowledge. These intellectual herbs [i.e. Medhya] include Indian Pennywort [Gotu Kola/Brahmi], Shakapushpi, and Aloeweed. 


A Charming Video Discussing The Benefits Of Amrit Kalash


Positive Influence On Immunity

Stressors of the modern lifestyle seem to be impacting everyone, everywhere. No better way to manage stressors than to consider a powerful Rasayana to help nourish the mind, body and spirit in a very holistic and balanced way. Immunity is very well described in Ayurveda as “Bala” - which encompasses a holistic concept of physical, mental, emotional and psychological immunity. An immune boosting herb in Amrit Kalash worth mentioning is Guduchi. Another name for Guduchi is “Amrita” [immortal] due to several implications. For one, this plant appears to be indestructible. If you cut a vine off the main plant, the cut vine tends to grow aerial roots and keeps growing even without water and soil. Another herb in Amrit Kalash also referred as “Amrita” is Indian Gallnut [Haritaki]. Haritaki is considered extremely beneficial in helping to flush out certain toxins and enhance the immune system. Just as Amrit Kalash is beginning to sound to good to be true, it gets even more unbelievable. Amalaki also enhances the immune boosting qualities of Amrit Kalash. In fact, Amalaki is considered to have the richest source of vitamin C in the plant world. Even further, the vitamin C from Amalaki is thought to be in the form that is resistant to both heat and light and is easily assimilated by the body. Amongst many other benefits, research on Amrit Kalash has also revealed it to be a powerful scavenger of free radicals.

Ojas - The Substance Which Sustains Life
Ojas is considered to be the refined by-product of healthy digestion. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda explains ojas as being that substance which sustains life. It is also said that when ojas is optimal in both quality and quantity - one will be happy and healthy. The meticulous process involved in the creation of Amrit Kalash is thought to help promote the formation of ojas.

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purpose and provides information about the tradition of Ayurveda. Always first discuss the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.