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In a follow-up to the broadcast, we've gathered together some helpful information, tools and tips on the topic of How to Rebound When You're Feeling Sluggish and Lacklustre. Simple steps to find a more energized you.
Reboot & Recharge
3 Easy ways to energize your life
Tired of feeling tired all the time? Need a battery recharge? In today’s hectic world, it’s easy to feel run down, especially as you age. But aging doesn’t have to mean slowing down and accumulating aches and pains. If you give your body and mind what they need to function optimally, your 40s, 50s, and beyond can be some of your most dynamic and rewarding years! Here we’ll share 3 easy strategies for shaking off the doldrums and feeling refreshed.
1. Spice Things Up in the Kitchen
If you’re feeling dull and sluggish, it might be a sign that your diet and digestion could use a little tune-up. Junk foods, highly processed foods, sugary sweets and salty snacks can all bog you down and leave you feeling listless. Fuel your body naturally with whole foods: think fresh produce, whole grains, legumes, nuts, seeds, and dairy (if tolerated). Other tips to try:
Mind Your Microbiome!
Be sure to include a daily lassi (probiotic beverage) or probiotic supplement to keep your microbiome shipshape.
Eat According to Your Dosha Type
Everybody’s dietary needs are different. Find the best foods for your unique mind-body type by taking our Dosha Quiz for free dietary recommendations.
Do a Recipe Reset
Invest in some new cookbooks or cooking classes! Variety truly is the spice of life, and trying new things keeps you feeling young.
2. Try an Easy, At-Home Cleanse
You don’t need to jet off to a spa or disrupt your work/home life to reap the rewards of doing a cleanse. Here’s an easy daily detox that helps you cleanse toxins (ama) and build vitality (ojas).
Amrit Kalash & Triphala Rose
Morning & Evening
Amrit Kalash Nectar Paste
+ Amrit Kalash Ambrosia Tablet
A synergistic daily duo that enhances mind-body coordination, immunity, digestion, and vitality. It also promotes ojas (vitality).
What is ojas?
In Sanskrit, ojas means “vitality” or “life essence.” The byproduct of healthy digestion, ojas brings strong immunity, energy, enthusiasm, happiness, radiant skin, and clarity of mind.
A prebiotic that gently cleanses and tones the gut while promoting good digestion and a healthy microbiome. It also purifies ama (toxins).
What is ama?
Ama is a sticky substance that accumulates in the digestive tract due to weak digestion. Triphala helps to gently purify ama so you feel lighter and brighter.
3. Shake Off the Blahs — Literally
Never underestimate the power of movement! Exercise is one of the best ways to keep your body toned, your mind fresh, and your spirits lifted. Try:
A morning walk
Research shows that a leisurely morning walk speeds up metabolism and helps improve your mood throughout the day.
Or surya namaskaras are an easy sequence of yoga postures and movements coordinated with the breath. They tone the mind and body while promoting healthy breathing.
Tone your body and increase circulation with this easy, 15-min set of Ayurvedic poses.
Your Questions Answered
I have autoimmune issues so I'm very interested in this, could you talk more about this?
Anything autoimmune-related is connected to our immunity which affects every system in our physiology - from the nervous system to the digestive system, to the cardiovascular system, etc. One of the most important factors that also affect autoimmune issues is stress. So incorporating stress management tools such as Transcendental Meditation (which is recommended by the American Heart Association) helps strengthen and maintain the connection of the physiology with its basis: consciousness. As always, it is important to check with your physician when incorporating herbal supplements, yoga or any changes in diet.
What are some good Kapha-balancing meals for breakfast and lunch?
A good savoury Kapha-balancing breakfast option is barley soup with cooked greens sprinkled with kapha Churna. For a sweeter breakfast, quinoa breakfast cereal is recommended.
For lunch, try the "Clearing Kapha Lentils” , a stew recipe from Maharishi AyurVeda. Kitchari is another good option, but substitute the rice with quinoa or millet.
I'm having trouble disciplining myself to an Ayurvedic diet and have an uncontrollable urge to snack, especially in the evening. Is there a healthy snack that is easy to digest to help moderate those cravings?
With cravings, it is also important to make sure you are properly hydrated throughout the day. Sometimes, we can get cravings that arise from improper hydration - so just be aware of being self-referral with water (avoid cold drinks, caffeinated drinks, sugary drinks -etc.)
Ayurveda recommends having all six tastes in the meals as sometimes just favouring some of the tastes in our meals can create an imbalance and cause cravings. Making sure to include sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent tastes in breakfast, lunch and dinner can also help with cravings. Using the MAPI churnas (or spice mixtures) is a great way to do this as they already have all six tastes and can be used with sautéing the food.
Sipping on Be-Trim Tea from MAPI can also help to diminish cravings when sipped just a short time before meals.
Got questions about how to boost your vitality, or Ayurveda in general? Check in with our in-house health coach Amy Reyes.
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