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Life Extension: Evergreen Secrets from Ayurveda
Elders in India traditionally bless the young with the words: "Shataayu Bhavah!" which means: "May you live a hundred years!" The blessing is not too removed from the literal. According to ayurveda, the human body is indeed engineered for a full five score years and more. The three pillars of life -- diet, sleep and self-mastery -- form the foundation on which ayurveda says you can build good health and longevity.
Here are some tips from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians to help you chart your course to a long, happy life.
EAT TO LIVE ... LONG!
Use plenty of spices and herbs in cooking. Spices are not only taste-enhancers, but also great healers. Sprinkle some freshly cracked black pepper on your sandwich and it helps you absorb the nutrients readily. A pinch of turmeric in your soup adds not only color but also works as an excellent anti-oxidant. Combined in the right proportions, spices lend their synergy to everyday soups and curries. If you are not sure how to blend them, try Maharishi Ayurveda's gourmet Spice Mixtures , which will spice up your food with no fuss and lots of flavor.
To derive maximum benefit from your spices, sauté them in clarified butter or Ghee before adding them to prepared foods. Ghee helps the body absorb the lipid-soluble part of spices with ease. It's highly aromatic and delicious, too.
SLEEP YOUR WAY TO A LONGER LIFE!
Ayurveda has several remedies for disturbed sleep. Drink a glass of warm milk with a little honey just before you sleep. This has a settling influence on the mind and body. Milk contains the amino acid tryptophan, which is a precursor of serotonin, a brain chemical that facilitates sleep. Use honey that has not been heat-treated and be sure not to heat it above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, as this eliminates its beneficial qualities.
Transcendental Meditation helps combat the daily build-up of stress, making it easier for the mind to shut off for the night.
The herbal formulations in Maharishi Ayurveda's Blissful Sleep System can help correct specific sleep imbalances naturally and gently.
One of the key elements of regular routine is good elimination. Although getting more fiber in your diet can help, Maharishi Ayurveda's Detoxification System is a highly effective support system for good digestive health. It helps purify the liver, supports balanced fat metabolism, reduces digestive impurities, curbs the buildup of impurities in fat and muscle tissue, strengthens the entire urinary tract and aids liver function for pure blood and better absorption of nutrients.
KEEP IN STEP WITH THE SEASONS
Panchakarma, done at this time, is a wonderful way to cleanse and detoxify the body through healing massages and baths. Research on Panchakarma indicates that it is a very powerful way to increase biological youthfulness and improve overall well-being.
If you meet the demands of the seasons year-round, you can maintain both body and mind in peak health. In summer, stay cool with healthy shakes and sherbets, cool, not ice-cold. Eat lots of sweet juicy fruits. In the fall, fill up on figs, prunes and raisins to fortify the body and improve elimination. Let the winter months be as nourishing as you can make them, for both body and soul.
HERBS TO HELP YOU ALONG
The most respected of MAPI rasayanas is Amrit, which strengthens the immune system and refines the functioning of the physiology. Amrit promotes bala or vital energy. Scientific studies have now established that Amrit fights free radical damage 1,000 times more effectively than any other anti-oxidant. While Amrit is excellent for overall mind/body health, targeted herbal formulations can help you address any specific imbalances you encounter.he day to help balance the mind and emotions.
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DISCLAIMER: These results may not be typical. Results with products may vary from individual to individual. Information in this newsletter is presented for the sole purpose of imparting education on ayurveda and neither the information nor the product is intended to diagnose, treat, mitigate, cure or prevent any disease. If you have a medical condition, or are pregnant or lactating, please consult a health professional. Before making changes to your diet or routine, it is recommended that you speak with your physician.