Ask the Ayurvedic Expert: Women's Health
I'm going through menopause. What can I do to make the transition easy, and also to stay young later in life, without using hormone replacement therapy? Also, osteoporosis is a big concern for me.
- N.M., Minnesota
The key is to cleanse the body of impurities that can accumulate before and during menopause. These toxins cause imbalances and uncomfortable symptoms, such as hot flashes in the middle of the night.
It's especially important to balance Apana Vata, which governs the genitourinary tract and process of elimination. The health tips listed below will help make menopause easier.
Diet and lifestyle tips:
- Give yourself a daily warm oil massage (abhyanga). It is especially helpful for balancing the emotions and the genitourinary tract.
- Avoid stressful situations.
- Eat foods that are easy to digest — soups, cooked vegetables, fruits and grains.
- Eat your biggest meal at midday, when your digestive fire is strongest.
- Favor fresh foods; avoid leftovers.
- Eat in a settled environment.
- Go to bed early, so the body is at rest during the natural purification period from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m.
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Painful Monthly Cycle
I am a 36-year-old woman. My monthly cycles are quite uncomfortable and painful. I would like to know if ayurveda has any recommendations to help reduce discomfort.
- S.W., Washington
According to ayurveda, menstruation is a very natural part of a woman’s life. It provides the female physiology the opportunity to periodically detoxify from within. To make the most of this opportunity, ayurveda recommends respecting and working with the monthly cycle rather than fighting it. That means plenty of rest, a proper diet and stress management. Here are some tips that will help:
- Take it easy! Even if you work, take some quiet time during the day, if you can, to unwind and rest both mind and body. Take a quiet, relaxing walk or listen to soothing, uplifting music. Go to bed before 10 p.m.
- A lighter diet is recommended. If you eat mainly light, easy-to-digest foods, your body’s resources will be directed more towards the purification, because it will have to work less hard at digestion. It’s also important to nurture the emotions and keep Sadhaka Pitta in balance. Include some Organic Rose Petal Spread in your diet and try using the Blissful Heart Therapeutic Aroma Oil. The Blissful Joy herbal formula is a balanced blend of ayurvedic herbs that balance the emotions.
- The Smooth Cycle herbal formula has been specially formulated to help the factors associated with the monthly cycle. Taken regularly, it nourishes the uterus and the genitourinary tract. It helps balance the hormones and emotions. It aids digestion and regular elimination of toxins.
I have special difficulty during my monthly cycle, which can result in up to two weeks of discomfort. Can Maharishi Ayurveda help?
Ayurveda tells us that this extreme discomfort can be due to several factors: your biological rhythms are out of sync; you may have imbalances in your physiology; or you may have a buildup of ama.
You can promote proper biological rhythms by maintaining a proper balance in your daily rhythms, being especially careful to get regular sleep.
A Vata imbalance can be at the root of many monthly discomforts. To bring Vata back in balance, try to favor foods that are warm, heavy, oily, sweet, sour and salty; avoid cold food and drinks; develop regular habits; and favor calm, quiet environments.
Drinking Organic Vata Tea and doing daily massage (abhyanga) with our luxurious Moisturizing Massage Oil are particularly balancing for Vata. And to discourage the buildup of ama, be sure to eat a healthy and balanced diet and enjoy regular (but not strenuous) exercise.
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