Triphala - Rejuvenate and Detox Your Body

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Triphala: The Wonder Herb for Gentle Daily Detoxing

Triphala (“the three fruits”) consists of three of the most important Ayurvedic herbs. They are haritaki, amalaki, and bibhitaki. Triphala is tridoshic, meaning it rejuvenates and pacifies vata, pitta, and kapha. 

Most folks know about triphala’s detoxing effect on the digestive and elimination system, as it is one of the best remedies for chronic or travel-related constipation. However triphala is an excellent way to gently and effectively detox and rejuvenate the entire body. It's especially effective cleansing liver and intestines of toxins. 

Taken daily, triphala rejuvenates the digestive system, improving assimilation and absorption of nutrients. It nourishes bones, teeth, hair and nails. Triphala, because it's three fruits, is also chock full of flavonoids and antioxidants. 

Recommendations Based on Personal Experience

Triphala is usually taken as a tea at bedtime. I favor taking Ayurvedic herbs in powder format, as I want to experience the first stage of digestion on my tongue. However, when my schedule gets busy or when I travel, I prefer the tablet form of Triphala. Also, some folks either don’t like the taste of herbs or prefer convenience of tablets. So, Maharishi Ayurveda offers this option, in the food supplement, Digest Tone. The tablets are easy to take, especially during summer travels.

When placing order at  Maharishi Ayurveda or (800.255.8332) mention my name at check out and receive savings. I recommend the products at Maharishi Ayurveda for several reasons. The herbs are organic and sustainably harvested. They work with farmers to ensure fair trade practices. And finally, the products are formulated by a Council of 80 Ayurvedic Physicians in accordance with ancient Vedic texts.

The Gift of Health

From an Ayurvedic standpoint, the three herbs in Triphala are as precious as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When the digestive system is balanced, the body's other vital systems are nourished and supported.

When we experience balanced health, we are able to enjoy summertime travels and vacations.  Summer picnics and road trip snacks are better enjoyed when the digestion is strong and  balanced. 

Happy Holidays and Healthy Digestion

Festive Digestive Ayurvedic Tips

The holidays are right around the corner. It’s a time of family gatherings, office parties, and if you are traveling, eating on the road.

Everyone enjoys eating sumptuous feasts and traditional family recipes; however, no one likes the digestive issues that flare up during the holidays.

Changes in meal schedules and overeating are two common causes of indigestion. Between Thanksgiving and New Years, due to busy schedules and vacation travels, meal routines often become irregular.

Tempted by delicious and abundant treats, folks tend to over indulge in favorite foods. There is also a tendency to over snack, as holiday open houses and Christmas cocktail hours fill the calendar.

The next thing you know, the pants are a belt loop too tight, making you feel like a overstuffed butterball. Indigestion, burping, heartburn, bloating, and acid reflux roll into town like the Grinch who stole Christmas.

Balanced Digestion is the Main Course to Health

Healthy digestion is key to vitality and immunity. When the digestive system is stressed, metabolism, energy levels, mood swings, and sleep patterns are all disrupted. According to Ayurveda, signs of healthy agni (digestive fire) include: ample energy levels, regular elimination, healthy skin, glowing complexion, fresh breath, toned muscles, strong bones, mental clarity, and a positive and relaxed attitude.

When digestion is off, the body can’t process and assimilate the nutrients from food in a proper way. Also, the waste products of food are not properly eliminated, causing a build-up of toxins (ama) in the G.I. tract. Signs of imbalanced digestion include: lethargy after meals, chronic constipation or diarrhea, skin rashes, dull complexion, foul breath, body odor, mental fogginess, and a negative or anxious attitude.

A balanced digestive fire allows one to fully enjoy the delicious foods and treats of the holidays. It also makes time spent with family and friends much more pleasurable. This year, experience Thanksgiving and the December holidays from a balanced state. Learn how Ayurveda can help make this special season a festive digestive celebration as well.

Ayurveda and Digestion

Ayurveda offers simple ways to balance digestion. The three doshas (vata, pitta, kapha) each play an important role in the digestive process.

Vata dosha governs movement in the digestive and intestinal tract. When movement is regular and rhythmic, appetite, digestion and elimination are regular.

Pitta is the transformational force, in the form of the digestive fire and enzymes. Its qualities of hot, sharp, and oily help kindle the digestive fire at the proper level, where food is transformed into nourishment and waste products are eliminated. Just like a campfire must burn at the proper heat and rate in order to provide energy in the form of light and warmth, so must pitta in the digestive system.

Kapha dosha and its cool, liquid, and stable nature, protects the delicate tissue membrane in the stomach and digestive tract. The smooth and liquid qualities of kapha allow for food to move smoothly through the intestinal tract.

If any of the doshas in the digestive system become stressed due to factors like erratic eating habits, improper food combining, or overeating, digestion issues will occur. If left unattended, chronic digestive issues like ulcers, colitis, IBS, and malabsorption can occur. So, it’s vital to health to know how to maintain balance in each of the doshas as they relate to digestion.

Bringing the Doshas Back on Tract

From a nationwide survey by the National Heartburn Alliance, two out of three people experience stress in the G.I. tract at some point between Thanksgiving and New Years.

Each dosha is affected in a different way, by stress on the digestive system. So, I’ve listed each dosha and how it tends to become upset. Then I’ve offered three simple remedies using a lifestyle meal modification, a food as medicine, and an Ayurvedic herbal remedy.

Vata Remedies

When meal schedules become irregular, vata becomes increased and issues like burping, bloating, and constipation occur.

  1. Eating meals on a regular schedule is the most important factor to maintaining vata’s role in digestion. If you’re going to an after-work party or holiday luncheon, eat your other two meals at a regular time. Favoring healthy foods at those meals will support digestion by conserving your digestive fuel for the party food.
  2. Serve up an Ayurvedic digest-aid hors d’oeuvre a half hour before mealtime. On a teaspoon, put ½ tsp fresh chopped ginger and add the juice of small wedge of lime. Sprinkle a dash of salt over ginger. Drizzle a bit of honey to help the medicine go down. This tasty treat supports balanced digestion and kindles the digestive fire.
  3. To help support digestion and maintain regularity after office parties or road trip meals, drink a cup of organic Vata Tea. The spices in this tea balance and calm digestion. They are easy to tote around with you, ready to use at the drop of a tea bag.

Pitta Remedies

Indulging in one too many holiday libations and eating a lot of oily, sweet, sour, and rich foods causes the digestive fire to burst into intense flames. Also, stress increases stomach acidity. Holiday road trips, last minute shopping, and a houseful of relatives can create extra stress and acids in the stomach. Keep your stomach and liver merry and light this holiday by following these pitta-pacifying tips.

  1. Moderate cocktail consumption. Red wines and dark liquors especially aggravate pitta in the stomach and liver. Favor wine spritzers or cocktails made with clear alcohol and generous amounts of water and fresh lime.
  2. After meals, brew a fennel tea or eat a ½ tsp of fennel seeds. Fennel is cooling and helps with nausea and indigestion, should one overdose on appetizers and gingerbread men.
  3. One of the best reliefs for occasional heartburn and acid indigestion is the Maharishi Ayurveda formula,Aci-Balance. It’s a must-have on the holiday shopping list!

Kapha Remedies

Excess carbs, sweets, meats, and cheese, will stress the digestive fire and create heaviness and lethargy. Metabolism slows down. Too many kapha foods during the holidays can cause one to gain the festive five.

  1. Stuff the stockings, not your stomach. Minimize sweets and heavy foods, especially at night, as 6-10 pm is associated with kapha dosha. After a heavy meal or an appetizer-munching marathon, take a 20 minute walk at a moderate pace. This helps boost metabolism and avoids holiday weight gain.
  2. Tis the season, for seasoning with kapha pacifying spices. They help balance kapha increasing foods. For savory dishes like stuffing, mashed potatoes, and casseroles, use generous amounts of black pepper, cumin, and rosemary. For sweet dishes and desserts, use cinnamon, cardamom, clove, dried ginger, and nutmeg.
  3. There is an Organic Kapha Spice Mix that makes spicing up holiday foods super easy. Order it here under gourmet foods and receive a savings of 10 percent. This flavorful mix can be sprinkled on prepared dishes as well. Tuck a small vial in your purse and have access to a digestive aid at any party.

All Is Calm, All Is Right

This holiday, as you celebrate the season of lights, remember your digestive fire. As you pause to light a Christmas tree, advent wreath, menorah, kwanza candle, or the Yule log, remember to kindle your agni as well. Integrate some Ayurvedic home remedies and give yourself the gift of healthy digestion. It comes with a lifetime guarantee of good health and cheer.

Healthy Skin Begins Within

Good Digestion, The Best Beautician Money Can Buy

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By Kellen Brugman, for Maharishi Ayurveda, on August 31, 2012

Sophia Loren, one of the world’s most beautiful women and who has a radiant youthful complexion at age 77 once said, “beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes.” To put an Ayurvedic spin on her statement, beauty is how you feel and function inside, and it reflects in your skin.

Beautiful skin is radiant, smooth, well hydrated, and even colored. It has firm elasticity with few wrinkles. What exactly is the secret of ageless beauty? Modern science and the cosmetic industry market beauty as something that can be found in a bottle or created by a surgical procedure. However according to Ayurveda, the secret of ageless beauty relates to the internal balance of one’s digestion, immunity, and state of mind.

Oh, the Elixir of Ojas!

The outer glow of clear, youthful skin is directly related to the inner fire of one’s agni. Agni is the transformational digestive force in the body. It is responsible for the digestion of food, assimilation of nutrients into the body’s tissues, the elimination of waste products, and the production of ojas. According to Ayurveda, ojas is a refined biological substance that is the end-product of healthy digestion. Ojas is the master biochemical substance underlying higher states of consciousness. These higher states are strongly balancing to mind and body and have significant benefits for health. Signs of healthy agni are signs of ojas: they include physical vitality, mental clarity, strong immunity, balanced emotions, and radiant skin.

Ojas is a superfood elixir for immunity and is the vital essence that gives the skin strength and beauty. The quantity and quality of ojas depends on the health of one’s digestive and elimination systems. The skincare products on drugstore shelves, besides having toxic side effects, pale in comparison to the protective and rejuvenating powers of ojas. Ojas is something you can expect to be hearing more and more about as more Americans discover Ayurveda.

Respect Your Agni, Reflect Your Beauty

One’s skin is beautiful because it is healthy. Skin is healthy when the body’s digestive system is balanced. Balance in the digestive system relates to the food one eats and the lifestyle they choose to live. Healthy skin begins within.

There is a computer programming term, GIGO, which means garbage in, garbage out. It not only applies to the processing ability of a computer, but the processing ability of the body and mind. The quality/integrity of the output is directly dependent on the quality/integrity of the input. Consuming junk food, leftovers, soda pop, and excess caffeine stresses digestion and can prematurely age the skin. Likewise, if one is feeding their mind with negative thoughts and living a lifestyle that consists of late nights, frequent happy hours, and constant multi-tasking, the digestive system becomes unbalanced. Poor diet and a high-stress lifestyle cause a build up of ama in the tissues. The result is poor tissue quality, especially in the skin.

Ayurvedic Approach to Beautiful Skin

When it comes to maintaining youthful healthy skin, we can’t turn back the clock. But we can use the time we have now and each day make choices that support healthy skin. Here are some simple and effective ways to look and feel beautiful.

  1. Eat right and be bright. When you ingest organic fresh foods, you invest in your skin. A diet that consists of local organic fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and energizing proteins like whole milk, soaked almonds, and split mung dal kindles the digestive fire. Here are more tips to support agni.
  2. Support agni and nourish your skin with Digest Tone. This powerful antioxidant is a tonic for the digestive system and an elixir for the skin.
  3. Maintain your skin’s lubrication and collagen levels with Youthful Skin Toner and Youthful Skin Cream.
  4. Integrate yoga, pranayama, and meditation into your daily routine. All support the skin by helping to improve digestion, increase circulation, and lower stress. The Transcendental Meditation® program has been shown to relieve anxiety and promote ojas.

For beautiful skin, there is no such thing as a magical potion or lotion. Rather, it requires maintaining healthy digestion by eating right and managing stress. Beautiful skin begins within. If you learn to tend the home fire of agni, your life will radiate with health, well being, and beauty well into your golden years of life.