December 9, 2009
Energy Boost for Body/Mind
Ayurveda, or Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of health care that is native to the Indian subcontinent and is presently in use by millions of people all over the world. It is always interests me to explore alternative ways of healing and health care, as great insight has proven it’s effectiveness from these ancient practices.
Ayurveda offers an explanation—and some cures—for fatigue. Unusual mental or physical exertion, stress, and lack of sleep can make people tired. Prevention in these cases simply requires self-observation. Take the time that you deserve during this busy time of year to just observe your body and mind. Let go of any judgment, whether good or bad and just observe with a beginners mind. Sometimes we may find that we are pushing the body and mind beyond their limits. Other times we find that walking or doing some physical work to help increase the body’s energy level.
Other major causes of fatigue include anemia, low gastric fire, and weakness of the liver. If the fatigue is due to anemia, eating iron-rich foods and blood builders such as pomegranate juice, grapes or grape juice, and beets or beet/carrot juice can help. In Ayurvedic beliefs, right-nostril breathing is also helpful; it stimulates the liver, which plays an important role in building the blood. For fatigue caused by physical exertion, drinking fresh orange juice with a pinch of rock salt gives a quick boost. Add 10 drops of lime juice to help the body cool down.