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Recharge, Restore, Rejuvenate! The Ayurveda way to feeling young at any age

Maharishi Ayurveda: Knowledge for Perfect Health    Translate This Article
12 July 2004

No matter what your age, there are things you can do to look and feel younger, healthier, happier. You hold the future of your health in your own hands. The wonderful thing about Ayurvedic healing is that it teaches both damage-prevention and damage-reversal; so following these few basic tips from The Council of Maharishi Ayurveda Physicians can make a big difference to that image you see in the mirror.

Here's what the Vaidya (Ayurveda physician) has to say about looking and feeling young:

Eat to Live Longer: How much of a change in your way of eating do you have to make to start feeling younger? 'While no one has been able to quantify it, one thing is for sure. Even relatively small, painless changes in your diet—whatever your age—can make a big difference in the way you feel. I would go so far as to say your diet can lengthen your life-span, if you start listening to your body and its true nutritional needs.

Listening to your body begins with having a Vaidya assess your dosha type, then following the basic food guidelines he prescribes. His purpose in telling you to eat or avoid certain things is to return you to your state of natural balance. Once you arrive at and maintain that state of balance, your health will improve in every aspect: physical, mental, and emotional.

Some basic ayurvedic nutrition guidelines work well for everyone, regardless of dosha type. Cooking with ghee, for instance. Ghee is simply clarified butter—butter with all the milk-solids removed. It's a time-honoured alternative to hydrogenated oils that clog arteries and promote free-radical damage.

In Ayurveda, ghee is considered an effective 'carrier' of the lipid-soluble portion of herbs and spices to the various parts of the body. It is a sattvic food—one that nurtures the emotions and the spirit as it provides nourishment to the body.

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