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Suffering from Poor Sleep? Try Out the Ayurvedic Clock for Sleep!

Suffering from Poor Sleep? Try Out the Ayurvedic Clock for Sleep!

Suffering from Poor Sleep? Try Out the Ayurvedic Clock for Sleep!

Are you getting good quality sleep? The American Sleep Association reports that 50 to 70 million adults have a sleep disorder.

48% report snoring, which isn’t a good trait to have for health purposes, and lastly 37.9% reported unintentionally falling asleep during the day. Those statistics look a bit grim wouldn’t you say?

How much sleep you clock in at night matters for disease prevention. In Ayurveda and Integrative Health, we are circadian beings which means we have a day/night cycle by design. The problem is that the majority of people think they are night owls, and they stay up way past bedtime. 

Check out this quick video I prepared to learn about the Ayurvedic Clock for Sleep.

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In the video you will learn:

  • How the circadian rhythm relates to sleep
  • Insight into how you might be overstimulating yourself before sleep
  • Blue light affects sleep patterns

 

Align to Your Energetic Body

I hope this video helped sparked some interest in how you align your biological clock with your day. Most Americans are working against their energetic body. Ayurveda teaches you how.

Let’s Talk Ayurveda as A Wellness Approach

Let’s Talk Ayurveda as A Wellness Approach

Let’s Talk Ayurveda as A Wellness Approach
By Paige Pearman

What is Ayurveda really? It is translated as the Science of Life. Ayurveda is a DISEASE PREVENTION medical model unlike Allopathic medicine that focuses on DISEASE TREATMENT.

As an Ayurveda and Integrative Health Coach, I help my clients realize that 95% of disease is caused by stress and lifestyle practices. Every single decision we make either brings about a life of health or disease. 

At Luv Yourself, I help clients who are struggling with chronic pain, chronic fatigue, trauma to the body, insomnia, anxiety, gut based issues or on the path to disease. 

I hope this blog will give you some inspiration for your own healing journey. You’ll learn that Ayurveda is not at all a quick fix to a health problem, rather it is a lifestyle.

It is not a one and done approach. What I explain to my clients is that they didn’t get out of balance or in a diseased state overnight, but that the manifestation of disease took time, and that to heal takes time as well. 

 What is Ayurveda?

In this video I prepared, you’ll learn:

  • The difference between Allopathic medicine and Ayurveda
  • Ayurveda looks beyond the symptoms.
  • Ayurveda doesn’t follow the symptoms, instead it is the entire system of mind, body and spirit .
  • Allopathic medicine works from man-made chemicals, whereas Ayurveda works with the laws of nature and energy to heal the body

Ayurveda looks to the laws of nature to understand how to heal the body because what happens in macrocosm happens in the microcosm as well. Thus the laws of nature happen within our own body, and how we interact within our environment has more control over our DNA than a predetermined code. 

In the book The Biology Of Belief: Unleashing Consciousness, Matter and Miracles, Dr. Bruce Lipton shows how scientifically we now understand that epigenetics has more to do with our health than the fate of our DNA. The New Biology emerging in Science is showing that can heal our bodies by how we relate to our environment. Even though this book was written over a decade ago, we still give too much power to our DNA when really the power lies within to heal. 

In Ayurveda, our five senses (touch, taste, sound, smell, and sight) are the portals through which the Pancha Maha Bhutus or the 5 Great Elements play. The five great elements include ether, air, fire, water and earth. Ayurveda looks to the laws of these 5 great elements and groups them into three basic types of energy that create our Dosha or Bio-Energetic Body. You can think of it as your DNA, but it is more than your DNA. It is your spiritual blueprint in life. 

These three power houses are Vata, Pitta and Kapha. Everything in our environment has a quality to it, and there are 20 basic physical blueprints that exist in nature. The 20 qualities break down into 10 pairs of opposites (examples: hard and soft, dark and light, smooth and rough). The foundation of Ayurveda is understanding how these 20 gunas work, how they operate, how to identify them, and how they interact. Are they in excess or deficient? For example, in nature you can have a drought and you would need rain to allow the plants to grow (dry versus moist). When the pendulum swings too far in one direction, Ayurveda uses the opposite quality to bring about homeostasis within the body. 

Ayurveda is truly the science of natural intelligence. As the original circadian science, Ayurveda gives us a road map to understand how the laws of nature work, and how we can work with our energetic force of nature to live a healthy, vibrant life. 

Our own energetic body-type (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) can be a different ratio, and the energetic body-types total 10 all together. When we were born we had a blueprint or a Doshic preference that our body resonates with called our prakriti. Our vikriti is our current state of imbalance, so the goal in Ayurveda is to bring us back to our true nature.

As an Ayurvedic health coach, I help you understand your blueprint, your prakriti and what current imbalances you may be facing. At the heart of Ayurveda is that understanding that like increases like and that opposites balance. Basically, we can apply the opposite principle to all aspects of our lives for healing. There are so many benefits to incorporating Ayurveda into your life. The number one reason would be disease prevention, managing stress, establishing a daily routine, diet, nutritional and herbal support, anti-aging and improving energy to name a few. 

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Ayurveda Immunity 101: Eat According to the Ayurvedic Clock!

Ayurveda Immunity 101: Eat According to the Ayurvedic Clock!

Ayurveda Immunity 101: Eat According to the Ayurvedic Clock!

By Paige Pearman, Owner, Luv Yourself

When and how you eat at different times of the day matters! 

What if I told you that to lose weight, improve digestion, or have more energy and even prevent disease, it truly matters which meal you eat the most during the day.

If you are like most Americans, you eat your largest meal at yep you guessed it dinner. And if this is your habitual nightly routine, then you may want to think twice! The later you eat calories in the day is related to obesity, high blood pressure and metabolic syndrome. 

Check out my YouTube video to learn:

  • How to burn fat and gain energy
  • Digestive enzymes are highest in our body during what Ayurveda calls the Pitta time of day
  • In Ayurveda, your agni or digestive fire is key to your health

What is Agni and Ama?

In this video, you’ll learn:

  • Many people think the largest meal should be breakfast, but that just isn’t the case
  • Eat the bulk of your calories during the Pitta time of day when your digestive enzymes are at their peak!
  • Undigested food creates AMA or toxicity in your body!

When do you eat your largest meal of the day? If it is at dinner, then try eating your largest meal at lunch for a week and see how you feel.

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Top 3 Natural, Alternative Health Recommendations Trending for 2022 for Women

Top 3 Natural, Alternative Health Recommendations Trending for 2022 for Women

Top 3 Natural, Alternative Health Recommendations Trending for 2022 for Women

By Paige Pearman, Owner, Luv Yourself, Ayurvedic and Integrative Health Wellness Spa  www.luv-yourself.com

Women’s Sex Hormones Vs. Men

Women’s health is vastly different from men’s based on our sex hormones. Given that we have a 28-day cycle for most of our adult lives, working with this intricate system, the first thing to balance is our stress hormones. As an Ayurvedic Health Practitioner, it is my goal to help women and men get a natural high through treatments already found in nature. As women balance work, play, motherhood, partnership, and a never ending to-do-list, we need easy, affordable ways to bliss out.

Stress-Response

The biggest difference between men and women is our stress responses. Males have one 24-hour hormonal clock, whereas women have a 24-hour cycle and a 28 monthly cycle.  This means that men have a high success rate with the same routine daily, whereas women’s stress cycle is quite different literally daily. The bottom line working with aligning women’s bodies to the parasympathetic nervous system is vitally important. The majority of Ayurvedic Health Coaching gets these results as well as Ayurvedic Body Therapies.

While men can do really well under healthy stress and higher levels of cortisol, women do quite well in the rest and digest state, tapping into the parasympathetic nervous system, or what is known as the “tending and befriending” stress response. This is equally important for men as well, but it is a quick way to help women balance their hormones and address women-related health issues.

Medical Research is Primarily on Men Vs Women

Some of the top reported health trends are frankly more appropriate for men than they are for women. The vast majority of research, 75% of medical research in fact, is performed on men rather than women. Due to the fact that in the past menstrual cycles and pregnancies complicated the research process, women were removed from the vast amount of research, and only 4% of healthcare R&D is on women’s health in the United States. Nevertheless, over 13,000 genes are expressed differently between the sexes.

Health Tips for Men may Not be Appropriate For Women

For example, while the keto diet and intermittent fasting is all the rage, it is not necessarily a wise approach for all women during all of the phases of her cycle. In fact, it can have dire consequences on women’s hormones long-term if it isn’t aligned to her bio-individuality or Dosha Body Type (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha) in Ayurvedic terms. Cross-fit and hard-core cortisol workouts might deplete a woman’s energy and immunity or in Ayurvedic terms her ojas. It can put women in low-energetic states, taxing her adrenals and thyroid, and have a hormonal response causing chronic stress, injuries, weight loss or weight gain, and low libido.

Ayurveda is the Science of Bio-Individuality

Ayurveda is the science of bio-individuality, and if we teach women their energetic body type or Dosha, they can maximize their energy, reduce stress, heal their bodies, and slow down the aging process. Ayurveda is not a one size fits all approach to wellness. Nature herself has some of the most powerful healing mechanisms on the planet.

I believe in 2022 and in the future, we will see women hacking nature more and more for healing. As women understand their biochemistry better, they will seek more and more natural remedies. One of the biggest things I preach in my practice is aligning your bio-energetic body to your circadian rhythm and your menstrual cycle. You can literally harness the hours of the day to be more energetic, creative, and resilient if you know how. These natural therapies mentioned in this article allow the body to relax, reset and allow your natural processes to function optimally.

Infrared Sauna – Uses the power of light therapy to enhance health and mood. Luv Yourself has a medical-grade Sunlighten, mid-near-far Infrared Sauna. https://luv-yourself.com/ayurveda/swedana-infrared-sauna/

Infrared Sauna exposure enhances performance, burns fat, and reduces all-cause mortality. For anyone looking for a passive cardio workout, relaxation, and mood-boosting effects, a mid-near-far infrared sauna should not be overlooked.

  • Sauna use mimics physiological and protective responses induced during exercise.

  • Repeated sauna use optimizes stress responses via hormesis and heat shock proteins.

  • Appears to reduce morbidity and mortality in a dose-dependent manner

  • Protects against cardiovascular and neurodegenerative disease

  • Preserves muscle mass and counters sarcopenia

  • Sauna releases euphoric hormones to improve mood and reduce depression

EMF Protection through Exposure to Negative Ions found in Nature

With ever-increasing exposure to EMF through 5G towers and constant use of tablets, our bodies need an opportunity to detoxify from EMF.  There is an overall increase in electro-hyper-sensitivity. We can counter EMF exposure by being in nature, being near water, and using gemstones and EMF protective devices. The benefits of negative ions are the opposite of the consequences associated with positive ions due to EMF toxicity. Negative ions support the immune system, maintain mental health, regulates sleep patterns and inhibits the growth of bacteria, viruses and mold species. Negative ions can protect the respiratory system from germs and harmful particles in the air. Negative ion exposure enhances oxygen absorption. Their ability to increase oxygen results in a heightened sense of alertness, decreased symptoms of fatigue, and elevated mental energy and clarity.

To counter EMF:

  • Forest Bathing

  • Water contains negative ions that counter EMF, so spend time near water, waterfalls, creeks, lakes, etc.

  • Crystals to counter EMF: Hematite, Black Tourmaline, Shungite, Pyrite, Citrine, Rose Quartz

The Power and Science of Adaptogens 

Given that women are under increasing demands to care for children, work, stay fit, and still have time for their own self-care, adaptogens are becoming increasingly popular. Adaptogens are plant substances that help our bodies manage STRESS, maintain balance, and homeostasis. In other words, they help us adapt to external stressors. By strengthening our internal systems, adaptogens can promote mood, metabolism, energy, immune system, and sex drive. The medical literature has found adaptogens to have far-reaching health benefits.  Found in powder and capsule form, adaptogens can be mixed into morning coffee or tea or a daily smoothie.

* Consult with an Ayurvedic Practitioner or Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) practitioner before diagnosing yourself or starting a regime to match the adaptogen to your bio-individual makeup. 

Resources:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6213340/ (http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1383571805000896), an increased risk of cancer: (http://www.worldneurosurgery.org/article/S0090-3019(09)00145-1/abstract), loss of fertility: (http://www.fertstert.org/article/S0015-0282(07)00332-9/abstract), effects on brain function: (http://informahealthcare.com/doi/abs/10.1080/00207450390220330), metabolic changes: (http://www.lef.org/magazine/2007/8/report_cellphone_radiation/Page-01), disruption of the immune system: (http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3200/AEOH.58.11.712-717),  and thermodynamic changes of the body: (http://ijnmt.intimal.edu.my/JournalPapers/Vol1No2/P4Vol1No2.pdf). https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/30831365/ Crystals for EMF: https://tinyrituals.co/blogs/tiny-rituals/emf-protection-crystals-what-to-buy-and-how-to-use-them, Science Direct, Published October 2021: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0531556521002916, Pub Med, August 5, 2021:https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34363927/, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/3218898/, https://www.optimallivingdynamics.com/blog/13-proven-ways-saunas-can-improve-your-mental-health-dry-hot-benefits-depression-anxiety, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6240259/, https://www.nutritionaloutlook.com/view/adaptogen-market-stronger-clinical-research, https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/neuroscience/adaptogen, https://www.forbes.com/health/body/what-are-adaptogens/, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6213340/

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Ayurveda, Digestion and Bone Broth for Winter Health and Immunity

Ayurveda, Digestion and Bone Broth for Winter Health and Immunity

Ayurveda, Digestion and Bone Broth for Winter Health and Immunity

Many people who come to Ayurveda might believe that the ancient Indian sages were strictly vegetarians, but this is a misconception and far from the truth. In fact, all whole foods are medicine in Ayurveda, and under certain health conditions and circumstances meat is used for healing purposes.

One of the ideal foods for depletion, sickness, and digestive complaints is to in fact eat bone broth for its many rich health benefits.

Rejuvenate and Restore this Winter

In Ayurveda, there is no one size fits all approach, but if you are suffering from leaky gut, immune issues, and digestive complaints, then you may want to consider bone broth as part of your winter repertoire in the kitchen.

Winter time is a time to restore and rejuvenate the body due to the cold, harsh and dry elements of the winter. Oftentimes in the winter, we turn to creature comfort foods that are processed and do not have a lot of nutritional value like breads, muffins, pies, and holiday desserts.

Homemade bone broth packs a punch in nutritional content and upgrades your system. It’s full of minerals and substances that the body will absorb and appreciate. Bone broth acts as a tonic to drink up the nutrient content offered by this superfood elixir.

The best part of bone broth is that it pacifies VATA Dosha. Vata is catabolic in nature and depletes the body when it seeps deep into our tissues, we’ll get issues! The warmth and density of bone broth grounds and soothes the nerves after a long, cold wintery day outside.

Due to its rich iron content it restores the rasa dhatu or strengthens the blood due to its rich iron content. The rasa dhatu or blood is the first way to build up ojas or deep immunity within the body. When our rasa is depleted, then we have weak ojas or vitality and strength to ward off viruses, colds and flus.

Boosts Immunity and Anti-Inflammatory

In addition to boosting immunity, this potent tonic is anti-inflammatory. It reduces excess Pitta, (the fire element in the body) but still stabilizes our agni or digestive fire, so that it is in balance or homeostasis. We need a balanced agni for digestive health to assimilate and absorb nutrients and for proper elimination of toxins. Amino acids in bone broth such as cystine, histidine, and glycine are also known to reduce gut inflammation.

Gut Health

If you’re anything like me and have battled gut issues most of your life, then bone broth is a perfect way to aid digestion. If you experience constipation, diarrhea, IBS, leaky gut, Crohn’s disease, then drink bone broth to restore your gut flora and heal the gut lining. The collagen content of this meal will not only heal your gut, but help with beautiful hair, skin, and nails.

Bones, Hairs, Nails and Teeth

And last but not least it increases bone strength, so if you are concerned with osteoporosis or osteopenia as you age then you don’t have to buy expensive supplements to support your bones. Bone broth contains collagen, glucosamine, and chondroitin, all essential ingredients for joints, ligaments and bones.

Simple Recipe and Ingredients

In the attached photo I bought a grass-fed chicken and used the bones. All you have to do is add the bones to your crock pot for up to 24 hours with the following: two stalks of carrots and celery, half an onion, an inch of ginger, two or three cloves of garlic, 1 TBSP of turmeric, 2 TBSP of apple cider vinegar and salt and pepper to taste. Once the broth is done you can strain and add to any soup or stew recipe.

 

Namaste.

Paige

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What is Alternative Medicine?

What is Alternative Medicine?

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There are many different types of alternative medicine. But the idea is that it is using the body’s natural ways of healing. It promotes the body to heal, rather than invasive procedures or the use of chemical drugs. Let’s take a look at the different types of alternative medicines.

Homeopathy

One of those is homeopathy which is an alternative treatment for diseases. These treatments typically involve prescribing drugs that are made from natural sources such as plants and animal products. Nature has provided us with many natural medicines that can help build our immune system to fight off various diseases. Homeopath medicines do not have to endure the same regulations as other medicine. They are used to treat various health issues such as musculoskeletal pain, vertigo, digestive problems, and allergies. For example, ginger root is said to help with an upset stomach.  It has been used for years for pregnant women.

Naturopathy

Naturopathy is an alternative medicine that is used to help treat illness. It is a holistic approach that does not use any of the conventional medicines. It is based on the view that all living beings are made up of energy.  This energy is called ‘chi’ in Chinese.  It is believed that everything in the world has a corresponding opposite force. When these forces are out of balance or held too long, illness can occur.

Ayurveda

Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient healing art that helps people with illnesses. The word Ayurveda means “the science of life,” and it’s the oldest known system of holistic medicine in the world. It focuses on things like nutrition, exercise, and meditation to create a healthy lifestyle.  This then boosts the immune system and reduces anxiety and stress.

Traditional Chinese Medicine

Traditional Chinese medicine has been around for centuries, yet it is still widely used today. It can be used to help remedy a variety of different illnesses, such as the common cold. There are many different methods that people use to treat illness in traditional Chinese medicine.  But there are two main types of treatments: herbal remedies and acupuncture.

What is the Evidence for Alternative Medicine?

Many people in the modern world are skeptical of medical treatments that they cannot see, touch, or feel. They question the effectiveness of natural remedies.  They often do not believe that these alternative treatments can be as effective as what is offered by science-based medicine.

However, alternative medicine treatments have been used for centuries. History provides us with the evidence we need to ensure their safety. There may be skeptics. However, the proof is in the history of many of these ancient methods. Our bodies are designed to heal themselves naturally with proper diet and exercise. But, sometimes, it needs a boost, and that is where alternative medicines come into play.

Why Use Alternative Medicine as Opposed to Traditional Medicine?

Alternative medicine is a term that describes all forms of medical treatment that do not fall into the traditional Western paradigm. This means that it does not typically involve surgery, drugs, or other invasive treatments. Alternative medical treatments help assist patients in various areas without being invasive or body-altering in any way. If you are interested in a more holistic approach to disease and medicine, then alternative medicine is the way to go.

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