Sin City to Sick City, Healing When You Feel Like Crap

Sin City = Sick City in my book. Time to get healthy.

Sin City = Sick City in my book. Time to get healthy.

Not only is Vegas Sin City, but it’s also Sick City in my case.

The smoke, air conditioning, windowless rooms (no I don’t do that kind of work), the stress of the work itself, shaking hands with lots of potentially sick people, and the travel to get there.

In my experience, Vegas has pretty much been a magnet for illness. (Let’s hope the Vegas tourism board doesn’t read this!)

Four days in Vegas for work two weeks ago left me with a pretty nasty flu last week. Fever, chills, coughing, sneezing, headache, congestion. My symptoms reminded me of those Nyquil commercials from my childhood.

That old adage about feeding a fever, starving a cold? It doesn’t hold true at all in Ayurveda. Well, it’s half true anyway. When you’re sick, you should almost always fast or at least eat light.

I blogged a few months ago on tips to heal a cold, now here’s an explanation of why we get sick and an easy recipe to make when your immune system is compromised.

The reason we get sick can best be explained with an analogy (this, courtesy of Ayurvedic practitioner and one of my very brilliant teachers Mahesh Sabade).

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A Springtime Recipe + Practices to Kick Your Health into Gear

barley kichadi

Spring barley bowl–great to put a spring in your step in the spring.

Sick of colds, coughs, and allergies this time of year?

Why do we get colds in spring, anyway?

Spring is the time when kapha dosha melts. Think of this as the equivalent of winter ice melting to make way for spring’s lush growth in our bodies. If we don’t adjust our heavier winter diets to address the melting kapha this can mean colds, allergies, cough, asthma, or just a feeling of heaviness or sluggishness. Blech.

Ayurveda’s wisdom says that that if you’re trying to rid your body of accumulated winter fat and heaviness, it’s time to switch to a light, easy-to-digest diet. OK, most wisdom says that.

Keep reading for dietary tips to keep you healthy and a light springtime barley bowl at the end of this post to help you feel right.

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Cure a Cold, the Ayurvedic Way

Bundle up when you have a cold. Keep warm!

You’ve got a tickle in your throat. A foggy head. Sinus pressure. Sneezing. As much as you try to resist, you’ve got a cold. And it sucks!

While popping cold medicine can help you feel better in the short term, suppressing your immune system makes your cold hang out even longer.

A cold happens because of an imbalance in both kapha and vata doshas and the best way to counteract this is with heat and dryness.

Here are a few tips and tricks to help you beat a cold and be virtually symptom free within a few days.

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