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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One Drink to Improve Digestion and Heal Illness in Your Gut

If takra had a tagline, it would be: Lighten your yogurt, digest more, make your tummy feel good. So maybe there’s a reason I don’t write for commercials, but I can attest to the many benefits of takra on my own digestion and I’ve seen it work wonders for patients.

Takra, also called buttermilk, helps increase your digestive power. (It’s not the fermented buttermilk you buy in the store.) Regular ole yogurt’s properties make it sour and heavy to digest. As with most fermented foods, yogurt also increases water retention in the body and can cause a variety of skin conditions, from acne to rashes.

But when you make takra, you lighten the properties of yogurt and remove the sourness so that it’s light and digestive. This takra mixture can help pretty much any disease in the gastrointestinal tract, whether diarrhea, IBS, hemorrhoids, Chron’s disease, or any sort of slow digestion or constipation.

Watch a six-second video showing you how to make takra:

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Ayurvedic Hacks: Two Simple Remedies for Digestive Health

In computer programming, a hack refers to a clever bit of programming that solves a problem. In Ayurveda, there are also hacks (though I don’t think the original sages who wrote the Ayurvedic texts had this term in mind).

Since I began studying Ayurveda, I’ve come to learn countless simple tweaks to diet and lifestyle that can have a huge impact on health. Here are two of my favorite Ayurvedic hacks.

cardamom

Green and black cardamom. Use the green to help offset the effects of caffeine or hangovers.

Add cardamom.
This is a spice that’s rarely used in the West, but possess a unique combination of both cooling and digestive properties.

If you’ve ever had Indian chai, one of the main flavors you’ll taste is slightly sweet and spicy cardamom.

It’s no coincidence that cardamom is featured prominently in both tea and coffee in India. By adding cardamom to coffee or tea, it helps decrease the heat, acidity, as well as the overall increase in vata (excess air in the body) in the body from caffeine.

Another added benefit of cardamom: if you have a hangover, try sucking on a few green cardamom pods and eating the little seeds inside (spit out the outer shell). The seeds will help with nausea and improve stinky morning breath.

Keep reading for one more hack…

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