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.
Green and black cardamom. Use the green to help offset the effects of caffeine or hangovers.
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.
Did you realize that your very own kitchen pantry contains potent tonics and remedies? No, not the red wine (though that’s potent in its own right).
Given that the bulk of what we take into our bodies comes in the form of food, it has the potential to transform and heal very quickly. Not only can food heal you, if you maintain a diet that is balanced for your constitution, food works better than any medicine.
One of the first healing herbs I learned about in school for Ayurveda was turmeric. You can find it in the spice aisle of any supermarket. I discovered that, aside from staining everything it comes into contact with yellow, turmeric can do some pretty phenomenal things. Not only can it protect our bodies from toxins, but it can purify our blood, help make skin radiant, and heal injuries after an accident.
Keep reading to learn about more benefits as well as some methods for using turmeric to heal a variety of ills. Continue reading →