Author: Vaidya Shilpa Jamadarkhana

Stress- “The Silent Killer”: Ways to identify and overcome!

Abstract:

Emotional wellbeing is of utmost importance along with physical and physiological well being.
It is necessary to understand the factors causing emotional disharmony like Stress, Anxiety, depression, etc.

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“In the middle of difficulty(stress) lies opportunity”.

What is stress?

Stress is known as Sahas (excess of physical and mental strain) in Ayurveda. Ayurveda advises to avoid Sahas as it adversely affects the body. Sahas causes of oja kshaya( loss of immunity) and increases the susceptibility of the body to various infectious diseases.
There are different types of stressors- physical, psychological and environmental. They vitiate doshas and could lead to several diseases.
Vata and Pitta are the main doshas vitiated due to stress. Physical stress leads to Vata vitiation and psychological stress leads to pitta vitiation. Prolonged and persistent stress(Sahasa) causes dhatu(body tissues) degeneration and lowers the immunity(ojakshaya) of the body.

According to modern science, Stress is a normal human reaction to overcome disharmony in their day to day life. The human body can experience and cope up with stress.
When one experiences stress, the body produces physical and mental responses through Flight or Fight mode. Due to this fight or flight mode of the body and mind, the sympathetic nervous system is activated.

In stressful situations mainly three hormones Adrenaline, Cortisol and Norepinephrine
play an important role. These three hormones affect the vital systems of our body like the cardiovascular system, circulatory system and musculoskeletal system.
Every time we consider stress as the culprit of life but stress may bring new beginnings in your life if you take stress positively.

“Which zone are you in?”

1. Comfort Zone-

The comfort zone is where your subconscious mind works effortlessly like a day-to-day routine. This daily routine is easy, there are no surprises, however, very little learning or innovation takes place, and you can become unmotivated, bored and disengaged.

2. Stretch Zone-

The stretch zone lies just beyond your secure environment.
The Stretch zone is where you work to expand your knowledge and understanding, and develop the motivation to challenge yourself or take a risk. You might feel more alive, engaged, positive or slightly uneasy, and you’re ready to deal with some uncertainty in this zone and growth takes place in this stretch zone.

3. Stress(Panic) Zone-

The panic zone is also known as the “stress zone”. When taking risks, if you are overwhelmed or threatened by the challenges, you may enter the panic zone. Here, a lot of energy is required to manage and control your anxiety. Here there is no learning and innovation. You should not stay in a panic zone for a longer time as it can be harmful to your health.
Different people have varied responses to these zones.

“The magic happens just outside of your comfort zone and that is the Stretch Zone.”

How to overcome Stress?

Stress has two phases- Eustress and Distress.
Eustress is the initial phase when a person can face challenges and Distress is the next stage where the individual feels overwhelmed and unable to cope with the situation.
Eustress can be managed but Distress needs management.

There are many ways to manage stress like meditation, yoga, exercise, music therapy, following hobbies, food etc. All these activities lead to the secretion of happy hormones such as serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins. These hormones promote positive feelings like pleasure, happiness as well as regulate the heart rate and digestion.

Turyaa is an Ayurveda driven platform and we recommend all these activities along with proper diet like dates, dry figs, and walnuts to help dhatu poshan(tissue nourishment),
and to reduce stress by balancing Vata and Pitta and nourishing dhatus(body tissues).
Turyaa considers you from all the dimensions of personal, professional, psychological and social aspects. This is the unique feature to give you personalised yoga, music and sleep recommendations to achieve your Emotional well-being goals in the correct way.

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Author-
Vaidya Shillpa Venkatesh Jamdarkhana
BAMS (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery)
Diploma in Business Management
Certified Ayurveda Wellness Coach
Atreya Innovations Pvt Ltd.

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Daily Fats and Oils

Rekindle your Inner Agni, in the right way this Monsoon!!

We have learnt about superfoods, their facts and myths till now. But the most important, last but not the least, are fats and oils. Let’s know more about this macromolecule.

Now, the monsoon is going on and the people have cravings for oily & spicy food due to the cool climate. In monsoon season particularly our digestive fire is low (Agni Mandya). One should avoid too much oily, deep-fried and spicy food.

In Ayurveda, sneha means a soft, oily or lubricating substance and snehana is the treatment process of oleation of the body and gut, in this procedure ghee or medicated oils are applied to the body. Snehana can be administered both externally (bahya) and internally (abhyantara), with the main types of sneha: oil (taila), clarified butter oil-ghee (ghritha). Snehana is used to detoxify organs and lubricate or soften tissues in the body.

If you are not undergoing such Ayurvedic methods of oleation then you may add suitable fats and oils to your daily diet according to the season and tridoshas.

Nutritional facts of oils and fats:

Oils and fats suitable for sauteing/shallow frying in monsoon:

The Oils & fat which are rich in monounsaturated fats are beneficial for sauteing and shallow frying. (For example olive oil, groundnut oil and unsalted butter.) For deep frying purposes Sunflower oil and ghee are suitable.

Oil recommendations according to Tridoshas:

Vata Body type:
People with this body type are thin, fast-moving, and quick thinkers. They have a dominance of wind and space in their body, which makes them prone to dryness, poor appetite, and irregular digestion. People with this body type should refrain from consuming cold food items and should consume nourishing food containing healthy fats.
Eating food items which are hot in nature can be beneficial for people with vata body type in monsoon as the vata is aggravated in this season. Hence the best-suited cooking oils for this body type are –

  • Peanut Oil
  • Mustard Oil
  • Olive Oil

Pitta Body type:
Pitta body type people have the dominance of fire and water. People with this body type have oily skin, a fragile body and an aggressive personality. These people are prone to heat and have good digestion. People with this body type should consume food items that will keep them cool and hydrated. Along with consuming food items that are cool in nature and have high water content, the food for these people should be cooked in either of the following oils –

  • Ghee/ Clarified butter
  • Coconut oil

Kapha Body type:
People with Kapha body type are dominated by the elements of water and earth. People with this body type have a solid body(body structure is broad and bulky musculature), calm nature and are transparent in their behaviour. Due to their bulky body type, they are lazy in nature and have slow digestion. People with this dosha should include foods in their diet which would help to enhance their metabolism. The oils to be avoided by these people in monsoon are cold in nature and should include oils that are hot in nature –

  • Safflower Oil
  • Sesame Oil
  • Mustard Oil
  • Groundnut Oil

To restore your wellbeing by enhancing your metabolism and reducing the aggravated vata, one must follow Rutucharya. i.e. seasonal recommendations as per your body type.
We recommend such seasonal changes in our food plan. Do visit our websites www.naditarangini.com and www.atreyainnovations.com and know which oils and fats to consume to stay healthy as per your Prakruti & Vikruti changes.

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Bloggers – Dr. Shillpa Jamdarkhana & Mrs. Archana Patil (Wellness Coaches)
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Navrang of Navratri

Navratri is the festival of Navdurgas that helps humans awaken from within. Navratri brings so many changes in weather as well as in daily routine. This mainly helps us to detox the human body.

Every cultural activity/festival has a scientific significance that positively impacts our mind, body, and soul.
For example:
Makar Sankranti | Chaitra Navratri | Shardiya Navratri

Shardiya Navratri:
This Navratri festival is celebrated in Sharad Ritu, which starts on the 26th of September 2022 and lasts till 5 th of October Dussehra. The duration of the Festival is nine days. Many people do fasts for 9 days and eat particular foods only. Even wear a certain colour clothes according to the day.

According to Ayurveda in Sharad Ritu pitta is provoked as Agni (digestive fire) is mand (low) and may lead to various disorders of the digestive system like Acidity, Indigestion, Nausea, Skin allergies, etc. The body needs detoxification to eliminate the toxins accumulated in the body. Fast should not be excessive as it may cause deterioration of body tissues( Dhatu Kshaya). Fasting is one of the ways to detoxify the body. Fast is of 9-day duration and could be of different types as below.

  • Dry Fast (No Food – No Water)
  • Fasting on Water
  • Fasting on Fruits
  • Fasting on Liquids (Herbal Drinks)
  • Fasting from Grains
  • Fasting on Sugar and Salt
  • Intermittent Fasting
  • Circadian rhythm fasting [a time-restricted feeding (TRF) in which a person eats all of their food across a span of hours in the earlier part of the day].

According to Nutritional Science aspects, Fasting is one of the ways to healthy detox, rejuvenate and energise the body. Navratri food recipes are nutritious, Gluten-free, high in fibre and low in fats. This kind of fasting provides well hydration, and high vitamins, and minerals. Such kind of fasting imparts self-discipline as we develop healthy habits and reduce mindless eating. This Navratri fasting is not only useful in detoxification of the body but also useful in various disorders like PCOS, Hypothyroidism, high cholesterol, Obesity etc.

Navrang colours and their sequence will be different every year. Below is the list of this year’s colours and their sequence is as follows:

Day 1 (Colour – White) :
White colour foodstuffs are Milk, Curd, Buttermilk, Makhana, Cashew, and Varai (Kodo Millet).

Day 2 (Colour – Red) :
Red colour foods are Apple, Strawberry, Watermelon, Pomegranate, Plum, Mulberry, and Raspberries.

Day 3 (Colour – Royal Blue) :
Blueberry, Cowpea Flower infused Water.

Day 4 (Colour – Yellow) :
Banana, Sweet Lime, Lemon, Sweet Potato, Potato.

Day 5 (Colour – Green) :
Bhindi, Lauki, Cucumber, Mint, Green Grapes, Star fruit, Amla.

Day 6 (Colour – Grey) :
Singhara Flour, Sunflower Seeds, Chia Seeds, and Dragon fruit.

Day 7 (Colour – Orange) :
Pumpkin, Orange, Papaya, Carrot, Apricot.

Day 8 (Colour – Peacock Green) :
Pista, Guava, Green Grapes.

Day 9 (Colour – Pink) :
Kokam Juice, Pomelo (Papas), Groundnuts.

People celebrate Navratri by doing Pooja, Fasting, Rangoli and floral decoration at their places, Chanting Vedic Mantras of Goddesses and wearing particular colour clothes on particular days. This shows unity and brings us closer to nature as we are a part of this nature.

Diversity is the main important characteristic of Nature, and humans should adopt this characteristic in their daily routine by eating various colours of food in their diet. Nature has an ample collection of colours, which are due to different types of pigments. These natural entities have antioxidant activity which is helpful in the ageing process, and chronic disorders.

Navrang of Navratri (Nine Colours) enhances the physical beauty of the person as well as could make the mind and soul healthy through eating Navrang colour foods available in nature.

We recommend such innovative, Nutritious, Local but Low cal fast recipes for Navratri in our food plan at Atreya Innovations platform.

Do visit our websites www.naditarangini.com and www.atreyainnovations.com and know which recipes to consume to stay healthy as per your Prakruti & Vikruti changes.

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Authors –
Dr. Shilpa Jamdarkhana (Wellness Coach – Ayurveda)
Mrs. Archana Patil (Wellness Coach – Nutrition)

 

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