ayurveda for a
Nine suggestions to
keep the beat
BY DR. VIRENDER SODHI
According to Ayurveda, the heart is the seat of a person’s soul and its health is a natural reflection of our state of balance or imbalance. Ayurveda is the healing side of yoga
and a 5,000-year-old system of holistic medicine that has originated in India and is
practiced around the world.
Heart-healthy apples contain quercetin, an anti-inflammatory phytochemical that supports the circulatory system. Choose organically-grown fruits to benefit from this rich source of vitamins and fiber.
1. Manage Your Stress
Certain constitutional types known as pitta (the fire element) and vata (the air and
space elements) are more prone to experiencing the negative impacts of stress and
other symptoms and syndromes including high blood pressure. People whose predominant type is pitta tend to focus on perfection and pushing their limits, leading
to sleepless nights, an increase of the sympathetic nervous systems’ fight or flight response, and high blood pressure. Outside factors such as a demanding career can also
cause stress. Reduce the negative impacts of stress by knowing your limits, setting
boundaries for yourself, and releasing judgment of yourself and others.
2. Don’t Worry, Be Happy
While this may sound as simple as song lyrics, our outlook on life makes a difference, especially since emotions such as joy and sorrow are held in the heart. Become
lighthearted and cultivate an upbeat outlook and healthy relationships. In order to
find your bliss, participate in balanced, fun activities and focus on a positive attitude.
We expend a lot of mental energy ruminating, but dwelling on past
mistakes won’t change them. Change your thinking now to
take charge of your future. Spend time with family and
friends, including the four-legged kind. Studies show that
pets help lower blood pressure and lessen anxiety
in their owners. Other simple ways to reduce worry
and increase happiness include the use of calming
aromatherapy such as lavender and rose, listening
to uplifting music, and laughing.
3. Eat Heart-Healthy Foods
Focus on whole foods, preferably organic, rather than
of processed or canned foods, which can contribute to
weight gain and toxicity. Shop the outer aisles of your
supermarket, or better yet, the farmer’s market for the
freshest foods. Since many people with a propensity for heart
health issues have predominantly pitta constitutions or pitta
imbalances, meaning that they run on the fiery side, >>