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Ayurvedic Support for Women going through Menopause

Menopause is a natural biological process that marks the end of menstruation for women. It typically occurs between the ages of 45 and 55 and is characterized by a decline in the production of estrogen and progesterone, two hormones that regulate the menstrual cycle. While menopause is a natural transition, it can also bring a host of physical and emotional symptoms that can be challenging to manage.

The signs and symptoms of menopause can vary from woman to woman, but some common ones include:

Irregular periods: As menopause approaches, the menstrual cycle may become irregular, with periods becoming shorter or longer, heavier or lighter, or less frequent.

Hot flashes: Hot flashes are a sudden feeling of warmth that spreads throughout the body, often accompanied by sweating, palpitations, and feelings of anxiety.

Night sweats: Night sweats are similar to hot flashes but occur during sleep, often leading to disrupted sleep and feelings of fatigue.

Vaginal dryness: As estrogen levels decline, the tissues of the vagina may become thinner, drier, and less elastic, leading to discomfort and pain during sexual intercourse.

Mood changes: The hormonal changes of menopause can cause mood swings, irritability, anxiety, and depression.

Sleep disturbances: Menopause can also lead to sleep disturbances, such as insomnia, frequent waking, or daytime sleepiness.

Weight gain: Some women may experience weight gain or a change in body composition during menopause.

Fortunately, Ayurveda, a traditional Indian system of medicine, offers a range of natural remedies and lifestyle practices that can help women navigate this transition with greater ease and comfort. In this blog post, we’ll explore some Ayurvedic support for women going through menopause.

Ayurvedic Diet:

Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of a balanced diet for overall health and well-being, and this is especially true during menopause. A diet that is rich in whole foods, including fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, can help support hormonal balance and reduce symptoms such as hot flashes, mood swings, and fatigue. Foods that are particularly beneficial during menopause include leafy greens, nuts and seeds, berries, and soy products.

Ayurvedic Herbs:

Ayurvedic herbs can be a powerful tool for supporting women during menopause. One of the most well-known herbs is Ashwagandha, which is known for its ability to help reduce stress and anxiety. Other herbs that may be beneficial include Shatavari, which supports hormonal balance, and Brahmi, which can help with mental clarity and focus.

Ayurvedic Lifestyle Practices:

Ayurveda places great emphasis on lifestyle practices as a way to support overall health and well-being. Some practices that may be beneficial for women going through menopause include daily exercise, such as yoga or walking, meditation, and deep breathing exercises. It’s also important to prioritize rest and relaxation and to minimize stress as much as possible.

Ayurvedic Massages:

Ayurvedic massages, such as Abhyanga, can help women going through menopause by promoting relaxation and reducing stress levels. These massages involve the use of warm oils and gentle strokes, which can help to soothe the nervous system and promote overall well-being.

In conclusion, menopause can be a challenging time for women, but Ayurveda offers a range of natural remedies and lifestyle practices that can help support women during this transition. By focusing on a balanced diet, incorporating Ayurvedic herbs, practicing lifestyle practices, and receiving Ayurvedic massages, women can find relief from the physical and emotional symptoms of menopause and improve their overall health and well-being. If you are experiencing menopause and are interested in exploring Ayurvedic support, it’s always a good idea to consult with a qualified Ayurvedic practitioner to develop a personalized plan that meets your unique needs.

Hair loss, also known as alopecia, is a common condition that affects both men and women. There are several causes of hair loss, including genetics, hormonal changes, medications, stress, and certain medical conditions. Hair loss can be temporary or permanent, and the severity of the condition varies depending on the underlying cause. While some types of hair loss can be reversed or managed with medication or lifestyle changes, others may require more aggressive treatment options such as hair transplant surgery. Hair loss can be a significant source of distress for those who experience it, but there are many resources available to help manage the condition and restore confidence in one’s appearance.

Ayurvedic Diet for Hair Loss:

Ayurveda states that Vata, Pitta, and Kapha doshas can affect the health of our hair. To enhance hair health, Ayurveda recommends consuming foods such as moong beans, amla, cucumber, buttermilk, almonds, walnuts, and peanuts. Additionally, Ayurveda offers various remedies and treatments to improve and sustain healthy hair.

Ayurveda, the ancient Indian system of medicine, offers a holistic approach to health and wellness. One of the areas where Ayurveda is particularly effective is in the treatment of hair loss. Ayurvedic principles emphasize the importance of maintaining balance in the body, mind, and spirit, and this approach is also reflected in the Ayurvedic diet for hair loss. In this blog post, we’ll explore the key elements of an Ayurvedic diet that can help promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss.

  • Incorporate Foods Rich in Protein

Protein is a critical nutrient for healthy hair growth, and an Ayurvedic diet for hair loss emphasizes the importance of incorporating protein-rich foods such as lentils, beans, nuts, and seeds into your diet. These foods provide the building blocks for hair growth, including amino acids, which are the essential components of hair.

  • Include Foods High in Iron

Iron is another critical nutrient for healthy hair growth, and a deficiency in iron can lead to hair loss. An Ayurvedic diet for hair loss includes foods that are rich in iron, such as leafy greens, beets, lentils, and red meat. Iron-rich foods help promote healthy blood flow to the scalp, which is essential for healthy hair growth.

  • Eat Foods High in Omega-3 Fatty Acids

Omega-3 fatty acids are essential for healthy hair growth, and an Ayurvedic diet for hair loss includes foods that are high in these beneficial fats. Foods such as fatty fish, nuts, and seeds are rich in omega-3 fatty acids and can help improve hair density and thickness.

  • Avoid Processed Foods and Sugar

An Ayurvedic diet for hair loss also emphasizes the importance of avoiding processed foods and sugar. These foods can contribute to inflammation in the body, which can disrupt healthy hair growth. Instead, focus on whole, nutrient-dense foods that provide the vitamins and minerals your body needs to support healthy hair growth.

  • Incorporate Ayurvedic Herbs

In addition to dietary changes, Ayurvedic herbs can also be an effective way to support healthy hair growth. Herbs such as amla, brahmi, and bhringraj are traditionally used in Ayurveda to promote healthy hair growth and prevent hair loss. These herbs can be taken in supplement form or can be used in recipes.

Lifestyle Changes to Combat Hair Loss:

Hair loss can be a distressing experience for many people, and while there are several treatments available to combat it, lifestyle changes can also play a crucial role in preventing and reducing hair loss. Here are some lifestyle changes that can help combat hair loss:

Eat a healthy and balanced diet: A nutritious diet that is rich in vitamins and minerals is essential for healthy hair growth. Include foods that are high in protein, such as lean meats, eggs, and nuts, as well as foods that are rich in vitamins and minerals, such as leafy greens, fruits, and vegetables.

Manage stress: Stress can contribute to hair loss, so it’s essential to manage stress levels. Try relaxation techniques such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing exercises to help reduce stress.

Avoid harsh styling products and treatments: Certain styling products and treatments, such as straightening irons, hot rollers, and chemical treatments, can damage hair and contribute to hair loss. Try to avoid using these products or limit their use.

Avoid tight hairstyles: Tight hairstyles such as braids, ponytails, and cornrows can pull on the hair, causing it to break and contribute to hair loss. Opt for looser hairstyles or wear your hair down more often.

Get enough sleep: Lack of sleep can contribute to stress and disrupt the body’s hormonal balance, leading to hair loss. Try getting at least seven to eight hours of sleep each night for good health and hair.

Stay hydrated: Drinking enough water is essential for overall health and can also promote healthy hair growth. Aim to drink around  eight glasses of water each day and be on the move, don’t just sit around all day doing nothing.

Quit smoking: Smoking can contribute to hair loss by reducing blood flow to the scalp and damaging hair follicles. Quitting smoking can help improve hair health.

In conclusion

Making lifestyle changes such as eating a healthy diet, managing stress levels, avoiding harsh styling products and treatments, getting enough sleep, staying hydrated, and quitting smoking can help combat hair loss and promote healthy hair growth.


While we cannot stop or control aging, we can slow the process with smart choices. Graceful aging is any women’s desire. Ayurveda understands that one’s nutritional and hydration requirements needs a boost when women enter their 40s. Kapha’s may face bloating, sluggish energy, weight gain or find it hard to lose weight due to slower metabolism, Pitta’s may experience hot flashes, skin flare ups or heart conditions and lastly, Vata’s may go through frequent constipation, anxiety, sleep deprivation and joint pain. Hormonal changes can imbalance the Doshas. Therefore, smart eating and making a few lifestyle changes will ease the transition into 40s.  

As women we are prone to decreased metabolic rate, lower estrogen levels, low vision, inelasticity in veins and blood vessels, mood swings, muscle loss (especially near the belly), the risk of heart conditions, cognitive decline, hair, and bone loss are higher.

If you are still not aware what your dosha is, then you can take the quiz here.

Eating Smart in your 40s:

  1. Eat half full: Do not be full after your meals or overeat. You must leave some room or eat half full to the stomach. Stop eating right away if you feel that your heart is beating faster than usual. Especially Kapha and Pitta dosha people should pay attention to the changing of their heart beats while eating.
  2. Eat mostly cooked: According to Ayurveda, cooked foods are best for digestive health. This is more so for Vata and Kapha dosha imbalances. Eat steamed, baked, boiled or sauteed 80% of the time. Additionally instead of deep frying, try the air fryer or ovens that come with an air frying feature.
  3. Eat a Variety of Colorful Vegetables: Eating seasonally and eating variety is highly recommended in Ayurveda. More colors add various kinds of antioxidants, fiber, and nutrients.
  4. Eat Fruits Consciously: Eat no more than 2 servings of fruits that are low in the glycemic index. Try to eat seasonally and ensure variety in your diet as much as possible.
  5. Eat Protein: Eat small amount of protein rich foods in each meal. Vegetarians can try eating beans (including soy), lentils, nuts, or seeds with their meals.
  6. Eat Fats: Add oils, nut/seed butters or fatty fruits such as, olives, avocados into your diet. Avoid any hydrogenated oils and choose virgin oils. Try adding olive oil in your salads. Kapha’s or if you are prone towards high estrogen or weight gain or even have had painful periods, then avoid dairy foods such as, milk, yogurt, cheese, ghee, butter, cream, or kefir. Usually dairy is ok for Vata or Pitta dosha.
  7. Avoid Factory Processed Foods: Do not to consume packaged, frozen, and dehydrated foods filled it hydrogenated oil, sugar, high salt, artificial-sugars, food color, fillers, additives, and chemicals. However, if you have a guilty pleasure do balance out with more water or a bit of fasting.
  8. You must try to eat calmly, not when stressed, depressed, anxious, multi-tasking or otherwise distracted.
  9. See a nutritionist occasionally to personalize your diet, especially if struggling to maintain good health. For a consultation with me check out this page.
  10. Avoid Caffeine: You must let go or reduce caffeine significantly as it dehydrates you and can cause hormonal imbalance. Drink water and herbal teas instead. In the west even medicinal mushroom beverages are also available.
  11. Practice Mindfulness: Ensure you eat well 80% of the time. However, when with friends and family enjoy and let go a little where you can.
  12. Avoid Sugar: Add honey (not for Pitta), jaggery or stevia instead of any white or brown sugar as well as any artificial sweetener. Sugar is particularly harmful for Kapha dosha imbalances.
  13. Less Salt: If you are cooking your own meals reduce salt intake by half. It will be painful initially however the pay off is very high If you like to snack then make them at home. Homemade potato chips (esp. air fried) will be much better in quality than store brought. Eat vegetables high in potassium so balance electrolytes.
  14. Hydration: There is no substitute for water. Filtered or spring water is preferred. Warm or room temperature water is best for Kapha and Vata while cold water is good for Pitta. Although hydration is important however, during meals, right before or after meals drink less water or avoid.
  15. Last but not the least – fast occasionally for 16-18 hours. Especially if you are a Kapha who is insulin resistance, overweight or have hormonal imbalances such as, low thyroid or estrogen excess.

To make full use of these tips, incorporate them 1 or 2 at a time in your lifestyle. When going out with friends and family be mindful but do not be too strict. Enjoy a little and let it go.

There are many benefits of the following the above tips. You can stay fit and light, reduce the chances of heart disease, if pregnant in your 40s then you must increase certain other nutrients. If you follow these tips, you also reduce the chances of diabetes and kidney disease.

Customize your Diet:

If you need a custom diet to combat your current health condition you can book a consult with me. Custom diets help to reduce inflammation, pain, identify food intolerance to improve digestion and balance hormones. Custom diet also combats nutrient deficiencies such as, iron, calcium, and D3. I have also designed diet plans for people who have cancer, diabetes, kidney disease or arthritis in their family to prevent the same through lifestyle and food choices. One of the best features of a custom diet it works with your current health and lifestyle. Choose package 2 from my health consultation packages for a nutritional protocol and a meal plan.

Benefits of a Healthy Diet in your 40s:

  1. Eating half full to the stomach gives you the ability to combat changes in metabolism such as, slow, sluggish metabolism and weight gain.
  2. The same also strengthens Agni or the digestive fire for better digestion.
  3. Adding probiotics and fats will improve brain function, mood, memory, and focus.
  4. Including nuts, seeds, and berries will build up immune system, bone density, and improve sleep.
  5. Adding dark leafy greens improves calcium and iron intake, B vitamins and chlorophyl in your diet.
  6. Reducing salt and sugar will improve metabolism, digestion, balance hormone, combat water retention, and contribute towards weight loss if required.
  7. A variety of fruits and vegetables will provide fiber, nutrients, and antioxidants. This will result in better liver and kidney function, stronger immune system, and glowing skin.
  8. Better nutrition also result in less anxiety, nervousness, and depression.

Try the Buddha Bowl recipe from my channel.

Eat Right for Your Body Type:

I wrote an e-course called 21-Day Eat Right for Your Body Type. This is an informative course that assists with decoding many health mysteries and wrong notions. If you are serious about your health and want to avoid fad diets and want to learn more about the science behind health and nutrition then the Eat Right for Your Body Type is the right E-Course for you! This 21-Day information filled course based on Ayurveda and Nutrition. It can help you combat chronic diseases, fatigue, insomnia, weight gain and depression. I cover everything from food sourcing, meal planning, herbal supplements, to emotional healing and reasons behind food cravings. This complete e-course will be administered solely through your email or in a PDF form. However, for deeper health challenges and custom design protocol and meal plan a consult with me would be more suitable.

A few Extended Tips:

Try a New Grain:

Gluten free grains such as quinoa, teff and millet are packed with nutrition, protein. and fiber. Eating whole grains can lower the chances of belly fat than refined grains.

Up your Essential Fatty Acids:

If you are a vegetarian or vegan the best sources of Omega 3 fatty acids are from chia seeds, seaweeds, flax seeds, and hemp seed oil. Purchase a good quality plant-based Omega 3 fatty acid as well as have Omega 6 and 9 fatty acids to add to the diet. In a personal, one on one health consultation, I suggest both my male and female clients how best to add EFAs in their diet and what would be the best source for them.

Don’t forget Fiber:

One major part of carbohydrate rich food is its fiber. Fiber promotes digestion, lowers cholesterol, controls blood sugar, promotes healthy weight, and increase healthy gut bacteria. Although fruits, vegetables and grains contain fiber in various amounts, it is important to add extra fiber as you are in your 40s. Psyllium husk, flax seed and chia seeds are my top choices to add extra fiber. Apple, pear, avocado, artichoke, Brussel sprouts, broccoli, carrots, beet, and peas also carry good amount of fiber.

Please let me know which of the of the tips you will try first. What have you changed recently that improved your metabolism? And always speak with your primary health care professional before making any major change in your diet.

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Ayurvedic Diet and Lifestyle practices for Epilepsy


Ayurveda is an ancient system of medicine that originated in India and is based on the belief that imbalances in the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) can lead to health problems.

In Ayurveda, it is believed that imbalances in the doshas can lead to health problems, including epilepsy.

There is limited research on the effectiveness of ayurvedic treatments for epilepsy. However, some ayurvedic lifestyle practices and dietary recommendations may potentially help to manage epilepsy symptoms.

Ayurvedic Diet for Epilepsy:

One of the key principles of Ayurveda is the importance of a balanced diet. Eating a diet that is tailored to your individual dosha can help to maintain overall health and potentially help manage epilepsy symptoms.

It is also important for people with epilepsy to avoid triggers that may cause seizures. Some common triggers include certain foods or substances, stress, and lack of sleep. Keeping a seizure diary can be helpful in identifying any potential triggers and avoiding them as much as possible.

Antioxidants are believed to be important in the management of epilepsy, as oxidative stress is thought to play a role in the development of seizures. Incorporating foods that are high in antioxidants, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds, into your diet may help to manage epilepsy symptoms.

In addition to dietary changes, incorporating stress-reducing practices into your daily routine may also be helpful in managing epilepsy. This can include activities which includes yoga, meditation, or deep breathing.

While these recommendations may be helpful in managing epilepsy symptoms, it is important to note that they should not be used as a substitute for medical treatment. Always consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.


Lifestyle Practices for Epilepsy:

Here are a few lifestyle recommendations that may be helpful for managing epilepsy:

  • Eat a balanced diet: In Ayurveda, it is believed that imbalances in the three doshas (vata, pitta, and kapha) can lead to health problems, including epilepsy. Eating a balanced diet that is tailored to your individual dosha can help to maintain overall health and potentially help manage epilepsy symptoms.


  • Avoid triggers: Some people with epilepsy may find that certain foods or substances trigger seizures. It may be helpful to keep a seizure diary to help identify any potential triggers and avoid them as much as possible.


  • Eat a diet rich in antioxidants: Antioxidants can help to protect against oxidative stress, which is thought to play a role in the development of epilepsy. Foods that are high in antioxidants include fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.


  • Incorporate stress-reducing practices: Stress can be a trigger for seizures in some people with epilepsy. Incorporating stress-reducing practices such as meditation, yoga, or deep breathing into your daily routine may help to manage epilepsy symptoms.

It is important to note that these recommendations are not a substitute for medical treatment, and you should always consult with a healthcare professional before making any changes to your diet or lifestyle.

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How Yoga and Ayurveda Impacts Mental Health

Since ancient times, Yoga and Ayurveda have been known to have a positive impact on mental health. Many people believe that Yoga and Ayurveda can help improve overall mental well-being by treating conditions such as anxiety, depression, and stress.

Yoga and Ayurveda are believed to help improve mood by increasing circulation and reducing tension in the body. Additionally, yoga and Ayurveda may help improve cognitive function and concentration.
How Yoga Impacts Mental Health:

Yoga is considered as to improve mental health in multiple ways. One study found that regular yoga practitioners had decreased anxiety and depression symptoms, while another found that yoga can help improve stress levels and focus. Moreover, yoga helps to improve sleep that reduces anxiety and depression.

The different types of yoga that can improve mental health:

There are many types of yoga that can improve mental health. Some examples are:

  • Hatha yoga: Hatha yoga is a popular form of yoga that is typically performed at a moderate pace. Hatha yoga is often described as being relaxing and calming, and can help to improve circulation and flexibility. Hatha yoga can also be helpful in relieving stress and tension, and can be helpful in reducing anxiety and depression.
  • Vinyasa yoga: Vinyasa yoga is a type of yoga that is based on the principles of flow. The name “Vinyasa” is Sanskrit for “flow.” This type of yoga is more inspiring and mostly suggested to people who are new to yoga. It is good for overall body and mind health and can help increase flexibility and strength.
  • Bikram yoga: Bikram Yoga is a form of yoga that is performed in 26 postures, or “asanas”, set to the rhythm of the Bikram sequence. The sequence is performed in a heated room over a period of 90 minutes. This type of yoga is very hot and is often recommended for people who are looking to improve their flexibility and core strength.

How Ayurveda Impacts Mental Health:

India considers Ayurveda as holistic system of medicine and using it since 3000 years. It is based on the premise that the body is a system, composed of many interacting parts, each with its own function. A person’s health is determined by the overall balance of these parts.

Ayurveda consider as an effective treatment for mental health. For example, it has been shown to be effective for the treatment of anxiety, depression, OCD, and bipolar disorder. Ayurveda also has a strong emphasis on maintaining a healthy balance of emotions, which is believed to help improve mental health.

  • Ayurveda is traditional Indian healing system that has been used for centuries to treat mental health issues.

The ancient Indian system of Ayurveda is a mental healing system that relies on the principles of dosha, vata, pitta, and kapha. According to Ayurveda, each of us has a particular balance of these four doshas, which affects our physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health.

When imbalances occur in our doshas, our body and mind become strained. Ayurveda practitioners use a number of treatments to restore balance. These treatments include diet, exercise, herbs, and meditation.

  • Ayurveda is based on the theory that the body is a self-regulating, and that the mind and emotions are integral to health and well-being.

The Ayurveda theory states that the body is self-regulating and that it is able to heal itself through the natural processes of metabolism and elimination. Ayurveda practitioners believe that the body is able to heal itself through the use of herbs, dietary changes, and yoga exercises. Ayurveda practitioners use treatments such as dietary counseling, yoga, and meditation to restore balance and improve mental health.

  • Ayurveda is a holistic system of medicine, and it is important to consider all aspects of a person’s health when treating mental health issues.

Ayurveda is based on the belief that the body is a system composed of various elements and that the health of the system is determined by the balance and harmony among these elements. Practitioners use different approaches to restore balance and harmony to the body, containing massage, dietary guidance, and herbal remedies. Ayurveda is sometimes referred to as the “longevity medicine” because it is thought to be beneficial for both the short- and long-term health of the individual.


Take a free Dosha Quiz to discover your Dosha, and choose the right program for yourself:

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Nutritional and Ayurvedic Treatment for Malabsorption

Malabsorption is faulty absorption of fat, protein, sugar (natural forms) and/or vitamins. Malabsorption occurs when there is a fault in absorbing nutrients through food from the gastrointestinal tract (GI tract). There is a difficulty in both digestion and absorption of the nutrients. Malabsorption typically impacts growth, development, weight loss or other health conditions. Typically, significant loss of fat-soluble vitamins is seen in malabsorption.

What causes Malabsorption

  1. Poor diet/malnutrition
  2. Low stomach acid
  3. Excessive stomach acid/Zollinger-Ellison syndrome
  4. Deficiency in enzyme production
  5. Food allergies & intolerances – usually protein in a food
  6. Autoimmune conditions
  7. Damage to the intestine – injury, infection, inflammation
  8. Stomach flu
  9. Prolonged use for antibiotics (creates imbalance in the healthy gut flora)
  10. Certain drugs such as, laxatives, mineral oils, tetracycline, colchicine, or cholestyramine, which may lead to harm the intestinal lining.
  11. Congenital
  12. Radiation and chemotherapy
  13. Alcohol abuse
  14. Excessive smoking
  15. Intestinal Surgery
  16. Stress
  17. Insomnia
  18. Excessive exercise

Signs and Symptoms of Malabsorption

  1. Sudden and/or unintentional weight loss despite eating a balanced diet
  2. Lethargy or fatigue
  3. Lack of focus, poor memory, and lack of mental clarify
  4. Digestive challenges include, diarrhea or constipation, bulky-fatty-mucus stools (that sticks to the toilet), excessive gas, bloating, abdominal distension, nausea-vomiting and cramping in the abdominal area.
  5. Growth failure in children

Common diseases linked to Malabsorption

Lactose intolerance (lack of lactase enzyme in the body), Celiac disease, Colitis, Crohn’s disease, SIBO, Cystic Fibrosis, Chronic pancreatitis, liver disease, Whipple’s disease are often seen to be a reason for malabsorption.

There are also rare conditions such as, Schwachman-Diamond syndrome (a genetic disease affecting the pancreas and bone marrow), short bowel syndrome, and Biliary atresia (a blockage in the tubes (ducts) that carry bile from the liver to the gallbladder) that can cause malabsorption. infectious diseases, parasites and toxins in food can also cause malabsorption.

Types of Malabsorption and their Impact on Health:

Fat Malabsorption:

When fats from food is not absorbed properly it passes through the small intestine to colon causing fatty, foul smelling, mucus high stools (steatorrhea). This will lead to malabsorption of fat-soluble vitamins such as, Vitamin A, D, E and K. All symptoms of deficiencies of these vitamins will show up such as, dry skin or skin lesions, frequent infections, and growth delays in children.

Fat malabsorption can also result from a lack of bile from diseases of the gallbladder, surgical gallbladder removal, bile ducts or liver.

Protein Malabsorption:

Protein Malabsorption will cause dry hair, hair loss, edema/fluid retention, muscle wasting, muscle loss, poor strength and increase in injury risks.

Carbohydrate-Sugar Malabsorption:

Lack of enzymes such as, lactase can cause milk intolerance. Lack of healthy gut flora (probiotics) can also lead to malabsorption of carbohydrate. In people with fructose malabsorption, the cells of the intestine cannot absorb fructose normally, leading to bloating, diarrhea or constipation, flatulence, and stomach pain.

Bile Salt Malabsorption (BAM):

Bile is a liquid substance that the liver produces to aid in food (fat) digestion. The body usually releases bile at the correct amount based on the food is ingested. However, sometimes the body may produce excessive bile which then goes to the small intestine and then passing on to the colon. This results in watery bowel movements, urgency etc. which many may lead to incontinence.  

Vitamin and Mineral Malabsorption:

Fat soluble vitamin deficiency can be due to fat malabsorption. This will lead to night blindness (vitamin A deficiency), weak bones and bone pain (vitamin D deficiency), Bleeding gums and nosebleeds (vitamin K deficiency) and paleness, weakness and dizziness (vitamin deficiency anemia).

Calcium, magnesium, and iron malabsorption can be a result of low stomach acid and medication.

B12 Malabsorption:

Diphyllobothrium latum infestation and Juvenile pernicious anemia can cause B12 malabsorption. Sore, red tongue is a sign of vitamin B12 deficiency.

Protocol for Healing Malabsorption:

For individual protocol you can book me for a consultation. I can design step by step custom plan according to your age, health and life condition to repair your malabsorption.

Ayurvedic Steps to Manage Malabsorption

A protocol to heal malabsorption needs to be maintained for 6 weeks.


  1. Improve “Agni” by eating ginger tea or ginger capsules. Or add apple cider vinegar in water first thing in the morning.
  2. Meal plan to eat foods rich in fiber, vitamins-minerals, and healthy fats. Remove inflammatory foods.
  3. Do not combine incompatible foods. Check my ebook Eat Right for your Body Type.
  4. Remove liquids such as caffeine, alcohol, juices and high sugar fruits and starchy vegetables.
  5. Remove toxic foods – hydrogenated oil, pop, cookies, baked goods, fried foods, sweets, packaged foods that contain harmful preservative, artificial sweetener, color etc.
  6. Remove Dairy products to reduce mucus.
  7. Add probiotic rich foods or supplements (speak with an Herbalist or Nutritionist for the right supplement).
  8. Add good fats such as, flax oil, evening primrose oil, nuts, seeds and avocado in the diet.
  9. Add hingvastak churna in your diet. See recipe on my blog,
  10. For weakness, fatigue and/or lethargy add Triphala in the diet.
  11. For parasites or infections add Trikatu in the diet.
  12. Reduce amounts of grains and increase fiber rich carbohydrate.


  1. Eat meals in regular hours.
  2. Have 3 main meals without any snacking.
  3. Drink herbal tea that increases absorption. Such as, cumin, fennel, chamomile and peppermint.
  4. Power walk for 15-20 minutes a day.
  5. Pranayama or breathing exercise helps to improve digestion and reduce anxiety.
  6. Drink warm water in between meals, instead of cold water.
  7. Prefer bitter, sour and pungent tasting foods avoid sweet, salt and astringent until gut repair is complete.


If you have been diagnosed with IBS, IBD, Celiac, SIBO or Crohn’s disease it would be recommended to seek professional help who can prepare an individualized diet chart and supplement chart for you that includes herbs and protein to reduce malabsorption.

Please share you own experience with us. Have you experienced any of the symptoms mentioned above?



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Kalmegh – Green Chirayta – King of Bitter Herb in Ayurvedic Medicine

In my journey as an Ayurvedic practitioner and then as an Herbalist, Andrographis came up many times as one of the strongest bitters. In 2019, when I was in Dhaka, Bangladesh – there was an outbreak of Dengue fever. I ensured I had Andrographis with me. In Bangladesh, Andrographis is known as Kalmegh or the Black Cloud. Local vendors also call it Green Chirata. It is widely used in Ayurveda, TCM and Thai herbal medicine.

Kalmegh – Green Chirayta – King of Bitter Herb in Ayurvedic Medicine

Since Andrographis is a very powerful herb, therefore, it is utmost important to speak with your ND or Herbalist before taking the herb, especially if you are taking any medication.

I thought I share the Ayurvedic Profile and the benefits of Andrographis in this month’s blog.

Profile of Herb

Botanical Name: Andrographis Paniculata

Ayurvedic Name: Bhunimba (Neem of the Earth)

English: The Creat

Bangla: Kalmegh (Black Cloud)

Dosha’s: PK-, V+

Taste (Rasa): Bitter

Qualities (Guna): Dry, light

Potency (Virya): Cooling

Post Digestion (Vipaka): Pungent

Tissues (Dhatu): Plasma, Blood, Muscle and Fat

Systems: Digestive and circulatory

Parts Used: Leaf and Root. Herbalists can use the whole plant to make infusion or tincture.

Preparation: tea/infusion, decoction, tincture, fresh leaf juice, dried powder in capsule or tablets.

Dosage: for adults, make tea with 2-3 grams of dried leaf or a few fresh leaves to make 15-30 ml tea. However, therapeutic dosages must be taken after discussed with a Herbalist. Dosage for capsules should be on the bottle. Fresh leaf juice 5-10 ml in enough per day.

Medicine System: Andrographis is widely used in Ayurveda and TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine). It is also used in Thailand, Sri Lanka and Malaysian medicine.

Caution: Cannot be used during pregnancy and lactation. In excess Andrographis can cause anorexia, emesis and digestive discomfort.

Constituents: Andrographolide, diterpenoid lactone

Actions: Alterative, anti-bacterial, anticancer, anthelmintic, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-periodic, antipyretic, anti viral, bitter, cardiac tonic, cholagogue, diuretic, depurative, expectorant, febrifuge, hepatoprotective, immune-stimulant, stomachic and soporific.

Contraindication: Do not take Andrographis if you are on chemotherapy drugs, blood pressure lowering drugs, anticoagulant and antiplatelet drugs. Studies also has shown adverse effect if taken with Aminophylline/Bronchodilators, CYP450 and UGT 2B7 substrate drugs.


Benefits of Kalmegh or Andrographis

Immune System: A powerful immunostimulant herb that is used individually or in formulas, to protect from viral and bacterial conditions. It enhances the production of white blood cells, specifically NK cells and T helper cells. Its anti-pyretic and anti viral properties make it useful in malaria or any kind of fever. The herb has been studied for its impact on HIV and cancer. Other diseases Andrographis is used in are, mouth ulcers, herpes zoster etc.

Respiratory System: Andrographis is commonly used in traditional medicine for cold, influenza and upper respiratory infections such as flu, bronchitis. It is a common remedy for headaches cause by cold and flu, tonsil inflammation etc. Depending on the condition, Andrographis, either by itself or in combination with other herbs, can reduce duration and severity and recovery tine for cold, flu and fever. Symptoms such as, coughing, sinus congestion, runny nose, sore throat, high fever has shown to improve when given Andrographis. A compound in Andrographis called, andrographolide may help protect lungs from damage during infection. Andrographolide is known for its anti viral actions. It inhibits some aspects of viral replication and the virus’s ability to use their protein to enter human cells.

Liver & Spleen Protective: In Ayurvedic Medicine, Andrographis is used to eliminate “Ama” or “Toxins”. This King of Bitters improves liver functions, increases bile flow and used in many liver and spleen related conditions such as, fatty liver, jaundice. As a cholagogue it stimulates bile flow and relieves constipation that is due to liver/gallbladder stagnation.

Skin Health: Andrographis can purify blood and improve liver function which leads to better skin health. Andrographis has been used In Herbal Medicine or Ayurveda for treating acne, eczema, psoriasis and vitiligo.

Digestive Health: In Ayurveda the concept of “agni” is extremely important and known to be the gatekeeper of health and vitality. The “Jathara-Agni” is the controller of the digestion and assimilation of food. Andrographis impacts the Jathar Agni by stimulating appetite, relieving flatulence, bloating and by alleviating “Ama” that cause IBS or IBD. Kalmegh also is used in dysentery, ulcerative colitis etc. Andrographis can expel parasites and worms that cause digestive havoc in the body. Since Kalmegh is known to improve fat metabolism (impact Meda Dhatu) as it assists with eliminating excess weight in Kapha’s. In TCM Andrographis is used to treat “leaky gut” syndrome, which if not healed on time, may cause stress on the immune system.

Lymphatic & Urinary System: Andrographis is also known to reduce lymphatic congestion, edema and have a positive impact on the Mutra Vaha Srota (Urinary Tract System).

Reproductive Health: Depending on dosage and duration it has been studied as a male birth control herb.

Hormonal Health: As a bitter tonic, kalmegh has great influence on the pancreas and insulin. Therefore, it has a positive impact on people with diabetes.

Inflammatory Disease: Andrographis improves the anti-inflammatory response. This herb is used for ulcerative colitis and arthritis.

Bone and Joint Health: Andrographis promotes joint health by reducing swelling and pain in the joints and prevents cartilage damage. It also reduces joint stiffness, joint flexibility, and weakness.

In fold medicine, Andrographis was also used as an antidote for snake bite.


Andrographis combined with Melatonin:

A combined treatment with melatonin and andrographis promotes autophagy and anticancer activity in colorectal cancer. 

Although Andrographis is a wonderful herb, its best to use it as per the recommendation that comes from your ND or Herbalist. When you drink as tea or tincture, swish around your month and then swallow.

If you have had an personal experience or success story with Andrographis please share with us in the comment section.

If you have any questions with regards to Andrographis you can also write us on the comment section.



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Best Ayurvedic Remedies and Practices for Hypothyroidism


In these days in the United States Hypothyroidism is the most common endocrine illness. About 20 millions of people are facing thyroid disorder in America.

But what exactly is hypothyroidism, and how can it be treated?

In Hypothyroidism the thyroid gland may not produce the enough hormones. This leads to fatigue, weight gain, dry skin and hair, constipation, depression and lethargy.

Hypothyroidism is most common in women after menopause or in older people who have lost their natural source of thyroid hormone. In some cases, it can be caused by an autoimmune disorder or cancerous tumors growing on the gland itself.

Main Cause of Hypothyroidism:

The exact cause of hypothyroidism isn’t known yet, but it may be caused by a genetic predisposition or other factors like stress or diet.

According to Ayurveda, Hypothyroidism can be caused by several factors like excessive heat in the body, toxic metals like lead or mercury in the body etc.

Symptoms of Hypothyroidism:

  • Ø  Exhaustion or lack of energy
  • Ø  Gaining weight or difficulty in losing weight
  • Ø  Muscle weakness or lack of coordination
  • Ø  Dry skin, brittle hair and brittle nails
  • Ø  Difficulty concentrating and remembering thing
  • Ø  Depression or anxiety

Can Hypothyroidism be cured by Ayurveda?

Yes, it is somehow possible to treat Hypothyroidism with ayurvedic medicines and practices. There are many natural remedies for hypothyroidism and they have been used in India for centuries. These remedies help to increase the functioning of the thyroid gland and improve its health condition. Some of these natural remedies are mentioned below:

Ayurvedic Remedies for Hypothyroidism:

Here are few of the best Ayurvedic Remedies for Hypothyroidism

  1. Ø  Get some vitamin D: Many Ayurvedic practitioners recommend getting some vitamin D along with your treatment for hypothyroidism. Vitamin D is considered vigorous for appropriate functioning of the thyroid gland. It can get naturally by exposing skin to sunlight on an empty stomach. But, if you are living in northern climate, it might be hard to get an adequate amount of sunlight during winter. In this case, you can take a supplement or eat fortified foods such as milk and cereal that have been fortified with vitamin D.
  2. Ø  Eat cooked greens: It’s important that you eat cooked greens on a daily basis while following an Ayurvedic treatment plan for hypothyroidism. Cooked greens contain high amounts of minerals including vitamins A and C, folate, iron and calcium which can help in correcting this disease. They also contain trace minerals like selenium, zinc and magnesium.
  3. Ø  Panchakarma: Panchakarma is one of the most popular Ayurvedic treatments for hypothyroidism because it helps cleanse your system from all toxins that affect your thyroid gland and metabolism and improve digestion by increasing its efficiency and supply more energy to working muscles. It also helps in improving blood circulation around the body so that more oxygen gets into the cells and nutrients get absorbed easily by them. This treatment is considered as one of the best alternatives to surgery if your condition doesn’t improve after trying other treatments.
  4. Ø  Apple Cider Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar is a great natural medicine for the treatment of hypothyroidism. It has anti-oxidant properties that help in fighting free radicals, which are the main cause of damage to cells and tissues in your body. It helps in reinforcement the immune system, refining digestion, and detoxifying the body. Apple cider vinegar can be taken as a supplement or can be drink with the meals.
  5. Ø  Tulsi: This is a good herb for people to use. It is also called the Holy Basil and has been used for centuries in different parts of the world especially in India. Tulsi is commonly used in Ayurvedic medicine to treat various symptoms such as hypothyroidism, low libido and high cholesterol levels. It contains a lot of antioxidants which help in improving your immune system and also helps in removing toxins from your body. This herb can be taken as supplement in capsule form or you can make Tulsi tea at home.
  6. Ø  Kanchnar Guggulu: It has the potential of antiviral, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties which makes it really effect for Hypothyroidism. It is an amazing ayurvedic formulation that helps greatly in maintaining the secretion of thyroid hormones.
  7. Ø  Iodized Salt: Our body uses iodine to make thyroid hormones. That’s why an iodine deficiency can cause hypothyroidism. But, fortunately, deficiency is easy to prevent. Just add a dash of iodized salt to your main means and that should help you meet your requirements.

Ayurvedic Practices for Hypothyroidism:

Here are few of the best Ayurvedic Practices for Hypothyroidism:

  1. Ø  Diet and Lifestyle Changes: You need to change your diet completely for about three months so that your body gets rid of all toxins present in it. You should eat only pure foods such as fruits, vegetables, nuts and grains which help in balancing your hormones. Avoid oily food as it may lead to weight gain and other disorders like heart problems and diabetes mellitus. Avoid consuming processed foods as they contain preservatives which can slow down metabolism and make you gain weight rapidly.
  2. Ø  Cut back on sugar: Sugar is one of the main reasons behind hypothyroidism. So try to make it sure that you cut down on sugar as much as possible. Also avoid foods like white bread, pastries, cakes etc. cutting back on sugar is one of the best practices for Hypothyroidism.
  3. Ø  Yoga and Pranayama: Yoga is considered as to improve all health aspects as well as the mental health. It helps in improving blood circulation and oxygen supply which is essential for proper functioning of your brain cells (neurotransmitters). Pranayama is also very useful in improving your overall health by helping to rid you from stress and anxiety. As the stress and anxiety may the cause of Hypothyroidism so yoga helps to some extent to cure the Hypothyroidism.

Understand what is Pranayama is and How to Perform Pranayama

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Ayurvedic Remedy for High Uric Acid and Gout

Uric acid is a heterocyclic emulsion of carbon, nitrogen, hydrogen and oxygen. It’s a waste product of protein metabolism produced by the body from purines, which are present in all cells of the body and in numerous foods. Uric acid is excluded by being excreted in urine when it passes through the feathers.

High uric acid known as hyperuicemia occurs when kidneys don’t exclude uric acid efficiently that beget gout. Substantially, the cause of elevated uric acid situations is diet contains too important purine similar as red meat, organ meat, seafood etc.


Gout called gouty arthritis occurs in about 20 of people with hyperuricemia. Gout can affect joints in body, but flares first appear in large toe. Bases, ankles, knees, and elbows are also common spots of gout.

Gout attacks occur suddenly, frequently at night. The attacks peak in intensity in about 12-14 hours. Undressed attacks of gout generally subside within two weeks.

 Symptoms of gout:

Following are the main symptoms you should look out for:

  • severe pain in joints
  • common stiffness
  • difficulty moving affected joints
  • redness and swelling
  • Monstrous joints

The pain is excruciating. It can be intermittent and come and go. It can be delicate to walk without pain and putting weight on bases at times. Cases may feel heaviness when walk or stand for long ages of time.

Gout stay:

An acute gout attack will generally reach its peak 12-24 hours after onset, and also will sluggishly begin to resolve indeed without treatment. Full recovery from a gout attack takes 7-14 days.

A Rejuvenating and Anti-Aging Tonic for Gout

One of the best known Ayurvedic Tonics – known as the Elixir of Life is Chyawanprash. According to Ayurveda, Chyawanprash comes under the category of ‘Rasayana’ which aims at maintaining youthfulness, vigor, vitality of the body and keeping away aging process.

Read more about it in this article: 20 Benefits of Chyawanprash

Ayurvedic Remedy for High Uric Acid and Gout:

High uric acid can treat with natural herbs. Ayurveda treats the root cause of the problem, not just the symptoms. So it can reduce uric acid levels and also keep them from rising again. Ayurvedic herbs have no side effects because they are natural herbs.

There are a number of Ayurvedic treatments for gout similar as

  • Triphala means “three fruits.” it’s an herbal treatment that consists of three fruits, videlicet bibhitaki, amalaki, and haritaki. It’s an anti-inflammatory, so it reduces the inflammation associated with gout.
  • Giloy is a generally used herb. Juice extract from the stem of giloy is largely effective for treatment of gout as it helps to neutralize the increased uric acid level in the body.
  • Neem is used to reduce inflammation and soothe gout flare-ups. It can be made into paste and applied to the affected area by gout. Neem also comes in oil and capsule form.
  • Bitter gourd is recommended Ayurvedic treatment of gout. Still, there’s no scientific substantiation that suggests that bitter gourd can reduce uric acid level or treat gout.

Check this Bitter Gourd Stir Fry or Karela Bhaji Recipe

  • Cherries and dark berries in diet reduce the level of uric acid. Eating at least 10 cherries per day reduced the circumstance of gout flare-ups by 35.
  • Turmeric generally used as spice. In Ayurveda, turmeric is believed to have a number of benefits. Curcumin, the active component in turmeric, is an effective treatment for gout. Turmeric is fairly safe to add in curries, mists, and more. It’s frequently consumed in haldi doodh, also known as golden milk.

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  • Ginger most generally used herb in Ayurveda, gusto has a number of benefits. Ginger is an effective treatment for inflammatory conditions especially for gout. Ginger can fluently be added to diet. Check out my Ginger & Turmeric Pickle Recipe.

Keep in mind, fasting may not be suitable for people with certain health conditions such as chronic kidney disease, gout, and high uric acid.

Let me know once to start to apply these tips and what worked for you. You can also try my Kapha Detox program. I have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions.

Written By: Syeda Saira

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In every living organism in this world, there is a chemical reaction happening which is known as Metabolism. We use this term to describe every chemical reaction happening in the body’s cells that helps in breaking down food into energy. Every living thing desperately needs this energy to survive. It controls the physical phenomenon as well, which includes:

  • Helps in blood circulation
  • Proper breathing
  • Aids in controlling body temperature

Through our wonderful workings of metabolism, life is sustained in this world.

Few people have a fast metabolism, and it can make you lose weight faster than people who have a slower metabolism. For a healthy life, it is crucial to have a healthy metabolism which helps in giving the energy to fight off diseases and ensure a peaceful life.

Ayurvedic ways to improve your metabolism

In Ayurveda, we happen to see various ways that hold the power to greatly helps in improving our metabolism. Some of the best are mentioned below:

  • Start the day with a lukewarm glass of water or with a warm cup of herbal tea: This helps in removing toxins from your system and improving your digestive system.
  • Use your body temperature as a guide: this means eating hot food when you’re cold and cooling food when you’re hot such as coconut milk.
  • Don’t skip any meals: In Ayurveda, skipping even a single meal is not an option. Make sure to eat wholesome food on time, and in the right portions
  • Use spices like Cinnamon: Cinnamon is a sweet oriental herb that is great for your digestive fire and helps in revving up the metabolism. You can either consume Cinnamon through tea or while eating a meal that is high on carbohydrates.
  • Drink a glass of cumin water daily
  • Use black pepper: Pepper is said to consist of piperine that aids in improving our metabolism. You can add it to your tomato juice and drink it up which will give your body the ability to burn calories faster.
  • Sleep and Metabolism: Having a sound sleep at night does have an impact on having a fast metabolism. Sleeping for too long or having disruptions while sleeping can be a cause of weight gain. Studies show that people who sleep less than 6 hours per night have the tendency to eat more (especially carbohydrates) because they have reduced leptin levels. People who sleep less do not have the energy to exercise which will lead to weight gain. 7-8 hours of sleep is considered adequate.
  • Meditate to reduce stress and anxiety: Dedicating some time in a day to yourself even for 5 minutes can helps in reducing stress and anxiety which in turn greatly improve one’s metabolism.
  • Water and Kapha Dosha: Staying hydrated is a key to a healthy metabolism. Most of us lose 3 – 4 liters of water through urination, sweat, breathing, and bowel movement. Those who exercise also lose a lot of water as well as those who consume dry foods (chips, cookies, bread, etc.). Kapha dosha imbalances happen due to overeating, eating dry foods, high salt foods, and poor water metabolism. The body becomes more dehydrated and struggles with enzymatic activity. 1-2 liters of warm water per day is ideal for Kapha dosha. Sip water throughout the day to keep the body hydrated all day long.

Let me know once to start to apply these tips and what worked for you. You can also try my Kapha Detox program. I have both vegetarian and non-vegetarian versions.

There are also some recipes on my website that promotes healthy weight loss. Such as Mung Dal SoupAyurvedic Protein BallsMakhana recipeHomemade Curry Paste, and Almond Milk Recipe

Written By: Syeda Saira

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