Ayurvedic medicine is rich in time-tested wisdom, backed by good science, which we would now call life hacks. Some of these ancient health-promoting strategies are on the top of my list to help us live longer, healthier, and happier during our stay here on earth. Here are my top ten!
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Dr. John’s Top 10 Ayurvedic Life Hacks
Grass-fed ghee is one of the crown jewels of Ayurvedic medicine! Ghee is made by boiling off milk solids (casein, whey, and lactose) from unsalted butter, leaving a very unique blend of heart-healthy short-, medium-, and long-chain fatty acids.
Meditation has been around for thousands of years in the form of prayer, contemplation, and a variety of other techniques. There is no shortage of well-studied health benefits of meditation for supporting heart and blood sugar health to boost athletic performance, mental health, and longevity.
Recent research has found that meditation upregulates the expression of over 2,000 human genes that support optimal health and longevity on the most subtle levels.
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Circadian Medicine, a Nobel Prize-winning life hack, is based on living in harmony with the light-dark cycles of nature.1 The connection between external circadian rhythms and internal biological clocks makes up the foundation of Ayurveda, and I predict it will soon to be its own medical specialty.
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Pranayama are breathing exercises prescribed in yoga and Ayurveda. Prana is the body’s life-force and yama means to expand—so, pranayama means expanding life-force into every cell of the body.
There are many studies supporting the health benefits of breathing, but none more profound than the Noble Prize-winning science on the panacea molecule, nitric oxide, carried to every cell of the body via nose breathing but not mouth breathing. A few minutes of breathing exercises each morning is a simple life hack that will have a profound effect on health and longevity.
Nasya is Ayurveda’s time-tested technique to cleanse the brain’s kapha channels, or glymphatics, found to detox three pounds of toxins every year while you sleep.
Studies link brain chemistry congestion to a host of health concerns, including age-related cognitive decline, mood concerns, circulatory health, and immune function.
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Ashwagandha may be the most well-studied life hack for stress, anxiety, and sleep. With 75-90% of all primary healthcare visits related to stress, protecting the body from the ravages of stress is a key tool in your health and longevity toolbox.2
Ashwaganda is an herbal adaptogen that can give the body a boost of energy to take on a busy day or workout and, if taken before bed, allows you to sleep like a baby. Ashwagandha is not a stimulant or sedative—it provides deep rejuvenation that the body needs for both deep sleep and dynamic activity.
Turmeric may be the most famous herb in the world, based on thousands of studies done on its benefits and ways to boost absorption. For example, adding one part black pepper to 16 parts turmeric boosts absorption by a whopping 2,000%.
There is not an organ or organ system of the body that studies have not found positive health outcomes on from turmeric, including boosted stem cells; 50% increased gallbladder function; better mood, heart, and circulatory health; joint and skin support; and much more.
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Gentle Digest is the life hack to kick-start a slow and sluggish digestive system. Based on time-tested wisdom of Ayurveda, Gentle Digest employs digestive-boosting benefits of five common spices: ginger, cumin, cardamom, coriander, and fennel.
Yoga means union, which already suggests numerous health benefits. Health flows when mind and body are in harmony—in union. Yoga teaches us how to be calm in the midst of a busy stressful life.
A yoga posture or asana is the coordination of a dynamic physical posture with deep slow breathing that stills the mind. Imagine the body engaged in dynamic activity while the mind is at rest: think eye of the storm. The best way to start is with one of my favorite series: the Sun Salute.
You can give yourself an oil massage, called abhyanga, each morning in the shower. Millions of sensory nerve receptors on the skin are calmed and dampened when oil is applied. Health and longevity hormones like oxytocin surge during and after a massage and light touch.
The oil in an Ayurvedic massage feeds skin microbes, supporting a healthy skin microbiome, which is key for skin appearance.
Have you tried any of my favorite Ayurvedic life hacks? What did you think?