Ayurveda: Natural Ways to Boost Energy and Combat Fatigue

Want to rejuvenate your digestive system, revitalise your energy and harmonise your hormones? Ahead of the Ayurvedic Digestive Reset Retreat, Seema Datta shares Natural Ways to Boost Energy and Combat Fatigue.

We all have those days where our get-up-and-go has seemingly got-up-and-left. When life gets frantic and demanding, it’s common to face battles with lethargy and exhaustion. As a passionate Ayurveda practitioner, I share my favourite natural remedies and lifestyle tweaks to help supercharge your energy levels and expel fatigue. Backed up by hard-core research, these tips aim to be simple, practical solutions that can be handcrafted to your individual lifestyle.

Have you heard of the concept of ‘Agni,’ or the digestive fire, in the ancient practice of Ayurveda? It’s not about spiciness—far from it. Instead, it’s the very core of your physical well-being, the vital force that fuels your body, and with the right dietary protocols, you can stoke this fire for a healthier you.

An Ayurvedic Diet: Fuel for Your Fire

As we are preparing for the Online Ayurvedic Digestive Reset Retreat, I was reflecting on the fact that an Ayurvedic diet doesn’t only nurture your digestive fire—it also seeks to strike a balance in your body’s unique constitution or ‘dosha’. Here’s how to do just that:

Embrace Seasonal Eating: Fresh, locally-sourced foods in rhythm with the seasons don’t only do good for the environment—they’re the premium fuel for your digestive system. As the seasons roll by, they offer a host of foods rich in digestion-boosting nutrients.

Warm, Cooked Foods: Raw or cold foods might be a crunch above the rest, but warm, cooked meals are what your digestive system needs. Incorporate these in the form of hearty soups, stews, steamed veggies, and warm grains.

Say No to Hard-to-Digest Foods: Heavy processed foods can put out your digestive fire faster than water on a flame. Cut down on the fried stuff, refined sugars, and overconsumption of dairy and meat.

Spice Up Your Diet: We’re talking turmeric, ginger, cumin, coriander, and fennel. They’re not just flavours—they also kindle your Agni and enhance digestion and nutrient absorption.

Stay Hydrated: Remember, cold or iced beverages are not the best for your digestive fire. Opt instead for sipping warm water throughout the day, especially between meals.

Eat Mindfully: Your body knows what it needs—listen to its cues for hunger and satiety. Eating your meals without distractions can help prevent an imbalance in your Agni due to overeating or under-eating.

Don’t Skip Meals: Regular meal times regulate your digestive fire, making digestion more efficient. Avoid skipping meals as much as possible.

Ayurvedic Herbs: A Helping Hand for Your Digestion

Nature has an arsenal of herbs, each with unique properties that can realign your doshas, aid digestion, and boost your overall health:

Triphala: A trio of fruits—amla, bibhitaki, and haritaki—known for their gentle, detoxifying effect on the digestive system.

Ginger: A root with warming properties, it stimulates your Agni, encourages nutrient absorption, and helps in alleviating common digestion problems like bloating and gas.

Turmeric: A magic potion for inflammation reduction and liver support, this golden spice also aids digestion.

Amla: Also known as Indian gooseberry, this vitamin C-rich herb bolsters your digestive health and boosts nutrient absorption.

Fennel: A relief for indigestion, bloating, and other digestive discomforts, simply chewing on fennel seeds post-meals or brewing them into teas can support digestion.

Licorice: This herb helps soothe inflammation in the digestive tract and support healthy bowel movements for overall digestive comfort.

Ajwain: Known as carom seeds, ajwain acts as a digestive aid, relieving gas, bloating, and indigestion.

Including these herbs and adhering to an Ayurvedic dietary protocol can help kindle your Agni and promote a healthier digestive system. Remember, it’s always advised to check with an Ayurvedic practitioner or healthcare provider before integrating new herbs or supplements into your lifestyle, especially if you’re pregnant, nursing, or if you have any underlying health conditions. Let these Ayurvedic principles guide you toward stoking your digestive fire and uncovering a spark of vibrant health!

Food and Drink: Nutritional Saviours or Sinners?

Iron is the superstar element in our blood’s haemoglobin, responsible for oxygen transportation. But did you know it’s what keeps fatigue at bay? Ensure your diet includes a good dose of iron through lean meats, seafood, poultry, spinach, lentils, kidney beans, or nuts. But remember, like indulging in a double chocolate chip ice cream, more isn’t always better! Too much iron can cause discomfort and even result in a dip in zinc absorption.

Vitamin Boost

B vitamins, like that best buddy who always lifts your spirits, infuse energy at a cellular level. Cool, right? Some sources include eggs, meat, milk, green veggies, and fortified cereals. And guess what? It’s safe and almost never interferes with medicines. Other energy supporters are thiamine and niacin, glue to the grains, fish, legumes, and seeds crowd.

Hydrate to Invigorate

Feeling low on fuel? Perhaps you’re not quenching your thirst enough. Dehydration can cause tiredness and impact your attention and short-term memory. The magic number is between 8 to 10 cups of water each day. This can vary if you’re in hotter climates, hitting the gym strenuously, or pregnant or nursing.

Simple Lifestyle Changes

Shake it Up with Exercise

Just like a daily dose of smiles, a good routine of exercise can boost your mood through increased dopamine levels. Think of it like a catalyst for good-quality sleep, oxygen circulation, and overall wellbeing. Add a simple stroll or yoga session to your everyday routine and see the transformation for yourself!

Wise Eating Choices

Dress your plate with low glycaemic carbohydrates; nuts, legumes, sweet potatoes, oats, and brown rice. These foods provide a consistent energy flow throughout the day. Also, try sprinkling some chia seeds, nature’s little energy a to z.

Stress Less

Stress may stealthily rob you of energy. Identifying and taming your stressors is critical in maintaining your energy equilibrium. Incorporate lifestyle changes that invoke relaxation and serenity.

Moderation: A Balancing Act

While caffeine might instigate an ephemeral zest, over-reliance can turn into a sleep thief and cause energy nosedives. The same goes for alcohol, too much of this drink disrupts the sleep cycle, leaving you fatigued. Balance is the secret ingredient!

Ginseng is a herb with a reputation for alertness and energy enhancement. But hold your horses right there! Always consult with a healthcare provider before you add any herbal supplement to your routine.

Final Whistle

Waving goodbye to fatigue and embracing energy can be achieved through dietary adjustments, hydration, physical activity, stress management, and balancing caffeine and alcohol. Embarking on any significant lifestyle changes or considering supplements? Always, and I mean ALWAYS, consult with a healthcare professional. Especially when you’re dealing with underlying health conditions.

Want to rejuvenate your digestive system, revitalise your energy and harmonise your hormones? Join us for the Ayurvedic Digestive Reset Retreat!

Want to rejuvenate your digestive system, revitalise your energy and harmonise your hormones? Ahead of the Ayurvedic Digestive Reset Retreat, Seema Datta shares Natural Ways to Boost Energy and Combat Fatigue.

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Seema Datta
Seema Datta

Vaidya Seema Datta
Ayurvedic Practitioner, Speaker, Fertility, Pregnancy, Birth and Postpartum Specialist

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