By TNT Bureau
Aug 7, 2017: Ayurveda considers the heart as the most precious organ and the seat of human consciousness. The soul is said to be a jewel that resides deep in the lotus, which represents the heart. The lotus petals need to be open in order for light to come in and make the jewel shine. How we feel in our heart is how we connect to the world. When our emotions are healthy and stable our heart will thrive.
Heart diseases reflect the deep-seated issues of identity, emotions and consciousness. Emotional problems play a key role in heart disease and should always be considered when treating heart disease. Have a look at the effective ayurvedic tips to keep your heart healthy.
Relax and be positive
The heart is not just a pump but is the reservoir of all emotions. A holistic approach to heart health, therefore, requires the nourishment of both the physical heart and emotional heart. Ayurveda talks about “Ojas” as being the end-product of perfect digestion. However, digestion in terms of ayurveda has a profound meaning.
This implies properly digesting all that nourishes us; including everyday experiences of life [i.e. thoughts, feelings, emotions, etc.]. Similarly, by cultivating a positive attitude, inner strength, and poise throughout life helps to promote the formation of ojas. Ultimately, ojas leads to bliss, contentment, vitality, and longevity
Some sources of fats are actually good for the heart contrary to popular belief, and they must be included in the diet. The fats that are harmful for the heart are the trans-saturated fats, which are also labeled as hydrogenated vegetable oil, partially hydrogenated vegetable oil or shortening. These fats can remove all the proteins, fibers, minerals and vitamins from the body, leaving behind only toxins.
But fats that are polyunsaturated or monounsaturated are good for the heart. These fats are contained in olive oil, flaxseed oil, sesame oil, mustard oil, groundnut oil and ghee. Such fats should make up for about 15% of the food requirement.
Use Guggul or Commiphora wightii
Since ancient times, Guggul has been used in Ayurveda for its action against obesity and arthritis and to improve heart function. Research shows that the resin of the guggul tree contains ketonic steroid compounds called guggulsterones and these have the ability to reduce the cholesterol-containing plaque that builds on the inner walls of the arteries. Guggul also helps to increase the metabolic rate of the body and this is useful for weight loss, which in turn ensures a healthy heart. Laboratory studies have shown that Guggul can reduce LDL cholesterol, raise HDL cholesterol and reduce the tendency of platelet aggregation and therefore, it is an important natural remedy to prevent coronary artery disease. According to Ayurveda, it’s not administered but is prescribed in combination with other herbs in the form of Kaishore Guggul, Yogaraja Guggul or Triphala Guggul.
Avoid over-eating and eating frequently. Eat a light breakfast and dinner. Lunch should be the main meal. Milk products, fried foods, cold foods and acidic foods should be taken in small quantities. White flour products, and foods that contain chemical preservatives and additives should be avoided. Animal products, especially red meat, are not good as they take a long time to be digested, and create a lot of toxins in the stomach.