Why Ayurveda Works For Stress Reduction In HSPs

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As a highly sensitive person, I experience a lot of stress.

Most highly sensitive people do.

It is not a choice. Our nervous systems are sponges for the stimulus around us.

We become flooded and overwhelmed. If we are not careful we can drown and become unable to function.

Stress Reduction: A Necessity For Highly Sensitive People

Stress reduction is as much a necessity for highly sensitive people as air is for everyone. We simply cannot live without it.

When the pace of the world was slower, highly sensitive people could manage the stresses of their nervous systems better. Now that there is so much activity in our social space, the challenge of stress reduction for highly sensitive people has become more difficult and even acute.

Highly sensitive people require:

  • the opportunity to process whatever they take in
  • rest when their nervous systems are overtaxed
  • a lifestyle that supports their stress reduction requirements
  • work that supports their health and quality of life.

How Stress Reduction Problems Become Worse

Highly sensitive people can suffer more when their lifestyles do not support their needs or make their health challenges worse.

The demands of being highly sensitive require that we commit a certain amount of our energy to it. When our energy is too low or diverted elsewhere, then we will suffer and most likely become sick.

The following can make it more difficult for us to handle our sensitive natures:

  1. water, air, and noise pollution
  2. processes food
  3. food with additives
  4. GMO foods
  5. leftover foods
  6. fried and fermented foods
  7. meat which is harder to digest than other foods
  8. staying up too late
  9. lack of exercise
  10. an irregular schedule which will upset the nervous system
  11. work that is too high pressure or too much drudgery
  12. relationships that are unsupportive, competitive or demanding

Much of the modern Western lifestyle is aggravating to highly sensitive people. It is not a fault of highly sensitive people but is is a reality we have to deal with.

Why Ayurveda Makes Stress Reduction Easier For Highly Sensitive People

There are so many challenges in modern life that make life hard for highly sensitive people.

I have tried many different methods to become healthier including juicing, vitamins, supplements of various kinds, meditation, Ayurveda, reiki, affirmations and the Sedona Method. I have read many books about health and well being.

I have discovered that most methods are a form of “managing the symptoms.” I did not just want to manage symptoms. I wanted to be healthy.

Being healthy is a different goal than not having symptoms of illness. I have learned that few approaches really get the job done.

Only one that I have found has really helped me to become well and that is Ayurveda.

Why Ayurveda Works For Stress Reduction In Highly Sensitive People

As a highly sensitive person, I need to simplify whenever I can.

Health can be complicated since we are complex beings – particularly if you are highly sensitive.

Ayurveda is the one discipline that actually lets me simplify my health regimen because

  • it is a group of health practices customized to support the highest well being of each individual
  • it is holistic and total.
  • it offers a set of daily practices that let me be at my best
  • its diet strategies ensure that the problems of food in our current world are not my problem
  • TM, the Ayurvedic meditation practice is easy. It relieves stress, heals the nervous system and supports the higher self. I have been doing it for almost 20 years and love it..
  • Ayurveda has a magnificent understanding of food and herbs. Their herbal remedies have helped me immensely.

There is a lot to learn in Ayurveda. Frankly I consider myself a student and always will.

Implementing Ayurveda

I have been integrating Ayurveda into my life slowly over time. I have noticed, however, that the more I do the less I am affected by stress.

I use the following Ayurvedic practices:

  • TM has been especially helpful since I find I am less affected by drama around me after practicing TM for so long. I have been told that it works on the nervous system and heals it, which I have found to be the case.
  • I find that the daily schedule has helped me reduce stress. I like to go to bed around 9PM and rise between 5-6AM.
  • I also like the daily massage, called Abhyangha. It is self massage using oil. It helps with detoxification and stress reduction.
  • the diet is very soothing. When you eat food that is wrong for you, it creates stress in the body. The digestive system becomes weaker and toxins build up in the body. The Ayurvedic diet and lifestyle work to prevent that outcome.
  • There are times when I have had difficulty maintaining the diet for schedule reasons. I have however, maintained a regimen of herbal remedies that support me and help me detox in spite of dietary lapses. The two herbs that I use religiously are triphala and neem.
  • Ayurveda offers herbs for stress. Ashwaghandha is the best known and I take it for stress relief.

I highly recommend Ayurveda for highly sensitive people for relieving stress and putting themselves onto a path that can work to achieve quality of life: something we deserve.

I believe that it is better to put your effort into becoming adept at a health system that eliminates problems that to continually try to fix that which does not work. Micromanaging health symptoms is not the same as becoming healthy.

The best book for learning about Ayurveda as a beginner is Deepak Chopra’s book, Perfect Health. It is a very accessible introduction to an old and skillful health tradition.

I love Ayurveda and hope you will give it a try.

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Unfreeze Those Feelings!

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To a child all feelings may seem huge, since they feel so small – and are.

Children are very natural about their feelings. They experience them and let them go.

Unfortunately, it does not take long before we learn that our feelings are unwanted and inconvenient.

Then we start to reject them and hold them in with all the negative effects that brings.

What Happens To Our Feelings?

Our feelings become objectified. We learn to treat them like objects at a store, some unwanted and others preferred as demonstrated to us by our families and educators.

And so the stress starts. According to Yogi Amrit Desai, founder of Kripalu Yoga in a June, 2010 article in Natural AwakeningsHealing the Root Cause of Addiction with Ayurveda A Natural Cure for Unhealthy Dependence by Linda Sechrist,  

“It is important to recognize that most people don’t know the difference between tension and stress…

He observes that stressors—thoughts and reactions to our lifestyle, relationships, work environment and family life—are introduced through the ego mind. Emotionally charged thoughts and feelings of blame, shame or guilt then get metabolized into our biological body system. Stored in the form of toxins and neuro-glandular imbalances, these feelings create energy blocks that prevent the free flow of energy, or prana, the body’s self-healing wisdom.

Energy blocks may take the form of muscular tensions and weakness in liver, kidney and digestive functions. Gradual decline results in a progressive deterioration of biological processes and consequently can manifest in external symptoms of fatigue, fear, anxiety and insecurity.”

Essentially we are socialized to have certain emotions and reject others and our unwanted emotions then get stuck in our bodies and gradually make us sick.

Why Rejecting Feelings Is A Mistake

When we reject our feelings, we cannot own them and process them.

When we are processing our feelings, we take them in, accept them feel them and listen to them. It is called metabolism.

Metabolism comes from the greek word ” metabole” for change or transformation. At any given time as we interact with our world we are in the process of metabolism – of perceptions, thought, feelings, emotions as well as material substances such as food and water.  All forms of life engage in metabolism, from plants to humans.

When we are unable to metabolize a food it will clog our bodies. When we are unable to metabolize or process emotions, they will clog our system as well. Ideally we process all food and experiences each day so that we are in a state of flowing with life. If only it were that simple!

It is often not  possible to process all information and feelings when they occur. Some feelings can be part of a larger process.  The grieving process is a good example of that.  However, the most difficult situations are those where an acceptable arrangement is not possible – situations that are abusive, demeaning, and dehumanizing –  because the pain of these situations often does long term damage to the energy of the body, and takes a long time to heal.

Learning To Accept And Release Feelings

It can be useful to think of feelings as information.  When the feelings are the result of a past experience transferred onto the present, it is a sign that there is unfinished business in the past that must be dealt with. Another way of looking at it is that energy has become blocked in the body, it has not been metabolized. Under these circumstances it is our job to accept the feelings so that they can be released.

There are releasing practices available including meditation,and the energy healing practices of eft (emotional freedom technique) and reiki that help with processing emotions. Writing in a journaling has been widely used and can be effective.  Therapy groups have been helpful to many.  The more severe the experiences causing blocked energy the greater the need for therapeutic solutions.  The body has its wisdom and in some severely abusive situations it will “store” emotions to be processed at a later date if that is what is needed to survive.

Highly sensitive people and severely abused people need to be aware that they can accept and take charge of their healing process by finding therapeutic practices and groups that will let them forgive and let go of the past. Engaging in such practices helps minimize the potential for long term destructive addiction and therefore is valuable for all people.

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Stress, Addiction And Weight



Keys To Sticking With A Weight Loss Diet

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A new year often means a new diet.

Diets are always challenging but they can be particularly problematic for highly sensitive people.

Why?

Because overstimulation, stress and difficulties with other people can overwhelm our best intentions.

Can We Make Dieting Easier For Highly Sensitive People?

There are many approaches to dieting but two stand out:

  1. reduced calorie diets. These diets generally take your existing diet down a notch. Depending on your current eating plan, it may be less of what you are currently eating. It may involve a change of foods.  There are many dieting services like Weight Watchers and Nutrisystem among others that find ways to reduce calories without changing your food lifestyle.
  2. meal replacement diets. Meal replacement diets came into vogue as technology entered the food business. Once company that pioneered their use is Medifast. Meal replacements   can have a high amount of nutrition for a modest amount of calories. They are dense nutrition meant to replace 1-2 meals a day.

Either of these approaches can help you lose weight but there is more to it.

What Is Weight Loss Discomfort?

One of the reasons that people have difficulty with diets, is that their bodies feel the withdrawal of food. It can be frightening.

Because of calorie restriction, no matter what your method, you body will most likely digest what you do eat fairly quickly – certainly faster than when you were eating more. So you will feel ups and down from sugar imbalances.

Whatever our current diet, we have found a way to create sugar stability in our bodies, even if it means we weigh more than we would like.

When we start a diet, we disturb that equilibrium and that causes discomfort.

Your  equilibrium changes can also change your moods, make you feel weaker and make it harder to handle stress.

All of these factors can make a successful weight loss diet seem like an impossible achievement.

How To Manage Bood Sugar Levels On A Weight Loss Diet

There are herbs for managing blood sugar levels.

One of the best is gymnema silvestre which is THE Ayurvedic herb used for managing sugar levels. It will stabilize you blood sugar levels while you are reducing your weight.

It wil make the dieting experience much more pleasurable.

Other Ways To Make Dieting Easier

There are a number of other herbs that can help make dieting easier:

  • ashwaghandha and brahmi are two great herbs for helping with stress. It has antioxident and anti-inflammatory properties. It can help you manage your stress levels easier when you are dieting.
  • vidanga and trikatu are two herbs that improves digestion
  • triphala is a great herb for balancing the entire body gently over time.

Making Dieting Work When You Are Highly Sensitive

Being highly sensitive can make health challenges greater but that does not mean that getting in shape is impossible. A solid diet plan, a sensible pace of work and rest, and herbal support can put achieving a heathy weight within reach.

Go for it!

Get The Monkey Off Your Back!

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You know the feeling…

You are bone weary.

You are not sure that you can move.

You look at your limbs like they do not belong to you and they have no interest in doing what you want.

Your energy is on strike and you can not afford it.

We have all felt this way. It has a cause and it has a cure.

The Burden You Are Carrying

It is easy enough to write off the symptoms of fatigue to bad diet and too much work. If only it were that simple.

It is easy enough to fault the individual for some weakness that causes them to not be “strong” enough or responsible enough or whatever enough.

It is easy enough to blame bad genes or the weather or some other factor outside of our control.

The reality is that we are living in an unusual time in human history and understanding context is key to making your life more manageable. There has never been this number of human beings on this planet that has grown so complex that no one can manage it any more. Our world is out of control in more ways than one, and you are feeling the effects.

It is not your fault.  But you still need solutions.

Short-term Solutions Make It Worse

Most short term solutions for fatigue are nothing more than one form of stimulant or another:

  • stimulants like coffee and sugar snacks do a number on your body by upping the sugar that sets you on the road to metabolic disorder and diabetes. It’s a high price to pay for a temporary boost that depletes us later.  It’s a kind of deficit spending for the body.
  • working harder is another often used approach. We have all heard the expression that there are not enough hours in the day. One Ayurvedic doctor told me that working six hours a day was considered far superior for health and more natural for us than our current culture of long hours and 24/7 availability.
  • distraction can help us pump ourselves up.   Loud music and entertainment can create a high of sorts which is not actually restful and may negatively affect the nervous systems of highly sensitive people.
  • reaching for food is actually a rational instinct since food supports our health and ability to function.  Unfortunately one of the challenges extremely busy people have is that much of our food supply is processed and full of all sorts of chemicals as well as corn syrup and other ingredients that increase weight and act as stimulants to the body.  Because processed food is so high in calories and low in nutrition it can cause people to want to eat more to meet their nutritional needs and when they are tired their nutritional needs rise.  Fatigue can therefore contribute to weight issues.

Fatigue is important information that needs to be listened to.  It provides valuable information about how to manage ourselves and our work that can support long term effectiveness. It can help us learn how to pace ourselves. All of the unhealthy ways we have of handling fatigue in the short term affect our perseverance and staying power in the long term, because they take a weakened state of being tired fatigue, and make it worse.  Over a long period of time, inevitable chronic problems will develop.

Highly sensitive people are very conscientious which can make them more easily tired. By taking poor fatigue handling strategies off the table and working with the body’s nature, HSP’s start to level the playing field on fatigue management.

How To Take The Monkey Off Your Back

Getting the monkey off your back is not a quick fix.

  • you need to accept how out-of-control the world is and accept that you probably will not fix it.
  • you need to put your health ahead of saving the world. That may be easier said than done since it can be a source of income and identity to fix the world.
  • you are not responsible for other people’s expectations including their expectations of a perfect world.

Once you have accepted these things you are ready to work on your life. You must start by making a list of priorities putting health at the top of your list. Getting on a health maintenance plan that supports your highest functioning will help you handle work better and help you feel better at the same time.

MAPI, the Ayurvedic website,  recommends strategies based on the type of fatigue you are experiencing: mental, emotional or physical. Their article,  Wiping Away Fatigue, and offers some tips and case histories of how some individuals were able to recover from fatigue. (You can check your dosha type below.) Next you need to get serious about simplifying your life.

  • what do you take on that is unnecessary?
  • when do you help others when they should be helping themselves? You do not want to deprive others of empowerment opportunities!
  • what do you do that pleases others but is totally draining to you?
  • Is your home and office cluttered?

See if you can reduce one “obligation” or source of clutter a day.  Decluttering your life takes time, which is a good thing because freedom takes time to get used to.

But it is worth it and you are worth it. And by the way, when someone brings you a monkey, say no!

To learn more about your body type or dosha:

The Importance Of Fatigue

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Listen to your fatigue.

Fatigue is an important message from our bodies, emotions and spirits. Western thinking and cultural practices treat fatigue, at best, as an inconvenience. Such thinking is a mistake and particularly problematic for highly sensitive people.

What Fatigue Does For Us

All living things need renewal to be healthy.  If we do not make time for renewal, we are depleting and ultimately destroying ourselves by ignoring a natural part of the life cycle.

Unfortunately, we humans have been operating this way with ourselves and the environment for a long time as if people and the environment are simply part of a larger factory system. One of the consequences is the growing numbers of sick people on the planet.

Highly sensitive people are fortunate to be holistic not linear or mechanistic thinkers. But HSP’s need to protect themselves from the linear, mechanistically organized world of production capitalism which is destructive for their health.

On a personal level, most of us can cope with a certain amount of fatigue and not feel too debilitated.  We may not be at our best, but on occasion that may be an acceptable compromise. However, how we handle that short term fatigue can have serious impacts.

Most short term solutions for fatigue are nothing more than one form of stimulant or another:

  • stimulants like coffee and sugar snacks throw the body further off  balance, and create a temporary boost while depleting us later. It’s a kind of deficit spending for the body.
  • working harder is another often used approach. Many people have to work long hours that are not really suited to their natures. One Ayurvedic doctor told me that working six hours a day was considered far superior for health and more natural for us than our current culture of long hours and 24/7 availability.
  • distraction can help us pump ourselves up. Loud music and entertainment can create a high of sorts but it is mentally induced, not actually restful and may negatively affect the nervous systems of highly sensitive people.
  • food is a frequent choice for helping with fatigue and actually a rational one since food supports our health and ability to function. Unfortunately one of the challenges extremely busy people have is that much of our food supply is processed and full of all sorts of chemicals as well as corn syrup and other ingredients that increase weight and act as stimulants to the body. Fatigue can therefore contribute to weight issues. Processed food also increases the clogging of our bodies that Ayurveda calls “ama”, the creator of imbalance and disease.

Fatigue is important information that needs to be listened to. From a process point of view, it can provide valuable information about how to manage ourselves and our work that can support long term effectiveness. It can help us learn how to pace ourselves. All of the unhealthy ways we have of handling fatigue in the short term affect our perseverance and staying power in the long term, because they take a weakened state of being tired fatigue, and make it worse.  Over a long period of time, inevitable chronic problems will develop.

Ayurveda takes a different approach to  healing fatigue – it recommends strategies based on the type of fatigue: mental, emotional or physical. MAPI, the premier US site for Ayurveda has a great article on Wiping Away Fatigue, and offers some tips and case histories of how some individuals were able to recover from fatigue.

Highly sensitive people have an additional problem in that their sensitivity and conscientiousness will add to their work burden and make them more easily tired. An HSP with stress or other disorders will have even greater chances of becoming tired easily. By taking poor fatigue handling strategies off the table and working with the body’s nature, HSP’s start to level the playing field on fatigue management.

Because of their sensitivity, highly sensitive people have a chance to let fatigue become a wonderful early warning sign for them to protect their health and enable them to be at their best.

To learn more about your body type or dosha:

Ayurveda For Any Type Of Depression

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Any type of depression is tricky to heal since it can present itself in many ways. It can range from temporary mood swings to more persisting feelings of dejection or self-pity over an extended period of time. In its most extreme form, depression can even present itself as severe melancholia, leading the sufferer to contemplate suicide.

Most people think of depression as a state of mind, when in fact it is a clinical condition stemmed from a physical hormone imbalance. Once diagnosed, there are treatments for any type of depression that can help the sufferer feel better and which can lead to a drastic change in attitude, outlook on life and even appearance. Studies have shown that there are natural ways to treat depression such as through supplements and exercise that don’t have the long-lasting side effects of strong pharmaceuticals.

Ayurveda For Any Type Of Depression

One of the most promising source of treatments and supplements available is Ayurveda. Ayurveda is a traditional Indian medicine that has been used for thousands of years to treat various ailments caused by an imbalance in the bodies energies. Once the energies are stabilized, it is believed that mental and physical health can return.

Ayurveda is safe and natural. It can be used in conjunction with other medications. Ayurvedic doctors work with Western medicine but nonetheless it’s best to check with a doctor before beginning to take Ayurveda if you are currently taking any other medications.

How Ayurveda Works For Any Type Of Depression

Ayurveda works by addressing the two main causes of depression:

  • an imbalance in the three doshas or bioenergies of the human ecosystem: Vata, Pitta and Kapha
  • developing and promoting an awareness of the inner Self

Doshas are the bioenergetic forces that determine health, both mentally and physically. Dosha imbalances result in physical as well as behavioral imbalances and symptoms. It is believed that depression is largely caused by an imbalance in the body that may progress to more serious ailments if left untreated.

More Than One Type of Depression

Ayurveda is useful for treating any type of depression.

Ayurveda provides a full range of treatments and living solutions that enable you to take care of yourself so that you are in optimum health. They offer excellent stress reduction techniques, diet and lifestyle solutions as well as herbal remedies and detoxification. All of the Ayurvedic treatments are natural and meant to enhance and support the bioenergy of the individual.

The different types of depression show up in different ways:

  • Vata induced depression is characterized by an abundance of fear, anxiety, nervousness and sleeplessness. It can be aggravated by loneliness or the loss of a loved one.
  • Pitta induced depression involves fear of failure or fear of making mistakes. If untreated, this form can progress to suicidal tendencies. People who suffer from this form of depression are usually addicted to success or may be pressured by family achieve things. It often manifests itself in the winter.
  • Kapha induced depression is characterized by the feeling of being weighed down. It involves excessive sleepiness, obesity and feelings of having a wasted life.

The special blend of herbs and ingredients in Ayurveda address imbalances of each type of dosha while not affecting the healthy part of the body. Each type of depression experienced stems from whatever the dosha is lacking. Ayurvedic herbs are a great way to restore balance to the body.

What Are Some Ayurvedic Treatments For Depression?

Ayurveda is a combination of herbs that together work to restore balance to an individual’s body. For those suffering from depression suitable herbs will have a calming effect on the nervous system and brain. Some suitable herbal ingredients include Brahmi, Ashwagandha, Vachaa, Mandook parni and Guduchi that are available in a variety of herbal combinations.

In addition to supplements, there are also external Ayurvedic treatments. Some detoxification treatments that can be helpful are the pouring of liquid medication over the forehead between the eyebrows, and body massage. Ayurvedic medicine also stresses the practice of yoga for health and treatment of specific ailments.

The combination of supplements, yoga and awareness can help cure the depression, allowing the sufferer to lead a healthier, happier life. Unlike western medicines, Ayurveda is a safe and natural way to address imbalances in the body that may lead to a variety of health problems. Ayurveda is particularly valuable for highly sensitive people because if is tailored to the individual, is designed to support your natural and best self and doesn’t cause the side effects of allopathic medications.

For HSPs it is definitely worth asking your natural health practitioner about Ayurveda to find out if you can benefit from its natural approach to treating depression.

The Message Of Depression

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Do you think that there is something wrong with you when you are depressed?

Suppose you are depressed because there is something right with you.

Possible?

Depression And The Aching Heart

What is the message of depression?

Often when we think of depression we think of loss, disappointment and other feelings connected to our external lives.  That is actually what it is.

John Douillard so eloquently says in his article on depression on the Kripalu website, we operate from our hearts when we are children until someone hurts us and if we are sensitive the hurt is especially grave.

When we are young we are naturally heart centered, which means that we embrace the world and everything in it as our home.  Animals operate this way all the time.

When we are hurt by others, our heart and real self have been essentially devalued, and we feel an acute sense of loss. The loss we feel is an important one.  What we have experienced is an important rejection and a rejection of what is important.

For most people, the rejection results in the creation of their “commercial” self, the self that is what is desired by others.  That way we will not inconvenience anyone with our real self.

Part of us wants to revolt, and another part of us recognizes that we need others to survive when we are young.  And so our mind acts to keep us in a safe, unthreatening place, and we become half of what we could be – at best.

How To Treat Depression With Ayurveda

Ayurveda treats depression differently and in doing so helps highly sensitive people see their symptoms in a different light.  As John Douillard says,

“Simply put, depression occurs when a person loses access to the essential Self as a result of this barrier. For a sensitive person, who by definition has more innate access to the heart and soul than most people, to lose this deep access is quite tragic. Fatigue is the first physiological response to a mind that has driven the body into exhaustion in the name of control and self-protection. Anxiety is a result of this exhaustion because the body and mind need energy and reserves to calm themselves down, stabilize moods, and initiate sleep. As the exhaustion persists, the body and mind ultimately become depressed or physiologically exhausted. The good news is that healing the cause of anxiety and depression is not a painful process of endurance and strain; it is a joyful discovery of your true, abiding nature.”

Ayurveda offers meditation, lifestyle support and herbal relief for all forms of illness. The best feature about Ayurveda is that it customizes natural treatments to suit the individual so being highly sensitive is not considered a fault or problem. It also treats the whole person which means you are not always dealing with the consequences of one failed medication after another.

Respect Depression

I think it takes courage to allow yourself to feel depressed in a world that demands that you behave otherwise. There is plenty to be depressed about.

Being depressed lets you listen to your precious inner Self that wants to be heard, that wants to help you live well.

You inner Self is your natural source of protection, you inner and outer guide, your Soul seeking to live fully.

Your depression is your natural response to the full living you are being denied for whatever reason. It is a message that you need to go in a different direction.

If depressed HSP’s can come to see their depressive symptoms as a call from their true Self, and even their best self, then they may be able to find compassion for their condition and start to gradually welcome that true Self into the world.

Change to a more suitable way of life takes time. It is a gradual process.

So respect your depression as a sign that change is necessary. Let your inner knowing speak to you and gently follow it to a new and better place.

The Best Spring Home Detox Program

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I have taken the Colorado Cleanse and that is why I am discussing it now.

The Cleanse is the best detox program that I know of because it does the serious work of internal cleaning. It is very effective.

The Colorado Cleanse is not a superficial program. If you really would like to feel better and understand what you are doing and why this program will help you immensely.

I love how Dr. John Douillard, the program creator, explains  all aspects of it so that you become more empowered in your health care. Too often we are kept in the dark about how to become healthy. Dr. Douillard demystifies it – to his credit.

The program is offering a 15% discount to Early Birds starting on 2/28 for newsletter subscribers. The Cleanse can be done at any time; however, if you would like to try the group cleanse, it is offered this year from April 9-22.

Below are the details of the program. In the interest of full disclosure, I am an affiliate.

 

How The Colorado Cleanse Is Different

The Colorado Cleanse is a 2 week at-home detox and digestive reset program, designed to help detoxify fat soluble toxins that can store for years in the fat cells.* Unlike other fad cleanses, the Colorado Cleanse is rooted in sound medical science and the ancient cleansing wisdom of Ayurveda. This cleanse has been developed by Dr. Douillard through decades of clinical practice with thousands of successful cleansers, many of whom are now its biggest fans.

Where fad cleanses emphasize extreme fasting and dangerously unbalanced diets, the Colorado Cleanse relies on a gentle, simple diet that allows the body to burn fat without hunger pains.*

And where fad cleanses trigger blood sugar crashes, starvation-mode cravings and immediate binging afterwards, the Colorado Cleanse balances the blood sugar, allowing the body to enjoy the contented blissful energy of natural fat-metabolism, while you continue working and going about your daily life.*

The Colorado Cleanse is unique because it repairs the body’s detox and digestive channels before starting the detox.* Cleansing without this preparation can move toxins from one fat cell to another, which defeats the purpose of cleansing and often manifests as stubborn digestive weakness and symptoms of lymphatic congestion.*

The Colorado Cleanse is a 2 week at-home detox and digestive rejuvenation program.  You can do the Anytime Colorado Cleanse at your own convenience, or your can join us each Spring and Fall during the Group Colorado Cleanse.   The Colorado Cleanse can be done while working and leading your regular lifestyle.

Colorado Cleanse Success Stories

The Colorado Cleanse has helped thousands of people. Here are some of the many stories of people who have benefited from this wonderful detox program. I highly recommend that you read them.

What does the Cleanse involve?

During the 2-week Colorado Cleanse you will do a daily practice of yoga, meditation, and breathing exercises, 12 minutes of aerobic exercise, take Ayurvedic herbal formulas that support the detox process, and eat a special diet during the three phases*:

PRE-CLEANSE (Days 1-4) 
To prepare your body to flush these toxins out of their storage sites, we will first make sure that your natural detox channels are functional by following an allergen-free whole foods diet, eating 4 specific foods each day, and taking the specified herbs.* This will help:

  • Balance Blood Sugar and Heal Intestinal Villi: Start by stabilizing your blood sugar and healing the intestinal mucosa of your intestinal tract.*
  • De-Stagnate the Lymphatic System: Improve the function of your lymphatic system, which drains the gut through the GALT (Gut Associated Lymphatic Tissue) where 80% of the body’s immune system is housed.*
  • Thin the Bile and Prepare to Detox: Once the detox channels of the lymph are moving, decongest the liver and thin the bile. Adequate bile flow is critical in optimizing and maintaining the detox channels of the body.*

MAIN CLEANSE (Days 5-11)
During the Main Cleanse, you will eat a simplified diet of nonfat khichari, which is a specific type of rice and beans prepared in a way that helps heal the digestion.* You will also drink increasing amounts of ghee each morning.

  • Reset Fat Metabolism, Flush the Liver and Detox Toxic Fat: Once the liver and bile are functioning better, cleanse the toxic chemicals that are stored in the fat cells.*
  • Self-Inquiry Exercises to help release old emotions, patterns, habits and behaviors that store in the fat cells.*

POST CLEANSE (Days 12-14)
After the Main Cleanse, you will return to the Pre Cleanse diet and add a Digestive Reset Protocol to boost your digestive fire.*

  • Reset Digestive Strength: After the cleanse, reset your upper digestive strength, which is the most common cause of digestive distress.*

AFTER THE CLEANSE 
You will continue taking your herbal formulas for a few more weeks. In addition, we recommend that you follow a seasonal, whole foods diet, which you will naturally have the craving for now.

What The Group Cleanse Offers

Live Q&A Calls with John Douillard

During the Colorado Cleanse we I will do three Live Q&A Conference Calls where you will have an opportunity to ask me questions and learn from the questions of your fellow Cleansers.  If you are not able to make the live call and have a question, you can email it ahead of time to [email protected]

  • 1st Live Q&A:  Monday April 8
  • 2nd   Live Q&A:  Monday April 15
  • 3rd Live Q&A:  Monday April 22

* All calls will be recorded. You will be able to listen to the replay on the following day.

5 Audio lectures for each phase of the Cleanse

A few days before each phase of the Cleanse, we will email you access to a 15-20 minute audio lecture where I discuss why that phase is important, how to prepare for it, protocols, and how to prevent any potential speed bumps.  The lectures are pre-recorded and you can listen to them at your convenience:

  1. Preparation
  2. Pre-Cleanse
  3. Main Cleanse
  4. Post Cleanse
  5. Maintenance for after the Cleanse

Daily Emails

Each morning during the Cleanse I will send you an email with all the instructions and protocols you need for that day.  I will also share some stories, information and

Online Community Forum

On our private Online Forum for the Colorado Cleanse, you will have a chance to connect with new cleansers, folks who have done it before, and our LifeSpa staff.  This will be a great place to ask for advice, offer encouragement, share recipes and even connect with cleansers in your area that you can meet in person!  I highly recommend taking advantage of it!

Colorado Cleanse book

My Colorado Cleanse book explains how and why to do this cleanse in detail and is based on guiding thousands of patients through this detox and digestion reset.  Our Cleansers report that their Colorado Cleanse book is an important resource that they refer to daily during the Cleanse.   192 pages. (If you do not own it yet, please choose the Complete Kit below, or you can add it as an Enhancement to the Repeat Kit or the Simply Herbs Kit.)

Ayurveda for Detox DVD

This beautifully produced instructional DVD guides you through the daily detox yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and self-massage that you will do each day of the cleanse – and hopefully afterwards.  It also includes an educational Ayurvedic talk by Dr. Douillard on how to follow a seasonal detoxifying diet every day of the year.  (If you do not own it yet, please choose the Complete Kit below, or you can add it as an Enhancement to the Repeat Kit or the Simply Herbs Kit.)

 

If you need to detox, this is an excellent program to consider. Learn more here.

3 Amazing Herbs For The Immune System

3 Amazing Herbs For The Immune System - HSP Health Blog

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Do you think your immune system is taking adequate care of you?

Do you fall prey to seasonal illnesses or illnesses that get passed around: colds, flu, etc?

Are sick more often than others around you?

If you are answering yes to the last two questions, then your immune system may not be protecting you adequately.

Highly Sensitive People And The Immune System

It is a bit unfair to blame the immune system for our getting sick particularly if you are a highly sensitive person.

One of the biggest health challenges that highly sensitive people have is supporting and maintaining a healthy immune system. Our immune system often cannot cope with the demands that our nervous systems and cultural expectations place on it.

Although everyone needs to take caer of their immune systems, HSP’s need to step up their self-care to compensate for higher demands on their bodies.

The specific burden that highly sensitive people have is stress – stress in such high volume that it overwhelms out bodies, immune system included if we are not careful.

Even if we were to lead an extremely quiet lifestyle, we need to support our immune systems because our hyperactive nervous system are naturally active all of the time. In the best of situations, we are vulnerable to becoming depleted from nervous system stress.

The Special Problem Of Stress And The HSP Immune System

If we are experiencing a lot of stress and our immune systems become weakened, then when other problems arise, we have a more difficult time coping with them. Viruses, parasites, and other invaders are more likely to take hold in our systems.

Therefore in addition to stress reduction strategies, it is a good idea for highly sensitive people to offer their bodies some immune system support. hese herbs can help:

  1. ashwaghandha is one of the most important herbs for highly sensitive people because not only does it help with stress but it also builds you up. It has the ability to reduce high cortisol levels which gets activated under stress and can be chronically active in highly sensitive people. Since highly sensitive people are under stress a lot of the time, ashwaghandha is highly valuable as a defense agains the effects on long term elevated cortisol which can cause metabolic syndrome and other conditions. Metabolic syndrome is considered an indicator of the potential to eventually get diabetes. Ashwaghandha is one of the most important Ayurvedic herbs because it not only calms the nervous system, but it also boosts energy and vitality, making it particularly important for HSP’s who often feel drained.
  2. tulsi or holy basil is considered a hol plant In Ayurveda that brings in positive energy into the body and help eliminate negative energy. It is rich in antioxidants and  strengthens the immune system. It is considered a healing agent for the nervous system, so it reduces stress symptoms. Like ashwaghandha, tulsi is considered an adaptogen, which means it will strengthen the body. Tulsi will also improve mental functioning in particular the memory.
  3. neem is an amazing herb that is antiviral, antifungical, antibacterial and antiseptic. It is a blood cleaner that is beneficial for skin conditions and dental health. Neem is a strong immune system booster.

All of the herbs individually and combined will help any highly sensitive person to improve the functioning of their nervous and immune systems.They are herbs that I use and personally recommend.

Embrace Your Prana!

 

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Have you ever stood outside and allowed yourself to just be in the air?

Do you know what I mean? Standing in the flowing expansiveness and enjoying it?

That’s prana.

What Is Prana?

What is prana? Prana also called chi is something that we feel all around us.  It is elusive, flowing, and it is our home. Prana is what we take in when we breathe. It is the universal life force.

Prana is not oxygen and it is not air.  It exists in oxygen and air but it is not the same thing.  It is the natural intelligence that activates the oxygen, that moves with the air.

The Natural Intelligence Of Prana

Prana, the life force, activates the natural intelligence in all things.  Every living thing has natural intelligence including each human being.

The intelligence of prana exists whether we recognize it or not.  Prana just is, and is always there for us. It is inescapable. It is active even if we decide to ignore it.  If  we ignore it we harm ourselves and others. When we embrace prana, we allow it to define our lives, because when we live to support our natural intelligence, we are creating our  health and well-being.  When we live in a way that does not support our natural intelligence we are essentially hastening our death.

Prana is subtle.  It moves through our bodies all of the time unless it is blocked.  There are any number of reasons for blockages, from poor quality food  to difficult emotions, poor mental states and  pollution.  The opportunity for prana disturbance and imbalances in the body are substantial.

How To Support Our Prana

Prana wants to flow freely. Therefore, the  optimal way for prana to move through the body is to clear the body of all the blockages in all parts of the physical system.

In order to clear all blockages we need to detox in every way.  One way is through energy medicine which clears the energy centers in the body called meridians and chakras from Eastern medicine.  Ayurveda has the term nadis which is similar to meridians. Meridians, nadis and chakras are all energy points in the body that need to be clear for us to be healthy.

Under the Ayurvedic system, all practices are designed to maximize the movement of prana in the body to ensure excellent health and optimum well-being.  Because all things have natural intelligence in them, the quality of that intelligence is extremely important. Food can have excellent natural intelligence if it is organic or poor prana if it is processed fast food or junk food. Anything that is polluted in any way detracts from our own life force by harming our own prana, making it difficult to live in our bodies.

You could say that one of our jobs in life is to make a home for prana.  To make our natural intelligence welcome we need organic food, pure water, pure air, good health habits, supportive exercise like yoga, healthy constructive relationships and positive purpose. The more we are able to incorporate prana supporting practices into our lives, the more natural health and bliss are ours.

For More Information:

What is Prana? Sri Aurobindo Center of Los Angeles

Cultivating Prana by Dr. Svoboda