An Ayurvedic Recipe for a Vibrant, Sexy Life: Detoxification, Food and Relaxation



 

Hormones play a critical role in the lives of women. From their impact on our mood, reproductive health and overall wellness to the critical role they play in maintaining a healthy libido, women’s quality of life is improved dramatically when our hormones are balanced, according to New York Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Doctor Somesh Kaushik. A balanced diet, sound sleep, adequate oxygen and intentional relaxation all play an important part in creating this delicate balance. Natural Awakenings recently sat down with Kaushik to find out what steps women can take to create a healthier, more vibrant life.

 

Nutrients and Keeping Toxins Out of the Body

Dr. Somesh KaushikWhen it comes to nutrition, women require more nourishment than men for reproduction and are generally more vulnerable to life’s stressors, says Kaushik. These stressors include dealing with children, managing a household and working outside of the home.

“Women require more of certain nutrients, especially calcium,” says Kaushik. He suggests getting this vital nutrient from food instead of supplementation if at all possible, recommending a daily smoothie, which is easily absorbed by the body. One particularly nutritious recipe starts with kale (for the liver and calcium) and includes blueberries (antioxidants), avocados (fat for hormones), almonds (protein), flax (omegas and fatty acids) and stevia or dates (enzymes and fiber) for sweetness. Optional smoothie add-ins Kaushik suggests are ginger (detoxifying), mint (important hormone balancer) and bitter chocolate (for stress, frustration and anger). While bananas are a popular ingredient in smoothies, Kaushik advises that women avoid them, offering papaya, pineapple, pomegranate and mango as alternatives. Tumeric is another ingredient Kaushik recommends with gusto. “Anytime you can add turmeric to something, do it,” he says. Add water to the smoothie ingredients, blend and enjoy.

While no one is safe from the toxins in household cleaners, women usually take the brunt of it, carrying the additional contaminants from cosmetics and body products absorbed by their skin. Kaushik suggests that women become aware of what they are putting on and in their bodies. He says, “Anything that you would not put in your mouth, do not put on your body. Eventually, it all goes to the same place—your blood stream—and gets absorbed.”

 

Power Foods: Fat, Fish and Asparagus

Since our bodies make all of our sex hormones from cholesterol, a balanced diet includes plenty of healthy fats, notes Kaushik. To get a healthy dose of these fats he recommends consuming ghee, olive oil, sesame oil, avocados, nuts, seeds and fish that are smaller than 10 inches. Mercury toxicity can be a problem with larger fish, Kaushik says, noting the close correlation between heavy metals and breast cancer. Eating these healthy fats provides the body with adequate levels of the hormone precursor (cholesterol), allowing our bodies and libidos to function as they should.

Anytime you can add turmeric to something, do it.

Kaushik recommends sautéing fish with a lot of ginger, turmeric and mustard, “Ginger especially detoxifies the effects of mercury,” he says. Mint, onions, garlic, ginger, turmeric and mustard can all be blended together to season fish and further reduce toxin absorption. Then serve with a squeeze of lemon.

One of the most beneficial foods that women can eat is asparagus, advises Kaushik. Known as Shatavari in Ayurveda, which literally means "the one with one hundred husbands," asparagus is important for keeping the hormones balanced and should be consumed by women every day and in every season if possible. To avoid monotony, add cooked Shavatari to salads, sauté it, or serve the vegetable with a healthy dip, ideally one containing turmeric.

 

Deep Breathing and Relaxation

In addition to getting enough good nutrition and detoxing, the mind-body connection is a critical component of optimum health, well-being and balanced hormones. Kaushik recommends meditation and deep breathing to keep this connection in check. Oxygen deficiency is a common problem for women. “As we grow older, we don’t use 100 percent of our lungs so deep breathing is really, really important,” he says. He recommends participating in 15 to 20 minutes of deep breathing in the morning and again before bed.

“Deep breathing for at least 10 minutes before bed will help you get a good sleep. And good sleep is extremely important,” explains Kaushik, “and if you don’t relax, it will make you age really fast. So make sure you relax every morning.” 

Dr. Somesh Kaushik’s Ayurvedic and Naturopathic Clinic is currently taking new clients in White Plains and NYC. For more information, call 646.670.6725 or visit DrKaushik.com.

 

Edit ModuleShow Tags

News Briefs

New Book Explains How Helping Wildlife Helps People

New Book Explains How Helping Wildlife Helps People

“Animals suffer as much as people, and helping them saves human lives and human suffering.”
Mindful Is the New Skinny Author Holds Book Signing

Mindful Is the New Skinny Author Holds Book Signing

June 26, at 7 p.m., at the Chappaqua Library
Famed Westchester Entrepreneur to Discuss “Tiny Business”

Famed Westchester Entrepreneur to Discuss “Tiny Business”

June 14, from 7 to 9 p.m., at Beahive Beacon
Investment Fund Helps Beginning Sustainable Farmers

Investment Fund Helps Beginning Sustainable Farmers

The fund gives sustainable farmers secure land access through lease-to-own arrangements on farm properties in the states connected to the NYC metropolitan area (the NY Foodshed).
Philanthropist Mike Hoffman Announces New Scholarship

Philanthropist Mike Hoffman Announces New Scholarship

Hoffman’s company provides fundraising, management and social engagement strategy to corporations and nonprofit organizations.
Boscobel Hosts Annual Snapping Turtles Event

Boscobel Hosts Annual Snapping Turtles Event

June 2, at 7:30 a.m.
Candles and Wine Opens in Bedford Hills

Candles and Wine Opens in Bedford Hills

Grand opening June 13, at 6 p.m
Ascend Festival Launches in Cold Springs

Ascend Festival Launches in Cold Springs

June 21, from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m
Women’s Health and Fitness Center Opens in White Plains

Women’s Health and Fitness Center Opens in White Plains

The 15,000-square foot space offers classes and therapies to rejuvenate the mind and body, as well as a healthy gourmet café.
Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary Holds Open House

Safe Haven Farm Sanctuary Holds Open House

June 30, from noon to 2 p.m.
New Treatment Targets Lyme, Chronic Fatigue

New Treatment Targets Lyme, Chronic Fatigue

“The Perrin Technique may be a missing piece to the puzzle of how to treat these devastating diseases.”
Get On Your Mat For Mental Health Returns to White Plains

Get On Your Mat For Mental Health Returns to White Plains

June 20, in downtown White Plains, on Court Street, between Main Street and Martine Avenue
InterGenerate Opens Community Garden in Mount Kisco

InterGenerate Opens Community Garden in Mount Kisco

“We are pleased to be moving from our former garden at Marsh Sanctuary to this much more central location."
Chiropractor Joins Breathe Network for Trauma Survivors

Chiropractor Joins Breathe Network for Trauma Survivors

Stern is trained to care for trauma survivors with conditions such as PTSD, anxiety and depression through the use of Network Spinal Analysis (NSA), chiropractic and other natural healing services to address a compromised nervous system.
Community Outreach Program Brings Solar Power to Area Congregations

Community Outreach Program Brings Solar Power to Area Congregations

Several HRP Presbyterian churches will be holding Solarize Our Congregation info sessions, which are open to members and friends of HRP Presbyterian congregations as well as members of the surrounding community.
Organic CBD Products Now at Custom Candle

Organic CBD Products Now at Custom Candle

Trying it as a sleep aid, she found that she could finally sleep through the night.
New Creations Gift Shop Keeps It Local

New Creations Gift Shop Keeps It Local

Showcasing the talents of more than 50 local artists, authors, musicians and crafters.

June Gala to Support Inclusive, Nature-Based Education

June 2, from 7 to 10 p.m.
All-Natural Fizz Sticks Help Beat the Afternoon Slump

All-Natural Fizz Sticks Help Beat the Afternoon Slump

Arbonne has designed a vitamin-infused water mix-in intended to beat the afternoon slump.
Toner Is Vital to Skincare Routine

Toner Is Vital to Skincare Routine

“This one small step will go a long way to making a positive change in your skin."
Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture More than Skin Deep

Benefits of Cosmetic Acupuncture More than Skin Deep

The state of physical health, emotions and spirit is reflected on the skin, particularly on the skin of the face.
Natural Ways to Protect Skin from Sun Damage

Natural Ways to Protect Skin from Sun Damage

Skin damage occurs when the sun’s rays activate enzymes that form free radicals, which in turn destroy the collagen and elastin that give skin its strength and rebound quality.
Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique Opens in Pawling

Angel Aura Spiritual Boutique Opens in Pawling

The boutique also hosts workshops every Friday and Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. and/or 7 to 9 p.m.
Poughkeepsie Author to Teach Angel Class

Poughkeepsie Author to Teach Angel Class

June 16, from 1 to 4 p.m and June 21, from 6 to 7:30 p.m
Empowerment Expert Offers Book Signing, Workshop

Empowerment Expert Offers Book Signing, Workshop

May 5, from 4 to 5 p.m.
Living Juice Certified as Woman-Owned Business

Living Juice Certified as Woman-Owned Business

Founder Rosemary Devlin says Living Juice began with a mission to help people attain a lifestyle that is healthy, enriched and vibrant.
Westchester Land Trust Protects Rockefeller Property

Westchester Land Trust Protects Rockefeller Property

A conservation easement is a voluntary legal agreement between a landowner and a land trust that permanently restricts a property’s development in order to protect its important conservation values.
Yards Should Welcome Mother Nature

Yards Should Welcome Mother Nature

Clean is nice indoors, but it’s not a concept that is recognized by the Earth.