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We welcome a very special guest; Dr. Nayana Sivaraj BAMS, MD(Ay). She is an Ayurvedic physician who specializes in Ayurvedic psychiatry. She is the founder of Vanaura Organics which helps in substituting chemicals and synthetic ingredients used in conventional cosmetics. Today, Dr. Nayana shared her expertise in Ayurveda and how eco-friendly skincare products affect our lives. She talked about the causes of adult acne and skin problems, the harmful chemicals used in modern cosmetics, and how they harm our bodies in the long run. She also talked about the purification treatments that help cleanse our bodies and are prominently practiced in Kerala, the importance of nutrition to improve our bodies, and much more.
Just had an eye-opening podcast episode with Dr. Nayana, an Ayurvedic expert. We covered a lot of ground, from Ayurvedic psychiatry to mental health, and even the ethical questions in today’s healthcare. But one topic that stood out was the importance of nutrition. Here’s a breakdown:
Ayurvedic Psychiatry: It’s a Whole System
Doshas and Gunas: The Building Blocks
Dr. Nayana broke down how Ayurvedic psychiatry is all about balancing your doshas and gunas. If you’re feeling off, it might be a dosha imbalance. It’s not just about medication; it’s about understanding your body and mind.
Nutrition: The Unsung Hero
We also touched on the critical role of nutrition in mental health. Your diet can either make or break your mental state. Spicy, Rajasic foods can make you anxious, while Sattvic foods can help you find your Zen. So, the next time you’re feeling out of sorts, maybe reconsider that spicy biryani.
The Ethical Quagmire in Modern Healthcare
Allopathy: A Double-Edged Sword
Dr. Nayana was candid about the drawbacks of allopathic medicines. They might give you quick relief, but the long-term side effects can be a real downer.
Nutraceuticals: Proceed with Caution
We also discussed the nutraceutical industry, which is like the Wild West right now. Dr. Nayana warned us about the lack of research on popular supplements. So, think twice before you start popping those collagen pills.
We both agreed that companies need to be more ethical. If you’re selling something, make sure it’s genuinely beneficial and sustainable.
Trendy Ayurvedic Ingredients: Ashwagandha and Turmeric
Ashwagandha: Not a Cure-All
Ashwagandha is trending, especially for men’s health. But Dr. Nayana cautioned against using it long-term. Your body might get too accustomed to it.
Turmeric: More Than Just a Spice
We also discussed Turmeric and its active ingredient, Curcumin. But remember, Ayurveda is all about a holistic approach, not just single ingredients.
Consumer Education: Knowledge is Power
We concluded by emphasizing the need for consumer education. The more you know, the better choices you’ll make.
And let’s not forget to support businesses that are doing it right—ethical, sustainable, and focused on real human well-being.
That’s a wrap for this episode! I hope you learned as much as I did. Until next time, stay healthy.