One out of five men suffer from low libido, low energy, and low testosterone. As we age our body's testosterone steeps to below normal levels. This causes lack of energy, lack of sexual interest, erectile dysfunction, muscle and bone depletion.
Another cause of sexual health decline can be due to low dopamine levels ( a chemical messaging system that is intimately connected to sexual desire )
The Vitality Formula not only increases testosterone levels, but also enables the brain to make more dopamine. This formulation uses the best of Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine to form a wonderful synergy of the best of both worlds. Give it a try and notice the difference.
Benefits of Vitality:
Quick Overview of Individual Herbs:
Ashwagandha: "Gives vitality of a horse". Known to enhance the sex lives of men since the times of Kama Sutra. It is safe and powerful and often compared to Ginseng for its vitality.
Epimedium: "Passionate goat weed". This herb has been extensively studied in laboratories and is known to increase sexual activity. It stimulates the sensory nerves throughout the body, and in particular the genital region.
Cinnamon: An aromatic carminative that warms our bodies from inside out. Cinnamon helps distribute the energetics of other herbs throughout the body.
Tribulus Terrestris: An incredible popular herb that is renknowned for aiding bodybuilders and as a powerful sexual tonic. Its incredibly rich in saponins which have the ability to boost testosterone.
Tongkat Ali: A Chinese tonic best known for its ability to enhance libido, boost testosterone levels, and eliminates erectile dysfunction. It is termed "Malaysia's home grown Viagra"
Mucuna Pruriens: A tropical legume native to India which is a natural source of L-Dopa ( a precursor to dopamine ). It supports physical balance and posture, improving energy and endurance, revitalizes both the male and female reproductive system.
Shilajit: "Indian Viagra" Shilajit acts like a battery charger on the cells, allowing them to receive the nutrients easier. It has affinity to the kidneys, contains over 85 trace minerals, and contains the powerful fulvic and humid acid.
Coffee is believed to have originated in Ethiopia. There is a legend that says that a great goat herder noticed his goats getting excited after eating some berries from a tree. The local monastery he belonged to suggested to dry and boil the berries. That was the world's first cup of coffee.
Today coffee is one of the most popular beverages around as you see cafe's in every corner. Drinking a good cup of coffee can be described as a comforting feeling as if getting a warm hug. Within seconds a rush of feel good transmitters begins scintillating your brain. Focus, alertness, and a general sense of well being is felt. These effects are the reason many people cannot go a day without their cup of coffee.
Why not drink coffee?
Here are a few reasons coffee can be harmful to you.
- Overstimulates adrenal glands and nervous system
- Depletes tissues
- Large amounts of coffee will rob your body of minerals
Should you switch to Decaf?
During coffee processing, methylene chloride is used to make coffee decaffeinated. This pulls out the caffeine, then flavors are added. This compound is used for paint stripping, degreasing, and metal cleaning. To say its toxic is an understatement. There are some companies that don't use this but not many since the process is extremely expensive.
Ayurvedic View Of Coffee
Knowing you original constitution and current doshic imbalance is important to see if coffee will help you or harm you. The rasa (taste) of coffee is mainly bitter and astringent and it also has a warming and stimulating effect.
For both vata (air) and pitta (fire) constitutions, coffee is usually not recommended. The nervous system is dominated by the air element and coffee tends to stimulate this air element. This can cause anxiety, nervous disorders, and insomnia. Knowing this, Vata's should avoid coffee, specially if they have a chronic vata imbalance. People who are predominantly pitta have a tendency towards acidity and usually have intense personalities. With coffee's acidity and stimulating actions, it is not their best choice. Coffee is perfect for kapha dominant people, as they do need the stimulation, acidity, and warmth.
If you cannot see yourself without coffee and you are a vata or pitta constitution, no need to worry. You can still have your cup of Joe if you don't have an excessive vata or pitta imbalance.
Taking into account the time of day is important. Kapha times are 6a to 10 am, and this will be the best times for vata and pitta to have their cup. You can also make some modifications to your coffee. By adding some spices and oil we can make a tridoshic coffee.
Single espresso shot (Nespresso or any other)
Coco oil 1 tsp
Coco sugar 1/2 tsp
Cardamom: stimulates digestion, alleviates intestinal spasms and pain, redirects the flow of vata downwards, increases sexual potency, sattvic (brings joy)
Cinnamon: alleviates vata and kapha, increases appetite, destroys toxins, cardiac tonic, imparts strength, increases semen
Coco sugar: derived from coconut palm tree. Has a glycemic index of 35 compared to regular sugar which is 60 to 75. It also contains trace minerals of iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, and inulin.
Coconut oil: Contains medium chain fatty acids which help breakthrough the brain barrier. Coconut oil helps prevent the caffeine crash.
In conclusion, coffee is good for most people with little adjustments. Many studies have shown benefits in cognitive abilities, with its compound trigonelline it can lower blood sugar, with its rich source of polyphenols it acts as a strong antioxidant. Make sure to avoid coffee if you have excess vata or pitta, seizures, heart palpitations, muscle tics, and other nervous system disorders.
Everybody experiences sadness at some point of their lives. When this melancholy lingers and does not let up it can lead to a serious disorder called Depression. Symptoms include profound sadness, feelings of helplessness and hopelessness, lack of appetite, lack of enthusiasm, and sometimes uncontrollable crying. It can be described like hell on earth. If not treated it can lead to serious problems like suicidal thoughts, even death. When depression is heavy, medical attention must be sought out immediately.
Depression can be a reaction to external factors or it can be due to internal chemical imbalances. It's normal when a loved one dies and you feel sad for a few months. Sometimes that sadness can spiral down into a state of severe despondency or dejection. This is the time help is needed.
According to Ayurveda, internal causes are due to one of the Doshas (Vata, Pitta, or Kapha) disturbing the nervous system and interfering with the functions of the mind.
Ayurveda recognizes three types of Depression:
Vata Depression is accompanied with fear, anxiety, and nervousness. Social anxiety is a big issue, as vata individuals can get overwhelmed by crowds easily. They can also develop hypersensitivity to sounds and touch that even a hug can feel uncomfortable to them.
Useful herbs for someone suffering from a Vata form of depression are Dashamoola (very grounding), Ashwagandha (exhausted adrenals), and Brahmi (helps with all brain functions)
For social anxiety there are a few nervine tinctures that they can take before going into a social situation. These include kava kava, motherwort, or milky oat seed.
Vata imbalances need to be corrected by avoiding cold and dry foods and favoring warm, soupy kind of foods. They need to incorporate healthy oils like olive oil, ghee internally and can use sesame oil externally for a self massage.
Pitta Depression is accompanied by anger, fear of failure, and losing control. Pitta individuals tend to be perfectionists and crave control. When life throws them a wrench, they can spiral out of control. Fits of rage and irritability are common. Their depression can turn violent if left unchecked.
Pitta imbalances need relaxation and lots of cooling down. Massage therapy is a must as they hold on to a lot of tension in their spine. Best oils for pitta are coconut oil with essential oils like lavender, blue chamomile, and all the roses. They need to avoid the fire element in times of imbalance which can include ( excess sun, sour and pungent foods, excessive competition). Pittas need laughter in their life, they need to lighten up. Comedy shows or a light hearted movie can take them out of their funk.
Brahmi milk decoction can be drunk two to three cups per day. Shatavari, known for its excellent effects on cooling the nervous system is another must have herb. Skullcap in tincture form is a powerful remedy that can ease agitation and irritability as it is one the best nervines known to man.
Kapha depression is accompanied by mental heaviness, excess sleep, weight gain, and lack of energy. Kapha individuals can easily sleep fourteen hours or more. Their state of health can rapidly decline when depression sets in.
To help a Kapha suffering from depression, they will need a lot of help and support. They need the extra push from a friend to get motivated. They can start by going on an apple juice fast for a few days to get rid of the physical and mental heaviness. Heat in the form of pungent spices like cayenne, black pepper, ginger, cardamom, cinnamon is a must to kick up their metabolism. Exercise must be done and they will need a partner to motivate them. Hot yoga is an excellent choice for them. A ginger tea throughout the day is a must as it has a long history of treating depression.
According to Vedic Science, the material world contains three core primal energies. They are called the three gunas (Sattva, Rajas, and Tamas). Sattva is equilibrium, balance, harmony. Rajas is movement, agitation. Tamas is static energy. Our minds constantly go through these three gunas. In the morning you might be in a tamasic state of mind and want to keep sleeping. After your morning coffee, rajas begins to kick in and you can get excited and fired up. If you meditated in the morning maybe your day will start harmonious and peaceful (sattva).
The reason Ayurveda and Yoga talks about the three gunas is because Sattva guna brings our mind into a state of harmony which is needed when suffering from depression. The foods and the lifestyle we choose can lead you into a sattvic state of mind. Here are some examples of practices that bring sattva into your life:
Meditation A daily meditation practice is beneficial to your state of mind. Best done before 6 am, to catch the dominant ether element.
Sattvic Foods Whole Foods that are grown outside in the sun. Nuts, fruits, veggies, oils, whole grains, organic milk
Sattvic Herbs A few include shatavari, roses, jasmine, frankincense
Medicinal Oils Rose, jasmine, lavender, lemongrass, neroli, patchouli, bergamot, sandalwood are all uplifting
Here are a few other suggestions that can help everyone suffering from depression regardless of their dosha:
Sunlight getting at least 20 minutes a day of sunlight is critical. Some people suffer from depression due to lack of sunlight
Licorice Root contains eight compounds that are monamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors of potent antidepressant action. Only use short term as large amounts can increase blood pressure.
Rhodiola Root an adaptogenic herb used by the Russians for mental and physical endurance. Adaptogens are known to help you cope with stress for longer periods of time. When your depression is accompanied by body weakness, then this herb is the one to go with.
St John's Wort clinical studies show that treatment with just one of the active compounds, hypericin, results in a significant improvement in anxiety, depression, and feelings of worthlessness. Do not take if your are pregnant and avoid intense sun exposure.
Tryptophan an amino acid that is the raw material in the production of the neurotransmitter chemical called serotonin. This elevates mood and enhances feelings of well being. Sometimes serotonin runs low because tryptophan is scarce. Boost your intake with foods high in tryptophan like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, and evening primrose seeds.
Depression can be deadly so go to a medical specialist if its serious. You can incorporate healthy lifestyle, food, and herbs along with the medical treatment. Give yourself a chance. Incorporate Ayurveda and natural ways of healing and you will see how wonderful life can be!