How to increase Energy
Ama- The heavy substance weighing you down and giving you low energy
Low energy, according to Ayurveda may be due to Ama, a sanskrit term used in Ayurveda to describe a heavy, moist substance that congests our bodies and is due to undigested food and makes us feel heavy and tired. This ama can create several diseases in the body and needs to be cleared out and cleaned up, at least, once a year, depending on your eating habits, and sometimes twice a year. Ama is an intruder in the body that creates disease that was caused by not digesting food properly. Ama does not need to be in the body as it clogs the bodies channels, decreasing metabolism, fogging up the mind, creating unwanted growths, congestion, heaviness and tiredness.
In order to decrease ama you can do a couple of things; 1) Give yourself or get an annual cleanse or Panchakarma during the change of seasons in the Spring or Autumn. 2) Follow an ama-reducing diet. The time you should allow for following an ama-reducing diet depends on your dominate dosha or unique body type (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Kapha doshas can stay on for long periods of time. Pitta dosha for shorter periods and Vata dosha for the least amount of time. Both Pitta and Vata should follow the ama-reducing diet rejuvenating therapies and foods. Here is a list of ama-reducing foods and ama-increasing foods.
Ama- Reducing Foods
Lemon, lime, grapefruit, pomegranate, cranberry
Steamed vegetables (for vata and kapha), Raw vegetables (for Pitta)
Whole grains, kitchari
Acidophilus, takra (yogurt water)
Ghee, mustard and flax oils
Warm liquids (green tea, herbal tea)
Potatoes, mushrooms, carrot juice (too sweet)
Breads, pastries, white flour
All other beans
Nuts and seeds
Pork, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, margarine, lard
All other oils
Cold liquids (black tea, coffee)
Eating an ama reducing diet will keep you free from the heavy substance that is making you feel sleepy with low energy and instead give you energy and life.
Here's to Your Health!