Fertility, Hormones and Rejuvenation - Finding BalanceDr Issac Mathai - Soukya
The female body is especially complex. As with any complex entity, it can be affected by myriad problems. It is crucial to understand them and take precautions to avoid them.
A young woman today faces challenges unlike any in the past. Carrying forward the roles of homemaker and mother from previous generations, she also balances a full-time career. The pressure that a young woman is under to succeed from an early age can have devastating effect on her body.
As a society, we have not yet figured out how to arrive at a suitable balance between a prosperous career and good health. I come across women all the time who tell me that they simply do not have the time to eat properly. Eating unhealthy, convenient food is the solution to the problem of shortage of time. This cycle begins in the later teenage years, when staying up all night to study is seen as normal or even necessary. This continues into one’s professional life as well. Stimulated by financial incentives, it is easy to make the wrong choices for one’s body. Often the repercussions of this do not show until it is too late, and a lot of the damage done is long-term and irreversible.
A woman’s peak childbearing years can be dramatically affected by the subtle but incremental abuse sustained right from the early teen years. It is essential to keep this in mind from the early teen years. I have dealt with people who, at the age of 35, after years of irregular eating, sleeping, and attempts at quick-fix solutions to problems as they pop up, are desperate to get pregnant but cannot. Twenty years of abuse cannot be undone in a year or two.
The secret to a successful career and family is in the ability to find the perfect balance. I wish there was a simple answer to the question of how to find the balance. If there is, I certainly have not found it.
Don’t wait to repair your body only after it breaks down. Pay attention to what it is telling you.
Holistic Treatments to balance the system and to rejuvenate
Ayurveda and Naturopathy have the best rejuvenation, anti-aging and detoxification treatments which will be very effective for anybody above 40 especially during and after menopausal stage. This treatment requires 2 to 3 weeks. The rejuvenation and the detoxification programme could be done with a 2 week Ayurveda and Naturopathy programme.
3 weeks Panchakarma is a combination of application of medicated oils on the body. This will have an anti-aging effect along with detoxification and rejuvenation. Undergoing Panchakarma programme ensures complete cleansing at cellular level and in the organs.
It relieves the symptoms from the diseases if any. It rejuvenates the whole body. Mental faculties get sharper. Functioning of the organs and metabolism improve. Senses get sharpened, mind gets calmer and clear. It delays and reverses the process of ageing.
- Drink 8-10 glasses of water per day
- Fast once a week
- Exercise regularly for at least 30 minutes per day
- Sleep for 6-8 hours per day
- Avoid aerated drinks, they contain too much sugar
- Take a teaspoon of organic turmeric powder mixed with honey every day, to boost immunity. It is high in anti-oxidants. It is also seen to fight against cancer cells. It loosens the phlegm and works as an expectorant. It is germicidal and an antiseptic. It also has cosmetic effects - traditionally to remove fine body hair
- Tulsi or holy basil is known to prevent infections. A few leaves of tulsi could be chewed or you could make a tea of these leaves with black pepper and cumin. Chewing tulsi leaves keeps away bad breath and tooth decay. Inhaling steam from an infusion of tulsi leaves cures sinus congestion
- Omega-3 fatty acids are heart protective. Include nuts like almonds, walnuts, pine nuts, seeds of pumpkin, sunflower, alfalfa, flax seeds, sesame etc. and fish such as tuna in your diet. Mackerel, sardines, herring and salmon are also good for supplementing omega-3
Things that they could have done better:
- I was informed that alcoholic drinks were (unless imported) included in the price. This did not turn out to be true. Alcoholic drinks (whether imported or local) cost extra at the resort.
- My flights had to be rescheduled for reasons outside of the control of Healing Holidays. I was not initially given the reasons for the change, so had to ask for this. It would be better, whenever there is a change to the flights, if a reason for the change were found and communicated upfront."