Written By: UMA Editorial Team |

Published on: January 26, 2024

Shrankhla Holecek 00:00
Hello, I’m Shrankhla Holecek, the founder and CEO of Uma, an Ayurvedic beauty and wellness collection. This is the Uma Elements podcast. Each week I’ll be having a conversation with someone I greatly admire on the topics of Ayurveda, holistic healing, spiritual well -being and alternative health.

Shrankhla Holecek 00:24
By sharing wisdom together, we will unlock a secret that as ancient as they are, Ayurveda and other ancient modalities are as modern and relevant today as ever. Our guest today on the podcast is Dr. Zeel Gandhi.

Shrankhla Holecek 00:42
Dr. Zeel, an experienced Ayurvedic physician, has dedicated over a decade to the treatment of patients. Beginning her career in France, she’s specialized in metabolic and musculoskeletal disorders. Throughout her journey, she has held esteemed physicians at renowned Ayurvedic institutions worldwide and has also served as the head of R &D for a celebrated Indian Ayurvedic haircare brand.

Shrankhla Holecek 01:10
With the wealth of experience, she has acquired comprehensive knowledge of panchakarma, internal medicine and Ayurvedic formulations. In this podcast, she enlightens us on the application of the Ayurvedic science in managing hormonal, skin and hair concerns.

Shrankhla Holecek 01:30
Hi, Dr. Zeel. Such a pleasure to have you on the podcast. I’ve really enjoyed chatting with you recently, including at the event we did with the editors. And I’m excited to dig in more into your expertise and all the lovely insight and recommendations you have to share. So welcome.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 01:53
Thank you, Shrankhla. Thank you for having me. It’s always a pleasure to talk to you. And it’s always nice to talk about about Ayurveda as well.

Shrankhla Holecek 02:01
Amazing. And Dr. Zeel to dive right in, I would love your perspective as such a seasoned expert of Ayurveda. And a doctor who’s seen thousands of patients over a decade, what in your mind are some of the conditions that Ayurveda particularly shines in, especially when compared to traditional Western medicine. You know, some of the things that Ayurveda most helpfully addresses where some other treatment approaches may have failed.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 02:35
So Ayurveda, it has eight parts. And for, I mean, it would surprise a lot of people, but it also includes surgery, pediatrics, all sort of medical fields that we now explore.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 02:54
So even geriatrics, so there are, it’s a strong Ayurveda, eight parts of Ayurveda. I believe that the modern science has advanced leaps and bounds in terms of surgery and antibiotic treatment. But I truly believe the pure Ayurvedic potential lies with diseases which basically concern your metabolic system, meaning your hormonal system, your digestive system, and all kinds of chronic problems.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 03:27
I think with Ayurvedic guidance, lifestyle, and therapies, therapies especially the detoxification therapies are the highlight of Ayurveda, panchakarma. I think when you have problems, let’s say like irritable bowel syndrome, or when you have problems like polycystic ovaries, or not just that, it could be a simple problem of insomnia, but I know the way patients suffer because of it, or it could be just let’s say erectile dysfunction because of chronic dyslipidemia.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 04:05
I think such problems are very well treated in Ayurveda, especially via panchakarma treatments.

Shrankhla Holecek 04:13
That makes so much sense, and I think there’s also a lot of anxiety people have around these topics because they know they’ve been notoriously trying to deal with in just a traditional western medicine mindset. So it is encouraging to know that Ayurveda does have some promising clues in these areas. And you touched on panchakarma comes up a lot, and we also know that panchakarma is a little bit of a commitment.

Shrankhla Holecek 04:54
Tell me a little bit more about panchakarma as you view it. Is it time to actually go down the panchakarma route? And what are some of the ways to make sure your panchakarma is successful?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 05:10
Right. So panchakarma comprises five treatments.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 05:16
The first one is Vaman, there you undergo illnesses when you have excessive kapha. Now kapha disorders, especially if you suffer from asthma or let’s say allergies, any congestive disorders or even obesity for that matter.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 05:34
I think Vaman gives excellent results in these problems. Also, it’s not necessary that you do these panchakarma treatment only when you are suffering from let’s say some diseases. Ayurveda believes that even naturally throughout the year because of the change of seasons, you experience a vesicular brain of doshas.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 05:59
So let’s say when it is spring season, we all know that during spring season, the allergies are on a high, immunity is lowered, if you have breathing problems, asthma, skin diseases are very commonly seen during the spring season.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 06:13
So that is the time when I have the reckonance, in spite of you being healthy, if you undergo panchakarma treatment regularly at certain times. So I’m coming to Vamana now, so talking about Vamana in spring season.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 06:26
So if you undergo Vamana in spring season, chances are you may have a healthy body weight, you may not have cough, cold, infections, flu, etc. For the rest of the years, your allergies may, I mean the bouts of allergies, even if you’re allergic to something, the intensity of the attack would tremendously go down. So then the next treatment is virechana. virechana is for pitta, the very element in your body. This panchakarma is recommended in the autumn season. During autumn, although the temperature starts to cool down, but we know the heat has been, the heat is being collected in your body throughout the summer.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 07:15
And autumn is the time when your pitta is on the highest. And that is when you may suffer from problems of blood, like in India, I think, although we do believe that blood disorders like malaria are mosquito, I mean, it’s spread by a vector, the 80s Egyptian mosquito, spreading dengue or the anaphilism mosquito spreading the malaria.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 07:44
But we in Ayurveda also believe that in spite of these parasites, if you’re strong, you can resist it. But your natural immunity, your blood immunity goes down during the autumn season. And it is… commonly observed that during the season blood related problems are on a rise.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 08:06
So we recommend either bloodletting during the season or virechana during the autumn season to keep your pitta down. The third vata is high during this season, this exact season that you’re sitting in right now.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 08:23
In Ayurveda, this is prevalent in the Indian subcontinent to be experienced rainy season, monsoon season. But in the rest of the world, let’s say Shrankhla you’re in North America right now. Here also the peak of summer causes dryness in the body and pains, digestive troubles and hair fall, all kinds of vata problems are on a rise during the season. So in spite of you being healthy otherwise to prevent these problems also you can undergo a treatment called Bastikana. which is enema. It’s a series of enema, oil and decoction enema given in a series alternatingly.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 09:05
And this is excellent to balance your Vata in the Korma. So these three, four, Rakta Maksha body we talked about it, bloodletting in autumn season again for Pitta. And the fifth one is Nasya. Now Ayurveda recommends instilling drops of ghee or oil in your nostril every day, two drops of it.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 09:28
But let’s see if you’re suffering from problems like sinusitis or you have migraines or you have general debility of your sense organs, meaning you feel that your eyesight is chronically getting weaker or you have some retinal problems, vertigo, for all these troubles, especially concerning above your shoulders and your head region, even for hair fall and acne.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 09:55
The Nassya treatment is excellent and that can be taken anytime throughout the year. There is no seasonal dependence for this particular Pancha Karma. But Vaman, Emesis, Virachan, Vargaishan and Vasti, I think these are best done during the season when your natural state of use doshas are high. Pancha Karma, like you said, Shrankhla is a very involved process. You have to have a very specific diet during this entire process. You have to take care that you’re not eating anything that could disturb the acting of the drugs because these drugs are strong.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 10:40
They are actually detoxifying the things and you do not want this process to get interfered with. Thus, we recommend this to be done in a good institution, under good care and with proper care. dietary and lifestyle guidance.

Shrankhla Holecek 11:00
Dr. Zeal, this has been mind blowing hearing you say these things and I have so many follow -up questions. Even as someone who knows Ayurveda, I like to think, well, what’s been interesting to hear is your framing of the various processes within the Panchakarma as necessary based on the seasonality. So the first question I suppose I have is, does each Panchakarma session does not involve all five of the karmas?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 11:42
No, it generally starts with Snehan and Spade, meaning we get the dosha from your periphery to your koshtha.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 11:57
So we start with something called as Sneha Paan meaning we give you ghee and very high amount of medicated ghee which helps you collect all the doshas that has been, you know, they have been spreading all through your body. Get them to your gut and then push them out of your system with the medicine. So for the first 3, 5 or 7 days we prepare your body for death. The Panchkarma is done after, you know, external abhyangam also.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 12:31
Once this Panchkarma is done, then comes the part where we help you restore your health again. Detoxification is a very toxic process on your body. So with proper dietary guidelines and proper medicines, we help you restore how many of your doshas so you get back to functioning normally as you were before.

Shrankhla Holecek 12:57
That makes sense. The process of Rasayana totally makes sense. Dr. Zeal, now breaking down your guidelines around Panchkarma and actually doing it under proper care. I cannot underscore this enough. Even though I haven’t gone through undergone a Panchkarma myself, I do know it’s very, very vitally important to do it in the right environment.

Shrankhla Holecek 13:28
For many of our listeners and people I often interact with, sometimes a full Panchkarma at a reputed facility isn’t really an optional, especially something that feels seasonal as you underscore. So in the absence of that, what are some of the recommendations you might have that might mirror the natural detoxification that the body needs around seasonal changes.

Shrankhla Holecek 14:02
And when one is ready to do a Panchakarma, what should one prepare for in terms of, you know, is it a three week process? How can you make the best of the process? Tell us about both things, please.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 14:19
Okay. So coming back to the first part of the question where you do not have the liberty to undergo an extensive Panchakarma process, how can you manage your doshas in different seasons? So coming with Kapha first, Vamana in spring season.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 14:40
So let’s say, yes, emesis is a very, you know, very tricky process. Pergation is perhaps easier because it’s within actual flow of the body. For emesis, let’s say if you’re not ready for a full blown emesis or you do not have the time to do it.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 14:56
There is a process called Nishthevan in Ayurveda, where you hold certain drugs at the end of your mouth near your throat and let all the secretions, in fact, in these medicines that are helped, these medicines help you salivate, get all the secretions into your throat and then you can simply spit it out.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 15:24
This is also recommended for people who are weak, you know, have a weak constitution, especially the ones who are pregnant or very old or children. So, and also for people, let’s say who do not have the means of undergoing an entire process of chemesis, you can practice something called as Nishthevan.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 15:47
If you’re interested, I can send your recipe, Shrankhla, how this is done.

Shrankhla Holecek 15:52
I most certainly am.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 15:55
Yeah, so these are simple ingredients which you can use and you can keep them at the back of your mouth near your throat and let yourself salivate, let all the secretions connect and you can do this regularly throughout the spring season for two months straight.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 16:11
This will help you keep congestion low, ensure, we know immune system, the first set of immune system is in your throat, you know, all these lymph nodes, tances around your nose, which actually guard everything that comes in. So when these areas are cleared, congestion -free and active, chances are you may have extremely good immunity for the rest of the year. So Nishthevan is one of the processes which can be replaced for Vamana.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 16:43
For Bhakti, for any monthly print, if you do not have the time to undergo an extensive, you know, sequence of enima, you can simply do colon cleansing. you With 30 ml of castor oil, just that. You can buy a Cologne syringe, use a catheter, rubber catheter, oil the area well and just 30 ml of castor oil.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 17:08
You know, every weekend, let’s say a Saturday, you can do this. The only thing to be careful about after undergoing an enima is once your colon is cleansed, you feel light and many people feel very hungry once their colon is empty. So to ensure that you’re having very light meals throughout the day, and fight the urges and cravings that you may get, ensure that your food is very light. Light meaning, warm, liquidy, like soupy and you know, nicely spiced with a little garam masala.

Shrankhla Holecek 17:44
Of course. And I, you know, at this point, I should call out, it’s probably very important to make sure everything in this process is very hygienic. And in case there are any extenuating circumstances that you know you should obviously consult with your physician before, before an emergency inserting something as castor oil.

Shrankhla Holecek 18:09
And to clarify, did you say the castor oil should be room temperature?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 18:14
Yes, slightly warm, not exactly room temperature. I think room temperature North America can get quite cold sometimes, but yes, around 35, 37 degrees around your body temperature.

Shrankhla Holecek 18:29
Got it. Body temperature. Yes. Understood. Please go on.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 19:03
Yes. Now coming to the next slide. So, I think that in, you know, like the end of September, October time, and you’ll be set for the rest of the year.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 19:14
Pergation is also easy to take. You can pick a day. You can have a mild purgative. Mild purgatives could be as simple as, you know, eating a big bowl of raisins, soaked raisins that can also be a mild purgative. For many, if you’re not allergic to milk, taking good amount of milk, let’s say about one, one eater or so on empty stomach can also work as a mild purgative. Ensure that you’re eating very light meals throughout the day once you’ve undergone a small process of propagation for yourself. For many people, in fact even honey water works. So just honey, lemon and water. That’s our… I mean it’s easy to get. You can just take that in good amounts.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 20:03
The first thing in the morning and the lemon will also help you ease your bubbles and you know remove all the excess bile and balance your bitter. So these are some simple things you can do and nasyam is simple.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 20:16
nasyam just two drops of ghee or two drops of let’s say warm coconut oil is all you need in your nose to balance the doshas. Have radiant skin. Ensure that your hair is growing well. Your sense organs are strengthened. Your teeth is healthy. So yeah, nasim can be done regularly.

Shrankhla Holecek 20:37
This is so incredible and I will throw out that we’ll put all of these things Dr. Zeeley, including the recipe that I hope you’ll kindly share with me in the podcast link on the website.

Shrankhla Holecek 20:53
So people can find a way to detoxify their bodies seasonally to stay in tip -top shape. And I do want to pull back to that overall question of a Panchakarma under the guided care of an Ayurvedic physician at the right facility. A couple of things, Dr. Zeeley, I think a lot of people ask. One is either what diseases are the signs that your body might need a Panchakarma, or if you don’t feel a chronic disease, what are the signs that you might actually benefit from a proper Panchakarma done at a clinic?

Shrankhla Holecek 21:42
Because as I mentioned, a lot of people find it very challenging to go. So it has to rise to a level of importance. But could you share what are the situations when you would say to a patient, hey, it’s time for a Panchakarma?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 21:58
Right. Any life altering problems, meaning you find your day -to -day life troubled with some issues. It could be infertility, because that could nag you. It could be menstrual disorders, if not infertility.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 22:19
You have, you know, delayed meds, or menorrhage, or you have shorter cycles with excessive bleeding, and it’s extremely debilitating for women. For men, if you have sleep problems, if you have anxiety, men do not talk about it, but it troubles them.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 22:37
If you have palpitations. Problems which do not make your everyday life life comfortable. Definitely need to be assessed and treated at a higher level. Medicines may help but in most cases they help only throughout the time when you’re taking them once you stop them the problem relapses.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 23:00
So all such problems where you fear that the problem may relapse after stopping the medication. I think for all these problems, panchakarma is the answer. So for problems like eczema, psoriasis, sci -dica, you know, chronic pain, you have disc bulge, you have undergone surgery and you’re still not fine, found resolution to your problem.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 23:24
So for all these problems which like first A, they alter your day to day life and B, the problem relapses as soon as you stop the medication. That is a time when I believe everybody should seek out. help the Panchakarma specialist.

Shrankhla Holecek 23:46
Really helpful. Thank you for categorizing that in that fashion. I’m going to almost do 180 and start to talk about basic Ayurveda that we can start with that feels very easy to plug into our life and integrate.

Shrankhla Holecek 24:09
So Dr. Zeel, in your opinion, for someone who’s just getting started with the concepts of Ayurveda and may not have a debilitating concern right off the bat, what are some of your go -to ways or recommendations for people to get integrated, accustomed and started with Ayurveda in their lives?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 24:37
Very interesting. Okay, so it’s very easy to integrate Ayurveda when you start understanding your body. So Ayurveda begins with knowing you, your constitution, whether you are a Vata, Pitta, Kapha, in which age group are you in because depending on your age, your Doshas also get enhanced.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 25:01
If you’re very young, you have high Kapha. If you’re in your middle ages, you have high Pitta, old ages, you have high Vata. So first, I think first and foremost, to integrate Ayurveda in your life, I think you should start with knowing yourself.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 25:19
See your patterns. Observe, I mean it may sound gross, but observe your stools. That is something you do every day. Observe your stools. Are they well formed today? You have good Agni. Are they not well formed? Are they smelly? So you can start with simple things in your life. Observe your smet. Observe your urine. Observe your nutrition, observe your cravings, your sleep cycles. So everything will tell you without having the need of a doctor of knowing what are your dominant doshas at this point of time.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 25:55
Once you have ascertained that to give you an example, let’s say you’ve had loose bubbles today and you’ve had your urination was not normal, it was scalding. Naturally your pittas high in the body. So are you supposed to have more of the vinigre dressing on a very sour salad?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 26:20
No. Time to cool down your body instead have, you know, maybe yogurt in oats, which would cool down your body or, you know, have cooling herbs like say, Shadavari or fennel, something that would balance your pitas.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 26:37
So I think a, in cultivating Ayurveda your knife begins with knowing yourself, knowing your patterns. The second thing is the circadian rhythm. Now, all of us are born with a natural rhythm, which the modern science also agrees, and Ayurveda has also been talking about it for many years now.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 26:58
All of us, there’s a very nice book by Matthew Walker, by the way, which talks beautifully about your natural rhythms in your circadian rhythm. He talks about sleep in terms of circadian rhythm, and I do believe that it’s important to function based on your natural rhythm, your circadian rhythm, the things that we discussed in Dincharya.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 27:22
So we believe that the morning time, the dawn time is a time when you naturally detoxify. So over the entire night, you have been metabolizing the food that you have eaten on the prevelous day. And this time when you have just woken up is when you release your metabolites out, detoxifying process.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 27:49
So you should pass your bubbles in the morning, clear out your urination, you can encourage it with simple herbs, your bubble movement, your urination, and also exercising in the morning to encourage sweating and massaging to clear out your pores. So A, knowing circadian rhythm and knowing that this is your detoxification time. So cleansing period is what we consider morning to be. So brushing, nasyam, applying color into the eye, scrubbing of the body with vartana and taking a bath with your new foam water is what we recommend in the morning time.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 28:36
I mean, the midday and early afternoon, is the time when your pitta is high. That is the time you should be eating. You should be… Pitta is also the dosha which helps you, you know, organize your life and helps give you the power to execute it. So this is the time when you should be working on tasks which need braiding, intelligence, organization skills, leadership skills. So between 11 and 2, you are best at this. And also your agni is high.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 29:15
So in short, you have a good meal during this period. After 2, your vata gets high. This is the time when you can communicate, you can ideate, you can, you know, reach out to people. Basically, a time when you can harmonize your vata. Many people who have disbalanced vata may also feel that they feel tired after 4 o ‘clock. or the energy, they feel a sudden energy slump and there’s ought to, let’s say some sort of stimulants, maybe caffeine or something, to help them, you know, rev up their systems.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 29:56
But I really recommend if you have a balanced vata, you may not need those kinds of stimulants. So balancing, I’ll come to that, how to balance vata. So this speed from three to 70, okay. So in India, the sun sets at about six, between six and seven, but in North America, you can divide the day likewise into three, one third each comprising first kapha, second pitta and third vata.

Unknown speaker 30:26
So the last speed of the day is the vatakala. I really believe that you should have your last meal during this period because after sunset, your kaffa is on high again. Kaffa is a congestive dosha. So when you have heavy meal, especially after sunset, you are inviting metabolic problems, especially if you are kaffa dominant and already suffer from metabolic problems.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 30:57
So kapha time and then the next period is pitta agar. I would strongly recommend that you do not stay awake at this time. Remember, the pitta kala in the morning time, between let’s say 11 a .m. to 2 p .m.

Shrankhla Holecek 31:13
And Dr. Zil, just to clarify, we are thinking the pitta kala at night is sort of the 1 to 5 a .m. window. Is that accurate?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 31:25
More from 11 p .m. to

Shrankhla Holecek 31:30
3 a .m. Yes, yes. Understood,

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 31:34
okay. Right, so if the sunset’s at 6 o ‘clock, that’s the ideal scenario. I mean, I’m dividing the day into 12 and five. you

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 31:42
that makes sense. I suppose in North America, maybe in the summer, some of those hours get pushed out a little bit. It’s July right now and I think sunset’s around 8pm on the east coast, so I suppose that pushes the hours a little bit longer out.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 32:02
Right, so you can take the hours of your night and just divide them into three parts equally. So considering that it is 12 -12 days, so between 11pm to 2am is when your pitta, metabolic fire is high. In the morning your jatalaakini is high, the gross fire which demands food and at the night this food gets assimilated in your body. So staying awake during this period and eating during this period is definitely calling for diseases.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 32:40
especially of the metabolic kind and all kinds of diseases because Ayurveda believes that this is the time the food that you’re eating gets assimilated, gets converted into a part of you. And when this gets disturbed, all the fido’shas may get just harmonized.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 32:57
So yes, this pitakal for everyone is recommended that people, if you have a job during the speed and find it difficult to sleep, try and refrain from eating anything or even drinking anything fast during the speed.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 33:13
You can eat before or maybe afterwards, but during this period, rest your system so that the food that you’re feeding get assimilated. And sleep is definitely recommended, but I understand people may have other commitments, but try and sleep during this pittakaal.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 33:29
The end is vada, kala again. Many people, especially people who have sleep disorders, do complain that they suddenly wake up the start of the end of the night. Again, when your vatta are disbalanced, they feel that it overfires, it makes you, since vadas, mortality moving, it excites you and perhaps does not let you sleep sound during the start.

Shrankhla Holecek 34:01
And again, just to calibrate it, it’s that 2 to 3 a .m. window at night that it starts.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 34:06
Yes, yes. at till the sunrise is when the vata starts.

Shrankhla Holecek 34:11
That, you know, that makes a lot of sense. I know that a lot of people that don’t sleep while including my husband do get that midnight awakening at about two or three and have a lot of difficulty going back to bed.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 34:26
Yeah, well, there’s a very simple solution for it. Shranthila, he needs to balance his vata. See why it is getting deranged. We can discuss it. that is needed by you would have the kind of dosha getting deranged and then the symptoms of course.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 34:48
Yes, so vata is deranged for many people and that is when you wake up and start your eating vatakal. But no problem. There are medicines to cure that so definitely we can.

Shrankhla Holecek 35:02
And coming back to this Dr. Zeel, what you know in this vatakala period at night, I do want to miss the recommendations that you have. What are the dos and don’ts in this period? Right, so even let’s say even if you wake up to start during this period and many people find themselves peckish like we discussed since this is vata it just burns up your energy and you feel like eating something.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 35:30
Also food makes you feel nice and you think they put you back to sleep but it may not. Do not put anything in your body right now. What I would recommend during this period is medicines apart. What you can do is simply take some lotion, a royal and massage your feet, massage your ears, or simply massage your head and try and get comfortable.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 35:57
That is deep breathing and chances are you may fall asleep again. You are simply calming your vata with these simple techniques. Waking up at the end of vata kala, meaning right before dawn, is an excellent time. Especially if you suffer from vada disorder, try and wake up just before dawn. You can calibrate it whenever your dawn time is based on your geography. Practicing pranayama and yoga during this time can greatly harmonize your vada problems.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 36:32
Especially waking up part or the slump of energy that you feel at the end of the afternoon. Both can be cured when you wake up just before dusk and do simple vata balancing exercises. Like massaging, yoga, pranayama, simple techniques apart from medicines.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 36:52
So introducing Ayurveda. A, we discussed knowing your prakriti. B, knowing your natural rhythm. And C, seasonal rhythm also. So there is you have an internal clock but the earth has its own clock. Apart from the diner rhythms where you have day and night, you also have seasonal rhythms as we know.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 37:14
So trying to harmonize your body around these seasons is also important. Like trying to lose weight during this season is not a good idea because it may derange your vada greatly. You may have aches, pains, troubles, you know, all kinds of vada related problems if you try.

Shrankhla Holecek 37:35
Sorry Dr. Zeel to clarify. When you say this season, you mean which season?

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 37:41
This season, now.

Shrankhla Holecek 37:43
So basically since we’re in summer I should calibrate because you know the podcast might come out later.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 37:49
summer season

Shrankhla Holecek 37:49
In the summer season, got it.

Dr. Zeel Gandhi 37:53
So in the summer season, Yovata is on high and going on a calorie deficit diet or straining your body during this season can cause injuries, troubles, pains, bulls, herniations, all sorts of troubles. So it’s recommended that you keep your Vata low, exercise in moderation and do not attempt a very drastic diet or fasting during this season.

Shrankhla Holecek 38:24
You can learn more about Dr. Zeel by visiting her website at drzeel .com.

Shrankhla Holecek 38:31
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Shrankhla Holecek 38:54
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