Rasayana 101: Nutrition, Behavior, and Herbs

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As we’ve already discussed, Rasayana is a Sanskrit term that describes “rejuvenation.”

This traditional Ayurvedic therapy combines herbs, foods, behaviors, and lifestyle changes in an effort to help preserve your vitality. Today, we’re diving deeper into the ins and outs of Rasayana – and how you can build a lifestyle that preserves your youthfulness. 

To be clear: Rasayana does not prioritize vitality for the sake of appearing young to others. Instead, it actually focuses on empowering your body – no matter your age – to maintain a strong metabolism, support the rejuvenation of your body’s cells, preserve your memory, and more. 

Let’s dive into the details.

Why Rejuvenation Matters

Research shows that there are delicate operations taking place in each cell of the human body. When these tissues deteriorate, the overall efficiency and functionality of the body also deteriorates. This can include a decline in cognitive functions, memory, and learning skills. 

Our bodies and minds can actually be more susceptible to this deterioration if our immune system is also weakened. A weaker immune system is linked to weaker tissues and cells, meaning that resistance to disease is lower.

These diseases can include the common cold, but they can also include conditions that grow more common with age, like cancer, muscular degeneration, weight gain, and inflammatory conditions. 

Building A Rejuvenating Lifestyle

At its core, Rasayana facilitates the acquisition, assimilation, and circulation of rejuvenating foods, behaviors, and medicines throughout the body. 

There are many different types of Rasayana therapies that can contribute to this positive influence. These include practices like behavioral changes, diet modification, indoor or outdoor therapies, and more. 

Behavioral Rasayana

Ayurveda understands the influence that the mind has on the body. 

Attitudes you should prioritize: 

  • Cleanliness 
  • Compassion 
  • Encouragement 
  • Charity 
  • Respect 
  • Simplicity 

Attitudes you should avoid: 

  • Anger 
  • Stress 
  • Aggression 
  • Speaking ill of others 

By conducting your life in these ways, you can help to accelerate your body’s ability to adapt to stress – while also maintaining social harmony. 

Nutritional Rasayana

The three principles of food according to Ayurveda are local, seasonal, and fresh. Sattvic foods are particularly supportive for the rejuvenation of brain tissues. This means they can help enhance the operation of mental functions, including both learning and memory retention. 

Daily, eat more: 

  • Ghee 
  • Dry Nuts 
  • Honey 
  • Dates 
  • Saffron Milk
  • Black Raisins

On the other side of the coin are tamasic foods. These can actually break down the links between the mind and the body. These should be consumed in moderation: 

  • Garlic 
  • Onions
  • Red meat 
  • Alcohol 
  • Caffeine
  • Processed foods

Herbal Rasayana

There are many common Rasayana herbs. These include Amla, Shatavari, Ashwagandha, Tulsi, and Pippali. These particular herbs have anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, which help them protect your health and prevent diseases

Each of these herbal supplements have slightly different usage instructions, but all include consumption of some sort. This ranges from eating on an empty stomach, mixing with a glass of warm water, or even applying externally.

Pursuing A Healthy Life

Rasayana practices strive to rejuvenate your body, mind, and spirit. This directly opposes today’s assumptions that deterioration is a part of every person’s aging process. It also teaches us that our actions continue to have significant effects on our life experiences, including the experience of growing older.