Ayurvedic Guide: How to Gain Weight

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(Collage by me, Joy Boardman)

Gaining weight is not something a lot of people struggle with but for people like my friend it’s a real battle.
I researched Ayurvedic approaches to weight gain (typically a vata problem) and here is a summary of what I’ve found:
Diet:
Eat a lot of veggies (sweet potatoes!) and grains fully-cooked with olive oil or ghee (clarified butter- super easy to make)
Eat a lot of chicken, fish, and eggs
Eat as many raisins and bananas as you are in the mood for- just snack on raisins all day!!
Figs are great, too.
Juices (made with 100% juice)
In general, gravitate towards foods that are sweet, sour, and salty.

Lifestyle:
Stay positive.
Do yoga and lift weights. Exercising is good for circulation.
Nap in the afternoon.
Snack all day (every 2 hours) if you want- don’t eat junk made with white flour or sugar, though.
Stay warm.
Drink water after you eat.

Supplements:
Vitamin D, calcium, magnesium, vitamin B6
(in capsule form and also naturally: get outside in the sun, drink milk and eat cheese, and eat lots of leafy green veggies like spinach!)

As always, let me know if this helps you and/or if you have another topic you’d like me to research. 

(This was originally posted onSeptember 15, 2012

Holistic Help for Keratosis Pilaris (KP)

KP (keratosis pilaris)

Aka chicken skin or goose flesh

Affects 50% of adolescents–more women than men

(usually clears up by age of 30)

Also affects 40% of adults

Affects people who have Celtic backgrounds

Similar to eczema only not itchy

Caused by hyperkeratinization (over production of keratin: it multiplies faster than it sheds) around hair follicles on skin

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Keratin is the hard protein that strengthens hair and nails.

KP is acne-like and accumulates on upper arms, thighs, and buttocks.

It’s a vata, dry skin condition

Moisturizing skin is key to treating KP

Massage with sesame oil

Coconut oil (especially combined with ACV)

Magnesium oil

MSM lotion (REALLY GOOD!)

Also Exfoliate

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Exfoliating improves circulation, prevents clogging of dead skin cells, and removes build up of keratin

*Do not rub hard and cause irritation (or body will protect itself by producing MORE keratin!!)

Use coconut oil and sugar to scrub body

Also make sure to dry brush before every shower!

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Do a liver detox (liver blood is not nourishing your skin)

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Use a humidifier in the winter

Eliminate:

Corn products

Wheat

Dairy (KP is often caused by an intolerance to casein “dairy proteins”)

Try to eliminate dairy first for 6 weeks

And then meat for 6 weeks before reintroducing

See if you notice a difference

In body care avoid sodium lauryl sulfate

Suppliments:

Ashwaganda

ACV (apple cider vinegar)

Magnesium (100-300mg)

*Vitamin C (reduces inflamation and ingrown hairs)

*Zinc

Borage oil

**Cod liver oil

Vitamin D

Vitamin K2

Most importantly:

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Vitamin A

The most widely recognized nutritional deficiency of recent times

Take MORE Vitamin A in cold weather

Eat cows liver & egg yolks (which also contain Vitamin D)

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Herbs:

Burdock

Marshmallow

Calendula

Drink

Plenty of water (3 liters)

1 pint of carrot juice every day

Raw milk instead of regular milk

Eat

Ghee (clarified butter)

Omega-3s (Fish oil, chia seeds, and flax seeds)

More greens (your body needs more chlorophyll)

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I have personally struggled with KP ever since I can remember so I’ve been wanting to do this research for a looooooong time.

Let me know which things help you!
Remember it’s important to heal your body from the inside out!

Joy Boardman

Massage Therapist and Collage Art Therapist

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