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Audio Transcript: Maintaining Balance with Ayurveda
By Keir Chapman Syracuse, N.Y. (NCC News) — The importance of maintaining a healthy diet and exercising regularly is stressed throughout one’s lifetime. It is considered such a priority, the CDC has an entire division dedicated to the subject.
A common complaint when it comes to eating right, is that there isn’t enough time to do so. A study by the Division of Epidemiology and Community Health at the University of Minnesota, found that nearly 34% of men studied said they didn’t have time to eat healthy. For women. the amount jumped to nearly 37%.
Dr. Stephen Wechsler, owner of Network Healing Arts, has operated in Syracuse for over 20 years. He believes the ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda holds the key to staying healthy, even with today’s busy lifestyle. Wechsler said the secret is in understanding the three Ayurvedic body types, Vata, Pitta, and Kapha.
“To tell people to eat whole foods is universal,” Wechsler said. “But, ripe tomato might aggravate a Pitta, might enliven a Vata, and might make a Kapha a little sleepy if they eat too many of them.”
By figuring out which foods sit well with each body type, or dosha, people can start making more conscious choices of what they eat. The next step, according to Wechsler, is making changes based on the unexpected nature of life.
“You never know when life is going to throw you a curve,” Wechsler said. “You should be able to adapt to life.”
Wechsler warned that anyone trying to follow an Ayurvedic lifestyle, should not obsess with staying in balance at all times. He believes that the body actually becomes weaker if it rarely has to maintain homeostasis.