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MODERN PROBLEM #1: The Caffeine Blues

As research on the effects of coffee continues, scientists generally agree that too much coffee can
do nothing but harm. In a study of over 900 women who gave birth in a Quebec hospital, three
cups of coffee with caffeine daily were seen to increase the damage done to the
unborn baby. Researchers also say that men who drink more than six cups of coffee a day are
almost twice as likely to die of coronary heart disease as more moderate imbibers.
Even if you are not an extreme coffee drinker, caffeine can cause side effects like jitters, anxiety,
panic attacks, loss of appetite, queasiness, diarrhoea, and frequent urination. Prolonged use may
cause palpitations of the heart, tachycardia (rapid heart beat), or insomnia.

The cup that really cheers: Maharishi Ayurveda has the perfect answer to your caffeine blues, and
it's called Raja's Cup. A refreshing beverage, Raja's Cup tastes much like coffee-in a blind test,
respondents couldn't tell it wasn't regular coffee! The drink is made from healing herbs like
Clearing Nut, Kasmard, Liquorice and Winter Cherry (Ashwagandha), which have wonderful
health promoting properties. Grain-free, Raja's Cup is a potent antioxidant to boot, several
hundred times more powerful as a free-radical scavenger as vitamin C or E.

MODERN PROBLEM #2: The Sleep-Flab Link

Researchers recently reported an interesting finding: the quality of men's sleep decreases with age
along with the body's production of growth hormone. The drop in growth hormone, in turn, is
thought to lead to flab. What's more, by the age of 45, a man is said to have lost nearly all his
ability to fall into deep sleep.

While ayurveda does not comment on the link between lack of sleep and fat build-up, it does have
some excellent suggestions on how to get a good night's rest. Some helpful Product Development,
Vaidya Ramakant Mishra:
Try to have dinner at least 2 to 3 hours before bedtime. This gives the body time to digest food.
Don't engage in mentally strenuous activities or intensive exercise late in the evening. Exertion
interferes with good sleep.
A warm bath or shower a half-hour before bedtime helps you sleep better.
23. Modern Problems, Timeless Solutions.doc Apply a small quantity of Maharishi Ayurveda's Rejuvenation Massage Oil on the hands and feet
just before you curl up for the night. This simple step will remove stress from your nerves,
improve circulation, and help you get deep, restful sleep.
Seek the help of time-tested herbs like Indian Valerian, Muskroot, and Winter Cherry: you'll find
these and other healing herbs in Maharishi Ayurveda's Blissful Sleep tablets (MA1778) formula,
which has been carefully designed to help you gently achieve a more restful quality of sleep
without being habit-forming. Customers who have taken Blissful Sleep report waking up feeling
fresh and filled with energy after a restful night.

MODERN PROBLEM #3: Teen Skin Eruptions.

Western medicine blames teen skin problems on hormone surges. Androgens (male hormones) are
said to rise in young peoples' bodies-even girls, at this time. This flurry of hormonal activity is said
to trigger sebaceous glands into action-which in turn causes pore-clogging sebum, and hence,
those unsightly eruptions.


Ayurveda believes that the later teen years are governed by the Pitta dosha or the fire element.
Aggravation of Pitta can trigger skin eruptions. Therefore, the best way to keep your skin smooth
and trouble-free is to work toward pacifying the fiery Pitta dosha. Some basics:
Avoid very spicy, salty, greasy, pungent or sour foods.
Drink plenty of water.
Eat lots of sweet, juicy fruits.
In warm weather, wear light clothes and stay in cool environs.
Bathe regularly, and maintain good general personal hygiene.
Drink Pitta Tea, made from cardamom, liquorice, ginger, cinnamon, and rose petals. Combined in
precise proportions, these ingredients help cool you down in body and mind. What's more, the tea
tastes delicious!
Spice your meals with the goodness of Pitta Churna, the ingredients in which-including coriander,
fennel, cumin, turbinado sugar, cardamom, ginger, turmeric, cinnamon and salt-are blended to
calm the Pitta dosha while enhancing the flavour of your food.
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