Alcohol and Ojas
by Dr. Diksha Tiwari on Sep 28, 2021
In Āyurveda, Ojas (ओजस्) holds the important position. It is mentioned as the essence of all the dhātus emanating after śukra. It is neither dhātu nor upadhātu but has an independent position. Ojas is a Sanskrit term meaning "vigor," and it is best understood as essential energy for the body and mind. As per Yogapedia, according to Ayurveda, Ojas is the subtle essence of all vital fluids, responsible for:
- Emotional wellbeing
- Spiritual growth
According to Ayurveda alcohol hold differing qualities than that of Ojas. The more you consume, the lower your Ojas befall. Most people consume alcohol to feel better and yet end up feeling worst as it drops down the Ojas.
When Ojas is depleted, relationships start to fall, health starts to fail, and jobs are lost. A person who drinks a lot rapidly loses Ojas. A person who drinks frequently but moderately loses Ojas over time.
How to know if your Ojas are depleting?
A wise person pays attention to how they feel and makes the necessary changes.
Here are a few of the early signs of low Ojas:
1: Chronic fatigue
2: low energy
3: Frequent illness
5: Shortness of breath
7: Irregularities of the heart Etc
Healthy Ojas are needed in the body to reduce signs of aging and protect against disease. A person with “good” Ojas tends to have a healthy, luminous glow. They are patient, compassionate, and rarely become sick.
Here are a few tips to Increase Ojas:
1: Eat Oajas increasing food:
Eating a diet rich in Ojas-increasing foods is a great way to promote healthy Ojas in the body. Here is a list of some powerful Ojas-building food choices:
Ghee, dates, almonds, cashews, pumpkin seeds, coconut meat, coconut water, whole grains (brown rice, buckwheat groats, oats, whole wheat), figs, raisins, etc.
2: Reduce Stress:
Reducing stress is an essential way to obtain healthy Ojas in the body. Make sure that you’re not overworking and exhausting yourself. Make sure to keep good, positive company and reduce negativity and conflict in your daily life.
3: Deep breathing:
Constriction is a leading cause of depleted Ojas. Therefore taking the time to take some deep breaths each day is an excellent and efficient way to increase our Ojas and our vitality.
4: Ojas boosting herbs:
Herbs can be an amazing compliment to these other Ojas-increasing practices. Here are some of the most powerful Ojas-promoting herbs in the Ayurvedic pharmacopeia:
- Yesthi Madhura (Licorice)
- Kapikacchu(Atma Gupta)