Category: functional health


By your early 20s, your bones are at their strongest. Once you hit your 30s, they gradually start to weaken and things go downhill from there. Women generally have it worse than men, more so once menopause sets in. The best way to slow down this natural deterioration is to start taking care of your bones early on, even when they seem to be doing just fine. In Balance You do not have pain in the back, neck, or hips either during movement or after a period of rest You do not have creaky bones You haven’t had a fracture in the last year despite a fall or trauma That said, it’s difficult to tell how your bones are really doing without getting a bone mineral density test done.
Your brain is your body’s master switch. If it’s not functioning at its best, several other parts of your body aren’t too. Brain function and mental health are typically governed by your innate metabolic personality or prakruti. In fact, your brain activity reflects your prakruti. For instance, in ‘light and quick’ people, the frontal executive system of the brain, which deals with attention switching, detecting errors, decision making, and emotional input, is more active than in ‘slow and steady’ people.
A good digestion is the source of good health, both of the body and of the mind. Without this process, you would not get nutrients that nourish and power your body. If you have ever used chocolates to lift your mood or experienced brain fog after a heavy meal, you know how closely linked your gut and your mind are. Your digestion is also intricately linked to your prakruti or innate metabolic personality.
The immune system is a complex network of organs, cells, and chemical ammunition that shields you from disease and keeps you healthy. When thrown off balance, this shield is no longer impenetrable and…you fall sick. In Balance You feel energetic You have a good digestion You don’t have brain fog or difficulty concentrating You have a clear and healthy skin You don’t fall sick easily and when you do, you recover quickly and without medication The point then is to make sure your immune system is in balance and constantly watch out for any early signs of imbalance.
Metabolism is what directs the flow of energy through your body – in some cases, producing energy, in others, using it. Depending on the balance between the two, you can swing anywhere between “I’m ready to conquer the word” to “I’m not going to lift a finger today.” Generally speaking, here’s how your energy meter swings based on the functional energy/energies you naturally gravitate toward: Light and quick: Your energy levels tend to fluctuate through the day.
Sleep is your body’s simplest hack of bringing itself back to balance. Deep, restorative sleep repairs your torn tissues, helps your muscles grow, consolidates your memory, helps your nerve cells branch out, helps synthesize essential proteins and hormones, and reduces your sensitivity to pain. No wonder you want to sleep when you are tired, worried, or in pain. Good sleep is what makes you feel energetic, fresh, and healthy. But what you can call good sleep depends on your prakruti or innate metabolic personality.
Your immune system is your body’s department of defense. It prevents and deals with foreign invasion (read disease-causing microbes or pathogens) and quashes guerrilla forces (read free radicals) inside. For the first, it utilizes an army of specialized immune cells and for the second, it relies on a special unit of chemicals known as antioxidants. There’s a third critical unit – gut bacteria – that needs to be managed just right to keep the pathogens away; else, they could turn rogue and help the free radicals.
By the time you’re “thirty and flirty,” your bones are at their prime, you have peak bone mass and your joints feel healthy. Then life happens. Your career starts to really pick up, your family grows in size, you suddenly have toddlers to quieten or teenagers to counsel, and you have aged parents to take care of. In the midst of it all, your bones and joints start to succumb to the friction and pressure, they were, up until now, coping with beautifully.
Dog-tired. Sometimes it feels like the word was coined for us, doesn’t it? Used every other day, every other time of the day, and even on weekends. Given how demanding of time our lifestyle is, how do we dodge this neoteric epidemic? Is it even possible to feel energetic Alllll. Day. Long.? Absolutely! But first, let’s clarify what we mean by “energetic.” Being Energetic Is More Than Being Busy There’s this misleading conception that being energetic means being able to do more in a day, being busy all day long and not feeling the pinch of it.
Have you ever walked into a room and forgotten what you had come to do there? Or stared at a page for ages without taking in a single word? How about finding it impossible to learn a new number? Or wracking your brain to come up with a new idea? Don’t worry! It’s quite normal. But as you age, and the brain shrinks in volume, these incidents might become more frequent.
Rousseau said happiness is all about a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion. Some people then are born happy. For most others, good digestion is all about good food practices. A few precious slips and they are back to heaviness, bloating, and heartburn, the usual symptoms of poor digestion. So if you aren’t part of the first group, it’s time to ask yourself the following questions: are you eating the right foods?
How many days in a week do you wake up feeling your best and charged up to face the world? Every day? Only after a weekend? Rarely? Well, if you chose the last two, this article is for you. You don’t have to spend sleepless nights (pun intended) to figure out how to sleep better. Nor do you have to knock yourself out with sleeping pills. The answer lies within your own body.