An eye-opening handbook from a leading Ayurvedic physician that blends cutting-edge science on "clock genes" with ancient eastern wisdom to help us understand how to harness the power of chronobiology to effortlessly lose weight, sleep better, exercise stronger, reduce stress, and boost our wellbeing.
"It’s not you, it’s your schedule." Does it sound like magic? It’s not. We’ve all heard of circadian rhythms—those biological processes that give us jet lag and make us night owls or early birds. But few of us know just how profoundly these diurnal patterns affect our overall health.
Bad habits like skipping meals, squeezing in workouts when it’s convenient, working late into the night to maximize productivity and then trying to "catch up" on sleep during the weekend disrupt our natural cycles. A growing body of research on chronobiology reveals just how sensitive the human body is to these rhythms all the way down to the genetic level. Our "clock genes" control more than we realize, and small changes can make the difference between battling our bodies, and effortlessly managing weight, sleep, stress, inflammation, and more.
Marrying ancient Ayurvedic wisdom with the latest scientific research, Dr. Suhas Kshirsagar’s holistic step-by-step 30-day plan gives you the tools—and the schedule—you need to transform your life. With diagnostic quizzes to determine your specific mind-body type, you will learn to adapt you schedule for effortless wellness for life.
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About the Author
Suhas Kshirsagar, BAMS, MD (Ayurveda), is a world-renowned Ayurvedic physician and educator from India, the director of the Ayurvedic Healing and Integrative Wellness Clinic in Northern California, and the author of The Hot Belly Diet. He holds a BA in Ayurvedic medicine and completed a three-year residency as an MD (doctorate in Ayurvedic internal medicine) with a gold medal at the prestigious Pune University. He is an adviser and consultant at the Chopra Center and a faculty member at several Ayurvedic institutions.
Michelle D. Seaton is an award-winning journalist, NPR reporter, and the coauthor of several fitness and health books. Her writing has appeared in numerous magazines and literary journals. She lives outside of Boston with her husband, daughter, and happily active young son.
Deepak Chopra, MD is the author of more than eighty books translated into over forty-three languages, including numerous New York Times bestsellers in both fiction and nonfiction categories.
Table of Contents
1 It's Not You; It's Your Schedule 1
2 Using Your Body's Internal Clock 17
3 Listening to Your Body 35
4 Sleep Is the Miracle Drug 61
5 The Right Sleep Routine for You 83
6 You Are When You Eat 107
7 The Right Diet for You 129
8 The Right Exercise at the Right Time 155
9 The Right Exercise for You 175
10 Your Body Through the Seasons 195
11 The Seasons of Your Life 219
12 How to Build the Perfect Day 237