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  • Improve your Mental Wellbeing with SmartBird

    Modern understanding of mental wellbeing and physical health can be said to be influenced by traditional Ayurveda ideologies. Ayurveda principles suggest that to live a healthy lifestyle we have to strive for keeping the body and mind in a constant state of balance. For some people, ensuring their mental wellbeing can be more difficult than ensuring their physical health.

    SmartBird proudly displays the slogan ‘Created by Nature, Proven by Science™’ on our packaging to certify to our customers that our Ayurvedic product range was created with the help of the best European and Indian scientific minds alongside 5,000 years of Ayurvedic tradition. SmartBird provides unique remedies from herb and plant ingredients that are guaranteed free from pesticides and chemicals. We can assure our customers of the quality of what we produce so they can be confident that they are only putting natural substances into their bodies.

    Our Aura softgels are designed to help brain function and revitalise brain and nerve cells, increase mind and memory power, and encourage mental growth. One of Aura’s main ingredients, Badam, possesses healthy nutrients that have been shown to improve thinking, learning and memory. Aura also contains Brahmi, which is considered to have neuroprotective functions and increase the regulation of neurotransmitters in the brain. Modern studies have shown that Brahmi can be effective when used to treat mental disorders and memory loss.

    Whilst our SmartBird Amey tablets are fundamentally an anti-oxidant, they can also treat stress and anxiety. The primary ingredient is Rama Tulsi, mentioned in the most ancient of Ayurvedic writings, and said to aid our resilience to stress.

    SmartBird provides products that our customers can trust. We emphasise the importance of balancing mind and body so that you can live in health and unlock your full potential. We aim to help you combat the stress of modern lifestyles whilst strengthening your sense of wellbeing. Discover more of our products today.

  • Ayurveda & Exercise

    Get Active About Exercise

    It’s not just Ayurvedic tradition which teaches us that exercise is a vital part of our daily routine; world leading research shows that regular exercise releases endorphins, making us happier and more productive, stabilises our metabolism and reduces signs of aging such as loss of muscle mass and joint inflammation. Explore the following blog for tips on how to introduce exercise into your daily routine and start to liver a happier, more balanced lifestyle.

    Take Little Steps

    Starting to implement a new exercise regime or trying to get back into an old one is always a little intimidating, which is why it’s important to start small and set manageable goals. These beginning steps needn’t involve rigorous work outs; they could be something as seemingly minute as taking a short walk every evening to start working on your respiratory system. Setting achievable goals, such as running for predetermined distances or developing your resistance training over time, helps to achieve a sense of accomplishment, increasing self-esteem and inspiring you to progress further.

    Make Tailored Plans

    Ayurveda teaches us that everyone is different, and as such we should tailor our dietary plans and exercise regimes to suit our individual make-ups. Individuals of different doshas will respond differently to various types of exercise; kapha types, for example, are naturally predisposed to endurance sport and thus respond well to activities like running, swimming and cycling. The in-built competitive streak of pitta types, however, means team-based games like cricket, football and tennis are the most engaging way to exercise. Finally, the natural enthusiasm demonstrated by the majority of vata types means that they respond best to structured exercise regimes that reward steady progression with a feeling of achievement.

    Love What You Do

    Ultimately, Ayurveda teaches us that exercise shouldn’t be thought of as hard work, but rather a recreational activity that we can enjoy. Whether it gives us a chance to let off stress, or just allows us to meet and socialise with friends and acquaintances, we’re much more likely to incorporate regular exercise into our busy schedule if it’s something we actively look forward to.

    Follow SmartBird on social media today for more tips on everything Ayurveda and further information on our comprehensive range of lifestyle products.

  • Unhealthy Habits to Avoid During your Working Day

    Unlock Your Best Self with Ayurveda    

    The guiding principles of Ayurvedic tradition teach us that, in order to achieve a wholesome and healthy lifestyle, one must strive for balance in everything we do. Unfortunately, the pressures of today’s hectic lifestyle - the desire to stand out, the need for professional development and the constant ambition to achieve one’s goals - can often stand in the way, leading us to fall into unhealthy habits over time. Our Ayurvedic experts have collected the following list of unhealthy lifestyle habits to avoid; browse through them all today and get a small helping hand with our effective products online.

    1. A Sedentary Lifestyle

    For many of us, catching the train to work, sitting at a desk for hours and relaxing when we get home make up a large part of our daily routines. Over time this leads to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle, with prolonged periods of sitting down and engaging in little physical activity becoming the norm. On the contrary, both Ayurvedic principles and a range of leading scientific studies teach us that exercising for as little as 20 minutes a day can help boost our mindset, increase productivity and prevent a number of common ailments.

    1. An Unvaried Diet

    Despite years of accredited research to attest to the correlation between a varied diet and a healthy lifestyle, worldwide figures for obesity and related ailments continue to paint a worrying picture. Ayurvedic principle prescribes that we are made up of a combination of three doshas - vata, pitta and kapha - and thus should consume a varied diet that reflects our own individual makeup. Unfortunately, longer working hours and increased pressures in the office often lead to us neglecting our diet; instead of freshly-prepared meals made up of organic ingredients rich in nutrients, we tend to eat for convenience. This often involves opting for foods with higher levels of saturates, sugars and preservatives, all of which are okay in moderation, but potentially very dangerous in excess. The growing trend towards ‘working lunches’ - quick and unsubstantial meals eaten at our desks - also disrupts the body’s natural rhythm and slows down the metabolic process.

    1. A Poor Routine

    Ayurvedic learning also teaches that, regardless of your personal lifestyle, both your body and spirit require a consistent sense of routine to achieve a state of well-being. The increased pressure placed on us to do well, provide better results and earn greater financial incentives often leads to the disruption of our routine, as longer working hours tend to eclipse the time we’d normally reserve for ourselves and loved ones. Increased overtime also makes it harder to leave our work dilemmas in the office, preventing us from properly switching off and engaging with other pursuits. Disruptions to our sleep cycle - getting up earlier, arriving home and eating later - also lead to us feeling increasingly tired and counterproductive throughout the working day.

    Improving your life through Ayurveda requires an enthusiastic approach and a pro-active mindset, but there are a wide range of effective supplements on the market to help you on your journey. Browse through our range of popular 21st Century lifestyle products online now.

  • Yoga Day: 21st June 2016 | Combining Ayurveda & Yoga: A Deeper, Richer Experience

    Yoga and Ayurveda are two ‘sister’ practices that originated in India thousands of years ago. Both encompass an understanding of how the body works and the effect that food and medicines have on the body.

    Ayurveda has been described as the science, whilst yoga the practice of that science, and both originate as part of a greater system of Vedic knowledge.

    The two have a common understanding of health of the body being dependent on the health and balance of the mind. Explored together, these complementary practices can offer transformative tools that foster greater health and vitality.

    Ayurveda is a personalised, intuitive health philosophy. According to Ayurvedic principles, each of us has a unique constitution governed by our physical and emotional makeup as well as our lifestyle – from the foods we eat to the time we go to sleep. Such constitutions are called doshas and are linked to the elements – Vata (air and ether), Pitta (fire and water) and Kapha (earth and water).

    Knowing your doshas and how to balance them can help customise yoga practice for optimum results.

    Vata equates with mental quickness, enjoyment of movement, and creativity. Signs of imbalance are insomnia, anxiety, and dryness. For Vata imbalance, slow, steady, grounding postures are recommended, as well as deep, calm breathing to cultivate stillness, nurture and self-care.

    The qualities of the pitta are passion, enthusiasm, and courage. However, anger, competitiveness, and inflammation are signs of imbalance. Yoga practice recommends cooling, relaxing postures to release heat and tension and encourage compassion, patience and the ability to slow down.

    Those with a Kapha constitution tend to be consistent, devoted, stable and strong. Signs of Kapha imbalance can include procrastination, dullness and congestion, so stimulating movement and vigorous breathing exercises can help foster enthusiasm, heat and improve focus.

    Smartbird® Ayurvedic Products: Created by Nature. Proven by Science

    The SmartBird® Ayurvedic product range builds on some 5,000 years of history and tradition, but with formulations developed using the most recent scientific knowledge by some of the best scientific brains in Europe and India.

    We call it 21st Century Ayurveda® and it means you can be certain of the wholesomeness, efficacy and safety of each and every product whilst they work to help you combat the stress of a modern lifestyle and strengthen your whole body and sense of wellbeing.

    Just as knowing your doshas can help customise yoga practice, so knowing the SmartBird® range can also help you live life to the full. From natural anti-oxidants and general body-strengthening therapies to specific treatments targeting the skin, joints and heart function, the SmartBird® Ayurvedic range of laboratory-tested, herbal personal care products will nourish, replenish and protect your body and mind.

    In terms of doshas, Vata is the principle force of motion in the body and mind and is considered the leader of the three Ayurvedic Principles in the body.

    SmartBird® Vata-focused products include Argh (Healthy Heart), Amogh (Digestion), Makhmal (Healthy Skin), Praveg (Blood Regulator) and Teevram (Joint Pain).

    SmartBird® Kapha-focused products include Amey (Anti-Ageing) and Intenso (Energy).

    SmartBird® Pitta-focused products include Aura (Sharp Brain), Reliver (Liver Guardian) and Intenso (Energy).

    You can find out more on SmartBird® here.

  • Improve Your Working Day with Ayurveda

    All Round Goodness

    The team behind SmartBird are experts in Ayurveda, and fully advocate the holistic approach to health and wellbeing that Ayurvedic principals teach us. As we’ve explained before, Ayurveda is deeply rooted in the idea of achieving balance in one’s lifestyle, holding this as the key to achieving a healthy and productive life. We appreciate that the stresses of modern day life can often leave us feeling drained, which is why we’ve assembled the following 4 tips to help boost your productivity levels and improve your working day.

    1. Eat Well, Feel Better

    Ayurvedic principle suggests that poor nutrition is one of the leading causes of fatigue and low productivity; repeatedly eating an unvaried diet, and particularly rushing meals at your desk in your lunch breaks, can disrupt the digestive routine. This will prevent your body from properly unlocking the nutrients you require and lead to feelings of sluggishness and lethargy by mid afternoon. Be sure to consume a varied diet and finish lunch off with a short walk to kick-start the digestive process.

    1. Rest & Rejuvenate

    Sleeping is an integral part of human existence, and helps strengthen our immune system, encourages the regeneration of cells and generally refreshes our consciousness. Ayurvedic principal encourages a long, deep sleep, perhaps complemented by some light breathing exercises or even a calming bath. Traditional wisdom also suggests that rising earlier is in fact better for our minds and leaves us more prepared for the full working day.

    1. The First Step

    Though most doctrines and research suggest a positive link between exercise and happiness, Ayurveda shows us that even something as simple as taking a walk can bring balance to our bodies. Walking can easily be integrated into your hectic daily routine and helps promote cardiovascular fitness, regular digestion and peace of mind. Walking throughout the working day might also help to provide a fresh perspective on the many challenges you face.

    1. A Gentle Boost

    SmartBird deliver a range of wholly natural products based on Ayurvedic principles to help you be your best self throughout the working day. Whether poor digestion is leading to feelings of fatigue, or mental stress is clouding your judgement, we’ve got an Ayurvedic therapy to return you to full productivity. Learn more about our products and purchase online today.

  • What is Ayurveda? | Ayurvedic Medicine Blog | SmartBird

    The Life Science

    In so many ways, Ayurveda is a precursor to modern beliefs about mental health and physical wellbeing: it accepts the power of the mind over the body, and seeks to treat both, helping you to achieve a healthy balance in your life. Stemming from the Sanskrit terms Ayur (meaning life) and Veda (meaning knowledge or science) Ayurveda is quite literally seen by many to be the science of life – it’s a traditional Hindu form of medicine that combines powerful natural ingredients with healthy-living practices to help you make the most of your inner energy on a daily basis.

    What Does Ayurveda Mean To You?

    By its very principles, Ayurveda suggests that the mind and the body should exist in a constant state of balance, with any imbalances leading to conditions such as irregular digestion patterns and chronic fatigue. Ayurvedic medicine is best thought of as a tool by which you can unlock your true potential, providing relief from a number of minor ailments, or giving you a boost when the stresses of modern life prove too much, these are products that help you to maintain a more productive balance. Ayurvedic remedies reject normal chemical manufacturing and treatments: our herbal remedies are picked fresh from the earth, and then cold ground, so they retain all their natural goodness. In this way you can be sure of their efficacy and goodness.

    At SmartBird®, we’ll always strive to tell you, our consumer, everything about the roots and herbs we’re using, as well as the manufacturing processes that take them from the fields they’re harvested from and right to your door. We aim to inspire a new generation of customers who use Ayurvedic medicine as part of a healthy, balanced lifestyle that also includes regular exercise and a varied diet.

    Ayurvedic Products You Can Trust

    At SmartBird® we aim to deliver a new range of Ayurvedic remedies, the result of years of cultural learning, supported by stringent 21st Century scientific research and testing, to create products with proven benefits for you, the consumer. You can find our whole range of products online today, and can follow us on social media for more advice on Ayurvedic practices, and how best to lead a balanced lifestyle.

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