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Bags Under Eyes

Question

I have bags underneath my eyes. This condition gets worse with my monthly cleansing cycle. Can you recommend anything to help me?

Answer

Bags under the eyes suggest a buildup of impurities. The monthly cycle is an opportunity for the body to cleanse and rejuvenate itself. But after age 40, the body's natural ability to detoxify becomes weaker.

Since bags under the eyes are often due to digestive impurities, which is caused by a sluggish digestion, the main organ involved is the liver. Maharishi Ayurveda Liver Balance is a unique blend of herbs to help balance the liver and helps the assimilation and filtration of impurities that can end up causing under eye bags.

For persistent dark circles under the eyes try Maharishi Ayurveda M • Spa Youthful Skin Eye Gel. This gentle formula nourishes and tones the delicate skin around the eyes, restores natural moisture balance and refreshes the skin. Visit the M • Spa Youthful Skin section for more information.

For more on eye care see our page: A New Look At Eye Care.

Diet and lifestyle tips

  • Try to avoid stress and get extra rest, especially during menstrual discomfort.
  • Drink plenty of warm water. Avoid ice cold and carbonated drinks.
  • Avoid stimulants such as caffeine and alcohol.
  • Add coconuts, raisins, papaya and sweet juicy fruits to your diet.
  • Only take a moderate amount of sugar. (or use agave nectar)
  • Avoid red meat and heavy fried foods.
  • Avoid drinking fluids before bed.
  • Favor only natural beauty products
  • Do not smoke, and avoid second hand smoke.
  • Get plenty of sleep.
  • Place a washcloth dipped in warm water over your eyes for 5 minutes once or twice daily.
  • Make sure you are laughing every day it gives exercise to facial muscles.
  • For puffy and swollen eyes, make facial steam or facial wash with warm, salty water.
  • For tired eyes use silk eye pillow.
  • For pitta inflamed baggy eyes soak cotton pads in cold milk with rose water and place over closed eyes for five to ten minutes.

Food Items to Avoid

Avoid frozen, cold ,leftovers, greasy foods. Also avoid foods that contain the following ingredients:

  • Aspartame (synthetic sweetener and neurotoxin)
  • MSG - MonoSodium Glutamate
  • Food grown using pesticides
  • Genetically modified food
  • Sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup, chocolate and other foods containing similar concentrated sweeteners
  • Refined oils
  • Baking powder
  • Hard and dry bovine milk cheese
  • Junk foods (hamburgers, pizza, hotdog, nachos, etc.)
  • Smoked, grilled barbequed food

Food Items to Favor

  • Unrefined sea salt
  • Vegetable Juices — juicing
  • Fats mono saturated. Use ghee for cooking
  • Turbanado, stevea, maple syrup, raw honey, agave nectar.
  • Essential fatty acids
  • Calcium, iron, minerals. MAPI Calcium Support
  • Trace Minerals
  • Organic foods
  • Flaxseed oil
  • Whole grains, nuts and seeds. MAPI nut butters
  • Fresh fruits

Please note: This ayurvedic information is education. It does not replace medical advice or treatments.

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