The Healing Power Of Spices: Five Magic Spices!!

 

The Healing Power Of Spices
Five magic spices to help improve your respiratory and digestive health

Eating all the wholesome and healthy foods in the world is of little value if your body is not able to digest and absorb the nutrients in order to put them to good use. Therefore, we put together a list of top 5 healing spices to help improve both your respiratory and digestive health.

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1. Ginger called ‘vishvabheshaja’ - "Universal Medicine"
Ginger effectively works on digestive and respiratory systems and is therefore useful in managing cough, asthma, bronchitis, allergies and congestion. Ginger is also well known for improving digestion and helping to relieve abdominal cramps and indigestion. Ginger is also considered good for arthritic conditions and the local application of dry ginger paste is used for sinus headaches and painful joints (except burning sensation and redness).

2. Cardamom is the king of digestive stimulants.
Cardamom has well known beneficial effects on the digestive, respiratory and circulatory systems. It's thought that cardamom helps to detoxify some of the undesirable effects of caffeine in coffee. Cardamom also helps to improve digestion, helps alleviate nausea and vomiting, belching, and even effective in relieving colic. Cardamom acts as an appetizer, deodorant, digestive and has expectorant properties therefore useful in cough and asthma.

3. Basil (especially Holy Basil, Tulsi)
Basil acts mainly on the respiratory system. Basil is an effective expectorant therefore useful for productive cough. It helps to removes excess mucus from the lungs and nasal passages. Similarly, Basil is effective for colds, sinus congestion, headaches and even has antibacterial properties. Of course, Basil also helps to stimulate digestion.

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Tulsi (holy basil) has been used for thousands of years and helps to support a healthy respiratory system, including lung health.

4. Black pepper called Marich in Sanskrit, the name for the sun.
Black pepper works mainly on the respiratory, digestive and circulatory systems. It helps to reverse sluggishness and reduces mucus secretions. Black pepper is a powerful appetite and circulatory stimulant. Therefore, black pepper is considered useful in loss of appetite, indigestion and sluggishness.

5. Pippali called Chapala (giving instant action).
Pippali works on the digestive, respiratory, reproductive system. It helps to improve appetite and metabolism while helping to rid the body from toxins. Pippali is useful in colic, indigestion, liver and spleen disorders (i.e. enlargement of liver). Pippali has expectorant actions and is considered beneficial in managing bronchitis, asthma, laryngitis and productive cough. It's used as a tonic in tuberculosis, works as an aphrodisiac, reduces seminal debility, and even eseful in painful labor; under the guidance of a qualified professional.

About The Author ...

Maryna Stasiuk
Maryna Stasiuk is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and Yoga counselor. She started her Ayurvedic journey more than five years ago. Experienced in management of chronic as well as acute health conditions, Maryna follows traditional Ayurveda in her daily life and professional practice. She believes in power of Ayurveda as a natural and comprehensive approach for health management.

You can contact Maryna Stasiuk through her Facebook page: Ayurvedic Way 

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Gut Health & "Ama" [Toxins]

 

Gut Health & "Ama"
Over the course of a lifetime, we ingest roughly 50 tons of nutrients and our ability to properly digest these nutrients determines to a large extent the state of our health. “Ama” is a concept of Ayurveda which can be best understood as the accumulation of toxic metabolic by-products at various levels of physiology. More simply, ama is the by-product of poor digestion and according to the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda - ama is the root cause of nearly all diseases.

Ayurveda states that proper diet and optimal digestion are the major pillars of good health. Similarly, optimal function of the GI tract requires proper mucosal integrity and a balanced microbial ecosystem in the gut. In essence, “gut health” relies on “good bacteria”. Any compromise to the mucosal integrity and/or disturbances in the bacterial flora in the gut may give rise to what’s often considered “leaky gut syndrome” - the epitome of ama. Ultimately, the absorption of poorly digested food material [“ama”] along with toxins from the environment blocks the physiological channels at various levels and therefore undeniably becomes the root cause of disease.

Top 7 Foods For Healing Leaky Gut - By Dr. Josh Axe 

The top 7 foods to get rid of leaky gut for good are:
1. Bone Broth
2. Kefir or fermented yogurt
3. Fermented vegetables
4. Coconut oil
5. Wild caught fish like Salmon
6. Flax seeds
7. Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot
[broccoli, cauliflower, celery carrots, cabbage or squash are all great]

 

Digestion - At Various Levels:

At The Level Of Gross Digestion
Poorly digested food in the GI tract creates a thick and slimy substance which then lines the walls of the bowels and impedes the absorption and assimilation of nutrients; i.e. malabsorption.

At The Level Of Cellular Digestion
Metabolic process of cellular digestion [i.e. oxidation] along with external impurities [“gara visha”; exogenous toxins] such as pesticides and pollution can create physiological by-products which are damaging to the cell. For example, free radicals [“ama visha”; reactive ama] and the accumulation of toxic metabolic by-products are known to be the cause of aging and disease and collectively may be referred to as “ama” from a cellular perspective.

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According to Ayurveda, Amalaki is considered one of the most nourishing and rejuvenating herbs. Amalaki is a strong natural antioxidant containing high levels of vitamin C and acts as a powerful immune strengthener. Amalaki is one of the best sources of natural vitamin C and contains 20 times more vitamin C than an orange.

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At The Level Of Mental Digestion
Similarly, unprocessed thoughts, feelings, and emotions can also become “mental ama” which may then crystallize and manifest as stress in various physiological expressions; i.e. depression, hypertension, etc.

Stress Free Emotions
For natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue; promotes emotional balance, positive feelings, and feelings of fulfillment.

Worry Free
Calms the mind and emotions; supports clarity of mind and deeper sleep; natural support for everyday stress and tension.

Blissful Joy
To help uplift the emotions; helps balance emotional ups and downs; alleviates sadness and feelings of frustration.

 

Management Of Ama
According to Ayurveda, the management of “ama” first begins with identifying the cause. Often the treatment of “ama” is simply adjusting to a proper diet and lifestyle suitable to one’s needs. For example, “ama pachana” - which is the ‘burning off’ of ama and  can often be done by the use of certain spices and herbs - with supervision of a qualified Ayurvedic Professional.

Spice Selections To Improve Digestion
Ready-to-use spice mixtures satisfy the six ayurvedic tastes considered essential for balance.

"Prevention Is Better Than Cure."
Although simple, these principles if followed routinely are often enough to help improve digestion and overall health. It’s often the simple things that are most effective and oddly enough - most overlooked. That said, let’s quickly take a look at the basics.

Avoid the following common causes of “ama” 
– overeating and consuming cold substances
–  irregular eating habits
– overconsumption of raw food
– eating heavy and fried food
– incompatible food combining
– eating with extreme emotions [i.e. anxiety, stress]
– sleeping before food is properly digested

Trikatu
The Digestive Herbal Formula

Another great consideration is Trikatu - a formula combination of equal parts ginger, black pepper and pippali. The name trikatu means three peppers or the three pungents. It is a wonderful herb with strong digestive properties.

 

The Ultimate Detox - Panchakarma
The word “Panchakarma” comes from the classical Ayurvedic texts and literally means ‘five actions’. These five actions of panchakarma are a broad class of therapy used to help remove impurities [“ama”] from the body.

 

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


How To Manage IBS Naturally

 

How To Manage IBS Naturally
For many people, the symptoms of IBS are so severe that they can’t even leave their home or have to plan their day-to-day activities around trips to the bathroom. There are nearly 60 million Americans who have disabling symptoms of IBS such as bloating, cramps, diarrhea, constipation, and abdominal pain only to have it dismissed as a “functional” or “psychosomatic” disease; disease caused by the mind. According to Ayurveda, the symptoms of IBS resemble most of what was described many thousand of years ago - a condition called “grahani”. “Grahani” is considered the seat of digestive enzymes [“Agni”] and if impaired, can lead to altered intestinal motility. The predominant symptoms of IBS are alternating diarrhea and constipation accompanied by abdominal cramps and is often referred to as “irritable” or “spastic colon”.

"Food As Medicine."

The Root Cause - Diet & Lifestyle
In conventional medicine, the cause of IBS is essentially unknown. According to Ayurveda, “grahani” or IBS is likely caused by a number of lifestyle factors such as improper diet, improper food-combining, stress, drinking too much fluid [especially during meals], or even suppressing natural urges. Ayurveda describes three doshas called vata, pitta, and kapha and we can think of these three doshas as the guiding principles that keep all our bodily functions balanced. However, due to imbalances caused by the above mentioned lifestyle factors [i.e. improper diet, stress, etc.] this can can affect the secretion of digestive enzymes and impair the digestive function [“Agni”]. Eventually, the by-products of impaired digestion form into toxins [“ama”] which then damages the lining of the intestines. The result is a decrease of intestinal transit time which can cause early evacuation of bowel contents [i.e. diarrhea] alternating with constipation, which is influenced by apana vata. Therefore, management of IBS is often centered around creating balance of vata dosha with emphasis on diet and lifestyle considerations.

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4 Steps to Treat IBS - By Dr. Josh Axe 
1) What foods to stay away from if you have IBS • Gluten- This inflammatory protein in grain can cause IBS. I suggest at the start of treatment to stay away from ALL grain products (especially wheat.) After about 3-9 months you can start to try adding in some sprouted or sourdough grains. • Casein or conventional dairy products- Kefir or fermented dairy can be helpful but regular dairy can be very destructive for IBS. • Hydrogenated Oils • Raw foods- salads & raw foods can damage the gut if you have IBS so it’s best to eat only cooked foods • Cold foods- Ice water, Ice cream & cold foods are hard on digestive system • Processed or refined/packaged foods

2) Top healing foods for IBS (consume foods that nourish the colon and spleen) • White immune boosting foods ⁃ Cauliflower, Garlic and Onions- Cooked onions and garlic can kill off bad bacteria in the gut • Squashes ⁃ Butternut, Acorn and Spaghetti Squashes are nursing to spleen and colon • Bone Broth- #1 superfood to consume to heal IBS ⁃ Bone Broth soup contains amino acid to help repair and heal in intestinal lining ⁃ A perfect meal would be a crockpot with organic meat, bones/broth, and vegetables such as squash and celery.

3) Quality Supplements • Live Probiotic Supplements • L-Glutamin- amino acid that protects & nourishes gut lining • Frankincense Essential Oil- reduces inflammation • Digestive Enzymes- take at meal to help break down food so it is easier to digest

4) Focus on reducing stress • Schedule 3 things daily ⁃ Long walk in nature ⁃ Read a spiritual growth book, meditate or pray ⁃ Wind down with a detox bath at night ⁃ 1 cup epsom salt and 20 drops oil (Lavendar) and soak away.

Stress Free Emotions
For natural resistance to emotional stress and fatigue; promotes emotional balance, positive feelings, and feelings of fulfillment. Emotional balance = strong mind & body

 

“Gut Health”
In order to be healthy, the microbial ecosystem in the gut must be healthy. If the gut flora becomes imbalanced this can become the root cause of many of the symptoms centered around IBS. For example, the gut flora promotes optimal digestive function, provides a robust immune response, regulates metabolism and even compromises more than 75% of our immune system. It’s extraordinary that the teachings of Ayurveda have stated much of these important functions many thousands of years ago. Of great importance is the consideration of bacterial overgrowth. In fact, JAMA - The Journal of the American Medical Association has acknowledged bacterial overgrowth as being a real syndrome which seems to correlate well with IBS.

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Ginger
Holistic digestive aid. It is a useful digestive aid; helps to maintain good digestion and balanced gas production

Factors which can disrupt normal gut flora:
– antibiotics and other medications
– diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
– diets low in fermentable fibers
– chronic stress
– chronic infections

 

An Ayurvedic Perspective
The basic approach to improving IBS from an Ayurvedic perspective is centered around pacifying and reducing this quality of vata. Vata is often characterized as being dry, rough, cold and mobile. Therefore a simple approach in helping to pacify vata is simply to eat fewer raw vegetables and eating meals which are grounding and generally warm, soft, and easy to digest.

“Yep, that’s right. Fewer vegetables. Vegetables (as well as some fruits) are often high in insoluble fiber. While soluble fiber can be soothing for the gut, consuming large amounts of insoluble fiber when your gut is inflamed is a little bit like rubbing a wire brush against an open wound. Ouch.” – Chris Kresser; “Gut Health”

10 Golden Rules For Healthy Eating

Common Causes Of Ama:
The main cause for the formation of ‘ama‘ or undigested food material is impaired digestive function. Therefore, factors which impair digestion and increase the formation of  ama include:

– overeating and consuming cold substances
–  irregular eating habits
– overconsumption of raw food
– eating heavy and fried food
– incompatible food combining
– eating with extreme emotions [i.e. anxiety, stress]
– sleeping before food is properly digested

 

Takra [Buttermilk] - The Divine Healing Digestive Drink
Takra or buttermilk, is a liquid preparation prepared by continuously churning yogurt in water. This preparation increases your digestive power and is often used in many health conditions. Takra is considered beneficial for many G.I. conditions such as IBD and Crohn’s disease as well as poor digestion, hemorrhoids, tumors, edema, diarrhea, anemia, urinary diseases and many other health-related conditions.

“He who uses takra daily does not suffer from diseases, and diseases cured by takra do not recur; just as amrita [divine nectar] is for the gods, takra is to humans.” – Bhavaprakasha Chpt 6.7

ENEMA:
According to the teachings of Ayurveda, the seat of vata dosha is in the colon and the therapy of choice is a rectal enema [i.e. “basti”]. This procedure should only be performed under the guidance and supervision of a qualified ayurvedic professional after having discussed the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician. Ayurveda recommends introducing 1/2 to 1 cup of sesame oil into the rectum and retain the oil for approximately 5 minutes. This is thought to help pacify vata and helps to nourish and support optimal gastrointestinal function.

 

Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


Takra [Buttermilk] - The Divine Healing Ayurvedic Digestive Drink

 

The Divine Healing Digestive Drink
Takra or buttermilk, is a liquid preparation prepared by continuously churning yogurt in water. This preparation increases your digestive power and is often used in many health conditions. Takra is considered beneficial for many G.I. conditions such as IBD and Crohn’s disease as well as poor digestion, hemorrhoids, tumors, edema, diarrhea, anemia, urinary diseases and many other health-related conditions.

“He who uses takra daily does not suffer from diseases, and diseases cured by takra do not recur;
just as amrita [divine nectar] is for the gods, takra is to humans.”
- Bhavaprakasha Chpt 6.7

The Benefits Of Homemade:
This type of buttermilk is not like the fermented buttermilk you often find in the stores. Likewise, the properties of regular yogurt are sour and thought to increase water retention [kapha], may cause a variety of [pitta] skin conditions [i.e. acne and rashes] and is generally more difficult to digest. However, when you properly make takra, you lighten the properties of yogurt and remove the sourness so that it becomes a light and beneficial digestive drink.

There is no medicine better than buttermilk for treatment
of hemorrhoids caused by vata and kapha.

– Charaka Samhita Ch. 14

The Ultimate Digestive Drink ... 

Alternative Recipe: 
1/4 cup yogurt
1 cup water
salt as per taste
1/2 teaspoon roasted cumin powder
mint leaves
coriander leaves
green chilies
chopped ginger

Directions: 
- Take 1/4 cup of yogurt into a vessel and add a cup of water.
- Add salt as per taste. Add 1/2 tsp. of roasted cumin powder.
- Mix the ingredients well with the help of a hand blender.
- Garnish it with coriander leaves, mint leaves, green chili and chopped ginger.

Properties:

  • Taste: astringent, sour and sweet
  • Energetics: heating
  • Post-digestive effect: sweet
  • Qualities: binding, light, dry

 

Actions:

  • digestive
  • promotes immunity
  • nourishes the brain and promotes intellect
  • pacifies vata

 

 

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DISCLAIMER:

This information is strictly for educational purpose only and NOT considered medical advice. Always first discuss with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.

 


Improve Digestion Naturally + Ayurvedic Remedies For Indigestion

 

Improve Your Digestion Naturally
According to the most ancient and revered textbook of Ayurveda, the Charak Samhita, “the distinction between health and disease arises as the result of the difference between wholesome and unwholesome diet.” Similarly, Hippocrates [the father of modern medicine] has said, “leave your drugs in the pot at the pharmacy if you can’t cure your patient with food.”

“Let food be thy medicine
and medicine be thy food.”

- Hippocrates 

Food As Medicine
We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. Though true, it would be more accurate to say, “you are what you eat, digest, absorb, and assimilate”. With that in mind, let us now introduce the most fundamental principle according to the science of Ayurveda. This principle is “Agni” - The Digestive Fire. In Ayurveda, this digestive fire illustrates the body’s ability to digest food; almost equivalent to digestive enzymes. In fact, when managing most health concerns, correcting digestion is often the very first line of management. Digestion is said to be the work of the fire element in the body and it is this fire element which produces the glow of good health and vitality.

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Common Causes Of Indigestion

  • Consumption of incompatible foods, such as bananas with milk
  • Excessive consumption of heavy, oily, dense and hot, spicy foods
  • Over consumption of caffeine, alcohol and smoking
  • Eating in haste
  • Emotional eating
  • Anxiety
  • Side effects of certain antibiotics and/or medications
  • Sometimes a symptom of certain cancers, peptic ulcers and GERD

 

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
- Benjamin Franklin

Fasting
Giving the body a rest from digestion is sometimes recommended. Observing a hot water fast for a day can bring relief and can reset the body’s digestive fire. Add a pinch of black pepper and ginger for a more effective digestive aid.

Herbal Di-Gest
Supports improved digestion and balanced appetite; helps with gas, bloating, and discomfort

Dr. Andrew Weil Briefly Talks About The Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Ginger & Turmeric

 

Natural Remedies For Acute Indigestion

  • In 1 cup of warm water squeeze a few drops of fresh lime juice and a ½ tsp of baking soda, consume quickly
  • Consume a concoction of ½ tsp of honey and ½ tsp of black pepper to ¼ cup of onion juice.
  • Boil 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds in 2 cups of water until the water is reduced to 1 cup.
  • Strain out the seeds and drink ¼ cup daily after each meal.
  • Take ½ tsp of chopped garlic with a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda.
  • Every morning consume 1 cup of hot water with 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice.

 

Herbal Remedies

  1. An effective herbal formula for indigestion is made with Kutki, Trikatu and Chitrak. Taking a pinch of each of these herbal powders with ½ tsp honey before meals will help strengthen digestion.
  2. Ginger is an extremely effective digestive herb. Drinking ginger tea or even consuming ginger pickle before a meal is a beneficial way to help kindle digestion. Before a meal take ½ tsp of chopped ginger with a pinch of salt and a few drops of lime juice.
  3. Another effective digestive herb is Trikatu. This herb is equal parts of ginger, black pepper and pippali. Taking ½ tsp of this herb with a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of rock salt before meals aids digestion.

 

Prevention is Key
The best way to avoid any disorder is prevention. Enjoying a balancing diet and lifestyle can help maintain optimum health. Some key points to remember in addition to the above causes include:

  • Avoid ice drinks and cold foods. This will weaken the digestive fire and can lead to heartburn.
  • Eat the largest meal between the hours of 11am and 1pm when digestive fire is strong.
  • Eat a light meal for dinner to avoid overtaxing the stomach.
  • Avoid overeating and emotional eating. This can make it hard for the stomach to properly digest the overloaded food.
  • Get moving! Taking a walk after meals can aid in digestion and increase digestive fire. Certain yoga poses and pranayama (breathing exercises) are also particularly beneficial.
  • Following a daily routine of meditation, oil massages and self-care will bring overall balance and contentment.

 

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purposes and NOT considered to be medical advice. Always first discuss the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.


Revolutionizing Healthcare With The Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda

 

Revolutionizing Healthcare
Despite all the advances of the modern world we as a race have never been more sick than ever before.

A Broken System - Approximately ...

  • 600,000 people die from heart attacks annually in the U.S.
  • 800,000 strokes occur annually in the U.S. often related to high blood pressure
  • 50,000,000 people in the U.S. suffer from autoimmune conditions
  • 120,000,000 people worldwide are affected by mental depression
  • 1,000,000,000 people around the world suffer from diabetes and obesity

 

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It’s very intuitive to acknowledge that in order to regain a state of good health and balance it is necessary to maintain a certain lifestyle in accordance with nature. Let us therefore re-explore natural ways to revolutionize the way we care for our own health; true healthcare.

  1. Nourish the body
  2. Heal the gut
  3. Sleep well & Transcend stress

 

1.Nourish The Body:
In ancient times food was considered medicine. This being the case, people valued food much differently then. Perhaps the greatest detriment to health in human history is the introduction of industrial food processing.

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This traditional spice mix helps stimulate your digestive fire so you can absorb all the wholesome goodness from your food.

Three Simple Considerations:
1. eat nutrient dense whole foods like vegetables, nuts and seeds, herbs and spices
2. eat healthy fats as they are essential [absolutely necessary; extremely important]
3. minimize the intake of flour, sugar and other sweeteners, industrial seed oils, processed and refined food, and snacks of all kinds

“Prevention Is Better Than Cure.”  - Wisdom
The wisdom of Ayurveda provides basic dietary guidelines. The best way to avoid any disorder is prevention. Enjoying a balancing diet and lifestyle can help maintain optimum health. Some key points to remember in addition to the above causes include:

  • Avoid ice drinks and cold foods. This will weaken the digestive fire and can lead to indigestion.
  • Eat the largest meal between the hours of 11am and 1pm when digestive fire is strong.
  • Eat a light meal for dinner to avoid overtaxing the stomach.
  • Avoid overeating and emotional eating. This can make it hard for the stomach to properly digest the overloaded food.
  • Get moving! Taking a walk after meals can aid in digestion and increase digestive fire. Certain yoga poses and pranayama (breathing exercises) are also particularly beneficial.
  • Following a daily routine of meditation, oil massages and self-care will bring overall balance and contentment.

 

The Sophistication Of Ancient Wisdom
Even further, the science of Ayurveda explains with great sophistication the importance of eating according to one’s constitution [i.e. dosha type] while acknowledging other principles such as seasonal variations with a knowing that food affects both the body and mind equally. According to the teachings of Ayurveda food not only nourishes the body but also nourishes and affects the mind.

Certain foods which are thought to provide clarity [“sattva”] to the mind include:
- FRUIT: mangos, pomegranate, coconut, figs, peaches
- GRAINS: rice, tapioca, blue corn
- VEGETABLES: sprouts, sweet potato, lettuce, parsley, yellow squash
- BEANS: mung beans, yellow lentils, kidney beans, lima beans

Click Here - To Learn How Food Affects Your Mind

2.Healing The Gut

Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda – Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.

Practical Tips To Help Improve Your Gut Flora:

  • avoid foods and chemicals which irritate the gut mucosal lining
  • eat plenty of fermentable fibers [i.e. starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.]
  • eat fermented items like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc.
  • consider taking a probiotic and prebiotic supplement


GHEE + Gut Health

Healthy digestion is considered the fundamental pillar of good health. According to Ayurvedic literature, ghee increases the digestive function and thought to nourish nearly all tissues of the body – specifically the gastrointestinal tract by reducing inflammatory conditions, reducing seepage of undigested food particles, and aids in repair of the mucosal wall.

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Top 7 foods to get rid of leaky gut:
1. Bone Broth – 8 oz 2 times a day
2. Kefir or fermented yogurt
3. Fermented vegetables
4. Coconut oil
5. Wild caught fish like Salmon
6. Flax seeds
7. Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot: broccoli, cauliflower, celery carrots, cabbage or squash are all great
- Dr. Josh Axe

3. Sleep Well & Transcend Stress
It’s nearly impossible to be healthy without adequate sleep. Sleep is essential for the maintenance and repair of the neurological, endocrine, immune, musculoskeletal and digestive systems. Rather, sleep is necessary for all systems of the body. Period.

Just some of the obvious benefits of a great night sleep:

  • Enhances memory and mental clarity
  • Improves athletic performance.
  • Boosts mood and overall energy.
  • Improves immune function.
  • Increases stress tolerance

 

HOT MILK - The Natural Sleep Aid
Hot milk – milk is a wonderful source of tryptophan which helps induce sleep. If consumed an hour before bed with a pinch of nutmeg, it can provide sound and restful sleep.

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Transcending Stress
Stress management is perhaps the most important factor regarding health because no matter what diet you follow, how much you exercise and what supplements you take, if you’re not managing your stress you will still be at risk for modern degenerative conditions like heart disease, diabetes, hypothyroidism and autoimmunity.

What is stress?
"... any event in which environmental demands, internal demands, or both tax or exceed the adaptive resources of an individual." - Richard Lazarus; Prominent Psychologist

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Just some of the effects of stress upon the body:

  • Raises your blood sugar.
  • Weakens your immune system.
  • Makes your gut leaky.
  • Makes you hungry and crave sugar.
  • Reduces your ability to burn fat.
  • Suppresses your HPA-axis, which causes hormonal imbalances.
  • Reduces your DHEA, testosterone, growth hormone and TSH levels.
  • Increases your belly fat and makes your liver fatty.
  • Causes depression, anxiety and mood imbalances.
  • Contributes to cardiovascular disease.

 

“Too blessed to be stressed."
- Meditation 

Just Some Of The Potential Benefits Of Meditation:
– greater clarity and inner calmness
– increased creativity and happiness
– improved sense of emotional stability
– reduced level of anxiety and depression
– improved brain function and memory
– reduced level of stress
… the list can go on and on …

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The ancient science of Ayurveda has described health to be a state of perfect balance. Ultimately, to revolutionize healthcare we must seek a state of balance. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda provides a time-tested approach to a state of perfect health.

Disclaimer:
This is strictly for educational purposes only and NOT considered medical advice. Always first discuss the risks/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.


Seasonal Guide For Autumn - An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

Seasonal Guide For Autumn
It’s that time of year when you first feel that crisp breeze and know that summer is gone and autumn begins revealing herself. Although every season has its traits - autumn has a particular beauty about it. Noticeable changes of autumn include the leaves changing colors, days getting shorter, and mornings growing chillier and more crisp as summer begins to fade away.

 

Dry, Light, Cool, Rough, & Windy
The qualities of autumn depict the element of “air” which can easily be understood by the nature of wind. The wind during this time of year becomes more gusty and naturally tends to dry the body [i.e. dry skin, dry eyes, constipation, etc.]. From an Ayurvedic perspective this season is thought to aggravate “vata”. Vata regulates all movement within the body with a special function of communication. Although the principle of vata permeates the entire body, its main sites of the body mostly include the central nervous system, the colon, skeletal system [hair & teeth] and skin. Therefore, as we prepare for autumn season and while keeping the totality of body-mind in perspective it is also important to take these special attributes of vata into consideration.

Central Nervous System:
Vata provides the impulse of communication which travels through the central nervous system. The dry, light, rough, and excess mobile qualities of vata can express themselves influencing the way we feel and perceive the world. Because of this, autumn is more likely to create feelings of anxiety, nervousness and even insomnia. Therefore, you may want to consider more heavy qualities to balance the light and subtle qualities of vata. For example,  just the coziness of heavy blankets and bedding provides that added comfort and warmth needed to help promote sound sleep. Another seasonal tip for autumn is enjoying a nice cup of hot milk prior to bed. For an added benefit you may want to consider nutmeg milk or garlic milk at night which also creates a sense of heaviness and grounding quality needed for restful sleep.

Delicious Spiced Milk Perfect For Autumn Season 

[Recommend To Have Hot vs. Cold]

Ingredients:
500ml milk
20g mixed nuts
2 tbsp Sugar
A pinch of saffron
1/2 spoon cardamom powder
1 tsp chironji nuts
1/2 tsp nutmeg powder
1/2 cup condensed milk
Additions of condensed milk, saffron and nutmeg, give the spiced milk its required aroma and texture.

The Gastrointestinal Tract:
One of the main sites of vata is the colon. Due to vata’s dry quality this tends to dry the colon resulting in constipation, especially common to autumn season. Therefore, our goal during autumn is to introduce more oily and nourishing foods such as a delicious bowl porridge [of oats] flavored with maple syrup and cinnamon for breakfast, hearty soups for lunch which will add both moisture and warmth to the body. Likewise, to prevent stagnation within the G.I. tract [i.e. constipation] and to help promote downward motion you may also want to consider soaking haritaki overnight in a cup of warm water. The following morning you can rinse the mouth with a few sips of this haritaki tea and then slowly sip the rest of this tea to help stimulate the bowels. Finally, Ayurveda speaks volumes about removing excess vata from the colon and therefore advocates the use of special enemas. These enemas should be performed under the supervision of a qualified ayurvedic professional and only after discussing the risks/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician. Performing an enema using sesame oil is thought to help remove accumalated dry and rough qualities of vata from the colon.

Musculoskeletal System and Skin:
The brisk cold of autumn often increases the seasonal tendency of aching joints and ‘frozen shoulders’. Therefore, to help offset these cold, dry, and rough qualities of vata upon the musculoskeletal system you may want to massage your muscles by rubbing into the skin and muscles warm organic sesame oil. After massaging the body with warm sesame oil next consider a nice warm shower to wash off the oil and further relax and massage the muscles. Another consideration for stiff and aching muscles [and joints] is mahanarayana oil.

Other Seasonal Considerations For Autumn:
– eat warming, soothing, and easily digestible meals
– eat foods which are primarily sweet, sour and salty in taste
– drink warming herbal teas such as ginger, cinnamon and cardamom tea
– keep warm and stay out of strong winds
– do regular yoga, meditation, and pranayama breathing exercises

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"Leaky Gut" - The Root Cause Of All Disease? + An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

"LEAKY GUT SYNDROME"
Although the phrase “leaky gut” was never well accepted in the medical community, research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda ...
“Due to the purification of the body, the capacity of digestion and metabolism is enhanced, normal health is restored, all sense organs start working with vigor, old age is prevented and diseases cured.” - Charaka Samhita Ch. 16 Sutra 17-19

In Ayurvedic medicine, most treatable diseases arise from the presence of “ama”, a toxic by-product of poor digestion. Mirroring this ancient wisdom is the modern theory of ‘Intestinal Permeability’ [i.e. “leaky gut syndrome”]. Intestinal permeability is the inflammatory response in the digestive tract due to a combination of insults to the gut mucosal lining. As a result, persistent GI inflammation eventually disrupts the integrity of the mucosal lining of the gut and tiny perforations allows for molecules much larger than usual to pass through this defensive barrier. As toxic by-products of poor digestion pass through this now weakened defense barrier [i.e. impaired mucosal lining] this initiates an immune response which then allows for the formation of specific antibodies towards these very toxic elemental by-products of poor digestion.

By-product Of Poor Digestion - Toxic! 
“The signs and symptoms of ama are clogging of channels, sense of heaviness, low energy, restlessness, lethargy, indigestion, congestion/expectoration, accumulation of waste, loss of taste and sexual debility.” - Ashtanga Hridaya Su. 30.23

Unfortunately, the tissues which make up the body actually have antigenic sites which are nearly identical to those elemental by-products of poor digestion. After all, the body is made up from the products of digestion. As a result, when the intestinal barrier becomes permeable [i.e. leaky] then a large protein molecule [i.e. zonulin] enters into the blood and circulates throughout the body. Since these large proteins of poor digestion do not normally circulate throughout the body, the body mounts an immune response and attacks them. Studies reveal that this immune response may play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, type 1 diabetes, among other health conditions. It is also important to note that you don’t necessarily have to have gut symptoms to have a leaky gut. For example, leaky gut can also manifest as skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, even heart conditions and of course inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

“There is growing evidence that increased intestinal permeability plays a pathogenic role in various autoimmune diseases [including celiac disease and type 1 diabetes]. Therefore, we hypothesize that besides genetic and environmental factors, loss of intestinal barrier function is necessary to develop auotimmunity.” - Dr. Alessio Fasano

"Top 7 Foods For Healing Leaky Gut" - Dr. Josh Axe 

The top 7 foods to get rid of leaky gut for good are:
1. Bone Broth - 8 oz 2 times a day
2. Kefir or fermented yogurt
3. Fermented vegetables
4. Coconut oil
5. Wild caught fish like Salmon
6. Flax seeds
7. Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot: broccoli, cauliflower, celery carrots, cabbage or squash are all great

Healthy Gut - Strength, Nourishment, Luster
Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda - Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.

“Agni converts food in the form of energy, which is responsible for all the vital functions of our body. Therefore, Ayurveda considers that Dehagni as the cause of life, complexion, strength, health, nourishment, luster, ojas, tejas [vital-yet-subtle energy] and prana [life sustaining energy].
- Charaka Chikitsa 15/4

Leaky Gut - Fatigue, Inflamed and Depressed
Leaky gut and bad gut flora are far more common than we actually realize primarily because of the modern lifestyle. We can also say that if you have a leaky gut it is likely that you also have an unhealthy gut flora, and vice versa. Even further, we can boldly say that when your gut flora and gut barrier are impaired, you are Inflamed - Ayurveda would likely state this as pitta aggravation with impaired Agni and even diminished Ojas.

Factors Which Can Insult The Gut Flora:

  • antibiotics
  • diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
  • diets low in fermentable fibers
  • dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils
  • chronic stress and chronic infections

 

Practical Tips To Help Improve Your Gut Flora:

  • avoid foods and chemicals which irritate the gut mucosal lining
  • eat plenty of fermentable fibers [i.e. starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.]
  • eat fermented items like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc.
  • consider taking a probiotic and prebiotic supplement


“From the earth came herbs and from herbs
came the seed that gave life to humans.”

- Taittiriya Upanishad


3 Pillars To Healthy Digestion:

1. Reducing & Extinguishing The Inflammatory Cascade. 
Individuals with autoimmune disorders are often in a weakened state and any additional insults can easily worsen the state of health. Therefore, extreme caution must always be considered. Therefore, management should always be under the supervision of a qualified holistic professional and always first discussing risk/benefits/alternatives with one’s primary care physician.

That said, there are certain botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties such as:
- turmeric
- black cohosh
- wild yam
- amla berry
- ashwagandha

In conditions where the gut mucosal lining is impaired, the use of certain demulcents followed by astringent agents are often considered beneficial. Demulcent herbs are considered to be helpful in improving the integrity of the epithelial lining of the gut.

Demulcent agents include:
- aloe vera
- marshmallow root
- slippery elm
- licorice root

2. Support Liver Function + Enhance Detoxification
The importance of liver function in regards to overall health cannot be stressed enough. The liver is responsible for the detoxification of the increasing exposure to environmental contaminants and mutagens which can easily overwhelm the liver.

Briefly, just a few hepatoprotective elements include:
- turmeric
- barberry
- bhumiamalaki
- guduchi

3. Improve The Gut Flora
By supporting a healthy gut flora we can help inhibit the overgrowth of pathogenic microbes. A simple choice may be a non-dairy derived Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum supplement.

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DISCLAIMER:

This is strictly for educational purpose and NOT considered medical advice. Always first discuss the risks/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician prior to considering any new changes in your health regimen.


Hypothyroidism + Impaired Gut Health - An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

Hypothyroidism + Impaired Gut Health
Hypothyroidism is one of the most common thyroid disorders and it has been estimated that 20 million Americans have some form of thyroid disease. Although there is no direct mention of the thyroid gland in the ancient teachings of Ayurveda there is, however, a condition by the name galaganda mentioned by certain manuscripts as we shall soon explore.

Clinical Symptoms
Hypothyroidism is often associated with weight gain, mental slowing, depression and dementia, constipation, dry skin, hair loss, cold intolerance, hoarse voice, irregular menstruation, infertility, and a wide range of other not-so-desirable symptoms.

Old School vs. Ancient Wisdom
Long gone are the days of managing hypothyroidism with a synthetic or bio-identical hormone thinking that this will somehow reverse the course of the disease. Some studies reveal that 90% of people with hypothyroidism produces antibodies to thyroid tissue. In fact, Hashimoto’s thyroiditis is the most common autoimmune disorder in the U.S. Our goal is to question what might set off and trigger this inflammatory cascade causing the most common autoimmune condition. By doing so, let us first consider some correlations mentioned thousands of years ago according to the science of Ayurveda.

Metabolism - Immune Function - Agni 
Nearly ever single cell within the body has receptors for the thyroid hormone. Similarly, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda states metaphorically that there is a flame of digestion which permeates all aspects of the body. This alchemical flame is called “Agni” - which means ‘fire’. This flame of digestion is thought to be responsible for all transformations required to sustain life. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda further explains a much more subtle expression of this digestive flame called “Jatru Agni”. Jatru Agni is thought to represent both the thyroid and thymus gland and therefore assumes the role of both cellular metabolism and immune function.

Hypothyroidism May Not Be A Thyroid Issue
What is even more interesting is that - it is not uncommon for patients who have Hashimoto’s to demonstrate a “polyendocrine autoimmune pattern” which implies having antibodies to other tissue and enzymes other than that which is specific to the thyroid gland. For example, polyendocrine autoimmune pattern includes antibodies directed at transglutaminase [celiac disease], the cerebellum [neurological disorders], intrinsic factor [pernicious anemia], and glutamic acid decarboxylase [type 1 diabetes] just to name a few.

 Is Hypothyroidism Due To Gut Disturbance? 
In ancient times food was considered medicine and people valued food much differently then. However, as the integrity of food increasingly becomes compromised, so too - digestive concerns continue to increase. The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has always placed great emphasis on the importance of digestion and even explained the detriment of absorbing elemental by-products of improperly digested food. According to Ayurvedic literature, the products of poorly digested food  [“ama”; toxins], if absorbed, is considered to be the root cause of all diseases; especially autoimmune conditions.

The Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda  ...
“When food is digested improperly because agni [the digestive flame] is low the undigested food becomes vitiated [disturbed] and collects in the stomach. It is known as ama [toxins]. – Astangahrdaya Samhita 

Great Video - "Natural Remedies For Thyroid Health" by Dr. Josh Axe

The video discusses natural remedies for thyroid health. There are more people than ever before that are struggling with conditions like hypothyroidism, hashimotos disease, hyperthyroidism, and graves disease. If you have a sluggish thyroid or metabolism, this is a big warning sign that you may have a thyroid issue. Top five natural remedies that are safe, healthy, and effective for improving thyroid health are:
1. Ashwagandha
2. Selenium
3. B Vitamins (Thiamine and Vitamin B12)
4. Probiotics
5. Proteolytic Enzymes

What’s The Connection?
Several studies show a strong link between autoimmune thyroid disease and gluten intolerance. As this correlation has become more well-established, researchers are even now suggesting that all people with autoimmune disease to be screened for gluten intolerance. This is just one of many examples which makes a direct correlation of impaired gut health and the origin of disease [i.e. autoimmunity]. Ayurveda goes on to explain that this expression of disease [i.e. autoimmunity] is, in essence, an impairment of body’s cellular intelligence and that this cellular intelligence is orchestrated largely by both the neuroendocrine and immunological systems. These systems of course are controlled by both the thyroid and thymus gland [i.e. “Jathru Agni”] which has been explained comprehensively many thousands of years ago.

One Flame - Many Embers
The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda also talks about the transformative quality of agni as being influenced by its various levels of expression. More simply, the digestive function within the gastrointestinal tract [Jathara Agni] influences the biotransformative actions in the liver [Bhuta Agni] which ultimately correlates with more subtle expressions of metabolism both at the tissue [Dhatu Agni] and cellular level [Pilu-Pithara Agni]. In other words, it's all connected; one and the same.

Modern Understanding + The Antiquity Of Ayurveda
T4 is the inactive form of the thyroid hormone and requires the conversion to T3 via the liver before it can properly function to regulate metabolism at the cellular level. This connection between the thyroid hormone T3 secreted by the thyroid gland [jathru agni] and the conversion of T3 into T4 via the liver [bhuta agni] with T4 being the major hormone to regulate tissue [dhatu agni] and cellular metabolism [pilu-pithara agni] reveals the sophistication and understanding demonstrated by the teachings of Ayurveda.

“The thyroid is a bridge between bhuta agni [liver function] and the seven tissues [peripheral tissue], maintaining the functional integrity of the bhuta agni and dhatu agni [tissue metabolism].” - Dr. Vasant Lad; Ayurvedic Physician

Considerations
Management of hypothyroidism [galaganda] from an Ayurvedic perspective is to increase the digestive fire [agni] at the cellular level and to restore metabolism. Just as an example, Yograj guggulu and Ashwagandha powder have long been recommended in the management of hypothyroidism. Likewise, a study on Liv-52, an Ayurvedic liver tonic, has revealed that it stimulates thyroid hormone secretion, particularly T3. In fact, the action of one of the most recommended Ayurvedic drugs [Kanchnar guggulu] reveals much similarity to the allopathic medication Eltroxin.

The goal of this post was to establish some interesting correlations with gut health and overall well-being. Rather, the goal was to stress the importance of how impaired gut health may be the root cause of many autoimmune conditions. The connection is now well understood that poor gut health can suppress thyroid function and trigger Hashimoto’s disease, and low thyroid function can lead to an inflamed and leaky gut resulting in systemic toxicity which can manifest as “polyendocrine autoimmune pattern”.  Although Ayurveda is a subtle science which deals with energetics of bodily humors there is still much overlap and much to be gained by appreciating  these subtleties.

Disclaimer: 
This is strictly for educational purpose only and not to be considered medical advice.
Always first seek the advice of your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen


Gut Health - Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome [IBS] Naturally + Ayurvedic Tips

"All disease begins in the gut."
– Hippocrates

Hippocrates - who is the father of modern medicine has stated that - “all disease begins in the gut”. However, even more impressive is the science of Ayurveda. The literal meaning of Ayurveda is “The Science Of Life” and dates back thousands of years. Ayurveda is an ancient science which takes a positive and preventative approach for maintaining health which is beautifully explained with the following quote ...

“The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the
health of the healthy and to cure diseases of the sick.”

- Charaka Sutrasthana 30:26

Gut Health - Gut Flora
The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has stated long ago the health benefits of optimal digestion [“Agni” - The Digestive Fire]. Modern science is only recently begun to understand the full extent of the gut flora’s role in health and well-being. For example, the gut flora promotes optimal digestive function, provides a robust immune response, regulates metabolism and even compromises more than 75% of our immune system. It's extraordinary that the teachings of Ayurveda have stated much of these important functions many thousands of years ago.

Factors which can disrupt normal gut flora:
- antibiotics and other medications
- diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- diets low in fermentable fibers
- chronic stress
- chronic infections

VIDEO - "How To Treat IBS Naturally." - Dr. Josh Axe

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person. However, the most common symptoms are abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. The science of Ayurveda has described this condition as “pakvashaya kupita dosha” mainly involving inflammation of the intestinal mucosal lining and abnormal gut motility.

These ancient teachings have described that nearly all movement of the body is governed by an energetic concept named “vata dosha”. A modern perspective resembling these same principles of ayurveda are that of ‘Functional GI & Motility Disorders’. The wisdom of Ayurveda has long understood the relationship of the body and mind and has always placed great emphasis upon this in order to find the root cause of all diseases. Even further Ayurveda gives focus on diet, lifestyle, herbal remedies, yoga & meditation to help manage disease and to help bring about overall balance to the body and mind.

“According to Ayurveda, irritable bowel syndrome is due to
vata pushing pitta into the colon.”

- Dr. Vasant Lad; Ayurvedic Physician

In this context we can think of vata as the driving force of gut motility. Likewise, we can state that the derangement of vata not only leads to impaired gut motility but more specifically leads to unsynchronized and uncoordinated functioning of the specialized microvilli resulting in symptoms often reported in IBS patients. The following research article states,

“This review presents evidence for the presence of an anatomical defect in IBS patients, namely in the gastrointestinal endocrine cells. These cells have specialized microvilli that project into the lumen and function as sensors for the luminal content and respond to luminal stimuli by releasing hormones into the lamina propria, which starts a chain reaction that progresses throughout the entire NES. The changes in the gastrointestinal endocrine cells observed in IBS patients are highly consistent with the other abnormalities reported in IBS patients, such as visceral hypersensitivity, dysmotility, and abnormal secretion.”

An Ayurvedic Perspective 
The basic approach to improving IBS from an Ayurvedic perspective is centered around pacifying and reducing this quality of vata. Vata is often characterized as being dry, rough, cold and mobile. Therefore a simple approach in helping to pacify vata is simply to eat fewer raw vegetables and eating meals which are grounding and generally warm, soft, and easy to digest.

“Yep, that’s right. Fewer vegetables. Vegetables (as well as some fruits) are often high in insoluble fiber. While soluble fiber can be soothing for the gut, consuming large amounts of insoluble fiber when your gut is inflamed is a little bit like rubbing a wire brush against an open wound. Ouch.”
- Chris Kresser; “Gut Health”

Therefore, you may want to consider vegetables that are high in soluble fiber, but lower in insoluble fiber (and thus tend to be safer for those with gut issues). These include:

  • Carrots
  • Winter squash
  • Summer squash (especially peeled)
  • Starchy tubers (yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes)
  • Turnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Parsnips
  • Beets
  • Plantains

 

Simple Considerations For IBS

  • Consider taking 1 teaspoon of sat isabgol [psyllium husk] with 1/2 cup of fresh yogurt 1 hour after dinner.
  • Another consideration is to boil 1 teaspoon of flaxseed in a cupful of water to make a tea, and drink at bedtime.

 

ENEMA:
According to the teachings of Ayurveda, the seat of vata dosha is in the colon and the therapy of choice is a rectal enema [i.e. “basti”]. This procedure should only be performed under the guidance and supervision of a qualified ayurvedic professional after having discussed the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician. Ayurveda recommends introducing 1/2 to 1 cup of sesame oil into the rectum and retain the oil for approximately 5 minutes. This is thought to help pacify vata and helps to nourish and support optimal gastrointestinal function.

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Disclaimer:
This is strictly for educational purpose only and not to be considered medical advice. Always first discuss any inquiry with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.

Resources:
‘Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome An Organic Disorder?’; ncbi.nih.gov
‘What Are FGIDs’, UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders.
‘Gut Health’, Chris Kresser, L.Ac - Holistic Health Practitioner
‘The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’; Dr. Vasant Lad. Three Rivers Press.