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Ayurveda and Gut Health

By : Vivian L.

Often you hear "go with your gut" or "trust your gut," but what does that mean? Western thinking says that your gut is your stomach, the "non-thinking" part of your body, and separate from the rest of you. But the Ayurvedic approach to living views it differently—everything is connected. Ayurvedic principles assert that the balance of mind, body, and soul are necessary for good health and happy living. If one of your systems is out of alignment, the rest of you will be too. In other words, a well-functioning digestive system is vital to good health.

And it would be best if you listened to your gut. If dairy leaves you bloated and uncomfortable or, certain foods give you heartburn, reduce or eliminate them in your diet. Your gut is trying to send you a message that it needs help. Experiment with detox strategies drink more tea—research has shown green tea to be particularly helpful to the body and help eliminate waste.

Finally, eat with awareness and care. Ayurveda teaches us that the best source of Prana (life energy) is nourishing and fresh, and Tamasic (old) food causes dullness and lethargy. Choose fresh ingredients and avoid highly processed foods that have long expiration dates. Eat mindfully, focus on what is going into your mouth, seek the peace found in a good healthy meal; And most importantly, listen to your gut; it knows what is best.

As with any supplement, consult your health care provider.