“Let food be Thy Medicine and Medicine be Thy Food”
A huge component of Ayurvedic medicine is its focus on health and nutrition. Ayurveda has long taught what Western science is only really understanding now - the functioning of your entire being will depend on the quality and quantity of nutrient that you receive.
Ayurveda shows that the basis of good health starts with nutrition. The food you put into your body will deeply affect how your body functions. In fact, a huge range of modern health concerns can be treated effectively with a focus on digestive health.
Ayurveda is based on the understanding that there is a unique and dynamic relationship between the individual and nutrition. Rather than suggesting a dogmatic approach to food, Ayurveda suggests that all foods can be enjoyed in moderation WHEN the person is healthy and balanced. Rather than focussing on restrictive diets, Ayurveda encourages us to understand which foods work best for our bodies and then develop the natural awareness we need to stay well. Over time, we find that we gravitate more toward those choices that bring us health, and are less inclined to crave foods which are processed or unhealthy. This happens in an organic way, not through a process of belief and discipline.
Managing your digestive health with the help of Ayurveda can be one of the most beneficial and rewarding journeys you can take. Not only can you hope to improve your digestive function, but you can also expect more energy, better emotional balance and a lifelong change for good that will benefit your overall health.
Here’s an example of some simple adjustments you can make.
Carbohydrates - Starches, whole grains and fruits are excellent as they are low on fat and cholesterol content. Also, they provide energy for your daily activities. They are also a rich source of vitamins, minerals and fibre. Carbohydrate foods which you can eat include:
Bran Barley Oats Porridge Brown rice Basmati Rice Whole grain bread
A great breakfast would be a good muesli with whole oats, rice milk and berries/cranberries, figs or banana
Proteins- Are needed by the body for muscle growth and energy. But we can only digest around 30gms at any one time. Your body can get protein from various sources including vegetables, pulses and grains. Protein rich foods which you can eat include:
Beans Lentils Millet Peanuts Brazil nuts Pine nuts Free-ranged chicken Eggs
A great lunch would be a tuna and spinach salad with hard boiled eggs and pine nuts
Oils and Fats - You should avoid foods with have saturated fats and trans fats in them. Foods with unsaturated fats are best (mostly animal fats). Oils and fats which you can consume include:
Avocados Sunflower oil Sesame oil Pure olive oil Coconut oil Cold water fish
MEDICATED GHEE is excellent for you and can be obtained from The Ninth House
A HIGH DEGREE OF FIBRE is essential for everybody to maintain good gut bacteria
SMALL AMOUNTS OF VINEGAR improve digestion and help balance gut bacteria. Bitter flavours are great for you as a pre-digestive, and will work as a probiotic - as do sour tastes before your meal