As Hippocrates, said: “All disease begins in the gut”
And Ayurveda agrees with that statement!
In fact, according to the Indian, ancient holistic system, our health is dependent upon our digestion and elimination.
This post is about that: how to improve your digestion and heal your gut with natural and non-invasive tools.
BRAIN — GUT CONNECTION
Have you ever gone with a gut feeling?
What about feeling butterflies in your stomach when you are with that person you like a lot?
Those feelings are signals from your second brain, the gut.
They are deep, self-evident, easily expressed, and often unexplainable. Also, they suggest a deep connection between your brain and gut.
Our gut is located in our digestive system and has millions of nerve cells lining the gastrointestinal tract from the esophagus to the rectum. A scientific way to call this supplemental brain is Enteric Nervous System (ENS).
The ENS contains 500 million neurons, which are connected to your brain through nerves in your nervous system.
In addition, both the brain and the gut produce neurotransmitters or chemicals that control feelings and emotions.
WHAT IT TELLS YOU WITHOUT SPEAKING
The gut is capable of triggering big emotional reactions and physical symptoms when it is not healthy.
Some signs that you might be having problems with your gut are:
- Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS)
- Stomach upset
- Poor immune response
- Skin problems
THE LINK WITH ELIMINATION
A powerful neurotransmitter is serotonin.
Serotonin contributes to feelings of love and happiness, but it also controls the body clock.
That’s important because our body has a natural rhythm that can be thrown off when we live a wrong lifestyle or eat foods that aggravate our body type.
This rhythm focuses on repairing, cleansing, and rejuvenating your body at night. It releases the toxins accumulated during the day and helps you eliminate them once you wake up.
When proper daily elimination does not happen, and you are unable to get rid of all impurities, all those toxins that were cleansed from the tissues during the night will get reabsorbed into the body.
The unreleased waste or ama affects your body (lethargy, fatigue, skin issues, poor immunity), mind (mental fog, loss of mental clarity) and emotions (sadness, depression, resentments).
WHAT YOUR GUT NEEDS
What we need to overcome most health issues is a happy belly.
These are some tips that can help you awaken your gut intelligence for healing your gut with Ayurveda:
Know your dosha
First things first.
Discover your body type or dosha first of all, and then learn to eat the foods that pacify it and the lifestyle that serves you.
Eat foods that go well with your body type
Healing your gut with Ayurveda is one of the most important decisions you can make to increase your health.
It all starts with food!
But, it might be incredibly difficult to just give that first step.
Practice Intermittent Fasting
Intermittent Fasting (IF), if you are not too Vata aggravated, can help heal your gut.
Fasting gives your gut a much-needed break to restore its integrity. Especially for those with leaky gut or intestinal permeability, where the gut lining allows toxins to enter the bloodstream, IF can reduce oxidative stress and chronic inflammation in the body. In addition, it can boost microbiome diversity, which is necessary for gut health and reduced inflammation.
A great way to reset your metabolism and cleanse your gut, without being overly depleting, is to do a mono-diet fasting.
Kitchari is a nourishing and fantastic simple meal that has the qualities of being sweet and cooling with a sweet after-taste.
It is excellent for the detoxification and rejuvenation of cells. This is the tridoshic — good for all doshas — Kitchari recipe for healing your gut with Ayurveda.
- Cultivate friendly bacteria by adding the sour taste to your meals, eating sauerkraut, or drinking lassi.
- Eat mostly cereals and vegetables! A great dinner idea is sautéed vegetables, cooked with lots of love and the right spices, on top of some quinoa. Add olive oil and you’ll feel great!
- Increase your consumption of spices: turmeric, ginger (dried and fresh), cumin, fennel, coriander, cinnamon, and cardamom are my all-time favorites.
- If you are feeling heavy in the morning, then try my cooked apples’ recipe. It’s super gentle on your digestive system.
- Be mindful when eating. Stay away from your phone, TV, and polemic conversations.
- Walk after dinner. Not only will it help to digest your food better, but it can help regulate your hormones by aligning your biological clock.
- Take triphala before going to bed to guarantee daily elimination in the morning.
I hope this helps,