Modern medicine has now embraced the idea that the gut is our ‘second brain.’ Things that have already been stated in ancient wisdom are now revolutionizing medicine’s understanding of the interlinkage between psychology, mood, health, and digestion. Now, how does one develop the intuitive wisdom of the gut?
The science and system of Ayurveda is a sister branch of yogic sciences. If yoga looks after the wellness of the body and mind, on the other hand, Ayurveda works on the intelligence and wisdom of the body and focuses on the curative and reparative practices of attaining maximum receptivity to life.
Ayurveda in your daily life
In Ayurveda, food is considered as potent as medicine. Moreover, a sloka (excerpt of a verse in ancient Ayurvedic text) states “food is medicine when consumed properly.” One should inculcate food habits compatible with their own body type and a sattvic (life-supporting) regimen, which enhances the physiology of the entire human body.
This article will list a few simple principles to enkindle gut intelligence once again by walking on Ayurvedic lines.
- Always eat in a relaxed and comfortable space. Regard your food and pay all your attention to it. Avoid any kind of distractions like talking, TV, phones, computers, etc.
- It is very important to consume the right quantity of the food as per your needs and metabolism. Learn to listen to your body.
- You will preserve your digestive fire (Agni) by eating fresh and warm meals, avoid eating straight out of the fridge.
- Avoid consuming a lot of dry foods, add juicy and aptly oiled foods to your diet, which lubricate the digestive tracks and facilitate absorption of nutrients.
- Incompatible foods like milk and fish, milk and fruits upset stomach, therefore it becomes important to educate oneself in this arena as well.
- Make use of the 5 senses while eating. Relish how your food smells, how it appears, the texture of your food, different flavors, and the sounds you hear while eating, be aware of everything that happens with or within you.
- As we know digestion begins with chewing, so let’s do the first things efficiently. Chew slowly, take your time to deform the food into a paste, and then gulp.
- Flow with nature’s pattern and regularity, eat-in intervals but avoid eating too often.
Ojas (life essence) is plentiful in your body when your Agni (digestive fire) is strong and your Agni gets stronger with the adoption of a sattvic lifestyle. On the other hand, if all these nuances are neglected over time, amma (toxins) accumulates and results in all sorts of discomforts in the body and mind. This can include constipation, acid formation in the stomach, allergies, diarrhea, brain fog, skin issues, and hampered immunity, etc.
Ayurveda clearly states that no two bodies function alike, so the dietary plans of no two individuals would be exactly the same. Therefore there is no ‘universal’ diet plan in Ayurveda, whereas the diet is constructed on the basis of an individual’s constitution, also known as ‘dosha type or ‘mind-body type’.
For those of you looking to indulge in the very romance of this existence now is the time to keep your instruments in the right state of receptivity to live a full life!