Ayurveda – The Science of Life. What does that mean exactly? What exactly is Ayurveda all about?
Simply put it’s about making choices in our daily lives that align with our body and mind and help keep us balanced emotionally and physically. And it all starts with our digestion! Ayurveda understands that one of the most important factors to your overall health is the health of your digestive system.
Ayurvedic saying: “It’s not just about what you eat but what you digest.”
How often do you experience gas, bloating, indigestion, irregular bowl movements, fatigue, acid re-flux, foggy thinking, weight gain or migraines? These are all signs that your gut health is compromised and this can effect your health in many ways.
According to Kulreet Chaudhary,M.D., “Weak digestion is the precursor to every chronic disease.”
Science is now beginning to catch up to what Ayurveda has known for thousands of years. Our gut health is actually tied to our nervous system and the network of neurons they have located in the gastrointestinal tract has led many to call the gut “the second brain.”
Science calls it our enteric nervous system(ENS). What goes on in our bellies is far more than just processing the food we eat. It determines our mental state and plays key roles in certain diseases throughout the body. It is my personal opinion they will eventually discover the importance of strong digestion with the prevention of Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Parkinson’s and more.
“The system is way too complicated to have evolved only to make sure things move out of your colon,” says Emeran Mayer, professor of physiology, psychiatry and bio-behavioral sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at U.C.L.A..
Scientists were shocked to learn that about 90 percent of the fibers in the primary visceral nerve carry information from the gut to the brain and not the other way around!
The second brain informs our state of mind as well. Scientists are discovering a big part of our emotions are influenced by the nerves in our gut. Butterflies in the stomach—signaling in the gut as part of our physiological stress response is one example. Everyday emotional well-being may rely on messages from the lower brain to the upper brain.
“The enteric nervous system uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, just like the brain, and in fact 95 percent of the body’s serotonin is found in the bowels. Because antidepressant medications increase serotonin levels, it’s little wonder that meds meant to cause chemical changes in the mind often provoke GI issues as a side effect. Irritable bowel syndrome—which afflicts more than two million Americans—also arises in part from too much serotonin in our entrails, and could perhaps be regarded as a “mental illness” of the second brain.” Adam Hadhazy
So how do Ayurvedic principles help? Creating simple everyday changes in our routines like when our largest meal is eaten, specific herbal supplements, teas and more, all help with strengthening our digestion so that we actually absorb the nutrients we eat, have daily bowl movements, sleep more soundly, have more energy, improved memory, reduce or eliminate inflammation, gas, bloating and indigestion and eliminate or reduce the frequency of migraines.
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