This episode is a masterclass that I ran for the Stay Focused Box Subscribers.
I talk about the effect of gut health & the microbiome on our mental and physical health as well as an Ayurvedic perspective on nutrition for optimal health & wellbeing.
- Nutrition should be considered as an individualised medicine for the mind, body, and soul as food plays an essential role in our overall health, physically, mentally and emotionally.
- Ayurveda and even modern science is now suggesting that disease prognosis relies on a healthy gut. A healthy gut contributes to a robust immune system, heart health, brain health, improved mood, restorative sleep and effective digestion.
- Ayurveda teaches us that the importance of nutrition and health lies not just in the foods we ingest, but more so on how we digest and that really is up to having a healthy microbiome and gut function.
- One of the main goals of Ayurvedic nutrition is to support Agni our digestion, our digestive fire. How can we support our Agni? One of them is just to eat at the same time each day.
- Eating too little food and the fire will dwindle out, but eating too much will smother the fire. Eating beautiful balance proportional meals will support the strength of your Agni.
- All of the ways you move and twist and turn your body sort of massages the digestive organs and stimulates that digestibility.
- It’s really important to know that our gut is actually linked to our brain. They are linked by the vagus nerve that runs through our gastrointestinal tract to our brain.
- When you eat beautiful, diverse diet of lots of fruit and vegetables, we create beautiful other chemicals that go on to help produce those happy hormones and stimulate the vagus nerve, which then stimulates the happiness Centre in your brain. You can really see how the gut and the health, the brain health, the gut health, and your stress levels and your mood are all interrelated.
- Ayurveda recommends a Sattvic diet made up of pure foods that promote health, vitality and clarity. A Sattvic diet also includes mindful eating so being able to sit down in a quiet non stimulating environment It’s giving appreciation for your food.
- The food that we eat carries its own energetic force, that will either pacify our mind or aggravate our mind. We want to chew mindfully and slowly so that you can enjoy and notice the full flavours of your meal and that’s really about mindful eating as well.
- Rainbow foods like berries, sweet potato, beets, melons, cherries, pomegranates, carrots, broccoli, Brussels, Brussels sprouts, cauliflower gives you a wide range of nutrients because each colour pigment actually contains a different category of micronutrients.
- Drink warm water as opposed to ice cold water because ice cold puts the fire out. We want to support that digestive via also drinking directly before after or with your meals. It dilutes the digestive enzymes. To keep your agni strong, you only want to sip on warm water or herbal tea with your meals.
- Ayurveda is a lifestyle to be enjoyed not to get overwhelmed with all of the information recommendations, any small step to healthier, more vibrant you, is a good step.
- Notice what foods feel good for you, what foods serve you, what makes you feel energised and light, and the foods that don’t, foods that make you feel lethargic and tired. Eat the foods that are right for your mind body and going to serve you and allow you to step into your highest self.
“It is not what we eat, but we are what we digest.”
“One man’s medicine is one man’s poison.”
“All disease starts in the gut.”
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