Are you what you eat?


Recent  Western reseach has suggested that our digestive system is our second brain and that our two brains are directly and  intimetely connected, these two work together. A serious study has at last proved that sugar instantly when absorbed triggers  off the adrenaline that goes to the brain to stimulate and relase dopamine.( neurotransmitter that helps control the brain’s reward and pleasure centers), just as drugs do: heroine, cocaine, alcools, cigarettes, gambleling etc  For some this therefore creates an addiction and dependence .

Researchers have also uncovered connections between intestinal bacteria and anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder. We are deeply connected to our digestive system much more than we think or  have thought in the past. Interestingly enough looking into the  benefits of Ayurvedic medecine, the world’s oldest medecine in the world, that  is based on the   theory that every human is unique,  each treatment is individual and the key element being a balanced diet , it’s beleived to be the cure  to all health problems. In other words: You are what you eat.  Food is considered a natural medicine and a balanced diet the main resource for good health
In the Ayurvedic system good health always begins with good digestion and puts emphasis on healthy, fresh, tasty and easy to digest foods. An imbalanced diet can be the cause of virtually every condition and disease. Only then comes the supportive system of herbs, treatments and medicine. People are getting increasingly aware that those “quick fixes” might not be the best answer to their situations. Ayurvedic medicin maintain the Dosha therapy which determines the individual’s constitution.

Individual diets for individual people

The foods you eat affects your Doshas and their balance in your body and what can be good food for one person may be poison for another. A good way to start  is to stick to a diet that favours foods soothing your dominant Dosha. You don’t have to eliminate anything from your menu, Ayurveda is not about ridiculous dietary regimes, but about guiding principles: Just try eating a bit more of the foods that balance your dominant Dosha and a bit less of the foods that don’t. At no cost start to feverishly avoid them – this will only increase your appetite for those foods and suppress the natural cravings of your body for it knows best what it needs at any given time.

I  recently had an experience with a  Ayurvedic medecine practitioner . Three weeks prior to this I had seen my general practictioner,  as I had low energy and  found it impossible to lose weight eventhough I was on a sensible diet. We did  a full health check and found absolutely nothing, all blood test showed good results, whether iron, thyroid, sugar level ect,  I was told every thing was normal. Of course, I was reassured, but I felt just the same. A few days later a  friend of mine asked if I would join her for lunch  a 20 mn drive outside Paris. SO I went to Verriere les Buissons and I discover this Ayurvedic center I immediately booked an appointment with the doctor and when meeting him discovered a whole new approch to medecine. After taking my pulse, he told me that my thyroid would be problematic in the near future if I didn’t act now. A series of herbal pills were prescribes and most of all a diet, nothing  irrational, only eliminating foods  like onions, patatoes, olive oil and garlic introducing barley and sarasin ceral instead of rice, emphasis was put on  six flavors  on a plate, adding spices curcumin, ginger, etc  and of course banning sugar. A series of massages were on the list and going to sleep early  and getting up at sun rise were advised. It seemed so easy that I  was a little skeptical but my gut instinct told me that I was on the right path. It has now been 3 months, my energy level has risen I feel like I am back to normal but calmer, so there is energy without stress, my weight has gone down signeficantly in a natural way, I don’t feel like I have deprived myself , just  eaten differently, my liver is clear since the scerias are whiter, my skin is glowing i am told. I wanted to wait before writing  this article to be a guinea pig for those who are skeptical about this medical approach.

General guidelines for your diet

Food should be of good quality and pure, obtained from naturally grown products. Cooked food is considered as generally easier to digest than raw and should always be eaten in a calmly manner, not in a rush. Ayurveda promotes a diet with little meat or a vegetarian diet. Moreover, as foods closely connect with the Doshas, different sorts of food are required at different times, and should correlate to the time of the day, the season and your personal Dosha constellation;

Ayurveda has a way of breaking down flavors, each having its own therapeutic effects and changing impacts on your body; from the first taste to entering the body to being absorbed. The six tastes or Rasas that are distinguished in the Ayurvedic diet are Sweet, Salty, Sour, Pungent, Astringent and Bitter. These tastes originate from the five elements and transmit their properties. For a balanced diet Ayurveda recommends getting all of these flavors with every meal and adjust the amounts of each to your personal constitution. Apart from feeling satisfied this practice also ensures that all major food groups and nutrients are present.



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