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Published On: May 10, 2021Categories: Gut Talk0 Comments4.6 min read

Ayurveda is a fantastic preventative healthcare system that is over 5000 years old, which originates from ancient India. This system is both holistic and rooted in nature, and it recognises the subtle level of existence that quantum science talks about that underpins every visible thing – they just use different languages.

We assume in the West that we have progressed, that we have evolved. However, the Rishis of ancient India were able to perceive the subtle level of material existence that our perceptions and microscopes don’t pick up.

The rishis of ancient India perceived qualities and attributes that come into existence due to the basic energy of the universe expressing in specific ways. The term they used to describe this was Gunas.

When you learn about the science that underpins Ayurveda you will read about the gunas of Sattva, Rajas and Tamas. We have awareness due to Sattva, change due to Rajas and physical bodies due to Tamas. Sattva brings awareness, balance, light, happiness and illumination into our experience. Rajas brings change, energy, dynamism, imbalance, activity, disturbed emotions, pain and passion into our experience. Tamas makes substance possible allowing our bodies to exist and brings the experience of dullness, inertia, resistance, confusion and decay.

We need all three gunas for our body to exist: sattva for balance, rajas for movement and tamas for physical structure. The gunas combine to create the elements that form every visible thing in the manifested universe.

To get your head around Ayurveda the key thing you need to understand is that everything in the material universe is made up of the elements. The Western periodic table refers to 118 elements at the time of writing (they are always discovering more). Ayurveda refers to the 5 elements of Earth, Water, Fire, Air and Ether. The elements come together to form our constitutions, with Ayurveda referring to 3 main constitutions that have specific metabolisms and psychological tendencies, based upon the qualities of the elements that make them up.

And so, to understand how to apply Ayurveda to your well-being, you need to understand that if you have more of a particular element in your system than the others, you need to consume less of that through your food and life choices than the others – we consume through all our senses.

The 3 main constitutions are Vata, Pitta and Kapha – the doshas (Sanskrit). Each of the doshas are made up of specific elements and make it possible for the body to perform certain functions. We are a mix of all of them, but most people will have been born with a constitution that is made up of one or two of doshas in a larger quantity. This means their mind body system will have more of the elements that make up those dosha’s.

The key to health is to keep the dosha balance you were born with, in balance. You are not trying to get an even balance of each dosha, you just want to prevent any of them creating an imbalance within your system.

For instance, if you have a vata constitution, you have a lot of the air and ether elements making up your constitution, and so you want to consume less of these elements and their qualities through your food and life choices.

Ayurveda is rooted in nature, it does not view us as separate from nature, we are nature, as much as a tree is, and we need to live in balance with the natural world as much as we need to live in balance with the nature of our constitution, in order to remain in balance.

Balance is key for the health of the planet, and for the health of our body and mind, and both are interdependent.

Ayurveda recognises the prime importance of the digestive process for creating the foundation for biological health, as well as the links between our gut microbiome and the microbiome in the soil we grow our food in, the water we drink, the air we breath – we have evolved in interdependence with the natural world around us, which includes the microbiome in the soil, water and air, and the virome.

And so, Ayurveda offers advice to support us to live in balance with the natural rhythms within us and around us, which in turn support our well-being. For instance, the cycles of the day, the seasons, our age.

The western term for living in balance is homeostasis – optimal living conditions for the biological being. The healthcare approach of Ayurveda is focused upon living in a way that retains or returns us to homeostasis.

Ayurveda healed my 15 years of digestive challenges in just 3 months, by teaching me what to eat to return my digestion to a healthy balanced state, and showed me how to live in balance with both my nature and the rhythms of the natural world that surrounds me.

Ayurveda has a lot to say about our digestion, and with research showing that the severity of COVID-19 symptoms are linked to the health of the gut, there has never been a more important time to re-learn the wisdom of this ancient science.

 

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0168170220304603

https://www.medrxiv.org/content/10.1101/2020.04.22.20076091v1

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https://www.cambridge.org/core/journals/british-journal-of-nutrition/article/mechanisms-linking-the-human-gut-microbiome-to-prophylactic-and-treatment-strategies-for-covid19/A3E1ADF2053768F34BCA72BF620AC86F

https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s12088-020-00908-0

https://msystems.asm.org/content/5/4/e00453-20.abstract

 

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