Written by John Immel,
Treat Your Digestive Tract like a Baby.Digestion is a huge energy drain taking 60% of daily metabolism. Some foods are harder to digest than others. The foods we feed to babies are generally easy to digest. Carrots, rice, applesauce and warm soups are all easy to digest. Beans, wheat, cheese, and red meat are difficult to digest. Which is better for immunity? Echinacea or reclaiming 60% of your metabolic power? Ayurveda says take the burden off your digestion tract when you are sick.
Heat Circulates the BloodGood circulation builds immunity because your immune system is in your blood. Before doctors renamed it the flu great grandma called it a cold for a reason. Heat opens the vessels and cold constricts them. To avoid swine flu keep your blood vessels open. Wear plenty of layers and make your winters like the dog days of summer.
Confidence Boosts ImmunityFear and stress cause disease. Just like cold they constrict the blood vessels. Stay informed but ignore the hype. Stay calm and confident.
If Your Kids Get Mucus Don't Feed Them Cheese.Check for a tickle in your throat after eating dairy, sugar, wheat or red meat. These foods thicken the blood and cause mucus in Kapha bodies. Thick blood bogs circulation. Turmeric is a famous Ayurvedic blood thinner. Thick mucus is a breeding ground for disease. Use sitopaladi to help expectoration of unwanted mucus.
Keep Your Lungs HealthySwine flu attacks the lungs. Lungs love warm cozy couches, mild exercise, and good circulation. Deep breathing clears infections from the lungs. Inhale down the back into the kidneys and beyond. Exhale lifting the belly button up and back towards the spine. Take 10 deep breaths in the morning.
Spices and Herbs for the LungsGinger & black pepper are cardiac stimulants. They improve circulation & warm the body. Drink warm tea in the mornings with ginger, black pepper, lemons and honey to liquefy mucus and clear the lungs. Trikatu, tulsi and chyavanprash are famous Ayurvedic formulas for improving lung energy. Use at the first sign of mucus or sore throat.
Fevers are from ToxicityThe symptoms of fever and toxicity are similar: body ache, debility, and cloudy mind. A famous Ayurvedic formula for fevers is mahasudarshan. Babying the digestive tract is a great way to cleanse the blood and give body the strength it needs to fight infection.
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About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.
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