Good digestion is important. This fact is becoming increasingly clear. Yet as modern medicine fails to provide answers for a growing number of chronic digestive issues, many practitioners and patients are now seeking alternatives. Some of them have discovered Ayurveda's unique advantage in the area of digestion. There are many reasons why Ayurveda has this advantage and uniquely offers the best approach to support your digestive health. Here are just a few taken from Joyful Belly's 500 Hour Mastering Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition Certification Program:
Ayurveda knows that "Your diet determines your digestive health." Your diet determines your digestive health because your intestines are the innocent victims of the food you eat. So, you need a system that prioritizes your diet. Ayurveda has focused on diet and digestion for over 5,000 years.
Ayurveda knows "Healthy Digestion Starts at Home" You can't take your doctor into the kitchen, but you can take Ayurveda with you wherever you go. The simplicity of Ayurveda will be there for you every time to you open the fridge, or turn on the stove. Whenever you are making food choices that will affect your gut, day or night, the time tested principles of Ayurveda will be there to guide you.
Ayurveda knows "You are the best person to heal your digestion" Unlike some modern techniques that rely on advanced machines or complex pharmacological interactions, Ayurveda relies on simple everyday observations and personal experiences. Ayurveda leads you step by step into understanding your body's unique interaction with food, starting with a good food journal. This means that healing your digestion is something you can do at home, taking your and your clients' health out of the hands of detached experts and putting the power back in your possession.
Ayurveda knows, "Your digestion changes from moment to moment." Ayurveda takes you out of the book, and back into the moment with food. Nutritional information, book knowledge, and even the blood test you took last week can't tell you which vitamins and minerals you need today, right now. So you need a reliable way to make food choices moment to moment. Ayurveda gives you a clear, concise road map to make great food choices, from helping you understand your food cravings, to identifying a satisfying, alluring option that you know is right, down to your bones.
Ayurveda knows "Good digestion is more important than good nutrition." You can't get nutrients if you can't digest them, so Ayurveda considers this factor to be even more important than the nutritional value of your food. When confronted with multiple food choices, narrow down your choices to what you can digest first. Then think about nutrition. When you begin approaching your health from this angle, you'll start to notice that you feel the effects of good food even more so than when you only consider a food's nutritional value.
Ayurveda's preventative approach starts with Digestion. You are what you eat. That's why preventative medicine starts with great digestion and healthy food choices. Want to maintain a healthy glow and youthful appearance? When you digest your food well, your blood will be rich and full of nutrients, giving you vitality and strength. Working with digestion works to create an optimum environment in which the organs can function. By the time you get sick, the damage has already been done. Working with digestion, you are working to prevent that damage in the first place.
Ayurveda provides unique insights into causes of various digestive disorders. The practice of Ayurveda was developed in a culture with a completely different perspective. This means that stubborn chronic issues that, from a western medical perspective, are often deemed "untreatable" might not seem so permanent.
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics.
His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda,
offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.
John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel,
as well as 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.
Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.