Updated: Jun 18
There is an amazing medical system completely different that has been evolving and being studied for more than 5.000 called Ayurveda, a holistic science which purpose is the balance among mind, body, and spirit.
Ayurveda (from Indian: science of life) helps us to simplify our lives, not as a miraculous cure or something like this, but focusing on the prevention of illness and diseases. Meditation and mindfulness are themes embraced by Ayurveda for ages, and now, are recognized by modern medicine.
But how can I know Ayurveda? How can I practice this for my health care? Can I start today? Let’s talk a little bit about everything. Come with me.
Food is your medicine
As we said before, Ayurveda has as its principle, the prevention, and what is better to prevent than having good eating habits? Yep, as we were saying, this science has existed for more than 5.000 years, and the “ingredients” were found in nature.
The key to our health, according to Ayurveda is our digestion, which we call AGNI (our digestive fire). When we keep healthy habits, and our digestion is 100% effective, our body can assimilate and absorb the nutrients and eliminate all the rest, without any problems. But when our digestion is not so good, the undigested food is converted into toxins, known as AMA, and to Ayurveda, this is the start line to all the diseases.
Elements and Doshas
The understanding of Doshas is the basis to keep Ayurveda in our lives. They are like “profiles” and they say a lot about our personality and tendencies.
Doshas have as basis the same 5 elements of Ayurveda: Ether (space), Air, Fire, Water, and Earth, and work as a language, it’s the way how things are observed and learned along 5.000 years.
Everything in the Universe is composed of these elements (including us). And when the combination of them is what we call Dosha. Each of them: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha have its own characteristics, so, we are also a combination. And what all of this will help me to understand how to take care of my health? We can comprehend the relations among the forces that act in our body, our tendencies, and our relation with internal and external things.
If you want to know which is your dosha, click here.
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