Updated: Jul 5
While going to school for nutrition I became fascinated with Ayurveda- ancient Indian medicine and one of the world's first recorded scriptures of medicine carved into massive stones called "veda's".
The word Ayurveda translates to "Science of Life" or "Knowledge of Life".
I became fascinated with Ayurveda because lifestyle and health were one.
Ayurveda is known to our society as traditional medicine, however when translated it refers to the knowledge we have about our own lifestyle, the connection and understanding we make with our actions.
Texts on Ayurveda contain "Basic Morning & Evening Routines", "How to Build a Healthy Meal", "Basic Yoga Stretches", "Natural Remedies", "Body Symptomology Diagrams", "How to Balance Your Constitution". Their belief was that education was to be given to the people on how to manage their own body. A fascinating way to manage a healthy society!!
Ayurveda began at a time before electronic-based medicine, before we had x-rays, MRI's or any other means of analyzing the inside of the body- other than cutting it open and viewing with our eyes.
Ayurveda developed a system of reading body symptoms and corresponding them with solutions. Certain nutrients, herbs and foods were identified to heal various signs of imbalance.
Ayurveda taught practitioners how to guide the patient into reading their own intuition.
Do you know YOUR constitution?
Diving deeper into Ayurveda, we can classify our body type into a specific constitution type (vata, pita, kapha). If you are interested in taking a test, google it!
Once you know your constitution you can learn about the best foods to fuel your body, daily routines, types of activity and more.
Here are some other concepts from Ayurveda that you may notice on this website:
We are what we eat. We are also what we are unable to excrete. We are also a sum of our environment.
Connection with the people surrounding us, our environment and to the universe balances health.
All things in the universe are comprised of the same elements- every being has their own individual constitution. To thrive, we must be in-tuned with the nutrients needed for our own individual body.
Our body (and the universe) is in a constant state of flux ~ health is sustained with our ability to adapt and stay within the flow.
Imbalance creates disease- notice the origins of this word: dis-ease (or lack of harmony / peace).
To regain balance we must simplify. We must remove foreign irritants. We must allow the body to balance itself by eliminating the factors that are preventing it to do so.
Ayurveda uses food, plants and the elements to heal and rebalance the body.
"When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." -Vedic text
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