Updated: Dec 15, 2020
How many of us alter our natural routine to coincide with the daily grind?
When was the last time you felt toxic or rundown?
Some of the most common things I hear:
lack of sleep
weird hunger patterns (not hungry here, starving there)
lack of energy
bloated or constipated or gassy
not sure what to eat or not enough time to eat ..
These are all sure-fire symptoms of an accumulation of AMA!
Ayurveda says that the root cause of all disease is ama.
Time to give digestion a break?
This allows time for the body to adjust the alkalinity in the stomach, replenish enzymes and fully give the digestive muscles a break.. our digestive muscles are muscles too! Are they constantly running a marathon?
Our body needs time to reset our hormones:
Like insulin for proper energy production.
Cortisol for proper stress management.
Reproductive hormones for fertility and desire.
Eat less frequently
From an evolutionary standpoint it is important for our body to be able to survive a famine / or period of less, little or no food.
It was crucial that our ancestors were able to function with strength, determination and intelligence on an empty stomach- or we wouldn't be here! As well, the ability for the body to create energy from its fat stores is key for optimal survival and productivity.
How long do I fast?
Everyone is different! I would recommend trying a fast along with some sort of activity. So perhaps get up and first thing go for a walk or run in the morning. This will extend your fasting window a little longer than you are used too, plus give the body energy to burn fat.
I also like to make it a goal to build my meals balanced enough so that I can eliminate snacking. This gives the body enough time to digest main meals completely without interrupted breaks and new food changing the pH of the stomach.