Firstly, a big apology for our thought of the week coming late this week! We were up in Queensland while I (Nikki) graduated from my Advanced Diploma in Ayurveda. In case you were wondering, Ayurveda directly translates to ‘the knowledge of life’ and through its science of awareness and action, it teaches us how to maintain, protect and improve our health in order to cure disease and promote longevity. In lieu of this, we figured what better topic for our Thought Of The Week than something related to Ayurveda and physical health!?
According to Ayurveda, the state of our digestive system is absolutely vital in determining the state of our health. You’ve probably heard the saying “you are what you eat”. Well when you delve into it further, you come to realise that it’s actually true. This is because the cells of our bodies are constantly regenerating themselves and after a certain period of time our body parts are completely new. For example, our intestines are said to regenerate within 2-3 days, our skin within 2-4 weeks, our hair within 3-6 years, and our heart within 20 years. During the digestive process, everything we consume gets broken down into smaller and smaller pieces until it eventually gets distributed and assimilated in the form of nutrients, proteins, or toxins as food for our cells, until it essentially becomes those new body parts.
This is why a clean diet is so integral to our health. You see, even though our body is designed to remove toxins from the body, not all toxins were made equal, and fat-soluble toxins (such as heavy metals, pesticides, preservatives, food additives, pollutants, plastics and other environmental chemicals) are much more difficult for the body to tackle, especially if our systems aren’t in the best shape. Issues such as bloating, hypersensitivities, headaches, joint stiffness, and constipation are a few of the signs that the digestive system might indeed be compromised.
I’ll be giving a talk at our meditation and mindfulness retreat next weekend about further principles of Ayurveda. There are only a few spots left, so get in touch to reserve yours now 🙂