Your state of health is affected by many different factors - diet, lifestyle, stress, seasons, weather - but one of the primary ways to stay healthy is to make sure you have a healthy digestive system.
This month I want to highlight what a healthy digestion even looks like and give you tips and opportunities to get yours strong so that you not only handle your food intake but also enjoy overall good health.
When I talk to clients about the value of a healthy digestive system, one of the things that comes up is that people do not always know what a healthy system means. So common are digestive symptoms - little and big - that many people think that imbalance is the norm. To make sure you are on the right track, you need to know what you're aiming for.
On the physical level, digestion is the single most important determinant of good health because the quality of a person’s digestion is directly related to the ability of the body to absorb nutrients to build quality, healthy tissues, supply energy for needed activities, destroy pathogens, and render the food acceptable to your system.
Health isn't just what you eat or how you eat it, it is whether you digestive system can process it, too!Let's look at the digestion from four main categories: appetite, elimination patterns, digestive symptoms, and overall health markers.
Moderate and Regular Appetite.
If your digestive fires are burning at the right temperature to process your food, your appetite will be regular meaning you are hungry about three times a day. You will be easily satisfied with natural, not strongly spiced foods and feel satisfied after eating a moderate amount of food.
Regular, Easy Elimination.
Every day you should have at least one bowel movement that is formed, moderate in size, easy to release and about milk chocolate in color. Variations from this reflect an excess in one of the three life forces or doshas and represent a sign of imbalance.
Lack of Digestive Symptoms.
If you are digestion is balanced, you will not be having any regular symptoms such as gas, bloating, indigestion, burning, acid reflux, lethargy or heaviness after eating, or nausea. These symptoms each point to imbalances in the doshas - or excess wind, fire or water in the body. There are natural flows of the energies so that even with a healthy digestion you will occasionally get mild and fleeting cases of these symptoms but any regular pattern is a cue that there is a problem.
Overall Good Signs of Health.
If your digestion is working well, you will also tend to have a strong immune system, a healthy, clear complexion, good circulation, adequate energy to carry you through your daily activities, and pleasant breath and body odor. Your senses and your mind will be sharp and clear as well.
Your digestion is the cornerstone of your health. When it is functioning well, all your body cells, organs and tissues receive the nutrients they need (if you are eating well) which helps the overall body function at a healthy level.
Many of you who receive this newsletter do not live in my local area. Others have given me feedback that they like the topics in my classes, but actually making it to a class is challenging.
To help support your geographical and scheduling needs, I am launching a new Lunch-n-Learn teleclass format, offering a time for conversation, clarity and coaching around different wellness topics.
Once a month join me during your lunch hour. And if you cannot join the call live you, make sure you register and you will then receive instructions on how to listen to the recording on your own time. You will also receive handouts to guide the class and help you remember your self-care tools for later.
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Jamie Durner, Certified Ayurveda Practitioner, helps you achieve your wellness goals on all levels of body, mind and spirit in a supportive, non-judgmental, and empowering way. Feel better through natural, holistic, and non-invasive techniques with a focus on Ayurveda medicine as you learn to balance your inner biochemistry with the external world. Jamie helps you find natural solutions to chronic health and pain conditions and their life-disruptive symptoms - whether those symptoms are physical like fibromyalgia, headaches, or regular shoulder tension; emotional like stress and anxiety, or life oriented such as dissatisfaction and unhappiness with job, self or relationships.
Her areas of expertise include:
Health and wellness on all levels of body, mind, spirit, and life
The art & mastery of self-care
Living in alignment with nature and your highest self
Personal and spiritual development
Developing and expanding a yoga and meditation practice
Lifestyle modification and habit change
Through individualized wellness consultations, group workshops, and home self-care products, Jamie's mission is to help you be your best: health body, sharp mind, balanced energy, and fulfilled life.