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Monday, March 3, 2014

Food for a Healthy Happy Body

Food is the key to a healthy and happy body. What we eat determines which nutrients our body has access to. Vitamins and minerals are essential ingredients to good health and the best place to find these are in the food we eat. The more of these essential nutrients your body is given the beter it will be. The opposite is also true, feed your body poor quality food devoid of any real nutritional value and your body will eventually suffer.

The Ayurvedic approach to food and nutrition goes even further than vitamins and minerals. Being a system focused on balance it uses food as a way of healing and restoring harmony to our physical and emotioanl bodies.

Ayurveda states that our bodies are made up of the 5 elements;earth, fire, water, ether and air and that when we have too much or not enough of one or more of these elements we become imbalanced. As all food is also made up of the 5 elements these imbalances are often the result of our diet choices.  Over time if we do not address these imbalances then we can develop illnesses of a physical and emotional nature. The cure however is also the cause and food is used to brign our mind and bodies back into a state of homeostais.

During an Ayurvedic consultation your diet is analysed to see where your imbalances are and a new eating plan is devised to suit your needs. After a few weeks or months depending on the severity of your condition a new eating plan will be designed as your body rebalances itself.  Sometimes foods that were initialy off limits and causing you pain or discomfort can be reintroduced and eaten once again.  It all depends on how your body reacts and heals.