As my teacher always said, "Health is not the absence of disease..." but in today's health standard each of us has a different version of how we define health.
Many years ago, the wandering sadhus roamed throughout the rugged Himalayan Mountains spreading the seeds of Ayurveda as a science to promote longevity and improve health to people living in rural communities. The roaming physicians lived in harmony with nature and discovered by observation and experimentation that it doesn’t take much more than proper diet, sleep, and love to make humans healthy. By healthy I mean a person is svastha (established in themselves), awake and conscious to their whole nature as a spiritual being, has good digestive fire, manages their senses in relation to their object of affection, and respects and cooperates with Nature. Over time, the knowledge from these old school physicians has stood the test of time and Ayurveda is alive and well today as it has been for thousands of years.
Since Ayurveda teaches us to read nature for clues on how to adapt our daily routines, take notice of when you begin to see the end of the season in your horizon. It can be helpful at this intersection to slow down, sleep more, hydrate, and prioritize strengthening your gastric fire to avoid falling ill in the early phase of the autumn season.
Just as important as what we eat is how our body assimilates food. Food is the substance through which we bring nature's intelligence into our bodies. Ayurvedic texts liken the process of digestion to cooking over a flame. Digestive "fires," collectively called agni, "cook" food so that nutrients can be optimally utilized. When agni is strong, our body fully assimilates nutrients and eliminates what it doesn't need.
Ultimately a fully functioning digestive system uses the food we eat to produce a biochemical called ojas, a fluid substance that nourishes the mind and body, maintains the balance of all bodily systems, and fills one's entire being with radiant bliss. If the digestive fire is weak, the incompletely digested portion of the meal forms a sticky, toxic substance called ama. The opposite of ojas, ama blocks the flow of the body's inner intelligence. It settles in areas of the body that are out of balance, taking on many forms, such as calcium deposits in the joints, plaque in the arteries, and cysts and tumors. A coated tongue, bad breath, dullness of the senses, depression, and unclear thinking can indicate the presence of ama.
Taking part in a Fall Season Cleanse to help reset the digestive system, clear out built up Ama and restore Vitality and Energy - as well as stoke the digestive fire and regain Ojas...