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It’s hard to describe the immense relief I felt when I realised I had healed 15 years of digestive issues by combining the traditional Ayurvedic cleanse with a sattvic approach to diet and life.
I had been battling digestive challenges for 15 years that led to a host of symptoms that included bloating, intestinal pain, diarrhoea, brain fog, exhaustion, lowered immune function, gum infections which led to losing 5 teeth, a build-up of intolerance to many foods, malabsorption, and dehydration. Western medicine was at a loss to know what to do.
Perhaps you’re having a similar experience?
It only took 3 months to completely heal all the symptoms with an Ayurvedic approach.
During those 15 years the initial symptoms were inconsistent and mild which made it hard to work out what was going on. As the years passed by I visited my doctor’s surgery a few times, but because the symptoms were intermittent at the beginning the mainstream approach wasn’t able to understand what was wrong. Added to this back then digestive issues such as Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS) Small Intestine Bacterial Overgrowth (SIBO) Intestinal Permeability (leak gut) were not recognised as legitimate health concerns within the mainstream (they are now).
I juiced, I smoothied, I tried giving up gluten, sugar, alcohol and caffeine and for short periods of time I thought I’d found the answer. However in the longer run the conditions just kept getting worse. I started to learn about Ayurveda, but could never really find the time. For a number of years I began a 5 day cleanse but only ever managed one day.
I had a feeling this approach could work yet it took time to re-orientate myself towards a very different approach to health. One rooted in food and lifestyle choices over a period of time rather than a pill and a quick fix. It wasn’t until I met someone who had successfully healed in this way that I totally got this really could be a way forward for the symptoms I was suffering.
At the centre of this approach was a dish called kitchari, it’s made from rice and split mung dahl. The other components of my Ayurvedic approach were: drinking one teaspoon of ghee in hot water each morning on an empty stomach – this gave my gut microbiome the butyric acid it needed to heal; drinking flax tea each day to rehydrate; including turmeric in my breakfast, lunch, supper, and in an afternoon drink of Golden Milk – recently rebranded Turmeric Latte.
Turmeric is a great Ayurvedic healer that helped me get well again. Evidence shows turmeric heals internally as well as externally, while also reducing inflammation which is linked to many of today’s lifestyle diseases.
The diet I ate to get well was plant based and included whole grains, fruit, vegetables, nuts, seeds and seaweed.
What exactly did I do?
Each morning I drank a mug of hot water with 1 teaspoon of ghee melted into it, following this with a mug of flax tea (4 tablespoons flax seed in 4 mugs of water, bring to the boil the night before then turn off, in the morning simmer for 20 minutes then strain into a jug, fill a mug with this until about 1/3 full topping up with hot water – it will keep in the fridge for a few days).
For breakfast I ate a gluten free porridge with some turmeric, cinnamon, cardamon and a pinch of black pepper mixed in, along with nuts and fresh fruit, or dried fruit that had been soaked overnight.
For lunch and supper I ate kitchari along with any vegetables, nuts and seeds I fancied.
Each afternoon I drank a mug of golden milk.
I cut out caffeine, processed sugar and alcohol; drinking only water, herbal teas, vegetable and fruit smoothies.
After 3-4 months (I spent a few weeks stopping and starting and no longer remember the exact committed start date!) I discovered I was healed; I could eat anything without any allergic reactions or pain.
This approach worked for me but it wouldn’t work for everyone. You need to take into account your life circumstances, level of health and constitutional needs in order to create an Ayurvedic approach that will work for you.
For instance if you have developed Candida as a symptom you will need to cut out fruit. If your life is very full with stresses and you have a Vata constitution (one of the three constitutions Ayurveda recognises – we can be a mix of all three but usually one or two are more prominent) or a Vata imbalance, you may need to introduce denser protein into your diet. If you have a full family and social life it may not be possible for you to be so restrictive with your diet for 3 consistent months; it may be necessary to spend a year patiently guiding yourself back to health.
That’s why I’ve written the “Your Peaceful Belly” book, which will be published in the Spring of 2020. One third of the profits will be going into a fund called “Care for a Square” – to support community food growing, and one third will be going to the Dechen Sakya Buddhist charity.
Meanwhile… maybe the approach I took will work for you?
Although Lucy is an Ayurvedic consultant she is not your doctor! The information on this website is designed to provide helpful information on the subjects discussed. This website is not meant to be used to diagnose or treat any medical condition. For diagnosis or treatment of any medical problem, consult your physician!