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Your Gut's Rhythm Can Affect Your Health

posted Feb 27, 2017, 3:25 PM by Susan Bernhardt   [ updated Feb 27, 2017, 3:36 PM ]
Western medicine is devoting significant efforts to understanding the gut microbiome, including how our foods and activities affect the biome and how the biome affects health. Take a look at this article to learn how new research shows that eating and sleeping habits can affect health by affecting the gut microbiome: https://www.wsj.com/articles/how-disrupting-your-guts-rhythm-affects-your-health-1488164400. According to the new research, the gut has circadian rhythms, and disrupting those rhythms can affect organ health and overall health. But, Western research cannot yet tell you what diets or mealtimes will help restore gut health and overall health.

Ayurveda has been addressing these questions for millennia. Ayurveda long has held that digestion is at the root of health and disease, and it's not just what you eat that affects your health. Other factors, like when you eat, how your food is prepared, and when you sleep affect your digestion and thus your organ health and overall health. One example: the liver has daily and seasonal rhythms. It performs its detox and repair functions at night, but only if it does not have to deal with digestion (which, in turn, requires you to have finished eating at least two hours, and often three, before bedtime) and are asleep. Ayurveda cleansing practices for the liver are viewed as best done in the spring.

Ayurveda has time-tested advice on specific diets, mealtimes, and more to help restore gut health and general health. There is no one healthy diet that fits all people all the time, or even you all the time.  The foods and preparation methods (steamed is not the same as raw) that worked for you at one point in your life or in another season of the year might not work now. If you want to explore food choices, preparation methods, and daily routines that can help restore your digestion and health, Ayurveda can guide your way.
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