Supply and Demand

Submitted by: Dr. Vishnu Aragona

We expect a lot from our bodies but do we give it the right foundation to provide us with what we need. Does the body get adequate nutrients? In Ayurveda, we say “we are what we digest” not “we are what we eat.” So often do I hear from my patients the high expectations and demands from their bodies to continue to the lifestyle they are leading but don’t understand why they are burning out (Pitta), fizzling out (Vata), or even not able to get the motivation to get things moving (Kapha.)

Ayurveda says that it is through diet and lifestyle that we can either maintain health or create disease. Lifestyle dictates the path for many. Many of us lead busy, and stressful lives.

Let’s add to this that we (the western culture) continue to be inundated with so much information about what we should do to take care of ourselves, that things get lost in translation. For instance, breakfast is the biggest meal of the day supposedly, lots of protein is necessary, exercise is good, etc. Many of these maxims are applied across the board, instead of looking at each individual.

Ayurveda is a complete system of holistic healthcare that views the individuals based on certain patterns aligned with nature. I spend a lot of time with patients correcting little things through the diet and lifestyle and have found nothing but amazing results, one step at a time and over time that it’s beautiful. It is the most sustainable practice aligned with individual needs and nature that it becomes poetic once a groove is achieved.

SUPPLY and DEMAND…

Give the body what it needs when it needs it. Simply, if someone leads a sedentary lifestyle then the indicated protein requirement as listed by the FDA is incorrect for these people. If someone is highly active, then maybe slowing down some but matching the demand of output to what they eat. Sometimes they “don’t have time to eat” and either eat fast, on the go or skip meals, then this is even more harmful as the body needs time to take in food and then time to process the food. Eating smaller meals with protein can be helpful, especially since in these individuals their digestion will be inhibited.

Ayurveda discusses in great detail that once the digestive system goes out of balance the rest of the body has a domino effect towards ill health. In Ayurveda when we work with our patients, we are addressing both mind and body. Again, reprogramming. If we expect a lot of our body, our body expects us to cater to it. The more time we take to attend to it the body will return with amazing benefits.

It’s up to each of us to make time for ourselves for the proper self-care that we deserve. By investing in ourselves we are guaranteed to support health and longevity.

Some quick “food for thought”:

1) Slow down. Don’t let life drag you by its momentum. Remember that the momentum can be dictated by us and how we choose to engage. Some things are out of our control at times but setting an intention to start by doing the little thing’s is a first step in the right direction.

2) Be as consistent as possible with these intentions. Pick one. Stick with it for some time. Then add another. Stick to this and repeat. Slow and steady wins the race.

3) Don’t over do it to compensate for the time’s nothing is happening. Little by little.

4) Patience, diligence!

5) If you’re working hard (whatever it is that the body and mind are revved up with), then let the diet meet the demand. Let the rest/sleep also help to integrate and counter this.

7) Don’t expect or put so much pressure on yourself. Remember, the body is a reflection of what we’re doing to it/for it and not. It will guide us if we pay close enough attention. Sometimes we need a bigger meal, sometimes we don’t. Sometimes we need extra rest, sometimes we don’t.

8) Less attention to the mind and more to the body. The mind will endlessly distract us and find everything enticing through the senses, this doesn’t mean to chase everything around. In fact, it’s this changing that creates more ripples of confusion and invites in disease.

9) Let our digestion be our guide.  Any digestive disturbances, such as gas, bloating, indigestion, burning indigestion, mild constipation, sluggishness, is an indication that something is off and that pathology is beginning. Refer to the above-mentioned article on digestion.

10) Let our energy levels be our guide. This is contingent upon so many circumstances but it is safe to say that there is some imbalance in digestion and sleep quality that will create pathology. Low energy can also be related emotional stress (conscious and subconscious.)

11) Make time for ourselves or our selves will demand time of us, as it caves in due to some illness trying to grab our attention. Ayurveda says that that disharmonious actions create the environment for disease formation and harmonious actions support immunity. If we don’t make time for ourselves, when we become ill we blame the illness for happening which is ultimately the body and we wrong it meanwhile the body simply conveys through symptoms that something is out of balance and the symptoms progress enough until the really grab our attention and cause us to sit still, somehow. Making time for ourselves allows us to slow down and notice when things are accumulating and becoming out of balance so we can catch it before it progresses.

 

DISCLAIMER: This information is meant for educational purposes only and not considered medical advice. Any changes in lifestyle should be reviewed with a qualified practitioner and/or primary care physician if you are currently under their care for specific conditions.

 

Dr. Vishnu Aragona is one of Philadelphia’s leading experts in Ayurveda, with over 20 years of experience in holistic training. He has been recognized and certified as an Ayurvedic Doctor. He is a licensed massage therapist, practicing various other modalities. He has been teaching classical yoga rooted in Ayurveda for almost 15 years and practicing 22 years. His Ayurveda, Yoga and Massage center, Still Point Ayurveda is the leading Ayurvedic Center in Philadelphia. He also sees patients in North New Jersey. Visit www.stillpointayurveda.com  to find out more and to schedule appointments.

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