This world is extraordinary with so many things to explore. In this life I've chosen to explore foods and share my explorations with you! This week let's talk about Kudzu root.
Have you heard of it?
Kudzu root has been used in Chinese Medicine for over thoundans of years. It is cooling and sweet, perfect for the firey pitta dosha. As you can see, herbs from all over the can be considered "Ayurvedic" if the nature of the patient is known (elemental genetic makeup), the nature of the herb being administered is known, and the nature of the imbalance is known.
For example, let's imagine there is a person who's elemental genetic makeup consists predominately of 50% pitta (fire) and 35% air and ether (vata) and 15% kapha. Recently, this person has been overworking, barely getting sleep, and eating spicy hot foods and drinking coffee to keep up with work's demand. A week later this person notices that he or she has been feeling depleted, has a short fuse with others, feels heat aroun...
The liver is an extremely important organ in the body. It's the only organ in the body that can regenerate itself. I see this is the body's way of showing us how vital this organ truly for our overall health. The liver's main function is to filter blood from the digestive tract before it passes the blood to circulate to the rest of the body. This is only one of the numerous jobs the livers performs.
In Ayurveda, it is considered the seat of pitta dosha. Remember, pitta is made up of 90% fire and 10% water. When we let the fire get out of hand, by eating foods or living a life that creates excess heat, this can create a forest within causing imbalances such as inflammation, fever, burning sensations, heated emotions. To focus the fire within and use it to benefit the body, mind, overall well being of others let's choose foods that support overall liver function. All of the foods listed below can easily be incorporated into everyday meals.
Sometimes the mind likes to create the belief that life is boring. When we get stuck in the mind, which is task oriented and remembers facts, yes, life can be boring.
The mind likes to create a whole storyline of what life should be like...
For some people, it kind of goes like this:
"I go to work from 9-5 from Monday-Friday, I do my work that I'm assigned during these days. On the weekend I have chores to do: clean, grocery shop, cook, children events, ect."
Where is the fun? The relaxation? The laughter? Where is the YOU time?
I see that most of us get caught up in giving and doing everything for everyone except ourselves, and this cycle depletes us of having time and energy to explore and see the fun, beauty, and peace life has to offer! Enjoying life is really simple. It's just up to us to make the choice to create these experiences of fun, peace, and relaxation. Once we've made the decision, then we can truly apply and feel the benefits of these practices lis...