Your Ayurvedic Guide to Start Healing Your Gut

Did you know that your gut and brain are actually connected? Modern medicine is finally getting on board with this concept - one that ancient Ayurvedic principles have been practicing for thousands of years. Recent studies show that gut health doesn’t just affect our digestion, but also our moods and emotions. So, knowing that our gut and mental health are interconnected, learning how to heal our gut can help us heal our minds. 

Gut health has become an increasingly popular topic in recent times, due to the scientific evidence mentioned above. Luckily, we don’t have to rely on modern science to help us heal our guts. Ayurvedic practices have been around for thousands of years - meaning there’s certainly truth behind their principles. Within the Ayurvedic principles lies the concept of tuning in to the gut’s wisdom. Surely you’ve heard the phrase “butterflies in the stomach” or “having a gut feeling”, referring to the connection between our gut and mental health. 

Are you ready to take your gut health and mental health to the next level? Continue reading as we share your Ayurvedic guide to start healing your gut.
Select Foods for Your Dosha Type
A dosha type refers to an individual’s unique mind-body type. Since everyone is different, there is no universal ayurvedic diet. Instead, they urge individuals to choose diets and foods that match their specific dosha type. There are three different dosha types: Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Doing some simple research will help you determine which type you fit into - and will help you start adjusting your diet to match your type better.

Eat a Balanced Amount of Food
Many of us were taught as children that we must clean our entire plates, even if we’re full. This habit can lead to overeating, which causes weight gain and other adverse health effects. On an ayurvedic diet, you’re urged to only eat until you’re satisfied. On that same note, you want to avoid undereating as well as it can disrupt your digestive system. Try getting in tune with your body to eat the correct amount, also known as intuitive eating.
Include All Six Tastes in Every Meal
On an ayurvedic diet, they stress the importance of including all six tastes in every meal. Each taste affects the dosha differently, and incorporating all six creates a healthy balance. Do you know what the six tastes are? They are: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent.

Eat Whole, Fresh Foods

Stay as far away from processed foods as you can. Eating foods with high levels of prana are considered key to our life force. Foods with high levels of prana include foods that come directly from the earth - fresh vegetables, fruit, etc. The sooner you can consume the food from the time it leaves the earth, the better. High levels of prana are known to boost our energy, vitality, and health.

Eat Three Meals a Day and Avoid Snacks
Routine is important in an ayurvedic diet - because routine allows our bodies to get in sync with our consumption and digestion. When our bodies are used to consuming three meals a day, they’re better equipped to properly digest those meals. Ditching snacks is a great way to keep your body balanced as well, as snacking in between meals can throw off our digestive system.

Eat in a Calm Environment
Remember how we mentioned that gut health and mental health are connected? Eating in a calm, tidy, and relaxing environment is important to healing our gut. When we are comfortable while eating, our meals become more fulfilling and valuable. This helps balance the mind, body, and soul and promotes overall wellbeing. 

Incorporating these Ayurvedic practices into your diet are sure ways to improve your gut health. We hope that you’re feeling enthusiastic to start healing your gut and your mind with these Ayurvedic principles.