LIS­TEN TO YOUR GUT

FOOD IS MEDICINE. SIM­PLE LIFE­STYLE CHANGES TO IN­TRO­DUCE IN YOUR EVERYDAY LIFE.

India Today - - HEALTH - KULREET CHAUDHARY In­te­gra­tive neu­rol­o­gist, US

One of the big­gest scientific sur­prises of the 21st cen­tury has been the role that the gut plays in op­ti­mis­ing to­tal health. De­spite be­ing a trained physi­cian, this was an eye-opener for me. Had it not been for the fact that I de­vel­oped de­bil­i­tat­ing mi­graine headaches in my early adult­hood (which I couldn’t con­trol even as a neu­rol­o­gist), I would have not be­lieved the value of gut health on over­all health. To be­gin your jour­ney to a health­ier gut, start with sim­ple tips to eat clean.

Add turmeric to your food

Turmeric is be­com­ing some­what of a su­per­hero these days even though the bright or­ange spice has been a sta­ple in In­dian cook­ing for thou­sands of years. Now, the pep­pery root is un­der the mi­cro­scope and has been making news head­lines. It shows up as a beauty mask, a must-have heart herb, and turmeric milk is even touted as the new green juice. Turmeric’s main com­pound, cur­cumin, helps in low­er­ing choles­terol in heart pa­tients and blood sugar in peo­ple with di­a­betes. It’s an­ti­sep­tic, anti-in­flam­ma­tory and anti-can­cer in na­ture.

Use the gin­ger gut flush

The gin­ger gut flush is a com­bi­na­tion of three key in­gre­di­ents that work together to break down tox­ins in your gut. These in­gre­di­ents in­crease the di­ges­tive fire, or agni, in your gut. The in­creased di­ges­tive heat helps to break down tox­ins. This im­proves di­ges­tion, a crit­i­cal start­ing point for im­prov­ing your health. All you need is fresh le­mon juice, fresh gin­ger and sea salt. Squeeze 1/2 a le­mon into a cup Cut a knob of gin­ger into thin one-inch strips Add ½ tea­spoon of sea salt, stir Eat one to two pieces of the soaked fresh gin­ger be­fore each meal. You can make enough at the be­gin­ning of the week to last you seven days. Keep the gut flush re­frig­er­ated. The best way to detox your gut is to do this be­fore each meal. But if you want to sim­plify it even more, take it be­fore din­ner.

Eat ac­cord­ing to your body type

Ayurveda of­fers one of the fastest paths to be­ing healthy. In­stead of hav­ing to guess which foods, sup­ple­ments, and be­hav­iours are ap­pro­pri­ate for you; there is a sim­ple, di­rect pre­scrip­tive path that is de­vel­oped for your unique body type, or dosha. This takes all the guess­work out of get­ting healthy. Once you know your dosha, you can choose the spe­cific foods that ben­e­fit your con­sti­tu­tion.

Dump your mi­crowave

If you have a mi­crowave, you are more likely to eat pro­cessed food, which is filled with preser­va­tives and colour­ings. If you eat frozen, mi­crowave­able food, get­ting rid of your mi­crowave will make you more likely to get into the kitchen and cook the fresh stuff. That alone is rea­son enough to stop the mi­crowave mad­ness.

No raw foods

This ad­vice may sound strange to those who con­sider them­selves fit; yes I don’t want you to eat raw veg­eta­bles. You can eat raw fruit (ex­cept for ap­ples, which should be cooked), but other than that, the solid food you eat should def­i­nitely be cooked. This may seem coun­ter­in­tu­itive. Isn’t a raw diet the way to lose weight? And don’t we need more sal­ads on a diet? Ac­tu­ally, no. Cook­ing food is about two things. Warm­ing it to in­crease blood flow to your gut and im­prove di­ges­tion; making it eas­ier to digest by break­ing down the cel­lu­lar ma­tri­ces so that nu­tri­ents are more bio-avail­able.

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