According to Ayurveda, we are what we digest, not what we eat. Based upon one’s quality of metabolic strength (agni), we may be ingesting the same food but find a different outcome on the back end of assimilation. The quality of food we consume and the information we perceive through the senses are given the highest priority in Ayurveda. Undigested food or emotions are stored mostly in fat cells as Ama (metabolic toxins).
Therefore, we look at gut health as the powerhouse of health and well-being. Why this is important? 60–80% of our immune system is located in our gut. A complex, independent nervous system called the enteric nervous system (ENS) lines the gastrointestinal tract. ENS contains many of the major neurotransmitters that are found in the brain, including serotonin, dopamine, glutamate, norepinephrine, and nitric oxide. More than 80% of our body’s neurotransmitters are made in the gut. There is an intimate 2-way communication between gut and brain, mediated by many pathways including the vagus nerve; therefore, Ayurveda considers the gut as the foundation of our health. The quality of the gut has a direct relationship with one’s overall health, vitality, and radiance including skin tone, overall energy, and restful sleep.
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Ama originates from improperly digested toxic particles that clog the channels in your body. Some of these channels are physical and include the intestines, lymphatic systems, arteries and veins, capillaries, and GI tract. Others are non-physical channels called “nadis” through which your energy flows. Ama toxicity accumulates wherever there is weakness in the body, and this will result in diseases.
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Feelings of heaviness, unclear thinking, aches and pains, bloating, gas, skin blemishes, fever, lack of energy, stickiness, foul smell (breath, sweat, urine, stools, phlegm), sinking stool, mucous in stool, turbid urine, lack of appetite or taste.
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High triglycerides, atherosclerosis, late-onset diabetes, high blood sugar levels, some forms of depression, rheumatoid factor, the presence of H. pylori bacteria, leukocytosis or luekocytopenia (deficient and excessive white blood cells), excess antibodies, Candida albicans in the uterus and gut, blood urea, gout, excess platelet count, excess red blood cells, gall stones as a sign of excess bile, kidney stones as sign of unmetabolised calcium and oxalates, high liver enzymes, ocular pressure (glaucoma), bacterial infection, high temperature, tumors.
Three steps to build immunity, radiance, and vitality
1. Remove Ama
2. Rekindle Agni
3. Heal the Gut
By removing Ama, Agni is rekindled and the gut can be healed! If you would like to know more, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are here to help. Stay safe, happy, and healthy.