"Your symptoms are caused by a hormone imbalance," a sentence spoken by our doctors that is very familiar to us ladies. We are subscribed medication; we can't even pronounce the name off, that
should take care of the problem. It helps for a while, but the symptoms never entirely disappear, different symptoms arise, or the old symptoms come back when we stop taking the medication. In
Ayurveda, we strive to heal the cause, not the symptom. The idea is to erase the cause so the symptoms won't come back. In western society hormones are seen as a messaging system that coordinates
between mind and body. In Ayurveda we see this a bit different. In Ayurveda we say that healthy hormones are produced by a balanced agni, balanced dosha's and healthy lining of the
intestines.Through an example below I’m going to explain the hormonal balance through an Ayurvedic lens.
It’s 12 ‘o clock in the afternoon and my stomach is telling me that it is lunch time. I serve myself a bowl of soup and some rice. The meal passes through my stomach where Agni (digestive
fire) is responsible for assimilating the food. This will be passed on from the stomach to the GI tract. The nutrients will pass through the intestinal lining and will be absorbed by the blood
where it will nourish all the seven tissue layers of the body. When this assimilation process is completed properly you will get balanced hormones. Now you can see why when the first part of this
process isn’t functioning properly the end product will have no chance of functioning properly either. When your diet, dosha’s or digestion is out of balance this will eventually cause a
disfunction in your hormone production. This will eventually cause different kind of symptoms. Therefore it is important to remove the root cause and do it correctly from the start.
Below I will share some insight into the different parts of a healthy body that will create healthy hormones.
Your agni is the main fire that burns inside of you. A balanced agni is necessary for proper assimilation of food, thoughts, emotions etc. To create a healthy agni it is recommended to:
Eat three freshly cooked meals
These meals contain the most nutrients and Prana (life force).
Eating with the season
Studies show that your food will lose at least 30% of their nutrients, within three days after harvesting. Imagine how much nutrients is left after traveling half the globe.
Preparing 60/40 augmenting/extractive meals
Augmenting are those that are sweet in taste and nourishing. Extractive are those that are
bitter and astringent in taste and are detoxifying. Read more about this here
Don’t overeat or under-eat
This will weaken your digestion
Apart from a good diet it is also important to keep the dosha’s balanced. The three different dosha’s being Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. Everybody has their own unique constitution. To help balance the dosha’s it is recommended to:
- Have a rhythm during your day (set sleeping times, set meal times)
- Go to bed before 10pm - wake up before 6pm
- Avoiding excessive stress
- Eating balanced meals
- Living with the seasons
When food is assimilated properly through a balanced digestive system you will create healthy hormones. The process from food to hormones takes about 35 days before complete so give a some time.
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