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How to Strengthen your Digestive POWER

I used to take loads of supplements thinking that it was healthy for me. At the time, I was having major digestive issues after living 5 years with chronic parasites and a slew of other issues, and didn’t realize I was doing more harm than good.  How do you know you’re having trouble with digestion? Gas, bloating, constipation, diarrhea, burping, acid reflux? These are all signs that digestion is impaired and the likelihood that you are assimilating all the vital nutrients from  your food is pretty low. According to Ayurveda, when food goes undigested, it turns into an excess waste product that results in toxicity in the body. 

Analogy of your agni and poor digestion I learned in Ayurved school:

Imagine your agni ( digestive power/metabolism) like a flame. If your agni is low, imagine that flame is also very low. Now imagine dumping wet logs ( representing food) onto that flame. What happens? Well a small burning flames ability to burn down that wood is very low, resulting in leftover, wet wood. The leftover stuff is represented as toxins or waste by product.

Want to live with better health?

There are 7 levels of tissues that are nourished by what you eat.  It starts in the gut, and the quality of what your body is receiving is “fed” by the tissues before that.  It’s important to first work towards building agni and improving your bodies ability to break down food properly. There are many ways to do that. Here are a couple tips:

1) Follow a proper food combining list: It takes enzymes ( and lots of it) to break down your food. Certain foods take longer or shorter time to digest and digest easier with certain foods like veggies and carbs. Or meat with carbs. Or fruit alone for example. The more variety there is mixed together, your body has to produce more enzymes, and the harder it is on digestion.

2) Drink a digestive tea before your meals: Try ginger on Fennel, Cumin, Coriander Tea before your meals to rev up your agni and help with digestion.

3) Mono Diet: Try a kitcheree cleanse or eat simply ( one food choice at a time). It will give your digestion a rest and time to detox and do what its go to do so that digestion can function at its optimal.

4) Eat Slowly: Breathe and give thanks for your meal. Savor it like it were your last, and as they say, chew your food till its liquid and eat your liquids:)

5) Eat Relaxed: Eating emotionally. stressed, or in a rush puts digestion on the back burner. Make sure you are in a comfortable environment and in a relaxed state of mind.

I hope some of this helps!

Many blessings!

 

March 20, 2014 0 Comments
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Turmeric Paste: How to Make Golden Milk

I’m not a big coffee drinker. I do love teas, and having healthy ones so that I know I’m doing my body good. I wanted to share this wonderful recipe for Turmeric paste and tea because Turmeric is one of those herbs that I personally love taken as food. This is one of my favorite and easiest ways to get in all the amazing benefits of Turmeric. 

Turmeric is considered a super food in itself, one of the earth’s treasures ( in my opinion), and used worldwide extensively. It has many benefits:

*anti-inflammatory on joints and muscles

*liver cleanser-improves liver functions, helps increase your livers ability to clear ldl ( bad choesterol)

* Uterine Cleanser

*powerful anti-oxidant-protecting cells from free radicals

*great for digestion!-used a lot in cooking all over the world!

*the list could go on…

So, one of my favorite things to drink in the am is not coffee, but Golden Milk. First I make a paste with turmeric to add the water element since turmeric can be a little drying( plus I have a lot of vata). Cooling it down and cooking it also to make it more bioavailable!

Ingredients for turmeric paste:

  • 1/2 cup of water
  • 1/4 cup) of organic turmeric powder ( i get mine from mountainroseherbs.com)

Put the water and turmeric in a small saucepan and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon on med to low heat. Be careful because turmeric stains! When the mixture begins to thicken it is ready. Pour it into a glass container, close it with a lid and store in the fridge. * It will stay good for at least 30 days.

For the Golden Milk:

  • 1 cup of milk (you can use cow’s milk, goat’s milk or non dairy ones such as soy or rice milk) I like to use Almond milk:)
  • about 1/2-1 Tsp of turmeric paste
  • 1 teaspoon sweetener (honey for my kapha friends, maple syrup or  succant for my pitta/vata friends)
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon of ghee
  • Pinch of ground cinnamon or cardamom, if you like:)
Heat the milk and add the turmeric paste and stir until dissolved. Add the sweetener, oil and cinnamon, stir and the drink is ready. * You can also use the paste when cooking:)
*Also a great treat for mom’s postpartum to help with detoxification earlier days postpartum:)
Enjoy!
Jenny

 

 

 

March 14, 2014 2 Comments
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Manifesting and Learning to Ask for Help (Part 1)

It seems we humans think that we can do it all. Lets face it, we can’t. We can accomplish a lot, BUT with a price. Through all the busy-ness that life brings, I’ve learned that asking for help is essential. And maybe for some of us learning to ask for help is the first challenge we must work through…

When I first hurt my back, I complained and moaned about how much pain I was in. In retrospect and reflecting on my actions during that time I realized that what I needed was support.  I was seeking attention but didn’t know how to ask for it probably because I wasn’t comfortable asking for help. And sometimes its okay to admit that you can’t ( I don’t mean big dreams and cool things like that, I mean all the tasks and tedious things we have to do day in and day out.) It’s this mentality that is ingrained in our culture that WE CAN DO IT ALL! Well, when I realized that in order to to regain my health, I needed to reach outside of myself and get the help that eventually helped me get through some tough times…

The reality is that WE ALL got a lot going on which can create a lot of pressure and stress in our lives. And I can’t complain, I ‘m so blessed I look around me and I live in abundance! When I wake up, I give thanks to all the beauty~full people in my life, nourishment that the earth provides me so gracefully without struggle, Sacred Roots: I give thanks to EVERY DAY to a space that allows me to live out all my dreams, for community and Long Beach for accepting me with such open arms, and the very breath that I breath that give me life.

In the midst of the all madness and busy~ness of life, I turn to my daily practice to stay healthy and balanced. I make time for just me, and its okay to be self centered that way( no guilt).

Especially mother’s, care-takers, body workers, people in relationships, they give SO much to others, and if theres no reserve how can we give fully of ourselves?

*Self care is SO important, and I can’t express that enough. When I look through all of my blogs, the underlying theme to staying balanced starts with taking care of you!! MAKE IT HAPPEN!

And it’s okay to admit you can’t do it all, when thats the case, reach out for help. What I  have realized is that people want to help! So all you have to do is ask, and graciously receive it ( also takes practice) And GRATITUDE! Always remember to count your blessings! It gets you to focus on the goodness and joy that pervades the very cell of your being and focuses on the light, and not the dark. Remember that your thoughts create your reality, and we have the ability to manifest all that we want in this world! It starts with YOU…

Jennyogini

March 4, 2014 2 Comments