EP 139 – Eat This: what is Ayurveda?

In the field of medicine, as well as doctors, specialists, and hospital acute care, there are an array of alternative and complementary medical practices. You are here listening to me talk about nutrition – that’s an alternative or complementary practice further to the medicine model–Hippocrates did say “Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food” after all– and there are a number of Traditional alternative medicine practices that take a holistic approach – meaning that they look at the connection between symptoms and symptoms and treat accordingly, like acupuncture, naturopathy, homeopathy, and Chinese or Oriental medicine practices, and Ayurveda. These therapies have been practiced for centuries worldwide, and one on that list is a lesser known – to me anyway, and maybe you –  alternative practice and that’s Ayurveda. Back in episode 133 with Dr. Nick Bitz, he started to share a bit of his vast wisdom about Ayurvedic medicine and that prompted this episode and shows what we are doing today. From my research, Ayurveda originated in India more than 3,000 years ago. The term Ayurveda means knowledge of life and has the philosophy that disease is due to an imbalance or stress in a person’s consciousness. Ayurveda encourages certain lifestyle interventions and natural therapies to regain a balance between the body, mind, spirit, and the environment. I’m in alignment with all of that, are you? Just as TCM or traditional Chinese medicine and acupuncture views the body in a specific way, and my acupuncturist is always telling me that while my kidney chi is way off, my kidneys are in fact doing alright, the Ayurvedic concepts of universal interconnectedness look at the body’s constitution, and life forces – I know those are called doshas, are the basis of ayurvedic medicine. Not out of the ballpark of other traditional medicine practices, the goals of Ayurvedic treatment are to aid a person by eliminating impurities, reducing symptoms, increasing their resistance to disease, and reducing worry (if someone could give me something for that, I’d take a lifetime bottle of it), and increasing harmony in life. I won’t go any further here, as Dr Nick is here once again to share his wisdom, and truly I’m all ears. While I buy Ayurvedic skin care products, I do confess that I don’t know enough about it other than it stops my dry skin from looking and feeling like parchment paper, especially over the winter. So today on EAT THIS with Lianne, Ayurvedic Medicine – what it is, the approach, maybe even guidance on what dosha you are, and what could this 3000 year old medicine do for you.

I’m not sure what it is about Ayurvedic medicine that has stopped me from putting myself in front of a practitioner up until now, but the more that I hear about it, the more I want to know, and so I’m taking you along on this ride with us. As I research topics for episodes of EAT THIS with Lianne, I learn a lot, and this topic will be no different. 

Dr Nick Bitz is back with us after joining us to talk about Collagen 101 in episode 46 and more recently in episode 133 cutting edge Senescence, a new space that he has much wisdom about. His passion though, from what he shared with us in episode 133, is Ayurvedic medicine. Dr Nick is a licensed, board-certified Naturopathic Doctor specializing in integrative medicine working as Senior VP of Product Development at Neurohacker Collective. His areas of expertise further to Ayurveda include nootropics, anti-aging, and regenerative medicine, biohacking, weight management, and sleep. 

Dr Nick has offered a 15% discount on the supplements found on Neurohacker.com . Use code EATTHIS as you check out. I’ve taken a peek at their supplement line and I have questions as they look so interesting! I’ll share with you as I find out more. 

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