Clarified butter (ghee) is sent from the heavens. In Ayurveda, ghee has been used for thousands of years as a cooking medium and as a vehicle for intaking herbal medicine. The herbs can be sent to the deeper layers of tissue as fat is an excellent carrier. It is one of the best forms of fat which is much needed for proper brain functioning, joint lubrication, nerve tissue, and strong immunity.
When you make ghee, you separate the solids from the butter, getting rid of lactose and casein.
Use 4 sticks of organic unsalted butter available in most supermarkets.
Place the sticks in a small saucepan and begin to cook at medium high, then reduce to low heat. After a few minutes you will notice white froth forming on its surface. Get a large spoon and begin to remove this froth.
When the solids on the bottom of the pan begin to turn golden brown (10 to 15 min) remove from heat. Cool and strain into a glass container. You can store inside refrigerator or outside in pantry.
Ghee can replace your spread on toast, cooking oils, and it can be stirred into grains like oatmeal.
Malabsorption is the root cause of many physical and mental deficiencies. As an Ayurvedic practitioner, this is a common occurrence that I see in my practice with a good majority of my clients.
Malabsorption takes place in the vital area of the small intestine, where most of the food and nutrients are absorbed. Hair like protuberances called villi absorb the nutrients from the liquifed food. When the transaction in this area is compromised, then vital nutrients will not be distributed to feed our tissue system (dhatus). This results in a plethora of tissue deficiencies and system imbalances. This phenomenon is the root cause of many diseases.
How absorption takes place:
The first portion of the small intestine, the duodenum, receives the liquified food from the stomach. While this happens, enzymes from the gallbladder and pancreas squirt into the common bile duct. The bile emulsifies the fat and the ferocious pancreatic juices break down proteins, fats, and carbohydrates into absorbable material. Most of the absorption happens in the small intestine. The villi in the intestines also excrete enzymes which further breaks down the nutrients and absorbs the material like a sponge. This is met by GALT, ( Gut Associated Lymph Tissue ), which fights off any toxic substances. There is a cascade of white blood cells that are activated to prevent toxic substances from damaging tissues every time we eat.
With GMO's, pesticides, herbicides, and heavy metals that are heavily present in our foods, our immune system has had to adapt. With time, poor eating habits and toxic foods like GMO's lead to a weakened immune system as the spleen and lymph tissue become overly taxed.
In Ayurveda, there is a unique way that post digestive nutrition is described. This is called dhatu (tissue) nutrition. There are seven dhatus in Ayurveda. They include in order of refinement (lymph, blood, muscle, fat, bones, nervous tissue, reproductive tissue). The reproductive tissue is the most refined tissue and it is where ojas is produced. Ojas is that substance that gives immunity, luster, intelligence, and vitality. Good digestion leads to quality ojas.
Once the liquid substance (rasa) goes into circulation, it goes through a fixed sequence of increasingly refined metabolic processes. The first dhatu to get nourished is the lymph and the last one is the reproductive tissue. This whole process takes around thirty five days. In other words what we eat today turns into the seven tissues in a period of a month. We literally are what we eat. When there is malabsorption, the tissues do not get proper nourishment and they will start developing weaknesses. A plethora of diseases can manifest.
Causes of malabsorption:
Finding out the cause is complex as there are many players involved. The liver, spleen, pancreas, and stomach can all affect assimilation. If any of these organs are weak, then Agni can weaken. Agni is fire . When there is a lack of fire (digestive enzymes), nutrients will not get absorbed.
How to detect malabsorption:
Ayurveda gives us a few clues to detect malabsorption.
Here are a few.
As you reset your digestive system, malabsorption will disappear and health will return. Give this system of eating some time and your body will thank you. Try the different remedies I suggested and make some of these eating habits into a lifestyle. Let thy food be your medicine and let thy green allies support you.
Diabetes is a serious disease. Nine percent of people worldwide are affected. Symptoms include excessive thirst or urination, fatigue, weight loss, and blurred vision. If left unchecked, it can lead to complications such as cardiovascular disease, nerve damage, kidney damage, eye deterioration, hearing impairment, and alzheimer's disease.
What is Diabetes?
There are 4 common types of Diabetes.
We will focus on Diabetes Type II, as it is the most common form and the easiest to manage.
What Causes Insulin Resistance?
- High amounts of free fatty acids in the blood cause cells to stop responding well to insulin
- Increased visceral fat, the dangerous belly fat that builds up around the organs, release lots of free fatty acids into the blood, and can even release inflammatory hormones that drive insulin resistance
- High intake of fructose from added sugar
- Inflammation (oxidative stress)
- Lack of physical activity
The Road Back To Health
With discipline and perseverance we can reverse this deadly condition. You will need a map of the terrain and a skillful guide.
By following the principles of Ayurveda nutrition, sugar metabolism can be fixed. Needing to get rid of extra fat, a Kapha reducing diet is recommended. Since Ayurveda is individualized, other food regimens can be implemented.
Here are just a few tips that will help a great deal:
- small dinners
- proper food combinations
- no fruits past 5pm
- no ice water
- avoid excess water with food
- Diet should be 80% alkaline and 20% acid
- Buy organic whenever possible
Foods to avoid:
- starchy foods ( pasta, potatoes, bread, rice )
- fried foods
- Trans Fats (cakes, pies, donuts)
- Sweet fruits ( figs, dates, bananas)
Increase these foods:
- Green leafy veggies like dandelion and kale
- String beans contain natural insulin
- Bitter gourd has been proven to reduce sugar levels in many trials
- Okra is alkalinizing and contains many enzymes
- Oatmeal contains trigonelline which increases insulin secretion and adds digestive enzymes
- Nuts and seeds
Culinary spices to use:
- Turmeric (anti inflammatory)
- Ginger ( helps food absorption)
- Fenugreek seeds ( contains trigonelline )
- Cinnamon ( initiates insulin and increases glucose transport to cells )
- Celtic Sea Salt ( has extra magnesium molecules making it helpful for cell permeability)
- Black Pepper ( helps absorb other herbs)
Herbs to consider:
Gentian (drops sugar levels and stimulates digestive enzymes)
Dandelion Root ( oxygenates blood, stimulates digestion, and helps with liver, spleen, and pancreas function )
Barberry Root or Goldenseal ( contains berberine, which has been shown to regulate glucose and fat metabolism )
Gynmena Sylvestre ( contains substances that decrease the absorption of sugar in the intestines and helps regenerate cells in the pancreas )
Shilajit ( Contains fulvic acid which aids in the absorption of glucose and is also a potent antioxidant)
Triphala ( Digestive tonic )
Supplements you should know about:
- Chromium Piccolinate ( an essential mineral which helps regulate the metabolism of very important macromolecules in your body. It reduces insulin resistance and it also helps with weight loss )
- Magnesium Threonate ( Elevated blood glucose levels increase the loss of magnesium in the urine. Magnesium helps muscle cell relax, so insulin resistance goes down. Cells allow more sugar in. )
- Zinc ( helps protect the pancreatic beta cells ( cells that produce insulin ) from destruction )