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An Ayurvedic Perspective on GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) 

GERD occurs when digestive juices moves upward from the stomach into the esophagus causing acid reflux,An Ayurvedic Perspective on GERD (Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease) Ayurveda Medicine which over time can damage the lower esophageal lining and an increase the risk of precancerous Barrett’s esophagus. The causes of GERD can vary from diet and lifestyle factors to obesity, pregnancy, hiatal hernia and the relaxing of the lower esophageal sphincter. Factors such as smoking tobacco, eating too late at night and certain common trigger foods such as coffee, tea, alcohol, chocolate, spicy foods and tomatoes can also play a role in the worsening of symptoms.

 

Common Symptoms of GERD

  • Acid reflux
  • Heart burn
  • Esophageal spasms
  • Chest pain (retrosternal)
  • Regurgitation of food
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Asthma
  • Chronic cough

An Ayurvedic Perspective on Digestion

To understand GERD and other related digestive disorders, lets first explore the Ayurvedic concept of Agni, the power of digestion. Agni is present within saliva, stomach acids, bile, and enzymes of the pancreatic and small intestine. When Agni is strong it supports robust appetite, optimal digestion, energy, satisfaction and overall vitality. Below is a list of various classifications of digestion according the classical Ayurvedic text on pathology and etiology- Madhava Nidana.

4 Clinical Varieties of the Digestive Fire

  1. Manda Agni occurs when the slow and sluggish nature of kapha dosha impair the digestive fire. This results in symptoms such as low appetite, slow digestion, heaviness in the stomach, food stagnation, acid reflux, sluggish bowels (not dry) and phlegmatic disorders.
  2. Tikshna Agni

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Healing with Fruit and Vegetable Smoothies

Now that spring has sprung, it is perfect time cleanse the body of accumulated metabolic wastes.  One simple and easy way is to drink fruit and vegetable smoothies daily. When fruits and vegetables are blended together with a powerful blender they become very easy to digest. The body doesn’t need to exert much effort at all to absorb their healing vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals, and antioxidants that they contain. There is no comparison between the nutrition available in fresh whole foods to that in pill form vitamins. There are tremendous healing properties in the fruits and vegetable that we eat on a daily basis and if we can get more of them into our system we could easily prevent much of the common health complaints that many people suffer from on a daily basis, such as high cholesterol, gastric reflux, hypertension, obesity, allergies, asthma, constipation, irritable bowel syndrome, and so on. But due to factors such as denatured soils, eating processed and denatured foods, or not getting enough servings each day, we can miss out on the gifts that they offer us.

For instance, beets help to support gallbladder and liver function, purify the blood and aid in relieving constipation. Broccoli provides strong anti-oxidants, vitamin C and has shown to support the immune system, improve colon health and possibly inhibit tumor formation. Celery contains properties that helps to relax blood vessels,  improve blood flow, and reduce stress and lower blood pressure.  Apples

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Himalayan Chai ~ The Tea of the Gods Ayurveda Medicine

Om!This recipe was first given to Brahma, the creator, and eventually handed down in an oral tradition to our present day. With the help of Sri Ganesha, I will attempt to put the recipe to writing. Forgive me if I make an error as I humbly transmit this valuable teaching.

Ingredients:
2 cups of pure water.
1 cup milk (or plain EdenSoy milk)
1 Tbsp. Darjeeling tea.
1-2 inches Fresh ginger root.
1/2 tsp cardamon powder.
1/2 tsp cinnamon powder or chips (too taste)
1-2 pinches ground nutmeg.
1-3 tsp. turbinado sugar, agave, Sucanat, or local honey. (Stevia as sugar substitute)

First bring 2 cups of water to a boil along with the fresh ginger root (shredded),cardamon, and cinnamon powder. Immediately reduce heat to medium/low and simmer with the lid on for 3-5 minutes. Then remove the pot from the heat, add Darjeeling tea, and cover the pot. Let the tea steep for only 2 minutes (makes sure to not over steep the tea) and strain the tea decoction into a separate pot. Now add the milk of your choice, heat it up until it is good and warm, and sweeten the tea to your taste. Add the finishing touch of a pinch of nutmeg and you’re ready to drink.

Chai Guru Dev!

Enjoy!