In the previous webinar, we introduced you to the “mind-body” connection. Building on that premise, we can now take a look at the “gut-mind” connection.

Ayurveda tells us that attributes (guna) are used to classify disorders. When you learn the attributes associated with a condition, you can start to balance it by introducing substances with the opposite attributes. Let’s take a look at three of the most common mood disorders by gut-mind element, and how to balance them through the digestive system and food.

Earth

Depression is a heavy, slow and dull condition. To balance feelings of depression, light and sharp foods should be included in your diet. People with a predominately earth element gut-mind generally experience excess mucous in the upper gastrointestinal tract, particularly the stomach, which can leave them feeling tired, sluggish, lethargic and depressed after eating. To balance this, stimulate the gut with pungent and bitter tastes that enhance digestion.

Light Foods to Lighten the Mood

  • Apples (cooked)
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Buckwheat
  • Broccoli
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery 
  • Cinnamon
  • Ginger
  • Green Tea
  • Kale
  • Kombucha
  • Lemon/lime
  • Lettuce
  • Red Bell
  • Rice Cakes

Recipes for Earth Element Gut-Mind Boost


Fire

Anger is a hot, sharp and fast condition. To balance an angry disposition, introduce foods with cool and dull attributes. People who are predominately fire element gut-minded are quick to anger and often have inflammation, irritation, loose stools and acid reflux in their digestive tract. To balance this condition, introduce sweet and bitter flavors to cool and cleanse an irritated intestine.

Cooling Foods to Tame the Flame

  • Apple (raw)
  • Avocado
  • Almonds
  • Artichoke
  • Asparagus
  • Banana
  • Berries
  • Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Cottage Cheese
  • Dill
  • Eggs
  • Kefir or active cultured yogurt
  • Lentils
  • Jicama
  • Potato
  • Rice

Recipes for Fire Element Gut-Mind Boost


Air

Anxiety is a dry, light and mobile condition. To calm the mind and stabilize your nervous system, those with an air element gut-mind should emphasize comfort foods with oily and heavy attributes. Generally, those experiencing anxiety have a predominance of air in the digestive system which can often lead to dryness and constipation. IBS is a typical digestive disorder that has been closely linked to anxiety. Enzyme output is also generally low in air minded types which means they struggle to digest complex meals. If this sounds like you, concentrate on simple, easy to digest meals.

Comfort Foods to Calm the Mind

  • Almond/almond butter
  • Avocado
  • Banana
  • Bone Broth
  • Chicken
  • Eggs
  • Flax
  • Salmon
  • Tahini
  • Turkey
  • Walnuts 
  • Winter Squash

Recipes for Air Element Gut-Mind Boost

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