In Ayurveda we rarely talk about supplements because a lot of what we need to charge and nourish our bodies can be found in food. However, with our fast-paced culture and need for convenience, sometimes taking a pill is better then nothing. Out of all the supplements that we sell at the Ashland Food Co-op, I have found fish oil to be one of the best, general supplements for all constitutions to put into our bodies.
And here is why:
Omega-3, which fish oil is an excellent source of, contains EPA and DHA which nourish our nervous system, the synovial fluid in our joints, and provide an unctuous quality to protect our brain and eyes. Omega-3 protects and supports the heart. Studies show it is possible that a diet which includes fish oil is good for cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation, and decreases the chance of Alzheimer's.
When choosing a fish oil supplement, check the concentration of EPA and DHA- typically the higher the better. Also, make sure it is in triglyceride form and that the label explicitly states the content has been tested for heavy metals. Nordic Naturals is an excellent choice for quality fish oil. The liquid is more cost effective yet the capsule is more convenient. As always, consult your health care physician before taking any supplements!
Contact me for a consultation where we can explore other supplements, foods, and breathing exercises for your unique constitution at firstname.lastname@example.org or (803) 446-4331
Looking forward to seeing you!
Grief Part 1
The grieving process is an emotional expression that was always confusing to me. You can see anger. You can feel anger. Anger can be classified in such and such way. I did not understand the classifications of grief. The descriptions and tangibility of other emotions were always more, well, tangible. But grief was never clear to me. How do people grieve? How does it look like and what is that emotion? What exactly does it feel like and how do we see it in others?
Only until really understanding Ayurveda did I begin to understand grief. Not only was I able to begin to understand what it actually is and how people experience it, but also how prevalent it is in my life and in my body. I had not realized that my experience with instability and the work that I needed to do on myself had a basis in grief. The first step to relieving my body and mind of grief, is actually and fully coming to terms and awareness around the existence of what it actually is and how it affects me as well as the relationships I have with others. We all experience and express grief differently. In Ayurveda, unprocessed emotions can lead to crystallized formations in our bodies which can create weak spots. Doshas lodge into these weak spots and create problems in our health In this case, unprocessed grief lives in the lungs.
Awareness is the first step.
Bhastrika is a breathing exercise that helps dislodge grief in the lungs. Stay tuned for step-by-step instructions on how to properly do this pranayama along with what herbs will support this process!