Our health is very much in connection with our nutrition, these two have to be kept together. Here the nutrition covers the food for the body (what we eat and drink) and also the food to the mind (what we see, read and think). The ancient sages knew this.
“Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food”
That is the famous quote from Hippocrates, the father of the western medicine, and means that with food you can cure diseases and food should be eaten as medicine, not too much nor too little, and appropriate food. Hippocrates lived and acted around 460 BC – 370 BC, during the Classical Greece.
“Mens sana in corpore sana”
That is an aphorism from ancient Romans, and translates to “Healthy mind in a healthy body”. It means that when we eat well and healthy, also our mind stays well.
Ayurveda, the Science of Life, is an ancient science dating thousands of years and treats body and mind together. One of the basic principles is that we all have our unique body-constitution, called dosha. When we live, eat and practice according to that dosha, we live well and healthy. Hippocrates based a big part of his study and research on Auyrveda and ayurvedic principles.
Our modern times seem to have mainly forgotten these basic principles. Our health issues are treated separated from the rest of the body, and also separately from the mind. In many cases, doctors prescribe pills instead of finding out the real root of the pain or trouble, and, in most of the cases, without fixing the diet or considering other aspects of life.
Luckily, the integrative medicine is gaining more and more ground. Integrative medicine is an approach of healing and caring that takes into consideration all factors that influence health, wellness and disease, including mind, spirit and community as well as body.
At the time of my burnout I was very sick, undernourished and full of toxins. My way up from that hole started with yoga and ayurveda. I cleansed my intestines for the first time in my life, and stayed healthy during the winter, for the first time in my lifetime. I removed processed foods from my diet, started eating organic produce and more according to my dosha, the ayurvedic constitution. A bit later I started taking nutritional supplements and started applying the approach of the integrative medicine. Now I help my clients do the same.