Taking Charge of Your Health

You learn about how you heal yourself. Ultimately, you become your own doctor. You don’t need to rely on anybody else outside of yourself, and that’s really what Ayurveda is meant to teach you. [Intro Music] What is Ayurvedic or Ayurveda? That’s a great question because Ayurvedic medicine
was a ancient form of medicine that dates back close to 5,000 years ago. It was developed in the Vedic culture, in the sages of India, and it continues to be one of the most sophisticated, and simple, and powerful mind, body,
soul healing systems. I love Ayurveda. I look and do research
on everything out there. Usually, people think, oh, well, we need to focus on this new technology. I don’t look at that. I look at, what’s been
successful for 5,000 years? That’s what I look at. Of course, there is a lot
of good new technology too. Nowadays, what I like to do is to combine the 5,000-year-old technology, let’s say Ayurveda, with
traditional Chinese medicine, with traditional South American medicine, with North American
medicine, with herbology, with everything combined and try to figure out what’s
going to work the best to give people the results that they need. Ayurveda really is the science of life, because it incorporates
everything together. Instead of just addressing the symptoms of disease, it addresses the root cause. If you followed me for a long time, you know that I’m always
looking at the root cause instead of the symptoms. Most doctors are taught,
what is a symptom, and what do I prescribe for that symptom? They’re taught completely opposite of what you should be doing,
looking at the root cause, and fixing that, and then
the symptoms go away. If you break down Ayurveda, (speaks in foreign language) means life and (speaks in foreign language)
means science or knowledge. The end result of using
any techniques in Ayurveda, which, there’s a lot of them, is that the end goal is to increase your vibrant energy field, but not only that, it’s
for you to realize, this is what I love about it, what I’ve learned in my 20-something years of studying natural medicine, is that everything always ends up, you know, you learn about
how you heal yourself. Ultimately, you become your own doctor. You don’t need to rely on anybody else outside of yourself, and that’s really what Ayurveda is meant to teach you, is that they teach you
your full human potential of physical, mental,
and spiritual balance. The two main guiding
principles in Ayurveda is that the mind, body,
and soul are connected, and that nothing has more power to heal and transform
the body than your mind, because your mind, ultimately,
is gonna be the one that’s making the decision for you to do something about your health, for you to create change
in your daily routine, for you to not choose the
wrong foods for you to eat. I mean, when you think about it, the mind ultimately, in
the majority of cases, unless you’ve really worked
on controlling your mind, which is a basis of Ayurveda, it’s always your most resistant enemy. I mean, it can be your best friend, or it can be your enemy, because, when you see that piece of pizza, and your mind’s going, mm, look, go eat that piece of pizza, but the mind also, controlling your mind, you have to be able to say no, I’m not going go eat that piece of pizza. Ayurveda’s really designed
to help you understand that nothing has more power to heal and transform your body
than the mind does. The basis of Ayurveda was
on the mind body types, or what they call the doshas. The doshas express unique blends of how the physical, and emotional, and the mental systems in
the body blend together. There’s basically three doshas that they talk about in Ayurveda. It’s the vata, the wind, the pitta, the fire, and
the kapha, the earth. We could talk for days,
probably, on all these, and Ayurveda is something that needs to be studied a long time. I actually am a pitta when it comes to Ayurveda. I’m a fire. What I’m gonna do is, I’m gonna post a link from
Deepak Chopra’s website below. He has a really good quiz
that you could fill out in probably about 30 seconds that will analyze and tell
you which one you are, if you’re a pitta, a vata, of a kapha. You’ll be able to learn more about the mind body types and identify your own individual type. If you’re a vata, a wind, that means that you’re usually very thin, you feel really light,
you’re enthusiastic, you’re energetic, and
you’re adaptable to change. If you’re a pitta like me, you tend to be very
intense, very intelligent, very goal-oriented, and you
have a very strong desire to balance your life,
and balance your family, and balance your personal development, and spiritual development, and you just, you’re really
focused on your life. If you’re a kapha, you are easygoing. You’re very methodical, like Virgos, but you’re very nurturing. You’re a very nurturing person. We all have all three of them, by the way. We all have all three, and usually, you have a dominant one,
and then the second one, and then you have an un-dominant
one which is still there. You have one that’s the dominant, one that’s more dominant, and
one that is less dominant. Another aspect of Ayurveda
that I really like is the fact that they really emphasize diet, because it’s what you’re
putting in that feeds your body, feeds your soul, feeds the tissues. In the Ayurvedic diet system, they really go off of
incorporating the tastes, the six Ayurvedic tastes in each meal, which is sweet, salty, sour, pungent, bitter, and astringent. I’m sorry, yeah, astringent, that’s six. Try to do that in each meal, and when you do that,
all of your nutrients and your food groups will be represented. You’ll also notice that
you’ll feel satisfied when you do this, and you
won’t have the urge to snack, and the urge to overeat is diminished when you incorporate these six tastes into your diet at each meal. One other thing is that
each meal should contain all of the colors of the rainbow. They’ve been promoting
that for a long time, and the reason why is because
they would see rainbows 5,000 years ago, and they would think that it was a message, because food that they would find in
nature also was very colorful. It was one of the reasons how
the Indian sages came upon, that god or the universe
was presenting us a rainbow, and those fruits, or the
colors of the rainbow were the foods that we
were supposed to eat. Foods that are red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet are going to be extremely healthy for you, and should be included with your meals, and those colors also usually have the highest antioxidant content, and the highest nutrient content, and those foods also
can boost your immunity, and ultimately enhance your health. Some of the other tips that
Ayurvedic practitioners that I’ve met with and studied
under always recommend is, number one, they always recommend, and I recommend this too,
is to always sit down to eat in a nice, quiet environment. Don’t eat your food in
front of a computer, or a TV, or while you’re driving, or while you’re working. Food is very important. I’ve talked a lot about, in the past, the sympathetic versus
the parasympathetic, and when you eat in a sympathetic state or a state of stress,
your digestion shuts down. When you eat in a parasympathetic state, your digestion is activated, and you’re able to utilize and absorb the nutrients a lot better, and that’s a big part
of Ayurvedic philosophy, is eating in a very
relaxed, calm atmosphere, not eating when you’re really,
really over hungry either. Any time that you wait to the point where you’re famished or
you’re extremely hungry is when your mind will play tricks on you, and you’ll want to just
scarf down anything that you possibly can. I’ve always said chew your food 25 times or until it’s a liquid
before you swallow it, and that’s another
philosophy in Ayurvedic, is to chew your food really, really good. Don’t gulp your food down in chunks that your body is gonna have to take days or 72 hours to end up breaking down. A lot of Ayurvedic practitioners recommend that you drink hot water with ginger and lemon juice, fresh lemon, throughout the day, or
one or two times a day. Hot lemon water, as a matter of fact, has been known to ease the
symptoms of heartburn, actually. I know people that have been
on heartburn medications and have problems with
their hydrochloric acid in their stomach and many other things for years and years,
and then they just start drinking warm ginger or lemon water a couple times a day,
first thing in the morning, and in the afternoon, and it
just creates this calmness and this balancing of your
body throughout the day. Exercise, moderate
exercise is another tip. Ayurvedic’s really big on
herbal oils and massages, and I love some of these
techniques that they use. I’ve gone through them,
and they are amazing, so if you can find an Ayurvedic
practitioner in your town, and you can get a hot herbal
oil infusion once a month, once a week, that’s going to
be tremendous for your health. Meditation, Ayurvedic practitioners are really big in meditation. Try to meditate at least for 10, 15, 20 minutes every single day. Detoxify your body. I mean, cleanse your
body on a regular basis. Sleep and spending time in nature are the last two things that most Ayurvedic
practitioners recommend. I recommend the same thing. You could really see about the congruency between what we’re talking about, and then what Ayurvedic
medicine is really all about, and the philosophy behind it, addressing the root cause,
doing the simple things, and healing the body the natural way, actually allowing the body’s
self-healing mechanism to become reactivated and heal itself. [Outro Music]

18 thoughts on “Ayurveda | The Science of Life


  2. Heal the mind heal the body, unlearn bad learned behaviors, forgiving yourself "we have all been traumatized beginning at birth", meditation quieting the mind. I see 2 types of people in the world those who enjoy just being and those that enjoy trying to control those, thus most of our anxiety, "people often enact abusive behaviors because something unnatural has happened to them and they have become deranged" ROYGBIV good info also that purple nascent iodine is good for your crown chakra βœŒοΈπŸ’œβ˜•οΈ

  3. 😍Thank you Dr. Group for sharing your knowledge in such an easy way that all can understand. I have learned so much from your talks about the best ways to take care of oneself. You make staying healthy so interesting I always make time to listen to your videos. You are my personal health guru not to mention my hero. God Bless and keep you well. You are right on.β€οΈπŸ’šπŸ’œπŸ’›πŸ’™

  4. So eloquently said. Thank you brother for imparting your wisdom on so many. I have very little taste and smell due to a TBI and experience NO hunger. I'm careful to include the rainbow in my vegan diet. Eating did not bring any joy until I incorporated colorful weed flowers and leaves with a lovely cranberry/ginger/garlic Asian dressing.

    I mediate and always take a cold shower. This helps my brain enormously. My main struggle is sleep which I've tried, without success, every natural sleep aid, many of which I grow. This is one of the biggest problems with 20% of TBI sufferers. I'm the lucky 20%. The other 80% are always tired and sleep up to 22 hours a day and always hungry.

    Thank you for reinforcing this information.

  5. According to the quiz you mentioned I am a Vata – Pitta. 40% each! Super interesting. Thanks for sharing!

  6. My GI PA-C berated me for getting information online, saying I'm trying to be my own Doctor.

    I explained to him I get info from Doctors like you, Dr. Berg, PhD's , Mike Adams, Surgeons etc.. online. (which is beyond his skill level, that put a cork in his mouth)

    This hot headed argument wasted a lot of my time in his office, I suspect he got this info from my PCP, which I never mentioned the internet to… I'll have to get their notes off my Lawyer and see why this happened. This one isn't over!

  7. The mind is so powerful. God gives us "FREE WILL". The principle in taking control over that mind (free will) is to follow truth. God's word and other sources of wisdom. That is the key in all of life, I believe.

  8. TCM also has been around 5000 years. I think acupuncture is the fastest way to fix your qi. Drinking warm water is big one. The west is dumb for serving cold water. LOLs.

  9. Thank you for explaining the practice of Ayurvedic medicine in simple terms. I've been so anxious to jump into it that I often get overwhelmed & give up. I understand it probably takes years of study to be truly knowledgeable on the subject, but you've given me a good place to start. 🌱

  10. I firmly believe in Vedic wisdom to live and to take care of life in all aspects, including health. Unfortunately, I am ignorant about Ayurvedic medicine approach as it was almost non-existent in practice during the lifetime my generation grew-up. I am hopeful that now with the help of people like you and others who know in-depth, it is going to regain its importance and become a viable health care system.

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