Health Secrets I Learned From An Ayurvedic Doctor That We Don’t Talk About Enough

When it comes to my health, I will try anything from the latest technology and medications to natural and holistic remedies that have been around for hundreds of years. I take my health seriously and am always looking for ways to improve it. So when I had the opportunity to work with Ayurvedic practitioner Bridge Ochoa, I jumped at the chance. As CEO of Bridge Ayurveda, Ochoa has a success rate of more than 90 percent, helping clients overcome digestive and hormonal issues and symptoms like fatigue and hair loss. Working with her not only improved my health, but I also learned a lot from her. The wellness secrets I learned are game changers and we don’t talk about this stuff enough. Today I’m sharing the four most important wellness secrets I’ve learned working with Ayurvedic practitioner Ochoa. Keep scrolling for more information.

Ayurveda Practitioner, Bridge Ochoa

Bridge Ochoa founded Bridge Ayurveda in 2021 and has helped countless patients holistically recover from symptoms such as hormonal imbalance, digestive issues, fatigue and hair loss. With a success rate of over 90%, Bridge Ayurveda uses Ayurvedic courses, workshops, retreats and programs to help clients whose busy lifestyles have taken a toll on their physical and emotional health.

1. Eat what makes you feel better

Years ago, I tried the keto diet when everyone was raving about it, only to find that my body responds better to a high carb diet. Skipping pasta and bread made me feel sluggish and resulted in massive water retention. It turns out Ayurveda knows there’s a reason for this. One person’s medicine is another person’s poison, which means not all salads and vegetables are healthy for everyone, Ochoa said. Foods that work for one person will not necessarily work for another because everyone has their own Ayurvedic constitution. This is a unique blueprint of your body that contains a ratio of the vata, pitta and kapha doshas that control different elements of the body. It’s also why eating styles and food modifications work differently for everyone. While you can take a free quiz to determine your constitution, Ochoa recommends working one-on-one with a certified Ayurvedic practitioner who can guide you on your wellness journey.

Since working with Ochoa, I have learned that I have a predominant pitta dosha, which correlates with a lot of fire in my digestive tract. Predominant pitta doshas benefit from a high-grain, low-fat diet, hence my body’s positive response to a high-carb diet. Now, I structure my meals around these basic principles (rather than whatever diet is trending), opting for a small bowl of granola for breakfast, sandwiches or wraps for lunch, and basmati rice or pasta with a protein for dinner . The best part is that I feel better about it. Giving my body the food it needs has naturally increased my energy levels and improved my mood; I can go through the day without feeling the need to take a nap and I’m less irritable.

2. Focus on the digestibility of your meals

In Ayurveda, the digestive system is the master of the body. According to Ochoa, this is why Ayurveda doesn’t pay too much attention to the macronutrients and micronutrients of a meal. Instead, it focuses on the digestibility of each meal. No two people are the same, and everyone’s body digests food differently. Ayurveda encourages everyone to eat what is best for them and their digestion. Generally speaking, if you have digestive problems after eating your “gluten-free, dairy-free, low-FODMAP healthy food, it’s not healthy,” Ochoa said.

Now I pay attention to how certain foods sit with me for hours after I eat them based on how well they help settle my stomach acid. While this isn’t foolproof because I have chronic inflammation, the way your body digests food tells you a lot about whether or not that food is good for you and has been very helpful in guiding me toward right foods for my body. For example, many doctors, friends and family told me to eat more fiber to regulate my bowel movements, but I have come to the conclusion that minimal fiber is key to keeping my digestive tract in check. Eating more fiber not only made me bloated and sluggish, but also made my constipation worse.

No one knows your body better than you, but if you’re not sure how you’re digesting certain foods and meals, try keeping a food journal or making mental notes to keep track. This will help you get to know your body better and keep it balanced.

3. Incorporate fresh herbs and spices into your diet

According to Ochoa, Ayurveda emphasizes regularly incorporating fresh, high-quality herbs and spices into your diet for optimal health and digestion. In addition to their ability to improve digestion, they also add tons of flavor to any meal. Plus, they can help you get more creative in the kitchen, regardless of your cooking skills.

Although people respond differently to certain herbs and spices like diets and foods, Ochoa said the classic Ayurvedic digestive tea of ​​cumin, coriander and fennel seeds is usually good for all metabolic types. In my case, incorporating fresh parsley into all my meals has been a huge game changer. I love adding it to pasta sauce or sprinkling it on the final product along with fresh black pepper. Since doing this, I have noticed a massive improvement in my digestion, heartburn and bloating. Try different herbs and spices to see what your body responds to, or if possible, talk to an Ayurvedic practitioner about what would be best for your body and your goals.

4. Keep your mind and body in harmony

Stress can wreak havoc on your health, but I have a lot going on with a full-time job, finishing my degree, and planning my wedding, and de-stressing is often easier said than done. Ayurveda recognizes that life passes. It goes beyond choosing the right foods for your constitution and encourages a strong, healthy mind-body connection. More of us are coming to discover that good nutrition is more than just the food you put on your plates about the whole person, mind, behaviors and lifestyle, Ochoa explained. We need to balance these factors to foster a balance of mind, body and spirit. Ayurveda has been discovered for thousands of years.

Now, I prioritize relaxing periodically throughout the day. I exercise and meditate in the morning and take five minutes to breathe deeply between work tasks to reset my brain and body. I also do breathing after work, which helps my brain and body know it’s time to relax. Although my stress hasn’t completely disappeared, I’ve noticed a big difference in the way I manage it. I can manage better and feel less overwhelmed. Case in point: I used to get anxious whenever I had a busy schedule (think: multiple dates, studying, wedding planning, and work). Downtime is vital to my mental health, and I worried that I wouldn’t be able to do it all and fit in time for myself. But now I know I can handle it and I don’t worry about what’s on my calendar anymore. If there are weeks when I have less time for myself, I know they won’t last forever.

Many of us are caught up in the constant hustle and bustle. While being ambitious is certainly not a bad thing, it is important to take the time to nurture your mind, body and spirit. This might look like going for a walk in nature, catching up with a friend, or reading a good book. Whatever it is, balancing your life as best as possible is key to optimal health and happiness and a pillar of Ayurveda.

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