Over the past few years we’ve seen an evolution in the way people think about health and wellbeing. As opposed to being a chore, keeping fit and eating well have become aspirational-instead of Louis Vuitton and Louboutins, green smoothies and Lululemons are now the new status symbols. And whilst I certainly don’t subscribe to the idea that you have to take out a loan to spend on fancy kit and deluxe superfoods, it makes me happy that health and wellbeing is becoming a priority in our lives.
One thing I’ve noticed over the past few months, especially at the OM Yoga Show, is a shift in how we perceive food- instead of simply viewing food as fuel (or worse, the enemy), many of us are starting to see it holistically and using it as a way to cure or prevent common ailments such as acne, headaches and the flu. This change in attitude owes a lot to the ancient practice of Ayurveda- literally, life-medicine in Sanskrit- and it’s becoming increasingly mainstream. I’ve been discovering this practice in small doses during my weekly yoga classes, as it has a strong influence.
For instance I re-discovered Pukka Herbs, best known for their teas, at the OM Yoga Show. They’re currently championing turmeric in teas and superfood capsules and powders. Turmeric has long been used in Aryurvedic medicine and is known for its power to reduce inflammation and regulate cholesterol. Very early studies have even suggested it may contain cancer-fighting properties, and so you can see what all the hype is about.
I for one am really glad that people are starting to look at food as an integral part of their health- especially as someone who has a history of disordered eating. I’m enjoying learning about the different healing and health benefits of food, as well as doing more general research about Ayurveda. Now don’t get me wrong, I still champion modern medicine, and approach alternative remedies with a healthy dose of skepticism; but when thoroughly researched, some of these therapies make a lot of sense.
For instance I’m looking at food and supplementation to help me get rid of a particularly nasty bout of hormonal acne I’m experiencing as a result of coming off the pill. I’ll keep you all posted on my progress, but it looks like this is just the beginning for me!
Lots of love,