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How To Kindle Your Digestive Fire…

Over the last 3 months, I have brought into my life an amazing human being, Alicia Diaz, who is very well versed in the healing arts of Ayurveda. As I take my business, achievements and living life fully very seriously, I have decided to bring her on board to help me reach peak productivity and an ongoing state of balance.

So in this blog post I want to share with you one of the most powerful tip that I have learned from her as I apply it in my daily life so that you can too have can have a taste to live a more fulfilling, productive and enjoyable life.

If you have never heard about the Ayurvedic healing arts, you can check my video interview with Alicia where she actually explains a little bit about it as well as give further tips to help. Anyways back to what I want to share with you…

Over the last few months with Alicia, I have learned about a different and amazing way to looking at health. In Ayurveda, they talk about all different elements in nature, such as air and fire, and how these elements translate into all areas of our lives.

These areas include our health, our relationships, overall well being, etc… One of the most powerful takeaway to me was the Digestive Fire. Typically, my understanding of digestion when it comes to the body is the physical digestion of food to become nutrients for our body to absorb.

However the digestive fire is not just physical but goes way beyond that. I wish I could explain all that as good as Alicia does, but I can’t! So here is why I put up this picture that will help you understand why building this fire inside of us is so very important to your life.

As you can see from the diagram building that fire is extremely important for many diffrent reasons. So the question becomes, how do you kindle that fire then? It is very good question and just last night we were talking how the Ayrurvedic healing arts are so specific to each and everyone one of us. But here are some general guidelines that I am following that can help you with that process.

  • Eating with the sun cycles: early morning, noon and evenings
  • Reducing toxic built up in the body by having proper food combinations. For example don’t mix milk with bannanas, something which is very popular.
  • Adapting and balancing to our enviroment. So if it is cold make sure you balance with warm drinks like ginger (fresh ginger grated, boiled, with a pinch of himalayan salt and raw cane sugar, and a splash of lime). Drink throughout your day.
  • Meditation
  • Preparing the body to sleep by around 10 pm, where the digestive fire is used to ‘digest’ emotional and all sensory information that occured throughout the day. If you eat late, then this process will be diverted to digesting food. This is why when you kinda stay a bit late, you start to feel hungry and you get a boost of energy because the fire energy which is meant to digest your day is now directed to other areas.

Anyways, these are some of the tips that I wanted to share today. If you are interested in knowing more about the Ayurvedic health systems, which I highly recommend, make sure you watch the video interview that I have with Alicia here.

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16 Responses to How To Kindle Your Digestive Fire…

  1. Val Heisey March 21, 2012 at 8:38 PM #

    That is very interesting John. Your diagram sorta reminds me of Ryan Angelo. Glad this is working for you, and here’s to your good health and success!

    • johnmoussan March 22, 2012 at 3:38 PM #

      Actually this is Alicia’s diagram I wish I could draw as good as hers! haha thanks for the wishes.

  2. Viola Tam March 22, 2012 at 5:28 AM #

    Hi, John,

    Thank you for writing something special :)

    I have heard about Ayurvedic healing much my knowledge is limited. It seems like there are something in common with traditional Chinese medical practice. We (chinese) also advocate for going to bed at around 9-10pm.

    The toxic mix part is interesting too. Many health conscious people are looking for beneficial foods that can help them in becoming healthier. I am wondering how many people are watching the ‘toxic mix’ in the food intake…

    Viola Tam

    • johnmoussan March 22, 2012 at 3:34 PM #

      Hey Viola… yes I think Ayurveda is a ‘sister’ science to chinese medicine.

  3. Terry Petrovick March 22, 2012 at 7:04 AM #

    WOW, you are going pretty far out there for me John. I know about energy medicine. I have even taken an energy healing workshop. This concept of digestive fire is interesting…thanks for sharing.

    • johnmoussan March 22, 2012 at 3:33 PM #

      Hehe.. I find this super interesting and extremely useful. Explains things a bit different from what we know in the western medicine.

  4. David Sharp March 22, 2012 at 9:35 AM #

    That was very interesting John, I do know the value of getting an early night but it is not always possible especially when we have webinars to attend at 2 and 3 o clock in the morning.

    It is a very good idea not to mix certain foods and when we eat right it is amazing how much more energy we have.


    • johnmoussan March 22, 2012 at 3:31 PM #

      Yes, it can be hard and this a determination on how serious you are!

  5. Jessica March 22, 2012 at 12:17 PM #

    This is way awesome! I love learning neat stuff like this. I 100% believe you are what you eat.

    When you treat your body like a temple its makes you way more productive.

  6. Adrienne March 22, 2012 at 4:03 PM #

    I also thought about Ryan Angelo when you started talking about the elements in nature like fire and air.

    I can already tell I wouldn’t be able to do this although I do not like milk so having that with my banana is not a problem. But I also don’t like to drink warm beverages at all so once again that’s out for me and getting to bed by 10:00 hasn’t happened to me but maybe once in the past five years. Once when I’m either sick or just death tired can I make it to bed that early but I never eat past 7:00 pm. That’s a rule of mine.

    I do meditate but I don’t have a regular eating schedule either. I eat when I’m hungry and that’s all.

    Interesting though John and I’m glad you are enjoying learning from Alicia.

    • johnmoussan March 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM #

      Hey Adrienne thanks for your contribution. I love Ryan’s work, very big fan of his. Ayruveda is very specific to each and everybody’s needs, so while I may need to drink warm beverages this time of year, you could be totally different. This is what I like about it, it is very individualized.

  7. Kevin March 22, 2012 at 8:27 PM #

    Love it, John! Our minds and bodies are so amazing. It wasn’t long ago that saying affirmations seemed silly to me. Then I saw my life changing for the better. I can see a ton of value in what you’ve posted here as well!

    • johnmoussan March 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM #

      Yup, been there… still kinda there sometimes but for sure they make a difference!

  8. Jamella Biegel March 22, 2012 at 11:41 PM #

    Hi John,

    I’ve never heard of Ayurveda. It sounds very interesting. I hope that you will have future posts to share what changes are coming about since you started practicing this.

    • johnmoussan March 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM #

      I’ll see if I’ll write couple more posts about this… I am not an expert or this but I’ll share more.

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