Get Through The Winter Months With Ayurveda Medicine
When we booked our appointment with Heather Baines at Roots of Wellness in Boulder, we didn’t know what to expect with the Ayurveda health care approach. Trust us when we say this: Unless you’re as healthy as Chuck Norris, you could greatly benefit from Ayurveda.
“I have two types of people who come to see me—those who are at their wits’ end with their health challenges, and those who are relatively healthy but they know they can do better,” says Heather Baines, who is an advanced Ayurveda health care practitioner.
Just answer this question: When was the last time your doctor spent more than two hours with you? Asking you questions about your sleep, your diet, your health care goal? Heather asked every important question you could imagine during our appointment. She really got to the roots of our problems and offered other methods to improving our day-to-day health. She focuses on Dinacharya (habits and daily schedule) to improve our overall health—such as rest, relationships, exercise, nutrition and work.
We didn’t even get scolded for our love of blueberry muffins—or our unhealthy obsession with coffee.
Okay, fine. We can say that we were given a gentle hand slap to put down the muffins and end some of our not-so-appealing food addictions. Gut health is a major indicator of health by Ayurveda standards—something Heather says modern medicine is just now beginning to understand.
“Ayurveda sees our diet and our body’s ability to digest the food we eat as the foundation upon which the health of the body is built,” says Heather. “The health of the mahasrotas [digestive tract] directly influences proper and balanced digestion, which creates the health of the body, the health of the mind, and the health of the immune system.”
In other words: Our health begins with gut health. After our almost three-hour appointment with Heather, she e-mailed over a complete Chikitsa (an Ayurveda wellness plan) for us. She detailed over 15 pages worth of advice, health care tips and herbal suggestions for us to start implementing daily. She even provided some amazing soup recipes to help us get through the cold winter months ahead.
“During cloudy, rainy or snowy weather, avoid dairy products, do not take warm milk at night; instead choose clear broths or tea as your bedtime treat,” suggests Heather in our Chikitsa.
You can book an appointment with Heather at Roots of Wellness directly on her website at: RootsOfWellnessAyurveda.com. A two-hour initial appointment is $250.
954 North St., Ste. 303