The digestive system as the base for overall health

The digestive system as the base for overall health

You have probably experienced some (or all!) of the following digestive issues in your life: stomach ache, a bloated feeling, pain in the (lower)back, nausea, diarrhoea, acid reflux, constipation and/or tiredness…to name some examples.

A lot of us don’t like to talk about our digestive issues. However, I found it quite striking when I read that research of the Dutch Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) found that almost 25% of the Dutch population experiences problems with their digestive system (RIVM, 2019).

The base for overall health

Ayurveda describes that a healthy digestive system forms the base for overall health. A balanced digestive system is important because:

  • All our food - mental, emotional and physical food - can get digested properly;
  • Toxin build up in the body can be reduced;
  • The immune system can get stronger which can reduce the chance of getting sick.

The cause of disease

Disease is the result of a digestive system that is out of balance, and is unable to digest completely. This can result in toxins staying in the body for too long, disrupting the digestive processes. That can cause symptoms like I described above.

Every one has different needs

According to Ayurveda, our daily lifestyle and diet can help us balance our digestive system. It’s all about finding out what works best for you as an individual, because every one has different needs. No 'one size fits all'. A few small changes can already make a big difference!

The wisdom of Ayurveda can help you become more aware of how you can take care of your digestive system, with a lifestyle and diet that really fit your needs.

Discover your needs to maintain health

Take an Ayurvedic consultation. I will make a plan for your daily lifestyle and diet, containing recipes and advice for your daily routine that will help you strengthen your digestive system, and achieve and maintain overall health.


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Bijna kwart Nederlanders kampt met klacht of aandoening van spijsverteringsstelsel | RIVM
Bijna 1 op de 4 Nederlanders was in 2017 bekend bij de huisarts met maag-, darm- of leverproblemen. Het gaat om ruim 3,7 miljoen mensen. Dit blijkt uit onderzoek van het RIVM in opdracht van de Maag Lever Darm Stichting.