The digestive system when working in perfection is virtually not noticed. Emotions like the digestive system when balanced are virtually absorbed without any effort. The minute that the stomach begins to bloat and fear starts to grip ones gut we become startled by both our digestion and emotions. Anger can feel like emotional heartburn. Depression can feel like the gut won’t move and the emotions are the cement.
We all know our unique signature emotion. Are you the one that has a hot temper? Or do feel anxious and fearful right under the surface? Is life just too heavy for you so you can’t get motivated to challenge its secret code. Only you can answer where you are on the spectrum of those emotional shades.
Just like we know our emotions like our favorite old shirt we know our digestion and it’s pattern. We know our eating habits and how our gut responds. The key to linking emotional pattern to digestive pattern is basal metabolic rate.
Wikipedia defines Basal metabolic rate as “Metabolism comprises the processes that the body needs to function. Basal metabolic rate is the amount of energy per unit time that a person needs to keep the body functioning at rest. Some of those processes are breathing, blood circulation, controlling body temperature, cell growth, brain and nerve function, and contraction of muscles. Basal metabolic rate (BMR) affects the rate that a person burns calories and ultimately whether that individual maintains, gains, or loses weight. The basal metabolic rate accounts for about 60 to 75% of the daily calorie expenditure by individuals. It is influenced by several factors. BMR typically declines by 1-2% per decade after age 20, mostly due to loss of fat free mass although the variability between individuals is high.”
As Wikipedia describes BMR(basal metabolic rate ) looking to the last sentence in particular, “although the variability between individuals is high.” we find the key principle in Ayurveda’s explanation of its body type system.
This biological fact of BMR variability is one of the main principles Ayurveda uses to describe its body type system.
Ayurveda teaches that if the person has a fast BMR they are prone to a skinny body, fast speech, fast mind and expresses fear as their primary underlying emotion. Often fear is expressed as anxiety.
If the person has a medium BMR they also have a strong amount of HCL (hydrochoric acid) and has a strong digestive system. This person’s body weight stays at a medium size all their life even though they enjoy eating anything with out having digestive disorders. When they get older can get heart burn if have rich eating habits.
This person has a tendency toward irritability and even anger especially if they don’t eat lunch.
The third primary type is the slow BMR that even looks at the chocolate cake and its on their hips the next morning. These folks are prone to express emotions as depression, lethargy leading to obesity.
Ayurveda teaches how to pick foods and balance your emotions according to the Ayurvedic Body Type System. It is an ancient body’s owner’s manual.