Fasting, aka Langhana (The Ayurveda and Coffee Series)

Fasting, aka Langhana (The Ayurveda and Coffee Series)


good morning this is Tim — and this is Vie
— and we’re here to talk about Ayurveda in a simple way that makes it breaks it
down in a very easy way and so it’s part of our ayurveda and coffee series so
today we’re going to be talking about fasting because we’re actually going
into a 24-hour fast and because we’re going into a 24-hour fast let’s talk about fasting — we are in a 24-hour — yes and so in ayurveda they talked a lot about fasting what is the ayurvedic term for fasting —
the ayurvedic term for fasting is langhana it would be l-a-n-g-h-a-n-a langhana and it is mentioned in the old ayurvedic texts in particular in vagbhata
samhita and they talk about different forms of fasting the idea is that you
help your Vata dosha stay balanced — and if you don’t know what your vata dosha
is you can check one of our previous ones that explains what the vata is — and
the vata is primarily responsible for elimination
for cleansing by fasting by not eating all the time — yay or drinking — or
drinking all the time you help your vata deal with whatever is already
there cleanse instead of putting new stuff in — and in ayurveda they
give a specific time for the average — yes the easiest way is 12 hours — and why twelve
hours — because it takes 12 hours for whatever we ingest in our body in terms
of food and drink to become the chyle the ahara rasa the nutrient precursor
precursor to be processed into something that’s gonna feed our tissues that
nutrient precursor to give you an idea is like a liquid like substance that’s
yellowish — disgusting looking — yes that’s disgusting cheers and it feeds our tissues so every one
of our tissues is going to absorb whatever nutrients it needs from that
chyle — and chyle is and actually in ancient Greek medicine they talked about chyle too – they talked about the different humors yes the yellow bile and the black and all that but the idea is again allow your body 12
hours to deal with whatever you put in with whatever calories you put in before
you disturb it again that’s why in ancient Greek Medicine
Hippocrates was saying that the first step as a cure to any disease no matter
the disease is to fast — okay and I know in today’s world you know I know that ayurveda talks about twelve hours being the main one but in today’s world there’s
basically three types of fasting that you can see and so what are the three
types let’s go with the first one — the first one is the time restrictive eating that’s where the
12 hours falls into pick a certain chunk of time within your day that you don’t — or night — or night yes — within 24 hours — within your 24 hour period that you don’t put any
calories in and to make it clear when we talk
calories water is perfectly okay mineral water
black coffee black tea just no additives to it — yeah and there’s also like some herbal
teas actually give calories so that may or may not affect your insulin
— exactly — so with that the time restricted is and there’s books out there’s
there’s some people that say twelve hours some people that have said sixteen
hours go 16 hours and then you can eat for so many and then there’s some that
say 18 hours and then you can eat during a six-hour block — yeah — and I know a lot of
there was a lot of people talking like how can you do that only giving yourself
6 hours to eat and you can eat whatever you want in those six hours but that’s why you can eat whatever you want in those six hours — exactly which means that the time restricted
eating allows you to cheat every now and then you wanna enjoy that piece of cake
that doughnut that pizza whatever and that’s okay just allow yourself allow
your body enough time to detoxify from that — so in the time restricted you can be any type
of you can eat high-protein or a high carb or high fat so — anything — all diets — yes — that are out there can fit into that the time restricted — exactly exactly — so it doesn’t cut anyone out — yes — okay and the next one is — the next next one would be the intermittent fasting which is 24 hours and above — and
that one though is can be difficult physically and mentally and also — and
emotionally mainly — for people so some people shouldn’t even do — yes — that long of a fast — exactly and should anyone want to attempt that only with medical guidance medical
advice medical supervision it’s very important — and then the third one is — the
third one is the fat fast — okay — which pure fat has been shown to not mess with our
insulin and that’s the whole idea of the fasting and detoxification and all that
is to keep our insulin balanced — so by adding like butter and stuff to your coffee in the morning — ghee coconut oil — is like sort of a fat fast — exactly exactly
yes now the verdict is not out like crystal clear but try it
for yourself and see how you feel yes — because I know we do because some mornings
we’ll add butter and MCT oil — yes — brain octane something like that into our coffee and
that’s what we do or we even like strong coffee — yes — which is an instant coffee
that we just make the hot water and add it to it and we’re good to go
so there’s there is different fat fasts that we do along with we almost we do at
least 12 hours every day — yes it’s easy it’s easy to do it’s easy to do and should you
wanna start it say you stop eating six or seven in the evening
you don’t eat again until 7:00 the next morning that’s it most of those hours
— you’re sleeping — you are sleeping — or hopefully sleeping — yeah if you work third shift you adjust accordingly and now — and there is no it’s it’s good it’s okay to be working third shift — it is absolutely — you do not have to quit your job to be — oh yeah please — okay because I know I’ve heard that many times while you work
third shift you can’t do ayurveda because you have to quit —
no that’s the commodity Ayurveda the the real ayurveda says keep going and now
if you want to enjoy your wine Scotch tequila gin another drink — oh yuck I hate gin — I know I’m just saying yeah gin is not ayurvedic then you you know you may need to break your fast the next
day at lunchtime you may want to skip breakfast
get it break the fast — yes — and you can still have your black coffee your tea your water all
that yeah — so and so those are the three main ones there’s also some other ones
out there that we’re really not going to talk about because they’re they’re a
little bit more extreme — yeah — and so those are the three main ones that most people
talk about today — yep it’s a it’s all about assisting your
vata to cleanse your body bringing in that light quality and actually the
Sanskrit word langhana comes from laghu which is one of the twenty
qualities and it’s the light quality our body needs that and then you are free to
enjoy whatever foods you enjoy — okay — you know take that with a grain of salt — salt is good — yeah exactly Himalayan especially — yes so today was about fasting and I would like
to say what type of coffee are we drinking this morning — oh it’s the
coffee beans that we roasted and the green beans are from Guatemala and they
are organic high altitude shade-grown — and if you want to — all that — try to make your own we’ll put a link to how we make our or how we roast our coffee in here
and that’s it — until next time cheers everyone — cheers —

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