Shopping for your Body
"Shopping" for the Dhatus (tissues).
Ayurveda states that there are 7 primary bodily tissues:
· Rasa: Plasma
· Rakta: Blood
· Mamsa: Muscle
· Meda: Fat
· Asthi: Bone
· Majja: Nervous Tissue
· Shukra & Arthava: Male & Female Reproductive Tissues
When we digest food, this is processed into waste material and nutrient-rich juice which travel through each of the 7 tissues, nourishing them in successive order – beginning at Rasa (Plasma) and ending in the reproductive tissues, Shukra (male) and Arthava (female).
Once the deepest layers of tissues have been nourished, the final product of Ojas is produced – bringing vitality and wellbeing to our bodies and minds.
How do we "shop" for the right food to nourish the Dhatus?
If we think about the primary function of the tissue (dhatu) it becomes easier to recognise what nourish, what does not..
What if we altered our thinking to view function as the primary aspect of dhātu?
1. prīnanam - nourishing - rasa
2. jīvanam - enlivening - rakta
3. lepaḥ - plastering layering - mamsa
4. snehaḥ - lubricating - meda
5. dhāranam - supporting retaining - asthi
6. pūraṇam - filling - majja
7. garbhotpadaḥ - creating - śukra
Viewing it this way, it becomes obvious to identify what thoughts, food, and activities nourish the person and what doesn't. What you need to "shop" for.
What food, actions, and thoughts nourish and enliven me?
What food, actions, and thoughts protect and strengthen the tender parts of me?
What food, actions, and thoughts create lubrication in me?
What food, actions, and thoughts are supportive?
What food, actions, and thoughts are filing?
What food, actions and thought are creative and will bring vitality and wellbeing to our bodies and mind?