The concept is based partly on Ayurved, the Indian science of life and well being, which views the body as having three essences; vata (essence of motion), pitta (essence of transformation-digestion) and kapha (essence of solidity). These essences are also described as vata-air, pitta, fire and kapha, earth/water. A key in Ayurved is to keep the three in balance.
Ayurved also recognizes differences in seasons, spring, being a moist, fertile time of growth of course is a kapha period. Summer, naturally is a time of heat or pitta when the seeds transform into food. Finally, autumn and winter turn windy and cold. Things become brittle and dried, the time of vata. So the tendency in summer is for the fire in us (pitta) to grow excessively, spring brings kapha problems and winter hosts vata imbalances.
Seeing how delicious the blackberries looked (and tasted) now in the summer reminded me of text from John's book. He wrote this about blackberries.
Native to Europe, these berries are harvested in late spring and early summer, from April through July, but are out of season in the winter and are too cool for most winter climates. They are sweet, sour and astringent and help cool the body down and to treat diarrhoea, a classic summer condition in which the stool is liquefied by excess heat. Blackberries are also very alkaline, high in iron and are the best blood builders although they have a constipating quality.
So you can see that blackberries (growing practically everywhere in the country) are the perfect food for us in summer!
Over past months as we have worked with medical practitioners who are using BIRM – see https://www.garyascott.com/birm/ – in their practice we learned that alkalinity is another key factor in maintaining health (more about this in next week's message). Alkalinity is linked to the immune and blood sugar system, so maintaining the correct balance helps avoid disease and illness such as diabetes.
John's book shows some other great summer foods that help blood sugar disorders as well. Here is what the book says:
“Bitter Melon” Originally harvested throughout China and India, bitter melon is used to treat diabetes in Asia. It has twice as much potassium as bananas and is proven to increase the number of beta cells (which produce insulin) in the pancreas. It is high in iron and has twice the beta-carotene of broccoli and twice the calcium of spinach. It is bitter in taste and cooling to the body, but is too cooling and bitter for winter.
Blue berries are another good blood sugar regulating food as the books says:
“Blueberries, Native to North America, are harvested from May through August and are both sweet and astringent. Traditionally known to help strengthen the pancreas and stabilize blood sugar levels, blueberries serve to offset the high energy demands and sugar content of the summer fruit harvest. They are not cooling as blackberries or raspberries and are okay in the winter also. Recent studies have found blueberries to be a very powerful antioxidant.”
You can learn more about this book at https://www.garyascott.com/health/587/
John is currently offering a free ongoing weight loss study in progress for his latest book that is very powerful. You can get information from John Douillard about this at firstname.lastname@example.org This is a great opportunity to work with such an outstanding master of the diet of Ayurved.