When I was 30 years old I was diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). I was able to reverse this painful autoimmune disease within 6 months of diagnosis because I discovered Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda is the 10,000-year- old sister science of yoga. It is literally translated from Sanskrit as “science of life.” One of the teachings of Ayurveda that got me on my road from inflamed to vital was the knowledge that we are not all the same person. In fact, the different body types, or doshas, require different diets, sleep patterns, exercise regimens and they process their emotions differently. Ayurveda says autoimmune disease is undigested anger. I also learned that my dosha type was prone to holding onto weight, toxins, and emotional hurt. It was also prone to inflammation. I am a pitta-kapha dosha. So I set out to learn how to feed myself, detox myself, heal my past trauma, and became a yoga and meditation teacher. That was a far cry from the Type A marathon runner who developed RA in the first place. One of my favorite things was learning to use spices to heal my illness. Ayurvedic dishes are rich in taste because of the liberal use of anti-inflammatory spices and herbs like turmeric. This lovely golden milk is great for all body types and helps calm the immune system down when you have an autoimmune disease.
I get patients in my practice who are frustrated with the limitations their autoimmune disease and leaky gut has placed on their dietary choices. I always feel nothing but compassion for these frustrated patients of mine. Navigating the dietary changes necessary to reverse inflammation, hormone imbalances, digestive issues, chronic pain, and autoimmune disease can feel very overwhelming. I know I was completely frustrated and overwhelmed when I was first diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis. People trying to figure out life with an autoimmune disease can also be overwhelmed by the conflicting information out there. Why is it conflicting? Because we are all different and there is no one-size- fits all diet for autoimmune reversal. That’s why I do individualized testing for my patients so they know exactly what their immune system is attacking and what they can safely eat.
Fear not if you are one of these frustrated people. Your food can be easy to prepare and absolutely delicious. An autoimmune diagnosis does not banish you to the inner circle of hell and tasteless food. On the contrary, it can be a culinary adventure as you try out new ingredients for the first time. Preparing your food to fit your dosha type adds a whole new element of fun. Want to know your dosha type? You can take the quiz on my website.
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Inflammation Reducing Golden Milk
Ayurveda teaches that spices and herbs such as turmeric are better absorbed when combined with a fat
like coconut oil or ghee and a little long or black pepper.
Reducing inflammation not only frees you from pain but allows gut wall and adrenal glands to heal and
your hormones to come into balance.
Always serve beverages at room temperature or warm. Drinking anything on ice or straight out of the
fridge puts out your digestive fire, adversely affecting your life force, or ojas.
- 2 cups full fat coconut milk
- 2 teaspoons ground turmeric root
- 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger root
- 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- pinch ground cardamom
- pinch of star anise
- 1-2 teaspoons of raw honey (optional)
- pinch fresh ground long or black pepper
- pinch of sea salt
- 1 tsp coconut oil
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour in a small saucepan and heat over
medium heat for 3-5 minutes. Add raw honey if desired. Sip and enjoy!
Dr. Keesha Ewers, PhD, ARNP is a Doctor of Sexology, trauma informed therapist, is board certified in Functional medicine and holds an advanced certification in Ayurvedic medicine, and is the founder and medical director of the Academy for Integrative Medicine Health Coach Certification Program.
Dr. Keesha has been in the medical field for over 30
years. After being diagnosed with rheumatoid arthritis—an incurable disease according to Western medicine—she discovered how to reverse autoimmunity using her Freedom Framework® Method, which she has now used with thousands of her own patients and teaches to her health coach students in her online certification program.
Dr. Keesha is a popular speaker, including at Harvard and from the TEDx stage, and the best-selling author of Solving the Autoimmune Puzzle: The Woman’s Guide to Reclaiming Emotional Freedom and Vibrant Health and Your Libido Story: A workbook for women who want to find, fix, and free their sexual desire. You can listen to her Healthy YOU! Radio Show and find her programs at DrKeesha.com.