It is believed by Ayurveda that health and wellbeing depend upon our ability to digest everything we take in from the environment. Not only tangible substances like food and drink, but this also includes our experiences, emotions and the impressions we take in via our sensory portals, namely our eyes, ears, nose, tongue, and skin. The act of eating is life-giving.
Ayurveda strongly believes that when our digestive ability, commonly called as agni, is strong, we create healthy tissues and eliminate waste products efficiently. Our agni could be weakened through the following reasons: improper eating, negative emotional energy, lack of activity or unhealthy daily routine. If the aforementioned happens, our digestion is hampered and we produce toxins that get stored in the body. Ayurveda recognises this toxic residue as ama and considers it to be the root cause of any disease.
Ayurveda practitioners recommend an array of practical techniques that help keeping our digestive fire strong. Incorporating these practices into our daily life can strengthen agni that could further facilitate weight loss, improve the metabolism of food, and minimize uncomfortable Gastrointestinal symptoms.
Here are those suggested practices:
- Release of negative emotions
Emotions affect our digestion directly. Examples of this effect could be the sensation of a heartburn, felt when under stress or loss of appetite when sad, or feeling nauseated when anxious. There is an intimate relationship between our brain and our gut. Hence it is very important to manage stress and release emotional turbulence for our digestive tract to work efficiently.
- Sip ginger tea regularly
Known as the universal remedy in Ayurveda, Ginger has been used to treat digestive issues since a long time. Ginger is known to relax the smooth muscle of the intestines, thereby relieving symptoms of gas and cramps. Also, ginger can stimulate saliva, bile, and gastric enzymes to aid in digestion of the food that has been ingested.
- Exercise and Meditation
Beneficial for the human health, exercise and meditation play a major role even in digestion. It is believed that the genetic changes that occur with regular meditation, could help restore the body’s homeostasis which includes the processes controlling digestion.
- Avoid overeating
It becomes difficult for our stomach to break the food down when we overeat. We also tend to produce more acid, thus causing reflux and indigestion. According to ayurveda, we should leave some part of our stomach empty for the digestive enzymes to work efficiently.
If we take care of digestion, we end up taking care of our health and vitality.