Ayurveda And Digestion

Digestion is the process in which the food we eat gets converted into energy. The food is broken down to finer substances so as to be absorbed into the blood stream and the waste is eliminated. The three main types of food are generally handled by the digestive system where digestive acids and enzymes help in the breaking down the food aided by the digestive fire called ‘Agni’.

Ayurveda theory lays emphasis on digestion as the basis of good health as it is the process that is responsible for the assimilation of nutrients into the body. The digested food is finally converted into Ojas, the life energy that is essential for a balance in the physical, mental emotional and spiritual aspects of life. When digestion is incomplete or improper it can lead to accumulation of toxins called ‘Ama’ and impurities in the system. The accumulation of Ama paves the way for various disorders. Rest for a few minutes after meals and avoid rushing to perform any other work immediately after eating. A few sips of warm water can be taken during meals, but avoid drinking too much water while eating.

Ayurvedic Herbs for Good Digestion

Ayurvedic medicines known as Rasayan such as Amalaki and Triphala are good for facilitating good digestion.

Ayurvedic Suggestion for Improving Digestion

Ayurveda that breakfast should be light, lunch substantial and dinner should be light and taken early. 
For vata type people should consume salty, sour and sweet tasting foods. Pitta types can eat warm or cool foods that are bitter, sweet and astringent. Kapha types have slower and heavier digestion and should eat light and warm food that dry and cooked with lots of water. These foods can be bitter, pungent and astringent.
To cure indigestion the following foods are suggested:
Ginger: Ginger can be added to tea and also in cooking as a spice as it can improve appetite.
Ghee: Ghee increases Agni that plays a major role in digestion.
Black pepper, Cinnamon and Cloves are helpful in digestion.
Eating habits
  • Eat in a calm environment and eat slowly to make sure all the food stuff are properly chewed.
  • Focus on your food without diversion s like TV
  • Stick to a fixed time for eating everyday.
  • Avoid overeating and fill just 75% of your stomach.
  • Eat only when you are hungry and on empty stomach
  • At 3 to 6 hours should be allowed between meals
  • Avoid ice cold food or drinks
  • Avoid eating incompatible foods at the same time.
  • Avoid alcohol and carbonated beverages.
  • Drink plenty of pure water.
Ayurvedic diet
Ayurveda recommends fruits for breakfast. Lunch should include leafy vegetables, lentils and beans with whole grain and buttermilk. The spices used in cooking should be chosen according to the dosha type of the person. Dinner should consist of light meal comprising of cooked grains and vegetables. Incompatible foods like milk and fruits cause problems in digestion.   Concentrate on the food and avoid long telephone conversation. 


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