The gut has been overlooked for too long, despite its pivotal role in digestion, the immune system, mental well-being, and overall well-being. It’s a complex ecosystem filled with trillions of microorganisms that shape the quality of our existence as we know it. Thus our ancient wisdom embodied in Ayurveda highlights the significance of digestion for our optimum health. It states that most of the diseases are related to gut problems. Ayurveda believes that a strong digestive fire, known as “Agni ” is crucial for absorbing nutrients and eliminating waste. Impaired digestion can lead to toxin buildup and imbalances. Thus, prioritizing digestion can have a profound impact on our well-being. So what can we do to enhance our digestion? Here are 9 impactful Ayurvedic tips for a better digestion to include in your life for a healthy body, mind, and soul.
Ayurvedic Principles to Improve Your Digestion
- Start your day with warm water
- Practice Mindful Eating
- Avoid consuming fruits immediately after your meals
- Drink water the right way
- Avoid Oily and Fatty Foods
- Have a early and light dinner
- Walk 100 steps after the meal
- Chew Fresh Ginger before meals
- Tejas Amrit : A Natural Remedy for all your Digestive Problems
1. Start your day with warm water
Ayurveda states that starting the day with warm water is tremendous for digestion, as it helps to stimulate the digestive system and enhances the production of digestive enzymes, promoting efficient digestion throughout the day. It also helps to cleanse the gastrointestinal tract by flushing out toxins and aiding in regular bowel movements. Moreover, it will help to balance your doshas, particularly Vata and Kapha, promoting overall digestive wellness. Making this simple practice a part of your daily routine can contribute to better digestion and overall health according to Ayurveda.
2. Practice mindful eating
Mindful eating, a key principle in Ayurveda, is a wonderful tip for better digestion. By being fully present during meals, savoring each bite, and chewing food thoroughly, we aid the digestive process and improve nutrient absorption. This practice also helps to prevent overeating and promotes a deeper connection with our bodies and the nourishment we receive from food. You will start to enjoy your food even if it is not the junk food you love with your heart. Our digestive system is called the second brain of our body. Therefore, avoid eating food when stressed, upset or angry to avoid heartburn.
3. Avoid having fruits immediately after your meal
According to Ayurveda, one should not consume fruits with other meals as it may release toxins in the body. This is because fruits are generally lighter and easier to digest but when eaten with heavier foods, it stays in the stomach for as long as the heaviest food takes to digest. As a result, they are overcooked by our digestive juices and begin to ferment. This can lead to digestive problems. It is best to have fruits as your breakfast or eat them 1 to 2 hours before or after meals.
4. Rules of Drinking Water
Let’s start with the right way to drink water. One should always drink water sip by sip in a seated position and not chug down the entire bottle in one go. Ayurveda encourages us to drink warm water for a healthy metabolic rate hence it keeps your digestive system right on track. Additionally, Ayurveda advises us to avoid drinking water immediately before or after meals. Drinking water right before a meal reduces digestion and drinking water just after meals increases assimilation and makes people obese. One should never drink ice cold water as it puts out the digestive fire and cause disturbance in the digestion process. To support optimal digestion, it is recommended to wait at least 30 minutes before or after meals to drink water, allowing the body to focus on effectively digesting the food.
5. Avoid oily and fatty foods
One should avoid oily and fatty foods for better digestion due to several reasons. Firstly, such foods are heavy and difficult to digest, which can strain the digestive system and lead to sluggish digestion. They can also increase the production of ama (toxic residue) in the body, impairing overall digestive function. Additionally, oily and fatty foods tend to aggravate the Kapha dosha, leading to a feeling of heaviness, bloating, and decreased digestive fire. Opting for lighter, nourishing foods can support efficient digestion and promote overall well-being, according to Ayurvedic principles.
6. Have a Early and Light Dinner
As the day progresses, our digestive fire naturally weakens, so a heavy dinner can burden the digestive system and lead to indigestion. Lighter meals in the evening are easier to digest and promote better sleep quality. Additionally, Ayurveda suggests aligning our eating patterns with the natural rhythms of nature, where dinner should be the smallest and simplest meal of the day to should be full of nutrients, low in calories and easy to digest. It is recommended to have dinner before 7 so that the body can focus on repair and rejuvenation during sleep.
7. Walk at least 100 steps after the meal
Ayurveda recommends we walk 100 steps after every meal to boost the digestion process effectively with very less effort on our part. Apart from improving digestion by stimulating intestinal movement, this basic activity helps to reduce bloating and gas, and enhances metabolism, while promoting weight management. It is a low-impact exercise that can help prevent constipation, improve nutrient absorption, and relieve stress, benefiting overall digestive health. Plus, walking keeps your blood pumping to optimal levels which branches a magnitude of benefits like elevated moods, good heart health, and enhanced muscle strength.
● Some herbs and spices for Gastrological Problems
Ayurveda categorizes many herbs and spices as digestion supporters. These herbs effectively stimulate the digestive fire, relieving discomfort, enhancing nutrient absorption, and balancing your doshas. Ginger, black pepper, and cumin ignite the digestive fire, while fennel, coriander, and cardamom alleviate digestive discomfort. Turmeric, cinnamon, and fenugreek enhance nutrient absorption, and various herbs and spices help balance the
doshas for optimal digestion and overall well-being.
Here are some simple yet effective digestive remedies:
A homemade relief to improve appetite and enhance digestion in summer-
Take a small piece of fresh ginger, sprinkle rock salt and lemon juice. Chew it for 10 minutes before meals to stimulate your digestive process.
People often serve a mix of saunf and mishri after the meal.
Mishri (rock sugar) stimulates digestive enzymes, aiding in the breakdown of food. Saunf (fennel seeds) relieves gas and bloating, promoting smoother digestion. This is because saunf is rich in antioxidants and has 87 volatile compounds including chlorogenic acid, quercetin, and apigenin due to which it acts as an anti-inflammatory agent.
Absolutely an effective duo!
Tejas Amrit: A Natural Remedy for all Digestive Problems
Do you want a simple recipe for all your Digestive Problems? Don’t worry we have something just for you! We specially formulate a detox tea called “Tejas Amrit” to address and meet the needs of your digestive Agni or digestive fire, earning it the name ‘Fire tea’. We meticulously craft it by blending green tea, saunth, kali mirch, tulsi, hing, green cardamom, clove, cinnamon, rock salt, lemon extract, turmeric, and coriander. These ingredients have effectively shown results in increasing digestive fire (Agni), boosting metabolism and relieving from gas, bloating and acidity.
And not only this, it is very simple to make and consume too. Just take a cup of warm water (200 ml). Place 1 tea bag in the cup. Let it steep for 1-1.5 minutes. After steeping, remove the tea bag and enjoy your detox tea.
Drink the tea half an hour before or after meals to enhance digestion, kindle the AGNI( Digestive Fire) and reduce bloating. For Weight Loss, start your day with detox tea to boost your metabolism.