According to Ayurveda, the key to good health lies in how robust is your digestive system. Your gut is literally a gatekeeper to your health and all the metabolic function of your body. Agni is a Sanskrit word that refers to the fire is refers to the source of life in Ayurveda. If your digestive fire is strong, you will be able to digest food effectively, creating healthy tissues, and also will be able to remove waste efficiently. If your digestive Agni is weak, it leads to the problem of bloating, indigestion, gas, and erratic bowel movement. Due to this, you will feel sluggish and heavy throughout the day, and your body will become storage for waste material that will lead to various serious ailments.
In Ayurveda, there are some remedies that you can incorporate in your life that will improve your metabolism, digestion hence aid in weight loss. Here are some powerful ways to improve your digestion.
Wake up early:
According to Ayurveda, waking up between 4 to 6 am is best for your digestion. At this time, Vata doshas move downwards hence effective bowel movement and effective elimination of toxins. According to our rishi muni 2 to 6 am is a spiritually charged time, and it is time Vata doshas is dominant in these hours. Hence waking up earlier has a profound effect. After waking up, drink warm water to kindle your digestive Agni throughout the day.
Always start your day with some light exercise like jogging and yoga that will make you energetic throughout the day and also keep your digestive system healthy. It is advisable to take a short walk after meals for smooth digestion. Also, after exercising practice meditation for 20 to 30 minutes daily. It will help in calming your mind and maintain homeostasis in your body also helps in better digestion. Taking short walks after meals also helps in balancing blood sugars.
Don’t eat when you are stressed:
According to Ayurveda, when you are stressed, your body is in fight and flight mode, and it consumes maximum energy to take your body out of that state. So it is hard for your body to digest your food properly. Engage in some relaxing activities instead of binging on food and eat when you are calm, and your body is in proper rest and digest mode.
When you overeat your digestive system tossed, our system finds it very difficult to break down the food. To break down the food properly, it tends to produce more acid than cause indigestion. It also leads to the problem of acidity and bloating. It is essential to eat mindfully; the key is to eat everything in moderation. According to Ayurveda, to leave some space in the stomach to ensure proper digestion. Always eat in small portions at regular intervals to fuel your digestion.
Eat the heaviest meal at lunch:
Our digestive Agni is on the peak from 12 pm to 2 pm at that moment our bodies are most able to digest meals. At noon our digestive system secretes maximum digestive juices in the day time, so it is best to eat a heavy meal at lunch. Unlike noon our digestive Agni is low in the evening, so it is advisable to eat a lighter meal at dinner. So if we eat a heavy meal at dinner, we feel sluggish and bloated.
Drinking on herbal tea throughout the day also help in digestion. In Ayurveda, ginger is known for its various health benefits. It aids in relaxing your intestine hence relieve you from acidity and bloating. All you have to do is grate some ginger and let it boil for at least five minutes and sip on it.
Try these ayurvedic tips to improve your digestion and overall wellbeing.