Ayurveda & Digestion

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Over 90% of people suffer from everyday digestion problems such as gas, bloating, stomach pain, constipation, heartburn, and fatigue after eating. Maharishi Ayurveda provides simple solutions to these common complaints by considering not only what we eat but how we consume our meals.

Many times we are munching on a sandwich while driving through traffic, Our bodies need an uplifting and settled environment in order to process and absorb the nutrients from our meals. If that is not available, then we should at least be sitting down to eat — not standing, walking, or driving our way through a meal. Which makes difficulties to the digestion process of human.1

The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, according to ayurveda, is something respectful and important for the development of awareness as well as our physical health. When we sit down to eat, our stomach is in a relaxed posture and our awareness is on the taste, texture, and smell of the food. This will greatly improve the digestion. Another way to improve the digestion is to stimulate the agni, or digestive fire, before we begin eating. Weak digestive agni may result in fatigue after eating, so ayurveda recommends eating a one-inch piece of fresh ginger with a few drops of lemon juice and a few pinches of salt on it before a full meal. This starts to activate the salivary glands, producing the necessary enzymes so that the nutrients in the food are easily absorbed by the body.

2Balancing your digestive agni is a key principle in ayurveda. That's why ayurveda recommends a number of general practices for better digestion. Digestive agni can be compared to a burning fire. If the flame is very low, then it will take a long time to cook the food. In the same way, if the fire is too big, it can burn the food. If we put a huge log on a low fire, it will extinguish it. Our digestive fires should be balanced so that we can digest our meals efficiently and smoothly.

The ginger-and-lemon-juice recommendation helps to increase the digestive power. If, however, you suffer from an overactive agni, because of which there is too much internal heat and acid, then pomegranate chutney may be more suitable for you.

The next ayurvedic recommendation also addresses agni. Ayurveda recommends avoiding cold drinks at meals and ice-cold foods in general. This is like putting cold water on the burning logs. Iced water, normally served at restaurants, extinguishes the digestive fire. Even juice or milk right out of the refrigerator is too cold for the digestion. Juice should be taken at room temperature and water without ice.

Recommendations for creating balanced digestion may vary, depending on your specific dosha balance. For example, excess acidity may require different ayurvedic recommendations than for bloating or inactive digestion.

Once you get into this habit of drinking beverages at room temperature, you will notice a dramatic improvement in your digestion and the way your body feels while eating and after the meal. Cold drinks and foods mixed with warm cooked foods can cause stomach pains, bloating and general discomfort in the stomach area. If you have a Pitta imbalance, you can take cool drinks in between meals. Cold or frozen foods are not recommended for Pitta either because, even though they may temporarily cool down the heat, the agni is still being overstimulated and the imbalance will continue. Try slightly cool drinks made with Organic Rose Water, or milk mixed with dates or fresh mangos.6

Late dinner and found that it was a strain to wake up the next morning, and that will causes difficult to be efficient during the following day.These are often the side effects of improperly-digested food. The best way to avoid these problems is to follow nature's prescription of suitable times to eat. When the sun is strongest, between 12 and 2 p.m., is when the digestive fire is also strongest. Agni is associated with the sun. This is one of the ways ayurveda seeks to connect our mind and body with the environment.

Ayurveda recommends that lunch be the largest meal of the day, since that is the time the digestive agni is working at its maximum potency. As the sun goes down, so does our agni. Dinner should be lighter than lunch, and should ideally be eaten before 8:00 p.m. Late-night meals interfere with sleep, and after 10:00 p.m. the body is working to burn off toxins and continue to digest food from the day. If you eat after 10:00 p.m., the food may cause toxins to accumulate in the system, and as a result the next day you wake up tired. download

If you are not able to wake up fresh and clear, then it is important to analyze the quantity of food and the time of night you are eating dinner.ie; the main reason for this late wake up and digestive diseases is in taking of over food in the wrong timings.

These kind of problems leads to many digestive diseases. Nowadays lot of treatments and its centeres are available in India mostly in Kerala. One of the best Ayurveda & Yoga Resort in Kerala is Elephant pass ayurveda & Yoga Retreat. The main advantage of this retreat is, it’s just 16 km away from Cochin International Airport. This retreat is mainly concentrating on Ayurveda and Yoga ,Here we are treating  the people those who are all from abroad as well as from India. A very beautiful scenary with sounds of nature and beauty of River Periyar near famous pilgrim center Malayattoor. Apart from these things this retreat is situated in an Eco tourism village, called Kodanad. Famous Elephant training center and zoo is situated over here. In this Elephant training center, catching the elephants from forest and giving training to them for dragging heavy woods and those kind of activities.A very scenaric place and you all definitely enjoy this. The Best resort in the beautiful village in Kochi, Kerala…!!!