You know that digestion is an important part of our biological functioning. And yet so many people simply ignore the warning signs that something is wrong and later down the track they suffer the consequences.
Some people do their best to be healthy but still manage to end up having poor digestion. I feel for those poor people and yet there is a ray of hope. Ayurveda has several ways in which it improves digestion which in turn has a direct effect on the quality of life of that person.
Read this great article to find out more about how Ayurveda is great for digestion.
Are you experiencing heaviness, bloating, and pain upon elimination?
Do you also suffer from inexplicable chest pain and headaches?
Do you feel tired all the time, yet have difficulty sleeping and not know why?
These are all signs that your elimination system could be compromised.
Whereas in the west, we tend to think of digestion and elimination as being totally separate phenomena, Ayurveda sees both as deeply intertwined. When digestion is optimal, healthy elimination naturally follows. What benefits digestion also supports elimination.
4 Natural Ways Ayurveda Supports Healthy Digestion
1. Wake up early
One of the fundamental laws of nature taught by Ayurveda is that of the five great elements: ether, air, fire, water, and earth. These five elements combine to form bio-forces called doshas in the entire universe, as well as inside our bodies.
One of these doshas is called Vata dosha. It is comprised of the ether and air elements. The nature of air is to move, and Vata dosha is thus in charge of movement in the body.
The Rishis (sages) of ancient India, to whom Ayurveda is believed to have been revealed, have observed that Vata dosha is dominant in the atmosphere between 2-6am. The hours of 4-6am are believed by Rishis and Yogis of lore to be a spiritually charged time of day, in which it is most beneficial to meditate and perform other spiritual practices.
As the sister science of Yoga, Ayurveda recommends waking up between 4-6am, for its spiritual impact, and because Vata dosha moves in a downward and outward action in the body during this time, which allows us to more easily eliminate. This can be observed by how birds, babies, and animals all naturally eliminate in the early morning hours.
2. Drink warm water
There is a concept called Agni in Ayurveda, meaning “digestive fire.” Ayurveda compares our digestive capacity to a physical fire. We ‘extinguish’ this fire when we consume cold water, whereas warm water kindles digestive fire, supporting elimination.
3. Stop eating salads
So often touted as the classic ‘healthy food,’ salads actually disturb the elimination process for most people. That is because, like drinking cold water extinguishes digestive fire, eating cold, raw, uncooked vegetables in salads is difficult for our digestive system.
Eating raw vegetables additionally aggravates Vata dosha. When Vata dosha is aggravated for a long time, it can lead to the development of 80 different diseases. Keeping Vata dosha in a state of balance is a priority in Ayurveda.
The science of Ayurveda therefore recommends eating warm, oiled foods, which supports the digestive process and helps balance Vata dosha. You can steam or add oil to salads if you’d still like to eat them.
4. Embrace certain dairy products
Whereas most western elimination diets recommend restricting dairy and then reintroducing it after 23-30 days, Ayurveda embraces certain dairy products.
One of these is called ghee (clarified butter). According to an ancient Ayurvedic text called Bhavaprakash, having the proper amount of ghee in your food (which will be different quantities, depending on individual health needs) kindles digestive fire, and benefits gas, abdominal pain, and ulcers.
Those suffering from constipation can also drink warm milk at bedtime, as this is a mild laxative.
Try these tips today and your health will soon thank you, too. While it can be challenging to change our diet and lifestyle habits, the rewards will be well worth it.