Health is a choice and choices are always based on knowledge. Ayurveda will give you the knowledge you need to start the process of regaining health.The doctor does not heal the body. The body heals itself. All the modalities of Ayurveda, and the Ayurvedic doctor have one goal, to awaken and support the bodies own innate intelligence. Many patients often suffer from everyday digestion problems such as gas, bloating, stomachpain, constipation and fatigue after eating. Dr Sudakar states that this often is beacause we rush through the day activities and ignor how much our body need an uplifting and settled environement in order to process and absorb nutrients from our meals. If this is not possible beacause of our paste of life, We should atleast not eating standing, walking or in front of our computer desk!
The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, is something reverent and important for the development of consciousness 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 already improve the digestion. Weak digestive agni may result in fatigue after eating so eating universal remedy a 1teaspoon 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.
In Ayurveda balancing your digestive agni is a key principle. Digestive agni can be compared to a burning fire. If the flame is very low than 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. Also eating on the correct time of the day The ginger and lemon juice recommendation helps to increase the digestive power. If, however you suffer from an over-active agni, because of which there is too much internal heat and acid, then pomegranate chutney may be more suitable for you. Avoide 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. 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 cramps, 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 over stimulated and the imbalance will continue. Try slightly cool drinks made with Organic Rose Water, or milk blended with dates or fresh mangos.
The next recommendation has to with the time of the day that you eat your meals. Have you ever gone out for a late dinner and found that it was a strain to wake up the next morning or that it was 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. We tend do do opposite here in the west..
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., which is the common mistake here , the food may cause toxins to accumulate in the system, and as a result the next day you wake up tired. 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.
Another ayurvedic tip for digestion is to drink a glass of pure, preferably warm water with little added salt first thing in the morning. This will support proper evacuation through kidneys and bowels. Water flushes out accumulated toxins, and keeps the digestion smooth. Sipped throughout the day, water is an excellent healer, especially warm water. and at the end of a tiring day, when you cannot seem to close your eyes, don’t be frustrated: drink a glass of warm milk . Milk should be organic and free of additives, and boiled with a pinch of cardamom before it is drunk in order to make it easier to digest. Drink it alone, away from meals, to avoid indigestion. Warm milk has a very soothing effect on the nervous system.
Massage your body. The skin thirsts for touch and attention. When warm herbalized oil is rubbed gently all over the skin, your body and your mind feel pampered and relaxed. Schedule a walk with a friend or co-worker. Ayurveda considers walking an excellent exercise: it balances all three doshas (psycho-physiological principles) without putting excessive strain on your body. It calms the mind, nourishes the senses and restores “flow” to the body’s essential channels.
Last but not least in congruence of Ayurvedic philosophy, we not only assimilate food, but also our experiences, feelings, sights, sounds, and other sensations . . . basically whatever is in our environment, we are inextricably connected to our environment With this in mind, it’s important to begin cultivating a more conscious awareness of what it is you are taking in on a daily basis. It will also become important to begin noticing how you are metabolizing the energy and information you are ingesting from the world around you. Ideally, you want to extract only the most nourishing aspects and eliminate that which takes you away from a life of joy, vitality, and love. with meditation techniques, we can explore how we can make the most life-affirming choices to nurture our body, mind, and soul.
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