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Ayurvedic Tips for Digestion

Ayurveda prioritizes proper digestion of food essential for good health. Digestion comprises the basic approach of tridosha (Vata, Pitta and Kapha), Saptdhatu (the seven tissues), and Mala (exercise) – all fundamental principles of Ayurveda. An effective digestive system is vital to achieve and sustain a healthful balance.

When our digestive system is not taken care of, undigested food is collected in the intestine that leads to an array of digestive problems and autoimmune disorders.

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There are also several ayurvedic herbs helpful in promoting strong digestion due to their digestive properties.

1. Eat only when hungry.

Avoid stuffing your tummy with food when you do not feel hungry. Apart from the problem of weight gain, when you have food when not really hungry, it makes you feel bloated, uneasy and glutted. Your digestive enzymes are strong enough to break down your food only when your tummy is empty.

2. Stop multitasking meals.

Having your breakfast while driving through the traffic to get to work on time? We have all been in such situations where we often find ourselves multitasking our meal. In order to process and absorb nutrients from the food, our bodies need to be at rest in a settled and calm environment.

3. Have meals in a calm & seated environment.

In the hustle of life, we often forget that giving sometime to our meals has huge digestive benefits. When we are settled and have food, we are able to focus on the food and chew it properly which eases digestion. Moving around while having food makes it difficult for digestion and causes digestive problems in later stages as people only chew a couple of bites before swallowing which in turn increases the work of the tummy.

4. Eat freshly-cooked foods.

According to ayurveda, if your food isn’t fresh enough, neither are you going to feel fresh after eating it nor will it help in easy digestion. This happens because it loses it’s life force, due to which you can feel dreary. Therefore, consuming fresh food is advised over heated oven food and leftovers.

5. Relaxing is essential after Meals.

Many of us get back to the normal working or for a power nap after we have finished our last bite. Avoiding the rest that should be given to the body hinders the body’s ability to absorb food, slowing down the blood flow in the stomach and decreasing circulation.

Knowing Ayurveda and its Dosha’s

Ayurveda is a holistic healing science which comprises, Ayu and Veda meaning life and knowledge/science, literally meaning the science of life. It’s a science dealing with treatment of diseases and is also a complete way of life.
Ayurveda aims at developing a society that is happy, healthy and peaceful. It aims at the two most important factors of Ayurveda, ie, to maintain the health of a person and to cure the diseases of the sick.

A Person in Ayurveda is seen as a unique individual made up of five primary elements which are ether (space), air, fire, water and earth.
Similarly, these elements are present in humans too. When either of these elements are imbalanced in the environment, apparently they have an influence on us too. The food and the weather are two examples of the influence of these elements. While we are a combination of these five elements, certain elements are seen to have an ability to combine to create various physiological functions.

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Importance of Dosha’s

● It primarily focuses on formulating and maintaining the balance of life energies within us.
● It recognizes the unique inherent differences of all individuals and therefore advises different plans for different people. Even though 2 people may appear to have the same outward symptoms, their energetic inherent may be very different and therefore call for different remedies.
● Ayurveda assists Nature by living a life of balance according to the law. Ayurveda is a medical practise which perceives the ultimate intelligence and wisdom that flows from one source.
● It also describes the 3 fundamental energies which regulate all natural processes on all levels, namely, Vaata, Pitta and Kapha.
● It pursues to heal the disorders of the mind-body complex and restore harmony.

The Ayurvedic understanding of the universe is based on a three‐ fold system called the Tridosha Theory. The tridosha balances every physiological and psychological process in humans. The interaction among them determines the qualities and conditions of a person. A peaceful state of the Tridosha ( Vaata, Pitta, Kapha) forms balance and health and an imbalance in the tridosha, be an excess or deficiency, exhibits as a sign of disease.
Vata, pitta and kapha are present in every cell, tissue and organ in different scales.
Vata is accountable for the movements of the body and mind. Balanced Vata produces flexibility and a balanced mind.
Pitta is composed of fire and water. It functions are correlated with the digestive processes, metabolic activities and body temperature. Balanced Pitta lends itself to intelligence and leadership.
Kapha is constituted of earth and water. Kapha corresponds to building of body tissues and lubricates, moistens and maintains immunity. Balanced Kapha is love and forgiveness.

 

Ayurveda and Aging

Dietary TipsAyurveda is the science of life and it covers almost every sphere of human life. It deals with the physical, psychological and most importantly, the spiritual well-being of a human being. Human beings are bound to expand and develop. In the hustle of life, man has an increased urge to get to the top and that is the reason leading to stress and anxiety, which leads to aging problems.

Diet and Lifestyle plays a vital role in one’s life according to Ayurveda. Having a proper diet and living a life which nourishes your state of mind is also important. Taking unnecessary and excessive stress and tension not only increases your hospital bills but also shows early signs of aging. These early signs can be avoided by taking the right diet and avoiding the wrong lifestyle.

1. Dietary Tips

Ayurveda greatly focuses on having the right balance of diet, exercise and sleep, which would greatly aid to keep your digestion healthy and vibrant in all stages of your life.

To nourish your skin from the inside, Ayurveda suggests to have diet according to the season and your skin type. In addition, try to have food that is skin-friendly. Include multiple whole grains in your diet as they provide an assortment of minerals and range of nature’s intelligence to the skin.

Eat varieties of green leafy vegetables as they provide fiber and nutrients to the body such as iron and calcium that helps to nourish blood and skin tissues.

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Include daily exercises in your regimen as it helps to keep your body active and flexible.

A brisk walk is the perfect way to start your day! Performing exercise according to your body strength and power.

Yoga and Pranayama techniques are a great form to keep your skin young and glowing and also provide an internal massage to all the vital organs in the body. Having a sound sleep is the best form of rest and helps the body and mind to relax completely and regain the loss of energy. It is necessary for retaining and reviving natural wellness.