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.
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.