In today’s world the kind of food that we are eating now stomach upset due to indigestion, acidity or constipation has become very common. When we develop these conditions we consume medicines to get better. But what if we can reduce the episodes altogether? The definite treatment would be to decrease intake of high fatty or spicy food but sometimes it’s not possible to do. Even when we cut down we can develop indigestion. Today I would like to share few ways by which we can improve our digestion.
Digestion plays an important role in our body’s health and well-being. The process of digestion is not just about breaking down food and providing our body with the required nutrients. A good digestive system is also the secret to a long and healthy life. It is therefore essential that we take care of our digestive health by eating right, providing the body with all its requirements and keeping the digestive fire alive, known as ‘agni’ in Ayurveda.
Agni is the entity which is responsible for all the digestive and metabolic processes. They say to maintain your Agni you need to eat appropriate amount of food. Too much food aggravates it and less food causes it to slow down. The strength of agni is inevitably affected when its qualities are muted by a poor diet, improper food combinations, an unsupportive lifestyle, emotional disturbances, or even damp, rainy weather.
Ayurvedic ways to improve digestion-
Turmeric is used almost in every Indian food. It is mainly used for coloring of the food, but it also contains a lot of good properties to improve our health. It is antioxidant, anti-viral, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-carcinogenic, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory spice
2) Black Pepper
It stimulus the enzymes in the stomach which helps in digestion.
Clove has eugenol oil which is an antioxidant, anaesthetic, antiseptic and astringent. It prevents formation of gas in the digestive tract and helps in clearing the already formed gas.
It has excellent digestive properties with pain relieving chemicals and also it improves immunity which protects from cough and cold. That’s why it’s almost always used in tea.
Due to its strong aroma, it helps in activating the enzymes effective for digestion especially if consumed after heavy meals. It aids in curing stomach problems like indigestion, gas and constipation. It also increase food movement through the intestine.
It helps in digestion as well as it’s antibacterial properties help reduce GI infections.
It aids in flushing out toxins and it’s rich fiber content helps in constipation.
1) Fast a few times a year: fasting induces apoptosis, which is death of cells. When we fast the body starts eating its own cells, mostly the bad cells, which naturally detoxes the body. But excessive fasting can decrease body’s immunity and cause different problems.
2) Sip warm fluids: avoid cold and carbonated drinks; drinking just hot water throughout the day will stoke digestive fire, improve digestion.
3) Eat sitting down
4) Lunch should be the biggest meal of the day. Dinner should be lighter and eaten before 8:00 p.m.
Yoga for digestion
Yoga stimulates the digestive fire or Agni. This increases the appetite and balances the metabolism. Asanas stretch the body and massages the abdominal muscles. This causes food to move efficiently along the digestive tract.
There are a lot of yoga poses to do but below are some poses which almost every one can do.
1) Naukasana (Boat pose)
It improves digestion by stimulating digestive enzymes. It also strengthens the abdominal muscles.
2) Paschimottasana (seated forward bend pose)
Helps relieve constipation and gives relief from flatulence.
3) Pavanmuktasana (Wind-relieving pose)
Strengthens abdominal muscles and relieves constipation.
4) Trikonasana (Triangle Pose)
Stimulates appetite, improves digestion and alleviate constipation.
5) Marjaryasana-Bitilasana (Cow pose)
It massages the internal organs–particularly the stomach and intestines–which can help ease the pain and bloating from a particularly heavy meal.
6) Ardha Pawamuktasana (the half gas relief pose)
It relieves gas.
7) Supta Matsyendrasana (Supine twist)
Helps relieve bloating and cramping.
8) Uttana Shishosana (the extended puppy pose)
Agni is essential to our well-being; in fact, maintaining balanced agni may just be the secret to achieving optimal health and longevity. So it goes without saying that agni is incredibly deserving of our respect, attention, understanding, reverence, and care.