The Ayurveda teaching says ‘we become what we digest.’ This saying illustrates the importance of digestion for staying healthy. In Vedic traditions, ‘Agni,’ the Sanskrit term for ‘fire’ holds much value. It is the source of nutrition and drives digestion and transformation. Ultimately, Agni is the protector of good health and digestive fire. The Ayurveda believes that when the Agni is strong, we create healthy tissues, eliminate waste products efficiently and produce the energy known as Ojas. Ojas is envisioned as the vital essence for clarity, strength and immunity.
The Ayurveda science prescribes diet, herbs, home remedies and natural remedies for digestion, which is the key to healthy digestion and creation of Ojas.
Home Remedies for Digestive Problems:
● Baking Soda Drink: Indigestion can occur anytime to anyone. The consumption of foods like beans, cabbage, onions can be a cause of indigestion. Drinking baking soda concoction is one of the handy home remedies for digestive problem. Baking Soda contains sodium bicarbonate that is an anti-acidic and helps neutralize stomach acid. The presence of sodium bicarbonate detoxifies the digestive tract and provides relief from heartburn and indigestion. Mix baking soda with lemon and honey in distilled water to prepare the drink.
● Consume Apple Cider Vinegar: If you have digestive problems have apple cider vinegar, the herbs for digestion. It is rich in magnesium, potassium, phosphorus and other minerals. The vinegar is acidic in nature that prevents acid reflux. Go for unfiltered apple cider vinegar for more effectiveness.
● Eat Ginger Delicacies: Ginger is native to the land of India and its households. It contains antioxidants and phenolic compounds useful in treating nausea, indigestion, inflammation, and gastric problems. For effective digestion remedies, add ginger to your tea, vegetables, and other delicacies.
● Carom Seed Powder: Carom seeds (Ajwain) is known to cure several health problems, including acidity and flatulence. The enzymes in Ajwain give a boost to the digestive system by facilitating gastric juices. Take ajwain with water for about a week and notice how good your digestive health feels. You can take ajwain powder with water as well.
● Lubricate with Ghee: For constipation, have a drink made with ghee, salt, and warm water. Ghee lubricates the intestines and salt helps remove bacteria. Also, Ghee contains butyrate acid, a fatty acid with anti-inflammatory properties helping with constipation.
● Other Herbs: There are many more herbs for digestion like Amla, Fennel Seeds and Peppermint that you can savor for enhanced digestion.
Ayurvedic Tips for Digestion:
● Be an Early Bird: Waking up before sunrise has been a practice linked to optimal wellness. In Ayurveda, the elements of nature: earth, fire, water, air and ether form the doshas inside our bodies. The first is Vata dosha (ether and air element) in charge of movement in the body. Waking up between 4 am-6 am is recommended due to the dominance of Vata in the atmosphere. Vata dosha movement is in the downward and outward direction during this time, allowing the elimination process to occur naturally.
● Hydrate with Warm Water: Ayurvedically, drinking cold water extinguishes the digestive fire, Agni. Whereas warm water kindles the Agni, supporting elimination. As you wake up, have a glass of warm water with a dash of honey and feel the difference yourself. Warm water is one of the effective natural remedies for digestion which is convenient.
● Reduce the Intake of Salads: The raw, luscious, and juicy salads are absolutely irresistible. But eating uncooked vegetables in salads is difficult for the digestive system as well as it increases Vata dosha in the body. Therefore, Ayurveda suggests having warm, cooked foods with little oil for digestion and Vata. Or, steam the vegetables in salads to make it healthier for your digestive health.
● Eat in a Proper Environment: Always have your meals at a moderate pace and in a seated calm atmosphere. When you sit down to eat you put the food into your stomach consciously and you chew it properly. Properly chewed food is easily digested by the stomach.
● Practice Vajrasana: Along with Ayurveda, Yoga is too an effectual science for digestion. Practice Vajrasana after meals because the movement helps in optimal digestion of the food and prevents constipation, bloating and other digestive challenges.
(a) Start in a kneeling position on a yoga mat.
(b) Sit back with your hips touching the heels and toes close to each other
(c) Keep the spine strong and long.
(d) Place the hands on the knees, palms down.
(e) Breathe through the nostrils.
(f) Perform the pose for 30-60 seconds.
As good digestion is the route to real wealth — the health, take care of the digestive system with the science of Ayurveda and Yoga.