HEALTHY DIGESTION TIPS (not what, but how) – IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION – Ayurvedic view

HEALTHY DIGESTION TIPS (not what, but how) – IMPROVE YOUR DIGESTION – Ayurvedic view


Keep Your Digestion Healthy To keep your digestion healthy it is also
essential to understand the six stages of digestion, the subtle ones and the actions
that occur during each. You can appreciate the complexity and understand
your body performance to turn the food into nutrients, and you can help it for more efficiency. Here are 4 Ayurvedic tips for building and
maintaining digestive health. 1.** Do not snack throughout the day** I think
you heard it so many times. Well, Ayurveda shares the same view. Each of the six stages has an essential process
and must be completely finished before moving to the next one. People seem to eat for oral stimulation, not
for physical hunger, when they are bored or in need of a break, while reading, watching
TV, walking or driving. Also, maybe you have already learned that
eating at fixed hours, or small meals and often, keeps your metabolism going. This is far from the truth. In this way, your stomach will be always full
and continue working, which hampers the digestive system and leads to a sluggish metabolism. Your body is meant for foods that need to
be left to be fully digested, and let it inform you when it’s time to eat again. If you eat around the clock or too many meals/day,
you don`t let your body to perform the necessary six stages which can lead to toxic accumulation
(ama). Eating continuously, you always return to
stage one, the sweet Kapha stage of digestion making your body to be in the state of heaviness
which promotes weight gain, lethargy and water retention. If you do not make the digestive process complete,
you will not be able to reach the bitter and astringent stages, the stages where detoxification
occurs. The bitter stage is a tricky one, often people
eat again because they think they are hungry. In this time what really happens in your body
is that finally enter Vata stage (air&ether elements), where you feel light and empty. According to Ayurveda, you think more clearly
with an empty stomach, and your mind is sharper. After 35 years of age, two meals/day is more
than enough, and as you get older, it’s advisable to make the meals as light as possible. 2**Sit down in quiet. Sitting down in quiet while you eat is as
essential for your digestive organs as it is for the mind. Take two-three deep breaths to relax your
organs and to prepare the body for receiving food. Give thanks for the food before beginning,
in this way the energy of good thoughts positively loads food, especially the amount of water
found in it. Doing something else while you eat, sends
energy out of your entire body. So, help your body benefit the energy of your
meal, ensures that is adequately fueled, and the food is fully digested. 3**Learn to listen to your body`s cues As long as we are unique phenomena, we do
not digest the food at the same rate. Eating only when your body is hungry can take
time and practice, but it is the best way to build and preserve an active and healthy
digestive fire. The food is your body fuel, it is prana (the
vital force, energy), excess and poor quality fuel can do more harm than good. Before you eat ask yourself:
When I ate last time? Has the last meal fully digested? Am I eating due to physical hunger or an emotional
one(anger, worry, anxiety)? Am I able to sit down in quiet and mindfully
enjoy the meal? If you just ate 2-3 hours ago, it is not really
hungry but rather the desire to snack something. The meals around the clock it is a routine
that should be aware of, because the body and also the mind starts to be programmed,
and always when the “meal time“ is coming the feeling of hunger is even stronger. Vatas have a variable digestive fire and is
recommended to have the waiting time of 4-6 hours between meals. Their meals should be substantial enough with
healthy fats and protein to be sustained and nourished. If they eat before the digestive process has
finished, Vata imbalance occurs such as constipation, bloating, and/or gas. For a person with Pitta qualities, the digestion
is faster, they can eat every 4 hours and can feel acidity in the stomach if they have
not eaten for a long time. When they eat before their digestive process
has finished Pitta imbalance occurs, such as inflammation, ulcers, heartburn, and/or
excess heat in the system. The person with Kapha qualities, the digestion
is slow and is recommended to wait at least 6 hours until they eat again. Kaphas are the ones who especially need to
reach the last two stages of digestion, bitter and astringent. If they eat before the digestive process has
finished, the Kapha imbalance occurs and will experience water retention, lethargy, sluggish
metabolism and/or weight gain. 4**Before adding, subtract “Before adding, subtract“ means to reduce
before you add more food in your system. Healthy bowel movement means a healthy body
and mind, which is crucial for the elimination of toxins. It is the result of the food fully digested,
the nutrient has been absorbed, and the waste eliminated. The daily stools indicate your health, and
according to Ayurveda a bowel movement at least twice/day is ideally. A healthy stool is a light brown color with
smooth texture maintaining its shape, floats, mild odor and do not stick to the toilet. If you ignored your stools, start to pay attention
to them because they tell you the condition of your body. Vata imbalance has hard, dry, some kind of
rabbit stools. Pitta imbalance has watery, unformed stools. Kapha imbalance has mucousy, sticky stools. Ayurvedic Guide for Healthy Digestion • Do not take iced drinks, cold foods, especially
the combination of iced drinks & hot meals. Consume room temperature or tipped water. • Favor warm, cooked foods but not overcooked,
and NG leftovers. • Wait at least 30min after meals before
drinking. • Avoid snacking to space out your meals,
to allow for complete digestion before eating again. • Take your time when eating, a relaxing
walk after or rest for 15 min, but do not sleep. • Make your biggest meal at lunch, when
your digestion is most active, and do not eat again until dinner. • Do not mix meat and/or fish with milk,
all three are difficult to digest and in combination, can results toxicity(ama). • Avoid mixing raw and vegetables with milk
products which cause a sour stomach, bloating, and gas.

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