5 Ayurvedic Aids for Digestion
Feeling bloated is not the most pleasant state to be in, and it can lead us to resorting in consuming endless pills and potions that claim to work against it. But easing digestion goes beyond using one magic fix, that usually fails to fix anything at all.
Ayurveda is an ancient practice that dates back to hundreds of years, and one of the concepts that it holds close, is agni.
This term translates to fire, and it is strongly believed within Ayurveda that this serves as the very source of our being - the root source of our lives.
This fire that is upheld within Ayurvedic traditions refers to our digestive fire, and it is claimed to serve as the bridge between the body, mind, and consciousness. Through truly honouring our agni by being mindful of our nutrition, and aiding to our health in a plethora of ways, we are therefore nourishing our agni whilst receiving the feeling of nourishment in return. Sounds amazing right?
So here are 5 Ayurvedic practices that can help enhance your digestion
Eat Nourishingly, Eat Mindfully
When making the loving choice to eat fresh, wholesome, and home cooked meals, you are also taking the time to be mindful of what you are putting into your food as well as your body.
Ayurvedic meals tend to be plant-based and filled with flavour boosting herbs that can fight inflammation and aid digestion, such as fennel, cinnamon, and turmeric. Make sure to eat your meals in a calm and seated environment to optimise your digestion.
Aid With Healing Herbs
Adaptogens (we like to call them healing herbs hehe) are all-powerful as we know. However, how exactly do they work to soothe digestive issues?
Adaptogens such as Triphala and Holy Basil, are healing herbs that promote healthy digestion through enhancing the movement of the digestive tract and calming any tension, therefore working as natural laxatives that are not intense at all. Additionally, the rich nutrient profile of these herbs can also support liver function, aiding the cleansing of toxins within the body.
Eat Within the Correct Time Frames
If you want to help improve your digestion, you may have to say goodbye to your regular late night meals or sporadic lunches. According to Agni, our digestive fire runs most powerful during the times 12-2PM, as this is closely related to the sun and it’s solar power. Henceforth, the later into the day, the weaker our digestive fire becomes, therefore the ideal times to eat our last meal of the day would be before 8PM.
Meditate the Stress Away
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An ancient practice held closely to Ayurvedic beliefs, this practice is one of the most powerful ways to calm the mind and free yourself from worry. Stress plays a large role within our digestion, therefore it is one of the main factors in causing digestive issues from constipation, to the flare up of IBS symptoms.
Meditate for at least 7 minutes in each day, or whenever you feel overwhelmed with stress, and see how this can positively effect your digestion.
Yoga your Way Bloat-Free
Just as meditation, yoga is another effective way to beat the stress, as well as the bloat. Studies have shown that through practicing yoga, you are able to activate parasympathetic responses within the body, which can powerfully aid digestion. Additionally, it acts as a gentle massage on our digestive organs, further increasing it’s ability to keep things flowing.