Improve Digestion Naturally + Ayurvedic Remedies For Indigestion

 

Improve Your Digestion Naturally
According to the most ancient and revered textbook of Ayurveda, the Charak Samhita, “the distinction between health and disease arises as the result of the difference between wholesome and unwholesome diet.” Similarly, Hippocrates [the father of modern medicine] has said, “leave your drugs in the pot at the pharmacy if you can’t cure your patient with food.”

“Let food be thy medicine
and medicine be thy food.”

- Hippocrates 

Food As Medicine
We have all heard the saying, “you are what you eat”. Though true, it would be more accurate to say, “you are what you eat, digest, absorb, and assimilate”. With that in mind, let us now introduce the most fundamental principle according to the science of Ayurveda. This principle is “Agni” - The Digestive Fire. In Ayurveda, this digestive fire illustrates the body’s ability to digest food; almost equivalent to digestive enzymes. In fact, when managing most health concerns, correcting digestion is often the very first line of management. Digestion is said to be the work of the fire element in the body and it is this fire element which produces the glow of good health and vitality.

Ayurvedic Supplements For Digestion
Good health depends on strong and efficient digestion.

Common Causes Of Indigestion

  • Consumption of incompatible foods, such as bananas with milk
  • Excessive consumption of heavy, oily, dense and hot, spicy foods
  • Over consumption of caffeine, alcohol and smoking
  • Eating in haste
  • Emotional eating
  • Anxiety
  • Side effects of certain antibiotics and/or medications
  • Sometimes a symptom of certain cancers, peptic ulcers and GERD

 

“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
- Benjamin Franklin

Fasting
Giving the body a rest from digestion is sometimes recommended. Observing a hot water fast for a day can bring relief and can reset the body’s digestive fire. Add a pinch of black pepper and ginger for a more effective digestive aid.

Herbal Di-Gest
Supports improved digestion and balanced appetite; helps with gas, bloating, and discomfort

Dr. Andrew Weil Briefly Talks About The Anti-Inflammatory Properties Of Ginger & Turmeric

 

Natural Remedies For Acute Indigestion

  • In 1 cup of warm water squeeze a few drops of fresh lime juice and a ½ tsp of baking soda, consume quickly
  • Consume a concoction of ½ tsp of honey and ½ tsp of black pepper to ¼ cup of onion juice.
  • Boil 1 tablespoon of cumin seeds in 2 cups of water until the water is reduced to 1 cup.
  • Strain out the seeds and drink ¼ cup daily after each meal.
  • Take ½ tsp of chopped garlic with a pinch of salt and a pinch of baking soda.
  • Every morning consume 1 cup of hot water with 1 tsp of honey and 1 tsp of fresh lemon juice.

 

Herbal Remedies

  1. An effective herbal formula for indigestion is made with Kutki, Trikatu and Chitrak. Taking a pinch of each of these herbal powders with ½ tsp honey before meals will help strengthen digestion.
  2. Ginger is an extremely effective digestive herb. Drinking ginger tea or even consuming ginger pickle before a meal is a beneficial way to help kindle digestion. Before a meal take ½ tsp of chopped ginger with a pinch of salt and a few drops of lime juice.
  3. Another effective digestive herb is Trikatu. This herb is equal parts of ginger, black pepper and pippali. Taking ½ tsp of this herb with a pinch of garlic powder and a pinch of rock salt before meals aids digestion.

 

Prevention is Key
The best way to avoid any disorder is prevention. Enjoying a balancing diet and lifestyle can help maintain optimum health. Some key points to remember in addition to the above causes include:

  • Avoid ice drinks and cold foods. This will weaken the digestive fire and can lead to heartburn.
  • Eat the largest meal between the hours of 11am and 1pm when digestive fire is strong.
  • Eat a light meal for dinner to avoid overtaxing the stomach.
  • Avoid overeating and emotional eating. This can make it hard for the stomach to properly digest the overloaded food.
  • Get moving! Taking a walk after meals can aid in digestion and increase digestive fire. Certain yoga poses and pranayama (breathing exercises) are also particularly beneficial.
  • Following a daily routine of meditation, oil massages and self-care will bring overall balance and contentment.

 

Disclaimer:
This information is strictly for educational purposes and NOT considered to be medical advice. Always first discuss the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.


Appetizing Ginger Pickle & Super Easy Ginger Tea

Appetizing Ginger Pickle & Super Easy Ginger Tea
Ginger is a well-known and widely used herb. It is used extensively around the world and is an important ingredient in many foods, drinks and herbal remedies. It is a heating herb and can increase the digestive fire and heat in the body. Therefore it is an excellent remedy during cold and flu seasons.  Ginger is generally considered a ‘safe’ herb and is used in many desserts and treats as well as hot drinks such as ginger tea. It is a rejuvenative and is especially helpful in removing toxins from the body. However care must be taken if used in excess.

Ginger ...
Ginger is a holistic digestive aid; helps to maintain good digestion and balanced gas production.

Top Health Benefits Of Ginger Root - Dr. Axe 

"One of the #1 benefits of consuming ginger is that it reduces inflammation. A recent medical study from Denmark in the Journal of Arthritis found that consuming a small amount of ginger is more effective at reducing pain and inflammation symptoms that pain medications given by general practitioners today." - Dr. Josh Axe

PROPERTIES OF GINGER:
Ginger has sweet and pungent tastes and is heating. The post digestive effect of ginger is sweet and when used fresh, it has heavy and oily qualities. Dry ginger has light and sharp qualities instead. The main systems in the body that ginger works on are the digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems.

Some Actions
·        Helps eliminate toxins
·        Kindles digestive fire
·        Alleviates coughs and pain
·        Rejuvenative
·        Carminative
·        Anti- inflammatory
·        Reduces nausea

* It is important to note that using ginger can aggravate certain conditions, so care must be taken when there is high heat in the body, heartburn, high blood pressure and ulcers.

Usage:
There are some compounds that involve ginger to address certain conditions. For example:
·        Ginger with black pepper and pippali to create trikatu
·        Ginger with arjuna and guggulu for congestive heart conditions and poor circulation
·        Ginger with turmeric and rose for menstrual pain
·        Ginger with honey and lemongrass for colds

Some Recipes
Ginger is a delicious herb that can add a spicy and sweet flavor to many foods and drinks. Ginger tea, in particular, is a wonderful tea to help eliminate toxins. Taken before a meal or first thing in the morning it is also beneficial in kindling the digestive fire.

"CCF Tea"
Cumin, coriander, and fennel are famous digestive spices, and when brewed together as a tea they make the perfect addition to an Ayurvedic lifestyle. CCF Tea directly stimulates the digestive system, supporting the body’s natural ability to breakdown ama, or natural toxins, in the GI tract.

 

~ Ginger Pickle Recipe ~

Ingredients:
·        1 inch fresh ginger peeled and sliced
·        1 tsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice
·        ¼ teaspoon of rock salt
·        Pinch of Turmeric
·        Pinch of black pepper
·        ½ teaspoon of honey

1.      Put all the ingredients in a small glass jar and shake well.
2.      Let the pickle sit for an hour
3.      This pickle can be eaten before a meal to help with digestion or with a meal. Enjoy!

 

~ Super Easy Ginger Tea ~ 

Ingredients:
·       1 cup of water
·       1 inch fresh ginger sliced

1.      Boil water in a pan and add ginger.
2.      Turn off the heat and cover with lid. Let steep for 10 mins.
3.      Pour into cup and enjoy!

~ If desired, dry ginger can be used instead of fresh.
~ Honey can be added according to taste & a pinch of cayenne pepper for an even more heating effect.
~ Dry ginger has more heating properties than fresh and has a more potent effect than fresh ginger.

Important note:
As ginger increases the digestion of nutrients it may also increase the absorption of some medications. Therefore it is always recommended to consult with your physician before undertaking any herbal formulation.

References
·        Lad, V. (1999). The complete book of Ayurvedic home remedies
·        Sharma, H. (2011). Ayurvedic Healing. Singing Dragon
·        Lad, V. (2002). Textbook of Ayurveda.
·        Lad, V., & Frawley, D. (1986). The yoga of herbs
·        Pole, S. (2013). Ayurvedic medicine the principles of traditional practice
·        Green, J. (2000). The herbal medicine-makers' handbook a home manual
·        Lad, V. (2012). Ayurvedic perspectives on selected pathologies