Can A "Raw Food" Diet Eventually Become Depleting?

 

Can A "Raw Food" Diet Become Depleting?
It’s no surprise that many people feel more energetic and more healthy when they initially shift from a diet consisting of heavily processed food to a raw diet. However, many raw food enthusiast have attested that over a period of time there is often a sense of ungroundedness that develops along with symptoms such as gas, bloating, constipation, insomnia, and eventually decreased vitality and even low libido. According to Ayurveda, digestion is the cornerstone of health and our health is determined not only by the foods we eat but more importantly our health is primarily determined by how well we digest, absorb, and assimilate our food. Even further, Ayurveda states that “ama” which is the by-products of poor digestion is considered the root cause of most diseases and the whole aim of Ayurveda is to balance this digestive fire so that we can digest our meals efficiently and smoothly. However, foods which are raw and uncooked often adds additional strain upon the digestive fire which explains the symptoms of indigestion common to raw food enthusiast.

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The Digestive Fire - “Agni”
The process of eating, according to Ayurveda, is metaphorically similar to a burning fire. In Ayurveda, this digestive fire [“agni”] 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. Our digestive fire may not have any problems digesting a few veggies. However, the dense, rough, and heavy qualities of raw food [in large amounts] is generally considered difficult to digest and as a result can lead to symptoms of indigestion.

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Raw Food & Indigestion
According to the wisdom of Ayurveda “vata” is made primarily of the air element and has the qualities of cold, dry, and rough. When vata is aggravated it can cause certain qualitative changes within the body such as increased dryness, roughness, coldness, mobility and variability within the body/mind. Very simply – this can be experienced as variable appetite; gas or pain after eating; dry constipation or loose motions (increased mobility); and dry/rough skin and hair.

DRY:
Due to the dry quality, vata often leads to dry skin, dehydration and even that annoying cracking and popping of the joints.

LIGHT:
The light quality, if increased, can result in the feeling of being ungrounded, light-headed and even lead to insomnia if this quality persists.

COLD:
If you ever shake the hands of a vata type, you will take notice of cold hands. Vata makes one sensitive to cold weather and will often experience pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, specifically in cold weather.

ROUGH:
Vata creates vulnerability to developing dry, rough, and scaly skin. Likewise, the inner lining of the body [i.e. mucosal lining] can also become dry and rough and according to these principles is the underlying cause of fissures along the mucosal lining.

MOBILE:
As mentioned above, the air element of vata types is always moving, resembling the wind. If this mobile quality is increased, this can lead to abnormal movements of the body such as tics, spasms, tremors and even agitation within the mind giving rise to uncertainty and anxiety.

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Can Raw Foods Eventually Become Depleting?
Many raw food enthusiasts would argue that cooking food destroys vital nutrients and enzymes. However, research reveals that plant enzymes obtained by consuming raw foods are mostly digested and broken down by our own digestive enzymes and therefore do not significantly contribute to the actual process of digestion. Furthermore, consuming a large amount of raw food can actually strain our digestive fire and decrease our ability to properly digest the meal - thereby creating symptoms of indigestion. Instead, Ayurveda recommends lightly steaming, sautéing, and/or simmering our food at a low temperature which will make food easier to digest. Ayurveda talks a great deal about “Ojas” as being the end result of healthy digestion and balance of all bodily tissues. In fact, it is ojas which gives vitality to the body and clarity to the mind. As mentioned above – raw uncooked vegetables tends to increase vata. Vata can be likened to the modern understanding of catabolism or the breaking down of tissues. This may be great for shedding off a few extra pounds initially. However, in the long term this is considered to be depleting and as a result may prevent the formation of ojas – the quintessence vitality of life.

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Healthy Tips For Improving Digestion
- Avoid cold food and cold drinks.
- Sip warm water throughout the day.
- enjoy fresh ginger root, lime or lemon juice prior to your meal
- Eat mindfully and take your time to fully enjoy your food.
- Eat according to your primary constitution: Vata, Pitta, or Kapha.
- Eat mostly warm, cooked foods
- Incorporate healthy fats
- Include spices that enhance digestion [i.e. coriander, cumin, and fennel]

 

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Disclaimer
The sole purpose of these articles is to provide information about the tradition of ayurveda. This information is not intended for use in the diagnosis, treatment, cure or prevention of any disease. If you have any serious acute or chronic health concern, please consult a trained health professional who can fully assess your needs and address them effectively. If you are seeking the medical advice of a trained ayurvedic expert, call or e-mail us for the number of a physician in your area. Check with your doctor before taking herbs or using essential oils when pregnant or nursing.


3 Health Reasons Why You May Not Want To Drink Smoothies - An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

3 Reasons Not To Drink Smoothies
While your immune boosting superfood smoothie may be chock-full of nutrients, power-packed with vitamins, and loaded with antioxidants it may actually be adding undue burden to your digestion and overall health. There is no denying the sense of clarity and lightness one feels from eating raw food. However, many raw food enthusiast have attested that over a period of time there is often a sense of ungroundedness that develops and the science of Ayurveda has just the explanation for this.

"All disease begins in the gut." - Hippocrates

1. Smoothies Are Difficult To Digest
The process of eating, according to Ayurveda, is metaphorically similar to a burning fire. The whole aim of Ayurveda is to balance this digestive fire so that we can digest our meals efficiently and smoothly. Foods which are raw and uncooked add additional strain upon the digestive fire and often require greater energy [i.e. enzymes] to properly break down food. Our digestive fire likes simplicity and may not have any problems digesting a few veggies. However, the dense, rough, and heavy qualities of raw food [in large amounts] is generally considered difficult to digest and therefore can lead to symptoms of indigestion. Incidentally, over 90% of Americans suffer from everyday digestive problems such as gas, bloating, stomach pain, constipation and heartburn - and smoothies may just aggravate these “vata” conditions even further. 

2. Indigestion [Increases Vata]
According to the wisdom of Ayurveda “vata” is made primarily of the air element and has the qualities of dry, rough, cold, mobile and is changeable. When vata is aggravated it can cause certain qualitative changes within the body such as increased dryness, roughness, coldness, mobility and variability within the body/mind. Very simply - this can be experienced as variable appetite; gas or pain after eating; dry constipation or loose motions (increased mobility); and dry/rough skin and hair.

DRY:
Due to the dry quality, vata often leads to dry skin, dehydration and even that annoying cracking and popping of the joints.

LIGHT:
The light quality, if increased, can result in the feeling of being ungrounded, light-headed and even lead to insomnia if this quality persists.

COLD:
If you ever shake the hands of a vata type, you will take notice of cold hands. Vata makes one sensitive to cold weather and will often experience pain and stiffness in muscles and joints, specifically in cold weather.

ROUGH:
Vata creates vulnerability to developing dry, rough, and scaly skin. Likewise, the inner lining of the body [i.e. mucosal lining] can also become dry and rough and according to these principles is the underlying cause of fissures along the mucosal lining.

MOBILE:
As mentioned above, the air element of vata types is always moving, resembling the wind. If this mobile quality is increased, this can lead to abnormal movements of the body such as tics, spasms, tremors and even agitation within the mind giving rise to uncertainty and anxiety.

3. Raw Food Can Eventually Be Depleting
The science of Ayurveda talks a great deal about “Ojas” as being the end result of healthy digestion and balance of all bodily tissues. In fact, it is ojas which gives vitality to the body and clarity to the mind. As mentioned above - raw uncooked vegetables tends to increase vata. Vata can be likened to the modern understanding of catabolism or the breaking down of tissues. This may be great for shedding off a few extra pounds initially. However, in the long term this is considered to be depleting and as a result may prevent the formation of ojas - the quintessence vitality of life.

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- 8 dates
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- 1 vanilla bean or 2 tsp. vanilla extract
- 1/4 tsp each of cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or pumpkin spice

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Again, there is no denying that super food green veggies smoothies are jam-packed with immune boosting antioxidants and vital minerals [ie. vitamins].  For those who cannot resist drinking such a delicious blend of drinkable goodness, here are some suggestions for making smoothies more easier on digestion.

  1. Room temperature: make your smoothie with vegetables/fruit which are kept as room temperature; not cold.
  2. Spice it up. Therefore, consider adding warming spices such as ginger, turmeric, cayenne, cardamom or cinnamon to your smoothie.
  3. Healthy fats. In order to help prevent the roller-coaster peak and through of blood sugar levels it is recommended to add healthy fats for digestibility and to help aide in the absorption of [fat soluable] nutrients. Therefore, consider adding cold pressed coconut oil or even a deliciously ripened avocado.

One More Thing - Food Incompatibilities!
Unfortunately, it is rare to find a smoothie in accordance to the basic principles outlined by Ayurveda. Generally speaking, fruit mixed with milk or yogurt and fruit mixed with vegetables is considered  to be poor choices regarding food combinations. Ayurveda speaks a great deal regarding qualities each food contains and we can think of these poor food combinations as being opposing qualities which promote digestive conditions [i.e. fermentation, putrefaction, I.B.S., etc.]

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"Leaky Gut" - The Root Cause Of All Disease? + An Ayurvedic Perspective

 

"LEAKY GUT SYNDROME"
Although the phrase “leaky gut” was never well accepted in the medical community, research over the past two decades has revealed that gut health is critical to overall health, and an unhealthy gut contributes to a wide range of diseases including diabetes, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, depression and chronic fatigue syndrome.

Ancient Wisdom Of Ayurveda ...
“Due to the purification of the body, the capacity of digestion and metabolism is enhanced, normal health is restored, all sense organs start working with vigor, old age is prevented and diseases cured.” - Charaka Samhita Ch. 16 Sutra 17-19

In Ayurvedic medicine, most treatable diseases arise from the presence of “ama”, a toxic by-product of poor digestion. Mirroring this ancient wisdom is the modern theory of ‘Intestinal Permeability’ [i.e. “leaky gut syndrome”]. Intestinal permeability is the inflammatory response in the digestive tract due to a combination of insults to the gut mucosal lining. As a result, persistent GI inflammation eventually disrupts the integrity of the mucosal lining of the gut and tiny perforations allows for molecules much larger than usual to pass through this defensive barrier. As toxic by-products of poor digestion pass through this now weakened defense barrier [i.e. impaired mucosal lining] this initiates an immune response which then allows for the formation of specific antibodies towards these very toxic elemental by-products of poor digestion.

By-product Of Poor Digestion - Toxic! 
“The signs and symptoms of ama are clogging of channels, sense of heaviness, low energy, restlessness, lethargy, indigestion, congestion/expectoration, accumulation of waste, loss of taste and sexual debility.” - Ashtanga Hridaya Su. 30.23

Unfortunately, the tissues which make up the body actually have antigenic sites which are nearly identical to those elemental by-products of poor digestion. After all, the body is made up from the products of digestion. As a result, when the intestinal barrier becomes permeable [i.e. leaky] then a large protein molecule [i.e. zonulin] enters into the blood and circulates throughout the body. Since these large proteins of poor digestion do not normally circulate throughout the body, the body mounts an immune response and attacks them. Studies reveal that this immune response may play an important role in the development of autoimmune diseases like Hashimoto’s, type 1 diabetes, among other health conditions. It is also important to note that you don’t necessarily have to have gut symptoms to have a leaky gut. For example, leaky gut can also manifest as skin conditions such as eczema or psoriasis, even heart conditions and of course inflammatory joint conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis.

“There is growing evidence that increased intestinal permeability plays a pathogenic role in various autoimmune diseases [including celiac disease and type 1 diabetes]. Therefore, we hypothesize that besides genetic and environmental factors, loss of intestinal barrier function is necessary to develop auotimmunity.” - Dr. Alessio Fasano

"Top 7 Foods For Healing Leaky Gut" - Dr. Josh Axe 

The top 7 foods to get rid of leaky gut for good are:
1. Bone Broth - 8 oz 2 times a day
2. Kefir or fermented yogurt
3. Fermented vegetables
4. Coconut oil
5. Wild caught fish like Salmon
6. Flax seeds
7. Steamed vegetables or vegetables in the crockpot: broccoli, cauliflower, celery carrots, cabbage or squash are all great

Healthy Gut - Strength, Nourishment, Luster
Ayurveda has described the underlying function of digestion and metabolism in our body as Agni [“Fire”]. Regarding the importance of Agni, the father of Ayurveda - Charak stated that when Agni of the individual is balanced then that person would be absolutely healthy and would lead a long, happy and healthy life.

“Agni converts food in the form of energy, which is responsible for all the vital functions of our body. Therefore, Ayurveda considers that Dehagni as the cause of life, complexion, strength, health, nourishment, luster, ojas, tejas [vital-yet-subtle energy] and prana [life sustaining energy].
- Charaka Chikitsa 15/4

Leaky Gut - Fatigue, Inflamed and Depressed
Leaky gut and bad gut flora are far more common than we actually realize primarily because of the modern lifestyle. We can also say that if you have a leaky gut it is likely that you also have an unhealthy gut flora, and vice versa. Even further, we can boldly say that when your gut flora and gut barrier are impaired, you are Inflamed - Ayurveda would likely state this as pitta aggravation with impaired Agni and even diminished Ojas.

Factors Which Can Insult The Gut Flora:

  • antibiotics
  • diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
  • diets low in fermentable fibers
  • dietary toxins like wheat and industrial seed oils
  • chronic stress and chronic infections

 

Practical Tips To Help Improve Your Gut Flora:

  • avoid foods and chemicals which irritate the gut mucosal lining
  • eat plenty of fermentable fibers [i.e. starches like sweet potato, yam, yucca, etc.]
  • eat fermented items like kefir, yogurt, sauerkraut, kim chi, etc.
  • consider taking a probiotic and prebiotic supplement


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came the seed that gave life to humans.”

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3 Pillars To Healthy Digestion:

1. Reducing & Extinguishing The Inflammatory Cascade. 
Individuals with autoimmune disorders are often in a weakened state and any additional insults can easily worsen the state of health. Therefore, extreme caution must always be considered. Therefore, management should always be under the supervision of a qualified holistic professional and always first discussing risk/benefits/alternatives with one’s primary care physician.

That said, there are certain botanicals with anti-inflammatory properties such as:
- turmeric
- black cohosh
- wild yam
- amla berry
- ashwagandha

In conditions where the gut mucosal lining is impaired, the use of certain demulcents followed by astringent agents are often considered beneficial. Demulcent herbs are considered to be helpful in improving the integrity of the epithelial lining of the gut.

Demulcent agents include:
- aloe vera
- marshmallow root
- slippery elm
- licorice root

2. Support Liver Function + Enhance Detoxification
The importance of liver function in regards to overall health cannot be stressed enough. The liver is responsible for the detoxification of the increasing exposure to environmental contaminants and mutagens which can easily overwhelm the liver.

Briefly, just a few hepatoprotective elements include:
- turmeric
- barberry
- bhumiamalaki
- guduchi

3. Improve The Gut Flora
By supporting a healthy gut flora we can help inhibit the overgrowth of pathogenic microbes. A simple choice may be a non-dairy derived Lactobacillus acidophilus and Bifidobacterium bifidum supplement.

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DISCLAIMER:

This is strictly for educational purpose and NOT considered medical advice. Always first discuss the risks/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician prior to considering any new changes in your health regimen.


Gut Health - Managing Irritable Bowel Syndrome [IBS] Naturally + Ayurvedic Tips

"All disease begins in the gut."
– Hippocrates

Hippocrates - who is the father of modern medicine has stated that - “all disease begins in the gut”. However, even more impressive is the science of Ayurveda. The literal meaning of Ayurveda is “The Science Of Life” and dates back thousands of years. Ayurveda is an ancient science which takes a positive and preventative approach for maintaining health which is beautifully explained with the following quote ...

“The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the
health of the healthy and to cure diseases of the sick.”

- Charaka Sutrasthana 30:26

Gut Health - Gut Flora
The ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has stated long ago the health benefits of optimal digestion [“Agni” - The Digestive Fire]. Modern science is only recently begun to understand the full extent of the gut flora’s role in health and well-being. For example, the gut flora promotes optimal digestive function, provides a robust immune response, regulates metabolism and even compromises more than 75% of our immune system. It's extraordinary that the teachings of Ayurveda have stated much of these important functions many thousands of years ago.

Factors which can disrupt normal gut flora:
- antibiotics and other medications
- diets high in refined carbohydrates, sugar and processed foods
- diets low in fermentable fibers
- chronic stress
- chronic infections

VIDEO - "How To Treat IBS Naturally." - Dr. Josh Axe

Irritable Bowel Syndrome
The signs and symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome can vary widely from person to person. However, the most common symptoms are abdominal pain and cramping, bloating, and alternating bouts of constipation and diarrhea. The science of Ayurveda has described this condition as “pakvashaya kupita dosha” mainly involving inflammation of the intestinal mucosal lining and abnormal gut motility.

These ancient teachings have described that nearly all movement of the body is governed by an energetic concept named “vata dosha”. A modern perspective resembling these same principles of ayurveda are that of ‘Functional GI & Motility Disorders’. The wisdom of Ayurveda has long understood the relationship of the body and mind and has always placed great emphasis upon this in order to find the root cause of all diseases. Even further Ayurveda gives focus on diet, lifestyle, herbal remedies, yoga & meditation to help manage disease and to help bring about overall balance to the body and mind.

“According to Ayurveda, irritable bowel syndrome is due to
vata pushing pitta into the colon.”

- Dr. Vasant Lad; Ayurvedic Physician

In this context we can think of vata as the driving force of gut motility. Likewise, we can state that the derangement of vata not only leads to impaired gut motility but more specifically leads to unsynchronized and uncoordinated functioning of the specialized microvilli resulting in symptoms often reported in IBS patients. The following research article states,

“This review presents evidence for the presence of an anatomical defect in IBS patients, namely in the gastrointestinal endocrine cells. These cells have specialized microvilli that project into the lumen and function as sensors for the luminal content and respond to luminal stimuli by releasing hormones into the lamina propria, which starts a chain reaction that progresses throughout the entire NES. The changes in the gastrointestinal endocrine cells observed in IBS patients are highly consistent with the other abnormalities reported in IBS patients, such as visceral hypersensitivity, dysmotility, and abnormal secretion.”

An Ayurvedic Perspective 
The basic approach to improving IBS from an Ayurvedic perspective is centered around pacifying and reducing this quality of vata. Vata is often characterized as being dry, rough, cold and mobile. Therefore a simple approach in helping to pacify vata is simply to eat fewer raw vegetables and eating meals which are grounding and generally warm, soft, and easy to digest.

“Yep, that’s right. Fewer vegetables. Vegetables (as well as some fruits) are often high in insoluble fiber. While soluble fiber can be soothing for the gut, consuming large amounts of insoluble fiber when your gut is inflamed is a little bit like rubbing a wire brush against an open wound. Ouch.”
- Chris Kresser; “Gut Health”

Therefore, you may want to consider vegetables that are high in soluble fiber, but lower in insoluble fiber (and thus tend to be safer for those with gut issues). These include:

  • Carrots
  • Winter squash
  • Summer squash (especially peeled)
  • Starchy tubers (yams, sweet potatoes, potatoes)
  • Turnips
  • Rutabagas
  • Parsnips
  • Beets
  • Plantains

 

Simple Considerations For IBS

  • Consider taking 1 teaspoon of sat isabgol [psyllium husk] with 1/2 cup of fresh yogurt 1 hour after dinner.
  • Another consideration is to boil 1 teaspoon of flaxseed in a cupful of water to make a tea, and drink at bedtime.

 

ENEMA:
According to the teachings of Ayurveda, the seat of vata dosha is in the colon and the therapy of choice is a rectal enema [i.e. “basti”]. This procedure should only be performed under the guidance and supervision of a qualified ayurvedic professional after having discussed the risk/benefits/alternatives with your primary care physician. Ayurveda recommends introducing 1/2 to 1 cup of sesame oil into the rectum and retain the oil for approximately 5 minutes. This is thought to help pacify vata and helps to nourish and support optimal gastrointestinal function.

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Disclaimer:
This is strictly for educational purpose only and not to be considered medical advice. Always first discuss any inquiry with your primary care physician before considering any new health regimen.

Resources:
‘Is Irritable Bowel Syndrome An Organic Disorder?’; ncbi.nih.gov
‘What Are FGIDs’, UNC Center for Functional GI & Motility Disorders.
‘Gut Health’, Chris Kresser, L.Ac - Holistic Health Practitioner
‘The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies’; Dr. Vasant Lad. Three Rivers Press.


Nourishing Wisdom - Certain Foods To Never Combine

 

Nourishing Wisdom
The ancient science of Ayurveda flourished in a civilization vastly different from life today. Many thousands of years ago people were very connected to the great rhythms of life - the rhythmic cycle of seasons, day and night, life and death. That said, the wisdom of Ayurveda is still just as relevant today than ever before. Fortunately for us, the wise sages understood health as being dependent upon being in harmony with nature. Let us now discuss some of these teachings centered around food combining; more specifically - food incompatibities.

 

“How you eat is as important as what you eat.”
- Dr. Vasant Lad, Ayurvedic Physician

 

Cultivating A Healthy Lifestyle
Before discussing food incompatibilities it is important to also bring about some awareness to the basics; the state of mind while eating. Unfortunately, there are millions of people who suffer from digestive conditions and often it’s the simple considerations which have the greatest impact. Therefore, here are some simple considerations to help cultivate a more balanced approach towards digestion.

“Pearls Of Wisdom”
- when eating, eat.
- eat in a relaxed and peaceful manner.
- eat fresh and seasonal foods.
- eat only when you are “truly” hungry.
- avoid overeating. *leave 1/3 of your stomach empty

 

Poor Food Combining - Food Incompatibilities
According to Ayurveda, the improper combining of food items is a major cause of digestive conditions [i.e. indigestion, bloating, abdominal pain]. It is thought that by combining incompatible food items that this leads to a disturbance in the normal functioning of the digestive system and can even result in a form of toxicity [i.e. fermentation, putrefaction] within the gut flora.

 

Thou Shalt Not ... 

Milk
It is recommended not to combine milk with the following items:
- bananas
- fish
- melons
- yogurt
- sour fruits
- bread made with yeast

Eggs
Eggs should not be combined with:
- milk
- yogurt
- melons
- cheese
- fruits
- potatoes

Starches
Starches should not be combined with:
- bananas
- milk
- dates

Corn
Corn should not be combined with:
- dates
- raisins
- bananas

Lemons
Lemons should not be combined with
- yogurt
- milk
- cucumber
- tomato

What About Fruit Smoothies?
This is considered a big “No-No” according to the basic principles of Ayurveda. Although some blended fruit smoothies made with all fruit [no dairy] may be considered acceptable, it is generally best to avoid fruit smoothies - especially mixing bananas into a dairy mixture.

Source:
The Complete Book Of Ayurvedic Home Remedies; Dr. Vasant Lad. Three Rivers Press.


Indigestion - An Ayurvedic Perspective

Indigestion - An Ayurvedic Perspective
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is defined as pain or discomfort in the stomach associated with difficulty in digesting food. Some of the symptoms associated with indigestion include belching, nausea and a bloated stomach.

Etiology ~ The Root Cause: 
According to the ancient science of Ayurveda, indigestion is usually caused by:

  • Consumption of incompatible foods, such as bananas with milk
  • Excessive consumption of heavy, oily, dense and hot, spicy foods
  • Overconsumption 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

 

Manifestation Of Acid Indigestion: ... "Heart Burn" 
People who are prone to indigestion are generally of the fiery constitutions. These people usually have excess heat in the body and therefore succumb to acidity and heartburn more so than others. Hence it is important to avoid hot, spicy and sour foods and to also take care in avoiding the above causes of indigestion. All of the above causes create an increase secretion of stomach acid which then leads to the symptoms of abdominal discomfort and heartburn.

Great Video ~ Ayurvedic Remedies To Help Manage Indigestion & Heartburn

Recommendations:

  1. Increase the digestive fire by avoiding all the above causes.
  2. A proper diet according to one’s constitution should be followed
  3. 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.

 

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.

But most of all - Enjoy your food and love your body!