Nobody wants a digestion problem. Imagine yourself sitting in a room full of people on a Saturday morning and feeling that rumbling in the stomach. Or… Imagine yourself going through that chest burn on a Friday night when you are partying with your friends. Agitating much? We get you!
Indigestion or other digestion related problems could play a villain in your otherwise simple life. We aren’t exaggerating when we say this because honestly, heartburn, growling stomach discomfort, abdominal pain, nausea, bloating, constipation, burping or flatulence can really make you cranky and dictate your karma the wrong way (Not kidding!).
Ayurveda and Digestive system
What we eat, is pretty much what we are. There are no two ways about this. Having said this, we must understand that every branch of medicine has a very different outlook towards various health ailments. Likewise, Ayurveda believes that each of us are made a certain way and must balance the elements within us to remain healthy. There are 3 simple things that we must know well:
- Agni: According to Ayurveda, each of us have a component of agni with in. This component must be balanced. Therefore, apart from the nutritional requirements, absorption of the food we eat also needs to be assessed.
- Every individual body is different and so are our requirements. Food that may suit me may not be good for you. Thus, dosage, time, doshas, and combinations play a very important role.
- Some natural herbs, may help us more than others. But these must be in specific quantities. Here are 3 of them:
- Turmeric: Owing to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, turmeric can be considered healthy for your digestive health. Apart from just this, it can heal gut inflammations, gut permeability as well as irritable bowel syndrome.
- Cumin seeds: Cumin seeds or jeera is one of the best cure for digestion. Remember the time your mom fed you some cumin seeds when you complained of stomach pain right after food? Thank her. Cumin seeds will rev up the activity of digestive enzymes and also increase the release of bile from the liver. Bile helps in digesting fats.
- Cardamom: Elaichi or cardamom is more than just its strong aroma and sweet taste. There is a reason why this spice is so widely used in Indian cooking. It enables the secretion of digestive enzymes effectively if consumed after meals.