Diets for Digestive Health

Digestive problems—from constipation to lactose intolerance—affect up to 70 million people, according to the National Institutes of Health. Your lifestyle and your choice of foods can affect the way your body digests the foods you eat.
Making few dietary changes often can go a long way in improving your digestive health.

Constitutional fire(agni) is responsible for digestion. According to Ayurveda, there are four possible states of agni,. These are sama (balanced metabolism), vishama (irregular metabolism), tikshna (hypermetabolism) and manda (slow metabolism). Vishama agni or irregular digestion eventually leads to dry skin, cracking joints, lower back pain and insomnia. Emotionally, the predictable results include anxiety, insecurity, fear and other neurological disorders. Tikshna agni or sharp digestion can cause inflammatory conditions especially of the skin; pain in the liver, nausea and vomiting. The individual thus affected becomes judgmental and critical, and carries feelings of hate, envy and anger. Manda agni or slow digestion leads eventually to lethargy, excessive sleep, cold clammy skin and general weakness of the body. Mentally, there can be greed, attachment and possessiveness.

The net result of any of these three states of agni is the build up of a sticky, foul substance called ama. In Ayurvedic thinking all diseased states arise as a result of ama, whether physical or mental and all ama is the result of an improperly functioning agni.
In fact the key to a healthy agni is the intake of easily digested, fresh, lightly cooked, compatible foods eaten consciously at the appropriate times.

The ideal state of agni, that which is known as sama agni, is achieved by the balancing of the doshas. When agni is in equilibrium it produces a healthy metabolism. People with a healthy metabolism are blessed with strong constitutions where digestion, absorption and elimination are regular. This leads to good health, longevity and a strong immune system.

Whether we are coping with weight issues or uncomfortable GI symptoms such as bloating, gas, or indigestion, often the underlying root problem is weak agni, or poor digestion.

Diet plan with recommended herbs and some modifications in cooking processes based upon Ayurveda, guided and advised at Gurgaon Based Diet Clinic will help you to overcome your digestive issues.


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