Ayurveda recommends a number of rules for proper digestion. In fact, Ayurveda places a lot of importance on digestion as far as the overall health of an individual is concerned. Kaushani Desai, Art of Living Ayurvedic cooking expert and author of Sattva The Ayurvedic Cook Book says that when that individual’s digestion, absorption and elimination are working optimally, only then can an individual be regarded as healthy. “The balance of the doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) keep the parasympathetic nervous system (responsible for digesting and resting) active and are essential for the maintenance of life and health in the body,” she says. Here are some important points to ensure good digestion according to Ayurveda.
Ever wondered why we Indians eat saunf after meals? This is because saunf or fennel seeds aid digestion. Besides eating saunf, you can also make herbal tea with it by boiling saunf with ginger. You could add sugar or honey to it to make the decoction sweet and less pungent.
There are certain herbs and spices that are known to alleviate indigestion. Among these are dry ginger and pepper are excellent for our digestive tract. You can make a decoction of dry ginger and pepper by boiling them together and have it every day for excellent digestion.
Spices like cardamom and cinnamon can enhance digestion and keep away problems like flatulence and bloating away. Boil cardamom and cinnamon together with honey and drink it every day.
There are certain dangerous food combinations according to Ayurveda that can hamper digestion and lead to other health problems. Dairy products like milk and, fruits should never be combined as they react with each to produce an imbalance in the gut flora. Similarly, milk should never be added to meat or fish dishes as this not only hampers digestion but also produces toxins in the body.
Turmeric and lemon are also great for detoxification and digestion. Boil turmeric powder in water and add lemon juice to it. Drink this tea regularly especially if you have problems like constipation and bloating. You could also add honey to the tea after it becomes a little warm.