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Ayurvedic tips for better digestion

The concept of agni, the Sanskrit word for "fire," is rather essential to the Ayurvedic tradition. Agni is used to refer the digestive juices. We can focus on foods and other forms of nourishment that enhance the qualities of agni or we can ingest substances and experiences that dilute and smother the sacred fire. Either way, the health of agni throughout the system will be affected. Here are some practical tips for protecting your sacred fire and improve digestion. Eat your biggest meal at lunch There’s an Ayurvedic principle that the digestion works the best, when the sun is at its highest point. That is around 12 noon to 2 pm. Thus, give your body plenty of time to fully digest the food before sunset. Stimulate the digestive fire Ghee and ginger-lemon juice are great aids for digestion. Eating raw ghee with your food or drinking 2 teaspoons of ginger-lemon juice before meals eases the digestion process. Drink buttermilk Buttermilk is perfect to soothe the stomach. The carminative properties of the spices coupled with the soothing and refreshing properties of buttermilk improve your digestion. So, if you feel a bout of indigestion coming on, try sipping on some buttermilk for instant relief. Eat only when you’re hungry The problem with eating when you’re not hungry (aside from possible weight gain) is that it leaves you feeling bloated and uncomfortable. Only when your stomach is truly empty are your digestive enzymes strong enough to thoroughly break down your food. Sip on digestive teas Approximately 15-30 minutes after eating, sip on ginger, chamomile, or peppermint tea. (Yes, sipping again and not drinking.) The difference between sipping and drinking is that the former gives a kick to your digestive system [...]

Indian Superfoods: Here to stay

What are superfoods? Superfoods are nutrient powerhouses that pack large doses of antioxidants, polyphenols, vitamins, and minerals. Locally grown and consumed products Rich in micronutrients and taste Every part of the plant/crop can be used in a unique way Eating them reduces the risk of chronic disease and ensures well being. How did it begin? The western countries started marketing quinoa, kale, chia seeds etc. as superfoods thats help you stay fit (read thin), healthy and youthful. And, very soon the superfood wave spread all over the world! Basically, a generation that is eating junk food and leading a sedentary lifestyle calls healthy food, "Superfood." But, why eat food that is not grown locally and takes months to reach you. Especially when we have our own healthy variety. :) Indian Superfoods 1) Ghee: Once dismissed for its “fatty” nature, ghee today has acquired global superfood status. Ghee improves our metabolism, digestion, immunity, helps melt body fat and prevents certain cancers. Besides, keeping our joints lubricated. Raw ghee is much more beneficial to cooked ghee. So add some fresh ghee on your dal, rice, roti and be sure to live a nourished life! 2) Amla: Indian gooseberry has eight times more vitamin C than an orange, twice the antioxidant power of acai berry and around 17 times that of a pomegranate. Amla can help fight the common cold, burn fat, improve eyesight, build immunity, relieves constipation, cleanses your intestines and makes your skin glow. Wow! squash it, blend it, cut it, boil it or eat it raw, you will still enjoy the benefits. 3) Turmeric: From turmeric latte to Jamie Oliver’s famed turmeric chicken. Turmeric is the new rage in the western countries. "Ayurveda spoke of turmeric’s anti inflammatory and antibiotic properties [...]

Wrong food combinations as per Ayurveda

Why Food Combinations? All the times your stomach was upset or you were suffering from gas, bloating, acidity, indigestion; It could be due to eating wrong combinations of food. According to ayurveda, every food has its' own rasa (taste), virya (heating or cooling energy) and vipaka (post digestion effect).  So while it is true, every individual's agni determines how the food is digested. Food combinations are equally important. Especially for people with weak digestion or stomach issues. Poor food combinations lead to indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction and gas and toxic formation. Food Combinations that hinder digestion 1) Fruits with anything else: Fruits are easily digested, while other foods take time. Inhibited by the more complex food, the fruit tends to move through the digestive tract too slowly and can cause fermentation, gas, and bloating 2) Liquids and Solids: As a law, no liquid should be taken with solids. Liquid tends to pass away immediately into the intestines taking away all the digestive enzymes thus inhibiting the digestion. Liquids should be taken at least 20 minutes prior to meal and not immediately after or along with meal. But they can be taken one hour after meal. 3) Mixing two proteins: Each type of protein requires a specific character, strength and timing of digestive juice secretions. This means that no two types of concentrated protein should be consumed together at a meal. Nuts, meat, eggs, cheese, or other protein foods should not be eaten together. And no two types of animal protein should be eaten together. 4) Meat and Dairy: Meat and dairy should never be eaten together. Meat is heating and milk is cooling so this is a bad combo. They contradict one another, upsetting agni and producing toxins. 5) Cooking with [...]