Gut health includes our digestion, elimination and the entire GI ( gastrointestinal system). According to Ayurveda, the health of the digestive system is the single most determinant of our health and well-being. Strong and healthy digestive system assures that all the nutrients taken in through eating are assimilated into the healthy cells that become you. In other words, we are what we digest. We are what we digest! If your digestion is healthy, your body can produce healthy tissues When digestion is weak, the tissues of your body, such as muscle, blood and nerve, become weak and susceptible to disease.
The cause of digestive disease lies in our actions. By indulging our sense of taste in an unhealthy manner, we upset the balance of the bodily doshas. Vata ( predominance of air and space) is upset by cold, dry and light foods such as raw vegetables. Pitta ( predominance of fire) is upset by warm, oily, light foods such as deep fried vegetables and Kapha (predominance of earth and water) is upset by cold, heavy, moist foods such as cold ice cream and yogurt. In addition, taking foods in an improper manner can be even more harmful than choosing inappropriate foods. Healthy food taken in the wrong way will still cause digestive disease.
Symptoms of Weak/Poor Digestion
Excessive gas, constipation, diarrhea, burping, burning, vomiting, indigestion, food sensitivities, bloating and pain. The names given by Western Medicine are IBS, leaky gut, ulcers, colitis, acid reflux etc. Digestive problems can lead to skin problems, weight fluctuation, hypertension, inflammation, anxiety and other mental disorders, depression and a host of other illnesses.
Digestive problems are caused by one’s lifestyle, faulty eating practices, poor food choices, poor food combining. Together they make up the major causes of digestive disease. By understanding the cause of the disease, the nature of the person, and the nature of the imbalance, the conditions can be reversed through a treatment plan. By understanding of the pathogenesis, the Clinician can develop a treatment plan to reverse the condition. This treatment plan includes both constitutional treatments to address the patient’s lifestyle and direct treatment to target the compromised area of the body.
You can start with this
- A small piece of fresh ginger along with black salt and lemon juice can be chewed just before meals like a chewing gum to ignite the digestive fire.
- Sip on fennel or ginger tea
- Avoid cold water with the meals asd water hinders the natural digestive process of the body.
- Sip on warm or hot water throughout the day
- Eat in a settled and peaceful environment.