Common Question:

What can I do when I have abdominal gas and bloating?

     The power of digestion in Ayurveda is called Agni.  Bloating and gas pains, indigestion and irregular bowel movements are often associated with low Agni. When digestion is not appropriate it leads to poor assimilation of the food and accumulation of toxins (AMA in Sanskrit).

    Each individual is different, but there are some universal principles that helps us all have healthy digestion and strong Agni:

  1. 1.Keeping a schedule of meals: breakfast, lunch and dinner. Healthy gut  requires us to follow the circadian rhythm of nature.

  2. 2.Avoiding ice and cold foods helps digestion because ice constricts the lining of our gut and prevents adequate assimilation of the nutrients.

  3. 3.Avoiding leftover foods. Old food no longer has Prana. Start by cooking smaller portions and use leftovers to create compost for your plants.

  4. 4. Avoiding artificial sugar, not only for its carcinogenic dancer, but artificial sugar actually causes an increase in weight. Taking in a sweet taste fools the body to release more insulin. High insulin requires more food.

  5. 5. Add the following spices to your cooking: turmeric, coriander, cardamom, fennel, ginger, black pepper and cumin (they increase absorption and assimilation of the food).


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