In Ayurveda, the quality, type, and frequency of one’s food are primarily responsible for his health. The food affects an individual physically, mentally, and spiritually. Ancient Ayurveda has a well-organised account of various food’s benefits and harms. In this account, foods are bifurcated characteristically. The characterisation clearly indicates which foods are beneficial or harmful for a particular body type, ailment, lifestyle, and behaviour. As such, a good food is generally easy to digest and high on nutrients. Keeping that rich Ayuvedic knowledge in mind, I have curated a list of the 5 most important things prescribed by Ayurveda to keep our digestive system in order.
Mixing food types: When it comes to mixing different food types, Ayurveda is very permissive. However, there are few combinations, which Ayurveda discommends:
- Avoid eating dairy products including yoghurt with citrus fruits like lemon or orange.
- Melons should be eaten alone
- Don’t mix fruits for maximum nutrition
- A combination of cooked and raw foods should be avoided
- Don’t mix milk protein with animal proteins: A meat ball after a glass of milk is seriously a bad choice
- Ayurveda advises against taking milk with sour fruits, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, and fish.
Eat the largest meal at lunchtime
As per Ayurveda, a human body’sdigestion peak during middays. This time our digestive system secretes the highest concentration of “digestive juices”. On the other hand,in the evening, as the body is getting ready for the sleep, the digestive system tends to become softer. A meal at dinner will only make you feel heavy and bloated in the morning and sleeplessness.
No doubt, overeating should be avoided. Eating more food than our stomach can accommodate give rises to less room for digestion and more for digestive acids,increasing the chances of anacid reflux, indigestion,Gastrointestinal Disorders, discomfort, and bloating. Ayurveda endorsesto leave one-third to one-quarter of stomach space to give the room and inhibit less acid secretion.
Ayurveda doesn’t just stick to the type of taken foodfor a healthy digestion, but also the environment where it is taken. As per Ayurveda, a meal should be a taken at a fixed interval in a relaxed and quiet environment. Eating a food while on the move like in a car or while watching T.V. is considered unhealthy. Further, a rich, satisfying meal cuts on snacking.
Sweet “Lassi” or lemon juice after a meal
Make a habit of drinking mildly sweet lassi after a meal. This improves digestion.If you have a inactive digestion, eatginger with lemon juice and a some salt on it before a full meal. For overactive digestion, eat pomegranate chutney.