Digestive health: How to maintain a healthy gut.
The alternative medicinal science of Ayurveda has garnered an immense global following. In contrast to Western medicine, Ayurveda places importance on herbal concoctions, meditation, yoga, diets and massages to cure different ailments. The absence of side effects has placed Ayurveda as a highly regarded source of cure and overall wellness.
Ayurveda guidelines for improved digestion and bowel movement are some of the most widely practiced rules in the Indian populace. According to experts, adhering to the rules of Ayurveda can work wonders for the body’s digestive system and ward off gastrointestinal complications. So, let us delve into Ayurveda and some of its rules regarding food and eating habits that can save us a trip to the doctor.
- Slow and Steady
Take the time to sit down and be comfortable before you start eating. Eating should be a ‘me-time’ act that engages all your senses. Avoid distractions like TVs, books, mobile phones, laptops, etc. Never eat your meals in a hurry. Take the time to appreciate the meal that has been prepared for you. This takes us to the next important point.
- Chew, chew and chew
Hasty consumption of food usually means that it is not being mashed properly, which is the second step in digestion, according to Ayurveda. Chewing properly will ensure that food is properly broken down into manageable morsels for the stomach to work on. Another importance of chewing is that your gut has the time to signal your brain when you’re full.
- I could eat a horse
Avoid eating when you are not hungry. Wait until your body signals that it is really hungry – usually when your previous meal has been completely digested. Sometimes your body may send out signals that could be misinterpreted as hunger. It is, therefore, crucial that you remain in tune with your body to understand its needs.
- Enough, I say
Eat the right amount of food when you sit down for your meal. We all have different body types and metabolic speeds. So listen to your body and only eat to the point where you feel satisfied. Avoid overeating to the point of inducing nausea which is a really harmful habit that can have serious consequences.
- A hot plate
Always try and have your food warm. Avoid consuming food taken straight out of the fridge. Allow it to defreeze and warm up to room temperature before you have it. Freshly cooked food should always be your priority.
- Where art thou?
Engage all of your five senses when you eat. Take in the smell of your food, appreciate the look of your plate, taste the texture, the different flavours and how it makes you feel. Taking the time to really taste your food will enhance the experience and also keep you full for a longer period.
- Fit for a king
Eat quality food at all times if possible. Never compromise when it comes to the quality of your meal. It is preferable to take the extra time in preparing your meal than facing unnecessary complications later on.
- Don’t mix and match
Some food items are incompatible with each other. Consuming them together can lead to an upset stomach or even worse. Avoid such food for a healthy gut and good digestion.
- Consistency is key
Fix your meal times and stick to them regularly. Train your body to follow your set times throughout the day. This will not only teach you self-discipline but also space out your meals evenly, allowing for proper digestion.
Follow these rules and you will see significant changes in your lifestyle as your body adapts to your positive choices.