Research in the last century has put a healthy diet on a pedestal. From Plant to Keto, from Raw to Macrobiotic, from Mediterranean to South Beach Diet, we tend to follow all regimes in search of health and youth. And that’s great, because there are certainly two things that unite these very different regimes – turning off junk food and eating wholesome foods, which in addition to our stomachs, also feeds our cells.
But there is one thing that is crucial to benefit from absolutely any diet – good digestion and a healthy microbiome. Something that we often take for granted, but in fact so delicate and easy to unbalance from one external factor – the emotional and our physical condition. If digestion doesn’t work well, any food can, instead of recharging us, literally make us sick by clogging our bodies with toxins. Which literally means that no matter how useful and wonderful a diet you follow is, everything can be in vain if you have digestive problems.
Ayurveda on the importance of digestion
Why Ayurveda? While modern medicine has yet to discover the role of the gut and microbiome in our physical and emotional health, in Ayurveda, the science of life at the age of 5,000, this has never been questioned. The intestines are taken to be the heart of our health. According to Ayurveda, the intestines, brain and emotions are inextricably linked.
The digestive fire or Agni is the ladder around which the whole philosophy of preparing and combining food according to Ayurveda is built. Every food is prepared with care to be digested as easily and quickly as possible. It directly affects the absorption of all nutrients from food or cellular nutrition, as well as the non-accumulation of toxins. And here the balance is most important. When the digestive fire is weak, it leads to problems such as nutrient malabsorption and constipation. When too strong, it leads to inflammation, heartburn and reflux.
When our digestion is balanced, according to Ayurveda we can not only consume normal portions of food every season without problems, but also feel light in the body, have healthy, glowing skin, wonderful energy levels and we are in sync with our feelings. Stress, tension and anxiety can radically reduce the power of digestion as well a very strong and prolonged detoxification and fasting.
How to balance digestion
Good digestion is vital to our good health and well-being. Solving the problem of indigestion can be addressed in different ways, from treating the causes, such as reducing mental and physical stress with adaptogens, to using herbal mixtures that increase digestive fire. For complex problems, it is best to apply all this until we feel improvement.
Toxins as a consequence of indigestion
When we cannot digest food completely, toxins begin to accumulate in the digestive tract. Ayurveda calls them Ama and teaches that they cover and reduce the surface of the intestine, which was supposed to digest and absorb nutrients. Toxins also irritate the surface of the digestive tract, causing inflammation and increasing susceptibility to infection and fungal diseases.
Leaky gut is the modern term that corresponds to the theory of Ama. By allowing large molecules of food to pass from the digestive system into the bloodstream, the blood is exposed to molecules that should not be there. The immune system recognizes them as external aggressors and attacks them. The consequences can range from a weakened immune system to allergies and autoimmune diseases.
How to eliminate toxins
Of course, the first thing we need to do is improve our digestion, as described above. The question is what else can we do if we are already suffering from the effects of indigestion and the accumulation of toxins. And not only that, not only to clean the intestines of toxins, but also the liver, which is the main organ of detoxification, so that we do not further disrupt digestion and fall into a vicious circle. By supporting the work of the liver, we can successfully clear toxins.
One of the super herbs for the liver is turmeric. Its powerful and gentle action brings benefits not only to the liver but also to the whole body with its powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.
Herbal blends can also be very effective and successfully and gently detoxify the liver. We can also successfully include green superfoods with proven detoxifying properties such as spirulina, chlorella and wheatgrass.
Whatever approach we choose to take care of digestion, and through it for our health as a whole, let’s start today and now!