Tested Ayurvedic Recipes To Improve Your Gut Health
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- Jillian Lai Mei Siew
Stuck with constipation, bloating, diarrhea, acidity, and indigestion, and looking for a quick solution to your digestive problem? Well, Ayurveda has the answer. Here’s how Ayurveda and an Ayurvedic diet can help your digestive health.
For thousands of years, Ayurveda has focused on digestion and gut health. The gut microbiome mainly consists of different bacteria, fungi, viruses and other microorganisms. They participate in different processes like digestion and metabolism. When the microbiome is balanced, it has many benefits, but when it is out of balance, it can disturb the gut and other areas of the body.
According to Ayurveda, the key to good gut health begins with digestion. Good health reflects on our ability to digest anything. There are 2 terms related to digestion as per Ayurveda: ‘Agni’ or fire which helps us digest everything that we eat. ‘Ama’ or accumulation of toxins can contribute to disease in the system. When our digestive fire is strong, we can effectively break down the food, absorb its nutrients, and remove toxins from our body. If ‘agni’ is weak, it can accumulate ‘ama’.
Following the Ayurvedic diet will ensure you have a healthy gut and microbiome. Here are a few recipes you can explore to understand what the Ayurvedic diet involves and different ways to include an Ayurvedic lifestyle to improve gut health.
Ginger, salt and lime appetiser
This one is a classic Ayurvedic recipe to aid in digestion, that is taken before a meal. Slice ginger into long, thin strips and place in a jar. Cover with lime juice and salt to marinate. Eat one strip before meals.
Peas with fennel and mint
This recipe can help you ease your abdominal pain and smoothen digestion. Heat clarified butter in a pan and saute the fennel seeds for 30 seconds. Add black pepper, peas, and salt. Add 1/4c water and bring to a boil until peas are soft. Remove from heat, gently mix in the chopped mint, and serve.
Buttermilk for your acid reflux
Use fresh coconut water or buttermilk made by churning water and plain yoghurt. Add 1 teaspoon of rock salt along with a pinch of roasted cumin. According to Ayurveda, buttermilk reduces irritation in the stomach lining that causes acid reflux.
Diarrhea? Eat gourds and stay hydrated
Bottle gourd is very beneficial in diarrhea. You can make a soup or have its curry made with tomatoes and eat it with rice. It’s important to stay hydrated when you have diarrhea. Hence drink a lot more fluids than you normally do.
Counterbalance your indigestion
Have soups and stir-fried or steamed vegetables. Add only those spices that aid in digestion such as cinnamon, black pepper or ginger.
Here are other small tips to manage your gut health
- Avoid drinking iced water as it slows Agni and your digestion.
- Don’t eat if you are not hungry.
- Avoid odd combinations like very hot and cold foods or raw and cooked food together.
- Take small sips of warm water during meals. This helps digestion and absorption of food.
Following an Ayurvedic diet can help improve your digestion greatly. All you need is to follow the steps above, for your gut to thank you later.
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