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In Ayurveda, the term ‘Agni’ in Ayurveda refers to metabolic fire – the process of digesting food and producing metabolic byproducts. Agni transforms food into energy, which is in charge of all the essential body processes. An imbalanced agni typically means poor gut health where you can face innumerable problems. Low agni results in reduced appetite, fatigue, heaviness and lethargy. And there are other ways too in which your body can give you signs of poor gut health.
* Dry skin
* Receding gums
* Muscle spasms
Ayurveda expert Dr Rekha Radhamony recently shared some important ways for us to know the status of our gut health, via Instagram. Here’s what she suggests to look out for!
According to Ayurveda, white tongue is a warning indication that your digestive system is overworked. When your tongue is heavily coated, it gives the impression of being white. Your digestive system cannot perform correctly if it is overworked. As a result, candida, yeast or bacteria, begins to accumulate.
Agni is strengthened by eating the right amount of food for each meal. It’s equally crucial to give our stomach time to digest one meal completely before moving on to the next. Therefore, neither eating more nor less is a good idea. Both may in some way result in an imbalanced agni.
If you experience problems such as acidity, gas, bloating, reflux, heart burn, cramps, burps or flatulence frequently, it is too one of the signs of poor gut health
Constipation or loose motions are very telling signs of poor gut health. It would be best to include a lot of high-fiber items in your diet. If you have constipation, include beans, vegetables, fruits, whole grain cereals, and bran. But for loose motions, it’s best to consume bananas, rice and apples. Since these foods are mild, they won’t upset the stomach. Additionally, they are binding foods, and thus, they aid in stool firmness. If you have any of these, don’t ignore it and start working on your gut health.
Eating right is very important to maintain gut health. Let’s follow some tips suggested by Ayurveda expert Dr Dixa Bhavsar Savaliya.
“Actually hungry” means eat after fully digesting your previous meal. Sometimes, we may mistakenly believe that we are hungry while in reality we may merely be dehydrated.
When you eat, sit down and try to avoid any distractions such as a television, book, phone, or laptop.
Each of us has unique demands, a distinct stomach size and a different metabolic rate. Eat only till you feel full.
While food should ideally be freshly prepared, if you stay away from any food coming straight from the refrigerator, your digestive system will remain healthy (Agni).
Be regular and punctual with your meal timings because nature appreciates cycles and uniformity.