The digestive process is very important for our health and Ayurveda has many recommendations to improve this function. Many times, people who have an excess of Vata become imbalanced and this manifests in the body as indigestion.
An aggravated Vata leads to an irregular fire at the digestive and tissue levels. This could lead to an irregular appetite. So a person who has an irregular eating pattern (due to Vata influence) is prone to an irregular release pattern of digestive juices and enzymes.
For digestion to happen properly, the release pattern should go its normal course. The irregular release of appetite promoting enzymes, and later digestive enzymes for the consumed food, leads to a particular type of indigestion called Vishtabdha Ajeerna (indigestion arising from aggravation of Vata Dosha). As a result, your meal schedule, size, and digestive capability- all are disturbed.
The key to an effective digestive system is a balanced Agni (digestive fire). We can self-examine our Agni by watching our daily digestion and the amount of food we’re eating every day. There are a few symptoms that indicate that the food has been completely digested. Most of these symptoms are subjective, and can be felt only by the person himself. When you get up in the morning, take a moment, and try to look for these symptoms. When your food is fully digested, you will feel fresh and energetic. Your stomach will not feel stuffed. You will feel ‘light’ instead of feeling heavy and groggy. If you belch, it would be without odor. You would also be able to answer nature’s call in a timely manner.
DISCLAIMER: Nothing in this document may be viewed as the diagnosis or treatment of any medical disease whatsoever. The contents of this document are the opinions of the author based on his/her learning and experience. This document is meant only for educational purposes. The Ayurveda Experience is not liable or responsible for the suggestions made herein.Please consult your primary care physician before implementing any change in your diet or lifestyle.
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