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Ayurveda is wonderful at helping us really get to know how our body works so we can work with it. When we're cooperating like this we get to tap into a source of natural energy. The Ayurvedic approach to nutrition makes sense, it's often as easy as recognising the taste of our food and realising we eat too much sweet taste and not enough bitters, like leafy greens.
Ensure your nutrients are available by using your sense of taste to consider are you eating all 6 Rasa (tastes), and does it look like you've a rainbow of protein, fats and carbs, with amazing pink rock salt on our plate? Bioavailability is one thing, but it's vital to consider how you digest all that wonderful meal...
Agni is digestive ability - think bile, enzymes, metabolism.
Your belly fire Jatharagni, and the finer Dhatu Agni that perform functions like muscle metabolism and clearing your lymph, are vital for your body to remain clear of Ama (toxic residue) and functioning well.
Stoke your fire with digestives like ginger and black pepper, by including them in your cooking or sipping ginger tea before your meals. It's simply amazing chemistry that can make all the difference to how you feel later. When your food is digested well before it reaches your intestines, the chances of nutrient assimilation are improved!
Avoid dampening your belly fire with cold drinks, which are tempting over Summer - you'll just end up bloated!
Antidote to cold dairy like ice-cream: Cardamom ;) Use this tip wisely folks.
Your digestion might be dull, fast or irregular and it's important to eat accordingly. If you feel heavy and your appetite not big, then eat light soupy meals for a bit - perfect remedy and this simple way of talking about it belies the science behind the scenes. The double benefit is that the soupy meal will allow space for congestion in your body to clear and over time your Agni can return well and true appetite with it!
There is Agni all over your wonderfully created body system. You need it to process all the sounds, sights and smells that enter your body through your senses. This fortnight we'll focus on Nutrition and your digestive system's Agni as I chat with one of my old teachers Dr Bosco Paul about all things that can help you prepare and eat healthy holiday food.
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