Agni = digestive enzymes and capacity. Ama = toxic residue of undigested substances.
Spring is all about upward and outward momentum which will add verve to whatever you do! I recommend you hold your poise, even if you feel the urge to burst out right now. Pause, reflect, cleanse and reset then take off into the next season. Our self-care efforts are amplified at this time of year which is why we do an Ayurvedic detox based on Panchakarma - 5 cleanse principles. It's all about improving the way we digest the food, thoughts, smells, sounds that become our bodies.
One of the most important things we take away from cleanse time is the ability to cleanse our systems from deep Ama, stuck in our tissues from the impact of modern life, and improve our Agni to resume the ability to detox every 24 hours overnight while we sleep!
Digestion begins in our mouth before food even gets to our stomach. Amylase in saliva starts to break down food, helping it to become ready for further digestion. When we smell food cooking, saliva is released and this triggers bile release further down in our intestines. The whole process is perfectly designed and takes around six hours to complete. The trouble is, we snack too much nowadays and distract the process, which results in Ama. If the Ama is not eliminated it can build up and overflows into other body tissues which leads to bad health conditions like skin rashes, joint pain, and mucous in the respiratory system. The Ama travels around in our blood and gets deposited in a nearby or weak area of the body.
Our blood and nervous system connects our guts to the rest of our body. Take three deep breaths before you feed yourself and eat simple whole foods of all 6 tastes and you'll be doing some of the most impactful self-care acts for yourself.
Dark leafy greens are a great way to take the bitter taste in your diet.
Spices and fresh herbs help imbue Agni and bring the six tastes to our meals.
If your digestion feels heavy, or you feel sluggish add black pepper or basil leaf to your meals.
If you feel gassy, add fennel or coriander seed to your meals or sip cumin in hot water.
If you have reflux you may benefit from a tbsp of Aloe Vera about half an hour before you eat.
There are countless remedies and recipes for us to tap into. What's interesting is to eliminate the bad feeling in the first place by eating on time, foods that we know serve us well. This way we're not taxing our Agni, we're working with it. Agni is a force of nature and if we don't go with it, it leads to an uncomfortable or painful symptom from Ama.
At Ayur Botanicals we resist the common approach of doing Ayurveda right or wrong and following food lists! It's far more helpful to provide you with sustainable techniques for understanding what your body needs at any given time. We want you to experience the Ayurvedic principles so they resonate with you and you get moments of realisation in real time and in a way that supports your continued growth. That's real knowledge you can tap into anytime you need it!
If you don't feel well, go on a light liquid food diet and avoid eating after dark. This is the way to give your digestive system a lull so Agni in your deeper tissues can deal with the toxins that are set there and leading to your illness. Join us in our seasonal cleanse this October where we'll lull our food body, give Agni a rest and reset, to detoxify our deeper tissues.
I recommend we all reflect at the end of the day, and take time to pause from sensory input. This allows Prana to circulate the digested goodness around our body from our food. It becomes us!