Balancing your Digestive Agni
How many times have you seen someone munching on a sandwich while driving through traffic? How many times have we caught a bite to eat at our desk, in front of the computer because we could not take the time to have a proper lunch? Our bodies need an uplifting and settled environment in order to process and absorb the nutrients from our meals. If that is not available then we should at least be sitting down to eat — not standing, walking, or driving our way through a meal.
The act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, according to AYURVEDA, is something reverent and important for the development of Consciousness as well as our physical health. When we sit down to eat our stomach is in a relaxed posture and our Awareness is on the taste, texture, and smell of the food. This will greatly improve the Digestion.
Another way to improve the Digestion is to stimulate the Agni or digestive fire before we begin eating. Weak digestive agni may result in fatigue after eating – so Ayurveda recommends eating a 1-inch piece of fresh ginger with a few drops of lemon juice and a few pinches of salt on it before a full meal. This starts to activate the salivary glands, producing the necessary enzymes so that the nutrients in the food are easily absorbed by the body.
Balancing your Digestive Agni is key in Ayurveda. Digestive Agni can be compared to a burning fire. If the flame is very low than it will take a long time to cook the food. And then, if the fire is too big it can burn the food. If we put a huge log on a low fire it will extinguish it. Our digestive fires should be balanced so that we can digest our meals efficiently and smoothly.
The ginger and lemon juice recommendation helps to increase the digestive power. If, however you suffer from an over-active Agni, because of which there is too much internal heat and acid, then just use lime in cool water, as lime is cooling.
P.S. to your Eternal Health & Happiness