The metabolism or the digestive fire “Agni” is a central point in Ayurveda. The digestive fire burns in its respective strength depending on the individual constitution. All disruptions to the bio-energetic balance lead to a weakening of the digestive, absorption and renewal functions of the metabolism.
On average, each of us spends around 6.5 hours of the day sitting. That's actually far too long and - quite clearly - there's only so much you can do about it. Nevertheless: The consequences are really bad, especially for your metabolism, because it runs on a low burner all day long.
In addition, we often “snack” our way through the day, i.e. eating something here and there instead of regular meals. This is also bad for your metabolism.
Because every person is different and has a different basic constitution, the metabolism is also different for each person depending on their Prakriti. A disorder in metabolism can often be seen in digestion. Ayurveda says that each of us should go to the toilet once a day and completely defecate. The excreta should generally not be too hard and not too liquid.
Nevertheless, there are principles that are good for everyone and easy to implement in everyday life. Following these is worth it, as a healthy metabolism is one of the keys to a healthy life in Ayurveda.
Ayurveda says that 98% of all diseases have their origins in an imbalance in the metabolism. Our immune system suffers from this imbalance. Metabolic disorders can manifest themselves in a variety of ways: Some have a bloated stomach, others have sluggish or rapid digestion.
What to do? Tips from Ayurveda
- Internal Shower: Start your morning with a glass (or more) of warm water with a few squeezes of lemon juice. This ignites the digestive fire.
- Make a fire: As a support for digestion, against flatulence and other complaints, it helps to use several spices against flatulence when preparing food. These are, for example, cumin, anise, ginger, pepper, garlic and curcuma.
- Goodbye to fire extinguishers: You should actually see the digestive fire visually. Ayurveda also says that you should drink as much as possible throughout the day, but it would be nice if you managed not to drink anything for half an hour before or during a meal. Above all, you should avoid iced drinks. This weakens the digestive fire and thus the metabolism.
- Rest & Digest: Try to take breaks between meals. This gives the body the opportunity to filter - metabolize - the nutrients from food. Constant “topping up” damages the metabolism. Try to fast after a meal and only eat again after 4-5 hours. If you feel hungry, try warm water first, because we often misinterpret a rumbling stomach as hunger, even though our body craves water.
- Relieve metabolism: The digestive fire is still weak in the morning, strongest at midday and not quite as strong in the evening, so our recommendation for you is to eat soups and cooked vegetables in the evening and avoid animal proteins such as meat and cheese. According to this principle, you relieve the burden on your metabolism.
- As an additional “kick-start” for your metabolism, you could prepare a tea: you need ½ tsp fennel, ½ tsp cumin and two slices of freshly crushed ginger . Pour this with 200 milliliters of boiled water and let the tea steep for five minutes. The tea immediately boosts your metabolism. You should take it half an hour before and after eating.
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