Ayurvedic physicians recommend some methods to enhance digestion for any successful weight loss.
The digestive process has many functions. It breaks down the food we eat so that the smaller particles can move through the digestive tract smoothly. The better the foods are broken down, the more the bodies are able to absorb and assimilate important nutrients from them to use for energy and other cell processes.
Ayurvedic medicine, food can and should be taken as treatment for what ails you. We’ve got to eat. So why not make your food your medicine? Ayurvedic Food is transformed into vital life-force energy eating for inner strength and immunity, a clear mind, flowing circulation, and powerful digestion is only natural. And with just a bit of planning, you can transform most meals into an immune-boosting reality.
Ayurvedic Superfoods for Digestion
Turmeric is of extreme medicinal value both in Ayurvedic treatment and traditional Chinese medicine. It can be combined with various kinds of foods in the form of spice to help improve digestion and reduce bloating. It also stimulates bile production that helps in better digestion of fats. It has beneficial anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing inflammation of the stomach and intestines. Use turmeric in your curries and stews in order to improve digestion and protect your liver.
Normally in its raw form, garlic can be too heating for pitta types, those with very fiery constitutions. But in the damp, cool winter, garlic is the antithesis to colds and flus. If you’re sick or fighting an infection, garlic can help knock it out. Add it to teas, broths, soups even a raw clove chopped on top of your food now and then (if your stomach can handle it). It’s antibacterial and antiviral qualities can help keep you well throughout the winter season. A pinch of cayenne pepper in tea or a morning cup of hot lemon water is also a welcome winter addition.
Found in most health food stores and Asian markets, astragalus root is a powerful adaptogen, or plant extract that increases the body’s ability to resist the damaging effects of stress and illness, and help restore the body to normal function after either. It can be added to soups, stews, broths, and pots of grains (one or two sticks per pot).
Warm, light and circulating, ample amounts of food-sourced Vitamin C is a must year-round but especially in the winter. Its antioxidant goodness supports collagen growth, healthy tissue maintenance, and immunity. If you have grapefruit, lemons, oranges, Brussel’s sprouts or broccoli in your kitchen right now, you’re off to a good start. Just don’t overcook the veggies! Cook broccoli and Brussels sprouts just until they turn bright green to preserve a good chunk of the nutrients. More super-charged whole-food sources of vitamin C include amla berry (a revered sour fruit from India that contains one of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C on the planet), acerola cherry, fresh raspberries, and strawberries. Aim for at least 300 mg per day, more if you’re feeling fatigued or fighting something off.
Ginger and Turmeric
Called the “universal medicine,” ginger is healing, warming, energizing, anti-inflammatory, expectorating, and is as stimulating as it is delicious. It encourages healthy appetite, calms indigestion, and is one of the best common herbs for promoting healthy circulation. Turmeric is ginger’s close family member and touts many of the same benefits, but tumeric’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant prowess is even greater! It aids the body in digesting proteins and its bitter/pungent/astringent taste is one of the best for balancing the body in winter. See my recipe Ginger Turmeric Tea below.