- Avoid ice-cold drinks or food, especially before or during a meal as it slows down the digestive ‘fire’ (agni).
- Incorporate spices like turmeric, cumin, fennel seeds, coriander, and asafetida in your diet.
- Chew your food well before swallowing. Not only does this help with mindful eating and triggering your brain’s satiety center which signals you to stop eating when you feel full, but mastication also helps to break down the food into smaller particles and coat them with salivary enzymes making it easier to digest.
- Eat fruit on an empty stomach. When you eat fruit after a meal, it remains in the stomach for a longer time than if eaten alone (as food slows down it’s passage). This can cause bloating.
- Avoid junk food, processed meats and other foods with dyes and preservatives as they can create undigested residue that forms toxins, or ‘ama’. In Ayurveda, ama is described as the root cause of disease.
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Yours in good health,
Dr. Ashita Gupta