Ayurvedic Dietary Rules
A Few Ayurvedic Dietary Rules:
Leave 4-6 hours between meals with no snacking.
The sign that the previous meal is digested is when the breath is fresh.
Eating in between meals weakens the agni.
Eating foods with cold, wet and heavy qualities weakens the agni.
Drink hot water to stimulate agni.
Treat agni with occasional fasts; use a mono-diet (rice, kicharee), hot lemon water and a seasonal cleanse to keep digestion healthy.
Agni is increased by pungent, sour and salty flavors. It is beneficial to start a meal with these flavors.
A low dosage of bitter taste taken before a meal increases the secretion of hydrochloric acid in the stomach.
Agni stimulating and increasing herbs are ginger, black pepper, cayenne pepper, cinnamon, long pepper (Piper longum), guduchi (Tinosporia cordifolia), kalmegh (Andrographis paniculata). Use a small dose (1-2g) before meals to enkindle the digestive fire.
Agni tonic herbs that build enduring digestive strength are pushkaramula (Inula racemosa), cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum) and musta (Cyperus rotundus).
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