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How Can Ayurveda Improve Your Digestion?

Updated: Jul 8

In today's fast-paced and intense world, digestive issues have become increasingly common. Stress, dietary choices, and erratic eating habits often lead to discomfort and digestive disturbances. However, in the realm of holistic wellness, Ayurveda offers time-tested solutions to promote better digestion, assimilation, and elimination naturally. Six tips to help improve digestion you can experiment starting today.

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Understanding Ayurveda and Digestion

Ayurveda emphasizes the balance of mind, body, and spirit to achieve overall health. Central to the Ayurvedic philosophy is the concept of digestion, or agni. According to Ayurveda, a robust digestive fire, or agni, is crucial for optimal health and well-being.

The Role of Agni in Digestion

In Ayurveda, agni is considered the key to good digestion. It represents the body's ability to break down food, absorb nutrients, and eliminate waste efficiently. When agni is weak or imbalanced, it can lead to various digestive issues such as bloating, gas, indigestion, ama (toxins) and sluggish metabolism.

What are the symptoms of ama?

Ama is the opposite of agni.

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Taking a peek at your tongue is a good place to start. To learn more, explore Ayurveda Tongue Diagnosis: What Your Tongue Is Saying About Your Health

Ayurvedic Tips for Improving Digestion

  • Ayurveda emphasizes the importance of mindful eating.

  • Before your meals, practice our two minute meditation for an optimal enjoyment and digestive experience.

  • Chew your food thoroughly, savor each bite, and avoid distractions while eating. It sounds funny, but we do tend to gulp down our food and often on the go. The saying is: "Chew your food until it's liquid and chew your liquid until it's food." (That is to say, let the liquids hang out in the mouth for a moment to mix well with saliva.)

  • When you eat, eat. This approach allows your body to properly digest and absorb nutrients from the food.

  • Healthy digestion begins in the mind, long before the mouth or stomach. Be calm, and then eat.

Avoid drinking during your meals. If the food is especially dry, a few sips of warm water is okay.

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How Can Ayurveda Improve Your Digestion?

1. Follow the Ayurvedic principle of balancing the six tastes - sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent - in every meal to support all aspects of digestion and promote overall well-being.

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2. Drink warm water throughout the day to help maintain the balance of bodily fluids and support the digestive process.

3. Avoid ice-cold and cold beverages, as they can dampen the digestive fire and compromise the digestive process and may also lead to the formation of ama. (toxic substance)

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4. Incorporate Ayurvedic herbs and spices such as ginger, cumin, coriander, and fennel in your cooking to enhance digestion, reduce bloating, and ease discomfort after meals.

Which herbs are balancing for you, are specific to you. Our Ayurveda consultation packages are designed to address your concerns and lay the foundations of a lifetime of greater balance. Receive a comprehensive Ayurveda plan tailored to your goals and personal constitution.

5. Engage in gentle yoga postures and breathing practices (pranayama) to stimulate digestion, reduce stress with our free daily guided practices, and enhance overall well-being.

6. Regular dosha supportive physical activity supports healthy digestion and metabolism.

Incorporating Ayurveda into Daily Life

By embracing Ayurvedic principles and practices, you can nurture your digestive health and experience improved overall well-being. The holistic approach of Ayurveda not only addresses digestive concerns but also promotes balance between the body, mind, and spirit and the three doshas.

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Embrace the Wisdom of Ayurveda for Better Digestion

Ayurveda offers a wealth of knowledge and practices to support digestive health and enhance overall wellness. By incorporating simple Ayurvedic lifestyle tips, herbs, and food as medicine into your daily routine, you can nurture your digestive fire, promote efficient digestion, and experience greater vitality.

Let Saumya Ayurveda be your guide to a path of balanced digestion, holistic well-being and optimal health.

Remember, a mindful approach to eating, incorporating digestive herbs and spices, staying hydrated, and practicing yoga, diaphragmatic breathing, and meditation can all contribute to a healthier digestive system.

So, why wait? Start your Ayurvedic journey today and reap the benefits of improved digestion and overall well-being! Book your free initial phone consultation today.

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“Working with Veena is incredible. She sees the possibilities that lay dormant in us and is so patient and kind in sharing her wisdom and tools to help birth those possibilities. As Ayurveda is a living science, it takes conviction and discipline to change habits, to live a different reality. Veena makes navigating the changes smooth and meaningful, inspiring at every meeting, letting me know that, YES, changes are happening! Thank you, Veena. Many blessings!”

-Kyle Sangster, Minneapolis, Minnesota


“I feel so lucky to have found Veena. Her care and diligence have really made a positive difference in my wellbeing in ways that I never even expected. She is careful to not cause overwhelm when prescribing lifestyle changes and I’ve found that even the simple changes make a difference. Her excitement about Ayurveda is infectious and I’m excited to continue my healing with her as a guide.”

--Sophia Keller, USA


“Veena at Saumya Ayurveda is an exceptional professional. Her attentive listening, kindness, and profound expertise make her a true gem in her field. With her remarkable problem-solving skills, she consistently provides the perfect answers and solutions to my needs.” 

-- Jesus Quintana, Mexico


“It is with great pleasure that I write this review! Working with Veena has remarkably changed my life – even in the places I was unaware that it demanded to be changed! Throughout the course of four months, Veena’s gentle and succinct approach allowed me to easily refine my routines into a more structured foundation that left me feeling more in graceful governance with myself – emotionally and physically.

Not only had she brought forth awareness in how I prepare/ relate to the food I eat, but she also prescribed me wonderful herbs to help calm my anxiety, detox my liver, and heal the ugly night sweats I’ve been experiencing due to hormonal imbalances. Lastly, her guided meditations are a great grounding force, and I have since continued to explore the euphoric benefits of Yoga Nidra.

Veena is a well of divine knowledge, and her humor and light will be eternally appreciated!”

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There is a saying, "The mind is more in the body, than the body is in the mind." The Saumya 3 step meditation process shifts us from fight-flight-freeze mode, to rest-restore-relax mode. Give it a try for forty days and observe the changes. The more grounded and relaxed we are, the smoother life flows.

"The breath is the connection between the mind and body, so by training the breath, we become calm, focused, and grounded, we slow down the aging process by decreasing stress. These practices are so simple and easy to have as part of our daily life. We actually feel and look younger."

- Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

1. Learn Diaphragmatic Breathing and Change Your Life. When we re-learn to breath diaphragmatically, we move from the flight-fight-freeze mode, to rest, restore, relaxation mode from where we want and need to live.

2. Free Daily Guided Practices: 11 minutes in the morning and in the evening, as anchors of your daily Ayurveda routine.

"Choose a couple of practices from the routines that provide you with the greatest support. Perform them while applying our two minute meditation technique and your mundane tasks, just transformed into a mellifluous meditation. This is meditation applied to daily life." - Veena, Saumya Ayurveda

"Veena was able to help me regain my energy in just a few months and I’m feeling like my “young” self again! I love the food plan she designed for me, and all the supporting practices (am/pm routines, breathing techniques, herbs, and spice mixes) are so enjoyable to incorporate into my day. I highly recommend Saumya Ayurveda if you want to feel better and have more vitality.”

-Molly Rossini, Minnesota

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We all want to be heard, understood, and cared for as whole beings, not a set of isolated symptoms. True health is more than the absence of disease, which is why Western medicine so often leaves us feeling hopeless and unseen.

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Veena at Saumya Ayurveda

Veena is a Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner and meditation teacher, and monk.

She is President Emeritus and teaching faculty of the Meditation Center.

Veena fell in love with the traditional medicine used in her family’s home, learning herbal remedies at her grandmother's knee.

These childhood experiences were the seeds of a lifelong passion. For over 30 years, Veena has dedicated her life to the world’s oldest healing system: Ayurveda.

She draws on this ancient wisdom to help others find their compass to a healthy life – and support those left wanting by Western medicine.

An experienced Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner, Veena’s deep, intuitive knowledge of Ayurveda empowers her clients to reclaim their fullest, most vibrant lives –mentally, physically, and spiritually. Veena individualizes treatment plans to each person, rather than offering a one-size-fits-all approach, so it fits your life and becomes woven in your lifestyle, naturally.


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