Its aim is to provide guidance regarding food and lifestyle so that healthy people can stay healthy and folks with health challenges can improve their health.
There are several aspects to Ayurveda that are quite unique. It also stresses on the fact that at times,our digestion is sluggish or incomplete. Some factors that can lead to such a digestive state is when we eat difficult-to-digest foods or too much food.
Undigested food remains in the body and becomes toxic ama, which causes havoc, creating blockages, settling in parts of the body that are out of balance, and ultimately leading to diseases, such as calcium deposits in the joints, plaque in the arteries, cysts, or tumors.
Toxins that accumulate from improperly digested food can be reduced by slowly introducing these spices into the diet:
Chilli .Contains capsaicin, a neuropeptide anti-inflammatory that provides natural pain relief, boosts immunity, facilitates weight loss, reduces blood cholesterol, triglyceride levels, and platelet aggregation, and clears congestion in the nose or lungs.
Turmeric A natural preservative, it is anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, antioxidant, antibacterial, and chemo-preventive. It is also used as blood purifier, internal stimulant, and digestive aid, and to strengthen and protect the liver. Its main phytochemical compound, curcumin, balances the ratio of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ cholesterol, prevents oxidation of cholesterol, improves circulation and induces the flow of bile, which breaks down fats.
Cumin Invaluable for digestion, this is also a cleansing spice, and helps burn ama, the digestive toxins that are considered the starting point of many disorders by Ayurvedic physicians. It helps enhance appetite, and is helpful for the stomach, the liver and the intestines.
Coriander A detoxifying spice which helps cleanse the body from the cells outwards. Also considered helpful for promoting respiratory system health and enhancing natural defense against allergens.
Cardamom The seeds can be chewed as a breath freshener and digestive aid. A stimulant and carminative, it is also used in medicinal preparations for indigestion and flatulence. Ginger Often referred to as ” the universal medicine” in Ayurveda.
Pepper A remedy for asthma, cough, heart disease, chronic dysentery, xerophthalmia (night blindness), hypersomnia, and pain. It acts as a stimulant, digestive and decongestant. Pepper calms nausea and is valuable for treating fevers and chills.
Cinnamon Relieves nausea and vomiting and increases peripheral blood flow. The essential oil is a potent antibacterial, anti-fungal, and uterine stimulant.
Fenugreek Primarily a digestive aid, it also relieves congestion, reduces inflammation, fights infection and contains natural expectorant properties ideal for treating sinus and lung congestion, and loosening and removing excess mucus and phlegm. Fenugreek is an excellent source of selenium, and anti-radiant which helps the body utilise oxygen. It also stimulates the production of mucosal fluids, helping remove allergens and toxins from the respiratory tract.
Cloves Said to have a positive effect on stomach ulcers, vomiting, flatulence and to stimulate the digestive system. It has powerful local antiseptic and mild anesthetic actions, kills intestinal parasites, and exhibits broad anti-microbial properties against fungi and bacteria.