• Your Guide to Ayurvedic Superfoods
    • Health and Wellness
    • May 03, 2022
    Your Guide to Ayurvedic Superfoods

    What is a “superfood” and why is it so super? Often described as a food with exceptional health benefits, here’s a look at this buzzword from an Ayurvedic lens.

  • An Ayurvedic Exploration of the Many Ways to Prepare Food
    • Food and Cooking
    • August 05, 2021
    An Ayurvedic Exploration of the Many Ways to Prepare Food

    How you cook your food impacts the way it tastes and more. Learn the Ayurvedic perspective on food preparation so you can feel like a Jedi kitchen master.

  • Trust Your Gut: How the Enteric Nervous System Can Impact Your Mind
    • Health and Wellness
    • January 28, 2021
    Trust Your Gut: How the Enteric Nervous System Can Impact Your Mind

    Ayurveda has long emphasized the connection between the gut and the brain. The enteric nervous system plays a vital role in this connection, affecting mood, health, and even your gut feelings.

  • How Our Mood, Digestion, and Immune Strength Are Connected
    • Health and Wellness
    • September 15, 2020
    How Our Mood, Digestion, and Immune Strength Are Connected

    One interesting intersection in the body is the way mood, digestion, and immunity all support one another. This process is governed by agni, our digestive fire. 

  • 3 New CCF Tea Blends for Your Wellness Ritual
    • Ayurvedic Herbalism
    • July 06, 2020
    3 New CCF Tea Blends for Your Wellness Ritual

    Inspired by CCF Tea and crafted for year-round enjoyment, these Ayurvedic tea blends can help you slow down, savor the moment, and connect with the magic of plants. 

  • Agni Quiz: Discover Your Digestive Fire
    • Food and Cooking
    • May 05, 2020
    Agni Quiz: Discover Your Digestive Fire

    How do we know what type of digestive fire we have? We created this fun and easy agni quiz to help you find out. When you’re done, keep reading to understand your results!

  • The Springtime Secret for a Healthy Gut
    • Spring Health & Recipes
    • May 01, 2020
    The Springtime Secret for a Healthy Gut

    Ayurveda recommends adjusting one’s diet with the season. A seasonal diet changes the microbiome, which is responsible for balancing the gut, blood sugar levels, mood, and more.

  • This Is the Key to a Healthy Immune System
    • Health and Wellness
    • March 11, 2020
    This Is the Key to a Healthy Immune System

    Vibrant immunity requires a robust digestive fire, or “agni.” When you give your agni wholesome food, the nourishment passes from the digestive tract to your entire body by way of the seven tissues.

  • How Can I Tell if I Have a Healthy Digestive Fire? [video]
    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • December 04, 2019
    How Can I Tell if I Have a Healthy Digestive Fire? [video]

    Paying attention to your digestion can be a major clue to your health. That's because in Ayurveda strong digestion, or agni, is considered the root of all imbalances or the seed of health.

  • You Need This: A 3-Day Gut Reset, Just in Time for Fall
    • Fall Recipes and Health
    • September 20, 2017
    You Need This: A 3-Day Gut Reset, Just in Time for Fall

    Because the liver is essential in digesting the fattier, heavier foods typical of a winter diet, a fall reset should focus on clearing out the liver and promoting bile production. Before the cold winds of fall arrive, consider a 3-day reset to keep you balanced all winter long. 

  • You Might Need a 1-Day Digestive Reset
    • Natural Cleanse and Detox Tips
    • August 11, 2017
    You Might Need a 1-Day Digestive Reset

    As such a crucial function of the body, digestion is worth nurturing, and sometimes the best way to do that is with a simple reset and reboot.

  • The Unseen Intelligence of the Digestive System
    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • April 12, 2017
    The Unseen Intelligence of the Digestive System

    For those of us that tend to think being gassy or having indigestion is normal, think again! Judging from the wide range of digestive disorders, it would seem that many of us have little or no understanding of the nature, functions, and uses of the digestive system. All these conditions are the body’s means of trying to get our attention, telling us that something is wrong with our current diet or lifestyle. It’s not just what we eat that makes a difference, but how we eat and how we eliminate can have a major impact on the overall digestive experience.

  • The Digestive Process: An Ayurvedic Perspective
    • Ayurveda Basics
    • January 11, 2017
    The Digestive Process: An Ayurvedic Perspective

    The Ayurvedic take on digestion includes the idea that the whole process happens in three stages, that digestion happens on a subtle level as well as a gross physical one, and that it takes a full 36 days to complete the digestive process. Here is a break-down with more information.

  • 4 Practical Ways to Improve Your Digestion
    • Routines and Rhythms
    • October 21, 2016
    4 Practical Ways to Improve Your Digestion

    Eating is a wonderful and enjoyable act. Unfortunately, with busy lives, we can forget how important it actually is and how directly it affects our minds and bodies. Ayurveda teaches that the act of eating is just as significant as the nutritional content of the food. 

  • All New Easy Digest for an Easier Thanksgiving
    • Holidays
    • November 13, 2015
    All New Easy Digest for an Easier Thanksgiving

    Perfect for Thanksgiving, Easy Digest liquid extract made was created to give your digestion the support that it needs to properly break down and absorb food.

  • Saying Farewell to Leftovers
    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • July 24, 2015
    Saying Farewell to Leftovers

    I remember the day I got the lowdown on leftovers from one of my Ayurveda teachers. “They’re a no-no”, he said, if we want optimal digestion. And let’s face it, Ayurveda is all about digestion.

    Truth be told, I already knew this. I just didn't want to believe it.

    This still makes me a little sad. Reheated lasagna or pizza for lunch or dinner back in the day used to be a treat. No meal planning or cooking meant less time in the kitchen, which is always fine with me.

    Unfortunately, once food has been cooked, cooled and then re-heated, the prana (life force) has left the food, and our bodies have to work much harder to digest it.

  • The Truth About Caprese Salad
    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • July 20, 2015
    The Truth About Caprese Salad

    Caprese salad is one of those things that I just fell in love with, especially during the summer. It’s cool and savory, combined with the sweet burst of juice from the tomatoes. But, then I started to notice that it did not settle as well as it tasted. The effects were subtle—a little bit of indigestion, just a touch of cramping. These were slight enough that I barely took note of it.

  • Making Friends with Fire
    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • June 08, 2015
    Making Friends with Fire

    A key piece of Ayurveda is an important little thing called agni. 90 percent of all disease is caused by malfunctioning agni! Here's what it is and how to keep it strong. 

  • Ginger Turmeric Tea Recipe
    • All Recipes
    • October 10, 2012
    Ginger Turmeric Tea Recipe

    This warming golden tea is a classic blend of two of Ayurveda's most beloved herbs. Enjoy it with meals to support digestion, or anytime you please.

  • Pitta Cooling Kitchari Recipe
    • All Recipes
    • October 09, 2012
    Pitta Cooling Kitchari Recipe

    This tasty kitchari for pitta dosha incorporates cooling, soothing ingredients to pacify and counteract pitta's sharpness and heat.

    • Gut Health & Digestion
    • March 06, 2011
    Boost the Immune System With Ayurveda

    According to Ayurveda, immunity and natural resistance to disease in the body goes hand in hand with good health. The concept of health—according to Ayurveda—is not only being free of disease but also when there is balance between the three doshas, vata, pitta, and kapha, there is proper functioning of the digestive fire or agni, the three waste products (urine, feces, and sweat) are in normal quantity and balanced, the five senses are working normally, and the mind, body, and consciousness are functioning in blissful harmony.

Gut Health and Digestion

From an Ayurvedic perspective, digestion has everything to do with health and well-being. In fact, it teaches that all disease and imbalance stems from something gone awry in the digestive system, while a state of overall health is the result of healthy and happy digestion. Therefore, Ayurveda offers many tips and tools to improve natural gut health and in so doing, to support the immune system as well.

In Ayurveda, the digestive fire is known as agni, and you can think of it like an internal campfire. When the fire doesn’t have enough fuel, it will slowly sputter out until there’s no more flame. If the fire is too strong on the other hand, it will burn hot and fast and out of control. The goal is to have just the right amount of fuel and careful tending so that the fire burns warm and bright.

The way to restore gut health, according to Ayurveda, is similar to tending a fire—making sure that we get just what we need in terms of food, spices, and herbs so that our digestion stays healthy and strong.

This begins with incorporating an Ayurvedic diet appropriate to one’s dosha, while becoming acutely aware of what we put into our body and how it makes us feel. It can also be helpful to avoid processed foods and add in things like probiotic-rich foods to ensure good bacteria. Speaking of, incorporating fermented foods into your diet is a great way to cultivate healthy gut bacteria.

Another wonderful way to support healthy digestion is by getting to know some of the top herbs for gut health. Whether cooking with herbs and spices or simply taking herbs as a supplement to your diet, the plant kingdom offers incredible support when it comes to tending the health of the digestive fire.

One common misconception is that your diet must be vegetarian or plant-based to be considered Ayurvedic. But the truth is, an Ayurvedic diet is all about what works best for the individual and what digestive support is needed for the optimal health of your unique body. While some people do best without meat or choose not to consume it for ethical reasons, others thrive with some meat in their diet.

Like all things Ayurveda, it always comes back to what works best for YOU. The more we begin to pay attention to our diet, our digestion, and even our elimination, the more we learn about what we need as individuals to stay balanced and keep our digestive fires burning strong.

And this goes way beyond food as well—even our lifestyle practices, daily routine, stress levels, and the restfulness of our sleep affect the quality of our digestion! And similarly, they all play a role when we seek to improve gut health naturally.

Ayurveda was way ahead of its time in the belief that the gut and the brain are intricately connected, recognizing that our mental and emotional health can be just as important as the foods we eat when it comes to proper digestion and overall health. These blog articles explore healthy digestion from every angle, bringing a truly holistic lens to this important and timeless conversation.