In Ayurveda, there is no more principal and significant topic than digestion. Ayurveda believes the digestion and the digestive fire to be the very root of health and its counterpart, ill-health. In Sanskrit this digestive fire is called agni. More than just responsible for digestion, in its broader sense, it is said to be “the creative flame that works behind all life.” Even mainstream media gives more attention these days to the digestive system and digestive health supplements, such as probiotics, as people look for ways to support their gut health. Ayurveda takes a slightly different approach—encouraging easy to digest foods, or eating right for your dosha type. (If you are unsure of your dosha, you may be interested in our Ayurvedic Profile™ quiz.) Ayurveda further supports digestive health through the use of Ayurvedic herbs. Digestion is a many-sided enterprise and affected not only by what we eat but by how we eat as well.
Herbs for Digestion
Plants also possess the digestive fire (agni) in the form of photosynthesis. Light from the sun is digested and transformed into the nutrients a plant needs to grow. In this way, a plant’s agni can help us support our own agni. This is one way herbs are used in Ayurveda. Herbs for digestion are often either stimulating, such as ginger, or soothing, such as fennel. Knowing your dosha type gives you a wider understanding of the innate tendencies of your digestion. Vata dosha tends toward an erratic appetite and often a weaker digestion. This can be supported by pungent and stimulating herbs such as cumin and pippali. Vata Digest is our go-to formula with a blend of herbs with heating qualities to enkindle vata’s irregular digestive fire. The digestion of pitta dosha tends to be rather strong, and can sometimes be too strong. This is one reason pitta people are advised to avoid caffeine, sugar, spicy foods, and other stimulants. Herbs for pitta dosha are of the cooling and soothing nature, such as guduchi, coriander, and licorice. These make up part of the Pitta Digest formula, along with other pitta-supportive herbs. Kapha dosha tends to have a slower digestion and may not often feel intense hunger. Similar to vata-supportive herbs, herbs for kapha dosha are also pungent and stimulating. Kapha Digest is the classic Ayurvedic formula Trikatu, which means “three pungents.” It is comprised of pippali, ginger, and black pepper, all of which serve to add some heat to the slow burn of kapha’s digestive flame.
Easy to Digest Foods
Exemplary to an Ayurvedic diet and foods that are easy on the stomach are dals and rice. Kitchari, a dish made of dal and rice, is considered one of the best foods to eat while cleansing because of its digestibility. Banyan Botanicals offers some of the finest quality Ayurvedic ingredients available. From our wide array of organic and sustainably sourced spices to our variety of dals, lentils, and basmati rice, we have what you need to help support your digestive health. For more on eating the best foods for your dosha, you may enjoy reading detailed tips on an Ayurvedic diet and for more comprehensive insight, take a look at our Digestive Health guide.
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