Eating Habits For Good Digestion.


1. Do not pair incompatible foods: Wrong food combinations may adversely affect the digestive fire, leading to indigestion. According to 'The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home Remedies', some of the incompatible combinations are milk and bananas, curd and sour fruits, eggs, and milk. 


2. Eat slowly: very important for effective digestion. Our digestive juices need time to act upon the food. Therefore,  do not gobble your food. Chew your food 32 times,


3. No Distracted Eating: Do not watch TV, phones, or read newspapers while you are eating. Do not stand while eating or drinking either. A distracting environment diminishes your body's ability to digest what you have eaten. 


4. Do not overeat


 This "appropriate amount of food" is an important part of the effective digestive process. Too much food can act like sand on fire, dousing Agni, and demanding more work of it than it can realistically deliver. Too little food can starve Agni, like expecting a fire to burn brightly with but a few twigs to fuel it."


5. Some healing herbs and spices:

Our kitchens have abounded with many herbs and spices that can promote digestion. One of the best ways to ignite the digestive fire is by chewing into a freshly grated piece of ginger, combined with a drop of lime and pinch of salt,

Cumin, bay leaf, and garlic are also good ingredients to stimulate digestion. Use them in your food in moderate quantities and see the result for yourself


Some extra tips


• Ghee stimulates Agni and improves digestion.

• Small sips of warm water during a meal will aid digestion and absorption of food. Do not drink iced water as it slows Agni and digestion. Indeed ice water should not be taken under most circumstances, as it is too shocking to the system.


• Proper chewing is essential to good digestion, ensuring food gets thoroughly mixed with saliva.

• A cup of lassi at the end of a meal also aids the digestive process. Make by blending ¼ cup yogurt with 2 pinches of ginger and cumin powder in 1 cup water.

• Ideally, one should fill the stomach with one-third food, one-third liquid, and one-third should be empty.

• Occasional fasting, once or twice a week can give our digestive system a much-needed rest and improve its functionality.

• Before a meal

Drink one glass of water 30 minutes before a meal to help digestion. Remember not to drink too soon before or after a meal as the water will dilute the digestive juices. Drink water an hour after the meal to allow the body to absorb the nutrients.


Walk. the post-meal walk is much more effective than a pre-meal walk for controlling blood sugar. More research has found that walking helps speed up the time it takes food to move from the stomach into the small intestines. This could help improve satiety after eating.


How much?


As far as timing goes, try to move your body within an hour of eating—and the sooner the better. Colberg-Ochs says glucose tends to peak 72 minutes after food intake, so you'd want to get moving well before then. Even if you can only fit in a quick 10-minute walk, it'll be worth it.


Sleeping

laying down to sleep right after eating is bad for you because a small amount of the digestive juices will flow back up from the stomach and into your food pipe.

Because the juices are acidic by nature, they will burn the inner layer of your food pipe. This is why some people experience a slight burning sensation when they lay down right after finishing their meal.

To avoid this, only start sleeping at least two hours after you’ve had your meal.


Bath

Ideally, only start showering after waiting for 30 minutes.