There are two very important rules for maintaining strong digestive strength (agni). The first one is to consume food only when you are truly hungry and the second one is to eat until your stomach is three quarters full. If your digestive strength or agni remains strong throughout your life, then you achieve the best possible health.
The number one cause of ill-health is eating beyond the point that your body can properly digest, metabolize and eliminate what you eat. When a person consistently eats too often or too much, a toxin called ama is produced. This is a sticky residue that accumulates throughout the body and is responsible for many diseases.
For achieving your best health, it is important to follow these two recommendations, but how do you know when you are eating too often or too much? The best way to know is by noticing how you feel after you eat.
Do you feel satisfied? Is your energy both physically and mentally restored? If you feel tired or sluggish then this indicates you have eaten too soon after a previous meal or too much. It may also indicate that you are eating foods that are too heavy for your digestion.
You should feel energized after eating without burping, bloating, indigestion or pain. These symptoms indicate your digestion is impaired and may be producing ama.
If you find your agni or digestive strength is not optimal, then Ayurveda recommends a cleansing diet to restore your digestive strength. A healthy cleansing diet includes foods that are light and easy to digest, both liquid and solid, and include all six tastes.
Ayurveda recommends including all six tastes in your daily diet: sweet, salty, sour, astringent, bitter and pungent. The six tastes help balance the three doshas. When we consume only one or two tastes on a regular basis this leads to digestive imbalance. The only people not suitable for a cleansing diet are elderly people, those recuperating from illness or injury, or children because they need foods that provide the opposite of cleansing.
It is important to understand that an Ayurvedic cleansing diet is not a liquid diet and should always include wholesome, solid food. You should have three meals daily, and one or maybe two meals can be replaced with fresh juice.
Ideally, breakfast is replaced with fresh juice because an empty stomach is the best time for your body to absorb highly concentrated nutrition. While consuming juice, your stomach should be empty, so the absorption rate is high, and more nutrition can reach deep into the body. Juices are nutrient rich and contain everything required for the body and mind.
Along with freshly prepared juice, an Ayurvedic cleansing diet includes solid foods that are light to digest like rice or quinoa kichadi, lots of cooked vegetables, lentil or mung dahl, and vegetable soups. Avoid eating junk foods that contain sugar and processed oils, deep fried foods, bread, leftover old food, frozen food, sour, spicy and salty foods, coffee, tea, and alcoholic beverages.
To get more benefits from juicing you should always practice a daily self-care routine that includes outdoor exercise, yoga, meditation and proper sleep. Without a proper daily routine, you will not be able to achieve your best possible health.
Juice cleansing supports liver health and function. You may also take Livokot Tablets to offer additional support to optimize liver health. Livokot Tablets helps balance all three of the Doshas and detox and restore liver cells. Livokot also improves digestion.
As always, we recommend consulting your medical doctor if you are taking any prescribed medications for chronic illness. We recommend asking your doctor if taking a high concentration of juice from fruits and vegetables is right for you.
To learn more about Ayurvedic Juice Cleansing, read part one: The Fundamentals of Ayurvedic Juicing
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Why Is It Important to Consult With an Ayurvedic Doctor?
It’s important to consult with Ayurvedic practitioners when any health problem becomes chronic. An Ayurvedic doctor will help you understand the root cause of your symptoms and your specific body constitution or dosha.
We recommend consulting with our Ayurvedic doctor, Vishwanath Guddadar. Following the advice from a personalized Ayurvedic consultation will change your life and give you the knowledge required to maintain your best health. You will receive a personalized food plan, juice cleanse, lifestyle and herbal recommendations.
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Vaidya Vishwanath grew up in Pune, India which is hub of traditional Ayurvedic gurukul teachings, following the principles of Ayurveda as part of his culture. He has dedicated his career over the past 1 ½ decades to the science of Ayurveda.