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Monday, September 20, 2010

Indigestion

I had the worst indigestion this afternoon. I don't know why, maybe my body is still adjusting after the cleanse. Well I'm pretty sure that has a lot to do with it. I was thinking about what I ate and trying to figure out what was going on and I'm thinking it could have been the pear I had at lunch. It was pretty crunchy but I just thought it was because it had been in the fridge but now I'm starting to suspect it wasn't ripe enough. Pears are aggravating for vatas so I figure they are probably even more so when they are crunchy. Vatas have the weakest digestion and as I have very recently been on a cleanse/fast my digestive system/agni is even weaker and needs to be treated carefully. Up till today I had been very good at treading carefully with my eating, but even so my digestion was still not in top form. However, I had noticed a real increase in my hunger and desire to eat. Not that I hadn't been hungry before, but ever since the cleanse I have had moments of being REALLY HUNGRY! I am taking that as a very good sign. Hunger means that your digestion is strong and we should always try to wait until we are hungry and never eat just for the sake of it or because it is "eating time" so to speak. Anyway, I'm getting a bit off track.

So what did I do? How did I approach my indigestion you may be asking? Well I went off to my Monday night yoga class and hoped that there were some forward bends to give me some relief. And do you know what? The whole class was focused on forward bends, side bends and backbends! It was like the teacher had designed that class just for me and my digestive issues! It was fantastic and it didn't take long for my stomach to start rumbling and things to start moving. Exactly what I had been hoping for, I needed movement to shift the feeling of stagnation in my stomach and chest.

On the way home I decided that I probably didn't need dinner as I wasn't hungry and I didn't think my digestion would be improved by giving it more food to digest. When I got home I opened up my Ayurvedic books to see what kind of tea I could make and came across a digestive tea recipe. Really the universe does provide if you just let it. So I boiled some water in a pot and while that was heating ground some cumin, fennel and coriander seeds up then added them to the water. Simple! I'm just finishing the remainder as I type and have to say my digestion is so much better.

Ah yoga and ayurveda , you have to love them! The sister sciences of India. Gifts from the rishis to help us live happier healthier lives.  Who needs over the counter science experiments to cure our ills when you have Ayurveda the science of life!