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How Often Should You ‘Go’?

How Often Should You ‘Go’?

My father liked to quote an old Hindi saying:

One who goes once is a Yogi.
One who goes twice is a Bhogi (lover of worldly comforts)
One who goes thrice is a Rogi (someone who is unwell)

Have you guessed what I am referring to?

The morning movement.

Not something we like to bring up often, but according to Ayurveda, how many times you “go” and how well you evacuate, can mean the difference between a short life spent battling disease and a long, healthy one filled with joy.

Ayurveda explains this very well (as it does so many other things, methinks!)

Undigested matter that does not move out of the body begins to fester. Slowly, it turns toxic. The innocuous-sounding word for this dangerous toxic pile-up is “ama.” Ancient physicians described ama as the seedbed of disease, ripe and ready for germs to thrive on.

Remove “ama,” and those deadly germs have nowhere to grow.

Result: you stay disease-free!

So,† how do you make sure you don’t accumulate ama?

Simple! Keep things clean. Think of the undigested matter as a pile of trash that you need to get rid of. How would you do that? You would burn it or sweep it away, right? Thatís exactly how you deal with ama.

Drink a lot of water during the day–it does the job of a broom, sweeping the ama out of your system.

Move! Exercise can be just the fuel you need to burn up those toxins.

“Go” like a yogi: once a day is an indication that you are not overeating. The less you eat, the less you have to worry about getting rid of. Of course yogis take care to eat all the right things, which they call “sattvic” (radiance-bestowing)† foods, but that is another post’s subject.

For now, even if you continue to eat what you usually do, just less of it, you’ll be on your way to feeling energetic and happy.

All of this is is just common sense and simple, really. It’s just that we are often too busy to listen to our basic needs.

So if you’ve been suffering from dis-comfort and dis-ease, start healing yourself from the inside out.

Ready, set, go!

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).

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5:48PM PDT on Sep 27, 2011


3:18PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011


12:22AM PDT on Sep 11, 2011

Thanks for the article.

10:23PM PDT on Aug 23, 2011

Wow, not what I was expecting in this article. Uh, good to know.

12:53AM PDT on Aug 10, 2011

makes perfect sense.

11:01AM PDT on Aug 8, 2011


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3:53PM PDT on Aug 1, 2011

interesting article.

11:48AM PDT on Jul 23, 2011

interesting... thanks :)

7:49PM PDT on Jul 6, 2011

I don't think "going thrice" is a sign of illness - everyone has a different rhythm, and some food gets expelled faster. Besides, if you eat 3 or 4 small meals, why would it all come out at once? I think the smell is more indicative of a bad diet.

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