6 Ayurvedic Techniques to Improve Your Gut Health

Long before “gut health” became a buzzword, Ayurveda enthusiasts knew the importance of maintaining a healthy gut. This ancient Indian practice teaches that keeping your gut healthy is good for your mind, body and spirit.

Western medicine also agrees that your gut plays a huge role in your health and mood. In fact, gut health can affect your happiness, since 90 percent of the hormone serotonin is produced in the gut, according to research.

6 Ayurvedic Techniques to Improve Your Gut Health

Ayurveda for Gut Health

Chances are you know a few ways to improve your gut health, such as taking probiotics. But did you know there areAyurvedic techniques that can keep your gut healthy? Below are some powerful ways you can useAyurveda to strengthen your gut health.

1. Drink hot water throughout the day.

Ayurvedic physicians recommend drinking hot water throughout the day to improve gut health. They believe it helps reduce the amount of ama, or toxic accumulation, in the gut.

Boil fresh water in the morning, and then put it in an insulated thermos. Note that adding fennel seeds or cumin seeds to the hot water can help improve your digestion.

2. Get rid of negative emotions.

Most people looking to improve gut health only focus on what they eat, but Ayurveda teaches that your emotions affect your gut health. That’s why you may feel nauseated before giving a presentation or suffer heartburn when stressed.

To let go of negative emotions, try using Ayurveda techniques, such as meditation or yoga.

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3. Drink ginger tea regularly.

Ginger is one of the most treasured Ayurvedic remedies. That’s why it has been used for more than 2,000 years to treat digestive problems.

Ginger tea can particularly be helpful in easing gas and bloating, since it relaxes intestinal muscles. It can also speed the movement of food fromyour stomach intoyour small intestines, according to research.

To make ginger tea, simply add a teaspoon of grated gingerto a cup of hot water, and let it sit for about a minute before drinking.

4. Eatmore slowly.

You may have already formed this habit, especially if you’re trying to lose weight. Well, eatingmore slowly doesn’t just prevent overeating. It can improve gut health for people with sluggish digestion.

Avoid eating while on the go, because most times you won’t chewyour food thoroughly. Always eat at the table, and avoid distractions during mealtime.

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5. Stimulate your digestive system before meals.

Ayurveda teaches that stimulating your digestive system before meals can improve your digestion. Experts recommend doing different yoga twists before eating.

6. Lunch should be your biggest meal.

Ayurveda practitioners believe that the digestive system is most active when the sun is at its highest point. That’s why you should eatyour biggest meal at lunch. They’re not the only ones who practice this. Even Europeans tend to eat bigger meals at lunch. Avoid eating too much before bed.

Do you know other Ayurvedic techniques for a healthy gut?

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69 comments

Chad Anderson
Chad Anderson2 months ago

Thank you.

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Alex H
Alex Harper2 months ago

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Kathy K
Kathy K2 months ago

Thanks

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S M
S M2 months ago

Thank you for article. Will be trying the ginger tea after main meal.

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Mike R
Mike R2 months ago

Thanks

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La'neSa'an M
LánéSaán M2 months ago

Thank you for this informative article. I love improving on what I am doing. I have noticed we are grumpier when we don't feel well. And we don't feel well when we are stuck in our negative emotions. Ahh, we humans!

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Marija M
Marija M2 months ago

Interesting techniques, tks for sharing

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Leo C
Leo C2 months ago

Thank you for sharing!

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Renata Kovacs
Renata Kovacs2 months ago

ok

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Ben O
Ben O2 months ago

I have a lot to learn... : ~ (

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