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According to Ayurveda, when your digestive system is overwhelmed with food that it cannot process, ama is created as a toxic by-product. This is due to weak jatharagni (digestive fire) and improper eating. As a result, ama impairs the functioning of the organ or the organ system depending upon the location of its accumulation. Ayurveda warns against excessive ama production, believing that it’s a clear invitation to severe diseases. Alarming, right?
So, what are the symptoms of excessive ama in the body?
Regular body ache
Loss of appetite
Dark skin and eyes
Mucus in stool
Stool that does not float
Your diet should be light, fresh, and mainly plant-based
Reduce the consumption of fried and processed food, white flour (maida) and sugar products, and caffeine and alcohol.
Increase the intake of boiled or steamed vegetables, bitter food, dark green leafy vegetables, fruits and buttermilk (chaas).
Use spices like turmeric (haldi), cumin (jeera), cayenne (laal mirch), asafoetida (heeng) and coriander (dhaniya) while cooking to assist healthy digestion.
Regular exercise, abhyanga (oil self-massage), and occasional fasting (once in two weeks) helps to cleanse and maintain the strength of the digestive system.
After the age of forty, you need to be careful about maintaining a proper diet and lifestyle. This is the age when you’re prone to many chronic diseases. However, Jiva believes you start doing that at an early age as a preventative measure to enjoy good health throughout life.
For more advice on healthy lifestyle or any illness, talk to a Jiva Doctor today. You can dial 0129-4040404 from your mobile phone or click on ‘Speak to a Doctor’ under the CONNECT tab in the Jiva Health App.
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