Ama - reducing toxic build up
Welcome to this short session with Katharina from Dru Ayurveda, where she gives us some great advice if you suffer from any of the following:
- general aches and pains
- feeling heavy or fatigued
- regular congestion
- indigestion, bloating or gas
- thick coating on your tongue
If you have one or more of these symptoms it’s possible you may have a build up of ama.
What is ama?
Ama is most often described as is a thick, sticky foul smelling substance which is formed when our digestion is not complete. Basically that our metabolism, or digestive fire, Agni, is not strong enough to fully process what we have eaten and it then leaves this residue. If this happens regularly there will be a build up of ama in our system when can then ‘overflow’ into other areas and systems of your body. In Ayurveda it is commonly acknowledged that ama is root cause of all disease.
What can we do?
If you feel you have a lot of ama already - then it’d be best to go to an Ayurvedic practitioner to get you onto a tailored programme to support your health. However, if you’re looking to prevent or you only have mild symptoms of ama here are 6 great tips!
Tips for preventing ama:
1. Warm water
Drink warm water first thing in the morning to flush your whole system. Then, throughout the day, drink regularly from a flask of warm water with fresh ginger. Fresh ginger is absolutely great for boosting your digestive fire.
2. Eat well at lunch
Try having your main meal at lunch time. This is when the sun is at its highest and therefore it is also said our internal or digestive fire is also at its strongest. This means that the food you eat will be fully consumed - not leaving anything that can then convert to ama.
3. Chew well!
By chewing 30 times before swallowing you are breaking down your food before it comes to stomach, making it a lot easier for the digestion.
4. Eating the right amount
It’s important not to overeat. Taking the right amount for you means you don’t overload your digestive fire.
20-30 mins of movements such as walking and yoga daily fires up your digestion.
6. Tailored for you…
It’s important to work out what are the right foods, lifestyle, movement and supplements are for you. Personalising and tailoring your personal health plan through an Ayurvedic consultation can drastically improve your health. Even if there’s nothing ‘wrong’ you may find yourself pleasantly surprised by the feeling of lightness and balance - not just physically but at every other level as well.