4 Kitchen Herbs That Are Good For Your Digestion

May 30, 2019 Jiva Ayurveda 0

You only make healthy food at home, always go in for fresh, organic ingredients, and you’re all about wholesome food choices. But somehow, you’re still dealing with a host of digestive issues? Well, you might want to turn to Ayurveda as a solution. This five-thousand-year-old Indian practice lists the following spices to incorporate in your daily cooking to improve digestion and increase metabolism.

Ginger

Ayurveda has had a longstanding respect for this plant. Considered the best and most sattvik among spices, ginger destroys ama (toxins), improves the secretion of digestive enzymes, and kindles the digestive fire. Have 2-3 thin slices of ginger dipped in lime juice and salt before your meals, If you can’t have ginger raw, add it to your dishes while cooking them.

Cumin

Thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, Ayurveda considers cumin as one of the best digestive herbs. A couple of its health benefits include dispelling gas and eliminating toxins. It also works as a mild laxative. Because it’s so easily digested, cumin works wonders in igniting the gastric fire, or Agni.

Coriander

Coriander is one of the few spices in your kitchen that has a cooling property. It’s a go-to herb for people suffering from the excess heat, acidity and reflux. It is also an excellent appetite stimulant, toxin digester, and worm killer while alleviating flatulence, griping, and bloating.

Asafoetida

Heeng (or Asafoetida) is a strong smelling but an incredibly useful spice to improve digestion. Its soothing properties strengthen the digestive system and help reduce bloating, flatulence, abdominal pain, spasms, and belching.

So, these are our top favourite Ayurvedic digestion-promoting ingredients you should stock up in your spice cupboard. If eaten as part of your daily meals, these spices will improve your ability to digest food, increase your appetite, and kindle your digestive fire. These spices are appropriate for all three doshas described in Ayurveda.

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