Stay young with healthy intestines

Intestines are the largest and the longest organs in our gut. It’s divided into two parts, namely the large intestine and the small intestine.

The major functions of the small intestine is assimilation of food and absorption of nutrients. On the psycho-somatic level, it gets affected by emotions like anger, depression, stress and worry.

You may have noticed when the stress levels go very high, episodes of indigestion, burning in the stomach, low appetite, attacks of migraine occur. These symptoms stay pronounced and agitated when anger stays in your mind for a long time?

Ayurveda mentions small intestine as the seat for Pitta dosha (an element that is responsible for digestion, assimilation of food on the physical plane and intellect ability, good memory, analytical and cognial abilities on the intellectual plane). Small intestine has its own intelligence and reacts to our emotions!

The health of the small intestine is directly responsible for our physical health, our mental balance and our rational thinking abilities. It is extremely important for us to maintain our emotional environment within for enjoying the benefit of good digestion and sustained energy levels in our body.

Here are some of the symptoms of an unhealthy small intestine?

  1. Frequent episodes of acidity, discomfort in umbilical area.
  2. Acne, lethargy, low appetite.
  3. Longer duration for digestion.
  4. Alternating diarrhea and constipation
  5. Anxiety, obsessive behavior, misplaced irritation, unnecessary anger.

How to maintain the health of small intestine?

Health of the small intestine starts with maintaining the right lifestyle and right food habits. Many times we tend to ignore lifestyle rules and focus only on food habits. A proper right lifestyle allows our body and mind to stay in harmony with each other. It also helps  develops immunity. There are simple rules laid down in Ayurveda.

  1. Dinner should be taken within 90 minutes of sunset. This gives enough time for our system to assimilate the food in harmony.
  2. Early to bed, early to rise makes you healthy, wealthy and wise. This old saying is very much applicable today also.
  3. Staying away from electronic gadgets while having your food is extremely important as they emit harmful vibrations which can disturb our bio rhythm and eventually disturb the energies responsible for maintaining cellular intelligence.
  4. Eat fresh and eat locally grown foods. Have freshly cooked food (cooked within 3 hrs) so that Prana (life force) in the food is still intact and is readily absorbed by the body thus giving us good, sustained energy throughout the day.
  5. Always eat locally grown vegetables and fruits which are naturally compatible to our system.
  6. Avoid tinned foods (specially meat), left overs, foods with preservatives as they are tamasic by nature and have a negative impact on our psyche as well as on our physical well being.
  7. Don’t ignore bodily urges like hunger, thirst and elimination of wastes
  8. Drink enough water as per your body constitution and environment.
  9. Practice yoga, pranayama and meditation to maintain right mental environment.

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