And so where were we….?   Oh yes we were talking toxins!

So by now you might be familiar with your own toxic situation (if you filled out this questionnaire). Perhaps, based on the symptoms you’re experiencing, you’ve even identified some areas where you’ve flown past the red flags and are heading straight on into serious imbalance territory.

If that’s the case… and even if it isn’t, it makes sense for you to know a little something about ama. Ama is the Ayurvedic term for the toxic goo that results when your digestive system is compromised.

It’s undigested food that the body is unable to use. It’s garbage that the body holds on to. It clogs the body’s channels and slows things down. And what’s worse is that it creates a self-perpetuating cycle since it comes from faulty digestion and further causes issues with digestion… you see where this is going. It’s just bad news.

So you’re gonna want to stay clear of the stuff if at all possible (and it’s pretty possible). The best and easiest way to do that is to ensure that you’re digestion is in tip top working condition.

The good news is keeping your agni (digestive fire) strong and healthy can be as simple as avoiding or easing up on some of these guys:

  • Overeating,
  • Too much raw food,
  • Fried and heavy food,
  • Too much cold food,
  • Irregular eating habits
  • Processed foods
  • Excessive sweet salty and sour foods
  • Sleeping or eating before food is digested

But let’s say your digestive fire is already compromised. Maybe it’s pretty low at the moment (you’ll recognize it when you feel of heavy, hazyy, low energy, depressed, as if your digestion has slowed down). You’re in luck because there are a few ways you can kick start it to get it moving again. Any or all of the following should to the trick:

  • Eating a bit of ginger with lime and rock salt before meals
  • Wait till your food is fully digested before eating more food
  • Drinking hot water with lemon or ginger (anytime!)
  • Adding heating spices to your food (black pepper, cinnamon, cayenne pepper, ginger)
  • Occasional fasting or mono-dieting (Kitchari)
  • Yoga
  • Breathing exercises (pranayama)

Building these types of things into your normal routine is a great way to prevent any agni troubles.  But more than anything, the real key to avoiding and managing all of this is to just pay attention. Don’t ignore those signs. Know that they are there to save you from fates far worse than just slowing down or making slight changes to your choices. Because when it comes down to it your body really does want to love you, but it can only do that if you love it first!

Got any questions about digestion?  Wondering if a strange symptom you’re having might just be ama related?  I’m here to help so hit me up in the comments or send your questions to:  chara@blissbodyandsoul.com

Oh and if you missed part one of this post you can find it here!

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