June 28, 2020 in Blog

How to prevent and treat ama (toxins)

Ayurveda is special and unique in that as a healing modality it respects the uniqueness of every individual.  It’s also a healing modality that looks at the individual as a whole, not as a separate being, meaning that it looks at all the levels of a human being…the body, mind, and spirit.

There’s nothing more important for society than emphasizing  prevention and empowering everyone to take responsibility for their own well-being, and of course, being cost effective.  Ayurveda does all of this!

But what happens when your digestion goes south and toxins build up?  How does Ayurveda view these symptoms?

Below I share with you what Ayurveda has to say about toxicity and your health….read on.

Toxins build up in our body mainly due to poor digestion caused by poor eating choices & poor lifestyle choices in general.

According to Ayurvedic wisdom, Manda Agni (slow or weak digestion) is caused by the following:

1. Overeating
2. Snacking
3. Drinking ice cold water
4. Eating heavy, cold and/or dry foods
5.  Irregular eating
6.  Excessive fasting


Signs of Manda Agni:

1.  Heaviness
2.  Dullness
3.  Laziness/lethargy
4.  Gas
5.  Constipation
6.  Coated tinge
7.  Fatigue

How do you prevent & treat ama?

  • Avoid overeating
  • Avoid TAMASIC food (leftovers, processed or canned foods, GMOs, additives, & colorings)
  • Avoid cold foods and drinks
  • Eat fresh, warm food daily
  • Make lunch your largest meal of the day, and dinner your lightest meal
  • Eat plenty of high prana food – organic fresh fruits and vegetables
  • Eat in a peaceful environment and pleasing to the eyes

How do you treat ama?

  • Occasional fasting or by skipping a meal
  • Eat foods easy to digest such as lightly cooked vegetables or light soups
  • Use digestive herbs such as ginger, long pepper, black pepper, coriander, cumin, fennel, & turmeric
  • Do Panchakarma for treatment and as a preventative measure

Reference:  Kerala Ayurveda Academy

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