If you’re looking to experience greater energy throughout your whole day, there are foods you can eat to help you. You may not be eating the right foods in the morning to really turn on your digestive system. This can leave you feeling exhausted for the rest of your day. Ayurveda is an ancient science that creates balances between your emotions and your body. Within this holistic way of living, there is food that helps support your everyday wellness. Foods can support your immune system, give you energy, and help your mind to function properly.
Foods in the Ayurveda come from the ground and are local. This is the best-known way to give the body nutrients through food. It has been working for centuries for yogis.
Ayurveda and the philosophy behind it will talk a lot about your digestive fire (Agni). This is all about your metabolism and the energy you use to work with your digestion system. This system gets rid of waste, turns food into energy and absorbs nutrients. When you have a healthy digestion, it will burn hot so you’ll have more energy.
In the morning, your Agni is cool and the digestive system has a hard time getting started. When you eat spicy, savory foods that are warm, you give the digestive system the heat it needs to get warmed up. It then works more efficiently.
- Benefits of Igniting Digestive Fire in the Morning
- You’re less likely to drink coffee all day.
- You’ll have an increase in energy.
- You won’t have so many sweet cravings.
People have said that this small change in their diet has improved the way they feel. Here are the benefits of going Ayurvedic:
- Energy all day.
- You’ll drink less coffee.
- Sweet cravings will diminish.
- Better digestion.
- Relief of gas and belly aches.
- Weight loss.
- Lowers stress and anxiety.
- Lower blood pressure
- Helps in the recovery of injuries and illness
- Helps balance out hormones
Breakfast Options to Improve Digestion
Some options for breakfast can include stewed apples with cinnamon. Cream of rice soup, lentil soup or hot and spicy soup are the kind of food that people in the Eastern Hemisphere eat every morning. They do this because they know it helps promote their digestive fires. You may wish to also take breakfast inspiration from a Vitamix Recipes for Weight Loss book.
Oatmeal with Apples and Cinnamon
Oatmeal with cinnamon and apples is a good way to ignite the inner fires. It’s a hearty breakfast that gets the body moving. You may not want to add any sugar in there like honey. The nice thing about this meal is you can curate it as your own. Add fruit, raisins, dates, nut butter, chia seeds, or even dark chocolate.
A pinch of cardamom
2 pinches of cloves
A teaspoon of ghee
2 tablespoons of maple syrup
¼ cups oats or oatmeal of your choice
1 cup of water
Add all the ingredients to boiling water. It is ready when the oats are soft.
This is a great non-caffeinated drink that still helps to ignite the digestive system. It is also good for reducing any inflammation in the body.
This will make 2 cups.
2 cups milk (milk, almond milk, coconut milk or whatever your preference is.
1 tablespoon of honey
1 tablespoon ground turmeric
1 teaspoon fresh ginger (grated)
½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
You can also add coconut oil or coconut butter.
Put all the ingredients in a blender and blend together. Then put in a pot and warm at a low temperature.
The Best Homemade Ginger Tea
Any kind of cold liquid is not great for the digestive system. Warm liquids that are spicy like ginger tea are a great way to get the Agni ignited and working properly.
Recipe for two cups.
1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
2 cups of water
1 tablespoon raw honey
½ lemon. Squeezed and juiced.
1 Tbsp. freshly grated ginger
2 cups filtered water 1 Tbsp. raw honey or pure maple syrup
½ lemon, juiced
Peel the ginger root. To get to the ginger itself.
Grate the ginger or slice it really thin.
Boil water in a saucepan and add the ginger. Turn off heat and put a lid on the pot so it can steep for 1o minutes.
Add the lemon juice and honey.
These are just a few simple things you can make in the morning to help your digestive fires ignite. You prevent health problems that are related to a poor digestive system. You also get that all day energy that you may have been missing out on for years. Adding other cinnamon, turmeric, or ginger to your morning breakfast routine is a great help. You can even add turmeric into your water for all day digestion help.
Meera Watts is a yoga teacher, entrepreneur and mom. Her writing on yoga and holistic health has appeared in Elephant Journal, CureJoy, FunTimesGuide, OMtimes and others. She’s also the founder and owner of SiddhiYoga.com, a yoga teacher training school based in Singapore. Siddhi Yoga runs intensive, residential trainings in India (Rishikesh, and Dharamshala), Indonesia (Bali).