In Ayurveda, true health begins in the digestive system. Agni, the Sanskrit term for digestive fire, is the energy responsible for this health. When you have strong agni, your body is fully able to absorb the prana, or life force, from your food and eliminate ama, or toxins. When agni is weak, digestion is slow and toxins accumulate. This is the beginning of the disease process.
How to balance agni
You are what you digest, not just what you eat
Give your agni the chance to do its best work by treating mealtime as a space only for eating – think of it as an altar for your sacred fire.
Be a student of your own body
Tips to build a balanced agni
- The 3:4 rule: Eat three meals a day, at least four hours apart.
- Chew your food until it is liquid. It helps to count your chews and aim for around 20, depending on the type of food. Some may take fewer chews and others more.
- Eat warm or room temperature foods. Food or drinks that are either too cold or hot throw your agni out of balance.
- Make mealtime a time just for conscious eating. Enjoy just that – no television, reading or tough conversation.
- Take a walk after eating. Even 100 steps will improve your digestion.
By making small changes to what and how you eat, you can stoke your fire properly and come back to the natural state of health you were meant to enjoy.