Long before "gut health" became a buzzword, Ayurveda enthusiasts knew the importance of maintaining a healthy gut.
This ancient Indian practice teaches that keeping your gut healthy is good for your mind, body and spirit.
Western medicine also agrees that your gut plays a huge role in your health and mood.
In fact, gut health can affect your happiness, since 90 percent of the hormone serotonin is produced in the gut, according to research.
AYURVEDA FOR GUT HEALTH
Chances are you know a few ways to improve your gut health, such as taking probiotics.
But did you know there are Ayurvedic techniques that can keep your gut healthy?
Below are some powerful ways you can use Ayurveda to strengthen your gut health.
1. Drink hot water throughout the day.
Ayurvedic physicians recommend drinking hot water throughout the day to improve gut health.
They believe it helps reduce the amount of ama, or toxic accumulation, in the gut.
Boil fresh water in the morning, and then put it in an insulated thermos.
Note that adding fennel seeds or cumin seeds to the hot water can help improve your digestion.
2. Get rid of negative emotions.
Most people looking to improve gut health only focus on what they eat, but Ayurveda teaches that your emotions affect your gut health.
That's why you may feel nauseated before giving a presentation or suffer heartburn when stressed.
To let go of negative emotions, try using Ayurveda techniques, such as meditation or yoga.
3. Drink ginger tea regularly.
Ginger is one of the most treasured Ayurvedic remedies.
That's why it has been used for more than 2,000 years to treat digestive problems.
Ginger tea can particularly be helpful in easing gas and bloating, since it relaxes intestinal muscles.
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