Digestion problems in the winter season
Acidity is one of the most commonly occurring conditions in the winter season. While acidity tops the chart; gas, constipation, indigestion, acid reflux and gastroesophageal reflux disease are not far behind.
We spoke with Dr Anand Dwivedi, Ayurvedic doctor at Kapiva Academy of Ayurveda who cleared the air, “Winter is the season of Kapha and Vata depending on the geographical location of the place. According to Ayurveda, digestion is based on the digestive fire (gastric fire). During this time, this fire becomes stronger in some individuals and makes them consume heavy food. However, the metabolism slows down due to constant exposure to cold temperatures which creates digestion related problems. To combat this and keep oneself healthy, Ayurveda prescribes ‘Ritucharya’ (seasonal food knowledge). The secret to staying healthy in winters lies in balancing one’s doshas with the strong energy of this season. This is achieved by consuming the right type of food in every season, specifically winters. The seasonal regimen in Ayurveda is not limited to just food, but it covers all aspects of a person’s lifestyle and the doshas that regulate metabolism.”
When further asked about how to improve digestion with the help of Ayurveda, Dr. Dwivedi recommends, “Drinking lukewarm water in the morning is an easy way to improve digestion. Consuming hot water 30 minutes before a meal cleanses your digestive system and allows you to digest food easily.” He further adds, “It may seem difficult to get up to workout in the cold weather, but regular exercise can help improve your digestive health. This can reduce the chances of gastrointestinal problems. Adding herbs and spices to your food plate helps in increasing the digestion process. Cinnamon, turmeric, ginger, cumin seeds, gooseberry, cardamom, cayenne pepper, nutmeg and cloves are all known to trigger the digestive fire and strengthen the immune system. One can also look at consuming Kapiva’s Digesti-care juice which helps in getting rid of acidity, bloating and promotes overall digestive health. This juice is prepared by mixing herbal components like amla, cumin, asafoetida, carom seeds and coriander which promotes digestion and works as a one-stop solution for all your digestive health needs.”