According to Ayurveda, agni is the digestive fire that “cooks” your food. Nothing is transformed without this fire. The goal is to keep your agni burning steadily throughout the day. “Most often, my clients complain of sluggish or dull digestion, a feeling of being overloaded and heavy,” Youkilis says. “A dull fire creates debris, or ama (undigested food), which clogs your channels and is a precursor to disease because it blocks the flow of prana (life force).”
Some signs that you have too much ama stuck in your body include headaches, body odor, and color on the tongue. If you’re experiencing these symptoms, Youkilis recommends drinking hot water and ginger tea throughout the day to get things moving and clear out excess ama. Eat a little less, choose lighter foods, and move your body. She also suggests taking a digestive enzyme, a protein that helps the chemical breakdown of food. Her favorite is from Enzymedica.
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