Article by Suman Kannan
Do you know the PH of your stomach acid is 1.5 to 3.5? It means your stomach acid is very powerful; it can digest even a bone. It plays an important role to digest food and majorly destroying bacteria, fungus or any other microbe, which might be present in food and water. Don’t worry it's safe inside the inner wall of the stomach. Supplying to the demand for energy and storing of energy is the primary function of the digestive system. Due to an inactive and unhealthy lifestyle, our digestion system is unstable and causes various digestive system related problems like gastric problems, stomach irritation, acidity, bloating, vomiting, pain in the stomach, heartburn, and diarrhoea.
Indigestion is widely known as upset stomach and dyspepsia. These symptoms occur often or occasionally. Digestive system problems are common but each person will experience them in a different way.
According to Ayurveda, indigestion is caused due to Pitta Dosha. Yogic lifestyle methods recommend cleaning of the stomach wall periodically by practising Vamana dhauthi (stomach cleansing) and every day Kapalbhati (skull cleansing) a part of the six ancient cleansing practices to balance the Pitta Dosha and keep the digestive system healthy.
Yogic lifestyle also suggests customization of your meals according to your dosha by choosing the right food for your body which are Rajasic (stimulating foods – example spicy food), Tamasic (food makes you weak and lazy – example fermented drinks with alcohol) and Sattvic (pure essence of food – example vegetarian and easy to digest food). These foods should be consumed according to seasonal and bodily changes. For a healthy life, Yoga has provided us with simple and effective techniques and yoga exercises for indigestion.
It also means skull cleansing. Continuous exhalation with rigorous abdominal contraction to force the lung to throw out air, which decreases the pressure in the lungs and also removes residual air. This action of decrease in pressure lets the atmosphere fill fresh air deep in the alveoli’s 'airbags in the lung', which results in well-oxygenated blood in the body. It is essential in the process of digestion and the functions of organs in the digestive system.
Contraindications: People with high blood pressure and vertigo should practise this slowly, preferably under the guidance of a yoga instructor.
It also means gracious pose. This pose can be applied to our day to day life during or after meals to improve the function of the digestive system. This pose improves blood circulation to the abdominal region and keeps the spine straight, facilitating space in the stomach for better digestion.
Contraindications: People suffering from sciatica should avoid this pose.
It can help in regulating hormones and the production of body enzymes like stomach acid can also be regulated with this practice.
Contraindications: Pregnant women and people with high blood pressure should avoid doing this pose.
Also known as the frog pose, uses Adi mudra while performing the asana. It compresses the internal organs and stomach in the abdominal region. It works as a massage to remove deposits from the inner layer of the stomach, which results in improved digestion and organ function in the abdomen.
Contraindications: Pregnant women and people with knee injuries should avoid this pose.
Also known as the bow pose, it is an amazing practice to direct blood circulation towards the stomach and abdominal muscles, respiratory muscles and improve digestion. It is very therapeutic if followed with a forward bend posture like paschimottanasana i.e. seated forward bend.
Contraindications: People with any back or neck injury or hernia should avoid this pose.
These are some of our picks that help relieve indigestion and help improve the functioning of the digestive system.