If your digestion is a little ‘off’, the whole body suffers. Most of us know by now about the connection that runs between the gut and the brain, and that if the balance of gut bacteria is slightly altered in the wrong direction, it can cause anything from bloating to depression.
In order to feel energised, increase circulation, and allow the body to work properly, we need to enkindle digestive ‘fire’, also known as Agni in traditional Yogic terms. You could think of maintaining digestive fire a little like throwing logs onto a real fire. If the logs are damp or made out of something that won’t burn efficiently, the fire will eventually go out. If the logs are thrown on gradually and they’re made of exactly the right material, the fire will keep burning brightly for a long time.
Cold, frozen, raw or ‘damp’ foods are usually best to avoid at this time of year, as they can slow down and prevent digestion, and raw foods especially can be difficult to digest, causing bloating and gas. Warm, cooked and easy to digest foods such as soups, stews, dahl and curries are some of the best foods for colder months, and adding spices such as cinnamon, ginger, black pepper, cardamom, mustard seeds, cayenne, chilli pepper and cumin can all work to enhance digestion and warm the body up.
Try using these spices in your meals and let us know how you get on!