“All disease occurs due to imbalance of digestion.” – Charaka Samhita If you have at least three of the following conditions, you meet the criteria for metabolic syndrome and likely considered to have “Ama” according to Ayurveda:
waistline greater than 35 inches
high triglycerides [fasting TG greater than 150]
mildly elevated blood sugar [110 -125 fasting BS]
borderline hypertension [BP greater than 130/85]
“good cholesterol” less than 50
*Ajwain Hot Water – Simple Way To Improve Digestion & Burn Ama
Simple Instructions: 1. Boil a teaspoon of ajwain seeds in a cup of water. 2. Boil till the water is reduced to half, 3. Strain and drink this water. Enjoy!
*Ajwain seeds may increase Pitta dosha. If your Pitta is already out of balance, you may consider other ways to reduces toxins in your body. See your Ayurvedic Practitionner to find out what is best for your own constitution.
Modern medicine is no stranger to the concept of toxicity. Likewise, the ancient wisdom of Ayurveda has described toxins [ama] within the body and mind as poorly digested and unprocessed elements of experience. Whether the experience be poorly digested food or unprocessed emotions of the mind – these are considered unhealthy and toxic to one’s health and overall well-being. Similarly, modern medicine may consider the concept of “ama” as excess cholesterol, free radicals, trans-fatty acids, uric acid, and homocysteine, among many other accumulated metabolic waste products. The accumulation of these toxic by-products of poor digestion and faulty metabolism may result in the common conditions of atherosclerosis, gallstones, gouty arthritis, kidney stones and all other conditions that result from the buildup of toxic by-products [ama].
“Healthy tissues bestow happiness and vitality. Polluted tissues bring misery and disease.” – Kashyapa Samhita
The Fat Connection – Storehouse Of Toxins There is nothing more frustrating than not eating any more than usual, yet, year after year, the scale creeps up for “no reason”. According to Ayurveda, fat tissue [meda dhatu] is that which mostly governs adiposity, hormones synthesis, and the regulation of fat metabolism. According to Ayurveda, toxins [ama] may accumulate and deposit in fat tissue [meda dhatu] which therefore affects fat metabolism – even further, explains the process of insulin resistance and elevated blood sugar, increased triglycerides, finally resulting in the pathological conditions of diabetes, atherosclerosis and obesity – hence, metabolic syndrome.
Common Causes Of Ama: The main cause for the formation of ‘ama‘ or undigested food material is impaired digestive function. Therefore, factors which impair digestion and increase the formation of ama include:
– overeating and consuming cold substances – irregular eating habits – overconsumption of raw food – eating heavy and fried food – incompatible food combing – eating with extreme emotions [i.e. anxiety, stress] – sleeping before food is properly digested