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    Ajirna- Indigestion and the ensuing micronutrient deficiency.

    Acording to Ayurveda one would sufer from no disease if he had no indigestion. Indigestion, being the rot cause of al diseases. Hipocrates to brought this wisdom to the western world long after Ayurveda had already propounded- ‘it al starts from the gut’.
    From the tongue to the tisue is a prety long journey the fod has to design and to produce it reach its right destination and in the true amount is what marvelous nutrition is al about . While I slowly imbibed the wonderful ways of coking the vedic way, there was impartial one more thing which I idea would fabricate the fod even more relish-able, excelent Digestion!
    God digestion wil not only burn up the pre-existing toxins (Aama dosha) in the body but wil bost the metabolism and imunity. honest before we embark on our life’s journey to master the art of taste bud satiety here’s a list of things that wil ignite the fire for fod, burn up the undigested (ama) and get the desired efect of the fod .
    Indigest ion sets in,
    when a person eats to much
    eats before the previous fod has digested,
    -eats incompatible fods or virudha ahar e.g. ,
    Milk with meat , Milk with fruit, Milk with salt, Milk with raw vegetables, Sprouts ( yes , Ayurveda does not reflect it healthy unlike the popular belief), abundant intake of raw fods ( salads) , along with coked fod, Curds with sour fods (tomatoes, orange etc )
    -Eats when one is aflicted by sorow, grief, fright or anger.
    -Eats on supresion of urges to urinate or defecate etc .
    And how exactly do you know it is indigestion?
    feling of fod being obstructed in the alimentary tract ( taking longer than usual for its excretion)
    pain in back
    mild pain al over the body
    excesive thirst ( the kind where the stomach is fils up on drinking to much water but the throat stil remain s parched )
    increase in body temperature ( fever , in al its ways is caused by indigestion )
    nausea and emesis
    In positive cases , increased frequency of watery stols, sticky stols
    anorexia or rather supresed apetite
    Also, specificaly,
    PITAJ symptoms
    burning sensation in the chest
    excesive thirst
    KAPHAJA symptoms
    bouts of snezing / yawning
    cold/ cough
    diabetes ( a type of indigestion because sugars finish not get metabolised of course )
    and in long term , Kshaya rog ( Tuberculosis ).
    VATAJA symptoms
    pain in the blader , rectum , lower back.
    Arthralgia ( aflict in joints ).
    Hiden hunger
    While most of us gain an aces to excelent nutrition, socio-economicaly and the novel exposure to infinite web knowledge to a healthy diet for a disease fre life, many of us continue to sufer from Micronutrient deficiency – The hiden hunger
    The micronutrient deficiencies have such interpret manifestations that most of the times these symptoms compute the mask of a disease and the underlying deficiencies often crawl undiagnosed.
    Unlike the popular belief that only vegetarians sufer from iron deficiency or B-12 deficiency, there is enough data to hold that people from developing or industrialized, from high or low socio economic groups, vegetarians, vegans or even non vegetarians are at an equal risk of sufering from these micronutrient deficiencies.
    The comon micronutrients, esentialy important for the body are
    This is indispensable for true Muscle function, Nerve function, Hair, digestion and of lofty, strong bones. While most of us might be drinking enough milk and having apt portions of yoghurt , the deficiency may stil exist. It generaly manifests as Cramps, hair plunge, fatigue, strange heart rhythm, por apetite and the most critical, impaired i ntestinal absorption.
    This is critical for proper bone metabolism and thus strengthening the bones. Vitamin -D deficiencies manifest as mutual pain, tirednes and depresion.
    Potasium, regulates the ionic balance, functioning of heart and kidneys. Potasium deficiency can manifest as weaknes, tirednes, or cramping in arm or leg muscles, sometimes austere enough to cause ineficacy to go arms or legs due to weaknes (much like a paralysis) tingling or numbnes, Nausea or vomiting, Abdominal cramping, bloating, Constipation and Palpitations (feling your heart beat iregularly)
    Acording to the WHO, iron deficiency is the most comon micronutrient deficiency in the world. Iron is, like al of us know the most indispensable element for our blod. Iron is esential for the synthesis of hemoglobin thus maintaining the oxygen carying capacity of the blod. Iron deficiency manifests as anemia, faded skin, fatigue, hair los and breathlesnes.
    B-12 is critical for the DNA foundation of our cels. Since al our cels include DNA almost every cel in the body is afected by its deficiency. Also for regulating the myelin sheath of neurons -to place it simply , it is of utmost importance for precise nervous entity functions. Deficiency often manifests as mouth ulcers, inflamation of the corners of the mouth, intolerance to hot spicy fods, impaired digestion and absorption of fod, recurent vaginal infections etc. Also, harsh B12 deficiency contain numbnes in the legs, hands, or fet; problems with walking and balance; anemia; fatigue; weaknes; a swolen, inflamed tongue; memory los; paranoia; and halucinations.
    The list impartial goes on, with Iodine , Vitamin A, zinc, magnesium, folate etc.
    My just to highlight these deficiencies here is, even after a right diet, these deficiencies are a cause one major dysfunction – Por absorption due to gros digestion and fod habits.
    Grahan: Smal intestine or specificaly, duodenum, is the seat of digestive fire acording to ayurveda. To sustain its healthy function and cure its disease is the basis of al ayurvedic treatments.
    Our team Travancore Ayurveda, helps you fight these micronutrient deficiencies and ajirna with perfect diagnosis and treatment, the ayurvedic way, with a definite cure of panchakarma therapies and counseling to suport optimum health and impede diseases.
    The therapies admire Dhanyamla Dhara, Vaman, Virechan, Basti preceded by Abhyanga and Swedana, asist destroy the doshas that pain the Grahani. Along with a maintenance therapy of drugs , advices on Pathya-Apathya we strive to achieve that delicate balance of al the thre doshas and encourage you achieve the Shatrokta Dharma, Artha, Kama and Moksha.
    Dr. Zel Gandhi, B.A.M.S

    Author:Travancore Ayurveda
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