All about that Digestive Fire


You hear me mention the digestive fire a lot in class, how the aim is to have a healthy, strong one. Let's speak a bit more about it than!

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Ayurveda says that the health of the digestive system is at the center of optimum health! If you can absorb and digest life's experiences, whether physical or emotional, then you are healthy. With a healthy digestive fire you can manage life's challenges and will not be held back by past undigested 'meals' or experiences.

What is the digestive fire? Imagine cooking your dinner. Getting your ingredients ready, putting them in a pan/pot and turning the fire on. After a while your food is cooked - ready to eat. Delicious. Imagine doing the same, the preparation, putting it in the pan, and then NOT putting the fire on. You wait a while. Your food is still not edible...No matter what lovely bio, free from everything food you prepared, unless you cook it, it won't be enjoyable. The other scenario can be that by turning the heat on too much, your food will probably burn -still not edible.

The same goes for our digestion. If we are lacking in the fire, no mater what wonderful food we put in, we won't be able to digest it. What happens than is the undigested food just sits there. Eventually it starts to rot and becomes toxin, which unfortunately starts to circulate in the body, causing all sorts of havoc. Same goes for undigested thoughts, emotions and experiences.

I hope you got the picture, why we need to keep the fire at the optimum level.