Ayurveda and a Festive Digestive System

Triphala-la-la, la-la-la-la!

Here we are, in the homestretch of the holidays. The tree is trimmed, cookies baked, lights aglow, and stockings hung. The house is prepared and ready for the festive days ahead.

However, is your stomach, liver, and colon ready for the digestive task ahead?

A day filled of office party cheese platters, dinner at Aunt Verna’s, and late night cookie splurges, can easily make you feel like you’re having a blue Christmas. With so many favorite foods and holiday goodies around, before you know it, you can easily feel like there is a little drummer boy playing pa rum pum pum pum in your tummy tum tum.

According to Ayurveda, excess sweet, oily, and heavy foods stress the digestive organs. Overeating and poor food combining during the holidays cause indigestion, weight gain, and even create conditions for those post-holiday cold and flu viruses to manifest.

So, how can you enjoy your favorite holiday foods, while at the same time give yourself the perfect present of balanced digestion? How would you like to maintain healthy digestion without the aid of antacids, probiotics, and laxatives?

Triphala : The Three Fruits

For a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year of regular digestion and elimination, as well as natural detoxing and strong immunity, take Triphala. Triphala, a potent antioxidant and rejuvenative, is an Ayurvedic herb comprised of three fruits. The three fruits, Amalaki, Bibhitaki, and Haritaki, support healthy digestion and maintain gentle regularity.

Triphala has a balancing effect on all three doshas. In regards to healthy digestion and the three doshas, here is how a daily dose of Triphala keeps things merry and bright in your body and mind.

Vata tends to become aggravated in its main site, the colon, during the holidays due to excess travel and irregular eating habits. All the rushing around in airports and shopping malls can cause the intestinal tract to feel like the Dan Ryan at rush hour and make the colon to come to a screeching halt. Taking Triphala daily supports regularity in the colon.

Pitta dosha in the stomach and liver gets upset by overindulging in jalapeno poppers, cheeseballs, and rich gravies and sauces. The liver tends to get quite a workout too, if one over imbibes in the glad tidings of eggnog toddies and candy cane cosmopolitans. Triphala has a cooling effect that pacifies inflammation in the stomach. It also supports natural functions of the liver.

Kapha in its main site, the lungs, becomes vitiated when the cold damp winter weather converges with a blizzardy blitz of holiday sweets and treats The abundance of external factors with qualities of heavy, dense, sticky, and cold will cause kapha in the sinuses and lungs to become clogged. Triphala’s antioxidant properties supports natural immunity and clear functioning in the respiratory tract.

Besides reducing excess kapha in the respiratory tract, Triphala reduces kapha in other areas of the body, such as the fat tissue. Along with a doshic appropriate diet and lifestyle routine, Triphala helps support a weight loss program and maintain ideal body weight.

Recommendations Based on Personal Experience

Triphala is usually taken as a tea at bedtime. I favor taking my Ayurvedic herbs in the powder format, as I want to experience the first stage of digestion on my tongue. However, when my schedule gets busy or when I travel, I prefer the tablet form of Triphala. Also, some folks either don’t like the taste of herbs or prefer the convenience of tablets. So, Maharishi Ayurveda offers this option, in the food supplement called, Digest Tone. The tablets are easy to take, especially during holiday travels.

When you order from my healthcare professional page at Maharishi Ayurveda, you will receive a 10 percent discount too. I recommend the products at Maharishi Ayurveda for several reasons. The herbs are organic and sustainably harvested. They work with farmers to ensure fair trade practices. And finally, the products are formulated by a Council of 80 Ayurvedic Physicians in accordance with the ancient Vedic texts.

The Gift of Health

From an Ayurvedic standpoint, the three herbs in Triphala are as precious as gold, frankincense, and myrrh. When the digestive system is balanced, all other vital systems in the body are nourished and supported as well.

When we experience balanced health, we are able to enjoy the true wealth of the holiday season – spending time with family and friends. Holiday activities like family dinners and toboggan excursions are better enjoyed when the digestive and respiratory systems are in balance.

Wishing you a happy holiday and healthy New Year!