According to ayurveda, it is important to evacuate the bowels every morning. Being regular and following nature’s, and your own body’s, rhythm makes a huge difference in how you feel during the day. The body’s clock always tries to follow the cycles of nature. During night-time, Soma, or lunar energy, is more predominant, so our body focuses on lubrication, cooling and nurturing. In the morning, when the sun rises, our body goes into absorption phase when Agni, the active, burning and transforming solar energy dominates. If during the day, you carry around the waste material you created at night, you may absorb some of that waste material into your system.
The toxins your body is trying to get rid of will be released into your system again, and weaken your immune system. You are also carrying some extra weight in the lower abdomen, the seat of Apana Vata, which, in addition to elimination, governs the sexual functions and the menstrual cycle. If you don’t support your body’s natural intelligence to evacuate its waste material, you may feel fatigued, drowsy and irritable during the day.
According to ayurvedic principles, one should evacuate the bowels every morning, and feel that the colon is clean and light. Feeling energetic and relaxed are signs of proper evacuation. Twice a day is normal, but at least once a day is essential. Don’t ignore your urges and don’t wait.
If you don’t have a bowel movement every day on a regular basis, you are probably constipated. Constipation can be a result of several diet or lifestyle factors such as lack of enzymes and beneficial bacteria in the gastrointestinal system, not eating enough fiber, dehydration, stress and ignoring one’s natural urges.
First, try to follow a regular diet rich in organic, fresh foods. Avoid canned, frozen and “fast” food, and leftovers. If your elimination is still not regular, cook some prunes or figs with apples and eat the mixture in the morning. If that does not bring results, take some Ayurvedic supplements such as Triphala.
Tips for the Change of Season
- Don’t skip meals.
- Drink warm water. (Boil the water first for 10 – 20 minutes, then let cool to a comfortable temperature before drinking.)
- Keep a regular routine. Eat your meals on time and go to bed by 10:00 p.m.
- Avoid foods with preservatives, leftovers, artificial flavors as these types of foods tend to produce Ama (toxins).