According to Ayurveda, harmful foods, such as fried foods, processed meats, and very cold foods, can create undigested residue that forms toxins, which is the root cause of disease. So, the health goal is to balance this metabolic fire. When it comes to good eating habits, here’s the best advice most Ayurvedic practitioners give:

  • Eat only when hungry
  • Observe gap of at least three hours between each meal so that previous meal is digested
  • Avoid smothering Agni with cold, wet, spicy, oily, and fried food

A diet of light simple foods is the best. Alkalis help regulate this gastric fire. Ghee (purified butter) stimulates Agni and improves digestion. Proper chewing is essential to good digestion.