Improving Digestive Fire  
by: Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta (

Since every cell in your body is made from the food that you eat, it is important that your digestion is functioning properly. For this you need the proper amount of Agni or digestive fire. If agni is low, you will not completely digest your food, assimilation will be poor, and you will make ama (toxins & impurities).

Here are some tips to Improve Agni:

  1. Take 1/2 tsp. of grated fresh ginger, a few drops of lemon juice, and a few grains of salt 10 minutes before eating.

  2. Include ghee (clarified butter) in your diet. Ghee is lower in saturated fat than butter, higher in monounsaturated fat, and will enkindle your digestive fire.

  3. If you have a tendency for gas, you may want to try taking 1/4 to 1/2 tsp of Hingwastika Churna in place of the grated ginger before meals. This has a strong garlic-like taste, so you may want to take 1 - 2 capsules instead of the powdered herb.

  4. As an alternative, you may want to try taking the Hingwastika Churna by putting your dose in melted ghee and then taking it with the first few bites of food. It is actually yummy tasting this way and will have a great effect on the power of your digestion.

  5. Try cooking with some of the following spices: Ginger, Cumin, Hing, Cinnamon, Bay leaf, or Ajwan.

Dr. Mary Jo Cravatta is a chiropractor who specializes in the ancient healing science of Ayurveda. Dr. Cravatta has had more than 25 years experience with practicing meditation and yoga.

In her private practice in Palo Alto and San Rafael she offers individual and phone consultations, marma therapy, workshops and meditation classes.

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Note: The information provided herein is of general nature, and should not be construed as professional medical advice. This information is not intended for use in the prevention or cure of any disease. If you have any serious, acute or chronic health concerns, please consult your physician or health care provider who can fully assess your individual needs and provide the care you require.