According to Ayurveda, the digestive fire in the body is termed as Agni.
Consistent Agni indicates that the body metabolism is good which is an indicator of good health.
But if the Agni is inconsistent (meaning you get hungry at random times and you have an irregular bowel cycle), it indicates ill-health.
Do you wonder why some people even after consuming unhealthy food, do not get sick while some even after maintaining a good and healthy food regime face health and digestive issues? That’s because of the strong and weak Agni (digestive fire) they have.
According to Ayurveda consuming ghee in a recommended amount will improve your Agni and hence your overall health.
In Ayurveda Gau-Ghrita, i.e ghee made of cow’s milk is considered to be the best one.
People with manda Agni [mild power of Agni ] – suffering from IBS [irritable bowel syndrome ], piles, loose motions should consume ghee. In case of loose motions, ghee should be consumed after the recovery is done.
People who avoid eating oil and thus suffer from dryness of their body and their gut, suffering from constipation should consume 2 tsp ghee with a pinch of rock salt and two pinches of ginger powder this improves your Pachak Agni [digestion]
Fasting plays an important role in the Indian Culture but after fasting, one might suffer from Agni Dushti [Bad digestion]. Hence Ghee should be consumed with soup made by boiling rice with water(manda)
Consumption of Ghee with food improves Saman Vayu (a type of Vata Dosha in your body) that will result in improved skin complexion and will improve your Bala (immunity), nourish your dhatus (nourishment of tissues)
NASYA FOR CLOGGED NOSE –
Nasya using ghee is a treatment for cold and it involves pouring two drops of lukewarm pure cow ghee into the nostrils, first thing in the morning. It gives relief from headaches as well.
While many of us believe ghee maybe a milk product, it’s manufactured by boiling its dairy component. What’s left is a blend of fat-soluble vitamins and medium-chain triglycerides. Those who are lactose intolerants can consume ghee.
This reduces the glycemic index of chapatis leading to balanced blood sugar levels and reducing the risk of type-2 diabetes.
Myths and facts about ghee-
1) Myth – Ghee made of cow’s milk will lead to weight gain.
Fact– Ghee actually has the power to improve your digestion thus ensuring the increase in metabolic rate. If used within the limits it won’t cause weight gain.
2) Myth – People think that the consumption of ghee will increase their blood cholesterol levels.
And thus it’s harmful and causes several heart problems.
Fact-Ghee actually contains monounsaturated fats omega 3s. Studies have found that these fatty acids reduce cholesterol levels thus good for the heart only catch is consumption should be in proportion.
3)Myth – Ghee should not be used in or after panchakarma.
Fact – Well trained Ayurveda physicians will always use ghee post panchakarma as it provides snigdhatva (unctuousness) and removes all the remaining malas (toxins)
Rajvi Goyal ( Ayurvedic Nutritionist and Dietician )