Why should you avoid a cold breakfast, according to Ayurveda
The agni or metabolic fire in our gut functions in accordance with the cycle of the sun. In the morning, when the sun is rising, the gut fire is low, and that is why we should have warm breakfast in the morning to activate the agni in our gut. Know more about it here!
Do you reach out for that plate of fresh fruits or cold milk or maybe soaked overnight oats? While all these boost umpteen health benefits, they may not be ideal food choices for the day’s first meal. There are people who opt for cold breakfast options over warm ones to give their day a much-needed start, Ayurveda suggests otherwise. As per Ayurveda, it is best to kickstart your day with warm breakfast options to make the digestive system active for the heaviest meal of the day, the lunch.
Is cold breakfast good or bad?
Our metabolic fire has a direct relationship with the position of the sun. In Ayurveda and modern science, this concept of syncing your internal clock with mother nature’s clock is highly appreciated. The concept is called circadian rhythm, explains Dr Janga. “In the morning when the sun is just about rising, your metabolic fire in the gut is also just waking up and is a bare minimum. Now, if you put a cold breakfast in your gut in the morning, chances are that the metabolic fire will either extinguish or it will weaken. Over time, your digestive health becomes weak,” she adds.
Ayurveda recommends starting the day by showing love and care towards our digestive health. The expert shares that your colon is active between 5-7 am, and your digestive fire starts becoming active at sunrise and sets at sunset.
Healthy morning habits you must practice
Here are some things our expert recommends as we go about healthily starting our day.
1. Spend at least one-hour meditating, chanting, or in body movement
“You should kickstart your day on a healthy note by practicing meditation, chanting or some basic yoga exercises like stretching to activate the downward movement or peristalsis of the waist. The downward moving wind principle allows us to evacuate any waste from our stomach, intestines, and our colon,” says the expert.
2. Have warm water on an empty stomach
You should drink at least 200 ml of warm water to stimulate the agni/digestive fire in the stomach.
3. Have overnight soaked nuts or stewed fruits
The expert suggests, “Have some overnight-soaked nuts because they are great superfoods and are a powerhouse of vitamins and minerals. You can also have stewed fruits wherein you can take fruits like apples or peaches. You can peel off the skin, add some water, cinnamon or clove and stew them all well. You can have a bowl of warm stewed fruits for breakfast. You can also have a bowl of porridge”.