According to Ayurveda, one of the main causes of all diseases is rooted in the impairment of the body's main ingredient principle called Agni, the fire of digestion. A faulty fire leads to improper functioning of the tissue fires and can lead to poor synthesis of tissues.
Visualize your digestion as a fire in the stomach; you need to provide the proper fuel and conditions so that it can burn optimally. If you dampen the fire or do not feed it, it will burn out. If you feed it too much or with the wrong fuel, it will burn too hot and be out of control.
When Agni (fire of digestion) is strong, we are free from symptoms such as:
- Irregular appetite
- Loud or smelly gas
- Excessive burping
- Intense and unbearable hunger
- Abdominal cramping
- Loose stool or diarrhea
- Lack of appetite
- Heaviness and/or sluggishness
Because some of these symptoms are so common, they are often considered normal; however, each and every symptom is a sign of imbalance occurring in the bodily system.
If we pay attention to these signs, we can correct the imbalance in the early stage before it begins the disease process, leading to more serious issues.