Yoga and Digestive Disorders-Part- I



Healthy digestion is one of the most precious treasures of the enjoyment of the good health of the mind and body. The process of the digestion takes place both in chemical and mechanical ways. The modern life, with its advancement for the comfort of the luxury of the life brining some of the undesired consequences for maintaining good health of the digestive system such as physical inactivity. Yoga practices and principles are quite useful in achieving the healthy digestion.

Digestive disorders are the most common health issues among many of us due to one or the other reason. The long term malfunctioning of the digestive organs may lead to many of the chronic degenerative and metabolic disorders. The common digestive disorders are

  • Constipation
  • Peptic Ulcers
  • Acidity
  • Obesity
  • Indigestion

Causes of digestive disorders:

There are various causes for the digestive disorders, the causes are often due

Inadequate massage of the internal organs:

The functional efficiency of the digestive organs decreases due to poor blood circulation on account of lack of massage to its organs. The sluggish activity of these internal organs will be one of the most common causes of poor digestion. Constipation is one of the common problems resulting due to poor peristalsis of the large intestine.

Mental and emotional disturbances:

Chronic stress and too much emotional upsets are building too much of excessive biochemical and gastric juices in abnormal proportions to the blood stream. These altered conditions of the biochemical and hormonal profile will strongly impact the working conditions of the internal environment of the digestive system. Peptic Ulcers and acid reflux are common due to the improper bio chemical profile on part digestive system in the stomach.

Poor eating habits:

The digestion is favorably achieved by sufficient chewing of the food. Many of the poor eating habits such as eating with too much speed without sufficient mastication, swallowing the food to quickly without allowing the proper secretions of the saliva are leading to many of the digestive diseases such as bloating sensation and indigestion.

Improper lifestyle: 

Poor life style which involves the selection of the junk food and irregularity in the intake of the food associated with lack of physical activity will disturb the process of digestion. Obesity is one of the lifestyle disorders associated with the digestive system.

Yoga practices for healthy digestion continued in Part -II