According to Ayurveda, the most basic and primary foundation of health is the digestive system. Because our nourishment (including the absorption of vitamins and minerals, conversion of food to energy, etc) is dependent on the efficiency of our digestion, it is important to maintain good digestive health and a positive mindset. Conventional medicine often prescribes various supplements and drugs for ailments, but if the digestive system is not functioning optimally, the body will have a difficult time absorbing and assimilating anything that is consumed. With a strong agni (digestive fire), we are easily able to receive nourishment and energy from our food, which allows the body more energy to fight off disease and recover from illness.
Therefore, if we are ever feeling sick, weak, run-down, or out of balance (physically, mentally or emotionally), it is important to eat foods that are easily digestible, give the body rest and time to heal, and maintain a positive attitude. Our emotional health and acceptance of life is just as important to our wellbeing as the foods we eat.
Kunyi is a very simple and easily digested meal of soupy rice, ideal for healing and rejuvenation. It is delicious eaten anytime of day!
- 1/4 c white basmati rice
- 1/4 t mineral salt
- 1/2 t fresh turmeric, grated
- 1 t fresh ginger, grated
We use white basmati rice because it is the most easily digested and nutritious grain. Mineral salt is generally the least processed and most nutrient rich type of salt. Turmeric has a multitude of benefits- balancing for all doshas, blood purifying, natural antibiotic yet it strengthens intestinal flora, cleanses chakras and subtle channels, restores ligaments, helps digest protein, and promotes balanced metabolism, to name a few. Ginger is similarly beneficial- balancing for vata and kapha doshas, relieves gas, cramping and nausea, stimulates the appetite, and digests toxins in the body.
Together, these foods provide a wonderfully delicious meal that will heal and rejuvinate your whole being.