Metabolism is the process by which food is converted into energy which the body uses. A stronger metabolism means that the body is converting food faster. In Ayurveda, this is referred to as our digestive fire or Agni, and there are a few ways to stoke the flame.

Healthy food for metabolism

Metabolism is our fire

When our digestive system is in balance, we see how our skin glows, our body feels great and we experience a feeling of all-round wellness. By working to create an optimal working digestive system, we also gain mental clarity and heightened energy levels.

It is important to remember that a healthy digestive system relies on good nutrition, exercise, and sufficient hydration. There are a few tips to boost the digestive fire that we can take note of.

Metabolism-boosting ideas

Start the day with lemon water – drinking a cup of water with a squeeze of lemon with kickstart metabolism and wake up the digestive system.


Ginger – this is definitely a fire starter, and Ayurvedic advice suggests eating a slice of ginger with lemon and salt 15 minutes before a meal. This is a bit tough in my personal opinion, so I would rather suggest drinking grated ginger and lemon in a glass of water.


Eat while the sun is shining – try not to eat heavy meals at night. Soups and stews are easier to digest, and herbal teas help the digestive system to wind down before bedtime.


Milk – this is one food that commonly trips up the digestive system. Milk is easiest to digest when hot and/or spiced. Adding cinnamon with help with digestion.


Spice it up – adding certain spices – turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg, cumin, coriander, fennel, black pepper – will help with the digestion of meals.


Try not to graze – smaller meals throughout the day have shown to be beneficial to metabolism. It is still important to try and have 2-3 hours in between meals in order to allow your digestive system to rest.


Go for a walk – preferably out in the sun. You want to heat up your body and your digestive fire!


Sip hot water – this helps to loosen the lymphatic system when done throughout the day. You can also add these spices to hot water to boost digestion even more:
1/4 tsp. cumin seeds, 1/2 tsp. coriander seeds, 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds.

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One Small Step

It is important to remember that boosting digestion is just one part of a healthy balance. Nutrition, exercise, relationships, work, and mindset all impact wellness. We need to work on all the aspects of our lives to truly see change and growth.

Have a great day.
Lots of light and love xx

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