While it is common to refer to agni as “digestive fire”, there are actually 13 different agnis governing all metabolic functions in the body. In this way, agni is present all the way down to the cellular level.
We all digest food differently. One may be satisfied with a meal, while another may hold their stomach in pain after ingesting the very same thing. For this reason, terms like “iron stomach” and “eating like a bird” have become everyday terms.
The key to supporting healthy,balanced digestive agni -like any fire- is to maintain the proper balance of fuel and air to create sufficient heat energy. In the case of agni and the body’s digestive system, if there is not enough fuel(food), the fire decreases. On the other hand, too much fuel (food) and the fire gets smothered and decreases. So the right amount of food at the right intervals is essential !
Common ways agni becomes weak or aggravated include: eating out of accordance with one’s constitution, habitually eating the same foods, overeating, eating tasteless foods, drinking too much water with meals, staying up late, eating at irregular times, and resisting the urge to eat.
There are 4 states of Agni: High, low, balanced, and variable. Symptoms of high Agni appear as strong and frequent hunger, hyperacidity, and lack of energy as a result of the food being digested too fast for any nutrients to be absorbed. Low Agni presents as no appetite, heaviness, bloating, sleepy feeling after eating.Variable Agni is a mix between the two, causing AMA by malabsorption. Which do you think you are experiencing now?