On weekdays, many of us wake up late at night after binge-watching our favorite series, enjoy a sumptuous brunch, and then finally decide take a shower, However, it turns out that this is a habit that Ayurveda strongly recommends against. But why is it so? Ayurveda expert Dr Rekha Radhamani has the answer.
In a post titled ‘Why you should never shower right after a meal’, the expert begins by saying that taking a bath is a “cooling process”. “Body temperature goes down after a shower,” she wrote, “that going down temperature also means less blood circulation and absorption”—which lowers the digestive fire.
That is why, he said that according to Ayurveda, “to take a bath immediately after a meal is blasphemy”, further sharing that ideally, one should take a shower 1-3 hours before meals.
Agreed Dr Diksa Bhavsar who said indianexpress.com That bathing after a meal “takes our energy to extremes, which would otherwise have to be focused on the gut for proper digestion.”
Instead, he suggested sitting in Vajrasana walk 100 steps, “It helps with the movement of food from the stomach to the stomach and then into the intestines,” she said.
According to Dr. Archana Sukumaran, Ayurveda specialist at Kerala Ayurveda, “In Ayurveda, good digestion is the foundation of health and wellness. Your metabolic agni, or agni, turns food into nutrients that support body function and survival. Agni controls the digestion and transformation of food into more subtle substances that nourish our bodies. A stagnant agni ensures your body to function properly, and a poor agni metabolism leads to a build-up of toxins- Ama, the root cause of diseases.
“Taking a bath immediately after a meal cools down your body. A sudden drop in body temperature will lower your agni and lead to a sluggish metabolism. Since impaired metabolism is a major cause of all diseases, according to Ayurveda, it will lead to various diseases. Ideally, it would be best to take a shower 2-3 hours before a meal,” she explained.