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How to increase Energy

Updated on April 17, 2013

Ama- The heavy substance weighing you down and giving you low energy

Low energy, according to Ayurveda may be due to Ama, a sanskrit term used in Ayurveda to describe a heavy, moist substance that congests our bodies and is due to undigested food and makes us feel heavy and tired. This ama can create several diseases in the body and needs to be cleared out and cleaned up, at least, once a year, depending on your eating habits, and sometimes twice a year. Ama is an intruder in the body that creates disease that was caused by not digesting food properly. Ama does not need to be in the body as it clogs the bodies channels, decreasing metabolism, fogging up the mind, creating unwanted growths, congestion, heaviness and tiredness.

In order to decrease ama you can do a couple of things; 1) Give yourself or get an annual cleanse or Panchakarma during the change of seasons in the Spring or Autumn. 2) Follow an ama-reducing diet. The time you should allow for following an ama-reducing diet depends on your dominate dosha or unique body type (Vata, Pitta, Kapha). Kapha doshas can stay on for long periods of time. Pitta dosha for shorter periods and Vata dosha for the least amount of time. Both Pitta and Vata should follow the ama-reducing diet rejuvenating therapies and foods. Here is a list of ama-reducing foods and ama-increasing foods.

Ama- Reducing Foods

Lemon, lime, grapefruit, pomegranate, cranberry

Steamed vegetables (for vata and kapha), Raw vegetables (for Pitta)

Whole grains, kitchari

Mung beans

Pumpkin seeds

Acidophilus, takra (yogurt water)

Ghee, mustard and flax oils

Raw honey


Warm liquids (green tea, herbal tea)

Ama-Increasing Foods

Sweet fruits

Potatoes, mushrooms, carrot juice (too sweet)

Breads, pastries, white flour

All other beans

Nuts and seeds


Pork, meat, fish, poultry, eggs, margarine, lard

All other oils



Cold liquids (black tea, coffee)

Eating an ama reducing diet will keep you free from the heavy substance that is making you feel sleepy with low energy and instead give you energy and life.

Here's to Your Health!


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      Edie 5 years ago

      Many thanks for your comment!! Blessings :)

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      Violet Flame 5 years ago from Auckland, NZ

      Thank you msperfechealth for the very excellent information and advice! I've just finished a year's worth of stressful and busy study, and am feeling heaviest I've ever been (in more senses of the word then one). It must be time to get rid of some Ama! I have intuitively feel like raw veges instead of the cooked ones. Thank you for your wonderful hub now I know why! Voted up!