Guide To Ayurvedic Diet

The Ayurvedic diet is one that not only nourishes the body, but also restores balance of 'Tridoshas' which is very much essential for maintaining Health. As per ayurveda, depending on our dosha, or constitutional type, some foods can be beneficial, and others should be avoided.

Any particular individual may be primarily one dosha, or any combination of the three (i.e. Vata, pitta, kapha). Typically, it is our strongest dosha that gets imbalanced. There is a saying “You are what you eat”. If you clearly have the symptoms of an imbalance in one of the doshas, you should favor foods that decrease that dosha and avoid the ones that aggravate it. Ayurvedic diet recommends that we eat a balanced diet (with all six tastes) regularly. Each taste contains nutritional factors that the body needs for proper functioning.

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Air, fire, water, earth and ether are the basic “five elements” behind the creation of universe. These basic elements are manifested into the three biological energies or doshas known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha in humans. Our health and well-being depend on getting a right balance of the three doshas ("tridoshas").

Foods Belong To Each Taste

SWEET: (Increase Kapha and decrease Vata and Pitta)
  • Sweet fruits like coconuts, dates, figs, grapes, pears, and mangoes .
  • Most grains like rice, barley, corn, wheat, etc.
  • Cooked vegetables like sweet potato, potato, carrot, beet root etc.
  • Milk and sweet milk products like ghee, cream and butter.
  • All dried fruits.
  • Sugar in any form raw/ refined, honey, jaggery.
  • Brown, white, molasses, sugar cane juice, etc.
  • Most legumes, lentils, and beans are considered sweet
SOUR: (Increase Pitta and Kapha and decrease Vata)
  • Sour milk products like yogurt, cheese, whey, sour cream, etc.
  • Sour fruits like lemons, limes, oranges, pineapples, passion fruit, cherries, plums.
  • Fermented substances like wine, vinegar, soy sauce, carbonated beverages.
SALTY: (Salty condiments increase Kapha and Pitta and decrease Vata)
  • Any kind of salt like rock salt, sea salt, salt from the ground.
  • Any food to which salt has been added (i.e. pickles, chutneys, nuts, chips)
PUNGENT: (Decrease Kapha and increase Pitta and Vata)
  • Hot spices like chilies, black pepper, mustard seeds, ginger, cumin, cloves, cardamom, garlic, etc.
  • Mild spices like turmeric, anise, cinnamon.
  • Fresh herbs like oregano, thyme, mint, etc.
BITTER: (Increase Vata and decrease Pitta and Kapha)
  • Fruits like olive, grapefruit.
  • Green leafy vegetables like spinach, green cabbage, bitter gourd, brussels sprouts.
  • Spices like fenugreek, turmeric.
  • Lemon and orange rind, dark chocolate.
ASTRINGENT: (Increase Vata and decrease Pitta and Kapha)
  • Turmeric, honey (do not heat hotter than lukewarm water), walnuts, hazelnuts.
  • Pulses, or legumes, i.e. beans, lentils, peas.
  • Vegetables like sprouts, lettuce, green leafy vegetables and most raw vegetables.
  • Fruits like pomegranate, berries, persimmon, lemon, cranberry, most unripe fruits.
According to Ayurvedic diet, all foods possess their own Rasa (taste), Guna (characteristics), Virya (potency), and Vipaka (post digestion effect) and also Prabhava (impact). When two or three different food substances of different taste, energy and post-digestive effect are combined together agni can become overloaded inhibiting the enzyme system and resulting in production of toxins in the system. Improper food combinations (different categories of foods eaten at the same meal) can produce indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction and gas formation.

Incompatible Foods As Per Ayurveda

Don't Eat With
Beans Fruits, Cheese, Eggs, Fish, Milk, Meat, Curd
Eggs Fruits especially melons, Beans, cheese, fish, milk, meat, curd
Fruits As a rule shouldn’t be taken along milk, Curd
Grains Fruit, tapioca
Honey With equal amount of Ghee by weight, boiled or cooked honey
Hot drinks Mangoes, cheese, fish, meat, starch, curd
Lemon Cucumber, milk, tomato, curd
Melon Everything especially dairy products, eggs, fried food, grains, starch. Melons more than other fruits should be eaten alone or left alone
Milk Bananas, cherries, melons, sour fruits, bread containing yeast, fish, meat, curd
Nightshades e.g. potato, tomato Melon, cucumber, dairy products
Radishes Bananas, raisins, milk
Tapioca Fruit, specially banana and mango; beans, raisins, jiggery
Curd Fruit, cheese, eggs, fish, hot drinks, meat, milk, nightshades. More than this curd should never be cooked and should be taken in night, summer, rains and spring season. Curd should always be taken with sugar, soup of green beans, ghee or amalaki powder

Easy Ayurvedic Home Remedies

  • For pimples on the face make orange peel paste by grinding it in some water. Apply on pimples.
  • Fenugreek seeds help to maintain the content of iron in the body during menstruation.
  • Half a teaspoon of turmeric powder with warm water twice daily helps to cure arthritis.
  • Immediately after back strain or injury, apply ice packs to reduce inflammation and pain.
  • Make it a habit to wash your mouth after every meal to prevent bad breath.

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