THE AYURVEDIC GUIDE OF FOOD COMBINATIONS – THE DO’S AND DON’TS
Every human being, once in their life, has had an incompatible food combination, which they regretted later. In Ayurveda, there are six tastes, and food can have multiple tastes. A mismatched food combination often leads to harmful health conditions such as diarrhoea, constipation, food poisoning, and bloating. Knowing what you are putting in your mouth and how it can disrupt your digestive system is the best way to avoid all kinds of health problems. Therefore, our Ayurvedic doctor in Pune has listed some of the food combinations people must avoid to stay healthy, and balance all their doshas.
The three factors that determine the properties of food are:
Virya: It determines whether the food is hot or cold. It helps us to know if the food is right for the season and if it can balance your doshas.
Vipaka: It helps determine whether the food can be easily digested by the body or is harmful to your body.
Agni: Certain food items, when eaten separately, cause immense benefits to the health and stimulates Agni to digest them easily. Whereas, these food items, when consumed along with different food combination, it can create digestive distress and slow down the stimulation of Agni.
Therefore, Ayurveda recommends people remain mindful of what they are putting inside their mouths. Here are some food combinations that you should and shouldn’t follow.
The Fruit Rule
Fruit should never be eaten with dairy products such as milk, yogurt, and buttermilk. Many people think that it’s healthy to eat fruits and milk at breakfast. The fact is, fruits can curdle the milk inside your stomach, creating excess acid, which further disrupts the digestive system.
Fruits and cheese are often mixed in appetizers and deserts. As cheese is a dairy product, it will create the same result on your digestive system when combined with fruits.
Similarly, melons and milk are a big “NO” since milk has laxative property and melons diuretic. Melons eaten with food rich in carbohydrates and starch are also bad for your health.
The Meat Rule
Ayurveda recommends people not to consume meat and stay vegetarian. However, if you cannot keep up with this rule, try at least not to eat meat with dairy products. Fish and curd/milk shouldn’t be eaten together. It upsets your Agni and stimulates Ama, which is a toxic substance that promotes health issues.
The creamy sauce topped on the cheeseburgers should also be avoided. The cream is contained with dairy ingredients like milk and yogurt, which should be avoided with chicken, fish, and meat.
The Honey Rule
Most of the Ayurvedic medicines are prepared with honey as its vital ingredient. Honey boosts our immunity, release toxins, and reduce fat cells. However, honey should be consumed raw and uncooked. Food prepared in honey can wreak havoc on your digestive system.
The cooked honey turns into sticky gunk and clots the membrane, channels, and digestive tract, producing more toxins.
In Ayurveda, Ghee and honey are considered as the essential ingredients for our body system. But, they should never be consumed together. Ghee has a cooling effect on your body, whereas honey produces heat. So, they should be consumed separately.
The Golden Rule
At our Ayurvedic hospital in Pune, we encourage people to consume freshly-prepared, hot, and well-cooked food. Cold and leftover food loses its health benefits. In case you have no choice and must eat the leftover food, please do not use a microwave to heat it. Instead, you can heat them up on a stove, apply some ghee, and add some spices to liven up the food properties.
• Avoid eating dairy products with fruit, meat, fish, starchy foods, and yeast bread.
• Avoid eating eggs with melons, bananas, dairy products, and fish/meat.
• Avoid eating corn with bananas, raisins, and dry fruits.
• Avoid eating lemons with tomatoes, cucumbers, and dairy products.
• Dairy items, melons, and cucumbers should never be eaten with potatoes, tomatoes, eggplant, and chilies.
To learn more about health tips and diet plans for healthy well-being, connect with our Ayurvedic doctors in Pune, and we shall help you create an active, healthy, and hygienic diet plan.