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Humans have invented a lot of food combinations.
Of course our bodies have become used to certain combinations over many years of use, nonetheless sometimes our stomachs get easily upset.
Of course does a banana smoothie taste great. It is super creamy and yummy. at FIRST! But how does our stomachs like those combinations? Some people might not feel anything. They can just eat anything. But others might feel their stomachs rebelling. Bloating, cramps or even the urge to puke.
Ayurveda is the holistic science of healing and nutrition. It believes in a truly balanced diet and the importance of a well working digestive tract and digestive fire called “agni”. It believes that the human digestive systems is not designed to handle large heavy meals and non stop eating.
Keep it simple.
Every food that is eaten has different characteristics as ell as effects on our bodies. Two or more foods of different tastes or energies may overload our stomachs and the agni. The food is poorly digested because the enzyme system is inhibited. And hence, large amounts of toxins are produced within our bodies which can become poison for the body.
As you could read in “ Timing is everything” food takes different times to digest. Therefore, food combinations are of great importance when it comes to healthy digestion and a balanced agni.
For instance fruit especially melon and milk do not go well together while they might be perfectly fine when eaten solely by themselves.
A little experiment: Have a glass of milk and add lemon juice to it. Milk is laxative while sour fruits like melon or lemon are duretic. Sour fruit take little time to digest and therefore the stomach acid is required which causes the milk to clod. The enzymes make the milk to curdle. The proteins denature and the milk loses its initate form. If you eat sour fruit like melons or lemons together with milk exactly this process will happen in your stomach. Not so happy belly :(
For this reason Ayurveda advises not to eat sour fruits with animal protein like milk, yogurt, sour cream, cheese, and fish. Makes sense doesn't it?
Incompatible food disturbes digestion. An undigested food in the body acts like a brewing compost causing gas, toxins, weight gain, head aches
The following part will give you an overview of unfavourable food combinations. Remember some easy guidelines and your stomach and body will thank you. The food will be a lot easier to digest and you will stay lean and healthy!
For a healthy stomach and a healthy digestion also make sure to remember these guidelines:
- Cold beverages should not be consumed during or directly after a meal as it reduces agni and digestion. Small sips of warm water taken during the meal serves to aid digestion.
- Eat fruit by itself. Many fruit like in a fruit salad create an acidy “wine” in your stomach likely to produce bloating or diharrea.
- According to ancient Ayurveda honey should never be cooked or heated above 100°C. The honey molecules denature which acts as a glue when eaten. My tip: When I caramelise veggies I either use agave sirup or add the honey after cooking.
The above guidelines are by no means an exhaustive list. It must also be remembered that a proper Ayurvedic diet should consider nutritional value, constitution, seasons, age and any disease condition.
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