AYURVEDIC FOOD COMBINING

Ayurveda recommends certain food combining guidelines to help us optimally digest our food. Ayurvedic food combining also helps us to improve our agni (digestive fire) as well as improve absorption and elimination. It is important to understand that Ayurveda teaches there are four distinct digestive capacities. They are: Sama Agni (balanced digestion), Tikshna Agni (pitta type digestion), Vishima Agni (vata type digestion), and Manda Agni (kapha type digestion. 

A person with sama agni has balanced digestion and is generally capable of eating foods in various combinations. The remaining three types of digestion (tikshna, vishima, manda) are considered to be imbalanced digestion and benefit from following Ayurvedic food combining strategies.

Poor food combining can lead to indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction, gas, bloating, weight gain, and even toxemia and other diseases. As a preventative measure, Ayurveda recommends the following food combining guidelines:
                                                                       
 Don't eat:  With:
 Beansfruit, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, meat, yogurt.
 Eggsfruit, melons, beans, cheese, fish, kitchari, milk, meat, yogurt
 FruitEat fruit alone as a meal. Combining fruit with other foods generally causes indigestion. 
 Grains fruit, tapioca
 Honeywith equal amounts of ghee by weight such as 1 tsp. honey with 3 tsp. ghee; boiled or cooked honey is to be avoided.
 Hot drinksmangos, cheese, fish, meat, starch, yogurt.
 Lemoncucumbers, milk, tomatoes, yogurt.
 MelonsDo not combine. Eat alone, and not with other fruit.
 MilkBananas, cherries, melons, sour fruits; bread containing yeast, fish, kitchari, meat, yogurt.
 Nightshadesmelon, cucumber, dairy products.
 Radishesbananas, raisins, milk.
 Tapiocafruit, especially banana and mango; beans, raisins, jaggary.
 Yogurtfruit, cheese, eggs, fish, hot drinks, meat, milk, nightshades.


Disclaimer: The information on this website is not intended as medical advise, diagnosis, or to replace a one-on-one relationship with a licensed Doctor or health care professional.