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:

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