Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
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Introduction to AyurvedaThe practice of Ayurveda began in ancient India more than 5,000 years ago. It teaches that health, wealth, and happiness come from balance. The first and most important tool for balance is a good diet, which is the foundation for emotional and physical health. Ayurveda contains a very sophisticated knowledge of the effects of food, around which we've organized this website. Read these introductory articles to discover Ayurveda.
Recipes, Ingredients & SpicesAyurveda harnesses the power of food to heal. Food can make us light or heavy, dry or oily, hot or cold, etc. We call these properties of food digestive effects. Western medicine uses the nutritional effects of food, but Ayurveda goes beyond that in believing that good digestion is the first step to good nutrition. Every recipe, ingredient, and spice on Joyful Belly is keyed by digestive effect. Find out how to use food as medicine..
About Diets on Joyful BellyAyurvedic diets use dosha, guna, and taste to describe the types of foods that are healthy and unhealthy for a person. Joyful Belly is designed to help newcomers to Ayurveda keep track of all these qualities. We also provide advanced practitioners with fresh, new recipes to introduce variety into their own diets. Joyful Belly makes searching for recipes, ingredients, and spices easy (for the beginner and the expert) because we can match food to your diet using the technology built into the website. Find out more.
About the search toolThe search box is a powerful research tool that can access our entire food encyclopedia. Find out why your practitioner told you to drink pomegranate juice or avoid wheat. There are multiple filters you can add to refine your search. For example: conservative eaters, filter recipes for the Western palate; adventurous, spice-loving people, filter for Indian recipes. You can use the search tool to compare ingredients and doshas side-by-side as well as use it to learn more about Ayurveda. Click here for a step-by-step guide to the Search Tool.
I am not sure what the symbols for the Vata, Pitta, and Kapha mean when there is a slash through them...does it mean they are not good for those doshas, or does it mean that they cancel out or pacify those doshas?
And on that note, when I am creating a diet, being a Vata-Pitta, am I trying to pacify or decrease that dosha? Does that autmatically mean an increase in Kapha? hope not!
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