Ayurvedic Diet & Digestion Made Easy
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Ayurveda identifies the six tastes as sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Instead of defining the six tastes according to our physical experience, Western medicine defines taste according to the presence of taste buds. Researchers have identified taste buds for sweet, sour, salty, bitter, and umami. Scientists are also researching the possibility of the presence of calcium taste buds.
A balanced Ayurvedic diet includes all of the six tastes in every meal, but each individual should adjust the quantity of the tastes for his or her own body. For example, Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. A person may have an excess or deficiency of taste which can be detected by an Ayurvedic practitioner in a consultation.
Cravings are our body's best attempt to heal itself. For example, excess Kapha causes circulation to stagnate, resulting in low energy. Then, Kapha craves sweets for a quick "pick-me-up." Sweet cravings might have been appropriate for our ancestors in the wilderness but there were no ice-cream cones in the forest! In modern society, however, indulging in ice cream only causes more Kapha stagnation and cravings.
About the AuthorJohn Immel is the founder of Joyful Belly, helping people confidently choose food that restores their healthy glow through wisdom, personal growth and balance. John's approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, as if it were second nature. His articles, books, and Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week eCourse provides tools for gracefully healing your mind and body. John also directs Joyful Belly's Master of Ayurvedic Digestion & Nutrition 500 hour certification program, where practitioners learn advanced clinical skills for digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition. John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food.
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.
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based on the bitters reading on your site, i have cut down to having coffee only in the Kapha times of day. i am Vata constitution, but my vikruti is Vata-Pitta. I am wondering if you feel that even having coffee at this Kapha times will be aggravating the Vata elements? Also, I eat leafy greens daily - chard or kale typically… migh this too be a food I ought to be avoiding? I am sort of feeling a bit at a loss for meal ideas. I tend to eat quinoa and squash and greens most dinners. Any thoughts? Thanks so much.
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