Better Health through Digestion with an Ayurvedic Diet
Mucous, Yellow Sputum, and Runny NosesAyurveda differentiates between three types of congestion. Thick white mucous is pure Kapha coming from thick, gooey, sweet blood plasma (lymph). Yellow or green sputum is Kapha mixed with Pitta. A thin, watery runny nose is a sign of Vata ama irritating mucous membranes. Gooey foods aggravate Kapha and Pitta mucous only.
Mucous & CheeseOne day an adventurous Ayurveda practitioner will try the following experiment: Collect a cup full of mucous. Boil it until it becomes thick. It will resemble cheese. Cheese is concentrated mucous and should be avoided when mucous is present. Avoid all dairy products when Kapha mucous is present.
Wheat & GlueGlue is gooey. As kids, we made glue from flour and water. As adults we bake flour and water into bread. Then in our mouths, we chew it back into glue. Wheat aggravates Kapha people in the blood, making it sticky and gooey. Wheat aggravates Vata people in the colon because it is difficult for Vata to digest. Wheat transforms into a sticky glob of stool once it enters the cecum, the beginning of the colon (located on the lower right of the abdomen). There, the fermenting food bloats the colon. Celiac is Pitta, it is an allergic reaction to wheat in the small intestine.
Gooey Foods & the SkinSometimes the skin becomes so dry even oils won't penetrate. Instead, rehydrate extremely dry skin with gooey-ness. For example, make a paste of oatmeal and apply directly to the skin. After ten minutes, clean the surface and use oil to seal in moisture.
Gooey and the Digestive TractThe inside of the digestive tract closely resembles skin. Dry skin often indicates a dry colon. While wheat is too sticky, other foods like oatmeal effectively coat a dry colon helping the colon keep moist.
Gooey Foods & Wound HealingUnless a wound is infected, Gooey foods help wounds heal quickly. Cholesterol is gooey. High cholesterol runs in my father's family and his wounds heal more quickly and effectively than my Vata wounds, which always leave a scar.
Protecting TissuesThe dull aspect of gooey coats and protects delicate tissues. Dullness pacifies aggravated doshas and slows down all bodily functions, depressing activity and dulling the mind . Thick, viscous, gooey blood is hard to circulate and creates stagnation. Stagnant slimy blood reduces circulation of oxygen, depressing metabolic activity and thyroid function (see sweet taste).
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