The Six Tastes: Sweet
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Balance My Excess Sweet
Get the 45 minute presentation 'Balance My Excess Sweet' given by Joyful Belly founder and director John Immel. This presentation will show you Ayurvedic essentials on fixing this imbalance, including diet, lifestyle, and herbal tips from Ayurveda. Price: $15.95
AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON SWEET
Sweet taste includes nourishing foods like carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Sweet taste doesn't necessarily mean sugary, but also includes anything that tastes nourishing (i.e. builds muscle or fat tissue). Before refined sugars, bread tasted naturally sweet. Sweet taste is life giving. It builds ojas because it nourishes the sap or blood plasma of the body.
Sweet taste is rare in nature, and desirable. We need sweet taste to survive. After the agricultural revolution, sweet taste became abundant. It dominates the modern grocery store, probably because this is the taste that humans are most attracted to.
Sweet Taste & CirculationExcess use of sweet taste, especially refined grains and refined sugars, thickens blood plasma. Thick, sticky blood plasma bogs circulation, causing stagnation and high blood pressure. Poor circulation also causes swelling in the hands and feet.
Sweet Taste in the SkinWhen circulation is excessively boggy, metabolic byproducts (cellular poop) get trapped in the lymphatic system, causing inflammation. To see this effect more clearly, make a thumbprint on your arm. A white thumbprint surrounded by red skin could mean the lymphatic system is stagnant and inflamed. Note: this effect is usually prominent on the arms and legs.
Sweet Taste, the Lungs, & the ThyroidHealthy lungs depend on good circulation to keep them hollow, otherwise, the lungs fill up with mucous and water. Excess sweet taste causes mucous buildup in the lungs and back of the throat. Boggy circulation and a thick layer of mucous covering the lungs reduces the circulation of oxygen (prana). The thyroid compensates by lowering metabolism. Many people have low thyroid activity without being aware of it. Symptoms of low thyroid include being overweight, cold body temperature, dry skin, and constipation.
Sweet Taste & the KidneysDense, gooey, sticky blood plasma causes water retention in the kidneys and may lead to edema. While Kapha types are prone and should discourage water retention, dry Vata types can use the sweet taste to help retain fluids.
Ayurvedic ClassificationsSweet taste is cooling, heavy, oily, and sticky. It brings softness and stability. Sweet taste coats the tongue and throat. It facilitates elimination of bowels. It is beneficial to children, the elderly, and in debilitated persons. Sweet taste alleviates thirst, pacifies Pitta and Vata, and nourishes the mind. Sweet taste helps in wound healing as long as the wound is not infected.
Remedies for Excess Sweet TasteAvoid refined sugar, candy, soda, ice-cream, and other processed foods with sugars. These foods confuse your 'appestat' - your body's natural appetite control mechanisms. Honey and fruits may be a safe way to satisfy your sweet cravings without weight gain, and are also much less addictive. Raw honey is a great natural fat metabolizer and stabilizes blood sugar, and its warming quality boosts your energy. Raw honey is known to help reduce the toxins off of the intestinal wall. You can also try date sugar, bananas, or raisins as sugar substitutes in your cooking.
Bitters like kale and dandelion leaves directly oppose sweet taste. They are drying, regulate blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, and thin the blood. Pungent taste, including black pepper and ginger, stimulates circulation and heat.
HELPFUL FOR*'Sweet' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
Mind Stress Sleep
Blood and Circulation
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Sweet' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
Blood and Circulation
Mind Stress Sleep