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Easy means easy to digest.
Digestion Takes a Lot of Work.
We use up to 60% of our daily metabolism on digesting our food. That means by the end of the day your intestines have run a marathon. We have a special
After eating, blood rushes to the stomach to supply stomach glands with fluids. The food is mixed with acids and slowly turns into a sauce. About fifteen minutes after eating, the food if fully hydrated and blood flow to the stomach relaxes somewhat. To e
Spices communicate culture. Many cultures cook with the same ingredients but different spices. For example, a rice dish in Mexico might include cilantro, cumin and chile. In India, it would include mustard seed, turmeric and cumin. China might pair rice w
All summer long, air conditioning blasts frigid air on you in movie theaters, supermarkets, the car, and restaurants. Although the blast may seem like a welcome relief from the heat, the cold air can create some nasty side-effects. For one, artificial col
Astringent foods make the mouth feel rough or dry. Astringent taste cleanses the mouth, but causes difficulty swallowing. Leafy greens, green bananas, and cranberries are astringent. Astringent taste makes an apple crunchy. It makes len
There is no right or wrong answer to the raw versus cooked debate. The real answer to the debate depends on the digestive strength of the individual. Raw food offers nutritional benefits but is more difficult to digest, causing gas and bloating in those w
Healthy hunger comes from deep down in your bones, when you "know" a particular food or behavior is right for you, even though you have no proof. This kind of hunger is called cellular hunger, because it is the hunger from each and evey one of the cells i
Clear food has the ability to either clear the (1) digestive tract, (2) blood and lymphatic system, (3) mind, or (4) mucus or fluid stagnation in any organ. Clear foods reduce fluids and metabolize or purge toxic buildup (ama) from tiss
Evolution & Taste Buds
Taste buds are important for maintaining our health. These days, many people distrust their taste buds. Processed foods like bread, cheese, and corn syrup bypass and trick our taste buds into eating food that
Ayurveda seems to exude a certain ease, as if it were second nature. In a complex world, there's something simple and very personal about Ayurveda's approach to healing. You might even wonder where this ease of Ayurveda comes from. The answer is fundament
Bitters & Digestion
Ayurveda suggests that a healthy gut will eliminate food six hours after eating it. The holy grail of six hour elimination exists today in indigenous societies with higher consumption of bitters
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Liquid guna causes increased secretions in the tissues. In general, sour and salty foods cause increased secretions. Sweet and oily foods too. Examples are limes, yogurt, and ghee mixed with sugar.
In a second sense, liquid guna c
By the magic of digestion, when you eat an apple it becomes a part of your body. And whether the apple is hot or cold, acidic or basic, sugary or bitter, the body still has to transform the apple into the building blocks of living human flesh. The most pr
The Musical Fruit
Beans could make your evening impolite. They are known as the "musical fruit" because they cause gas. A properly cooked bean, however, is easy to digest and less gaseous. Beans offer many nutritional and medicina
The gut is home to 1/3 of your nervous system. The nerves of your gut, your gut instincts, protect your sense of security and self care. Anxiety & fear can disrupt your sense of security. An 'uh-oh' feeling in your gut leaves tension and contraction in it
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