About Salty Taste in Ayurveda
Salty refers to anything with salt, or high mineral content.
The Six Tastes: Salty
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AYURVEDIC PERSPECTIVE ON SALTY
Salt & FlavorSalt brings out the flavor in food and brings enthusiasm for life. It stimulates secretions, thus improving digestion. Salt is a laxative, breaking up all hard masses in the digestive tract. Salt in excess obliterates all other tastes and causes thirst.
Salt & LiquificationSalt causes water retention, increases blood pressure, and effectively combats dryness in Vata. It cleanses the body by breaking up obstructions in all channels. It nourishes the nerve tissue. Salt liquefies Kapha mucus in the lungs and sinuses, allowing for easier removal.
Salt is used to induce vomiting in pancha karma cleansing therapies. Yogis drink a quart of water with two teaspoons of salt to completely purge the GI tract.
Overuse of SaltAyurveda recommends limited use of mineral salts only. Refined salts should be avoided. Excess salt increases flabbiness and wrinkling of the skin. Salt pulls water into the intercellular space through osmosis, separating ojas from the tissues. It delays healing by causing secretions in wounds. In excess, salt damages fluids, decreases libido, hardens muscles, damages bones, causes premature aging, and spoils the blood.
The average human loses 2 grams of salt per day. This amount increases to 30 grams (6 tsp) when exercising in hot weather. You may have noticed a crust on your skin after sweating on a hot day. In the summer it is vitally important to maintain electrolytes. Every year people who over-exert themselves on hot days die not of dehydration, but salt deficiency. At one time, salt, like sugar, was worth its weight in gold. The British controlled India through a tax on salt. Ancestrally, humans obtained most of their salt from the blood and muscle of their prey.
Salt, the Kidney, & Managing FluidsThe kidneys manage the ocean of water in the body. Vata people with leaky kidneys sometimes benefit from anti-diuretics, like salt, licorice, and Rehmannia root. Anti-diuretics help rebuild fluids and counteract the diuretic effect of Vata type ama (toxicity).
Salty taste includes all foods that are rich in minerals, such as nettles. For the same reason, soil is considered salty. Many foods high in potassium, like potatoes, dandelions, and beans, are diuretics. Potassium and salt work like opposites in the body, both in fluid retention and on a cellular level (recall the sodium potassium pump). Salt aggravates Kapha. Potassium pacifies Kapha.
Herbal actions common to many herbs listed in Salty:
BITTERBitter is disagreeable and stimulating rejection, and a strong taste often associated with black coffee, dark chocolate, and most salad greens.
AROMATICHerbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.
ANTI-INFLAMMATORYReduces inflammation in the body. Different herbs and carriers target different body systems.
Kapha Reducing (3)
HOTHot is identified by increased body temperature, metabolism, or inflammation.
PUNGENTPungency is characterized by irritation, or sharp, spicy foods that irritate the mouth such as black pepper.
DIURETICHerbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.
EXPECTORANTHerbs that help you cough up and eliminate mucus. These herbs often work by increasing the quantity of mucus, or thinning the mucus.
Damp Heat (2)
DEMULCENTHerbs that coat or form a soothing film over a mucous membrane, relieving minor pain and inflammation of the membrane.
GOOEYGooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
MOBILEMobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
SEDATIVESedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
ANTIPRURITICAntipruritics are herbs that inhibit itching that is often associated with itching skin conditions such as sunburns, allergic reactions, eczema, psoriasis, chickenpox, fungal infections, insect bites, or contact dermatitis (as in poison ivy exposure.)
IMMUNE-STIMULANTStimulates and strengthens the immune system. Helpful when fighting off a cold or flu.
ANTIMICROBIALAn agent that kills microorganisms or inhibits their growth. Antimicrobial is an umbrella term that can be broken down into specific categories of target microorganism, such as anti-bacterials, fungals, and virals.
STIMULATES-ENERGYThis category groups thyroid and adrenal stimulating herbs.
ASTRINGENTAstringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
ANTITUSSIVECough suppressant, particularly for dry coughs or a tickle in your throat.
HELPFUL FOR*'Salty' may be helpful for these symptoms and causes below.
CONTRAINDICATIONS / AGGRAVATES / IS AGGRAVATED BY*'Salty' may aggravate, or be aggravated by, these symptoms and causes below.
About the AuthorJohn Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda. His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda , which specializes in 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.
John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well.