WHAT DOES IT MEAN? WHAT'S CAUSING IT? WHAT CAN YOU DO?
Are you prone to a problem with 'Sour cravings'?
Sour cravings are a frequent desire to eat sour food. Sour is one of the six fundamentals tastes in Ayurveda. In balanced quantities, the sour taste cleanses the palate, refreshes the body, and hydrates the GI tract by stimulating digestive secretions. Sour cravings can be either wholesome or unwholesome. In some cases, a sour craving can indicate that your digestive tract is dehydrated and crying out for more fluids. In that case rehydrate and drink some water. If dryness of the GI persist despite adequate hydration, you should follow your craving for sour foods. However, sour cravings can also be distorted, meaning your body desires more of the sour taste than it actually needs, often due to weakness of the liver.
Intense sour cravings usually mean Pitta dosha is aggravated. Sour taste stresses the liver and its heat can provoke intense Pitta emotions like anger, agitation, and jealousy. The sour taste is wet, as it moves fluids. Sour, live culture foods increase fermentation in the GI tract. Sour ferments are also heavy, and in excess, can create congestion and dampness in the body, aggravating Kapha dosha.
If you are experiencing intense and frequent sour cravings, bitter, cooling foods, like kale and dandelion greens, work to balance sour cravings. Avoid sour and fermented foods like yogurt, sour cream, vinegar, pickles, and miso.
STAGE OF DISEASE 1 - AFFECTING DIGESTIONIf you have symptoms in this category, your body is sending you a warning sign. Since digestion is so metabolically intensive and sensitive to stress and emotions, the earliest warning signs of imbalance usually appear in the digestive tract first. You may have gas and bloating, for example, or acid reflux. Ayurveda recommends paying careful, close attention to warning signs. They indicate that an imbalance is starting to accumulate. Correct these warning signs before they accumulate further and weaken your body's resistance. This is usually accomplished by removing diet and lifestyle habits that aggravate your imbalanced doshas and qualities.
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DIET REMEDIES FOR 'SOUR CRAVINGS'
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On Joyful Belly, we've created an extensive categorization of food so you can easily match food to your imbalances (gunas). By eating an optimal diet that balances your gunas, your whole body is strengthened and the conditions that created the disorder are removed. Once the root causes of the disease are removed, the disease lessens in strength or disappears altogether. Additional remedies - such as herbs and lifestyle practices - focused on the specific disorder, can greatly enhance your healing.
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. His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands. 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.