The Six Tastes Of Ayurveda: Why They Are Vital For HSPs

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  credit: Lori Greig Have you heard of the six tastes? Have you ever wondered why certain foods are healthy and others are not? Have you ever wondered why some people may have an easier time being healthy than others? Are you aware that there is a direct relationship between the food we eat and our health? Food is more important that just throwing something in our mouths to keep the hunger away. Most of us have been educated to a simplistic understanding of the health giving qualities of foods. If it is a vegetable it must be good for us.  Right? Actually, not necessarily. The Subtle Energy Of The Six Tastes Food is more than the category that it belongs to. A category of may help us organize our perceptions, but it does not automatically decide what is right for us. There is more to selecting healthy foods that the food pyramid and its food categories. Each food had subtle energies it gives to us. When those energies are what we need, we are nourished and thrive; when they are not, we are creating disease in ourselves. The best way to know which foods work for us, is to understand our bioenergy or dosha in Ayurveda and which of the six tastes support our well being. Then selecting healthy food according to the six tastes is a piece of cake. Ayurveda And The Six Tastes Ayurveda has a more subtle and complex understanding of the health value of foods. Ayurvedic healers have gathered and evaluated all foods and herbs for their health effects for thousands of years. Their knowledge base about food is unparalleled, to my knowledge. In Ayurveda, the health of foods is determined through the six tastes, how they manifest in each food and what an individual … Read More

17 Bitter Foods For Cleansing

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The American diet is unbalanced.  It consists of predominantly sweet and sour foods according to MAPI, the Ayurveda health center in Iowa.  As a result our bodies are unbalanced and we often feel sluggish and unwell. Bitter foods promote a natural cleansing of the body.  By including some of the bitter taste in our diet, whether in specific foods or herbs like turmeric we are cleansing our bodies each day. The Six Tastes For Each Body Type Ayurveda recommends that we include all six tastes in our diets: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent and pungent. Although we need to have some of each taste for balance and to avoid cravings, each body type needs more of some tastes and less of others. The balancing tastes for each body type are as follows: Vata body type (thin build): sweet, sour and salty Pitta body type (medium build): sweet, bitter and pungent Kapha body type (heavyset build): bitter, pungent and astringent. A healthy diet for each body type would focus primarily on foods that balance them, but ensuring that the other tastes are represented through spices and seasonings. What Bitter Foods Do For You Bitter foods as you can see from above are important for people with medium and heavy builds.  They are less critical for people who are thin. So what does the bitter taste do for you? According to well known Ayurvedic doctor  Vasant Lad, the bitter taste is anti-toxic. It is antibacterial and antiviral so it helps with cleansing the body the bitter taste kills germs the bitter taste relieves burning and itching sensations and helps with skin disorders the bitter  taste reduces fever the bitter taste improves the firmness of the skin and muscles the bitter taste helps digestion and relieves intestinal gas. the bitter taste dries the … Read More

Why Food Is Medicine: The Secret Of The Six Tastes Of Ayurveda

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Have you ever questioned your relationship with food? Do you ever wonder why we humans seem to be so unhealthy? Most people eat to avoid hunger, because the food tastes good, for social reasons or to deal with difficult feelings. The most important function of foods, however, is the one we have lost touch with. Foods are medicine. Why Food Is Medicine When I say that foods are medicine, I mean that food sustains our life force or diminishes it, depending on what we eat, when we eat and the quality of the food. Food is the single greatest source of nourishment for our life force that we have. So poor food choices are a major factor in creating illness in our bodies. Modern medicine does not give food the attention it deserves as a factor in our health. Food is not just something to put in our stomachs so it does not growl. Food is not just for fun, something to tickle the taste buds. Do you think that hospital food is helping you become healthy or increasing illness in your body? How To Know Which Food Is Right For Us Ayurveda has catalogued all foods so that we have the knowledge of which foods help us be healthy and at our best. It starts with the understanding that foods are primarily medicine. One way to start understanding how food is medicine is to start with the Ayuvedic concept of six tastes. The six tastes are a recognition of the subtle energies of foods and how they impact the subtle energies of each person’s bioenergy or dosha. This is the information we need to select the foods that are best for our bodies. Ayurveda is as customized an approach to health as exists in the world. By understanding the subtle energies of foods, … Read More

Why Is Food Medicine?

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The simplest way to view food is to realize that everything you eat either supports your life force or it does not – either promotes health or disease.  Therefore when you eat anything processed, you are essentially consuming chemical toxins which disrupt the energy in the body. Most of modern food products are created with convenience in mind, not health. Therefore, very little mass-produced food is healthy. As a result  unless an individual makes a heroic effort to become informed and more effective at healthy nutrition they are inevitably making themselves sick when they eat. Many people have heard that organically based nutrition is better for them. That is true. Food grown without polluting chemicals is healthier for our bodies. However there is more to becoming healthy through food than simply eating organic vegetables. What many people may not realize, however, is not all vegetables are good for you.  That may seem like heresy, but there is an important reason for this that the ancient health system Ayurveda has discovered. The greatest knowledge of food and the body is found in the Indian health care system called Ayurveda.  Ayurveda is at least 5000 years old.  In India for thousands of years Ayurvedic experts have been working with and documenting the effect of all foods and herbs on the body and the individual body type constitutions.  Ayurveda has developed the skills to identify the constitution of each individual and the right foods to support the optimal health of that individual. Ayurveda makes nutrition recommendations on the basis of energetic usefulness – not fun, not convenience. Food is medicine.  Each food has an energetic impact and eating foods that have the best energetic impact for your body is an important key to health. When an individual ignores energetic usefulness in their eating choices, … Read More