Listen to Ayurveda and Avoid these incompatible foods for good health

By Arya M Nair, Intern Reporter
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Incompatible Foods
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Ayurveda, the Indian alternative natural medical system, classifies some foods as “uncertain food combinations,” which can upset the gut and cause a variety of health issues.

According to Ayurveda, each food item has its own energy, flavor, and effect on the body. As a result, you must exercise caution when eating certain foods together and in Ayurveda, those foods are called the Viruddha Ahara. The meaning of the word viruddha is the opposite. 

So, food combinations that may have opposite properties exert some unwanted effect on the body when processed in a particular form, when combined in a certain proportion and when consumed at the wrong time.

Milk and Fish

Milk and Fish

Since milk has a cooling effect and fish has a heating effect, their combination creates an imbalance that can lead to chemical changes in the body. The imbalance can damage the digestive system and further weaken your immune system.

Fruits and milk

Milk and Fruits

Banana should not be consumed with milk, curds, or buttermilk because the combination can affect digestion and cause the body to release toxins. This combination of foods can also cause a cold, cough, and allergies.

Honey, and ghee

Honey

In Ayurveda, it is quoted that heated honey and honey mixed with an equal amount of ghee produce deleterious effects. Heating honey destroys the enzymes that support the digestive process, hence producing ama (toxins) in the body when consumed. 

Eating curd at Night

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Curd consumption at night is not good as it leads to mucus development. But if you can’t do without it, opt for buttermilk instead. If you are eating curd during the day, have it without sugar but if you are eating curd at night, add sugar or some black pepper.

The Ayurveda suggests to “avoid wrong and incompatible food combinations in order to reduce inflammation, avoid skin disorders, autoimmune diseases and stay healthy.”

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