In the quest to get healthy, the number one resource I share is Samyoga – Ayurveda Principals of Food Combining. If you do nothing else but follow these basic principals, your health will change, your digestion will improve and you will see results.
According to Ayurveda, every food has its own taste (rasa), a heating or cooling energy (virya) and post digestive effect (vipaka). When two or three different food substances of different taste, energy and post digestive effect are combined together agni (digestive fire) can become overloaded inhibiting the enzyme system and result in production of toxins in the system.
This is Biology 101! The enzymes needed by the body to process/digest cheese, for example, are not the same as the enzymes required to process bread, cooked vegetables or meat.
When foods, (proteins, carbohydrates and fats) having different attributes, tastes, heating or cooling properties, and post-digestive effects are eaten together, agni will be slowed down. The foods can then remain in the stomach for seven to eight hours!
Combining foods improperly can produce indigestion, fermentation, putrefaction and gas formation.
This condition, if prolonged, can lead to toxemia and disease complex. For example, eating bananas with milk can diminish agni, change the intestinal flora producing toxins and may cause sinus congestion, cold, cough and allergies.
Eating this way, repeatedly, over time can lead to problems that include: excess intestinal gas, constipation, diarrhea, abdominal pain, urinary retention, digestive fermentation, lethargy, sleep disorders, depression, anxiety, a confused mind, and ultimately, a decrease in the function of the entire physiology.
The interesting part of this is that these same foods, if eaten separately might well stimulate agni, be digested more quickly and even help to burn ama (toxins).
Thus, according to Ayurveda, one should eat according to one’s constitution and
take fruits, starches, proteins and fats separately at different times of the day.
The basis of these Ayurvedic Food Combining principals is simple.
If we can optimize the function of this multifaceted system of digestive enzymes we can utilize our diet as a major diseasefighting tool.
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