In the modern world, more people are turning to changing their diet to accommodate being vegan and gluten-free. The contemporary diet focuses on eating salads and drinking smoothies. Yet, our cabinets are full of supplements for digestive aid and gastrointestinal problems, which are often a result of poor food combinations or incompatible foods.
We often hear people say, “You are what you eat. ” But Ayurveda took it a step further – “You are what you can digest.”
What’s the point of eating a salad you can’t digest? Poor food combinations can disturb the Agni, leading to an imbalance in our bio energies, also known as Doshas. Each food has its properties, and combining foods improperly leads to indigestion that further triggers Ama (accumulation of toxins).
Example of Incompatible Food
We all love banana milkshakes. According to Ayurveda, milk and bananas are both heavy to digest. Eating them together slows down the digestive fire. When food sits in your digestive tracks and is putrefactive, which often leads to the collection of toxins causing problems like sinus, congestion, cold, cough, allergies, hives, and rashes.
Here is a list of incompatible foods, according to Ayurveda. This list is far from complete, but includes everyday foods and, most commonly, mixed fruits. One of the easiest ways to maintain good health is by focusing on your digestive fire or Agni. One simple way to boost digestion is to chew on a small piece of fresh ginger (sprinkled with salt and lime juice if you like) before meals to stimulate digestion.
Fruits, cheese, eggs, fish, milk, meat, yogurt
Fruits, beans, cheese, fish, milk, meat, yogurt
Milk, a general rule for fruits is – to eat them by themselves.
Don’t cook, boil or bake honey. Instead, add honey to teas when the tea is warm. Equal parts of honey and ghee should be avoided.
Mangos, cheese, fish, meat, starch, yogurt
Cucumbers, milk, tomatoes, yogurt
More than most fruit, melons should be eaten alone or left alone.
Fruits, bread containing yeast, fish, meat, yogurt
Melons, cucumber, dairy products
Bananas, raisins, milk
Fruits, beans, raisins, jaggery
Fruits, cheese, eggs, fish, hot drinks, meat, milk, nightshades