An Ayurvedic View on Food Combining


imagesThe root cause of most diseases and conditions today stems from a weak digestive fire and a build-up of toxins throughout the body.  Among the major causes of these toxins, improper food combining is at the top of the list. 

By utilizing the guidelines to proper food combination, one can begin to reduce the presence of ama (toxins) in the body while balancing there agni (digestive fire).  Over a prolonged period of time, poor food combining can not only lead to gas formation, indigestion, fermentation, disturbed metabolism, and emotional imbalance, but eventually this practice will  begin to create cellular confusion causing disorder and disease.

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Since these principles may be quite new and contradicting to the eating practices you have grown up with, you must recondition the mind at a slow pace without trying to change the entire lifestyle at once.  This may work for a short amount of time, but in the end tends to lead to frustration and resentment.  Therefore, Ayurveda recommends making these changes at a slow but steady pace, by observing one or two changes at a time.  Once these goals have been accomplished, only then moving onto the next goal.

It may be helpful to keep a chart on the fridge to take note of the guidelines while cooking.  Feel free to make a list of your own personal goals you may be working on presently.  Above all do not become too rigid and stressed out when you are not able to follow each guideline perfectly, as stress of any kind can cause worse effects than any improper food combination!

I hope you find this helpful in discovering a healthy diet for your individual needs.  Always keep in mind that what works for one person does not always work for another!  Listen to your body and you will find the hidden answers…

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  1. Anuradha March 17, 2016 at 9:31 pm #

    urs article r vry knowledgeable .i luv to read them.

    • Danielle March 18, 2016 at 10:29 am #

      Thank you Anuradha! I am glad to hear you are finding the articles helpful. I love to write them, so I am happy you like read them:) Namaste, Danielle

  2. vasudha May 23, 2016 at 5:09 am #

    nice artcle

  3. Sarah March 11, 2017 at 7:35 pm #

    I like to make smoothies that combine fruit, veggies and other ingredients. Is this a bad idea because fruit should always be eaten by itself?

    • Danielle March 14, 2017 at 1:56 pm #

      Hi Sarah,

      This is a great and common question in our smoothie obsessed society! According to Ayurveda, smoothies should be kept very simple in regards to the ingredients. It is true that fruit is meant to be eaten alone and therefore even veggies (such as kale, etc) should be kept separate. This is the plain hard truth and should be a strict rule for anyone with digestive issues.

      I also was an avid green smoothie drinker (with many other various ingredients) as well and found this news to be heartbreaking when I first discovered this food rule many years ago. After hearing the news though, I also realized the obvious gas and bloating I felt after eating these seemingly “superfood” packed, healthy drinks. I decided tone down the ingredient list and simplify since then and undoubtably have noticed positive benefits in my digestion as a result. However, in my own experience, I have found some ingredients to be less harsh than others and still will add them in on occasion. These include hemp, soaked chia seeds, soaked and peeled almonds or walnuts, mainly for added nutrients, fiber and substance. Once in a while I will also “cheat” and add in a leaf or two of kale, although I try my best to keep it a small amount as I will notice gas and cramping otherwise. The ingredients I would most avoid is anything dairy (including yogurt), protein powders, melons and too many veggies. Vata types should be most strict, where as those with a bit stronger of digestion MAY (not always) have a bit more leeway to play. You can also try to remove the veggies and instead replace the base with a vegetable juice such as cucumber, celery and kale. Finally adding in some warming digestion aids such as turmeric, ginger and/or cinnamon may also help ease any digestive disturbances. I hope this helps your question!


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