Love your omelettes with lots of gooey cheese and delicious strips of bacon? But soon after, you need to pop a digestive because your stomach feels queasy. These days, the market is flooded with digestive aids and antacids. This points to the fact that digestive problems are more common than we think. Digestion problems are a subject of much debate among Ayurvedic experts who attribute the widespread nature of digestive problems to bad food combinations.
You’ll be surprised to know that even the healthy foods that you have been eating may be causing you gastric trouble. Understand that Ayurveda’s view of determining the correct diet for you is based on your unique body-mind constitution. You can learn more about your own constitution by taking this quiz. This approach is radically different from the modern understanding of a balanced diet.
Ayurveda states that every food has its specific taste (rasa), a heating or cooling energy (virya) and an effect on the body after digestion (vipaka). While your individual digestive fire (agni) largely determines your ability of digestion, eating the right food combinations is an important factor as well. This is where we need to understand that when we consume two or more foods with different tastes, energies or post-digestive effects, our digestive fire can become burdened.
Poorly digested food then causes us indigestion and other gastric issues. Here is a list of incompatible food combinations to avoid that will ensure you stay healthy.
While this is by no means a comprehensive list, these are some bad food combinations that make you sick:
|Beans||Fruit, cheese, eggs, milk, meat and yogurt|
|Eggs||Fruit (especially melons), beans, cheese, fish, milk, meat and yogurt|
|Fruit||With any other foods unless they are cooked combinations prescribed by your Ayurvedic practitioner or with foods that have the same taste, energy and post-digestive effect|
|Honey||Boiled or cooked honey, when mixed with an equal amount of clarified butter|
|Hot drinks||Mangoes, cheese, fish, meat, starches, yogurt|
|Lemon||Cucumbers, milk, yogurt, tomatoes|
|Nightshades (Potatoes, tomatoes, etc.)||Dairy products, melons, cucumbers|
|Radishes||Bananas, raisins, milk|
|Starches||Eggs, tea, dairy, bananas, dates, most fruits|
|Yogurt||Fruit, cheese, hot drinks, meat, milk, nightshades|
While a digestive fire that is all ablaze is the best way to deal with digestive issues arising from bad food combinations, here are some hacks: