Ayurveda teaches that good digestion leads to good health and poor digestion can bring disease. Each mind/body type digests differently. It is important to understand your mind/body type and how it digests food when planning your meals.
Vata digestion varies and can be delicate. Vatas should favor warm foods with moderately heavy textures. Foods should include salty, sour, and sweet tastes.
Pitta digestion is usually strong and intense. Pittas should favor cool or warm, rather than hot, foods, with moderately heavy textures. Foods should include bitter, sweet, and astringent tastes.
Kapha digestion is slower and heavier. Kaphas should favor warm, light food.
Food should be as dry as possible, cooked without much water. Tastes should be pungent, bitter, and astringent. Kaphas prefer spicy food, which promotes better digestion for them.
Agni is an Ayurvedic term meaning “digestive fire.” When agni is in good supply, you feel well, your digestion is strong. To increase agni, it is best to eat meals at the same time each day. Breakfast should be light, lunch fairly substantial, and dinner light and eaten early.
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