There is a concept in Ayurveda known as ‘Virudha Ahara’, which means consuming certain foods and food combinations that adversely affect your metabolism and digestion and lead to toxin formation (ama) in the body. Consumption of virudha ahara affects your doshas (Vata, pitta, Kapha) and reduces the digestive fire (jatharagni), which is the seat of digestive processing in your body. The stronger the digestive fire, the better is your body’s nutrition absorption capability.
In Ayurveda, food is categorized by having six rasas or tastes, and every food has its cooling or heating energy (virya). When you combine incompatible food items and consume them together, they put additional strain on your digestive system, sometimes leading to discomforting symptoms like indigestion, acidity, fatigue, nausea, etc. This is because the undigested food creates toxic waste products in the body. When these foods are eaten separately, they are digested quickly and provide necessary nutrition to the body and might also help stimulate the Agni.
Below mentioned are a few common food combinations that we drink or eat but are unaware that they may do more harm than good to the body in the long run.
Top 5 Food Combinations to Avoid to Keep Digestive Problems at Bay
- Milk with other food items
Milk is best enjoyed alone. However, like milk, few exceptions can be consumed with rice pudding, oatmeal, dates, and almonds. It is incompatible with other food items, especially bananas, sour fruits, mangoes, cherries, yeasted bread, melons, eggs, yogurt, fish, meat, and starches. Consuming milk with salty food items like samosa, paratha, and khichadi is also not advisable.
- Cheese with fruits, beans, eggs & milk
Cheese is our favorite ingredient, isn’t it? We like to add cheese to everything, be it a pizza or paratha. But have you ever thought combining cheese with certain foods can cause digestive troubles? Yes, adding cheese with fruits, beans, eggs, milk, yogurt, and hot drinks is not advised. It may cause discomfort, indigestion, and stomach ache. It can be combined with grains and vegetables.
- Honey with ghee
Both honey and ghee are known as superfoods in Ayurveda and have abundant medicinal and healing properties. But, when consumed together in equal proportion, they harm the body. However, if the quantity of ghee is more than honey and consumed together, they do not cause any imbalance in the body.
- Eggs with certain foods
Loaded with proteins, vitamins, and minerals, eggs are highly nutritious, but it is essential to consider certain foods that should not be consumed with eggs. For example, it is best to avoid drinking milk with egg or having cheese, yogurt, fruits (especially melons), beans, khichari, potatoes, meat, and fish. Eggs can be eaten with grains and non-starchy vegetables.
- Grains & vegetables with fruits
Grains and vegetables, beans, eggs, meat, fish, nuts, seeds, cheese, and yogurt should not be consumed with fruits. This is because fruits have more sugar content than vegetables hence they take different time for digestion and if consumed together causes stomach discomfort.
By embracing the wisdom of Ayurveda and consuming the right foods at the right time and following the Ayurvedic lifestyle, we can strengthen the digestive power and prevent various illnesses from occurring in the first place. Right food combinations help ease your digestion and provide proper nutrition to the mind and body.
For the days when you feel certain discomfort and uneasiness in your stomach, you can keep Ayurvedic medicine for digestion at home. Digestive medicine like Jiva DigestAll Churna has the goodness of potent Ayurvedic ingredients like black cardamom, jeera (cumin seeds), nimboo sat (citric acid), anardana, and dalchini (cinnamon) in that helps ease your digestion process and prevents issues like diarrhea, flatulence, and acidity. It can be taken after meals. Another Ayurvedic medicine for digestion, Jiva Aam Pachak Churna, helps ease abdominal discomfort caused by weak digestion or other digestive system problems. These medicines are formulated by a team of Ayurvedic doctors using pure herbs and spices that are good for digestion.