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Creating a balanced body-mind system that enables optimal immunity and a happy disposition relies on good digestive function. It's time to improve your appetite for all six tastes...
Digestive capacity is called Agni in Ayurveda and it incorporates the actions of enzymes along the GI tract and the integrity of the gut wall. One of the simplest ways to encourage great Agni is by including all six tastes (Rasa) in your meals:
The typical modern diet includes too much sweet, sour, salty tastes with some pungent foods. When we don't consume the bitter and astringent taste in our foods we rob ourselves of complete nutrition and the ability to trigger the production and release of good quality bile full of digestive enzymes. This results in undigested food which is toxic and what we call Ama in Ayurveda. This substance leads to disease if it's not expelled by your body. Ensuring you eat some bitter and astringent foods in your diet increases the likelihood your system is able to detoxify itself.
Instead of immediately reaching for probiotics or taking ferments like kombucha FIRST improve the balance of the foods you eat. Include spices in your diet like wonderful bitter TURMERIC to improve not only your gut health but the amount of nutrients you absorb. Spices are concentrated foods!
USING FOODS TO LULL TEEN FRUSTRATIONS
If you've got a teenager who's struggling along with you during these transition years you can help cool the Pitta excesses in them with spices. Sour, salty and pungent tasting foods increase heat in the body. Lots of stimulating Rajasic foods, like seasoned fast food, are sour, salty or pungent - reduce these especially at lunch time in Summer (all Pitta influenced) and reach for soothing naturally sweet foods like rice, fruit, and include some bitter turmeric, dark leafy greens (the best!) and some astringent foods (like tart apples).
TIP: Cacao doesn't stimulate the body like Cocoa does - for a teen get some Cacao, Maple syrup and Almond or Coconut mylk (not cold but cool is ok) for a delicious nutritious soothing choc mylk drink. Below is our latest video on helping your teen.
Learn more about helping your family in our Healthier Kids course - release date end of August 2017. If you want to know more about the Six Tastes and Digestion for body type now head to the Living Ayurveda Course 1 hour audio - still $29 until 15th August.
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