6 Tastes of Ayurveda

July 14, 2020

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    6 Tastes of AyurvedaIG
    According to Ayurveda there are 6 tastes; astringent, bitter, sour, sweet, salty, pungent. Along with each taste they have gunas or qualities that are associated with each taste that connect with each dosha. Let's break all of this down and teach you how to incorporate it into your daily life.

    Astringent

    Gunas:

    • Cool
    • Dry
    • Heavy

    *Foods to consume when you need to dry your body and close the flow if you have excess bleeding or diarrhea.

    *Astringent Taste- Increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha

    *Enjoy in the fall & spring seasons & astringent tastes increases vata dosha

    *Go to astringent food when you need to build your immunity, give your body strength & fertility

     

    Examples of Astringent foods

     

    • Unripe bananas
    • Pomegranates
    • Green BeansBarley
    • Green whole or split mung dal
    • Peanuts
    • Walnuts
    • Honey
    • Chicken
    • Water chestnuts
    • Pumpkin
    • Apples
    • Pears
    • Coriander
    • Nutmeg

    Sweet

    Gunas:

    • Heavy
    • Oily
    • Sticky
    • Cool

    *Enjoy in every season but spring to not increase Kapha as sweet increases Kapha

    *Decreases Vata and Pitta, increases Kapha

    Examples of Sweet foods

     

    • Fresh Fruit
    • Ghee
    • Milk
    • Rice
    • Wheat
    • Cucumbers
    • Squash
    • Pumpkin
    • Green mung lentils
    • Dates
    • Almonds
    • Cashews
    • Coconuts & coconut oil
    • Fish, pork, beef
    • Potatoes & okra
    • Cardamom & Fennel

    Sour

    Gunas:

    • Hot
    • Light
    • Moist

    *Decreases Vata, increases Pitta and Kapha

    *Eat less sour tastes in the Fall & Spring

    *Good for laxative effects

    Examples of sour tastes

     

    • Tomatoes
    • Many Fruits (especially citrus, berries, & pomegranates)
    • Lemon
    • Lime
    • Some pickles
    • Tamarind

     

    Salty

    Gunas:

    • Hot
    • Heavy
    • Sharp
    • Little Oily

     

    *The fire in the salt increases pitta dosha and the water increases kapha dosha. It’s best to eat less salt in the summer & spring seasons.

    *Aids in digestion, food absorption & elimination

    *Decreases Vata, increases Pitta and Kapha

    Examples of salty tastes

    • Himalayan pink salt
    • Sea vegetables
    • Nuts
    • Pickles

    Bitter

    Gunas:

    • Dry
    • Cool
    • Light

     

    *The bitter tastes increases Vata. Bitter is a good choice in the spring & fall seasons.

    *Helps digest toxins, clears the bodily channels.

    *It’s great if you suffer from blood disorders, itching, infections, fevers

    *Increases Vata, decreases Pitta and Kapha

    Examples of bitter tastes

    • Fenugreek leaves & seeds
    • Bittermelon
    • Dandelion roots
    • Peas
    • Spinach
    • Carrots
    • Many green vegetables
    • Turmeric
    • Fennel
    • Saffron

    Pungent

    Gunas: 

    • Dry
    • Light
    • Hot
    • Sharp

    *Increases Vata & Pitta, decreases Kapha best to invest a heavy dose of pungent foods in the spring.

    *Promotes digestion & opens your lunges in cases of coughs, colds & congestion.

    Examples of pungent tastes

    • Black pepper
    • Garlic
    • Ginger
    • Radish
    • Mustard
    • Peppers
    • Fenugreek seeds
    • Mustard Oil
    • Red & green chilies
    • Wasabi
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    categories

    Ayurveda

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