AYURVEDA AND FRUITS
Ayurveda considers eating to be a process that needs to be enjoyed from start to finish. In addition to the nutrients the body obtains from the food, there is an additional positive effect when food is eaten in the right manner. Ayurveda puts forth numerous guidelines on eating, which when followed shows a great improvement in gastrointestinal function. Fruits, must be eaten by adhering to the ayurvedic rules as well in order to experience good health and happiness.
Fruits are filled with good nutrients which are essential for the body. However, care must be taken when eating fruits. This is because different fruits have different impacts on the body. This effect can also vary depending on a variety of factors. One important aspect is the time when fruits are consumed. Other factors include the dosha type of the individual, pre-existing conditions such as diabetes, the food eaten prior to and after consumption of the fruit and more. Below are a few tips on how to eat fruits which will improve health.
- Fruit is better consumed in the morning on an empty stomach. This ensures it is quickly digested and the stomach is emptied fast enough, ahead of a solid breakfast.
- Avoid eating fruit immediately after a meal or as a dessert. This can cause putrefaction of food in the stomach and result in digestive issues such as flatulence and stomach infections.
- When choosing fruits for the morning, it is always better to avoid citrus fruits. Citrus is best consumed in the hours when agni is strong. This ensures the fruit is properly digested.
- Watermelon can be eaten as a snack any time of the day. However, do not eat it with food as this can cause digestive disruption.
- Berries are a great way to pack in nutrients in the morning. But do not eat strawberries during the day, and opt to consume them in the evening instead.
- Dried fruits are a great addition to the diet and can be safely eaten with most other foods.
- Fresh fruits are perfect for hot, sunny days whereas dry fruits are better for consumption during cold, dry days.
- Vata dominant dosha types can opt for sweet and ripe fruits. To make it even easier for digestion, stewed or cooked fruits are a better alternative. This makes it easy for the body to break down the sugars and absorb all nutrients.
- Pitta dosha types can eat fruits which have sweet and astringent characteristics. However, extremely sour tasting fruits are best avoided. Dried fruits can be eaten in small quantities.
- Kapha dosha types must avoid overly sweet and sour fruits. Dried fruits can be consumed in minimal quantities, while astringent fruits are the most preferred for this body type.
According to Ayurveda, fruits when consumed in the right manner are great for boosting vitality and health. They are easily broken down by the body and provide a great lift in energy levels. When eaten according to the rules of Ayurveda, they are a powerhouse of health and well-being. Always consult an ayurvedic doctor to know the best way to incorporate healthy fruits into your diet.