10 Balancing the Doshas

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Every disease has a cause, in Ayurveda it is understood that this cause can originate from the imbalance of the doshas. In the following video our Ayurveda expert Jane Hernández will explain to us how to balance the doshas according to our characteristics to feel the benefits of being in balance.

Ayurveda provides us with in a different way, to relate to food and to relate to our our food, with the process of nurture our body

If we remember Ayurveda, is the traditional medicine of India and essentially what it seeks to awaken in us is consciousness and the consciousness about greater health, greater well-being in our lives

And how do we achieve that health and wellness? Well, through balance

Today we are going to talk about about how to balance the doshas through food

When a mouthful of food comes in contact with our mouth, with our tongue, a great information communicates of these foods to the doshas, due to the qualities that these foods possess they can be: foods that are heavier or lighter, foods that are drier or wetter, foods that are warmer or cooler

But really the first information that comes into contact with us is through the taste

Ayurveda recognizes in food six tastes, which are: the sweet taste, bitter, spicy, acid, astringent and salty

As this is probably A new way for you to communicate with food, and to relate to food, let's talk a little bit about the qualities that contribute each of these flavors, of the qualities provided by each of these flavors, to our organism

So if we think about the sweet taste, the sweet taste is the most nourishing, soothing taste for the system

Probably when not only when we are hungry, but also when we emotionally seek compensation, we look for something sweet don't we? But we're not just talking about getting dessert but we talk about, there is a categorization of foods that we are going to mention now, is that within this category which would be sweet foods and among them we find rice, we found legumes, bread, those vegetables that are starchy, those vegetables that are very starchy such as potatoes, sweet potato, sweet potato, yucca, cassava and also, so in the products that

animal products that are

that may be part of our diet, because they're also considered predominantly sweet

Nature let's say in a wise way, has combined in each of the foods, the expression of one or more of these flavors

The salty taste, we find it good precisely in the salt, as really in the products that come from the sea, in the seafood, the fish in seaweed, we also find the salty taste in sauces, in processed foods, they also have a high content of salt and the salty taste stimulates the appetite, stimulates also digestion

That's why, we always need to put a little bit of salt in our food because we feel that it stimulates us to eat, when we lack, then we go for the salt and salt also has another quality, that if we eat it in moderation, it helps

in a natural and moderate way to maintain the liquid, the liquid that is also necessary in our organism

The spicy, the spicy taste is a stimulating taste, it's a taste that enlivens and it also helps us to detoxify the organism, if we think when we go to a restaurant maybe Indian food, Mexican food, which is usually food spicy, then our eyes water, our noses start to drain, because it is that, this representation, that the spiciness helps to detoxify the organism, helps in a natural way, to carry toxin out and a sign of that is, well, when we cry, when it drains our nose

And so the spiciness, well we find it in the pepper, we find it in the chili peppers, we find it in some spices as well, such as ginger

which is a spice that has qualities that precisely that, that detoxify the organism, help to purify the organism

It is very convenient in the mornings to drink warm water as part of our daily routine, we heat up the hot water in a small cup of water, and add a few drops of lemon juice and probably if we feel good, if we don't have too much acidity in the stomach then we can add also, a little bit of ginger, and we can take this

this sort of

of water infusion purifier in the morning which also helps us to activate the digestive system, because the sour taste, the sour taste also stimulates digestion, also stimulates digestion and appetite

The acid taste because we can find it in the tomato, we can also find it in found in yogurt, in the cheeses, we can also find it in alcohol, in fruit citrus, we can find the sour taste and also in berries, red berries, this guy foods are predominantly acidic

The bitter taste de-inflames and detoxifies

and we find it in vegetables, in vegetables, where green color predominates, we find it in broccoli, in zucchini, we find it in the lettuce, also we find it in all these wonderful little plants, with green leaves, these aromatic plants, that are highly recommended for include in our diet because, well, they help to

have great power purifier and detoxifying for our system

The astringent taste, is very healing, it is a healing flavor that compacts, more than a taste, it's like a sensation that we have in the mouth when we take this kind of food, we feel like that it grabs a little bit and at the same time also it helps to kind of cleanse, we feel this slight freshness that and this taste, for we do not find it in pomegranates

The grenades are a food because very rich in antioxidants; in lentils, we can find the astringent taste in grape skins, in green tea

Now let's do a test of flavors, to see what effect they have, let's start relating to these flavors, and identify what effect it has on our physiology

I invite you at home to take a representation of each of these flavors, and that you taste them so that you can relate to them in a way that is singular, and seeing how it responds your body

So here we have one representation of food, of taste acid, we have a lemon, we can imagine when we put the lemon in our mouth the acid taste that exalts us, we

salivate a little bit, is the effect that our physiology has of waking up a little bit appetite and of activating digestion

Then over here, we have a representation of astringent foods

We have apple, which you can have at home, pomegranate, which is a food astringent and we also have these blueberries, we can try one of the blueberries and feel what effect

So that, when we taste a food astringent, although the cranberry is also a little bit acidic but, we feel like it grabs our mouths a little bit, like that it dries out our mouth, that's one of the qualities of astringent foods and therefore also helps us to reduce excess fluid in the body

Then here, we have a representation of sweet foods

We have lentils, best eat them cooked; sweet potatoes and we have coconut oil, we have bread

In this case I'm going to try the coconut oil

that because it's a sweet food, and refreshing too, has that quality to calm us down, to reassure us, to appease us

Then we move on to another flavor, which also exalts us, motivates us, activates the appetite, and digestion and is the taste salty

We have here the salt and we have also a representation, soy sauce

Then we have the spicy flavor, and as on this occasion, we have therefore chosen ginger and we have also chosen two hot peppers, the chili peppers that this one better not to try it, because it stings a little bit, a little bit too much

And well, here we also have a representation of the food, which the bitter taste is predominant, we have turmeric, which turmeric also it is very healing and helps us to purify also the system, is a food that we can include in our meals from now on, especially in rice also, to give color, and so it has so that, those healing properties detoxifying for the system

And well then here, as we've seen and as we've been experiencing, through this practice, this exercise, because each one of the flavors has a different impact, a different effect our physiology and to the extent that we are relating with them, we are identifying which of them we need more at a given time, perhaps we need to clean up our palate a little bit or when for example we eat a lot, when all of this, that we feel the system overloaded, because we feel this need for example, in a natural way, to eat, lettuce, to eat vegetables, to eat foods that help us to purify the organism

So with this knowledge you can introduce it in your life, to know about the properties of these foods, and continue to regulate your organism, and learn also to regulate the doshas, that we're going to be at this meeting also talking about how to use these foods to regulate the doshas

Now let's talk about which foods, how many of these foods that we've seen, are more favorable for each of the doshas

First, it's worth remembering that in each in each meal that we take throughout the day, we should include each one of the following these flavors as much as possible to relate to them

and to include a representation of each one of the flavors, in each one of the meals that we take throughout the day

Now let's learn according to our constitution or the dosha that predominates our constitution, what food then

what flavors help us to balance it

If we think about vata, that the fundamental quality of vata, is the movement, and this causes dryness, this causes constipation, causes excess activity

Well, the most favorable foods for vata are hearty foods, broths, stews

foods that help him to feel a little grounded, bring that support and the flavors that we have to enhance are: the flavor sweet, the salty taste, and the taste acid

And vata must reduce: the spicy taste, the bitter taste and the astringent taste

Then when we think of pitta, which is heat, which is transformation, when pitta aggravates in the organism it is

causes excess of heat in the organism, excess of


To balance pitta, for we must empower, we must use more of the sweet taste, of the bitter taste, and astringent taste

Those flavors help to soothe, to reduce pitta

And pitta, you must be careful with spicy, acidic and salty flavors, because these flavors increase the heat in the body, if we think when we have a wound or a rash, if we put salt, if we put

it has increased the heat, then pitta wants to deduct the heat, so we are going to decrease these flavors

When we think of vata, the fundamental quality of vata

so it is stability, but when this stability is aggravated, it can turn into inertia, in default mobility, in accumulation of weight, of liquids, and what we need is to activate, then we go to suggest for the people that have in their constitution a predominance of kapha or when this dosha is aggravated, so, spicy tastes, the spicy taste activates, spicy, bitter taste And astringent

And kapha is going to reduce the sweet tastes, salty and acids

Remember, in Ayurveda a balanced diet should contain all six tastes

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