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6 Tastes of Ayurveda

Posted Aug 02 2010 6:02am
By Carol Harblin (CHHC)

Ayurveda is a health care system that has originated in India, over 5,000 years ago. It is the science of life and helps people to recover from disease by understanding their bodies through lifestyle changes and diet.

We are fortunate to taste many different flavors. It is known in Ayurveda that by incorporating each of the six tastes into each meal that we become more satiated and fulfilled with less food. By implementing these tastes appropriately then you will be in good health.

What are these six tastes?

  • Sweet
  • Sour
  • Salty
  • Pungent
  • Astringent
  • Bitter
The common American diet only incorporates sweet, sour, salty...and we know how most common Americans health is in Today's times.

So what is the benefit of each of these six tastes anyway?

Sweet helps to strengthen body tissues and helps nourish body and hair. Any excess, especially at night leads to disease state and toxins in the body.
Sour taste increases the activity in the colon.
Salty increases the salivary production to help in digestion.
Pungent tastes helps to break food down in the small intestine too.
Bitter helps take up the moisture from muscles and fat.
Astringent absorbs water that may be causing diarrhea and helps to solidify that ailment.

Each of these tastes do much more and also helps to pacify your own individual dosha imbalance.
Before you begin an Ayurvedic lifestyle, you must first take a dosha test and find out what your dosha type is for your individual body.

What foods or spices can we find these tastes?
There are many different spices and beans and grains that cover each taste.

Add another modality to your health care team by finding an Ayurvedic health practitioner.
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