The Concept of Virudhaahara in Ayurveda (Incompatible food)
Posted Feb 27 2013 10:30pm
Ayurveda is an ancient science which focuses not only on treating a condition but also on improving the overall health of the person. This practice of holistic healing also focuses on the kind of diet one has to adopt for good health and longevity.
Virudhaahara in Ayurveda refers to incompatible food or unbalancing food. Virudhaahara indicates a combination of 2 substances which are not compatible with each other, or not having affinity for each other. On combining 2 or 3 things, the stronger one overpowers the weaker one.
Viruddhaahara Affects Agni (Digestive Fire)
Improper food combinations lead to weak digestive fire (mandagni).
The digestive fire (Agni) becomes overloaded, when food which is of opposite qualities are consumed together, inhibiting the enzymes and thus resulting in the production of aama (toxins).
The effect of viruddhaahara becomes minimal if the individual is young, has a strong digestive fire and has a habit of regular exercise.