Did you know that different tastes have an effect on your body and mind? Did you know that the 6 tastes are necessary for the proper functioning of your tissues, organs and cells?
Ayurveda recognizes 6 different tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, spicy and astringent. To feel satisfied after eating, it is important to include each of these tastes, even in small quantities, in every meal. Here are some examples of foods for each tastes:
The SWEET taste builds muscle and gives energy. Obviously, we are not talking about refined sugar and pastries. Whole grains, dairy products, meats, nuts, legumes and sweet fruits are good examples of this taste.
The SOUR taste has a cleaning power. It includes citrus fruits, fermented foods, pickles, yogurt and sour cream.
SALTY taste stimulate the digestion and absorption of nutrients. Sea salt, algae and seawater fish are salty foods.
SPICY taste releases the sinuses and stimulates metabolism. Good examples are pepper, ginger, garlic, onions, mustard seeds, cayenne pepper.
BITTER taste has detoxifying power. This group includes green leafy vegetables and cocoa.
ASTRINGENT taste creates a sensation of dryness in the mouth. Astringent food tones the tissues, reduces inflammation and heat. Green tea, apples, applegrass and grapes are good examples of this taste.
Each taste has an effect on the doshas: The science of Ayurveda established that we are composed, to varying degrees, of the 5 elements of nature ie water, earth, fire, air and space. These elements are grouped into three categories called Doshas: Vata is air and space, Pitta is fire and water and Kapha is water and earth.
According to Ayurveda, all diseases are caused by the aggravation of the Doshas. This worsening is usually caused by inadequate diet, inappropriate lifestyle, and external factors such as seasonal changes. This is why it is important to know its natural constitution (doshas) in order to make good use of the tastes according to the seasons and the debalances.
SPICE YOUR FALL!
Autumn is naturally cold, windy and dry. This is the season of the Vata dosha. In order to pacify the excess of Vata which arises naturally in this season, it is good, in general, to use sweet, sour and salty tastes in greater quantity. These tastes will have a warming power, will stimulate digestion that slows down at this time of year and will help you feel anchored and calmer.
The good spices to put in its grocery list this fall: Cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, fresh ginger, star anise and cardamom.