Updated: Jan 9
Over here in Australia, we love our fruit. An apple or banana is a staple lunchbox filler and a Pavlova our classic dessert.
However, eating fresh fruit in an untimely or poorly combined manner, can cause an array of digestive issues from acute discomfort to chronic, ongoing symptoms. According to Ayurveda, fresh fruit has a unique digestive capacity, therefore should be eaten and enjoyed on its own. Fruit ideally is eaten as a snack between meals and away from other foods by at least an hour. That way, avoiding any negative interaction with other food types. If you would like to know more about the Ayurvedic approach to food combining, please click here.
IMPORTANT TIPS ABOUT FRUIT
Fruit is best eaten in the morning and to be avoided at night. Particularly late evening after dinner.
Enjoy fresh fruit particularly in the warmer months. During Summer, fresh fruit as a whole, or in a juice, can soothe the Pitta dosha and keep the body well hydrated.
Cooked fruit in a stewed, poached or baked capacity, balances the Vata dosha and is recommended for the cooler, dry months of Autumn and early Winter.
Dried fruit can be well taken with other foods. For example, raisins in your porridge. It is also the preference in the Kapha dominated months of late Winter and Spring.
Fruit is deeply healing, providing instant nourishment to the Rasa dhatu, or nutritional fluid in the body. It therefore boosts the Ojas, which is our vitality and immune system as a whole.
With keeping the above points in mind, learn to love and introduce fruit in abundance to your weekly diet - to obtain balanced health, you really do need it.
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