Ayurveda concept of Hot and Cold Food

🌷In Ayurveda food classification is based on many things ,one of the classification is based on effect of food after eating which can be heating or cooling,it is called veerya in Ayurveda.
🌷It can’t be decided by temperature like for example icecream is cold in temperature but it induce heat in body. Veerya ( potency ) is innate characteristic of food which is not dependent on temperature.

🍁Importance of veerya🌿

👉To understand food impacts on body.
👉different body type is affected different ways by hot and cold.

👉While preparing meal also it is important to maintain balance between hot and cold like you can balance heating property of karela by cooking it in ghee .
👉To prevent seasonal diseases like with the start of winter it is good to include hot potency food in diet likewise with onset of summer cooling food should be preferred.
👉Have hot or cold food according to body type ( prakriti) like Pitta body type should avoid hot potency food while vata and kapha should include them in diet.

Properties of hot potency🌞🌻

👉Sour, salt and pungent taste are heat producing,they improve digestion, Improve appetite,Improve blood circulation, Produce feeling of lightness and easy to digest.
👉Excessive consumption of this type of food cause gastritis, ulcer, rashes, burning sensation loose motion etc

🌼Properties of cold potency food

👉 They provide nourishment,Improve physical strength,Produce fluid in body,cause heaviness in body, Hard to digest,in excess causes cough, cold,fever, numbness etc.

Hot potency food👇

🔥Tomato,ginger, onion, garlic,eggplant, mustard, cumin, pepper, broccoli, spinach(cooked),tomato, beans, carrot, radish, karela,turnip, chillies, cinnamon and pepper.
🔥Green grapes, cherries, orange, papaya, pineapple, plumes,peaches, tamarind,lemon.

🔥Buckwheat,corn, Millet,rajma,tuar daal,urad dal.

🔥Almond with skin, cashew, peanut, pistachio, walnut.

🔥Butter, cheese,curd and buttermilk.


Cold potency food 👇

🌼Cauliflower, pumpkin, bottle gourd, winter melon, mushroom, coriander,potato,raw spinach, amla, cucumber,green peas, coriander leaves and cardamom

☃️ Oats, barley, rice, wheat,mung,soya beans and chickpeas.

❄️Melons, Coconut, banana, watermelon, strawberry,kiwi, apricot,apple, plum, litchi, pomegranate,dates, black grapes, raisins,figs,pears,dates soaked and peeled almond

❄️Sweet fruits🍉🍇🥭🥥

❄️ Milk,makkhan and ghee.

👨‍🦱🦸‍♂️For healthy person balance of both hot and cold potency is needed, simply eat what available in season and listen to your body as your body itself indicates it’s requirements like in summer it wants to indulge in cooling 🍉🥭🍇🥥food but then you should act wisely by consuming cool potency natural food like watermelon rather then processed factory made products.
🌳🌾 Eating Ayurvedic way is key to health which only deepen your connection with nature.

Published by Dr. Amrita Sharma

I am an ayurvedic practitioner with experience of more than a decade, I have worked with best ayurvedic companies and now with the purpose of reaching out people to make them aware about ayurveda which is not just a system of treatment but a way of living to remain healthy

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