Food can be poison or it can be medicine–it all depends on what you eat and when you eat it.
The concept of incompatible food combinations in Ayurveda (called virudh aahar) took awhile for me to grasp and incorporate into my own diet.
Incompatible foods are everywhere: in restaurants, on cooking shows, and even cookbooks are rife with these combos.
Foods may be incompatible because they create a negative reaction in the body, generate additional water in the body (called kleda) that can lead to skin conditions, block the body’s channels, contribute to heart disease or simply lead to indigestion.
And certain foods may be incompatible because they are simply not right for a particular season. When it comes to a seasonal diet, balancing the doshas that tend to increase or get aggravated during that time of year is key. So eating chilies in the summer is not recommended as the added heat will lead to pitta disturbances like rashes, cold sores, acne, and heartburn. Allergies can stem from eating ice cream, iced drinks, pickled/fermented foods, and incompatible food combinations, especially in the spring.
Here’s a short list of incompatible foods: Continue reading