In computer programming, a hack refers to a clever bit of programming that solves a problem. In Ayurveda, there are also hacks (though I don’t think the original sages who wrote the Ayurvedic texts had this term in mind).
Since I began studying Ayurveda, I’ve come to learn countless simple tweaks to diet and lifestyle that can have a huge impact on health. Here are two of my favorite Ayurvedic hacks.
This is a spice that’s rarely used in the West, but possess a unique combination of both cooling and digestive properties.
If you’ve ever had Indian chai, one of the main flavors you’ll taste is slightly sweet and spicy cardamom.
It’s no coincidence that cardamom is featured prominently in both tea and coffee in India. By adding cardamom to coffee or tea, it helps decrease the heat, acidity, as well as the overall increase in vata (excess air in the body) in the body from caffeine.
Another added benefit of cardamom: if you have a hangover, try sucking on a few green cardamom pods and eating the little seeds inside (spit out the outer shell). The seeds will help with nausea and improve stinky morning breath.
Keep reading for one more hack…