Dairy and meat in Ayurveda
I often get questions about meat and dairy when I talk about health, food and Ayurveda lifestyle. There isn’t one answer to whether dairy and meat is bad for you. However, there is plenty of research that shows that a diet high in dairy and meat (beef, salami, sausages, smoked meat, pork and lamb) is associated with the elevated risks of 20%-60% for cancer, especially colon cancer and pancreatic cancer.
In Ayurveda meat and dairy is considered heavy and acidic. When a diet is heavy and high in acidity it can push a Kapha or Pitta imbalance in the bodily systems. The first signs, which I see when a client has a Kapha or Pitta imbalance, meaning a beginning stage of a “dosha accumulation” is:
Inflammation of the sinuses
Sinus pressure or sinus headaches
Toxicity in the internal organs (shows in the tongue diagnosis which I do in an face-face or in an online Ayurveda Consultation)
Heavy foods increase Kapha but can also increase the acidity levesl in the body, which aggravates pitta dosha/the pitta body constitution. When the body feels sluggish it can be a sign that the system is overloaded (toxins). It may also be a sign of a Kapha imbalance. For someone who is pre-dominant Pitta, a diet high in meat and dairy can cause inflammation in the joints or skin issues.
To maintain a healthy and balanced body, I suggest to go “meat free” 4 times a week. Increase cooked or steamed vegetables and get your protein from pulses and whole-grains such as chickpeas, beans, lentils, barley, quinoa. If you love dairy, try to introduce goats cheese and organic natural soya yoghurt in your diet. I don’t recommend anyone to eat dairy products every day. If you enjoy meat with your meals, try to eat light meat, such as turkey or chicken. And choose organic when possible to avoid pesticides and chemicals.
If you feel sluggish, low on energy and chronically tired, I suggest you to remove dairy and meat from your diet for at least one month. Increase wholefoods, grains and foods with energy and colors.
I suggest the following 5 things if you feel sluggish:
1. Turmeric, include turmeric in your food or tea. It helps to cleanse the system
2. Cumin and fennel, include these spices to enhance digestion
3. Gentle Meditation to reduce fatigue and heavy energy
4. Reduce meat and dairy for at least 1 month
5. Go to bed before midnight, wake up no later than 7.30am
If you are curious to know more about your individual dosha (body type), and/or imbalances and what you can do to reduce stomach bloating, constipation, sluggishness, acidity, mucus or any other lifestyle imbalance, feel free to email me and ask me a question related to how you feel. You can also book an online Ayurveda health consultation . The offer of 10% discount from any of my Ayurveda packages are available until Friday.
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