Ayurvedic food combinations

28 de September de 2020

Within the knowledge and practice of Ayurvedic diet it is essential to understand how to properly mix meals. A careful combination of diets can significantly improve the quality of digestion and the absorption of nutrients, and above all have a positive impact on your health.

The Ayurvedic perspective tells us that every meal has a different combination of flavours and energies. And in turn a corresponding effect on both the digestive system and the body-mind physiology.

If you observe, you will notice that some combinations of meals, which you eat frequently, can overload the digestive system, contributing to the accumulation of toxicity in your body, and to the manifestation of some of these symptoms:

  • Indigestion
  • Gas
  • Hyperacidity
  • Difficulty with elimination (constipation)
  • Low physical energy
  • Difficulty in expressing intentions (dulled mind)

In the face of these symptoms, a balanced approach to the food mix is necessary.

To begin with, pay attention:

    1. Pay attention to which foods you find difficult to digest when you combine them.
    2. Observe how often you make these food combinations.
    3. Become aware of how you feel when you eat these meal combinations.

The following list identifies the meals that are incompatible and offers suggestions for much more appropriate combinations.

                                                                        Incompatible meals                                                     Beneficial combinations

Beans / Legumes                          Fruit, milk, cheese, yogurt, eggs, meat, fish          Grains, vegetables, other beans, nuts, and seeds.

Cheese                                         Fruit, beans, eggs, milk, yogurt, and hot drinks                           Grains and vegetables

Milk                                              With any other food (especially bananas, sour               It is best to take the milk alone, or with dates,                                                             fruits, melon, eggs, yogurt, meat, fish)                        almonds, or oats.  Adding cinnamon reduces                                                                                                                                                                     the cold qualities of milk

Yogurt                                          Fruit, beans, eggs, milk, yogurt, and hot drinks                             Grains and vegetables

Eggs                                      Milk, cheese, yogurt, fruits (especially melon), beans,          Grains and vegetables with little or no starch

                                                                           meat, and fish 

Fruits                                                                  Any other food                                                  Other fruits with similar qualities (ex: citrus                                                                                                                                                                  with citrus or apples with pears)

Melons                            Everything (especially dairy products, eggs, fried                      Should be eaten entirely alone


Grain                                                                   Fruit                                                               Beans, vegetables, other grains, eggs, meat,                                                                                                                                                            fish, nuts, cheese, and yogurt

Vegetables                                                    Fruit and milk                                                       Grains, beans, other vegetables, meat, fish,                                                                                                                                                                       nuts, cheese, and yogurt

Once you feel motivated to start adapting your diet and introducing more nutritious food combinations, consider making one change at a time.

It is advisable to adopt the idea of combining diets in a progressive manner, allowing the body to adapt and adjust accordingly.

If you are interested in learning more about Ayurvedic diet, take a look at our Ayurveda course.

See you soon!