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The Ayurvedic concept of taasir explained

Ayurveda believes that the body must not accumulate too much of any one type of energy. If it does, it leads to several disorders.

brunch Updated: Feb 09, 2017 07:42 IST
Shikha Sharma
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Every now and then you’ll notice that I use the word taasir to explain the effect a certain food may have on the body.

Essentially, Ayurveda believes that the body must not accumulate too much of any one type of energy. If it does, it leads to several disorders.

The two basic energies are kapha and pitta and they increase or decrease at certain times of the 24-hour cycle of the day, seasons and the human lifespan. Foods and people have kapha and pitta energies themselves, making it important to know the taasir of the food you eat so you can balance your energies.

Kapha energy peaks at night time, in winter and during childhood. Pitta energy is found in the afternoons, in summer, and in the youth and middle age of the human lifespan.

Here are six common foods and their taasirs:

* Banana: Its taasir is high in kapha. Kapha people should eat it in moderation, and everyone should avoid it at night. Again, in winter, bananas are best avoided by kapha people.

* Egg: The taasir is heating or pitta, so avoid eggs in summer and between 12 noon and 4 pm whatever the season. Also, Pitta people should eat eggs strictly in moderation.

* Rice: The taasir is kapha in nature, making it unsuitable for kapha people. It should be eaten in moderation during cold weather, and avoided at night in any season.

* Wheat: This grain combines two natures – pitta (warming) and kapha (increases weight). It causes discomfort in summer unless it is mixed with barley.

* Barley: Its nature is cooling or kapha, but unlike other kapha foods, it does not lead to weight gain. Barley is recommended if you suffer liver disorders (pitta disorders).

* Curd and processed cheese: Very high kapha, which means, for instance, that feeding it to children (who are in the age of kapha) at night (the time of kapha) is asking for trouble. Doing such a thing could lead to kapha disorders such as cold, cough, phlegm, blocked sinuses and lung infections.

From HT Brunch, November 6, 2016

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