5 fundamental rules of food combining as per Ayurveda

Check out five Ayurvedic food combining guidelines that are intended to promote optimal digestion, support overall health and well-being.

Updated on Feb 01, 2023 08:45 PM IST 6 Photos

“While Charaka outlined only 18 different types of incompatible combinations. There are innumerable examples that can be identified by using the same principles. It may sound complex and impossible to avoid all these in real life. But you can definitely get started with few basic ground rules,” says, Dr. Varalakshmi, Ayurvedic Doctor and Wellness Coach, in her recent Instagram post. She further shared five fundamental rules of food combining as per Ayurveda. (Unsplash/Anna Pelzer)

Agni rules: Food is the offering to agni inside our body. Above everything, Agni must be honoured. One must avoid eating heavy food when your appetite is low, eating at odd times before the previous meal is digested does the same and eating beyond your capability to digest.(Shutterstock)

Eat fruit alone: Fruit is said to be lighter and gets digested fast. When we combine fruit with other foods. Fruit sits inside our stomach and leads to indigestion. Except for few exceptions, all fruit are said to turn sour during digestion.(Unsplash/Hana Lopez)


Don't mix dairy: Of all the ingredients that doesn't mix well with dairy! Fish, fruit and meat are said to be the top three. Fish and milk combination can lead to skin and allergies while milk with meat can lead to digestive problems. (Pixabay)

Other combinations you must avoid: Eating raw salads with cooked food, drinking hot water after eating meat and drinking cold water after ghee or fatty food.(Unsplash/Farhad Ibrahimzade)