In Ayurveda we consider the relationship of the six tastes and the elements that relate to the doshas to create food and herbs as medicine. These tastes can create harmony or disharmony according to your imbalances, seasons and your doshic make up. Consider that Ayurveda treats through opposites. So if you're feeling heavy (Kapha) eat more astringent, pungent and bitter foods. If you're feeling cold (Vata) add more pungent, sour and salty foods to your diet avoiding raw cold foods too. If you're having problems with anger and frustration (Pitta) consider eating more sweet, astringent and bitter foods.
The following is a list, including the elements, of the tastes:
I love the ancient Ayurvedic proverb, "When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need." Make food your medicine. Properly spice your food. Eat according to the seasons, your dosha and what is fresh and local. These simple things can help you fight the common cold, allergies, inflammation, et cetera.
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