Ayurvedic cooling foods!

 Namaste everyone!

Living in heat is not easy and most people how living in country like Thailand is suffering from this natural ”disaster” , that sometimes can be unbearably. So, i start to look for any solution to keep myself cool and healthy. Like most of us i drink a lot of liquids: mineral water, fresh juice, coconut water ..and start to think more about food to. I just wasn’t really noticing, how my healthy diet is really affect my body temperature. And that what i discovered with Ayurveda :

  MEAT

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Meat
Beef Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, Thick, Increases Pitta & Kapha. Reduces Vata.
Chicken Sweet & Astringent Heating Pungent Light, Oily Strengthening. Moderately OK for Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
Fish (general) Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy Oily, Smooth. Promotes Heat. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Reduces Vata.
Lamb Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy. Strengthening. Increases Vata, Pitta & Kapha,
Pork Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy, Oily Smooth. Appetizing. Promotes Perspiration. Increases Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
Rabbit Sweet & Astringent Heating Pungent Light, Dry, Rough. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha.

VEGETABLES


Substance
Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Vegetables
Beet Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy. Smooth. Relieves Anemia. May Increase Pitta & Kapha When taken in Excess, Decreases Vata.
Broccoli Sweet & Astringent Cooling Pungent Rough, Dry. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha.
Cabbage Sweet & Astringent Cooling Pungent Rough, Dry. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha.
Carrot Sweet, Bitter & Astringent Cooling Pungent Heavy Reduces Hemorrhoids. increases Pitta if Taken in Excess, Reduces Vata & Kapha.
Cauliflower Astringent Cooling Pungent Rough, Dry. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha.
Celery Astringent Cooling Pungent Rough, Dry, Light, Light to Digest. Promotes Gas. increases Vata, Relieves Pitta & Kapha.
Cucumber Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Heavy Increases Kapha, Relieves Vata & Pitta.
Lettuce (leafy) Astringent Cooling Pungent Light, Rough, Watery. Easy to Digest, Creates Lightness in the Body. Promotes Gas if taken in excess. Increases Vata, Relieves Pitta & Kapha.
Okra Sweet & Astringent Cooling Pungent Rough, Slimy. OK for Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
Onion (raw) Pungent Heating Pungent Heavy, Stimulates sex, appetizing, strengthening. Relieves fever when applied externally. Increases Vata & Pitta, Relieves Kapha.
Potato (white) Sweet, Salty & Astringent Cooling Sweet Dry, Rough, Light. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha.
Radish Pungent Heating Pungent Relieves Gas, Promotes Digestion. May Increase Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Spinach Astringent Cooling Pungent Rough, Dry. Increases Vata & Pitta, Decreases Kapha.
Sprouts (general) Mildly Astringent Cooling Sweet Light to digest. May aggravate Vata if taken in excess, Good for Pitta & Kapha.
Tomato Sweet & Sour Heating Sour Light, Moist. Increases Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
Zucchini Sweet & Astringent Cooling Pungent Wet, Light. May Increase Kapha, OK for Vata, Relieves Pitta.

Herbs & Spices

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Herbs & Spices
Anise Seed Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Promotes Digestion, Detoxifying Agent. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Black Pepper Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Dry, Rough. Promotes Digestion. Increases Pitta, Stimulates Vata. Relieves Kapha.
Cardamom Sweet &
Pungent
Heating Sweet Promotes Digestion, Good for Heart. Improves Smell of Breath. May Stimulate Pitta if taken in Excess, Relieves Vata & Kapha.
Celery Seed Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Helps Nausea. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Cinnamon Sweet, Bitter & Pungent Heating Sweet Relieves Thirst, Stimulates Salivation. Relieves Dryness of Mouth. Stimulates Kapha, Decreases Vata & Pitta.
Clove Pungent Heating Pungent Promotes Digestion. Improves taste & Flavor of Food. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Coriander Seed Pungent&
Astringent
Cooling Sweet Oily, Dry, Light. Stops Burning Sensation of Urine. Helps Absorption. Increases Vata & Kapha, Relieves Pitta.
Cumin Bitter, Pungent & Astringent Heating Pungent Light, Oily, Smooth. Promotes Digestion, Relieves Diarrhea. Stimulates Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Fenugreek (seed) Bitter &
Astringent
Heating Pungent Dry Helpful for Fever & Arthritis. Increases Vata & Pitta if taken in Excess, Decreases Kapha,
Garlic Pungent Heating Pungent Oily, Smooth, Heavy, Anti-Rheumatic. Good for Cough & Worms. Increases Pitta, Relieves Vata & Kapha.
Ginger (powder) Pungent Heating Sweet Light, Dry, Rough, Promotes Digestion. Detoxifying Agent. Increases Pitta if taken in Excess, Relieves Vata & Kapha.
Mustard Seed Pungent Heating Pungent Oily Light, Sharp, Relieves Muscular Pain. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Saffron Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Smooth, Relieves Hemorrhoids, Reduces Vomiting. Helps Stop Hemoptysis. Increases Vata & Kapha, Relieves Pitta.
Salt (general) Salty Heating Sweet Heavy Rough. Promotes Digestion, Causes Retention of Water & Hypertension. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Relieves Vata.
Sesame (seed) Sweet, Bitter & Astringent Heating Pungent Heavy, Oily, Smooth, Strengthening. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Turmeric Bitter, Pungent & Astringent Heating Pungent Helps in Diabetes, Promotes Digestion. Increases Vata & Pitta if taken in Excess, Relieves Kapha.

DAIRY

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Dairy
Butter unsalted) Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Oily, Smooth. Reduces Hemorrhoids, Promotes intestinal Absorption. Increases Kapha, Reduces Vata & Pitta.
Cheese (unsalted) Sweet & Sour Cooling Sweet Heavy Smooth. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Cow’s Milk Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Oily Smooth. Increases Kapha, Decreases Vata & Pitta. Milk is more easily digested if boiled and allowed to cool to a warm temperature before drinking.
Eggs Sweet & Astringent Heating Pungent Oily, Smooth, Heavy. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Ghee (Clarified butter) Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Oily, Smooth. If taken in excess, increases Kapha. If taken moderately, good for Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Promotes Digestion. Ghee is strengthening. It is good for transporting herbal influences to tissues.
Goat’s Milk Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Light. Relieves cough, Fever, Diarrhea. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha. Usually, goat’s milk is more easily digested for people who have difficulty with cow’s milk.
Mother’s Milk Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Oily, Smooth. Enhances Ojas. Keeps Balance of Vata Pitta & Kapha.
Yogurt Sour & Astringent Heating Sour Smooth, Oily Good for Digestion, Diarrhea, Painful Urination. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.

FRUITS

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Fruits
Apple Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Light, Rough. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta, OK for Kapha in small quantities.
Banana Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sour Smooth, Heavy. Laxative if taken in excess quantity. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Coconut Sweet Cooling Sweet Oily, Smooth, Strengthening. Increases Kapha if taken in excess, Relieves Vata & Pitta.
Date (ripe) Sweet Cooling Sweet Oily. Decreases Pitta. Dates. almonds, and honey with milk that has been boiled and cooled to a warm temperature is strengthening and rejuvenating.
Figs (ripe) Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Heavy Nourishing. Delays Digestion. Increases Kapha, Relieves Vata & Pitta.
Grapes (purple) Sweet, Sour & Astringent Cooling Sweet Smooth, Watery, Strengthening, Laxative. Increases Kapha, Decreases Vata & Pitta.
Melons (general) Sweet Cooling Sweet Heavy, Watery, Increases Kapha, Relieves Vata & Pitta.
Watermelon Increases Vata.
Orange Sweet & Sour Heating Sweet Heavy, Promotes Appetite, Difficult to Digest. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Peaches Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy, Watery. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Pears Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Heavy Dry Rough. Increases Vata, Reduces Pitta & Kapha.
Plums (sweet) Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy, Watery. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Pomegranate Sweet, Sour &
Astringent
Cooling Sweet Smooth, Oily, Stimulates digestion. Helps to form red blood cells in anemia. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha.

Nuts & Seeds


Substance
Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Nuts & Seeds
Almond Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, Oily Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata. Energizer, Aphrodisiac, Rejuvenator.
Cashew Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy Oily Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata. Aphrodisiac.
Peanut Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy, Oily Increases Pitta & Kapha. OK for Vata in Moderation. Difficult to digest. Should not be given to children before age six, and only in moderation after that.
Pumpkin Seed Sweet, Bitter & Astringent Heating Pungent Heavy, Dry Kills Worms & Parasites. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Sunflower Seed Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy Oily. Slightly Increases Pitta & Kapha, Reduces Vata.
Walnut Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy, Dry. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata,

GRAINS

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Grains
Barley Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Light. Diuretic. Increases Vata, Decreases Pitta & Kapha.
Basmati Rice Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Soft, Smooth, Nourishing. Decreases Vata & Pitta. OK for Kapha in small quantity.
Brown Rice Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Buckwheat Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Light & Dry. Increases Vata & Pitta, Decreases Kapha.
Corn (yellow) Sweet Heating Sweet Light, Dry Increases Vata & Pitta, Reduces Kapha.
Millet Sweet Heating Sweet Light, Dry. Increases Vata & Pitta, Decreases Kapha.
Oats (dry) Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy Dry Oats Increase Vata & Pitta, Reduces Kapha. Cooked Oats increase Kapha, Reduce Vata & Pitta.
Rye Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Light, Dry. Increases Vata & Pitta, Reduces Kapha.
Wheat Sweet Cooling Sweet Heavy Increases Kapha, Reduces Vata & Pitta.
White Rice (polished) Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Soft, Smooth. Little nutrient value. OK for Kapha in small quantity Reduces Vata & Pitta.

LEGUMES

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Legumes
Black Lentil Sweet Heating Sweet Strengthening. Increases Pitta & Kapha. Decreases Vata.
Garbanzos Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Heavy, Dry, Rough, Very Dehydrating. Produces Gas. Increases Vata, Relieves Pitta & Kapha.
Kidney Beans Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Dry, Rough, Heavy Laxative. Increases Vata & Kapha, Decreases Pitta.
Lentils (general) Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Dry, Rough, Heavy Dehydrating. Should be taken in Small Quantities. Increases Vata & Kapha, Decreases Pitta.
Mung Beans Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Light, Soft. Increases Kapha, Decreases Vata & Pitta.
Red Lentil Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Easy to Digest. Increases Pitta, Relieves Vata & Kapha.
Soy Beans Sweet & Astringent Cooling Sweet Heavy, Oily Smooth. Laxative. Increases Vata & Kapha, Decreases Pitta. Tofu is OK for Vata & Pitta, Moderately OK for Kapha.

OILS

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Oils
Castor Oil Sweet & Bitter Heating Pungent Heavy, Sharp, Oily Relieves Rheumatic Fever& Constipation.. Increases Pitta & Kapha, Decreases Vata.
Coconut Oil Sweet Cooling Sweet Relatively Light, Oily Smooth. Increases Kapha, Relieves Vata & Pitta.
Corn Oil Sweet Heating Sweet Relatively Light, Oily, Smooth. Increases Pitta, Moderately OK for Vata & Kapha.
Oil (general) Sweet Heating Sweet Heavy, Oily, Smooth, Strengthening. Increases Pitta & Kapha. Relieves Vata.
Safflower oil Sweet & Pungent Heating Pungent Relatively Light, Sharp, Oily. Irritating if used excessively. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Sesame Oil Sweet, Bitter & Astringent Heating Sweet Heavy, Oily, Smooth. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata, Moderately OK for Kapha.
Sunflower Oil Sweet Cooling Sweet Light, Oily, Strengthening. Good for Vata, Pitta & Kapha.
White Mustard Oil Pungent Heating Pungent Light, Sharp, Oily Relieves Arthritis & Muscle Sprain When Applied Externally with Castor Oil. Increases Pitta, Decreases Vata &Kapha.

SWEETENERS

Substance Taste Heating or
Cooling
Post
Digestive
Effect
Properties and Action on Tridosha
Sweeteners
Honey (general) Sweet & Astringent Heating Sweet Dry, Rough, Heavy, Cuts Mucus. Slightly Increases Pitta. Decreases Vata & Kapha.
Maple Syrup Sweet & Bitter Cooling Sweet Smooth, Unctuous. May increase Kapha If taken in Excess, Relieves Vata & Pitta.
Raw Cane Sugar Sweet Cooling Sweet Heavy, Smooth, Oily, Increases Fat. Increases Kapha, Relieves Vata & Pitta.

I really looking forward to my favorite food be more effective. I wish it’s gonna help you to. Feel free to share your experience and surviving tips on the hot weather.

Stay cool and healthy.

Peace and Love for you all…!

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