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What if everything we ate tasted the same? Life would be so dull, wouldn't it? Meals would become bland and snacks would become boring. And what would be the point of trying out different cuisines? It's a terrifying thought, isn't it?
Luckily for us, that isn't the case in real life. The food we eat daily usually checks off several boxes of taste. Ayurveda correlates the foods we eat into six 'rasas' or tastes, which include Sweet (Madhura Rasa), Sour (Amla Rasa), Salty (Lavana Rasa), Astringent (Kashaya Rasa), Pungent(Katu or Ushna Rasa), and Bitter (Tikta Rasa).
These rasas originate from the panchamahabhuta (the five elements - akash, vayu, agni, jal, and bhumi) and, thus, possess their properties. Ayurveda recommends that, as far as possible, we include these six flavours in every meal and adjust the ratios of each in line with our individual constitutions. Doing so will take care of our digestive health and ensure that fewer toxins are absorbed into our bodies.
Maintaining a balance between the six rasas is imperative because each of them impacts our Tridoshas (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) in different ways. An imbalance between the rasas will, in turn, negatively affect the tridosha, thereby causing several disorders and diseases. Let’s take a look how:
Every one of our meals should include a little bit of the rasas, as seen in the traditional Indian thali which consists of rice, lentils, vegetable dishes, roti, a salad, a pickle and a sweet dish. However, to remain in a state of health, Ayurveda emphasizes that we take into account our 'prakruti' or individual constitutions, our imbalances, age, and our environment when searching for a combination of the rasas that's right for us. An excess or lack of one rasa or the wrong combination of rasas can cause the body's natural functions to become imbalanced.
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