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Six Tastes of Ayurveda

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Six Tastes of Ayurveda

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Ayurveda: Basics | History & Principles | Daily Routine | Doshas | Dietary Guidelines | Six Tastes

Foods in the Ayurvedic diet are classified under six different tastes. It is recommended that each of these "tastes" be included in our daily diets for balance and overall healthfulness.

  • Astringent (air and earth), balances salt intake.
  • Bitter (air and space) purifies the body, good for skin tone.
  • Pungent (fire and air) clears sinuses, improves circulation, offers mental clarity.
  • Salty (water and fire) aids digestion, maintains electrolytes.
  • Sour (earth and fire) nourishes, energizes, and good for digestion.
  • Sweet (earth and water) strengthens, nourishes, promotes longevity.
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