Lentils are a rich source of fiber, protein and minerals, but as nutritious as they are, lentils are a gas (vata) producing food. Not fun for the digestive process and for those with vata imbalances. According to Ayurveda, healthy digestion is essential for good heath. If we are unable to digest, we’re likely in-digesting. Overtime, indigestion can lead to the accumulation of ama or toxins. Eventually, this build-up can lead to disease. To prevent ama or toxins, one thing we can do is ensure our food, in this case, lentils, are digestion-friendly. Lentils are astringent in taste and are primarily comprised of air + earth. The combination of these two elements makes lentils heavy, cold and drying. However, when cooked properly and combined with digestive spices, we can reap the nutritional benefits of lentils without the digestive issues. Here’s 5 tips on how to make your favorite lentil dishes digestion-friendly
Fennel—a tall, aromatic plant with bright yellow flowers that grows wild along the California highways. It’s bulb, stalk, fronds, flowers and even the seeds are…edible. Many cultures consider fennel to be a digestive aide and acknowledge it as an herb that gives longevity and strength. Some would say, that in fennel’s ability to helps us digest, we can absorb, assimilate and eliminate effectively. Thus, we become stronger and live longer, healthier lives.
A carminative spice is one that relieves gas or flatulence from the body. Yes, and ironically they are some of the most aromatic spices in your pantry. The ones that entice your appetite and release a feel good emotion because they smell so good.
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Read about the wonderful health benefits of this aromatic and delicious spice and how to bring it into your daily life.