Excerpted with permission from "Ayurvedic Healing Cuisine" published by Healing Arts Press, a division of Inner Traditions International.

In Ayurveda, these foods are thought to be the best nourishment for balancing body chemistry and building the foundation for higher states of consciousness:

  • Butter, buttermilk, cheese (homemade), milk, yogurt

  • Barley, rice, wheat

  • Almonds, black peppercorns, fenugreek, honey, raisins, raw sugar, rock salt, sesame seeds

  • Beets, carrots, cucumber, green vegetables, leafy vegetables, moong bean sprouts, spinach, sweet potatoes, squash, turnips, yellow split peas

  • Apples (sweet), bananas, coconut, dates, grapes (sweet) honeydew melon, mangoes, oranges (sweet), plums (sweet), pomegranates, watermelon

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