JWM Trivia: Should You Eat Spicy Food?
According to Ayurveda, one should avoid eating spicy food if they are: a) Vata (Air Element) b) Kapha (Water Element) c) Pitta (Fire Element) Answer is C. Pitta is the Ayurvedic dosha (constitutional type) associated with fire and heat and that governs our digestive system. According to Ayurveda, Pitta dominant people should limit the amount of salt, oil and spices in their diet. These foods are too heating for pitta dominant folks because there is already a lot of heat in their system. Spicy food can therefore easily cause an excessive heat imbalance, which leads to stomach acidity, heartburn and diarrhea. In order to counteract already high levels of heat in the digestive tract, “Pittas” should eat light foods including vegetables (salads), whole grains and legumes. Cooling foods that are low in acidity such as ice cream, yogurt and milk (rice, soy, almond, regular low-fat) are also agreeable for Pittas.