Avoid ready-made, frozen, canned, processed, and microwaved foods. They are devoid of nutrition and life force (prana), deplete the digestive fire and produce toxins in the body. This includes fast foods and condiments such as ketchup, mustard, and mayonnaise.
Excessive intake of dry foods such as crackers, chips, granola and bread will cause Vata imbalance and should be only taken in small amounts. If constipation or other Vata ailments are present, they are better avoided.
Fermented food, such as vinegar, soy sauce, tamari, yogurt, alcohol, hard cheeses and yeast-containing foods such as marmite, yeasted breads and beer must be avoided. All fermented foods are sour in nature and therefore have Pitta-increasing qualities. Whenever there is too much Pitta and heat in the intestines, fermentation is multiplied, thus resulting in gas and decreased digestive capacity. Fermented foods are also tamasic in nature and therefore contribute to dullness of mind and lethargy.
Keeping a regular schedule, getting plenty of rest and most importantly, a good night’s deep sleep will boost the immune system, reduce stress, clear the mind and balance the emotions.