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    Food items that cause heat in body

    Have a query about food items which cause body heat? wondering how allopathy and ayurveda perceive the foods which produce heat? find advice from experts on this page.

    Elders used to say that if you eat "bitter gourd" or "garlic" or "masalas" it will produce more heat in body which may cause unwanted effects like pimples. Citrus fruits, water melon etc will decrease temperature there by resulting in runny nose. I have experienced this sometimes, but Allopathy does not recognize this kind of food division whereas Ayurveda does.
    Why don't Allopathy doctors recognize this and have not done any research?
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  • Though in Allopathy - system, no distinction has been made between hot and cold items, there exists a clear demarcation between hot and cold foods such as Curd, Lemon, Gooseberry are cold in nature and on the contrary, Black - pepper, Ginger, Tulasi- leaf and Muttons, Eggs are hot in nature.
    You can feel yourself such symptoms on prolonged usage of hot foods and on its usage for a long time would alter body - metabolism, sometimes feeling excess hot and it may cause you thirsty. Such example is to eat Chikens in summer and you may feel the hotness.
    Similarly regular intake of Goose- berry in winter may infect you with cold.

  • In Allopathy the understanding of health disorder is done by doing different diagnostic tests and they decide based on the results of those tests. There is no concept heat and cold there. There will call them as infection or bacterial effects.Coming to Ayurveda the basic disorders are Pittha. Vata and Kapha. Here only these concepts are known. An experienced Ayurveda Physician can just hold your hand measure the moments and decide why the disorder and he will treat you.
    We experience this heat and cold from some of the foods we eat. Lemon Juice, Buttermilk and excess sugar will cause cold. If you don't drink buttermilk or don't eat curd rice you will feel the heat in the body. Similarly foods like pepper, Some pulses and Mirchi will give heat to the body. Allopathy research will not go anytime in this direction.

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  • Our ancestors felt the effect of different foods on their bodies which was categorised in the form of hot or cold or even in terms of producing cough or allergy. These observations subsequently developed in form of a methodology of understanding body ailments and came to be known as Ayurveda.

    It is a customary practice in our households to take curd or sweet or buttermilk to subdue the heat of the body. People who take non-veg foods, chillies and excess of spices are supposed to be affected by the heat generated by these foods.

    Modern science does not distinguish the foods in that fashion but advocates to take non-fat and non-oily foods and avoid spices and large amount of proteins in certain ailments.

    Knowledge is power.

  • Body heat normally increase and decrease due to our food practice but worrying for this is waste. Instead we can do preventive measures. Normally regular taking oil bath at least once in a week is good. For this you have to apply sesame/Gingly oil over full body especially on Wednesdays or Sundays and bath should be done after soaking for half an hour with soapnut powder or moongdal powder.

  • There can be various ways of viewing and responding to the same matter from different people. Similarly our body and its ailments are viewed , studies and responded by different people in different ways. So we have Ayurveda, Homeopathy, Allopathy, Unani and many other systems of treatment and cure for body ailments. However the aim of all these systems are to bring back the person to his normal health and routine.

    Allopathy approach is that ailments are caused by external causes and the treatment is in resisting, attacking and eliminating the cause and assisting body to gain its normalcy. So it applies contra force to put the patient to ease immediately.

    Homeopathy approach is to move with the cause and bring it out in the open and then nullify the cause by giving medicine.

    Ayurveda in a quite different way looks any ailment of the body as the imbalance of the three basic factors in the body. So as per Ayurveda the cause is in the body itself. Thus the treatment is only the same food that one takes - by adopting some regulation, that is all. That is why even fasting is prescribed as treatment in Ayurveda.
    As the cause is seen in the body itself, Ayurveda studies everything that is put into the body and categorises how each one behaves, so that proper balancing or control and moderation can be maintained. Body is like an engine. The energy is produced by degeneration and chemical reactions undergoing in the body and heat is produced. But the body heat is maintained by body's thermostat mechanisms. Just as different fuels produce different heat output on combustion, different foods also produce different heat output inside body. Ayurveda follows this. The study has been made and the ready to use directions kept available for us by our ancient Rishis and Acharyas.
    Ayurveda treat such heat as 'Agni". The heat or Agni that is generated inside the stomach side is called 'Jataragni" and there are various other types of Agni as classified by various Rishis or Ayurveda Acharyas.

    Heat or Agnis is the basic energy that is used for various activities inside our body including digestion, circulation etc.etc.

    Other system practitioners also advise patients to desist or regulate certain foods and take more certain foods( as prescribe in Ayurveda system), but they do not ascribe the reason as heat or Agni. They may reason it in different ways.

    Actualy Ayurveda is a well developed and well studies system of health maintenance thousands of years before Allopathy was even born. It gets more wider acceptance in modern days.

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