The methods of Ayurveda are gaining wide popularity as a means of complementary treatment of certain milder health problems. As a leading tool in some of these methods relies on the selection of certain foods. According to Ayurveda, every food has its innate potential. Based on it, foods are divided into two conditional groups - cold and hot . According to belonging to one of these two groups, each food has a certain effect on the body, which the methods of Ayurveda use as a healing effect.
Hot and cold foods in Ayurveda have different effects on metabolism - speed it up or slow it down. Thus, the intake of specific hot or cold foods at a certain time can achieve a positive effect to supplement and accelerate its treatment. Therefore, nutrition in accordance with the methods of Ayurveda, today is used as a means of alternative medicine in many parts of the world.
The definition of food as hot or cold in Ayurveda does not rely on temperature, but on their natural nutritional potential and the impact on metabolism. Therefore, contrary to expectations, Ayurvedic ice cream is defined as a hot food because it speeds up metabolism and the effect of its consumption is associated with energy production and increased heat release from the body.
In addition to ice cream, the group of hot Ayurvedic foods also includes onions, garlic, ginger, tomatoes, peppers, dates, pickles, mustard, processed cheeses, etc., including most sour fruits. According to the traditions of Ayurveda, regular, but not excessive, consumption of hot foods is recommended to supplement the treatment of chronic digestive problems - constipation, gastritis, ulcers. In addition, hot foods increase appetite and are recommended for the treatment of conditions with weakened or lost appetite.
Cucumbers, coconut, cauliflower, oranges, pumpkin, melons, and most sweet fruits are listed as cold foods in Ayurveda. They are believed to have a complementary healing effect in dehydration, fatigue (spring fatigue), accelerated intestinal peristalsis with diarrhea and others. They also work well for allergies because they are thought to hold back the activity of the immune system and can weaken its response to harmless allergens. Cold foods are digested and assimilated more slowly in the body, do not emit large amounts of heat and are indicated as an effective cooling agent in the heat.
The methods of Ayurveda should not be used as the only remedy, but experts in the field of alternative medicine point to them as a safe way to supplement traditional treatments for various health problems - acute and especially chronic.