The experience of Ayurveda is that the following spices help to increase enzyme function for the different types of people/constitution. These consist of three or more spices that promote proper digestion and assimilation of nutrients. Purchase these dried spices and take ½ teaspoon of the mixture with a little water before or after eating. In general, people who are Vata should take the spices before the meals; Pitta people should take the spice during the meal and Kapha types should take the spice after the meal. Anyone with digestive problems should take the spice just after the meal for the greatest benefit as having food in the stomach will prevent the spices from being too strong. Vata Spices:

  • Cardamom
  • Fennel
  • Cumin
  • Asafetida

Pitta Spices:

  • Cumin
  • Fennel
  • Coriander

Kapha Spices:

  • Ginger
  • Black pepper
  • Fenugreek
  • Cumin

In addition to taking the spices with meals each person should begin to use the Ayurvedic understanding of how foods are digested in the body. Below is a list of the different food categories and how fast they pass through the digestive system. Food Category : Hours to Process

  • Red meats: 48 to 72
  • Fish & poultry: 36 to 38
  • Dairy products:  24 to 36
  • Beans (legumes): 24 to 30
  • Nuts and seeds: 24 to 26
  • Grains: 20 to 24
  • Root vegetables:  20 to 24
  • Leafy vegetables:  18 to 22
  • Fruits:  12 to 18

The primary way that all constitutions can use this chart is to change the order in which they eat foods. Eating light foods first will aid the body to process the food first. Eating heavy foods first will cause all other foods that are added in later to ferment which may create toxins or ama. Simmi Latulippe – Ayurvedic Medicine Practitioner/Nutritional Therapist