Don't heat honey and yogurt. Avoid spicy and hot food in summer and honey and ghee in equal amounts. These viruddha ahara or opposite food combos aggravate your bio-elements, which then collect in the body tissues and debilitate them. This causes infertility, hormonal disorders, autoimmune diseases, etc. If you're used to such a diet, lower the doses slowly, keep your digestion fired up, and exercise regularly.
A diet consisting of the right amount of nutrition for the growth and development of the body is a balanced diet. And a diet comprising opposite qualities to that of the body tissue — the sapta dhatu (D7) or rasa, rakta, mamsa, meda, asthi, majja, and shukra — leads to deterioration of body tissues and is called viruddha ahara. Viruddha in Sanskrit means opposite, and ahara is diet.
Viruddha ahara is also defined as the diet that causes untoward aggravation of the bioelements — tri dosha (D3) or vata, pitta, and kapha — without expelling them off the body, ultimately resulting in their accumulation within the body tissues (D7) and deteriorating them.
Examples Of Viruddha Ahara
A diet principally comprising food combinations as these should be avoided for the well-being of the body:
- Mutually opposite properties — like fish and milk, which have opposite potency; fish is hot, while milk is cooling
- Processed foods — heating honey or yogurt
- Food consumed at improper time/season — spicy and hot food in summer; cold and dry food in the night time
- Geographically improper diet — hot and spicy food in desert area
- Incorrect proportions — honey and ghee in equal proportion
- Naturally prohibited foods — black gram is naturally hard on digestion
Diseases, Prevention, And Treatment
Persistent consumption of viruddha ahara leads to various chronic disorders at tissue levels (D7), such as skin disorders, bowel diseases, ascites, infertility, hormonal disorders, reduced immunity, and autoimmune disorders.
The remedy to such disorders in ayurveda includes purification through panchakarma therapy (K5) — vaman, virechan, nasya, basti, and raktamokshan — and palliative treatment with ayurvedic drugs under medical supervision.
Regular physical exercises, a healthy and strong body with a good digestive fire, and reduced consumption of viruddha ahara could be some of the possible defenses against the diseases manifesting from viruddha ahara. Interestingly, a person consuming viruddha ahara in small doses gets habituated to it. So, if you are habituated to viruddha ahara and are willing to get rid of the diet habit, taper off the doses to avoid the withdrawal symptoms arising due to abruptly stopping it.
As rightly said by Fran Lebowitz, “Food is an important part of balanced diet.” Hence mindfulness in what goes into the body today will definitely result in a better tomorrow.