Ayurvedic medicine is an ancient system of medicine from India that focuses on bringing the body into balance. One way to do this is through diet, and smoothies are a great way to get all the nutrients your body needs in a single glass. However, an Ayurvedic smoothie may not look exactly like your typical smoothie. First, they are tailored to ones specific dosha using ingredients that will meet that individuals digestive needs. These nutrient-rich drinks are made with ingredients that are known to support specific areas of health, such as digestion, immunity, and detoxification.
For example, the Kapha dosha is associated with qualities of earth and water, so grounding spices like ginger and cumin can help to balance Kapha. If you’re feeling heavy or sluggish, try adding some ginger and cumin to your smoothie. Pitta dosha is associated with fire and water, so cooling ingredients like cucumber and mint can help to balance Pitta. If you’re feeling overheated or irritable, try adding some cucumber and mint to your smoothie. Vata dosha is associated with air and ether, so warming spices like cinnamon and cardamom can help to balance Vata. If you’re feeling scattered or anxious, try adding some cinnamon and cardamom to your smoothie. Another difference you will see in Ayurvedic smoothies is that they are not made with ice, or served extremely cold. This cold can dampen your digestive fire and make it difficult to digest all of those goodies in your smoothie. Consuming your smoothie just cool or at room temperature is considered more beneficial. No matter what your dosha, there’s an Ayurvedic smoothie for you!