Even if you’re an Ayurveda pro, tailoring everything you eat and drink to sync with your dosha can be a bit tricky. Finding anything tridoshic—something you can sip or nosh on whether you’re a pitta, kapha, or vata—is a major win.
Ayurvedic dietary recommendations for vata, pitta, kapha type individuals follow a common-sense approach, requiring small changes to your food choices and eating habits. In Ayurvedic medicine, everyone has a specific dosha that determines the kinds of foods, activities, and lifestyle that is best suited for their unique combination.
The doshas are based on the elements: space, air, fire, water, and earth. and are categorized by vata, pitta, and kapha. When these three doshas are in balance, mentally, spiritually, and physically, good health is experienced. When our doshas are out of balance, we begin to experience illness.
The Ayurveda approach encourages eating healthy whole foods to balance your body, mind, and spirit – and to free your body from illness. When you break down the nutritional requirements by doshas, the concept stays the same but is finely tuned to accommodate the superior dosha within the individual.
This recipe, warmed up, or enjoyed on a hot day, is certainly tridoshic. The recipe can also be enjoyed at room temperature. Noting that the cooler variant (served with only two ice cubes per glass) may aggravate vata types. However you prefer the spicy tip, bringing balance to your body is just a glass away.
Spicy Turmeric Lemonade
2-inch piece fresh ginger, crushed
1/2 tsp ground turmeric
3 cups of water
1/4 cup raw honey
1/2 cup fresh lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
1 cup ice
1. To make the spicy syrup, boil the ginger and turmeric with one cup of the water, covered, in a small saucepan for ten minutes. (Boil longer if you want it stronger.) Take off the heat, strain, and cool for three to five minutes. Stir in the honey until dissolved. Refrigerate until cold.
2. Combine the ginger-turmeric syrup, fresh lemon juice, and the remaining two cups of water. Divide into four glasses, each with a few cubes of ice.
Note: Allow time for cooling the spicy syrup as you plan for guests. And easy on the ice.