Swap Your Smoothies...

Smoothies are not bad, do not worry! However, in Ayurveda, they are not always the healthiest way to start your day. Ayurveda thinks of your digestion as a fire. And what happens when we pour water on a fire, especially when it is just starting out? It diminishes! And that is what drinking a smoothie first thing can do.

Consuming cold items dampens the agni, the digestive fire that lives in our belly. It is the job of this fire to process and metabolize everything we take in. If we are consuming cold food, this essentially weakens that fire, making our digestive system work harder to tick back up to the right temperature. Alternatively, warm, cooked foods are easier to digest than cold, raw foods - especially first thing!

Additionally, fruit tends to have a lot of sugar. Fruit is healthy and good for us, but in small amounts, so we do not have too much sugar. Plus, many people put juice in their smoothies, which is not as healthy as you think it is! By the way, drinking orange or apple juice as your morning beverage may be another habit to rethink. Not only is it very sugary, but it is also very acidic. One glass of it contains almost as much sugar as a glass of Coca-Cola!! This means you are starting your day with a huge blood sugar spike, which means the crash will inevitably leave you very tired in a very short amount of time. Other options for Vitamin C include red peppers, broccoli, potatoes, brussel sprouts, and cauliflower.

Check out this article, Ayurvedic Oatmeal Recipes for Every Dosha, for more ideas!

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