“Aviruddha ashniyat” This is our next dietary rule.

The term” Viruddha”, literally means opposite or incompatible. Certain food combinations, its preparation or consuming process are termed as viruddha in Ayurveda. These incompatible combinations when relished frequently, has antagonist effects on the body constituents like dosha, dhatu,etc . This results in imbalance of dosha and causes various ailments. Ayurveda strongly recommends to avoid such viruddha Ahar.

We often happen to relish these foods knowingly or unknowingly. Depending upon the dosha status and immunity of an individual and also quantity and frequency of consuming viruddha ahar, these food combinations reflects its ill effects on the body. 

Ayurveda classifies Viruddha ahar on varied factors like –

** Please note – Here opposite indicates antagonist effect on bodily dosha and dhatus.

Let us see some common examples of viruddha ahar –

1) Antagonist properties of food  / opposite combinations –

2) Antagonists with place –

3) Antagonists with time –

4) Antagonists with quantity –

5) Antagonists in cooking methods –

6) Antagonists with potency –

7) Antagonists due to self abilities –

What happens when we consume incompatible foods –

Incompatible foods if consumed once, in small quantity or very rarely may not show any adverse effects. When consumed frequently, regularly or in large quantities vitiates all the three doshas, but don’t expel them out.  The end product of such combination are opposite and harmful to the properties of normal Dosha, dhatu and mala. Over a period of time, these vitiated doshas accumulate and their imbalance cause aam visha (toxins), which has slow poisoning effect. This further creates impairment in body dhatus (namely Rasa,Rakta,etc.) and may cause simple ailments like small rash, urticaria, fatigue to grave conditions like infertility, deafness, blindness and even death. It is said that viruddha ahar is the cause for many illness.

Remember these foods may be healthy individually, but the improper combinations or preparation and consuming techniques brings about the harmful effects. Similarly if they are consumed in proper quantity, time, along with correct combinations, appropriate cooking and eating rules, they will always be harmless.

So next time you are on the dining table, be alert, check for the incompatibles you commonly have. Correct them . Stay Fit Stay Healthy.