In Ayurveda healing, it is recommended that meals you minimize your liquids and ideally take them warm or of a heating substance. This means ideally you have a warm drink with your meal but the quantity should be no more than one cup.
This is because after eating you want the stomach to be 1/3 full of solids (the food), 1/3 full of liquid and 1/3 empty. This balance supports healthy digestion. Too much liquid, especially cold, can put out the digestive fire. Too much solid can make it so things don’t move as well in the digestive process and smother out the fire.
In addition to your one cup of warm beverage, it is also beneficial to have a lassi – diluted and spiced yogurt or buttermilk drink – to aid digestion. The sour quality of the yogurt or buttermilk is heating and supports the digest fire. The spices help the body process the heavy quality of the dairy. Due to the heavier nature of the dairy, the lassis is most often used with the noon meal when the digestive fire is stronger.
There are many variations of lassis – geared toward each of the three doshas of vata, pitta and kapha.
This particular lassi is tridoshic but especially balancing for the pitta dosha, which can be aggravated in the heat of the summer season.
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