Augmenting foods are those that nourish and ground your body and mind. They build tissue and replenish what is lost. These foods are generally sweeter in taste – things like rice, carrots, pumpkin and avocado. Eating augmenting foods gives us vitality and energy.
In order to function at our best levels to fight illness and promote health, we need slightly more augmenting foods than extractive. We recommend a 60:40 ratio. This is an easy guideline to follow – just eat slightly more grains and sweeter vegetables than legumes and bitter or astringent vegetables. To make your meal planning simple, we’ve included a list of some augmenting and extractive foods, plus a downloadable meal planning guide that will help you plan your meals for balance in advance.