The practices of Ayurveda bring balance, which is why the concept of augmenting and extractive foods is a powerful way to guide the way we prepare our meals.
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.
Extractive foods are those that are cleansing in nature. They ask your body to give something up in order to digest them and are essential in breaking down healthy fats. They are often bitter or astringent in taste – foods like kale, collards, legumes and nuts.
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.