In this write up, we will discuss foods to avoid with milk so that you can get maximum health benefits of having milk.
Like modern-day medical science, Ayurveda also has high regards for milk.
Milk contributes vividly to our good health thanks to the wide range of nutrients milk contains.
Regular consumption of milk regenerates and strengthens our tissues. On the other hand, theories of Ayurveda suggest that milk helps in increasing our Ojas.
For those who don’t know, Ayurveda defines ojas as our vigor and our radiance.
It’s the factor that helps in strengthening our tissues and adding more endurance to them.
Ojas not only plays a vital role in maintaining our digestive health, immunity, physical strength, and skin health but is also responsible for our mood, sleep, and spiritual inclination. It also contributes positively to our luster and complexion.
So, according to Ayurveda, by increasing our Ojas milk helps us in staying healthy, beautiful, and happy.
This write-up would educate you about certain rules you must follow to enjoy the above qualities of milk.
Ayurveda and Milk
For us to enjoy all the above benefits of consuming milk, we must digest it properly. Milk, when taken in its purest form, is cold, dense, sweet, and heavy.
When kept in the refrigerator for a few hours, the heaviness of milk increases even further and digesting the liquid becomes slightly difficult. That’s the reason why Ayurveda recommends boiling milk before consuming it.
Boiling reduces various heavy properties of milk and allows our body to absorb the nutrients in it more easily.
You can add spices such as cardamom or turmeric to milk to digest it more easily. These are spices that help in cutting the heaviness.
Other than boiling milk and adding spices to it, you should gather knowledge about the food types that are compatible to milk. Ayurveda terms this principle as Satmya i.e. compatibility.
Knowing milk’s Satmya will prevent you from consuming food items along with milk that may diminish milk’s nutritional value or make it less digestible.
Every food comes with its own rasa or taste, guna or qualities, vipaka or post-digestive effects, virya or potency, and prabhava or specific effects on our health.
When we consume two food items together, their tastes, qualities, post-digestive effects, health benefits, potencies tend to blend.
The combinations thus produced may or may not be good for our health. To put it otherwise, some combinations turn out to be beneficial, while others are incompatible.
Foods to Avoid with Milk
If you take milk and buttermilk together, the two components would combine and form curd after entering your digestive tract. This will make digesting your food extremely difficult for you.
Having meat and milk together slows down digestion and results in bloating and flatulence.
Milk is known to have a cooling effect on our body, while fish has a heating effect. As a result, when the two food items are consumed together, the resulting combination gives birth to an imbalance.
Being a heavy liquid digesting milk is not easy and needs time. Sprouted grains, on the other hand, are filled with protein and fiber and thus are difficult to digest.
If you consume the two together, your digestive system would be overburdened, and you may experience stomach upset, gas, and acidity.
Milk and other dairy products contain lactose. Lactose being a type of sugar feeds yeast, which can be harmful for your health.
Milk is sweet, while radish is pungent. Thus, the two food items don’t mix well.
You cannot consume milk before eating garlic or eat garlic before drinking milk. The only way you can combine these two food items is by consuming Garlic Milk (we have provided the recipe below).
Holy basil is a member of the mint family and has a bitter, pungent taste. This makes it incompatible with milk, which is sweet to taste.
Citrus fruits are known for their acidic traits. Thus, when you consume these fruits with milk, their acidity would result in curdling of the milk. This, in turn, would make digestion difficult for you.
One of the primary ingredients of khichari is lentil, which is a heavy food. Consuming two heavy foods (milk and lentil) together might disrupt the functioning of your digestive system.
The Best Way of Having Milk
As of now, we know foods to avoid with milk. Now it’s time to know best ways to have milk for enjoying maximum health benefits.
For enhancing its taste, you can consider adding jaggery or honey to it. We would advise you to avoid sugar as it might have a negative impact on your metabolic rate.
Here are some Ayurvedic recommendations you should abide by when having milk:
- Mix milk only with ripe and purely sweet fruits (for instance, you can take a ripe mango with milk)
- Milk can be taken with cereals
- You can consider having figs, dates, and raisins with your daily glass of milk
- You can add turmeric, cardamom powder, or saffron to milk to enhance its healing powers
Other than the above combinations, you can consume garlic milk.
Regular consumption of garlic milk would improve circulation of blood to your tissues and organs. It would also ease joint pain and improve your lymph circulation.
Here is the recipe:
Crush 5 to 6 garlic cloves and put them in a tiny cloth sack.
Take a saucepan and add half cup each of water and milk into it
Place the sack inside that saucepan and boil the mixture of water and milk until its quantity becomes half. You should keep stirring the liquid from time to time.
Squeeze the sack well so that all the milk absorbed by it comes out.
Allow the mixture to cool down a bit. Drink the garlic milk when it’s lukewarm.
Consuming milk in some form or the other is a must for each one of us unless we are diagnosed with severe lactose intolerance.
The discussion above would allow you to have milk without suffering from any digestive issues.
So, this was all about foods to avoid with milk. If you are used to some of them then it’s time to get rid of it now.