12 Ayurvedic Healing Foods to Add to Your Diet


The primary goals of Ayurvedic practice are to maintain the balance of the Dosha, particularly through diet, lifestyle, and Panchakarma [1]. Important elements of this strategy also include Ayurvedic herbs and spices. They are believed to give a range of health advantages, including better digestion and mental health, and help shield your body from sickness [2].

Food is regarded as being just as potent as medication. Some foods’ healing qualities support a healthy body and aid in regeneration and repair. Eating sensibly is one of the most crucial things we can do for our health every day. Many Yoga practitioners follow the Sattvic diet, which is a vegetarian diet high in fibre and low in fat. 

Ayurvedic Herbs and Foods to Add to Your Diet

Following the rules of an Ayurvedic diet promotes mindful eating and using foods that are suitable for your Dosha, or constitutional type. What to eat to promote health, ward off or manage diseases, and maintain general health and wellness is determined by the energy of each Dosha.

Sattvic diet and Ayurvedic food are thought to be pure and balanced, promoting feelings of calmness, happiness, and mental clarity. The word “Sattvic” means “pure essence.”

Food in Ayurveda That Must be Included in The Diet are [3]:



Lemons aid in digestion and are both nourishing and purifying. Drink unsweetened lemonade as often as you like throughout the day to help reduce toxins.

Dates and Figs


For their capacity to increase energy, figs and dates are greatly valued among Ayurvedic foods. They aid in tissue growth as well. Consume one or two daily.



One of the best Ayurvedic foods for promoting longevity and rejuvenation is GHEE (clarified butter). It facilitates digestion and reduces anxiety. Due to its high rate of absorption, ghee is a fantastic vehicle for delivering the nutrients from other foods to the tissues.

Mung Beans 


Mung beans, which have anti-inflammatory properties and are extremely digestible, are among the best legumes.



Almonds are sustaining and nutritious. Almonds should be blanched and peeled according to Ayurveda because their skins have mild toxicity. To gain more energy and strength, consume several almonds each day.



Ayurvedic Lassi is made by combining one part yoghurt with two parts water. If taken during or after a meal, it is a fantastic nutritive digestive aid. LASSI can be flavoured with salt, toasted ground cumin seeds, raw sugar or honey, and a little ground cardamom.

Cumin Seeds


This Ayurvedic food aids in digestion and lowers alma for all three Doshas. 

Seasonal Fruits


Seasonal, juicy fruits are very nourishing and purifying. Juicy fruits should be fully ripe for the best therapeutic effect.

Cow’s Milk 


Ayurveda views cow’s milk as a vitalizer and advises it to those who have become severely underweight following an injury. Milk should be fully boiled to remove the elements that can result in excessive mucus, according to Ayurveda. Add a dash of ginger and/or black pepper to the milk to further lessen its clogging properties.



Everyone benefits from water, and it helps almost all types of healing. It is well-known in Ayurveda for facilitating digestion and, when consumed hot, for eliminating ama.

Green Leafy Vegetables


These Ayurvedic foods are nourishing and purifying at the same time. Their bitter taste benefits skin conditions, the liver, and blood sugar regulation. 



In Ayurveda, ginger is frequently referred to as “the universal medicine.” It encourages healthy digestion and aids in ama removal. Eat a thin slice of fresh ginger, seasoned with salt and lemon juice, half an hour before a meal to help with digestion.


Dr Sunanda Ranade

Sunanda Ranade is Vice-Chairman of the International Academy of Ayurved, Pune, India, and an expert Ayurvedic gynecologist and nutritionist. She has been working in this field for the last 47 years. Dr. Sunanda Ranade holds a Doctorate in Ayurveda. She is also the author of several books on Ayurveda and Yoga, which have been published in Marathi, English, Spanish, and Portuguese.