Updated: Jan 27
Okra (Lady's finger) has a moistening unctous quality making it a great vegetable for balancing the dryness of the Vata* dosha. It's rich fiber and mucilaginous content binds to toxins, lubricates the large intestines, and aids with easy bowel movements thus being very helpful for aiding a Vata type of dry constipation. Cook with onions and spices such as ginger and cumin. NOTE : Okra is not recommended for people with a low digestive power and sluggish bowel movements.
*Ayurveda is one of the oldest systems of traditional natural healing in the world. Also known as the sister of Yoga, it stresses deeply on nutrition and lifestyle for optimal health.
Ayurveda believes that there are three bio energies ie Vata ( Air and Ether Elements), Pitta ( Fire and Water ) and Kapha ( Earth and Water) within the body and their balance or imbalance determines the state of good or ill health .