Q & A

Lisa A.W. asks:

“You sell Mum’s Masala and Pitta Masala. The detox recipe(s) [from last week] recommend Mum’s Masala. What I’m wondering is … if Pitta predominant people should substitute Pitta Masala?” – Yes! Specially if you are a high pitta type. The Mum’s Masala is tridoshic, unless you are high Pitta, and unless it bother you, it is a somewhat better option to use. But Pitta Masala is a good replacement option for Mum’s Masala in all detox recipes.

Vidhya asks:

“I have been seeing a SVA practitioner for my child and also following the great newsletters in my email. Why is sauerkraut not recommended in SVA practice? I hear cabbage is healing, but why is it not recommended in sauerkraut form? (And) should lentils be soaked for a few hours before cooking to reduce the phytic acid, so it is easier on digestion?” – Dear Vidhya: Sauerkraut is not recommended in SVA simply because it is a highly acidic food. Even though  the healing benefits of sauerkraut may be extolled because of the lactic acid bacteria produced as a side-effect of the pickling process. Healthy human colons contain many beneficial bacteria which feed on the waste left over from our digestion, creating lactic acid. Without these beneficial bacteria the human digestive system becomes home to harmful parasites and yeasts, resulting in the condition of candida.This is in addition to the health benefits offered by all cruciferous vegetables (a category which includes cauliflowers and brussel sprouts as well as cabbage), such as being high in vitamins A and C. Studies have shown the cruciferous vegetables can help lower cholesterol levels. Cabbage also provides a rich source of phytonutrient antioxidants. However, Sauerkraut is an extremely acidic food that can aggravate Pitta Dosha on very deep tissue levels. While it may be beneficial to consume cabbage, pickled cabbage prepared as in the Sauerkraut recipe is not recommended. And there are better and safer, according to SVA, sources for populating your gut with beneficial bacteria, such as Probiotic Coconut drink, (watch our SVA Health channel on yourtube.com). Yes, you may soak your lentils but it is not necessary. Cooking with a good spice blend always helps with digestion. However, soaking may also reduce cooking time. 

Ann D. asks:

“Is the Guduchi nectar in a matrix of orange and grapefruit gel? Are there any products that are not in this base. It appears that I must take a cholesterol lowering drug and ingestion of grapefruit is contraindicated. I currently use several of your products and am concerned about this.” – Dear Ann: Vaidya’s nectar drops all contain Grapefruit and/or Sweet Orange as part of their synergistic formula, even if in very minimal negligible quantities. Please check with your medical doctor about possible herb/drug interactions.


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