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K Gut/Brain Diet

  1. Pungent, bitter, and astringent, as well as light, hot, and dry foods, are best for balancing and nourishing a K Gut.
  2. Sweet, sour, salty, heavy, oily, and cold foods, have the opposite, unbalancing effect.
  3. Favor milk with reduced fat and again note: For you to benefit from the synergistic value of everything in the milk, is far better to water down whole milk than to use skim milk.
  4. In general, it’s good to reduce dairy intake. You can, however, add small amounts of ghee, whole milk, and eggs to your menu.
  5. Honey is the only sweetener that helps a K Gut. Avoid all others.
  6. According to Ayurveda, honey should always be unheated.
  7. Favor barley, corn, millet, buckwheat, and rye.
  8. Reduce intake of oats, rice, and wheat.
  9. Beans of all kinds are good for a K Gut, except kidney beans and soybeans. Soy is quite difficult to digest, and the older it is, the harder it is to digest.
  10. Except for pumpkin seeds and sunflower seeds, reduce or eliminate the intake of nuts and seeds.
  11. Use small amounts of extra virgin olive oil, ghee, almond oil, sunflower oil, or safflower oil. Steam or roast, if possible.
  12. Non-vegetarians should favor fresh organic free-range chicken and turkey.

Veggies
Most vegetables are good, including: asparagus, beets, broccoli, Brussels sprouts, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, eggplant, leafy greens, lettuce, mushrooms, okra, onions, peas, peppers, potatoes, spinach, sprouts
Roast, or use small amounts of ghee or extra virgin olive oil
Reduce/Avoid: sweet potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini

Fruit
Favor: pomegranates, apples, apricots, cranberries, pears
Reduce/Avoid: avocados, bananas, oranges, peaches, coconuts, melons, dates, figs, grapefruits, grapes, mangoes, papayas, plums, pineapples
Spices
The best K Gut balancing spices for cooking and teas are the pungent spices like ginger, horseradish, mustard, cardamom, garlic, cloves, and turmeric, cayenne and peppers of all kinds. Ginger is great for improving digestion! Reduce or avoid salt.