As per Ayurveda, Kapha Dosha is dominant during childhood. When a Dosha is dominant, naturally the body tries to suppress the Dosha with food and activities. Sweet taste increases Kapha Dosha. But still most of the kids like sweets and chocolates. Why?
Another related question –
Usually spices are well tolerated during childhood and teenage. Why? and
Once after we reach 30+ we tend to start getting acidity, burning sensation gas etc with the same spicy food that once we used to love. Why?
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1. Kapha Dosha and childhood –
Kapha dosha is dominant in first one third of life. So, it is dominant in first 20 – 30 years of life. Kapha dosha helps to build the body and mind.
The nature of sweet taste is – to increase body nourishment, to improve mood, to keep the mind happy, and to cause overall growth of body and nourishment. Because of dominant Kapha, children grow faster and they are a lot happier when compared to adults.
Sweet taste directly increases Kapha Dosha.
Now why do they crave for more sweets when they already have high Kapha?
Usually, when a factor is more, body tends to balance it out, by craving for the opposite qualities. For example, in case of fever, body naturally hates sweet and foods, because already digestion strength is depleted and more of sweet food will cause worsening of digestion strength and fever.
But in childhood, there is more and more need of mental and physical growth. The sweet helps to keep the body and mind growth at proper pace.
Also, childhood is a physically active phase of life. Hence, more of carbohydrate supply helps to keep up with the energy needs of the body.
Why acidity after 30?
Sweet taste also protects and promotes health of mucosa of stomach and intestines.
At 20s and 30s, sweet intake decreases, spices in food increase.
By 30s, Pitta takes the dominant position and hence there is tendency to develop acidity and gastritis.
Bad habits, not sticking to strict regimen, increasing stress also contributes to the stomach woes.
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