THE POWER OF SOUR
There is a well founded understanding that is based on centuries of observation and experience, and it lives in the heart of Ancient Traditional Medicine all over the globe. That understanding knows and utilizes the power of the five tastes in daily food consumed. That recognized and proven understanding does not exist in Modern Allopathic Traditional Medicine. Why is that? Well, it is mostly because Allopathic Medicine, from my experience and understanding, is based on the use of Prescribed and Over the Counter Drugs, Injections, and Surgeries. Aside from people who study and practice Traditional Ancient Medicines, (Asian, Ayurvedic, African, etcetera) the five tastes are very familiar to people who are professionals in the culinary world. Also, the general population that likes to cook, eat and watch the Food Network and shows like Top Chef are familiar with the five tastes. Here is a brief but comprehensive article that discusses the importance of the 5 Tastes from a health perspective.
This post is not meant to be a in-depth tutorial on the importance of how the Sour Taste impacts our overall health, and especially Digestion and Elimination. I am writing to share my personal experience with Tamarind and how it has impacted my Liver, Digestion and Bowel Function in a very positive way.
So, there have been foods and condiments that I have had to avoid, or minimize. One of them is the sour taste of Vinegar, and I mean Vinegar of all kinds, even Apple Cider Vinegar. Why is that? Well, Vinegar is fermented and that combination of fermentation and sour helped to exacerbate some irritating symptoms around inflammation. Raising a heated condition and making inflammation worse. This is not a permanent problem and it is improving, but in the meantime I want to eat something sour and Tamarind was recommended to me by Dr. Jennifer Daniels, MD.
I have found Tamarind a great help in cultivating better bowel function when eaten with animal proteins, or any food that has a dense nature. By dense nature I mean something that might have a thick viscosity, that would be filling and might sit in the stomach too long. This is especially true of a person, like myself, who has a history of sluggish Digestion and Bowel function. Now, I was not familiar with Tamarind before Jennifer Daniels told me about it. It took awhile to find the best form to buy and ingest it. So, to cut to the chase, I have discovered that Tamarind Paste is the best form, that I have found so far, to consume and benefit from. I purchase Tamarind Paste from My Spice Sage, but I am open to other sources.
I consume tamarind at different times and for different reasons. I do take tamarind soon after waking up in the morning on an empty stomach, and for me it can be a help in inducing bowel function. I rarely have indigestion anymore and that is due to progress with my health, but getting to this place has been helped by eating certain condiments, with the right balance of protein, starch and vegetables, and drinking enough water with meals.
From what I understand, people from different culinary worlds use tamarind in their cooking, dressings and marinades, etcetera. My use is simple, I just break off a piece and suck on it before I eat, during my meals, after and sometimes in between. The Tamarind I have tasted is quite sour but at times, I think depending on my personal condition, can taste sort of sweet to me. My experience over a period of two years is that Tamarind is a relatively inexpensive and easy way to help improve digestion, elimination and has helped positively impact my overall health.