DUMVI MIZAJ (SANGUINE): NUTRITION & RECIPES BY DR.AFROZ FATHIMA

ANYTHING IN EXCESS CAN BE PROBLEMATIC !!!! EVEN IF ITS BLOOD(DUM)

 In Unani Medicine, blood, or the Sanguine humor, is the essence of life and health.  To maintain vibrant youth and good health, it’s important to cleanse this most vital of all humors, and keep it in balance through constant regeneration and renewal. Firstly I wanna make sure you understand the importance of determining your mizaj (temperament) in terms of basic polarity of your body -being inclined towards the hotness (hararath ) and moistness (rutubath) parameters, this way you are half done and the other half can be taken care with your dietary changes and some basic unani recipes which can in turn boost the balance of DUMVI (akhlath) in your body .

 DUM (Blood) is perfect nourishment to the body when perfectly digested.  As the first humor to arise,DUM( blood) is also the first humor to be replenished and regenerated from the food we eat.  Eating a balanced, wholesome, nourishing diet is the best way to generate healthy and vital blood for optimum health.Eating meat generates a great abundance of blood, but the down side is that it will be too thick, acidic and filled with toxic residues.  Eating meat is only necessary two to three times per week at the most to keep the blood robust and healthy. Those of a Sanguine temperament(DUMVI MIZAJ ), who naturally generate an abundance of blood, have an easy time being vegetarians.

LETS DISCUSS UNANI NUTRITIONAL SCIENCE FOR SANGUINES!!!

In a nutshell people with sanguine temperament are gregarious, cheerful, adaptable, and patient. They have soft ruddy skin, warm squishy bodies, and thick black hair. They are sturdy, and have bigger veins and stronger pulse. Waste matter (urine, sweat, and feaces) discharged from their bodies have usually strong color and odour.

Similar to people with choleric temperament, those with sanguine temperament had better not consume large amounts of food with warming characteristics (warm Mizaj) especially in warm seasons and warm climate. 

Heavy ash such as ash-e Reshteh (a thick soup with thin noodles, vegetables and beans, cheakpea, lentil, etc.) or ash-e Shole Ghalamkar (another thick soup with beans, peas, lentils, leafy vegetables, rice, etc.) and Haleem (a stew which includes wheat or barley and meat as main ingredients) are not of much benefit for these people. Only light ash with small amounts of beans, fresh vegetables and slight sour taste are recommended to people with warm and wet Mizaj. 

Consuming high calorie and heavy food items, such as red meat, camel meat, turkey, large amounts of bread and rice and liver especially during spring and summer (warm days) is not recommended to this group.

In general, diet high in starchy foods such as pasta, potato, and egg is not very much to the benefit of sanguine people. People with warm and wet Mizaj should consume butter, cream, sweets, salty and spicy foods the least. 

Different kinds of ash (a thick soup or stew, which is usually served hot) such as rice ash, verjuice ash, sumac ash, pomegranate ash, Sikanjabeen (one of the oldest unani drinks; a syrup made of boiled water, sugar and vinegar) ash, soups, broths and stews, light vegetarian cooked or steamed food, and Abdoogh Khiar (a cold cucumber and yogurt soup) are best for them.

Fasting and even in some cases skipping lunch (however cautiously) would be beneficial for these people. They should wait for hunger to hit them in order to eat.They should consciously avoid being in warm and humid conditions such as sauna, steam room, or a bathroom filled with steam.  

As they have muscular body and a body composition of larger proportion of muscle tissue rather than fat they need to exercise and lack of movement would cause waste products and other toxins to build up in their bodies. Therefore, they are more prone to develop high uric acid and cholesterol levels.  

Consuming low-calorie food stuff which only fills one up without gaining weight such as light stews, celery, carrot, olive, lettuce, cabbage, broccoli, spinach, and zucchini are recommended to this group of people.

People with warm and wet Mizaj are advised to donate blood and receive wet cupping therapy. As a general rule, enhancing body’s natural ability to detox through main exit routes for toxins such as urine, feces, and perspiration is pretty good for this group.

Drinking liquid chicory extract (Kasni), fumitory extract (Shahtetrah), sour and sour-sweat Sikanjabin, pomegranate, lemon, or berberry syrups would also benefit them. Vegetables, salads and watermelon are also good provided they don’t over eat. Consuming sour fruits and adding sour food items to stews and ash would be of advantage to them. 

OOPS !!! there’s no magic bullet folks @

GRAB YOUR PLATE AND CHOOSE BEING HEALTHY – HAPPY EATING !

BY DR.AFROZ FATHIMA

 

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