In Ayurveda, Ahara (diet), Nidra (sleep) and Brahmacarya (abstinence) are recognized as the three Upasthambhas (sub pillars) essential for the smooth running of life.
Aahar is considered as one of the major contributors in longetivity of life. Majority of diseases are caused due to lack of proper knowledge about the proper food intake.
Let us see how the food we eat can be a reason of our sufferings.
Our nature is made up of Panchamahabhoot i.e Aakash (Space), Vayu(Air), Teja(fire), Jala(Water) & Prithvi(Earth).
These elements are also present in our body in the form of Tridoshas – Vata, Pitta & Kapha. Or in other words we can say these tridoshas are the biological derivatives of these Panchamahabhoots.
All the dietary articles present around us are composed of Panchamahabhootas and hence affect the tridoshas in our body. A balanced diet in Ayurveda is planned in relation to the known Panchabhautic composition and Tridoshic impacts in the living body.
Food (Ahara) and lifestyle (Vihara) significantly affect one’s overall health and the increase of metabolic and degenerative diseases are the result of adaptation of modern life style without taking in to consideration the Prakriti (body constitution), age, surrounding area, methods of cooking, season etc. Like for instance, “Curd shouldn’t be taken at night.”.... But this fact is conveniently neglected by many people and they tend to suffer from digestion issues like acidity, constipation etc.
There are many rules related to Aahar mentioned in classic ayurvedic texts which are called as AAHAR VIDHI. They are as follows-
• Food should be warm and freshly prepared while consuming (Frozen food is a fashion these days)
• It should be Snigdha or unctuous as it facilitates digestion. (As Per American Heart Association also, Fats help your body absorb some nutrients and produce important hormones, too)
• Eat in appropriate quantity. (Overeating causes increase in weight, and digestion related issues)
• Eat after digestion of previous food. The important sign of digestion of previous meals is you feel hungry again. Sense of fullness indicates your digestion is slow.
• Eat that food which is not antagonist in potency. These are called as viruddha ahar. For ex- Milk along with citrus fruits (Milkshakes, icecreams), fish along with milk, Milk with salty biscuits, curd rice with pickels and many more. Intake of incompatable diet is responsible for the causation of blindness, Ascites, fistula in ano, abdominal distention, stiffness, varieties of anaemia, indigestions, various skin diseases, diseases of intestines, swelling, gastritis, fever, rhinitis, and infertility.
• Eating in a place with pleasant and calm environment, with a proper concentration on eating only.(These days television is our best buddy to enjoy food with.)
• Eat peacefully. Haste is Waste. Eating hurriedly causes many diseases like gastritis, constipation.(Getting up 10 minutes early in the morning will help you eat peacefully without missing you local train or an important meeting.)
• Do not eat too leisurely as that food would become cold and there will be irregularity in digestion
• Don’t talk or laugh while eating. (Discussion during lunch or dinner is a corporate norm these days. Kindly avoid)
• Eat rightly, considering your constitution. (Consult a ayurvedic doctor for advice on your body constitution).
We at VED CLINIC, analyze your body constitution and calorie requirement according to your body type, age, BMI, nature of work like sedentary or strenuous, diseases you are suffering from and CUSTOMIZE your AYURVEDIC DIET PLAN accordingly.
“When Diet is wrong medicine is of no use and when Diet is correct medicine is of no need”.. Ayurvedic proverb.
Do visit Ved Clinic for a detailed Prakriti analysis, and Ayurvedic Diet consultation.