Ayurveda, the ancient medicine system from India, is based on two principles. First, there is a strong connection between the body and the mind. Second, the human mind has the power to change and heal the human body. Ayurveda is not only a system of treating illness but also a way of maintaining a healthy life. The Ayurvedic diet includes eating according to your body type and requirements.
According to Ayurveda, a balanced diet must include all the six tastes of sweetness, sourness, pungency, bitterness, astringency and saltiness. Including all the six tastes in your food will satiate your taste buds and prevent binge eating. In addition, including different colours in your diet is very healthy, which in the practical sense means eating a variety of fruits and vegetables.
The diet should have a balance of proteins, green leafy vegetables, carbohydrates and various vitamins and minerals. The proper amount of water also must be consumed along with a healthy diet. There are many more Ayurveda guidelines to lead a normal and healthy lifestyle. Let us look at some of them.
- Enjoy Seasonal Food: Eating according to the season is the best way to nourish your body. Usually, in the fall-winter season, the roots and tuber vegetables are available in plenty. These vegetables help in keeping the body warm. In the spring-summer season, fresh fruits and vegetables are available in abundance. These fresh fruits and vegetables keep the body hydrated and are extremely light on the body’s digestive system.
- Early Breakfast: According to Ayurveda, eating early breakfast helps in increasing the metabolism of the body. The breakfast should be eaten within an hour of waking up. The breakfast should be light and filling. This will give you a good amount of energy throughout the day. Consuming a heavy meal must be avoided in the morning as it can make you lethargic throughout the day.
- Eat Fresh Food: Processed foods must be avoided as they are difficult to digest and do not contribute much too overall health and well-being. Consume fresh and healthy meals that are digested easily and contribute to your overall well-being. Also, eating fresh foods helps in maintaining proper body weight and strengthens the immune system.
- Eat Alkaline Food: The foods that are alkaline in nature help in natural cleansing of the liver, producing healthy blood and nurturing various organs of the body. Those who are staunch followers of Ayurveda, usually consume vegetarian or vegan diet. Plants and vegetables are alkaline in nature and help in maintaining a healthy digestive system. It is best to avoid red meat and include more fish and chicken in your diet if you are a non-vegetarian.
Apart from the guidelines mentioned above, the Ayurvedic diet should include fermented foods as they are pro-biotic and very beneficial to the body. Caffeine must be avoided as it can cause a lot of harm to the body. However, if you wish to consume caffeine in the form of coffee or tea, then do so in small quantities.
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