When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need”. ~Ayurvedic Proverb
If you are looking for a holistic diet to improve your eating habits leading to a healthy lifestyle, then an Ayurvedic diet is the answer for you.
Alternatively known as the “Science of life and longevity,” Ayurveda believes in beginning the treatment of an individual by appropriately balancing the diet to be followed. An apt nutrition plan that is strictly laid down by the nutritionists claims that disease can be absolutely cured if the patient religiously follows the natural Ayurvedic diet. On the other hand, when we tend to disregard the merits of eating an Ayurvedic diet, even the numerous medications you could be taking would fall short of providing the desired healing.
Ayurvedic nutritionists and therapists insist that even a minimal digestive complaint should not be ignored as it might be a hint of an impending disease. Unlike modern medical practitioners who do not prefer to indulge in meticulous details about the diet of an individual, Ayurvedic nutritionists would leave no stone unturned in analyzing the food history in depth of a person before suggesting a diet menu.
Attributes of an Ayurvedic Diet
Therapeutic science believes that the most common diseases arise due to a lack of an appropriate nutritious and balanced food intake. A well-balanced Ayurvedic diet regime is thus considered necessary to minimize any occurrence of disease which may arise due to improper eating habits and food intake.
Before commencing with a diet plan, one needs to determine the accurate constitution of the body to maintain the right balance needed for a healthy lifestyle. This can be done under guidance of Ayurvedic doctor or Vaidya who can tell about the various ‘Doshas” and their functions in the body. Once the combination of our doshas is determined, a proper diet, focusing on the apt food and drinking habits can be chalked out. You can balance your diet based on which foods support you and which may cause your ‘doshas’ to aggravate further.
Ayurveda focuses on using organic foods which are prescribed in an individual’s diet, keeping in mind his/her particular metabolism. The diet lays focus on eradicating the imperfect eating habits adopted in the past. Also, Ayurveda believes in transforming a person’s life with richly endowed herbs and natural food ingredients.
Diets along with relevant herbal supplements, need to be included in the daily diet regime of an individual so as to observe immediate changes in health. When you are taking an Ayurvedic diet, you will find your energy levels being elevated, your digestion would have become good and easy and also along with building Ojas or natural immunity, you are gradually becoming healthier.
According to popular belief, an Ayurvedic diet is taken for weight loss. However, the reality is that Ayurvedic diets cleanse the entire body by focusing on a balanced regime, leading to a healthy lifestyle for your entire life. Although, at the same time, a diet that is generally low in fat and can be of great assistance for an individual to maintain his/ her normal weight and thus a healthy lifestyle.
Rich in whole grains, fibrous foods, fruits and vegetables, an Ayurvedic diet focuses on reducing the intake of salt, sugar, alcohol, coffee and sodas.
The diet is also an anti-aging recipe. The enriching minerals and vitamins which are available their natural form tends to enhance the glow of your skin, boost up your energy levels as well as adds radiance to your over-all personality. Thus an Ayurvedic diet adds to a flawless complexion, which reduces the ageing process as well.
An Ayurvedic diet, being in proximity with the Nature, also aids in providing better memory, youthfulness, improved sleep and concentration power.
The Ayurvedic diet is in general rich in herbs and spices or condiments like garlic, cumin, black pepper, cardamom and ginger etc; which makes it highly digestible and health enhancing. Also, being rich in vegetable proteins, Ayurvedic diets help the food to assimilate well in the body.
Regulations for Taking an Ayurvedic Diet
Nutritionists insist that a carefully planned natural Ayurvedic diet plan would be most successful when the same is followed religiously. A diet should be taken after the previous meal is properly digested so that the next meal is adequately manifested into the body.
When deciding for the diet menu, you need to consider dividing your stomach hypothetically into four parts. Of these, two parts are to be filled with solid food, third with liquid diet and the fourth one is to be kept vacant for the free flow of gases. An Ayurvedic diet may include cleansing and purifying herbs like lemon or Trifla. Meant to cleanse the body internally, these natural herbs aid in reducing occurrence of obesity, and also promote easy digestion leading to the smooth functioning of the bowel movements. Ayurvedic diet recommends using these cleansing herbs like lemon generously as a light refreshing beverage, in tea, in salads or in food many times in the day.
Ayurveda recommends flushing out the toxins from your body by drinking plenty of water throughout the day. Known as the best beverage, normal room temperature water is recommended rather than iced water which hampers proper digestion. Incorporating plenty of water in your diet helps in arresting bloating, thus maintaining body fat.
Ayurvedic doctors forbid individuals to deprive themselves of food, in an urge to control weight. Balancing three meals properly with small snacks, in between, are recommended rather than starving yourself and trying to overcome the hunger pangs, in an attempt to lose weight. Denying yourself a balanced meal only leads to more weight gain and an imbalanced diet, causing improper digestion.
An Ayurvedic diet is at large cost effective, inexpensive and rich in its nature. Easily accessible from the kitchen shelf itself, diets are being sought after today for a longer, healthier and happier life.
Apart from focusing on a natural diet to improve health, Ayurveda also believes that the positive attitude of an individual towards any ill health is also vital in the treatment process of any disease. The will to make a difference in your lifestyle by adopting the right diet is most imperative. A half-hearted attitude towards diets will not show the desired results. Instead, an imbalanced diet can be detrimental to an individual’s health.
Rejuvenate your life today and make Ayurvedic diets in your lifestyle, to live the happy and healthy way!
About the Author
Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Author, Freelance Health Writer, Editor, Ayurveda Consultant at Herboveda and Holistic Healing Coach based at Chandigarh, India. She has a Bachelors in Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery and also an Advance Diploma in Naturopathy and Yoga. She has authored three natural home cure books: Herbal Healers, Home Remedies, and Healing through Ayurveda. You may contact her at email@example.com or visit her website http://www.herboveda.co.in.
Note – Information presented in this article is solely for the purpose of imparting education on Ayurveda and is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or mitigate any disease. If you have a medical condition, please consult a qualified health professional.