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Ayurveda and diet

The healthy and wise choice

























































Ayurvedic diet includes foods that are flavorful, appetizing, aromatic and a way of achieving love. When those foods are served in an inspiring atmosphere they posses healing power for removing toxins and for the electrochemical vitalizing of the body. Herbs, spices, vegetables, legumes and so forth helps to maintain physical, mental and spiritual harmony. The Ayurveda, the natural medical science derived by the ancient Veda, classifies the food into six tastes: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. Ayurvedic healers recommend to include all of these six tastes at each main meal. Each taste has a peculiar function to balance the appetite and digestion. Also the look, smell and taste of food are important factors to facilitate absorption of the aliments. The ayurvedic science recommends the vegetarian manner of life as the most beneficial for the mankind by its pure effect on body and mind. The daily protein requirements of the human body can be easily met with a wholesome vegetarian diet based on different types of beans, whole wheat flour, milk products, nuts and fruits that are available in abundance during their season. This science reveals so clearly that does not exist any extra nutritional, physiological or psychological justification for meat eating. Killing a living entity violates one of the primary rules of right conduct and it is cause of degradation for the mankind. If we deprive others of the right to live for the sake of our own pleasure we will be involved in grievous sin. It is a common belief that a life requires another life to survive. Even though life exists in all beings, there are different degrees of evolution and manifestation of intelligence between the vegetable and the animal kingdoms. The degree of mental and physical pain as well as of the perception of the external world and the level of consciousness is less developed in the plants as compared to the animals. According to the Veda (ancient texts of Indian philosophy) the goal of human life is to know the Absolute Truth. To fulfill this pursuit the natural Indian science offers us a perfect guide to sustain our life causing the least suffering and harm to mother nature. Furthermore for reason of health, today many people are advised to reduce the intake of cholesterol in the blood and obesity by adopting a low calorie diet. This means avoiding red meat in their diet. In fact, it is found that vegetables are the cure for many digestive illness and reduce the risk of colon disease.

Ayurvedic wisdom provides a deeper insight into the reasons why you really should take the healthiest decision to be vegetarian. The nature of meat flesh is a dead corpse often days old by the time it reaches the supermarket. Dead food from whatever source is tamasic in nature; this means removing vital energy from the organism. Carnivorous animals possess powerful stomachs and short intestines, allowing foods to be processed and expelled fast. This short digestive cycle minimizes decay and the absorption of toxic chemicals. Even so, most carnivores need to sleep a lot following a full meal, so that all energy may be concentrated on food processing. Humans have a very different digestive tract than carnivores not suitable to digest meat. One should also observe that when an animal is taken to be slaughtered it screams, makes many abnormal sounds and jumps being tremendously fearful. Such fear creates a dramatic production of stimulating biochemical such as adrenalin and dopamine within the animals' flesh, which according to the Ayurveda are absorbed by a human during eating this flesh. For this reason the body of a meat-eater is continually in a state of grave anxiety, chronic tension, feelings of insecurity and confusion. Diseases that occur from fear are complex to cure as the herbal medicine explains. That is why today's meat-eating population faces many incurable diseases.   In this way one simply looses touch with the true inner consciousness, intuitive feelings, emotional sensibility. Moreover Carnivores breath smell is very unpleasant because it is not only produced by residual particles in the mouth, but also by waste products discharged in the lungs. The breath rate of carnivores is fast and shallow, associated in humans with fear, instability and agitated emotional state. Herbivores breathe deeply and slowly, inviting concentration of mind, harmony and relaxation. The carnivorous animals are guided by their instinct and have no choice, other eat flesh or perish. Man however posses a discriminating power and acute intelligence.  In fact it is an ample evidence that more than millions of individual live on vegetarian food alone.

All vital energy on the planet ultimately comes from the sun. Vegetarian diet provides the most efficient nutriment for the human system, because plants form the basis of the food chain, closest to the source of life itself, which is solar energy. Carnivores rely on second-hand photosynthetic energy, first converted to the flesh of the herbivorous prey.

 One who is seeking to raise his energy level must conclude that digestion is one of the greatest demands on our system. That much less energy is available for meditation and enjoyment. That is why the ayurvedic science strongly recommends a regimen of well cooked vegetarian recipes. In summary we can see that not only one can survive without meat but surely will be more healthy, achieving longevity, increasing his virtues, beauty, meditation powers and above all developing a divine consciousness.

The following is an Ayurvedic scriptural advice and home cures for maintaining/obtaining good health. This herbal medicine works only when you have unflinching faith in it as it is stated, bhesaje gurau, yadrsi bhavana yasya siddhir bhavati tadrsi, "Whatever quantity and amount of faith you carry in the herbal treatment and in the words of a scripturally authentic Spiritual Master that quality and that amount of results you will obtain."

1)In Ayurveda all categories of health problems begin due to constipation. Usually all the food that we eat does not come out through evacuation. Some still remains in the stomach and that becomes the root cause of ill health. As a remedy to clear this problem keep some water in a copper pot overnight and after washing your face and mouth drink it by doing so, in due course of time your longstanding constipation will be cleared. If long standing stool is out of the stomach and stomach is clean, lethargy and feverish feeling will disappear and vigor on the face will bloom.

2) Try not to drink water just before and after eating. If water is required while eating, light sipping of small mouthful at intervals is advised. If drinking of water is done only an hour after eating, the meal will be digested properly thus helping build immunities in the body. If this rule of drinking of water is not followed then the fire of digestion becomes either reduced or extinguished which will result in future health problems.

3) Right after eating, walking for hundred yards will help digest the food properly.

6)Those who eat bitter vegetables in March-April (month of Chaitra in Sanskrit), eat more rice in April-May (Vaisakha), also sleep in the day time in May-June (Jyestha), take a oil massage in June-July (Ashadha), avoid eating green vegetables in July-August (Sravana), eat chickpeas in August-September (Bhadra), those who eat gur (raw sugar) in September-October (Ashvina), those who eat radishes in October-November (Kartika), those who eat oily foods in November-December (Margashirsa), those who drink extra milk in December-January (Pausa), those who eat Khichri (rice and beans boiled together) in the month of January-February (Magha) and eating very early in the morning in the month of Phalguna (February-March) they experience better health increase of life span.
























































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