Ayurveda,the science of life, recognises health, not as the absence of disease, but as the quality of the life we lead. As per Ayurveda fundamentals, a body can only remain in complete health when the three doshas (Vata, Pitta and Kapha) would be in complete harmony. Almost all physiological and psychological functions of the body are controlled through these three doshas or bioenergies. Every individual possesses a different kind of body and hence, the composition of components always varies in one and all,contributing to your particular bodytype/prakriti.
Ayurveda is about health and longevity through- balanced diet(food), exercise or yoga and Ayurvedic herbs Ayurveda does not prescribe one diet as best for everyone, such as raw foods, macrobiotics, but seeks to individualize and optimize nutrition for the individual, based on their constitutional type . By knowing bodytype, one gets an access on what to eat, how to exercise, what to wear, how to cleanse and purify your body and how to prevent disease. Food is selected based on its elemental balance, its taste, its effects on the body, and qualities of the foods such as hot and cold, moist and dry, light and heavy, oily, rough, subtle, and others.
The main intention of diet in the Ayurvedic system is to nourish the body's tissues, known as the seven dhatus, In order to nourish the tissues, food must first be digested, which is the job of the digestive fire, or agni, which is seated in the stomach and small intestines. Food that is not properly digested, due to overeating, poor food combinations, imbalance of the elements, or toxins in the food creates a sticky, toxic substance known as ama, which coats the digestive tract and the tongue and which may also be deposited in the tissues, forming a breeding ground for chronic disease.
Ayurveda prescribes an individualized approach to the dietary and lifestyle practices based on what is correct and compatible for you. The key is in understanding your Self in relation to nature and all that which surrounds you. We shall try to attain this understanding and to develop a lifestyle that promotes health and longevity.
There are many health and life style tips which can be gained from this ancient healing system to gain a complete health:
- Eat only enough to satisfy hunger and eat whenever you are hungry (this will ensure most food may be digested and not add toxins to the system).
- Eat only when hungry, not according to the clock (your body knows when food is required, learn to differentiate hunger from greed).
- Ensure your last meal is at least four hours before sleeping so it may digest properly.
- Do not eat when upset, angry, or exhausted. Cook and eat in a calm, giving and positive state of mind.
- Avoid having water immediate after meals.
- Be aware of the taste and texture of the food you eat. Enjoy and appreciate your food, and feel satisfied and thankful.
- Chew food thoroughly and properly as this is the first step of digestion and vital so that the stomach can prepare the enzymes necessary to break down the particular food that it will receive.
- Eat simply and avoid those foods you know cause problems (particularly if your digestive system is weakened by excess toxins and you are undergoing treatment)
- Walk everyday.Ayurveda considers walking tridoshic exercise,which balances allthree doshas without putting excessivestrain on your body.It calms the body and nourishes the senses.
- Sip water throughout the day.It helps in removing toxins from body and an excellent healer.