28 April 2020

Why food is much more than just nutrition !!!!

Food has always been a matter of discussion where we like to experiment with it, may it be in regard to pestering our taste buds or in regard to keeping our health safe…. Some eat to live and ofcourse some live to eat … But I profoundly remember the discussions made in various contexts as to how much is “food” Important in our sustainence. What are the parameters we need to consider while choosing what we eat. There are few points to be considered here….

1. Constitution of food – what is our food made up of ? Contemporary science and diet advises nutrient rich food. The main nutrients which can be divided into macro- nutrients like proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins etc… And micro – nutrients like minerals. But we believe food is much more than the “recommended daily allowance” of nutrition.

2. Food is divided intocategories like satwika, rajasika and tamasika. These different types of food have numerous benefits and ill-effects on the health. Technically, maximum amount of satvika food with the combination of slight rajasika food would be an ideal combination of our type of “recommended daily allowance”. Satwika type of food which basically comprises of freshly prepared, hygienic, vegetarian diet helps in enhancing our intelligence, keeps us light and gives us clarity of thoughts… Rajasika food which comprises of too much spicy, sour food etc is needed in very small quantities. It can help in increasing our digestion and keeps our energy levels high. On the other hand, if taken in excess can cause anger issues, increased blood pressure, sleep issues etc. The last catogery is tamasika type of food which mainly comprises of alcohol, onion-garlic, rotten food, meat etc …. This category is not advisable since it can cause ill-effects on body and mind.

3. Food is considered god – the famous phrase of “Annam Brahma” reflects the higher understanding of food by our ancestors. Anything which is taken inside our body, be it air, food or water has its own energy which reflects as a good health for the person who consumes it. Hence, this gives a very divine touch to what we take within our body. This is based on a simple theory that, food is much more than just a set of nutrients and bundle of “matter”. Our food has some vibration, some sort of energy in it, when taken within with gratitude and respect can bring us good health and mindset. We end our meal with “Annadaata sukhi bhava” which can be translated as, “let the person (God in this context) who has given me food be happy and prosperous”.

4. Food possessing all tastes in it – contemporary science recognises five tastes i.e. sweet, bitter, salty, sour, and umami. Whereas ayurveda recognises six tastes in contrast to the contemporary science i.e. sweet, sour, salty, pungent or spicy, bitter and astringent. According to ayurveda, each of the above said tastes have a specific effect on the bodily doshas and tissues. Hence, all to be taken in moderation and all six tastes to be included in every meal in it, to make it wholesome. This may be an indirect idea about the nutritional balance told by the modern science.

5. Food and pancha-mahabhootas – just like this whole universe comprises of five basic elements called pancha mahabhootas, food and our body too are made up of the same. So, depending on our body condition and our body needs we cns carefully choose the food what we have to eat.

This multi-dimensional approach is what makes Ayurveda stand out of the normal science and theories we talk about. Theories of ayurveda is something complex but which stands the testing of time since ages. Let’s follow ayurveda diet for a better healthy world.

Happy time !!!! Stay tuned…

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