Ayurveda Knowledge

Ayurveda is the ancient Indian system of natural and holistic medicine. When translated from Sanskrit, Ayurveda means “the science of life” (the Sanskrit root Ayur means “longevity” or “life” and veda means “science”).

Ayurveda bestows us with the knowledge of how to prevent disease and how to eliminate its root cause if it does occur. The oldest known texts on Ayurveda are the Charaka Samhita, Sushruta Samhita, and the Ashtanga Hrudaya. These texts detail the affect that the five elements found in the cosmic system - earth, water, air, fire, space – have on our individual system, and expound on the importance of keeping these elements balanced for a healthy and happy life.

According to Ayurveda, each person will be influenced by certain elements more than others. This is because of their prakriti, or natural constitution. Ayurveda categorizes the different constitutions into three different doshas:
Vata dosha, in which the air and space elements dominate
Pitta dosha, in which the fire element dominates
Kapha dosha, in which the earth and water elements dominate

The dosha affects not just the shape of one’s body but also bodily tendencies (like food preferences and digestion), and the temperament of one’s mind and emotions. By understanding the qualities of our natural constitution we are better able to do what is needed to keep ourselves in balance.

So as per Ayurveda, it suggests certain lifestyle changes related to daily and seasonal regimen, importance of eating healthy and how we should eat; the type of food we should consume, it also emphasis the importance of time in all that we do, it also strongly recommends that we should do daily massage, yoga exercises and have good sleep which can help us achieve healthy and strong body, mind and spirit.

Based on this know more about the lifestyle changes required as per Ayurveda

Ayurveda is science of knowledge that balances the life through diet. According to ayurveda, the act of eating is life-giving. The process of eating, according to ayurveda, is something reverent and important for the development of consciousness as well as our physical health. Any disbalance in this may lead to problems.

Healthy Eating
In Ayurveda: 
  • Everything is associated with our body type and the diet we take. 
  • Balancing your digestive agni is a key principle. That's why ayurveda recommends a number of general practices for better digestion.
  • Cold Food and Drinks are prohibited in general. 
  • The time and meals of the day are important for your well being.
  • Skipping breakfast is a big no!
  • As far as possible eat fresh food. Opt for lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, not only for their nutritional value, but also because they are good natural internal cleansers. Start your day with apples, bananas or pears. Eat a handful of berries or citrus fruits for your mid-afternoon snack. 

  • Recommendation of bioavailable food is suggested. Cook your veggies rather than eating them raw. Although raw veggies “may” contain more vitamins and nutrients, they can be harder for our bodies to metabolize. So best is to steam/sautee; in either case, room has been created in its cellular structure for our enzymes to penetrate and much more quickly digest it. If you are a salad eater, try eating your raw veggies at lunch, giving your body plenty of time to digest your food. During the early afternoon hours when the sun is highest in the sky, our digestive agni is working at its maximum potency. And as the sun goes down, so does our agni. So to burn our largest meal of the day, we eat it at lunch — we add it to our strong digestive fire at noon.
  • According to Ayurveda, each meal should contain all six flavors: sweet, sour, salty, bitter, astringent, and pungent. The dominance of the flavors will be based on our predominant dosha makeup. 
  • Add spices not just for flavor or aroma but for its therapeutic value to any meal. Spices help boost natural immunity, and most of them can rev up our digestion so our bodies are able to absorb and assimilate the nutrients from the foods we eat! If you are new to the world of spices and aren't quite sure what to choose, read through our section of spices.
  • You must go with the cleansing of your body at every season change. This is done by skipping the regular food. During this period very light diet with lots of hot water is recommended. This increases the digestive power.
  • Cooking is an Art! Ayurvedic cooking is the art of balancing ingredients while inducing prana. The relationship between the six tastes and the three dosha is at the root of Ayurvedic dietetics. Most importantly in Ayurveda, all six tastes are balanced during the cooking.
  • Lot of emphasis is given on light and slow cooking under low flame heat using heavy non reactive pots and pans. In order to preserve prana(nutrition) overheating and losing the original color and nascent taste of the vegetable is not recommended. For example, the okra needs to be radiant green and not dripping with oil and still somewhat be crunchy.
  • Avoid Wrong Combination of Foods
  • Lots of emphasis on seasonal rhythms, geographical location of where the food is grown, digestive capacity of the individual and other holistic factors. It doesn't define nutrients on the quantities of calories, fats, carbohydrates and proteins. Getting healthier, is about eating holistically. Ayurveda does not categorise food into groups, like carbs, proteins and fats. The satiating potency and pranic food value are based upon the singular axiom that the whole is much greater than the sum of its parts, just like the wholeness of the body.
  • Don’t choose processed foods, genetically-modified foods, and foods to which artificial preservatives or other synthetic chemicals have been added. Our bodies possess the natural intelligence to process the foods that are closest to nature, such as fresh whole grains and organically-grown fruits and vegetables. We have evolved as a species over millions of years eating whole, natural foods. It is just in the last few hundred years that artificial ingredients and toxic pesticides have been introduced into the food chain. It is no wonder that the incidence of cancer has exploded in the last few centuries. Whenever possible, choose organic, unprocessed foods.
  • If you are tea drinker switch to therapeutic Herbal Teas, Green Teas, Fruit Infusions that not only offer comfort any time of the day or night, but more importantly, they are specifically formulated according to the ancient records of Ayurveda and have the balancing effect described for each one. 

In Ayurveda, we metabolize with all five senses! We don’t metabolize just our food….everything we hear, touch, see, taste and smell becomes part of us, so choose wisely and live a healthier life. And cooking and eating in a harmonious atmosphere turns food into nectar. A pleasant, tidy, cheerful environment and the nurturing company of friends or family will actually make mealtimes more nourishing.
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  2. Healing Art of Ayurveda Cooking
  3. Ayurveda Tips for Good Health and Healthy Life
  4. Ayurveda Secrets to a Healthy Dietary Habits for a Healthy Lifestyle.
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  6. Fasting Benefits As Per Ayurveda and Basic Guidelines


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