Now-a-days metabolic disorders and lifestyle disorders have become a major concern. The major cause of these health problems are change in lifestyle and food behaviour. Ayurveda has always given a great consideration to diet, dietary methods, seasonal regimens and code of conduct in health and disease.
Therefore, a person who wants to be free from these diseases should take hitkar ahaar (suitable diet) as per his/ her digestive fire. Extensive description about diet and dietetics has been mentioned in Ayurveda under the preview of Ashtha Aahar Vidhi Visheshayatana.
8 incredible eating habits according to Ayurveda that you should adopt today are:
Start the day with warm water
- Taking one or two glasses of warm water in the morning purifies the subtle channels of the body through the deeper penetration into the body.
- Regular intake of warm water especially in the morning heals the body, builds the digestive fire and reduces the metabolic waste.
- Drinking warm water in the morning raises the body’s temperature which speeds up the metabolism and aids in weight loss as well.
Eating foods according to season
- This concept in Ayurveda is defined under Ritucharya (seasonal regimen).
- Seasonal fruits and vegetables are healthier as compared to non-seasonal and imported foods as they help in building immunity.
- Besides building immunity, these foods also help in digestive vigour and functioning.
- Being in tune with the seasons and eating foods according to seasons can help in balancing mind and body.
- Now-a-days, most of the people eat while driving or doing work without focussing primarily on the act of eating.
- Ayurveda recommends eating slowly, chewing well and paying attention to what you’re eating. This results in gas, bloating or nausea.
- It improves the body’s ability to digest properly and retain nutrients as well as enjoying the food.
Meals should be taken while sitting
- Eating meals while sitting is a significant practice in Ayurveda. In ancient practice, people used to sit down on floor while eating.
- While sitting, a person chews food properly and leaves all stress. The digestive system works properly and this helps in keeping gastric problems at bay.
- Moreover, eating in a proper sit-down mode is a way of showing respect to the food.
- It also brings contentment, satisfaction and happiness.
Healthy Digestive Fire
- Ayurveda has also focussed on our digestive ability or agni. Hence it is very important to keep the digestive fire healthy as it produces a subtle essence called ojas.
- For healthy digestive fire, sip ginger tea. This tea has been used for more than 2,000 years to treat the digestive issues. Ginger can relax the smooth muscles of the intestines and ignites the digestive fire.
- Ginger can also stimulate the production of saliva, bile and gastric enzymes to aid in digestion of food.
- Decoction of fennel, coriander and cumin seeds is also very helpful to improve digestion and combat gastric issues.
Avoid wrong food combination
- One of the habits that disturb the digestive fire is wrong food combination.
- As per Ayurveda, the diet which interrupts the metabolism is known as virrudh ahaara or incompatible diet. Regular intake of incompatible food combinations can lead to inflammation at the molecular level leading to degenerative illness.
- Some of the examples of wrong food combination are taking milk with sour fruits except amla, taking milk with fish, taking milk with tulsi, milk shakes, vegetables are incompatible with fruits and milk, lemons are incompatible with yogurt, nightshades like potatoes, tomatoes are incompatible with fruits like melon, cucumber.
- The wrong food combinations can lead to gastro intestinal disorders, skin diseases, allergies, infertility, foetal abnormalities, abdominal distension, metabolic disorders, psychosomatic disorders etc.
Overeating must be avoided
- When we eat more food than our stomach can accommodate, the body cannot properly break it down.
- There is more acid production leading to reflux and indigestion.
- In addition, the amounts of digestive enzymes produced may not be able to completely break down the volume of food ingested leading to more gas formation.
- So, over-eating must be avoided.
No distracted eating
- Eating food while watching T.V. or using mobile phones is a common habit.
- According to Ayurveda, food should be eaten with utmost respect as distracting environment diminishes the body’s ability to digest the food.
- The food should be eaten by being aware.
These eating habits may contribute a lot in maintenance of health and management of all lifestyle disorders.
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