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Diet - make it a habit

Diet is not a rule, it’s an art to adopt in everyone’s life. Not only diseased, but the healthy person also should follow the diet to maintain balanced health. When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use and when the diet is right, medicine is of no need. Just think whether you want health without heavy medicine. If yes, then follow the proper principles of the diet.

What are the principles of a regular diet?
1. Proper quantity - For proper maintenance of positive health one should, first of all, eat food in proper quantity. The quantity of food to be taken again depends on the pattern of digestion. The power of digestion and metabolism again varies according to the season as well as the age of the individual. The standard measurement of food for an individual is to be determined on the basis of one’s own digestive capacity.
2. Method of taking –Caraka mentions that food taken in proper quantity promotes life span without disturbing the equilibrium of tridoshas (vata, pitta, kapha) also it passes down easily to anus, don’t disturb the digestive fire and gets digested with comfort. One should eat only when the previous meal is digested, otherwise, the indigested food vitiates all the doshas (Constitutions) quickly. One should eat food consisting of the items which are non-antagonistic in potency in a favorable place and with favorable accessories. One should not consume too fast and too slow. One should take food without talking and laughing and with full concentration.

What is a seasonal diet?
In Ayurveda, a specific diet is mentioned for six seasons. During the winter season (Hemanta and Sisira) (December, January, and February) due to the contact with the cold wind, the digestive power of healthy people gets increased and capable of digesting any heavy food. During spring (Vasanta) (March and April) out of the three humors, Kapha gets aggravated. Light and easily digestible food should be taken and heavy unctuous, sweet diets and day sleep should be avoided. During Grishma (June-July) due to the extremely hot weather intake of sweet, cold, liquid and unctuous diet and drinks are prescribed. Salty, sour, pungent and hot foods should be avoided during summer. During Varsha Ritu (August-September) the digestive power weakens and in order to maintain the normal power of digestion one should take old barley, wheat, sali rice along with the meat of arid animals and vegetable soup. The sarat ritu starts during October- November. In this season sweet, light, bitter and cold food and drink which have the potential to alleviate the vitiated pitta are advised. If you adopt a seasonal diet, it will help you to not get any disease which is common in that season. For example – cold, cough, etc.

Ayurveda lays a great deal of emphasis upon proper diet for the preservation and promotion of positive health, and prevention and cure of diseases. If a person suffering from any disease follows strictly the regulations of diet; he may not require medicine, but if he does not follow the regulations of diet, the medicine may be fruitless. Food taken in proper quantity provides strength, vigor, good complexion and nurtures the health of the tissues. In order to live healthily, one must live in harmony with his surroundings and follow a diet suitable to one’s own bodily constitution. Some of the Articles -