Yoga and ayurveda are India’s most popular health exports of all time. In recent years, we’ve been flooded with information about ayurveda health benefits and practices. While very little has reached the mainstream dailies about the kind of exercise ayurveda recommends beyond walks and yoga, a lot is reported about its diet and lifestyle recommendations. Today, Dr Shashibala - Consultant with Moolchand Ayurveda Hospital, Moolchand Medcity - tells us about ayurveda’s beliefs regarding the ideal healthy lifestyle and diet. Over to Dr Shashibala.
The right diet as per ayurveda
According to ayurveda, any living or non-living thing is made up of five basic elements (Panch mahabhuta) i.e., space, air, fire, water and earth. Every unit (cell) of the body is made up of three humors (Doshas)-vatta, pitta and kapha. In each type of cell, the ratio of these three humors is different. If the ratio between the three changes; then it causes diseases in the body. Dominance of these doshas changes naturally with respect to age, day and season.
The study and practice of ayurveda believes that the year is divided into two kaals
i.e., Adaan Kaal and Visarg Kaal. This division is according to the positioning of the Sun. Adaan Kaal (summer) means ‘taking away’; in this time, the sun and the wind are powerful, and the digestive system and body strength becomes weak. In contrast, Visarg kaal means ‘giving’; it starts from mid November to mid January.