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What Is A Healthy Lifestyle And Diet For Ayurveda



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.




According to ayurveda there are three foundation pillars of a healthy body i.e. Aahar (food), Vihar (lifestyle) and Neendra (sleep).  A sound metabolic system is the key to a good immune system.” - 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.



What ayurveda recommends for the winter diet and lifestyle

  1. Heavy foods, both - qualitatively and quantitatively, should be taken since they’re believed to balance the vatta in the body.
  2. Food should be sweet, sour and salty.
  3. Lukewarm water should be used for drinking purposes.
  4. Cinnamon, black pepper, clove, and ginger should be added in daily food.
  5. Wheat, gram flour, corn flour, milk product, sugar-cane product, edible oil, wine prepared from jaggery, non-vegetarian food can be consumed in good amounts.
  6. Curd, rice and salad should not be taken in the night time.


Winter lifestyle modifications as per ayurveda

  1. Every one should wear heavy and warm clothes to properly cover their body; it should not be exposed to cold winds.
  2. Everyday oil massages should be done before bathing.
  3. A person should bathe with lukewarm water for 5-6 minutes; bathing for too long with very hot water causes skin dryness.
  4. Exercise and sunbathe for a minimum 30 minutes every day. 


What ayurveda recommends for the summer diet and lifestyle

  1. Stick to light food containing less fat, oil and spices as they take lesser time to digest.
  2. Drink plenty of fluid in terms of water and fresh seasonal fruit juices to combat loss of fluid of the body through sweating.
  3. Avoid caffeinated drinks like tea and coffee to avoid further dehydration. 
  4. Add black cumin powder in your food.
  5. Include raw onion as a part of salad, as it helps to protect the body from high temperatures.


Summer lifestyle modifications as per ayurveda

  1. Avoid sleeping during the day.
  2. Uninterrupted sound sleep for 6 to 8 hours every night is necessary for complete rehabilitation and relaxation of the body.
  3. Include an early morning walk in your daily routine. 


What ayurveda recommends for the monsoon diet and lifestyle

  1. The study of ayurveda believes that In the monsoon all the three doshas are impaired.  In this season the chances of getting infected are higher so maintaining body hygiene is a must. 
  2. Avoid green leafy vegetables and salads.
  3. Avoid uncooked food. 
  4. Fresh food is ideal; avoid stale food (any food, which is kept for 6 hours after cooking) and curd

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