Ayurveda Food Style

The diet is a key component of the Ayurvedic healing system and a ayurveda practitioner or Doctor will ask you closely about your diet habits. Doctor will recommend you eat more or less of certain types of food, herbs, and spices—depending on your dosha—with the aim of bringing your body back into balance. When the body is well nourished and in balance, it is better able to fight off infection and ailments are less likely to arise. Common ingredients in Ayurvedic cooking include holy basil, ginger, fenugreek, garlic, gotu kola, turmeric, and sesame seed oil.

“Aaharah Praanah,” says ayurveda, which means “food is a synonym for life.” Food nourishes more than the body. It determines the quality of your very consciousness. What you eat, how you cook, when and in what company you eat… these seemingly small details have a big impact on your overall health and, ultimately, your life span.

Use plenty of spices and herbs in cooking. Spices are not only taste-enhancers, but also great healers. Sprinkle some freshly-cracked black pepper on your sandwich, and it helps you absorb the nutrients readily. A pinch of turmeric in your soup not only adds color but also works as an excellent antioxidant. Combined in the right proportions, spices lend their synergy to everyday soups and curries. If you are not sure how to blend them, try Maharishi Ayurveda’s gourmet Spice Mixtures, which will spice up your food with no fuss and lots of flavor.

To derive maximum benefit from your spices, sauté them in clarified butter or ghee before adding them to prepared foods. Ghee helps the body absorb the lipid-soluble part of spices with ease. It’s highly aromatic and delicious, too.

Some of the basic Ayurvedic eating practices include: Intake of six rasas or tastes. At each meal, you will incorporate foods that are sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent.

12 Ayurvedic Healing Foods to Add to Your Diet

According to Ayurveda these healing foods support a healthy body, stimulate its repair and rejuvenate.

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