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Ayurvedic healing foods

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  • 1. In the holistic science of Ayurveda, food has been praised as the best entity among all life- sustaining factors. Ayurveda has identified six different tastes called rasa and has described their health benefits on judicious intake as well as their harms on excess/improper usage. The six rasa (tastes) are: sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent. Regular intake of all the six tastes through food is said to be the most effective measure for strength promotion; whereas intake of only a single taste on regular basis is the most important reason for debilitated health. Based on Ayurveda principles, the qualities and benefits of common food items have been summarized as under: Liquid Dietary Items: • Water is essential for life and is the best among factors that offer instant satisfaction. • Milk is said to be the best to provide vitality. • Honey is the best dietary item to pacify
  • 2. vitiated Kapha and Pitta doshas. • Ghrita/Ghee (milk fat) is the best dietary item to pacify vitiated Vata and Pitta doshas. • Natural oil from plant sources is the best dietary item to pacify vitiated Kapha and Vata doshas. • Mutton soup is the best nourishing food for relieving satiety. • Goat milk can be the single best remedy if a person is suffering from emaciation with bleeding tendency/internal hemorrhage and requires pacification of all vitiated doshas to seek normalcy and equilibrium. • Buffalo milk is the most effective diet for insomnia. • Butter milk is the best remedy if taken on a regular basis for colitis/spruce or irritable bowel with piles and obesity. • Wine, especially from grapes, if taken in moderate quantity, is said be the best item to relax, overcome fatigue, and feel tranquility.
  • 3. • Soup of carnivorous animals’ meat is best diet for those ailing with piles together with colitis/ irritable bowel and emaciation. • Ghrita/Ghee with milk if taken in right quantity every day is the best food for promotion of overall health and longevity. Solid Dietary Items: • Sugarcane is most beneficial for persons who are suffering with decreased urine output. • Barley, if taken as part of regular diet, can benefit persons with abnormally lesser quantities of stool. • Horse gram is excellent for stones or calculi of kidney/urinary tract. Its decoction or cold/hot infusions are most preferred. • Roasted grain flour mixed with equal quantity of ghrita/ghee is the best diet where a good aphrodisiac is required and if the person is also suffering from belching or flatulence. • Meat/mutton is the best regular diet for persons who complain of being underweight (poor BMI) and wish to put on weight.
  • 4. • Chicken is the best ‘tonic’ among all food items. • Salt is the best additive that can make the food tastier. • Citrus fruit is the best food among all cordials; it nourishes the heart and improves its blood supply.

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