Everyone knows the importance of food in the maintenance of health. What we forgot is when to eat? Knowing when? What? How much to eat are the key factors responsible for keeping our health at its best. Food is responsible for all the activities of the body like strength, complexion, immunity, repairing damages, growth etc….The following are some of the most salient points which can be immediately put into practice so that one can make a beginning.
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- Have warm food
Food tastes best in the warm condition, improves the digestive fire to digest the food, Warm food gets digested early, helps in Vatanulomana (the normal activity of vata) and dries up kapha. so one has to eat warm food.
- Food has to be Snigdha
Having Snigdha food(unctuous materials like ghee, oil etc…) enhances the taste, increases digestive fire, gets digested easily, helps in vatanulomana (the normal activity of vata) and makes it strong, helps in assimilation, thus increases the strength and provides complexion.
- Eat right quantity
One should eat judiciously considering his need. The right quantity food will not disturb the harmony of tridoshas(Vata, Pitta, Kapha), helps in increasing Ayu (lifespan) and gives happiness. The food got digested properly helps the waste to move forward and expelling out. Having right quantity will not impair digestive fire and helps in transforming food into nutrients(Sarabhaga) and separates waste(Kittabhaga).
- Eat only after feeling hungry
One should eat only after the previous food is digested completely because all the three humor (Vata, Pitta, and Kapha) will get aggravated when the new food gets mixed with the undigested food. When the food is digested properly the doshas will be at their normal places, one will have good digestive fire which creates proper appetite, all the channels will be clear, one will get pure belching, clear heart, Vatanulomana(normal activity of vata), proper expulsion of vata(flatus), urine and stools. When the consumed food is digested completely it will not cause any disturbance to dhatus(bodily elements) and will only enhance Ayu(lifespan).
- Food intake in day and night
After having food once in the daytime, one should not take food again if the digestive fire is low. One can have food at night even though the food taken in the daytime is not digested and it will not cause any problem. If one takes food before the digestion of previous food will destroy the digestive fire itself. Food consumed in the morning before the night’s food is digested completely will be equal to poison.
- Avoid Virya viruddha Ahara
Food combination should not be virya virudha(opposite potencies) because it will prevent the person getting into the diseases produced by consuming opposite potencies food.
- Eat in Pleasant Place
One should consider eating in pleasant place because eating in unpleasant place will cause unwanted thoughts which may disturb the mind. The additives used along the main food also should be as the desired one or it should be according to persons like. So one should eat at a pleasant place with proper additives.
- Do not Eat in Hurry
Eating in a hurried manner creates tiredness and increases the time for snigdhata(unctuous or to mix with digestive enzymes). Eating in a hurried manner will not get processed properly and nutrients will not reach its desired destination. by this there is no guarantee that the food will attain the qualities of doshas(body humor) for nourishing, so one should not have food in a hurried manner.
- Do not Eat Very slow
The person who consumes food in a very slow manner will not get satisfied, thus ending in having more in quantity. The ingested food becomes cold and impairs the digestion process. So one should not consume food very slow.
- Avoid talking, laughing while having food
One should have food with the presence of mind by not talking or laughing. The similar problems of eating in a hurried manner are also seen when one takes food with chit-chat, laughing and eating without the presence of mind.
- Eat the food which is Satmya (suitable for body)
One should consider his prakruti(body nature) before eating food. Foods must be chosen by understanding which are suitable to the body and which are not suitable. One should consume food which is suitable for the body. One will be knowing which food suits him or good for him. So by considering prakruti one should choose good food to eat.
These are the few basic consideration one should pay attention while having food.