According to the ancient wisdom science of Ayurveda, a diet can be considered to be right and beneficial for the body when it adheres to natural norms.
The natural diet needs to be able to maintain the natural well being of an individual. At the same time, the diet should be supportive enough to combat an ailment.
Overdoing of the following diet types is discouraged.
Diet Types & Ayurveda Philosophy
Rough Diet: A diet that is rough and dry by nature tends to decrease the stamina of the individual. This kind of diet interferes with the natural manifestation of digestion and assimilation of food. This may lead to increased flatus and abdominal gas formation and improper evacuation of bowels.
As rough and dry diet aggravates the vatta dosha—or the air body humor—ailments like constipation, joint pains, dryness in the digestive tract, or dry skin might crop up.
In the long run, this kind of diet could rob you off the natural glow and radiance.
Oily Diet: Oily and unctuous foods when made a part of your daily diet can be rather disheartening. When you are taking in these kinds of foods more often, there is aggravation and imbalance of the kapha dosha, or the phlegm humor of the body.
Other than gaining unwanted pounds and becoming obese, there are other dilemmas like heaviness in the abdomen and chest region, lethargy, loss of natural hunger, and increased salivation.
Hot Diet: When you are taking more foods that are particularly hot in potency, you are bound to experience increased burning sensation within your body. Ailments like hyperacidity, skin disease with hemorrhage, and mental anxiety may turn up.
The hot food when taken continuously for a long stretch of time tends to amplify your body heat, and in the process the pitta dosha becomes vitiated. This in turn may lead to physical and mental weakness, vertigo, and lassitude.
Cold Diet: Some foods that are cold in potency, if taken for longer times, may smother your gastric fire. As a consequence, indigestion prevails. This suppression of the gastric fire then leads to anorexia and occasional nausea. There may be joint stiffness, blocking of the sinuses, and intolerance towards environmental cold.
Solid Diet: Regularly taking more hard and solid foods can be constipating. This kind of food is difficult to move down the alimentary canal and makes digestion worse. Digestion becomes very slow, or there may be indigestion and discontent.
Liquid Diet: Ayurveda limits intake of water and other liquids along with food mainly because this interferes with the normal burning of the gastric fire. Also, there are a number of ailments that may crop up in the process. This includes ailments like respiratory afflictions of frequent cough and colds, decreased immunity, or indigestion.
Not only this, taking in more of a liquid diet might lead to more grave ailments like diabetes and conjunctivitis.
Ayurveda Recommends: Optimum Tastes & Moderation for Natural Wellness
Sweet foods will pacify digestion, salty foods harm the eyesight, and more sour foods interfere with natural weight gain. Also, more intake of pungent, bitter, and astringent foods is an invitation to early aging.
Ayurveda has a practical approach towards diet and lifestyle balance, wherein the emphasis is on moderation and optimum intake which is obligatory to gaining as well as maintaining natural wellness and longevity.
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Dr. Sonica Krishan is an Ayurveda and Natural Lifestyle Consultant, freelance health writer, and book author based in Chandigarh, India. She has authored the natural home cure books Herbal Healers and Home Remedies, and is presently writing for national and international publications. She may be contacted at email@example.com or visit www.herboveda.co.in