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 Wholesome food, causes growth of healthy body while unwholesome food causes diseases”.
Ayurveda states that food and drink, that appeal to the eye, taste and feel
and are taken according to regimen, are the sustainers of life. They are the fuel to the “Jadaragni” (digestive fire) that burns within the body. If food and drink are ill chosen, ill prepared or ill served, the consequences will be harmful. Note that Ayurveda lays emphasis on not only selection and cooking of the food but also on how it is served.
 Food should be chosen to suit the individual constitution. The taste of the food also has to be considuced. Its ‘guna’ that is, whether food is heavy or light, hot or cold, oily or dry liquid or solid. The seasons of the year must also be considered in choosing proper diet.
 A broad classification of foods is necessary for designing diet. According to Caraka Samhita, foods are grouped as follows.
1. Sukadhanya (grains with husk)
2. Samidhanaya (pulses)
3. Masma (meats)
4. Saka (vegetables)
5. Phala (fruits)
6. Harita (greens)
7. Madya (alcoholic drinks)
8. Jala (water)
9. Gorasa (milk and milk products)
10. Iksu (sugarcane products)
 Further to this classification, caraka samhita describes the qualities, effects on the body and dosha of these 10 types of food.
Food for Tri – doshas
1. Vata dosha:- Foods that aggravate ‘vata’ are apples melons, Potatos, Tomato, egg plant, Icecream, Beef, Peas and green salad. Hence these foods must not be taken in excess. Foods that benefits vata prakriti are coconuts, brown rice, red cabage, bananas, grapes, cherries and oranges
2. Pitta dosha:- Spicy foods, peanut, butter, papaya tomotos and Garlic are to be avoided or taken less. Foods that benefit pitta dosha are mangoes, oranges, peas, plums and Green salad.
3. Kapha dosha:- Dairy products, dates, bananas, melon, coconut, pineapples, increase kapha. Beneficial foods are, dry fruits, pomegranates, Basmathi rice, chicken etc.
Seasonal Selections
 In summer, pitta is in dominance. Avoid pungent, hot, spicy foods. Autumn is the season of vata, hence avoid dry fruits, high protein foods etc. Winter, of course is the period of kapha. One should avoid cold substances like Icecream, cold drinks, curd and cheese.
Incompatible foods
 The following foods should not be taken together – Milk and Fish, milk and Meat, Yoghurt and beef, Milk and sour fruits. These combinations, if taken, cause production of toxins.
How to eat properly
? Eat only when you feel hungry. The food ingested earlier, should be allowed to be digested fully.
? Similary, do not drink (water) when you are not thirsty.
? When you feel hungry, do not assuage it by drinking water. If you drink at this time, the liquid will dissolve the digestive enzymes and Agni will be reduced. Similarly when you are thirsty, do not eat. Quench your thirst first.
? Eat your food in a congenial atmosphere with out distractions and disturbances.
? Each mouth ful should be chewed at least 30 times. This helps the digestive juices of the mouth to do their work and in addition, it gives time for the stomach to prepare it self to receive food.
? One third of you stomach should be filled with food, one third with water and one third with air.
? Do not over eat. When you over eat, the stomach distends itself. It expands like a balloon and if overeating is regularly done, the stomach will demand additional food. Overeating also results in the production of toxins in the digestive tract.
? Do not drink water immediately after food.
? If you suffer from constipation, or indigestion drinking warm – water before during the meals may help. Warm water activates Agni
How to fast properly
Before you undertake a fast, consult your physician
A person with vata constitution should not observe fast for more than 3 days. Same rule applies to pitta dominant persons. But persons with kapha constitution can go on fast longer because it benefits them.
 If a juice fast is undertaken, it is important to remember that grape juice is good for the vata constitution, pomegranate juice for the pitta constitution, and apple juice for the Kapha constitution. Each day of the fast, drink about one and one-half quarts of the juice diluted with water.
 During fasting, the digestive fire becomes rekindled and, since there is no food to digest, agni slowly burns away the balance of food if any.
 When one is observing a fast, physical strength and stamina should be watched. If it becomes noticeably less, the fast should be discontinued.
 For the normal healthy individual a warm water fast (one to two quarts perday) is advisable at least one day a week. This practices allows the digestives system to rest
Tips given by Acharya caraka
? Cereals ideal for use when a year old.
? Pulses are ideal for use when a year old. The old is rough, the new is heavy. When dehusked and fried, pulses are digested readily.
? Meat of animals which died naturally, killed by poisons or by snakes, tigers etc. should be discarded; as also that of too fat, too old, too young and emaciated. Meat soup is a useful tonic for those with phthisis, emaciation and other serious ailments.
? Vegetables contaminated by insects, damaged by wind or sun, old and unseasonal, uncooked in fat and not cleansed should be discarded.
? Old rotten and unripe fruits, those damaged by insects, animals, snow and sun, or grown in unnatural places and wrong seasons are unfit to eat.
? Individual properties are superseded by the steps in cooking and processing.
Other Ayurvedic suggestions
? The main meal should be lunch or as an early dinner. The quantity of food ingested should be no more than two cups together.
? The other two meals should be small.
? Fruits should be taken alone, about one hour before or after meal, because fruits tend to ferment in the digestive tract.
? Fruits should not be eaten with milk or other dairy products, because the acidity of the fruit in the stomach curdles the milk in the stomach.
The final and best suggestion is – consult on Ayurvedic doctor to determine your constitution (Vata, pitta or kapha) and let him devise your diet.
? s helps the digestive juices of the mouth to do their work and in addition, it gives time
? One third of your stomach should be filled with food, one thrid with water and one thrid with air.
? Do not overeat. When you over eat, the stomach distends itself. It expands like a balloon and if overeating is regularly done, the stomach will demand additional food. Overeating also results in the production of toxins in the digestive tract.
? Do not drink water immediately after food.
? If you suffer from constipation or indigestion, drinking warm – water before / during the meals may help. Warm water activates Agni

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