Popular in the Indian subcontinent where its historical roots are steeped, Ayurveda is a system of alternative medicine which believes that the entire universe is made up of five elements namely, vayu (air), jala (water), aakash ( space or ether), prithvi (Earth) and teja (fire). By keeping the mind, body and spirit in balance, Ayurveda promises to prevent disease rather than treat it and aims to preserve health and well-being with an emphasis on diet, herbal remedies, exercise, meditation, breathing and physical therapy.
Emphasizing the importance of healthy eating, Ayurvedic expert and Ayushakti co-founder, Dr Smita Naram, said, “Healthy eating habits play a vital role in an individual’s growth and are necessary. to holistic development and lifestyle. From breastfeeding until old age, the food we eat helps us to develop good habits.
Health tips for children:
Since the child must be sufficiently nourished from childhood to avoid future health complications, breastfeeding is one of the most crucial parts of the first stage of life. Therefore, it is suggested that the mother have nutritious food to ensure that the child receives the right amount of nutrition. . Dr Smita adds, “Eating smart early on not only helps children stay healthy, but can rule out so many health complications in the future. Children should learn to have options for breakfast, instead of having bread butter, they can have a chickpea pancake (chilla), hard-boiled eggs, ragi porridge, and a protein shake. based on nutritious fruits and vegetables.
Age, lifestyle, illness, and family history all contribute to his diet as he grows older. Plus, always consult a nutritionist or health expert when it comes to dieting.
Dr Smita exclaims: “Ayurveda, being a 5000 year old medical science, has always focused on the quality lifestyle of healthy living and from the beginning it has placed particular emphasis on “Ahara” (diet) and “Anna” (food) which results in a good well-being of an individual. Good, nutritious food nourishes the mind, soul and body. If you want to maintain a healthy lifestyle in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic and beyond, Dr Smita is spilling the beans on which nutrients to include in your daily diet and which foods to remove for your overall holistic development and your way of life.
Nutrients to include in an adult’s daily diet:
1. Grains rich in fiber
3. Cooked vegetables
4. Beans and lentils
6. Fruits like papaya and pomegranate
7. Mung beans
8. Also add lots of spices like turmeric, ginger, garlic, cilantro and cumin to the food.
1. Raw food
2. Foods rich in inflammation like sugar and acidic foods
3. Processed meat
4. Foods based on white flour, cheese and butter.
The health crisis that we are all going through as we fight to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, has highlighted an urgent need to be more aware of the importance of our health and that of our loved ones. With the changing times, it has become even more crucial to maintain a healthy lifestyle that fills the physical and mental health gaps caused by the ongoing pandemic.