Diet,Ayurvedic Diet,A healthy diet,Ayurveda diet plan,Diet tips

Diet,Ayurvedic Diet,A healthy diet,Ayurveda diet plan,Diet tips

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The saying "A Person is what he eats" highlights the importance of diet in life. Ayurveda Diet plays a vital role in the maintenance of health as well as in the treatment of disease.

The three basic things required for maintaining health as per ayurveda classics are:

  • Ahara (Proper Diet)
  • Nidra (Proper sleep)
  • Brahmacharya (continence)
  • Thus Diet is considered as the foremost factor for keeping oneself healthy. If diet is taken in proper manner it will maintain health and can even curb diseases but if taken in an improper way it may be the causative factor for disease as Mithya ahara (Improper diet) is said to be one of the causes for the occurrence of diseases in Ayurveda. Thus ayurveda has laid emphasis on taking proper diet and a lot of information about it is available in Ayurvedic classics. By adopting Ayurveda diet plans one can enjoy a healthy body, mind and soul. This section will deal with various aspects of diet as per Ayurveda.

        


    The Importance of Six Tastes in Ayurvedic Diet :

    Ayurveda recognizes six tastes and it's quite important to have all of these 6 tastes in your diet every day. The six tastes are:

    Sweet sugar, honey, rice, pasta, milk, etc.
    Sour lemons, hard cheese, yogurt, vinegar, etc.
    Salty  salt, any salty food.
    Pungent  chili peppers, cayenne, ginger, any hot spice.
    Bitter leafy greens, turmeric, lettuce, etc.
    Astringent  pomegranate, beans, lentils, etc.


    These six tastes are listed in the order they are digested in your body. Sweet gets digested first, that's why it's not a good idea to have a dessert at the end of the meal. Salad should be taken at the end of the meal. Cravings are often caused by not having all of the six tastes in your daily diet. Many people often omit the bitter and astringent tastes. When you have something bitter or astringent at the end of a meal, it actually reduces your desire for sweets.

    Natural Sources Of Essential Vitamins And Minerals:


    1. Natural sources of Vitamin A:

  • Carrots

  • Sweet Potato

  • Kale

  • Spinach

  • Butter

  • Broccoli

  • Winter squash

  • Romaine lettuce

  • Mango

  • Watermelon

  • Papaya

  • Guava


  • 2. Natural sources of Vitamin B1 (Thiamine):

  • Asparagus (Shatavari)

  • Cabbage

  • Spinach

  • Ground flaxseed

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Sesame Seeds

  • Green Peas

  • Nuts

  • Beans

  • Barley

  • Cucumber

  • Cumin

  • Watermelon


  • 3. Natural sources of Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin):

  • Spinach

  • Milk

  • Almonds

  • Sun-dried tomatoes

  • Corn Flakes

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Beans

  • Asparagus (Shatavari)

  • Bananas

  • Fenugreek (Methi)


  • 4. Natural sources of Vitamin B3 (Niacin Foods):

  • Peanuts

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Avocado

  • Cheese

  • Broccoli

  • Asparagus

  • Coffee

  • Kidney Beans

  • Bell Peppers


  • 5. Natural sources of Vitamin B6 (Pyridoxine):

  • Pinto Beans

  • Avocado

  • Sunflower Seeds

  • Sesame Seeds

  • Milk

  • Carrots

  • Spinach

  • Sweet potato

  • Green peas

  • Bananas


  • 6. Natural sources of Vitamin B12:

  • Low-fat Milk

  • Yogurt

  • Cottage Cheese

  • Fortified Cereals


  • 7. Natural sources of Vitamin C:

  • Papaya

  • Kiwi

  • Bell Pepper

  • Guava

  • Broccoli

  • Cauliflower

  • Tomato

  • Orange

  • Pineapple

  • Mango


  • 8. Natural sources of Vitamin E:

  • Bell Peppers

  • Peanut Butter

  • Dried Apricots

  • Hazelnuts

  • Spinach

  • Avocado

  • Sunflower seeds

  • Almonds

  • Olive oil

  • Sweet Potato

  • Kiwifruit

  • Red Sweet Pepper

  • Almond Oil

  • Pumpkin Seeds


  • 9. Natural sources of Calcium:

  • Milk

  • Cheese

  • Green leafy vegetables like - Broccoli, Cabbage and Okra.

  • Soya & White Beans

  • Dried Figs

  • Almonds

  • Oranges

  • Brazil Nuts

  • Sesame Seeds

  • Yogurt

  • Beans & Lentils

  • Sunflower Seeds

  • Baby Carrots

  • Celery


  • 10. Natural sources of Potassium:

  • Avocado

  • Pomegranate

  • Banana

  • Watermelon

  • Dried Apricots

  • Spinach

  • White & Black Beans

  • Coconut water

  • Sweet Potato

  • Yogurt


  • 11. Natural sources of Iron:

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Spinach

  • Lentils

  • Black Beans

  • White Rice

  • Kidney Beans

  • Tomatoes

  • Chickpeas

  • Dried Apricots

  • Seeds like: Pumpkin, Sesame and Flax

  • Coconut Milk

  • Broccoli


  • 12. Natural sources of Magnesium :

  • Almonds

  • Cashews

  • Spinach

  • Edamame

  • Peanuts

  • Whole Wheat

  • Sesame Seeds

  • Black Beans

  • Avocado

  • Yogurt

  • Banana

  • Pumpkin seeds

  • Figs


  • 13. Natural sources of Zinc :

  • Pumpkin Seeds

  • Chickpeas

  • Cashews

  • Spinach

  • Dark Chocolate

  • Sesame & Watermelon Seeds

  • Wheat Germ

  • Cereals

  • Garlic

  • Kidney Beans

  • Walnuts



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