Ayurveda has its roots in India, dating back to about five thousand years. Essentially, it is a science that encompasses the health benefits of herbs, meditation, yoga, and massage. Ayurveda is based on the principle that every being on this earth, be it animate or inanimate, is the outcome of five basic elements, or Pancha Mahabhootas - Water, Air, Fire or Energy, Earth, and Sky. Ayurveda embodies the methods that help to achieve a balance between the body, mind and soul, which is absolutely crucial to stay in unison with nature.

Ayurvedic Diet and Nutrition

According to Ayurveda, 'We are what we eat'! This ancient branch of science believes most of the common ailments are a result of poor nutrition. Ayurvedic nutrition is concerned importantly with the dietary requirements of individuals. Any anomaly in the body is thought to emanate in the digestive system, and therefore it become crucial not to cast aside even minor digestive complaints, as it could be indicative of a disease.

Ayurveda does not distinguish between food and medicine, the underlying belief that the absence of nutritive food or diet causes disease in the body. This can only be remedied with appropriate food, which becomes the medicine to heal the body of its ailment. All the same, Ayurveda holds sacrosanct, that each one of us are distinct, and our health is determined by our attitude and response to the conscious and unconscious inputs in life that one is subjected to.

Ayurvedic diet is centered on treating life's experiences as 'food' (for the body and the mind), which is assimilated into the body and contributes to its nourishment. This transformation of 'food' into nutrition is termed as 'Agni' or fire, which forms the edifice upon which the Ayurvedic system is built.

Spices and herbs form an integral part of Ayurvedic healing, mainly because of its power to be easily absorbed in the body. On the one hand, this enhances the digestive capacity of the body and on the other, cleanses it of its toxins, ensuring the cells in the body are empowered with the nutrition available in the diet. Ayurveda recommends that spices be consumed only after they are cooked.

An Ayurvedic diet is rich in vegetables, fruits, whole grains and fibrous food, which contribute to keeping the body energetic, glowing and in good health. An Ayurvedic diet is miserly with salt to prevent potential fluid retention and also discourages the intake of coffee, sodas, and alcohol.

Benefits of an Ayurvedic diet
  • Ayurvedic diet is low in fat and helps to maintain an optimum body weight.
  • Ayurvedic diet is endowed with minerals that charge the body with energy and radiance.
  • Ayurvedic diet is rich in vegetable proteins that are quickly digested and assimilated into the body.
  • Ayurvedic meals are easy to digest due to the inclusion of spices - garlic, ginger, cumin, cayenne, and black pepper.
  • Fresh organic foods that Ayurveda relies upon, are high on nutrition, and endow the body with strength and vitality.

Ayurvedic Recipes
  1. Amalaki Juice
  2. Apple Juice
  3. Avocado Juice
  4. Carrot Juice
  5. Coconut Dates Juice
  6. Cucumber Juice
  7. Grape Juice
  8. Lemon Juice
  9. Mango Juice
  10. Musk Melon Juice
  11. Orange Juice
  12. Papaya Juice
  13. Pineapple Juice
  14. Plantain Stem Juice
  15. Pomegranate Juice
  16. Sweet lime Juice
  17. Tender Coconut water
  18. Tomato Juice
  19. Water Melon Juice

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seemashree, India

ayurvedic diet means not only juices, but there are thousands of receips made with herbs. you can also recommend them.

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water, India

I agree with kgbhat about the outrageous claims made by ayurveda (or atleast its practioners!) or for that matter most alternative forms of medicines. However I also think that there might be something to it beneath all these hoopla claims. What is needed is an unbiased, scientific and third party evaluation of ayurveda.

fayyaz, New Zealand

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kgbhat, India

Ayurveda has it's roots in ancient can not say they understand proteins,fats and other nutrients.There is no method of standardization in Ayurveda.They keep on claiming the deficiency of modern medicine which they have no means of understanding.I strongly feel that Ayurvrdic school has inferiority complex since it is their habit to criticize modern medicine and claim the superiority of Ayurveda.Ayurveda has no specific treatment irrespective of their claims.