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Ayurvedic Nutrition

Ayurvedic Nutrition

In Maharishi Ayurveda (Sanskrit–Ayus “life,” and Veda “knowledge” or “science,” hence “the science of life” or “the knowledge of life span”), a balanced diet does not revolve around fats, carbohydrates, and proteins. Nor are calories, vitamins, and minerals given direct attention. These nutrients are known to us intellectually, not through direct experience. You cannot detect vitamin C in your orange juice, much less the difference between it and vitamin A.

When your taste buds greet a bite of food, an enormous amount of useful information is delivered to the doshas (three operating principles situated in the interconnectedness between mind and body). Working solely with this information, Ayurveda allows us to eat a balanced diet naturally, guided by our own instincts, without turning nutrition into an intellectual headache.

When food talks to your doshas, it says many things, because the different gunas (qualities)–heavy and light, dry and oily, hot and cold–are present in it. But the primary information is contained in its taste.

Ayurveda recognizes six tastes, or rasas: Sweet, salty, sour, bitter, pungent and astringent. All spicy food is pungent. Astringent is the taste that puckers your mouth. In Ayurveda a balanced diet must contain all six rasas at every meal.

It is not necessary to overload a meal with each taste. Just a hint of herbs and spices will add pungent and bitter to a meal. Nor is it good to let the same tastes dominate day after day. The basic rule is simply to give the body all six rasas each day so it can respond to feed completely.

Adapted fromPerfect Health: The Complete Mind/Body Guide, by Deepak Chopra, M.D. (Harmony Books, 1990).

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Acknowledged as one of the world's greatest leaders in the field of mind body medicine, Deepak Chopra, M.D. continues to transform our understanding of the meaning of health. Chopra is known as a prolific author of over 49 books with 12 best sellers on mind-body health, quantum mechanics, spirituality, and peace. A global force in the field of human empowerment, Dr. Chopra's books have been published in more than 35 languages with more than 20 million copies in print.

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6:06AM PST on Feb 7, 2014

Thank you

3:27AM PST on Dec 17, 2013

interesting, thanks for sharing

11:31AM PST on Nov 21, 2013

Learning every day! Keep the articles coming!

10:32AM PDT on Oct 5, 2013

I wish this went in to more detail.

9:05AM PDT on Aug 24, 2013

interesting

1:10AM PDT on Jul 28, 2013

Thank you for sharing this very interesting article

5:38PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

thanks

6:45AM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

thank you

10:59PM PDT on Jun 30, 2013

I believe the body does sense everything on a cellular level that affects it for good health or bad. In fact, there are studies with photos proving that water senses positive and negative information that it is exposed to . Since we are made up of so much water, it stands to reason that water is intelligent and can affect our health and well being. Anyone who has been able to sense "bad vibes" from someone is proof of this theory in my mind. Some people are more sensitive than others, but the effect is still there.

9:22AM PDT on May 16, 2013

I am addicted to these tasty ingredients, because I got rid of diseases and helped me recovered. I salute to your valuable post. I I am impressed of your hard work.
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