Ayurveda and Food
Ayurveda categorizes food into three basic types; sattvic (light and pure), tamasic (dulling) and rajasic (indulgent). An Ayurvedic diet is prescribed as per an individual's constitution and Dosha (imbalance). According to Ayurveda, a wholesome diet is a combination of different types of food that are requisite for maintaining a person's physical and mental equilibrium in keeping with their Dosha. Food that is not suitable for a person's body type may affect their natural resistance and cause illness. Therefore, contrary to most western approaches to nutrition Ayurveda does not prescribe one diet as best for everyone. Food is selected based on its elemental balance, its taste, effects on the body and the quality of food like hot /cold, heavy/light, oily etc. An Ayuvedic diet is mainly vegetarian and prescribes an individualized approach to dietary and lifestyle practices that keeps people healthy and promotes longevity.
Ayurveda and Beauty
The saying "beauty is not just skin deep" has its origins in the ancient Ayurverdic texts. In Ayurvedic belief, outer radiance and beauty comes from within. If an individual has found true equilibrium between his physical, mental and spiritual self their persona will radiate with beauty and charm. Ayurvedic medicine recognizes that each individual is unique and should follow dietary routines, physical exercises (Yoga), detoxification and rejuvenating treatments that are specific to his/her body and lifestyle to bring out their natural beauty.
Ayurveda and Fitness
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