When meeting a person, the first thing that comes to notice, is his physical health! A physically fit person attracts the attention and proves successful to meet good connections with people around him. Therefore, it is necessary to maintain a healthy body to not only impress others but also feel good from within. Ayurveda is the ultimate destination for anyone willing to build, maintain, or regain physical health.
How Ayurveda Looks at Physical Health?
Ayurveda defines health in the following words:
“Health is a state where in the digestive fire, Tridosha, all body components & tissues, and physiological processes are in perfect equilibrium, and soul, mind and the sense organs are in a state of complete satisfaction and content.”
Hence, physical health is obtained when an individual maintains a proper balance in Vata, Pitta, and Kapha (the Tridosha). Other factors for physical health are digestive fire (Agni), and body tissues.
Importance of Agni
Ayurveda utters that imbalance in Agni (digestive fire) is the major cause for several diseases. It is not mere digestive fire but the energy, which is behind every metabolic process of the body. In simple words, physical health refers to body functioning at the best of its abilities! It is essential to do a ‘regular physical activity, and eat ‘hygienic foods’ to stay healthy.
Natural Ways to Sustain Physical Health
In order to maintain physical health, Ayurveda suggests three natural ways: Ahara (Food), Nidra (Sleep), and Brahmacharya (Regulated sexual conduct). Eating Ayurvedic food (Ahara) does not mean to eat only rice, vegetables, and legumes. The concept applies to all type of cuisines whether Asian, European or whatever you like.
Besides, Ayurveda suggests that one should eat fresh, seasonal, and local foods. Fresh does not mean raw but ‘freshly cooked foods’ without chemicals, additives, and pesticides.
Ayurveda also gives emphasis on six tastes, which all are important to have in your diet. They are as follows:
- Sweet – sugar, rice, milk, honey, pasta, etc.
- Sour – lemon, yogurt, hard cheese, vinegar, etc.
- Salty – any salty food, salt.
- Pungent – chili peppers, ginger, any hot spice, cayenne.
- Bitter – turmeric, leafy greens, lettuce, etc.
- Astringent – beans, pomegranate, lentils, etc.
The tastes listed above are presented in the same order they digest in your body. Therefore, it is wise to eat sweet first and salad last.