FOOD AS MEDICINE Food can either have a positive or negative effect on health. We are much more likely to make a connection to a food that we have eaten recently when we feel a bad effect than to one we have eaten over a long period of time when we develop an ulcer, for example. The food we eat has a profound effect on energy, sleep, immunity, all bodily functions and on the development of disease. Eating is something we do every day and what we do every day is much more important than what we do once in a while. If we want to achieve optimum health we have to eat food which the body can readily digest and convert into nutrition to nourish the tissues. Ayurveda does not consider nutrition as a way of evaluating the diet so much as the six tastes sweet, sour, salty, pungent, astringent and bitter. By balancing these tastes according to our constitution we can not only achieve good health but can use food as medicine. Food should be fresh, organic, free from chemical compounds and mostly plants.

Digestion - Lecture 21

Ayurveda stresses the importance of good digestion. If the digestion is not right then the whole system is affected and eventually disease will develop.

Six Tastes - Lecture 22

The five elements are in food. In Ayurveda it is important to balance the six tastes in the diet by balancing the five elements.

Ayurveda Dietary Guidelines - Lecture 23

Ayurveda stresses the importance of conscious eating, not only for good health but for for the ethical treatment of animals and farming practices.

Dietary Guidelines for Doshas - Lecture 24

The doshas can be aggravated by the tastes so it is important to know what tastes to minimize when pacifying a dosha.

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