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  • Ayurvedic Dietary Rules – 4

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    After the previous two dietary rules Ushnam ashniyat and Snigdham ashniyat, comes the third and important dietary  rule – which we usually ignore most of the times – Matravat ashniyat. The immediate question coming to the mind is, What is Matravat ? The literal meaning is ‘Desired quantity’. The quantity of food desired (required) by the body, with respect to age, one’s agni, type of food to be eaten, and not upon ‘xyz’ calories/units of particular food constituents. A]  Matra maybe classified as quantity of a single food item or quantity of all the items in a meal. Quantity of an individual food item differs with its properties and prakriti of the individual; but, yes Ayurveda specifies the matra in a particular meal – Ayurveda explains, one should not eat meals till contentment (full stomach), for instance if you divide the stomach into three parts grossly – 1 part should be for solid foods like roti, rice, bread, veggies/meat. 1 part for liquids which can include dals, buttermilk, soups and water,etc. And the last part should be left
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  • Makar Sankrant – The Ayurveda perspective

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    India is a land of festivals. We Indians celebrate all these festivals with lots of fun and enthusiasm. Ayurveda explains 6 rutus (seasons) where every 2 rutus clubbed together,  explains three seasons in a year as per modern calender. All these festivals are associated with various rituals and tasty delicacies with slight variations as per the state and customs carried there. It wont seem an exaggeration if I say, we almost have one festival every month. eg- We have Ganpati festival associated with Modak in varsha rutu (monsoon), then we have Dasshera followed by kojagri pournima, Sharad rutu (october heat) where in we relish flavoured milk cooled down by moonlight. Diwali – where we enjoy various sweet and salty recepies fried, baked, roasted all yummy and healthy comes in Hemant rutu (beginning of winter). And With the start of the new year comes Makar Sankranti, shishir rutu (peak of winter). Now one may wonder, why so many festivals alongwith so many other celebrations in a year? Din’t our forefathers have any work to do? Others may
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  • Ayurvedic Dietary Rules -3

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    In the last blog we started with the Aharvidhi vidhaan, where we discussed about the first dietary rule Ushnam ashniyat, now we shall know more about the second rule – 2. Snigdham Ashniyat –  Now we all know ashniyat means to eat, we shall know what exactly snigdha means. A generalized translation of the word ‘snigdha’, may mean oily, (I can notice most of yours eyebrow raised by the word ‘Oily’, and the immediate pop ups into the mind – weight gain, cholestrol, acidity, and lot more). As mentioned, that would be a mere translation. The word ‘snigdha’ in Ayurveda has various shades – it explains moistness of the food, food texture and quality which will please the body and mind, definitely it also specifies use of oil or ghee in desired proportion which shall provide the necessary lubrication to the body internally and externally, and not the food – deep fried in oil or ghee. Benefits of Snigdha Bhojan (food) – Food with proportionate use of oil, ghee or water, provides proper texture and taste to
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  • Jaggery – The natural and healthy sweetener

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     Jaggery, commonly known as Gud in hindi and Gul in marathi, is an easily available, cheap, very beneficial and nutritious item in the grocery list. It is a storehouse for many nutrients. Due to its Ushna (hot) potency and snigdha property it pacifies vata, It strengthens bones and joints, allievates backache and bodyache. Jaggery being easy to digest, also kindles digestive fire, aids digestion and helps in constipation. It helps to increase haemoglobin content of the body, and is a rich source of iron, calcium magnesium and potassium. The most common cold and cough problems faced during winter, is taken care of by jaggery due to its ushna, snigdha, vataghna guna. It is a good natural sweetener, immunity builder, and a natural health tonic. Jaggery can be used in various food and medicinal preparations. It can also be had raw with peanuts or piece of coconut. It is advised to use organic Jaggery for desired benefits.

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  • Ayurvedic Dietary Rules – 2

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    In the previous blog, we took a glance on 10 dietary rules described in Ayurveda. Today we shall know in details about the first rule.               Ushnam ashniyat –  Benefits of having hot food is as under : Ushnam ashniyat means, one should always eat freshly prepared hot food.  Ushna – hot and ashniyat – to eat. The fact that food should not merely be hot but also cooked fresh. Eating fresh and hot foods enhances the taste of the food and also pleases the senses. Freshly cooked food retains all the nutritional values of the food, which is otherwise lost in the ready to serve, canned and processed foods. Hot food kindles the digestive fire (Agni), which in turns – fastens the digestion and provides necessary nourishment to all the dhatus of the body and maintains the balance of tridoshas. Healthy Agni is one of the sign of long and healthy life. Vatanuloman – hot food as mentioned prior, helps to undergo proper digestion of food, thus maintaining
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