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 :

In countries like India it is not very new to cook food everyday, but with busy work schedules, and various food fads, have grown the culture of ready to eat food, processed and refrigerated foods. Plan your other work accordingly and spare some time for your cooking, as food is our basic necessity for survival. Carry food in well insulated bags.

I agree that it is not always possible to cook and serve hot food everywhere, but the least you can do is, cook your food daily atleast every morning, don’t precook the veggies for 2-3 days and refrigerate. Refrigeration doesnot visibly spoil the food, but only slows down the process of food decomposition. Yes eating roti’s is healthy, but Kneading the flour for a week together, not only spoils its taste and decreases the nutritional value but also exerts load on digestion.

Warm the food before having it, shrug off the laziness and stop having cold food directly from the fridge. When you have to warm the food, make sure you bring the food to room temperature before warming it.

Just because you need to have warm food, don’t reheat the food many times as this can also decrease the nutritive value of the food.

There are also some exceptions to have very hot food, as in bleeding disorders, pitta body type and pitta associated diseases, hot climate, etc. but these are diseased conditions. Afterall our body is the best guide, it always demands the right things as and when needed. It is us who ignore its demand and choose what we want.

So next time when you are hungry, have hot food. Stay fit stay healthy…..