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Food Material | Balanced diet | The Three Gunas | Basic Rules

In Ayurveda, food is not only a mixture of proteins, carbohydrate, fats, vitamin etc., but it is something, which satisfies the mind and soul also. Food (Ahar), the first pillar, means "intake" and refers to the knowledge of proper diet. Food is considered to be the most important one as it provides the nutrients, which are necessary to carry out the activities pertaining to digestion and metabolism.
Eating habits
  • Food should be full of nutrients having an ideal mixture of all the six tastes (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter and astringent).
  • Healthy food should be taken regularly twice a day only.
  • The gap between two meals should not be more. Hence, Ayurveda recommends that one should fill-up his belly daily at least twice with small quantities of snacks so as to remain active. Such a small meal is known as Antar-Bhojan.
  • After eating a full course of meal, neither should we allow our stomach to remain empty for more than 6 hours, nor should we fill it up again before at least 3 hours are passed. It means as long as we are active during the day we should take something at an interval of 4 to 5 hours. 
  • A meal should neither be taken too hastily nor too slowly. It should be masticated well before swallowing. 
Disadvantages of not following the rules of eating habits
  • If we take the food early i.e. before the emptying of stomach (before 3 hours) it is known as Adhyasana. This results in following diseases: 
    • Indigestion 
    • Obesity 
    • Anorexia etc. 
  • Similarly if food is not consumed for more than 6 hours then following diseases arise: 
    • Hyperacidity 
    • Gastritis 
    • Gastric and duodenal ulcers. 






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