5 Ayurvedic Eating Tips You Shouldn't Ignore

Ayurveda, the science of natural healing, comes with its set of dos and don'ts.

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5 Ayurvedic Eating Tips You Shouldn't Ignore
The ancient science of Ayurveda holds great value among many people in India and abroad. There are many Ayurvedic practices that are said to have significant effect on the health and well-being of an individual if followed regularly. Much like modern science, it comes with its set of dos and don'ts based on an individual's body type or prakriti. Many experts believe that the root cause of ill-health often stems from the stomach. Hence what you eat plays a crucial role to your health, as well as how you choose to include food items in your regular diet, as per Ayurveda. Here are some basic Ayurvedic eating tips that you shouldn't really ignore -

1. Don't Eat Watermelon After Dinner

Watermelons are not digestion friendly when it comes to consuming them at night. This is because they are slightly acidic in nature and loaded with natural sugars. It may cause irritable bowel syndrome and other problems, making your stomach upset the next day. The digestive process is slower than usual at night, hence, it is recommended to keep off sugary and acidic foods.

2. Don't Use Honey for Cooking

While the raw form of honey may be an excellent source of good health and skin, heated or cooked honey may equally be harmful and put your health at risk. The natural healing effects are attained from honey's raw form and by disturbing its chemicals by heating or over heating may completely change its compounds. According to Ayurveda, when cooked, honey becomes equivalent to glue. The molecules tend to adhere to mucous membranes in the digestive tract, further producing toxins, called Ama (undigested food), which become the root cause of ill health.

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3. Don't Stand and Drink Water

Water must be consumed in such a manner that our body is able to absorb every ounce of it. By chugging water down, we disallow our body to absorb the maximum benefits required for replenishing the system. When you stand and drink water, your nerves are in a state of tension. This then activates the sympathetic system, or the fight system. Your body is under the impression of fighting against danger. In the long run it could lead to problems like arthritis and joint damage.

4. Don't Get Hooked on Banana Milkshakes

While the combination of banana and milk has long been seen in chilled milkshakes, it may pose various health risks. Eating bananas with milk can diminish agni, and produce toxins. According to Ayurveda, the combination generates ama, a toxic substance that is the root cause of imbalance and diseases in the body. It douses the digestive fire hence disrupting the intestinal flora. It also causes congestion, cold, cough, rashes and allergies.

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5. Water Therapy

Water is commonly known as the miracle drink which can cure various health issues without us even realising it. While health experts commonly advise drinking six to eight glasses of water everyday, Ayurveda also grows the importance of starting your day with a glass (or more) of warm water. Doing so first thing in the morning is said to help in flushing out toxins from the body. Water intake during meals also plays an important role. It is advised to refrain from drinking cold water during meals or even after. But sipping on a little warm water is said to help boost digestion.

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