Even if you have never heard of ayurveda before, the basic concepts are familiar to most people. You probably remember your parents or grandparents saying, “You are what you eat.” Ayurveda helps you to choose what to eat to create health and balance in your life by turning your kitchen into your personal pharmacy.
Ayurveda is the traditional medical system of India and the oldest surviving healing system in the world (about 5,000 years old). “Ayu” means life and “veda” means knowledge, so ayurveda is the science of life. It is based on 3 fundamental concepts:
1. Food is medicine.
2. Disease can be prevented and eradicated through your daily habits.
3. Lifestyle recommendations are based on an individual’s physical, mental and emotional makeup.
Ayurveda is a treasure chest of natural remedies that promote longevity, beauty and vitality. The following are 4 common ayurvedic components and practices.
There is no reason that eating healthy cannot be delicious, and that is the magic of curry powder. It is packed with spices that fight disease and serve as antioxidants. Ayurveda recognizes 6 tastes—sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent and astringent. The American diet often has plenty of the first 3 – sweet, sour and salty – but is often missing the last three. Because curry satisfies all 6 tastes, it helps you eat less at each meal.