The ayurvedic dietetics is very different from our contemporary vision of the balanced, identical diet for all. To know the specific needs according to our constitution is the key to define an appropriate diet, to create least possible toxin, and take advantage at most of benefits of every food.
Establishing a well-balanced diet will vary according to seasons and will be made according to our doshic constitution and to the soil in which we live. The ayurvedic dietetics does not analyze food in terms of vitamins, and other components but by the science of six tastes (soft, acid, salty, pungent, bitter and astringent), very subtle, in which every natural food possesses a flavour, an energy (heating or cooling) and a post-digestive action, which determine its effect on the body but also on the consciousness. The food becomes thus a powerful tool of healing.
Some dietary advice
The solution recommended by Âyurveda for a healthy diet is to create least possible toxin and waste products, to avoid tiring the body, which will take most advantage of good food for him. Without going into details of a specific diet, there is some basic advices, useful for all:
1. Favour organic and fresh foods, which had time to grow and to mature naturally, richer in vital energy, and endowed with the intelligence of nature: chemicals (fertilizers, pesticides) used in intensive farming or food industrially processed have in particular effects on our hormonal system and entail important imbalance.
2. Eliminate sterile food, which contain no more nutriments: white flours, salt and refined sugars, and all industrially processed food, which drain minerals outside the body and entail long-term deficiencies.
3. Eliminate refined oil (not cold pressed) and hydrogenated margarines which entail an oxidation of the body, destroying little by little organs, of which the liver.
4. Reduce at most stimulating products: alcohol, tobacco, coffee, tea, chocolate but also soda or carbonated drinks which acidify the body and stimulate firstly the nervous system then eventually exhaust the suprarenal glands, entailing a chronic fatigue and an organic weakening (loins, liver).
5. Reduce also at most animal proteins, specially « red » meats (beef), pork, lamb), rich in saturated fats, which create a lot of uric acid and other toxin in the body. It is well-known today that numerous degenerative diseases are bound to a too strong consumption of animal proteins.
6. Eliminate totally aspartame and all the products which contain it: it is a harmful substance which modifies the chemistry of the brain.