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Ayurveda, a traditional natural healing science of health from India, has been practiced for over 5,000 years and teaches us how to live a healthy, balanced life. As Ayurveda spreads in the West more, everyone would like to gain an insightful understanding of this ancient science and try to implement into their daily practices.

It is extremely important, however, that one learns about this ancient medical science from the most authentic resources who have not only been completely educated from the most learned educators of this field but also have years of experience in implementing its teachings.

Ayurvedic scripture describes four different aspects of life.

Hitahitam sukham dukham Ayustasya hitahitam

Manam ch tachh ytroktam Ayurvedah sauchyate

(Ch.Su.1: 41)

Life can be four types

  1. Hitakar – beneficial
  2. Ahitkar – harmful
  3. Sukhakar – pleasurable
  4. Dukhakara -un pleasurable

These four aspects of life can be applied out in our daily lives. For example smoking or drinking alcohol may seem to be pleasant for some time, but it is not at all beneficial to life. As opposed to this waking up early in the morning may be un pleasurable, to begin with, but it is beneficial for life.

One of the easiest ways to implement the teachings of this ancient science into our daily lives is through food as food is an essential requirement for a sustainable life.  One can attain good health by following a balanced Ayurvedic diet.

Ayurveda has emphasized diet as one of the essential parts of a healthy and vital life. In “Bhagavad Gita” Lord Krishna gives the spirited message that it is the Sattvic type of food, which one should consume for favorability in health, longevity, intelligence, strength and most importantly happiness.

Ayurveda states that if our diet is not balanced and healthy then our life too will not be balanced and healthy. Hence, the body is regulated by diet and diseases are a result of wrong diet.

Sushrutacharya mentioned in chikitasa sthan 24/68 that food you eat should be

  • instantly satisfying-sadyaprinan
  • Give strength and energy-balakrut
  • Hold the body and maintain the body functions-dehadharaka
  • Increase longevity-rasayana
  • Increase the luster (tejas), vitality (utsaha), memory (smruti), strength (ojas) and digestive fire (agni).

All-encompassing understanding of Ayurvedic nutrition can teach us how to plan well-balanced meal that empowers health, which promotes longevity, intelligence, strength, and happiness.

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VAIDYA: Dr. Sonal Bhatt M.D. (Ayurveda), B.A.M.S. (Bachelor of Ayurvedic Medicine and Surgery), is a highly qualified Ayurvedic physician and Panchkarma specialist from one of the leading Ayurvedic universities in India, Jamnagar Ayurvedic University. She is also a Registered Holistic Nutritional Consultant from CSNN Toronto. She has been practicing as an Ayurvedic consultant, Panchkarma specialist, teacher and researcher in India Canada and North America for over 20 years. She has been invited to many famous institutions as an expert on subjects including Ayurvedic nutrition, Panchkarma therapy, diabetes, and stress management. She is a life member of the All-India Ayurvedic Congress and Gujarat Ayurvedic Congress, and was a regular invitee as an Ayurvedic doctor on All-India Radio. She is currently practicing and teaching in Ayurveda and offering holistic health services in Toronto.