Ayurveda and Diet

Ayurveda is a comprehensive, holistic system of natural health care that originated in ancient India. Ayurveda translates as the “Science of Life” and addresses all aspects of life, including consciousness/mind, body, behavior, and environment. The three pillars of life considered fundamental to optimal health are Ahara (diet), Nidra (sleep), and Brahmacharya (behavior). The importance of diet cannot be underestimated in the maintenance of health and management of disease. It is addressed in detail in the ancient Ayurvedic texts. This entry discusses the Ayurvedic concepts of food and how they affect digestion, metabolism, and the interaction between the mind and the body.

Ayurvedic Concepts That Underlie the Consideration of Diet

Several Ayurvedic concepts are germane to the discussion of diet, including the five Mahabhutas, three Doshas, and ...

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