of Ben­e­fits Ayurveda, Foods from the East

Es­sen­tial fea­tures: Cooked food, warm food, fresh food Use of herbs: Turmeric, ajwain, cumin, ase­foetida

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Walk­ing down an In­dian street, the aro­matic cap­tur­ing of the senses is an ex­pe­ri­ence well heard of here in the West. What is also com­monly known about the In­dian land­scape is the wide va­ri­ety, the change in the cuisines and food habits within one coun­try.

While north­ern parts of In­dia have a cui­sine rich in warm­ing, high­fat, high fi­bre, wheat-based, spice-rich food, down south, a dif­fer­ent va­ri­ety of spices is used with fo­cus on rice-based dishes while the coastal re­gions of the East and the West keep the hu­mid­ity and heat of that re­gion in mind and have a unique range of light, cool­ing foods.

With vary­ing tem­per­a­tures, spices, foods and cuisines what also varies is cul­ture and be­hav­ior across In­dia. How­ever, whether hot and hu­mid or cold and snowy, In­dian food across the ter­rain has a com­mon thread…

And that thread, is what food re­ally is in In­dia. (What food ‘is’, what do we re­ally mean by that?!)

Food in In­dia is a ther­a­peu­tic ex­pe­ri­ence- food is medicine, as Ayurveda- The an­cient sci­ence of life sug­gests:

'When diet is wrong medicine is of no use. When diet is cor­rect medicine is of no need."

How­ever, the in­ter­est­ing things to note com­mon across all food prepa­ra­tions are:

The food is mostly cooked, from starters to desserts, Ayurveda rec­om­mends that food should al­ways be taken af­ter cook­ing and not raw.

The food should be warm and fresh, not frozen or pack­aged

The use of herbs and spices on a daily ba­sis.

While most of th­ese prin­ci­ples are well known now, the third point at­tracts some spe­cial con­sid­er­a­tion. Gain­ing more pop­u­lar­ity here in the West, the ben­e­fits of us­ing herbs have be­come com­mon knowl­edge.

For ex­am­ple, In­dia has the low­est rate of alzeimer’s dis­ease in the world and that, the rea­son for this is said to be the use of Turmeric-an Ayurvedic spice, and thus Turmeric Tea, turmeric drinks etc. have be­come pop­u­lar here.

But have we got that right?

Tak­ing the case of turmeric, Ayurveda does as­sert that turmeric has al­most mag­i­cal ben­e­fits, helps in treat­ing in­flam­ma­tion, is a strong an­tiox­i­dant, im­proves brain func­tion and pre­vents alzeimer’s and so on and con­sum­ing the herb it­self is not in ques­tion- the point of con­sid­er­a­tion is the method of con­sump­tion. In In­dia, not only is tak­ing turmeric pills drink­ing turmeric wa­ter un­heard of but is also bizarre!

Turmeric is dry it­self and is meant to be taken with some­thing unc­tu­ous and that is why, even strong dosage is of­ten con­sumed mixed in warm milk. The essence of Ayurvedic Preven­tion and live a proac­tively healthy life lies in the con­sump­tion of suit­able foods in the right amounts but reg­u­larly.

And that’s what’s spe­cial about In­dian food- be it from any re­gion, herbs such as turmeric, ginger, ase­foetida, cumin, black pep­per etc. are all in­cluded as an im­por­tant part of the food on a daily ba­sis, as a part of the food.

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