Many people report frustration with their waistline. Losing weight just seems to be an unachievable goal. Westerners use surgical scalpels to cut the pounds off their bodies, as a final futile attempt to realign their health. They look longingly at their favorite movie star, and wish that they too could be thin and trim. What tricks do the pros use to get that nice and healthy body?
As the ancient Greek Doctor Hippocrates once said, “Let your food be your medicine, and your medicine be your food.” Any plan for wellness begins with what we are putting in our mouth each day. A balanced diet, according to Indian medicine, has 6 of the basic tastes incorporated into it. That would be sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Much food that you find in the grocery store concentrates on sweet and salty flavors, while ignoring the other four. According to Indian Ayurveda, this would be the cause of our bloated bodies.
Having a good collection of each of the major tastes is essential in beginning your dietary plan. By default, you probably already have the sweet and salty flavors in your diet. Sweet and salties are classified broadly under Ayurveda. Sweet foods would be meat, grains, and fruit, in addition to your favorite deserts. Salties include celery, soy sauce, and normal table salt. Pungent food would be black pepper, cayenne, garlic, paprika, turnips, and radishes. Bitter food would be dandelion, kale, eggplant, coffee, and dark chocolate. Sour food would be things like lemon, lime, tomato, grapefruit, yogurt, alcohol, and vinegar. Astringent food would be green apples, avocado, beans, oregano, and potatoes. The benefits of eating a well-rounded diet cannot be overemphasized. Many Americans are missing bitter, pungent, and astringent foods in their diet, which hurts their overall well-being. Try to include a few this week and see what happens.
According to Forbes, Indian Hospitals are successfully treating gas and constipation using Ayurvedic medicine. Ayurveda, unlike Western medicine, views the human body as an organism with interconnected systems, rather than a machine with separate parts. Treating each part requires that we treat the whole organism.
Many professionals are skeptical of Ayurveda, but it is finding popularity in India, where entrepreneurs have started several quality hospitals for applying the ancient medical methodology to helping people lose weight and gain better quality of life.