Ayurveda the most ancient Indian medical system has golden
tips for solving your energy crisis.
Ayurveda advocates a diet that is generous in fresh fruits, vegetables
and whole grains. The ancient ayurvedic texts tell us that these foods are rich
in life giving energy, healing powers, fighting body fatigue and have the power
of detoxifying the body.
Grains have power:
seers used a term called as ‘Ojas’, an energy,
which is the result of good digestion and creates a sense of lightness in the
body, gives a person the inner energy or glow, confers immunity against
infections and bestows the individual with bliss.
Long distance runners from Africa have
always relied on carbohydrates in grains for long-term endurance and
energy. All carbohydrates are not the
same. For instance the croissant is high in fat and low in nutrition. Whole grains have lower cholesterol; they
also have anti-bacterial properties and actually lower elevated blood sugar
Ayurveda considers rye, millet and amaranth as
highly nutritious, as they have high protein and mineral content. In fact,
these grains are considered so auspicious that they are used during Vedic
ceremonies as items for worship.
instance, contains high proteins, and one cup yields about 15 grams of protein,
9 grams of iron and adequate quantities of B-complex vitamins, iron, zinc and
copper which is an important trace element for boosting energy levels and
raising the body’s immunity.
Energizing Vegetables and Fruits:
Ayruveda advocates that fresh vegetables and fruits should constitute forty
percent of every meal. Green, leafy vegetables are rich in mineral and fiber,
and they should be eaten often.
Ayurveda considers fruits as a rich source of energy. Ayurvedic physicians recommend pears and apples,
if you are hungry between meals. They recommend papaya, if you feel bloated
Ayurveda strongly recommends the generous use of dry fruits,
especially raisins. The ayurvedic texts extol the virtue of raisins calling
them the best among dry fruits because it has the quality to enhance purity of
the mind and pacify the mind and heart.
Dry fruits are a rich source of iron and Vitamin B6, and provide magnesium,
calcium, zinc and potassium. Raisins aid
digestion and elimination when they are soaked in water overnight. One handful
per person is a good amount everyday.
Ayurveda also cautions against energy draining foods:
texts warn us not to eat left over foods or highly seasoned foods and foods
that make us sluggish. Ayurvedic physicians were extremely conscious of
energy draining foods, which clogged the micro-channels called as Nadis and
created an accumulation of toxins.
We have advanced a lot in this millennium. But our diet practices are abysmal. We eat
foods bereft of energy, we consume milk, which is a poison, we eat meat, and we
eat tinned, canned and processed foods and do not realize how much harm we
cause to ourselves. It is fascinating
how Ayurveda, a science that dates back thousands of years warns us of these
dangers. It was almost as if our ancient
seers who wrote these treatises were aware, what humanity was going to come to
in this millennium.