Ayurveda’s take on the concept of eating raw food
Incurred more than 3,000 years ago, the essence of Ayurveda is based on the ancient thinking & the true meaning of health. Ayurveda has the capability of relieving the symptoms of certain diseases. It is the herbal remedy that balances the wellness between mind & body.
Ayurveda has its set norms that one should follow to have an active & healthy life. Ayurveda practices and home remedies have many beneficial properties, but it is a necessity to follow the diet as well. Nowadays, many people are following a trend of eating raw veggies as a part of their diet plan.
What is the concept of a raw food diet?
The raw food is ideally completely uncooked, to preserve the nutrients & enzymes in its natural form. According to experts, uncooked food incorporates healthy nutrients & natural enzymes that are lost if the food gets cooked. It is said that raw food helps in losing weight and to stay fit. Cooked food makes detoxification harder than that of raw food, which helps in relieving headaches, allergies, etc.
What does Ayurveda say about eating raw food?
As per Ayurveda, eating raw food can cause problems like improper digestive functioning, food poisoning, kidney issues, bowel movement issues and many more. Ayurveda advises to eat cooked or at least partially cooked food for maintaining good health. Food like fruits, nuts and some selective vegetables like cucumber, carrots, and radishes can be eaten raw, but some need to be cooked.
What are the benefits of cooked food?
Cooked food gives us multiple benefits such as:
Cooked food is easy to digest
Warm food helps with smooth blood flow to your gut
Cooked food breaks down easily and aids in proper nutrients absorption
A cooked food kills bacteria that prevent food poisoning
Ayushakti suggests eating cooked or partially cooked food for better health and also to avoid certain digestive issues, nutrient deficiencies, etc. along with incorporating healthy food habits like including salads in a daily diet, washing leafy vegetables properly, having small meals at alternate hours, etc. Ayushakti also recommends detoxification once every six months, which will help in rejuvenating the body.
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Author of the Blog: Dr. Ramchandra Konduskar
Expert Review By: Dr Smita Pankaj Naram
Co-Founder, Ayushakti Ayurved Pvt Ltd