This season “V” says: Let food be thy medicine, and let medicine be thy food.
The famous quote on food is often attributed to Hippocrates, the Greek founder of western medicine. And there is a good reason for a quote to go around this season too.
A few days ago, China announced an immediate ban on the consumption of wild animals which included a crackdown on the illegal wildlife trade to combat the spread of a deadly strain of novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak, which is now a global health emergency. The virus is believed to have started in a market in Wuhan where an infected animal to a human host was contacted, then mutated and infected others. This is a bold move considering China’s wildlife trade and consumption industry value at 520 billion yuan (US$74 billion). But in light of the situation, absolutely necessary. The Chinese government has also encouraged vegetarianism or the consumption of less meat for now.
“Diet is an important modulator of the immune system. The human gut is populated with a diverse range of symbiotic bacterial species, collectively termed the gut microbiota says Nepali-born Ekraj Gajurel, Yoga Master at V Integrated Wellness. Introduced to yoga from a young age, Ekraj perfected his technique under yogis in the Prakash Yog-sewa Ashram in Rishikesh, India -- widely regarded as the “yoga capital of the world.” Aside from his yoga mat, he also brings a background in Ayurvedic traditional medicine, Naturopathy, Herbal Medicine and Ayurveda which is a five-thousand-year-old wellness practice that originated in India.
The word "Ayurveda" is a combination of two Sanskrit words that mean life (Ayur) and science (Veda), so the literal translation of Ayurveda is "the science of life”. An Ayurvedic diet is focused on promoting balance within your body’s primary elements and energies. These are identified by Vata (air), Pitta (fire) and Kapha (water + earth)
When the doshas are balanced, we are healthy; when they are unbalanced, we develop the disease. Ayurveda diets are vegetarian, primarily focusses on whole or minimally processed. It is best to eat local and seasonal produce to ensure freshness. Protein sources include milk, curd, ghee, butter, soy, and tofu. When dining, eat mindfully and intuitively, paying attention to savour your food, to eat when you are hungry and to stop when you are full.
Make a change today to be more mindful of your diet, let your food be your medicine, and your medicine is your food.