Balanced diet and Ayurveda


Diet can’t be illustrated in any particular form. It can be beneficial to one and can be hazardous to the other person. There should be proper knowledge to understand the balanced diet. we should choose our diet by scientific way so that it can not harm us any way and should not the cause of any disease and be safe for our health. Age, sex, climate, built of our body, type of our job (occupation), digestive power and stage of disease are main factors which should be kept in mind while choosing our diet.

A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in ...
A diet rich in soy and whey protein, found in products such as soy milk and low-fat yogurt, has been shown to reduce breast cancer incidence in rats. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

AGE: Growing children need proper balanced diet and nutrition for their body to grow. Extra amount of calcium, proteins, phosphorous, vitamins, fat and other micro nutrients are much needed in these growing children. As the age of child progresses the quality of diet should be checked properly instead of quantity. Saying that the diet which we take at the age of 15-20 should be taken at the age of 40 is a foolish thing. More minerals and micro nutrients are required during growth of children due to growth period of child. In age after forty person require more enzymes and vitamins due to the process of more cells are destroyed in this age. During old age cereals should be taken in low quantity and should prefer to take germinated food and fruits to fulfill the requirement of the body. During old age more excessive food can cause discomfort of abdomen like indigestion and loose stool. In young growing age more fruits, vegetables and cereals are required to grow the tissues.

SEX: Usually women need less amount of calories diet as compared to men. The weight, built and height of women is lesser than men comparatively. The quality and quantity of diet should be increases during pregnancy and during lactation, as during this period food is not only necessary to woman but will also give nutrition to the child also. lactating and pregnant women need more nourished food than the non pregnant. Women should take healthy diet as during menstruation.

CLIMATE: Consumption of food also depend on the climate of the surrounding. People reside in cold region consume more calories than people who lives in the hot climate. Countries in Europe and America needs more calorie food than Asia and Africa. Our body needs more energy and temperature boosted food in the cold climatic area as compare to hot areas. In cold regions meats etc. are more consumed in the winter season. In hot climate other products like watermelons, and other fruits and their juices are much consumed.

BUILT OF BODY: Tall, fatty and healthy people need more energy and food because of their every organs of the same structure. Fatty person consume more food than the lean and thin person, so it is better if thin person eat more food and the obese person should take less food.
OCCUPATION: Person who do hard work like farmers and coolies need more energy due to his extra exercise and hard work. To fulfill that requirement of energy he needs more carbohydrates and proteins. People who performs less hard work like doctors advocates and teachers need less calories in their food. occupation also pay much role in consumption of food, if person who usually perform his work in sitting position all the day consumes heavy food will only result in fatness of him because of less exercise or heavy work.
ABILITY TO DIGEST: our diet depends on our the ability digest. If our digestion power reduces then good fibrous and balanced diet is not digested properly. We should take our food according to our digestive power. If the power of digestion is good then every item we eat will be digested properly and if the digestive power of our body is week than a simple bread piece will remain undigested. So in this way the amount and quality of diet depends on the power of digestion.

STAGE OF DISEASE: Obese persons get more obese due to more intake of calories food such as junk food and cold drinks and are suffered by diseases which originate due to fatness like hypertension, diabetes etc. Obese people should take less calories food to retain their body in balance. Same is applied for diseases as in hypertension ghee, non-veg, fish egg are harmful and same in diabetes carbohydrates are harmful.

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