The motto of the Ayurvedic diet is: "We are what we eat" – this principle is being followed religiously by Ayurveda. This branch of ancient medicine believes that the root cause of all health problems is nutrition. The Ayurvedic recipes and nutritional elements value the individual health requirements and thus suggest that any complaint from the digestive system should never be ignored. For Ayurveda, juices play an important role in the diet system.
Below we discuss three kinds of Ayurvedic recipes and their health benefits. It takes about 2 minutes to make them and can be consumed anytime.
1. Tomato Juice
Blend 100 grams of tomato with sufficient quantity of water to make it medium-thick. Do not peel off the skin. Do not add sugar in this because the juice will become acidic.
Benefits: Tomato juice is good for coronary heart health; It gives strength and the lycopene in tomatoes help prevents prostate cancer. The juice improves the digestion level and acts as a liver tonic with its anti-oxidant properties. It is rich in oxalic acid, citric acid, potassium, Vitamin A, B and C. The juice contributes to your overall health and acts as an energizer.
If you are suffering from hypertension, diarrhea, bronchitis, ulcer, and sunburn, tomato juice should be part of your daily diet.
2. Melon Juice
Peel 2 small or 1 medium-sized melon, remove the seeds, and cut it into pieces. Put them in a juicer and add sufficient quantity of water. If you want, add a bit of agave syrup but not sugar.
Benefits: Melon is rich in vitamins C and A. It also contains potassium and magnesium. Melon juice works towards relaxing the body, removes excessive heat in the body, and its cold potency relieves tiredness. A person should consume this juice to increase the Kapha levels and reduce Pitta and Vata levels. It is an aphrodisiac too. It further works as a diuretic and a laxative.
If you are suffering from unexpected weight loss, constipation, ulcer, acidity, urinary tract infections and a lack of appetite, melon juice is good for you.
3. Carrot Juice
Wash and peel off 3-5 carrot and put them into a juicer. Add a bit of palm sugar and 2 teaspoons of lime juice. Stir and drink. Do not store.
Benefits: Carrot juice works towards nourishing and protecting the liver. It is a rich container of essential minerals like phosphorus, sulfur, sodium, beta carotene, vitamin A, iron, vitamin C and calcium. It is an excellent blood purifier, alkalizer and an aphrodisiac. Children are usually given carrot juice to boost their immunity. It is soothing, nourishing and healing in nature. It protects the body from cancer as it contains beta carotene, an anti-cancer element.
If you are suffering from ulcer, piles, cold and cough, heart problems and any kind of bleeding diseases, drink a large glass of carrot juice every morning on an empty stomach.
Time of Consumption
Ideally, these kinds of Ayurvedic recipes should be consumed at least once every day – either during breakfast or after work hours. Drinking any of the recommended juices on an empty stomach will yield better results.
Please note that these juices are available in packed containers. If possible, stay away from them because they contain chemicals and preservatives that spoil the good effect of the juices. There is no replacement of homemade juice.
Apart from juices
Ayurvedic food is not restricted to its juices only. This is just one segment. There are Ayurvedic recipes made with fresh vegetables, fruits and fibrous grains. The idea is to get you accustomed to the simple Ayurvedic recipes to start with and then gradually continue with other recipes.
Ayurvedic diets keep your body glowing and energetic. Most of the Ayurvedic recipes call for very little salt because salt is known to cause fluid retention in the body, something we want to avoid. Further, the Ayurvedic diet helps tame the cravings for alcohol, sodas and coffee
Why Choose the Ayurvedic diet?
- It helps to maintain an ideal body weight because all of its recipes contain very low fat and minimal use of salt.
- It helps to maintain an energized and radiant body because all of its recipes are high in mineral, vitamins and other essential nutrients.
- It helps towards easy digestion because of the high protein content in them.
- Since Ayurvedic recipes use a lot of spices like cayenne, garlic, black pepper and ginger, it speeds up the digestion process.
- The Ayurvedic diet is packed with nutrition because all the recipes call for fresh and organic fruits and vegetables.
Apart from being delicious, these recipes as well as the entire Ayurvedic diet make for a healthy eating. Try these Ayurvedic recipes for yourself and share them with your loved ones.