You Are What You Eat!

You Are What You Eat!

what you eat

Hippocrates, who propounded the basics of modern medicine said, “Let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food”. For many years now, people have always believed that food plays a very important role in controlling your moods and temperament. Even the age-old Ayurveda believes that our eating habits decide what we are made up of and how we behave. Doctors always suggest people to stick to a completely vegetarian diet because the benefits outweigh risks and keep the body disease-free. Fresh greens and vegetables lightly cooked in salt are always soft on the stomach and digest without upsetting the stomach.

People eating non-vegetarian food are prone to weight issues, abdominal disorders and many behavioral problems too. Food like fish, mutton, chicken etc produce a lot of heat in the body and cause inflammation of the internal organs. Adding fuel to fire is the way of cooking. Usually, non-vegetarian food is cooked in heavy spices, oil and heat producing condiments. Imagine the chaos all these create in your tummy thereby leading to digestive problems like acid refluxes, constipation and ulcers. The story doesn’t just end here. Non-vegetarian food when compared to vegetables and greens can cause mood fluctuations and also delay speech and cognitive developments in children.

  • Spicy non-vegetarian dishes were found to be controlling the lives of people who consume them regularly. Though the food is fresh it is very heavy on the stomach and is found to create anger, jealousy, irreligious feelings in the eaters. Until and unless they satisfy their food cravings, they cannot sit in peace.

  • People who smoke and consume a lot of alcohol are always prone to ill health. Mood swings, silly desires and cravings are seen commonly in them and such people are often seen suffering from cardio-vascular diseases, arthritis, diabetes and high blood pressure.

  • Sattvik food, as it is called in Ayurveda, is said to bring cheerfulness, energy and liveliness in people who consume it. Fresh fruits, vegetables, greens, simple dals, rice and sweet dishes are a part of such food. Sattvik diet instills spirituality, commonsense and balance in life.

Owing to our crazy lifestyles and odd work hours, it is better that we stick to a pure vegetarian diet. Only that can save our health and the money we earn!

Reviewed By:

Dr. Kaushal M. Bhavsar (MBBS, MD)

Assistant Professor in Pulmonary Medicine, GMERS Medical College, Ahmedabad