Food for us is as necessary as taking breath; We cannot think of our life without air, water and of course food. The God has provided us all necessary things which fulfills all our Geographical or environmental needs. For a healthy body we need all nutrients which are – proteins, carbohydrates, fats, vitamins, and minerals. These nutrients are found in different types of vegetables and fruit . Food not only gives our body nutrients and strength but also affects our mental and emotional health and boosts our energy and strength.
The information highway of brain, spinal cord, and nerves is like a telephone system through which your mind communicates with your digestive organs. Let’s say you’re about to eat an ice cream cone. The notion and image of that ice cream occurs in the higher center of the brain which prompting us to fetch the ice cream.
Have you ever thought that various types of vegetables and fruit affect our body in many ways. Food is responsible for our physical, mental and spiritual health. According to the Ayurveda most of the health problem can be treated by good eating habits. Every food you eat has beneficial nutrients which reduce the types of physical or mental problems risk.
Natural food is always better, in comparison to processed food which is available these days in market in the form of several healthy tasty drinks and flavored milk and ready to eat food and instant foods. Vegetables, fruit, grains, nuts bring you natural nutrients and energy. These food supplements are complete and balanced set of nutrients. Dairy products are very essential for everyone to fulfill the need of calcium to strengthen bones.
We are affected differently by fresh and organic food in comparison to processed food. Processed food containing chemicals, artificial colours and flavors and preservatives is not good for health. These packed and processed food can never provide you the nutrients of natural food products.
Food performs a central role in our life. We celebrate our festivals, weddings, promotions, birthdays and many more with a variety of foods. Different kinds of food items are used to express your feeling like when your are happy you like sweets. When you express love for someone you give chocolates or pastries. Information of what you want to eat comes from your brain and when you think I want to eat a chocolate or an ice cream your brain communicates with your digestive system. The image of that chocolate or ice cream comes before your eyes and your mouth is watery. Everyone has his own perspective towards eating habits. Tastes like Sour, Bitter, Sweet and Salty affect your mood in different manner. Sour increases your anger. Bitter taste is responsible for joy. Sweets makes your thoughts good and reduces fear and shock. Salty enhances fear and reduces joy.
Similarly these tastes provide you healing also. Sweet, nourishes your body and is found in rice, wheat and sugar. Sour food gives your body oils and is found in acidic fruits. Salty softens and stimulates. Bitter purifies the body and you can find it in green vegetables and turmeric.
Food options are many which affects your body, mind and spirit in many ways. It is up to you what kind of food you select to eat and for what Purpose.
( Kanchan Rastogi )