We are what we eat, but most of us will probably not quite believe it. After all, you’ve had beans and didn’t sprout bean antennae.
So, literally, we’re not what we eat; are we? We are what we eat, and that is every bit as true as it is hard to appreciate. Just as our homes are made from woods without looking like trees, that is how our bodies are made from the nutrients we extract from foods without us looking like those foods.
We are what we eat, and a good diet is of prime importance. Good nutrition not only helps to maintain the body’s health and vitality but also has a great effect on the wellbeing of our mind.
A truly healthy human being is the one who has a sound and strong body and mind.
A well balanced and nutritious diet helps to maintain the balance of the body, soul, and mind, and help promote good health. In Ayurveda culture, they classify various types of food like vegetables, fruits, nuts, grains, etc on the basis of their energies and the effect that they have on the body and mind.
This can help us in choosing the foods and diets that are good for our individual makeup while avoiding the ones that are likely to harm us.
The nutritional content of what we eat determines the composition of our being (cell membranes, bone marrow, blood, and hormones). The average adult loses approximately 300 billion cells to old age every day and that must replace them.
Our bodies are literally manufactured out of the food we consume, and the complexity of human nutrition comes with great challenges. Clinical trials require a large group of people to be followed over many years, and that makes studies costly and hard to conduct. Moreover, the average person often forgets what he has eaten.
But progress is being made, and our experts can now study the complex interactions of genes, proteins, and nutrients at the cellular level. DNA chips can now look at thousands of genes at once, allowing complex gene-expression profiles to be generated quickly.
Rules For Eating
In Ayurveda culture, they claim that food should be consumed while hot, as this will naturally increase the secretion of the digestive enzymes.
Meals must be eaten in a relaxed, calm and cheerful atmosphere, and one should not eat when nervous, angry, anxious or in a disturbed state of mind. Furthermore, eating too slowly or too rapidly, talking, laughing, thinking or watching television during meals is not wise.
You must concentrate on the food with the thought that this food is going to benefit your body, mind, and soul.
Smoking, consumption of alcohol, and drinking too much water or any other liquid immediately after eating, is not advisable, and it is recommended that one maintain good hygiene and wear clean clothes, prior to cooking.
It is not a bad idea to chant mantras and offer prayers to God before eating, and every person must observe the above-mentioned rules, and eat as per the digestion status of the last meal consumed his/ her composition, digestive capacity, season, and the time of the day.
Food affects the mind by causing either an increase or decrease in the mode of goodness, the mode of passion, and the mode of ignorance. The various recipes of food have effects that they exert on the mind.
Food As Medicine
Experts have determined that the current epidemic of metabolic diseases, such as obesity, diabetes and heart disease has a diet as an important risk factor as well as a preventive agent. Add to that the clinical proof of diet/gene interactions, and the traditional distinction between medicine and food becomes more and more indistinct.
This provides an opportunity for companies to develop foods that help populations at risk, and as a result, food companies may begin to think more like pharmaceutical firms.