Are these ‘healthy habits’ making you unhealthy?

By TNT Bureau

 Jan 8, 2018: There are certain habits that we have been following for long knowing them to be “healthy”. But according to ayurveda, some of these “healthy” habits are actually harmful for us. Have a look at these common habits which you think are healthy but, ayurveda says they are actually harmful for our bodies.

Consuming cold water

It is best to avoid cold water during meals or cold drinks in general. According to ayurveda, your digestive fire (agni) burns every day, permitting to digest the food you eat. Cold water extinguishes the digestive fire which may cause health issues such as bloating, stomach cramps and stomach ache.

Chilled water is not good for your digestion. You should opt for room-temperature or warm water instead, as this helps to keep your digestive system healthy.

Nonetheless, you can consume cool drinks in between meals but not with meals, says ayurveda. Although a cool drink may cool down the heat for some time, agni is being reduced. As a result of which, you may experience incomplete digestion or imbalance.

Consuming raw food

It is essential to preserve the nutrients of the food you eat. At the same time, itis vital to make them digestible. Cooking brings the fire element or agni in your food. This softening of the molecules in food and helps again to penetrate easily so that food can be broken down, paving the way for healthy digestion.

Food like grains, beans and pulses should always be eaten cooked. Vegetables such as broccoli, cabbage, sprouts, spinach and cauliflower are more helpful when lightly cooked. Juicy vegetables like cucumber and lettuces can be eaten raw since they are refreshing. However, avoid them during the night and in winter season.

Not eating dairy products

Ayurveda says that dairy products like milk and yogurt offer special nutrition that cannot be derived from any other food. But it is important to eat these foods in a proper manner.

Do not drink cold milk from refrigerator. Heat it to a low boil before drinking. Let the milk foam up, and slowly reduce heat, and let it on a slow boil for about 5 to 10 minutes.

When you boil the milk, you can add a pinch of ground black pepper, some ground turmeric, a few pinches of ginger and a cinnamon stick to decrease the heaviness of the milk and cut any mucus-causing side effect. Milk helps to nourish all the tissues and helps to balance all the doshas. Thus, it is an essential food to add in your daily diet.

You can also include yogurt in your diet. Homemade yogurt is filled with active bacteria and cools your body.

Consuming a light lunch

The thought of consuming a light lunch may seem like an ideal way towards weight loss. But, ayurveda says that you should consume the largest meal at lunch. During the early afternoon hours when the sun is highest in the sky, your digestive system works at its highest potency. On the other hand, when the sun goes down, so does your agni. So heavy lunch can be digested easily.

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