By Ravi Valluri
Eating the right thing in the right way at the right time and in the right amount will safeguard our vital digestive system, and preserve our health and happiness, says Ravi Valluri
Last year on the eve of International Yoga Day, I shared the stage with a remarkable woman. She held the audience spellbound with fascinating tales on dietary habits, and their impact on the human body.
At 47, she was sprightly without a strand of grey hair, and blessed with a haemoglobin count of 17. The lady had once been afflicted with a grievous asthmatic condition, till she turned a vegan. Now endowed with enormous energy, she begins her day with several glasses of warm water with lemon. This, according to her, is the quintessential technique to ward off morning blues and create an alkaline condition in our bodies.
“Eat only when hungry”, is her second mantra. And like Milind Soman (actor, model and a barefoot runner), she relishes eating fruits. Fruits need to be partaken as a complete and wholesome meal rather than as a supplement to the main course.
Pity the stomach
Foodies and epicureans, do we know what our stomach is and what is its size? This internal organ, in which a major part of the digestion takes place, is a pear-shaped enlargement of the alimentary canal linking the oesophagus to the small intestine, no larger than the size of our palms joined together.
According to ayurveda, there are containments for air, liquids and solid in the stomach, each measuring one-third. Yet we stuff this delicate organ without mercy, resulting in suffering for our body and minds.
Food should nourish our bodies, and not dispose us to fall prey to various ailments. An improper diet takes a heavy toll on the system of an individual.
The architect of the Delhi Metro and Konkan Railway, Shri E Sreedharan, advocates light vegetarian food, long walks, yoga and a dash of spirituality for healthy and peaceful living. This provides him with immense energy to execute tasks on hand.
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar says there are four sources of energy (prana or chi): food, breath, rest, and a calm and meditative mind.
Breathing techniques and meditation can be learnt only under the supervision of an expert. Humans can at least monitor the food they consume. That is in our hands. Recall the icon
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