Our environment plays a very important role in the choices we make. What’s being offered in the supermarkets and the food trends emphasized through media and the press sways us in a certain direction. The flood of information affects our belief system and creates different emotions in connection to food and the overall well-being.
There have been numerous occasions where someone in complete panic expressed fear about recent blood reports or how they were deficient in certain vitamins such as “D” or “B” or some form of minerals. Let us look at the subject of vitamins and minerals from the point of view of Dr. Naram’s Siddha-Veda lineage.
In the ancient teachings of Siddha-Veda the emphasis is on complete and proper digestion of food and the prevention of Aam accumulation (toxins), not on the amount of Vitamins and minerals present in the food. A correct and complete digestive process in turn guarantees the balance in the body’s doshas (constitution). Every food has its own characteristics and attributes.
For example, according to Ancient Siddha-Veda Principles, Milk and Dairy products’ attributes are heavy, cold and mucus producing, or we can say that they create an imbalance of the Kapha dosha. Fermented and sour foods have the acidic characteristic, and therefore they create an imbalance of the Pitta dosha. Dry and raw food has inflammatory attributes and creates an imbalance of the Vata dosha. In other words the purpose of eating is that the attributes of the food must help to balance the Vata, Pitta and Kapha, and not add to the toxins accumulated in the body in the form of undigested food. Vitamin or mineral contents of the food could only benefit the body if the food is fully digested, metabolized and the elimination process is regular and successful.
The following recommendations will help you to balance all three doshas and create a healthy digestion and a strong immune system. Even if you are able to follow only one or two of the recommendations at first, you will find that over time you can incorporate more changes. It is important to be consistent, but please remember to “enjoy your food”.