A holistic diet, or Saathvik diet, is one that helps in the growth, sustenance, and progress of an individual as a human being. This involves improvements to the physical, mental, and spiritual health of the individual.
According to Eastern medicine, all of us are made of three doshas, or natures, known as Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. These are in balance in a healthy individual. Our body reacts differently to our environment, which may lead to aggravation or the reduction of the equilibrium in these three doshas, and thus our health.
- what we eat and drink,
- how we eat and drink,
- and how we respond to and not react to our daily challenges
are the most critical factors for consideration in maintaining good health. Awareness of these lessons will relieve us of almost 60 to 70 % of the symptoms in most of the diseases.
All we take in through the doors of the five sense organs should conform to the teachings of the holistic or Saathvik diet.
- Intake of vegetarian food.
- Listening to pleasant sounds.
- Looking at good sights.
- Touching pure objects.
Did you know a healthy mind results in a healthy heart?
According to Ayurveda, there are three main types of constitutions – Vata, Pitta, and Kapha. We are a blend of these elements in different proportions. These biological energies are found throughout the human body and mind. They govern all physical and mental processes and provide every living being with an individual blueprint for health and fulfillment.
These dynamic energies constantly change in response to
- our actions,
- the foods we eat,
- the seasons,
- and sensory inputs that feed our mind and body.
When we live for the fulfillment of our individual natures, we naturally make lifestyle and dietary decisions that foster balance within our systems. When we live against our intrinsic natures, we support unhealthy patterns that lead to physical and mental imbalances.
Unhealthy patterns change the biochemistry of the mind. This leads to constriction of arteries throughout the body, including the heart arteries.
Production of the stress hormone, cortisol, increases because of the subtle constant stress and leads to changes in the arteries and functioning of the heart. A balanced mind will lead to reduced production of this stress hormone, and thus maintain a healthy body and a strong heart.