Given everyone’s busy schedule, it can be difficult to prioritize one’s wellness. To help Filipinos lead a sustainable and balanced way of living, the Indian Embassy invited an Ayurvedic therapist to explain the roots of good health during the second session of its four-day “Ayurveda Day” webinar.Â
The webinar is aimed at educating Filipinos on how they could benefit from India’s unique pathway to health and wellness. And guess what? Ayurveda is not like fad lifestyles that come and go. In fact, it is one of the world’s oldest holistic systems developed 5 thousand years ago in India.
Indian Ayurvedic nutritionist and therapist Niti Sheth discussed the fundamentals of good health, focusing on a balanced diet. “Ayurveda is not a one-size-fits-all approach. It takes into account the individual, it takes into account all the differences that you may have compared to another person,” Sheth said. “Ayurveda looks into what you’re eating, how you’re eating, why you’re eating, when you’re eating, and where you’re eating.”
According to Sheth, digestion is key. “Nothing in this world is universally good or universally bad. The idea is to not glamorize or demonize food,” Sheth explained. “Moderation is important for optimum health. Learn from the cues your body gives.”
In Ayurvedic nutrition, the six tastes–sweet, bitter, sour, salty, pungent, and astringent–should be incorporated in equal proportion every single day for a better nutritional profile.
Sheth also stressed balance when choosing and preparing food. She explained how dry foods and warmer food would be good for the rainy season. “The idea is to counteract that dampness and wetness,” said Sheth. “So, during the wet season, eat warmer and lighter food items.”
For the practice of Ayurveda, a person is greatly influenced by his/her environment, which is experienced through all the five senses. Practitioners believe that everything we see, hear, taste, smell, and touch can alter the state of our health and wellbeing.
Given that the Ayurveda won’t make you deprive yourself of what you enjoy, it might be worth looking into. Prioritizing your wellness might just change your life for the better.