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6 diet mistakes that can hamper your digestion according to Ayurveda

Published on:5 June 2021, 10:00am IST
With our busy lifestyles, we have forgotten to pay attention to the guidelines laid down by Ayurveda when it comes to diet. It’s time to revisit those rules and avoid common mistakes.
Aayushi Gupta
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Don't neglect these good diet practices. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Do not sleep, take a bath, exercise, or drink too much water immediately after meals. These are some of the most basic guidelines one must follow to pursue a healthy diet. But in our search for the perfect diet plan, we forget to pay attention to these habits, and end up doing more harm than good. 

Are you ready to make some healthy changes to your diet? If yes, Ayurveda is the answer. Whether you want to shed those extra kilos or simply want to adopt a healthier lifestyle, this school of ancient medicine can help in a big way. 

Here are some tried and tested guidelines about the diet mistakes you must avoid, according to Ayurveda:

1. Drinking chilled water

Do you love drinking chilled water during the summer season to quench your thirst? Most of us love it. But having it during or immediately after your meals can interfere with your body’s ability to break down unwanted fats, thereby hampering digestion. As per Ayurveda, drink only a sip of water after a meal, but its temperature must be normal, so that it reaches all the organs in the body.

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Drinking cold water is bad for health. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
2. Not having enough fat

Most diets ask you to eliminate fat. But turns out, fat has never been a problem. In fact, according to Ayurveda, our body needs some healthy fats in order to function properly, and fight inflammation, especially during weight loss. 

3. Standing and eating

When you eat while standing, you are more prone to overeating. What’s more, it also makes you more hungry, and adds to bloating and gassiness. According to Ayurveda, the posture in which you eat plays a crucial role in the digestion process. So maintaining the right posture is a must, that’s why you should never stand and drink water.

4. Eating too fast

Eating too fast not only increases the risk of gaining weight, it’s also linked to other health issues including insulin resistance. As per Ayurveda, when you chew food properly, it gets broken down into smaller pieces, making it easier for your body to absorb the nutrients. 

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Eating too fast ain’t good for you. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
5. Wrong food pairing

Certain kinds of food combinations and choices can interfere with the body’s pita, and the kapha, which can further upset your stomach. Ayurveda says you must be cautious about pairing wrong foods, else you could face indigestion, bloating, and gas. Some incorrect pairings include honey with ghee, banana, and melon with milk.

6. Not eating in moderation

Even if you work out regularly but do not eat in moderation, the excess food can cause weight gain. As per Ayurveda, overeating can increase the toxins in your body, and can also make you uncomfortable. 

So ladies, do not repeat these mistakes and you’ll be happier and healthier.

Aayushi Gupta Aayushi Gupta

Candid, outspoken, but prudent--Aayushi is exploring her place in media world.