Mumbai, India (BBN) – The cultural diversity of India not just makes it a land rich in art and traditions, but also makes it one of the most sought after destinations for food lovers because of the wide variety of cuisines available across the length and breadth of the country.
Indian food is not just appealing to the eye and the palate, but also has been curetted over the ages on scientific lines, The Times of India.
Every spice which is added to it, every condiment that goes into its making and every single sprig of herb which is garnished over it has extensive health connotations.
The importance of food in our culture goes so deep that the ancient scripts have stated several rules for growing, cooking and consuming food.
According to the Upanishads, “When one’s food is pure, one’s being becomes pure”. With purity, the Vedic texts refer to the purity of the body and mind, which is the first step towards being disease free.
With increasing adulteration in the food that we consume these days, it is important to detox the body. A simple way to do so is by practicing SwarYog in your food habits.
Swar means “breath”, whereas, Yog means “to unite”. SwarYog is the science of realization of cosmic consciousness through control and manipulation of breath. It says that universal consciousness can be achieved by meticulously studying and observing the breath, thereby, being able to control and manipulate it, by various ways for the betterment of the soul.
The practice of SwarYog includes special recommendations about the modulation of breathing before consuming meals in order to retrieve maximum benefits for the body and mind as well as to minimize the ill-effects of the same, if any.
1. Swaryog recommends breathing more from your right nostril while eating spicy food or warm food. This will help control excessive body acids.
2. In case you are eating sweet, cold foods, try breathing from your left nostril. It helps in harmonising the body fluids without disrupting the body temperature.
3. Meditating & chanting letter “Ram”, the bija mantra, for Manipur Chakra (Solar Plexus) helps one enhance the appetite.
4. Taking nap on left side (for 10 mins) post meal helps in quicker digestion.
5. Drinking water from copper vessel is recommended; as it helps your body maintain its temperature according to outside weather, thus, helping one feel rejuvenated & energetic throughout the day.
6. Avoid eating sweets immediately after waking up as it tends to imbalance the elemental cycle running within our body thus making one prone to diseases.
7. Eat slowly, properly chewing your meal. This will lead to easy digestion of food.