“If diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If diet is correct, medicine is of no need.”
Ancient Ayurvedic Proverb.
What is Ayurveda?
The quote above is an ayurvedic (Ayurveda) proverb.
Ayurveda is an eastern holistic way of dealing with health.
The Sanskrit meaning of Ayurveda is “ayus” which means life and “veda” which means knowledge. So the overall meaning is the knowledge of life!
Ayurveda originates from India and has been practiced for more than 5000 years.
Ayurveda is a complete system to help our body and mind with the focus on maintaining health and preventing disease.
The modern way!
Our modern way of eating is pretty destructive.
We have every unhealthy food available to us on our doorsteps or at the click of a button.
Now, I’m not the food police!
I’m not here to say that you can’t eat foods that aren’t healthy.
Everyone has the right to choose what they eat!
But, we all know the issues of food.
And we know that a diet that consists of eating unhealthy foods isn’t good for us.
And will, in the long run, cause the development of some pretty nasty diseases such as type 2 diabetes and heart disease.
So, we all know the dangers!!
When the dangers appear.
So what happens when the dangers appear?
Well, a cocktail of medicine is usually the way to go!
This, with the aim to tame the symptoms of the disease.
But medicine wasn’t the cause of the illness.
The cause was the food!
So what happens when people are diagnosed with circulation problems, heart disease and diabetes?
What are people advised to do alongside medication?
They’re advised to…
Cut out certain foods.
To eat a certain type of diet!
They might be advised to cut out salt, sugar or fatty foods.
Because they’re part of the problem!
So when we are looking at foods we must eat foods to allow us to feel whole again.
To feel complete!
Medicine can help with symptoms but medicine with nutritious foods can help us to feel whole again.
When this isn’t the case!
This quote says: if diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. If diet is correct, medicine is of no need.
Now, I believe in the principles of this quote.
If we eat good healthy foods we can help with stopping the development of many diseases.
But if you’re like me, you may have a disease that’s unfortunately been thrown at you, because of genetics!
And most likely, no amount of healthy foods could have stopped it!
So do I believe in this quote to a tee?
But I do feel a healthy diet with medication is key to managing health and disease!
And this, with the aim, that in time medication could be reduced due to diet.
Yes, I believe that!
That’s been the case for me!
And that’s been the case with people I’ve worked with as a nutritionist and yoga teacher!
This was known 5000 years ago!
So, Ayurveda, this ancient belief system knew this 5000 years ago!
It knew that in order to maintain and prevent disease we need to feel whole and it knew food was a huge part of this.
So, up to this point, you know that Ayurveda is a holistic way of living.
The word holistic is thrown everywhere, isn’t it?
You might feel it’s a hippie dippie approach to life!
But what does it really mean?!
The meaning of holistic!
Holistic, to me, is becoming a whole or complete person. Being in touch with what makes us feel healthy and happy in mind and body.
A bit too hippish for ya?
Well, I’ve picked a few meanings from dictionaries to explain.
The Collins dictionary describes it as:
“of or relating to the medical consideration of the complete person, physically and psychologically, in the treatment of a disease”
The Oxford dictionary describes it as:
“considering a whole thing or being to be more than a collection of parts
- a holistic approach to life”
So hopefully you can see the importance of not only focusing on medications for health, but seeing the benefits of needing both medications and a good diet!
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