7 Superfoods to Add to Your Daily Diet
When we hear the word "diet." we immediately think about restricting the list of foods and adding some expensive types of salads into our daily diet. Ayurveda's perspective is broader in the sense of diet. It rather focuses on when to eat, how much to eat, and, most notably, the combination of food you are consuming based on your body's dosha.
The ancient text of Ayurveda has a brief explanation of food. Ayurveda comprises two words, Ayu(life) and Veda(knowledge), which deal with diverse parts of overall health. Ahara (food) is considered one of the three pillars of life; the other two are sleep and regulated sexual life. Ayurveda views metabolism as the key to good health.
There's an Ayurvedic proverb, "When diet is wrong, medicine is of no use. When diet is correct, medicine is of no need."
From the point of view of Ayurveda, the term "superfood" most likely does not refer to a particular species of plants but rather to the foods, herbs, and spices that serve an individual's specific health requirements at any given time.
Based on a few common features of foods and herbs that are considered superfoods, we have listed down few as follows:
Ghee (Clarified Butter)
Ghee, or clarified butter, is one of the best foods for reviving and increasing longevity. It helps with digestion and helps calm the mind. Ghee is an excellent medium for transporting nutrients from other foods to the tissues due to its high absorption rate.
Dates and Figs
Dates and figs are prized for their high energy content. They also aid in tissue formation and are packed with Iron and fibre. Every day, eat one or two.
Try this remedy to combat everyday fatigue:
- 2 figs
- 3 dates
- 2 cardamom
- 1 tpsn of ghee
- 1 ripe banana
Soak all the ingredients overnight, excluding ghee and ripe banana—Peel cardamom and almonds. Deseed the dates. Mix the ingredients, add a half glass of water and blend it. Drink it on an empty stomach or after your morning cup of tea or coffee.
Almonds are good for increasing strength and vitality by consuming several almonds daily. Ayurveda advises blanching and peeling almonds because the skins contain a small amount of toxic material.
Mung Beans (Green Lentils)
Mung beans are one of the best legumes because they are easy to digest and good for your health. They are helpful when people are ill or when they need light food. When combined with rice or other grains, mung beans provide a nourishing and wholesome diet.
Ginger is known as "the universal medicine" it advances great absorption and helps eliminate ama (toxins) from the body. The flavour and effects of dried ground ginger are more intense. Eat a thin slice of fresh ginger with salt and honey one-half hour before a meal to aid digestion.
Green Leafy Vegetables
Vegetables with green leaves are both nourishing and purifying. Their bitter taste helps skin conditions, balances blood sugar, and stimulates the liver. Spinach, turnip, broccoli, and numerous other green leafy vegetables are high in nutrients and act as an antioxidant in the body. The dark green leafy vegetable is a powerful source of Iron and can be eaten crudely or cooked. Use a little ghee for cooking.
Red rice has many benefits, and the reddish colour of this rice is received from its antioxidant, anthocyanin. Generally, it is found in purple or red vegetables. Red rice is loaded with Iron and fibre, and it is good for reducing inflammation. It helps to lower blood pressure, maintain blood sugar levels, and is very effective in weight loss.
Adding wholesome foods to your daily diet is what we need to pay attention to, and rest remains good. To obtain optimal health, we must watch what we consume daily and add every nutrient our body needs.
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