Friday, September 14, 2012

Eating healthy is critical for prevention of diseases

BANGALORE: Santhigiri Ayurveda & Siddha Hospital has conducted a one-day workshop on healthy eating and ethnic preparations of raw and semi-cooked food at its Adugodi facility here on Friday. Addressing a large audience of health enthusiasts Dr Gangadharan DNYS (doctor of naturopathy and yogic sciences) said, We are a society mostly believe in cure and treatment and not in prevention. Healthy eating is key to good health and especially when most of us are always under some kind of life-style diseases like diabetes, high blood sugar, cholesterol, stress, ulcers, heart, kidney or liver ailments or even cancer.''
Dr Gangadharan does not need a kitchen to dole out a health feast that comprises of 14 different items that are made of select vegetables, fruits and rice flakes (aval). The order in which we consume different types of food---solids, salads,fruits, etc---is also critical for proper digestion (to avoid formation of acids and gases) and to maintain good health. Salads digest much faster than solids. Even under the home-cooking scenario, we are unable to chart out different menu and recipes that fit various health conditions. For instance, someone who suffers from high blood sugar can only take limited rice with sambar. Because Daal, tamarind and asafoetida, etc will have an adverse effect on a sugar patient. However, a sugar patient can consume the same rice with aviyal (a semi-cooked mixed vegetable combination). Diabetics should avoid consumption of tea and coffee while jaappy'' (boiled water with powered coriander, fenugreek, dry ginger, jeera and jaggery, with coconut milk) can help. Diabetics can also drink juices of tomato, cucumber, cabbage and curry leaves. Juices of carrot, leafy vegetables, potato (with skin) cucumber, apple, guava are good for someone who suffers from severe constipation. Also, one can keep acidity at bay by drinking juices of carrot, cabbage and potato, water melon and snake gourd. This style of healthy food preparation does not require a kitchen or burning of fuel. Also kitchen so far has been the monopoly of women and with this style men can also easily try their hands in health food preparation,'' Dr Gangadharan said. The workshop was inaugurated by reputed theatre and cine artiste Malathi Shree. Food has to be a way of life, something that has to be taken responsibly.Adopting a right food regime means we are preventing diseases of all kinds,'' he said. Santhigiri will soon open a health food outlet at its hospital premises. The idea is to educate people about the importance of health food in preventing all kinds of diseases and give them a first hand experience in its preparation,'' said Swamy Padma Prakasa Jnana Thapaswi, regional manager at Santhigiri Ayurveda & Siddha Hospital.

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