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Ayurvedic Insights: To Drink or Not To Drink?
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Ayurvedic Insights: To Drink or Not To Drink?

I had never believed in the ancient science of Ayurveda before I got personal healing. The doctors can know the state of your body, the ailments that exist and also the health challenges that you might face in future without any tests and without the patient uttering a single word. It is done through pulse diagnosis only.

Ayurveda is not just used for curing diseases but also for preventing them from occurring in the first place. There are some lifestyle recommendations that if followed can give us miraculous health benefits. Here is a little insight about what Ayurveda has got to say about drinks.

Firstly, drinks and food should not be mixed. Well, before I knew this, I was in a habit of taking tea or coffee with my breakfast. I still do sometimes. It is recommended not to drink anything half an hour before and one hour after meals.

Another recommendation is about food temperature. The best temperature for food is close to room temperature. Consuming too hot or too cold food items is not good for digestion. Of course we cook food and eat it warm most of the time. But there are certain dishes that we are used to and taste better straight from the refrigerator.

Cold milk, juice, salads and ice creams extinguish the digestive fire and consuming them on a regular basis can disrupt the digestion process. Ayurveda also shows red light to ice cold water, smoothies, shakes etc.

Asking for normal room temperature water at some places does turn a few eyeballs towards us, but aren't we already used to that by now?

If you already have problems like stomach cramps, bloating feeling after meals or general indigestion, try this for a few days and see the difference for yourself.


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  1. Sumit  Bhardwaj
    Sumit Bhardwaj
    Hmmm... This is true. I find it a bit hard to follow, but will do my best. Thanks Akanksha for posting this wonderful information. God bless! :)
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks for your vote and comment Sumit. Even I do not follow it completely. But its only when you know it you can change, even if in small steps.
  2. shantanu
    Yes, Hard to follow but should be followed. Nice article.
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks! Not so hard unless you are eating fried stuff...It becomes hard to drink with meals once you get used eating without it..and it sure feels good in the stomach.
  3. Veganara
    Vote no 5. Very interesting. I always have to have a drink with meals, so that would be hard for me to give up. Maybe I should try it though and see if it makes a difference, as I admit I do get certain digestive problems. I believe the Chinese have a similar nutritional philosophy, that if the meal has enough moisture in it you shouldn't need to drink with it. Food for thought....(pun intended!)
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Veganara! If u r planning to build this habit, remember to keep an eye on your total water intake throughout the day. Drink sufficient water half an hour before and one hour after you mouth should be able to produce enough saliva to gulp the food down :-)
  4. evalovesbend
    1. Akanksha
      Thanks Eva
  5. Carolyn
    Vote #8! Thanks for the info!
    1. Akanksha
      Thank you so much Carolyn...My post looks complete now with your comment :-D
  6. Sheila Ray
    Voted...I've heard some of these things before :)
  7. pftsusan
    Very informative. Vote #10.
  8. Virtually Homemade
    Virtually Homemade
    Great post and great info. I knew about not drinking liquids with meals from the fit for life diet I was on twenty years ago! It would be hard to give up my ice sparkling water with lime but maybe I will find the strength to try. Check out my spaghetti squash with fresh tomato sauce post. The sauce is room temperature and not cooked! Vote if you like. Voted!


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