Ayurveda says that everything in the universe consists of five basic elements. And they are Prithvi (Earth), Agni (fire), Jala (water), Vayu (air), and Akasha (atmosphere). Our body, as well as the food we consume, consists of these elements. If any of these elements come out of normality, then it leads to imbalance, so that recipes from the ayurveda can be interesting.
Therefore, it is important to maintain the balance of these elements to balance our universe as well as our body. It is said that the stomach is divided into three parts in the name of food intake. The first part must be filled with solid (Prithvi), the second must be filled with water (Jala Mahabootha), and the third part should be left free (Akasha); this helps digestion.
Diet plays an important role in preventing diseases and maintaining normal body physiology. Ayurveda explains that the preparation and use of different beverages can act simultaneously as nutrition and medicine. The recipes are based on Indian cuisine, well known for the different spices, with a variety of ingredients and simple cooking methods.
Ingredients and benefits of ayurveda recipes
Drink prepared from ripe mangoes (Apakva Amraphala Panaka)
Fully ripe mango juice mixed with cardamom, clove, wet ginger, and turmeric. This is an aperitif that helps strengthen the body. Ripe mango juice is a restorative tonic and is used for heat stroke.
Lemon-based drink (Nimbu Phala Panakam)
This was prepared with a piece of lemon juice, mixed with black pepper and clove. It acts as a good appetizer. Lemon is rich in vitamin C, which has anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, anticancer, and antiparasitic activities.
Orange-based drink (Narangi Phala Panka)
Ripe orange juice mixed with ginger and camphor powder to increase appetite and eliminate toxins from the body, maintain hydration, and remove constipation.
Ayurveda explains that the preparation and use of different beverages help nourish the body and prevent long-term diseases. These drinks are a practical and simple way to provide a concentrate of antioxidants and compounds that will contribute to your health, such as: appetite improvement, eliminate toxins, anti-antimicrobial, anti-cancer, improvement of the digestive system, among others,. It can be used at different times of the day and in different forms, such as: juices, shots, teas…
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