An Observational Study On Pathya Apathya In Ayurveda
Ahara is one of the three supporting factors of life and plays a key role in the promotion of health and the prevention of diseases. In Vedic literature, it has been equated with nectar. There is much talk about a well-balanced diet in the present era. Modern Science states that a balanced diet contains a variety of foods in such quantities and proportions that the need for energy, proteins, vitamins, minerals, fats, carbohydrates, and other nutrients is adequately met for maintaining health, vitality, and general well-being. According to Ayurveda a diet that nourishes both the mental and physical built is called a "balanced diet". The food articles which replenish the bodily dhatus(tissues) and help in eliminating the disturbance of their equilibrium are to be regarded as wholesome. Apart from the quantity of food, elemental constitution, mode of preparation, habitat, combination, time and season of intake, manner of intake, body constitution, and agnibala (Digestive fire)of consumers, etc. are also considered in the acceptability of wholesome diet. A man votary of a wholesome diet considering Ayurvedic dietetics survives for hundred years in a disease-free state.