Every living and non-living being is composed of five basic elements, the Pancha Mahabhutas namely Earth(Prithvi), Water(Jal),Fire(Agni), Air(Vayu) and Ether(Akasha).Food is made up of all these elements in different proportions and it nourishes their respective tissue elements in the body.

Every living and non-living being is composed of five basic elements, the Pancha Mahabhutas namely Earth(Prithvi), Water(Jal),Fire(Agni), Air(Vayu) and Ether(Akasha).Food is made up of all these elements in different proportions and it nourishes their respective tissue elements in the body.

Ayurveda is a vast science where a general well being and the idea of staying healthy is given prior attention. Ahara(diet) , Nidra(sleep), Brahmacharya(celibacy) are the Traya Upasthamba(three pillars) as explained in Ayurveda.

The human body is the foundation and the Food, sleep and celibacy are the three pillars supporting it. Among them, food is the most significant pillar which helps in maintenance of health and life.

According to Acharya Charak, Ahara not only forms the body, it also forms diseases. The wholesome food(Hita Ahara) is responsible for health and happiness whereas the unwholesome food causes diseases and sadness. Food is responsible for creating a dome of physica, mental, psychological and social well being for example if you notice a person who consumes a lot of spicy, oily and non vegetarian food, you would notice that he’s usually fierce and angry or has a short temper, that’s because of the Rajasikk and Tamasik property of the food or if you find a person consuming heavy food such as a lot of daily and wheat items, he would probably be lousy and sleepy most of the times.

Food affects every aspect of the body. 

As per Acharya Kashyap, no medicine is equivalent to food. He also called it the best medicine(Mahabhaishajaya). By incorporating the right diet as per the dosha imbalance, food can turn out to be a cure without the use of medicines.

Ahara as Prana

The food is said to have life in it. The food that has a taste(rasa), touch(sparsha), smell(gandha) that is pleasing to a person is said to provide life to every living being. Ahara is known as prana(life). Fire is an indicator of life. Till the time our inner bodily fire is intact, we’re alive and our life sustains. Food acts as the fuel for the fire. Food strengthens the mind as well. It nourishes the body tissues and senses organs of the body.

Live an Ayurvedic life by following the right amount, rules and choice of food as per the individual’s need to live a happy and healthy life.

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