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How would you describe the sattvic diet?

Ayurveda doctors and experts answer your questions.

The role of proper diet in health and healing is many times underestimated. Ayurveda categorizes and prescribes individual diets based on the principle of the five natural elements in the universe and the three Doshas of the human body that determine its constitution. These are linked to the elements as also the Gunas or natural forces which govern body and mind. At the beginning of an ayurveda programme, our doctors will analyse your body constitution and prescribe a diet that is appropriate with your Doshas. This diet will be Sattvic in nature, being wholly vegetarian and organic. 

Sattvic diet is a diet based on foods in ayurvedic and yogic literature that contain the quality (Guna) Sattva. In this system of dietary classification, foods that decrease the energy of the body are considered Tamasic, while those that increase the energy of the body are considered Rajasic. A Sattvic diet is meant to include foods and eating habits that are "pure, essential, natural, vital, energy containing, clean, conscious, true, honest, wise".

To encourage better nutritive assimilation and healing, Ayurveda also recommends mindful eating by which the full essence of food can be taken up by the body in a state of awareness and alert engagement.

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