General Health Advice for Devotees

Posted by Madan Gopal Das | Posted in General Health Advice | Posted on 05-04-2010

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Dear devotees,

Many devotees ask me about how regulated life should be and how to implement basic principles of lifestyle according to Ayurveda. So I am writing this passage for the benefit of whoever wants to take advantage of this.

If anyone is not agreeing with the points that are mentioned here I take back my words without argument. Healthy discussion is welcome. Any other differing opinion is right and I am wrong. But still for those who ask me I am putting these points.

In Ayurveda the people are classified as per their prakruti i.e. Kapha, Vata and Pitta. So there will be difference in instruction for them. But here I am only mentioning those points which are applicable for almost all.

In scriptures both man and trees are described as mitahari (mita + ahari). It means one who eat less. It doesn’t mean we should be hungry or undernourished but eat only as much as required. We will discuss this. Famous disciple of Srila Prabhupada Peter Burwash has said, “50% of what we eat nourishes us and 50% nourishes doctors.”

Initially I am giving some easy to follow lifestyle changes for overall better health. Those who are interested in details can ask for it. All points are important.

  • About drinking water – Don’t drink ice cooled water or anything of that temperature. Water cooled by mud pot is maximum cold one can take. Don’t take water or juices with meals. Water should not be taken at least ½ hour before meal and 1-1.5 hours after meals. If while meals there is thirst then little water sip by sip is suggested. Please so take water whenever you are thirsty.
  • Avoid Mineral (Bisleri or reverse osmosis) water totally. Normal tap water is recommended and if you want then you can filter and boil normal tap water.
  • For most of us who are not working physically as hard as construction labourers then grains twice in a day are sufficient. Our either breakfast or dinner can be of fruits, salads, milk etc. non grain.
  • Dinner should be before sunset, at least 2-3 hours before you sleep.
  • Ideally dinner by 6pm and rest by 9pm. We should try to come as close as possible.
  • Some combinations of food create toxins in our body. The ingredients are good in themselves but bad when taken in particular combination. They are:
  1. Avoid salty items, sour items and fruits along with milk. Jaggary should also not be taken with milk.
  2. Avoid many varieties in one meal – limit the number of items in one meal. All though all items may be good and healthy but limit the number of items to 3-4.
  • Eating an exclusive activity – Avoid doing other activities while eating. Even watching video or telephoning or chit chatting. Concentrate on eating and chewing. Proper chewing is very important for proper digestion. If one chews nicely and enough then his requirement of food will automatically decrease as proper chewing will result in efficient digestion and so we will get required quantity of nutrients in less quantity. Eat while sitting crosslegged. Never eat while standing and sleeping. The food should be chewed so much that it becomes liquid by mixing of saliva and it should be like smooth paste.
  • Walking and exercise – One should walk atleast 5-7 Kms daily. If one does this even in his daily chores and doesn’t eat luxuriously (ludicrously) then there is not much need of other exercise.
  • Don’t burden the stomach – Give it what it can handle. It’s just like filling our suitcase. Don’t load bag where it is bulging on all sides. Keep it light. If our stomach is filled to twice the capacity then how will it mix food with various digestive juices and move the food up and down.
  • Other grains – Add grains other than rice and wheat in your diet. They can be jwara, bajara, millet, vari, rajgira, barley etc.
  • Seasonal fruits – eat only seasonal fruits. Avoid packed food products and non seasonal fruits. For eg don’t get attracted to mango in winter etc. If you don’t know which fruits are seasonal and look for the fruits that are cheap. The fruits are produced in more quantity in their natural season and are so at cheapest price in their season. Also try to get local fruits. Better a local banana than one imported from 5000 miles across globe.
  • Sugar – I will only say less the better. In 1900 a man would eat only 8 gms of sugar in a day. Now the proportion has gone to more than 60gm.
  • Avoid following vegetables – Tomato, cauliflower, cabbage, capsicum, lady finger, brinjal, carrot, French beans, potato. There are many other vegetable than above mentioned and if we look for them we can find them even in Mumbai markets. For eg we can have pumpkin, dudhi, all leafy vegetables, white guard, suran, gavar, chawali, karela, drumstick, raddish, salgam, padwal, pattol, galka, turiya, tondli, arabi, raw papaya, jackfruit, banana. Sabji can be made from pulses. For those in west all types of gourds and leafy vegetable.
  • Ghee is best medium to cook but in present kali yuga scene I would recommend Til oil. Try to get filtered oil and not refined one. As original ghee is nectar anything other than that in name of ghee is poison. What original ghee means see in cow protection section?
  • Silver ware – It is affordable. Use silver plates katories etc. Try to use it for regular dinning. One value of one TV you can get 4 silver plates for family.
  • Cow urine and good detoxifier. No side effect or damage – If you have even little faith then try to take little quantity of cow urine (tablet / ark available in stall is also fine) daily in morning or any other time of day. This will help detoxify your body in big way and also thus increase immunity.

These are few basic points and many will follow.

YS

Madan Gopal Das

Comments (19)

Thank you MGP,your selfless service for others is really wonderful.Thank you very much Pr_

Dear Madangopal Prabhu,

Since i started using the 3 to 4 drop of ghee (available in matchless gift shop) in nose while sleeping, many of my nasal issues has been solved.
Thank you for that.

YS,
Rupa Sanatan Das.

Hare Krsna Prabhu,

In the above comments you have mentioned that “Jaggary should also not be taken with milk.” But, i am not using sugar, since animal bone power is used for purification process.
So, i use Jaggary with milk. What to do? Why we should not use Jaggary with milk. Please give your valuable suggestion.

Hare Krsna,

Yours,
Sakthi

Jaggery has acidic residue and hence cannot be taken with milk. any thing acidic cannot be taken with milk. Instead you can take sugar candy (In marathi khadi sakhar). Sugar with big irregular crystals. Actually brown sugar some what similar to that available in western countries is best option.

Madan gopal das

Thanks a lot prabhuji.

I think, Brown sugar would be available in the market. I can look for that.

Hare Krsna!

Yours,
Sakthi

Dandavats Prabhu,
Though most of the things are agreeable…could you please get the following clarified…because other than these.. I would starve..:))
Avoid following vegetables – cauliflower, cabbage, capsicum, lady finger, brinjal, carrot, French beans, potato.

Ys,
Ram Vilas Das

THese vegetables are not recommended because—

1. In India (tropical) and also in world these vegetables cannot be grown without heavy pesticide use.

2. These are the vegetables which naturally / normally have insects compared to other group of vegetables. How and why I should put in my stomach those items which attract insects and pest as my stomach and body will become home for them. You frequently see insects in flower, lady finger, capsicum etc. You rarely see insects in pumpkin, karela, snake gaurd etc. So you decide. I think this one point is only sufficient.

3. All these vegetables were not eaten in any part of world except nomadic/ forest tribes of south america. In countires like peru, chhile, and near by areas.

4. The vegetables in other group are traditional indian vegatbles. They are healthy and nutritious.

5. the sages of ancient India were wise and intelligent and so from point of view to body and mind they did not promote these vegetables and so were not used in India till just 200 years back. In fact they were minimally used till 70 years back. No one fasted to death in absence of these vegetables in whole world. Why should you. Its just you have to awake to reality and make the right decision and choice based on proper knowledge.

6. I have more faith in vedic sages rather than modern scientists. So I see a point in vedic sages not accepting these vegetables even if modern science with its limited capacity and prejudiced motives tell us how good these are.

YS
Madan Gopal das

Hare Krishna Prabhuji,
I want to know in detail reg. in take of water. How much water should a person take for the whole day?
Whether this includes the juices etc.. ?

Ys,
Ram Vilas Das

Hare Krishna Prabhu:

Very nice explanations regarding prohibited veggies and jaggery-milk contradiction.

I am curious about limiting number of items in a meal. From the perspective of eating sattvic food, Ayurveda recommends that you either eat foods with a sweet taste or eat a meal with items from different taste groups. In the latter case, proper combination becomes sattvic even though not all items taste sweet.

So, my question is if it is okay to include more than 3-4 items as long as I have avoided bad food combinations and included all tastes.

Ys,
Manish

Yes all tastes should be included. But then we have to cook in that manner which has all tastes. Like a sour, salty, etc. If you see in Vedic tradition there were more items of various tastes. But two points to be considered here. First we son’t cook mostly like that any more. Second the quantity of most of these other tastes like chatani, sour was very less. We now a days don’t maintain the quantity as well. Yes you can have all tastes but in right quantity. Still for major staple diet 3-4 items. I think it clarifies.

Again as per allopathy there cannot be one fixed amount. It depends on your body type, season, work, atmosphere, food etc. It has to be individual.

General guidelines for that are as follows.

1. We should not drink water immediately after food. That is water should be drunk atleast 1 hour after food or 1.5-2 hours after food.

2. You can / should drink water atlease 30 min before meals, not less.

3. During meals we can have sip that to if we require it i.e. if body demands it.

4. Actually if we allow our body to express and listen to its needs then automatically 1.5 – 2 hours after food we will feel hungry.

5. If we don’t eat in between meals then automatically body asks for water some time after meals. but generally in todays world so many snacks, cakes, chivadas etc keep comming that body doesn’t get chance to speak. By the time it has digested food and will ask for water we fill our belly again with all these items. There by not allowing body to express.

6. When we are thirsty we should drink as much as required till we feel satisfied.

7. In winter season warm water can be better.

8. So if we follow above regulation then we will require water 4-5 times in a day. 3 times after 3 meals. one early mornning. one time some extra. each time 1-2 glass. So around 6-8 glasses per day is ok. Also in summer we will require more.

9. Yes this includes juices.

10. In essence – drink what your body demands but allow your body to express.

Sir,
Avoid following vegetables – cauliflower, cabbage, capsicum, lady finger, brinjal, carrot, French beans, potato.

When you say above statements to the people they are not even giving these to kids . stop doing this sir.

Please dont mix religious faith(realted to soul) to vegetables what they should or should not eat.Almost you are framing rules subconciously in people minds. God is amazing not of rules and he is conerned with heart what you think, what you do . Please dont relate spritiuality with food and how many times he need pray to god .

I undertsand when people dont eat meat becasue they dont want to kill. What did above listed vegetables done (also garlic and onion)………………………………………..

Thanks Mr Daniel,

I am happy you wrote to me. I have purposefully edited your comment here to keep it short and not replying from my side also fully.
This is because your comment is very important and I am making a new post where your full comment will be included along with my points. For other readers the above comment has many points and you can see it fully as new post in same category. It will come up in few days.

Madan Gopal Das

Thank you very much for the excellent explanations on the subject of the various vegetables which are good for health and the vegetables which must be avoided for keeping good health.

I hope that you will continue to keep the people enlightened on various subject matters on your blog.

Thank you so much. I had asthma and many other problems. Then one ayurvedic doctor just told me to stop eat tomatoe. I did and within short time all problems went. It is a not easy task to preach about sattvik living and people definitely will become annoyed because we can see inside our heart the problem of our weakness and this we dont want to see. Please keep the enthusiasm and your wonderful service to Srila Prabhupada.

Hare Krishna
Thank you Prabhu for this informative article.
I have a question regarding Milk consumption.

How Much Milk should we take in our diet and what is the best time to consume milk?
What other eatables can accompany a milk in breakfast/dinner?

Ans – Best time doesn’t mean only time. I am giving best time. For chiildren whole day. For adults after evening. Nothing can exactly accompany which can be generally stated. But milk can be had after dinner or Breakfast.

Hari Bol Prabhuji, Dandvat Pranam.

Thank you Prabhuji for knowledge sharing.

1. I wanted to know if Banana and milk can be taken togather???

Ans – No. No fruits can be had together with milk. Only naturally full ripened mango can be had. We can make milk of coconut and take fruits with that. It tastes better.

I am reading your blog from past 1 month & very thankful to you for giving this valuable vedic knowledge.
In your last comment, you mentioned that we can’t have fruits with milk. Does this mean that we can’t even drink milk after eating fruits?

Ans – Not immediately. At least after a gap of 1/2 hour. But always first fruits and then milk and not opposite. Both milk and fruits are excellent but not together.

Hare krishna Prabhuji,

I’m very skinny and underweight.Can I take gomutra daily as I have heard that it dissolves fat?

We should eat fruit empty stomach or after taking meals?

Regards,
shailesh

Ans – thanks for discussion.
You can take gomutra even if skinny. I was 55 when I began with gomutra. was 58 in 2 years. but take right qun ie. around 20-30 ml of fresh gomutra, 1-2 ghanvati or 10 ml of ark.

Fruits should be had either empty stomach before sunset or atleast 1/2 hour before meals. But generally not after meals. The logic and reason as follows. Fruits are digested in 30 – 45 min. Grains take 3 hours. when we take mixed types of food then one of them is not digested properly. So once grains go inside the digestion of 3 hours starts. So fruits get over digested along with that. But if we take them 30 – 40 min before then by the time we take grains fruits are digested.

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