Ayurveda is Sanskrit word which means the 'science of life and longevity'. It has a very all-inclusive treatment towards food. it is based on the theory that diet is crucial for a healthy mind and body.
Gita Ramesh, Jt. Managing Director, Kairali Ayurvedic Group, while stressing on the benefits of Ayurveda, said that knowingly or unknowingly, people have been using ayurvedic techniques in cooking.
"There are so many things that have been passed on from our elders, which we include in our diet but don't realise their actual worth. These are the things that have been mentioned in the books as well. So, if we really look into the text of Ayurveda, we just need to follow those things," she told ANI.
According to Gita Ramesh, the following foods should be a part of our daily intake:
-Green chillies: non- Indians believe green chillies are hot but a small amount is necessary in our diet. It has healing properties and prevents against illnesses.
-Turmeric: It is a very ancient natural food item of India the west is aware that it has a lot of therapeutic properties and wants to patent it. In Ayurvedic medication, turmeric serves as a healing agent in Ayurveda.
-Papaya: seeds of the fruit contain an enzyme that is beneficial in treatment of cancer.
-Garlic: According to Ayurveda says one should consume at least one pod of garlic daily. It's very beneficial for skin, cholesterol, blood purification and detoxification.
-Ginger: Ginger is helpful in healing illnesses such as rheumatic disorders, gastrointestinal problems and inflammatory conditions.
-Spices: spices like cumin seeds, coriander seeds among many others are a very important part of ayurvedic treatment and is an important component of medicines.
Hailing from a family of acclaimed vaids (Doctors), Gita Ramesh, along with her husband K. V. Ramesh, is carrying on the legacy of Ayurveda through Kairali, a brand synonymous with 5000-year-old medical science called 'Ayurveda'.
'Kairali - The Ayurvedic Healing Village', recently played host to India's first Ayurveda-based Chef's Retreat, 'Healing Recipes-Back to Roots'.
"The first chapter of 'Healing Recipes-Back to Roots' was a conscious effort at food sustainability. It is an attempt at showcasing how age-old philosophy and culinary practices still hold relevance in modern times," she said.
Further to this, Gita Ramesh expressed her delight on organising the retreat. "I am glad we thought about doing this. The 'healing' recipes that we have should be propagated around the world. Now I feel we should be replicating this, internationally as well," she concluded.