Diet – The Medicine

dietDiet is considered the key element of naturopathy treatment, here food is ‘The Medicine’.  According to Naturopathy, diet is one of the necessary components in managing any disease.

Naturopathy believes in the innate capacity of the body to heal itself with the right diet. In naturopathy treatments, diet is specifically customized for individual patients for treatment, speedy recovery, and further maintenance.

Naturopathy recommends, that all food should preferably be taken in its fresh and natural form. Eating natural foods has a cleansing and purifying effect on our body. Fresh food prepared using natural ingredients and simple cooking techniques ensures that the natural nutrition of the food is not lost.

Such diet also helps in warding off diseases. A balanced diet should contain foods which are alkaline rich. Acidic food tends to build a higher level of toxins in our body, which makes our body prone to various ailments. According to naturopathy, a balanced diet should comprise 20 percent of acidic and 80 percent of alkaline foods for maintaining good health.

To make the pH of our blood more alkaline we need to increase the intake of foods which are rich in vitamin B complex. Vitamin C helps the body to bounce back from stressful situations. Carbohydrates contain the neurotransmitter serotonin which induces the sense of well-being.

Naturopathic diet is broadly divided into three categories:

  • Eliminative Diet: This diet is to get rid of all the morbid wastes accumulated in the digestive system. These are mostly toxic and are the root cause of most diseases. Juices and soups are administered under this diet. This includes lemon juice, citric fruits, tender coconut water, vegetable soups, buttermilk, and wheat-grass juice etc.
  • Soothing Diet: Consists of simple and easy to digest foods which are light on the stomach. Examples of soothing foods are fresh ripe fruits, salads, steamed vegetables, sprouts, vegetable chutney, etc.
  • Constructive Diet:  A wholesome diet is administered which consists of foods prepared with wholewheat flour, unpolished rice, millet, pulses, sprouts, yogurt, etc.

Contact JKYNH for further consultation and advice on individual treatments and diet plans.