Episode # 239 – Scientific evidence to support Vidura’s explanation on “Balanced diet” – An important message!!!

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The previous episode marked a very important discussion on why should we consume minimum amount of food (yet sufficient enough). Vidura had of course given us a detailed accord on six major benefits of consuming food at a minimal level. He says that by doing so, we would be able to lead a long, healthy life free and devoid of any disease. Eating proper and minimal food would increase our strength and most importantly maintains the efficiency of our reproductive system. As mentioned at the end of yesterday’s episode, let us today witness the modern day scientific meaning to what Vidura has explained in this particular context. We shall witness the scientific relevance of Vidura’s explanation with respect to two important aspects in this episode – One with the reproductive system and the other with respect to two frequent diseases that we are prone to in the present day – Blood Pressure & Diabetes.

With reference to the efficiency of our reproductive system, many scientists and researchers are today accepting the fact that the food that we consume plays a crucial role for a healthy child birth. This is applicable both for men and women. Proper quality and quantity of food is extremely essential for the proper nourishment of sperms and the ovum’s that are responsible for child birth. Nowadays, doctors are even prescribing a definite and a specific diet to maintain the nourishment level of our reproductive agents.

Moreover, since we’re more into fast-foods and oily food stuff and also owing to the enormous change in our lifestyle, the reproductive organs are unable to get the required nourishment in order to produce a healthy child. This is one of the main reasons why we’re witnessing many children being born with peculiar defects such as lack of proper brain growth, lack of vital nutrients in the body, etc. In fact, the first category of children are increasing at an alarming rate, both in India and elsewhere – In medical terms, this condition is called ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Syndrome), wherein the child is  hyperactive or highly impulsive. The child finds it extremely hard to concentrate on the subjects taught in class, avoids difficult tasks in life, indulges in excessive talking, restlessness, etc. Over periods of time, the child also becomes totally incapable of dealing with frustration and boredom and thus tends to get unwantedly angry on people around. This is a very serious syndrome that many children today are grappling through, but sadly many parents do not understand the trauma that their children face. Of course there might be many causes for such a syndrome to occur, but one of the main causes for this is the exposure of the developing fetus to unnecessary items like tobacco, drugs, alcohol, etc. Also doctors say that if we are exposed to more amount of a chemical called “lead”, it might also be a reason for the ADHD syndrome to occur. Hence the important message from this episode is that we should try and avoid unwanted stuff such as drugs, alcohol, etc.

Readers might wonder why am I talking about all this here – The reason being, when we get addicted to alcoholism, we would tend to eat more and more and this would have severe complications not only in our health condition, but also in our next generation’s health condition as well, owing to the above mentioned explanation. Hence it is best for us not to go near such items in life. It is our bound duty to maintain our physical body fit and fine as it is a vehicle given by Bhagawan to utilize it for constructive purposes.

Apart from this, we’re constantly hearing from many people around us complaining of fluctuating Blood Pressure and Sugar levels in our blood. Why is all this happening a lot in the modern day? Why was the number very less during the olden days? What has changed? The basic answer to all these questions is that, the “change” that has constituted all these diseases is nothing but the “change” in our food habits over a period of time. In olden days we used to give prime importance for “home-cooked” food, wherein all the ingredients in the food item (Spice, sweet, oil, etc.) were kept under a proper balance. Nowadays owing to the “Urgent lifestyle”, we’ve totally compromised on the home-made food and we’ve slowly started to move into restaurants and fast-food outlets. Here we are totally unaware of the quantity and quality of the food that is prepared and when we consume it frequently, our body loses the balance in many aspects – Two such aspects are the Blood pressure and insulin levels. Hence we should take a moment today and realize the great amount of danger that we’re creating for ourselves.

Of course I’m not saying that we should never go to a restaurant or something in that way. I do realize that in today’s lifestyle, it might be a bit harsh to say. However, we can always have a limit for everything in life as I had mentioned in yesterday’s episode. If we learn to control our diet in a proper manner, we can always lead a healthy and a smooth life without the threats of unwanted diseases looming large! Hence for today let us spare a thought on this important point and let us try to understand the significance of Vidura’s words for a happy and healthy lifestyle. We shall wait till the next episode to move into Vidura’s next important discussion. Stay tuned! 🙂

Published by Dr. Jeayaram

Holds a PhD in Management Psychology from Universite Paris Saclay, Paris, France. Also an Asst. Professor of Human Resources management at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham in Kerala, India. A professional South Indian classical musician (singer) performing concerts. Through this blog, I'm trying to bring out the richness of Indian culture & values and I request your support and feedbacks in making this humble effort a success!!

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