நம்ம விநாயகரை மற்ற நாட்டுல என்ன பேருல வணங்கறாங்க தெரியுமா??பாருங்க இங்கே!!
Coming back to the topic how did people in yester years take care that they are not affected too much by diseases and defects and why not us? Please take a while to go through Indian angel's post which neatly talks about all the factors (pollution. genetic make up, excess work load, poor mind and body) that make us stay unhealthy. Definitely, these play a vital role!!
Well, the most important thing we forget is 'We lack the knowledge of health science - in simple words, we do not know what is good for our body and what/ when it has to be eaten to stay healthy and how to get/cook them etc." All we learn as science (biology) in high school is just physiology, agriculture, vitamins/ minerals that we should have etc. Its all based on english medicine. Lets talk about this after a while!!
Makkale, Have you observed how our parents/grandparents used to decide the receipes everyday at home. They had a norm for cooking and consuming... I think they can all fit into 2 broader categories (classified as per my thoughts).
1. The norm of 'when to use what' ( I wish to call it as Time)
2. The norm of 'how/ how much to use' (Let's call it as Balance). If you think there can be another category, feel free to classify and discuss. Let us see with examples:
1. Time : If its a no moon day/ Dwadasi/ Ekadesi - specific vegetables / grains / pulses are cooked and some are specifically avoided. They are based on astronomical calculations and health deteriorating factors predetermined by our ancestors. Another example as Vasudevan rightly pointed out in his comments in the previous post " Pregnent women were on a diet consisting predominantly of pepper for the first three post-natal months because pepper is proven to stimulate milk production and de-toxifying the blood stream "
2. Balance: Infact, variety food is cooked in a way that we dont have too much of anything. When we have dal (protein) today, tomorrow we will have less dal and more of vegetables (minerals).Once in a week, we will have pepper rasam, bittergourd curry, Vepam poo, Manathakaali, Sundaikkai and things so that if 'some thing' bad (let us discuss that something later!!) has accumlated too much over a period in our body causing harm, such receipes can antagonize the effect of that 'some thing' (that causes gas/ heat/ stress etc) that is in excess in our body .We might not even know what is that something but our body is taken care by just those recipes that had llots of herbs !!!
Taking up Vasudevan's examples again "The food for festivals was designed taking into account the climatic conditions and the energy needs; Neer more & Paanagam for Raama Navami to cool the body off in the scorching summer while the latter half of the year when it was wet/cold, there were oily items like seedai/thattai for Krishna Jayanthi "
Also, there are eating habits designed to serve a specific purpose.. When I sit to eat a full course meal at home (with paruppu sadam, sambhar sadam, rasam sadham and thayir sadham in the order), I actually would pester my mom to add some curd when I eat parupuu sadam (weirda???). She used to refuse and I used to question why not??. She never knew the reason why I should not have but she will say " apdi saapdardhu illa maa..vendaame" . Later (at lexington), I found from my Jain roommate that it is religiously wrong to mix curd with dal and also in ayurveda (she is a doctor) it is not alllowed it seems.. So there is a meaning and purpose even in maintaining the eating order and in making combinations !!
The knowledge of health science was passed through within families (wondering from where???!!) and it remained okay (with a minimal loss) till last century and now it has deteriorated at a higher pace!! Grandmas and grandpas (or a generation before that) not only knew the concept of time and balance (my terminology to refer the health science) but they also knew 'what the food does to the body and what the body does to the food'. In pharmacy, we call them as Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics respectively w.r.t drugs. But our parents just knew the concept of time and balance and not the etiology related to its actions. We ????? Yeh sad to say.. we don't even know the health science to the extent to follow it blindly!!!
Thanks for patiently reading such a long post...Let us see what is that ' something' , & 'from where' in the next post and further more on how we know these things etc... !!!!