Why a blog on nutrition?

Dr. Umang Agarwal advises you how to stay fit and enjoy life.

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A regular column containing highly useful information and sane advice on the matters of health, wellness and nutrition brought to you by Dr. Umang Agarwal.

Why this blog is important for you?

FruitsNutrition plays an important role in our lives. Poor eating habits can be a cause for several diseases, e.g. diabetes, heart diseases, obesity, and cancer. What we eat, eventually becomes our own body. This is beautifully expressed in a verse from Taittraiya Upanishad:

अन्नाद्वैप्रजाःप्रजायन्ते। याःकाश्चपृथिवींश्रिताः। अथोअन्नेनैवजीवन्ति। अथैनदपीयन्त्यन्ततः।
अन्नंहिभूतानांज्येष्ठम्। तस्मात्सर्वौषधमुच्यते।सर्वंवैतेऽन्नमाप्नुवन्ति।येऽन्नंब्रह्मोपासते।
अन्नाद्भूतानीजायन्ते। जातान्यन्नेनवर्धनते। अद्यतेऽत्तिचभूतानि। तस्मादन्नंतदुच्यतइति।

(All beings, whatever exist on earth, are born of food. And again, by food they are sustained and unto it again they go back at the end. So, verily food is the eldest of all creatures; and therefore it is called the medicament of all. Those who regard food as Brahman verily attain all food. From food all beings are born; having born, by food they grow. It is called food because it is fed upon, or it feeds upon, creatures.)

Furthermore, the Chandogya Upanishad declares,

“आहारशुद्धेसत्त्वशुद्धि, सत्त्वशुद्धेध्रुवस्मृति”

(When food consumed is pure, the mind becomes pure. When the mind becomes pure, memory is strengthened.)

Modern science reaffirms these basic principles declared in ancient Indian scriptures. Thus, a good diet not only ensures good health but can also improve memory, physical performance and general happiness.

What to expect from this blog?

You may expect one post covering a topic of your great interest every fortnight. Topics e.g. nutrition guidelines, diets for special needs (diabetics, children, elders etc.), science of weight-loss, therapeutic foods, etc. Although the focus of this blog will be to provide scientific information for health and wellness, we will also try to cover some local topics from Saharanpur, e.g. our delicacies, fruits/vegetables, famous eateries etc. Other than these topics, we can consider including other topics upon hearing from you. Please therefore send in your comments regularly. In this age of information overload, it is easy to get distracted and carried over by unreliable information and clever marketing tactics. It will be our endeavor to present a snapshot of the latest scientific knowledge of nutrition, made digestible for our readers by keeping the language simple and interpreting international knowledge in ‘desi’ terms.

Reference:

Taittiriya Upanishad. Upanishad series No. 7 by Swami Sharvananda. Published by The Ramakrishna Math. 1921.

Chandogya Upanishad excerpt accesses from http://sanskritdocuments.org/sites/snsastri/satasloki20.pdf on July 11, 2016.

Dr. Umang Agarwal
Mangal Nagar, Saharanpur

About the Author

Dr. Umang Agarwal completed his Ph.D. from USA, followed by a research appointment at Children’s Nutrition Research Center at the Baylor College of Medicine. During his Ph.D., he also served as the official student-blogger for the American Society for Nutrition.

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