Este livro foi inspirado nos trabalhos de P.R. Sarkar, especialmente Carya’carya Partes 1 a 3 e Yogic Treatments and Natural Remedies, sendo um excelente recurso quer para iniciantes quer para os já vegetarianos. Cobre as várias razões para se adoptar uma dieta vegetariana, mostrando logicamente o porquê de ser a mais benéfica para os seres humanos.
O livro cobre uma por uma, as mais importantes proteínas, vitaminas e sais minerais, explicando as suas funções e alimentos onde podem ser encontrados.
Thousands of years ago, yoga sages realized the tremendous importance of the food we eat on the state of our bodies and minds. Through their deep, introspective investigations into the nature of the universe, those ancient yogis realized what modern scientists since Einstein are just beginning to discover: That the entire manifested universe is composed of vibrations – vibrations of energy and, ultimately, vibrations of consciousness. In this universe of multifarious waves, what we call matter (solids, liquids, gases), sound, light, and thought, are all simply waves vibrating at different frequencies, from gross to “subtle”. All foods are also permeated with their own subtle vibrations, at different frequencies, and these vibrations in turn affect the body and mind of the person eating them. After long experimentation with different foods on their own bodies and minds (for the yogis were practical, empirical scientists, not merely theoreticians), those ancient seers characterized foods into three categories, corresponding to the three forces which are operating simultaneously everywhere in the universe, in all entities.
(do capítulo “Food and the Forces of the Universe”)
SODIUM & POTASSIUM
Sodium and potassium are essential to maintain the pH and fluid balance in the body. They are both involved in the muscle relaxation and a potassium deficiency may cause muscle tension. An excess of sodium (from salt) will reduce the amount of potassium in the body, so potassium deficiency is usually related to excessive salt intake. Thus consuming a large amount of salt may directly contribute to muscular tension. (However, pregnant women apparently have a greater need for sodium than other people.) Potassium is highly water soluble, so care should be taken to use all cooking water.