Surya grahan or solar eclipse 2019 happened on 02 July 2019. This solar eclipse of July 2019 started from the South Pacific Ocean and entered Argentina and Chile as a “total solar eclipse.”
During an eclipse, the wavelength and intensity of light radiations on the earth’s surface is altered. Especially, the blue and ultraviolet radiations – which are known for their natural disinfecting properties. These are not available in sufficient quantities during the eclipse. This leads to uncontrolled growth of micro-organisms in food products during an eclipse and the food products are not suitable for consumption. Hence, Ayurveda advises that one should stop eating at least two hours before an eclipse, so all the food can get digested. You can also practice meditation during the eclipse.
Also, sun is the source of energy for all living beings and since the sun is hidden during the eclipse, our energy levels go down and this can slow down the digestion process. Hence, according to Ayurveda one must stop eating 2 hours before an eclipse. Also, it is advisable to eat light and easy-to-digest foods before and after the eclipse.
What precautions should pregnant women take?
There are multiple myths around the dos and don’ts for pregnant women during an eclipse. Ayurveda doesn’t specify any particular precautions for pregnant women. However, staying indoors and meditating for good health of the child is advisable as it has a relaxing effect on the mind and body of the mother.