Chetana is a Sanskrit word meaning “nature’s intelligence.” Food that is fresh and wholesome is abundant with chetana, so it can provide us with the nutrients that our bodies need in an efficient manner. Once food has been processed, frozen, chemically enhanced, or microwaved it loses some of its chetana. Foods that are alive with chetana are more easily digested and assimilated into our bodies. Foods that lack chetana are more difficult to digest and can leave us feeling sluggish. When choosing which foods to eat, reach for foods that are as fresh, and freshly prepared as possible.