7 Ayurvedic Tips to Prevent Your Body from Diseases
Guest Post by Manmohan Singh- Yogi, Yoga Teacher
The modern way of living has taken us far away from the natural way of living, thanks to our continuous pursuit for material possession, financial gain and artificial comforts. We have adopted an unhealthy and stressful lifestyle to fulfill our need, greed and desires. However, we remain completely oblivious to that fact that health is the biggest wealth. True, that in order to sustain in this world you need money but, it’s not everything. There are plenty more important things to focus on and one of them is health and that’s where Ayurveda comes into the picture.
Ayurveda or ‘science of life’ is an ancient body of knowledge that took birth in India around 5000 years ago. The interesting thing about this holistic art is that it is completely natural. Believed to be the oldest holistic healing system of the world, Ayurveda believes in the fact that wellness and health can only be achieved when there is a balance between the body, spirit and mind.
Ayurveda believes that the foundation of good health starts with good digestion and proper metabolism. It is important for every human being to eat wisely so as to reap the maximum benefits. Let’s understand how Ayurveda promotes a healthy way of living and keeps diseases at bay with these 7 tips.
- Staying in Touch with Nature
We are a part of nature and the more we expose ourselves to nature, the better we are bound to feel. Being close to nature helps us to feel better emotionally. Nature is a natural stress buster and reduces fear, depression and anxiety contributing to the overall wellness of an individual. There have been numerous studies on nature affects us and each of them have shown that nature diminishes the negative mindset and helps us to be the best version of ourselves.
- Practice Yoga
Ayurveda happens to be the sister science of yoga. The practice of yoga which originated from the foothills of the Himalayas is an ascetic discipline which includes physical, spiritual and mental practices for overall health and wellness. Yoga is vast and it takes many years for a person to truly understand the essence of this mystic science. However, when it comes to maintaining health and keeping diseases at bay, there’s probably no other practice better than yoga. Apart from practicing asanas on a daily basis, it is also important to stick to a yogic lifestyle for profound benefits. It is important to get to bed early and rise early. Food should preferably be vegetarian in nature and should only be consumed three times a day. Also, meditation and pranayama should be practiced every day so as to sharpen and strengthen mental focus.
- Adhere to a Daily Routine
As already mentioned, it is important to stick to a yogic lifestyle to stay happy and healthy. The significance of a disciplined daily routine can be understood in detail by enrolling for a yoga teacher training in India. Sleeping and waking times matter a lot when it comes to maintaining good health. It is always recommended to go to bed before 10 p.m. and wake up before 6 a.m. After getting up, one should have a glass of warm water and indulge in self-cleansing activities like removal of bowels, tongue scraping, cutting of nails and trimming of hair. It should be followed by self-abhyanga (self-massage with oil) and yoga practice. After the bath, it is recommended to have a healthy natural breakfast consisting of whole grain cereals, fruits, etc. Lunch should consist of cooked vegetables, whole grains, proteins like lentils and should end with curd or lassi. The evening meal should always be light consisting of soups, whole grains and some vegetables.
- Have a Good Sleep
Good sleep is very important for good health. An average of 6-7 hours of sound sleep is required for the proper functioning of the body and the mind. There are times when it gets difficult to go off to sleep after hitting the bed. In such scenarios, partial abhyanga can be practiced (like massaging the feet, hands and ankles with some essential oil). Also, meditation can be practiced before going to bed which can actually help with deep sleep.
- Drinking Plenty of Water
Instead of gulping down those aerated drinks and cups of tea and coffee, it is always better to sip on water. Water provides oxygen to the body, keeps the body hydrated and is essential for the removal of waste materials from the body. On average, a normal healthy human being should drink 3-4 liters of water a day. The best idea is to keep on sipping on small amounts of water after certain intervals. This helps in taking the saliva down to the stomach. Saliva aids in the digestion process of the body.
- Fast Occasionally
Though this may seem odd to some, the fact is that occasional fasting is beneficial for the health. While fasting, the undigested food that is present in the blood as excess cholesterol is reprocessed by the stomach. This keeps the natural system of the body in balance.
- Go for Ayurvedic Treatments
There are plenty of healing and preventative therapies in Ayurveda aimed at total rejuvenation of the body and the mind. In fact, when one enrolls for a 200 hour yoga teacher training in Rishikesh or any other location, they are usually given an introduction to Ayurveda and the benefits of Ayurveda treatments. The reason being all these treatments play a crucial role in the overall betterment of the health and mind. Panchkarma treatment which is a well-known cleansing technique is recognized worldwide for a plethora of benefits.
These are some of the most basic tips to keep the body healthy and free from diseases. Stick to what has been mentioned above and live a life of happiness and blissfulness.
Manmohan singh is a passionate Yogi, Yoga Teacher and a Traveller in India. He organizes 200 hour yoga teacher training in Nepal. Manmohan singh conducts Yoga Teacher Training in India in different cities He loves writing and reading books related to yoga, health, nature and the Himalayas.