Shariram Satvam cha Aatma Trayam Atat Tridandvat. – Charak Samhita.
Physical body, mind and soul are the three pillars of live human architecture. The harmony of body, mind and soul maintains a healthy life while any imbalance can shake the equilibrium leading to various ailments. Dharma, artha, kama, moksha are the four fruits of human life which can only be achieved and enjoyed by a healthy person.
Let’s discuss 15 Ayurvedic tips to maintain health.
1.Avoid Contradictory food (Viruddha Ahara)
Any diet, which aggravates doshas but does not eliminate them from the body is called contradictory food. If the contradictory food is consumed repeatedly, it takes a heavy toll on the digestive fire producing ama or toxins. This naturally can lead to any disease in the body.
Stress and strong emotions are a major cause of all diseases now a days. Stress, unexpressed anger, and emotional disorders, including depression and anxiety, all contribute to disease. From psoriasis to cancer and depression to diabetes, stress is becoming more and more a dangerous causative factor. So be cool, get proper sleep, meditate and go for shirodhara and nasyam to avoid stress.
Additionally, enjoy your family life with your love ones, take regular breaks from business and work responsibilities and spend time in nature.
3.Avoid fast Food and Junk Food
Now a days obesity and skin diseases are the major disorders resulting from the habit of eating fast food.
Eating too much junk food and fast food, eating too much fatty food and chocolates, drinking too much of alcoholic beverages and smoking must be avoided.
4.Take Sattvik Diet (Blissful or Holistic Food)
Sattvic diet consists of fresh fruits like pomegranate, apple, banana, oranges, grapes; grains like rice and wheat in small quantity and dairy like milk and ghee. It keeps the body clean and agile and mind calm and quiet. Fresh buttermilk, fresh green vegetables like spinach, green beans and moong dal are good examples of sattvic food. Although mild sweet taste is sattvic, too much sweet taste as in chocolates and sweets etc, increases Tamas quality. Such people have a steady mind and by their good manner, good character and righteousness.
5.Do Yoga and Meditation Daily
Spare some time during the day especially during the morning for yoga and meditation. These are the best medicines to keep you healthy and stress free.
6.Avoid Smoking, Chewing Tobacco and Drinking Alcohol
These are the major causative factors for cancer and other disease. Head, neck and lung cancer rates increase day by day due to such bad habits. Instead of these one must take boiled vegetable soup, takra (buttermilk), boiled milk and lime water which are healthy drinks to consume.
7.Avoid Microwaved food
8.Avoid Frozen food and Canned food
9.Avoid eating leftovers
10.Avoid Uneven lifestyle
Take your breakfast, lunch and dinner at regular times. Keep a standard lifestyle and eating and sleeping pattern.
All above things can increase ama which is the most responsible factor for all diseases according to Ayurveda.
According to Ayurveda when the digestive fire is inadequate to digest and assimilate the food properly, the food gets converted to an undigested waste which is poisonous in nature. This undigested waste is the ama. There is no equivalent of the concept of ama in modern sciences.
Just for convenience of understanding we can assume that when the digestive fire is not working properly the carbohydrates and fatty acids are being converted to lactic acid instead of glucose and glycerol and mono fatty acids. Similarly the proteins get converted to uric acid instead of normal amino acid. This correlation is just to make the concept of ama a bit more understanding otherwise there is no such similarity between these two concepts.
So ama is the causative factor for all types of disorders as per Ayurveda. According to Ayurveda ama is responsible for most of the diseases we suffer from. This ama is of sedentary nature so it tries to sediment wherever it gets a chance. This sedimentation of the waste in the body will definitely occlude the micro nutritive channels of the body which will further weaken the body systems.
11.Go for Ayurveda Panchakarma Treatment
Ayurveda emphasizes preventative and healing therapies along with various methods of purification and rejuvenation. Ayurveda is more than a mere healing system, it is a science and art of appropriate living which helps to achieve longevity. It can also guide every individual in the prevention of disease and long term maintenance of health. To achieve this balanced state of body, mind and consciousness, Ayurveda prescribes Panchakarma Therapy for the cleansing of body toxins.
12.Take Fresh Cooked Food Daily
Eat home-cooked food with plenty of fiber (35 g/day) and whole foods.
13.Avoid Self Medications
This is also 1 of the major causative factors for drug induced disorders. Always consult your physician before taking any medicine or herb. Also consult your Ayurveda physician before taking any Herb.
14.Go for regular Morning Walk
A morning walk of at least 2 – 2.5 miles daily will burn all calories and make you fresh for the whole day.
A morning and evening prayer will boost your internal energy.
So friends by applying the above 15 tips you can avoid all health problems. Adopt these tips and execute them daily to stay healthy through the coming year.