We all long for a healthy and peaceful life.
in its name contains the term Ayu meaning life, tells about how
to keep balance in all our bodily aspects so that we can get health and
longevity. These are very simple things regarding such basic activities as
breathing, eating, sleeping etc. However, due to our hasty lifestyle, we
often forget to observe these simple rules Here's a list of five basic
rules, which, if included in our daily routine, can prevent us from many
. Ayurveda defines
therapy as any method that involves the process of balancing the doshas.
Rule # 1: Breathe Properly
Breathing is the most basic condition for survival. If we breathe in a
right manner, we give ourselves more prana (life-force). Always breathe
deeply, slowly and smoothly. This way you relieve stress and send more
oxygen to the blood, brain and muscles increasing your energy levels and
mental performance. Never breathe through mouth. If possible, learn
which is a traditional series of breathing exercises. Even if you do not
learn it, always pay attention to how you breathe. Gradually, you will
develop the habit of breathing deeper and slower. Set aside some time in
your daily schedule for aware breathing. When stressed, sit down for a while
in a relaxing position and breathe deeply before you react.
Rule # 2: Drink Plenty of Water
is not only essential for rehydration but also leads to purified blood,
glowing skin and healthy body tissues. Thus, you
look beautiful, the natural
, when you drink plentiful water. Ayurveda suggests observing urine
as a guide to know how much water you need to drink daily. If your urine is
not clear or it looks too concentrated, you should increase your daily
intake of water. Inadequate water leads to headaches and fatigue as also to
dehydration which has serious health consequences. Sip water over time
rather than gulping it down in large quantities. Do not have too much water
just before or during meals. Drinks containing caffeine and alcohol do not
substitute water. Fruits and vegetables with high water content can be taken
but plain and pure water is essential.
Rule # 3: Eat the Right Food
recommends right kind and right quantity of food planned according to one's
own body constitution. Inappropriate foods and poor eating habits can result
in many diseases like diabetes, obesity etc. If you want to
reduce weight by natural ways,
you should control your eating habits and exercise regularly. Food needs are
unique to one's body. So, be attentive to what you eat and how these affect
your overall health. Avoid those foods which do not suit you. Eat pure,
fresh, whole, natural foods. Make an eating routine and follow it. Make
eating your meals an important activity and don't neglect it for other
Rule # 4: Exercise Regularly
physical and mental activity are significant for health and longevity. As
food should be taken according to one's body needs, exercise should also be
structured in a way that is ideal to your needs. Walking and yoga are
beneficial for all as they can be adapted according to individual needs.
Exercising early in the day is best. Do not exercise on an empty stomach or
immediately after meals.
Do not pain or exhaust yourself while exercising, do it moderately. Mental
exercise should also be followed. Anything that keeps our minds engaged or
where you can learn something new, such as traveling, reading, solving
puzzles, taking up a new hobby or project etc. will give your mind the much
needed exercise. Such activities like gardening, music, teaching and
volunteering are examples of activities that enrich you mentally as well as
emotionally and spiritually.
Rule # 5: Sleep Adequately
work and no play, makes Jack a dull boy- Ayurveda too believe this. Learn to
relax and take adequate sleep as it recharges mind and body for the next
day. Sleep deprivation leads to high blood pressure, obesity and depression.
How much sleep do you need should be determined by yourself- eight hours
sleep theory doesn't fit for all. Quality sleep is what refreshes you. It is
when your mind completely disengages from other senses. 'Early to bed and
early to rise' is not only a phrase- it's a universal fact for getting sound
sleep because the sleep that you get in the earlier hours of night is the
most productive sleep. You can adopt many techniques for getting better
sleep like a cup of lukewarm milk, deep breathing and a bedtime lower limb
. So, follow these simple
five rules and stay healthy for ever!