To stay healthy, one must live in harmony with nature, in a natural balance. To practice this art of living in a natural balance, it is important to know one’s own unique constitution and follow a suitable lifestyle. Knowledge of one’s own body type makes life that much more enjoyable.
To prevent disease and maintain optimum health, please check your constitution.
In addition to knowing your constitution, there are a number of other important factors for maintaining good health. This includes certain dietary practices such as foods eaten, the time difference between two meals, combination and quantity of foods eaten, cleanliness and proper eating habits. These are some handy Ayurvedic tips to follow:
Food should be fresh, hot and easy to digest.
There should be at least a four hour difference between any two meals.
Restrict the number of items in one meal. The items taken in one meal should not contradict each other. For example, milk and orange juice should not be drunk at the same time.
A feeling of tiredness or heaviness in the stomach after eating indicates improper eating practices.
Food should be taken only when hungry and strictly according to digestive capacities.
Do not eat while watching television or while reading. Eat in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.
Do not eat too fast or too slow. Chew your food.
Fruits should not be mixed with meals. Either take a separate meal constituted only of fruits or eat fruits as a snack between two meals.
Do not drink water one hour before or after meals. It is fine to drink it in small quantities during a meal.
Proper, regulated sleep is very important to maintain the balance of functions in the body. ‘Early to bed and early to rise’ is the key to good health. For an average person, six hours of sleep is sufficient. Excessive sleeping leads to various disorders.
Regular exercise, according to your constitution, is extremely beneficial for good health. Yoga is advised as the best type of exercise as it takes care of physical, mental and spiritual health. Yoga and Ayurveda go hand in hand, as the aim of both these sciences is to give perfect health and attain liberation through the realization of ultimate consciousness.
Even after strictly following the above mentioned procedures, some toxins still accumulate in the body as a result of various metabolic activities. It is necessary to eliminate these toxins from the body since they foster many diseases. To maintain efficient physical functioning, regular elimination of these toxins is required. Ayurveda recommends fasting for one day, and various Ayurvedic panchakarma therapies.
Rejuvenation therapies are prescribed to maintain optimum health and an active lifestyle even in old age. There are many Ayurvedic rejuvenation preparations available, which can be taken according to season and personal constitution.
In daily life, many activities act as rejuvenating tonics in themselves. Good social conduct, morality, good manners and good character are some important factors. Overall, these guidelines offer an easy way to stay healthy