Top 10 Amazing Ayurvedic Tips to Live Healthy and Long Life
The Science of Ayurveda tells us about the framework of modifying our lifestyles to optimize our bodily functions. It teaches us how to live a healthy and happy life on this Mother Earth as it emphasizes the role of mental health in maintaining physical health.
Ayurveda is not only about herbs but this wonderful science is governed by the fact of what we eat, how we live, in which environment we live in and the state of our mental health.
It is one of the world's oldest medicinal systems and promises total health as it is a complete science but it seems to have taken a back-seat in the hustle bustle of modern life but we ignore the various gifts of nature has to offer to us on an everyday basis.
An improper lifestyle is the major cause of various diseases such as diabetes, obesity, insomnia, depression etc.
Amazing Ayurvedic Tips to Live Healthy and Long Life
Living naturally in sync with the Ayurvedic principles can do away with the requirement for expensive medical treatment or suffering from debilitating diseases.
1. Wake up before sunrise
It is the oldest saying that we all must have heard since our school days.
- Ayurveda suggests waking up two hours before sunrise so that our body can synchronize with the rhythm of the sun.
- At this time, the environment is pure and peaceful.
- According to Ayurveda, the period before sunrise is regarded as 'Kapha period'. All the hormones of the body get activated during this period.
- Kapha is generally is slow pace and there will be a feeling of heaviness and drowsiness if a person wakes up in the Kapha period of the day.
- Devote some-time in the early hours for Meditation and Yoga.
2. Eat Healthy
The secret of eating healthy is to eat in accordance with the body type. The aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the digestive fire.
- Choose more and more seasonal vegetables in the diet and eat freshly prepared and easily digested foods.
- Eating right foods will keep the digestive fire strong because the nutritious food gets converted to rasa dhatu which in turn produce dhatus and ojas thereby strengthening the immune system.
- So, for good ojas, there is a need for good metabolism and a strong digestive system.
- Ayurveda recommends avoiding cold drinks during meals as it is just like putting cold water on the burning logs.
- Once a person develops the habit of drinking beverages at room temperature, there will be a dramatic improvement in the digestion.
3. Practice Oil Pulling
Oil pulling is an ancient Ayurvedic practice for treating teeth and gums, sinuses, clear breathing, joint flexibility, jaw muscle flexibility and for obtaining body's detoxification.
How to do Oil Pulling:
- In the morning, on an empty stomach, take 1 tablespoon of sesame oil in the mouth. Ayurveda recommends sesame oil to support healthy teeth and bones.
- Swish the oil in the mouth and move it around both the sides, in front of, behind and through the teeth.
- Continue the process for 15-20 minutes, until the oil has become thin and whitish in color.
- Then spit it out and rinse the water with warm water but do not swallow the oil.
The human body was designed to move due to the presence of 360 joints in the human skeletal system. Exercise acts as a catalyst for maintaining good health. Unfortunately, in modern life, everybody is leading a sedentary lifestyle.
- Proper exercise has many benefits such as it helps to maintain the fluidity in the tissues, alertness in the mind and lubrication in the joints.
- It also supports the pathways of detoxification and kindles the metabolic fire throughout the tissues and improves digestion, elimination, circulation and lymphatic flow.
- In general, Ayurveda recommends that we should exercise at just 50% of our capacity and during kapha period of the day, from 6-10 A.M.
Massaging is an integral part of the daily routine recommended by Ayurveda experts.
- According to traditional Ayurvedic texts, it is nourishing, pacifies doshas of the body, provides stamina, relieves doshas, enhances complexion, promotes longevity and provides nourishment to all parts of the body.
- Massage is traditionally performed in the morning before the bath to facilitate the release of toxins that may have accumulated during the previous night.
6. Drink Hot Water
Due to an irregular schedule, the food we are consuming is not appropriate.
- Due to the improper intake of food, there is an accumulation of ama or toxins in the body.
- These toxins float around the bloodstream and lodge in various places and as a result, the process of disease starts.
- There are benefits of drinking hot water to flush out ama from the body as the qualities of ama are heaviness, dampness, dullness, cold but hot water has opposite properties which help to neutralize the production of ama in the digestive system.
- Sip hot water throughout the day.
7. Scrape the Tongue
According to Ayurveda, various disorders in the body can be learned by noticing the characteristics of our tongue.
- A body with no production of endotoxins will have a pretty pink tongue.
- A body with undigested food or clogged organs will have a white coating of the tongue. It means various toxins are collecting in the body.
- So, it is necessary to scrape off these toxins from the tongue by scraping the tongue in the morning.
8. Include Clarified Butter (Desi Ghee) in Diet
Cow's milk is considered as an effective digestive aid.
- According to Ayurveda, cow's ghee is good for the brain as it increases the intelligence, memory, enhances the aura, builds internal body fluids (rasa) and also increases immunity.
- Include a tablespoon of cow's ghee in your daily diet.
9. Use of spices
Spices are considered as an integral part of our daily cooking as these add taste to our meals.
- Spices such as turmeric, black pepper, fennel, coriander seeds, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon have great nutritional values so these should be consumed on a regular basis.
10. Night Sleep
Ayurvedic physicians don't recommend watching T.V. for a long time at night.
- It is advised to go to bed at 10 P.M. and there should be a gap of at least 2 or 3 hours between the night meals and bedtime.
Dr. Meenakshi Chauhan
MD (ALT. MEDICINE) View Profile