Back to Basics
Inner Beauty will lead to outer fragrance and that is why we need to look inward and examine our endless mental processes, reactions and preferences due to which our lifestyle today has lost its balance and purpose.
A very simple approach to health and lifestyle is essential to bring it in alignment with nature in order that one may strengthen their concentration on life purpose. This is employed by the most ancient and intuitive of the Eastern healing arts called Ayurveda which is the science of perfecting the soul’s vehicle by alleviating bodily suffering. The all-important ability to find peace within ourselves brings clarity and a sense of purpose to life, and invests all our relationships with a new positivity.
Below are some ayurvedic lifestyle tips that one can easily incorporatate into daily lives to counter the stresses of modern life…
- Visit a nursery and get your own aloe vera, tulsi, neem, lemon grass and curry patta plants. It’s great if you have a garden, otherwise, most do well as potted plants too. Have aloe vera gel as recommended for curing a variety of ailments. Remove the gel from the plant’s stalk with a spoon and eat it fresh every time.
- Have teas with tulsi patta and lemongrass
- Cook food with curry patta.
- An effective remedy for diabetes and IBS patients is taking a tsp of triphala choorna stirred in quarter glass of lukewarm water. Have this before bedtime.
- For patients of lifestyle-related illnesses such as obesity, high BP, diabetes, and heart ailments, the emphasis should be on taking exercise such as brisk walking and even five surya namaskars daily. If you reduce, half your ailments will disappear.
- Give up all things white – sugar, salt, and flour. Don’t always eat wheat chapatti. Alternate between makki, millet, jowar, channa, and brown rice flour and ram dana roti on different days. A healthy practice is to use sendha namak or rock salt in your food instead of white salt. ??You should start eating small amounts of kachi haldi and adrak regularly with meals. Slice it and add lemon juice and sendha namak.
- Eat organic?Use organic products and different cold-pressed oils for cooking. Avoid refined oils. Mustard, sesame oils and pure cow’s ghee is good. For sugar, switch to misri, bhura or gur. Stir pure honey into your drink once it is cool at drinkable temperature; don’t ever heat honey or put it into a boiling hot drink. Organic honey in limited quantity won’t increase your diabetes.??Take fruit an hour before a meal or at least 2-3 hours after your meal and never with the meal. Even milk should be taken separately, not with breakfast/meals. Eat a light breakfast, a good, working lunch, followed by a light dinner. Maintain regular food timings and eat only when you are actually hungry.
- A sensible yogic diet – for good bone health includes fruits, green vegetables, along with moderate dairy products that provide the required calcium. (Cauliflower, broccoli, and carrots) Exposing 15 per cent of your body (hands, face, arms) to 10 minutes of sunlight daily gives you a good dose of vitamin D. Omega-3/Vitamin E-rich nuts are also useful. Avoid smoking, alcohol, too much salt, soda and caffeine since they deplete the body’s calcium. Sources for calcium are black beans, chickpeas, soy beans, pulses, and soymilk, dried figs, raisins, oranges and orange juice.
- Simple Yoga or stretching & strengthening postures – done for half hour every day at home can prevent joint and muscles aches and pain, massage organs and increase blood flow to brain. You may as well skip your monthly facial trips once you start this.
- Water – plays a vital role in maintaining balance in body. A sip of water with meals aid digestion. Climate also affects water requirement. Warm water fast helps indigestion. Cold water is poison to our system as it cools down our “Agni”. Store water in copper vessel to enhance mineral content, that enhances liver and spleen functioning.