Literally speaking, Ayurveda means knowledge of life. Ayurveda has been in India for ages. It is the Indian term for the newly coined word naturopathy but unlike this term, it has been practiced for centuries in India. It is also said that Ayurveda further spread to various other parts of the world like China and other countries. The greek and Unani system of medicine is also based on naturopathy. Ayurveda principles have been drawn primarily from the three books namely Charak Samhita, Ashtanga Hrdyam and Sushrut Samhita. The concept is being adopted in various other countries where modern medicine dominated the scene. People are coming to realize the fact that natural medicine doesn’t have any side effects and the body is completely healed in the process. The principles of Ayurveda must be adopted by everyone to lead a healthy, happy and disease free life. Some of them are mentioned below-
Rise with the sun
It is a healthy habit to wake up as soon as the sunrise occurs and go to bed early. The habit goes a long way in maintaining the health of our body. Our daily activities should be guided by a routine. We should also eat, walk, exercise and rest on time.
Walk to balance your doshas
Walking for at least half an hour should be next on the list. The habit of walking helps in equalizing all the 3 doshas of the body namely: Vatta, and kapha. It is the sort of exercise which can be done by all age groups. A person who has all the 3 elements in balance will enjoy the benefits of good health forever.
In addition to walking, pranayama (breathing exercises), asanas (yogic postures) should be performed in accordance with one’s condition and age. The novice should take the lessons from an experienced guru.
It is important that we avoid processed food as much as possible and eat fresh food. The preservatives added to the processed foods to increase their shelf life causes harmful effects on the body and block out the nutrition which we derive from the diet.
Be a water guzzler
Guzzle down water as frequently as you can, with exception of half an hour before or after meals. Water is a great detoxifying agent and clears the waste from our body. It ensures the smooth functioning of our digestive system. Lack of water leads to constipation and dull skin.
According to Ayurveda, having brown tea in the morning is the most harmful thing you can do for your system. Research has proved that tea is not good for health. If you can’t kick the habit, Ayurveda offers you a healthier option-herbal tea. It offers all the effects of tea without harming your system. In fact, it is also a great detoxifier. 2-3 cups of herbal tea will relax your body and rejuvenate your mind. It also benefits the digestive system.
Massage your way to good health
Last but not the least, massage proves very beneficial to the body. Ayurveda has hailed massage as the ultimate fatigue buster. It helps in improving circulation, relaxing the muscles, and giving the body a well-toned look.