Live In Harmony With Nature
To stay healthy, you must live in harmony with nature without destroying the natural balance. To practise this art of living in natural balance, you first have to understand yourself. According to Ayurveda every individual has a different constitution. Once you know about your personal Ayurvedic constitution, you can select your diet, life style, daily routine and other activities accordingly. So to maintain your health and also to cure diseases, it is very important to know your personal Ayurvedic constitution.
Factors for good health
To stay healthy, you must live in harmony with nature without destroying the natural balance. To practice this art of living in natural balance,first one has to understand one. According to Ayurveda, every individual has a different constitution. Once you know your personal Ayurvedic constitution, you can select your diet, life style, daily routine and other activities in order to maintain or regain health. It is thus very important to know your personal Ayurvedic constitution.
Many times we may be eating a diet or doing an activity which is not suitable to our constitution and thus creating an imbalance in our body which is the cause of disease. More specifically, there are a number of important factors for maintaining good health which are related to food. This includes food items, time difference between two meals, mixing of different foods, cleanliness, proper eating and eating according to the digestive power etc.
Factors for maintaining good health (related to food)
• Food should be fresh, hot, usually cooked, tasty and easy to digest.
• There should be at least four hours difference between two meals.
• Do not eat too many items in one meal. And the items taken in one meal should not contradict one another. For example, yogurt and milk or ice cream and hot coffee.
• If you feel tired or heaviness in your stomach after eating, this is a sign of improper eating.
• Eat according to your digestive power.
• Do not eat while watching television or while reading.
• Eat in peaceful and pleasant surroundings.
• Eating should not be rushed or too slow.
• Chew your food nicely.
• Fruits should not be mixed with meals. Either take a separate meal of fruits or eat between two meals.
• Do not drink water one hour before or after the meals.
Proper regulated sleep is equally important to maintain a balance of various 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. Sleeping longer is a cause of disease. Regular exercise according to your constitution is very beneficial for good health. Yoga is advised as the best type of exercise as it takes care of the 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 salvation or liberation through God consciousness.
Even after strictly following the above mentioned precautions, it is natural that some toxins accumulate in the body as a result of various metabolic activities. It is necessary to eliminate these toxins from the body, which the body does to a great extent. But some toxins still remain in the body and cause many diseases when their quantity increases beyond a certain limit. To maintain proper functioning of different body systems and to stay healthy a regular elimination of these toxins is required.
Ayurveda gives an elimination therapy called Panch Karma. Another important factor for maintaining good health and staying active even in old age is called rejuvenation therapy. So a healthy person should take rejuvenating preparations to maintain good health and stay young. There are many such Ayurvedic preparations available which can be taken according to season and your personal constitution. Good social conduct, morality, good manners and good character are some other factors which are necessary to stay away from disease.
Since diet, along with daily habits, is crucial to the health of an individual, it must be made clear at the outset that there is no standard ideal diet for all people in general. The various factors that need to be kept in mind while working out the ideal diet for each person, which will be distinctly different based on the person’s specific constitutional characteristics, are as listed below:
• The natural qualities of each food.
• How those natural qualities can get altered.
• The effects of combining foods – proper and unacceptable combinations.
• The quantity of food intake.
• Individual differences in food intake.
• The places & climate where the food is grown prepared and consumed.
• The effects of the seasons and time of day.
• Avoidance of artificial flavours, chemicals, preservatives and colours.
One other factor that has remained a matter of great debate worldwide over the ages has been the vegetarianism vs. non-vegetarianism controversy. Initially it was common belief that non-vegetarian diet is superior in that it is full of energetic ingredients and thus provides more strength and stamina. But now it has been scientifically established that vegetarian diet is more natural and useful to human nature.
Non-vegetarian diet contains cholesterol saturated fatty acids that are the root cause of diseases as coronary heart problems, cerebro-vascular accidents (strokes), eye disorders & high blood pressure. With only about 60% of its contents useful for human body, the rest 40% contains harmful toxins. In addition, such diet is usually heavy for the stomach and produces acidity, which in turn can cause problems in the gastrointestinal system.
Another significantly important difference between the two is that fruits & vegetables (cereals & grains, legumes, seedy fruits, citrus fruits, carrot, cabbage, celery, green leafy vegetables, apples, melons, peaches, pears etc.) are rich in dietary fibbers that reduces incidence of coronary heart diseases, cancer of intestinal tract, piles, obesity, diabetes, constipation, hiatus hernia, diverticulitis, irritable bowel syndrome, dental caries and gallstones.
Also many disease causing organisms are transmitted through and thrive in animal protein–serious ailments as Encephalopathy and Mad Cow diseases are caused by Bovine Spongi. Similarly the Salmonella Typhimurium bacteria can be passed on through consumed eggs, causing diseases like pneumonia, bronchitis and typhoid.
Given that the body of non-vegetarian animals contains 10 times more amount of hydrochloric acid than that of vegetarian ones, and that the human body should not be having such a high concentration of hydrochloric acid, it is reasonable to assume that the fact human body is basically meant for a vegetarian diet.
Thus Ayurveda approaches the complete individual while giving instructions about maintaining health.