If you are watching television as a daily habit, you will see how the pandemic COVID-19 shakes the world. The COVID-19 virus does not discriminate people by their wealth, skin tone, occupation, or any other physical properties, but people who have an efficient immune system survive from this pandemic disease. Most of the time, your lifestyle reflects your immunity. Today we are running after the success of our carrier life to stabilize in this modern society, instead of thinking of our health. Therefore, we forget how to live our lives as human beings, and consequently, we have to suffer from a lot of diseases. Ayurveda is an ancient science which shows the correct pathway to increase our life-spans. Therefore, if we try to follow our lifestyle according to Ayurveda, it will be helpful to live a long, happy, and healthy life.
According to Ayurveda, every living and non-living beings in this universe can be mainly categorized into five great elements; Akash (ether-space), Vayu (air-gases), Thejo/Agni (fire-energy), Aapo/Jal (water-liquids), Prithvi/Bhumi(earth-solids). Abundances of the constitutions are known as Three Dosha; Pitta (Thejo + Aapo), Kapha (Prithvi + Aapo), Vatta (Akash + Vayu). The body of every living being consists of at least two natural doshas (Prakruthi). However, these three doshas are changing with Three Dosha changes with the time of the day, experiencing food, the season of the year, and our age. Pitta works from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. of the day, while eating, in the summer season and young age of our life. Kapha prominent from 6 – 10 in both evening and morning of the day, before eating, in the spring and childhood while, Vata enrolls 2 – 6 a.m. and p.m, after eating, in the winter/autumn and adulthood.
According to ayurvedic literature, if you are a healthy person, you should wake up 48 minutes before the sunrise and it is between 4.24 – 5.12 a.m. or known as “Brahma Moorthaya”. If you are sick or not had proper sleep at night, he should not wake up in Brahma Moorthaya. Then you have to obtain medication for spiritual cleansing. This will be helpful to start your work with a freshly prepared mind and also important to increase the creativity of your mind.
As the third step, you should eliminate your digestive wastes and urinary excretion. Constipation is one of the symptoms of Vata (The Vata Dosha comprises the ether and air properties of the elements. Vata is responsible for our strength and nerve impulses, as well as our movement. All of Vata’s manifestation is breath, voice, circulation, and digestion.) imbalance and it can be altered by changing food consumption and behavior. If you have any urine trouble, probably your body requires more water. After proper cleaning of your private areas, you can clean your teeth using the powder of charcoal or “Dahaiya” /husk ash. It is important to clean your teeth for proper digestion, reduce bad breathing, and prevent microbial growth on teeth. However, presently most of the people use commercially produced various kinds of toothpaste to brush their teeth.
Tongue cleaning is also important to heal bad breathing and draw toxins or “ama”. Normally two fingers use to clean the tongue. Now there is a special tool which is prepared specially for this task. When you are using a tool you should be careful, otherwise, it will damage your taste buds. Gurgling with salt mixed warm water is very helpful to destroy bacteria who live in the pharyngeal area and gum massage with sesame oil helps in maintaining the healthy gum.
“Nasna” or Nasal therapy is applying a herbal ointment inside of the nostrils. Though this process can be used to reduce headaches, can not be applied for every person. Because, his/her behavior, Prakruthi, and other diseases should be considered carefully, before applying nasal therapy. As an example, if you are suffering from a cold, you are not allowed to do “Nasna”. For better blood circulation, you can massage your body with warm oil and you should know the correct techniques while giving pressure to any of the body parts. Today it is not practicable for all of us to do Nasna and body massage as a daily routine. But if you can do it at least once a week, it will be better than doing nothing.
“Yoga” is a famous word all over the world as it is a kind of exercise combining both body and mind. Asana yoga or posture-related yoga should be practiced 10-30 minutes per day to warm up your body and it will burn your excess fat in the body. Pranayama or breathing exercises also require to strengthen lung capacity. Bathing with is the next step to be taken to clean your sweaty body, before conducting to religious worshipping.
As mentioned previously, your diet plays a vital role in your life. Hence, you should take your meals at specific time intervals, otherwise, you may have to suffer from gastritis. Breakfast should take before 8 a.m., lunch should take before 1 p.m. and dinner should take before 7 p.m. for the proper digestion. Also each day 3-4 L of water should drink. When you are taking a meal, you should try to take a balanced diet instead of consuming junk foods.
In Ayurveda, quantities of our foods are measured according to a cooking cup (patha). One cooking cup consists of 8 ounces or 240 ml. Here is the balanced diet;
- Carbohydrates – 1-2 cups – 400 kcal – Rice, potatoes, wheat foods
- Protein – 1/2 cups – (75 – 150) kcal – Soy, fish, dhal, meat (cooked with milk or oil)
- Vegetables – 1 cup – 130 kcal – cooked with milk or oil
- Green leaves – 1 cup – 25 kcal – salad
- Fruits – 1/2 cups – 25 kcal – fresh
However, you should not take the heavy meal as dinner, as it will cause digestive problems.
Sleep is one of the crucial factors to recover cells of our body. If you had not a proper sleep (5 – 8 h), your health will be deteriorated speedily. But sleeping in the afternoon or over-sleeping also causes many health issues.
Before sleeping, you should clean your teeth to remove food particles that will be still present in your mouth. Then walk 100 steps and go to the bed to sleep. Then you can medicate for several minutes to enhance your spiritual power. If you are sleeping, turn the right side as it will be helpful to digest your dinner in a better way.
“All wealthy people are not healthy, but all healthy people are wealthy”.