Ayurveda is not just a traditional medical practise, but also the science of life. All that is preached in Ayurveda ultimately helps us in living a balanced and healthy life. Here are some of the tips from Ayurveda for you.
1. Make a daily routine and stick with it
In Ayurveda, it is believed that one should have a sense of discipline and establish a routine to follow every day. This is particularly in concern with sleeping and waking time. Ayurveda suggests that one should go to sleep early (preferably at 10 pm) and wake up early (at around 6 am).
Another important aspect of living a healthy life (in term of Ayurveda) is to eat meals at proper and regular timings. This way, the Agni (the digestive fire) works optimally.
2. Eat when you are hungry
It is believed in Ayurveda that one should eat only when he/she is hungry. When a person is hungry, the Agni is ready to digest food. And when one eats when there’s no hunger, it leads to weight gain and even results in indigestion.
3. Eat warm food
Ayurveda suggests that one should always eat warm food which is seasoned with spices to promote good digestion. Also, it is suggested in Ayurveda that one should drink large amounts of liquid while eating a meal as it can dilute the digestive acids which then leads to assimilation.
4. Drink lukewarm water during morning
According to Ayurveda, one should drink lukewarm water upon waking up as it promotes bowel movements. This, in turn, stimulates Apana Vata, which is the downward movement of the body.
5. Exercise and practise Yoga
According to Ayurveda, maintaining Agni in its optimal state is very important; and the only way to do it is through exercise and yoga. When a person exercises or practises yoga, the brain releases endorphins which promote overall health.
6. Don’t suppress the body’s natural urges
Although suppressing the body’s natural urges such as a burp is important aspects of etiquette, Ayurveda suggests not to do so. This is because when one suppresses bodily urges, the Vata is disturbed which can, in turn, lead to bloating and breathing problems.
7. Practice meditation
Meditation has profound benefits on both physical and mental health. Meditating every day, at least for 20 minutes, helps relieve stress.
8. Drink water only when you are thirsty
Ayurveda forbids to drinking unnecessary amounts of water in a day. The body knows when it needs water and therefore we should only drink water when we feel thirsty. This might seem contrary to contemporary health tips but according to Ayurveda, drinking excessive water can cause Kapha problems such as kidney problems and edema.