Lifestyle

Ayurveda, hygiene, lifestyle and diet are crucial to good health. To attain good health, Ayurveda prescribes the daily routine and the seasonal regime.

The daily regime or routine is called “Dinacharya” in Sanskrit. ‘Din’ means 'day' and ‘acharya’ means 'to follow' or 'close to'. According to Ayurveda to maintain a healthy and disease free life one should follow a daily routine or schedule. It is important to follow a daily regime in order to be optimally healthy. Dinacharya is one of the best things that you can do to prevent disease, stay in balance and treat almost every illness. The Ayurvedic Rishis (Saints) considered daily routine to be a stronger healing force than any other medicine.

Everyday two cycles of change passes through us, each bringing a Vata, Pitta or Khapa predominance.

The approximate times of these cycles are as follows

 

ORAL CARE (Mukhaprakshalan and Dantdhavan)

Brush the teeth and scrape the tongue. Ayurveda considers the coating of the tongue as an indicator of ‘Ama’ or toxins in the colon. Gargles of salt water with a pinch of turmeric to keep gums, mouth & throat healthy. Also gargles help avoid dryness of throat, cracking of lips, teeth will be free from cavities and be deep-rooted, won’t suffer from toothache and can chew the hardest of things.

MASSAGE (Abhayanga)

Massage the body (Abhyanga) with sesame oil twice a week. It makes the skin supple; Massaging the scalp, forehead, temples, hand and feet for about 2 – 3 minute is sufficient. Applying head oil produces sound sleep as well.

Coconut is a great nourishing ingredient for the hair and scalp.

OILING OF EARS (Karnapuran)

Accumulation of wax and can be prevented if ear oil called bilwatailam is used regularly (twice in a month) i.e dropped into the ear. It also helps keep the ears clean of other external impurities.

BATHE (Snana)

Bathe in water, which is neither too hot nor too cold. Bath everyday is essential for to remove fatigue, sweating and dirt

Also keep your hair washed and clean. The best results for lustrous & thick hair are when the oil is washed with an ayurvedic herbal shampoo.

Keep your hair trimmed, nails filed and wear clean clothes. Ayurveda encourages to use perfumes in moderation and feel good.

EXERCISE (VYAYAM)

Exercise a little doing some Yoga postures and breathing exercises (Pranayam). Regular exercise increases the body's stamina and resistance to disease by facilitating the immune system.

Avoid any kind of exercise during illness, just after a meal and without rhythmic breathing. Swimming, brisk walking and jogging are excellent options.

MEDITATION (VANDAN)

For about 15 minutes. Ideal for disciplining the mind and removing stress it is best done after a quick bath

BREAK FAST

Avoid being stressed or agitated while eating to ensure proper digestion Breakfast should be warm, nourishing and wholesome

Wash your hands before & after eating clean your teeth & tongue after every meal.

Do not drink with meals. Limit tea and coffee to not more than twice a day.

LUNCH

Lunch should be taken early between 12 and 1P.M. Try to make lunch the main meal of the day. Eat in silence without talking or laughing. Do not take heavy & spicy food in the noon

SUNDOWN (SURYASTA)

is a special time of balance between day and night. In this balance, it is easier for your mind to reflect on the day and on yourself. This is the time for evening prayers and meditations in many cultures around the world. Take light snacks if you are hungry and avoid Ingestion of heavy food this time. You can take a light walk.

DINNER and BED TIME (BHOJAN AND NIDRA)

6-7 P.M. It should be taken around 6 – 7 P.M. It should be lighter than the lunch. The dinner should be at least three hours before bedtime, as it gives the body ample time to digest the food. Sleeping just after the dinner with a heavy stomach is not conducive to a sound sleep.

Go to bed in time, so that you can get 6 to 7 hours of sleep before 4:30 am. A good practice is to massage the soles of your feet, before going to bed. This will calm your system. Do not sleep on your belly, but try to sleep on your back with knees slightly bent.

ARISING (prat Uthan)

From 2 to 6 AM , or until dawn, the Vata element is dominant. Waking up an hour before dawn, you utilize the Vata qualities in the nature. It is the most fresh and pure time of the day.

Drinking a glass or two of luke warm water helps in the elimination.

NATURAL URGE (Malavisarjan)

The last portion of the night being ruled by vata – involved in the process of elimination – the time before dawn is best to eliminate the body's physical waste . Proper elimination also helps remove the kapha that naturally accumulates overnight.

Never suppress the natural physical urges

 

Here is how you can increase your stamina- the natural way.

Increase you magnesium intake

Handful of almonds, hazelnuts and cashews, fish, fulfills your magnesium needs

Walk around

Increase in physical activity, particularly walking, increases energy level

Power nap

15 - 20 minutes of ‘Power Nap’
help us to better retain what we have learned and better health

Don’t skip breakfast

Going without breakfast may increase your stress levels and make you more emotionally volatile. You get an energy boost if you have daily breakfast.

Reduce stress

It leads to one being a happier person , better relationships and a longer life

Drink more water and less alcohol

Slight dehydration can leave you feeling tired and lethargic

Eat more whole grains and less sugar

This is particularly important to boost energy after exercise, when your body is likely to be craving fluids

Have a power snack

Eating more whole grains helped increase the body’s sensitivity to insulin, allowing for that slow and steady release. Power snacking is more than just eating between meals.

Make it a latte

Milk turns your java into a protein drink, which provides not only extra energy, extra calcium is good for your bones.

Check your thyroid function and complete blood cell count

Thyroid can be particular problem for women- it often develops after childbirth and frequently during the pre menopause. A simple blood test can verify if this is your problem.