“The art of healing comes from nature, not from the physician. Therefore, the physician must come from nature, with an open mind.” Paracelsus (1491 – 1541)
Being healthy is a challenge most of us struggle with. The life we live which is away from nature is the surest way of acquiring disease and dying with it.
The reality is it is easier to stay healthy than to cure a disease. & the fun is its sheer basic. Here we present 5 aspects you need to keep in mind to stay healthy.
Water is supreme. Our body is made up of cells. 60 % of these cells is made up of water. Imagine if you drink inadequate water what would happen to our body cells which survive and thrive on water?
Inadequate water is the surest way to get our system less efficient starving for water. Dehydration could result in headache, constipation, dizziness, muscle cramps, irritability, confusion, low blood pressure, skin and kidney related disease.
Read: Water – Your Gateway to a Healthy Body
The key component of a healthy and fit life is Exercise. Exercise keeps the body muscle string. String muscle is a great support to the body’s bone structure.
According to Harvard Health, Exercise can
- Reduce your chances of getting heart disease. For those who already have heart disease, exercise reduces the chances of dying from it.
- Lower your risk of developing hypertension and diabetes.
- Reduce your risk of colon cancer and some other forms of cancer.
- Improve your mood and mental functioning.
- Keep your bones strong and joints healthy.
- Help you keep up a healthy weight.
- Help you keep up your independence well into your later years.
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Food is fundamental for a healthy life. The food we eat becomes blood, nourishes our body.
Eat according to your own constitution, in an appropriate quantity and earned by right means and sources. If we do not follow this principle many diseases will get develop.
“A person who controls his taste can keep good food habit.” Sage Charaka
According to Ayurveda the most important elements that constitute our body is Dhatus. The English meaning of Dhatus is Constructing Elements. Dhatus are of 7 types.
- Rasa – Plasma
- Rakta – Blood
- Mamsa – Muscular Tissues
- Meda – Adipose Tissues
- Asthi – Bone Tissues
- Majja – Bone Marrow
- Sukra – Reproductive Tissues
Food is first converted into Rasa Dhatu. Rasa makes Rakta, Rakta is converted into Mamsa. Mamsa to Meda, Meda changes into Asthi, Asthi becomes Majja and Majja finally develops into Sukra.
Without proper and complete digestion, this conversion of Dhatus is impaired. Our digestive fires are instrumental in these conversions. Any imbalance in Dhatus leads to an imbalance of Doshas i.e. Vatta, Pitta and Kapha. This imbalance is the cause of all disease in the body.
This is the reason Ayurveda lays utmost importance to the food we eat and digestion for disease management.
Eat quality food. Junk food is food which adds calories but very little nutrition. It’s dangerous. Extra calories will add fat and weight and low nutrition will deprive the body of required nutrition. It’s a double whammy.
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If you don’t eat proper food as per the requirement of the body you are running your body. Your tongue may not know. It succumbs to the taste. That one-minute temptation for the pleasure of taste could result in years of disease and pain.
Control your tongue not only when you eat but also when you speak. Let your mind win and not your tongue.
If your tongue keeps winning every time you sit to eat, you will soon lose your body. This small 5-inch mass of flesh has the power to destroy your entire 5 feet body.
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Once in a while Fasting is also beneficial for the health.
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Daily physical and mental activity is necessary for physical and mental health. Disuse atrophy is an important concept everyone must keep in mind. If you don’t use it, you lose it.
Mostly you will stay healthy if you follow the above basic natural ways to stay fit. But remember being active and doing exercise both are different and both are necessary.
Be active physically, be active mentally. Learn new things. Allow your mindset to change with better life experiences.
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Being active is overrated. Be active but not hyperactive. Hyper activeness is the cause of stress and restlessness. Allow yourself to relax and rest. Rest plays an important role in our overall health.
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” John Lubbock
There is a book titled Rest: Why You Get More Done When You Work Less by Alex Soojung. The following quote explains why its difficulty to rest in the world where busyness is a sign of success.
“If you want to rest, you have to take it. You have to resist the lure of busyness, make time for rest, take it seriously, and protect it from a world that is intent on stealing it.”
Stress and restlessness are the biggest curses of mankind. They are the cause of many modern diseases. The key to dealing with these menaces if restfulness. Your stress is not going to help you but your relaxed mind can give you more creative ideas to deal with the stress.
You can’t win any battle at the cost of your sleep.
Take adequate rest without any guilt. It is important for the body and it is important for your mind too. Live worry-free life.
Follow these 5 basic natural rules and you are on way to permanent health. Modern lifestyle fuels the epidemic of deterioration of health, going back to nature and following simple lifestyle is the way to escape this epidemic.
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