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Top 10 Ayurvedic Secrets for a Healthy Life

Introduction

Top 10 Ayurvedic Secrets for a Healthy Life

Ayurveda, a holistic science that has been originated in India and a well-renowned science that has influenced the entire globe with its effective and safe treatment by its natural ways either in the form of medicines (the natural herbs) or in the form of diet and lifestyle management. As we know, in today’s era our diet and lifestyle are the major culprits for various ailments that not only affect  our body but also affect  our mind. All these things were analyzed thousands of years ago by our prestigious Ayurvedic scholars hence they mentioned a proper daily routine that too with respect to seasons.

Here, let us start with the secrets!

1.WAKE UP EARLY

(Reference – Ashtanga hridyam / Sutrastahanam / Dinacharyadhyam / Shloka no.1)

The meaning of this quotation goes as – Those who have the desire to achieve a healthy, long and a disease-free lifespan, they should get up in the ‘Brahma mahurta‘ (early morning). Brahma mahurta time is around 4-5 o’clock.

In fact, you are always advised by your parents to get up early, the reason behind that is to achieve a health and wealth along with a sparkle vital force that makes you active throughout the day.

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise

Even researches have shown that those who wake up early are quite intelligent and smart in their works.

2.PERFORM DAILY RITUALS TO GET RID FROM TOXINS

  • It is clearly mentioned in our classics that after wake up, eliminate the toxins and debris from the body by getting rid of natural urges (Vega nivarna), brushing (dantadhavana), gargling (Gandusha), applying collyrium (Anjana karma), Nasal instillation (Nasya), etc.These regimens help you to prevent diseases if you perform them on a daily basis.

3.A FRUITFUL MASSAGE (ABHYANGA)

(Reference – Ashtanga hridyam / Sutrasthanam / Dinacharyadhyaya / Shloka no.8)

  • The meaning of this quotation goes as – Daily massaging your body with the oils, helps you to alleviate tiredness (Shrama), all the Vataja diseases, and also prevents ageing (Jara). It helps to enhance vision (drishti prasada), nourishes the body (pushti), aids sound sleep (swapna), nourishes the skin (sutwak), maintains muscle tone (dadyakrit) and provides long life (Ayu).
  • The whole body massage is recommended but especially one should massage the head region, and foot.

Avoid massage while suffering from fever, indigestion and kaphaja roga.

4.PERFORM VYAYAM (EXERCISES)

  • The best thing you can do to maintain a healthy life is–’workouts’. You can perform either Yoga or Exercise. All these things just not only make you physically healthy but also support your mental health.
  • Performing daily exercises make your body light, increase the working potential, improve digestive fire, and also improve the body built.
  • Avoid over exercise because it may lead to depletion of healthy body tissues and also avoid strenuous exercises in old age, instead of providing health it may give rise to various problems. So do exercise according to one’s capacity.

Healthy Shower

5.A HEALTHY SHOWER

(Reference – Ashtanga hridyam / Sutrasthanam / Dinacharyadhyaya / Shloka no. 16)

  • In our classics the benefits of bath are explained, they are – Improves digestive fire (deepana), enhances virility (vrushya), provides a long life (ayushya), fills energy (urja), improves strength (bala prada).
  • It also helps to alleviate – itching (kandu), debris (mala), tiredness (shrama), excessive sweating (sweda), laziness (tandra), thirst (trid), burning sensation (daha) and disease (paap – a synonym of roga).

A BALANCED AND NUTRITIOUS DIET

6.A BALANCED AND NUTRITIOUS DIET–

  • Our diet plays an important role in maintaining good health. In otherwords, the existence of our life totally depends upon our diet and this diet directly impacts our Ojas (essence of all the dhatus) which in turn boosts our immunity, hence provides a healthy lifespan.<
  • Nutritious diet should always be consumed according to one’s capacity. Prefer shadrasayuktahara ahara (a diet that includes all the tastes that nourish our body). Always consume after the digestion of previous meals and avoid overeating.
  • Your diet should be rich in all the micro and macro nutrients that do not affect your digestive fire (Agni) as agni is the prime factor that aids healthy health.

7.ADOPT SEASONAL REGIMENS

  • Every season directly impacts the panchamaubhutas, the five elements that composed the whole universe thus affects the humans as well as other creatures of the surroundings.
  • Moreover, Season variation is the peak time that affects one’s health. These climatic changes are the reason that decline our immunity and our weak immunity is the cause of the origin of various diseases in our body. We can achieve a powerful immunity by altering our dietary and lifestyle habits. Always take  diet and follow regimens according to particular Ritu (season).This will help you to attain good health.

8.NEVER SUPPRESS THE NATURAL URGES

(Reference – Ashtanga hridyam / Sutrasthanam / Rogaanutpadniya adyaye / Shloka no. 1)

  • In our classics there is a clear reference that we should never suppress the natural urges.Those urges are – Apana vata (Flatus), vin-mutra (Feces and Urine), trit (Thirst), kshuda (Hunger), nidra (Sleep), kasa (Cough), shwasa (Respiration), jrimbha(Yawning), ashru(Tears), chardi (Vomiting), retas (Sperms). Suppression may lead to accumulation of toxins inside the body which gives rise to various diseases.
  • But always try to suppress anger, grief, greed and jealous.

9.AVOID STRESS AND STRAINS

  • A major factor that gives rise to various diseases and responsible for declining health is stress. Stress and strains are the part and parcel of our life. So never consider them a burden, face them with the positive energy and tackle accordingly.

10.SATKARMA / SADVRUTTA (HEALTHY HABITS)

  • Our personality is known by our habits which directly impacts our health.Try to adopt some good habits and the wrong habits should be kept at the edge. Develop a healthy habit to drink plenty of water that helps to detoxify the body. You can devote sometime of your life in somerighteous acts. Remain positive and stay happy as happiness is the key to a good health.

GIVE SOME IMPORTANCE TO YOUR LIFE AND YOUR LOVED ONES

  • Healthy secret of living a healthy life is to give importance to your own life and share some time with your loved ones. That will ease the way of living with a healthy lifespan.
  • These regimens help  you to prevent diseases and provide a healthy life so one should try to incorporate these things in  daily routine.

Note

Moreover the main aim of Ayurveda is to maintain the health of a healthy individual i.e ‘स्वस्थस्यस्वास्थ्यरक्षणं.. So, those who have the desire to achieve long and healthy life, they should follow the rituals mentioned in Ayurveda,-a holistic incomparable andunbeatable science.

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Life on the go with Crohn’s – Natural Management

Overview

Crohn’s disease is an inflammatory bowel disease(IBD) or irritable bowel disease that causes inflammation and swelling of the lining of the entire digestive tract especially in the last segment of small intestine called ileum and the colon part of large intestine, leading to symptoms like severe diarrhea and blood in the stool, fissures, abdominal pain and cramping, fever, mouth sores, weight loss, and malnutrition. Crohn disease  can even lead to life threatening complications if proper treatment is not done on time.

Crohn's disease symptoms

Crohn’s disease can affect anyone at any age as it is completely unpredictable and chronic disorder. Diet, stress, weak immunity and genes plays an important role in making a person susceptible to Crohn’s disease. A combination of psychological, genetic and bacterial infection plays a key role in Crohn’s disease.

There is no known cure of Crohn’s disease in alopathic science they just advise antibiotics, steroids, immunosuppresants, etc that leads to various complications. But certain natural remedies, diet, therapies definitely help in managing the symptoms and in bringing long term remission for the patient. Natural treatment is also referred to as alternative, complementary or integrative methods.

Diet Changes for Crohn’s disease:

  • People with Crohn’s disease react differently to different food groups depending on the level of intestinal inflammation that they are going through, the digestive enzymes produced by their bodies and the different medicines they are taking.
  • Always eat well balanced diet as nutritious food is needed to manage the symptoms. It is highly recommended to eat smaller meals, more frequently throughout the day.
  • It is recommended to limit dairy products, stay away from gassy foods and opt for low fat foods, low salt diet and low fiber food. Spicy and oily foods should be avoided completely. The patient should refrain from alcohol and limit the intake of caffeine.
  • All processed foods, sugary foods or with artificial sweeteners, grains should be avoided as they inactivate the digestive enzymes and alter gut bacteria.
  • To manage the flare ups, it is advised to stick to bland foods like dry toast, rice, eggs, bananas, applesauce, boiled chicken. A high fiber diet is helpful but during active stages of illness, raw fruits, vegetables, seeds and nuts will irritate the digestive system, so they should be taken with care.

Probiotics and Prebiotics:

  • Taking a good probiotic supplement is a good way to optimize the ratio of good to bad bacteria in the gut. This lowers the inflammation gradually. Probiotics include sauerkraut, kimchi, kefir, kombucha and yogurt.
  • Prebiotics helps in improving the function of normal intestine bacteria. They are found in artichokes, asparagus, bananas, onions, garlic, honey and oats.Both probiotics and prebiotics, help in the growth of healthy bacteria and combat bad bacteria.
  • Daily intake of some herbs keeps the remission time longer and prevents flare ups. Some very useful herbs are listed below:

1. Curcumin (found in turmeric):

  • Polyphenol Curcumin is the age-old remedy for any kind if inflammation in the body. It has anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. The regular intake of turmeric in food, not only helps in managing the symptoms, but also reduces the flare ups.

2.Useful Herbs

  • Aloe Vera, Ashwagandha and Boswellia are also very useful herbs and safe for treating symptoms  of Crohn’s disease.

3.Peppermint:

  • Peppermint helps to relieve cramping associated with Crohn’s disease. It calms the stomach muscles and soothes the inflammatory pain in the gastrointestinal tract.

4.Slippery Elm:

  • Slippery Elm is a demulcent which protects the irritated tissues and promotes their healing. It may be taken in the form of gruel. A spoon of slippery elm powder mixed with a spoon of sugar and stirred in boiling water is a good remedy to manage symptoms of Crohn’s disease. One may add some cinnamon for flavor. This can be taken twice a day during illness.

5.Essential oils

  • Essential oils like Frankincense and Lemongrass are very useful in Crohn’s disease. They promote the secretion of digestive enzymes, increase the urine production and soothes the digestive tract.
  • They relieve pain and help in diarrhea. A drop of essential oil is mixed in full glass of water and taken on empty stomach is a great remedy for Crohn’s disease.

6. Anti-diarrheal Medication

  • Anti-diarrheal Medication pain relievers are often prescribed to control the symptoms. Iron supplements, Vitamin B12, Vitamin D, calcium, Omega 3 fatty acids, glutamine and fish oil are also recommended for the patients.

Lifestyle Management

  • It is possible to live an active, normal lifestyle inspite of Crohn’s disease. One has to be prepared incase of emergency. It is always good to keep a kit (of things you might need in case of sudden attack), ready when you travel.
  • Anxiety, stress, depression, poor sleep all triggers the inflammation. So, one needs to relax and try to stay stress free.
  • Practicing Yoga, meditation and deep breathing is effective and helpful in faster recovery as it gives relaxation.
  • It is recommended to do regular exercise to overcome the fatigue and it controls  the flare ups . Long term fasting is also helpful.
  • Quit smoking as it can trigger or  flareup.
  • Stay hydrated:Drinking herbal tea (caffeine free), bone broth and kombucha are great choices as they provide the needed water along with electrolytes, amino acids and probiotics to the body.
  • One should only eat when one is hungry.

Crohn disease

Complications of Crohn’s Disease

  • Women with Crohn’s have healthy pregnancies and babies, though they have a little higher risk of complications. The disease affects the sex lives of the patients as they feel less libido due to self-consciousness of the disease.
  • Crohn’s inflammation may lead to ulcers in the digestive tract, it may scar and narrow the intestinal wall leading to blockage and may also lead to the formation of fistulas around the anal area. Crohn disease is a precursor for colon cancer. It may lead to skin disorders, osteoporosis, arthritis, eye problems, and liver disease