When we compare our lives today with our grandparent’s, we usually think about how much more convenient life has become. With the advent of computers, we’ve begun to rely on machines to do a number of things. We rely on the phone’s inbuilt memory to remember numbers instead of memorizing them, microwaves to cook, fridges to preserve food etc.
Now, while these gadgets domake our lives simpler, they do have a negative effect on our lives as well. Our memory has grown duller, the food we eat is laced with chemicals and pesticides, and working at desk jobs has made back pain a new normal. Thus, though our lives have become easier, they are not necessarily better than the lives of our forefathers.
This is where Ayurveda comes in. Contrary to popular belief, Ayurveda is not only about the use of herbs and minerals to cure illnesses. The word Ayurvedaliterally translates to ‘knowledge of life’. The science behind Ayurveda is over 5000 years old, but this is a way of life that can be easily integrated with modern living to improve the quality of our physical, mental and emotional health.
Ayurveda and Health
To keep yourself physically healthy, you must eat well, sleep well and exercise regularly. Here are a few ways to incorporate the principles of Ayurveda in modern life.
Live in tune with the sun
According to Ayurveda, one should wake up with the sunrise. Waking up late might make you feel lazy and lethargic throughout the day. Your last meal should be around sunset. While you don’t need to go to bed at sunset, you should aim to get at least 7-8 hours of sleep every night. Hence, work your way backward from sunrise.
Follow a Routine
With the convenience of microwave meals and laptops that let us work from home, we tend to live haphazard lives. Over time, this can take a toll on our health. Hence, it is important to create a routine for everyday life and stick to it. Go to bed and wake up at the same time, eat meals at regular times and stick to regular times of work and play. This type of routine or Ayurvedic dincharyacreates balance in one’s life and brings about peace and harmony.
Eat Fresh Food
To be healthy, we must eat balanced meals prepared with fresh ingredients. As far as possible, try to eat freshly cooked food for each meal. Use ingredients that are locally available and seasonal in nature. If you have your lunch in the office, get a packed lunch from home or have salad but do not turn to junk food or fast food.
Make Time for Exercise
It is proven that exercise keeps the mind and body fit. The easiest way to incorporate exercise into your daily routine is to set aside half an hour every morning for a brisk walk. Alternatively, you could go for a run, cycle or swim. This keeps youalert throughout the day, improves your appetite and helps get rid of toxins from the body.
Ayurveda and Healing
Ayurvedic remedies have negligible side effects and this is probably the biggest advantage of Ayurveda over other forms of modern medicine. These remedies do not address only the symptoms of a problem but attack its root cause. Ayurvedic remedies can be taken alongside other conventional medicines. However, when you decide to integrate Ayurveda with allopathic medicine, you should inform both the doctors about the other types of medicine you are t