Expert Q&A: 10 Ayurvedic tips for living a balanced and healthy life

8. What are your top 10 tips for living a balanced and healthy life?

1. Rise and Shine

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Waking up early saves us from a number of maladies like lethargy, depression and diminished digestion. Therefore, make it a point to wake up early in the morning, actually with the first morning sun rays. The juvenile ultraviolet rays emitted during dawn tend to work as mind stimulators and mood dilators!

2. Exercise and Keep Yourself Charged

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Any form of daily exercise or brisk walks in the fresh air is highly important for the fitness of both your body as well as mind. Not only this, Yoga poses like Shavasana and Yoga Nidra and deep breathing techniques called Pranayama are going to help you greatly to relieve the depressive mental state, especially the Anulom – Vilom ( Alternate breathing) and Bhramari Pranayamas.

3. Eat Right

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What to eat and when to eat are some of everyday eating habits that you need to keep in mind so as to enjoy the fruit of Natural health lifelong. While taking food, you need to be mentally in the state of happiness and tranquillity. Physical hygiene and mental (spiritual) purity enhance the nourishing property of the meal. Ayurveda advocates taking of the meal to be analogous to performing a sacred act. Therefore enchanting of mantras and offering of prayers before commencing eating the meal is considered auspicious as well as mandatory. The everyday food that is warm, unctuous, and light is believed to be well digested and nourishing for the body as well as mind. This kind of food tends to invigorate your gastric fire—which is essential in proper digestion of the meal—is nicely digested and assimilated within the body, and helps to settle down the gas formation in the abdomen. Not to forget drinking of warm water often, which tend to keep your system working,

4. Detoxify Occasionally

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Ayurveda detoxification needs to be pursued occasionally, especially during seasonal transition. There is a noticeable gain in vigor and vitality, improved skin conditions, regular bowel movements, and better digestion physically and mental gains include increased levels of clarity and a feeling of cheerfulness.

5. Meditate Daily for Inner Peace and Balance

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Meditation needs to be a part and parcel of your everyday living. This may be brought about by many wonderful means of self-discipline, yet is has proved adherently comforting and enlightening so as to follow what ancient wisdom has preached.

6. Connect with Nature often

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Do not miss on your bond with Nature. Connection with all five natural elements – Ether, air, sun, water and earth is actually needed. This needs to be understood that like other forms of nature, we too are made from the same five basic natural elements. So we are one hundred percent natural. And thus it feels good as and when we are in proximity to the five natural elements.

7. Yoga and Pranayama – A Necessity for keeping Fit

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Yoga poses and deep-breathing techniques of Pranayama are virtual gain for all those who find themselves growing conscious about the progressing years. Yoga aids in slowing down the process of aging in a number of ways. When practiced regularly, body cell degeneration decreases considerably and this in turn imparts vitality and vigor to mind, body and soul. Practicing deep breathing techniques provide you with inner peace, helps reduce debility and limitations and even slows down the aging process.

8. Everyday Massage

Massage of soles of the feet with some warming oil like Sesame seed oil will benefit. Also, you need to use some cooling ( not warm in property) oil for everyday massage of your scalp, although these oils can be slightly warmed before massage. Elaadi tailam or coconut oil are good.

9. Sound Sleep is Must

Sound sleep for seven to eight hours is the best form of rest. This helps the body and mind relax completely and also helps regain the daily loss of energy. This is also a necessary ingredient for retaining – as well as reviving – natural wellness, vigor and vitality.

10. Recreation is Needed

Keeping mentally occupied during the day in any creative activity that makes you feel happy and positive is mandatory. At the same time, do not by any means succumb to the world of television. Rather, you need to keep your mind as much positively stimulated as possible.