Some of the tips for a healthier lifestyle we have all heard include exercising every day, avoiding fats, drinking 8 glasses of water daily, eating a big breakfast etc. However, according to Ayurveda, all that you have heard until know is completely untrue. Namely, Ayurveda suggests eating a light breakfast, avoiding only certain fats, drinking water only when you are thirsty, exercising only when we are not in pain etc.
All those pieces of advice, information, and different approaches can easily make us confused, and we are left unaware what is healthy and how to behave in life. Yet, Ayurveda has stood the test of time, and this ancient medical wisdom exists for over five millennia, but it has long been banned by the British colonists. It is a four-dimensional approach that involves the mind, body, soul, and senses, and supports health at all levels.
One of the authors of the Ayurveda texts from ancient times, Rishi Sushrut, is considered to be the grandfather of modern surgery, even in western medicine. Svastha means health, and Svasthvritta is a term that covers the behavior, actions, and habits that promote overall health, and represents a sub-branch of Ayurveda, that teaches us the healthy habits that will provide general wellbeing.
Here are five habits that you considered healthy, but are in fact the opposite:
Start the day with a big breakfast
Ayurveda suggests that the lunch should be the largest daily meal, and the breakfast and the dinner should be lighter. Ayurveda follows the natural circadian rhythm, as it says that, in order to be healthy, we should follow the course of the sun, since we are solar powered beings. Ayurveda believes that the state of the digestion reveals the overall health, so as our digestion is the best around noon, when the sun is fully risen, we should eat the largest meal of the day then.
Do vigorous exercise every day
According to Ayurveda, everyone needs to choose his own, individual, kind of exercise, intensity, the frequency of exercising, etc. Moreover, it believes that women should not exercise when they have their menstrual period, and all people should avoid workout when they are injured or tired. It also teaches us to do vigorous exercise when we are physically stronger, like in spring and winter months, and a gentler exercise routine in summer and early fall.
Drink 8 glasses of water daily
If we drink more water than our body needs, we can experience skin, digestion, obesity issues, and other health problems. Therefore, it is enough to drink water only when you are thirsty.
Sleep longer on weekends
Ayurveda suggests sticking to a regular sleep pattern, as it is one of the three fundamental pillars of health. Try to go to bed at 10:30 pm. And get up at 6 every morning. The benefits will be incredible!
Avoid eating fats
Regardless of your body weight, you should consume healthy fats in the form of nuts, ghee, avocados, coconut and mustard oils. Yet, take only the amount that your body can digest, so if you are obese, eat a small amount of fat.
If you try these Ayurveda teachings, you will soon improve your life and health in multiple ways!