Indian traditional medicine gives us advice on how to live healthily by eating properly and maintaining the natural balance of your body through various therapies.
1. Find your individual Ayurveda profile
A healthy lifestyle in Indian medicine depends on the individuality of each individual patient.
Any therapy, decoction, massage or dish is good to comply with our ancient nature, which according to Ayurveda is called prakriti (constitution), as well as acquired, current nature or the so-called purusha, which unites our transformation under the influence of various external factors.
We call unbalanced nature vikruti. That is why, if we have decided to engage in Ayurvedic therapies, our first step should be to get acquainted with our personal energy profile.
The Constitution is the fragile, unique balance of the three life energies according to Indian tradition: kapha, vata or pitta dosha. They build each of us and make us who we are.
People with different types of nature react accordingly to certain nutrients, are susceptible to certain diseases, and in order to be effective in their treatment, rely on the relevant groups of herbs and preparations.
For example, people with a pronounced pitta dosha in their profile are advised to consume more cooling foods and spices and to avoid warming. If the most common nature is vata, patients are best to eat soup and other more liquid dishes often.
2. Reduce your daily intake of added salt with food
This method will undoubtedly help you. Most of the foods we eat often contain salt. For us, this is enough to be healthy.
You can reduce the amount of salt added to an absolute minimum. However, we should not completely eliminate iodized salt from our diet, as it is a major source of iodine for the body.
You can alternate it with Himalayan, which is much softer in taste and more harmless.
3. Add an exercise program to your daily routine
Ayurveda therapy generally includes yoga practices. However, if you feel that this activity is not in your heart, keep in mind that it encourages movement in any form, as long as the training is tailored to the individual needs of the patient.
If you are already familiar with yoga and can practice at home, you can perform sun salutations 4 to 8 times each morning.
If possible – include more asanas and more workload in the program. If you are still a beginner, enroll in a course with a professional yoga teacher until you are advanced enough.
4. Drink tea and replace harmful beverages with it
The secret of health and longevity was discovered in ancient India. As in many other eastern countries, drinking tea there is a daily ritual for many people.
The difference with China and Japan is that in Ayurveda, a decoction of tea tree leaves is rarely recommended. In the Indian lands, decaffeinated herbal teas are more revered, aromatic and medicinal, suitable for every day. It is advisable to avoid harmful drinks.
Again, it is best to agree with a specialist on what types of tea to choose for your diet.
5. Check your tolerance for dairy products
Some people mistakenly believe that Indian cuisine is vegan. This is not the case, on the contrary – although indeed about a quarter of the population does not consume meat.
However, it is a fact that for some patients in Ayurveda it is really recommended to replace dairy products with their plant analogues. This is necessary because there are people for whom this group of foods is contraindicated.
It is easy to check whether milk and its derivatives are suitable for us or not. Just drink a small amount of milk before going to bed at night and do not brush your mouth or teeth.
In the morning, if you have bad breath, this is potentially a sign that your body may not be processing lactose well. To be sure, you can also do laboratory tests for tolerance to it.
6. Meditate at least once a day
Ayurveda is a science for both physical and mental and spiritual health. It refers to our organism as a mechanism that reflects the state of our energy body.
Even our immunity and our karma depend on our well-being on an energy level. To purify ourselves spiritually and restore harmony, Indian healers recommend meditating every day for at least five to ten minutes.
7. Purify your body regularly
Different toxins accumulate in the body every day. They are contained in the food and beverages we consume, and often even in the air and the environment we inhabit. In order to be healthy, we need to cleanse ourselves of them regularly. Ayurveda knows many herbs and therapies that we can use for this purpose.
8. Choose your favorite Ayurvedic spices
Indian cuisine can be your personal key to health and longevity. In addition, the dishes are so fresh and delicious that you will never feel limited again, eating a very healthy food.
The key lies in identifying the right spices in accordance with their unique nature, and at the same time to diversify your menu and enrich it with its useful properties.
Depending on the type of constitution you can choose from long pepper, Indian saffron, turmeric, cardamom and many others.
9. Go on a diet with… desserts from Ayurveda
If we aim to fight excess weight and lose weight, Indian cuisine can help with just that. Choose from a wide range of tempting but also healthy recipes for desserts.
You can use chia seeds, dates, coconut shavings, delicious fruits such as mango, orange and carambola, as well as a mix of aromatic spices such as cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and more.
10. Sleep enough in line with your constitution
In order for our therapy with Indian medicine to be successful, the specialists recommend a uniform daily regimen with enough rest and sleep.
This does not mean that we spend two thirds of the day sleeping. On the contrary, your therapist will guide you on how many hours of sleep you need according to your constitution. Your program should be tailored to the guidelines.
Thanks to these simple steps, you can get to know the Ayurvedic way of life and apply its principles in your daily life.