1. Live so that you can protect yourself from diseases rather than having to treat them!
Many diseases are the result of the accumulation of toxins in the body. Harmful substances can be taken from the outside or produced inside the body as a waste product from the metabolism.
Preventing the adverse effects of toxins on the normal functions of the human body is key to achieving a healthy lifestyle and nutrition.
Following the prescriptions of Ayurveda’s ancient health system provides the answers to the question of how you can maintain the balance in your organism and protect yourself from diseases.
2. Get up with the sunrise!
It is important that your day begins with the sunrise.
The human body has a biological clock that works in accordance with the energies in the universe: the energy of the sun, moon and other planets.
Proper digestion and human metabolism require energy that is influenced by the sun, so keeping it in balance is extremely important. For this purpose, it is advisable to get up between 6:30 AM and 7:00 AM.
An exception to this rule can be made for: children, old and sick people, workers taking night shifts and pregnant women.
3. Drink “morning” water!
Water is the main building block in the human body that forms the basis of all life processes – it dissolves nutrients, removes waste products, ensures metabolism, and is the environment in which all biochemical reactions occur. Drinking “morning” water helps to clean the body and to stimulate the functions of different organs and systems without putting pressure on them.
4. It is a good for your day to start with at least 500 mL and no more than 1m200 mL of the life-giving liquid.
Its temperature may vary, but it should not be lower than body temperature and neither exceed 45 degrees.
Drink it in small sips, sticking to the rule that you should rather “eat” it than drink it.
In connection with the concept of “Water as Food” in Ayurveda there are several rules that it is advisable to be followed
5. Never drink water while eating!
Drinking water during meals prevents proper digestion as it interrupts the acidic balance in the stomach responsible for the degradation and proper digestion of food. The result of improper digestion is the formation of multiple biotoxins.
Follow the rule to drink water 1 hour before and 1 hour after a meal.
Do not drink cold water!
6. Drink water divided into doses!
Never take more than 150 mL per serving.
An exception to this rule is only allowed in two cases: the amount of “morning” water and of the one that is taken 1 hour after a meal.
Remember that water is the main food for the body. When you take it properly, the risk of toxins and subsequent health complaints is significantly reduced.
7. Drink water during the whole day!
It is important to drink water in the right amount throughout the day.
A diet that includes too much or too little water is the cause of disturbances in the body’s secretory functions such as urination, defecation, and sweating.
In healthy people, the amount taken should be consistent with the body weight and the season.
8. Eat regularly!
If the food you eat includes more heat-treated vegetables (roasted, steamed, grilled, baked or boiled) and herbal products, you should eat more often and in smaller quantities.
If meat or protein-rich foods predominate in your diet, eating should be in longer intervals, but in slightly larger quantities.
9. Eat less!
If you have small to moderate meals at breakfast, lunch and dinner, you will maintain proper metabolism where your body does not retain toxins.
10. Eat at the right time!
Dinner must always be before 8:00 PM.
If the last meal of the day is before that time, it helps to properly and timely digest the food.
11. Eat “the right” food!
Each food affects the functioning of different organs and systems. If it is tailored to the needs of the body to maintain and strengthen the physiological functions, it will help maintain balance in the body and vice versa – the “wrong” food will disturb the balance, causing a number of problems.
For example, in the morning, at breakfast, fresh milk should not be consumed (except for children under 4 years of age or very elderly) and in the evening it is desirable to avoid eating fruit.
12. Eat cooked food!
A combined diet that includes both raw and cooked food is recommended.
The high consumption of either type of food leads to disturbances in normal digestion.
Raw vegetables cause the formation of parasites in the body, they also require a lot of energy to be processed, making them inappropriate food at any time of the year.
A good period of consumption of raw vegetables is summer, and in the winter the diet should include more meat and dairy products.
13. Combine the different foods correctly!
Not all types of food can be eaten at the same time. For example, combinations of milk and fish or fresh milk and fruit are incompatible and lead to the formation of toxins in the body.
14. Always eat warm and fresh food!
Whenever possible, you should try to consume fresh and warm food. Warm food is a source of less toxins because it is easy to digest.
15. Do not change your food often!
Modern lifestyle allows us to eat a different kind of food every day, which is not a good practice. In order for it to function properly, the organism needs a certain order, so abstain from frequent and unnecessary changes in your choice of food.
16. Be careful with alcohol!
Drinking alcohol is only acceptable for healthy people and is recommended to be up to 4 times a week in moderate and approximately equal amounts.
Excessive use or misuse of alcohol leads to the formation of biotoxins that cause serious health disorders.
Alcohol intake is a contraindication for sick people, as it may lead to increased or aggravating of the symptoms as well as to adverse drug reactions.
17. Keep your body clean!
Regular brushing, cleaning of the tongue and body are some of the ways to keep your body free of toxins.
18. Do exercises regularly!
Motor activity helps to eliminate toxins and maintain the body in good health and shape. Regular exercises stimulate the normal functioning of different organs and systems, energize and tonify.
Everyone has to do physical exercises that are tailored to their individual qualities – strength and endurance, presence/absence of diseases, etc.
19. Respect the natural needs of the body!
Under no circumstances should you suppress natural needs related to urinating or defecation as this may result in the retention of toxins inside your body.
20. Sleep well!
Sleep is the time when the body has the maximum ability to clear all kinds of toxins. Dedicate enough time to sleep to allow your body to cope successfully with this vital task.
21. Think positively!
Try to be open, compassionate and understanding to other people – in this way you will keep your “pure” consciousness. Before going to sleep, try to calm your mind with good thoughts, so that the next day you wake up filled with positive energy, a “pure” mind and a pure body.
ADVICE ON THE DISPOSAL OF BODY TOXINS
1. Day without water
You can choose one day of the week in which you do not drink water at all. A regimen that includes a day without water is very useful both for weight loss and for improving metabolism, as well as for correcting multiple disorders related to digestion and the functions of the excretory system.
2. Regular exercises
Regular exercises, tailored to your individual abilities and strength, will help your body throw out the accumulated toxins, stimulating and strengthening the vital processes that take place in the body.
Sunbathing is one of the ways to burn toxins in the body.
When possible, you should use solar energy for detoxification purposes. Exposure to direct sunlight should not exceed 20 minutes to avoid the side effects of solar radiation.
4. Steam bath and dry sauna
The routine practice of using a dry sauna or steam bath helps the body to throw out toxins through its largest organ area – the skin.
5. Laxative teas
Regular use of laxatives helps to cleanse the body. Herbal teas containing senna, triphala or castor oil keep the colon clean of toxins. It is also suitable to use aloe vera crystals.
6. Various massages
Different types of massages help maintain good blood circulation and help the process of toxin disposal.
7. Breathing exercises
Deep breathing is a very good method of opening the energy channels in the body that are blocked by toxins. The daily practice of breathing exercises favors cleansing of the system.
USEFUL PRACTICES TO HELP YOU ENJOY A LONG AND FULL OF VALUE LIFE
1. Take care of your head!
Never wash your head with warm water! Because sensory organs are located in this part of the body: eyes, ears, nose and tongue; water which is too hot can adversely affect their normal functioning. It is recommended that the water temperature be around 25 degrees.
2. Use natural cosmetics!
Ayurvedic cosmetics is a good choice. If you want to take care of the health of your eyes, we recommend that once a week you use an Ayurvedic Eyeliner which includes honey. It helps both to remove the secretions from the eye and to clean the tear ducts.
3. Do not look directly at the sun or another source of bright light!
Such practices are detrimental to vision. Pay special attention to the time you spend on your computer, as this may cause serious damage to your eyes.
4. Limit the use of shampoos and soaps!
It is recommended that the use of soap, shower gel or shampoo be reduced to no more than once a week. Permanent use of soaps takes fat from the skin, causing it to become damaged. In principle, warm water is enough to clean the skin if you do not suffer from serious skin problems.
5. Gargle (mouth washing)!
This is a good practice for cleaning and detoxifying the throat and the upper esophagus, as well as for maintaining healthy gums. For this purpose, salt water or special herbal mixtures such as Jethamada can be used.
Gargle also stimulates the brain and helps to clear the stomach in case it provokes vomiting. It is recommended that it be done once a week when it is for curative purposes.
6. Massage with oil, or the Ayurvedic Abhyangam Therapy
Regular practice of Abhyangam (therapy with different types of oil) helps maintain the right functions of body and mind and good health.
7. Do not take a bath after eating!
8. Dress well!
Always dress appropriately according to the season.
9. Watch out for seasonal changes!
Be flexible and adaptable to seasonal and temperature changes. This means learning how to adapt your diet and your daily rhythm to life to the objective dynamics in the surrounding world.
10. Do not sleep during the day!
Never sleep during the day unless your working rhythm (working a night shift) or a specialist recommendation for a specific reason does not require it.
11. Eat at a normal pace – neither too slow nor too fast!
Each of the three mandatory meals for the day – breakfast, lunch and dinner – should last no longer than 48 minutes. Do not stay at the table for too long to avoid being tempted to consume excess food.
12. Do not take any medicines without prescription and instructions from a doctor or a specialist!
13. Respect the doctor’s recommendations!
Follow the doctor’s instructions carefully. During consultation or check-up, do not withhold any information about yourself that can help in giving the right diagnosis and consequently the adequate treatment.
14. Be patient and courageous in every life situation!
15. Follow the moral prescriptions (dharma)!
Try to help others. Show understanding and respect for differences rather than condemn them.