Ayurveda – Importance, Benefits, Myths & Misconceptions

“Good health is a most valuable treasure that a human can possess. “ 

Well we all agree to this fact.

Today we have numerous ways and facilities to keep us fit & healthy.

We have witnessed a lot of medicinal success, advancement in workout equipments, intense research to find new ways to keep people healthy both mentally & physically.

But, I want to draw your attention to that amazing parallel universe which exists before our revolutionary present world.

” The Ayurveda”

The science that evolve from a deep understanding of human body functions & intense study of herbs with unbelievable healing capabilities.

What so cool about Ayurveda?

Ayurveda is an ancient 5000 year old medicinal system.

Ayurveda is a complex comprehensive approach that helps to restore balance physical, mental, emotional and spiritual elements in human.

It works on cure of disease or problem from the root while allopathic medicine works on the symptoms.

The understanding of the human body is far better and more accurate in Ayurveda as compared to allopathic medicine system.

In fact, Ayurveda is not a cure mechanism, it’s a lifestyle.

How actually Ayurveda works?

Ayurveda focus on three major type of life forces or doshas: Vata dosha, Pitta dosha, and Kapha dosha.

Each dosha controls different functions in the body. So Ayurveda teaches us to maintain balance among these forces.

Vata Dosha

It comprises of the space and air elements. It is the energy of movement and is associated with wind.

mainly controls breathing, heartbeat, muscle functionalities, tissue movements and communication capabilities of nervous system.

Pitta Dosha

Pitta is associated with fire. It governs the intelligence, understanding, digestion, transformation, nutrition and metabolism& body temperature.

Kapha Dosha

Kapha is associated with water elements. It takes care of hydration of cells and systems, lubrication of the joints, skin moisture and body immunity.

Food Is a Medicine When Consumed Properly”-  Ayurveda

Thus, it has its own rules for the food consumption & combinations that a person must follow to attain highest level of health & wellness.  Some of the rules are as follows:

Eat Only When You Are Really Hungry

Yes, you need to take food only when you are actually hungry or in other words, when your previous food is completely digested.

Eat Your Big Meal In Midday

I know this will sound really weird to many of you but it’s true.

The digestive fire element called “Agni” in Ayurveda is high at this time.

So the heavy food like meat, dairy products etc can be digested well at this time.

Add Spices To Your Food

The appetizing spices add a variety of flavor to your food along with the magical healing properties.

It boosts the activity of Agni in our body.

Don’t Eat Fast, Treat It Like A Meditation

Swallowing your food will not going to help.

You have to chew your food properly & slowly.

This will help the digestive enzymes to flow freely.

Follow A Well Defined Meal Routine 

Ayurveda prefers to have 3 meal in a day at regular interval.

The consistency in the intake of food will automatically help the digestives juice to flow & work appropriately.

Exercise Daily

A daily exercise routine or practicing yoga will help you to keep your body active.

It also help you to maintain the Agni of your body.

Ayurveda also strictly direct to keep an eye on the food combination you are including in your daily diet.

The inappropriate intake of food combination will lead in imbalance of three above mentioned doshas in the body.

It can result in several diseases like :

  • excess intestinal gas
  • constipation
  • diarrhea
  • abdominal pain
  • urinary retention
  • digestive fermentation
  • lethargy
  • sleep disorders
  • depression
  • anxiety

Here are some examples of worst food combinations that you should avoid:

  • Milk with bananas, fish, meat, melon & sour fruits.
  • Cold beverages should not be consumed during or directly after a meal
  • Melons with grains & fried foods.
  • Starches with eggs or milk.
  • Yogurt with milk, hot drinks , mangoes & starches
  • Lemon with tomatoes, yogurt & milk.

If we opt our food combination wisely we will lead a healthy life. Its all about understanding our body.

What are the benefits of Ayurveda?

There are numerous benefits of Ayurveda. Here are some of the major benefits of Ayurveda.

Help To Reduce Stress

Yoga is being a part of Ayurveda & a regular practice of yoga helps you to reduce the stress level effectively.

Help To Reduce Weight

Ayurveda helps you to keep balance in all the three major doshas .

It helps to keep the metabolism active which results in the reduction of excess weight.

Balance Hormones Effectively

Usage the essential organic oils & herbs along with better food habits as directed by Ayurveda helps to retain balanced hormone in the human body.

Cleans The Body From Inside Out

The “Panchakama” in Ayurveda deals with the detoxification of the human body.

In this several enemas & massage therapies are used to clean the body effectively.

Helps To Get Glowing & Healthy Skin

Ayurveda offers a variety of medicinal herbs like turmeric & oils containing Omega-3 which can help to maintain or achieve a glowing and healthy skin.

Ayurveda is always clouded with a numerous myths & misconception.

Because of this the human race has not completely gotten the benefits of this ancient science.

I have read a lot of misconceptions & myths about Ayurveda over the internet.

Like, Ayurvedic medicines are not clinically tested. NO, it’s wrong.

Any medicine, whether its allopathic or Ayurvedic has to undergo several testing & certifications before it is ready to circulate in public.

Conclusion

Ayurveda is needed to be understood more wisely, we need to open our mind to accept this ancient treasure.

Only then we can enjoy & cherish the magical & proven benefit of Ayurveda.

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