How to live a long life
Your life is the most important thing in “your own world”. You have been feeding and taking care of it since your birth. The opportunity to live a long life is a gifted blessing one could ever gain. But, it is in fact a challenge to live a healthy, long life in the modern world. Are you ready to discover the secrets of a long life?
Secrets for a long and healthy life
Wake up early in the morning – According to the guidance from the precious knowledge of ancient medicines, an individual should wake up forty eight minutes before the sun rises. It brings about freshness and invigorates your mind; vitalize your energy to be productive throughout the day. A quiet, peaceful morning enhances your spiritual energy balancing hormones and hence, promotes health and longevity.
Drink a glass of hot water – It is recommended in Ayurvedic treatises suggesting that it balances the doshas in the body. In other words, it strengthens the digestive power, and reduces metabolic waste (Ama) that may have accumulated inside your body channels.
Exercise – Perform your exercise preferably in the mornings especially between 6 and 10 am.
Diet – Eat only when you are genuinely hungry and when the last meal is fully digested. Try to be regular in your meal times. Eat at the same times each day. Add lots of vegetables and fruits. Find organically grown, colourful food. Include all the 6 tastes in each meal; sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. These tastes maintain the inner balance of the physiology of the body.
Oil Massage – Enjoy a full body massage in the morning just for 15 minutes before your shower. It soothes the nervous system, strengthens the circulation, and removes toxins from the body. Oil massage brings you about soft, flexible, strong and attractive body and a lustrous skin!
Relax – Listen to the music. Enjoy the beauty of the nature. Spend at least 15 minutes to meditate or to do relaxation/ Yoga exercises.
Herbs – Consume organic spices. Spices are carminative and protect you naturally from the microbes. e.g.: Turmeric, cinnamon, coriander, cumin etc. Gotukola improves your memory. Amalaki [Indian gooseberry], Bael fruit, Guduchi, Ashwagandha, Goji berries, Astragalus etc. enhance your immunity and protect from the diseases.
Herbal / Dietary supplements – Chyawanprashawaleha is one of the best used rejuvenating jam in Ayurveda. In Indian Alchemy, processed mercury is considered as the key to rejuvenation. In ancient Egypt, black cumin oil is used to gain immortality. Rhodiola, Ashwagandha, Schisandra are in general adaptogenic and rejuvenating supplements. Consult your Ayurvedic doctor before taking the supplements.
May all beings be healthy!
Dr. Indunil Weerarathne
05 March 2015