Healthy New Year

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Year after year we make resolutions to exercise regularly, eat well and give up smoking and other bad habits. Following such basic rules can cut heart disease risk by 80 percent, diabetes risk by 90 percent and cancer risk by 50 percent, according to the Harvard Nurses Health Study. Getting healthy need not be overwhelming. Here are simple, straightforward ways to get on track toward optimum health in this New Year.

Wake up at sunrise
Regular exercise
Eat 3 meals a day
Drink sufficient water
Reduce intake of refined, processed, junk food and try to take more of foods which are freshly prepared
Sleep early and avoid staying awake late nights
Suppress the suppressible
Attend to the natural non suppressible urges

Many conditions, which were fatal hundreds of years back, are not at all major disorders now, some no longer exist. But changing cultural practices, improved civilization, lazy life styles, irregular dietary habits and thought processes etc. have given rise to newer & complex diseases, many microorganisms have become resistant to various antibiotics. Life style disorders like heart diseases, obesity, arthritis, spondylosis, sciatica, psoriasis etc. are on increase in an alarming rate. This changed scenario demands a determined effort to find out solutions to various health problems. Principles of Ayurveda stand relevant, appropriate and best even in this present day scenario.

Dharaniya Vegas (Suppressible Urges)
Charaka has explained nine main emotional streams namely, Lobha (Greed), Shoka (Feeling of sadness due to loss of material & temporary things), Bhaya (Fear), Kama (Excessive Desire), Krodha (Anger), Moha (Excessive Attachment), Mada (Pride), Matsarya (Envy), Irsha (Possessive nature), Dvesha (Hatred).
He who is desirous of happiness and maintaining a healthy relationship should gain control over these nine suppressible urges. The control over them makes the character of a human. The nine suppressible are inter-related. For instance, if a person desires in excess for obtaining something and it leads to anger when it is not fulfilled. Anger leads to hatred, hatred to envy and so on.
Adharaniya vegas (Non suppressible urges)
Ayurveda identifies 13 non-suppressible natural urges for a healthy living. These natural urges are the responses of the body to some external stimulus that aid in maintaining the homeostasis of the humors of the body (Tridoshas). In today’s cultured & civilized world sneezing, coughing, yawning, passing flatulence, crying etc., are considered as uncultured and non civilized manners. But these urges when constantly and repeatedly suppressed lead to serious disorders.

The 13 non suppressible urges are flatulence, faeces, urination, sneezing, extreme thirst, hunger, sleep, cough, breathing caused by over exertion, yawning, crying, vomiting and seminal discharge.

Ayurvedic texts attribute the cause of various disorders to the suppression of these natural urges. This is due to the fact that suppression of natural urges causes vitiation of the humors of the body mainly vata and further cause accumulation of toxins (ama) in the body. ‘Prevention is better than Cure’ hence, it is advisable not to suppress these natural urges.

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