Ayurveda is a 5000-year old science for health and wellness which was passed on by sages in India. Despite being old, it is still being used as the most influential medical science for holistic wellness these days. Its principles on healthy living are applicable to almost all individuals, who can obtain personal care through Ayurveda Brisbane.
The scope of Ayurveda is much beyond curing different kinds of diseases. It describes how to be able to lead a healthy lifestyle and can be personalized as per each individual’s requirements. Ayurveda can be broken down into two major parts- Ayurveda lifestyle and Ayurveda foods to eat.
The moon moves around the Earth and the Earth around the Sun, whereby the Earth’s rotations result in days and nights. A year is divided into 12 months and 6 seasons, as per the Hindu calendar prepared by Indian ancestors. As per Ayurveda Brisbane, behaving and acting as per the seasons is the secret to long life, which was followed by them as well. For example, spring is a good time to exercise in the gym, have controlled sex, and eat dishes made from white flour as well as the meats of white partridges and black bucks.
Ayurveda strictly forbids individuals from staying awake till late at night. By pushing off to bed till 10 pm, it helps your body system regulate itself on the basis of the principle “early to bed, early to rise”. Not only should one not skip meals, but also not overeat. One must also observe mindfulness, or minimize distractions during meals.
There are many Ayurvedic principles like the ones mentioned above through which life can be regulated. If all the principles of Ayurvedic lifestyle had to be described here, it would lead to a book.
Food as per Ayurveda
Ayurveda assesses a particular food item on its heating or cooling effect inside the body, which has an impact on digestion and metabolism. Here are examples of such foods:
- Fresh fruits such as mangoes, oranges, and apples are ‘hot foods’
- Root veggies such as radish, turnips, and carrots help to keep warm in winters as they are intrinsically ‘hot foods’
- Spices like mustard, ajwain, and asafetida (hing) are hot foods that provide immunity from colds and flu, while also helping to boost immunity
- Soy products such as soy milk and tofu are ‘cold foods’
- Cream, milk, cheese, and other dairy products have a cooling effect on the body
Common misconceptions about Ayurveda
Ayurveda is commonly misconstrued to only involve the use of leaves, roots, and flowers. People also think that ancient ancestors of Indians were teetotalers who would abstain themselves from wine, sex, and meat. Unfortunately, both the above concepts are misconceptions, as our society during ancient times was freer than what it is today. Nothing was taboo during those times, but teetotalism became known to Indians after Islamic invasion. In lieu of the above, Ayurveda was not just about roots and barks, but also various meats, urines not limited to just cows, and also the blood of some animals.