Sleeping longer on weekends, eating a big breakfast in the morning, drinking 8 glasses of water, exercising every day and eliminating fats from our diet have always been considered as healthy habits we should strictly adhere to.
However, Ayurveda applies a bit different approach. It recommends exercising only when we do not have PMS or pain, eat a light breakfast, eat certain fats, drink when we are thirsty, and not to sleep in on weekends.
Ayurveda is a four-dimensional approach that includes the mind, body, soul, and senses, and supports health at all levels.
One of the authors of the Ayurveda texts from ancient times, Rishi Sushrut, is considered to be the grandfather of modern surgery, even in western medicine.
Svastha means health, and Svasthvritta is a term that involves the behavior, actions, and habits that maintain overall health, and represents a sub-branch of Ayurveda, that teaches us the healthy habits that promote general wellbeing.
Here are five habits that you considered healthy, but are in fact the opposite:
Start the day with a big breakfast
Ayurveda recommends that the lunch should be the largest daily meal, and the breakfast and the dinner should be lighter.
Ayurveda adheres to the natural circadian rhythm, as it says that, in order to be healthy, we should follow the course of the sun, since we are solar powered beings.
According to Ayurveda state of the digestion determines the overall health, and because our digestion is the best around noon, when the sun is fully risen, we should eat the largest meal of the day then.
Do vigorous exercise every day
Ayurveda considers everyone should find his own, individual, type of exercise, intensity, the frequency of exercising that best fits for them.
Additionally, women aren’t advised to exercise when they have their menstrual period, and all people should avoid workout when they are injured or tired.
Ayurveda believes that we should do vigorous exercise when we are physically stronger, like in spring and winter months, and a gentler exercise routine in summer and early fall.
Drink 8 glasses of water daily
Drinking larger amounts of water that our body needs, we may suffer from skin, digestion, obesity issues, and other health problems. For that reason, you should only drink water as much as your body needs.
Sleep longer on weekends
According to Ayurveda following a regular sleep pattern is strongly recommended because is one of the three fundamental pillars of health. Try to go to bed at 10:30 pm. And get up at 6 every morning. The benefits will be amazing!
Avoid eating fats
Regardless of your body weight, you need to eat healthy fats in the form of nuts, ghee, avocados, coconut and mustard oils. However, if you are obese, you should only consume small amount of fat.
Try applying these Ayurveda habits, and you will enjoy better health!