Have you ever wondered that many of the modern concepts of healthy living were enunciated in Ayurveda long ago? In Ayurveda, the masures advised for leading a healthy life are called Svastha-Vṛtta. While explaining health, Suśruta says:
समदोषः समाग्निश्च समधातुमलक्रियः।
प्रसन्नात्मेन्द्रियमन: स्वस्थ इत्यभिधीयते।। सुश्रुत सूत्र 15:48
This definition encompasses physical, mental and spiritual aspects of health. Health does not mean mere absence of disease but it means that mind and spirit should also be Prasanna (happy). Complete psycho-somatic equilibrium is the key to Svāsthya (health). This concept is in total alignment with the WHO’s definition of health.
Means for Achieving Good Health
For achieving perfect health both psyche and physique must remain in equilibrium. For maintaining physical health, Āyurveda strongly recommends the practice of Dinacaryā (day regime), Rātricaryā (night regime) and Ṛtucaryā (seasonal regime)
This comprises of the do’s and don’ts during the day time. “Early to bed and Early to Rise”. Get up early in the morning before sunrise. This is called BrāhmaMuhūrta. This practice is highly rewarding as it avoids dreams which generally appear in the morning hours.
Drink enough water
Drinking enough water helps in free passage of motion and urine.
Flush out (Mala -MūtraTyāga)
It is very important to inculcate the habit of easing in the morning. Suppressing natural urges (Vega Vidhārana) is the root cause of many diseases.