By Dirgha Raj Prasai : Health is life of human. To remain a healthy person it is imperative for one to follow the right methods of human life catering to the bodily need of regular fresh diet, necessary amount of pure water and adequate sleep. Every person knows how to eat and drink, it is necessary to know how to remain always healthy. The more humans have been inclining to luxurious tastes the more they are inflicted with diseases. Those who are wealthy have several workers do not work and walk and play. Those lazy persons invite diseases for themselves. Before the 20th century human beings were not as unhealthy and riddled with diseases as they are today. Then the people were busy in hard work and were involved in physical activities. After the invention of modern equipments as plane, motor, television and computer people became occupied with matters of eating and drinking that lead to frivolous lifestyle. Those who do not work and remain static most of the time are bound to end up becoming a victim of certain type of diseases. Women who stay at home only and are not active are mostly attacked by diseases.People who are been involving in sedentary works as justices, administrators, businessmen, poets-authors, shoe makers including, those who are engaged computer for more than three hours continuously, who pass time by watching movies, those who sleep more than necessary are susceptible of suffering from diabetes and high blood pressure. Women and men that have crossed the age bar of 35, even if they are feverish or not, ought to compulsorily take to exercise every morning. People with regular exercise and involvement in sports activities are not attacked by diseases. Rather than arguing we must focus on remaining healthy. Healthy people are the wealth of the world. To escape from possible illness even the healthy ones must get into little bit exercises, which would be best for them. We must care health to secure our life. Rishis (Hindu saints) with knowledge of Ayurveda (herbal and traditional medicines) have explored all sorts of treatments and medicines to maintain the health on basis of practical methods and experience of thousands years.
Let us start working which is empirically proved. Healthy adults with age of 25 or more years, as soon after rising early, should sit with their legs crossed under them, with hands on their knees, and take deep breath and exhale it slowly. It must be continued at least for five times. During morning walks, it is better to take deep breathe and exhale three times by standing under the tree of Pippal, camphor trees or other plants that release high amount of oxygen.. The Pippal, Oscimum (Tulsi- a kind of holy plant) and camphor (Kapur) bear sacred importance in Hindu and Buddhist religion. These trees produce adequate amount of oxygen which increases the lifespan.
After rising and getting fresh, one must regularly take half an hour walk or indulge in some sort of sporting activities. Adhering to this routine makes a person immune to illness. An ill person in spite of regular exercise in the morning should walk for 30-45 minutes regardless of his/her profession. Walking is the best exercise. Whenever walking one must avoid polluted and dusty paved roads. Particularly, those suffering of sugar, high blood pressure, gastritis, uric acid and other visceral diseases must follow the routine:
1) After getting up around 4:30 to 5:30 am one should remove the pillow and rest the head without a pillow and after relaxing the body draw in deep air filling up your stomach and exhale it through the mouth. Then draw in air slowly into the lungs and slowly exhale it. Then one must inhale air through nose to the brain and exhale through mouth. This process of drawing air into the stomach, lungs and brain (again and again) must be carried out for 20 minutes. When drawing the air to lungs and stomach if one remembers ‘OM’ word slowly then it is called ‘Pranayam’ like Yoga (process of restraining breath). If the body receives adequate amount of oxygen it cures the possible illness.
2) Then one must cross the legs under and then move left and right hands up and down for 50 times.
3) After the process of drawing and exhaling air for 20 minutes one must sit up right posture. Both the hands must be placed on either of the knees and for five minutes one must slowly draw air from the nose and exhale through nose.
4) Then in the same posture (with legs under crossed under the bottom) one must place both his hands behind the neck and interlock the fingers and join at the front both the elbows. Then one should breathe out slowly while simultaneously placing both the elbows on the floor and draw it back as far as possible by breathing in slowly and again breathe out and stand on the elbows by placing it on the floor once more. Although beginners may find it hard to join the elbows, it will join in 5-6 days’ regular practice. This process must be followed for five times. This exercise helps to keep the body in balance and keep all body parts alert.
5) A sugar patient must spread both legs and try to touch the left toe with the right hand and the right toe with the left hand. Then in similar way the person must place his hands at the part of the body right above near backside. This should be done for 150 times. Then one should lie down again and take two deep breaths in chest through the nose pushing air to lungs and exhale it slowly and get up. In this way the oxygen reaches and dissolves in the pancreas. The exercise helps to control the blood sugar.
Just after getting up, whether or not you are a sugar patient, you should jerk (like trembling) your body up and down for five minutes. Those suffered of high blood pressure must shake the body more than those with sugar problem. This helps to decrease your fat and uric acid. After ‘Pranayam’ pancreas produces more juice and it becomes smooth, which helps to keep you relaxed all the day. ‘Pranayam’ must be done slowly without exhausting your body. A patient must also take the medicine prescribed by the doctor on regular basis.
Then one must hold both the hands out and imitate running for 70-90 times. If someone has an ache in thigh then the person must spread out his legs and jump as if playing with a rope for 20-50 times. Uric acid patient must chew and digest leaves or roots of ‘Ghodthapre’(a kind of plant used in medicine). Our body needs plenty of water. If the life is healthy and free of diseases, there no difference between the olds and young. After an exercise the body becomes juicy. Gradually, gastritis is cured and ulcer can’t be developed. After ‘Pranayam’ drinking the water (warm or cold) is obligatory. Water is vital for all life forms. It is foremost and essential component of human life. After the exercise we must drink a big glass of water, at least half of a liter. Only then we ought to go to rest room. Person suffering of constipation must shut his mouth tight. Then the lung starts to swell with water. One cannot spit in such condition. The water that we get in the lung must be slathered. The hands must be straightened and joined. Then our stomach will also be cleared.
The exercise is also a form of devotion. Every person is created with a purpose and a direction. This purpose and direction were engraved in our hearts when we were conceived. In addition, we are given access to a quiet guidance system which helps us to achieve our objectives and direction. We need to recognize this guidance system. Its called intuition, the quiet voice, urges the knowing or the feeling. Once we locate our purpose and direction, we are given skills, talents and abilities that are unique to only ourselves. We must practice daily such type of exercise –meditation. The people belonging to all religions can exercise it in the name of their Gods, keeping in mind ‘The Creator’, the one and only one, who created the whole universe and us. So, it is our first duty to keep our mind and body healthy.
We must be aware of what we eat and drink. Honey is elixir. If we eat honey and ghee in equal proportion it becomes poison. So we must not consume the foods detrimental to health. People take whisky and rice beer by knowing the quantity they can consume, when they are healthy. To drink too much will be very dangerous, even a healthy person becomes sick. It is like the saying, ‘too much of anything is bad’. However, the patients of uric acid, rheumatism, sugar should not drink beer and whisky. It is best not to drink alcohol.
Those with fat body must after ‘Pranayam’ take in lemon water. ‘Lemon (Citrus) is a miraculous product to kill cancer cells. It is 10,000 times stronger than chemotherapy. It is considered also as an anti microbial spectrum against bacterial infections and fungi, effective against internal parasites and worms, it regulates blood pressure which is too high and an antidepressant, combats stress and nervous disorders.’-(Zee Beach, Institute of Health Sciences, 819 N. L.L.C. Charles Street Baltimore) Fat people must avoid consumption of banana, sweets and ghee. Its better they can carry out fasting. Foods with fibrous substance as in vegetables and fruits are best for health. Dry rice, bread, fibrous vegetable and milk will be appropriate for relief of gastritis. If a person maintains a balanced diet coupled with regular exercise then the person has a natural defense against illness. To take oily foods once in a while is not bad. Consumption of oily foods, for they are tastier, would not be good. We should never forget the proverb- ‘Money is lost nothing is lost, character is lost something is lost but heath is lost everything is lost.’
Patients of sugar and blood pressure cannot afford to stay for long in empty stomach. Sugar patient must always keep in mind that pancreas should never remain dry. One must take 3-4 liter of water daily in order to hydrate pancreas, heart, lungs, liver and kidney. If you are suffering from disease of prostate gland you must take the medicines of Patanjali Yoga Guru Ramdev for 3-9 months. If this does not cure, then you can seek recourse to medical surgery. Patients of rheumatism must compulsorily resort to ‘Pranayam’ and avoid cold, slippery foods, ginger, and curd and spinach, which help in increasing arthritis. All sorts of patients must not fall into the abyss of depression rather they ought to remain jovial, take walks and indulge joyful activities. Happy feelings will attract more happy circumstances.
A scholar sri venkat writes on physiological benefits that it lowers oxygen consumption. It decreases respiratory rate. It increases blood flow and slows the heart rate.4. Increases exercise tolerance. Leads to a deeper level of physical relaxation. Good for people with high blood pressure. Reduces anxiety attacks by lowering the levels of blood lactate. Decreases muscle tension. Helps in chronic diseases like allergies, arthritis etc. Enhances the immune system.
Enhances energy, strength and vigor. Helps with weight loss. Improved flow of air to the lungs resulting in easier breathing. Cure headaches & migraines. Greater Orderliness of Brain Functioning. Significant relief from asthma. Relaxes our nervous system. Decrease in restless thinking. Provides peace of mind, happiness. Deeper Level of spiritual relaxation. Experience an inner sense of Assurance or Knowingness.’
So, we should maintain the regular physiological system. After tea we take breakfast. A patient of blood pressure must take a cup of black tea one hour after the intake of food every morning while in case of a sugar patient a cup of black coffee. Then after a hour the patient of blood pressure must compulsorily take one apple each day. In the late afternoon any sort of healthy food will do. Regular intake of fresh water is needed at anytime of the day. It is compulsory for a sugar patient to take an apple, orange or lime everyday after intake of a cup of tea of coffee. If fruits are not taken everyday, the sugar level reduces and may be fatal. It is good to take raw carrot and radish with food. It is good to take fish and meat without too much oil. People suffering from blood pressure must avoid intake of salty foods in the evening. It is better to avoid meat at dinner. It is best for all kinds of patients to take dry bread, milk and vegetables. Potatos and other carbohydrate rich foods must be avoided by sugar patients.
The American Heart Association recommends that adults eat fish twice a week. According to Dr. Darush, a cardiologist of Harvard School of Public Health, the average person should eat fish as a part of a healthy diet. Patients of sugar must not suffer from cough and cold. If you know that you are about to suffer from cold you ought to keep warm immediately. Humans are the kings of living beings. Man has the power of knowledge. They have power to conscience and awareness. Thus, a human being must follow to the rules and methods of leading a healthy lifestyle by practicing ‘Pranayam’, and eating good food and bearing oneself rightly. We must focus all our attention to keep ourselves healthy.