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Today is World Health Day.

How to lead a healthy lifestyle?

  1. Lifestyle disorders are high blood pressure, diabetes, potbelly obesity, anxiety, depression, heart disease, paralysis, acidity and certain types of cancers.
  2. Faulty lifestyle means disobeying the laws of nature in terms of quality of diet, lack of exercise, not performing some rituals and not keeping the inner and outer environments clean.
  3. A healthy lifestyle includes obeying laws of nature and detoxifying the mind, body and soul on regular basis.
  4. Mental detoxification involves leaning pranayama, meditation, relaxation and exercises to reduce negativity from mind and filling up the mind with positivity. These include exercise like non violent communication, confession, distributing the gifts of appreciation and thinking differently.
  5. Physical detoxification includes learning principles of hygiene (respiratory, food, sexual, personal and water).
  6. Personal hygiene include Jal Neti and Panchkarma.
  7. One should remember the ‘Formula of 80’ to stay without heart attack upto the age of 80. This includes keeping lower blood pressure, pulse rate, bad cholesterol, heart rate, fasting sugar, abdominal circumference, all below the value of 80. For this, one should walk 80 minutes a day wherever possible with a speed of 80 steps per minute; do 80 cycles of Pranayama; clap 80 times in a day; smile or laugh 80 times in a day; not drinking or taking alcohol not more than 80 ml in day or 80gm in a week and to stop smoking because smoking may end up in a hospital bill of Rs. 80000.
  8. Pranayama involves learning the process of parasympathetic breathing which is breathing 4–5 per minutes for 20 times with or without chanting nasal sounds, twice a day.
  9. A proper diet involves having food with seven colors and six tastes and eating in moderation.
  10. The diet should have ‘zero’ transfat and low in refined carbohydrates i.e. cheeni, chawal and maida.
  11. At least once in a week, one should avoid carbohydrates–based cereals.
  12. One should follow the law of nature. If nature wanted us to eat mango in winter, mangoes would also grow in winter. Mango is the fruit to be consumed in summer.
  13. Similarly, if nature wanted us to eat coconut in Delhi, then coconut would have grown in Delhi. Coconut water is a treatment for humidity and will always grow in coastal areas.
  14. Indian rituals are so made so as to prevent lifestyle disorders. Weekly fast on Friday and eating Gur Chana prevented iron deficiency anemia in women.
  15. Sunbath in the months of Magh, Vaishakh and Kartik along with eating sesame seeds was to prevent Vitamin D deficiency.
  16. Weekly fast on any day was to avoid eating cereals at least once in a week so as to avoid metabolic syndrome.

Dr KK Aggarwal
Editor in Chief