Good health is in your hands and an Ayurvedic approved lifestyle or dinacharya isn’t as complicated as you think. So take time out to plan your day in a simple set of rules, from rising pre-dawn to winding down with a routine, and observe how it can change the way  you feel inside and out. Support the mind and body with exercise, meditation, and a healthy diet or aahara and you’ll be on your way to a new and improved you.

In this 2-part series, find a simple list of 7 Ayurvedic routines that can make you healthier.

1. Get An Early Start: Nidra or sleep is the foundation on which your overall happiness and general health rest. As per Ayurveda, if mind is in a relaxed state, sleep should come easy. Sleep early and sleep well for better health. Ayurveda strongly encourages you to wake up before 6am, and to do this, hit the bed early every night before 10pm so that you’re able to do this without feeling sleep-deprived. The timings from 6am to 10am is believed to be a kapha phase of the day, characterized by sluggishness and heaviness. If you can manage, stick to the recommended waking time of Brahma muhurtha, which is about 1 hour and 36 minutes before sunrise.

2. Look After Your Pearly Whites: Oral hygiene is a very important part of your health. Some habits like dantadhavana (brushing your teeth) are a usual part of everyone’s daily routine. But there are other routines kavala or gandusha (gargling) that are not common. Keep the oral cavity healthy and prevent disease with sesame oil pulling. This is characterized by rinsing your mouth on waking with oil. It detoxifies your body and clears your senses, too. Oil pulling also prevents cracked lips, bad breath, bleeding gums, and tooth decay.

3. Cleanse Your Sense Organs:  Like every machine needs to be oiled regularly for optimum functioning, Dinacharya involves a regular cleansing routine that keeps your sense organs and body working well. Cleanse eyes using anjana, do nasya therapy for nasal region, Dhumpana or inhalation of herbal smoke helps clear out the nasal passages, easing upper respiratory tract infections like a cough or bronchitis and treat yourself to a self-administered oil massage to make your muscles and body limber and warm.

Leading Ayurvedic Hospitals in Kerala conduct regular therapy sessions to help you achieve supreme health levels, bereft of physical and mental worries

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