We all work and earn to have a good life. In the process sometime, we go overboard and lose track of our basic necessities. It’s is essential to take a regular relook at how we need to maintain a healthy lifestyle.
All living beings’ existence is based on five elements -earth, water, air, fire and ether (akasha). At a personal level, earth can be related to all natural things we derive from it, which we call as our food. Lack or excess of it canadversely impact our lives. Presuming all of us reading this article have access to enough food, it helps in knowing what kind, how much and when food needs to be consumed to give maximum benefit our body and mind.

Food
Healthy food habit is quite simple if we have the knowledge and willingness to follow. Eating comes naturally to all beings. Natural rule is to eat when one is hungry. When that is not possible due to job patterns, eating at fixed times of the day with sufficient intervals in-between will serve the purpose.
Breakfast should be the main meal of the day. As the name suggests, it should break the fast that the body was subjected to after the previous meal. For that, one needs to have had an early dinner and give at least 10-12 hours of gap before breakfast.  Contrary to what some slimming regimes suggest too many meals a day doesn’t give enough room for the digestive system to function properly.  Two or three complete meals a day is enough.

Water
Water is an essential part of life. It is ideal to start the day with a litre of water. Those who are not used to drinking water first thing in the morning can begin with a glass of water and increase the quantity. This helps in cleansing our digestive system of any leftover traces. As a rule of the thumb, water should never be taken along with food. A few sips during the meal are fine but a good quantity of water should be taken only after an hour of finishing the meal. Water can then be taken at regular intervals.
Water should not be consumed 20 minutes prior to taking food. In all, three litres of water a day will maintain the body functioning at optimal level. Last consumption of water should be one hour prior to going to bed. Thus accordingly, dinner should be at least two hours prior to bed time.

Air

Oxygen present in air is a very important element of life that is inhaled naturally through breathing. The quality of air and high stress levels of modern lifestyle requires more intake of oxygen for optimum body functioning. This can be achieved through deep breathing exercises carried out just before sunrise, when oxygen levels are high in the atmosphere, due to presence of Ozone (O3). Deep breathing anytime during the day, an hour before or after food is useful too.

Fire
Regular use of fire in our daily lives comes through cooking. Raw food has maximum benefits for body functioning and imparting energy. We cook food only to make it more palatable and tasty for consumption. Hence, lesser usage of fire keeps ushealthier. Ideally warming water before drinking it is good for health.
Sun provides energy for all beings on the earth. Vitamin D, essential in aiding many of our body functions is produced when sunrays fall on our skin.  Common health issue of modern age, decaying of bones, can be overcome by 15 to 30 minutes exposure of our bodies to mild (before 9 am and after 4 pm) sunlight. This is essential to maintain calcium level that strengthens our bones and teeth. 


Ether

The environment surrounding us can be described as ether. It is vast space that encapsulates everything on earth. Its quality affects all of us. While most things responsible for making our environment is not within an individual’s reach, following healthy lifestyle as mentioned above,  increases the body immunity, which in turn absorbs all good elements required by the body and fights bad elements that try to enter and adversely influence the body functioning.

Lifestyle simplified in brief:
Wake-up early and have 3 to 4 glasses of warm water
Perform deep breathing exercises.
Expose your body to early morning or evening sunlight.
Have a wholesome breakfast
Drink water after one hour of eating.
Maintain a gap of at least 4 hours in-between meals.
Last meal of the day should be two hours prior to bedtime.
Follow the routine and enjoy a healthy life


By Editorial Team

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