Three Fundamentals For Good Health
When it comes to food, one of the most important aspects that one must be aware of is how quickly certain types of food digest and become a part of you. If the food that you eat does not get digested within three hours, it means that it should either be avoided or consumed in moderation. If the food moves out of your stomach within three hours, it means that though unhealthy, it is still something your system can handle.
When there is a gap of five to six hours between meals, cleansing will happen on a cellular level. This cleansing is very important for a healthful life. If you are over 30 years of age, two good meals a day are enough, one in the morning and one in the evening. Eating three hours bet ore sleeping is good for the body. If this includes at least 20 to 30 minutes of light physical activity such as walking your system will hugely benefit. If you go to bed with food still ¡n the stomach, it generates a certain level of inertia in the system. Physiologically, this inertia is like acceleration towards death. Death is the ultimate inertia.
Also, if you go to bed with a full stomach, it puts pressure on other organs in the abdomen. This will lead to different kinds of health issues. So, it is very important for the food to get digested before you go to bed. Also, 1h posture one sleeps in, should not make the stomach put pressure on the other organs during slumber.
Using Your Body
When it comes to activity, our body is capable of bending forward, bending backward and twisting to both sides. This must be done in some form and practising hatha yoga ¡s the best, because it bends the body forward and backward, twists it to both sides and squatting is also included, which stretches the spinal column. This is a must for everybody on a daily basis, il you want to keep the entire system healthy and particularly the neurological system, which will otherwise be an issue as one ages.
Getting Enough Rest
The amount of rest that an individual needs is determined by various factors. One important factor is the type and volume of food that you consume. You must experiment with different types of foods and see which ones make you feel heavy and which ones leave you light and agile. Make sure that 40 per cent of your diet consists of vegetables and fruits to feel light.
What the body needs is rest and not necessarily sleep. It is a misunderstanding to think that sleep is the only way to rest. Even as you sit or stand, you can be in a state of rest, of agitation, or in a state of inertia, If you are in a state of rest, every moment of your life, the volume of sleep you require will decrease.
Five Sheaths Of The Body
In yoga, the human body is looked at as five sheaths or layers. Every aspect of the human system, including the mind, is seen as the body and yoga transforms it. These five layers of the body are called annamaya kosha, manomaya kosha, pranamaya kosha, vignanamaya kosha, and anandamaya kosha,
Anna means food. Your physical body or annamaya kosha is basically the food that you consume, small or big. The mind is not in one particular part of the body, every cell in the body has its own memory and intelligence. This mental body is known as manomaya kosha. The physical body is the hardware and the mental body is the software.
The hardware and software cannot do much without quality power. The third layer of the body is called pranamaya kosha or energy body. The physical, mental and energy body are all in the realm of physicality, but on different levels of subtlety.
The next layer of the body is a transitory body known as vignanamaya kosha. It facilitates the transition from the physical to non-physical. It does not ascribe to any of the physical qualities, but at the same time, it is not yet completely non-physical either, The fifth layer is called anandamaya kosha, meaning ‘bliss body.’ It is called bliss body because in our experience. whenever we touch it, we become blissful. Bliss is not its nature but it is how it makes us feel. Anandamaya kosha is a non-physical dimension but is the source of everything physical.
If you bring the physical, the mental and the energy body into proper alignment and balance, you will not have any physical or psychological ailments. There are thousands of people who have overcome their ailments, particularly chronic ailments and psychological problems. simply by creating the necessary alignment within them. It is misalignment that causes all kinds of problems.
Only if you bring the first three layers into alignment, there will be a passage and a possibility of touching anandamaya kosha, where bliss becomes a natural state of being.
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