What’s ‘HEALTH' and why it’s so important, many times I ask the same to myself. Many among the masses are concerned about their ‘HEALTHY LIFE’ but what percent of masses are striving to maintain or attain a ‘HEALTHY LIFE’. What’s ‘WORLD HEALTH DAY’ which is held on 07th April of every year has to convey or deliver to us. What’s the definition of health - ‘A state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely absence of disease or infirmity’ means so. The questions are many and will always be, as the ‘LIFE’ and in the particular ‘STYLE’ we are living it, is changing gradually and dynamically the moment I speak.
Today a healthy man is always being portrayed as Young, Lean and in a constant Exercise Mode or a Yogic Posture with a Happy and a Confident smile over face. In my sense it’s grossly displays and defines physical, mental and spiritual aspect of health according to both Ayurveda and Modern Sciences so. The above mentioned portrayal and definition of a Healthy Man has remained almost static across eras and centuries but the means which perturb or disturb the fine balance between the three aspects of the health have been constantly and dynamically changing, so it mandates a dynamic and continuous evolving solution toward the health problem having a essence of both Ancient and Modern Sciences.
If for an example we evaluate our meal eating pattern in regards to timing and quantity of the food consumed at breakfast, lunch and dinner we would come to a conclusion that our lightest meal is at the breakfast, moderate at lunch and heaviest at the dinner. But the same has been condemned and contrary have been preached by both Ayurvedic and Modern sciences. The breakfast is most important meal of the day as body is in need of calories and for dinner the best time is to consume it no less than 3 hours before you go to bed, ideally around 6.00 pm and should be lightest of the day because eating too close to bedtime increases blood sugar and insulin. And by not following it can lead to Obesity, which is a complex disorder of accumulation of excess fat in the body. There are many examples which have being mentioned in Ayurvedic texts and proved by Modern Research too, and such beneficial changes should be customized accordingly and accustom it in our day to day routine to live a beneficial, prosperous and a healthy lifestyle.
As summer season is going on I would take the opportunity to suggest some health tips to keep yourself healthy from scorching sun. As we know summer is the hottest of the four temperate seasons, falling between spring and autumn. At the summer solstice, the days are longest and the nights are shortest, with day-length decreasing as the season progresses after the solstice. In summer it is quite important keep the pitta in check by eating cooling foods. Some of the best pitta-pacifying foods are leafy greens, coconut, cucumber, cantaloupe, and watermelon. Garnish salads and other dishes with cooling cilantro, parsley, and alfalfa sprouts, and avoid hot drinks, spicy food, alcohol, caffeine, and chilies. Do not skip food. Do not do fasting.