Our ancestors didn’t face kind of mental issues we face nowadays like depression, anxiety, and stress etc. Nor did they face physical problems like regular backache, spondylitis, and sleep disorder etc. There were some simple practices which they adopted in their day to day life which helped them away from such problems. These simple techniques could be adopted easily by us also in our daily lives making us happier and healthier.
Sungazing: Sungazing boosts production of melatonin and serotonin, our “feel good” hormones. These hormones ensure that depression is kept away from us. Sun also provides us with vitamin-D which is very important for bone strength and for our immunity. Low vitamin D levels normally cause low immunity against diseases, fatigue & tiredness, body pains, hair loss etc.
Go out and stand barefooted in sand or grass early morning or late evenings. Avoid peak sun time between 10 AM till 430 PM. Morning walks have double benefits of helping you get enough sun light as well to improve your physical health.
Proper breathing: in modern times we have adopted wrong breathing techniques. So rather than using belly for deep breathing we take short breath using chests. This reduces air intake to lungs. Diaphragmatic or belly breathing is what we should aim for, where every deep breath goes straight to the lungs and fills the body with oxygen. Deep breathing benefits both physical and mental health. It alleviates stress, improves confidence, and helps create better blood circulation.
Also try learn pranayama for improving your breathing. 10-15 minutes everyday practice of pranayams will do wonders for your well-being. Try anulom-vilom, brastika, kapal bharti etc.
Intermittent fasting: recent scientific studies have demonstrated benefits of fasting in improving digestions, improving metabolism, weight management etc. Fasting has shown to improve brain function, because it boosts the production of a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF.) BDNF activates brain stem cells to convert into new neurons, and triggers numerous other chemicals that promote neural health. This protein also protects your brain cells from changes associated with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease.
Our ancestors were using full moon days or other festivals every month to keep whole day fasting. You could try fasting for 14-16 hours once a week. Intermittent fasting of this kind will surely bring great health benefits to you.
Barefoot walking: “The most straightforward benefit to barefoot walking is that in theory, walking barefoot more closely restores our ‘natural’ walking pattern, also known as our gait,” explains Dr. Jonathan Kaplan, foot and ankle specialist and orthopedic surgeon with Hoag Orthopaedic Institute. It also helps in improving muscular strength of legs and lower back.
You could try walking in house for 20-30 mins every day or better is to walk in your lawns.
Eat seasonal fruits and vegetables: due to cold storages and import from global markets we now get virtually all fruits and vegetables around the year. However Eating what’s in season is an easy way to beat illness. In winters increase intake of vegetables and in summers eat more of fruits. This is a great way to improve physical health.
Its not so tough to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Rather than adopting complex methods and routines, its better to stick to simple and easy to follow regime. Good practices from our ancestors is a good way to achieve a happier and healthier life.
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