HOW TO LIVE WITHOUT TOXINS MAKING US ILL
Toxins - why are they obtained in the body and how they affect us
A person is a unity of physicalbody, emotions, and mind. These components of the human nature are interrelated, they influence each other, and each of them has a direct effect on health. For example, each of the suppressed negative emotions has a detrimental effect on the very specific organs: anger affects badly the liver, fear - the kidneys, envy damages the heart and etc.
This united nature of the human body requires simultaneous care for each of the components in order to be kept clean - without toxins in the body, without negative emotions and negative thoughts.
The toxins in the bodyare at the core of any disease. They are obtained mostly from the food and the poor digestion. When in the gastro-intestinal tract there are undigested food remainders, they begin to rot and release toxins, which, through the circulation are spread over the body.
These toxins poison the body at a cellular level. The tissues and organs begin to fail to do their functions properly, blockages start forming in the channels through which the vital energy flows. As a whole, the energy balance in the bodyis destroyed and diseases start.
Everyday life must be in accordance with the natural energies
The maintenance of the natural balance in the body depends on everything in the daily life: sleep, eating, mental and physical work, rest, spiritual activities.
The body has a different activity and it depends on the processes and cycles in the nature - the alternation of day and night, seasons, climate conditions and changes. In fact, the man depends on the space energies, processes and cycles nature and man are the projection of the Universe. Here the role is played by the Sun and the Moon, as well as the various planets.
Strongly linked to the Solar activity and power are the digestion and the metabolism. So, for example, the digestive fire Agni is the strongest at noon when the sun is the most active. The main meal is at that time as well, as it can be digested and absorbed better, as well as heavier food, can be digested. Agni is especially important in order not to get toxins.
In the morning the digestion is still weaker, so the breakfast must be light. With the Sunset, Agni again weakens and dinner also must be light.
As a whole one’s day should begin early, close to the Sunrise. Recommended getting up in the morning is at about 6:30 am -7:00 am. Of course, it cannot happen with people working in shifts. Pregnant women and children are also are an exception, and so are the sick and old people.
What is the correct diet
Apart from the appropriate food and products for a specific person, in a proper diet, the time of the meal intake, food combinations, and food quantity should also be considered. All this depends on the person’s Dosha, which must be defined by a specialist. But there are common principles which are to be observed by everyone, in order to be healthy.
In the first place, one should have regular meals - breakfast, lunch, and dinner, without constantly changing the food type, to which the today's dynamic everyday life predisposes us.
To digest and absorb the food optimally, the body requires certain order, without frequent "surprises". In addition to this, a person should eat only if he is hungry, otherwise, the digestion process gets overburdened, as it has not yet completed with the previous meal.
If the meal intake includes more meat or products rich in proteins, the intervals between the meals should be larger and the quantity should be greater as well. If the thermally-processed vegetables predominate - boiled, roasted, stewed ones - the meals should be more frequent and the quantities should be smaller.
The time of the meals is important as well. If the dinner is after 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm, when Agni has subsided significantly, the food digestion cannot go normally. Because of the subsided digestive fire, dinner should also be light. In Ayurveda, it is also recommended that the menu should be a combination of cooked and raw food, without a significant prevalence of any of the two kinds.
We should bear in mind that for the processing of the raw vegetables one needs more energy, and that makes them more suitable for the summer. Meat and dairy products are suitable for the winter.
As a whole, the food should be freshly prepared and served warm because the warm food is more easily digested. The combination of foods is important to prevent the formation of toxins -- some food combinations are incompatible with each other, such as milk and fish or fruit and should not to be consumed at the same time.
For Ayurveda, the alcohol is the food of the ignorance, but still, a moderate consumption is allowed- without getting drunk - 3-4 times a week.
The proper drinking of water
The water is one of the five elements constituting the body, without it, life processes are impossible. In fact, the water content in the body is above 70 %, which by itself speaks for its vitally crucial significance.
The water is the environment, in which the biochemical processes are carried out; the food substances are dissolved in it; it ensures the process of metabolism; the waste products are eliminated through it. The water is important for the body from the beginning of the day. The ‘morning’ water contributes to the cleansing of the body; it stimulates the body organs and the systems.
The morning water intakemust not be less than 500 ml., up to 1 200 ml can be reached. Its temperature should not be lower than the body temperature and must not exceed 45 degrees. One should not drink the water quickly, but should "eat" it - slowly, in small sips.
A single intake of watershould not exceed 150 ml., but this does not apply to the "Morning water". For the intake of water, there are a few basic rules in Ayurveda, related to the prevention of the toxins. So, for example, drinking water during a meal is no good. It dilutes the digestive acids in the stomach and thus it disrupts the digestion of the food that we have had,and it gets to the state of formation of bio-toxins. Water, we should have 1 hour before and 1 hour after meal, and it should not be cold. One hour after meal, we can have more than 150 ml.
The limitation of the water intake or the excessive 'filling” with water, apart from anything else, lead to disorder in the perspiration, in the urination, and in the defecation.
Hygiene of the body and thoughts
Maintaining a clean body is one of the natural ways to avoid toxins, and it is particularly important to clean thetongueand the teeth as well. Not less important though is keeping a clear mind, clear from bad thoughts. A person must have a positive attitude towards the other people and to the world as a whole, to be committed and empathic. Ayurveda advises that the consciousness should besettled with positive thoughts at night before sleep, so that to begin the next day with positive energy, with clean body and "clear" mind.
So far the logic suggests, that it is a requirement of the hygiene not to suppress the urges of the body. Just as it should be responded to the urges for urination and defecation, so as not to retain toxins in the body, a man should express his emotions respectively and should not suppress them.
The need to sleep should not be overlooked either - during the sleep, the body self-cleansing systems are active. For the elimination of toxins and the normal activities of the body, important are the physical activities as well. One should have a system of regular physical exercises for toning, re-charging with energy, power, and stamina, according to his individual abilities. This, of course, should be complied with the individual health condition and the eventual diseases.
HOW TO MAKE THE ELIMINATION OF TOXINS EASIER
Tea, exercises, sunbathing
The human body is a self-cleaning system. As it can be impeded from the wrong way of life, it can be facilitated as well. One of the ways is not to drink water on a specific day of the week. This is useful for treating of digestive disorders and disorders of the excretory system, as well as for improvement of the metabolism. Laxative teas also help with the expelling ofthe toxins and for the cleansing of the large intestine.
Use different herbs - senna, basil, cloves, common balm, linseed, ginger root, Triphala, dill seeds, Aloe Vera and many others. In addition to the physical exercises, a number of breathing exercises also help for removing the toxins from the body. Breathing deeply during these exercises is beneficial for the energy channels - it contributes to their clearing when they are blocked by the accumulated toxins.
Sun baths are a way of burning the toxins in the body; The Solar energy helps for detoxification of the body. Sunbathing in direct sunlight, however, should not be more than 20 minutes every time, because solar radiation can cause adverse effects.
Steam bath, massages, dry sauna
Very useful for removing of toxins from the body are the steam baths with herbal enrichment of the steam. This aims cleansing of the skin, which is the largest body organ by its area. Here, the combination with massages can be made as well.
Various medicated oils can be used during the massages themselves, with a more superficial or a deeper penetration, which contribute to the removing of the toxins from the tissues TherapyAbyanghamin Ayurvedа- The massage with oil contributes to the general good health and proper functioning of the body and mind. It helps to remove energy blockages from the body. Abyangham therapy is the initial, preparation stage of the Panchakarma, all other therapies are preceded by it.
The dry saunas are useful as well, which cause intenseperspiration and removal of more toxins with the sweat. So with the dry saunas, extracting of mercury, lead, sodium, etc., out of the body is achieved. Here it should be pointed out that for all activities carried out outside of the medical environment a prior consultation with the doctor is necessary to confirm whether they can be used.
CERTAIN RULES FOR PROTECTION OF THE HEALTH
For the head - as the “commanding organ" - а thorough and special care should be taken. The sense-organs are on the head - vision, hearing, smell, taste. That’s why, for example, the head should not be washed with hot water - it may have a negative effect on the senses, on their natural functions. The water should be at a temperature of about 25 degrees. In addition, only natural cosmetics should be used - not to risk with products with ingredients from the chemical industry.
It is good soap, shampoo or shower gel to be used not more than once a week. Their frequent use harms the skin by taking away the fats. If there is no serious skin problem, for the cleaning of the skin, warm water is sufficient as well. A good choice of cosmetics is the Ayurvedic cosmetic products.
For a good vision, it is recommended once a week to apply a herbal paste as an ‘eye-liner’ on the edge of the lower eye-lid. Very suitable is the herb Punarnava, - used by mixing powder from its root with honey. The root powder can also be mixed with warm water only. With that procedure, the lachrymal canals are cleansed and secretions are let out of the eye. For the eyesight, it is counter-indicative to look at the Sun directly, or at another bright light, as well as a long peering into the computer screen.
The oral cavity, where the tongue and the throat are, should be cleaned well - brushing teeth, rinsing the mouth, gargling. Not only it is beneficial forthe cleaning and detoxification, but it also helps to have healthy teeth and gums that are connected with the proper chewing of the food and with the digestive process.
Warm salty water can be used, as well as a mixture of herbs like Jethamada. If it is used for treatment purposes, once-a-week application is recommendable. Amongst the other rules is that one should not have a bath after meal; also, to monitor carefully and respond flexibly and adaptively to the climatic and temperature changes, by putting on an appropriate clothing.
Ayurveda advises that one should not sleep during the day, except for the cases, of course, when the health condition imposes it, or when one works night shifts. Another advice is that the pace of eating your meal should be moderate - neither too fast, nor to be protracted slowly. As a whole, people should not stay for far too long at the table unnecessarily - 48 minutes should be the maximum time per meal - breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is with the aim that the person does not get tempted unnecessarily after the hunger has already been satisfied.
Doctors medical examinations and consultations
Ayurveda explicitly requires that the patient should not take medicines that haven’t been prescribed by an Ayurvedic doctor.
Each person’s body is unique, so its treatment is strictly personal. For the same disease, what is prescribed for one person, may be inappropriate or even harmful to another. That’s why the doctor’s recommendations should be strictly followed.
During the examinations and consultations, no information should be withheld. Diagnostics in Ayurvedais complex. Apart from the direct examinations - pulse, tongue, eyes, reflexes, way of speaking, gait, hair, nails, skin colouration and many others; during it, other non-medical details are taken under consideration.
Among them, for example, are the patient’s living conditions, the living and working areas; life events, relationship with the others - relatives, neighbours, colleagues, etc. All this is relevant to the state of health and helps for a precise diagnosis and from there - for the proper treatment.