Everyone wants to live a long and happy life, but not everyone is successful in this quest. In case you’ve been wondering what you need to do to be healthy and happy, I’d like to share with you some tips for living a long, healthy, and meaningful life.
1. Don’t eat unless you’re hungry
If you eat when you are not hungry, you risk constipation and indigestion. Fermented and undigested foods poison your blood, weaken your organs, and make you susceptible to thousands of acute and chronic diseases. To properly eliminate waste, your digestive system must rest with enough spaces between meals.
Try to find your natural rhythm and listen to what your body is telling you. Overeating is also the cause of many diseases. Yogis advise you to think that your stomach has four parts, one part of which is still empty when you finish eating.
2. Sleep when you are tired
This means that you should go to bed when your body tells you to and not continue lying down after waking up. As much as possible, stick to your natural rhythms. Sleeping during the day and staying awake at night when tired is said to be one of the causes of cancer.
3. Get out of bed before dawn.
Each day has a rhythm, like a wave. If you wake up too late, you miss the wave and spend the rest of the day struggling to keep up. If you wake up early, the wave is behind you and carries you throughout the day. It is said that a few hours of sleep before midnight is twice as valuable as sleeping after midnight. Once you are used to it, the dawn hours are the best for meditation and personal development.
4. Take a half bath or shower before meditating, eating, and sleeping.
Water has tremendous therapeutic value. By doing a half bath (splashing cold water on all extremities plus face and neck) before meditation, eating, and sleeping, your body and mind are refreshed and relaxed. Your activities will be carried out at your optimal level, obtaining the maximum benefit. As much as possible, take a refreshing full bath at least twice a day, certainly at least once a day. The water temperature should not exceed body temperature.
5. Practice meditation and yoga regularly
Regular meditation and yoga tune the body and mind to waste much less energy. This means that your body and mind will last longer because the amount of energy allocated will take you further. Some say that each person has a fixed number of breaths in their life. When you slow down your breathing during yogic practices, you extend the duration of your life.
6. Eat raw foods and yogurt.
Life depends on “Prana” or “Vital Energy”. Raw and fresh food is full of vital and vital energy (zing!) And this is more important than the nutrients in food. The enzymes that allow perfect digestion are present in raw fruits and vegetables, but are lost during cooking. And raw foods contain all their fiber that does not diminish with cooking, which is so important to maintain regularity in bowel movements, which should be equal to the number of meals you eat. Yogurt is an easily digestible complete protein that contains bacteria that aid digestion. Dairy products are also good for mental development.
7. Fast at regular intervals
During fasting, the body does not have the burden of absorbing and metabolizing nutrition. As your digestive system rests, it switches to healing and cleansing mode. Thus, during fasting, dead and diseased toxic cells are eliminated, a kind of house cleaning process, essential to achieve and maintain good health. Fasting is the fastest and best way to cure most diseases.
Fasting also purifies the mind. When you are not distracted by food, your mind naturally turns inward, creating a good environment for contemplation and spiritual thoughts. At the same time, overcome guilty thoughts, clear your conscience, and give you a fresh start.
If you fast once a week or at least once every two weeks, you can reap many benefits without weakening your body or interrupting your daily life. Particular attention should be paid to the intake of light, easily digestible and juicy foods before and after fasting.
8. Get physical work or exercise.
Regular exercise strengthens bones, muscles, organs, and joints. Your lymphatic system is operated by movement. Intercellular fluid also relies on movement to allow it to channel nutrition and waste materials to and from cells. Without proper exercise, the body degenerates. As long as we have a body, it is necessary to work and exercise it regularly, even the bodies of the elderly. A certain amount of physical work is also good for the mind, releasing accumulated tensions, maintaining a harmonious bond with the body and the environment, and giving the exhausted mind a break.
9. Drink enough water
Natural therapy is not talking about just needing eight glasses a day. Rather, it specifies that everyone needs at least three to four liters (12 to 16 glasses) a day. Sick people need four to five liters. Those with skin problems need even more. But you shouldn’t drink too much at a time, except very early in the morning on an empty stomach. And you should drink water between meals, not while eating.
There you have it, nine steps to help you live a long, healthy and happy life.