Your Heart and Ayurveda
All of us are very well aware that the heart is the most important organ in the body as it is responsible for pumping blood to all the organs and all the parts of the body to keep them functioning. When you are tired, you take a nap; and you inevitably sleep every night. But your heart - it works tirelessly non-stop for every second of your life. Have you ever spared a thought about your heart? Have you realized that as it keeps on working relentlessly, how much of wear and tear it suffers?
Heart and Ayurveda
Since the heart works for us so tirelessly and takes care of us, it is our duty to take care of our heart. As the heart is the important organ which takes care of blood circulation, Ayurveda emphasizes that it is extremely essential to take care of your heart for a healthy living. In this article we will see how you can take care of your heart and how ayurveda can help.
Ayurveda believes that the heart is the seat of prana-life energy and a balance is maintained between agni - the solar energy - and soma - the lunar energy. It also believes in the concept of the heart being one of the three vital organs in the human body. Moreover, it is responsible for the flow of 'prana' throughout the body. It is also said to be the seat of consciousness which can also be called the soul. What makes the heart all the more important is the fact that all the main blood vessels originate from the heart. It also contains the 'ojas' or vital fluid which sustains the soul and keeps the body alive and also promotes bliss and longevity. It is therefore vital to protect and nourish the physical heart and emotional heart to ensure health and long life.
Today, we find that people are being subjected to heart attacks and other heart problems at a very young age, which would otherwise be found in septuagenarians and octogenarians. Heart disease which attacks people at a young age is not due to any ailments but to a bad lifestyle and poor eating habits. A healthy heart needs a happy heart, and a happy heart needs a lifestyle that will bring about a sense of well being.
Maintain a healthy lifestyle
We have seen that a lot of people of the younger generation are victims of heart ailments. Hence, it is necessary to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle to ward off stress and strain and maintain a state of mental and emotional well-being to keep the heart and soul happy.
Ayurveda for Heart Disease:
It is essential for you to ward off stress and strain and prevent the emotional heart from wasting away. Having an active physical and mental well-being can help the emotional heart to be happy. Take some time to spend time on those activities that give you happiness and pleasure - be it music, reading, watching movies, or going for a walk. Practicing aromatherapy and drinking herbal tea will help you along. Avoid situations that can cause distress or bring out anger in you.
The most important thing for maintaining and improving the health of your heart is to eat a healthy diet, but most of the time you will discover that this is a very difficult step. Make a small beginning, and you will find that it is not all that difficult. Eat more fresh vegetables and fruits and eat more spices and anti-oxidants that are good for your heart. Make it a point to eat only fresh foods and remember that processed foods are a big NO. Avoid deep fried and heavy foods. Don't skip meals and don't eat heavy meals either - eat just the right quantity. If you have a problem with your digestion, take a concoction of ginger, lime, and salt. Have buttermilk with lunch - you could give it a little flavor by adding cilantro and ground cumin seeds.
Arterial plaque known as 'ama' builds up in the blood vessels and this has to be got rid of. To get rid of this plaque, drink lots of warm water throughout the day. Eat a lighter diet high in fiber and antioxidants, and also eat a lot of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and whole grains. Avoid smoking and drinking.
Exercise regularly. It is not necessary that you have to exercise every day. Follow the ayurvedic principle of 'balaardh' - exercise to only half your capacity, and in that way you can exercise every day. Go for a walk - it is ideal as it gives your heart the exercise, while it charges your metabolism and increases your circulation.
Sleep is as important as food and exercise. Cultivate a regular bedtime and keep your bedroom clean and free from all types of distractions. Make it a point to wear comfortable cottons at bedtime.
Reduce stress by doing a few minutes of meditation every day. Doing yogasanas and pranayama will also help.
You can also take some cardiac nutritional supplements that are on sale with a number of ayurvedic companies.
Take care of your heart and your heart will take care of you.