Every one of us wishes to stay in sound health. Nature or the Universe has made the human body and its functions so complete that it is possible to stay healthy by keeping the internal systems working properly in a coordinated and rhythmic manner.
Our body structure is designed in such a manner that it tends to be in this state, ie stay healthy unless there is an imbalance or deficiency of something necessary for its proper functioning.
Proper functioning of our body depends upon mainly three factors ie, proper diet, proper exercise and proper sleep (or rest)
If you lead a careless lifestyle by neglecting any of these fundamentals of health, there occurs an imbalance and illness creep into the body and eventually it leads to a state of running after medicines.
Sleep, rest and sleep are three pillars of life.
When diet is considered, incorrect food habits and overeating is a main reason for ill health. We need food to obtain enough energy to our body. But for keeping the blood stream clean and all the organs to function in a proper and alert manner, we need to choose our food carefully. It should be pure and toxin free as much as possible. According to naturopathy, accumulation of waste materials or toxins in our body is said to be a main cause for various ailments and the naturopathic system believes that we can prevent most of the illnesses keeping the system clean.
Disease causing microorganisms like bacteria germinates where toxins or unclean areas are located. If we pay attention to this fact as a preventive measure , we can achieve good results before disease attacks.
Incorrect and imbalanced foods, irregular food habits, overeating and being a compulsive eater cause diseases to creep into our body,
If we feel heaviness, lazy , sleepiness or some type of discomfort without any particular reason, it may be due to this toxic accumulation. We can get relief from this immediately after a day of juice fast or water fast because it is an excellent way of cleansing (washing out the impurities) our body. Periodic fasting of one day will help to stay away from this type of toxic accumulations and body irritations.
Periods of voluntary abstinence from food and drink (i.e., intermittent fasting) has been practiced since earliest antiquity by peoples around the globe. Findings from certain studies shows some improvements in coronary heart disease risk factors through alternate-day fasting.
In the 5th century BC, the ancient physician Hippocrates stated:
“All parts of the body, if used in moderation and exercised in labors to which each is accustomed, become thereby healthy and well developed and age slowly; but if they are unused and left idle, they become liable to disease, defective in growth and age quickly. Now in the the 21st century, lack of exercise now presents a major public health problem and an actual cause of chronic diseases.
Overwhelming evidence from studies exists that lifelong exercise is associated with a longer health span, delaying the onset of 40 chronic conditions/diseases.
Rest and Sleep
Sleep and rest is essential for a person’s health and overall well being. A large number of people suffer from lack of sleep (insomnia) and its consequences.
Sleep affects almost every tissue in the body and offers the body and brain time to restore and recover, Sleep deprivation increases the risk of health conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and stroke. Prolonged sleep deprivation can also affect concentration and other cognitive functions. According to National sleep foundation, most adults need at least 7 to 9 hours of sleep.
So making sure that we feed our body with a healthy diet give our body proper exercise, rest and sleep is an easy way to stay healthy and fit.
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