Are you disease-free or are you healthy?
The opposite of ‘healthy’ is ‘unhealthy’ but as per Ayurveda, “being unhealthy” does not necessarily mean that one is diseased.
It is common to find that despite all the laboratory investigations showing favourable results people get up in the morning feeling sick. Vague aches and pain, dizziness, headache, nervousness, fatigue, lack of energy, lack of enthusiasm and muscle weakness are are accepted as part of life. Though these symptoms cannot be classified into any known disease-syndrome, they certainly are not a positive state of health. They could be the result of imbalanced diet or lifestyle.
Health has four essential aspects – physical, mental, psychological and spiritual. We identify with our physical bodies, yet, underlying our physical structure is the mind, which not only controls our thought processes but helps assist us in carrying out day-to-day activities such as respiration, circulation, digestion and elimination. The mind and the body work in conjunction with one another to regulate our psychology. The clarity of our senses or psychology helps the mind and body to integrate their functions and help in keeping us healthy and happy individuals. Ayurveda believes that a perfect balance and harmony of body, mind and soul is health. It emphasizes the maintenance of positive good health by the control of diet, lifestyle, Yoga and Prayanama (correct breathing technique). It further asserts that the effects of ageing are due the accumulation of toxic substances in the body. Regular cleansing of these toxic substances (Ama), along with dietary and lifestyle counselling help to keep the person in a state of good health. Medicines are considered mere variants of diet in Ayurveda. The body handles medicines in much the same way as it does the dietary components. Ayurveda, while prescribing a diet, keeps in mind not only its nutritive value but also its effect on individual body-constitution along with its digestibility. These principles of Ayurveda, when imbibed, can help us remain healthy as well as disease-free.