Are you disease-free or healthy?
The opposite of ‘healthy’ is ‘unhealthy’ but as per Ayurveda, “being unhealthy” does not necessarily mean that one is diseased.
The understanding of difference between being disease-free and being healthy is very important. A glimpse of this difference is brought forward here.
People often come across a common experience within themselves wherein despite all the recent laboratory investigations showing favourable results they get up in the morning feeling sick. There are bags under the eyes and no freshness on the face. There is that feeling of incomplete bowel evacuation. Dizziness, fatigue, lack of energy and muscle weakness haunts one in the early hours of the morning. There is lack of that sparkle in the eye and the enthusiasm in mind. These symptoms cannot be classified into any known disease-syndrome under the prevailing medical system but these certainly ascertain that one is not well or is definitely not in a positive state of health.
Let go the morning hours, it is observed that vague aches and pain, stomach upsets, abdominal discomfort, muscle spasms, muscle
weakness, lower backache, headache, nervousness, fatigue and mood swings are being accepted as  ‘part-of-life’ routine by one and
all today.
The unhealthy state of mind, despite the fact that they are disease-free, is also reflected in the instances of going for baseless arguments with colleagues and staff at work-place and with children and spouse back at home. It again ascertains the unhappy state as a whole.
Now, as the laboratory investigation analysis is favourable in all the above cited experiences, the allopathic solution offered for such complaints had been vitamins and tonics in the past whereas the current trend is to prescribe the popular anti-stress drugs. This is generally an acceptable trend by one and all and each one is comfortable to go in for these medicines without any complaints as such. Here, I would like people to open up their minds to other available options today and explore their goodness.
Life is comprised of 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 Prayanam (correct breathing technique). It further asserts that the effects of aging are due the accumulation of toxic substances in the body. The regular cleansing of these toxic substances, along with dietary and lifestyle counselling help to keep the person in a state of “Positive good Health”.
One should not accept headache, body pain, fatigue, stomach distress, arthritis, etc as part of life or part of ageing process. They may be the result of an inefficient, not-so-balanced diet or lifestyle. 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. Diet also nourishes the mind thus maintaining physical and mental positive health. Thus a modified and more potent way of eating is essential.
Medicines are considered mere variants of diet in Ayurveda. It believes that the body handles medicines in much the same way as it does the dietary components. Thus, for example, the medicines which are supposed to kill the pathological bacteria may have the same effect on the bacterial flora which is considered essential for maintenance of health and longevity. Moreover, their prolonged use is liable to make the pathogenic bacteria resistant to these medicines. The alternative to this process could be to increase the internal immunity of the body so that it attains the natural defence mechanism to primarily prevent, and if necessary, ward off such infections. Thus the principle of Ayurveda which is ‘Prevention of disease, Promotion of health and its Preservation’ should become the integral part of our lifestyles in order to remain healthy as well as disease-free.
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'Disease-free' vs 'Healthy'
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The opposite of ‘healthy’ is ‘unhealthy’ but as per Ayurveda, “being unhealthy” does not necessarily mean that one is diseased. The understanding of difference between being disease-free and being healthy is very important. A glimpse of this difference is brought forward here.
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