Thursday, 20 October 2011

80-20 Principle for Good Health

I would like to share these good health tips which I received from my e-mail inbox. For good health, follow the 80-20 principle. 

The 5 elements

The human body is composed of five elements: akasa (ether), vayu (air), agni (fire), jel (water), and pritvi (earth). When kept in balance, the presence and combination of these elements assist the body in its functions. These elements also help the body get rid of toxins.

1. Akasa. Emptiness is power. Ether or, essentially, empty space in the body is created through fasting and prayer. When a person fasts, the emptiness created helps the body remove the accumulated waste in the system. Rev. Dr. Maliekal encourages everyone to fast at least once a week. A person could do this by eating raw vegetables and fruits only, including juices and water; by having less meals than what he normally has in a day; or, if he is ready, by taking in water only. Fasting has some considerations and is ideally done under the close supervision of a naturopath.

2. Vayu. Air is obtained through exercise. Daily exercise like yoga and tai chi is recommended. Rev. Dr. Maliekal also emphasized the importance of wearing light colored clothing made from cotton, as opposed to synthetic materials. “So that the air passes through and the body maintains a connection with the sun, light and the cosmos,” he explains.

3. Agni. The body draws light energy from the sun, so it is important to spend some time in the sun every day. A mild sunbath from 20 to 30 minutes a day is recommended. Exercises, meditation, or prayer can be done during this time. Light cotton clothes are best for these activities.

4. Jel. There are various ways to use water for health: drinking; washing, bathing or cleaning; or by using water as therapy. At Rev. Dr. Maliekal’s Yogashrams, therapeutic baths include the hip bath, spine bath, full bath, mud bath, and steam bath. Massage is also recommended.

5. Pritvi. The earth produces our food. It is important to make sure that our daily diet is composed of 80 percent alkaline, and 20 percent acidic foods. The satvic diet (positive or alkaline diet) is made of vegetables including greens, sprouts, and fruits. The rajasic diet (semi-acid, semi-alkaline) includes cereals, grains, nuts, and seeds. The thamasic diet (or negative diet) is made of food items that are unnecessary, and those that cause sickness. Examples of these acid forming foods are: those cultivated with chemical fertilizers, junk food, sugar and its products, pickles, drinks that contain tannin and caffeine, non-vegetarian foods, carbonated beverages, canned or preserved foods, synthetic food items, and bakery items.

Follow the 80-20 rule at every meal, that is, one part rice for every four parts of veggies. “If you do this every day, you can be perfectly healthy and your illnesses will disappear… that’s all,” Rev. Dr. Maliekal assures everyone.

The right way to eat and drink

Rev. Dr. Maliekal stressed the importance of chewing well, until solid becomes liquid, before swallowing. He also advises against drinking liquids while eating solid food. “Take your liquids half an hour before eating, or one hour after,” he says. When one’s appetite is good, it is best to eat during the day only. At night, liquid food like soup can be taken, or fruit be eaten two hours before sleeping. Incidentally, a fruit (one variety at a time) should be taken alone at a meal, for best results.

When drinking, don’t gulp your drink in but slowly sip it. A person may drink warm or normal temperature water, but never cold drinks because these stop digestion and lead to gassiness. As a general rule, avoid food and drinks that are too hot or too cold.

Rev. Dr. Thomas Maliekal’s Model Diet

6 a.m. – Drink pure water or vegetable juice like cucumber (which could “melt” blocks in arteries, according to Rev. Dr. Maliekal)

6:30 a.m. – Meditation and exercises

8 a.m. – Eat fruits

11 a.m. – Take some vegetable juice, vegetable soup, or coconut water. May be taken with honey, muscovado sugar.

12 nn – Have some rice or wheat bread (1/3) with green leafy vegetables (1/3), and cooked vegetables (1/3). Don’t take fruits with the meal.

2 p.m. – Have a glass of water
4 p.m. – Eat fruits or nuts
6 p.m. – Have cooked veggies, soup, and whole wheat bread
8 p.m. – Have some soup, honey water, or water with lemon juice
9 p.m. – Bedtime

Note: If your produce is not organic, simply clean them by soaking in warm salt water or warm vinegar water from 30 minutes to 1 hour. Then rinse them using clean water.

5 Power Recipes

Daily Drink
Mix vegetable juice (cucumber, zucchini, carrot, etc.) with juice of green, leafy vegetable (mint, parsley, malunggay, pechay, spinach, oregano, basil, etc.). Experiment with the combinations to get the taste you want.

Peanut Milk
Mix peanut and water in a blender. Great for growing children. You can also add some coconut milk.

Daily Dessert
Mix papaya, coconut milk, and muscovado sugar in a blender. You may also use honey instead of muscovado, and add raisins or other fruits.

Mango Chutney
Mix mango, raw coconut (firm), greens, salt, onion, and chili. You may also fry the coconut to get a variation in taste.

Best Salad
Mix orange slices with shredded coconut and muscovado sugar. You may also add/substitute papaya, grapes, or other fruits.

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