Tips for better health – MITRA© CENTER FOR PANCHAKARMA

Tips to good health


  • Awaken before sunrise.
  • Evacuate bowels and bladder after awakening.
  • Bath every day to create a sense of bodily freshness.
  • Twelve pranayamas in the morning or evening create freshness of mind and the body.
  • Do not take breakfast after 8.00 a.m.
  • Wash hands before and after eating.
  • Brush teeth after meals.
  • Fifteen minutes after meals take a short walk.
  • Eat in silence with awareness of food.
  • Eat slowly.
  • Each day massage the gums with the finger and sesame oil.
  • Fast one day a week to help reduce toxins in the body.
  • Sleep before 10.00 p.m.

Diet and Digestion

  • One teaspoon of grated fresh ginger with a pinch of salt is a good appetiser.
  • Drinking lassi (buttermilk) with a pinch of ginger or cumin powder helps digestion.
  • A teaspoon of ghee with rice helps digestion.
  • A glass of warm milk with ginger taken at bedtime is nourishing to the body and calms the mind.
  • Overeating is unhealthy.
  • Drinking water immediately before or after taking food adversely affects digestion.
  • Prolonged fasting is unhealthy.
  • Consuming excess water may produce obesity.
  • Excess intake of cold drinks reduces resistance and creates excess mucus.
  • Store water in a copper vessel or put copper pennies in the water. This water is good for the liver and spleen.
  • Taking a nap after lunch will increase kapha and body weight.

Physical Hygiene

  • If possible, gaze at the rays of the sun at dawn for five minutes daily to improve eyesight.
  • Gazing at a steady flame, morning and evening for ten minutes, improves eyesight.
  • Do not repress the natural urges of the body, i.e., defecation, urination, coughing, sneezing, yawning, belching and passing gas.
  • During a fever, do not eat and observe a ginger tea fast.
  • Rubbing the soles of the feet with sesame oil before bedtime produces a calm, quiet sleep.
  • Application of oil to the head calms the mind and induces sound sleep.
  • Oil massage promotes circulation and relieves excess vata.
  • Do not sleep on the belly.
  • Reading in bed will injure the eyesight.
  • Bad breath may indicate constipation, poor digestion, an unhygienic mouth and toxins in the colon.
  • Body odour indicates toxins in the system.
  • Lying on the back for fifteen minutes (shavasan) calms the mind and relaxes the body.
  • Dry hair immediately after washing to prevent sinus problems.
  • Blowing the nose forcibly may be injurious to the ears, eyes and nose.
  • Continous nose picking and scratching the anus may be a sign of worms in the body.
  • Long fingernails may be unhygienic.
  • Cracking the joints may be injurious to the body (causes deranged vata).
  • Repeated masturbation may be injurious to the body (causes vata derangement).
  • It is harmful to have sex during menstruation (causes deranged vata).
  • After sex, milk heated with raw cashews and raw sugar promotes strength and maintains sexual energy.
  • Oral and anal sex are unhygienic (cause vata derangement).
  • Sex immediately after meals is injurious to the body.
  • Avoid physical exertion such as yoga or running during menstruation.

Mental Hygiene

  • Fear and nervousness dissipate energy and aggravate Vata.
  • Possessiveness, greed and attachment enhance kapha.
  • Worry weakens the heart.
  • Hate and anger create toxins in the body and aggravate pitta.
  • Excessive talking dissipates energy and aggravates vata.