Parents often unknowingly pass on many of their habits to their children, and these can stay with them throughout their lives. That is why it is important to inculcate good habits right from the early days. Your child’s food preferences often mirror your own. According to Ayurveda, a diet comprised mostly of fresh and natural ingredients is the most nourishing and the most helpful for your digestion. Here are 7 healthy habits you must get your kids started on:
- Never skip breakfast: It is always ideal to have your first meal within 45 minutes of waking. Breakfast is an important constituent of your day: it enhances metabolism and gives the body energy and sustenance for the rest of the day. Ensure that your kids always have a healthy breakfast consisting of milk, oats and fruits – you can also mix it up with healthy sprouted sandwiches.
- Don’t stay inactive: Encourage your child to be more active. Spend time playing his/her favourite outdoor game. It is better not to let your child spend too much time at the computer, playing video games or watching TV as these encourage a sedentary lifestyle. Limit the time they spend on technology and get them interested in physical activity – you could enroll them in classes for their favourite sport as well.
- Skip the soft drinks: Soft drinks and even your favourite juice brand contain a lot of sugar. With the rise of diabetes both in the adult and in the children’s population, it is better to minimize the consumption of these beverages. Instead, drink lots of water through the day and encourage your child to do so as well. This promotes good health and also keeps them hydrated. To add some flavor to water you can add chopped limes and mint or chopped fruit like peach and strawberries.
- Educate them on food choices: The supermarket can be a very tempting place for young kids as they spot colourfully packaged candy and other unhealthy junk food. Educate your kids on the basics such as spotting which foods can be potentially harmful. For example foods with added monosodium glutamate, saturated fats and trans-fats are not conducive to health. Help them make fresher healthier choices when they pick food to buy. This will be good for them when they are older as well.
- Maintain a positive outlook: Teach your children to look at the brighter side of things in life. Let them confide in you and tell you about their experiences. Help them understand that things can get worse from time to time, but they need to be strong and move forward. This will instill confidence and courage in them which will stay with them long after they have grown up.
Children are impressionable and full of ideas, and it is always a good idea to get them started on a healthy, active and enriching life. Try to incorporate some of these ideas into your child’s life and you will notice the transformation it is bound to have.
When it’s cold outside, it can be quite easy to catch cold or get into other ailments because the weather makes you more susceptible to these. Cold, flu, cough and fever are some of the common illnesses that the cold and rainy weather makes us vulnerable to. Fortunately, there are natural ways to build up your immunity so that you do not succumb to illness during the monsoon season.
- Daily massage: Daily self-massage with warm sesame or sunflower oil not only strengthens and nourishes your skin but also provides an enhanced sense of well-being and keeps the body warm and safe from any infections.
- Healing spices: Use spices like cardamom, pepper, ginger, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon while preparing food. These power-packed spices have immunity-boosting properties and help you stay protected by building up your immunity.
- Rasayanas: The concept of rasayanas relates to healing, rejuvenating herbs that can help your body gain stamina, immunity and strength to fight diseases over time. Some of these include ashwagandha, tulsi, triphala, amla and turmeric. For a great supplement to your diet, you can also try a herbal formulation like the Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy range to boost up immunity.
- Exercise: Keeping your body active is very important. Exercise reduces the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and also makes your body more capable of fighting off infections. Try some brisk walking, jogging, yoga or join a gym.
- Relaxing baths: Take a relaxing bath with some essential oils like rosemary, cinnamon, pine or lavender so that you feel refreshed. You can also use Epsom salt. A warm bath always helps during the cold or rainy season.
These were some of the ways in which you can build up immunity and stay healthy and fit no matter what season it is. If you’d like some more information on natural, herbal products, visit us here.
The monsoon season is finally upon us, as most parts of the country enjoy the frequent spells of rain, the lush greenery all around and the calming climate. Monsoon is a season of much joy and fun for most of us. Unfortunately though, it also brings with it a lot of seasonal illnesses, and makes us more susceptible to insect bites, seasonal colds, flu, stomach problems and joint problems.
Instead of popping pills to cope with these, it’s better to try natural, side-effect free Ayurvedic remedies and habits. Read on to know how you can safeguard yourself against these seasonal illnesses –
- Prevent skin infections: Add 1-2 spoons of neem oil to half a cup of sesame oil for an easy massage before taking a hot water bath at least once a week – this helps safeguard your skin from infections and keeps it healthy and supple. A hot water bath is preferable during the rains as it helps curb vata.
- Take care of your feet: Since the feet tend to get wet frequently during the rains, people, especially diabetics need to take extra care not to let feet remain wet. Wear slippers when you’re indoors as well, and use footwear with a good grip to avoid slipping. Keep nails trimmed and dry at all times.
- Eat these foods: The best food for digestion and overall health during the rainy season include honey, curd, wheat, lentil soup, water strained from curds and sour, sweet or salty foods. Avoid foods that are spicy as they lead to vata and pitta imbalance.
- Drink this for better digestion: Make an Ayurvedic drink that helps aid digestion. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, long pepper and some ginger to hot water and have it once a day.
- Reduce joint pains: Those prone to joint pains should avoid sitting or lying down on the floor, as skin contact with a cold surface can aggravate joint pains further.
- Don’t avoid exercise: Since outdoor activities need to be limited, don’t stop being active. Do some yoga poses, skip rope, or do some freehand exercises to stay active. Exercise improves blood circulation and makes you stay healthy and strengthens muscles.
- Get proper sleep: Ensure that you get at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep at night. Avoid napping during the daytime – especially after having your meals. It worsens the digestion process.
- Follow hygienic habits: Try covering up as much as possible to avoid insect bites. Trim your nails regularly and keep them dry to avoid fungal infections.
- Do a Panchakarma treatment: Panchakarma is a cleansing, rejuvenating programme that calms your body and mind and relaxes all the 5 senses. It also detoxifies the body, strengthens your immune system and helps your body relax. To know more about this Ayurvedic treatment that is useful during the monsoons, visit this page. We also have a specialized Ayurvedic centre in Kochi that deals in Panchakarma treatments.
- Drink lots of herbal tea: Many herbal teas have anti-bacterial properties, including ginger tea and green tea. They also help soothe the throat and keep you warm during the cool and wet weather in this season.
The above tips are very beneficial for maintaining good health during the monsoon. In addition, following even a few of these will get you used to developing healthy lifestyle habits.