1. CLEAN AIR
Clean air is among our foremost needs. Without relatively clean air, in a matter of minutes you’re dead. Air pollution is an invisible threat we can’t do much about, but at least we can do our bit to stop making the problem worse. Keep your windows open as far as possible, especially at night. Go out in the fresh air to exercise, take care of your posture, avoid tight restrictive clothing.
2. PURE WATER
Pure water is also among our foremost needs. It is best obtained from high-water content, fresh produce food. Otherwise, drink the
cleanest water, you can get. This is the only drink fit to drink. Without relatively pure water in a matter of days or weeks, you’re
dead. There is no fixed formula on how much to drink just go by your thirst. Natural foods typically have over 70% water content
anyway, it’s only when we eat what we are not supposed to, do we need to drink lots of water.
3. COMFORTABLE BODY TEMPERATURE
Temperature maintenance is our next need. The body has many mechanisms to regulate it’s temperature around 98 degrees Farenheit
despite extremes in outside temperature, but if pushed beyond it’s limits for long enough, even death can be caused by chilling or
4. GOOD NATURAL FOOD
Eat foods of your biological adaptation. Maximize fresh produce, raw food while minimizing or eliminating cooked food to the extent
possible. Proper food combining is important, especially while eating cooked foods. Indigestion, heartburn or bloating often indicates improper food combining. What is good food is a subject that can fill volumes. Natural Hygiene maintains that there are at least ten characteristics of good food. The primary ones are non-toxicity, fuel value and nutrient value. In other words, it should not contain anything poisonous or harmful to the body, it should provide the body not just with sufficient calories to keep it going but proteins, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids as well.
Cleanliness is next to godliness and invaluable for health. Baths need not mean only using water air baths and sunbaths are equally important. Continually minimize and eliminate all junk foods, poisons and pollutants. Unhealthy food pollutes your interior, which leads to disease.
6. REST AND ADEQUATE SLEEP
The brain regenerates nerve energy during sleep, deep rest and meditation. Sleep deficiencies run rampant in modern society and people are exhausted as a result. Exhaustion or enervation forms the basis of disease. Most people today do not get either the quantity or quality of sleep they need. Sleep is when the body recharges its batteries for the next day. Insufficient sleep leads to chronic fatigue and several health problems. Rest and Relaxation provides balance to overworking, and a needed break from problem solving.
No program for health is complete without exercise. Cardiovascular exercises such as jogging, swimming etc build stamina by
strengthening your heart and lungs. Weight training builds strength in muscles. Stretching exercises like yoga enhance balance and
flexibility. All these three types of exercise should be a part of your schedule. Beyond that, the quantity, type, frequency,
intensity of exercise are matters of personal choice every day is good but twenty minutes thrice a week is the bare minimum.No one
can achieve optimum wellness without being fit and capable. Some tips – * Aerobic activity: at least double the breath and pulse. *
Resistance activity: weight training. * Stretching: keep your muscles and tendons flexible. You cannot be healthy unless you’re
Sunshine is an oft neglected aspect of health in these days of three piece suits, air-conditioned homes, cars and offices. The ancient Greeks knew about glass manufacture but never used it to block sunlight and air from coming through windows. Plants die without sunlight and humans don’t fare much better. Sunshine is an essential of life both for your body and emotions. For a sunny disposition, work and play in the sun a minimum of 20-30 minutes daily, or 2-3 hours per week. Be in the sun before 10 am or after 4 pm in summer and anytime in winter. Sunshine is necessary for bone formation to prevent osteoporosis.
9. EMOTIONAL POISE AND STABILITY
Maintain equilibrium and learn to manage your feelings. Cultivate a positive, helpful, sharing, loving disposition and you’ll be
happier. Emotionally poised people, not subject to violent mood swings, are much better equipped to handle the vicissitudes of life. No wonder the ancient science of Yog praises equanimity. Learn to free yourself from poor habits and negativity. When you understand your body / mind and live a lifestyle that meets its systemic needs, this discernment is very liberating.
10. LOVE AND SEX
Sexual urges are a natural instinct for preservation of the species and have to be fulfilled in moderation at the right time of our
lives,in a loving environment, if we want to enjoy good health.
11. SELF CONTROL
Once cannot control oneself unless one knows oneself. Self-knowledge and mastery comes next. A man who knows, “Who am I?”, and who is in charge of his senses and mind can direct it towards healthful activities much better than one who is blindly led hither and thither by his sense organs.
12. CREATIVE WORK
Creative activity such as singing, painting, poetry, art, craft, writing etc reminds us that creativity is at the core of our being
and we neglect it at our peril. Keeps your mind vital, interested, positive and active. You feel great when providing for yourself
through creative effort.
Man is a social animal and cannot be healthy and happy living isolated on an island. We need to be part of a social circle. Enjoy
company of friends and companions. Having at least one close friend or companion to confide in and interact with is imperative for
mental / emotional wellness.
14. PEACE AND INNER TRANQUILITY
Meditate: silence is golden, it provides insight and nourishes your soul. Harmony and serenity needs to pervade life, otherwise
internal or external strife, conflict and turmoil destroy well being.
15. LOVE AND APPRECIATION
Both give and receive. Unloved and unappreciated people are often unhappy, lonely, depressed and bored. Lack of love usually arises
from poor emotional health practices.
16. HUMOR AND HAPPINESS
Smiles are contagious. They reflect inner contentment, a friendly, warm, caring attitude, and often spontaneously elicits in the
observer the same feelings. Laughter and fun contribute profoundly to wellness.
17. PLAY AND RECREATION
Rest and recreation are the next two complementary needs. Over-exerting ourselves stresses the body, weakening its resistance to
disease. Scientists have still not figured out why animals play it has no apparent function but they do. It is most unfortunate that adults leave play behind with their childhood. Hobbies are invaluable to health.Physical and mental activities for fun refresh the mind and body. Participate rather than being a spectator. Pursue hobbies of interest that you enjoy.
18. AESTHETIC BEAUTY
Humans are uplifted by anything beautiful and our aesthetic senses have to be nurtured and uplifted by getting closer to beautiful
things. Enjoy the great outdoors and extraordinary man-made art including beautiful, inspirational music and sounds of nature.
19. INSPIRATION AND MOTIVATION
Find purpose in life. Aimlessness gives rise to hopelessness and despair. No one can enjoy true peace of mind until he has found the purpose of his life. “Why am I here?” is one question we all have to answer for ourselves if we want to lead a full and fulfilling life.
20. INDIVIDUAL SOVEREIGNTY
Humans do not thrive when oppressed. They must be free from unnatural inhibitions within the context of accepted societal conditions.
21. SELF WORTH AND CONFIDENCE
Having a sense of your place in the greater order of things contributes greatly to your sense of well being.. We must feel adequately self reliant to handle challenges of life.
22. SECURITY (OF LIFE AND ITS MEANS)
Keep the basics covered: Comfortable roof, clothing and food. Unless we are secure and reasonably assured of the basic needs of life, then stressful insecurity results, robbing our peace of mind. We need a productive job or career to provide for ourselves and our family. Absence of this can wreak havoc with our physical and mental health.
23. PLEASANT ENVIRONMENT
Enjoy the serene, and avoid ugliness (what you find repulsive).
Occasionally going without food especially in light of modern stresses that cause insufficient elimination of wastes, is recommended. Fasting is a virtual panacea, enabling the body to speed up cleansing and restore wellness to resolve most disease. A supervised fast should only be undertaken after study, with a trained health practitioner of your choice who is experienced.
Is man a human being having a spiritual experience or a spiritual being having a human experience? Either way, the soul is at the core of our being. One of the objectives of our life is spiritual evolution and true health and happiness cannot be found without taking care of our spiritual needs as well.