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DR VIVEK AHUJA 35, Ayurvedic Spe­cial­ist, Zi­rakpur, Pun­jab

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In the past five years, Dr Ahuja has seen a lot of young­sters con­sult­ing him for mi­graine, joint dis­or­ders, psy­chi­atric coun­selling and gy­ne­co­log­i­cal is­sues. The doc­tor says that this dis­turb­ing trend can be at­trib­uted to the fact that the young of­ten take their bod­ies and minds for granted. “Their di­ets are not like that of their par­ents, and nei­ther is their abil­ity to counter stress as de­vel­oped.”

Mind your Habits Dr Ahuja says that dis­eases have a di­rect re­la­tion with what we eat (aa­hara), what we do (vyavhara) and the en­vi­ron­ment we live in (ritu viparaya). It is the chang­ing habits that are to be held re­spon­si­ble, says Dr Ahuja, "These in­clude over in­dul­gence of food, de­te­ri­o­ra­tion of en­vi­ron­ment due to pol­lu­tion and mi­gra­tion from place to place, in­take of un­sea­sonal food com­bined with er­ratic sleep pat­terns." Ac­cord­ing to him, the lack of avail­abil­ity of con­stituents (min­er­als) be­cause of change in use of cook­ing uten­sils, over de­pen­dence on chem­i­cal fer­tilis­ers in

fields, adul­ter­ation and ad­di­tion of syn­thetic preser­va­tives also adds to the risk of de­vel­op­ing life­style dis­eases.

The Right Shape The doc­tor says that he rises at dawn and drinks about 1.5 litres of wa­ter first thing in the morn­ing to balance his doshas. “Post that, I prac­tise Neti Yog (cleanse my nasal pas­sages with Su­tra and Wa­ter), which helps my res­pi­ra­tory or­gans to pre­vent in­take of tox­ins dur­ing the day. Yoga comes next.” Con­tact dr.ahu­ja­[email protected]

1 Sne­hana (oil mas­sage) and Swedana (steam) pro­vide lu­bri­ca­tion to the body and also help in re­lax­ing mus­cles. 2 There are detox­i­fi­ca­tion ther­a­pies like Panchkarma – Va­mana (Eme­sis), Virechana (Pur­ga­tion), Vasti (Med­i­cated en­ema), Nasya (Nasal...

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