05 Jan Lifestyle Changes Needed As You Enter 30s
Teens are when we enjoy ourselves and discover. In our 20s, we get more focused with what we want from life, our jobs, the kind of partners we expect and generally set the tone for the rest of our life in terms of making something meaningful out of it. All this invariably is the result of the fire within us which in turn is influenced by our Pitta Dosha. In the headlong rush to make the most from our lives, we end-up with aggravated Pitta Dosha in our 30s which manifests itself in the form of depleted health and happiness, anger, impulsiveness and sometimes leads to the onset of depression. If not controlled in time and with the right aid, this could set the tone for a fairly painful and medically unfit life hereon.
Ayurveda, India’s ancient system of medication has very accurately recorded our physical changes as being related to changes in our Doshas. Kapha Dosha, as per Ayurveda, dominates in the first phase of our lives from childhood to puberty which gets replaced by Pitta Dosha which stays with us till our 50s only to be replaced by Vata Dosha till the end of our lives. These Doshic changes take place very, very gradually- so slow that most miss out on the change and come to know of their existence only with the invariable & inevitable pitfall which comes with being careless.
It is thus fairly obvious that by the time we hit our 30s, the influence of Pitta Dosha is predominant and quite visible- if one were to look closely! Pitta, as you may know is about transformation. On a more physical/ elemental plane, it speaks about heat, metabolism and transformation. Taken on a metaphysical plane, it helps transform us by accurately discriminating between issues and things that are right or wrong.
It is thus fairly obvious that keeping Pitta Dosha in check is of critical importance and that too at the right time. If not done within the 30s, one runs the risk of being miserable with Pitta excesses throughout one’s life with drained vigour and vitality and an open invitation to all manner of medical conditions.
What we then ought to do for a balanced Pitta Dosha is to remain calm, be cool and grounded and give the right nourishment to our body. And of course, the Aatma! In doing the same, these steps help greatly!
1. Limit your exposure to sunlight
India is blessed (or cursed!) with more than its share of direct and often harsh sunlight which in winters nourishes but during the summer, positively bruises and burns. For those in the northern plains and Deccan regions of India, it thus makes sense to avoid the sun to the extent possible in the summers. Pitta gets badly aggravated in the sun and can lead to all manner of problems including nosebleeds, excessive sweating and possibly a sun-stroke. With advancing age, these are the least one looks up to.
2. Ease the Spice!
Pitta Dosha is about metabolism and transformation. People sometimes mistake it for fiery stuff and load their foods with spices of all manner. What it ends up doing is just the opposite. It aggravates the Pitta Dosha leading to excessive body heal, acidity and internal swellings in the gut. As a measure of health, spicy and oily foods should be curbed to the extent possible and replaced by seasonal fruits and veggies which are a mix of bitter, sweet and astringent.
3. Savour on Milk and eat sufficient Ghee!
According to Ayurveda, one of the most “sattvic” of foods in the Indian context is Cow’s milk! It cools, calms and it nourishes like nothing else. With age, most develop a sensitive stomach and the best way to preserve its sensitivity while retaining all its functions is to have “Ghee” or clarified butter, which has all the goodness of milk + provides the essential lubrication and grease our bodies look up to.
4. Anger Management
Anger and Pitta Dosha just love each other! One leads to the other. And both lead to doom if not controlled early. The best way to keep Pitta dosha from getting aggravated is to try and not get angry in the first place. And if one does so despite one’s best efforts, one should try and come out of it fast, really, really fast. To do that fast and effectively each and every time, one ought to do Yoga and more specifically meditation, breath-control and concentration. All these together results in prolonged control over Anger.
5. Get adequate sleep every night
Pitta Dosha or metabolism be it within the stomach or the brain are best accomplished when we are in a state of calm and ease for considerable time which is best available during sleep. For this reason, sleep of nothing less than 6 hours is a must when one goes past 30. Our bodies adjust themselves to particular sleep cycles which make it important that we select our timings carefully and remain committed to it.
6. Reduce the intake of chemicals like nicotine and caffeine
No medical system anywhere in the world ever supported smoking of anything. In fact, human breathing tract is not meant to inhale smoke of any kind. Smoking is thus out of question- more so after the 30s. Alcohol too goes the same way as they affect the liver with time and toxins build-up can be quite disastrous. Coffee, tea, carbonated drinks and the likes are heavy with caffeine, another habit-forming drug which besides affecting moods, also interferes with Pitta Dosha and affects metabolism and one’s ability to think clearly. It thus makes sense to curb these drastically, if not stop them altogether when one crosses 30s.
7. Exercise and exertion
As per Ayurveda, our bodies react to exercise positively with the result that regular and vigorous exercise results in multiple benefits. It positively affects Pitta Dosha and aids in the digestion of foods. Blood-flows increase all over the body and all our internal organs begin to function the way they are supposed to as against a normal sluggish and slow life. With prolonged exercise, breathing increases and we get more life-enhancing oxygen into our all our organs. Our brain becomes more alert, agile and positive. Toxins move out with the sweat and breath. Whatever remains exists the system as urine and faeces with ease. This is all the more important after we turn 30 as this is the time we start to slow down. Exercise needs to be an act that can be accomplished with relative ease which at the same time, puts the body under some strain and stress, and makes it moderately uneasy. It could be a brisk walk, run, yoga in combination with pranayams as also other asanas like (Vrukshasan, Veerbhadrasan, Parvatasan, Bhujangasan, Vajrasan). Besides the usual benefits of exercise, such activity keeps us alert and balanced in our movements
The above steps do not really take much to accomplish. But if not done for whatever reasons, the negatives would far outweigh the positives. That being the case, why neglect them?? Instead, make them part of your life after 30s and see your life turn pink and rosy for ever!
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