10 principles of ayurvedaAlso Read - 5 Common Habits That Can be as Dangerous as Smoking

Ayurveda is a 5,000-year-old natural and holistic approach to life, it’s rooted in India’s Vedic culture. The principles of Ayurveda are based on nature’s five elements and three life-energies. Following these age-old rules will not only create harmony in the body, but will also allow you to a balance and peace-loving lifestyle. From diet to exercise to mental composure, the ten principles listed below can be applied to all aspects of life. Also Read - "9 Kgs Down, 8 Kgs to Go”: Sameera Reddy’s Weight Loss Journey is Impressive And Motivational

1. Know your dosha: According to The Chopra Center of Ayurveda, the three main life energies are Vata(wind), Pitta (fire) and Kapha(earth). Each human being has a prevailing dosha that shapes our minds and bodies. For example, someone with a dominant Vata energy will have smaller bone structure and are likely to be thin, light and energetic. Pitta energies are intense and intellectual creatures.  When Kapha is dominant, that person tends to be a nurturer with an easy-going nature. Also Read - Real-Life Weight Loss Journey: I Lost 12 Kilos in 40 Days With Protein-Rich Diet And Vigorous Workout

2. Like increases like: Consuming foods and participating in activities associated with a certain element will create balance. People with dominant Kapha doshas should avoid eating heavy, sticky or fatty foods. Pitta energies already possess fire, so eating heat-producing foods only creates unnecessary heat. Use this principle to correct any imbalances in the body.

3. Pay attention to stool: Bowel movements can tell us a lot about our digestion. A healthy bowel movement should consist of soft, brown stool that floats and releases easily. When our body is not digesting foods properly our stool is heavy, hard and discolored. Make it a point to check your stool.

4.  Include all six senses in your meals: Indian food allows for all six senses to partake at mealtime. It’s aromatic, flavorful, lip-smacking good and eaten with our hands, traditional Indian meals are the perfect example of harmony and balance. Yogurt or curd is used to offset any spices that create too much fire (Pitta) inside the body, while desserts are meant to aid with digestion.

5. Prepare and eat food with love: Ayurveda is based on energies. It should come as no surprise that its principles follow the idea that what you give is what you get. Preparing a meal with love and gratitude translates as most beneficial to your body. The opposite is also true, cooking with hatred or negative feelings can be harmful to the diner.

6. Opposites create balance: Ayurvedic principle states that disease occurs when there is an imbalance in energies.A good rule of thumb to follow is that whenever there is an excess of one energy aim to balance it by adding its exact opposite.

7. Do yoga: Doing yoga is not mandatory, but because both yoga and Ayurveda were born out of the same culture, their philosophies go hand-in-hand. Yoga involves all organs of the body and centers the mind. The practice can be as extreme or as gentle as desired.

8. Use herbal remedies: Ayurveda believes homemade remedies, such as ginger root with honey can help ease symptoms of a cold better than allopathic medicines, which have many side effects. Ayurvedic practitioners should be aware, that the body takes the same amount of time to recover from an illness regardless if herbal or allopathic medicines are used. Stick with herbal remedies when possible.

9. Participate in Panchakarma: Panchakarma is an Ayurveda cleanse meant to eliminate toxins and negative energies from the body. It can be performed at most each season and as little as once a year. The purification process includes drinking rice water and ingesting Ayurvedic oils.

10. Listen to your body: The most important principle in Ayurveda comes from within—the body is a natural self-healing mechanism. Your body sends you signals when it is out of balance, and those pointers come in the form of thirst, hunger, being hot or cold, or sad or sluggish. Be mindful of your environment and listen to your body.