This is a familiar idea for those of us who have been practicing Ayurvedic principles. In Ayurvedic terminology, the daily routine (called dinacharya in Sanskrit. Pronounced ‘dee-na-chari-a’), is structured around basic rhythms of the sun, moon and your body. These rhythms are powerful indeed and good things happen when we respect these natural cycles.
For instance, one of the major principles of the Ayurvedic daily routine is to eat your main meal at noon, when the sun is at its zenith and the digestive fire is strongest inside you. (Another secret to healthy weight: a strong digestive fire, or agni) And a corollary to that is: eat light at night, early in the evening, and allow your digestive system to cleanse and repair itself all through the night while you sleep.
This study is a great validation of the power of these age-old insights, and the simple, natural principles of Maharishi Ayurveda. Sleep is considered a significant period for daily natural detoxing; and Ayurveda has long recommended herbs and other modalities to support ideal deep sleep and strong digestion.
Life in tune with the rhythms of nature has multiple benefits. Healthy weight may just be one of them.
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About Linda Egenes
Linda Egenes has written over 400 articles on Maharishi Ayurveda, sustainability, and travel for publications such as Alternative Medicine, AAA Living, and LA Yoga. With Kumuda Reddy, M.D., she has co-authored three books on Maharishi Ayurveda, including the recently released Super Healthy Kids: A Parent’s Guide to Maharishi Ayurveda. Visit her website at www.lindaegenes.com.
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