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How to Live Long?

Dr. Shiv Dua

To attain long life has been a longing fascination of the mankind. The ancient Indian philosophy, 'Jeevam Sharda Shatam', reveals that a man can live up to 100 years, This is possible if the strict stages of life like 'Brahamcharya', 'Grahastha', 'Vanprastha' and 'Sanyasa' are maintained in observing celibacy, confining to domestic duties, absenting from worldly desires and giving up the worldly life respectively.

To attain long life has been a longing fascination of the mankind. The ancient Indian philosophy, 'Jeevam Sharda Shatam', reveals that a man can live up to 100 years, This is possible if the strict stages of life like 'Brahamcharya', 'Grahastha', 'Vanprastha' and 'Sanyasa' are maintained in observing celibacy, confining to domestic duties, absenting from worldly desires and giving up the worldly life respectively. Such type of step-wise life style is not possible now a day with a changed milieu and changed values of social life.

Ageing and Reasons of Ageing

Ageing is a challenging biological phenomena. We are bound to experience several types of structural and functional changes at levels of organs (cellular or sub-cellular). There is a decrease in the level of enzymes, antibodies, hormones and post mitotic cells with increase in the age pigment, cross-linking and tensile strength of collagen. The cause of ageing also has a genetic basis but aspects like stress, nutrition, heredity, temperature and environment also account for. According to Ayurveda ageing is related to 'Agni'. The functions of Agni are enrolling intelligence, understanding, comprehension and perception. The whole of metabolism and enzyme system depends upon Agni. If Agni is working efficiently, the process of breaking down food and its absorption and assimilation will be smooth. As the age advances, the Agni gets weaker. The result is impaired body functions.

Modern science considers cross-linking and lack of oxygen as reasons for ageing. Cross-linking is the process of chemical bonds made by oxygen in our body. When the chemical bonds get irrational and imbalanced due to some diet errors, the cellular activity of the body is disturbed. When protein ions in our body cells are disturbed by a chemical bond, it is called cross-linking and when this occurs, the skin cells and tissues do not get proper balance of proteins, enzymes and other nutrients. The result is skin contraction which is nothing but in the form of wrinkles. The cross linking is not only by a chemical bonds of proteins or enzymes but it may be with fats and lipid ions also. The cross linking can be decreased by abstaining from smoking, avoiding polluted atmosphere and ultra violet rays of the sun. Besides these, one should avoid spray of chemicals like mosquito repellants and scents. Alcohol, tea and coffee should be taken in limited quantity. Ageing is also due to lack of oxygen which happens when the person is continuously exposed to crowded and industrial areas of cities. Genes also play a part in ageing. There is a sequential change in the activity of genes according to a definite term of the body. The cells of the brain, muscles and heart do not get any renewal of life once they are damaged due to lack of oxygen or some other cause. On the other hand organs like liver have the capability to renew its life even in the old age.

Deposits and Mobility

So far as the body is young, there is enough of activity and mobility in our limbs. As the age draws towards the evening of life, the mobility decreases and this is due to deposits of sediments in the joints, arteries and veins. The deposits may be due to excess of uric acid, cholesterol and minerals. When these settle in the joints and the arteries, they shrink. Signs of arteriosclerosis begin to appear and the elasticity of the body lessens resulting in pain in the joints with feeling of tiredness. The deposits in the muscular membranes and their thickening are also on account of mineral composition containing carbonates and earthy phosphates.

They increase through years of eating immoderate quantity of fats, ghee and meat etc. Fat had cholesterol as its one of the elements, which cause a layer in the arteries. This added by the lime deposits collected in the joints and arteries become a major cause for arteries to become thick and stiff. Thickening results in blocking and reducing blood circulation finally bringing signs of old age by weak memory or lack of concentration. This is just like putting water in a glass and forgetting to replace it or move it for months together. This in turn will make marks or stains on the body of the glass. We cannot wipe it out easily till it is rubbed vigorously. Such is the state of our body if no mobility is there. We go on eating fats, drinking impure water, taking junk food and never bother to do exercise and give our body a flexibility and mobility. The result is obviously clogging and shrinking of arteries and joints.

The present generation of the young is under an impression that drinking mineral water is better than the ordinary tap or filtered water. They totally switch over to mineral water. In multinational offices and banks, the only drinking water available for employees is mineral water. Yes, it is safe to carry mineral water whenever you go out but drinking only mineral water all the time is not good for health. We forget that devoid of any physical exertion, the mineral deposits get accumulated in our organs. Continuous use of mineral water for a long time can make our life-span shorter due to above reasons. A study conducted on the people living on the hills and drinking the spring mineral water has revealed that they are more prone to kidney and gall bladder stones due to these mineral deposits. It is also observed that hill people develop signs of wrinkles on their faces more frequently and earlier in life than the people living in planes and not drinking mineral water.

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