Raise Super Healthy Happy Kids with Ayurveda Routine and Habits

Healthy Happy Kids
Healthy Happy Children

By helping your child enjoy a balanced physiology, you can help him or her gain perfection at the level of consciousness, mind, body, and behavior. 

Children need routine and rhythm for healthy development. Ayurveda and Western medicine absolutely agree on this because without a regular routine, children have difficulties handling the flood of stimuli in their lives. Common consequences are restlessness, hyperactivity and anxiety. The children can’t find balance. From the point of view of Ayurveda, this is an expression of too much Vata. An ayurvedic approach to establishing a daily routine, one that creates balance, can help restore order among the doshas or maintain dosha balance in the first place.

Establish An Ayurvedic Routine for Your Child

You can start establishing a daily routine for children. Include sattvic (pure) foods in your child's diet. These are easy to digest, convert to healthy body tissue more quickly and are, in a sense, super foods. They include organic whole milk (ayurveda recommends boiling it first with ginger and cardamom and drinking it apart from meals); ghee and other healthy fats such as olive oil; freshly-made yogurt; paneer; split mung dhal soup; rice and whole grains; healthy sweeteners such as jaggery, rock sugar, or raw honey; whole seeds and nuts, and organic fruits and vegetables.
  1. Make a regular day/night rhythm: From an ayurvedic point of view, the day should begin early – ideally at 6 a.m. A regular daily routine with an early wake-up time improves their dosha balance and gives them stability for everyday life. Children should go to bed at a set bedtime, if possible, this should not be after 9 p.m.
  2. Start a Day with Lukewarm Water: Anyone who drinks a glass of water on an empty stomach first thing in the morning has already done a lot for themselves. From an ayurvedic point of view, drinking water helps with inner cleansing and stimulates morning bowel movements. You as a parent or other close adult can, of course, improve a child’s acceptance of water by drinking it yourself.
  3. Inner cleansing: Make sure your child takes the time to empty its bladder and bowel.
  4. Stretching Exercises: 10-15 minutes of daily stretching exercises should be done.
  5. Cleaning the tongue and teeth: Besides brushing their teeth as usual, a tongue cleaner may be used for young children as well. 
  6. Ayurvedic Meals for children: Don't give your children cold, preserved or packaged things. Give them wholesome warm fresh cooked meals which stimulate all 6 senses with every meal by always introducing all 6 tastes (sweet, sour, salty, spicy, bitter, astringent). They all have different effects on a person’s body and mind.
  7. Drinking Water: Child should be enforced with a habit of not drinking water with meals and should regularly drink room temperature or clay pot water. It makes the digestive tract stronger. Start early by not forming a habit of drinking cold water or cold drinks.
  8. Fruits: Child should have 2-3 servings of fresh fruits in a day
  9. Ghee is especially important for teenagers and children. It doesn’t matter whether you stir it into milk or cook with it often. Let your creativity run free! 
  10. Cow Milk: In principle, Ayurveda suggest using cow’s milk because it gives all the required vitamin for the growth and development. Try to give milk before sleeping in night. Children can have some spiced milk(cardamom, saunf, turmeric) with some ghee and ground ginger into a glass of milk.
  11. Morning: breakfast should include some healthy wholesome freshly cooked meal like dalia porridge, poha, parantha, idli, dosa etc..
  12. Lunch: include seasonal fresh vegetables, salad, dal with lassi or buttermilk.The lassi/buttermilk supports gut flora.
  13. Dinner: To relieve the bowel and allow your children to get a good night’s sleep, Ayurveda prefers light, easily digestible evening meals. Therefore, animal proteins, which are difficult to digest, should be avoided in that time.
  14. Regular Play Time: Child should play in open environment in parks or grounds everyday which involves running and playing with friends.
  15. Teach to be Close to Nature: go for nature walks, camps, treks with your children. Being in nature child develops strong connect with its surroundings and strong mental intellect. Read more on the Importance of Nature for our Health and Wellbeing
  16. Make them learn Mantras: See below
From an ayurvedic point of view, the Kapha dosha is dominant in the first years of a child’s life. That also explains their strong cravings for sweets. From an ayurvedic point of view, if you give a child a small amount of something sweet (e.g. a spoonful of apple sauce or some dessert) before the main meal, it activates the digestive fire and, thus, the nutrients of the meal will be better metabolized. However, sweet does not always have to mean unhealthy. A porridge prepared with ripe, sweet fruit is not only delicious and healthy, but also satisfies the need for something sweet. 

In puberty, the craving for sweets is even stronger. Teenagers are in a transition period in which the whole body is busy. In this discovery phase, youth need something that gives them support and stabilizes their Kapha dosha. This search for stability is also the reason why children can sometimes eat the same meal over and over again for a long time. 

Vedic sounds for the child’s soul

Gandharva Veda music, which is also used as music therapy, harmonizes the doshas and is good for relaxation and inner peace, and not only for children. Precisely nowadays when many children are already under time and performance pressure, harmonizing sounds can significantly contribute to relaxing both body and mind. That’s how they will find the peace they need to process the many daily stimuli. The sounds lower the heart rate and slow down breathing, thereby reducing the Vata dosha. To start, we especially recommend the Rain Melody. It is suitable for every age and every time of day and is particularly used for restlessness.

Last but not least, be more involved! At every step, watch for what is good for you and your child and what makes you feel good. Just like children, be curious and open to new things without forcing it or overexerting yourself. This is how you and your child will benefit most.

Learn Basic Mantras and Make Them Chant Daily. it will bring them mentally, physically & character wise to a high standard.

Gayatri Mantra 
ॐ भुर्भुव: स्व: तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यं !
भर्गो देवस्य धीमही, धीयो योन: प्रचोदयात !!
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Saraswati Mantra
सरस्वती नमस्तुभ्यं वरदे कामरुपीणी !
विधारंभं करिष्यामि सिध्दिर्भवतु मे सदा !!
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Both mantras means, O God let me give glorious intelligence which leads me to all good things. 

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