Dr B. Venkat Rao has all the credit to organize Naturopathy as a 'System of Medicine' in India. A Gandhian himself and a devout Naturopathy Practitioner, he established India's first (and probably world's first, too!) university recognized curriculum in Naturopathic Medicine in 1969 which was called Diploma of Naturopathy: awarded by Osmania University in Hyderabad. In 1989, the course got upgraded as a Bachelors Degree, BNYS (Bachelor of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, now offered by 12 Naturopathy Schools and 6 Universities in India).
Dr Rao summarized the basic 'Principles' which can enable majority of the people Sickness- Free, which he called 'Swasthya Rakshak Panchatantra' or, Five Principles of Health Preservation.
Two Meals a Day.
Dr Rao was of the opinion that eating two balanced meals a day is great healthy routine. The Meals must include whole grains, nuts, seasonal fruits and vegetables. Meat, Fish, Eggs and Dairy add too much of toxins to the system and metabolic costs of eating protein from the animal source was much higher, according to him. Last meal should be taken ideally about 3 hours before the sleep.
10 Glasses of Water a Day.
One must Drink 10 Glasses of Water a Day. Water is a very good cleanser and detoxifier of the body. It also helps metabolism and maintains body temperature.
Water should not be taken during meals, half an hour before and 2 hours after the meal as it dilutes the digestive enzymes and hampers the digestive process.
Exercise an Hour a Day.
Exercise has a great role in keeping the body fit by activating Circulation and Breathing. It also helps eliminate metabolic wastes and improves healing. It keeps the body away from extra calories keeping you lean and also gives you a stress- free mind. Brisk walk, Yoga and Gardening are good exercise options for majority of the people.
Pray/ Meditate at least once a Day.
Arrange a 10 minutes silence in the form of meditation or prayer either around sunrise or before going to the bed. This time is important for you to connect with your inner self and charges you with the hope and confidence to go on in challenging parts of your life.
Fast at least once a Week.
Fasting once in week has a lot of Physical and Spiritual detox advantages. Depending on the requirement, a fast for the day could be arranged as a Fruit Diet fasting, Juice fasting or Water fasting.