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5 Ayurvedic Secrets to Keep You Healthy
2020-02-17 09:04:19

5 Ayurvedic Secrets to Keep You Healthy

Often referred to as the sister science to yoga with origins in India, Ayurvedic medicine is the traditional medical system of the Hindu culture. Ayur meaning life and veda meaning science in Sanskrit literally translates to “the science of life.”



Ayurveda includes two main theories:

1. The mind and the body are inextricably connected

2. Nothing has more power to heal and transform the body than the mind

In Ayurvedic medicine, everything consists of the five earth elements; fire, ether, water, air and earth. Ayurveda believes that these elements are what unites all humans and they are manifested through three major metabolic types, named Kapha, Pitta, or Vata.

Here are my favorite nods to Ayurveda that will help you thrive this winter!

 

1. Get Things Moving Early in the Morning

An important theory in Ayurveda is that of “digestive fire.” Gut health is considered central to overall well being. We are learning more and more through modern science the important of gut health and how connected it actually is to major disease processes and overall immunity…. Ayurveda definitely has something here!

What to do: Every morning upon awakening – drink a large glass of warm filtered water with fresh lemon juice. If your body leans towards constipation: add bitters to your water to aid in digestion. If your body leans towards diarrhea: add fresh mint or ginger to your warm water.

 

2. Eat for the Season

Ayurvedic medicine thrives on the theories of the seasonal routine. By balancing your diet and lifestyle with the season, you’re setting yourself up for optimal health through that particular season. Because autumn and winter are dry, cold, windy, rough seasons – you should eat foods with opposite qualities to balance out the side effects of this season.

What to do: In the fall and winter it is important to move away from raw and cold foods and eat warm food with healthy fats, hardy vegetables, warming spices, and hot beverages over cold beverages when possible.

 

3. Swish Away Bacteria on the Daily

Oil pulling is an oral Ayurvedic tradition that is similar to the idea of using mouthwash. Current scientific research has actually proven that daily oil pulling prevents gum disease like gingivitis and prevent cavities. It shouldn’t take the place of good dental hygiene like brushing, flossing and dental care, but it is a fantastic addition to your routine. Additionally, taking time to complete a gentle meditative routine is always a positive.

How to do it: Measure 1 tablespoon of coconut oil and swish the oil in your mouth, pulling it gently through your teeth and around your gums (don’t swallow it!) It should be tasty and soothing. The goal is to get up to 15-20 minutes of swishing per day, however even just 5 or 10 minutes will be helpful.

 

 

4. Find a Way to Move Every Day

Walking will help balance your mind body and soul without strain. In addition, walking after meals aids in digestion and supports the “digestive fire” that is so important in Ayurveda. In western medicine and science, we also know that walking is extremely beneficial to your heart health, your muscles, your bone density, and burns tons of fat.

How to do it: Schedule a daily walk after your heaviest meal of the day, in Ayurvedic tradition breakfast and dinner should both be light so your heaviest meal is lunch. You will immediately feel lighter and this movement actually increases blood flow to your intestines and stomach aiding in and making digestion more effective.

 

5. Live in Tune with Nature

Routine is a beautiful way to align your energy, get your life in organized and focus on health goals. In Ayurvedic medicine routine is deeply important and should follow the routine of nature as your guide. Just as the sun rises and sets and the seasons change predictably every day and year, your routine should also be predictable and match the season. Your body is actually already programmed to follow the earth, you have an innate inner cycle called “circadian rhythm.” Ayurvedic medicine encourages you to pay attention to this inner rhythm and the earth in regards to waking, energy expenditure, eating and sleeping.

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