What is Ayurveda?
Over 3,000 years ago a holistic system of healing came about in India. The Ayurvedic form of medicine is considered one of the oldest holistic approaches in the world. The basis for this type of treatment was created around the premise that the health and wellness of the body revolve around the body, mind, and spirit. It is geared towards keeping you healthy rather than finding ways to cure you.
Ayurveda feels that each person consists of the five major elements that make up our lives: air, fire, space, earth, and water. These elements break down even further into doshas which control how our bodies work. The three doshas are:
- Kapha dosha, which is made up of the earth and water.
- Vata dosha, which includes air and space.
- Pitta dosha, which leaves water and fire.
These are all natural elements of our Earth and the best way to stay healthy is to keep your doshas in balance. Here are 10 easy ways you can turn these doshas into everyday tips to help you enjoy a long and healthy life.
- Lemon water first thing in the morning.
There are many reasons why you may want to drink a glass of warm water first thing in the morning. If you like, you can add the juice of one lemon and even add a little bit of honey to make it palatable. Here is what lemon water can do for you each morning:
- Detoxifies your body
- Reduces any organisms in your body that may carry bacteria
- Helps to relieve constipation
- Aids in losing weight
- Eases menstrual cramps
- Serves as an expectorant to soothe your dry throat and ease your esophagus.
- Helps to keep away potential kidney stones
2. Eat and drink in moderation.
Besides eating too much food, we tend to follow it with too much to drink. The ideal way to proceed going forth is to eat until you are not hungry – not until you are full or bursting at the seams. Don’t drink liquids 30 minutes before you eat. You can drink about 250 ml of fluids while eating but nothing else for another 90 minutes after you eat. It will help your body digest your foods more easily and cut down on any digestive problems.
- Eat every 4 to 5 hours.
You should stretch out the times that you eat and eliminate any snacking. When you give your body enough time to digest each meal you are allowing your body to operate at its optimum level.
- Stay away from cold beverages.
Even though sipping on a frosty beverage during the hot days of summer is refreshing, switching yourself over to drinks that are room temperature is much better for you. Whenever you drink cold drinks it could cause you problems with your digestion. Cold beverages are able to take fats in your body and solidify them which will make them harder to digest.
- Exercise regularly.
You don’t have to join a gym to make this a tip to prolonging your longevity. Everything you do, any type of action, will keep your body moving and make you feel better mentally and physically. You will get a better night sleep and keep your body limber.
- Scrape your tongue.
This simple practice can help to rid your body of any bacteria you may not be aware of. It will help your taste buds and even eliminate your cravings for salt and sugar. You can pick up a tongue scraper at a drug store. Add this to your morning routine before you drink your warm water.
- Practice oil pulling.
Oil pulling is an ancient practice that was meant to whiten the teeth but it can also give you fresh breath. The procedure calls for you to add coconut or sesame oil to your mouth, swish it around, pulling it between your teeth for around 20 minutes. Then you spit it out and brush your teeth. This should help with your teeth and gums as well as a number of other problems such as allergies arthritis, and insomnia.
- Learn how to give yourself an Abhyanga oil massage
If you have every had a good massage, you know how great you felt afterward. There is no reason you have to wait any longer or pay any money for your next massage. The Ayurvedic take on this is the Abhyanga oil massage. This type of massage has been likened to the feelings that you get when you fall in love. Once a week take a light oil and massage yourself from the bottom of your feet to the top of your head.
- Focus your attention on what you are eating.
Keep in mind that you should be eating everything in moderation. Eat what you know will be good for your body, but eat it in the proper portions. Whenever you cut out one food group, you end up craving it and binging on it which means you will eat more than if you had a taste when you first wanted one. Try to abstain from junk and processed foods and switch to fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Develop a regular routine and follow it.
Pick out which tips make you feel the best about yourself, your body, and your life. The more you can incorporate them into a regular routine and begin seeing results the better you will feel. Do it because you want to do it not because you feel like you have to. Live your best life and enjoy every moment of it.