Are you looking to improve on every aspect of your health and wellness? Ayurveda might be your answer. Oil pulling is a traditional Ayurvedic practice with origins in ancient India. Ayurveda is a holistic and integrative health system that values universal connectedness of the mind, body, soul and environment. The ancient lifestyle medicine outlines some of the following tips for better health.
1.) Oil pulling
Start your day with oil pulling and remove toxins, reduce bacterial build-up, plaque and risk of gingivitis. There is a secret ingredient in coconut oil called Lauric acid responsible for inhibiting Strep Mutans the bacteria responsible for causing tooth decay. Deepak Chopra in his book Perfect Health claims that through the tongue the body can be healed and purified. One more step towards a less toxic life!
2.) Eat with the sun
The teachings of Ayurveda have said that it is best to eat at midday 12-1pm when the sky is at it's highest point in the sky and your internal digestive 'fire' is at it's strongest. When your body does not have to work as hard to digest your food it can focus the remaining energy on healing your body and filtering out waste products.
Traditional Ayurvedic massage is been used as a key part of Ayurvedic therapy. Ayurvedic oil massage is used as an integral part of treatment to balance both body and mind. There have been a myriad of scientific studies touting the benefits of massage for health, such as reducing blood pressure, stress reduction and better sleep. Abdominal massage has also been shown to improve digestion and reduce constipation. Show yourself some love and start massaging now.
4.) Sweat it out
The skin is the largest organ of your body, it is our primary contact with our external environment. This makes it an excellent tool for detoxing our body of impurities! Many of us feel cleaner after a good work out where we end up feeling sweaty, tired and yet entirely rejuvenated. We feel ready to take on the day pumped full of exercise induced endorphins and feeling glowing, glowing with sweat. This may be because a deep sweat helps to unclog the pores, remove the body of unwanted products such as excess salt from one's diet. Regular sweating can help improve the skin, improve circulation and reduce stress. What are you waiting for? Time to hit the gym, join a hot yoga session or hop into a sauna.
5.) Rest your body
Although people stress the fact that exercise is key to health and wellness, rest is equally important. This aspect of health is often forgotten in this day and age with such long working hours and we are pushed to make the most of every day. This operative word here being day. We should use the night to rest up and recuperate, leaving us ready to take on the next day, full of energy and life. Adequate sleep is a vital part of keeping your mind and body in optimal condition, it is in this period that your brain focuses on repairing your body and making sense of the day. Studies have shown that individuals who do not get enough sleep have a slower metabolism and worse memory than those who are well rested. Inadequate sleep can also disrupt the bodies hormones such as ghrelin and leptin, these two hormones play a key role in the body's hunger and fullness cues, which may leave poorly rested individuals more prone to weight gain. If we really want to make the most of our day we should try to get in at least 7 hours of sleep every day. We could all do with a little rest so we can heal both body and mind.
Overall, the ancient Ayurveda teachings focus on taking care of the mind and body, balancing one's life and self compassion. Put simply if we want to perform at our best every day we should focus on the balance between using the day fuel ourselves well, flush out toxins and using the night to rest and heal our body. If we focus on these elements of our health we should be on the right track to a healthy mind, body and soul and the rest will come naturally. For more information on Ayurveda click here!