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10 Pieces Of Ayurvedic Wisdom

New Year is the perfect time to start afresh. It’s the most exciting time of the year for new beginnings, new promises, and commitments. It’s the perfect time to cleanse your mind, body, and spirit; and there is no better way to do that than embracing Ayurveda. So, if you have made a commitment to turn into a healthy version of you, we can offer some help.  Here are some tips to embrace a holistic approach to health this year:

1. Early to bed and early to rise
Well, it does make you healthy and wise! The morning sun awakens your system and balances your Doshas. Also, as the surroundings are quiet, it’s the best time to meditate and contemplate.
Similarly, getting a good night sleep is essential. Adequate sleep helps your body repair and rejuvenate itself.

2. Cleanse yourself
In Ayurveda, tongue scraping is an essential morning activity. It helps in removing all the accumulated toxins from last night that causes illness. Also, when you do this before brushing, your digestive responses are activated.

3. Soothe your body
Before you retire for the day, try a foot massage. There are several pressure points on your foot; massaging them for a few minutes relaxes your body. Use sesame oil and rub the sole of your feet in circular motion. Follow this on the ankles and sides. Do it in clockwise and anti-clockwise directions.

4. Practice breathing techniques
A few minutes of NadiShodhana (breathing with alternate nostrils) calms the nervous system. Close one nostril with your thumb and breathe in. Now, use the ring finger to close that nostril and breathe out using the other nostril. Try doing this for at least 5-10 times.

5. Have only seasonal food
Discard junk food from your life and have only seasonal and fresh food. Seasonal fruits and veggies not only taste great but contain maximum nutrients. Eating healthy will help in maintaining a healthy weight.

6. Avoid caffeine
Try to reduce your caffeine intake in the morning as it aggravates your Pitta Dosha and the acidity in your body. Instead, drink herbal tea as it’s pacifying.

7. Avoid Food that aggravates your Pitta Dosha
Spicy and oily food weaken your digestive system. Always try to eat light food that is easy to digest. Try boiled food, oatmeal, fruits and vegetable (seasonal), and salad.

8. Add herbs to your diet
Soak coriander and fennel seeds in water overnight and take them the next morning. Try Amla (Indian Gooseberry); it’s loaded with Vitamin C and it not only detoxifies your body but also gives you a glowing skin.

9. Drink warm water or room temperature water
Chilled water disrupts your digestion process and affects the blood flow to different organs. This might cause constipation. Drinking warm or room temperature water boosts your metabolism and also relieves bloating.

10. Drink only when you are thirsty
Body systems differ from person to person, so the water requirement for all body types is different. Your body cannot absorb too much water. Also, know the indicators when your body is thirsty such as the colour of the urine (yellow colour means your body is dehydrated), dry lips indicate that your body needs water.

Follow these Ayurvedic tips to stay healthy:
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How to Build Up Your Immunity

When it’s cold outside, it can be quite easy to catch cold or get into other ailments because the weather makes you more susceptible to these. Cold, flu, cough and fever are some of the common illnesses that the cold and rainy weather makes us vulnerable to. Fortunately, there are natural ways to build up your immunity so that you do not succumb to illness during the monsoon season.

  1. Daily massage: Daily self-massage with warm sesame or sunflower oil not only strengthens and nourishes your skin but also provides an enhanced sense of well-being and keeps the body warm and safe from any infections.
  2. Healing spices: Use spices like cardamom, pepper, ginger, cumin, turmeric and cinnamon while preparing food. These power-packed spices have immunity-boosting properties and help you stay protected against seasonal illnesses.
  3. Rasayanas: The concept of rasayanas relates to healing, rejuvenating herbs that can help your body gain stamina, build up your immunity and strength to fight diseases over time. Some of these include ashwagandha, tulsi, triphala, amla and turmeric. For a great supplement to your diet, you can also try a herbal formulation like the Pankajakasthuri Breathe Eazy range.
  4. Exercise: Keeping your body active is very important. Exercise reduces the production of cortisol, the stress hormone, and also makes your body more capable of fighting off infections. Try some brisk walking, jogging, yoga or join a gym.
  5. Relaxing baths: Take a relaxing bath with some essential oils like rosemary, cinnamon, pine or lavender so that you feel refreshed. You can also use Epsom salt. A warm bath always helps during the cold or rainy season.

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9 Secrets For Better Digestion

In Ayurveda, it is believed that it is more important to be mindful of what you eat than to just avoid certain foods. The whole approach to food needs to be taken into account whenever you enjoy a meal. Read on to find out about the points you should keep in mind for better digestion:

  1. Really enjoy your meal: Look at your plate. Take in the smell, colour and presentation of the dish you are about to eat. When you appreciate the food you eat, your body will too. In addition, if you take in all the flavours and smells of the food, your stomach will also feel fuller and you are less likely to overeat.
  2. Lunch should have the most: Lunch should be your biggest meal. This is because the digestive fire is the strongest when the sun is high in the sky. So make sure you include lots of healthy options in your diet, and give your body ample time for digesting.
  3. Eat slowly and relaxedly: In today’s fast-paced world, it is easy to have a hurried meal without really sitting down and taking time out for it – often we eat at our desks or while standing up and running other errands.
  4. Drink lots of water: Keeping your body hydrated not only helps keep essential fluids in circulation but also allows for an easier digestion process. Sip warm water throughout the day and don’t forget to drink when you feel thirsty. Warm water is easier to digest than cold water as well.
  5. Don’t multitask: When you’re eating, do just that. We can be tempted to snap a picture of our meal on Instagram, or chat or try and finish work while eating but that’s not ideal. Multi-tasking isn’t good for your body either – it engages your nervous system which can interrupt digestion.
  6. Eat fresh: There’s a belief that anything that’s naturally grownis good for the stomach. Eat freshly cooked foods as far as possible. Canned or readymade food contains a lot of excess salt and preservatives which can cause acidity and troubled digestion.
  7. Have something only when hungry: Don’t eat when you’re bored; eat only when you’re hungry. Before you reach out for that chips pack or chocolate bar, think about whether you really need to have it. Drink some water instead, since our body mimics the same feeling when you are thirsty when you’re hungry as well.
  8. Relax after your meal: Instead of rushing away to get back to work, take a few minutes to breathe. Don’t shift activities so fast that your body doesn’t get time to adjust. Take 2-3 minutes to sit down and breathe for a few minutes once you’ve finished.
  9. Ginger tea as a post-meal drink: Ginger tea helps reduce bloating after a heavy meal, and helps aid digestion so that you don’t feel uncomfortable. Do not drink too much of it though, and opt for a lightly brewed version.

Finally, eat fruits before meals and not after – a common mistake we all make. Keeping these simple tips in mind the next time you sit down to eat will go a long way in improving your digestion.

The 10 Most Useful Ayurvedic Tips To Cope With Monsoons

The monsoon season is finally upon us, as most parts of the country enjoy the frequent spells of rain, the lush greenery all around and the calming climate. Monsoon is a season of much joy and fun for most of us. Unfortunately though, it also brings with it a lot of seasonal illnesses, and makes us more susceptible to insect bites, seasonal colds, flu, stomach problems and joint problems.

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Instead of popping pills to cope with these, it’s better to try natural, side-effect free Ayurvedic remedies and habits. Read on to know how you can safeguard yourself against these seasonal illnesses –

  1. Prevent skin infections: Add 1-2 spoons of neem oil to half a cup of sesame oil for an easy massage before taking a hot water bath at least once a week – this helps safeguard your skin from infections and keeps it healthy and supple. A hot water bath is preferable during the rains as it helps curb vata.
  2. Take care of your feet: Since the feet tend to get wet frequently during the rains, people, especially diabetics need to take extra care not to let feet remain wet. Wear slippers when you’re indoors as well, and use footwear with a good grip to avoid slipping. Keep nails trimmed and dry at all times.
  3. Eat these foods: The best food for digestion and overall health during the rainy season include honey, curd, wheat, lentil soup, water strained from curds and sour, sweet or salty foods. Avoid foods that are spicy as they lead to vata and pitta imbalance.

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  1. Drink this for better digestion: Make an Ayurvedic drink that helps aid digestion. Add a pinch of salt, pepper, long pepper and some ginger to hot water and have it once a day.
  2. Reduce joint pains: Those prone to joint pains should avoid sitting or lying down on the floor, as skin contact with a cold surface can aggravate joint pains further.
  3. Don’t avoid exercise: Since outdoor activities need to be limited, don’t stop being active. Do some yoga poses, skip rope, or do some freehand exercises to stay active. Exercise improves blood circulation and makes you stay healthy and strengthens muscles.
  4. Get proper sleep: Ensure that you get at least 6-8 hours of sound sleep at night. Avoid napping during the daytime – especially after having your meals. It worsens the digestion process.
  5. Follow hygienic habits: Try covering up as much as possible to avoid insect bites. Trim your nails regularly and keep them dry to avoid fungal infections.
  6. Do a Panchakarma treatment: Panchakarma is a cleansing, rejuvenating programme that calms your body and mind and relaxes all the 5 senses. It also detoxifies the body, strengthens your immune system and helps your body relax. To know more about this Ayurvedic treatment that is useful during the monsoons, visit this page. We also have a specialized Ayurvedic centre in Kochi that deals in Panchakarma treatments.
  7. Drink lots of herbal tea: Many herbal teas have anti-bacterial properties, including ginger tea and green tea. They also help soothe the throat and keep you warm during the cool and wet weather in this season.

The above tips are very beneficial for maintaining good health during the monsoon. In addition, following even a few of these will get you used to developing healthy lifestyle habits.