Why You Need to Check Out the Ayurvedic System

When researching health trends for the coming year, we may see the term Ayurveda popping up often. Ayurveda is a traditional Hindu system of medicine based on the idea of balancing the system of your body through diet, herbal treatment and yogic breathing. Find out more about the Ayurvedic system to see if it’s something that might work for you.           

Wake Up Early: The Ayurvedic system recommends waking between 4:30 and 5:00 a.m. The belief is that this is the purest and freshest time of the day and waking up during that time period will enable you to capture that freshness and allow it to set the mood for the rest of the day. 

Diet: The Ayurvedic diet includes fresh, organic fruits and vegetables and the elimination of oily, junk food. This will allow your body to develop energy, clear itself of toxins and boost its immune system allowing it to remain disease free.

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Start Your Day With Honey Water: Taking one teaspoon of good quality honey in a pint of still water is said to keep your body free from toxins as well as reduce bacteria.

Get Restful Sleep: Sleep is important to keep our bodies in harmony, strengthening the immune system, circulating energy and offering rejuvenation and detoxification. To get the best rest possible, try taking a warm bath before bed with essential oils like lavender and sandalwood added to the water. Use deep slow breathing to aid with relaxation. Drinking milk during the day can also aid in achieving restful sleep. 

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Walk: Walking is a great form of exercise providing mental, emotional and physical peace without putting unnecessary stress on the body. 

Create a Routine: Sticking to a planned schedule can help eliminate stress and maintain mental, physical and emotional balance in your body. 

Add Herbs To Your Meals When Possible: Herbs and spices like fresh ginger, turmeric, garlic, cumin seeds and black pepper all have properties that reduce bad cholesterol, protect the body’s vital organs and trigger the metabolism. Try adding these to your foods as often as possible.

Drink Plenty of Water: Water is a great way to flush out toxins from the body and keep the digestive system running smoothly. 

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Oil Massage: Try massaging oil into your face in the mornings. This will help to safeguard you against wrinkles and other possible skin damage as well as providing moisture and a healthy glow to your face. The massaging process can also promote feelings of comfort and nurturing. 

Exercise: At least 30 minutes of exercise is necessary as a way to reduce stress, fight disease, maintain a healthy weight and promote blood circulation. Aerobic exercise is recommended including yoga and cycling. 

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Meditate: Meditation is essential for reducing stress and keeping the body in balance. If you can’t achieve full states of meditation, just sitting down and closing your eyes for a few minutes can be helpful.

Treat Your Skin Naturally: Natural products are best for nourishing your skin. You can make your own skin packs using ingredients like honey, rose water, cucumber, almonds, milk and yogurt. 

Bond With Nature: Spending a day in nature can do you a world of good. When you have some time, try parting with your gadgets for a day and spending time with flower and trees. The connection with nature is a great way to eliminate stress.

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Fully adopting Ayurvedic ways may not be for everyone, but learning some of the principles and trying to incorporate them into your daily lives can prove beneficial to many. It can help bring balance to your life and body while eliminating stress. What methods of the Ayurvedic system do you think would work best for you?