THE AYURVEDIC WAY TO WELLNESS

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Tips to Detox

Finding a beneficial and effective way for detox can be nerve-racking. Ayurveda takes a holistic approach towards detox and weight loss. This healthy & balanced approach ensures long lasting results for body, mind and soul. It is found that the main causes of obesity are overeating, lack of exercise and irregular and wrong eating habits.

Here are some Ayurveda tips that can lead one towards a healthy detox

  • Going Greens

Anything we consume has a varied impact on our level of energy. In the summer, the best thing to eat is easily digestible food. Since the body’s digestion power is anyway low, consuming these would do wonders on how we feel and how our body functions. A few examples of easily digestible food would be- Yogurt, boiled white rice, Salmon. Simple congee is a very good pick too. Salty, pungent food is to be avoided at all costs.

  • Eat more of fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are extremely high in Vitamins, Potassium, Folic acids, Minerals, etc. These are essential for the body to function well. They contain Healthy fats essential for the heart to function well. The best picks for the summer are – cucumber, berries, watermelon, citric fruits, and avocado.

  • Increase fluid consumption

Consuming fluids are especially important in the summer as our bodies are generally depleted of them. These help replenish our systems and help us feel cool. It is better to avoid alcoholic beverages in the summer. Fluids like Fruit juices, Lemon water, buttermilk, coconut juice, Green tea are easily available and have multi-fold benefits in the summer.

  • Changes in exercise schedules

It is advisable not to exert the body too much in the summer. Engaging in excessive hours at the gym, running on the ground should be avoided. Cooling Pranayama is one of the best methods to practise.
A few recommended asanas (should be repeated 9-11 times for visible impact) are:

  1. Sheetali Pranayama-
    This is to be practised by rolling the tongue laterally which leads to it becoming like a tube and then inhaling. This helps to calm the body in the summer.
  2. Sheetkari Pranayama-
    this is folding the tongue inwards and breathing between the sides of the nose and calmly exhaling from the nose.
  3. Sadanta Pranayama-
    in this asana, the teeth are to be clenched and we’re supposed to breathe from between them.
    Yoga Asanas that can be practised are – Vrikshasana (Tree Pose), Ardhkati chakrasana (Half waist wheel pose), Konasana (Angle Pose), Trikonasana (Triangle Pose), Marjariasana (Cat/ Tiger Pose & Breathing), Baddakonasana (Butterfly pose), Vajrasana (Thunderbolt pose), Shashankasana (Moon Pose), Chakrasana (Wheel Pose), Navasana (Boat Pose), Yoga Nidra (Deep Relaxation Technique)
  • Changes in lifestyle

In the summer, since nights are short, sleeping during the day is acceptable. Wearing light-coloured cotton clothes, using sandalwood, and perfumes made from flowers is advisable. It is very important to wear sunscreen with a minimum SPF of 50 before stepping out in the sun. Using an umbrella during the time the sun rays are persistent could be of aid. It is also very important to be calm mentally as the correlation between the mind and the body’s reaction too has been scientifically proven.

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