Ayurveda is the practice of using natural resources to heal by calculating different Doshas and finding ways to balance them. This healing system was developed in India more than 3000 years ago, making it one of the oldest forms of medical literature and one which is still practiced. Ayurveda believes that health and wellness depend on the balance between mind, body, and spirit and aims to bring all in harmony. Ayurveda focuses on longevity and overall well-being by encompassing diet, nutrition, lifestyle, exercise, relaxation, meditation, breathing exercises, herbs, cleansing, and rejuvenating programs.
Ayurveda is vast and supports each bodily function in different ways. Here are some quick Ayurveda tips you can incorporate for different issues –
1. Immunity – When food is digested and it transforms to Ojas (form of essential energy which is formed from eating pure foods) in our bodies, it gives us strength and builds our defense system. But when the digested food creates Ama (toxins accumulated when food is not digested properly) it lowers our immunity. Some spices can play an important role in boosting immunity such as cumin, turmeric which help in detoxification and black pepper which clears the path for Ojas to reach all cells and deep tissues.
2. Glowing Skin – You can always choose to use natural ingredients to treat your skin such as Chandan or Sandalwood which are considered the best skin soothers which have a soothing and calming effect on the skin. They can be used to improve skin tone, treat acne and blemishes. You can make a mask by one teaspoon of sandalwood powder with one teaspoon of turmeric and a few drops of rose water. Iron-rich foods such as carrots, beetroot juice, pomegranate juice act as natural blood purifiers and give you a natural glow.
3. For better digestion and stomach problems – Stomach problems mostly occur when the digestive system is weak. Ayurveda suggests before your meal to consume a teaspoon of freshly grated ginger with a few drops of lime and a pinch of salt. All the ingredients help to activate salivary glands which produce the necessary digestive enzymes that help in digestion and absorb the food that you eat.
4. For hair: Ayurveda believes that hair loss is caused due to the functions of the pitta Dosha which govern the metabolism and digestion. Hormonal imbalance also cause hair loss. Nutrients help the hair follicles, you can include cool and sweet foods like coconut oil, buttermilk, cinnamon, fruits such as grapes, melons, and pomegranates. Coconut water, rich in calcium also promotes hair growth.
Ayurveda is a great way to take steps towards a healthier lifestyle by replacing chemicals with natural products.