Wow. There are some seriously powerful Ayurveda practices to improve your health.
I’ve been researching and testing all the best Ayurveda health practice, and it turns out, there’s a lot to this ancient spiritual healing system.
Ayurveda practices are natural and easy ways to boost your health and wellbeing.
9 Best Ayurveda Practices For Improving Health In 2020
Try using these 9 Ayurveda practices to improve your health.
1. Oil pulling for oral health
Want healthy teeth and gums? Try oil pulling.
Oil pulling is my favourite Ayurvedic practice for oral health. It is a very effective way of cleaning the mouth, teeth, tongue and gums. However, it is not an alternative to brushing your teeth.
- Purchase some organic coconut milk.
- Swish the oil around your mouth.
- Try to pull the oil between your teeth
- Continue for 20 minutes.
- Stop if your jaw gets sore or tired.
You might be surprised how hard this is the first time you do it. But it soon becomes easy.
Oil pulling detoxifies the mouth. This then detoxifies the body. In my experience, it is pure magic for the teeth and gums, and it will also whiten teeth but only a little.
In the Ayurvedic health system, the mouth is incredibly important.
Oral health is very closely related to health in other parts of the body because what goes in the mouth soon gets transferred to the organs.
One of the best ways to create a healthy body is to have a healthy mouth (whether that means curing gingivitis or simply having white teeth is up to you).
Hands up who likes a good massage?
In Abhyanga, we give ourselves a full body massage using body oil. This helps the body stay hydrated and softens the skin. [READ: Yoga to look young]
Research shows that this techniques help to relieve stress  and improve blood pressure .
It is traditional to use sesame or coconut oil for this, depending on your dosha. It is best to massage the oil before beginning the massage and then start to massage from head to toe using circular motions.
3 Mindful Eating for weight loss
Diet is essential in the Ayurvedic health system. Equally as important as what we eat is how we eat it.
We should eat mindfully
When we eat too quickly, we create a mind-body problem, because the body is eating while the mind is elsewhere. Mindful eating heightens the mind-body connection.
Modern society demands that we rush everything, but the wise among us know to take our time and to appreciate the moments. One of the best times to do so is while eating.
Mindful eating can be practised with the family. Mothers and fathers might like to suggest that the whole family eat slowly and mindfully, focusing on the process of eating and being conscious and awake while at the dinner table.
For more on this, read my guide to how to eat mindfully.
4. Pranayama / Kapalabhati
Buddhism, Hinduism, Yoga and Ayurveda all advocate the use of breathing exercises. It is one of the best yoga breathing methods.
In my experience, meditating on the breath is one of the most relaxing exercises in the world.
One of the best Ayurvedic practices is Kapalabhati . In this technique, the breath is used to pull the belly in. We then breathe out forcefully. This heightens Agni (fire) and is a terrific exercise for the abs.
How to do Kapalabhati
- Sit comfortably with good posture
2. Breathe deeply in through the nose and out through the mouth.
3. Breathe deeply through the nose to fill your body down to your pelvis
4. Press the air out quickly while sucking your navel toward your spine
5. Relax and let your lungs fill naturally
6. Repeat ten times
7. Breathe normally. meditate on the sensations in your body
8. Repeat the whole process four times.
5. Sweating (Swedana) For Skin Care
The skin is the largest organ in the human body.
One way the body uses the skin is to flush out impurities. When we sweat, we open the pores, allowing impurities to leave the body through the skin.
To improve our sweating, we can use Swedana. This can help reduce acne and skin problems.
Swedana is a purifying Ayurvedic practice. Traditionally, it is done by practising Abhyanga (massage) and then having a herbal steam bath
- Show some love for your body by trying this technique.
- Get some vigorous exercise, so you’re sweating.
- Have a full-body massage (Abhyana).
- Continue to Swedana (herbal steam bath).
This will purify the skin and stop acne and other skin problems.
6. Drink Ginger Tea
Some of the best Ayurvedic practices to improve health involve your diet.
Mother nature truly is the source of excellent health and happiness. The sun, water, fresh air… and ginger tea.
One thing that surprises a lot of people is that drinking cold water can interfere with digestion compared to warm water .
Warm water is a lot kinder on the body, especially if that warm water has ginger tea in it.
Ginger tea is a great way of boosting Agni (digestive fire) and helps improve digestion . Your body will be thankful if you drink more ginger tea.
Why not do it now. Go grab either a ginger tea, or just a plain black or green tea with ginger added to it. Drink it while you read the rest of this article. Simple.
I love a good cup of Yogi Tea!
7. Scrape your tongue
The tongue holds a lot of the body’s bad bacteria . That bad bacteria can cause gingivitis, digestion problems, gum disease and more.
Getting rid of that bacteria is one of the best ways of boosting dental health and overall wellbeing.
The easiest and one of the most effective ways of removing bacteria from the tongue is with a tongue scraper.
This is incredibly quick to do and has no side-effects except for possibly gagging. There really is no reason not to practice tongue scraping.
8. Appreciate the six Ayurvedic tastes
To get the most out of food, include all six tastes of Ayurvedic nutrition. They are: Sweet, sour, salty, bitter, pungent, and astringent.
Here’s a great way to boost consciousness of food:
- grab a fruit, vegetable, nut or legume and mindful eat it.
- Note which one of the six tastes above that you think it is.
- Try to include at least one food from all six groups in every meal.
- Try mixing Ayurvedic spices like Cayenne pepper, ginger, and cinnamon.
9. Enjoy a lovely Basti (Enema)
Here’s an alternative way of using herbal oil: introduce it to your rectum.
Basti (enema) is performed by using herbal oil on the rectum in order to lubricate the intestinal tract.
It’s a great way of removing toxins from the intestinal tract.
Clearly, not for everyone. But if you want to show compassion to your body, this is a great way to do it, because the health benefits are amazing.
Benefits of Ayurveda Practices
Ayurveda is a mind-body system developed by the sages of India millennia ago.
Ayurveda predates the science of medicine, and evidence of the mind-body connection. It is the oldest surviving health system [Global Wellness Institute]. And it was created by the sages.
Ayurveda practices are natural ways to improve your health. And despite being thousands of years old, the Ayurveda remains one of the most sophisticated health systems in the world.
The Ayurveda System’s Two Core Beliefs
The Ayurveda system is based on two core beliefs:
1) The mind and the body are linked, so what we do to one will affect the other. [Chopra]
2) The number one way to heal the body is by healing the mind.
Just as in meditation, we practice focusing the mind and controlling consciousness to create health, in Ayurveda, we bring the mind into balance, and this heals the body.
Science has proven that there are over 100 health benefits of meditation, so it seems today we have the scientific proof that these mind-body exercises for health do indeed work.
However, Ayurveda practices also go beyond just meditating. A list of Ayurveda health practices includes diet, sleep, hygiene (personal hygiene and mental hygiene) and other areas of wellbeing.
The name itself means Knowledge of Life (Ayur = life, Veda = knowledge).
This “Life Knowledge can create physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. It achieves this through the use of food, beverages, herbal supplements, mindfulness, and exercises.
One of the most popular Ayurvedic techniques, for instance, is oil pulling.
Oil pulling involves swilling coconut oil around the mouth for twenty minutes every morning. This simple practice is a powerful way of cleaning the teeth, treating gingivitis, and creating oral health. I have personally been using oil pulling for the past six months and have seen some excellent results. My gums look much pinker and healthier, and my teeth are cleaner than ever.
It’s Kinda A Big Deal
More and more people are using Ayurveda practices to improve health. In fact, the Ayurveda health system is currently the hottest rising trend in the world of spiritual health.
Until the last few years, only ardent yogis realised that Ayurveda practices improve your health. Now yoga is more popular. Yoga has grown by more than 50% over the past five years. And meditation is growing in similar numbers.
With the rise of yoga and meditation, we are witnessing a spiritual awakening. People are awakening to yoga, meditation, mantras, and many other spiritual systems, and people are using Ayurveda practices to be healthier.
Packaged Facts, a leading publisher of research in the foods and beverage market, tells THE DAILY MEDITATION that Ayurveda is currently trending among Baby Boomers, Millennials, and anyone interested in holistic health.
The majority of people practising Ayurveda are using it as a complementary practice. It is perfect for this. It is easy to combine Ayurveda practices with other health practices.
I’ve personally been using oil pulling alongside an Alkaline diet. The Ayurvedic technique does not interfere with the diet and is easy to fit into your current lifestyle, which is one reason why it is becoming so popular.
Today, lots of people are starting to use Ayurvedic practices to improve health. That’s fabulous because the benefits are truly remarkable.
Between Ayurveda and the recent revelation that meditation stop pain, it seems health is turning spiritual.
Which of the above Ayurvedic practices have you tried? And what do you think about Ayurveda in general?
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